Category Archives: Food

I’m Baaaaack! And Now You Have a Dinner Idea…

I know, I know…it’s been nearly a year and I come back at you with a lame (but delish) recipe?! Please believe I have more in store, so calm the f down already!

Chicken Sausage Stuffed Portobellos

2 large portobello caps, cleaned and hollowed
2 greenwise hot italian chicken sausage links (I used Publix but I’m sure Al Fresco would work great too)
1/3 sweet onion, chopped
1 mini sweet orange pepper, chopped
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
1/4 block 1/3 fat cream cheese
Shredded parmesean cheese to taste
1 tbsp olive oil (or coconut oil)

Preheat oven to 375

In a medium skillet heat the oil to medium heat, add chicken and cook through. Add onions, pepper, pepper flakes, spinach, garlic salt and sauté until soft. Add cream cheese and let all the flavors blend for a moment. Take mixture off the heat and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Stuff the chicken mixture into the caps, top with desired amount of parm. Bake uncovered for 10-15 min.

Bam! Enjoy your healthy homemade dinner betches! I served it with left over green beans and a small portion of zesty sweet potato fries. Hubs approved :)

PS- have no fear, a comical baby mama drama story is near!

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Jalapeno Pineapple Mahi

Hola Betches! Here is a recipe I concocted yesterday and it turned out fab! Its a little heat and sweet and would probably do well with chicken or pork chops too. FUN FACT: whenever I type or write jalapeno I always say Ja-lap-en-oh in my head. Told you I’m a bit off haha!  Let me know what you think if you whip up a batch :)

Jalapeno Pineapple Mahi

Pretty, right!?

  • 2 4oz Mahi filets (I used frozen)
  • 1/2 can pineapple tidbits & juice
  • 2 tbsp diced canned jalapenos
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp salsa (I had Newman’s black bean & corn on hand)
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 tsp flour
  • Cooking Spray
  • Mrs Dash Table Blend
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
 Combine the first 7 ingredients and place in refrigerator for 30 min. Heat skillet on medium Season filets with Mrs Dash. Melt butter in pan and add fish. Cook 4-7 min (depending on thickness of filets) on one side. Remove half cooked fish, spray pan with cooking spray and return fish to pan for another 4-7 min. Plate fish and top with sauce. Serve with your favorite veggie or side item (I used a birds eye steam fresh with asparagus, gold and white corn and baby carrots that I added garlic salt to).
Enjoy!
-Manda-
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Hot Mess does OG Dressing!

As promised, below is my rendition of the Olive Garden Italian Dressing. GASP! Is this 2 posts this week?! OH SNAP! Personally I like it better than the real deal OG, but I may try and sub out the corn syrup for agave next go round. I’m not really a fan of OG and frankly I think it is a shame they call it “Italian”, but the salad and lovely 140 calorie a pop breadsticks are prettttty dang good. It has been at least a HOT 5+ years since I have gone to the joint too though, so don’t get all pissy patty** on me because you LOVE it or some shit!

Hot Mess OG Dressing

  • 1/8 C White Vinegar
  • 1/8 C White Wine Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp grated parm
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp reduced fat mayo
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
 Mix all that jazz up and combine with a PREPARED (water & oil of your choice) packet of Good Seasonings Zesty Italian Mix
Chill 1 hour before serving, will keep 3-4 weeks in sealed jar or bottle. I used a Grolsch bottle I had saved for god knows what LOL.
**Pissy Patty side note: I have spent basically an entire “work day” cleaning up what seems to be 2 gallons of SD’s pee, because she “didn’t want to get up” last night and go in ohhhhh I don’t know where… MAYBE in the TOILET!?!  Steam clean, rinse, repeat 5 times, sprinkle with baking soda, vacuum, dab with vinegar & water, wait to dry…STILL  wreaks of urine. SUPER, right!?
BONUS RECIPE ALERT!!!
Breakfast at Denny’s Shot: 
  • 1 oz Jameson (or any whiskey will do, I know we can’t be fancy all the time lol)
  • 1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
  • Served chilled with an OJ back and a slice of bacon
(Thanks Megs for reminding me of this gem and adding the bacon!)
Happy Monday, we all managed to survive another…although many of us prob would have been better off with a couple bfasts at dennys to start it off !
-Manda
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Half Milli Spaghetti: Hot Mess Express Cooks Dinner

Apologies for the lack of posts, but you know the deal. New goal for the remainder of 2012 is to blog once a week on SOMEthing. Be it food, my daily drama or whatever, I need to step my game up!

I have been pinning like a champ the last few days (My Pinterest) and decided to try out a recipe for Sunday fat dinner. Yes, that’s a real life thing here in our house on most Sundays. I actually decided to do a healthier twist on this popular pin Million Dollar Spaghetti via Being Grown Up so that I could down some vino in the process. OK and maybe the leftover cold stone! So here is my version of this fab dish!

  • 1lb 93/7 ground turkey
  • 1 jar of your fave spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (I did 4% because I can’t deal with small curd)
  • 1 package 1/3 fat cream cheese (8oz)
  • 1/4 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 10 oz whole wheat angel hair pasta
  • 1 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • Red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1/2 bag reduced fat shredded italian 4 cheese blend

Preheat oven to 350. Boil noodles (apprx 6 min). While those bad boys are in the jacuzzi, mix the cottage cheese/sour cream/cream cheese/seasoning/garlic salt together. Slice up half the butter and scatter it in the baking dish. Cook and drain turkey, mix with sauce. Put half the cooked pasta on top of the butter and spread entire cheese mix over that. Layer the other half of noodles on top of the cheese mix & top with remaining slices of butter (1/4 stick). Spread sauce over the top and sprinkle on as much pepper flakes as you can deal with. Bake at 350 for 30 min, take out and top with shredded cheese, bake again for 10 min or until bubbly. CHOW DOWN!

I didn’t calculate this in myfitnasspal yet, but it has to be better (for you) than the original recipe. I served it with a salad topped with my variation of the Olive Garden dressing. And chardonnay, DUH. If you’re lucky I’ll post that this week too. LOL. No, I will tomorrow.

Boom! Dinner is served…now someone come get these leftovers!

Nighty night betches!

 

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Can I have donuts for a snack???

I literally just heard that come out of my 5 yr old SD’s mouth. Seriously. DONUTS. I think my head spun.

This brings me to a huge peeve I have…laziness when it comes to kids nutrition.

I grew up with the luxury of a stay at home mom who packed lunches everyday until probably sophomore year of high school. No square pizza, over processed dino shaped chicken nuggets or juice bags for this girl. I think that is a lot of the reason why I am appalled by what some parents feed their kids. When I hear someone say “Betsy only eats mac n’ cheese, nuggets or pizza” I have to refrain from asking them who the child is! Are you telling me you let your kids pick their foods? Do you play the short order cook at home (if in fact you cook at all) and cater to what they “will eat”. You probably let them have juice boxes or yoohoo with every meal too! Get out of here with that shit!  Are you aware of how many diabetic children there are? How about obese kids? Don’t you know that you are shaping their habits for life right now?

AGHHH!

SD gets a protein, veg or fruit and a carb at each meal. One juice a day and the rest of the time it is milk or water…and although we may have to force it down, she drinks it. There are the occasional pizza nights (like once a month unfortunately-I LOVE pizza!), or cereal in the morning but I will bust out a no-sugar applesauce or fresh berries on the side for SOME kind of nutritious value with out even thinking. I’m not claiming to be perfect in the nutrition department (see About page & note the vodka), but I will say it is not that damn hard. SD isn’t too picky unless she asks what something is and decides she doesn’t like it (ex: spaghetti squash or mushrooms), but she sure as hell has to eat it still. Use leftovers from previous dinners, frozen veggies, switch to whole wheat products, whatever it takes to balance those little one’s meals!

But for real parents…GET A GRIP and BE THE BOSS!

SD’s lunch today…a bit blurry, but it’s a chicken burger, strawberries & whole wheat 
mac & cheese

-Manda

PS-SD had kids greek yogurt for snack instead. SMom win!

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Current Obsessions…

Lately I have started to obsess over a few things, here’s the list for now:

Dang, notice most of this is food? Eh, enjoy!

-Manda