Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sweet Italian Sausage with Zucchini and Tomatoes

I took this from Whole Foods iPhone app. It turned out ok. I think I'd add some other types of spices to it if we make this again.

1 lb Sweet Italian Sausage
2 tbls olive oil
6 large garlic cloves, chopped
3 tbls fresh oregano, finely chopped (or 1 tbls dried)
1 lb zucchini cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 lb mixed red and yellow cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
Salt and pepper

Cook the sausage according to the package directions. While the sausages are cooking, prepare the vegetables.

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan, add garlic and oregano, stir for a few seconds, then add the zucchini and cook for 3-5 minutes more.

Once the sausages are cooked, slice them into bite size pieces, then add them to the pan along with the tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Once everything is heated up, it's ready to be served and eaten hot!!

Tuna Melt Pie

I took Rachel Ray's Tuna Melt Pie recipe and modified it for our family's taste:


1 tblsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
8 florets of broccoli, chopped (you can also use chopped stems)
Four 5-ounce cans of tuna, drained
2 tblsp mayonnaise
1.5 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup milk
3 eggs
1/4 cup flour
2 tblsp butter, melted

First, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Then, heat olive oil in a large skillet, add the onions and stir until they are translucent. Add the chopped up broccoli and cook another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure nothing sticks to the pan.

In a large bowl, combine the tuna and mayo and mix together.

Then combine the onion/broccoli mixture as well as 2/3rds of the cheese. Mix well.

Then, in a small bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, flour and butter. Stir that into the tuna mixture and transfer the entire thing to a 10 inch pie dish. Bake until browned - about 35 minutes. Top with the remaining cheese and broil until the cheese has melted.

My kids really enjoyed this meal and asked for seconds and thirds. Whew!

Pretty Yummy Chili

I made this chili last month and it turned out rather yummy! The kids even liked it!


1 lb of organic ground beef (we buy ours at Costco)
1 bottle of V8 juice
1 can of diced tomatoes (or several fresh ones cut up if you have them)
1 can of organic kidney beans
1 can of organic black beans
2-3 cups of frozen corn kernels
1 onion (I used medium yellow), chopped
1 teaspoon of chili powder
Salt and Pepper to taste


Brown and break up the ground beef in a large chili pot until it's no longer pink inside (over medium-high heat). Add the chopped onion and cook until it's translucent. Add the chili powder, tomatoes, beans, V8 juice and corn and mix it all up. Continue to cook on medium heat until everything has heated through.

You can serve this with grated cheddar and fresh chopped onions if you desire.