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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

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.

Mushrooms

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

Zucchini

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

Won Ton Wrapper One

You will need 2 Won Ton Wraps per cupcake.

Won Ton Wrapper 2

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

Lasagna Cupcakes Steps 1-2

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).

Lasagna Cupcakes Steps 3-4

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).

Lasagna Cupcakes Steps 5-6

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

Lasagna Cupcakes Steps 7-8

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.

Lasagna Cupcakes Baked

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.

Colcannon Steps 1-2

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

Colcannon Steps 3-4

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

Colcannon Steps 5-6

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

Colcannon Steps 7-8

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!)

Colcannon Steps 9-10

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.

Colcannon Steps 11-12

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.

Colcannon Steps 13-14

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

Meatless & Tasty Lettuce Wraps

28 Feb

Meatless Fridays continue with lettuce wraps! If you haven’t seen the last 2 weeks recipes click on these links for the Mushroom Risotto Feast and Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry. YUM & YUM! Ever since my first trip to P.F. Chang’s (a million years ago) I’ve been lettuce wrap obsessed. They are famous for their Chicken Lettuce Wraps and customized dipping sauces (Also, right now, still have deals for Chinese New Year). Since giving up breads, pastas, flour, etc for Lent (NEVER again) I’ve had to get really creative with my dinners. I’m trying to balance the Wedding Diet with my love for food and flavor. Lettuce wraps have no breads and these ones will have no meat. These can be made as an appetizer or entrée. Mushrooms naturally have the most “meat-like texture” for a vegetable, so they are a great alternative. The mushroom mixture saves great so make extra and use as an easy grab-and-go lunch for a couple of days.

INGREDIENTS

  • Rice Noodles (I made the entire 6 Oz. Bag, you don’t need half of that if just making wraps)
  • 2 TBSP Sesame Seed Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Yellow Onion
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 2 TBSP Rice Vinegar
  • 8 Oz Portobello Mushrooms
  • 16 Oz White Mushrooms
  • 1 tsp Cracked Pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Ginger
  • 8 Oz Can Bamboo Shoots Chopped Coarsely
  • 5 Oz Water Chestnuts Chopped Coarsely
  • 1 Cup Chopped Green Onions (Plus more for Garnishing if you like)
  • Lettuce of your choice
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds (Garnish if you like)

The rice noodles are cheap and easy to cook with. This 6 ounce bag cost $0.99… DEAL! Even better that they’re so easy to make. They will take on a flavor you addd. For the G-Frees out there’s, use these noodles as a pasta substitute as well! 🙂

Any Rice Noodles will do (I went for the cheapest I could find). In a bowl filled with water add your Noodles and let sit for 20 Minutes.

Rice Noodles Steps 1-2

Drain Noodles. In a Medium Pot, add Noodles to boiling water. Boil Noodles for 15 Minutes. Drain and set aside.

Rice Noodles Steps 3-4

In a Medium sized pot, over Medium heat add Sesame Oil, Onion and Garlic.

Onion and Garlic

Stir until Onion is translucent, about 7 Minutes.

Sautéed Onion

Add Portobello and White Mushrooms. Mix well and add Rice Vinegar, Cracked Pepper and Kosher Salt. Stir over Medium Heat for 10-15 Minutes.

Raw Mushrooms

While that cooks… In a small bowl, Mix Ginger, Bamboo Shoots and Water Chestnuts.

Ginger Bamboo Water Chestnuts

Stir Mixture into the Pot after the Mushrooms have Sautéed.


If you’d like a little extra spice add a few of these Dried Chilies (most grocery stores will carry them).

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Reduce Heat to low and cook for 10 Minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and stir in Green Onions.

Finished Mushrooms
Take your lettuce, clean and cut off the stem. Separate leaves and put on a plate to serve

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Take one Leaf at a time and put in Rice Noodles.

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Add Mushroom Mix, top with Sesame Seeds and Green Onion to your preference.

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Then add whatever Sauces you prefer. These are some of my favorite… House of Tsang Peanut Sauce, Sambal Oelek Chili Paste, Kikkoman Soy Sauce (Low Sodium), Sriracha (Rooster Sauce) or ANY OTHER SAUCE! Spicy Mustard is great too!

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Then, ENJOY!!!

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Thank you for stopping by Mrs. Training! Have a great weekend & let me know of any Meatless recipes you’d like me to try or Post!

TGIF!!!

-GMP

Mushroom Risotto Feast

15 Feb

It’s that time of year… Lent… Where every Friday, Italian families everywhere are all trying to figure out… HOW do you feed a family for an entire day WITHOUT… Meat?! Well, here we go my friends, I have given up bread, wheat, bread-ish anything for Lent, not because I’m very religious anymore, but because the Catholic fear from my childhood still is alive inside me 🙂 I will have a different Meatless Dinner for you every Friday during Lent. Risotto can be, really fattening. Many recipes call for Creams and up to 2 Sticks of Butter! Ahhhhh! That sounds amazing, but doesn’t work with the Wedding Diet 😦 … This is a recipe that not only tastes AMAZING… It’s Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Cal… You can replace the 4 TBSP of Butter with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and make it Vegan 🙂

Antipasti/o/a (I guess Italian’s couldn’t decide if it was masculine/feminine/neither)

This is just some simple Giardinera Mix (Pickled Vegetables) Mezzetta is my favorite with Trader Joe’s Artichoke Hearts, Black Olives, Cornichon Pickles and Marinated Mushrooms mixed together, served with Cheddar Cheese. I will do a legitimate Antipasto plate post at some point. It will be after Lent so I can enjoy the breads that go with it 🙂

Antipasti

Mushroom Risotto

Ingredients

  • 4 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Yellow Onion Diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 8 Oz Brown Baby Bella Crimini Mushrooms
  • 8 Oz White Mushrooms
  • 16 Oz Arborio Rice
  • 1 Cup Dry White Wine ($2 Charles Shaw is my fav)
  • 8 Cups Vegetable Stock (You can also use Chicken or Beef Broth)
  • Kosher Salt & Cracked Pepper to your liking
  • Grated Parmesan/Romano Cheese
  • Freshly Chopped Basil

In a saucepan heat your Stock on low-medium heat. Slice all your mushrooms thin. Dice your onion with food chopper if you like, this is my favorite from Pampered Chef for $32. Warm your butter over Medium heat in a large skillet pan.

Risotto Steps 1-4

Add half of your diced Onions and Minced Garlic, stir for a minute. Add Crimini Mushrooms, then your White Mushrooms.

Risotto Steps 5-8

Stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. Once, the mushrooms/onion mix is sautéed, turn off heat. In a large sauce pot over Medium heat, add Extra Virgin Olive Oil, add remaining Diced Onions.

Risotto Steps 9-12

Once Onions are translucent, add your Arborio Rice to the pot. Add your White Wine and stir until it is evaporated, about 3 Minutes.

Risotto Steps 13-15

Then, using a Big ladle, transfer warm Stock into Rice 1/2 Cup at a time. Once it has been absorbed, add another 1/2 cup. Repeat until all Stock is absorbed. Yes, this takes awhile… Then add your Sautéed Mushroom mix, Salt & Pepper to your liking and stir thoroughly.

Risotto Steps 16-18

Then serve on a Large plate or low rimmed bowl…

Risotto Step 19

Garnish with Freshly Grated Parmesan Romano Cheese and Thinly Sliced Basil

Risotto Finale

Simple Salad

  • Package of Butter Lettuce
  • 1/4 Cup Thinly Sliced Red Onion
  • 1 Avocado Sliced
  • Croutons (If you didn’t give them up for Lent… :()

Mustard Dressing

  • 4 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Water
  • 4 TSBP Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano

Put everything into a Ramekin I love these ones from World Market and then whisk.

Salad Dressing

Using your tongs, mix together… And…

Salad

Simple French Green Beans

I found these French Cut Green Beans at my local Safeway for $2.49 the price is what determines my side dishes 🙂

  • 8 Oz of French Green Beans
  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • Pinch Kosher Salt/Ground Pepper

Whisk together and pour over steamed Green Beans

Green Beans I

Whisk together and pour over steamed Green Beans

Green Beans II

Wine

BV Chardonnay

For my birthday, last December we did the Sonoma Wine Trolley. We visited Buena Vista in Sonoma Valley, which is the first Premium winery ever in California. This 2009 Chardonnay from their Carneros Vineyards was only the second White Wine I’ve ever heard him say he liked. We had to get some. I’m going to go out and say it is THE BEST Chardonnay I’ve ever had. Hands down, and I’m not even sure what comes second after it. It’s not sweet, but you taste all the fruit elements. If ever in Sonoma, I highly suggest the Wine Trolley, it was a lot of fun, we didn’t have to worry about driving 🙂 You MUST go to Buena Vista the caves are open for tours, the buildings make you feel like you’re in Europe in 1900. It’s wine country perfection.

There you have it. Whether it be your Valentine’s Day dinner or a Meatless Friday Night Lent Dinner. You will be full, satisfied and not broke 🙂

What is your favorite Meatless Dinner? Let me know!

Magia!

-Mrs. Training

Kosher Corn Dog Bites

31 Jan

Who doesn’t like corn dogs? Anybody? Vegetarians can put a faux/soy dog in this and enjoy it… Oh yeah, vegans… Well, yeah I don’t have an option for you… But, for the rest of the world… This is quick, cheap and no mess for the kids or a great tailgating/Super Bowl snack!

Make the Cornbread the same as in this recipe…

Jalapeño & Green Chile Cornbread Waffles

*Leave out the jalapeños for the kiddos 🙂

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees

Using a Mini Muffin or Mini Cupcake pan spray with Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your Misto

Step 1

Fill cups half way with batter

Step 2

 Cut the smokies in half and push down into batter

Cut SmokiesStep 4

Top the cups with additional batter

Step 5

Bake for 15 Minutes

Step 6

And Enjoy…

Inside Corn Dog Bite

Mangia!

-Mrs. Training

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