Hearty Spinach/ Chicken Cheese Dip w/ Bacon

 

Hearty Spinach/ Chicken Cheese Dip with Bacon

A Delicious and Quick Appetizer
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Crock Pot Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 8 oz. bar cream cheese
  • 1 12.5 oz. chunk chicken drained
  • 1 10 oz. box frozen spinach  defrost
  • 1/2 c. bacon pieces
  • 1 c. mozzarella shredded

Instructions
 

  • Put first three ingredients in the instant pot on soup setting.
  • Push pressure valve down and press start.
  • After 35 minutes, timer will sound. Release pressure valve with fork to avoid steam burn. Stir in bacon bits and mozzarella cheese.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.
Keyword high protein

 

Instant Pot By Crockpot

Mexican Cactus Salad/Side-dish

 

Mexican Cactus Salad Side-dish

This colorful, festive, and tasty side dish is perfect alongside any Mexican Entree!
Prep Time 15 mins
Marinating Time 1 d
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Festive Bowl
  • Cutting Board
  • Clever
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring Spoons

Ingredients
  

  • 1 c. Dona Marias Nopolitas (tender cactus) diced
  • 1 c. canned corn drained
  • 1 c. canned Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/2 c. diced green onion
  • 1 TBS Cilntro dried and crushed
  • 1 TBS garlic

Instructions
 

  • Drain and rinse the cactus. Dice 1 cup put in a mixing bowl.
  • Drain Rotel tomatoes. add 1 c. to diced cactus in mixing bowl.
  • Drain corn and stir 1 c. to previous ingredients in mixing bowl.
  • Blend 1/2 c diced green onions, 1 TBS of cilantro and 1 TBS garlic to salad. mix well and add a pinch of salt to ignite flavors.
  • Finally, chill salad for 1 hour before serving or let in marinate itself overnight in the refrigerator.
Keyword cowboy food

Quick Grab & Eat Ham, Egg & Cheddar Bites No Carbs!!

 

The term “quick grab and eat” cracks me up because that’s the exact same thing I’d say as I rummaged through the fridge when I was a teenager.  By the way, these are only “quick” if they’re already made. However, a 30 min. assembly and bake time for this delectable, tasty, protein packed breakfast bite is more than reasonable!

Ham Egg & Cheese Bites

A low carb/ Keto protein snack.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Muffin Pan
  • Pam Spray

Ingredients
  

  • 12 slices ham lunch meat
  • 12 medium to large eggs
  • 12 pinches cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 TBS diced green onions

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Press each ham slice into the muffin cups.
  • Crack 1 egg into each ham lined cup.
  • Bake for 20 min. until cooked through.
  • Remove from oven and put a pinch of cheese one each ham & egg cup while hot.
  • Cool for 10 min. Scoop out each ham, egg, & cheese bite with a spoon.
  • Sprinkle with diced green onion and serve.
  • These store wonderfully in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 5 days, or freeze. Just thaw to room temperature and warm up for 30 sec. in microwave.
Keyword high protein

 

The Perfect Omelet

Of course, there is no such thing as “perfect,” only real. This is a real story on how I finally mastered making a really good omelet in an imperfect pan until I got my 8″ T-fal skillet!!

A busy work week had ended. Saturday morning seemed like a great time to surprise hubby with breakfast in bed! I was off to the kitchen to fire up the coffee pot and make the perfect omelette with his favorite filling- chili. Everything was wonderful, including the garnish on the plate. When I served it, he smiled and said, “you knew I like pepper!”
“yeah,”  I said, “give me a minute….I forgot the toast.”

whoa,” I thought, “do I know that? when did this start? did I even add pepper?! omg, it’s not pepper! curse you, cheap and chipping grocery store pan!” So, I chose the quickest fix possible- I lined the pan with foil & whipped 2 more eggs with  cream of course,  melted new butter… (re- purposed the same chili filing with cheese,) but this time, seasoned the omelet with pepper!

So, we attempted breakfast again.  All was well until he asked about that toast. Ha ha, it was toasted right where I put it (and forgot about it) in the toaster.

You know, it had only been a bit over 20 years since we shopped for pots and pans; we were due.  What a wonderful surprise of time-tested and proven quality we found in T-fal products.

The Perfect Omelet

Through much trial and error, I've realized that the best recipes come from the best cook ware.

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 TBS butter
  • 2 lg. eggs
  • 1 tsp, half & half cream
  • 2 TBS already prepared taco meat or chili
  • 1 TBS shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in 8-inch pan heated on level 2
  • Beat eggs with cream and add to heated pan then cover.
  • Wait three to four minutes until omelette base has formed.
  • Put 2 tablespoons of filling on one side, sprinkle 1 TBS of cheese on top of filling,
  • Fold over empty side and lightly press down with spatula. Wait 1 minute for cheese to adhere to top half.

 

Best Porcupine Turkey Meatballs

 

Porcupine (turkey & rice) Meatballs

These delicious meatballs are not in the same category of regular Italian meatballs that go great with spaghetti (although these could.) Porcupine meatballs are in more of a comfort food/ meatloaf category. If you like, you could serve them with pasta, regular egg noodles, or (the way we prefer them) with mashed potatoes!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lg, egg
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 TBS Parmesan cheese
  • 1 c. rice
  • 1/4 c. green pepper diced
  • 1/4 c. onion diced
  • 2 TBS breadcrumbs Italian
  • 1 TBS ketchup
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 TBS brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 c. water

Instructions
 

  • First, preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a jellyroll baking sheet with a non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, whip the egg,mix in ground turkey, garlic, Parmesan cheese, rice, green pepper, onion, breadcrumbs, and  ketchup. Stir until well combined.
  • Next, scoop mixture into meatballs using a ¼ c. scoop and then place on the  prepared baking sheet. This should make 15 meatballs (or 1 meatloaf.)
  • This first bake is for 25 min. 
  • After the first 25 min. turn each meatball over and bake for another 25 min.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan warm up tomato soup, brown sugar, water and , Worcestershire sauce for the gravy.
  • Finally, remove from oven and serve with mashed potatoes and gravy. Enjoy. 

 

Keto Broccoli Cheddar Bacon Salad

 

Looking for your next “perfect dish to pass”at a party?
This low carb broccoli salad is tasty, simple, and goes excellently with pretty much anything!

Keto Broccoli Cheddar Bacon Salad

Cook 1
Great as a side dish, summer salad, or delicious snack. This is packed with protein and no carbs!!

Ingredients
  

  • 4 c. broccoli chopped
  • 1 c. cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c. bacon bits
  • 1/2 c. onion diced
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c. Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp Stevia or prefered sweetener
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • First, in a large bowl, mix broccoli, cheddar cheese, sunflower seeds, bacon bits, and onion.
  • Secondly,  In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, sweetener, and milk.
  • Thirdly, combine sauce into broccoli mixture.
  • Finally,  cool and  let salad marinate for 20 minutes before serving.

 

Keto Belgium Waffles

 

Keto Coconut Flour Waffle

A delicious blend of proteins with a coconut/ tropical flare! Best of all, NO GUILT!
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz cream cheese soften in microwave 30 sec.
  • 7 eggs
  • 2 TBS vanilla
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Soften cream cheese in microwave 30-45 sec.
  • Blend cream cheese, eggs and vanilla thoroughly.
  • Mix in coconut flour, baking powder, and  cinnamon.
  • Scoop batter by 1/2 cup measures onto oiled/ sprayed waffle iron.  Cooks approx. 3.5 min.
  • Top with fruit, syrup, powdered sugar, or just serve plain. Enjoy!

    (makes 4)

Notes

 

Coconut Flour Bread

Because coconut flour has no gluten in it, it does not make a great cold sandwich bread. However,  grilled cheeses, patty melts, and paninis work perfect!  This bread is very thick and grainy (which I love because it is a meal in itself- slathered in butter and jam!) Unfortunately, it doesn’t stay together well in the toaster, so, I suggest warming up a piece in a buttered skillet.

Coconut Flour Bread

This light and fluffy bread is perfect for sandwiches, french toast, and pan grilling!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 c coconut oil
  • 1/4 c butter softened
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 8 TBS coconut flour
  • 2 TBS arrowroot flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • In a medium bowl mix eggs coconut oil, butter and almond milk (I call this the glue stage because it is truly wat holds this bread together.)
  • In a large bowl sift together coconut flour, arrowroot powder and baking powder,
  • Slowly blend in the ‘glue’ wet mixture into the dry flour bowl. Mix until it’s smooth.
  • Allow batter to rest for 5 minutes
  • Scoop batter into greased 7 in 3/8 bread pan in bake bread until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. 40 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

About Me

Wait – what happened?!

It feels like hubby just snapped this picture last week and now everyone is big and [very] busy!
c.2010

This is one of my favorite memories~ we were juggling home school group, t-ball practice, Awanas at 7,  but first  [squeeze in] dinnertime!

Hello, my name is Jennifer and I love to make new recipes, meal plans, and anything that makes busy life simpler. Come on in, relax with a cup of coffee and toss together one of our quick and simple snacks.