Smoky Corn and Black Bean Pizza

644487_10200576348109275_111495497_nI’ve always loved home cooked pizza. There is something about uneven crust and mountain high custom toppings that makes dinner kind of fun. I have found the all time best dough recipe that I use every single time I make a pizza. I’ll post a link to that blog entry. It is a cornmeal dough which works awesome with the toppings for this pizza. Such good comfort food!

Serves: 6    Calories: 316

Ingredients: 

– 1 plum tomato, diced

– 1 cup of canned black beans, rinsed and drained.

– 1 cup of corn kernels, (if using fresh it will be about 2 ears of corn)

– 2 tbsp cornmeal

– 1 pre made pizza dough or if you want my recipe for cornmeal crust you can find that here : https://goodforyougourmet.wordpress.com/?s=cornmeal

– 1/3 cup of BBQ sauce

– 1 cup shredded mozzarella

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 400

2.) If using my dough recipe cook that now. If you are using a pre-made dough sprinkle cornmeal onto baking sheet and stretch dough over it to coat the underside. Bake for however long the directions advise.

3.) After the crust is baked combine tomato, beans and corn in a medium bowl.

4.) Spread BBQ sauce over baked crust. Sprinkle with tomato mixture and cheese.

5.) Put into the over once more and bake until the cheese melts, approximately 5 minutes.

6.) Cut and Enjoy!

*Original recipe can be found at http://www.eatingwell.com 

**Photo is an original taken by me

 

 

Spinach and Lentil Tortellini Soup

ImageThis soup was really hearty and good. I was a little unsure of it at first because the recipe sounded like there was too much going on within the dish. I was surprised how good it ended up being but I definitely think I overdid it on the spinach and will cut back just a bit on that next time. This recipe came from The Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes

Serves: 6    Calories: 245

Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup of dry lentils

– 2 cups of coarsely shredded carrots

– 1 large onion, finely chopped

– 4 oz. chopped cook ham or canadian style bacon

– 2 cloves of garlic

– 2 tbsp fresh basil (I RECOMMEND FRESH) or 2 tsp dried basil.

– 1.5 tbsp fresh thyme (ALSO RECOMMENDED) or 1.5 tsp dried thyme.

– 1/4 tsp pepper

– 5 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

– 1 cup of water

– 1-9-oz package of refrigerated cheese filled tortellini (We get the whole wheat ones.)

– 4 cups of torn fresh spinach, rinsed

Directions:

1.) Rinse and drain lentils. Place lentils in your slow cooker.

2.) Add the carrots, onion, ham, garlic, basil, thyme and pepper.

3.) Pour broth and water into cooker.

4.) Cover and cook on low for 6.5-7 hours OR on high for 3.25-3.5 hours.

5.) if you are cooking on the low setting turn heat up to high and add tortellini to cook for an additional 30 minutes. If you are cooking on high heat add tortellini 20 minutes before cooking time is up.

6.) To serve stir in spinach and if you want some extra basil and thyme.

7.) Enjoy!

*Photo is an original by me
**Original recipe found on pg. 49 in The Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes.

Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash

ImageI’ve been trying to master more Hungarian dishes because supposedly I have rich Hungarian blood flowing through my veins. The only “traditional” dish I had growing up was paprikash so I’m pretty excited to be able to learn more about my ancestry and teach my son about it too. This dish was very flavorful and I would even eat it without the noodles. The only thing I would alter completely is the beef. Next time I will try chunks of meat instead of the ground beef. It was not awful with the ground beef but with a sauce that rich I feel it would be better with hunks of beef in every bite. I found this recipe in a cookbook where you will see a few more recipes pop up. I love love love slow cooker recipes!

Serves: 10   Calories: 90/ serving   Carbs: 9g

Ingredients:

-1 lb. extra lean ground beef

– 1 Lg onion, sliced

– 1 clove garlic, minced

– 1/2 cup of ketchup

-2 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

-1 tbsp brown sugar

– 1.5 tsp salt

– 2 tsp paprika

– 1/2 tsp dry mustard

– 1 cup of water

– 1/4 cup of flour

– 1/4 cup of cold water

Directions:

1.) Place meat in slow cooker and over with onions.

2.) Combine garlic, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt, paprika, mustard and one cup of water. Pour mixture over the meat.

3.) Cook on low for 5-6 hours

4.) Dissolve flour in 1/4 cup of cold water. Stir into meat mixture

5.) Cook on high 10-15 minutes or until slightly thickened.

6.) Serve over rice, noodles or vegetables.

7.) Enjoy!

*Photo is an original taken by me

**Original recipe can be found on Pg. 63 in the Fix it and Forget it Lightly cookbook. 

White Chocolate Key Lime Pie

ImageI made this for Easter because I wanted something new, easy to whip up, and obviously delicious. I looked all over the web for those criteria and stumbled upon this little gem on http://www.myrecipes.com It is one of those “throw it together and let it refrigerate overnight” recipes so that on special days you won’t have to fret in the kitchen trying to pull together a desert. So good!

Ingredients:

-1 cup of whipping cream

– 1-11 oz package of white chocolate morsels

– 1 tbsp sour cream

– 1 tsp grated lime rind

-1/3 cup of key lime or lime juice (I used key limes and it took me forever but was worth it)

– 1-9inch ready made graham pie crust

– sliced lime/wedges to garnish

Directions:

1.) Combine whipping cream and white chocolate morsels in a medium saucepan over low heat.

2.) Cook for 5 minutes or until chocolate melts, stirring constantly. It will seem clumpy at first but be patient because it will get creamy 🙂

3.)Remove from heat. Add sour cream, lime rind, and juice; stir well.

4.)Pour into crust. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.

4.) Garnish and serve!

*Photo is an original by me

** Original recipe can be found at http://www.myrecipes.com