Zupa's Ultimate Grilled Cheese

My favorite item from Zupa's is their Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  I LOVE it and get it every time.  Now that I have figured out the ingredients I can make it even better than they can. (not to toot my own horn, but I can.) :)  Try this!  You will LOVE it!

Sourdough bread from your grocers bakery
Turkey sandwich meat
Sliced Muenster Cheese and Colby Jack Cheese
Sliced Roma Tomatoes (thin)
Costco's Pesto Basil found in the refrigerated section

Butter the top and bottom of the Sandwich
Assemble as follows:
Turkey (I did only 3 slices)
Layer of Tomatoes
Layer of Muenster Cheese
Layer of Colby Jack Cheese

If you have a panini maker, go to town on that... 
If you don't just grill like a grilled cheese on medium until golden brown on both sides.

Serve this along with the creamy tomato basil soup I've posted and you will have one heavenly meal.. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


Glazed Salmon Spinach Salad

As you know, I love to cook, and think that I am a pretty ok one at that.  Well, I like to think this is the tastiest meal I have made... ever.  I LOVED it and am pretty sure I will be making this time and time again!

I found a version of this glaze on www.abountifulkitchen.com and my version is a little bit healthier... I am sure their's tastes better though. ;)
Thaw 4 Salmon Filet's 
2 TB Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves Minced (mckormick brand in the spice isle is what I use.)
2 TB Worchesterchier Sauce
1 TB dry mustard
1 tsp Ketchup
3 TB Balsamic Vinegarette
Pinch of Sea Salt and Pepper to taste.

Mix up the ingredients and dip the filet's in the sauce.  
Place on broiling pan that has been sprayed with Pam.
Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the filet's.
Broil for 10-12 minutes until it can flake.

Layer Spinach on the bottom of a bowl.
Cut in half 5 sunburst cherry tomatoes per bowl.
Feta Cheese Crumbles
Glazed Pecans

Place Salmon on top of Salad and drizzle
Rasperry Vinegarette and Balsamic Vinegarette on top.



Artichoke Chicken

Stole this recipe from one of my best friends, you can find the original recipe on their site, www.fit2fat2fit.com and a lot of other delicious, healthy recipes you will love!

This recipe was so easy, and I took 3 minutes and threw the ingredients in the crockpot on Sunday before my 3 hour block of church, and it was so nice to come home to a hot and ready meal for my family!  You will love this zesty and hearty meal!

1 bag frozen chicken tenderloins
1 jar costco's artichoke hearts (juice included)
1 jar costco's 4 bean salad (drained)

Throw every thing in the crock pot and cook for a few hours on high.


Baked Green Beans and Asparagus

I don't know about you, but I LOVE fresh asparagus and green beans.  When I was first married I would either buy the canned or frozen version, or I would steam them.  I came up with this way that is fail proof and tastes delicious every time.  It just compliments the flavor of the veggie and you will have seconds. 

Fresh Asparagus or Green Beans.
For asparagus break of bottom of stalk about an inch in.  This will get rid of the rougher, more bitter part of the vegetable.
The rest of the preparation will be the same for the two.

Olive Oil
Garlic Salt
Sea Salt
Ground Pepper

Layer Veggies in separate 9x13 dishes.
Pour a tiny bit of Olive Oil and toss with hand.  You want it to cover all of the veggies, but be light.
Sprinkle Sea Salt, Ground Pepper and a generous amount of Garlic Salt on the veggies and toss again.

Bake at 375 degrees until fork tender.
This could take anywhere between 30-45 minutes depending on how thick they are.
Also, be sure to mix them up to redistribute the oil through out the baking.  I usually will every ten minutes.

Serve with Hollandeis sauce and enjoy!


Corned Beef and Cabbage

Got this recipe from my Dad.  One of his favorite meals, and though it took me quite a while to try this because of the color of the meat... I am glad I finally did!  The flavor and tenderness is so delicious!  It is now a favorite of mine!

Corned Beef
3 LB corned beef brisket with spice packet
2 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 med onions, chopped
1 small head green cabbage, cored, roughly chopped
2 cups apple juice
1 cup water

Put the carrots and onions on the bottom of the slow cooker, and put the corned beef on top.  Arrange the chopped cabbage around the beef. Add the apple juice and 1 cup of water along with the contents of the spiced packet.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours until the beef is tender.  



Baked "Hard-boiled" Eggs!

I saw this on Pinterest and I HAD to try!  We love hardboiled eggs in our home and go through sometimes 2 dozen a week!  This is such an easy way to get them just right!  Hope you try and enjoy this process as much as I do!

Preheat oven to 325- 350 Degrees for 20-30 mins.
You have to test out what works just right for your oven.  
Place the eggs in a mini muffin tin and bake for 20 mins then take one out and test.
To test, spin it and try to stop it from spinning by touching it with your finger.  If it stops it is done.  If it still wobbles a bit it need to be cooked longer.