Treats from the Grill – Chicken wings!

When my husband makes his famous (and delicious!) chicken wings on the grill, I get beyond happy! 😍

Do you like chicken wings? Got any favorite sauces? My husband has tons of different concoctions he whips up, so we never get bored… after all, very IS the spice of life!

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Life is Short – Eat the Zeppole!

We are having our yumminess a day late, because I was too full yesterday!

Baby will enjoy his or her first zeppole, and so won’t mom and dad!

Would I eat this every day? No (but I could, easily!) but I look forward to this splurge every year and I enjoy every bite with absolutely ZERO guilt.

I’ll take some extra insulin and enjoy every morsel – Diabetic or not, life is short; you DO have to live a little, dontcha know?! 😉

Did you enjoy a zeppole this year?

Tasty Thursday – Taco Salad

I don’t always make taco salad for dinner, but when I do, I really do! 😍

Do you like taco salad? I love it… we have it more in the summer, but we were in the mood, so why not?

I haven’t had too many cravings with this pregnancy, so when I do get them, I indulge, because the rest of my stuff is so balanced, it won’t hurt me.

It was delish!

Tasty Tuesday – Creamy Parm Tortellini Soup

If you are looking for a warming, filling and super delicious dish to get through these bitterly cold days, this one was PERFECT! 😍

Warmed me up after being chilled to the bones for weeks!

Creamy Parm Tortellini Soup

Of note: we added chicken to get protein in. I also suggested next time we could try it with small meatballs like in Italian Wedding Soup, because I bet it’d be delicious!

And we seasoned to our taste, because recipes always go light on the seasoning and we LOVE seasoning!

So good!

Cookie Swap 2018!

Are they perfect? Nope.
Are they all the exact same size/shape? Nope.

But they taste good and they didn’t bring about 1 single mishap or meltdown while I made them.

Historically, baking gets the best of me due to its precise nature… so that these edible babes are tasty and didn’t trip me up, we’re calling it a win! 🙌🏼

Some people do complicated cookies but I’m not one of them!

Do you like to bake?

Tasty Thursday – Black Bean and Sweet Potato Flautas

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Flautas

  • 9 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup of Black beans(drained and rinsed if using canned)
  • 1 cup Mexi-corn (corn with diced red/green peppers)
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup of diced white, yellow, or red onion
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried or fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4-6 ounces of grated cheese, plus extra to taste
  • 1-2 heaping tablespoons of taco sauce, enchilada sauce, or salsa
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil spray
  • parsley or cilantro (can also add fresh veggies as garnish)
  • Salsa, guacamole, and sour cream (optional)

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 425°F. Poke a few holes in your sweet potato, wrap it in a slightly damp paper towel, and microwave on high for about 6-8 minutes – the paper towel helps keep your potato moist.

While you wait combine the corn, diced peppers, and diced onion with your black beans, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, cayenne, and taco sauce/salsa. If you prefer very tender veggies, feel free to sauté the vegetables first in a little butter or oil to tenderize. The cayenne and red pepper flakes will control the spice-factor; adjust those to taste. Once your sweet potato is cooked, fluff the inside with a fork and add the flesh [minus the skin] to the rest of your veggies and mix thoroughly.

Add salt, pepper, and any additional seasoning to taste.

Next, working in small batches of maybe 3-4 tortillas, wrap corn tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Follow it up with an additional 30 seconds, if needed. (The goal here is to steam the tortillas so they roll into perfect flautas without breaking or cracking)

Immediately spray or rub one side of each tortilla with oil and add “line” of veggie filling to the center of the “dry side” of each tortilla, about 1-inch thick. Top it off with a layer of cheese (and any garnish veggies you’d like!) and roll the tortilla. Enjoy!

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