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Big Mac Casserole

Posted by Donna W. on October 9, 2016 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This recipe comes from Peace, Love, and Low Carb.


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 TBSP minced onion flakes
  • 1 TBSP worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp garlic powder)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, packed, and divided
  • 1 cup mozarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Russian dressing, divided into 3/4 cup and 1/4 cup
  • 1 cup of pickle slices
  • 2 TBSP sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef, minced onion flakes, garlic, worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper. Drain excess grease and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • To the ground beef, add 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, mozarella cheese, and 3/4 cup Russian dressing. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Into a large (9x13) casserole dish, flatten down into a nice and even, compact layer. Top with pickle slices.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cup of sharp cheddar cheese over the top. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top of the cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes on rack right above the middle rack. Turn the oven up to a high broil and bake for another 5 minutes.
  • After removing from oven, top with remaining Russian dressing.
  • Plate each serving on top of a bed of shredded lettuce.

Russian Dressing

Posted by Donna W. on October 9, 2016 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This dressing is very delicious, and it reminds me of childhood dressings of ketchup and miracle whip mixed together, except with a few added ingredients. After making this for the first time and tasting it on the Big Mac Casserole, I started making this for my salads and I keep it in a Caesar dressing bottle that I recently used up and cleaned. This recipe comes from Peace, Love, and Low Carb.


  • 1 cup mayo (miracle whip if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 TBSP spicy brown mustard (does not make this dressing spicy + can only be tasted a tiny bit)
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBSP fresh parsley, chopped (1 tsp dried parsley)
  • 1 TBSP fresh chives, chopped (1 tsp dried chives)
  • 1 TBSP fresh dill, chopped (1 tsp dried dill)


  • In a bowl, combine all ingrediends and mix until well incorporated.

Healthy Banana Pancakes

Posted by Donna W. on October 9, 2016 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)


  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce (1 jar of baby food)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • Add all ingredients to blender and blend until completely combined and smooth.
  • Spray a pan or skillet with non-stick cooking spray, let it warm up a little on medium heat, and pour or spoon a little of the batter into the pan/skillet. You be the judge of how much and how big you want your pancakes to be.
  • Cook on first side until bubbles appear, then flip and cook for a few more seconds until a little bit brown underneath.

Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing

Posted by Donna W. on July 31, 2016 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

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For this recipe, it's best to visit your grocery store and find an Italian dressing cruet which comes with two packets of seasoning. It's fairly cheap, under $3 at walmart. The cruet contains the measurements for the oil, water, and vinegar you will need.


  • 1 packet Italian dressing seasoning and ingredients needed to make it - (oil, water, vinegar)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 TBSP mayo (Not miracle whip)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (in addition to what you've already added)
  • 2 TBSP white vinegar (in addition to what you've already added)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP water (in addition to what you've already added)


  • Step 1 - Prepare Italian dressing according to cruet.
  • Step 2 - Once prepared, pour in a medium bowl, then add additional ingredients.
  • Step 3 - Using a whisk, mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined and pour into cruet. It is best to not try and shake to mix inside of cruet to avoid spills.

Chewy Chocolate Chip/Chunk Cookies

Posted by Donna W. on July 31, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (or self-rising flour - just omit the baking soda, corn starch, and salt), measured correctly
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, loosely packed (dark brown sugar is fine, too)
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips or chocolate chunks


  • Step 1 - Toss together flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Step 2 - In another bowl, whisk together butter and all sugar to remove all lumps. Whisk in eggs, then vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients and mix. Fold in chocolate chips or chunks. Optional - cover and chill for at least 2 hours to 3 days.
  • Step 3 - Remove and let set at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • Step 4 - Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line baking pan with parchment paper or baking mat and set aside.
  • Step 5 - Roll the dough into balls, taller rather than wide and place on baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes.