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Hello Everyone!

I know it’s been awhile since I have written a post, but life happened. I needed a break. I needed to take care of myself. Now that I am feeling better, I am back and ready to post some delicious recipes, cooking tips, and product reviews.

Even though I haven’t been posting on the blog, I’ve been on social media. You can follow my daily posts on Instagram and Facebook by clicking the links https://www.instagram.com/theteacherstable/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/foodieinfortmyers/notifications/

For the last few months, I have been participating in the #ShelfCookingChallenge. Our house was literally bursting with food. Not only was I grocery shopping way too much, but my sister moved to WA and gave us a ton of food. Something had to be done!  It’s been really fun to come up with ways to use up everything in the house and to only spend about $25 a month on groceries. For the most part, I have stayed on budget. Mr. Teacher and I have only dined out a handful of times as well.

I began the challenge on May 29th. The picture above shows how much food we really had. As you can see, we were bursting at the seams with food.

Since that day, I have spent about $370 on groceries. I’m feeling pretty proud of myself considering this is what I usually spent in a month. Sites like Ibotta  and my new favorite FetchRewards helped me to earn money back on my groceries too.

Here is what our fridge, freezer, and pantry look like today.

I am definitely making a dent. I will continue to do this challenge in the upcoming weeks. I will be posting some new recipes very soon too.

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Easter Brunch

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I can’t believe Easter Sunday is right around the corner. If you’re anything like me you’re looking for something easy, tasty, and impressive to serve for Easter Brunch. I have just thing, a Triple Berry Ricotta Dutch Baby Pancake. This slightly sweet Triple Berry Ricotta Dutch Baby Pancake is filled with fresh berries. It has a custardy texture that puffs up beautifully when baked. It makes an easy, yet fancy feeling breakfast that’s perfect for a holiday, but simple enough for any weekend treat.

I’m sure you’re going to love it!

 


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Classic Corned Beef Hash

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Nothing says Sunday Brunch more than buttery potatoes cooked up in Corned Beef Hash served with eggs. This hash is easy to make with leftovers from my Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why I make corned beef. I cook up extra corned beef and freeze it in 2 cup portions so I can easily make this delicious hash all year around. It’s a total cheat day recipe loaded with carbs, butter, and cheese. YUM!

When I was growing up corned beef hash was a staple in many diners and I loved it dearly. Now that I live in Florida, you can never find it on the menu. That’s okay though, because this recipe rivals anything you can get in a can or in most breakfast joints. The fresh peppers and onions add a pop of color to the dish. Give my Corned Beef Hash a try! Please let  me know what you think below in the comments section.

 


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Rocking Rueben Dip

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Rocking Rueben Dip is one of my absolute favorite things to make with leftover corned beef. I always make extra corned beef just so I can make this dip. It is a special request of friends and family who love it as well. I just know you will love it too! It’s easy! It’s cheesy! It’s fully of yummy Rueben flavor and it can be made ahead of time and kept warm in a crock-pot. It’s great for parties. In fact, I am already planning on bringing this dip to my friend’s egg dyeing party this month.

Give this Rueben Dip a try!


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Simple Saint Patrick’s Day Side Dishes

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It is almost Saint Patrick’s Day and my mouth is already watering at the thought of a delicious corned beef dinner. My family has made corned beef with boiled cabbage, carrots, and potatoes for as long as I can remember to celebrate. While I love the traditional sides with my corned beef, I decided to start mixing things up a bit. Here are two simple Saint Patrick’s Day side Dishes: Irish Twice Baked Potatoes, as well as, Smashed Turnips and Carrots.

Irish Twice Baked Potatoes are my take on two traditional Irish potato dishes, colcannon and champ, combined into something new and delicious. These tasty, potato cups also work wonderfully as an stater during a Saint. Patrick’s Day Party because they can be made in advance, travel easily, and can be eaten with out silverware.

Just look at the oozing cheese and crispy potato bits. YUMMY!

Smashed Turnips and Carrots are a brightly colored, buttery side dish. I wish I could say I came up with the recipe on my own, but I actually got it from one of my very best friend’s. Her mom is from Scotland and frequently made this for dinner. When I first had it, I feel in love with the sweetness of the carrots mixed with the slight bitterness of the turnips, and the creaminess of butter. I just know you will love it too!

 

So give these simple Saint Patrick’s Day sides a try. Please let me know what you think in the comments below. Do you have a Saint Patrick’s Day dish I should try?

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! 

 

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Going Greek

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Greek Salad with Mediterranean Vinaigrette

We love Greek food! Unfortunately it seemed like the only time we got to eat it, is when we would go to an occasional Greek Festival. So I decided to do something about it. I recreated all the delicious food you would find at a Greek Festival in our own kitchen. Now you can also have yummy Greek food any time the craving arises.

Easy Stove Top Gyro with Tzatziki

The best part about the recipes are that they are easy to make and can be prepped in advance. This makes them a wonderful addition to entertaining menus. Oh and bonus! They are low in fat, high in protein and will not cost you a fortune. I use fat-free Fage Greek yogurt in my dreamy, creamy, Tasty Tzatziki. In addition to whole grain pitas and lean meat in my Gryos. My salad dressing contains very little oil and the Greek Salad is packed with fresh vegetables. Try my recipes for Gyros, Tzatziki, Greek Salad, and Baklava here!

Dreamy Creamy Fat-Free Tzatziki

Do you have a vegetarian in the family or are you trying to be healthier? Try my herbaceous, fresh, and fabulous Baked Falafel. They are great stuffed inside a pita with Tzatziki or on top of my Greek Salad with Mediterranean Vinaigrette.

Look at that green. I’m in love with Baked Falafel!

You won’t feel bad if you splurge and eat 3 or 4 pieces of nutty, sticky, and sweet Baklava. I surely don’t!

Give my recipes to a try! Invite over some family and friends. Run to the store, grab the ingredients, some Greek beer and maybe some Ouzo. It’s time to treat everyone to a Greek meal they will not soon forget.

OPA!

 

 

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Easy Valentine’s Day Desserts

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Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day more than fresh berries and chocolate, and Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! In fact, I can’t believe it will be here a less than a week. If you are still searching for a delicious way to show your loved ones how much you care, you can stop looking! Here are two of my favorite ways to show some love this time of year.

#1-Fudgy Brownie Cups with Sweet Cream Cheese and Fresh Berries– These brownie cups bake up moist and fudgy. Then they are filled with the sweet cream cheese that is reminiscent of cheesecake without all of the work. They are absolutely amazing topped with fresh berries. I used raspberries here, but strawberries are wonderful too. They also just happen to be in season right now here in Florida as well. These brownie cups can be made a few days before and filled with the cream cheese filling before serving.

#2-No Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bars-Oh my god are these bars tasty and easy!!!! Very Berry Cheerios is mixed with gooey sweet marshmallows and freeze dried strawberries. Then they are topped with melted dark chocolate. I could eat the whole pan and bet you will want to as well.

I just know you will love both of these desserts, so go ahead and make both!

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

 

 


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Super Bowl Sunday Starters

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This simple Green Chili Chicken Cheese Dip is super yummy! It comes together in less than 10 minutes, uses only one dish, and is easy to transport. It’s perfect for the Super Bowl or any other get-together.

I will be making this Super Bowl Sunday for Mr. Teacher and myself to snack on while we watch the big game in our pjs while sitting on the couch with our kitties. This has become our Super Bowl tradition. While we do not agree who on who should win the Super Bowl this year, but we do agree this dip is delicious!

So whether you are cheering for the Patriots like Mr. Teacher or if you’re just hoping that the Eagles can take them down a notch, you need to try this Green Chili Chicken Cheese Dip this Sunday.

 

 


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My New Obsession-Coconut Berry Chia Pudding

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I am obsessed chia pudding and this Berry Coconut version is not only packed with healthy berries and omega 3’s, it’s absolutely delicious! This chia pudding can be made in advance, stores easily in the refrigerator, and makes a wonderful breakfast, snack, or dessert.

So how did this obsession begin? Well I had been reading about the health benefits of chia seeds for months. I had even purchased a small package to use as egg substitutes in muffins and to put in my smoothies. I had read several recipes for chia pudding, but I just couldn’t bring myself to make it. I don’t know why? I love pudding and I make several versions of creamy panna cotta, yogurt parfaits, and mousses all the time, but I just never tried it.

Well Mr. Teacher and I traveled to Vermont over Christmas break where Mr. Teacher’s Mom gave me the task of using up the 5 pound bag of chia seeds that she had purchased. I wanted to make something yummy that we could all enjoy as a dessert or breakfast. It was negative 23 outside and I wasn’t about to travel to the store, so I looked through the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry and decided it was time to get inventive. Coconut Berry Chia Pudding was born.

 


I was so excited that it set up in less than an hour. I hesitantly tried my concoction, and boy was I shocked. It was so yummy! The texture reminded me of panna cotta. The coconut flavor mixed with the berries was divine. I was left wondering why I had waited so long to try this simple pudding. I was in love and my obsession began.

Mr. Teacher’s Mom sent me home with several cups of chia seeds. In the last few weeks, I have played around with different versions of my original creation and I have perfected it. Give my Coconut Berry Chia Pudding a try. Let me know what you think too!

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Fresh Beet Salad with Oranges and Gorganzola

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This salad is a burst of freshness in the darkness of winter. Here in Florida it’s citrus season and I love to try to use all the delicious fresh oranges I can get. Naval oranges, tangerines, Valencia oranges all work, but I love to add the color and sweetness of blood oranges too. You can usually find them this time of year. Give them a try, I know you will not be disappointed!

Fresh Beet Salad with Oranges and Gorgonzola is beautiful and tasty. The colorful beets meld perfectly with the juicy oranges, crunchy walnuts, and the creamy earthy Gorgonzola. When you put everything over the bright mixed greens the colors pop.

Not only is this salad gorgeous, it is also easy and healthy. Beets are really good for you! They contain folic acid, iron, and calcium. Oranges have a ton of vitamin C which may help prevent colds and flu.

So give this salad a try and don’t be shy, let me know what  you think in the comments below.

 

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