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Weekend Foodie Warriors – Take 39!

Hello hello, again, Foodie Friends ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you had a fantastic weekend in! We have a shorter edition of Foodie Adventures, with the new review of Wendy’s breakfast menu, Take-out meal adventures, and Homemade meatball making & recipe!

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Two Meal Tuesdays- Black Garlic Love

Inspired by a recent trip to Sprouts and discovering Black Garlic flavored hummus, I set off on an adventure to create two recipes showcasing the ingredient! Read on to see what makes this so special ๐Ÿ™‚

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Meal Prep Monday!

This week, I made a recipe inspired by Pinterest, one posted by a blogger in 2015 named Vodka and Biscuits I have on my “Fantastically Foodie” board (Shameless plug, I know, here’s the link: https://www.pinterest.com/mas7472/fantastically-foodie/).

I was in the mood to use my cast iron skillet, and I like to try and use what’s already in my pantry when I can — this week, that item happened to be canned pumpkin! It’s been so dull and dreay outside I wanted a warm, feel good dish for meal prep this week.

Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Sage Sausage

Inspired by a recipe from: http://www.vodkaandbiscuits.com/2015/10/05/pumpkin-baked-ziti-with-sage-sausage/

Key takeaways from this meal prep recipe:

  • You can absolutely make pumpkin into a savory sauce- adding in more fall spices mixed with a little heat from the red pepper flakes or chili powder helps to balance the natural sweetness of the pumpkin
  • You can sub out multiple things in this recipe to better suit what you have on hand:
    • Vegetable broth for Chicken Broth
    • Sage sausage for Italian sausage
    • Olive oil for Canola oil
    • Red pepper flakes for Paprika or Chili powder
    • Cast iron skillet for Saute pan & Oven safe baking dish
  • Depending on the size of the container you use, I got about 7-8 single serve tupperware containers out of this for meal prep.

See the recipe for this here and let me know what you think! Have you ever cooked with a cast iron skillet before? Do you like using one over a saute pan or vice versa? Shout out in the comments below ๐Ÿ™‚

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Two Meal Tuesdays- Chicken and Risotto & Ziti, Oh my!


Let me tell you all something, I LOVE to meal prep. Donโ€™t get me wrong, I love experimenting with recipes and cooking during the week, but with a full time job, kickboxing, and trying to have a social life, it just doesnโ€™t work out all the time.

Enter: Meal prepping. See my Recipes and Photo gallery tab for how to make the Lemon Chicken & Asparagus w/Mushroom Risotto, and Rachel Ray inspired Sausage Ziti Bake from yesterdayโ€™s Instagram story.

If Iโ€™m feeling really motivated to meal prep, I will make two dishes in one night, sometimes staying up until 11 pm to finish crafting my dinners/lunches for the next week.

If you can make food in bulk like this and you donโ€™t mind eating off two dishes for a week or two, it is a huge time and money saver!! If I meal prep something in the crock pot or a big baked/sheet pan dish, it will sometimes last me two weeks from that day. Amazing to not have to go out and spend on groceries if you plan it right. This is a great tactic for busy parents needing to prep school lunches, dinners before dance recitals, soccer practices, or band concerts, or just people who only have the energy to cook once a week.

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