Thursday, December 31, 2009
My brother asked for a recipe for Spanish Rice so I figured I would kill two birds with one stone. We got this recipe from Cathy years ago. Cathy was my Sunday School teacher many times growing up. I also babysat her 6 kids quite often. She died from cancer a while ago. I love to make this because while I make it I can think of how kind and good she always was to me. Don't you love recipes like that? It is that kind of Spanish rice that tastes like the kind you get in a restaurant. It really will become your favorite.
Restaurant Style Spanish Rice
2 Tbsp oil
1 cup rice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup FINELY diced onion
2 c chicken broth
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 tsp salt
Heat oil, add rice and stir till kinda brown. Add garlic, onions and salt and cook until the rice is golden brown and the onions translucent. Stir in broth and sauce. Boil for 4 minutes. Turn to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Go ahead on over to Lisa's site and check it out. To get this recipe click here. Thanks LISA!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
To make the BBQ pulled chicken (there are additional ingredients in caps in the directions):
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp pepper
Rub on 1 lb boneless skinless CHICKEN breasts (I cut up the breasts I had because they were huge and I wanted more surface area for the rub).
Cook 2 minutes on each side with 2 tsp OLIVE OIL. Remove from pan.
Add 1 cup thin sliced ONION to the pan, cook until tender stirring constantly. Add 1 cup CHICKEN BROTH and put chicken back in. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Take chicken out and shred with 2 forks. Return to pan one more time and bring liquid to a boil. Let simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in 1 Tbsp BALSAMIC VINEGAR. Super quick, super yummy.
Now for those sweet potato fries. I need to tell you my 4 year old was a jerk the day I made this dinner. Sometimes we just have those days. He LOVED these sweet potato fries. After dinner he was back to his nice self. I asked him what changed...he said, "Mom if you make good dinner like that I will ALWAYS be nice." Now I am not promising it will work for your kids but...worth a try?
Sweet Potato Fries
Preheat oven to 425. Peel and cut up your sweet potato. Put in a gallon ziptop bag with a BIT of Olive oil (I went really easy on it, maybe a TBSP for the whole gallon bag). Add salt, garlic and cinnamon (YES, cinnamon). I used a bit more salt then garlic or cinnamon. Put on a baking sheet. Cook for about 15 minutes on one side then flip. Cook another 10 minutes or until tender. These are the best we have ever had!
One more thing. I needed to include this picture we took the other night of my 9 mos old daughter. We have been really blessed with kids that are not picky eaters. I would like to say it is because we NEVER cater to pickiness but I am smarter then that and I know some kids are just more picky then others. Savannah decided the other night it was time to try some steamed spinach off my plate. I thought this was pretty funny :)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Whenever boneless skinless chicken is on sale I stock up. It is good to generally have on hand. I use part of it to grill but most of it I make chicken shreds with it to keep in the freezer.
To make your shreds take your chicken and put it in the crock pot. Seriously...that is it. I have had e-mail after e-mail asking if you salt it, put water in...etc. Nope, nopey, nope. You can add seasoning in your recipe. As for the water chicken has so much in it you don't need to add any. If you are worried throw 1/2-1 cup water in the bottom. It really won't matter. Let it cook on low for about 8 hours. You will know it is done when it shreds easily with a fork. I have bought some tough tough birds in my time. If you cook it long enough they all shred.
Once it is done and you have a mound of shredded chicken let it cool for a moment. I then bag it up (I use plain old ziploc sandwich bags. We use them fast enough I don't worry about freezer bags). Don't pack your bags too full. About a cup is all you need for most recipes.
Once you have these in your freezer the possibilities are endless for getting dinner on the table in a hurry. Enchiladas, chicken soup, chicken and dumplings, tacos, wraps, panini's, casseroles...all are made easier by having your chicken pre-done. My favorite is that I don't need to worry about defrosting. I can throw it in a soup frozen or defrost it in a minute in the microwave.
Try it...it just might be an answer for you too!
***Please note: I have heard you can throw your chicken in the crockpot frozen. I am always a little nervous about getting sick from chicken. I once heard it wasn't a wise idea and have pretty much stuck with that.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I was thumbing through this book this morning and found a recipe for a dutch baby. I have never made one so I thought it would be a nice Sunday morning breakfast (the rest of the week I have a protein shake and toast).
This recipe calls for pears. I did not have pears (although I think they would have been great) so I did apples and added some cinnamon. The only thing I think I would change was I would have done one more apple. The thing I really loved was it didn't raise my blood sugar too high. It doesn't have much sugar for being pancake like and the three eggs give it a lot of protein. It was easy and yum, click here to check it out.
Friday, November 6, 2009
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp ground mustard
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garlic powder
Mix it all up...easy.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Angie's Pie Crust
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil
2 Tbsp milk
Put all those ingredients right in your pie plate (no need to pre-grease). Mix them up with a fork. Prick the bottom and sides. If using a non-bake filling bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes.
If using it for a baked pie/quiche bake as directed in the recipe.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
2 boneless skinless breasts (you will end up with 4 servings)
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
3/4 cup Romano (you could actually use Parmesan as the name suggests but I am partial to Romano)
1 tsp salt (you could use less or none and salt to taste after)
Slice the chicken in 1/2 (to reduce the thickness by 1/2) then pound in a gallon Ziploc bag with a meat mallet, rolling pin, whatever you have. You are trying to go for about 1/2 inch.
Beat egg slightly in a bowl. In another bowl add the Romano, crumbs and salt. Get a frying pan ready with a Tbsp butter melted. Dip the chicken in the egg coating both sides, then dip in crumbs coating both sides. Lay in the fry pan. Fry about 3 minutes both sides until golden brown. If your chicken is thin enough they should be cooked completely. To keep warm put in a pan in the oven while you cook the others.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
1 small onion
1 small can light cream of whatever you like soup
2 c cooked rice
2 T soy sauce
1 pound sliced mushrooms
1 cup carrots (I pre-cook these until they are almost done)
1 lb ground hamburger (I am sure you could use chicken)
2 T br. sugar
1 T margarine, butter, smart balance, whatever
Cut off top of medium pumpkin and scoop out all the seeds, draw a face on it. Saute onions and margarine in a skillet. Add meat till brown, drain off grease or rinse to get even more off. Add remaining ingredients (except rice) and simmer 10 minutes. Add cooked rice cook another couple minutes. Pour in pumpkin. Replace lid. Put on a baking sheet in 350 oven for 1 hour. The pumpkin should be tender. You can eat the pumpkin as a veggie along with the casserole. Your kids will LOVE it!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I have decided that I love pineapple the most out of each and every fruit out there. I craved it like mad with my last pregnancy and am still loving it after. I think it has magical powers to replace the taste of fat in recipes. Does that make sense at all? A week or so ago I did a search for a good zucchini bread recipe and found one on Prudence Pennywise' blog- http://prudencepennywise.blogspot.com/search?q=zucchini+bread I used Whole Wheat flour and followed the recipe almost exactly. My only change was that I added a handful of chocolate chips and I replaced half of the 1/3 cup of oil (already amazingly small amount for 2 loaves), with white bean puree. It was so incredible. My family ate and ate and ate and ate. I made it late one night and it was gone by mid morning the next day, 2 loaves!!! Here are some pictures I snapped before they were gobbled up!
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 (20 ounce) can chunk pineapple
about 2/3 cup buttermilk (I used powdered)
1 and 1/2 cups sugar (I used brown)
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-3 cups unpeeled shredded zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, if desired
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda, powder, salt and cinnamon. In a 1 cup measuring cup, drain , the juice from the pineapple. Add as much buttermilk as you need to make 1 cup of liquid. Pour into large mixing bowl. Add sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in dry ingredients being careful to not over mix. Add the remainder. Pour into two greased 9 by 5 inch loaf pans and bake for 45-50 minutes. Cool for ten minutes and remove from pans.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Angel Hair Shrimp Pasta (you notice I only had thin spaghetti...whatever)
Start your pasta, this whole thing moves pretty fast.
Heat a large skillet coated with cooking spray. Add:
2 cups chopped plum tomato
1 1/2 cups chopped green onion
1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
2 tsp dry dill (yes dill, odd but great)
2 cloves garlic minced (they say one I do 2 or 3)
Cook 4 minutes or until heated. Add 1 pound shrimp. I do the medium already peeled, cooked ones (Wal-mart always has them for about 5 bucks). Heat through. Combine pasta, sauce, and 1 cup of feta cheese (important). Delish!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
7 cups rolled oatmeal/ no instant (I use 1/2 cup wheat germ and 6 1/2 cups oatmeal)
1. Mix honey, oil, and brown sugar in a saucepan
2. Bring to a boil
3. Mix in cinnamon and vanilla
4. Pour over oats and mix up till coated
5. Spread on a 9x13 silpat lined pan (my first batch stuck horribly so I put the second on silpat)
6. Put in 375 oven for 10 minutes.
7. Take out and stir.
8. Turn oven off and put pan back in.
9. Go to sleep...wake up to a wonderful smelling house and breakfast ready.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
White Chicken Chili
1 med onion chopped (I pre-chop my onions and freeze them in 1/2 cup bags)
1tsp garlic powder (or 2 fresh cloves)
1 1/2 cup shredded or cubed cooked chicken (I will give you my take on this later in the week)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 15 oz cans White beans (I cooked a bag of dried beans and froze them in 1 cup bags (I used 2 bags)
1 14 oz can chicken broth
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1 cup sour cream (I use light)
1 cup whipping cream (I never put this in but I do add a bit more broth)
Saute onion and garlic till clear. Add everything else except sour cream or whip cream. Bring to a boil simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat stir in sour cream and milk (I just mix a little sour cream in each bowl. It also cools it off a bit).
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Cook a pork loin, picnic pork, boneless pork ribs (about 3 pounds)...whatever you can get cheap in the crock pot for 8 hours on low. Shred and add 1/2 cup brown sugar and small can of enchilada sauce (you can use my recipe for homemade enchilada sauce if you want extra credit but then you loose the quickness :). Use for burritos, tacos, nachos, enchiladas, taco salad, whatever. This also freezes well for a quick second dinner.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Nonstop, no-chop chili
3/4 pound ground round browned (I always have some hamburger pre-browned then rinsed (to get the extra fat off) in my freezer, great time saver)
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups frozen corn (have you tried the Costco frozen corn....WOW)
1 cup bottled salsa
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp sugar
2 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1 can chili beans undrained
1 can diced no salt added tomatoes, undrained (I used a ziploc sandwich bag full off peeled diced fresh tomatoes I froze from our garden)
* I also added a cup of zucchini I shredded and froze from our garden for some extra veggies (it disappears...no one will know)
Anyway...add it all to a pot and let it simmer until you are ready to go. How easy is that? I also have put it in the crock pot to let it simmer all day! Check back tomorrow!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Popcorn is the ultimate diet food. It is high in fiber and low in fat (depending on how you prepare it) Here are a few ideas for "healthy" popcorn snacking.
Chocolate popcorn- melt chocolate chips slowly in the microwave, 10-15 seconds between stirring. drizzle over plain popcorn spread out on aluminum foil. I personally like dark chocolate so I use the bittersweet choc chips. I also added a few chopped almonds. You can use any kind, just add up the calories and watch them extend their "filling" power by drizzling over your popcorn.
BBQ popcorn-Like BBQ chips? Purchase some bbq seasoning at your supermarket (got mine in a big shaker at sams club). Spread out your popcorn on foil again, spray with pan spray lightly to help the seasoning stick and wa-la. BBQ snack that you can munch on practically guilt free.
Let your imagination fly with more ideas....cinnamon, veggie seasoning etc.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Can I tell you about my guilty pleasure? I LOVE MC D's sausage egg mcmuffin. When I saw Rachel Ray doing Chicken sausage sandwiches I thought I would have to try it on Sunday and see how it goes. We loved them. I made a triple batch of the sausage and then froze them flat so we can have them on another Sunday for a quicker breakfast. With the chicken breast sausage and egg beaters it is much lighter then Mc D's I am sure. Keaton and I didn't have cheese, but you can. My second batch of sausage I grilled a little longer. That is what is on the plate next to it.
Breakfast Chicken Sausage
-1 pound ground chicken breast (I took a whole chicken breast and took it for a spin in my food processor (Associated has boneless skinless for $1.57 a pound so it was a much better deal))
-1 small Macintosh apple peeled and finely chopped (I used a green apple stolen off the limb of my neighbors tree hanging in my yard :)
-1/4 cup maple syrup (I am WAY too poor to afford maple syrup....I used maple flavor pancake syrup)
-1 TBSP grill seasoning blend (I used Montreal...it had a bit of a bite to it, Keaton the 3 year old was fine but if your kids are picky you might want to cut it back just a bit)
-1 tsp Poultry Seasoning (seriously I have had this in my cupboard FOREVER and have never used it...yahoo I finally had a use for it)
-1/2 tsp Cinnamon
-1/4 tsp nutmeg
Combine all with your hands (I know sick make your husband do it). Patty it out into 4 patties (this was her thing, I would do them thinner next time. I still got way more out of it then her).
Cook 5 minutes on each side (I used my new indoor Food Network grill). Put on a buttered toasted English muffin with a scrambled egg, and cheese if desired (Lee melted his cheese and it was much better). Hope you like it, be sure to leave a comment if you make it (or think about making it :).
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Put in a pot on medium heat for 7-8 minutes until creamy and tender:
1 cup of oatmeal (I used old fashioned rolled)
2 cups unsweetened apple juice
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter
blueberries (I used frozen)
It is fun for kids to pick out which healthy toppings they like. Keaton picked them all...me too :)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
4 eggs beaten
1 quart low fat buttermilk
2 cups water
4 cups whole bran cereal (all-bran)
let sit 5 min
2 cups 40% bran flakes (I buy the cheap wal-mart bran flakes)
1 Tbsp salt
5 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour
2 cups whole wheat flour (if you want to do all whole wheat only do about 4 3/4 total since wheat is "thirstier")
You can add raisins right before cooking although I usually don't.
15 to 20 minutes 400 degrees (mine always take the 20).
This recipe makes 60.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
1 head of cauliflower
3T olive oil (I used less)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (remember I always use Romano....more flavor)
1/2 cup Gruyere cheese (I have never bought this...too cheap...I have used more Romano, mozzarella, cheddar, or nothing....all good)
Heat the oven to 400. Cut up Cauliflower florets and lay on baking sheet. Toss with Olive Oil and plenty of salt and pepper. Cook them 30 minutes tossing again about 1/2 way through to keep from burning. After the 30 minutes top with cheese and put back in 2 minutes for the cheese to melt. YUMMY!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
makes 2 loaves the size I have in the pic
4 cups bread flour
2 tsp active quick rising dry yeast
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
1. Put 1/4 cup of bread flour on your clean counter top and reserve. Place remaining 3 3/4 cups bread flour in your mixer bowl. Spoon the yeast on one side of the bowl, and the salt on the other side. Pour in the warm water and with your regular mixer paddle, mix on low speed until the dough comes together in a mass. Switch to the dough hook. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Dough should clear the sides but stick to the bottom. If it is too sticky, add 1 T of flour at a time. If too dry, add 1 T of water to dough to adjust. After 2 minutes, let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
Secret #2: Pinch! When you form the dough into a loaf (see photo below) pinch all ends tightly to create a seal. Basically, you are creating surface tension so that the gas from the yeast (or as Alton Brown describes “When the yeast burps”) the dough expands up and out evenly. If I don’t create this surface tension, the dough in the oven will just go “blah” like Al Bundy on the couch. Something called gravity makes the dough expand down and flat.
Secret #3: Use a pizza stone, cast iron dutch oven or my favorite Pampered Chef Covered Baker. Just make sure that your loaf will fit into the vessel. Stone or cast iron retains heat and radiates the heat of the oven evenly. If you don’t have one, don’t worry, just use a good quality, thick baking sheet inverted.
Secret #4: Steam = thin, crunchy, beautiful crust. In the No Knead recipe, there is a high proportion of water to flour. Because the NK dough rests for multiple hours, lots of water in the recipe works. In this 3 hour french bread recipe, you can’t do that. To make steam (a.k.a. crust) – you have to do one of 2 things, depending on the baking vessel. -> Pizza stone or baking sheet: Once you put the bread in the oven, throw 1/2 cup of water on the oven floor (electric oven) and immediately close the door. No, it won’t harm the oven. Its a technique that professional bakers recommend for home ovens (professional ovens have a built in steamers). Once the water hits the hot oven floor, it creates steam, which creates the crust. -> Covered baker or dutch oven: You’ll need less water – about 1/4 cup. Once you put the loaf into the very hot pot, throw in the water and over the lid immediately. Put the pot directly in the oven. Because you’ve pre-heated the oven AND the pot for 1 hour, the trapped water in the pot will create steam. If you are shy about throwing water in, grab a pie pan or loaf pan, preheat it along with whatever you are baking on, and throw the water in that instead of the oven floor. Basically, cold water in hot pan + hot oven = steam. I have an electric oven (heating element is on the top of oven). Some bakers throw ice cubes in, but I prefer water.
Secret #5: Timing and temperature:
Have an instant read thermometer. The internal temperature of the bread should be 190-210F.
All ovens are different and I’m sure our loaves will be different shapes.
The timing in the recipe below is just a guide for you – this is what works in my oven and how I shape my loaves.
Please make sure that you check the internal temp of your bread to gauge doneness.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The dense base layer is like a rich, fudgy brownie, so don't overcook it or the dessert bars will be dry. Refrigerating the mint bars allows the chocolaty top layer to set properly. You can make the dessert up to one day ahead. For a more grown-up taste, you can also use dark chocolate chips for some or all of the semisweet chocolate chips in the glaze. Also, remember these were "lightened" by 1/2 from the original but they are by no means calorie or fat free :)
Ingredients Bottom layer:
1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, beaten
1 (16-ounce) can chocolate syrup
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 drops green food coloring
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter
1 Preheat oven to 350°.
2.To prepare bottom layer, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and salt; stir with a whisk. Combine granulated sugar, egg substitute, 1/4 cup melted butter, 2 tablespoons water, vanilla, eggs, and chocolate syrup in a medium bowl; stir until smooth. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture, stirring until blended. Pour batter into a 13 x 9–inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack
.3.To prepare mint layer, combine powdered sugar, 1/4 cup melted butter, and next 3 ingredients (through food coloring) in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer until smooth. Spread mint mixture over cooled cake.
4.To prepare the glaze, combine the chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until melted, stirring after 30 seconds. Let stand 2 minutes. Spread chocolate mixture evenly over top. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into 20 pieces.
Yield20 servings (serving size: 1 piece)Nutritional InformationCALORIES 264(30% from fat); FAT 8.7g (sat 5.2g,mono 2.5g,poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 2.8g; CHOLESTEROL 38mg; CALCIUM 12mg; SODIUM 139mg; FIBER 0.5g; IRON 0.9mg; CARBOHYDRATE 45gMegan Patterson ,Cooking Light, MARCH 2008
Monday, August 17, 2009
Let’s talk about the pot. So, you know you’re going to put the pot into a very very hot oven. Make sure that the pot can withstand 450F. Generally, if the pot is cheap, flimsy, has plastic handles and a remnant from your poor college days, it’s probably not going to be safe to use in that hot of an oven. Use a 5-qt or larger cast iron, ceramic, Pyrex, stainless steel or enamel pot.
Just check your pot collection – look for large, heavy, no plastic.
Round, oblong –does not matter. Should be at least 4″ tall. I use my Le Creuset emameled cast-iron. Yes, my cover has a thick plastic knob – but I did call Le Creuset’s customer service and they said while their literature says safe to 400F, it is still fine at 450F. Now, I don’t know whether the gal who talked with me really had the authority to tell me such a thing….but after over 30 loaves, my pot is still unblemished. After pre-heating, remove the hot pot from oven. Now plop this wobbly dough into the hot pot. Doesn’t matter how it lands – actually, the messier it lands, the more “rustic” it looks. Shake pot a bit to even out the dough.
secret: if you aren’t using a well-seasoned cast iron pan, you can put a piece of parchment paper in the pot first so that the No Knead Bread won’t stick to the bottom."
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 4 mini-loaf pans.
In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini. Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Gently fold in the blueberries. Transfer to the prepared mini-loaf pans. Lightly sprinkle the tops with sugar.
Bake 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes in pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
1Tbsp minced onion
1lb eggplant peeled and sliced (1/2 " slices)/ OR ZUCCHINI
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1/3 grated Parmesan cheese (I never use Parm, I buy a big block of Romano at Costco and use it for months. It has so much more flavor so you use less and taste it more)
1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
Vegetable cooking spray
-mix mayo and onion
-mix bread crumbs, cheese, and Seasoning
-dredge in mayo mix then in crumbs
-put on silpat, or sprayed pan
Cook at 425 for 12 minutes, then turn and cook another 12 minutes.