Cooking with Misstakenid: My Simple Spaghetti

One of my favorite quick comfort meals is my simple spaghetti. So I decided to share it with you.

1/2 Sweet Onion

3/4 Bell Pepper (1/4 Red, 1/4 Green, 1/4 Yellow)

1 box Thin Spaghetti Noodles

1 lb Ground Turkey

1 Jar Spicy Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Season to taste (Ground Pepper, Red Pepper flakes, Garlic Salt, Italian Seasoning)

1 tsp sugar

Olive Oil

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Ingredients

Step 1: Cut up the onions and peppers ( I do a rough cut, because I like chunky vegetables)

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Chopped Onion & Peppers

Step 2: Pour Olive Oil in a skillet and sautee the Veggies on Medium heat (Use some of the seasonings listed to season the veggies lightly)

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Sauteed Veggies

Step 3: Move the veggies to the side of  the skillet, and add the ground turkey. Season the meat to taste using the seasonings and add pasta sauce.  Lower the heat of the skillet to low.

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Add Ground Turkey and Sautee
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Add Pasta Sauce

Step 4: Boil water, add a pinch of garlic salt and splash of olive oil. Boil the noodles until desired tenderness, strain in a colander.

Step 5: Season noodles with italian seasoning lightly

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Spaghetti Noodles cooked

Now get your bowl or plate and pour yourself a delicious drink.

Put the noodles in the bowl, cover with your pasta sauce and serve. 🙂

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Finished Product

 

 

Cooking with Misstakenid: My first Turkey Pepperoni Pizza

Hello friends,

I decided that I wanted to make a pizza.  I am not able to eat pork or beef so I always feel some type way when I see a pepperoni pizza. I finally had enough and decided I was going to make my own, so that I could have one too.  I went to the grocery store, grabbed a few ingredients and made my pizza.  It was the first time so it wasn’t very pretty, but here is my recipe.

1/2 sweet onion

1 pack Hormel Turkey Pepperoni

1 pack sliced fresh mushrooms

1 container of Classico Pizza Sauce

2 packs of Mozzarella shredded cheese

1 Pillsbury pizza crust

1 tablespoon of Crushed red pepper

1 teaspoon of sugar

I did a rough cut on the veggies. Meaning I didn’t chop them into small pieces, I just ran the knife through them.

I placed the sauce in a pan and seasoned it a little with some crushed red pepper and a teaspoon or less of sugar. To make a sweet and spicy sauce.

I rolled and kneaded the pizza dough (like I was a pizza chef)

I heated a pizza stone in the oven on 425 degrees and sprinkled it with flour to prevent sticking.

I placed the pizza dough in the oven to heat up for 8 minutes.  Then I took it out and topped my pizza, probably too much.

I sauced the dough placed my toppings on and topped with cheese.  Then I topped the cheese with more turkey pepperoni and onions. At this point I realized that I have topped the pizza too much but it was no time to quit.  I placed my topped pizza on the pizza stone for another 8 minutes.

The cheese melted and I had a nice Turkey pepperoni pizza. Pictures are below, however the taste was way better than the pictures. It was delicious and cheesy, which I liked.  My next one will be better than the first.

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My first pizza.
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sliced up with a beverage

Zucchini Noodles…my new obsession!!

Why didn’t anyone tell me about how delicious zucchini noodles were sooner?

I was taking a class on nutrition provided by my healthcare provider and she recommended that I try zucchini noodles as they would help me increase my vegetable intake easily. So, I was determined to try it out.

Let me confess, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE PASTA. So I was thinking that this would be a hard sell.  I really love spaghetti and meatballs, made with angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti so that I don’t feel so bulky when I eat it.

I was very apprehensive about the idea of trading my beloved pasta, but I figured it can’t hurt and I knew that zucchini noodles have become more and more popular over the past couple of years. My usual self would go out and buy the tools needed to make the noodles and then probably never use them again.  So this time I decided to take the easy way out.

I found out that Harris Teeter had fresh cut zucchini noodles for a couple dollars, so I decided to try  them out.

This was my moment of truth.  I got out the olive oil, some garlic, crushed red peppers, Italian seasoning and a little salt and pepper.  Turned on the stove, put the olive oil in the pan and started my adventure.  I made sure that I seasoned them to my liking.  I sauteed them up in a pan for 5 minutes and they were done, with a light crisp.

Then I took some store bought spicy tomato and basil sauce heated it up in a pan, seasoned it to my liking and dropped in some turkey meatballs.  Tossed the zucchini noodles in the sauce and I had some “spaghetti and meatballs”.

Got a bowl ready, dropped the noodles, sauce and meatballs in topped with a three cheese blend and was ready to try my special veggie spaghetti.  It turns out that it was delicious. I don’t know why I hadn’t tried this sooner, but now I am hooked.

Have you tried zucchini noodles before?  Let me know what you think about them. Leave a comment. Let’s chat. 

 

 

Ruth’s Chris on a Budget

Hello friends,

When you think of Ruth’s Chris Restaurant you probably think that it is expensive and will cost about $100 for your meal.  This can be true if you stick to the regular a la cart menu.  Which is an amazing menu by the way.

Some people think that you need to wait until “restaurant week” comes around to even eat at a restaurant like this.   What if I told you that you can eat at Ruth’s Chris on a regular within a reasonable budget. How would you feel about that?

Let me start off with the idea that I like food and at times don’t really care what it costs, however I have figured out that some restaurants such as Ruth’s Chris offer a “happy hour menu” or a “prix fixe menu” daily, if you didn’t know then I am telling you that you don’t have to spend too much to eat there.

First of all sometimes it is best to check out the bar of the restaurant, sometimes the bar will have a special menu that is not utilized in the rest of the establishment. This is easier for me as I am usually eating solo. So if you have a big group, it is possible to get bar area seating, but just be mindful that there may be a wait, especially during the “happy hour time”.

The average meal on the “happy hour” menu is about $12 and the drinks listed are about $8. So for $20 plus tax and tip you can eat a meal that is a great quality and still filling.

Or you can take a look at the prix fixe menu, which the lowest amount is $39.99, plus tax and tip (not including a drink).  This may seem like too much for some, but think about it this way,  you are getting a salad, main course with side, and dessert. Which I think is a great deal.  There are many options for this menu, salmon and shrimp, stuffed chicken breast, and even a steak.  Keep in mind that this menu may change it’s offerings throughout the year, but the stuffed chicken is pretty much a staple on this menu.  All of those are great options for a meal at this establishment that prides itself in the quality of its food.

Well, I just decided to share a little bit, everyone always thinks people have to spend so much money at Ruth’s Chris and you can if you eat a la cart style, but I am letting you know that you don’t have to.

I would like to add that I frequent The Ruth’s Chris Restaurants in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area, and they have amazing service.

Yes, I gave them a mention…you have to acknowledge great service when you get it.  Especially when they don’t know that you are writing a review.

Drop me a comment to let me know if this post was helpful….(images from a couple of my meals are included below)

Sunday Brunchin’: Maggiono’s Durham Edition

If you know me, you would know that I love a good brunch.   Well today I had the pleasure of trying brunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Durham, NC.  This restaurant is located in the Streets at Southpoint Mall.  It turns out today was one of the first days that they offered brunch, so you know that made me even more excited.

On a regular day, I love the vibe and atmosphere of this restaurant, however today was phenomenal.   I made a quick reservation for us on Open Table, as you know Sundays can be tough to get a table at certain restaurants.  I walked into the restaurant and they had our table ready, we were greeted by a very cheerful staff.

The brunch menu looks nice.  They offer pancakes, benedicts, regular breakfast items, and they also offer the regular menu.  However, the highlight of brunch for me is definitely the brunch drink menu.  For $7 you can get a mimosa or peach Bellini.  This made my day, all of the food is average priced, with the meals being around $20 or so.

As I scanned the menu, I saw quite a few things that I liked.   However, I set my eyes on the crab cake benedict and of course started with a mimosa.

The waitress then came out and gave us some cinnamon breakfast cakes with a lemon frosting on them, it sounds interesting, but it was light airy, and delicious.  A great start to breakfast.

When my plate arrived,  I got 2 lump crab cakes, each topped with a poached egg (cooked beautifully) and hollandaise sauce over an English muffin.  I cut into the beautiful fluffy egg and crab cake and didn’t even touch the English muffin. (Not because anything was wrong with it, just didn’t feel like eating anymore bread at the time)  It was a magical first bite for me.   ( I really enjoy crab and eggs though. )  Of course I finished my mimosa, I love champagne for breakfast too.  Next the waitress brought me a bellini and it was frozen, yummy goodness.  It was sweet but just right.

The Manager came by to check on us and get our reviews on the meal.  I told her that everything was delicious.  My meal was cooked perfectly and my drinks were great.

I definitely recommend going to Maggiano’s in Durham for Sunday Brunch.  I would even suggest that you call ahead for reservations or make them on Open Table.  There were quite a few large parties in the restaurant, but it didn’t take away from my experience at all.   They get my seal of approval.

I hope that you go and try them one Sunday.

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