Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Classic Skillet Pasta Carbonara

Sometimes you just need a quick, easy comfort pasta dish to round out your day.
This skillet pasta carbonara comes together in just 20 minutes!

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I've been eating pasta carbonara for years, but only until recently thought maybe I should share it with you!

This often happens.  I make something over and over and over and the family gobbles it up and I never share it with my fans!  Not intentional, it just sweeps me by.  Sometimes I get so wrapped around coming up with fun, new dishes that I just plainly forget about the simple ones.

Hence, enter in this carbonara.

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Here's another thing.  Recently I want to cook everything in my cast iron skillet.  Do you have one?  I love, love, love my 12 inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet. I've had it for years, but often it gets put away for a few months and again, forgetten.

Lately, I've just been keeping it on the stove at all times.  It's great to use for this dish {or any quick pasta dish}, perfect for pancakes and french toast and my skillet biscuits {try those, will ya?}.

Anyway....

THIS PASTA.

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Have you had pasta carbonara before?

I love it because it requires minimal ingredients and comes together very quick.  Who knew a combo of whisked eggs, Parmesan cheese, starchy water and a little bacon grease {yes, I said bacon grease} turns into the most delicious and light sauce.

It doesn't seem right....but it works!  

Throw in some cooked spaghetti, the cooked chopped bacon and some light, fresh peas and THIS DISH IS THE BEST.

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Kids love it.  Adults love it.  It can be served on a rushed Monday night or fancied up for dinner guests!  Serve it with a side salad and some toasted bread and dinner is DONE.

Also - I have one kid who loathes peas, but will eat them in this dish.

So there's that.

Let me know if you try this dish!  I'd love to hear your feedback.

Classic Skillet Pasta Carbonara


Classic Skillet Pasta Carbonara
Yield: 4
Author:
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 20 M
This is such a fantastic & easy pasta dish that comes together in 20 minutes. The simple sauce turns creamy, yet stays light. Great for a quick dinner or can be fancied up for guests!

ingredients:

  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • 3 strips bacon, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup peas, frozen or fresh
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup starchy pasta water (from cooking the spaghetti)
  • salt
  • pepper

instructions:

How to cook Classic Skillet Pasta Carbonara

  1. In a medium pot, fill with water and bring to a boil.  When boiling liberally salt and start cooking the spaghetti.
  2. Meanwhile in a large cast iron skillet, heat to medium heat.  Drop in the chopped bacon and garlic and cook until crisp.  Remove from the skillet and set aside, keeping the bacon grease in the skillet.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs and parmesan cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. When the spaghetti is done transfer to the hot skillet.  Add in the peas and bacon and toss.
  5. Take a ladel of the starchy pasta water and stir slowly into the egg/parm mixture.  Then pour that into the skillet, tossing to combine.  Add more starchy water if sauce needs to thin out a bit.  Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Serve warm out of the skillet.
Calories
283.60
Fat (grams)
9.59
Sat. Fat (grams)
3.87
Carbs (grams)
32.87
Fiber (grams)
2.58
Net carbs
30.29
Sugar (grams)
2.10
Protein (grams)
15.66
Sodium (milligrams)
558.09
Cholesterol (grams)
112.29

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

18 Popular Salad Dressings

If I'm going to eat a salad I need a good dressing.
Here are 18 popular, homemade dressings!

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I'll be the first to tell you that salads aren't a norm for me.  I'll happily eat one if it's set in front of me and prepared all nice, but if given the option of making one myself it's most likely a hard pass.

I like them, I just don't get excited about making them.

Am I alone in thinking they always taste better in restaurants?  The lettuce options are endless, they have an array of toppings and the dressings taste DELICIOUS.

Bottled dressing you buy and keep in the fridge just never compare.  Maybe I'm alone on this, but that is how I feel and this is my food blog and therefore I can tell you my feelings.  Saying this....homemade dressings are GREAT.  When I take the five minutes needed and actually make my own dressing I always wonder why I don't do it more often.

They make the salad!

I figured it was about time to gather up some of my favorite salad dressing recipes and share them with you!  Because if I like them, I'm guessing you do too.  Plus we are inching towards the latter half of February {as I type this it's snowing...}, but getting closer to March always has me crave more greenery.  

I hope you enjoy {and save!} this list for later.  

18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats





18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats





18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats





18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats





18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats




18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats

Which salad dressing is calling out to you first?  I'm not kidding when I say a good, homemade dressing will make you eat more salads.  It really will!  Most keep really well in the fridge for at least a week, usually longer.

They are also great as dips for veggies.

Just saying.

Let me know which dressing becomes your favorite!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Easy Valentine Dessert Board for Entertaining + Giveaway

Today is a fun and pretty day. 
Not only am I showcasing this BEAUTIFUL serving board, but I'm also giving one away!

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I cannot believe it is February of 2020 {although January seemed to be the longest month ever}, which means Valentine's Day is right around the corner.

While I've never been a BIG romantic, I do enjoy sharing the day with my loved ones and making a point to let them know how special they are to me.  Whether that be a spouse, a friend or your kids...it's a good day to just let them know how much you love them.  Most of us are so busy we often forget to take a step back, breathe and just enjoy each other's company.  That is what I believe Valentine's Day is all about.

I have been so, so, so blessed over the years and the companies I have worked with these past 10 years.  10 years!  Still hard to wrap my brain around.

Anolon is one of those companies.  Anytime I reach out to them with an idea, they jump on board without hestitation {pun intended}.

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Within days of chatting I had this gorgeous Anolon Teak & Marble Serving Board at my doorstep.  I tried my best to give this board justice in these photos and I'm not sure I did.....but it is BEAUTIFUL.

Serving and cutting boards are all the rage right now and you know why?  Entertaining is back!  People seem to be once again inviting friends and family into their homes and are not getting stressed about it.  One of my favorite entrepreneurs to follow on Instagram is Amy Hannon.  She owns a neat speciality store in Arkansas and her go to saying is "love, welcome, serve".

She is a strong promoter of inviting people into your home and serving them.  Forget dusting your baseboards and worrying about the proper decor.  

Slap some snacks on a board and if they are your true friends they will be happy!

valentine dessert board entertaining #sweetsavoryeats

So that is exactly what I did.

I went to the grocery store and stocked up on every Valentine's Day goodie that I could find, assembled this in about 3 minutes and watched my kids REJOICE.

It was that easy.

Entertaining doesn't have to be stressful!  This style of dessert board can be done by anyone and can be enjoyed by everyone.  Kids, church groups, teachers, your Grandma's card club, even your friend's who came over to watch the game.

People cannot resist CANDY and/or CHOCOLATE.

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Who wants to win this exact Anolon Teak & Marble Cutting Board?

I'm giving this exact one away over on my Instagram page.  Entering is easy!  Follow me, follow Anolon and tag a friend who wants to win.

That's it!

I'd love to get this gorgeous entertaining piece in your hands soon!  Head on over to my Instagram page to enter.

This post is in conjunction with Anolon.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

These tangy, slightly spicy meatballs come together easily in the slow cooker 
and are great for game day eats.  

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There is a big, big game this coming Sunday.

Did you know that?  I have a few friends who never watch a lick of sports, never know what is going on with local teams and don't give a hoot about whose is in first place in the standings.

That's fine.

We bond over other things.  Like our kids, the latest Neflix shows {currently I'm watching Cheer and Virgin River} and what's for dinner.  To each is own, right?

But again, there is a BIG game this Sunday.  It's the Super Bowl!

slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs #sweetsavoryeats

Even if you aren't interested in the game {by the way it's the Chiefs and 49ers playing} you are probably interested in the snacks.

And commercials.

There is a reason why more pizzas are ordered on Super Bowl Sunday versus any other day in the year.  People like to eat while watching {or not watching} a game!


slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs #sweetsavoryeats

These meatballs are SO GOOD.

And dare I say, semi-healthy?  Take a look at the nutritional stats at the bottom of this page.  This batch makes 35 meatballs and each just has 3 carbs, 7 grams of protein and just over 70 calories.  Now, if you go and dip them in a ton of dressing that of course will change the nutritional value, but plain these are pretty darn good!

Plus - for you "I can't handle the heat" readers {I know you're out there....} you can determine how hot you want these to be.  You can eliminate the wing sauce in the meatball mixture if you'd like {really it doesn't add heat, just flavor} but there is always that option.

Make them your own!

slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs #sweetsavoryeats

Any meal preppers out there?

These are another great high-protein alternative, especially if you work out of the home, stick 5 or 6 in a container to heat up for a quick lunch or snack.  They reheat well and last for days as leftovers.

Another great idea - slice them up and layer them on a homemade buffalo chicken pizza!  That style of pizza is one of my favorites.

Or as subs!  Layer them in a hoagie and toast them in the oven quick topped with some mozzarella cheese.

Or, of course just eat them PLAIN with a toothpick.

slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs #sweetsavoryeats

Y'all go grab the ingredients for these meatballs so you can be eating them while watching the big game on Sunday!

I cannot wait to hear your thoughts.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs


Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Yield: 35 meatballs
Author:
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 2 hourtotal time: 2 H & 15 M
A great game day appetizer! These slightly spicy, slightly tangy meatballs are perfect for game watching or just a fun appetizer night! Don't forget to dip them in ranch or bleu cheese.

ingredients:

  • 2 lb ground chicken
  • 1 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t minced onion flakes
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • additional wing sauce to cook in + ranch or bleu cheese dressing for dipping

instructions:

How to cook Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the chicken, breadcrumbs, eggs, seasonings and green onion.  Mix until well combined.  Place this mixture in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the freezer and using a cookie scoop form into 35 meatballs, around 1 inch in diameter, give or take.
  4. Place the meatballs on the baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes.
  5. Pour enough buffalo wing sauce to coat the bottom of your slow cooker, then place the meatballs into the cooker.  Pour additional wing sauce over the meatballs.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 hours.
  7. Serve immediately warm with ranch or bleu cheese dressing for dipping, if desired.
Calories
75.32
Fat (grams)
3.96
Sat. Fat (grams)
1.07
Carbs (grams)
3.05
Fiber (grams)
0.23
Net carbs
2.82
Sugar (grams)
0.35
Protein (grams)
6.97
Sodium (milligrams)
172.85
Cholesterol (grams)
38.84
If you choose to use real peanut butter please note these nutritional values will have to be adjusted accordingly.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bars

I'm in love with these Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bars.
You'll be making them for your weekly meal prep!

healthy peanut butter banana bars

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I've got a good one for you today!

I've made two batches and I'm currently eating one as I type.  I haven't even mentioned how easy they are.  Long story short, you guys have been asking for healthy, slightly sweet bites to get you through your days without giving you much guilt.

This one is for you!

healthy peanut butter banana bars

Whether you're working outside of the home, stay at home or just work from home {like me!} these bars will come in handy.

Do you meal prep on Sunday?

I'm trying to get better at it - really trying - this week I made my energy balls and my 2-ingredient everything bagels.  Pretty good for the gal who rarely does much! When I do make time for it, I find my week goes just a bit better.  Plus, my kids love it, as they reap the benefits when the cupboards and fridge is fill.

Under-appreciated work, I tell ya.

healthy peanut butter banana bars

I was recently sent a container of PBfit, which I've used many times before - in smoothies and as a dip - and I just knew I wanted to incorporate this peanut butter powder into a bar.

There are just three ingredients - peanuts, coconut palm sugar and salt.  That's it!  If you're watching your fat intake {or counting weight watcher points} PBfit will stretch more than regular full fat peanut butter {not shaming that stuff - still love it dearly}.  Feel free to order some for yourself HERE.

If not, just swap in 3 tablespoons of regular creamy peanut butter - but note the nutritional value will shift.

healthy peanut butter banana bars

These bars are also filled with oats, flaxseed, an egg, mashed bananas, a little pure maple syrup and cinnamon.  Plus, a few mini chocolate chips for good measure.  They are completely optional, but they make the bar in my opinion.

If you are looking for a "cake-like" bar, these aren't it.  They are more chewy, wet and moist {sorry!} and taste great straight out of the fridge.  

In fact, I recommend keeping them cold in the fridge.  Let's be honest, they won't last long.  My kids snatched them up real quick out of the fridge after school.

health peanut butter banana bars

You've gotta put these on your "list to make soon".  And hey, want to throw in some dried cranberries?  Go for it.  Eliminate the mini chocolate chips?  You won't hurt my feelings.  Keep the batter the same, and they always work out.

I can't wait to hear what you think of these!

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Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bars


Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bars
Yield: 9
Author:
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 25 M
These chewy, soft bars are the perfect sweet treat without the guilt. Just a tad of natural sweetness from the banana and maple syrup with healthy fillers of oats and ground flaxseed to complete the bar.

ingredients:

  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 t ground flaxseed
  • 3 T PBfit peanut butter powder
  • 2 1/2 T water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 T pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

instructions:

How to cook Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bars

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper, with the edges left long for easier lifting once baked.
  3. In a bowl mash the bananas.
  4. Add in the next 10 ingredients stirring to combine.
  5. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
  6. Pour into the lined baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool, then store in the fridge.

NOTES:

These make a dense, wet-style bar, they keep best in the fridge! If you cannot find or do not have PBfit on hand, real peanut butter can be substituted in the amount of 3 tablespoons.

PBfit:

Calories
139.54
Fat (grams)
3.46
Sat. Fat (grams)
1.21
Carbs (grams)
24.23
Fiber (grams)
3.14
Net carbs
21.09
Sugar (grams)
12.29
Protein (grams)
4.05
Sodium (milligrams)
359.92
Cholesterol (grams)
20.67
If you choose to use real peanut butter please note these nutritional values will have to be adjusted accordingly.

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