Simply Delicious

Beginners guide to preparing simply delicious meals.


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Spinach and Ricotta White Pizza

Ingredients:

Thin crust pizza

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1/2 small red onion thinly sliced

2 cups of fresh spinach

1 cup grated mozzarella

1/2 cup ricotta

1 tablespoon grated parmigiano reggiano

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Optional:

red pepper flakes if you want a little kick to your pizza

Directions:

Preheat the over to 450 degrees and place the pizza stone or pan in the oven while it is preheating (this ensures that the crust will be cooked all the way through and the pizza won’t be burnt!) Sprinkle flour on the counter and roll out the dough on the counter. Once you have shaped the dough brush the dough with olive oil, paying special attention to the crust. Sprinkle the parmigiano, garlic powder, and salt and pepper over the dough. Scatter the onions, mozzarella and ricotta over the pizza evenly. Place in the oven for 5 minutes. Once 5 minutes has passed pull out the pizza and scatter the spinach and if you so choose, red pepper flakes. Bake for another 3 to 5 minutes. Enjoy!


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Goat Cheese, Raspberries, & Honey Appetizer

Ingredients:

1 small carton of fresh raspberries

1 package of regular goat cheese

Honey

1 package of thin crackers (your preference)

Directions:

Arrange the crackers on a tray, using a small spoon scoop out some goat cheese and place it on each individual cracker. Top with one fresh raspberry and lightly pour honey over the crackers. This recipe is so quick and goes amazing with both red and white wine. Also, the raspberry is not a hard and fast rule, you could absolutely use blackberry, pear, perhaps granny smith apples? Whatever you think would taste best!


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Three easy ways to turn leftover takeout into a full meal for your family!

1. Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

 I do this sometimes if I have a little leftover of chicken and broccoli along with a bag of Steamers Asian Medley. Cook the steamers Asian medley in the bag for 5 minutes in the microwave while you set the stove to medium-high heat with a tbsp of sesame oil and 1 clove of chopped garlic. Wait until the garlic is sauteed and then add in the chicken and broccoli along with the Asian medley. Add some light soy sauce and stir. Allow the stir fry to simmer for a few minutes and enjoy! If you need a bit more add in some of the leftover white or fried rice! 

2. Italian Greek/Side Salad 

Sometimes I will order a salad from the pizza parlor while my friends and I are also ordering pizza just for another meal the next day. Grill a chicken breast or two and season it the way you like. I like to keep it simple and just use salt, pepper, and fresh lemon juice. While that cooks I like to add spinach to the already existing salad. Usually however much lettuce already exists in the salad I add that much of spinach plus some (nothing wrong with a little extra iron)! Slice up the chicken, throw in some fresh grape tomatoes and add some garlic bread to the side and you’ve got yourself a meal! 

3. Chinese Fried Rice 

I’m sure we have all been in that situation where we order Chinese take out and are given a quart of white rice that we just end up throwing out! Instead of the normal white rice that comes with the food I always make sure to ask for fried rice instead, which is still measly compared to the regular fried rice HOWEVER, it’s very easy to jazz up. Heat up about 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a wok or large skillet. Chop up either half or a whole white onion (depending on how much you need) and a package of peas and carrots frozen. Cook until the vegetables turn a light brown color, not too dark else it will taste bitter. Pour another tablespoon of sesame oil into the wok and crack two eggs into it as well, swirling immediately with a spoon (I prefer to use large chopsticks). Add any type of uncooked sliced chicken, pork, or beef to the wok and cook until meat is done. Add the fried rice along with some butter and 2 tbsp of light soy sauce. Enjoy! 

Comment below, I would love to hear your feedback and/or modifications you made to the recipe.

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Balsamic and Whiskey Steak Marinade (Your boyfriend will love this recipe!)

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This is one of the most simple marinades yet it is absolutely delicious! The flavor that it brings out in the steak is unreal. I have tweaked the originally recipe just slightly and think it makes a HUGE difference.

Ingredients:

1 part Balsamic Vinegar

1 part Whiskey

Freshly chopped rosemary

Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Depending on how much steak you’re making you will need to adjust the marinate, but for one large steak I like to tenderize the meat first just to insure that the flavor will really soak into the core of the meat. Mix one part vinegar with one part whiskey and pour into a large zip-lock plastic bag. Chop some fresh rosemary and toss half of the amount into the bag and then push some of the rosemary into the meat that you just tenderized. Add some freshly ground pepper to the bag as well and a splash of Worcestershire sauce. Marinate for at least an hour (the longer the better!), add the salt to the steak at the last second, right before you’re going to cook it.


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The Easiest Crock Pot Chicken Tacos You Will EVER Make

Ingredients:

1 medium jar salsa (any type you prefer; I use pace) 

1 packet taco seasoning 

3-4 chicken breasts (2.5-3lbs) 

Optional Toppings:

1 chopped onion 

1 chopped tomato 

Sour Cream

Lettuce 

1 bag of Mexican shredded cheese 

Flour tortillas, corn tortillas, or taco shells 

Directions: 

Turn the crock pot on high and allow it to warm up as you prepare the chicken. Wash and then slice the chicken breasts vertically, this will allow the meat to pull apart more easily in the crock pot. Place the chicken, salsa, and taco seasoning in the crock pot. Check on it occasionally to shred the chicken with a fork. Allow the chicken to cook for 5-6 hours, the longer the better. Prepare the taco toppings however you like. 

Side Note: 

I prefer using small flour tortillas for chicken taco’s. For a little spice you can add some hot sauce to the crock pot (your choice) or even a can of diced jalapeno’s as a potential topping. This recipe is extremely simply and amazingly delicious. It is one of my favorite crock pot recipes because it’s impossible to screw up. I’m sorry I don’t have photos of this recipe but I made it a week before I started this blog. If you are curious to see what the chicken should look like inside the crock pot I will attach a link below. 

Comment below, I would love to hear your feedback and/or modifications you made to the recipe.

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Simple & Delicious Dessert EVER!

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Ingredients: 

1  20 oz cans, crushed pineapples

1 stick butter

1 box yellow cake mix

1 bag frozen blueberries

 

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350. In a glass pan layer the blueberries and crushed pineapples. Pour the cake mix on top  of the blueberries and pineapples. Melt the butter in the microwave. Pour the melted butter on top of the cake mix. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Enjoy!

Side Note: 

This dessert is simple and IMPOSSIBLE to mess up. My friend made this a few nights ago and it was absolutely delicious! If you’re in a rush or still learning how to bake, this is definitely the first recipe your should start off with.

Comment below, I would love to hear your feedback and/or modifications you made to the recipe.

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Delicious Slow-Cooker Chili

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Ingredients: 

2 lbs ground beef

1 can chili beans

2 cans of diced tomatoes  (with green peppers if available)

1 large yellow onion, chopped

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 packet chili seasoning mix

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and paprika to taste. (Do not go heavy on the salt, remember people can always add more to their own bowl of chili)

Optional:

2 teaspoons Tabasco

2 tablespoons bacon bits

2 teaspoons jalapeno, diced

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 stalk celery, minced

Garnish: 

1 pack shredded cheddar cheese

Onion, chopped

Tomato, diced

Sour Cream

Cook Time: 6 hours

Directions:

First things first, turn the crock pot on high. It takes awhile for the crock pot to heat up so don’t worry about rushing through the preparation of the ground beef.

Heat a skillet on high with a tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle oregano, basil, and paprika on both sides of the ground beef. Wait until the oil is warm and place half the minced garlic in the skillet. Add the ground beef a few seconds later, allow the ground beef to become a deep brown before flipping. Repeat the process with the second pound of ground beef.

Pour the chili beans, tomatoes, onions, seasoning mix, beef, and any other optional ingredients you chose to include into the crock pot. Cook on low for six hours and stir every once in awhile if possible.

Garnish with cheddar cheese, chopped onions, diced tomatoes and sour cream.

Side Note:

I personally enjoy covering the bottom of my bowl with Frito’s and then topping with the chili. I’ve eaten my chili that way ever since I was younger and definitely recommend it. However, you can also make cornbread. For this meal we made cheddar and jalapeno cornbread, it was delicious!

Comment below, I would love to hear your feedback and/or modifications you made to the recipe.

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