Beef Mac and Cheese Casserole Recipe Recipe

Beef Mac and Cheese Casserole Recipe

03.26.15 by Jackie

Little Aria's preschool classmate Mary welcomed her second baby sister two weeks ago. We thought we would prepare a homemade meal for her family. Ground beef is perfectly suited to toddlers' palates, so for the main dish, Aria and I prepared mac and cheese comfort food with a nesting beef and tomato bed of its very own. 

First, I prepared the bottom layer with a mixture of ground beef, tomatoes, thyme and onions. Then I added creamy Cheddar mac and cheese.

I've included a picture of the menu once we wrapped up the entire meal for Mary's family.

Menu


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Beef Roll Appetizers (Fusion Recipe) Recipe

Beef Roll Appetizers (Fusion Recipe)

03.25.15 by Jackie

Remember last week, when I posted a re-interpreted, fusion appetizer, maki-style? Well, this is the meat version. The dish consisted of blanched zucchini, carrot and enoki mushrooms stuffed in beef rolls, then quickly pan-seared until a crust was formed. You could also wrap the rolls in bacon or phyllo dough to secure them better, but if you're counting calories, these are just as delicious.

The idea was to create something new with ground beef instead of a good old burger. Even though the beef rolls are barely seared, the ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce help season and pre-cook the meat. So as long as you use fresh meat, you're good to go. 


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Dairy Free Lychee Coconut Cooler Recipe Recipe

Dairy Free Lychee Coconut Cooler Recipe

03.23.15 by Jackie

At Cost Plus World Market, I recently discovered a 100% lychee juice drink with no preservatives and no sugar added. As soon as I came home, I began brainstorming and came up with this deliciously, refreshing drink. It's made of coconut milk, lychee juice and sugar cane juice. The concoction is that wasy. It's really about the correct proportions and you could even add a few ounces of rum to spike it up.  Plus, it's dairy free!

If you're like me and don't have the patience to wait until the drink is chilled, simply add a few ice cubes and mix it in a cocktail shaker. It makes the perfect warm weather treat, almost like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert. So you can relax and pat yourself on the back for a well-crafted lychee coconut cooler.

 

 


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Garlic Noodles Recipe

Garlic Noodles

03.19.15 by Jackie

Little Aria's favorite dish of the moment is a good noodle stir fry. It's super easy to prepare and I'll show you how to master this dish using 3 main flavorings: garlic, green onions and some chiles.

The secret is to fry the garlic first. You have to make sure you don't burn it or the noodles will have an acrid taste, which could be very unpleasant. If this is the case, simply throw the garlic away, wash the pan and start over. The other key is stir fry the noodles over high heat; you could also add a dollop of butter at the end for extra richness, if you like. 


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10 Healthy Vegetarian Snack Recipes Recipe

10 Healthy Vegetarian Snack Recipes

03.16.15 by Jackie

To fit my Meatless Monday tradition, here's a list of healthy snacks I've been cooking lately. My moto to get back into shape is to cook with fresh ingredients, legumes and grains and create toothsome, tasty  bites packed in protein.

Mushrooms are perfect for a "meaty" texture and nuts and legumes will help fill you up (and keep you satisfied that way throughout the day). Enjoy!


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