Cooking With The Lewis Sisters

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, 2016

Top of the morning to ya!
We would like to wish all of you a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”
I have never been to Ireland, so the following is a short list of things I love about the Emerald Isle: the landscape is so green and beautiful, shamrocks and castles, the accents are amazing, and traditional Irish music is fantastic. Being a drummer and lover of classic rock I cannot forget the bands U2, Thin Lizzie and Van Morrison; some great music right there!
On a side note, I am friends with one of Ireland’s Paralympian sprinters; fastest Paralympian in the world, Jason Smyth. He is the nicest guy.
If you would like to learn more about him, visit his website: http://www.jasonsmyth.ie lets help him get to Rio 2016.

I hope you have a wonderful day!
The Lewissisters

 

The Five Like Challenge February 12, 2016

Normally, I do not write posts like this; however, I feel like this could be a recipe for your happiness.
Yesterday when my dad and I were driving home, we heard John Legend’s “All of me” which made my dad say: “That’s a great song.” I agreed and added Colbie Caillat’s empowering song “Try”. Both songs have wonderful messages.
As the day continued I began to think about the times I compare myself to others and how it makes me feel, disappointed and the list goes on.
I was still pondering this subject as I went to bed, when an inspired thought came to me. I thought: “When you start comparing yourself to others, you need to stop. Starting tomorrow every morning you should get up and say five things you like about yourself.” I do not know why such a simple concept has never crossed my mind until now. I suppose it is because I have never thought about it for an extended period of time.
This morning, I took The Five like Challenge  and it made me feel happier. I hope everyone who reads our blog will take this challenge and start reminding yourself how wonderful you are and the amazing things you can do.
I hope The Five like Challenge becomes a routine that we fit into our day. I also hope that it brings us more self-confidence and joy.

Good luck! Remember, you are amazing!
The Lewissisters

 

Pasta with Mixed Vegetables February 8, 2016

Filed under: Dinner,Gluten Free,Pastas — lewissisters @ 3:13 pm

Hey everyone!

Over the weekend, I was craving one of my favorite meals. Sometimes, I crave this meal because of its simplicity. This is a quick and easy recipe for a wonderful lunch or dinner. My mom used to make it for me when I was little; I love to eat it today.

The recipe is for Pasta with cheese and mixed vegetables. This is our own recipe. All you need is your favorite kind of pasta (spaghetti, penne, etc. You can use gluten free, regular or wheat noodles). Pick your favorite cheeses to top your pasta, along with your favorite mixed vegetables, and sauce if you want. I prefer my pasta without any sauce.

Over the weekend, I had gluten free penne topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. I did not have any vegetables; I did not take a picture either.

Give it a try!

 

Pasta and Mixed Vegetables –Gluten Free!

Quantities are up to you.

Pick your favorite pasta noodle (gluten free, regular or wheat)

Mixed vegetables, any kind.

Cheeses for topping pasta

Pasta sauce, optional

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Cook mixed vegetables according to package directions.
  3. Assemble cheeses for topping pasta
  4. Heat up Pasta sauce, if using
    1. Put pasta on a plate and top with mixed vegetables. Top pasta and mixed vegetables with your favorite cheeses; add sauce if desired. Serve hot.

 

Enjoy!

 

Kay’s Lasagna – Gluten Free November 2, 2015

Filed under: Dinner,Gluten Free,Make Ahead Meals,Pastas — lewissisters @ 1:10 am

Hi!
This month’s recipe is a family favorite! It comes from our family friend Kay; it is really simple to make. I thought this meal would be perfect for this time of year; fall is here and cold nights are coming.
This recipe will work with any kind of lasagna noodle you prefer: regular, wheat or gluten free. We have found gluten free lasagna noodles, but our grocery store only seems to carry them on rare occasions, so we have found a better alternative. Our favorite way to eat this dish is to cook an entire box of Gluten Free Penne and layer it as the lasagna noodles. It is easier to eat and the penne is always at our grocery store. We also like to add extra cheese.
My parents and I love gluten free pastas because we cannot taste the difference between gluten free vs. regular pasta. Our neighbor Heidi asked for the recipe after we took it to her; Heidi’s husband (who does not eat gluten free) loved this dish.
I hope you fall in love with this delicious meal. We love to serve big helpings of lasagna with salads topped with fruit or mixed vegetables. (Before I was gluten free we used to have garlic bread or sliced French bread topped with butter).
   
Kay’s Lasagna
1 pound ground beef
1 small jar spaghetti sauce
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 pint cottage cheese
10 long lasagna noodles cooked (1 box of gluten free penne)
            Brown ground beef in skillet. Add spaghetti sauce.
            In a casserole dish layer the ingredients:
½ Meat and sauce mixture
5 cooked noodles (half of the penne)
Cottage Cheese
Sprinkle cheddar and mozzarella cheese
5 cooked noodles (the remaining penne)
The rest of the meat sauce
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese
Bake covered at 350 for 30 minutes. (This recipe is great as leftovers! It is even better made the night before and left in the fridge.)

Enjoy!

 

Pasta Salad-Gluten Free and Pigs In A Blanket-Gluten free or not… August 9, 2015

Filed under: Gluten Free,Make Ahead Meals,Pastas,Side Dishes — lewissisters @ 4:33 am

Hi all,
My sister hosted my niece’s one year birthday party this month. The theme for the party was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (we love Disney in our family). Besides family and friends bringing presents for my niece and visiting while we ate, the food was a hit. The menu included: cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, fruit salad, vanilla and chocolate cupcakes frosted with vanilla icing with Oreos for Mickey Mouse ears on top, and the focus of this blog post gluten free pasta salad (which was amazing) and pigs in a blanket.
My sister had me over the morning of the party to prepare food. The pasta salad had been prepared the night before so I helped make the cupcake batters and the special banana cake with strawberry whipped cream frosting for my niece. I also helped make the pigs in a blanket.
The following recipes are super simple which will cut down on stress for any party you throw. Feel fre to add any veggies you want to the pasta salad to make it your own. In elementary school, I ate Pigs In A Blanket; I thought about that as I made the ones pictured below.
I must tell my sister: “You know how to put on a cute party, everyone loved it and the food was wonderful! Thanks for having me over, we always have a great time together.”
Love you sister, thanks for the recipes!

Party Pasta salad-Gluten Free

   
4 boxes Gluten Free pasta (for a large party of 20 or more), cooked.
1 large green pepper, chopped
3 meedium size cans pitted black olives, halved anyway you prefer.
1 and 2/3 bottles Italian dressing, (or your favorite salad dressing)
Any other veggies you like.
Mix the ingredients above and let them hang out in the fridge about six hours or overnight.
Just before serving, halve small tomatoes (however many you want) and toss everything together.
Serve and enjoy!!

Pigs in a Blanket-Regular or Gluten Free

  
 Gluten free: eat hotdogs without the bread coating. Do not forget your favorite condiments for dipping.
2 packages hot dogs cut into bite sized chunks
2 cans crescent rolled dough unfolded and cut into little triangles
Place cut roll triangles on wax paper and roll hot dogs in rolls, beginning with the small point.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet
Bake 375 degrees for about 14 minutes or until done.
Serve with ketchup, mustard or your favorite hotdog toppings.
Enjoy and happy party hosting!

 

Happy Father’s Day June 22, 2015

To all the men who read our blog, we would like to wish you a happy Father’s Day!
If you are a man reading our blog I would like to commend you. I would also like to remind you how valuable you are to your family, even if you are not a father.
Coming from a family of two girls we had a wonderful example in our father; he was always there for us and showed us what a man should be.
I understand society is trying to make men feel like they do not mean anything to a family; let me assure the men out there, you are a huge influence in a family, especially for your daughters and the young people of the world.
Men, I hope you never forget you can change someone’s life, just by being a good example. If you are a father, you are wonderful, being there for your children; you should be proud of the family you have. If you are not a father, be proud of the man you are. Think about the young people who watch you in your daily life and try to help them better themselves.
The Lord is proud of his sons, the men who dutifully step up and help others, even if they are not biological fathers.
I hope we all stop and thank our fathers, brothers, cousins, uncles, grandfathers and anyone else who has been a father figure in our lives.
Once again, happy Father’s Day guys, especially to our wonderful father. Thank you for being here for us.
The Lewissisters

 

Reflections May 19, 2015

Happy Third anniversary to the blog!
We would like to thank you for reading our blog and making our recipes. We are delighted to post such yummy food for you all.
A lot has happened since we started the blog.
My sister got married and had a baby.
I graduated from college and began serving a Church Service Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
May 19th is important to me, not just because of our blog’s birthday but this year marks the one year anniversary of my mission.
I thought I would explain what a mission is, for those who don’t know. A mission for our church is usually 18 months (for girls) or two years (for boys). Girls serve at 19 and boys at 18; you can also serve in your mid 20’s like me.
A regular mission is when you are called to give service to the Lord and those around you; the goal being that you become selfless like Jesus Christ. Missionaries live away from their families while they serve (out of state is usually thee occurrence), they abide by a schedule that includes prayer and scripture study, along with service to the people they live amongst.
A Church Service Mission is a little different. A CSM (Church Service Missionary) has the opportunity to live at home (if they choose). The mission can last for a few months or as long as the CSM wishes. The CSM gives service to the Lord but it can be on a Monday through Friday basis; depending on where they are serving.
From my own experience, serving as a CSM has been a life changing opportunity. I am able to serve the Lord and strengthen my Spirituality every day. I serve with some incredible people who have become dear friends. I have met some incredible blind people internationally; working on a project collecting oral Histories and records from blind Latter-Day Saints.
I know all missionaries feel the same. Serving the Lord is a great honor; this service provides us with life-changing experiences; helping us become better people and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I hope you do not mind my reflections above, but I felt they needed to be shared.
We thank our family for the support as we chart our life courses.
Come back in a few days… Our recipe for May is going to knock your socks off! It is loaded with chocolate and Gluten Free as always.
See you then!
The Lewissisters