Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes – Giveaway #OneYrGreek

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My household is as far from being vegetarian as coyotes love carrots. We try. Even my finicky shark. He says he doesn’t like meat, but he inhales tacos like they were the best food on the planet. Well actually they are, but that’s not what we are talking about here.

We are talking about Greek and we are talking about Debbie Matenapoulos’ One Year Anniversary of her cookbook, It’s All Greek to Me!

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Debbie’s publisher, Ben Bella Books has rounded up previous cookbook reviewers to celebrate Debbie and her love of Greek food.

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I was just as excited to do another review as I was the first time!

This time I decided to try Debbie’s Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes. My husband said these were “delicious and filling” and he is the biggest meat eater in the house.

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The recipe states you can substitute lean ground beef for the mushrooms and zucchini, but no need here! The vegetables were so delicious my son had me make the rice filling again this week.

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The one and only change I did with this recipe was substitute the brown rice for wild rice. And these peppers were wildly yummy.

For more tempting Greek recipes from Debbie, be sure to visit the other bloggers during this celebration!

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But for now, check out how I made these delicious stuffed peppers!

Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Gather your ingredients.

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Prepare your rice.

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Scoop out your veggies for stuffing.

Sautee your filling veggies.

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And combine them with the rice.

Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stuff the peppers and tomatoes.

Put a bit of water on the bottom, stick them in the oven and be ready for deliciousness in about an hour.

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I served my stuffed veggies with some fresh mozzarella and brined olives. Yummy!

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Here is Debbie’s recipe, direct from her cookbook, reprinted with permission from the publisher.

Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes

Growing up, I loved coming home after Greek school and walking through the door to the smell of my mom’s gemista. I can still recognize that smell anywhere. It’s very nostalgic for me and always makes my mouth water! My vegan version of this classic dish uses brown rice instead of white rice and mushrooms and zucchini as a healthy, low-fat substitute for the traditional beef. Brown rice is more nutritious, tends to hold up better, and adds a subtle, nutty flavor.

SERVES 6
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for baking dish
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1 cup long-grain brown rice
2 1/4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 1/4 tsp sea salt, divided
4 large bell peppers of various colors (green, red, yellow, or orange)
2 large tomatoes
2 Tb tomato paste diluted in 1 cup water
3/4 pound sliced cremini or white button mushrooms
1/2 pound zucchini, ends trimmed, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 Tb finely chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup water, plus more as needed

Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent but not browned, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the brown rice and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Slowly stir in the vegetable broth and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed, about 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for about 10 minutes. Then remove lid, fluff the rice with a fork, and set aside.

Meanwhile, lightly oil a deep casserole dish large enough to hold all the peppers and tomatoes snugly so that they remain upright during baking.

Slice off and reserve the top stem ends of the bell peppers. Hollow out the peppers, removing the seeds and white pith with a small spoon or a grapefruit spoon and discarding. Slice off and reserve the top stem ends of the tomatoes. Gently squeeze the tomatoes to remove most of the seeds, then scoop the pulp into a small bowl, leaving a thin layer of tomato (about 1/4 inch) next to the skin. Stir the diluted tomato paste into the tomato pulp and set aside. Transfer the hollowed-out tomatoes and peppers to the prepared casserole dish. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté until the edges start to brown and they release their liquid, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add the zucchini slices and sauté until wilted and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more. Season with the remaining 2 teaspoons of salt and the pepper. Stir in the reserved tomato mixture and the cooked onion and rice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, just to let the flavors come together. At this point, the mixture should be moist but not soupy. If it is too loose, simmer it a little longer to evaporate a bit more of the liquid, being careful not to overcook the rice. Turn off the heat and stir in the parsley and the mint. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.

Generously stuff the tomatoes and bell peppers with the rice mixture. Replace the pepper and tomato tops. The stuffing will peek out a bit. Drizzle with the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and carefully pour the water into the bottom of the casserole. Bake, adding a little more water if necessary, for 1 to 11/4 hours or until the vegetables are tender and the tops are brown. The tomatoes and peppers should be soft enough to pierce easily with a fork. Serve immediately.

Debbie’s Tip: The classic version of this dish is made with lean ground beef. My vegan version makes a savory, light supper with no saturated fat. If you do want to try it the traditional way, replace the mushrooms and zucchini with 1 pound of lean ground beef or turkey.

If you missed my last giveaway for this cookbook or would like another chance to win, the publisher is letting me give away another copy here!

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The Wedge and ’21’ Traditional Bloody Mary – The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook Review and Giveaway #PartyLikeAMadMan

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You ever get introduced to something and it turns you on to something else and starts a frenzy? I’ve been partying it up Mad Men style. With my Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook to toast the final season of the Mad Men series.

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And of course I started watching the show. And of course I paid attention to every bit of food and cocktails served up in the show that is showcased on all the glossy pages of this wonderful cookbook.

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Talk about flashing back to my childhoold of reading my grandmother’s cookebooks! I love this book! Of course, it has more that just food of the 1960’s, like Deviled Eggs, Potatoes au Gratin, and Pineapple Upside Down Cake. It is full of classic and creatively twisted cocktails from the bars of Manhattan, New York.

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One drink that stood out to me is the classic ’21’ Traditional Bloody Mary. It’s so simple, yet was frequently ordered by the businessmen of Manhattan. In fact, some would say the Bloody Mary is a traditional hang over drink, no? Probably because of the rich vitamin C in the tomato juice and the spice of the tobacco and black pepper.

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Another favorite of mine is The Wedge. Wedge salads have been making a comeback lately, and why not. They were extremely popular as early as the 1910’s, as iceberg lettuce was “named for its ability to remain fresh when shipped long distances packed on ice”. I almost made the Avocado and Crab Mimosas, as those sounded extremely wonderful and were beautifully pictured in the cookbook. But seriously, the crisp classic iceberg was calling my name! As was the creamy blue cheese that …

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I Want My Mommy Casserole – Cookbook Review #ZPocWinter – GIVEAWAY

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My family and I just spent this past weekend on a mini camping trip. I love it. We have an adorable pop-up camper that we could practically live in. It was the first time we took our new baby as we hadn’t been in over a year, since I was pregnant. 

As I lay there cuddling with my baby and my husband, my boys sleeping on the opposite end, I listened to the coyotes howling. They freaked me out so bad the last time I had to listen to music on headphones to drown them out.
However this time it seemed almost peaceful. I felt safe.
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But…what if those coyotes were zombies and we were in the middle of a zombie apocalypse??? I think I’d be praying my adorable pop-up camper was a bullet proof, tip proof, mega safe house on wheels!
I wonder if this went though Lauren Wilson’s head as she wrote her cookbook The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocolypse. I’ve been asked by BenBellaBooks to do another review for one of their up and coming authors. I was honored!
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I asked Lauren a few questions, because as I flipped through her uniquely creative recipes and ideas, I couldn’t help but wonder how she came up with the idea! Check it out:
What inspired you to write this book?
“Actually, the idea for the book came from my best friend Paul. We were just hanging out one day when he said, “Hey you’re a zombie nerd. And you’re a food nerd. You should write a cookbook for the zombie apocalypse!” I loved the idea an sat on it for a couple of years before starting to work seriously on it. So the was his but I brought it to life, or unlife, as it were.”
This seems like a great cookbook to take camping. Do you enjoy camping?
“I am not an avid camper, but ended up taking a few camping trips to practice the skills outlined in the book. I love the outdoors and nature so writing the book was a great way to into camping.”
Where do you get your meal inspiration from?
For the book specifically? I imagined various scenarios one might find themselves in during a zombie apocalypse-bugging and being holed up in your home, living in an army-run survival camp, roaming the wasteland or trying to make a go of it out in the wild, for example. Then I imagined what food sources would be available in each scenario and went from there. There were so many recipe ideas that didn’t pan out in the testing phase or had to be cut for length. The whole process of writing and testing the recipes was a lot of fun!
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I chose the recipe “I Want My Mommy Casserole” because
  • I love casseroles
  • I  love comfort food
  • Mommies mean comfort!

And the egg noodles and cream soup help too.

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I sprinkled on a bit of parmesan cheese from a pizza parlor packet, because I know I could find those lying around in a apocalypse right???

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Lauren says you can use any noodle or even rice, tuna or chicken and any cream soup you want really. Even broccoli instead of peas! That’s versatility for ya! Cuz I mean, if I’m stuck in a zombie apocalypse, definitely not going to be checking off my grocery list! I used chicken, because my kids are not huge tuna fans. I love it! And I did add some marsala wine as recommended.
For a little fun, I even did a zombie apocalypse quiz to see how long I’d last. I got 376 days! Just about a year—not bad!
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This is a direct excerpt from the cookbook The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson.

“I Want My Mommy CasseroleYields: 2–3 Hungry Survivor servings, 4 Regular Joe servings

This is a zpoc spin on an already nearly completely shelf-stable meal, one that is classic American comfort food spanning decades and generations. It is what some might call “junky,” but in the event of a zombie apocalypse, a hot pile of creamy, salty, fatty goodness topped with crunchy potato chips is A-OK in my book. Go ahead and make it as junky as possible, knowing full well that this meal could potentially be your last. You only live once, right? Oh, wait.

This is also a recipe that is primo for substitutions: No egg noodle? No problem. Use macaroni or rice. No potato chips? Use crackers or Goldfish or even Bugging-In Breadcrumbs (page 94). No tuna? Use canned chicken. No peas? How about green beans, potatoes, or asparagus? And virtually any other creamed soup will work in place of mushroom—except for say, maybe, cream of shrimp (yeah, that’s a thing).

This recipe is safe–house friendly and can easily be adapted to use freeze-dried vegetables and shredded cheese, (Believe it or not, freeze-dried shredded cheese isn’t totally gross—read on to Cooking in the Well- Stocked Safe House, page 203, for more!)

Requires:

Chef’s or survival knife and cutting board

1 large pot
1 small sauté pan
1 wooden spoon
1 colander
1 large mixing bowl
1 can opener
1 fork or multi-tool
1 small bowl
1 Dutch oven or another baking vessel (at least 7″ x 11″)

Heat Source:

Direct, open flame or other Stovetop Hack (page 42), and indirect, Dutch Oven or other Oven Hack (page 44)

Time:

10 minutes prep
30 minutes baking time

Ingredients:

1 small onion, minced
1 x 12-oz. package egg noodles
2 cans tuna, preferably chunk in oil
½ can peas
2 x 14-oz. cans cream of mushroom soup (In this case, Campbell’s really is the best)
1 c. breadcrumbs, preferably panko or crushed natural potato chips
¼ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper, to taste

Optional Add-Ins:

½ c. dried mushrooms, reconstituted
2 tbsp. dry sherry

Method:

  1. Preheat the Dutch Oven or other Oven Hack for 400°F baking (see Judging Temperature, page 47) in addition to building a small fire or other Stovetop Hack to boil water. Put a large pot of potable water on to boil. In the meantime, in a small pan sauté the minced onion over medium-high heat until soft and browned.
  2. Once the water has come to a rolling boil, cook the egg noodles for half the recommended time on the package. If using dried mushrooms, remove some cooking water from the pot to reconstitute them. Drain, then add the noodles to a large mixing bowl, set aside for now.
  3. Drain the tuna if it’s packed in water; otherwise, drain the oil off onto the breadcrumbs, then break the tuna up lightly with a fork or multi-tool and add it to the noodles. Add the peas, sautéed onion, mushroom soup, reconstituted dried mushrooms (if using), and dry sherry (if using) to the mixing bowl and toss well. Taste and season with salt (if needed) and pepper. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, add the breadcrumbs, reserved tuna oil (or the equivalent of another oil, like olive oil), garlic powder, cumin, cayenne, and salt and pepper (to taste). Mix until the breadcrumbs are evenly coated.
  5. Carefully remove the lid of the preheated Dutch oven and add a light layer of oil using a paper towel or another clean cloth. Transfer the mixed noodles to the Dutch oven or, if using another Oven Hack, to a lightly greased baking dish. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the noodles.
  6. Bake covered for about 25 minutes, until hot and bubbling.
  7. Let cool for about 5 minutes before eating. Take a deep breath and allow nostalgic memories of your mom (before she tried to tuck into your abdomen) perk you up while tucking in yourself.

Egg Noodle Substitution: You can also use 16 ounces of macaroni or other small pasta or 1½ cups cooked rice plus additional ½ cup of liquid in place of egg noodles.on.”

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I Want My Mommy Casserole

Gather ingredients.

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Cook up some veggies. And add the meat of choice.

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Stir in the seasonings, wine and soup. And add it to a greased dish.

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Sprinkle on the greasy breadcrumbs and bake!

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And serve!

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This book is truly handy for a survival guide, if you decide you need something to pack when hiking, camping, or running from zombies. You will find all of that AND a variety of cool recipes, like Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast and Zombie Nownies. Tweet #ZPocWinter for more recipes from the bloggers behind the madness.

This post was sponsored by Ben Bella Books. I received a free cookbook by the sponsor for participating in #ZPocWinter. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, and images, are my own, unless otherwise noted. *This post contains affiliate links.

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It’s All Greek To Me – Cookbook Giveaway #FallForGreek

Have you ever been approached with an opportunity that you wanted to leap at? I mean, jump into the pool and dive in?
That’s exactly how I felt when I was offered the chance to review and giveaway It’s All Greek To Me by Debbie Matenopoulos.

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I adore Greek food! Absolutely adore it.

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It’s so fresh and overwhelming with taste and it screams healthy ingredients. Nuts and oils and fruits and vegetables with grilled or baked proteins make up the majority of recipes in Debbie’s book.
Debbie was born in Virginia of Greek decent. Debbie’s own love of her family’s traditional food and desire to stay fit and healthy convinced her to write her own cookbook, where she delves into the food and dabbles little family stories on each recipe. Debbie has also had a career as an entertainment news reporter and television host, including televisions’ The View.
I could spend forever in this book and can’t wait to make the traditional Greek Cookies covered in sesame seeds that are compared to how America traditionalizes chocolate chip cookies.
I chose to make a meal out of four of Debbie’s mouth watering recipes.
For one, I had to make the Skorthalia, especially after reading the little family story blurb of a relative mistaking it for mashed potatoes and his face turning red.
The Skorthalia, or Garlic Sauce made with Potatoes, is typically served with cod (but I swear I could smear it on everything!). I even froze my leftover sauce in an ice cube tray for later!
So of course I made the Oven Fried Cod-just so I could have the Skorthalia. The Cod was the most amazing baked fish I ever made. My family inhaled it.

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And right alongside the cod recipe was a recipe for Seafood Rice, which was a basic risotto with shrimp and mussels. I omitted the mussels so my kids would eat it, and swapped frozen peas for frozen mixed veggies. All the same 😉 It was so savory and delicious.

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And finally I added the Greek Village Salad, which is almost considered a staple for most meals. That was refreshingly tasty, of course.
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 Come “Fall for Greek” with me with It’s All Greek, and enter the Giveaway below. And check out this quick recipe for Skorthalia. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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If you’d like to try these recipes, please enter the raffle below to win a FREE copy of Debbie’s cookbook.
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Skorthalia-Garlic Sauce Made with Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 24

Per Serving 96 calories

Fat 7 g

Carbs 8 g

Protein 1 g

24


Skorthalia-Garlic Sauce Made with Potatoes

Serve with baked cod or fish at room temperature. Store up to 5 days, covered in the refrigerator. *Tip: Freeze in ice cube trays for later use as individual servings.

Ingredients

  • 4 large Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeles
  • 2 Tb plus 1 1/2 tsp sea salt, and more to taste
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tb fresh squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)

Instructions

  1. Cut the peeled potatoes into 2" chunks and place in a large pot. Cover the potatoes with cold water and stir in the 2 Tb sea salt. Bring to a boil and boil over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Drain in a colander and immediately process in a food processor. Add the garlic and additional salt and process until smooth.
  3. Slowly stream in the olive oil with the machine running, followed by the lemon juice. Add more salt to taste, if desired.
  4. Makes 1 1/2 cups, or 24 servings at 2 Tb each.

Notes

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 3*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays-Baked Beans

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If someone was to tell you they made a big batch of baked beans in the morning before work would you think they were crazy?!

I did just that one morning! But after tasting these beans from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays and seeing how simple it was to put these together, I didn’t think I was crazy. It was genius!

These beans are so simple to make and so delicious, full of tender bell peppers and bursting with BBQ pizazz, they taste like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen making them.

And oh, the beautiful bacon strips on top…

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I think we should all be crazy and make these before work!

And enter this GIVEAWAY for The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays too yes!?!

Ingredients:
12 slices bacon, divided
1 large onion, diced
4 bell peppers, diced
4 28 oz can pork and beans, drained
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 Tb yellow mustard

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Begin by dicing 6 pieces of the bacon and sautéing them in a large dutch oven over medium heat with the onions, cooking until the onions are translucent.

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Add  the bell  peppers and cook a bit more.

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Stir in the pork and beans. (I didn’t drain mine.)

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Bring to a simmer then add the remaining ingredients.

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Bring back to a simmer, then transfer to a large baking dish.

Arrange remaining 6 bacon slices on top of the beans and cover with saran wrap. Refrigerate until ready to bake.

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Bake, uncovered at 325F for 2 hours.

Cool before serving.

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And please don’t forget to enter! 🙂

Baked Beans

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 24

Per Serving 414 calories

Fat 24 g

Carbs 20 g

Protein 30 g

24


Baked Beans

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 11

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 12 slices bacon, divided
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 bell peppers, diced
  • 4 28 oz can pork and beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tb yellow mustard

Instructions

  1. Begin by dicing 6 pieces of the bacon and sautéing them in a large dutch oven over medium heat with the onions, cooking until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the bell peppers and cook 4 minutes more.
  3. Stir in the pork and beans. Drained or undrained.
  4. Bring to a simmer then add the remaining ingredients.
  5. Bring back to a simmer for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a large baking dish.
  6. Arrange remaining 6 bacon slices on top of the beans and cover with saran wrap. Refrigerate until ready to bake.
  7. Bake, uncovered at 325F for 2 hours.
  8. Cool before serving.

 

 

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays-Southwestern Potato Skins

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I could kick myself. I mean, come on, I know how to read recipes, I’m a recipeholic (hey, it could be a word)! But man if I would have only did that last step on these heavenly Southwestern Potato Skins

Don’t get me wrong, these were so kick-in-the-pants delicious! But I kinda forgot to bake them one last time AFTER scooping out the potato pulp. It gives them that nice golden crisp, ya know.

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But hey, I’m not perfect, and I still wanted to share these fantabulous Southwestern Potato Skins with you. They are so colorful and impossible to resist, even when I screw up.

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But when you make them, promise me you’ll include that one last step 😉

Oh, and make sure you enter this GIVEAWAY to find more recipes like these from our Cookbook Review of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays.

Southwestern Potato Skins

Ingredients:
8 small russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
4 Tb canola oil
salt to taste
2 Tb butter, melted
1 14 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
4 roma tomatoes, diced
2 ears corn, roasted and kernels cut off cob
4 avocados, diced
2 green onions, diced
1/4 cup ranch dressing

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400F.

Brush the potatoes with the canola oil to make them shine.

Sprinkle them generously salt.

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Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and starting to crisp.

Carefully remove them from the baking sheet and cool slightly until they are easy enough to handle.

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Slice them in half lengthwise and scoop out the potato pulp, leaving a nice potato basket for fillings.

Now don’t skip this step like my goofy self (or maybe just my time consumed mom head) did. Brush the potatoes with the melted butter and bake at 425F this time, for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip them over, brush the other side and bake for another 3-4 minutes.

And now…we fill the potatoes!

Divide the rinsed and drained black beans, roasted corn kernels cut off the cob (I just roasted my corn in the oven with the potatoes), diced roma tomatoes, dice avocados and sliced green onions among the potato skins. Now I decided to use cilantro instead of green onions, because it just sounded so refreshing that day!

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Drizzle evenly with ranch dressing and serve!

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Yummy!!!

Oh yea, one more time…ENTER THAT GIVEAWAY! The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays

Southwestern Potato Skins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 505 calories

Fat 29 g

Carbs 56 g

Protein 11 g

8


Southwestern Potato Skins

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 7

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 8 small russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
  • 4 Tb canola oil
  • salt to taste
  • 2 Tb butter, melted
  • 1 14 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 ears corn, roasted and kernels cut off cob
  • 4 avocados, diced
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing

Instructions

  1. Brush the potatoes with the canola oil. Sprinkle them generously salt.
  2. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and starting to crisp.
  3. Carefully remove them from the baking sheet and cool slightly until they are easy enough to handle. Slice them in half lengthwise and scoop out the potato pulp, leaving a potato basket for fillings.
  4. Brush the potatoes with the melted butter and bake at 425F this time, for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip them over, brush the other side and bake for another 3-4 minutes.
  5. Divide the rinsed and drained black beans, roasted corn kernels cut off the cob, diced roma tomatoes, dice avocados and sliced green onions among the potato skins.
  6. Drizzle evenly with ranch dressing and serve.

 

Home Made Summer-The Spicy-Spice Rubbed Tri Tip

Spice Rubbed Tri Tip | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

It’s been said that beef tri tip is a West Coast thing. If that’s the case then I’m so sorry! Tri tip is one of my all time favorite cuts of beef, but hey if you can’t find tri tip in your neck of the woods, then by all means, get some sirloin, or beef ribs. Whatever your fancy, Joris’s Spicy Rub from Home Made Summer Cookbook Review and Giveaway has got to be a must try in your kitchen.

This unique spicy rub will last a few summer meals in your spice jar and is super easy to make. Flavors of lemon zest, Chinese five-spice, fresh ground chiles, garlic and sweet cardamom give this rub an extra appeal. And the turmeric adds beautiful color. (Hey, did you think beef was always yellow?)

Joris’s Spicy Rub

Ingredients:
2 Tb Chinese five-spice powder
1 Tb garlic powder
1-2 dried cayenne chiles, ground
finely grated zest of 1 1/2 lemons
1 Tb turmeric
1 Tb cardamom
1/2-1 Tb salt
1/2 Tb pepper

Spiced Rub on TriTip | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Mix all the rub ingredients together and store in an airtight spice jar in the pantry.

Spiced Rub on TriTip | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

When you are ready to cook, rub down your meat of choice-even chicken-with the beautiful rub, wrap the meat in plastic wrap for a few hours and let the rub do the rest.

You don’t need any oil for this rub, hence the DRY rub. The fats in the meat will do their job and let those spices get to work on the grill or under the broiler.

When you are ready to grill, unwrap the meat and place it on a greased grill and cook the meat by pound according to the cooking guidelines of your meat.

Spiced Rub on TriTip | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My tri tip took about 45 minutes on medium low on my indoor grill with plenty of flipping and flopping. 😉

And of course, zucchini had to join the party!

Spiced Rub on TriTip | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bon appetite!

Adapted from Home Made Summer by Yvette van Boven

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Home Made Summer-The Hearty-Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Okay, this Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing from Home Made Summer Cookbook Review and Giveaway is so super fantabulous I can’t say it enough. This cake brings back childhood memories of European cakes and pastries. It’s nutty, fruity and dense and tangy. The flavors mingle so nicely together and it tastes amazing cold with coffee!

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Fresh grated zucchini, big juicy cranberries, plump raisins and roasted nuts are packed into this hearty and hearty healthy cake.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Seriously, if you don’t head to your kitchen and make this now, then head to the store, get the ingredients and make it this weekend!

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You won’t regret it!

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing

Ingredients:
2 cups self rising flour
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
Pinch salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 large zucchini, grated
1 cup raisins
1 cup cranberries
3/4 cup hazelnuts or mixed mixed nuts, toasted and chopped
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup canola oil
Cooking spray

Lemon glaze:
Finely grated zest of one lemon
1-2 Tb fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a loaf pan or 1 1/2 quart baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Whisk together the self-rising flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir in the grated zucchini, cranberries, raisins and roasted nuts.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Beat the eggs, vanilla and oil in a separate bowl and combine with the flour mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bake for 60-75 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

While the cake is cooling on a rack, zest the lemon.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Juice the lemon and combine it with the lemon zest.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Add the lemon juice and zest 1/2 tablespoon at a time to the powdered sugar and mix well until it is the consistency of a thin yogurt.

Drizzle the icing over the cooled cake.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Slice and enjoy. Serves 16.

Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Adapted from Home Made Summer by Yvette van Boven

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Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 277 calories

Fat 11 g

Carbs 43 g

Protein 4 g

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Hearty Zucchini Cake with Lemon Icing

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 8

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Zucchini Cake

  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts or mixed mixed nuts, toasted and chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • Cooking spray
  • For the Lemon glaze

  • Finely grated zest of one lemon
  • 1-2 Tb fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a loaf pan or 1 1/2 quart baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the self-rising flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Stir in the grated zucchini, cranberries, raisins and roasted nuts.
  4. Beat the eggs, vanilla and oil in a separate bowl and combine with the flour mixture.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 60-75 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. While the cake is cooling on a rack, zest the lemon. Juice the lemon and combine it with the lemon zest. Add the lemon juice and zest 1/2 tablespoon at a time to the powdered sugar and mix well until it is the consistency of a thin yogurt.
  8. Drizzle the icing over the cooled cake, slice and serve.