sweet chili lettuce wraps

Howdy friends!

I hope that the weekend treated y’all well! This weekend we celebrated my grandparents 60th anniversary, and while it was a lovely day, I have eaten waaaaaay too much cake in the past few days. My mom made the cake for the anniversary party, and man that woman is talented! She worked on it for 3 days, and I was home in that time… Let me just say that cake scraps are some of God’s gift to mankind, and they have a special place in my heart (and stomach). My mom used to make a lot of cakes back when I was a kid and I loved looking into the fridge and seeing scraps of really tasty cake left over. Which is why I need to start eating healthy again!

This week I needed to revamp my whole plan and go green (literally), so I bought a bunch of those pre-made salads that HEB sells and other things to sort of flush the cake out of my system. I needed something tasty but also as healthy as possible without being straight up rabbit food. So I decided to try some lettuce wraps!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Lettuce leaves (you can get a head of lettuce or the already washed and trimmed leaves)
  • 1 lb of lean beef
  • 1/3 cup of chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • Green Giant riced cauliflower and mixed veggies (you can buy cauliflower and rice it yourself, I find this to be a much easier way of doing things though!)

What you’ll do:

  • First, grease your pan and add the beef to it on medium high.
  • Add in the garlic and stir in with the beef.
  • While that is cooking, add your chili garlic sauce, honey, and soy sauce into a small bowl and set aside.
  • When the beef is almost done, add the cauliflower rice and make sure it is cooked through.
  • After both the beef and cauliflower rice has been cooked through, add in the mixture and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and enjoy!

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So this recipe was incredibly simple, and probably took me about 20 minutes to make. It cost me maybe less than $10, but I already had many of the ingredients. I loved this recipe because it was cheap, healthy, and easy. I have a lot of it leftover, so it works great for meal prep! I also added some sesame seeds and avocado to it to add some extra flavor. I’m definitely going to be making this a lot!

Well I hope that if you make this, you enjoy it as much as I do!

Until next time friends!

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stuffed mushrooms

Hello again friends!

It’s only been a few weeks but honestly, it’s felt like months since the last recipe! I know I always say life has been hectic lately… But really it has been. I’m graduating from college in two weeks and I don’t remember the last time I’ve been this stressed about anything!! I’ve been trying not to think about it and focus on passing classes and enjoying my last days of “freedom.”

Lately I’ve been having trouble thinking of great recipes that won’t break the bank.. It’s been frustrating, because I’ve been wanting to stress cook like no one’s business! I’ve had a few cooking blocks and fails but I think I’m on my way to getting back where I want to be!

So this week I made some stuffed mushrooms with a garlic aioli. It didn’t turn out how I thought it would, but I was pleasantly surprised! And don’t worry, it sounds fancier than it really is!

What you’ll need:

  • Portobello mushroom caps
  • Beef steak
  • Diced bell peppers and onions
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

What you’ll do:

  • First, grease up a pan and set to medium high.
  • Add your beef steak to the pan, and cook your meat until it is mostly done- then add your diced bell peppers and onions until those are cooked as well.
  • After that, turn off the heat and preheat your oven to the broil setting.
  • Wash your mushroom caps and place them face-down in a baking pan.
  • Once the oven is done heating up, bake the mushrooms for about 8-10 minutes.
  • When the mushrooms are done, take them out.
  • Stuff the meat, bell peppers and onions into the caps and top with provolone and mozzarella cheese.
  • After that, put the mushrooms back into the oven for about 2-3 minutes to let the cheese melt.
  • When they’re done, take them out to let them cool, and then they’re ready to eat!

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So this recipe was incredibly easy, though this was probably not my best work. The recipe I wrote down is the revised edition.. Basically what I should have done the first time. I will say though, it was really tasty! Especially for being less than $20 for a great date night meal!

I really enjoyed this meal and hope that if y’all make it you enjoy it as well!

ps- the garlic aioli is basically minced garlic, the juice of half  a lemon, greek yogurt or mayonnaise, and salt and pepper. It’s easy and can be played with in different ways.

Anyways, until next time friends!

ps- I promise I will try to post more regularly, I should have more time in the next few weeks!

sausage baked ziti

Howdy!

So I realize it’s been a few weeks since I whipped up something new, but here I am again! Classes are in full swing and I’m honestly still trying to get used to my schedule.

However, I kind of just put some stuff together in hopes that it would taste good, and I think it worked!

It’s almost similar to my zucchini enchilada casserole, but it’s a little less healthy (good for the soul though!). So here’s a sausage baked ziti! (I was pretty excited about this)

What you’ll need:

  • Sausage (can be plain or with jalepeno)
  • Ziti pasta
  • Corn
  • Salsa verde (I used a hatch chile salsa verde that they had at my HEB but regular will work too)
  • Cheese

What to do:

  • First, you’ll need to bring a pot of water to boil for the ziti.
  • After putting the ziti into the boiling pot, lower the heat to about medium and stir, making sure the pasta doesn’t stick to the pot.
  • It should only really take 10 minutes for the pasta to be done. Once it is done, drain it out and set it aside.
  • Now you can use the same pot or get a new one, it doesn’t matter. But cut up your sausage into smaller pieces and put into the pot to sauté.
  • Turn off the heat after a few minutes, you don’t want to overdo the sausage.
  • Next, preheat the oven on to about 350 degrees.
  • In a big bowl, add the pasta, corn, and sausage to mix around. Add the salsa verde and mix that as well.
  • In a casserole dish, add the pasta mixture. Sprinkle a small amount of cheese on top to melt in the oven.
  • Put it in the oven for about 10-15 minutes (I put mine in for 25 minutes and it ended up a little crispy on top).
  • Once your timer goes off, take the dish out of the oven, let it cool, and enjoy!


This is great for meal prep too! In all honesty, like I said before, I just kind of put it together. However, this meal was less than $15 and I’m definitely a fan.

Alright, well I will try to be back sooner to cook more for y’all! Have a great rest of your week!

roast beef grilled cheese

Hey guys!

I know I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon these past couple of weeks, but things have been very hectic on my end with class and moving out and I haven’t had a lot of time to put something together. But have no fear, food is near!

This week I’m featuring a roast beef grilled cheese! So this dish is something I usually make for my boyfriend and I. It’s a pretty big portion and it’s harder to meal prep with this so I kind of just make it as a stand-alone type of meal. It’s really tasty, but come at it with an empty stomach!

What you’ll need:

  • Loaf of sourdough bread
  • Roast beef (I typically use store bought lunch meat but you can go all out and make a roast if you want)
  • Swiss cheese (store bought single slices
  • One bell pepper
  • One onion

What to do:

  • First, you want to cut up the bell pepper and onion, and then sauté it at a medium heat.
  • Once that is done, you can let it cool and build your sandwich!
  • I typically put cheese on first, then the meat, and onion/bell pepper mix very last.
  • Butter up one side of the sandwich and make sure your pan or griddle is heated.
  • Place buttered side down onto the hot surface for a few seconds and flip; keep flipping sides until you get your desired ‘burnt-ness’ of a grilled cheese.

Now, I’m terrible at flipping sandwiches. So it’s okay if you make a big mess and part of the sandwich falls apart. It’s still going to be good regardless. You can add different sides to it as well if you want more than the sandwich; chips and a type of fruit are usually a tasty option!

This meal is probably closer to $20, but it’ll fill you up and you have leftover ingredients to use for another sandwich or meal!

Hope y’all liked this one, I know my stomach is a happy camper right now. I’ll try to do my best to keep up with different recipes I use in the coming weeks!

Thanks and Gig ‘Em!