Zucchini Boats

My sister bought the biggest zucchini I have ever seen the other day, so I made yore tasty zucchini boats out of them!

First, I sautéed some chopped peppers, onions, garlic and Italian parsley together. Then I combined ground turkey and Italian sausage, and after those were browned I combined the meat with the veggies.

Then, I cut the zucchini in half and scooped the flesh out the insides. I spooned the meat/veggie mixture into the zucchini boats, drizzled some red sauce on top of the mixture and then put the zucchini boats in the oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. With 5 minutes left, I put some cheddar and parmesan cheese on top of the zucchini so it would melt. After the 5 minutes, the cheese was melted and the zucchini boats were perfect!

Pizza Waffles! 

Today, I had a friend over for lunch, so I decided to treat her to a unique meal… We made some delicious pizza waffles! All I did was buy some crescent rolls, and then I squished each of the two triangles together to make rectangles. Then, I put one of the rectangles on the waffle iron. After that I layered some pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni and green peppers topped with another rectangle of crescent rolls. Then I just clamped the waffle iron down and repeated the process to make 2 large rectangles of pizza waffles, and cut each of the large rectangles in half to create 4 pizza waffles total! It was delicious!

Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Strawberries, Blueberries, Coconut, and Chia Seeds

Happy 4th of July! This morning I had a 4th of July themed breakfast that I made from this recipe:

http://marinmamacooks.com/2016/04/overnight-refrigerator-steel-cut-oats-chia-strawberries/

With the recipe, I drizzled in a bit of agave instead of the maple syrup and I added blueberries for the 4th of July as well. 🙂 I also poured in some more almond milk in the morning after the mixture hardened up overnight. It tasted great!! I think in the future though, I would just like to use regular Oats instead of Steel Cut (unless I pre-cooked them) because they were still a bit hard and chewy this morning. Still had great flavor though!

Banana Boats

Today, my sister and I made a dessert that was an old camp favorite for her… banana boats! All you do is slit the top of the banana and open it wide so you can stuff it with whatever you want. I stuffed mine with red velvet marshmallows, chocolate, coconut and brown sugar. Then, you wrap the banana in aluminum foil and bake it at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes so the banana gets warm and the toppings melt!😍



Lentil Soup with Garlic Bread

Feeling a bit under the weather today, so I decided to make up a simple lentil Soup: here’s the lentil soup recipe I used:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13978/lentil-soup/

And for the garlic bread, I just bought a sourdough demi baguette and cut it up into small slices. Then I brushed them with some olive oil, minced garlic and melted butter, and sprinkled some Italian seasoning on the top. I baked them at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes and then broiled them for a couple of minutes until they were at my desired crispyness.

Nice and simple dinner for today!

Ukrainian “Halva” Dessert

I just got back from going to Rivne and Kiev, Ukraine for a week, which surprisingly had some of the greatest meals of my trip! There, I tried a new specialty Ukrainian dessert called “Halva.” I made dinner for my family tonight and decided to try and recreate some Halva for them to try as a dessert. Here’s the recipe I used:

http://gringalicious.com/ukrainian-sunflower-seed-halva/

It wasn’t 100% the same as what I had in Ukraine, but pretty similar and still very good! Would definitely make this again, especially because it took all of 5 minutes to make!