Fruits & Vegetables

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Fries

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Fries

I am the only one in my little family who likes asparagus, so I rarely cook it because I can’t get anyone to eat it! Then recently I found a recipe for parmesan fries on pinterest that seemed to “disguise” the asparagus enough that my kids wouldn’t know what they were eating, and delicious enough that my husband wouldn’t complain–so I made a couple of different versions with high hopes, both of which were horrible! The first, I thought i’d be clever and creative, and added some citrus–which was SO gross that it almost put me off asparagus {with the rest of my family}. Then the second was a classic, popular recipe–but I just couldn’t get the flour and egg and parmesan and panko to adhere to a smooth, shiny, thin asparagus spear, and it was a huge, frustrating MESS!

Then yesterday as I resolved to master attempt number 3 {the more something defeats me, the more determined I am to defeat IT!} I decided to wrap prosciutto around the asparagus first. Not only would this help the heavy mixture of flour and egg and cheese and panko actually STICK to the spear, but I knew my family would LOVE it if it involved bacon, {even in its slightly healthier form}. It worked like a charm! They were salty, and cheesy, and crispy and pretty heavenly! I served them alongside a couple of steaks, but they would be great dipped in a cheesy, creamy alfredo sauce too! Yum!
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Tikka Masala FRIES

Tikka Masala FRIES

A new, popular food fad is to load up fries with delicious, creative toppings and sauces that go way beyond your average “chili cheese fries!” I saw a post on pinterest the other day for chicken tikka masala fries, and couldn’t resist! I mean, I should have at least tried–because I am trying to eat a little healthier as we go into this summer swim-suit season, but I made them anyway, and I was not sorry. Maybe because I decided to lighten the recipe up with oven-baked fries! I used my favorite bombay house chicken tikka masala as the base of this recipe– the fries are covered in the chicken tikka spices, and loaded up with creamy, delicious masala sauce and topped with some fresh cilantro. I served them with some sweet mango chutney, just to balance out out the flavors, and there were SO divine! I can definitely see why these are such a big craze lately! I hope you guys all love them too!
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Gingered Coconut Carrot Soup

Gingered Coconut Carrot Soup

Carrots are something that I always have on hand — somehow in such abundance that I never know what to do with them, other than feed them to our tiny little hamster, and recently a little bunny that has been hopping all around our yard {the kids go out and feed him, they’re convinced he’s the easter bunny!} Even trying to pawn off carrots on our fury little friends, we still have crazy amounts sitting in our fridge… so I thought i’d use half to make a delicious carrot cake for easter this week, and the other half to make this delicious carrot soup.
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St. Patty’s Style Vegetable Soup

St. Patty’s Style Vegetable Soup

I have been on a soup kick lately, so when I saw the idea for an Irish-flag inspired carrot and pea soup, I was all over it for St. Patty’s! It looks pretty, tastes amazing, and is SO healthy! I hope you guys enjoy!
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Colcannon

Colcannon

I’ve been having fun making some “green” recipes this week in honor of St. Patrick’s day, but I also wanted to try making something that was traditionally Irish– so I thought i’d have a go at making Colcannon for the first time ever. It’s basically just mashed potato with kale or cabbage mixed in — but I was kind of taken aback by how something so simplistic could be so clever, and SO delicious. You can also add bacon, but since I wanted to serve it with Corned Beef, I thought that would be a lot of salty meat, and a little too heavy on the calories, so I kept this recipe light, and creamy, and it complimented the corned beef perfectly! I really can’t believe I have never tried this before, but I can’t wait to make it every St. patrick’s!

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