Ill Forever Love Alfredo

So this isnt really a classic alfredo… its kind of like mac and cheese and alfredo had a baby but it is SOO good cause like what even would be bad about that?  But the best part of this is that it was SO cheap. So there is this amazing thing at Market Basket, and Im pretty sure everyone does it, called cheese ends, there like a dollar for a package and its all the ends of different cheeses.   Well i bought that to make my alfredo and it is the most amazingly flavorful alfredo/mac and cheese, Ive ever had, its great!  I do warn you to try to avoid packages with mostly american cheese(it wont taste good).  But this is easy and delicious with spaghetti squash, that is my suggestion to eat it with!

 

Ingredients:

  • your cheese ends
  • milk
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • basil

How to:

  1. in a pan on medium heat put in about 1 1/2 cups of milk.  Let this get warm, to the point you see a little bit of steam. Then add in your cheese.
  2. now your going to let this cook for a while, letting it come to a boil and stirring constantly. Add in salt and pepper continuously as well as some basil and garlic, very little is needed, with all those cheeses it is already very flavorful.
  3. Let this continue to cook until it begins to get thicker, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Its slightly thin, but when you pour it on the spaghetti squash it soaks it all up so its truly perfect.  This is SO good. trust me youll eat this for many meals.  Another good part, its healthy!!

 

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Pear Apple Compote on a Bed of French Toast

The title makes it sound super fancy huh?  But its not, its actually really simple and a great way to incorporate some fall flavors.  The reason I actually ended up making this compote is because I didnt have syrup for my french toast, but now I think this will be my permanent staple atop my french toast.  If for some reason for having a breakfast party or want to impress someone make this, they’ll think it took you hours when its really only a matter of minutes!

Ingredients:

  • bread
  • eggs (2 makes 4 pieces of toast)
  • white sugar
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • 1 ripe pear
  • 1 apple
  • milk
  • butter

For the compote:

How to:

  1. you want to start cooking this first because it takes longer then the french toast, unless your making a lot of french toast.
  2. in a pan melt some butter on medium heat and then put in your sliced up apples and pears, you want them in like chunks, not too small because theyll become mush, but not too big because they’ll take too long to cook
  3. then add to the pan some cinnamon and vanilla, go by smell here, add more until it smells how you want it.
  4. as well as 2 tablespoons of white sugar (you can use less or none at all, but it depends on how sweet you want it).  Now add just a splash of water to the pan so its a very thin layer on the bottom and let it cook.  Stirring occasionally
  5. when everything looks soft and kind of like chunky apple sauce, add a bit more butter (less than a tablespoon) to the pan to finish it off
  6. and its done! (cooking process is about 10-15 minutes for everything to get soft)

For the French Toast:

  1. the best place to make your batter is in something like a glass pan or something thats flat but has walls so you can coat the french toast easily, alas, I dont have anything of the kind so I used a bowl and it was fine.
  2. Your going to mix 2 eggs, 1/2 a cup of sugar, generous splashes of cinnamon and vanilla, and a hefty splash of milk and water. Mix these all up really good.
  3. Then take you bread (any bread is fine) and dip it into the batter, letting it soak a bit on each side.
  4. On a pan that has been sprayed with pan spray and put on medium high heat, place your toast in, and cook for about 3 minutes each side.
  5. And thats it folks! Spread that compote on top and enjoy!!

 

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Eggplant Lasagna

So this was another recipe of opportunity.  When I walked into Market Basket I knew, for some random reason, I wanted to buy ricotta and then walking through the produce I saw a large eggplant for less than a dollar!  Im telling you that the “dying” produce section is your BEST FRIEND.  You can find great deals and if you know how to use what they offer you can save a lot of money not to mention amazing dinners!  This meal is relatively on the easy side and has so much flavor.  It is something you can make for dinner one night and eat the rest of the week.  Also this is GLUTEN FREE!!  For those looking for that option!

 

Ingredients:

  • eggplant (peel it, slice it in half the long way then in 1/2 inch thick strips)
  • fresh tomatoes, or sauce, personal preference
  • basil
  • ricotta
  • shredded mozzarella
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper

How to:

  1. you are going to want to cook your eggplant, fully cook, I fried mine but you can bake it or whatever you want to do.
  2. then in a casserole dish you are going to lay down your eggplant to layer the bottom.  Then scatter some tomatoes around as well as dollops of ricotta then a thin layer of cheese
  3. now add your basil and garlic  and do the layering again
  4. layer as much as you want, and top it with cheese
  5. then you are going to bake it at 350 until the cheese is deliciously bubbling, about 20 minutes.
  6. then EAT IT!!

 

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Monday Mood Magic

So I don’t particularly like coffee but somedays I really need the caffeine. That was true for this Monday morning. This concoction was made with all prepackaged stuff and is very simple. But it makes your mood brighten up so I figured I would share it!

Ingredients:
– hot chocolate mix, whatever kind you like best
– k cup of coffee I used mocha nut fudge and if you don’t have k cups just a splash of coffee with do
– 2 creams or milk, optional

How to:
1. Brew 4 ounces of coffee into your hot chocolate mix, then fill the rest with either hot water or warm milk for an extra creamy factor.
2. Then drink and be happy 🙂 ( I warned t was really simple!!)

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Eggplant Fritters

Heres a secret; every supermarket has a going bad produce cart/ area.  This is great to get highly discounted veggies and fruit.  Now be advised it is going bad so you want to use it sooner than later, but you really can find some amazing deals there.  Thats what happened today. As I perused by I found 2 eggplants that weren’t even in bad condition for only a dollar!  Which is a steal, so thats what I did.  Upon taking them home I had no idea what to make, then I thought about eggplant meatballs, but I didnt have bread crumbs so next best thing was eggplant fritters.  They are kind of like pancakes, they’re light but filling and omg did I make a lot, way too much as a matter of fact.  But these will freeze wonderfully and feed me for weeks! 

Ingredients:

  • eggplants, I used 2 medium/small ones
  • garlic: dried or powder
  • parsley 
  • parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • baking mix (something along the lines of bisquick)
  • salt and pepper

How to:

  1. peel your eggplant and then chop it up and place it into your food processor. No food processor? Shred it by hand, it sucks but is doable. 
  2. Put a LOT of salt into the eggplant mixture as well as a good amount of pepper.  And then load in your garlic and parsley.  This needs a lot of flavor so dont be chincy with anything.
  3. then add some parmesan cheese, this also add flavor so dont be afraid to really pour it in there.
  4. okay now add your baking mix, you will use more or less depending on how much water your eggplant has.  You will likely use at least 1 cup for 2 eggplants.  You want it to resemble pancake batter and to be a lot less watery.
  5. then scoop the batter onto a medium heat pan with cooking spray on it. Basically cook it like a pancake
  6. THEN EAT IT!!! NOM!
  7. thats it 😀

 

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