I’m going to cook with my mom today. We’re cooking spaghetti bolognes. Its a slimming world friendly dish. We are making the sauce for it from scratch. I will post photos later on when its done. There is a ton of vegetables in it. I am excited to taste it. I’m sure it will be scrumptious. I love cooking with my mom. We get to spend some quality time together, and then we get to eat what we’ve cooked. Yum yum who could ask for more!
Plus the food is good and syn free too! Yay!
so i cant sleep. i’ve been wide awake, unable to settle. i was watching tv, was watching a true crime show, since I wasnt able to sleep. Of course it would help if I didnt nap yesterday afternoon, but well, I did. Anyway, I watched a show called worlds most shocking murders, it was good. About a british guy who poisoned his co-workers in the 70’s, fascinating story. After the show ended I turned on the repeat of this mornings talk show on our local radio station, the show gets repeated in the middle of the night, I had missed it this morning due to me going to slimming world. Then I got hungry so I made bacon and toast. It was sooo good! I enjoyed it. And then I started downloading some audio books. I will be seeing Dr. Barry today in the afternoon. I also have to get my shot. I’m due my 3 monthly shot. I cant wait to see Dr. Barry. Because I had to take Nitro to the vets on Monday, I never got to see Eileen, so we’ve had no therapy this past week. Before I go see Dr. Barry my mom is coming over for an hour. She will clean my yard and just spend the hour tidying up for me. My sister said she’d drop me to the hospital to save me getting a taxi, so she’ll pick me up when she picks my mom up. I’m thankful to her for the ride. I finished my shane dunphy book called bleak alley. It was a brilliant read. I liked that shane read the book himself. I think that gives a real personal touch when the author reads their own book. I’m not going to start anything now until Thursday, when the new Cathy glass book comes out. I’m excited for that to come out and to start reading it. I will do a review of the shane dunphy book soon for the blog.
So I made fajitas for dinner and they turned out great. I never took photos though. I really enjoyed them. I had bought a fajita kit, which had the wraps and the seasoning and salsa in it. All I had to do was cook the chicken and peppers, I didnt add tomatos or lettuce because I dont particularly like those two things. I did add jalapeno peppers though yum yum. The fajitas were very spicy, just how I like them.
So do you like spicy food?
How spicy do you like it?
Do you like fajitas?
Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
4 skinned and boned chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (14 ounce) bottle buffalo wing sauce, divided
2 small celery ribs
3/4 cup matchstick carrots
1 tablespoon thinly sliced red onion
1/3 cup refrigerated blue cheese dressing
6 bakery-style buns or kaiser rolls, lightly toasted
Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned. Transfer chicken to a 4 quart slow cooker. Reserve 2 tablespoons wing sauce. Pour remaining wing sauce over chicken. Cover; cook on low for 3 hours, or until chicken is done. Meanwhile, thinly slice celery crosswise to measure 3/4 cup. Combine reserved 2 tablespoons wing sauce, celery, carrots, onion and dressing; toss to coat. Shred chicken in bowl with 2 forks; toss with 1/2 cup cooking liquid from slow cooker. Serve shredded chicken on buns; top with carrot slaw.
Makes 6 servings.
Baked Four Cheese Spaghetti With Italian Sausage
8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1 pound Italian sausage, about 4 links
1 (8 ounce) container refrigerated prechopped bell pepper and onion mix
2 teaspoons jarred minced garlic
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (24 ounce) jar fire-roasted tomato and garlic pasta sauce
1 (16 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Mozzarella chese, divided
4 ounces fontina cheese, shredded
1/2 cup preshredded Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta in boiling salted water in a large Dutch oven according to package directions; drain and return to pan. Meanwhile, brown sausage, bell pepper mix and garlic in oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Stir meat mixture, pasta sauce and Cheddar cheese into pasta. Spoon half of pasta mixture into a lightly greased 5 quart slow cooker coated with nonstick cooking spray. Combine Mozzarella cheese and fontina cheese. Sprinkle half of Mozarella mixture over pasta mixture in slow cooker. Top with remaining pasta mixture, remaining Mozzarella mixture and Parmesan cheese. Cover; cook on low for 3 hours. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes before serving.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Louisiana Style Smothered Pork Chops
4 ounces smoked sausage, chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 (1 1/2 inch thick) bone-in center-cut pork chops
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (16 ounce) package gumbo frozen vegetable mix
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
Hot cooked rice
4 green onions, sliced
Hot sauce, optional
Saute sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned. Drain sausage, reserving drippings in pan. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; add pork chops. Seal bag and shake to coat. Add oil to drippings in skillet. Cook pork chops in hot oil over medium-high heat for 3 minutes on each side, or until browned. Transfer pork chops to a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker. Layer vegetables and sausage over pork chops; add broth and thyme. Cover; cook on low for 6 hours. Remove pork chops from slow cooker; cover and keep warm. Increase slow cooker temperature to high. Combine cornstarch and water, stirring until smooth. Stir cornstarch mixture into vegetables in slow cooker. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until thickened. Spoon rice onto serving plates; top with pork chops. Spoon vegetables and sauce over pork chops. Sprinkle vegetables with green onions and serve with hot sauce, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
So I bought myself an airfryer yesterday. They were on sale, half price, so I snapped one up. I’ve always wanted one. I know they are healthier for you, well at least I think the food out of them is healthier for you.
Has anyone got one? If you have what do you think of it? Do you find it useful? Do you find the food tastes better out of the airfryer?
I now need to learn how to use it. My sister told me its pretty easy, and that I should be able to use it without many problems. Lets hope so. I havent opened it up yet. I’ll wait for my mom to show me what to do and how to use it.
Being that I am blind, there will be a learning curve to it. I think I can master it though. I’m determined!
Let me know your thoughts on the airfryer in the comments section, I’m very interested in knowing peoples thoughts on them.