Asian Sugar Snap Peas

by Katie on May 12, 2015

Sugar snap peas have long been a favorite of mine. The other week I picked up a 2 pound bag of them at Costco to enjoy throughout the week. I did a wild and crazy thing – I tried the recipe on the back of the bag. Shocking, I know. I’m not sure why I never think to do that?

I did adapt them a little so I didn’t have to purchase anything I didn’t have (hello, grocery budget!).  They were really delicious and super easy to make. I served them with a delicious balsamic roast (recipe to come next week) and it made a wonderfully easy dinner. Roast in the crockpot and a 5 minute side dish – sometimes the easiest dinner are the best.

I made them a few times and the rest of the sugar snap peas were enjoyed raw with hummus – also super delicious. I often resort to buying hummus because I’m lazy (sort of), but this Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is pretty simple to make and it puts store-bought hummus to shame. Simply amazing and so full of flavor.

Asian Sugar Snap Peas

Asian Sugar Snap Peas

Yield: 4 serings

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. sugar snap peas
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce (I use GF soy sauce or Bragg's liquid aminos)

Instructions

  1. Place olive oil in a large skilled or wok and turn heat to medium-high. When hot, toss in peas and cook, stirring almost constantly, until they are glossy, bright green and begin to show a few brown spots. When peas are almost done, toss in the minced garlic and cook another minute or two. Turn off heat and drizzle with toasted sesame oil and GF soy sauce. Toss and serve.
http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2015/05/12/asian-sugar-snap-peas/

Adapted from Green Waves Farms Sugar Snap Peas bag

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Menu Plan Monday

by Katie on May 5, 2015

Happy Monday!  I just sat down to plan out our menu for the rest of the week!  It’s nothing really new, but it’s all stuff that we love…especially the Greek Quinoa Salad pictured below. :)

What’s on your menu this week?

Greek Quinoa Salad

Breakfast: overnight oats, hard boiled eggs and fruit

Lunch – leftovers, lunch meat roll-ups

Monday- out to eat
Tuesday- Honey Glazed Chicken Kabobs, Baked Brown Rice, Broccoli Salad , Deviled Eggs AND GF Cake (family dinner…I never make this many things for us!)
Wednesday- Greek Quinoa Salad
Thursday- Mini BBQ Meatloaves,  Mashed Cauliflower and Zucchini
Friday- Young Living Class – leftovers
Saturday- out to eat
Sunday- Grilled Chicken with Grilled Veggies

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Berry Jello Salad

by Katie on April 29, 2015

Well, hello! I almost have forgotten how to write a blog post. It’s been a while since I have been able to regularly post. Time is flying by and I feel like I can barely keep up. I was just looking at May and realized that things really aren’t settling down, but I’m going to will it to – or at least learn to manage it better.

I have missed being able to regularly create recipes and blog. Since everything I do is “work from home” I’ve found that I need to figure out a better way to manage my days.  I’ve got all kinds of separate things flying at me all the time and I need to attempt to create some set times to do things so I can do others things I NEED to do during the other times (ie: laundry).

I know we are all busy, so I am preaching to the choir. But if you have any great time management tips I would love to hear them!!

But today I want to share with you this Berry Jello Salad!

Berry Jello Salad - a delicious light dessert/side dish: www.cuttingbackkitchen.com

Jello Salad of some sort has long been a favorite in my family. We have different kinds that we have made over the years, but I introduced everyone to Orange Fluff a few years ago. It quickly became a favorite and now is made for all of our special get togethers.

Since I hate to just leave things alone, I switched up a good thing and made another good thing with this Berry Jello Salad! It’s a lot like Orange Fluff, but is great for all of your berry lovers like me.

Berry Jello Salad - a delicious light dessert : www.cuttingbackkitchen.com

Besides the wonderful fruit and light flavor that is has, it also makes a great presentation. It’s the most beautiful color and so, so pretty. And we all like pretty food, right?

Mother’s Day is coming up in just over a week (I can’t believe it’s almost MAY!) and this would be great to serve your Mom! If orange is more her things…well, you have to try Orange Fluff!

Berry Jello Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 large box vanilla pudding (cook and serve)
  • 2 small boxes raspberry jello
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1 tub of cool whip
  • 2 cups frozen berries, thawed (or fresh if you have them)
  • 1/2 bag mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Add pudding mix and jello to a medium saucepan. Add 2 cups of water and stir. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Refrigerate until cool (1-2 hours).
  2. Beat softened cream cheese and jello/pudding mixture until fluffy and smooth (a few minutes). Fold in the tub of cool whip. Add in frozen thawed berries (or fresh if you have them). Refrigerate until serving. Don't add marshmallow until serving time.
http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2015/04/29/berry-jello-salad-2/

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Menu Plan Monday

by Katie on April 28, 2015

Have you sat down to make a quick menu plan this week?  If you haven’t yet, you should try it!  I promise it saves time in the long run!

I sat down yesterday to do mine.  I also went to the grocery store and took a big old trip to Costco.  Is it just me or does everyone spend too much money when they go there? It’s insane. I want to throw half of what they have in my cart…it’s a good thing I grocery shop on a cash budget. :)  I went for fresh produce and left with that PLUS some other items, athletic capris, flowers and a few other things?!

 

menu planning

 

Breakfasts:
Eggs and Chicken Sausage, Overnight Oats or Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

Lunch:
Leftovers, Greek Salad with Hummus, Sweet and Spicy Roasted Veggies and Chicken Sausage

Dinner:
Monday- Out to eat
Tuesday- Antipasto Salad
Wednesday- Green Chile Egg Casserole and  Fruit Salad
Thursday- Grilled Fish, Sesame Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas,  Microwave Baked Sweet Potatoes
Friday- Greek Chicken, Oven Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower, Salad
Saturday- Out to eat
Sunday- Spaghetti Squash with Italian Sausage Spaghetti Sauce and Steamed Broccoli

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Menu Plan Monday

April 20, 2015

It’s time for the weekly menu plan.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted a menu and honestly…a while since I’ve even made a menu.  Things have been hectic and crazy here and that hasn’t left much time for cooking.  I’m hoping that things are starting to settle down a little bit and get back […]

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Fresh Fruit with a Honey-Orange Yogurt Dressing

April 1, 2015

Spring is here and I couldn’t be happier! Along with sunny, warmer weather I can’t get my hands on enough fresh fruit! It’s not quite the perfect time for it, but I’m just so eager for juicy strawberries and tart raspberries that I just can’t wait any longer! I put a little twist on regular […]

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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

March 25, 2015

These Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite to make when I need a snack and don’t have much in the pantry or much time to bake. Those seem to be two things that I’ve been short on lately. Short on time equals short on food in the pantry because, well…grocery shopping is […]

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Menu Plan Monday

March 23, 2015

I haven’t done a MPM in quite some time. I haven’t blogged much at all either. We were on vacation two weeks ago and were out of town visiting family part of last week. And other than that…it’s just been crazy busy! We are going to the beach soon and it’s time to get control […]

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3 Easy Tips for a Non-Stressful Easter Dinner – #HoneyBakedEaster

March 17, 2015

This post is sponsored by HoneyBaked. All opinions are my own.   Easter is early this year and will be upon us in just a few weeks! Things have been really crazy around here and I feel like I’ve constantly been behind on everything this year. Ever feel that way? If so, you may be […]

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Sweet and Spicy Roasted Vegetables and Chicken Sausage

March 4, 2015

I mentioned the other day in my menu plan that I had a new favorite meal that I just couldn’t get enough of. Well, this is it! And the good news is that it’s healthy – which is awesome since I can’t get enough of it!?! Healthy – check! Easy – check! Delicious – double […]

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