Jan 102014
 

This twist on beef stroganoff is incredibly easy to make and so cheesy and delicious! from mylittlegourmet.com

Happy New Year!! Did you all have nice holidays? It’s been pretty hectic around here these last few weeks, which is also the reason the blog has been so quiet. Despite the hecticness, we’ve had an amazing holiday. We met up with my mom-in-law in Paris and also went to Disneyland Paris. Arik preferred the latter, since he got to meet all of his favorite characters, live and in-person, but the Eiffel Tower did seem to impress him as well. 🙂

This twist on beef stroganoff is incredibly easy to make and so cheesy and delicious! from mylittlegourmet.com

 Then we all travelled back to Berlin and spent Christmas at home. It was really nice having some family (even if it was just one person) around for the holidays. Arik was also really excited to have grandma and all of this new-found attention.  New Year’s Eve was  spent at home with a Raclette dinner and some kid’s fireworks. And then, sadly, we had to say goodbye to grandma and go back to normal life. Now my brother is here so Arik is back to getting lots of extra attention. I’m thinking once he departs as well, Arik is going to take a while getting used to having just his boring old parents around. 🙂

This twist on beef stroganoff is incredibly easy to make and so cheesy and delicious! from mylittlegourmet.com

So, as you can see we’ve been pretty busy and I haven’t had much time to spend in the kitchen. That is why this week’s recipe is really quick and incredibly easy. I know, with all that cheese, it isn’t exactly the healthiest, but it IS delicious. 🙂 It’s sort of a tex-mex take on beef stroganoff using taco seasoning, corn and cheese. Well, I hope you all had a great start to the year and I am excited to see what 2014 has in store for us!

This twist on beef stroganoff is incredibly easy to make and so cheesy and delicious! from mylittlegourmet.com

Taco Stroganoff
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 oz./250g egg noodles
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 lb./500g ground beef
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • ½ cup/125ml water
  • ¾ cup/200g corn, I used canned, but frozen should work too
  • 1 (8oz./240g) package chive and onion cream cheese
  • 1 cup/100g shredded cheese (I used gouda, but cheddar or mexican cheese mix would also be great)
Instructions
  1. Cook noodles according to package instructions.
  2. In a large pan over medium heat, cook onions and ground beef until beef is browned.
  3. Tilt pan and remove any excess fat.
  4. Add bell pepper and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add taco seasoning, water, and corn and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add cream cheese and shredded cheese; cook until heated through and cheeses are melted.
  7. Toss with egg noodles and serve.
 
Recipe adapted from Julie’s Eats and Treats.
 Posted by at 13:43
Apr 052013
 

 Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting | My Little Gourmet

Last week I attempted to ignore celebrated my 30th Birthday. 🙂 Actually, it was a good day and I am really thankful for all of the great people in my life. Yes, the majority of those people are halfway across the world, but still I am thankful that they are somehow in my life. The very best present I received that day though, came from my little guy. In order to explain this amazing present we are going to have to rewind a little and go back a few months. If you are reading this and don’t have any children, may I suggest going on to the recipe portion of this post…there is about to be a lot of potty talk. 🙂 No, not that kind of potty talk, I mean actual talk of the potty.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting | My Little Gourmet

So, a couple of months ago (feels more like years) I started potty training Arik.  I hadn’t planned on starting this early on, but he was giving me some of the signs of being ready, so I thought, why not. Things were going great and we got so far as to no longer wearing diapers during the day. The only problem was, I had to constantly tell him to go to the bathroom because he would never let me know when he had to go. And this is where we got stuck….

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting | My Little Gourmet

After numerous weeks of the same old “Arik, do you need to pipi?”, “No”, followed by much fidgeting, “ARIK, do you need to PEE?”, “NO!”, “Alright, just let me know when you do”, “Mom, pipi” as a puddle starts to form around his feet. To top it off, we had to go somewhere for a week, which included a 5 hour road trip. I ended up just putting him in diapers for this because I knew my nerves would not be able to handle it. As soon as we got home, I went back to no diaper and it was as if we were starting at the beginning again. I was really close to just giving up and trying again a few months down the road, but something inside me just couldn’t throw in the towel. So I started the whole process over. And then, a few days later, my birthday came…

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting | My Little Gourmet

The day started as usual; I put his underwear on him and said (like I always did), “Now remember, you only have underwear on so be sure to tell me when you have to go potty”, and I got the usual response “yeah, yeah”.  After about an hour, I hear, “Mama pipi” and I immediately run over to start cleaning up the mess…but there wasn’t one. So I take him to the bathroom, still a little confused about what is going on, and low and behold he pees in the potty. This, of course, was followed by about 10 minutes of cheering, hugging and clapping. A few hours later he did the exact same thing. I didn’t think I would ever be saying this about pee, but it was pretty much the greatest present ever for this mama. Now, about a week later, we are without diapers during the day and have had no puddles on the floor. And, this, my friends, needs to be celebrated with some Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars…

*Update: I wrote this post yesterday and Arik must have been aware of this because just this morning he decided to wet his pants…not once, but twice. I don’t care, I’m still eating those bars…

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting | My Little Gourmet

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting | My Little Gourmet

 

He ate his bar so fast that I could only get some pictures of the aftermath. I'm thinking he likes them. :)

He ate his bar so fast that I could only get some pictures of the aftermath. I’m thinking he likes them. 🙂

 

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
 
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Ingredients
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars:
  • ½ cup/100g sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup/240 ml applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed well
  • 2 cups/280 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded finely (makes about 1¼ cup)
  • ½ cup/75 g semisweet chocolate chips
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 6 oz./175 g cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉/175℃.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 in baking dish and place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom.
  3. Place sugar, oil and eggs in a large bowl and beat with a mixer on low speed until well-blended.
  4. Stir in the applesauce and mashed banana.
  5. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir well with a whisk until combined.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, beating just until combined and moist.
  7. Stir in the shredded zucchini and chocolate chips.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake in pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Allow bars to cool and top with the frosting (if desired).
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. Combine ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with a mixer until smooth and creamy. Add as much or as little sugar until desired taste and texture is achieved. Spread onto the cooled bars.
Notes
As you can see, I use very little sugar in my frosting, so if you like it sweet be sure to add more until the desired sweetness is reached.

 
Recipe adapted from Elizabeth Alcorn, Cooking Light on myrecipes.com
 Posted by at 14:48
Feb 262013
 

Turkey, Cheese, Avocado and Cucumber Pinwheels

As promised, here is another lunch idea for the little ones (it took a bit longer, I know). That in no way though, means that I haven’t been on the search for ideas. No, no, I’ve been busy and found quite a bit of inspiration on Pinterest. Once I actually get around to trying out the recipes and not just pinning them, I will report back. Why do I feel like I am in trouble? 🙂

Turkey, Cheese, Avocado and Cucumber Pinwheels

These pinwheels were actually just something I made randomly to use up stuff we had in the fridge, but they turned out to be one of Arik’s favorite lunches. Now we have to have these at least 3 times a week or else…  So I wanted to be sure to share this simple alternative to a sandwich with you all. Sometimes I don’t use avocado, or I’ll use tomato instead of cucumber, or both; as you can see there is no real set way to make these, so you can just let your creative juices flow. Enjoy!

Turkey, Cheese, Avocado and Cucumber Pinwheels

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Turkey, Cheese, Avocado and Cucumber Pinwheels
 
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Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 1 large whole-wheat tortilla
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese or
  • ½ avocado, mashed up
  • 2-3 slices of turkey
  • 1-2 slices of cheese of your choice
  • 1 small piece of cucumber, peeled and cut into strips
Instructions
  1. Spread cream cheese or mashed up avocado (or both) on the tortilla.
  2. Place turkey and cheese slices on top.
  3. Lay the cucumber strips about 1 in. from the edge of the tortilla and begin to roll up.
  4. Roll up the entire tortilla and cut into ½ in wide pinwheels.
Notes
One large tortilla will make about 10 pinwheels.

 

 Posted by at 13:38