Take out for dinner. I love it. It is my weakness. I will come up with any possible excuse I can to get take out. Matt and I will usually get it once a week. So when my sister-in-law and brother-in-law came over for dinner the other night, I thought it was perfect to get take out again. Nice and easy. But I still used this as an opportunity to make a couple of recipes I have been wanting to try.
I had a watermelon in my fridge that was in need of cutting and I remembered seeing a watermelon strawberry lemonade recipe on good old Pinterest. A great recipe where you can just throw everything in the blender. This recipe can be found at the blog Frosted Bake Shop. I adjusted the amounts just a tad based on what I had at home. I don’t think this is something you can really mess up and you can adjust the ingredients to your liking. You can find the original recipe here, but here is how I made mine:
- About 7 cups of cut up watermelon (about 7 pounds)
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (4 lemons)
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 cups water
Divide all of the ingredients in half. Put one half of all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Take the second half and do the same. (You should do it in two batches because it all won’t fit into the blender.) Combine, give it a good stir and put it in the refrigerator to chill. I bet this would be great if you blended it with some ice for a slushy type drink. And if you need to, a little vodka may not be so bad either.
Since we planned on ordering dinner from a pizza place, I thought it would be good to make mozzarella sticks for an appetizer. This is another recipe that I came across on Pinterest. Again, it is very easy to do and quick. I put them in the oven when Chris and Rob arrived and they were ready to go in ten minutes. I also made a homemade marinara sauce for dipping.
The website that I got the mozzarella sticks recipe is called Skinny Taste and the original recipe can be found here.
- 12 mozzarella cheese sticks
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 2 tbsp flour
- 5 tbsp regular bread crumbs
- 5 tbsp panko bread crumbs
- 2 tsp parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- Cooking spray
Cut the cheese sticks in half so you have 24. Place them in the freezer until frozen. Next, put the egg in one small dish and the flour in a second small dish. Combine the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and parsley in a 3rd dish. Put the cheese sticks in the flour, dip it in the egg, then roll in the bread crumb mixture until covered. Do this with all 24. Once you are done, put them back in the freezer until ready to bake.
Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees. Put a piece of foil on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Place the cheese sticks on the baking sheet and give them a coat of cooking spray (of course I forgot this until about 2 minutes left). Bake for 5 minutes then flip them and bake for another 5. Be careful not to leave them in too long because they could melt. I was afraid of this and I think I took them out a minute too soon. They were still delicious!
For the marinara sauce, I thought about just opening my jar of pasta sauce for dipping. But that didn’t seem right since I made the mozzarella sticks. I found this recipe at Add a Pinch and you can find the original recipe here. I didn’t need a lot of the sauce so I cut the recipe in half. And I will still left with a ton. Here is how I made it:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 14 ounces crushed tomatoes
- ½ small onion, chopped
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder (I was horrified that I had no garlic or even minced garlic!)
Heat olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low-medium and put in the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes or until it begins to thicken. Will last in the fridge for about in a week.
That’s it! Two great recipes, actually 3, that are very quick an easy for a night in with takeout.
PS – I baked the mozzarella sticks, so that counts for this baking blog 🙂