Thursday, July 30, 2009

My version of Corner Bakery's Swiss Oatmeal

I'm a big fan of Corner Bakery's Swiss Oatmeal, and this is an easy version to make for breakfast in the morning. It's also kid-friendly, but my little mister won't try it....yet.

Swiss Oatmeal

*1 Carton of yogurt - your favorite kind (I like either vanilla or french vanilla)

*1/4 cup granola (I like Bear Naked)

*1/4 cup oats - don't cook

*Mix-ins - I use blueberries and bananas because they're low maintenance, but this would taste good with strawberries, dried cranberries, etc.

Combine everything together!!!

Super Easy Rotel/Cream Cheese Dip

Can you go wrong with a Rotel and Cream Cheese combo?!?! This is one of my most favorite dips!!! Tastes great with any kind of chip - my faves are Ruffles or Fritos.

Rotel and Cream Cheese Dip

*8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened - either 1/3 less fat or the regular version, depending on your mood

*2 cans Rotel - 1 drained, 1 to add as needed (I always use Mild because I don't like spicy)

Beat Cream Cheese and 1 drained can of Rotel. Gradually add the 2nd can (which, remember you don't drain) until the dip is of a consistency you like (you don't want it too runny). It usually takes about 1/2 can. Beat until creamy!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Red Beans and Rice with Sausage

I recently found this great recipe blog that has a lot of easy, delicious, family-pleasing recipes (and the pictures make the food look even better)! I'm kind of weird, but I'm very picky about sausage and the only kind I like is the smoked link kind, but when I say "liked" I mean "obsessed/can't-get-enough-of"...see, weird, right? So, when I saw this recipe, I knew it would be a winner!

Red Beans and Rice

Rice - whatever kind you like (of course I have to make 2 different kinds - brown for Reid and me, white for Matt)

1 pkg. (14 oz) smoked sausage - whatever kind - I've tried the turkey, pork, and beef - all good

1 - 2 cans Red Beans (I ended up using 2)

Creole Seasoning (either Tony Sacheres or Zatarans

Olive Oil

1. Cook Rice.
2. While cooking, thinly slice the sausage. Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan and heat over medium heat for a couple minutes. Add the sausage and a good sprinkling of the seasoning. Cook for about 7 minutes, flipping every so often, until the sausage is nice and brown.
3. Drain the red beans and add to the pan with the sausage. Stir until warmed through. I also like to add more seasoning so the beans are seasoned as well!
4. Serve with your rice and some cornbread!!