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Hello! I'm Deirdre and I'm a stay at home mom to two boys. Cooking for a 6 and 4 year old- day in and day out can be the best job in the world, also the most frustrating. Trying to create not only kid friendly but husband and mom friendly meals is a challenge that I've readily accepted! My Foodie Mom blog is a record of the different recipes that I've tried in the kitchen, pictures of my ventures, and cool tricks I've picked up along the way. Cheers!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cajun Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Made these last night for a lighter dinner. I didn't have any cajun seasoning so I just looked up a quick recipe and made my own! Super easy and summer friendly, since I only had to use the stove for a few minutes to cook the shrimp. I also made that yummy jalapeño pineapple cream sauce again and put that on top. Simple and delicious!


Season shrimp generously with Cajun seasoning. Heat oil in a medium skillet. Place seasoned shrimp in oil and cook 3-5 minutes until shrimp become pink. Remove tails from shrimp and let come to room temperature.

To assemble place some shrimp, avocado and cream sauce on a leaf of lettuce, squeeze some fresh lime juice on top.

Cajun Seasoning

I found this recipe last night to make my own cajun seasoning. Since I was making cajun shrimp and I didn't have any on hand, I was happy to throw my own together so I have it in the future. Store in an airtight container afterwards. I used this on my shrimp last night, and using it on my pulled pork today. Super easy and tasty with a really good kick to it.

  • 2 tsp paprika 
  • 2 tsp garlic (NEVER garlic salt)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp onion (NEVER onion salt)
  • 1 tsp cayenne (adjust to your taste for heat)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme

Credits: cajun seasoning

Baked Crab Rangoon Eggrolls

We were going to make crab rangoons last night to go with our dinner, but they didn't have wonton wrappers for some reason at the store- so I got egg roll wrappers instead. These came out just as good, and crispy. Surprisingly they're baked too! The filling recipe is the tried and true one I use any time I make crab rangoon. I'm not going to include what I did for the dipping sauce because my husband thought it came out horrible (I added way to much soy sauce- super super salty).


  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 8 OZ package cream cheese, at room temp
  • 1 can (4.5 OZ) crabmeat
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (large clove)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • wonton or eggroll wrappers

Whip together the sour cream, cream cheese and soy sauce and sugar until smooth.

Fold in remaining ingredients (except wrappers)

Preheat oven to 400, spray cookie sheet with cooking spray

Fold up your wontons or egg rolls

Lightly brush with olive oil

Bake 10-12 minutes 

These were still delicious besides the sauce fiasco. Next time I'll follow an actual recipe for it instead of winging it. Enjoy!!

credits: crab rangoons

Monday, June 24, 2013

Teriyaki Turkey Burgers with Pineapple Jalapeño Cream Sauce

Ok, so the picture above does not do this recipe justice at all. This is the yummiest, juiciest burger I've had in a really long time. I have been craving these since I made them a few days ago. I'm seriously thinking about making them again this week. That's how good they were.

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped water chestnuts
  • 1 TBL  Teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • thin sliced cheddar cheese
  • 8 pineapple slices (2 slices chopped for sauce)
  • 3 jalapeño slices chopped
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 2 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice from can
  • salt
  • pepper
  • buns of your choice
In a bowl mix turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, water chestnuts, teriyaki sauce and onion together.

Cook on the grill until browned and cooked through. While cooking the burgers- grill the pineapple slices too. (Toast bun if preferred)

Brush burgers with a little more teriyaki sauce and top with cheese (melt cheese)

To make the sauce:

Mix chopped pineapple, chopped jalapeño, yogurt, pineapple juice, mayo and salt pepper to taste.

Assemble burger with grilled pineapple, and sauce on your bun.

This was amazingly delicious. The water chestnuts really give this burger an awesome texture and crunch. Along with the sweet and spiciness of the sauce, it's the perfect combination. I highly recommend this if you're looking for a different kind of burger you haven't tried before! Enjoy!

Tender Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples and Onions

I made this the other night, and oh my goodness. I have never had a thick cut pork chop cooked this way. It was so tender and fall off of the bone delicious. And the apples and onions made it so moist and flavorful. I don't think I'll ever make bone in pork chops any other way again. Try this and you will not be disappointed!


  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops (at least 1/2-inch thick)
  • 2-3 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced about 1/4-inch thick
  • 1-2 yellow onions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. 

Place the onion slices in an even layer over the bottom of the dish. Top the onion slices with the apples. 

Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the apples and onions. 

Season the pork chops generously on both sides with salt and pepper. 

Arrange the pork chops in a single layer on top of the apples and onions. 

Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake in the preheated oven for three hours. Do not open the oven and lift the foil – the pork chops, apples and onions need to be tightly covered the whole time to work their magic (and not dry out).

I served my chops with freshly snapped green beans and roasted red potatoes. Don't forget to smother the chops with all of that onion apple goodness at the end, it will be amazing! Enjoy!

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

This is the breakfast I made for my husband on Father's Day. It came out amazing!! He got his with eggs, bacon and potatoes on the side, but just the biscuit with the gravy is plenty on its own.

  • 2 lbs. breakfast sausage {the bulk kind in a roll}
  • 1/4 C. butter
  • 1/4 C. flour
  • 5 C. milk
  • pepper, onion powder, garlic salt to taste
  • biscuits {I used the refrigerated kind in a roll}
Brown sausage in an electric skillet or frying pan.  Set sausage aside in a bowl and drain grease.  

In the same skillet, melt butter.  Stir in flour to make a thick paste.  Cook the paste for a few minutes until it turns a golden brown color. 

Gradually whisk in milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until gravy thickens.  

Season with pepper, onion powder, and garlic salt to taste.  {NOTE:  It takes more seasoning than you might expect to keep the gravy from tasting too bland.  Just keep sprinkling and tasting until you like it.}  

Stir browned sausage into the gravy and serve over biscuits.

This makes a lot of gravy! So be prepared to serve this to at least 4-5 people or have left overs! It's an easy and tasty recipe to try. Enjoy!!

Credits:sausage gravy

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken with Southwestern Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

So, I have what I like to call my "Easy dinner nights". And if It's not take out night, I want it to be a meal that I can cook in under 30 minutes. Last night was grocery shopping night, and since I didn't get home until later- I wanted an easy dinner. Still I was craving something filling and satisfying. And I thought of this right before I left to go shopping. I had a large sweet potato in my pantry and had my husband bake it while I was out. So it would be ready for me to prepare by the time I got home to make the rest of the meal. 


  • 1 large sweet potato ( This is for 2, we each had half)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 package (about 6 small pieces) boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 slices pepper jack cheese (for topping of potato)
Preheat the oven to 375, pierce the sweet potato with a fork multiple times, rub with a little olive oil and sea salt, place in a foiled baking dish and bake for about 90 minutes. Check after an hour you should be able to poke right through it if its done.

Place chicken in a ziplock bag along with salt, pepper, lime juice, garlic, and cilantro. Let sit out and marinate for about 15 minutes.

Grill chicken for about 5 minutes on each side, until cooked.

While chicken is cooking, sauté the onions with some olive oil in a small pan for about 2 minutes until softened. Add corn and beans and cook for another minute or two. Set it aside.

Take your sweet potato, cut it in half. scoop the insides out of both halves into a bowl. Add the corn and bean mixture to the sweet potatoes, add salt and pepper to taste and combine until smooth.

Replace the mixture back into the potato skins, and top with some pepper jack cheese. Bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes- until cheese is melted.

This dinner was awesome! We cut the chicken, almost shredded it and served it next to the potato with a dollop of sour cream. I will most certainly make this again!

Zucchini Parmesan Subs

When I first saw the recipe I based this meal off of, it called for breading and frying the zucchini in oil. Normally I would do that, but since we're trying to eat healthy I opted for baking the zucchini instead. And honestly, You really can't tell the difference- It still had a great crunch, and this made for an amazing sandwich. I would try this exact same recipe with eggplant sometime too.


  • 3 medium zucchini sliced into 3" x 1/2" sticks
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/3 cup seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt
  • fresh pepper
In a small bowl, beat egg whites and season with salt and pepper. In a ziplock bag,place breadcrumbs, garlic powder and cheese and shake well. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

Dip zucchini sticks into eggs then into bread crumb and cheese mixture, a few at a time and shake to coat. Place the breaded zucchini in a single layer and spray more cooking spray on top. Bake at 425° for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

While You're doing the zucchini you can whip together a really quick sauce for the subs:
  • 1/2 28 oz can of diced tomatoes (used the other half for another recipe)
  • 3/4 can of tomato paste (used 2 tablespoons for another recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 chopped onion
  • olive oil
  • italian seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper
Saute onions in a small sauce pan with olive oil for about 2 minutes until softened. Add garlic cook another minute.

Add diced tomatos and tomato paste, and seasonings. Cook on low and stir for about 20 minutes (while zucchini is cooking ).

Once the sauce and the zucchini are done, you can assemble the subs. I like to toast the rolls a little before so I baked them at 350 for about 5 minutes. Add a little sauce to the bottom, then the zucchini and top with some parm cheese. 

Stick them under the broiler in the oven for about 2 minutes until the cheese is melted (don't burn the bread). 

These subs were so yummy and guilt free ( I used wheat sub rolls ). They reheated really good too, the next day. I will most certainly make these again - or try doing eggplant instead of the zucchini. enjoy!

Stuffed Peppers with Ground Turkey and Feta


For the past few months, whenever I've made stuffed peppers they've been vegetarian. So I decided to try my hand at a meat filled stuffed pepper for once. They came out awesome, and this is how I did it.


  • 3 Bell peppers (there was enough filling to do 4-5 peppers)
  • 1.5 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 of a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes (I used the rest for my zucchini parm subs the next night)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 stalks of celery small diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste ( again I used the rest of the small can for zucchini parm)
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1- 1/2  cups crumbled feta cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet on the stove. Once hot, add the onion and celery, and saute for 5 minutes until soft. Add the minced garlic and continue sauteing for another minute.

Turn the heat to high. Add the tomato paste to the skillet and mash the onions, celery and garlic together with the paste. Cook for three minutes, stirring continuously.
Add the ground turkey and brown with the veggies. This should take about six minutes.
Then, add the diced tomatoes, salt, basil, oregano and red pepper flakes. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for about 15-20 minutes, until sauce reduces and isn’t as runny. Remove pan from heat and stir in the feta cheese.
Place the green bell peppers on a tin foil-lined sheet tray. Fill each pepper with turkey and feta mixture. Add a littly more feta on top. Once all peppers have been filled, cover peppers with a large piece of tin foil and seal.

Bake peppers for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
These came out really delicious and is something I'd most definitely make again. I served these with roasted red potatoes, which are extremely easy to make.
  • 5-6 small red potatoes, washed and cut into bit sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
Combine all ingredients and place in a foil lined baking dish. Bake at 400 for about 30 minutes or until you can pierce potato with a fork.

The combination of these two dishes were amazing- I highly recommend doing them together! 

Steak tips with a Jalapeño Cucumber Chimichurri Sauce

So when I first saw this recipe that I wanted to do it was a grilled skirt steak with a roasted jalapeño chimichurri on top. First, the supermarket I went to didn't have skirt steak, so I got sirloin tips. Then as I started to make the sauce I didn't have 2 cups each of the cilantro and parsley ( I grow my own herbs in a garden box) - So I had to improvise with what I had. And this is what I came up with.


  • 1.5 lbs Sirloin tips
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 Jalapeño peppers (whole)
  • 1 cucumber de-seeded and diced
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro 
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
First you want to grill or broil your jalapeños until they are charred on all sides. This will take 5-10 minutes depending on how you're doing it.

After they have cooled you want to remove the seeds and stems (the seeds are where the majority of the spice is so make sure you get rid of all of them. This will still be pretty spicy because I used 3 peppers, Id say use 2 if you don't want it as spicy).

Add the jalapeños, cucumber, yogurt, cilantro, parsley, garlic, dill and sugar to a food processor and blend. You can adjust the amount of yogurt to how spicy it is an if you want to cool it down.

Drizzle a little bit of olive oil on the steak, and season generously with salt and pepper. 

Grill steak until desired doneness - and drizzle the sauce on top to serve.

We ate our's with a baked sweet potato on the side.

This was a really interesting sauce, that I have never made before. The greek yogurt and cucumber really offset the spiciness. I would definitely try this again and either use 2 jalapeños instead of 3 or actually make sure I have enough herbs on hand and try making a traditional chimichurri.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Baked Salmon with Dijon and Garlic

I Made this last night and it literally took me a half hour to make, between prep and cook time. And it was Mighty delicious if I do say so myself. I also made a parmesan orzo with spinach, mushrooms and diced tomatoes. Here is my recipe for the spinach orzo, and I just sautéed some diced tomatoes and mushrooms in with it. It was a lovely combination.


  • 1 pound of salmon filets (I had the skin cut off)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 large OR 3 small cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 1.5 teaspoons Dijon mustard (grey poupon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 cup mild olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Line a baking dish with foil, add the salmon and preheat the oven to 450 

Combine the parsley, garlic, mustard, salt, pepper, olive oil and fresh lemon juice in a small bowl- and cover the salmon generously with it. ( I added a few lemon slices on top as well )

Bake at 450 for 12-15 minutes (mine was closer to 15 minutes)

And that's it! Serve along with your favorite sides, or try my spinach orzo - and this will not disappoint! Enjoy!! :)

Credits: garlic dijon salmon

Tex-Mex Bean Burger

This is really a easy and flavorful vegetarian burger. Just don't add the bacon at the end. It was actually so yummy that if you didn't put the raw egg in it to bind it up, it would be a really great bean dip.


  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/3 cup fresh tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and a few cracks black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano, crushed between fingers
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • wheat buns
  • mild cheddar slices
  • sliced avocados
  • crispy bacon

Coarsely mash up the beans in a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients in and combine with a fork. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Heat a skillet over medium heat and grease lightly. Form mixture into patties and cook 5-6 minutes on each side until crispy on the outside.

Melt cheese over top and prepare burger the way that you would like.

This was really easy to make, and the kind of ingredients  that you could always have on hand and make at any time :) enjoy!

Credits: tex mex burger