home cooking

Leftover Makeover: Pulled Pork Quesadilla

If there's one thing I love doing when it comes to planning meals, it's utilizing leftovers to make something delicious! Lately I've been a huge fan of crock pot meals because they are 1. extremely easy, 2. almost impossible to mess up, and 3. always produce leftovers! This past week I made some delicious pulled bbq pork {with the help of a McCormick seasoning packet}. It turned out really well and, as usual, left us with a ton of left over bbq!

While I totally love having leftovers I tend to get really bored eating something meal after meal so I didn't just want another bbq sandwich, I needed to switch things up! I put on my thinking cap and came up with an open-faced bbq pork quesadilla!

I smeared a thin layer of sour cream on a whole wheat tortilla...

... spread my pork leftovers across the tortilla...

... sprinkled the top with shredded cheddar cheese and toasted that sucker until it was nice and gooey!

Cut it four ways and thoroughly enjoyed every bite! It was juicy and gooey and the sour cream provided the right amount of tanginess to tone down the kick of the bbq. It was SO good that I decided not to leave any pork for Z and I made another all for ME! YUM YUM YUM!

The best meals are meals that will last well past the first dinner and this was the perfect example!

Until next time... 

What is your favorite leftover makeover? Please share!!!

My cooking secret weapon

I love to cook. I'm not the best cook, but I do LOVE cooking.

I might end up cooking the same 5 dishes every week... but while I'm cooking those same 5 dishes, I'm loving every minute of it.

I use by-the-book recipes, slightly altered recipes, and good old fashion creativity when I cook, and I generally get some truly tasty results.

Every now and then I'll pull deep from my bag of tricks and make something really spectacular, but for the average weekday it's much easier to have a magic weapon on hand that I can quickly whip up, especially if it makes me look like the next Julia Child.

I'm here to share my secret weapon.

You're welcome.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen... are there any gentlemen reading my blog?... Kraft Philadelphia COOKING Creme. Holy moly, so fantastically delicious, I can't even BEGIN to tell you!

Because I'm kind of obsessed with cream cheese {I'm that girl who likes a little bagel with my schmear} my mom recommended that I give this stuff a try. There are seven different flavors {Tomato and Basil, Italian Cheese and Herb, Savory Garlic, Savory Lemon and Herb, Creamy Pesto, Santa Fe, and Original} and I first tried the Tomato and Basil flavor. This stuff couldn't be easier to use! ALLOW ME TO SHOW YOU JUST HOW EASY IT IS with a super simple and SUPER FAST dinner I made just this week!!!

#1. Choose and cook your favorite meat - chicken, pork, steak, fish, whatever you want!

#2. Add a few tablespoons of your choice cooking creme and let the magic begin.

#3. Plate it up with your favorite sides and ENJOY!

1..2..3.. It can't get any easier!

And the best part, especially for a new mom like me who is trying NOT to look like I just had a baby, the calorie count is quite friendly to your waist line! Around 110 calories per 1/4 cup and the flavor is powerful enough you only need a few tablespoons! BOOM! YUM! EAT IT UP!!!

Until next time... 

Pasta Delicioso

WHAT... A RECIPE POST?It's been so long, I almost forgot that even happened here!!! Better share quick before I forget again and start talking about something ridiculous... like baby bumps.

I was in the mood for pasta the other night but didn't feel like making the same old {albeit delicious} spaghetti, so I decided to fly by the seat of my pants and change things up a bit. There's not a whole lot to this recipe {which is one of the reasons why I LOVE it so much} but I thought the end result was delicious enough to share! It's especially great for those of you who are fans of inexpensive, quick to prepare meals!

The props... 

Your choice of pasta {I used whole wheat spaghetti} Zucchini Yellow squash Sausage of choice {I used the horseshoe-shaped Kielbasa... and yes "horseshoe-shaped" is the technical term} Tomato Sauce Parmesan cheese for covering completely garnishing

The prep...

Saute' the meat and veggies, each in a little bit of EVOO. I did them separately to make sure that everything cooked evenly, then threw them all together to make a colorful pot of heaven.

Next, toss in your choice of tomato sauces. I used a Classico fire roasted tomato and garlic sauce.

Let the meat, veggies and sauce simmer for about 5 minutes {stirring every minute or so to get all the juices blended together} so they can really make friends.

Serve it on top of your pasta of choice, garnish with a touch or a ton of parmesan cheese, and ENJOY!

Oh, and another helpful tip... the sauce does really well reheated the next day. Something I'm keeping in mind while I plan out some make-ahead meals as part of our baby prep!

If you try this out yourself be sure to let me know!

Until next time...

37 week check up this morning... I'll fill you in on all the details on Wednesday!