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Spicy Spaghetti Bake & One Lovely Blog Award

15 Jun

I have two very important rules to making spaghetti.

  1. Turn on Frank Sinatra Pandora
  2. Keep a never empty glass of wine by your side

How could you go wrong? So instead of the classic spaghetti this time around I went for a spicy, Mexican flare. With salsa, green chiles, and loads of cheese.. it was fantastic (and I dare say I prefer it over regular spaghetti bake).

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For the spaghetti:

  • 1 package (16 oz) whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground turkey (or beef)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 jar (24 oz) salsa
  • 1 jar green chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 block pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups (16 oz) mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups (16 oz) white American cheese, shredded
  • crushed tortilla chips

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. In the mean time, cook turkey, onion, and pepper in a large skillet until no longer pink. Stir in salsa, chilies, red pepper flakes and cayenne.

In a large bowl whisk egg and butter. Drain spaghetti and add to egg mixture, tossing to coat.

In a greased baking dish place half of the spaghetti mixture. Top with half the meat mixture and half the pepper jack and mozzarella. Repeat layers topping with crushed tortillas and white American cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes. Remove foil and bake additional 5-10 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.


Seriously, I love this dish. Next time I believe I’ll add jalapenos to the mix. If you have a difficult time finding white American cheese, check the deli section. I adapted my recipe from Taste of Home.

On another note, a big thank you to Sharing Me, Myself and I for the One Lovely Blog Award! It requires that I tell 7 things about myself and pass on the award as well.

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  1. I love nothing more than a good book. Right now the Dark Tower series by Stephen King.
  2. I also enjoy playing video games (currently waiting for Skyrim DLC)
  3. I was born a blonde, but have always wanted black hair.
  4. I’d love to win the lottery and spend my life traveling.
  5. Speaking of traveling, I spent a week in Ireland a few summers back and LOVED it.
  6. I love anything from the 20’s era.
  7. My taste in music is very diverse, but I love a good jazz or classical piece.

I chose to pass this award on to these 5 blogs (in alphabetical order).

What I Ate Wednesday! Mexican style

13 Jun

Last Wednesday I couldn’t pull myself away from the wonderful tastes of Mexican food.

Breakfast began with a Greens First shake and boost, which is highly nutritious. I find that I rather enjoy it (much better than slimfast or other diet shakes) despite its rather green color.

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On the lunch menu, I convinced Adam that our Mexican hiatus should end and we went to one of our favorite (and cheapest) Mexican restaurants. And as many times as we said we would be ‘healthier’ and not order cheese dip.. the urge was uncontrollable. My apologies for the half-eaten taco. I was so excited for it I nearly forgot to snap a photo.

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I ended Wednesday with a homemade spicy spaghetti bake (I plan to post the recipe soon). Using salsa, multiple cheeses, and tortilla crumbles.. I was in heaven! Plus, there was enough to freeze a second, smaller casserole for the days where money gets tight. This I served with my triple cheese crostini. If you’ve failed to notice, I’m quite the cheese lover.

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Happy Wednesday! And may yours be healthier than mine!

Black Bean ‘Hummus’

10 Jun

Black Bean Hummus

It may not be the prettiest looking thing, but where it lacks in looks it makes up for in taste! I’m not a huge fan of hummus, but put black beans in front of me and I go crazy. So I decided to combine the two beans (black and chickpeas) in attempt to make a healthy snack I could stand.

This type of recipe is so versatile. You’re pretty much free to add any type of flavorings you’re taste buds crave. I started off going spicy then added sesame oil which gave it a smokier, Asian flare. No matter, have fun making this recipe your own!

For the ‘hummus’:

1 can chickpeas

1 can black beans

1/4 cup liquid from each can

1/4 onion

1/4 red pepper

1/2 cup salsa

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

about 1/4 cup pickled jalapenos

1 tablespoon jalapeno juice

1/8 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you have a smooth mixture. If you don’t have a large enough food processor, blend in a blender or pulse in smaller batches.


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I really enjoyed the flavor of this dip, especially served on toasted bread pieces. It can also be served with various crackers or veggie slices. For a hot dip, try adding cream cheese and shredded cheese and baking in the oven.

Cinco de Mayo Salsa

5 May

There’s almost nothing I love more than going out for Mexican food. The melted cheese, jalapenos, and fresh salsa are irresistible! Oh, and of course the margaritas. I thought this Cinco de Mayo I would share a delicious salsa recipe I recently got the chance to try from a friend in South Carolina. It makes a large enough batch for serving at a gathering/party.

You will need:

1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes or 6-7 small tomatoes

2 cans (10 ounce) Rotel (I use original)

¼ cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 whole jalapeno, seeds and all

¼ tsp sugar

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp ground cumin

½ cup cilantro

Juice of ½ a lime

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate for at least an hour.


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