Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lapse in posts...

I'm sorry I haven't posted a new recipe in a while. I've been taking care of a sick baby and she's taking all my time and attention, not to mention her sister who needs me too. I will be looking for a new recipe to try and going to the store to get the ingredients I don't have. I'll be posting again soon, hopefully!!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Recipe Number 3

My selection for dinner this time was determined by one simple thing: what ingredients did I have?
So I decided to try my hand at home made Fried Chicken Tenders and Garlic Mashed Potatoes. (I only have pictures of the chicken though b/c the mashed potatoes are self explanatory.) This recipe yields 4 servings for each part.

Fried Chicken Tenders

2 eggs
1Tbsp water
3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts,
                cut into 1-inch strips (approx.)
4 cups (approx) bread crumbs**
1/4 to 1/2 canola or veg oil
season salt (optional)

In a bowl, combine eggs and water.
In second bowl, combine approx 1 cup of bread
crumbs and season salt (to taste).
**I repeat this process several times
throughout the coating of the chicken to ensure even coverage.**

Dip chicken in egg mixture, then coat with bread crumbs.

In skillet on stove (or an electric skillet if you have one heat to 375) heat oil. (I used 1/2 cup). Fry chicken strips, a few at a time, for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. (Sorry there is no picture of the frying. The grease was popping too much. I recommend a splatter shield if you have one! Mine was great!)

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

2 cups water
3 Tbsp butter, cubed
1/2-1 tsp garlic powder (I used 1tsp)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup milk
2 cups mashed potato flakes

In a large saucepan, combine the water, butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; add milk. Stir in potato flakes with a wisk.

I served this with steamed veggies. The girls loved this! But what's not to love about chicken strips??

 This recipe is courtesy of Taste of Home's, Simple and Delicious Magazine. I did modify the recipe to fit my taste better. 

From our family to yours. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Recipe Number 2

I was so excited about my first post the other day, I couldn't wait a week to do another one! So here we are yet again! I'm really trying to keep my recipes kid-friendly, especially since the majority of you following this blog have kids! If you like Sloppy Joes, you will LOVE this recipe. It's called Sloppy Joe Under a Bun. This recipe yields 8 servings.


1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 can Sloppy Joe sauce (I used Manwich-it's a full serving of veggies for those of you who have kids who refuse to eat them!)
2 cups (8oz) shredded cheddar cheese (I used Colby Jack b/c that's all I had and I shredded my own)
2 cups Bisquick
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp sesame seeds

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

In a skillet, cook beef over med heat until no longer pink, drain.

Stir in sloppy joe sauce, mix well. At this point, I added left-over veggies.
Partly to get rid of them, partly to make the mixture a little more full.

Transfer to a lightly greased 13x9x2 in baking dish; sprinkle with cheese.
(sorry I forgot this picture!)

In a bowl, combine the bisquick, eggs and milk just until blended.

Pour over cheese; sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake,uncovered, for 25 min or until golden brown.

Recipe courtesy of: Taste of Home: Winning Recipes.

Hope you enjoyed my 2nd recipe! So far they have both been really easy recipes. Eventually I hope to work myself up to a little more complex recipes.

Happy Eating Friends!!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My first new recipe of the year...

I wanted to start with something easy and something I knew my girls would probably eat. So I made a Taco Meatball Ring. This recipe yields 8 servings and can be used as an appetizer or meal.


2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese, divided. (I shred my own cheese b/c I like it better.)
2 Tbsp water
2-4 Tbsp taco seasoning (I used an entire small packet of seasoning)
1/2 lb ground beef (I used a whole pound b/c I wanted bigger meatballs)
2 tubes (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent rolls
shredded lettuce
tomato chopped
green onions sliced
olives sliced (we didn't have any so I did not include these in my recipe)
sour cream
salsa, optional
(It also calls for 2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced, but I don't like jalapenos, so I excluded them)


In a bowl, combine 1 cup cheese, water and taco
Crumble beef over mixture and mix well

Shape into 16 balls. Place 1 inch apart in an ungreased 15 in x10 in x 1 in baking pan (I used a cake pan). Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 12-15 min, or untiil meat is no longer pink.

Drain meatballs on paper towels.

Reduce heat to 375 degrees.

Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into triangle. Place triangles on a 14 in pizza pan, forming a ring with pointed ends facing outer edge of pan and wide ends overlapping. Lightly press wide ends together.

Place a meatball on each roll; fold point over meatball and tuck under wide end of roll (meatballs will be visible).


Bake for 15-20 minutes or until rolls are golden brown

Fill ring with the lettuce, tomato, onions, olives remaining cheese, sour cream, salsa and any other toppings you'd like.   

                                                             Recipe courtesy of: Taste of Home: Winning Recipes.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe! I loved it and my girls really liked it too! My kitchen smelled amazing while it was baking. And the crescent roll is a nice break from tortillas! Have fun cooking!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

A New Blog

I've decided to start cooking at least one new recipe a week and blogging about it, complete with pictures. Hopefully I will keep up with it. You know how life can be with kids. But, I promise to try! I'm going to try new recipes from a new cookbook I received for Christmas from my mom. It is the Taste of Home Winning Recipes cookbook. Obviously good recipes! Of course, some other recipes may be thrown in here and there if I find another one I'd like to try. I'm not sure what my first new recipe will be, but more than likely it will be on a night when Dave is actually home to eat it with us.

Wish me luck!!! Hope you all enjoy reading this!