quick & easy buttermilk hamburger buns

Do you ever get hamburgers, or barbecue dinner almost ready and then realize you have no buns in the house, or any bread at all, for that matter?

No?  It’s just me?  Well then…  just in case that ever does happen to you, now you know what to do.

Whip up these super easy, quick and delicious hamburger buns in under an hour and save yourself a trip to the store!

quick and easy homemade buttermilk hamburger buns | sweet anna's

(If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, don’t worry…  you can use regular milk, or even water in a pinch!)

And someone please tell me that I am not the only one who forgets such simple stuff (as getting bread?!)  :o)

[Read more...]

sesame garlic asparagus

Spring is here, and that means fresh asparagus is staring at us around every grocery store corner.  Calling our names and taunting us with its cute little head and bright, springy color.

Don’t fight it.  It’s a lost battle.

Sesame Garlic Asparagus | Sweet Anna's

If you’ve got a fridge full like I do, make this tonight…  you will be so happy you did!!

If you don’t have a fridge full… don’t worry.  I’m sure there will be plenty calling your name at the grocery store tomorrow when you go shop for your Easter dinner groceries (hint, hint)!

[Read more...]

perfect microwaved ‘baked’ sweet potato

You guys!!  I can’t even handle how excited I am about this sweet potato!

Perfect Microwaved 'Baked' Sweet Potato | Sweet Anna's

I know, I know…  it’s just a sweet potato.  What’s the big deal, right?

Well, here’s the big deal.

I am not a huge sweet potato fan!

Ok, so I adore my microwave sweet potato chips and that’s usually the extent of my homemade sweet potatoing.

I will also rarely say no to a plate of crispy sweet potato fries with ranch to dip them in, and I do enjoy them in a sweet & spicy curry (like this Sweet Potato Coconut Chicken Curry!) but beyond that, they just sit in my cupboard in their giant Costco bag until they slowly get chipped up or tossed away eventually.

Today, I decided to try a microwaved ‘baked’ sweet potato.  I wasn’t expecting much, but a quick filling lunch that was ‘tolerable’.  What I got was pure bliss! 

A sweet, creamy, spicy, flavorful, low-fat, gluten-free and protein-packed lunch that was so good, I was sad when it was over.

[Read more...]

healthy, crockpot mexican-style chicken & quinoa

Creamy, flavorful, mexican-style chicken, quinoa & black beans…  made in the slow cooker.

How’s that for a perfect, easy & healthy winter meal?

Crockpot Mexican-Style Chicken & Quinoa with Black Beans | Sweet Anna's

If, like me and almost everyone else in the world, you are trying to eat a bit healthier this year…  you’ll want to give this easy crockpot meal a try.

[Read more...]

pasta with mushroom & rosemary meat sauce

It’s no secret that I love Fall.  Every single thing about it actually.

I love crisp, cool days with scarves, boots and jackets.  I love warm, cozy soups and stews.  I love candles and early darkness and alltheholidays.  I just love it.

In my world, pasta and Fall go hand in hand.  Especially, hearty, meaty, cozy pastas that fill your belly and warm you to the toes.

The kind you top with lots of yummy cheese and sop up with crusty, garlicky bread.  The kind you go to bed dreaming about and can’t wait to reheat for lunch the next day.

The kind that makes you love Fall too…  even if you don’t.

This is one of those pastas.

pasta with mushroom and rosemary meat sauce | Sweet Anna's

Rosemary and mushrooms are a perfect pairing.  The piney, woodsy rosemary and the hearty, flavorful mushrooms fill the senses with all sorts of good things.

And a little kick of heat in the background is never a bad thing!

We like this sauce over short noodles, like penne or rotini, but please use your favorite.

Just make sure you light a candle and pour yourself a little glass of wine to go with this dish.  Everything tastes better by candlelight.

And you know what?  You deserve it.

pasta with mushroom & rosemary meat sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 pound mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 large jar or can (24-28oz) crushed tomatoes
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

Directions

In a large saucepan or dutch oven, brown the meat, drain it and set aside.

In the same pan, in the little olive oil, sauté the onions and carrot over medium-high heat until soft and just barely golden, around 5-10 minutes. Toss in the mushrooms and sauté until they are starting to brown.

Stir in the garlic and rosemary and sauté for about 30 seconds, just until the garlic is very fragrant.

Stir in the meat, tomatoes, salt & pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes if using. Bring to a boil, taste for seasoning (adjust as necessary - more salt? more rosemary? more spice??), reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes, or as long as you have.

This is a great sauce to dump into the slow cooker for dinner. Or to freeze and reheat another day for an easy meal!

Serve over your favorite noodles with plenty of freshly grated parmesan cheese on top if you'd like and a bit more chopped fresh rosemary if you have it.

http://sweetannas.com/2013/11/pasta-with-mushroom-rosemary-meat-sauce.html