Perogish-zagna April 14, 2011

Filed under: Recipies — LovemyMartel @ 1:59 pm

I scored an amazing price on Hillshire Farm smoked sausage rings  and instant mashed potatoes last week at the store… but I NEVER know what to do with those things, so I got to thinking and here’s what I came up with and boy, was it TASTY!!

I made homemade lasagna noodles… but you can cheat. You need enough lasagna noodles to make three layers (pre cook your noodles since there is no sauce for them to suck up!)

1 Hillshire Farm smoked sausage ring, sliced into bite size pieces

2 packages 4 cheese instant mashed potatoes

8 ounces cream cheese

Make the mashed potatoes according to package directions and add in the cream cheese.

Put a small layer of mashed potatoes in the bottom of a baking dish, add noddles, add more potatoes and 1/2 of the smoked sausage, add another layer of noodles, then potatoes and remaining sausage. Top with one final layer of noodles. Spray the top layer of noodles with nonstick cooking spray to keep it tender, cover with foil. Bake on 350 for 45 minutes. Let cool 15 (you NEED to let it cool or it’s runny and doesnt taste as good). I topped it with a little garlic butter…. it was SOOOO good! It was so good that I’d actually purchase these items to make this lasagna again…


Pork and Broccoli Stir Fry April 13, 2011

Filed under: Recipies — LovemyMartel @ 11:50 am

Probably the healthiest dish on here!

More to come as I travel through my journey of learning t cook healthier and lose weight!

1lb pork loin, cut into very thin strips

1 head of broccoli (I use just the florets, but if you like the stem, go ahead)

3 gloves garlic

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 c soy sauce

2 tbsp oil

corn starch

3/4 can chicken broth

8oz fresh mushrooms

1/4 onion, chopped

Coat the thinly sliced pork loan with salt, pep and a light dusting of corn starch.

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Bring 2″ water to boil in a sauce pan.

When the oil is hot, add the pork and fry for 1-2 minutes. Pork should be slightly underdone when you take it out of the pan. That’s okay. Set the pork aside on a plate. Add the onion and mushrooms and fry for two minutes. Set them aside with the pork.

Once the water is boiling, add your broccoli for ONE MINUTE. Remove it from the water and set it with the pork.

In the frying pan (hot, hot) add the chicken broth, chopped garlic, ginger and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Add 1 tsp of corn starch slurry to bring to a runny-gravy-like  consistency. Dump this mixture over the pork, broccoli, mushrooms and onions. Stir.

I serve over rice. Pork is super tender and flavorful. Love it!


Baked Apples April 5, 2011

Filed under: Recipies — LovemyMartel @ 2:41 pm

Litterally love at first bite. Litterally.

Allow one apple per person (any firm apple will do)

Peel and core apples. Cut in half.

Put into a baking dish and cover with cinnamon and sugar.

Put a little water in the bottom of the dish to keep from burning.

Bake on 350 for an hour, or until tender.

These are magical.

Sooo simple, but so good!


Collard Greens (not gross, try them)

Filed under: Recipies — LovemyMartel @ 2:39 pm

I saw a lady on tv make these and I HAD to try them. I have adapted her recipie to items we have here, though.

2 bunches of collard greens

1 ham hock

1/2 pound ham, cubed

2 cans chicken broth

pepper DONT USE SALT!!

2 gloves fresh garlic, chopped

Trim the stems off the greens and wash. Put all onto a deep pot and cover, cooking on Medium for 45 minutes. Remove ham hock and serve.



My favorite cookie…

Filed under: Recipies — LovemyMartel @ 2:37 pm

It was inspired by the candy bar Almond Joy and used as a substitute for those DELICIOUS little Girl Scout cookies- Samoas.

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 tsp coconut extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup toasted coconut flake


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream  butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and coconut extract.  Stir in flour, salt and baking soda. Once combined, add one cup of the chocolate chips and 3/4 cup of the coconut. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.  Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

Once ALL OF THE COOKIES are done: melt remaining chocolate chips in the microwave in a plasic bag (add a littttttle oil to keep it smooth). Snip the tip of the bag once the chocolate is smooth (this acts like a piping bag). Drizzle chocolate over all baked cookies. Sprinkle with remaining coconut before chocolate dries!



“Cherry Garcia” Cookies

Filed under: Recipies — LovemyMartel @ 2:28 pm

These litterally take 20 minutes (or less) from start to plate:

1cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon maracino cherry juice

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped maricino cherries

1 cup white chocolate chips (or 1/2 white, 1/2 semi sweet)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream  together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and cherry juice Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the cherries and white chocolate. If this is a little sticky, it’s okay!! Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.


My favorite “Fried” Rice

Filed under: Recipies — LovemyMartel @ 2:13 pm

It’s in quotation marks because it’s not really fried at all. At least not the way you’d think.

So, I purchased a large quantity of Uncle Bens Ready Rice in the pouches last week when they were on sale for $1 a bag (a steal, I know). What I’ve come to find is they are still a little hard, even after cooking per their directions. I dont enjoy crispy rice. Sooo, what I did was:

Chopped up 1/4 sweet onion. I cooked this in a little margarine for about 10 minutes, or until translucent with slightly brown edges (NOT carmalized).

I added a pack of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice to this, in the frying pan, over Med High Heat. I then chopped up some fresh garlic and added that. I then added about 1/2 cup of chicken broth (water works), just to soften the rice. But I wasn’t done. I threw in some frozen peas, some fresh mushrooms and a little salt and pepper.

I cooked it until it was tender and the veggies were cooked.

Simple, tasty and MUCH healthier than fried.