Wednesday, February 8, 2012

homemade sloppy joes


1 pound lean ground beef

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard 3/4 cup ketchup

2 teaspoons brown sugar

Sprinkle cayenne

ground black pepper to taste


1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and green pepper; drain off liquids. 2. Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tuna Salad on Crackers

After a trip to the gym, I needed a little protein snack. I decided to check out a new tuna salad recipe!


  • 1 (7 ounce) can white tuna, drained and flaked
  •  3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish (I didn't have it... next time!)
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder or dried minced onion flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed (I didnt have it- I added fennel seed and celery seed instead- I might leave out the fennel next time... it grew on me though.)
  • 1 pinch garlic powder


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the tuna, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, and onion powder. 
  2. Season with curry powder, parsley, and garlic powder. 
  3. Mix well and serve with crackers or on a sandwich.

Scalloped Potatoes

With the SuperBowl on today, and my friends putting together our typical Sunday sports dinner, I decided to try a new Scalloped Potatoes recipe that could balance a few of the other calories we will be in taking at the party!



  • 5 large potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (I used olive oil mayo- 40 calories a T)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Paprika


  1. In a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish, layer potatoes and onion. (I used the Cuisinart to slice both- can I say AMAZING?!)
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter; stir in flour until smooth. 
  3. Gradually add broth, mayonnaise, garlic powder, salt and pepper; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thick and bubbly. 
  4. Pour over potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika. 
  5. Cover and bake at 325 degrees F for 2 hours or until tender.