Friday, June 29, 2012

Caprese Chicken

(recipe and picture from Add a Pinch)
I made this last night. My family RAVED about it. I think once tomatoes are fresh and in season it would be even better. I planned on making my own mozzarella to go on it but ran out of time. I will let you know when that happens (now I FINALLY found all the ingredients!). The only thing different is I marinated the chicken in a balsamic marinade first to bump up the flavor. I also didn't add butter to the balsamic reduction. It doesn't need it. This was quick, easy, and very yummy! Head on over to Add a Pinch for the recipe!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Stacked Roasted Veggie Enchiladas

(Photo and recipe from Perry's Plate)
This little Pinterest yummy I saw just a couple days ago and couldn't wait to make. It has all my favorite tastes and flavors and was really lovely looking. One of my favorite foods is enchiladas. Combine that with roasted veg and you are good to go! I made my corn tortillas using this tortilla recipe. With the homemade tortillas this was quite the labor intensive dish. I think next time I will use store bought. Otherwise I pretty much followed the recipe. It was really really good. We will for sure do it again! Get the full recipe here at Perry's Plate!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Crispy Bean Tacos

(picture and recipe from
Last night I was in one of those panic modes where my ground beef wasn't fully defrosted for the Red Fez Burgers I was planning on making for dinner. I needed something else QUICK! My friend had sent this recipe to me months ago and I thought it was just what I needed. I pulled it off in under 15 minutes and everyone raved about it. I did do quite a few substitutions so let me list them. I didn't have feta cheese so I subbed Cotija which I feel is similar...just a little milder. I did have the coleslaw mix in my fridge and I doubled the slaw portions of the recipe (and we ate it was yummy). I didn't have black beans but I had canned my own pintos a couple months ago so I used those. I also added a bit more cumin then called for. They have you fry the tacos in 3 tsp evoo until crisp. I worried first of all the 3 tsp would be soaked up on the first batch and so I would have to add more. I decided just to pan spray the tortillas pretty good. They were crisp and delicious! This is for sure a keeper! Find the recipe HERE!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sugar free (or low sugar) Apple Butter

A couple years ago I got a book off Amazon called Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it. It is a book of cooking projects like making cheese, bacon, jams, etc. I am on a real kick to make anything I possibly can from scratch so this book has been fun for me. My kiddos got through all the jam I made last year so as soon as I could get some berries at a decent price I got right on it.
My favorite strawberry jam recipe has a little butter in it. That takes care of the foam. I have recently read about the scariness of canning butter so I left it out. Now I have all that darn foam on top. Not very pretty. Any ideas to prevent that that doesn't involve butter?!?!? Anyway, I made 2 kinds of strawberry jam. One kind you replace the lemon with balsamic vinegar. The other kind you add a little vanilla. My family LOVED both kinds and they will go into the rotation.
Now back to the book. I wanted some jam for the sugar free Mama too. There is a recipe in there for apple butter. I have made a lot of apple butter in my days but this one has you ROAST the apples. ANYTHING tastes better roasted so it had my attention. Even better the recipe only called for 1/3 cup brown sugar for the whole darn batch. That was still too much sugar for me so I switched it out for Stevia (after the jam had COMPLETELY cooled....cooked stevia=yuck). It is GREAT. Keaton prefers it. Lee loves it. It is a winner. So, here you go...try it out. If you want some more "cooking projects" head on over to Amazon and get the book!

Roasted Apple Butter
8 pounds sweet apples
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup golden brown sugar (or add same amount of (measures like sugar style) stevia)
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cardamom (I didn't have this so I left it out)

preheat oven to 350
Peel, quarter, and core apples and put on 2 pan sprayed cookie sheets in a single layer. Cook for 2 hours until brown and fragrant (switching and turning 2 sheets at one hour). Puree in blender or food processor for 4 minutes. Add rest of the ingredients (except stevia if using that) then puree for 2 or 3 minutes more until all spices are incorporated and it is pudding like. If using stevia add after completely cool. This will store in a glass jar in your fridge for up to a month.