Saturday, August 31, 2013


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Friday, August 30, 2013

Grilled Cheese Sophistiqué

Even grown-ups still love kid-favorites like mac & cheese, pizza, chicken nuggets, and grilled cheese.  The grilled cheese sandwich is the ultimate kid "dinner" and I must admit that even I (a self-proclaimed grown-up) enjoy a delicious, gooey, grilled cheese sandwich every now and then.  This version, the Grilled Cheese Sophistiqué (or Sophisticated Grilled Cheese), is a version completely for grown-ups - complete with a crunchy, Parmesan crust.  The flavor combination is complex, to say the least.  This is a sandwich that seems complicated, but is actually quite easy.  You won't be sorry you tried this one, I promise!

  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 2 slices of potato bread
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons apricot preserves
  • 2 slices Muenster cheese
  • 1/2 cup baby arugula

Pan Insert to Use:  Base Unit

Servings:  1

1. Preheat grill. If using the Xpress Platinum, preheat at setting 2.
2. Spritz pan insert with non-stick spray.
3. Spread Parmesan cheese onto a large plate and pour olive oil into a small bowl.
4. Brush one side of each bread slice with olive oil and then press each into the Parmesan, coating completely.

5. Place bread slices Parmesan-side-down onto a sheet of wax paper.  Spread one slice with the Dijon mustard, and spread the other slice with the apricot preserves.
6. Place 1 slice of Muenster cheese onto the slice with the preserves.  Cover with the baby arugula.

7. Place the second slice of Muenster on top of the arugula, and top with the second slice of bread, Parmesan facing up.

8. Place the sandwich into the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are awesome, but sometimes you may not want the carbs that come along with them.  My mom made stuffed peppers about twice a month or so growing up, and they were always carb-laden because they were crammed full of rice.  Don't get me wrong, they are delicious!  But I wanted a way to cut the carbs down and make them into a side dish or a even a healthy lunch.  I've heard of people stuffing their peppers with just cheese, but I need a little more flavor than that.  These peppers were my result.  And let me just say - this is the most delicious way I've ever eaten a pepper.  I could easily eat these every single day!  Note: Even though this recipe calls for mini sweet peppers, other small-sized peppers could easily be substituted - such as serrano or jalapeno.

  • 5 mini sweet peppers, red or orange (or both)
  • 4 string cheese snacks
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper

Pan Insert to Use:  Full Round Pan or Divider Pan

Servings:  1-2

1. Preheat grill. If using the Xpress Platinum, preheat at setting 2.
2. Spritz pan insert with non-stick spray.
3. Cut stems off of mini peppers and slice lengthwise.  Remove seeds.

4.  Stuff mini peppers with the string cheese.  You may have to cut the string cheese to fit properly.
5.  Sprinkle peppers evenly with the garlic salt, onion powder, and white pepper.
6.  Place 3 peppers into the grill (slit facing up), close lid, and cook for about 15 minutes.  Repeat with remaining 2 peppers.  If your peppers are extra small, you might be able to fit them all in at once.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Buffalo Cauliflower

My hubby loves spicy foods. I like mild spice, but he can eat things hotter than Hades! *Shakes head* I'm not sure how he does it. Spicy flavors tend to build up on the tongue until your mouth feels like it's on fire! Well, that's what happens to me anyways. So when I tried out this recipe, I made 2 servings - a mild one for myself and a hotter version for him. I'm giving you the milder recipe of the two; but if you want to add more spice, by all means, heat it up with some extra sauce! But be warned, this stuff is hotter than you might think!

  • 1 & 1/2 cups cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon buffalo wing sauce
  • salt, to taste
  • ranch or blue cheese dressing, for dipping (optional)

Pan Insert to Use:  Full Round Pan or Divider Pan

Servings: 2

1.  Preheat grill. If using the Xpress Platinum, preheat at setting 2.
2.  Spritz pan insert with non-stick spray.
3.  Coat cauliflower pieces evenly with the buffalo sauce.

4.  Place cauliflower into pan insert and close the lid.  Cook for about 15 minutes, or until crisp-tender.
5.  Salt to your liking and serve with a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Nachos for One

Holy moly!  It's been over a year since I've posted any new recipes!  It's been an incredibly busy year (I'll spare you the details), but I am back now, and I promise to try to post more regularly here.  Let's get to it then, shall we?  This recipe is so easy that a child could do it.  There's absolutely nothing to it, and there are so many variations that the flavor combinations are practically endless!  Sound like something you'd like to try?  Then give this recipe a go!

  • 2 small (about 6 inch size) corn tortillas
  • butter-flavored non-stick spray
  • salt, to taste

Pan Insert to Use: Base Unit

Servings:  1

1. Preheat grill. If using the Xpress Platinum, preheat at setting 2.
2.  Cut each tortilla into 8 chip-sized triangles.

3.  Spray all "chip" surfaces lightly with non-stick spray and salt to taste.
4.  Place 8 triangles into the grill (in circle formation), close lid, and cook for around 5 minutes (or until desired crispiness is reached).  Repeat with remaining 8 triangles.

5.  Top with preferred ingredients; if desired, pop in the microwave for 15-30 seconds to heat.

Try some of these delicious toppings:  chopped pimientos or jalapenos, black or green olives, sour cream, shredded cheese, salsa, refried beans, guacamole, tomato, mozzarella, pickles or relish, onions, nacho cheese sauce, bacon, chili, ground beef or turkey crumbles, cilantro, black beans, and the list goes on and on!