WannaBe Chef

Recipes and randomness from Amanda's kitchen.

Pizza for my crippled hubs July 30, 2009

Filed under: Turkey — WannaBe Chef @ 6:40 pm

Well, not long after last night’s burrito blog, I received a phone call from Wayne.  I instantly knew from his voice that something was wrong… he said “I think I broke my ankle.”  It was the last softball game of the season, and he unsuccessfully slid into second.  Our night was spent in the ER.  3 1/2 hours later, his broken fibula and torn ligaments had been twisted back around where they belong, wrapped in plaster and bandages, and we were home.  At least the crutches go up to 6’6″!  Poor guy is gonna be out of commission for awhile.  Tomorrow we find out when the surgery will be… 

Since my little workaholic is already beyond miserable, I decided to throw together a pizza packed full of meat for him…  it’s not really a blog-worthy meal, but since I have nothing more to do than be Wayne’s pseudo-nurse… here it is!

Pizza by Request
Pre-made whole wheat pizza crust
Jar of pizza sauce
Toppings (I used turkey sausage, turkey pepperoni, mushrooms, red onion, green olives, and 2% milk mozarella cheese)

Sautee the sausage, mushrooms, and onions with pizza seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
– Build the pizza.  Bake at 350-375 till the cheese is browned. 
– Serve to the cripple.  Chase with Gatorade and scheduled dose of Percocet. 


I can see how this can get addicting… July 29, 2009

Filed under: Meatless — WannaBe Chef @ 7:47 pm

Still figuring out this blog thing… but having fun along the way!  I think my favorite part is taking the pictures.  I’ve always secretly thought food styling must be the sweetest job ever.  Anyway 🙂  Tonight I made some veggie burritos inspired by my coworker Erin.  There’s not really a recipe… so here goes….

Veggie Burritos


Burrito size flour tortillas
Beans (I used re-fried black beans)
Rice (I made some brown rice)
Veggies (I used zucchini, summer squash, and red onion.  Mushrooms or bell peppers would be good too) 
Shredded cheese
Red Enchillada sauce


– Sautee veggies in some olive oil, season liberally with cumin, salt, garlic powder or whatever seasonings you like.



– Cook the rice and season liberally.  Cilantro would be good mixed in, but I didn’t have any.


– Heat the re-fried beans and enchillada sauce.

– Build your burrito!  Top with sauce, more cheese, and a dollop of sour cream. 

The verdict:  I thoroughly enjoyed these.  Just make sure you season each “layer” well, or the final product will be bland.  Wayne’s reaction: “They’re alriiiight.”  He wished there was some meat in them, of course 🙂


My first post!

Filed under: Fruit,Meatless,Side dish — WannaBe Chef @ 12:17 am

Ok… so I’ve been reading food blogs lately like it’s my job.  So I figured, why not try making my own??  I love to cook and try new recipes, and this is a great way to keep track of them.  Not gonna lie though…. this is all a little overwhelming!!  I mean, I’ve done the whole LJ and Myspace thing.. but this is a whole different world… we’ll see how it goes!  I’ve been cooking like crazy lately, but unfortunately this is the first thing I’ve taken pictures of.  So here goes….

Roasted Pineapple Salsa (source: Today’s Diet & Nutrition magazine)

1 fresh pineapple

1 red pepper, diced

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

1/2 cup red onion, minced

2 Tbsp. jalapeno pepper, minced

1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar (I used plain white vinegar)

1 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. hot sauce (I used Frank’s)

1 tsp. salt

I also added some lime juice

Peel, core, and slice the pineapple.  Grill until browned.

Dice pineapple into small pieces, you should get about 2-3 cups.

Mix all ingredients, serve immediately.

This salsa was refreshing and very summery!  I served it with wheat tortilla chips, but it would be really good with chicken or salmon too.  Next time I make this, I might add some diced tomatoes or black beans.  I also think it needs more heat… maybe use some canned jalapenos or more hot sauce.