Friday, February 27, 2009

Oh yummy chinese chicken...

This is really, really yummy. I will put a picture up next time I make it...

Simmered Chinese Chicken
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite size pieces) and browned in olive oil.
**the recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken thighs. So whatever you want to use would work**
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 TB catsup
1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 clove pressed garlic
1 green onion, sliced

Pour over browned chicken. Cover and simmer until done.

2 TB cornstarch with 1 TB water.

Remove chicken from skillet. Stir cornstarch mixture into sauce, stirring constantly until thickened.

Serve over rice and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds... IT'S SOOOO YUMMY!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Corn Salsa

I think I may be behind on the times, but I just tried this for the first time the other day at Deedra's house. I love salsa, but I don't always want to make a mess of my kitchen to make it fresh (the only way that is good). This recipe you don't have to chop anything except the cilantro, and tomatoes, if you don't want to use canned.

This recipe I took off of (from Good Things Utah), but the first time I just made it from what Deedra had told me and it was the same.

1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
1 can corn
handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup Zesty Italian dressing

Stir all together. Serve with Scoops tortilla chips.

Deedra had doubled this and had added two different kinds of beans and two different kinds of corn. I thought that was a good idea. Today I tried 1 can black and 1 can pinto beans. I think it's more fun with a couple kinds- besides, if I only made this much it would have been gone in one day because it's so good!

Lemon Pepper Chicken (serves 4)

Here is a good, fun, different, and easy recipe to try.
3 chicken breasts diced and left raw
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup mayo
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 T lemon pepper seasoning
1 T parsley
Mix everything and pour in crock pot. Cook on low 4-5 hours. Serve over rice.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Street Chicken Tacos (spicy) - serves 4

1 can green chili sauce
1 can el pato (mexican tomato sauce)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup diced onion
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 chicken breasts diced and left raw.
Mix everything together and put in crock pot on low for 4-5 hours. Scoop chicken into taco and pour sauce over top. Can add your favorite beans, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, etc. Your first thought it sweet and then you see the spicy but mmmm... it is yummy...
Inside taco...

The finished product...

Guess what time it is???

Yep, you guessed it... Banana Bread time. We love this simple recipe and I always have the ingredients on hand when the bananas get too ripe.

Banana Bread
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas
2 cups flour
1 teas. baking soda
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Crush bananas in separate bowl, let sit. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and remaining ingredients (including bananas). Pour into loafs that have been greased really well. Bake at 325 for 1 hour. (I use mini loafs and those take 40 mins at 325.)

Did you know??? You can freeze ripe bananas and then make bread when it's a more convenient time. I freeze them all the time, they will look totally black and when you thaw them they will seem really runny. But your bread will taste the same, PROMISE.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Okay, honestly this is the BEST Chicken Tortilla Soup... EVER. You have to try it.

1 Large can green enchilada sauce
1 small can diced tomatoes
2 teas. chicken bullion granules
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can corn
2 Large frozen chicken breasts
a couple forks full of nacho jalapenos (maybe like 10-15 jalapeno slices, it depends on how spicy you like it)
1 teas. cumin
1 teas. oregano
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 teas. garlic (in the jar)
Saute onion and garlic in olive oil. Add everything to crockpot, cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred chicken. Serve with tortilla chips (or fry your own tortilla strips), cheese, CILANTRO (a must), sour cream, or whatever you like.

yummy, easy, alfredo sauce!

I got this off of a while ago and I love it. It's super easy and is so good. Grill some chicken, cook some noodles and voila... DINNER! (Oh don't forget the broccoli)

Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

1/2 cup butter

1 (8) oz. package cream cheese

2 teas. garlic powder

2 cups milk

6 oz. grated parmesan cheese (that's almost a cup)

1/8 teas. black pepper

Melt butter in a medium, non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stirring with wire whisk until smooth. Add milk, a little at a time, whisking to smooth out lumps. Stir in Parmesan and pepper. Remove from heat when sauce reaches desired consistency. Sauce will thicken rapidly, thin with milk if cooked too long. Toss with hot pasta to serve.

*** I have made this with the 1/3 less fat cream cheese, kraft parmesan cheese in the tube thing, and skim milk and it was still VERY yummy.

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