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Faux Buffalo Wings

19 Mar

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I have a serious infatuation with Buffalo Wing… The hotter the better, and keep them and the beer coming… Sooooo along come Lents again… I’m not having any meat or dairy… So really Pizza and Buffalo Wings are on my mind all day everyday. As you’re reading this, I’m somewhere daydreaming about what pizza I’m eating on Easter 🙂 I’m not into the Soy/Faux Cheese thing so I’m not going to worry about pizza, but I did find via interest and blog reading that cauliflower is a good buffalo wing alternative. Many of them used greek yogurt or almond milk… Again I’m not into the replacement dairy thing, I’d rather just not have it. So I made them yesterday, and then again today… I’m obsessed, and my meat loving husband is actually requesting them now 🙂 Win, Win… So my loyal followers… Here you go!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 TBSP Kosher Salt
  • 1 TBSP Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • 5 Cloves of Coarsely Chopped Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Flour ( You can use a Gluten Free Flour)
  • 3/4 Cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

DIRECTIONS

Pre heat your oven to 450 degrees. Cut your Cauliflower into florets and put into a mixing bowl. Add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Kosher Salt, Coarsely Ground Black Pepper and Coarsely Chopped Garlic (DO NOT USE Minced Garlic in a Jar, it’s gross). Mix until all pieces are covered, then add in the flour and mix well.

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Then lay them onto a baking pan. I suggest everyone gets a Silpat Mat for all their cooking and baking needs, it makes clean up easy and you don’t need to use any chemical based products to prevent sticking. Bake for 20-25 Minutes. I like to flip them half way through cooking.

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Remove from the oven and add your Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, or other Hot Sauce (if you don’t like the best :)). Put back into the oven for 5 Minutes. Then, serve.

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I’m personally not a wing dunker, so giving up dairy, I didn’t need a replacement Blue Cheese or Ranch Dressing. But I know that there are many Vegan options for dressings, I just can’t recommend one since I don’t like the dairy or dairy free options. If you are a meat eater and would like to try my original post for Buffalo Wings here is the recipe to try…

Baked Buffalo Wings Recipe

If there are any other Vegan recipes you’d like me to try, send me an email mrstrainingblog@gmail.com

Until then… Keep Training my friends,

GMW

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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

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

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

Easy Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry

22 Feb

As promised the Meatless Friday Dinner Recipes continue during Lent. Last week I made Mushroom Risotto in case you missed it check it out, very yummy. This one you are going to LOVE! Especially since I’ve made it VERY easy. I make this same recipe with thinly slice Chicken Brest also, it’s very versatile. I change which vegetables I am using depending on what is in season or on sale, DUH 🙂 I’m a BIG fan of Trader Joe’s… They have many of their own version with the different ethnic foods they carry. I know I’m a picky eater, so I’m very extreme with my likes and dislikes… SORRY I’M NOT SORRY. They either nail it… Or they do whatever it is that they did with their “version” of Pirate’s Booty… Which in itself is a travesty… If you can’t get knock off Pirate’s Booty correct, then don’t do it, it’s just not right. Back to the subject, with this Yellow Curry, Trader Joe’s or TJ’s as I like to call it, NAILED IT! Their Red Curry is equally perfected I’m just a bigger fan of Yellow Curry in general.

THAI YELLOW CURRY RECIPE

  • 2 TBSN Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Cup Russet Potato Peeled & Cubed
  • 1 Medium Carrot Peeled & Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Thinly Sliced
  • 8 Oz White Mushrooms Quartered
  • 2 Bottles Trader Joe’s Yellow Curry
  • 1 1/2 Cups Broccoli Steamed
  • 1/2 Can Corn Kernels
  • 1 Can Low Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 Cup French Green Beans Steamed
  • 2 Inch Piece of Ginger Finely Chopped (Optional)
  • Fresh Chopped Basil (Optional)
  • Jasmine Rice or Brown Rice

In a Medium or Large Pot over Medium heat add Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add Onion and Potato, cook for 2-3 Minutes. Add Carrot and cook another 5 Minutes.

Steps 1-2

Add Red Bell Pepper, stir for 2 Minutes, add Mushrooms and cook for 5 Minutes.

Steps 3-4

This is what the bottles look like from Trader Joe’s, their Coconut Milk is a good price as well.

TJ Curry & Coconut Milk

Add Yellow Curry Sauce and a half Bottle of Water to each Jar used. Mix in Broccoli.

Steps 5-6

Add Corn Kernels and desired amount of Coconut Milk. This all depends on the amount of spice you like. Just add a little at a time until it is exactly to your liking. Cook for 5 Minutes.

Step 7-8

Add Green Beans ( I like to cut them into smaller pieces so they are easily spooned when eating). Bring to a light Boil, cover with your lid and simmer for 20 Minutes.

Steps 9-10

If you like a little extra flavor/spice (Not for the kiddos) add Chopped Ginger before you bring to a Boil. This is one of my Italian Measurements… 🙂 I added “this much”… 🙂

Ginger

And Drummmm Rolllll…. Add your fresh Basil now if you’d like….

Bowled Curry

Then you serve over Rice, Bread whatever you’d like. This Jasmine Rice is Pre-Cooked and just has to be Microwaved for 3 Minutes (Great for Work Lunches). You can also use Brown Rice which is the Mister’s preference.

Jasmine Rice

My other favorite (I gave up wheat/flour for Lent so this is me day dreaming) thing to serve Curry over is Naan. Trader Joe’s has a great fresh Naan for $3.69.

Naan

There you go my Trainers! Thank you for stopping by Mrs. Training, as always, please help spread the word to your friends.  If you have any questions, please ask.

Basil Curry

TGIF!!!!

-Mrs. Training

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

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