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Happy St. Potato Cakes

16 Mar

Potato Pancakes

Hi Everyone! I’m sorry I’m so behind on posting right now… I’m replying to your emails as fast as I can… My lent this year is all animal by products… So vegan eating. I’m not big on the replacement options for meat or dairy products. Let me know if you have some suggestions, I’d love to try them! Click on the link below for my post last year with yummy Colcannon Potato Cakes 🙂

Colcannon Potato Cakes.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

XO- G

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Super Bowl Sunday Funday

28 Jan

NFL SHIRT

Hi Everyone…

This years Super Bowl is a little bittersweet. Actually, no it’s not bittersweet, it’s just bitter. Since we’re not celebrating the Superbowl this year in our house I haven’t added to the recipes and fun that I did last year. But if you and yours are planning on hosting or attending a Super Bowl party this weekend… Please check out this link from Mrs. Training Last year here Super Bowl Extravaganza. You can also just go to the different food recipes if that’s what you’re looking for here:

Kosher Corn Dog Bites

Baked & Loaded Jalapeño Poppers

Steak Sliders On Garlic Toast

Homemade Pizza & Dough

Baked Buffalo Wings

Macaroni & Cheese Bites

Veggie Chili & Cornbread Waffles

Cheesy Lasagna Cupcakes

Super Bowl Squares Template here 

Hope you all enjoy the game this weekend!

-Mrs. Training

Mushroom & Pesto Spaghetti Squash

4 Nov

Happy Monday Readers! I could eat Pasta everyday, but then, well… I’d look like I eat pasta everyday. Spaghetti Squash is what they serve in Carb Rehab. You can cook it and eat with EVOO & Parmesan or with Meatballs & Marinara. It’s truly amazing and takes on the flavor of whatever it is topped with. You can also cook a few ahead of time and refrigerate them to make dinner time quick and easy. I hope you love my Fall Favorite as much as I do!

MUSHROOM & PESTO SPAGHETTI SQUASH

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt & Pepper
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Alfredo OR Mashed Avocado
  • 1 Cup Basil Pesto
  • 8 Oz Sliced Crimini Mushrooms
  • 1/4 Cup Low Fat Mozzarella (Optional)
  • Fresh Cut Basil

DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.  Using a baking sheet either lay down aluminum foil or your Silpat, mine is from Martha Stewart for $24.99. (You can really find these anywhere that baking/kitchen gadgets are sold, they are awesome and every kitchen should have one.)

Cut your Spaghetti Squash horizontally in half. Using a large spoon scoop out all the seeds and stringy flesh. Drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil OR spray with your Misto. Sprinkle Salt & Pepper all over, then turn them over so the inside is faced down. Cook for 35-40 Minutes.

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Turn them  “Spaghetti Side” up and let them cool for 5 Minutes. While it’s cooling turn your oven to BROIL.

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Using a fork, flake up all the Spaghetti.

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In a Medium sized skillet, over Medium High heat add 1 TBSP of EVOO, Minced Garlic and your Sliced Mushrooms. I prefer to slice by hand so that I can make sure they’re thin and cook quickly. Sauté for 4-5 Minutes.

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Then add your Pesto Sauce. You can add Alfredo Sauce or Avocado to make creamy. Cook for 3 Minutes.

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Divide the Mushroom/Pesto Mix on the 2 Squash halves.

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You can  top with Mozzarella or not, either way is delicious. Place in the Broiler for 4-5 Minutes.

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Top with your Fresh Basil. You can either cut in half…

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…or scoop out to plate either way is great.

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This spaghetti squash can be topped with anything that you would put on regular spaghetti. Red sauce, meatballs, sausage, other vegetables… Anything you want, without the carb guilt 🙂

Happy Meatless Monday!

-Mrs. Training

Cheesy Lasagna Cupcakes

21 Mar

It’s the first week of Spring and in Northern California its been 80 Degrees and gorgeous outside as we’ll as freezing and raining… So I wasn’t sure which way to go for Meatless Fridays. I made my Vegan Chili yesterday & we’ve been eating that to stay full and warm 🙂 But now it looks like its going to be nice out….? I’m not sure what the weather is doing but I’m ready for a bit of a guilty pleasure… 🙂 Portion control has been my biggest savor in my indulging while on my beach bride diet I mean lifestyle change 🙂 Also, trying I’m to make more “Skinny” Italian dishes so I don’t feel the need to cheat on my new “lifestyle”. I made the Mac & Cheese Cupcakes for Super Bowl which were such a HUGE hit… They still get daily hits on the Blog 🙂 So next Italian favorite in a perfectly portioned cupcake… Lasagna! This is kid friendly, easy, CHEAP and Delish! Also because of the size, these would be great appetizers for a party or Pot Luck. You could easily turn these into a carnivore delight. Add cooked Italian Sausage instead of Mushrooms & Zucchini. Lets get started…

Lasagna Cupcake Recipe

  • 24 Won Ton Wrappers
  • 1 Cup Fast & Easy Marinara Sauce Recipe (You may use a jar, IF you must)
  • 12 Slices of Zucchini
  • 1/2 Cup LIGHT Alfredo Sauce or Pesto Sauce
  • 6 Thinly Slicked Mushrooms
  • 1 Cup Italian Cheese Mixture (Or Mozzarella)
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan-Romano Grated Cheese
  • Dried Oregano

INSTRUCTIONS

PRE HEAT Oven to 375 Degrees.

These are the Won Ton Wraps I found at Safeway (On sale for $2.00)

Won Ton Wraps

Slice your Mushrooms VERY thin and sauté over Medium heat with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a couple of minutes.

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Slice your Zucchini thin, but not paper thin… Like, 1/8″ thickness.

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Using your MISTO (Because you ALL better have one by now) spray your Cupcake pan with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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You will need 2 Won Ton Wraps per cupcake.

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Add 1 1/2 TBSP of Marinara to the bottom of each wrappers, then place a Zucchini slice on top.

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Then, add 1 TBSP of Alfredo or Pesto Sauce on the Zucchini. Top your Sauce of choice with Sautéed Mushrooms (Or Meat for those who wish).

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Top Mushrooms with a “Healthy” Pinch (One of my favorite measurements) of Italian Cheese Blend. Then, top your Cheese with a TBSP of your Marinara, Alfredo or Pesto Sauce (Whichever you prefer most).

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Top Sauce of choice with Parmesan-Romano Blend and Dried Oregano.

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Place a piece of Aluminum Foil on top of this, don’t tighten and secure around the edges, just lightly set on top. Place on the center rack of your Pre-Heated oven for 15 Minutes. Then, remove foil and continue to bake for 5 Minutes.

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This is the rough part, because now they’ve filled your house with a yummy smell. But, you need to let them cool for about 10-15 Minutes… 😦

Lasagna Cupcakes Plated

This is what the wonderful goodness looks like inside…

Lasagna Cupcakes Inside

So easy, so quick and lets you get some DELISH in without all the guilt. I make a big green salad or steam a bunch of veggies as my main dish and enjoy one or two of these. Makes you feel naughty, but you still fit in your Skinny Jeans 🙂

We’ve only got one more Meatless Friday after this. It’s Good Friday and I know many of you will be hosting Easter at your house, so you don’t want to spend a lot of time or have a mess Friday night… I’ll have a great recipe for that. Don’t you worry!

Here are the other Meatless Friday Recipes for you to try if you need other options:

Colcannon Potato Cakes Recipe

Better Than Carmela’s Baked Ziti Recipe 

Meatless & Tasty Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Easy Thai Yellow Curry Recipe

Mushroom Risotto Recipe

ENJOY MY TRAINEES!!!

Major shout out to CANADA!!! Canadian’s you were all showing Mrs. Training the most love & traffic this last week. Even more than the USA! I apologize for talking about our good weather this week!  🙂 And to EVERYONE who stopped by, Thank you and I hope you enjoyed!

Happy Spring!

-GMP

Colcannon Potato Cakes

15 Mar

Top O’ Tha Mornin’ To Ya!

I’m a BIG St. Patrick’s Day fan… I lived in Chicago for two years and my holiday spirit and liver were trained to perfection. I’m not even sure that Ireland does St. Patty’s like Chicago does… The River is dyed GREEN! People fly from all over the world to be in Chicago for St. Patty’s… That is no exaggeration… Bars OPEN at 6 AM that morning before the Parades start and don’t close until 4 AM the next day… The first time I did it, I felt like I should’ve gotten a T-Shirt at the very least. You get one after a Marathon, why not one for you AND your liver surviving 22 Hours of Green Beer?! This is a picture of the 1st year. This is at 10 AM…

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I can’t quite pull the 22 Hour celebration anymore…(God only knows how much I wish I could :() But I can celebrate in a whole new way… Mixing in some Irish Specialties. Since traditional Irish food is usually “Meat & Potatoes” I have to get a little creative since I don’t eat corned beef or fish and chips… I thought this would tie in perfectly with my Meatless Fridays during Lent. Which makes me wonder, since Ireland has so many Catholics, what do they eat on their Meatless Fridays??? Hmmmm… Well, maybe they will start making this dish, because it is SOOOOOO GOOD! I love carbs, we all know this by now, it’s a simple question. But what about fried potatoes?! YES PLEASE!!!! Latkes, Potato Pancakes, Fries, Tots, Oh My! So why not Colcannon Potato Pancakes? 🙂 First I will show you how to make just the Colcannon if you’d like to skip the breading and frying part 🙂

COLCANNON POTATOES RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 LBS Small Golden Potatoes (I leave the skins on you don’t have too)
  • 2 TBSP Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/4 Sticks Unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/4 Cup Milk (You can use anything from NON Fat to Whipping Cream)
  • 6 Cups Coarsely Chopped Cabbage
  • 1 Cup Thinly Sliced Green Onion
  • 1 TBSP Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Cracked Pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

Clean potatoes, remove the skin if you prefer too. If you use small Gold potatoes there is no need, the skins are so thin that once they’re boiled the skin is as soft as the potato itself. In a Large pot place all potatoes at the bottom and fill with cold water so that the potatoes are covered with water 2 inches above them.  Add 2 TBSP of Salt to the water for boiling. Bring to a boil and let potatoes boil for 15-20 Minutes (Until you can stick a fork into the center). Pour water and potatoes into a strainer. Let them stay there until later.

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In the same Pot, over Medium-High heat add butter and let it completely melt before you add in the Cabbage.

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Stir Cabbage into melted butter, let it cook for 5 Minutes. Then, add Green Onion and cook for another minute.

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Pour in your Milk, then your cooked Potatoes. Using a butter knife begin to mash the Potatoes.

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Continue to mash by hand or with your electric mixer (the Kitchen Aid is my personal favorite). Then, serve as a side to any meal of choice with a dollop of Butter (if you’re not worried about the calories 🙂 LUCKY!)

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COLCANNON POTATO CAKE OR PANCAKES RECIPE (This made 8 Cakes)

INGREDIENTS

  • Vegetable Oil for frying
  • 2 Cups Colcannon Potatoes
  • 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Breadcrumbs & Extra for Outsides
  • Freshly Cracked Pepper
  • Kosher Salt

INSTRUCTIONS

In a Medium bowl add Colcannon, Egg, Flour and 1/4 Cup of Breadcrumbs. Mix throughly, add Cracked Pepper to your taste.

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Using your hands, form the mixture into a 1/4 Inch thick patty and dip into your additional Breadcrumbs.

In a Medium or Large Skillet over Medium heat, add Vegetable Oil. Cook your Cakes for 3-5 Minutes on each side (Time depends on your stove & personal preference to crispiness). Lightly sprinkle with Kosher Salt.

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Then, remember this is a St. Patty’s Vegetarian meal, so add a nice big Green Salad, Artichoke, Asparagus or other GREEN Vegetable to help even out the nutrition of this dinner. And here you go…

Colcannon Finale

Here is a sneak peak inside…

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Soooo delish! So now you can still enjoy your Green Beers, but now you have something to help soak up those Irish Car Bombs and also help nurse your hangover 🙂 I will be making some Guinness Brownies tomorrow and posting the recipe. If you need more Meatless Friday recipes please try my past weeks Posts:

Mushroom Risotto Feast

Easy Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry

Meatless & Tasty Lettuce Wraps

Fast & Easy Marinara Sauce

Better Than Carmela’s Baked Ziti

Remember to head over to Target, Michael’s, Dollar Tree, 99 Cent Store, Walmart and other discount stores for your VERY Cheap St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirts, Green Wigs, Socks, Hats, Decorations & More!

Thank you for stopping by Mrs. Training!
XO

-GMP

Better Than Carmela’s Baked Ziti

7 Mar

If any of you were Soprano’s fans… You know all about Carmela’s Baked Ziti. Legendary. I can’t hear ‘Ziti’ without thinking of Carmela. No matter how great of a cook you are, there’s always one dish that you make better than anyone else in your family or group of friends. The dish that everyone always asks you to bring, or recipe everyone asks for. Depending on if you’re Italian or not will depend on if you actually give it out. Most Italian women only give these recipes up on their death bed, some never do. This was Carmela’s dish… Baked Ziti is many East Coast Italian women’s “dish”. If you’re celebrating something you make it, when someone dies you make it. Traditionally baked ziti has Italian Sausage cut up in it and also uses a meat sauce, but, not only do I not eat the Swine, it’s Meatless Fridays during Lent. So I added some vegetables to not only add a “Meat Like” texture, but also adds secret nutrition for your family. For all of you that are making this for meat eaters, I challenge you to not tell them it’s vegetarian and see if they notice. The other problem with ziti or baked pasta dishes in general is the carb/fat content. So I’ve made this one lean and mean. You can also very easily make this Gluten Free or Vegan. Don’t be shocked if you can’t find actual Ziti at the store, it’s not easy to come across. Use Mostaccioli or Rigatoni, or ANY OTHER Medium Sized Pasta of your Choice.

*Gluten Free- Use Rice Pasta and Tempura Breading instead of Bread Crumbs (make sure they are Gluten Free, not all Tempura is)

*Vegan- Use Soy Cheese

BAKED ZITI RECIPE

  • 16 Oz Box Ziti, Mostaccioli or Rigatoni Pasta
  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Zucchini Corsely Chopped
  • 1 Yellow Squash Coarsely  Chopped
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper Coarsely Chopped
  • 6 Large White Mushrooms Coarsely Chopped
  • 2 TBSP Minced FRESH Garlic
  • Marinara Sauce (This Recipe costs less than $5, if you MUST, get a Jar of your fav Sauce)
  • 1/3 Cup Pesto Sauce (Homemade or Store Bought)
  • 8 Oz Italian Blend Cheese Shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs or Tempura Crumbs
  • Low-Fat Mozzarella Shredded
  • Fresh Chopped Basil
  • Parmeasan-Reggiano (To top with after if you like)

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat Oven to 375 Degrees. In a Large Pot cook your Pasta of choice mine is Barilla Mostaccioli (for Baked dishes) al dente. Drain and set aside.

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In a Large Skillet over Medium heat, add Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Red Bell Pepper and Garlic. Cook for 5 Minutes then add Mushrooms, cook until all vegetables are sautéed.

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Now, back in your Large Sauce Pot, add your Easy Marinara Sauce and Pesto Sauce.

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These are the Cheeses I used. Add Italian Five Cheese Blend now…

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Stir continuously until Cheese melts. Stir in Sautéed Vegetable & Cooked Pasta.

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Stir well so that the saucy/cheesy goodness gets all over inside and out of the pasta. Add 1 handful of Basil.

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Using a “Casserole” (I hate that word, still not sure why) dish or any other Baking Dish… Spray with your Misto. Then, add the mixture to your pan. Sprinkle with a handful of Mozzarella.

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Next add Breadcrumbs or Panko Crumbs. Put into your Preheated oven for 30 Minutes.

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Then, you get this yummy-ness.

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Let cool for 30 Minutes (Or as Long as you possibly can :)) Top with Basil Parmesan Cheese and Crushed Red Chilies if you’d like to kick it up a notch!

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GARLIC BREAD

Well, my name is Gina, and I’m a CARB-AHOLIC. It’s not even close to being okay how deep I am into this addiction. Hence why I’m taking a break for Lent. But, prior to that one big change I made 9n the past year is never buying bread for the house. If it’s not there you don’t eat it. Going out to dinner is a different story. So on “Big Dinner” nights as my soon to be likes to call them, I just buy a single roll in the Bulk Bread bins at the grocery store(Usually about 50 Cents). Cut it length wise, butter each side and add freshly chopped Garlic. Then toast for a couple minutes. Now, you won’t go overboard on the bread and you still get to enjoy it. I paired with Balsamic Fig Vinegar.

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I would definitely pair this with more vegetables like a Salad or you can pair with fruit like me. Grapes to be exact… We picked up this AHHMAZZING Ravens Wood 2010 Bedrock Zinfandel on our most recent Sonoma trip. Its from their vineyard that was planted in 1885… Hello FLAVOR TOWN! It isn’t a bargain wine, but it is worth every penny.

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If you need more Meatless Friday Recipes Click Below…

Mushroom Risotto Feast

Easy Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry

Meatless & Tasty Lettuce Wraps

TGIF Pizza Night

A BIG Thank You to all my followers… It makes this Blog so much more fun to do… Especially with all of the International Traffic I’ve been getting (Then I know it’s not just my friends and local stockers)… SHOUT OUT to Canada, Netherlands, Thailand, Indonesia, France, Spain, Italy (Probably Family, CIAO), United Kingdom, Ghana, Israel, Brazil, Australia and the Philippines. LOVE TO YOU ALL!

Go Train Away!

-GMP

Fast & East Marinara Sauce Recipe

7 Mar

FAST MARINARA SAUCE RECIPE

  • 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Cups Chopped Onion
  • 2 TBSP Minced Garlic (FRESH GARLIC)
  • 28 Oz Can San Marzano Whole Tomatoes
  • 15 Oz Tomato Sauce
  • 1 TBSN Kosher Salt
  • Crushed Pepper to taste (I do about 1 TBSP)
  • 1 TBSP Italian Seasoning

In a Medium Sized Sauce Pot over Medium heat, add Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Onion. Cook until translucent about 7 Minutes, then add Garlic, cook another Minute or two. Then, add your Whole Tomatoes crush them with your fingers while putting them into the pot. Stir in Tomato Sauce, Kosher Salt, Crushed Pepper and Italian Seasonings. Bring to a light Boil and reduce heat to low for 20 Minutes. This can be used for ANYTHING!

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