Time to get real

Ok everyone!

Its time to get down to business.

I am really trying to cook more often, and I'm not just talking about fried chicken.

I want real, healthy, delicious, and affordable meals.

So I thought, who better to ask than my faithful blog readers!

Lets push this a step further and create some competition!

The winner of my favorite recipe, tried and tested, will receive a free engagement or bridal session by my sweet self!

Heres how to enter: E-mail me at Millie@PhotosbyMillie.com with your all time favorite recipe!

I will try and test all of your recipes and will announce my top 5 favorite, because even if your not a bride to be....something special will come your way!

The contest will end Wednesday, Augsust 26th at midnight, Moutain Standard Time.

So get the word out to those brides to be, and find those recipes!

Happy Cooking!



Bud & Kim said...

Ok...I'm totes not a bride to be but check out my new blog. I haven't posted for a while but there are some good recipes on there: http://delicious-n-nutritious.blogspot.com.

Kristen Wachendorf said...

I cut the recipe in half! Hope you enjoy!

Chorizo and Italian Sausage Stuffed Shells
2 boxes jumbo shells
1 lb Sweet Italian Sausage
1 lb chorizo
1 clove garlic
Pinch of red pepper flakes
2 26 oz cans whole tomatoes (pulsed in food processor until smooth)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 Cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
Pinch of salt
2 15 oz containers of Ricotta Cheese
1 Cup grated parmesan cheese
1 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg
Pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper
2 Cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Drain and set aside. I brush mine with olive oil to keep them from sticking.
2. Place chorizo and sausage into a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until browned and crumbled. Drain and return back to skillet. Stir in garlic over medium heat for 1 minute then add in red pepper flakes, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer.
3. Place olive oil into a medium skillet over medium heat. Add in spinach and garlic; cook until wilted down. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Stir in Ricotta, Parmesan, Mozzarella, egg, salt and pepper; mix well.
4. Spoon about 1/2 Cup pasta sauce into bottom of 2 9×13 inch baking dishes. Spoon ricotta filling (about 2 Tablespoons) into each cooked shell then place shells seam side down into baking dishes. I think I filled 2 9×13 inch baking dishes plus a 7×11 inch with this recipe. Top shells evenly with sauce then shredded cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and hot. *The shells make great freezer meals*

kate lines said...

great idea! i know lots of girls getting married, i'll link this on my next post!

kate lines said...

just linked ya! yes, we do! i can do t or th??

Adam+Tatum said...

I am not a bride (thank heavens that is over) but i always love sharing healthy recipes. I thought i would share a few of my favs.

first off: oatmeal & banana pancakes....these are great as they are saturated fat free and a great source of fiber and complex carbs, they keep you full. bonus, you can use a lot of your food storage items to make them!

3 med bananas
1/2 cup low fat milk
1/2 tsp pure vinilla extract
3/4 cup rolled oats (ground into coarse flour in food processor or blender
1/4 cup plain old rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 egg whites that have been whipped

to make:
add bananas, milk,& vinilla into blender and puree till smooth. in lrg. mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients. Fold in the banana puree into the dry ingreds. untill form a thick batter. gently fold in the whipped egg whites. cook on griddle till lightly brown each side (about 1.5 minutes per side)
** I serve with banana or blueberry garnish on top and homemade pomegranate syrup!

Pomegranate syrup: great for you as it has 3 types of polyphenols-which are antioxidants! this syrup will keep you looking young!

1 cup pomegranate juice
2tsp honey

to make:
whisk juice and honey in saucepot bring to a boil over high heat, drop heat tp med. & allow to simmer and reduce into syrup ( about 15 min) let cool a little and your good to go!

for a dinner option, i like to make a Pissaladiere (french pizz.)
this a great dish to get your good carbs, protien, fiber and veggies!

2 tsp. olive oil
1 or 2 purple onions
grilled chicken (I always grill extra chicken during the week...this is a great way to use it)
2 cloves garlic
1.5 tsp thyme (finely chopped)
1 package whole wheat pizza dough (or i can give you a recipe to make your own....i make my own in lrg batches and freez them in single servings for a quick back up dinner plan!)
1 cup frozen or fresh spinach
10 kalamata olives ( hello good skin!)
Ricotta cheese to taste

to make:

pre heat oven to 475. heat 1tsp. olive oil and saute onions for about 10 minutes, then add in garlic...cook for another 10 minutes or so and add in the thyme.

meanwhile, roll out the dough and place on pan that has been misted with cooking spray ( pizza pan ideal ...but any pan will do!) squeeze out moisture from spinach and place on dough (cover entire dough ideally), layer cooked onion mixture on top of spinach, sprinkle with olives and remaining olive oil. Add on grilled chicken and dalops of ricotta cheese. bake 15 minutes...and enjoy!

** fyi. the onion mixture can be made daybefore and stored in fridge. this helps if preparing it for a party or dinner guest...you just assemble the day of ....its so easy!

Anyways, hope this helps, these are two nutritious and balanced meals....great for adults and to help kids develope a mature, healthy taste pallet!

Jael said...

hi....I don't know you, but I just found your blog! So super cute, I love your work! Anyways, a recipe. This one is one of my faves, and so super easy, not to mention absolutely delicious.


4 chicken thighs
1 c. pineapple juice
1 c. soy sauce
1 c. sugar (white or brown)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 T chopped ginger
dash of sesame seed oil

mix everything but chicken in a pot and then add thighs.
Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for at least two hours.
Serve with sticky rice. And vegetables, to up the healthy factor. ;)
Can also be made in the crockpot on low heat for about six hours.

Miri said...

Well I'm sad that it's pointless for me to enter your contest, but I still have some amazing recipes if you would like them! I have started cooking a lot in the last few months and I have found some really fantastic ones. I'll send them to your email but you don't have to include them in the contest. :)
P.S. Glad I got to see you last week, even if we didn't really get to talk much! You have a beautiful family and I love you all. The end.