When I arrived at Maria’s house we visited for a while and I made the mistake of opening her pantry. You know you’re good friends when you can just open someone’s pantry and help yourself. OH MY GOSH… check out all this food. Unfortunately I sampled many things from Maria’s pantry, with her blessing, of course. I cannot have this much food in my house. I would eat it all in one weekend.
Since Maria invited me to stay with her and her family, one night I purchased groceries and made dinner. Maria and I both have the Hungry Girl cookbooks but we don’t always have time to make the recipes. I figured staying with Maria would be the perfect opportunity to try a few Hungry Girl recipes.
I made the Turkey Bacon-Bundled BBQ Shrimp, Miracle Mashies (mashed cauliflower & potatoes), and Caramel Apple Tartlets for Dessert. The recipes were from Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200 . I also whipped up a side dish of zucchini. Considering its health food, it was really good. I wish I could eat at home more often. It’s so nice to have control of what’s going into the food.
Turkey Bacon-Bundled BBQ Shrimp
Caramel Apple Tartlets with Fat Free Cool Whip
The recipe for Turkey Bacon Wrapped Shrimp called for a few tablespoons of ketchup. When I was purchasing the groceries I figured Maria had ketchup. When I started cooking, Maria told me they didn’t have ketchup but she had ketchup packets. She opened a drawer in the refrigerator and it was full of fast food packets. We started digging for ketchup. When we found a ketchup packet among the Arby’s sauce, Taco Bell sauce, BBQ sauce, Honey Mustard, and Ranch, we’d get super excited and cheer. It was funny!
I asked Maria where her dry measuring cups were located. She gave me a liquid measuring cup and told me she didn’t have dry measuring cups. I love Maria, she cracks me up. She doesn’t cook or bake often so her kitchen is missing the oh-so-essential dry measuring cups. Before I left town, I bought her a “thank you” gift for letting me stay at her home. Guess what I got her?