Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Crab Cakes (Healthy Version)

We whipped these up for a quick, healthy weeknight dinner! And they were delicious. 
Taste: Like a full-fat crab cake! 
Texture: Like a normal crab cake with a lot of crab meat. 
Would I make this again?: Yes, adding it to our weeknight menu

Crab Cakes

Nonstick cooking spray
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Dash hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon crab boil seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 scallion, including green top, finely chopped
1 pound lump crab, picked over for cartilage
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl mix together the egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, Old Bay seasoning and hot sauce. Stir in the bell pepper and scallion. Gently fold in the crab, 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs and salt and pepper to taste. Put the remaining bread rumbs in a shallow dish.

Divide the crab mixture into 8 mounds. Shape 1 mound into a round and coat in bread crumbs. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and flatten the crab cake to form a patty about 1-inch high. Repeat to form the remaining crab cakes.

Bake until golden on the bottom, about 10 minutes. Gently flip the crab cakes and cook until the second side is golden, 5 to 10 minutes longer.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day

Hope everyone has fun plans for the long weekend! Doesn't matter what you are doing, as long as you are celebrating the beginning of summer! 
found: pinterest
found: imgfave

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes

This recipe comes from Cooking Light and it was a perfect weeknight meal. It was really fast and easy to make, and also healthy! We ate them in lettuce wraps with pickles and onions. YUM! 
Taste: Delicious!! 
Texture: Just like a typical sloppy joe, but not as sloppy! The pickles and onions added a nice crunch.
Would I make this again?: Yes, definitely! Probably sometime soon.

Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes
Found: Cooking Light
YIELD: 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

1 tablespoon olive oil
12 ounces ground sirloin
2 (8-ounce) packages presliced cremini mushrooms
1 cup prechopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup no-salt-added tomato paste
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon molasses
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
4 (2-ounce) Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns, toasted (we substituted lettuce wraps)

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add beef; cook for 4 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble.
2. While beef cooks, place mushrooms in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until finely chopped. Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic to pan; cook for 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add tomato paste and next 5 ingredients (through salt) to pan; cook 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and liquid evaporates. Stir in pepper and hot sauce. Spoon  about 1 cup beef mixture onto bun or lettuce. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

pic of the day

I think technically it's 63 days until summer (July 21), but who is counting?


Here are a few pics from my trip to the Bahamas! 
view from our room at the Wyndham. 
coconut drinks = delicious. The water was a gorgeous turquoise! 
All the girls in the pool. The bride is holding her pink cup in the front!
Paradise. That gazebo is where the wedding took place! 
Boyf and I at Atlantis. That place is pretty insane! 
All our pretty friends at the aquarium at Atlantis! 
The bridesmaids! (Including sis and Kell)
Here comes the groom.. looking oh so cool. 
Here comes the bride!!
Pretty high school friends!
And now with the bride!
It was such a fun vacation!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

home sweet home

How cute is this map made by life blessons. Love it!  

I'm home, and don't have any travel plans for awhile. I have been on 15 airplanes since April 1. Talk about a crazy month and a half!! But I've loved all my adventures. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

sending travel / wedding wishes

From the wedding in the Bahamas!!
Found all:  m o d e

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bahamas Bound!

I'm off to the Bahamas for a long weekend!! Celebrating my good friend Kim's wedding with high school friends and the boyfriend will be amazing!!  
Found: Ritzy Bee

Monday, May 9, 2011

spring is here!

Spring collage desktop background. 
Enjoy! [click, save as, set as desktop background, center]

Friday, May 6, 2011

my own font!

You can make one too, and download free fonts! Check out Kevin and Amanda's fonts. LOVE IT! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

back in the US

Back in the USA! Seoul was really cool with it's Asian markets and palaces. Philippines was interesting since there are no traffic lights or laws really. Beijing was so much fun. The Great Wall is breathtaking, to say the least. But it feels great to be home!