Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Bring on the soup!
Love a good stuffed pepper?  Then you'll fall in love with this soup.

Stuffed Pepper Soup...all your favorites in the filling of a stuffed pepper, but in soup!  Sweet, peppery and filling! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Hey friends, it's mid-February, can you believe it?  

I see the light of Spring on the horizon.  Under all that melting snow, I really do believe I see it.  I felt it so strong earlier today that I bought my first pair of shorts while running errands {running shorts, but hey, shorts!}.  I kept trying to put a cute tank top in my cart as well....but alas, still winter.  Let's not get crazy Ally.

This morning was one of those mornings that I get ALL TO MYSELF.  Cue, the jealous music.  For 5 hours per week I'm able to go where I want, do what I want and actually eat a meal in peace.  Saying all of this, I've worked very hard to not feel guilty about it.  I've had too many people ask,"what do you do with all your time while your youngest is at preschool?"

In my head I want to scream, "I don't know, during the hours of 8:30-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday, what are you doing?"

Stuffed Pepper Soup...all your favorites in the filling of a stuffed pepper, but in soup!  Sweet, peppery and filling! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I mean, let's face it, not much can get done/finished/started in those short hours, but I just smile and say, "hmm...let's see, laundry, pay bills, grocery shop, prep dinner, pick up my trashed house, etc.".  I certainly must be the only woman on the face of this earth that stays home, right?

Here's what I'm getting at - this recipe post is PROOF that I actually do something during those 5 hours a week {because those that ask usually don't know I operate a food blog}.  One day a couple weeks back I made soup.  I MADE SOUP!

A delicous soup if I can brag a bit.

Stuffed Pepper Soup...all your favorites in the filling of a stuffed pepper, but in soup!  Sweet, peppery and filling! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Here's the juice on this recipe.

I "kinda" like stuffed peppers in the summer.  You know, the ones you eat come July and August here in the Midwest when peppers are on overload in your garden.  I love the filling, but I'm not the biggest fan of peppers.  I can take them in small quantities, but when forced to choke down a full one {especially green ones, which I think kinda taste like dirt}, I'm not too excited.

So I chopped and chopped and chopped those darn things down to small mini-bite pieces and turned that summer meal in a comforting, winter soup.

Everything comes together perfectly.  It's sweet, yet peppery and completely filling.  I love how the rice and ground beef make it hearty and served with a hunk of good bread {or grilled cheese, because KIDS}, it is a full meal.

Stuffed Pepper Soup...all your favorites in the filling of a stuffed pepper, but in soup!  Sweet, peppery and filling! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Okay folks!

Grab the ingredients and get to work on this one.  It's stellar!

Oh, and share with your friends, because they'll enjoy it too.

Yield: 10-12 servingsPin it

Stuffed Pepper Soup

All of your favorites of the traditional stuffed pepper, but in soup form! You get more of everything in one bite and it's much easier to eat.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 10 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 cups water
  • 24 oz. jar of marinara sauce
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 6-8 sweet mini colored peppers, diced small
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups cooked white rice

instructions


  1. In a large stock pot or dutch oven cook the ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink.  Drain off the grease.
  2. Add in the next 9 ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for about 30 minutes.
  3. Add in the cooked rice and simmer another 20 minutes.
  4. Serve warm.
calories
182
fat (grams)
4
carbs (grams)
23
protein (grams)
15
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Tenders

These Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Tenders are sweet, spicy, sticky and delicious.
Make them for a party or just for dinner!

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Tenders...the perfect party appetizer or great for dinner alone!  Sweet, spicy, salty and sticky chicken wrapped in bacon and slathered with a sweet glaze. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Well, hello there Sunday.

Today these are my plans.  Church with my girls {the boys will be at a morning wrestling meet}, prepping my famous lasagna for the big man's birthday dinner, enjoying a slice of homemade cherry cheesecake for dessert and not fretting about it, catching up on a few chapters of this book and hopefully, fingers crossed catching a glorious afternoon nap.

We had a long weekend, with one night this lady staying up until 1:30 a.m. chatting with friends.  If anyone knows me, that is approximately 147 hours past my usual bedtime.  Therefore, today I am running on fumes, a lot of morning coffee and prayer.

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Tenders...the perfect party appetizer or great for dinner alone!  Sweet, spicy, salty and sticky chicken wrapped in bacon and slathered with a sweet glaze. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Oh and did I mention we received a wonderful present from Mother Nature in the form of a TON of snow?  It seems every other day for the last week we have received a few inches.  Which for those of you in southern regions who aren't quite understanding, well....IT ADDS UP.  This stuff doesn't melt.  We shovel, go to sleep and wake up to needing to shovel again.

At least my Garmin fitness watch is buzzing like crazy.

Is it Spring yet?

Beyond our busy weekend and dodging snowflakes, I've been in the kitchen {per usual} and I have a handful of fun recipes on tap.

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Tenders...the perfect party appetizer or great for dinner alone!  Sweet, spicy, salty and sticky chicken wrapped in bacon and slathered with a sweet glaze. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Moore's Marinades and Sauces recently sent me a complimentary package of their flavorful, unique and might I add, quite tasty sauces in the mail.

Christmas in February I called it.  I've always been a fan of dipping sauces, marinades and really anything that kicks up a dish a notch.  If you see me eating a sandwich I'm either dipping it in something or slathering a spread on the bread.  Who likes to eat dry, bland food?  Not me!

Their sauces are hands down, some of my favorite.


Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Tenders...the perfect party appetizer or great for dinner alone!  Sweet, spicy, salty and sticky chicken wrapped in bacon and slathered with a sweet glaze. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I made these Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Tenders for the Super Bowl.  Because, well, it was the Super Bowl.  We needed fun appetizers and kid, fun and friendly finger food {say that three times fast}.

I loved them.  The husband loved them.  My kids adored them.  The chicken stays tender, the bacon gets crispy and oh, that sweet glaze.  Between the brown sugar, pepper and salt combo, plus the brushed on barbecue sauce, it really didn't get much better that night.

They were great eaten plain and when the kids dragged out the ranch dressing, they were great dipped in that as well.

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Tenders...the perfect party appetizer or great for dinner alone!  Sweet, spicy, salty and sticky chicken wrapped in bacon and slathered with a sweet glaze. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'll be making these again for sure!

And I think next time for dinner alone.  Maybe with a side of roasted potatoes and a chopped salad.  Really, they just are perfect.  Go and ahead and steal away and call them your own.  I won't tell!

Thanks for checking in everyone, I'll be back later this week with more.  And a big thank you to Moore's Marinades for the fun package which inspired this dish.

Yield: 12 tendersPin it

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Tenders

These oven baked beauties are a perfect party appetizer or even better for dinner itself. Sweet, spicy, salty and sticky!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 45 MINStotal time: 50 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • 12 strips of bacon
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. Moore's Honey Barbecue sauce or any favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 1 t. salt

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9x13 rimmed baking dish.
  2. In a bowl combine the brown sugar, pepper and salt.
  3. Lay down a strip of bacon.  Roll the chicken tender in the brown sugar mixture then lay the tender on the piece of bacon.  Wrap the bacon around the tender and place in the baking dish.
  4. Generously brush the bacon wrapped chicken with barbecue sauce and sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar mixture.
  5. Bake, uncovered for 45 minutes or until the chicken is done and the bacon is crispy.  Brush with additional barbecue sauce before serving if desired.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Philly Cheesesteak Pinwheels

Appetizers are my favorite and these Philly Cheesesteak Pinwheels do not disapoint.
They disappear quickly!

Philly Cheesteak Pinwheels...roast beef, melty cheese, peppers, onions and a sweet glaze all wrapped up in buttery puff pastry.  An easy party appetizer! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Trust me, I did not have a sixth sense and KNOW THE EAGLES WERE GOING TO WIN Sunday night, but it sure is nice to feature this recipe just two days later celebrating all things Philly!

Let me start with, I grew up a Cowboys fan, followed by a long period of where I didn't care much for pro football, then once married and having to watch it ALL THE TIME, I jumped back into it.  I still like the Cowboys, had some afflications with the Broncos when Peyton Manning was in town and now I kind of just watch whoever and often root for the underdog.

Therefore, for obvious reasons, I was rooting for the Eagles last night.

And they won!

Philly Cheesteak Pinwheels...roast beef, melty cheese, peppers, onions and a sweet glaze all wrapped up in buttery puff pastry.  An easy party appetizer! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I was also rooting for the following attractions from last night's party.  In no particular order.

1.  Justin Timberlake's halftime show.
2.  Pink singing the national anthem {with a nice surprise from Leslie Odom Jr. singing America the Beautiful}
3.  The many amusing commercials.
4.  All the food.

Oh, the glorious food.  The husband announced, "you don't need to make anything special, just something for dinner."

Please.

Did he marry me yesterday?

Of course I went all out.  Not only did I bake up these pinwheels, but also a fun bbq/bacon/chicken dish {coming soon} and because I'm American and cheese dips are required on Super Bowl Sunday, a new-to-me cheesy dip with tortilla chips.

We ate well.

Philly Cheesteak Pinwheels...roast beef, melty cheese, peppers, onions and a sweet glaze all wrapped up in buttery puff pastry.  An easy party appetizer! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

My diet resumed today.

Which pretty much consisted of drinking coffee for breakfast and consuming no food until noon.  Followed by a light lunch and soup for dinner.

It's called gorge on day one, starve the next and resume normal eating on Day 3.  I'll let you know how it goes.

But these pinwheels.....all the love of the Philly Cheesesteak in an easy appetizer.  Roast beef, melty cheese, peppers, onions and a kick of sweetness with the balsamic vinegar turning into a sweet glaze.  And I haven't even mentioned it's all wrapped up in glorious, buttery puff pastry dough.

These are brillant.  And a bit dangerous.

But, oh so worth it.

Philly Cheesteak Pinwheels...roast beef, melty cheese, peppers, onions and a sweet glaze all wrapped up in buttery puff pastry.  An easy party appetizer! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


Yield: 16Pin it

Philly Cheesesteak Pinwheels

All of the taste of a good Philly Cheesesteak stuffed into delicious, flaky puff pastry!
prep time: 1 hourcook time: 25 MINStotal time: 1 hours and 25 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 box (2 sheets) Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry
  • 24 thin slices  roast beef
  • 12 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 10 sweet mini colored peppers, diced finely
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 4 T. balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • 1 egg

instructions


  1. Thaw the puff pastry dough according to the package, usually at room temperature taking about 40 minutes.
  2. Heat a large rimmed skillet to medium-heat.
  3. Diced the onion and mini peppers finely.  Drizzle olive oil in the heated skillet and saute the peppers and onions until very soft and translucent, almost to carmalization.  Add in the balsamic vinegar and continue to stir.  Take off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a large, flat cookie sheet with cooking spray and gently press or roll out the puff pastry with a rolling pin.
  5. Lay on the roast beef, mozzarella cheese and pepper/onion mixture leaving a half inch of space on all sides.
  6. Gently roll the the puff pastry, tucking in the mixture as you roll until it's in a log.  Press together the sides/edges.  Using a serrated knife gently cut into 8 slices.  Doing this twice (with both sheets of puff pastry will generate you 16 slices).
  7. Lay the pinwheels on the greased cookie sheet.  Whisk the egg together and brush over the tops of the pinwheels.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2 Ingredient Everything Bagels

These Everything Bagels are well...everything.
Make a batch today!

2 Ingredient Everything Bagels...just Greek yogurt and flour make these bagels!  Plus a few extras.  Soft, chewy and most of all, EASY! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Excuse me for screaming.

I MADE HOMEMADE BAGELS.

There are so many things I'm loving right now.  I'll get back to these bagels in a moment.  Stay with me.  Hang in there.

First.  I just finished The Crown on Netflix.  Loved that one.  If you enjoyed Downton Abbey, then you need to watch The Crown, but now I'm wondering how in the bloody heck do I wait until NEXT YEAR for the 3rd season?  And I'm sitting here pondering, is the Queen watching too?  What does Kate Middleton think?  Are all the story lines accurate?  I have so many questions.

Second.  I am enjoying using the My Fitness Pal app.  It got lost in between my Goodreads and Instagram app for many, many months, but I'm happy to report I'm back on track.  Something about tracking everything I eat bodes well for me.  Now, if it just had an alarm go off each time I entered, "Starbucks Grande Latte."

2 Ingredient Everything Bagels...just Greek yogurt and flour make these bagels!  Plus a few extras.  Soft, chewy and most of all, EASY! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Third.  I've never been one to be big into beauty products but I'm singing the praises of my CocoRoo Coffee Bean Scrub.  It's heavenly.  And a bit weird too.  I keep mine in the shower and scrub the heck out of my 36 year old face each morning.  If you love the smell of coffee then you'll love this scrub.  Anything to help with wrinkles and aging.

Fourth.

These 2-Ingredient Everything Bagels.

And before you look at the ingredient list and start shouting, THERE ARE MORE THAN TWO INGREDIENTS!

Just calm down.

There are two MAIN ingredients.  The other two {baking powder and salt} are just spices in my opinion.  But what about the egg wash you say?  Well, it technically it isn't needed, but it does give them a nice golden brown color.  And what about the Everything Bagel seasoning?

Well, now you're just getting picky.

2 Ingredient Everything Bagels...just Greek yogurt and flour make these bagels!  Plus a few extras.  Soft, chewy and most of all, EASY! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I first saw this recipe over on Skinnytaste.  She has a great video on making them {see it HERE}.  I did change up a few things - I used a whole egg for the wash, just plain salt versus kosher salt and didn't even bother with the parchment paper {as I didn't have any} and found out that a greased cookie sheet worked just as well.

I was scared.  Oh, how I was scared.

Bagels seems super duper intimidating to make.  I mean, that is what those big city New York deli's are for!  Never in my dreams did I think that flour and Greek yogurt could make a bagel and that I'd be sampling one in 35 minutes.

2 Ingredient Everything Bagels...just Greek yogurt and flour make these bagels!  Plus a few extras.  Soft, chewy and most of all, EASY! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I was beyond thrilled at how these turned out.  They are SOFT and CHEWY.  They smell amazing while baking.  They stay fresh for daaaaaaaaaays.  They are perfect for breakfast {fried egg and bacon if you please!} and even better at lunch {ham, spinach, veggie cream cheese is my favorite}.

Have I hooked you yet?  Will you try these?

And here's the thing.  Next time I am going to try a Cinnamon Sugar version.  Then maybe a Cinnamon Raisin version.  Prehaps even an Asiago and Parmesan Cheese variation?  

I could go on forever.

2 Ingredient Everything Bagels...just Greek yogurt and flour make these bagels!  Plus a few extras.  Soft, chewy and most of all, EASY! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


Yield: 4

2 Ingredient Everything Bagels

I never knew I could actually make homemade bagels in my OWN HOME! And to think there are essentially only two ingredients. These are soft, chewy and just down right perfect.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 35 mins

ingredients:


instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet heavily with cooking spray.
  3. In a bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add in the Greek yogurt, stirring together with a spoon.  It will come together to form a soft dough.
  5. Sprinkle additional flour on the counter top and knead the dough about 15 times, just enough to become elastic, yet not sticky.  Adding more flour while kneading if needed. 
  6. Form the dough into a ball and cut into four equal pieces.
  7. Taking one piece of dough, either roll it into a rope and form into a circle or stretch the dough out a bit breaking through the center to make a hole.  Lay the four bagels on the greased cookie sheet.
  8. Beat the egg and brush the egg wash onto the four bagels.  Then liberally season with the Everything But the Bagel Seasoning.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

notes

These bagels will stay fresh for up to 3 days in an airtight container or baggie.  I use Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, but there are many others out there - including King Arthur Flour's Everything Bagel Topping.  Or you are welcome to make your own.  It generally is a combination of sesame seeds, sea salt, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion and poppy seeds.
calories
126
fat (grams)
0
sat. fat (grams)
0
carbs (grams)
25.2
protein (grams)
8.5
sugar (grams)
2.6
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

35+ Must Have Meatball Recipes

Meatball lovers are you reading this?
I've pulled all my favorites.  Grab a pen and paper!

35+ Must Have Meatball Recipes...every meatball under the sun!  From traditional meatballs in red sauce to chicken variations slathered in buffalo sauce to veggie loaded turkey meatballs.  You will definitely find a meatball you want to try! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

If there is one food item I've found that kids love, it's the glorious meatball.  Throw them on pasta, stick them in between a hoagie bun with melted cheese or eat them plain.  Every single way works to get your kids to eat.

Traditional beef with red sauce, slathering on barbecue sauce or go wacky with chicken and buffalo sauce, I've found you can make them any which way you want.  The possibilities are endless.

And delicious.

One of my families personal favorites are my Chicken Parmesan Meatballs.  They taste just like the traditional dish, yet in meatball form.  Golly, I need to make those again soon!

So grab some pen and paper, browse through this list and jot down a few you'd like to try.  There are so many variations - traditional, fancy, quirky and just down right fun ones - I promise you'll find one you'll want to make for dinner tonight.


35+ Must Have Meatball Recipes...every meatball under the sun!  From traditional meatballs in red sauce to chicken variations slathered in buffalo sauce to veggie loaded turkey meatballs.  You will definitely find a meatball you want to try! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)






35+ Must Have Meatball Recipes...every meatball under the sun!  From traditional meatballs in red sauce to chicken variations slathered in buffalo sauce to veggie loaded turkey meatballs.  You will definitely find a meatball you want to try! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)






35+ Must Have Meatball Recipes...every meatball under the sun!  From traditional meatballs in red sauce to chicken variations slathered in buffalo sauce to veggie loaded turkey meatballs.  You will definitely find a meatball you want to try! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)






35+ Must Have Meatball Recipes...every meatball under the sun!  From traditional meatballs in red sauce to chicken variations slathered in buffalo sauce to veggie loaded turkey meatballs.  You will definitely find a meatball you want to try! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)






35+ Must Have Meatball Recipes...every meatball under the sun!  From traditional meatballs in red sauce to chicken variations slathered in buffalo sauce to veggie loaded turkey meatballs.  You will definitely find a meatball you want to try! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)






35+ Must Have Meatball Recipes...every meatball under the sun!  From traditional meatballs in red sauce to chicken variations slathered in buffalo sauce to veggie loaded turkey meatballs.  You will definitely find a meatball you want to try! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)






35+ Must Have Meatball Recipes...every meatball under the sun!  From traditional meatballs in red sauce to chicken variations slathered in buffalo sauce to veggie loaded turkey meatballs.  You will definitely find a meatball you want to try! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)






35+ Must Have Meatball Recipes...every meatball under the sun!  From traditional meatballs in red sauce to chicken variations slathered in buffalo sauce to veggie loaded turkey meatballs.  You will definitely find a meatball you want to try! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)





35+ Must Have Meatball Recipes...every meatball under the sun!  From traditional meatballs in red sauce to chicken variations slathered in buffalo sauce to veggie loaded turkey meatballs.  You will definitely find a meatball you want to try! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


Which meatball looks to be your favorite?

35+ Must Have Meatball Recipes...every meatball under the sun!  From traditional meatballs in red sauce to chicken variations slathered in buffalo sauce to veggie loaded turkey meatballs.  You will definitely find a meatball you want to try! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)