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This recipe is a play on meatball subs.

Baked Italian Meatball Casserole

Start with these:

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Then flavor it up…

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Preheat oven & start your layers…

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Bake, serve & enjoy!

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This was my first attempt at this Pinterest recipe. Although it does look really appetizing, there are a couple of changes I would make next time. First off, I would not recommend using frozen garlic bread because it gets way too mushy too quickly once the sauce goes on. Also the pre-sliced bread (like the one I used) doesn’t help with the sogginess either. Either way, I’d use 2 half loaves of (fresh) bread as my base for the dish.

The other aspect I would change are the meatballs. Instead of using the frozen & pre-seasoned ones, I’d spend the extra few bucks and either make them or buy them fresh from the deli. I’ve tried the frozen meatballs so many times, even the turkey ones, and they just always taste too dry with some added grit to them, yuck!

Either way, give it a try yourself and see what creative casserole you come up with and share 🙂

A full shopping list of all ingreients can be found here

Original recipe can be found here

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dinner for the night included earthy, nutty, crunchy for me & the buff for him

Leafy. Crunchy. Colorful. Bountiful. Nutritious. Palate pleasing. A salad must hit all these notes to complete its full potential.

3 times in one week….I’d say I’m addicted to this new craze of Simply Salad DTLA. I originally found them on yelp while looking for something quick and healthy to eat while I was working.

Like many places in downtown LA, this hidden gem is no exception when it comes to catering to people on-the-go, especially when calling to place your order. But even if you want to check out all the ingredients and accouterments this salad haven offers, like I wanted to, try to have some sort of idea of your palette cravings, which I didn’t, in order to narrow down and make a decision, which took me 20 mintues alone. Now that I’ve been there multiple times and have assured their accuracy and quality, I just call in my order.

This time around I opted for the Earthy, Nutty, Crunchy (ENT) and was more than satisfied with this salad choice. It includes a mixture of lettuces, tofu, beets, edamame, artichoke hearts, sunflower seeds, croutons, grilled corn with pomegranate vinaigrette. Already fully loaded, I know, but there was 1 item still missing; yes to cheese please, always!!! Goat cheese that is (don’t judge).

Its sweet, salty and everything in between. Although the dressing doesn’t look like a typical vinaigrette, it stays true to its pomegranate flavor and adds a nice creamy tanginess without overpowering the rest of the ingredients. This mixture of flavors beats a greasy cheeseburger on any day and I don’t have to worry about the all to familiar food coma either. Oh AND they can make any salad into a wrap too!! What more do you want?! Fine they offer freshly made lemonade, teas and dessert too 🙂

Simply Salad offers over 65+ toppings and 25+ dressings so your combo options are basically endless.
I. Must. Try. Them. All. And. You. Should. Too!

Extra Tip: When I order my salads, I usually ask for the dressing on the side to help keep the salad crisp and fresh for as long as possible on the drive home from work. And when I get home, I pop the salad in the fridge for about 20 minutes and then it’s chow time! Meaning, you don’t have to live right next to your fav restaurants in order to enjoy them, you just have to be more mindful & cautious when placing an order.

cheesy artichoke & spinach dip

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toad en la holes

spiced & sweet fruitage

Weekends….a time for relaxation, catching up on some household chores, running errands, sleeping, watching endless amounts of tv, or in my case, actually having enough time to prepare myself a decent breakfast!! Something not completely frozen out of a box, something not in a liquid protein shake form, something that’s not ‘on the go or easy enough to scarf down in my car!’ Yes, I could have occupied my time with a million other things on my to-do list, sleeping being at the very top, but I happened to have some fresh and unexpired ingredients I thought I’d put to good use.

I’ve seen pictures of this thing called “toad in the hole” plenty of times but never really understood what the concept behind it was let alone how to go about cooking it. After some quick research, I found this breakfast item is a popular staple in London consisting of sausages in Yorkshire pudding batter served up with some veggies and gravy, or basically an inside out version of what we call ‘pigs in a blanket.’ Well that’s one form of this breakfast bite which I was not familiar with. The pictures that caught my eye included one egg literally cooked inside a piece of bread where a round shaped hole was made. And that’s the version I decided to replicate.

I had to really prep myself before I actually started to make this just because I knew things would move along quickly once my pan was hot. Oh and I’m a huge fan of over hard yolks, even when ordering eggs benedict, I ask them to cook the eggs a bit longer. I just hate when the mucousy membrane of the yolk smears all over my plate and I’m unable to sop it all up on toast or potatoes. So I put a bit of butter in the pan, cut holes in the bread with a glass cup, buttered the toast as if making a grilled cheese sandwich and placed the toast in the pan. Cracking an egg into it, I let the melted butter and pan work its magic. I got a little concerned when I noticed the eggs sticking to the pan so I added another spoonful of butter just to make sure I wasn’t about to eat any sort of burnt toast.

All the while this was cooking, I had some frozen hash browns browning and crisping up in another pan. My morning meal just got a little easier to make. To one piece of toast, I added some bacon bits and cheddar cheese on top. I just didn’t know how this was all going to pan out, but in retrospect, I shouldn’t have shied away from loading up both eggs. I kept turning the toast ensuring the eggs became the exact consistency I wanted, hard and cooked thoroughly.

I needed to add a lil bit of healthy to this easy. I have recently discovered my new FAVORITE yogurt brand Fage, pronounced fa-yeh, which is an all natural Greek strained yogurt. I love this stuff!!! Its thick and creamy consistency is a cross between sour cream and regular yogurt, but I have always been a big fan of strained yogurt. Now I don’t have to go specifically to the Persian markets to find it which is even more awesome! More recently, I have been experimenting with adding different ingredients to this yogurt and one great combo, especially for a power/healthy breakfast, are some sliced peaches, yogurt and cinnamon.  Of course you can alter your yogurt to your desired preference but I’m telling ya, this combo can’t be beat. If I wanted to splurge a bit more, I would have added some sugar to this too but the sweetness of the peaches from the can were just enough to keep me from going overboard.

Toad in the Hole: B-, one of my eggs did crack, that was the egg I loaded with bacon bits and cheese for picture purposes only lol, wish I had some bigger pieces of bread
Healthy Helping: A-, could have used some granola or even another type of fruit mixed into the yogurt
Overall Breakfast: B, even though I used bacon bits, could have used some slices of bacon or even a couple sausage links, the hash browns were ok but will attempt them from scratch next time, frozen food just doesn’t taste the same once you’ve taken the time to know how things should really taste, bummer to my pocketbook, yummers to my mouth

Quick and easy meal prep is what everyone is talking about nowadays, but when you have the time, quick and easy just makes it all the more better to be able to make your meal faster leaving you more time to do other things you equally love, like for example shopping, getting your nails done or my favorite, sleeping!