Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Long time no post! It’s been over a month since I have posted last, and I can’t promise any more regularity. I don’t cook very often, as we live with Brandon’s family at the moment. I had started the blog as a catch all for recipes, (wedding) craft stuff, fashion, etc. However, I don’t do… any of that stuff anymore. I had to leave my job during the move, and despite my hardest efforts, I haven’t been able to get hired anywhere yet. So I don’t even get out of my PJs most days.

But! I did get a craving for my mom’s stuffed mushrooms this weekend. I hate crab and when I think about portabella mushrooms for too long I get sick (even though I love mushrooms), so I obviously have to be in a specific mood for these mushrooms. I spent way too much on the ingredients because I must live in a food desert now, and I ended up throwing most of them away because one woman can only eat so many stuffed mushrooms! But this is a treasured recipe, so I have to share it!

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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

You’ll need:

  • 1-2 packages of portabella mushrooms ( I use the baby bella size)
  • 1 package of imitation diced crab
  • 1 block cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • Handful of parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons dill weed

You will:

  • Set the oven to 350 degrees
  • Put softened cream cheese in a bowl and mix it up
  • De-stem and use a damp paper towel to wipe off the mushrooms. Don’t rinse them under water!
  • Get a cookie sheet or a cake pan handy. I always put my destemed and cleaned mushrooms on the cookie sheet while I prep!
  • Keep a few stems and dice them finely, adding them to the cream cheese in the bowl
  • Add the mozzarella cheese, onion and dill into the bowl
  • Dice the crab as small as you can/want and then add it to the bowl
  • Mix everything together
  • Fill the mushrooms with heaping spoonfuls of the mixture
  • Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over top of the mushrooms
  • Once all the mushrooms are on the cookie sheet and filled, pour a tiny bit of water along the bottom of the pan
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes
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DIY Chipotle Burrito Bowls

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted! Brandon and I are in the middle of a move/job change, and things have been a little weird around the house lately… especially food wise. But since we can’t live on frozen pizza and I’m sure my mom is tired of cooking for us, I decided it was time to break out the pots and pans for some delicious DIY Chipotle Bowls.

I don’t know if it’s a universal thing, but Chipotle is a big deal here in Ohio. People go nuts for Chipotle… me included. I’m a little ashamed at how many times I’ve stood in a long line waiting for the place to even open. Opting not to drive 40 minutes to the closest town with Chipotle and trying to avoid the lines and cramped seating, we decided to try our own recipe at home. Here’s how to achieve yummy copycat Chipotle from the comfort of your own kitchen.

DIY Chipotle Burrito Bowl

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YOU’LL NEED:

Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Rice

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of rice of your choosing (we prefer brown)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lime
  • freshly chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste

Corn Salsa

  • Two cans sweet corn
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • freshly chopped cilantro
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Other Toppings (we used)

  • 1 cup black beans
  • guacamole (2 avocados, ½ cup sour cream, salt)
  • mozzarella cheese

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YOU WILL:

Chicken

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, making sure to stir and coat the chicken evenly
  • Place the mixture in the fridge to marinate for at least an hour
  • Heat stove to medium high and cook the chicken for about 5 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked
  • Remove, let rest for a few minutes, then chop into small pieces

Rice

  • In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat
  • Once hot, add the rice and lime juice and sauté the rice for about a minute to toast it
  • Add the water and bring the rice to a boil, then cover and reduce heat
  • Cook until rice is tender and water is absorbed
  • Add cilantro and fluff

Corn Salsa

  • Drain the corn and pour into a large bowl
  • Add the finely chopped jalapeno and serrano peppers
  • Add the finely chopped red pepper
  • Add cilantro
  • Add the juice of half a lime (or more, if you want)
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Mix well

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So there you have it! Our DIY Bowls, which admittedly, tasted pretty darn close to the real thing! I make a quick and easy guacamole that’s just avocado and sour cream, but I know it’s not true to Chipotle. It still tasted yummy! I know the recipes seem like a hassle and are overwhelming at first, but when you get cooking, it’s pretty quick and painless. When preparing the rice, go the extra steps to make it without instant rice. And of course, if you like peppers, salsa, lettuce, etc. with your bowls or burritos, add em! The more the merrier when it comes to Chipotle. Not really. Then your burrito rips. Nobody likes a broken burrito.

15 Minute Calzones

I haven’t been experimenting with new recipes lately because money is tight in our house. Lots of spaghetti has been made the past few weeks! I couldn’t pass up this quick calzone recipe because it was cheap and looked a lot better than frozen pizza (which is also a frequent flyer). Turns out it was just quick and delicious, just like the recipe promised. I know my picture is super lack luster. I didn’t plan on posting this recipe, but last minute I decided it’s a great recipe for those with little kids or who just have a few minutes for lunch or dinner! Enjoy!

15 Minute Calzones
Adapted from Wine and Glue

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• Pillsbury Grand Biscuits
• pizza sauce
• cheese
• pizza toppings of your choosing

• Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
• Pop open your biscuits, spread out the biscuits so they are thinner.
• Add sauce, cheese, and toppings.
• Fold over, and pinch closed and bake on a greased baking sheet for 12 minutes or until golden

Mini S’mores Cups

What isn’t there to love about s’mores? Oh, yeah. The mess they make! I know the messiness factor is part of the experience of s’mores, but for some folk (like me) it can be too much. Alas! A recipe has been crafted to fit all the neat freaks needs for the ooey gooey match of marshmallow, chocolate, and graham crackers.

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Mini S’mores Cups

You’ll need:

  • 1 box brownie mix of your choice (plus ingredients as directed on the box)
  • Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crusts (I used 3 packages of 6)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • Crushed graham crackers

You will:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Fill the cups with about two spoonfuls of mix. You don’t want them too full or they’ll spill over when they cook.
  • Top with a handful of marshmallows, chocolate chips, and crumbled up graham crackers
  • Bake for about 25 minutes, remove, and add a few more marshmallows
  • Cook a few more minutes until the new marshmallows are toasted.
  • Serve warm!

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My only problem with this recipe is that I bought an entire box of graham crackers and only used two pieces of the crackers. The same for the chocolate chips; I didn’t use very many. But having leftover marshmallows, chocolate chips and graham crackers is defiantly not a bad thing. I’m sure they’ll be gone by Sunday night! I can’t stop myself from snacking on all of those things. So yummy! The goods far outweigh my irritation with my leftover ingredients. They’re quick, easy, and basically mess free. If you have kids, I’m sure this would be a great recipe to try for a good dessert or treat! And due to the mess-free nature of the process, I’m sure they could help prepare!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

I’m really late to this buffalo chicken dip train, but at least I’ve finally hopped on! This was one of the dishes we had this weekend with our finger-food frenzy meal. My mom was like, “Hey have you heard/seen any recipes for buffalo chicken dip?” And I was like, “THE INTERNET LOVES THAT STUFF!”. So we made it & I’m in love. It’s all I think about. I dream about this dip. I dream of myself lounging on a chair with Michael Fassbender feeding me this dip… because Michael Fassbender is a gentleman who feeds his lady amazing buffalo dip.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

You’ll need:
– 1 package of cream cheese, softened
– ½ cup buffalo hot sauce (Franks is the best!)
– ½ cup ranch dressing
– 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (about 3 breasts)
– ½ cup shredded cheese

You will:
– preheat oven to 350 degrees
– combine all ingredients in a baking dish
– bake for 20 minutes, or until heated through; stir

That’s it! Oh, and when Michael Fassbender feeds me this dip, he does it on some tortilla chips. This dip is perfect for every day eats, but it is defiantly a good party food! We don’t do sports, but I can see why this is a football party dish. Instead of serving this while watching a sport I don’t understand, I can totally see me making this for Brandon (YOU THOUGHT I WAS GONNA SAY MICHAEL FASSBENDER) and binging out watching some Netflix movies or playing some video games.

However you enjoy your dip… and more importantly, with whomever you enjoy your dip with… this stuff is what dreams are made of.

Veggie Pizza Cups

The first time my mom made veggie pizza, I was apprehensive. Vegetables? Ew! A few years have passed since then and I love veggies of all shapes and sizes. Veggie pizza is one of my favorite finger food type dish that she makes, however, it can be so messy! This weekend Brandon, me, and my mom all had a day off and my mother and I decided to cook nothing but finger foods! We had a feast for kings! I knew I wanted veggie pizza, but I wanted something more convenient and easier to eat.

I did a quick google search and found the recipe we used as inspiration for our veggie pizza cups. My mom does not follow recipes and hates listening to cooking rules (maybe it’s because she is used to being the boss and not listening to anything anyone says… or maybe it’s just because she’s a mom). We used this recipe as a base, but the recipe below is modified to make the cups a quick and easy bake that keeps all your toppings from falling off!

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Veggie Pizza Cups

You’ll need:
– 1 package of crescent rolls
– 1 package of cream cheese, softened
– 1 cup sour cream
– 1 package of powdered ranch dressing mix
– ½ teaspoon garlic powder
– chopped veggies of choice (we use carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, broccoli and tomatoes)
– shredded cheese (we just use cheddar!)

You will:
– preheat your oven to 350 degrees farenheit
– cut the crescent roll into sections
– press the sections into the bottom of a greased muffin tin to make little cups. be careful not to over make the cups or you won’t be able to put any of the mix and toppings in.
– bake for 10-12 minutes or until they turn a golden brown color
– in a small or medium sized bowl, beat your softened cream cheese and then add sour cream, ranch mix, and garlic powder until it is mixed together well
– chop up your veggies to the size you prefer
– let the cups cool for a few minutes once they’re out, then spoon the ranch mix in the cups
– fill the cups with the veggies and cheese
It took us a minute to figure out how to make the cups. Just experiment! Figure out what works best for your cup-making abilities. Also, when you’re spooning the ranch mix in make sure you don’t overfill. We left a little bit of an indentation in the middle so we could put the veggies in and they wouldn’t fall out.

We still had a lot of the mix left out, so you could double the recipe by just getting another pack of crescent roll. Since we didn’t have any more crescent rolls left, we used tortillas and spread the mix out and sprinkled the leftover cheese and veggies and rolled them up. We got 3 veggie tortilla roll ups out of it (and we really slathered the ranch mix on), so that should give you an indication of how much is left over! I would recommend actually using two packs of the crescent rolls. I know the next time we make these (and believe me, we will) I’m going to get two packs of crescent rolls.

Just a FYI- while writing this I got an insane craving for the veggie cups and texted my mom to see if she had any leftovers for me to come steal… nope… all the veggie pizza is gone. GUESS WE GOTTA MAKE ANOTHER BATCH, FOLKS!

And another FYI- go to my husband (and occasionally my) YouTube account! We do a bunch of videos, but are starting a movie review thing-y. Our first review is out and needs eager eyes to watch it.

One Pot Mushroom and Spinach Pasta

I finally took the plunge and made a one pot pasta dish! Ever since I started searching the internet and finding new cooking blogs, I have seen all types of one pot dishes, but I’ve never tried one. Until tonight. And with some risky (at least for us) ingredients!

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One Pot Mushroom and Spinach Pasta

You’ll need:
– a carton of sliced mushrooms
– a medium/large bushel of spinach
– ½ onion, sliced
– fettichine noodles (or whatever your favorite pasta is)
– ¼ block of cream cheese (you can sub olive oil or use a little of both!)

You will:
– combine the mushrooms, spinach, onion, and noodles in one pot with water
– cook and strain, then return pasta to pot
– add the cream cheese or oil and mix – enjoy!

That’s it! That is all you’ve got to do. The result is a yummy and nutritious meal. Brandon despises mushrooms and I’m still weary of spinach, so it was a risk for us. However, we both enjoyed it. It’s defiantly a filling and healthy pasta dish that everyone will love, and hopefully will get you and your family eating some more greens!