Melissa's Cuisine

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ice Cream Social and Giveaway!

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

These turkey stuffed zucchini boats are full of flavor and a delicious addition to your healthy eating plan!
Melissa's Cuisine: Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Do you like camping?  We just got back from a week of camping with our cousins.  We had a blast spending time with our family; biking, walking, hiking, talking, laughing, eating, swimming, and just enjoying each other's company.  Lots of memories were made!

Then reality hit and the week was over and it was back to the grind of normal life.  Back to work, schedules, and eating clean.  I have to say, I don't feel like I really over did it on vacation.  I packed a lot of healthy food for myself and though I did indulge in a few s'mores and marshmallows, overall I did fairly well!  I'm still working toward my weight loss goals, and in doing so, I'm coming up with creative ways to eat healthy foods.
Melissa's Cuisine: Stuffed Zucchini Boats
When I saw these zucchini boats a couple weeks ago, I knew that I had to try them.  They aligned perfectly with my clean eating plan and they looked delicious!  Plus, I was pretty sure that I could convince Mike to try one.

This meal came together quickly and for as simple as the recipe was, it tasted incredible!  Mike enjoyed them too, and commented that the filling would be delicious as a topping for baked potatoes.  I agreed with him and we did use some of the leftover filling for that purpose.  Depending on how much you're able to hollow out your zucchinis or how full you stuff them, you may or may not have any filling left over.

By the way, if you're on a journey toward healthy eating, or wanting to start and need some motivation, I'd like to invite you to join me!  I'm hosting a free 7 day clean eating challenge on facebook and it's open to anyone who is interested.  Check out this post for more information!
Melissa's Cuisine: Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Serves 4

2 medium zucchini
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 jar low sodium salsa, divided
1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

1.  Cut the zucchinis in half lengthwise.  Use a knife to cut around the edges, leaving a 1/4" rim.  Scoop the flesh out with a spoon (a grapefruit spoon works great!).  Dice zucchini flesh into small pieces.

2.  Pour 1/2 cup of salsa in the bottom of a 9x13" baking dish and place the zucchini on top.

3.  In a large skillet, brown the ground turkey.  Drain any grease.

4.  Add diced zucchini and remaining salsa to the turkey and stir.

5.  Fill zucchinis with turkey mixture.

6.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, until zucchini is soft. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese.  Return to oven for 2-3 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Serve hot.

Adapted from: Persnickety Plates

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Funfetti Cupcakes

Add a few extra ingredients to a boxed cake mix for a delicious cupcake!  These cupcakes are bakery quality!
Melissa's Cuisine: Funfetti Cupcakes
My baby girl turned one yesterday.  How is that even possible?  It's incredible to think about how far we've come in the past year...

My little 8 pound 2 ounce baby is now a happy and healthy 20 pound girl.  She loves food and she loves to play.  I think she takes after her mommy :)  She is the happiest baby I've ever seen and so much fun to be around.

We celebrated her birthday a couple weeks ago with a big party full of family and friends.  We had a duck theme for her party because she loves her duckies!  You can read about her party here.  You're probably wondering why I would do a blue cupcake for a girl's birthday party, right?  Well, the intention was for the frosting to look like water and then I used white Sugar Pearls to look like bubbles to go along with the rubber duck theme.

However, things don't always go as planned.  The cupcakes themselves turned out amazing!  They were some of the best cupcakes I've ever had.  The frosting however, was a completely different story.  I decided to try a new recipe that looked amazing, but when I made it, it was anything but.  The frosting didn't set and I ended up with a bowl full of runny frosting.  I thought maybe I could salvage it, but after tasting it, I knew that wasn't going to happen.  I opted to go the foolproof route, and ran to the store for a can of frosting :)

Even with the frosting debacle, the cupcakes were a hit.  Everyone loved them, especially Summer, and that's what was important!

Melissa's Cuisine: Funfetti Cupcakes

Funfetti Cupcakes

Makes 24

1 box (15.25 ounce) Funfetti cake mix
1 box (3.4 ounce) vanilla instant pudding mix
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
3 eggs

1.  Mix the cake mix, pudding mix, vegetable oil, milk, sour cream, and eggs together in a large bowl until smooth.

2.  Line 2 12 count cupcake tins with cupcake liners.

3.  Pour the batter into each liner, filling about 3/4 of the way full.

4.  Bake at 350 for 17-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Cool the cupcakes before frosting.

Source: Deliciously Sprinkled

Monday, July 21, 2014

S'mores Candy

All the components of s'mores, graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows are combined in this sinfully delicious candy!
Melissa's Cuisine: S'mores Candy
I have to admit, this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal really snuck up on me!  I was excited when I got my assignment and almost immediately headed over to check out Desi's site, Steak N Potatoes Kinda Gurl.  I've been reading Desi's blog for a long time, and a couple months ago she made one of my recipes for reveal day.  I love to read about the restaurants she goes to and her recipes are delicious!

I picked out a few recipes that caught my eye...and then forgot about it.  Oops!  Then I got an email on Friday reminding me that my reveal day was on Monday!  I knew it was the 21st, I just hadn't realized that it was so close.

Anyway, I looked back over my list of recipes I'd chosen from Desi's blog, and was drawn back to these Graham Cracker S'mores Candies.  We are camping this week, and so my mind is on packing and camp food.  You have to have s'mores when you're camping, so this snack was absolutely perfect.

These candies are so easy to make.  They were done in about 15 minutes.  I could hardly wait for them to cool down enough so I could try one!  The caramel mixture seeps into the graham cracker transforming it into a delicious toffee.  Then the marshmallows and chocolate melt and get all gooey.  The only change I made was to use chocolate chips instead of pieces of a chocolate bar, because my chocolate bars were packed for camping. This candy is perfection!
Melissa's Cuisine: S'mores Candy
S'mores Candy

12 graham crackers
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chips

1.  In a small saucepan, melt the butter.  Add the brown sugar and stir until the mixture comes to a boil, about 4-6 minutes.

2.  While the caramel is heating, line a baking sheet with foil.  Place graham crackers evenly on the foil, covering the bottom of the pan.

3.  Pour the caramel evenly over the crackers.

4.  Bake at 350 for 5-6 minutes, until bubbly.

5.  Remove from oven and top with marshmallows and then chocolate chips.

6.  Return to oven for 2-3 minutes, until marshmallows soften and puff up.

Cool completely and cut into squares.  Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between the layers of candy.

Source: Steak N Potatoes Kinda Gurl

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Funfetti Crinkle Cookies-Juggling Act Mama

I'm a new contributor over at Juggling Act Mama and my first recipe post is up today!  Please jump over and take a look!
Melissa's Cuisine: Funfetti Crinkle Cookies
These Funfetti Crinkle Cookies are a fun twist on my favorite kind of cake.  Mike and I are kind of addicted to crinkle cookies right now because there are so many different options for flavors; if it's a cake mix, it's a cookie flavor option!  Since we loved the Lemon Crinkle Cookies I posted a couple months ago, I knew we'd love these funfetti ones too.

You don't want to miss this recipe, so click on over to view it!

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