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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cucumber Avocado Feta Salad

This is a delicious no cook side dish. It can go on top of salmon, on the side to almost any meat, or just be a tasty snack. I found a few different recipes through Pinterest but tweaked each until I settled on this. I apologize for the poor quality of these pictures, they were taken with my phone this time.

Serves 4

1 medium cucumber
1 medium to large avocado
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
Small bunch of fresh mint
2 to 3 tbsp lime juice

 Peel and chop the cucumber in to small quarters. You can remove the seeds before also if you prefer to not have them. Throw in a bowl.
Finely  chop the mint and add to the bowl.
 Peel and chop the avocado into small chunks. Add to the bowl.
Next add the lime juice and as much feta cheese as you desire.
Stir and serve immediately.
I had some leftover that I had the next day, and the avocado did not brown because of the lime juice in the recipe. It definitely was not as good as it is freshly made though.

From one newbie to another, enjoy!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Brussels Sprouts Pasta

This recipe is delicious! I found is on It took a little more prep, but totally worth it!

Serves 4 to 6 

6 tbsp butter
8 oz pasta (I used elbow)
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chopped brussels sprouts
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

 Cook pasta according to instructions, set aside.
In the meantime, brown the butter. Cook over low-medium heat until golden brown. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
 Toast the hazelnuts over medium heat, 5 to 7 minutes. Place on a towel and rub the skins off. This step takes more time than I thought it would so be ready for that! Roughly chop the peeled hazelnuts.
Heat the olive oil and saute the brussels sprouts, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Stir in the garlic, pasta, hazelnuts, browned butter, and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper, and then serve.

From one newbie to another, enjoy!

Balsamic Beef Roast

Hi there! Sorry I have taken a very long break from blogging! Life has been very busy. This recipe is a slow cooker recipe I found on It has minimal prep time, and it is super easy. You can serve it several different ways, so it is a fairly versatile recipe.

Serves 4 to 6

 1 2-3 lb Beef Roast
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
4 cloves garlic chopped


Mix together all of the liquid ingredients and the garlic in a bowl.
Place the roast in the crock pot and pour the mix over top.
Cook for 6 hours on low.
We chose to serve ours with potatoes and veggies. You can shred the meat and put it on sandwiches, and a bunch of other options as well.

From one newbie to another, enjoy!