S’morgies

We pimped our triple chocolate brownies last night with chocolate chips and melted marshmallows on top. Crazy good!

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An orgy of chocolate and mallow.

I had a small portion and it did not go down well. These are the first brownies I’ve had since surgery. But it tasted so awesome. No more for me, but my family loved it. 😀

My husband suggested graham cracker crumbles or a Teddy Graham on top. Good idea! Then they would truly be S’more-like.

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Baked Corn Tortillas

I accidentally ordered white corn tortillas from the store. (We have store delivery here in KC from Hy-Vee. Thank God!) So, I looked online for ways to use corn tortillas. They don’t taste good unless you cook them in some way.

I found a simple recipe to bake them and I made the recipe even easier. Take a stack of corn tortillas and cut them into quarters. Two cuts and you’re done. Use a sharp knife. Throw them on a sprayed shallow pan. Spray the tops with the same cooking spray and throw them in a preheated oven at 350°. Bake for 10-15 minutes. That’s it. I took mine out, spread them out on a plate with paper towels in between each layer. You probably don’t even have to. And you don’t have to brown them like I did, above. Super easy!

Enjoy warm or cool. They are better than bagged and healthier, IMO!

Veggie Pizzagna

Since I went through weight loss surgery, I developed this recipe from some I’ve seen online. It was important to up my protein intake and still have soft foods. I wanted to eliminate the pasta and this is what I came up with. It’s a cross between pizza and lasagna. It’s not too hard to put together and my family seems to love it! It’s pretty yummy.

4 bags of frozen broccoli and cauliflower
1 jar of pizza or alfredo sauce
1 bag of Italian cheese blend
Parmesan cheese
1 tub of low-fat ricotta
1 package of diced or sliced pepperoni

Basically, you boil or steam the veggies. Make sure they are thoroughly cooked, if you need the softness. If you like your veggies a bit firmer, that’s fine. But remember, you’re going to mash these up like potatoes, so don’t leave them too firm for that.

Next, drain the veggies if you boiled them. Now mash! I use my potato masher to smash the veggies to a very soft consistency. Then drain using cheese cloth or clean, dry cloth towel. Either will work. I tried cheese cloth and a towel works just the same. Make sure the towel is lint-free! The veggies are enough fiber for anyone. 🙂 You should squeeze almost a cup of liquid off the cooked veggies. Gather up your veggies in your towel or cheese cloth and wring them out. Just twist. You might have to wait until they are cooler if they’re steaming hot.

Drop your veggies into a bowl or back in the pan you just boiled or steamed them in (make sure the container is dry). Mix the veggies with your sauce. Make sure you don’t over-sauce the veggies, they should be flavored, not drowning in sauce. Unless you like that. 😉 Scoop half of the mixture into your baking dish. I used my two-handled skillet to bake in. Whatever works! Spread half of the mixture in your dish to cover the entire bottom surface. Make sure the dish isn’t too big, the layer should be at least 1/2 inch. You shouldn’t see any part of the dish.

Then, spread 1/2 of the ricotta on top of your veggie layer. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the Italian cheese. Repeat the layer! But this time, before you add the last of the shredded cheese, add a good sprinkling of parmesan. Don’t have to, but I like it.

The top should be covered with the other 1/2 of the Italian cheese and peppered with the pepperoni! Bake at 400° for about 30 minutes. Then broil for 5-10 minutes at 400° to really brown the top and crisp up those pepperoni. Looks like a deep dish pizza when you take it out.

So good!

Look, it’s not lasagna. It’s not pizza. But it is a lot healthier without the noodles. Bread is the devil. Lots of protein and veg. It does have sodium, but portion-control is key. Cut into 6 equal portions. I cut mine like a dessert pie. My husband eats probably two portions (1 portion and whatever we can’t finish), but my daughter and I can only eat about 1/2 of 1 serving. So cut it up however you like or just plain scoop it out with a spoon. It’s all ending up in the same place. LOL

Hope you like it. Let me know if you make it and what you think.

We love it! Mangia!

Enough for leftovers. Two nights of Veggie Pizzagna. MMMM!