Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Scrumptious Snacks and Dinner Delights

Good evening bloggers! I had a dear friend of mine message me tonight. She shared a special little treasure with me. I'm taking her advice and sharing it with you all. We all know kids and adults alike still love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Stay tuned in and scroll down to bask in this awesome treat! Before that however, we should get in the kitchen and make something to eat before hitting up dessert. Let's go!

Fettuccini Bolognese

You will need:

  • 3/4 pound whole-wheat fettuccini 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, finely chopped 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 pound lean ground beef 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves or 2 teaspoons dried 
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans no salt added diced tomatoes with juice 
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth 
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk or regular whole milk 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

  1. Set a large pot of water on the stove to boil, and cook the fettuccini according to the directions on the box. 
  2. In the meantime, heat the oil in a large skillet over a medium-high heat. 
  3. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the garlic, ground beef, and thyme and cook until the meat is browned, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks, about 5 minutes. 
  5. Stir in the tomatoes and broth and cook for 5 minutes, or until sauce is thickened. Stir in the milk and cook for 1 minute more. 
  6. Season with salt and pepper. 
  7. When the pasta is done, drain it, put it back in the pasta pot, add the sauce and stir the sauce and pasta together. 
  8. Put into serving bowls and top with Parmesan cheese.
  9. Enjoy!

Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 slices white bread
  • 6 tablespoons favorite jam
  • 6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

  1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Spread the butter on one side of each bread slice. 
  3. Flip the remaining slices over and spread them with the jam. 
  4. Flip the remaining slices over and spread them with the peanut butter.  
  5. Sandwich together the jam slices and the peanut butter slices, keeping the buttered sides of the bread facing out.
  6. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. 
  7. Add the sandwiches and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the tops. 
  8. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown. 
  9. Flip the sandwiches over and sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar. 
  10. Continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown.
  11. Remove the sandwiches from the skillet and cut into quarters.
  12. Enjoy!

Voila! I hope you enjoyed our special treat for tonight. I want to send a special 'Thank You' to my darling friend as well. Have a great night everyone and I will catch you on the flip side!