Ham and Broccoli Quiche

We started some Easter prep tonight blowing out 16 eggs for decorating later this week. Once cleaned out we had a surplus of eggs that we thought about freezing for later (always an option if you don’t want to eat them right away) but instead decided to make dinner with them!

Instead of regular breakfast options I decided to make a savory delicious and simple quiche!

This recipe is super simple to make and it turns out so pretty.

Here is what you need:

18 eggs

1c. Heavy cream

1c. Cheddar cheese shredded

2 small heads of broccoli chopped

1/2 lb small cubed ham

2- pie crusts

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place pie crusts into pie pans and set aside. In a large bowl stir together all of the other remaining ingredients. Split filling evenly between the two pie shells.

I rolled the crust down toward the filling and placed in the oven for 25-30 or until filling is firm and top is brown.

Allow to cool for a couple minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy!!

Pineapple infused meatloaf and roasted vegetables

It’s all about keeping things simple right now and this recipe is just that simple, and delicious. Dinner is served!

I love love love pineapple, it’s fresh, and light and super versatile for using in sweet and savory dishes. It makes food fell island inspired and let’s face it we would all love to be on a refreshing island get away right about now! Tonight I combine it with a simple pork meatloaf and some rustic spicy roasted vegetables.

Here is what you need:

1lb ground pork unseasoned not sausage

1 slice of bread

1 bunch scallions sliced separate greens and whites

1 yellow bell pepper diced

2 small sweet potatoes peeled and diced

1 small chili pepper diced from the middle to the tip discard the stem end and seeds

1 small can of pineapple wedges in juice not syrup

3 tbsp hoisin sauce or teriyaki sauce

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425°F grease a large baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.

Place bread in a large bowl. Open pineapple, reserve 2 Tbsp of pineapple juice for sauce and drain the remaining juice over the bread. Set pineapple pieces aside.

Using your hands mash the bread into a paste and add scallion whites and ground pork. Blend together with your hands add salt and pepper. Form into 3-4 small “loaves” about 1in thick, they do not need to be perfect. Place on the greased baking sheet and wash your hands.

In a small bowl combine hoisin sauce and reserved pineapple juice mix well and baste over top of the meat loaves. Reserve enough for one more coating after initial baking time. Take pineapple pieces and place on baking sheet with the meatloaf.

In a large bowl combine diced sweet potatoes, bell pepper, half of green scallions and chili pepper coat with olive oil and pepper to taste and place in a small roasting pan.

Place veggies on the middle shelf and meatloaf on the top shelf of the oven and bake for 20 min. Remove veggies from the oven check for doneness of the potatoes. Remove meatloaf and apply a new coating of sauce, remove pineapple from pan and place back in the oven for another 10min make sure meat is cooked to correct temp. Top meatloaf with toasted pineapple pieces and remaining scallion greens. Serve hot with a side of roasted veggies! Enjoy!

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

Tonight’s dinner is filling and simple, with a homemade sauce. Creamy chicken spaghetti with roasted tomatoes and basil! Yummy!

Making a simple homemade pasta sauce is super easy and once you perfect a base you’ll find changing up the flavor is super easy! I encourage you to give it a try!

Here’s what you need for this tasty pasta dish!

1lb chicken cut into strips

Spaghetti

1 lemon zested and quartered

2 Roma tomatoes, cut into wedges

2 tbsp tuscan or southwest seasoning

3 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp cream cheese

1/4c. Parmesan cheese

2 sprigs of fresh basil chopped

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°F, and bring a pot of salted water to a boil.

Zest and cut lemon and wedge the tomatoes. Place tomatoes skin side down on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt pepper and tuscan 1 tsp tuscan seasoning. Place in preheated oven and roast until they start to soften and juices can be seen releasing around the wedges.

Rinse and drain chicken, pat dry with paper towels, add to a preheated skillet with olive oil, salt, pepper, and 1tsp of the tuscan seasoning. Cook until browned and heated to temp.

Meanwhile cook spaghetti reserce 1/2 c of pasta water, drain pasta and set aside, do not rinse your pasta!

In the pot from the pasta add butter, cream cheese, reserved pasta water, lemon zest and the juice from half of the lemon. Cook on medium heat until melted and well blended. Add pasta, parmesan cheese and chicken. Stir until well blended. Add tomatoes and chopped basil. Serve hot! Enjoy!!

Garlic Parmesan Surf and Turf!

It’s been really tough to plan meals with the stores being low stocked on staple items that I use a lot of. So I’ve had to improvise.

Chicken was on short supply at my last visit to the local grocery mart. But they had tons of sirloin and this immediately made me think of surf and turf! So a quick trip to frozen foods and I was in business! Plenty of frozen uncooked shrimp in stock!

I already new I had a few essentials in my pantry. I picked up some parmesan cheese shreds, and a few fresh veggies for a sauteed side dish. The result was a delicious meal with very few ingredients that were super easy to find, or that I already had on hand!

Here’s what you need:

1lb chopped sirloin, stew meat will work too

1lb frozen medium shrimp uncooked and peeled

*unpeeled shrimp is cheaper if cost is an issue you can peel them and devein them at home if needed

3 large cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tbsp salted butter

1/2c parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Parsley garnish if desired

Thaw shrimp under cool water.

Turn a large skillet onto medium high heat add oil, and sirloin. Cook for 2-3 minutes add garlic.

Cook until meat is almost cooked to desired doneness and add shrimp, salt and pepper, cook through and add butter and parmesan cheese. Stir until melted. Garnish with parsley.

Serve hot! You can put this over pasta or rice if you’d like, or like we did eat it on it’s own with some simple sauteed veggies! Enjoy!!

Sweet and Spicy Breaded Chicken

Snow days make me want to cook!! Something about being cooped up that pushes me into the kitchen everytime. So for dinner tonite a sweet and spicy breaded baked chicken breast.

This is a no dredge recipe making it even easier! No messy dunking and breading just a crispy coating full of flavor!

Here’s what you need:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp spicy bbq rub

1 Tbsp butter

1c. Panko bread crumbs

3 Tbsp sour cream

Sweet Hot honey to taste

Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425°F

In a microwave safe bowl add butter and melt in microwave about 20 seconds. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper, panko crumbs, and bbq seasoning. Stir mixture together. Set aside.

Rinse chicken and pat dry on paper towel. Add the additional one Tbsp. Of olive oil to a glass baking dish coating the bottom of the pan. Add chicken. Spread sour cream onto the chicken and top with crumbs mixture pressing it lightly onto the chicken.

Bake 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through and crumb topping is golden brown.

Drizzle with honey and serve! Enjoy!!

Spicy Sausage with Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli

There’s just something about a really good pasta dish on a cool fall night that just hits the spot. I recently found a new favorite fresh pasta at a local Kroger grocery store and put it to great use in this flavorful dish!

Below is a photo of the pasta, the one shown is cheese ravioli, and the one I used in this dish was actually a spinach and ricotta ravioli of the same type. Although I believe either would taste great in this recipe, and the colored stripe in the pasta makes it pretty too!

This pasta paired with a spicy sausage and light delicious sauce really hit the spot!

Here’s what you need:

1pkg spinach and ricotta ravioli

1lb spicy sausage

1 roma tomato chopped

1 sm bunch of green onions chopped and separated into greens and whites.

1 clove garlic finely chopped

1 lemon quartered

2Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp sour cream

Salt and Pepper

Cook Ravioli according to package directions, drain reserving 1/4c. of pasta water.

Heat a small amount of oil in a medium sized pan add sausage, onion whites, and garlic cook on med-high heat ubtil sausage is browned and cooked through. Add 2 Tbsp butter, sour cream and pasta water. Squeeze half of the lemon over top and add tomatoes. Stir well, and simmer until thickened.

Top ravioli with sausage mixture, plate and top with onion greens. Enjoy!!

Simple Beef Stew

Doinner doesn’t havw to be difficult, with complicated ingredients, and 9000 steps to be delicious. Tonight I made a simple beef stew with dumplibgs and on this chilly drizzly day it was perfection!

Here is what you need:

1lb stew beef

2-3cup potatoes cubed

6 carrots sliced

1 medium onion chopped

1 packet McCormicks beef stew seasoning

2 Tbsp Olive oil

3c. Water

2 Tbsp flour

2c. Bisquick mix

2/3 c milk

Salt and pepper

In a large stock pot heat oil and brown beef stew meat. Season with salt and pepper add seasoning mix, flour, and water. Stir well. Add potatoes, onion, and carrots. Cover and cook on medium low heat for 1 hour.

Mix bisquick mix and milk together spoon on top of stew cover and cook 30minutes until dough puffs up and springs back when touched. Spoon into a bowl and serve hot! Enjoy!!