Baked Pepperoni Pizza Egg Rolls

IMG_7370Ok so last week I had posted that I was trying to eat less processed foods.  In my defense I did make these a bit ago!  AND I will say again, all in moderation.  I strongly believe that if you limit yourself completely, you’re only setting yourself up for failure.  I believe this to be in all things with life.

So enjoy the good things.   And enjoy good food, even if it means that you stray from what you shouldn’t eat for a day!

Besides that, these are too good to pass up.  The kids loved helping make these.  And they loved eating them just as much!!!

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Just a few things were needed for these awesome appetizers.

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Just take an egg roll wrapper and put some pepperoni in the middle, place your cheese stick in the middle and roll this like you would a burrito!!!

Place some parchment paper on a baking sheet and get them ready for the oven!!

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How good do they look!!!!!  And you don’t fry them either.  They go right in the oven.  So this isn’t quite so bad right!!

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Ah-mazing!!!  Must try.  If you’re looking for a fun thing to have for Super Bowl Sunday, this would be a great idea.  Or if you’re looking for something to do on Super Bowl Sunday and aren’t watching the game (kidding – kidding), then you can try these!!  If you have kids, this is a great way to get them involved with helping out.  They love to help and see the final product just as much, if not more than we do!!!

Baked Pepperoni Pizza Egg Roles
Recipe Type: Pizza Roll Ups
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • low fat mozzarella string cheeses, cut in half, width-wise
  • slices of sandwich pepperoni
  • pizza sauce
  • Egg roll wrappers
  • Cooking Spray
  • Additional pizza sauce for dipping
  • You can make as many as you need for your family/friends. That’s why I didn’t put a quantity next to each item.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Place a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Next lay an egg roll wrapper down to where it is in a diamond shape and lightly brush both sides with water. These are often a bit dry so if you do not moisten it, they will crack when you try to roll them.
  4. Lay down 3 slices of pepperoni not quite in the middle of the wrapper but rather in the lower third of the wrapper.
  5. Next top with a slice of cheese.
  6. Begin rolling by taking the bottom and ‘tucking’ under the mixture.
  7. Bring in the sides and then continue rolling. I tend to take a dab more water to ‘seal’ the edges when I get to the end.
  8. Set aside and repeat for the remaining wrappers.
  9. Lightly spray the entire egg roll with cooking spray and set on the cooling rack.
  10. Bake for 6 minutes (or until the top is lightly golden brown), flip, spray again and bake for another 5-8 minutes until golden brown and crispy. The trick is to get them crispy right before the cheese starts to melt out.
  11. Transfer to a plate and serve with warmed pizza sauce.

Enjoy your week!!!!!  Remember to always have fun when you’re in the kitchen.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Whole Wheat Tortilla Shells

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Every Tuesday at our house is Taco Tuesday.  No pun intended for Taco John’s!!!!

I’ve been really trying to cut out processed foods as much as I can.  Yes, I still make my weekly trip to Zantigo after church but that sure doesn’t count!!!  I may have to go there a bit less, but I can’t cut out everything.

On Facebook I found a site that is called “100 Days of Real Food”.  Which is where I happen to find this awesome recipe!  I’ve made the refried beans as well and they are so good.   You may not be a label reader but I have been.  And I’m not sure if it was this site that I read this or if I saw it elsewhere, but it said that if there are 5 ingredients that you cannot pronounce then you shouldn’t eat it!  I feel that way about food and products that I use on a daily basis now.

This recipe has only 4 ingredients in it.  AND I know how to pronounce them and I know what they are!

I was a bit concerned if the grandkids were going to like the texture and taste of the wheat but I gave it a try anyways.  Khali isn’t a fan of eating any shell that I give her on taco night.  She wants the cheese only.  Just give me the cheese and the black olives.  Caleb didn’t care for it but ate it anyways.  And Brooklyn ate it and liked it just like me!

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Here is my dog, Clyde.  He thinks that by some chance he’s going to be eating that dough.  He was sadly wrong.  Sorry buddy.

I don’t have a tortilla press but I sure wished I did.  I have made these twice now and I had a hard time getting them to form into a circle.  Last night, by the advise of my friend, Heidi, I place the dough between two pieces of parchment paper and used a pan to flatten them.  That gave them the shape, then I rolled just a bit to thin them out.

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After you get the dough formed into the log you want to cut them into 12 pieces.

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Flatten them out a bit and let them sit for about an hour.  I have to make sure that dog of mine is kept from anything sitting out.  He sees it, he’ll find a way to make it into his mouth.

I was really surprised at how good these were.  They had great flavor (I did add a bit of garlic salt to the dough the 2nd time I made this).    I love tacos.  And usually I have mine with hard shells but as I said I’m trying to do a little bit better with knowing what is in the food I’m putting in the family’s belly.  I made the taco seasoning as well.  But maybe I’ll give hard shells a try!!!!!

Whole Wheat Tortilla Shells
Recipe Type: Tacos
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups whole-wheat flour (I used King Arthur’s white whole-wheat flour)
  • ½ cup oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water (heat in the microwave for 1 min)
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer set with a dough hook, pour in the flour, oil and salt. Beat with the paddle until crumbly, about 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape the sides as needed. If your hand-held mixer comes with dough hooks those can be used as well.
  2. With the mixer running, gradually add the warm water and continue mixing until the dough is smooth, about 3 minutes.
  3. Take out the dough and divide it into 12 equal sized pieces. I do this by making the dough into a big log shape that is about 8 – 10 inches long. Then I cut it in the middle. Then I cut each of those pieces in the middle and so on until you have 12 pieces.
  4. Using the palms of your hand roll each piece into a round ball and flatten it out on a baking tray or board. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes or up to one hour.
  5. Heat a cast iron skillet, griddle or 12-inch skillet over med-high heat. The pan should be fairly hot before you begin cooking the tortillas.
  6. On a lightly floured board or counter top, use a rolling pin to turn each ball into a 8 to 10 inch flat circle (measure against your recipe if printed on a 8.5X11 sheet of paper). Be careful not to use more than a teaspoon or two of flour when rolling out each ball into a tortilla because too much excess flour will burn in the pan.
  7. Grease the pan with a touch of oil (or ghee) and then carefully transfer each tortilla, one at a time, to the pan and cook until puffy and slightly brown, about 30 to 45 seconds per side. Set aside on a plate to cool slightly. Eat within an hour, refrigerate or freeze.

Back to the shells at hand… These are pretty good and better for you.  I recommend you go to the site that I got this recipe and take a look around.  I’ve done the refried beans as well, as I’ve said.  Those are amazing with the tacos.

Enjoy!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Buffalo Chicken Pasta

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When I was doing the blog posting for the Love My Cub sweepstakes, I stumbled on this recipe on the cub.com site.  I even posted the recipe and said that I was going to make it.  Well, I made it.   We actually made this for dinner a couple of weeks ago, I’ve just been that busy!

This was really good.  It was not only super simple to make but it was really good!

I’m not a fan of buying pre-cooked much of anything.  I’d rather make it myself.  However, when life calls for chicken tenders already in a bag, sometimes you just have to go with it.  And I have to say these are some pretty good chicken tenders.  Better than homemade?  Maybe not, but when in a hurry why not.

Since making this recipe, we’ve had the chicken tenders quite a few times I have to say.  It’s easy.  It’s simple on busy sports nights.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta
Recipe Type: Italian
Author: Patricia
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 28 frozen popcorn chicken bites or chicken nuggets (I used Tyson’s)
  • 1/2 (16 ounce) package Penne Rigate
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 cup Essential Everyday Half & Half
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Essential Everyday Louisiana Hot Sauce
Instructions
  1. Prepare chicken and pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add celery, onions and garlic; salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until celery is softened (about 5-7 minutes).
  3. Stir in half & half, feta cheese and hot sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 2-3 minutes. Add pasta and chicken; toss to coat. Continue simmering until heated through and sauce has thickened.

I hope you enjoy this.  We had some crusty french bread with this and a side salad.  Great dinner.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Korean Turkey (Instead of Beef)

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Here’s a super easy dinner that my friend, Heidi gave to me again!  I told her she’s been giving me so many recipes lately that she should just help me blog.

We have been very busy this week with the end of football season coming to an end.   When Heidi told me about this meal she had earlier and how fast it would be for me to make.  No kidding.  This was super easy!  There are very few ingredients and as I was told, this rice took the same amount of time as the meat cooked!

I loved the flavor of the meat.  We use ground turkey instead of ground beef, but I’m assuming using the beef wouldn’t give it much different flavor.

I have a few favorite spices/herbs.  Cilantro is by far my favorite but Ginger is a close 2nd!!  I love the smell and the flavor it adds.

I didn’t have the sesame oil on hand and I griped a bit at the cost for the small amount I needed, but wow, that really added great flavor to this as well.

Just looking at the meat you would think that it doesn’t have a powerful flavor, but it sure does.

I’m not a huge fan of rice, but the family is.  I would have preferred to put this over some rice noodle or some pasta!  But nonetheless, this was very fast and super easy.  And these days that’s what’s important.

I snapped a few pictures of the kids while they were eating too!

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Caleb is not a huge fan at all of getting his pictures taken.  I walked by and quickly got this one!  Notice the food on his plate is almost gone!  AND he has a green onion on his plate!  He can’t eat them ON the food but he can eat it on the side.  Whatever works bud!

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This one here doesn’t like to always eat her food.  She has more fun feeding the dogs that are hovering below her chair.  She used to stand near me and say cheese every time I’d get my camera out.  Now?   She tells me to stop.  So I had to quick take this as well of her!

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This girl here?  She’ll strike a pose any time she even thinks about a camera.  Oh here Nana, wait, let me hold my plate up higher!  Nothing wrong with loving those pictures!  I love taking them.  She’s going back to get some green onions on her plate!!  She is the picky person in our house beyond anyone.  Can’t have any food touching any other food.  If we are eating chips with our meal, she has to either eat out of the bag, which I dislike, or get a clean plate.  The chips can’t touch the plate that’s already had food on it.  Too bad she doesn’t feel this way about her room….maybe some day!

Anyways…looking for a quick go to meal, this is it.  Use either ground beef or turkey.  I thought about putting some pine nuts on it as well.  Maybe next time!

Enjoy.

Korean Turkey (Instead of Beef)
Author: Patricia
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup brown sugar (I like it sweet so I usually do closer to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (I use low-sodium)
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced (see note)
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers (to desired spiciness)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch green onions, diced (don’t skip this!)
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown turkey with garlic in the sesame oil. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper and red peppers. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Serve over steamed rice and top with green onions.

Have a great day!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Peanut Noodles – Women’s Shoe Blow Out!

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Oh my goodness.  This was another awesome dinner.  It may not look like much but it packs a bunch of flavor in this one!  There I have nothing more to say.  Just make this for dinner and you’ll love it!!

Ok, well, that’s not all I have to say, but this was pretty good.  I had to go back for seconds and I’m not one to really do that much.  We had some Italian bread on this side with this.  Raked in the carbs for sure on this one but we don’t do that often here, so it was all good!!!!

Another super easy dinner to put together when you’re on the go or in a hurry.  Craig said he wouldn’t have eaten it, but I bet had he been here he would have at least tried it!  I wouldn’t have put the green onions on his.  There are some left overs in the fridge and I may just have that with dinner tonight.  Tonight we’re having the Chicken Bundles that my friend, Carrie made!!  She asked me today what they were called with and I just happened to find it.  So her and I may be having the same thing for dinner tonight.

I tell ya, there’s nothing better than having great friends.  Bad when they live so far away!

Back to the Noodles.  Sorry, I tend to get carried away in my typing and it the mind just goes.  So I type when I think!!  This was put together pretty quick.  With school coming up and football, we’re busy pretty much every day during the week.  So this is something to keep in mind when you’re thinking of something fast.

If you’re like me and you make your menu for the week and you’re on Pinterest or searching online and find something good, I put it on iCal for whatever day.  I had this weeks menu planned last week.  And that’s saying a lot for me.

Ok, let me be quiet and share some of the pictures I have for you!!

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I was tempted to put some salt and these and eat them before the kids saw, but didn’t!!

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Pasta boiling away!

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What would dinner time be in the kitchen if the girls didn’t come in to see what’s going on!!  These two girls are connected at the hip.  Good thing…hope it stays that way!

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Peanut sauce cooking…Smells amazing.

Try something new for dinner.  You can always get take out.  But when you make your dinner from scratch, you know what’s going in your food.  And that’s  a good feeling.  Especially when you’re trying to avoid certain foods and eat healthy.

Have a great week.  Peanut Noodles are a must try.

Peanut Noodles
Recipe Type: Peanut Noodles
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced (white parts only)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • I used the green onion for the top of my noodles
  • Pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until done. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, combine oil and onions in a small skillet. Saute over low heat until tender. Add ginger; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in peanut butter, soy sauce, water, vinegar, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Remove from heat.
  3. Toss noodles with sauce, and serve.
  4. I topped my noodles with Pine Nuts.

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Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Sour Cream Noodle Bake

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Last week my friend Heidi had told me about this dish that she made.  She said it was super easy and her family liked it.  Now, that meant I was going to like it.  Taking a 50/50 shot here that the others in my home would as well.

Those that have followed long enough know that there are certain people that are just picky (that would be Brooklyn), there are certain people that will eat some and then are just picky (that’s Caleb), then there’s another that is just as picky as Brooklyn (that would be Craig) but will always ask what my back up plan is.  I don’t have a back up plan.  A sandwich is their back up plan.  Mine is to enjoy what was made and love it because it was made from love, hard work…..Yeah that won’t work!

Last night Caleb had football.  He was so excited because he got to wear his helmet, pads and all.  He actually tried it on for me a few times yesterday.  So when it came down to dinner, he was all set to play.  I’m not sure how he ate with all of that limiting movement stuff on!!!

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Man, kids grow up too fast.  I told him yesterday to stop. He asked me how is he supposed to do that!!!  Time goes by so fast.  Tackle football?  Oh boy, I’m a bit nervous.

Anyhow!!  This was a super easy meal to make.  However, sometimes I tend to be a major multi-tasker and skimmed a bit too fast when it said how to put the meal together.  Woops.  It still turned out great and it tasted the same (I’m sure)!

Here’s a peek at some of the food while it’s cooking!!

Here’s the ground turkey and water boiling!

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Here’s the meat and tomato sauce..

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Smelled fantastic!!

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The pasta…almost dinner time!!

Sour Cream Noodle Bake
Recipe Type: Casserole
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 can 15-ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 8 ounces, weight Egg Noodles
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1-1/4 cup Small Curd Cottage Cheese
  • 1/4 chives
  • 1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown ground turkey in a large skillet. Add tomato sauce. 1/2 teaspoon salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Stir, then simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.
  3. Cook egg noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese. Add plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Add to noodles and stir. Add chives and stir.
  5. To assemble, add half of the noodles to a baking dish. Top with half the meat mixture, then sprinkle on half the grated cheddar. Repeat with noodles, meat, then a final layer of cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until all cheese is melted.

I didn’t have any crusty french bread to go along with this but I sure wish I did.  We’re not much on bread here (me mostly due to the carbs) but there are times when you wish you had it and this was it.

I am thankful to Heidi for sharing this with me!  I hope your family enjoys it as much as ours!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Strawberry Cupcakes

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This is the ymmy dessert that Jodi made for us last weekend.  Home made Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese frosting.  To die for right!  Yep, they were good.

Ok so I’m trying to stay away from sweets as I may have mentioned, but come awwnnnnn…When Jodi bakes and comes to my house, I can’t not have one.  This was not a case of stay strong or indulge completely.  This was me knowing when I was alone, so no one could actually see me eating it, I ate it.  I almost had another one but then thought for sure that my game would be called!!!  Haha.  All kidding aside, Jodi made these to go along with out Chicken Dinner and they were fabulous.  She gave us an entire pan to keep.  Now I said I only had one!!

I wasn’t there to watch Miss Jodi make these, but now I wonder if Mr. Sam got to lick the batter spoon.  Hmmm…I’ll have to ask.

Jodi has a garden growing…Jodi has about 37 lbs of fresh strawberries.  She ended up having to freeze the majority of them.  And that’s ok.  I’m going for the next time we get to make these:

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We have no idea what this is made with but know that we will make them and enjoy them with those fresh strawberries!!

Anyways.  We had a great time.  We got to eat great food, we got to watch two 2 year olds play together on an iPad!!  What did we have when we were growing up again!

It seems though time passes too fast that you sometimes forget that you need to always make time for your friends.  And when Two Girls get together, you can bet we’re putting together something worth writing about!!  How’s that!

Strawberry Cupcakes
Recipe Type: Cupcakes
Author: Jodi
Ingredients
  • 1 white cake (mix or homemade)
  • 1 cup of strawberries, diced
  • 1 drop of red food coloring
  • ….
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 3 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of strawberries, diced
  • whole strawberries, garnish
Instructions
  1. Prepare cake as directed then mix in diced strawberries. Pour batter into paper-lined cupcake tins. Bake as directed. Let cool.
  2. For frosting, mix together butter and cream cheese until smooth, then add powdered sugar and strawberries. Mix on medium for 3-4 minutes. When cupcakes are cool, frost generously and top with a strawberry. Refrigerate.

When there’s a smile on your face, laughter in the room, your belly is full, and a friend by your side, remember, life is good.

Patricia written for Jodi – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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