Saturday, March 10, 2012

Butter Dips

Not good for you, but they taste so good!

Melt 1/3 cup butter in 13 X 9 inch pan in the oven.

Mix 1 1/4 C flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 3/4 teaspoon baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Add 1/2 cup milk. Stir together to make a sticky dough.

Flour your counter or cutting board and roll out the dough to about 1/2" thick. Cut the dough into strips (like breadsticks). Dip each strip in the melted butter in the pan so it's completely coated, then lay it in the butter pan. The strips should all crowd up against each other and fill the whole pan. You can season the tops with butter, parmesan cheese or other seasonings if you like. Or they taste great without any additional seasonings, too.

Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Peanut Butter Chicken

Prepare your chicken any way you want - bake, shred, saute... I usually just use leftovers. Tonight I plan on chopping up some chicken nuggets. So seriously, any chicken works. Or pork, or beef. Or just serve the sauce over rice or noodles without meat.

Make the sauce and toss it with the chicken. Serve it over buttered rice.

SAUCE
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter, softened
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (less if for kids so it's not too spicy)
  • salt to taste
Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. If needed, microwave peanut butter for a few seconds first to soften it for easier whisking.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

Super easy recipe. I managed to make it while not exceeding my allowance of minutes to be up and around the house today (while on bed rest).

- 2-3 acorn squash (I'm sure it would work with other types of squash as well)
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 cups water
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- salt to taste
- bacon, chicken, or some other meat (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Lightly spray a cooking sheet with cooking spray and place squash on sheet cut-side down. Roast in oven for 45 minutes (until soft all the way through). Scoop roasted squash from the peel into a bowl or saucepan.

Saute chopped onions in butter, then add to squash. Add water, cream of chicken soup, and cream cheese. Puree mixture with an immersion blender. (If you don't have an immersion blender, you could leave out the water and puree in a food processor. Then add the water afterwards.)

Put meat in crockpot and add squash puree. (I used some diced pork I had in the freezer, but I think any meat would work.) Add seasonings. Cook on low for 4 hours.

You could easily skip the crockpot and just make this in a saucepan - I just used the crockpot to spread out the preparation steps and cooking time and make it easier on myself.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Banana Muffin Mix

Well, I'm not on bed rest, but the doctor tells me to 'take it really, really easy'.  So I have been doing things to help me be able to fulfill this assignment from the doc.  One thing I have started doing that has been a huge help and time-saver has been to make mixes for the normal baked goods we have.  (Just so you know, I either put them together sitting at the table or have someone who is here to help put them together.)

For the mixes, I just take the dry ingredients, combine them and then put them in a tupperware (or you could use a ziplock bag).  I keep each container with the dry ingredients for one batch of the item, so I just dump the dry ingredients into a bowl, mix in the wet ingredients and put it in the oven.  It sure beats pulling out all the dry ingredients and measuring them out.  And it is easy to make multiple mixes all at the same time, and then have some variety for the month!  Last time I did this, I got two each of 5 different recipes put together in an hour.

I love this Banana Muffin recipe Aubony submitted a while ago.  Normally I think of Banana Bread as so sweet, I don't really like it.  This recipe has much less sugar and tastes great!  I made up a recipe for a mix where I 'healthified' it a little more.


Mix together in a tupperware or bag:
1 c all-purpose flour
3/4 c whole wheat flour
1/3 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp powdered milk (the kind from the cannery)
When ready to make, pour dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and add:
1 beaten egg
1/2 c water
1/4 c oil
3/4 c mashed banana
Grease 12 muffin cups.  Combine wet ingredients.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Add mashed bananas.  Spoon into muffin cups.  Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kitchen Sink Chicken Curry Soup

Step 1: Make the broth

Saute 1 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 small onion, and 1/4 tsp ground ginger in a little oil.
Add 8 oz. tomato sauce
Add 32 oz. chicken broth
Stir in 2 tbsp curry powder, 1 tbsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Step 2: Add chicken and veggies

This is the kitchen sink portion of the recipe. Add cooked shredded chicken, then just add whatever veggies you have on hand. I'm pretty sure this is what they do at the restaurant, too, because when I've eaten it there, the veggies are a little different each time. You could add corn, carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, potatoes... seriously, whatever you want. I also added a can of white beans last night, because I had them and they seemed like they would work. Lentils would also work fine.

There should be enough chicken and veggies so that there is just a thin (maybe an inch?) layer of broth over the top of all the rest of the ingredients. If you have more veggies than broth, you could add a bit of water until the broth just covers the rest of the ingredients.

Step 3: Finish it off

Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until all of your veggies are cooked. Adjust the seasonings a little if needed, then serve and enjoy!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Death by Chocolate Cake

Recipe contributed by Aubony O.

Mix:
1 c sour cream
4 eggs
1/2 c oil
1/2 c water

Add:

1 small choclate instant pudding
1 choclate cake mix
6 oz choclate chips

Put in a bundt cake pan at 350 for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cool.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Cheesy Tomato Basil Pasta

8 ounces dried macaroni or corkscrew pasta
1 pound ground beef
1 jar (16 oz) Ragu Tomato Basil pasta sauce
4 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces sour cream
2 tbsp milk
6 green onions
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1- Cook pasta and drain.
2- In large skillet, brown ground beef and drain off fat.
3- Add Ragu sauce and pasta to ground beef.
4- In a small bowl, combine sour cream, chopped green onions, cream cheese, and milk.
5- Preheat oven to 350.
6- Grease a 2-quart baking dish.
7- Put half of pasta mixture on the bottom of the dish.
8- Spread cream cheese mixture over pasta.
9- Top with the other half of the pasta mixture.
10- Add mozzarella cheese.
11- Cover and bake for 15 minutes.
12- Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes (until cheese is melted and bubbly).

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