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Simple Bliss Salad

Do you recall my sharing the most amazing Creamy Avocado dressing with lime a few weeks ago? Well I’ve made this dressing about 4 or 5 more times since that posting because it is that awesome. Anyway if you’re looking for a really great summer type salad that is seriously soon becoming one of my top favorites, then go with this simple bliss salad.

Pure Bliss Salad
Now why call it ‘Bliss’? While this salad may be unconventional from your standard iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions, ranch and croutons it’s truly awesome.  It’s simplistic but fancy; snobby but unpretentious; gorgeous AND delicious.

Give your salad a blissful makeover!

Bacon Mushroom Florentine Quiche with Olive Oil Savory Crust

The other day I had something rare happen in my life.  Like so rare that I think it’s only occurred maybe 5 times in all the years I’ve been married.  Yours truly had the ENTIRE house to herself for a whole evening. No you don’t get it, that never, EVER happens.  See Mr. Fantabulous went to a concert with his one friend and since this wasn’t a band that I really was a fan of (like I literally only know 1 song by them and that’s ONLY because Mr. Fantabulous plays that song on his guitar over and over and OVER and OVER…).  Plus, even though I absolutely love him, every now and then we all need some time by ourselves right?

So I made him dinner, kissed him and sent him on his way.  I had the ENTIRE house to myself and it was *gets on tippy toes cause apparently that’s what you need to do to reach that Oprah pitch/shrill* … it was AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEE LOL!  I was like that 13 year old kid who’s parents left them home alone in the house for the very first time while they went out on a date.  I was gonna eat junk food, run around in my undies and his dress shirt while sliding on the floor in my socks (yeah, I so was gonna recreate Risky Business – well sans the hookers and booze. LOL). About an hour or so after he left I realized I hadn’t eaten.  While in the kitchen I rummaged through all the junk food – Doritos, cookies, ice cream, cheeses, Fritos (oh how I love thee!) and then saw BACON! ♥♥♥

Yeah, I so went there!  I NEEDED bacon.  Now 99% of the time, Mr. Fantabulous will try anything I make but what I wanted to make, I knew he would never, EVER try.  I would have gotten that “You’re serving me scrambled eggs in a pie crust?  Say what??”  Yeah, I wanted a quiche.  I stopped at Costco the day before and bought a HUGE container of spinach, some mushrooms and fontina cheese.

Bacon Mushroom Florentine Quiche with Olive Oil Savory Crust

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Protein Packed Chicken Parmesan Florentine Meatballs

Partnering with SI03 and their Syntrax Protein Powders I’ve been posting Protein Packed recipes built specifically around their amazing protein powders. I’ve been a HUGE advocate for them as I personally have been using them for years.  For the longest time I’ve been making protein packed ‘treats’ (cookies, brownies, cakes, granola bars, muffins, etc…) using the powders in them.  Well this time I wanted to go a completely different way and instead of having a ‘treat’, I wanted savory.  I wanted “real food” albeit an appetizer, a snack or even a main meal.

What I’ve come up is PERFECT for an appetizer, main meal, on a buffet table during the game or for upcoming graduation parties and summer picnics.  These meatballs were absolutely FANTASTIC!  They are packed with protein from the chicken, cheese and egg (or egg whites) on it’s own. But with the addition of Nectar™ Medical – Whey Protein Isolate, it POWER BOOSTS THE PROTEIN in these delicious meatballs!

I’m taking Protein Powder beyond the shake!

Whether you hit the gym during your lunch or right after work, you can pack these with you and eat on the go.  Just heat ’em up for 30 seconds to a minute and you have a FANTASTIC meal!

Just look how yummy these meatballs look!

Protein Chicken Parm Florentine Meatballs3

I mean seriously.. meatballs that are GOOD FOR YOU!!!  Genius, I KNOW!  Marrying into an Italian family, having an amazing meatball is law.  While I love traditional meatballs (trust me, my Italian meatballs are SUPREME) but I also love a variety.  One thing that is essential as well in my house is Chicken Parmesan.  Normally you egg wash-flour dredge-breadcrumb dip then pan fry.  I’ll still do that from time to time but having all that extra carbs is not conducive to my thighs *wink*.  With this recipe I wanted to replicate that awesome flavor of traditional chicken parmesan into a healthier style. Of course I can always bake the traditional chicken parmesan *hint hint!  Keep an eye out on the site for that soon but Shhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!* but that’s later on.

Now to add even more good-for-you-stuff in these, I added spinach which is packed with antioxidants.

When working with these meatballs there is something VERY important to know.

  1. You don’t roll these in your hands like traditional meatballs.  Why? Ground chicken, without ‘fillers’ (bread) in them is rather sticky.  HOWEVER if you lightly wet your hands before you scoop some of the mixture up and almost toss them from hand to hand in a twisting motion to form the ball.  I re-wet may hands after every Read the rest of this entry »

Chicken Prosciutto Roulade

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So the other day  the Fantabulous in laws came up to spend the day. And as expected Mama Fantabulous said “Now don’t go making a fuss and making stuff.  We’re fine with bread and water.”  HA!  I so ♥ her!  Me… serve bread and water!  That made me giggle. I then named off somethings asking if she needed more of (cookies, desserts, breads, etc) for their freezer.  Bread… now that got her attention.  I swear I’m part her biological daughter as I love bread as much as she does.  She did ask for a small loaf of my pumpernickel.  Again she emphasized small.  Um yeah sure Ma!

They arrived around 8am and they were met with Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes and Florentine Breakfast Birdsnests, hot coffee and juice.  Mr. Fantabulous started working on some stuff for them while Mom and I spent the day in the kitchen.  Around 11:30 I knew the boys would be hungry soon so I sat at the kitchen table trying to think what I could make as a light lunch since I knew they wanted Pizza for dinner. I had chicken defrosted and a jar of my most awesomest Pesto in the fridge so I wanted to incorporate that. I opted to go with a Roulade since my Harvest Medley Loin of Pork Roulade turned out so fabulous! I got to pounding the chicken to which Mama Fantabulous came over to watch.  As I assembled she was chattering how I “do too much” and that I “go to too much trouble and they aren’t coming up again if I keep doing this”.  I just smiled, told her I loved her and giggled.  I put down some Prosciutto, cheese and then smeared some pesto on it.  Wrapped them puppies up like a roll and twisted the ends of plastic to make it look like a Tootsie Roll.  I popped them in the fridge to chill (plus it helps hold their shape).   Hmmm.. I wonder if I wrapped myself in plastic wrap and sat in the fridge if that would help me keep my shape?  It would cut back on my working out so much *wink*

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Day 4 – Countdown to Christmas Grilled Flatbread Breakfast Pizzas 2012

There are those days when the last thing I really feel like doing is cooking something elaborate. I want, simple, fast and dare I say… *easy*.  These past few months have been tiring for me.  Tis the busy season (starts about 2 weeks before Halloween and stops early January for about 2 weeks) here at TKW for holiday orders. Trust me, I’m loving every bit of it but my real job threw a pretty big curve ball at us with wanting even more hours.  So be it, I’m thankful I have a job, right?!  But these 18 hour days have been rough on me to say the least.  However I push through as I love what I do and if I want to make my dreams come true with TKW then I put in the hard work. Just like my Mom always said “Anything worth having is worth working for!” Amen Momma!

So last weekend in the midst of flour up to here *I’d point out where here was but you can see it by the floured hand prints on my body – don’t ask but I always manage to have flour on my butt, hips, thighs and chest*, batter on my face, chocolate in my hair (still no clue how that happened) and about 900,000 sprinkles on my fool Mr. Fantabulous had the audacity to ask me to make him lunch.  I mean, some nerve, huh?  LOL Nah.. just messing.  I needed a break but the last thing I wanted to do was make some big meal.  Now while my fridge was full of about 8 different go-to containers of food, I simply didn’t want him in the kitchen interrupting my flow.  Now he’ll offer 9,000 times “Honey can I help?  What do you need?” which is awesome but I’m a machine in the kitchen and having someone there under my feet is more of a distraction than a help.  Perhaps it’s part of that “he’s not going to do it like *I* would” thinking which I’m going to have to get over when I open that TKW bistro.  Or maybe I’m just being realistic as I know if he’s in the kitchen he’s going to eat half of whatever I make causing me to make even more… LOL

Well I decided to take some liberties from stuff I had made before and stocked up in the freezer. As I was perusing the freezer I recalled a picture my BHLS (black hearted little sister shared with me that her sister had made – feta cheese flatbreads with an egg) and I know I wanted something like that.  (Thanks sis!) I had made a ton (literally like 40 or so of these in one fail swoop) of Grilled Flatbreads (in different shapes – oval and round) and figured that would be awesome as a Breakfast Pizza. I opted to make it pseudo healthy (the bad part was pretty much the garlic butter base I put on it as a sauce) with spinach, baked ham, smoked gouda (cause we needed that cheesy melty factor) and a fried dippy egg on top.  YES… I call it a dippy egg. You have runny yolk, you have toast.  You dip the toast in the what… fried egg? Over easy egg? NO!  You dip it in the DIPPY EGG!  *wink*

When I served this to us for brunch I got the ‘look’. Now I know that “um… there’s something foreign in front of me, what do I do with it???” look all too well.  I just grinned, sat down and proceeded to pierce my what now DIPPY EGG with the tip of my knife and cut it like a pizza.  The gooeyness of the yolk ran out like golden lava over the melty cheese, crispy edged ham and wilted spinach.  Now combine that with the garlic butter sauce and the crunchy flatbread… HEAVEN!!!  I’m thinking this will be in made again this weekend for sure!  Maybe I’ll add some bacon, beer caramelized onions (yes, beer!) and bbq sauce.

Folks this was so simple, so good… if you haven’t made the flatbreads yet, you really need to.  They are incredibly easy, make a ton and GREAT for that quick snack.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just grabbed a frozen flatbread, toasted it, added some sauce/cheese/toppings and had a fabulous pizza just for me in 5 minutes.

We started with this…

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