Thursday, December 29, 2011

Naan (flatbread)

I tried this tonight for dinner and served it as wraps for a chicken, red pepper, green bell pepper and onion sauteed and it was good.  I couldn't help but thinking that these were yeasty  and fat tortillas.  ;D

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Yummy Chicken Salad

I tasted this recently and came up with my own version. So Yummy!

Chicken Breasts grilled, boiled or cooked any way. Any chicken meat is great as long as it's deboned.

Celery stalks- chopped up into small pieces

Finely chopped onion

Almond slivers

Green seedless grapes cut in half

Cajun seasoning, Lawry's seasoning, Poultry seasoning, tarragon- whatever you like and have on hand

Cut up chicken, veggies and fruit. Throw in as much almond slivers as you like- they give a great crunchy texture. Bind together with as much mayonaisse as you need to hold it together.

Serve with a great whole wheat bread with lettuce on top. Sprouts would be awesome too! Would be great on crackers too~

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Homemade Hummus

1 can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini (I used more!)
2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt- add more to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil

Blend all in blender leaving some of the chunks for texture. Add a bit of the liquid from garbanzo beans- or more olive oil- if you need more liquid to blend. Dust with Paprika.

Serve with vegetables, pita bread or crackers to dip. One of the most wonderful foods in the world! Definitely!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Anything Fruit Salad

I "made this up" last nite and it came out delicious. Use any fruit and pudding you like.

1 can of mandarin oranges- refrigerated and not drained
1 can of tropical fruit- refrigerated and not drained
frozen strawberries or other fruit
1 box of instant banana pudding
Cool Whip

Whisk together fruit and pudding in large bowl till dissolved. Stir in desired amount of marshmellows and Cool Whip. Will thicken overnite in ref.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Eggs in a Frame

These are so easy and yummy!

Cookie Cut a whole in your bread and pull out the center. You can use a glass, cookie cutter or anything your heart desires! (I used a crystal light container cut down that I use for biscuit cutting) Butter one side of the bread.

Make sure your non-stick pan is *really* non stick. If it isn't go ahead and add some butter or oil to the pan just in case or it will get messy. (ask me how I know!) Place butter side up bread in pan over medium heat and...

...crack egg in the middle.
You can break your yolk if you like and add salt, pepper, whatever you like.
When bread is nice and golden brown and eggs are cooked to your desired doneness- FLIP!
Fry the little rounds and add as presentation.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs

My dear Mom had these cute little egg cups (like the one pictured above) and we used to eat our soft boiled eggs directly from the shell with a teaspoon. It seemed so luxurious to me as a kid.

Here's my foolproof soft boiled eggs. I love the fact that there is no oil. Break one of these on top of a piece of toast with a tiny bit of salt makes a wonderful breakfast.

Place eggs in small saucepan just till covered. Turn on heat on medium flame. When eggs start 'dancing' turn down heat and cook for 2 minutes.

Pour off hot water and add cold water to pan to stop the egg from cooking any more.

Peel and eat! This is such a wonderful comfort food that reminds me of my childhood. The fact that they are cooked with no added fat is a bonus!

Easy Banana Fruit Smoothie

One Banana (frozen) or regular (I bought a whole bunch of ripe bananas, unpeeled them, and stuck them in a freezer bag)
Small amount of Korean Yakult yogurt or ordinary yogurt

A bit of fresh fruit such as kiwi, canned peaches, strawberries or whatever you have on hand

Whir in blender. Add an ice cube or two if your banana is not frozen.


Monday, May 02, 2011

Baked Ranch Chicken

1 envelope ranch dressing mix (dry)
several pieces of chicken

Roll chicken pieces in dry ranch dressing mix. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes (about 25 minutes for boneless skinless chicken breasts. Easy and good!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Angela B's Chicken Pot Pie

Angela brought me this yummy Chicken Pot Pie after I got out of the hospital. SO yummy!

Cook Chicken (poach) in water in pan. Let cool then cut up as desired. Let cool.

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

1 Package Bonleless Skinless Chicken Breast
1 can Cambell's Cream of Chicken Soup +1/2 can of water mixed well
1 pkg Frozen Pie Shell (with bottom AND top crust)

Place chicken in Pie Shell and pour soup mixture on top. Sprinkle top with veggies then put other pastry on top. Crimp edges. Cut slits on top to allow steam to vent.

Cook till Bubbly and Golden.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

(from Pinching Your Pennies)

1/2 cup peanut butter (or other type of nut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1 cup oats (instant, quick or old fashioned) Use a bit less and add to desired texture
1/2 chopped unsalted nuts and/or seeds (any combination you like)
1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (any that you like)or Chocolate Chips
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

Place peanut butter and honey in a small saucepan and heat over low heat just until melted enough to combine thoroughly with a whisk. Mixture does not need to be very hot. It just needs to be mixed and a little bit of heat helps that.

Overlap two pieces of Saran Wrap that will cover the entire bottom, sides and wrap around the top of Bars.

Put the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the combined peanut butter and honey. Stir just until well combined. Add more oats if mixture seems too wet. Pour mixture into pan and distribute as evenly as possible. I bring the Saran Wrap from the sides to the top and press down with my hands.

Refrigerate or freeze till firm. Cut into desired sizes, individually wrap or put in small ziploc bags in freezer.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Chile Relleno Casserole

6 eggs beaten
3 cups- 24 ounces- cream style cottage cheese
3/4 cup crushed ritz crackers
4 cans green chiles, chopped
3/4 cup shredded cheddar
3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

Combine all ingredients (besides half the cheeses)and put in 10X6X2 greased pan. Bake 350 for 45 minutes or till knife inserted comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake till melted. Let stand 10 minutes till casserole becomes more solid.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Blueberry Coffee Cake

2 Cups Flour, 1 Cup sugar, 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder, 1 Teaspoons salt, 1/3 Cup Softened Butter, 1 Cup Milk, 1 Cup Blueberries

Struezel Topping

1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts, 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar, 1/4 Cup Flour, 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon, 3 Teaspoons Softened Butter


1 Cup Powdered Sugar, 2 Tablespoons Milk, 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla

(Drizzle over cake)

Preheat oven to 350'. Grease 9x13 or 9x9 pan. Spread half batter in pan, sprinkle 1 cup blueberries over batter, top with rest of batter and struezel topping and bake for 40 minutes. Pour Glaze over cake after cake has come out of the oven.

Dissapearing Cream Cheese Delight

2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
8 ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Sugar/Cinnamon mixture (1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon cinnamon)
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter or margarine

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with cooking spray. Gently unroll 1 can of crescents and keeping sections joined, press into bottom of pan.

Cream together cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar by cooking in microwave for 45 seconds on high, then stir until smooth. Spread evenly on crescent layer. Layer second can of crescents over cream cheese. Sprinkle sugar/cinnamon mixture evenly on this layer. Melt butter in microwave evenly for 1 minute at 50% power, then pour evenly on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Variations: You may sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top before adding butter if desired. May add diced fresh apples (3/4 cup) or a small can well drained crushed pineapple to cream cheese mixture.

NOTE: if you add fruit, you will need to increase baking time an extra 5 minutes

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fruit Fluff

Salad or Dessert- can go either way.

1 pkg of Cool Whip
1 pkg of instant jello
1 small can of crushed pineapple
1 small tub of cottage cheese

Mix all together and put in freezer till creamy.

Orange flavor jello + mandarin oranges
Strawberry jello + strawberry pieces

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Brownie Covered Oreos

1 Brownie mix (or use your own brownie recipe)

1 package Oreos, I used the Chocolate ones

White chocolate, melted for drizzle, or Wilton White frosting pen works great

White nonpariels Sprinkles

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Leave in mixing bowl. Dip Oreos in brownie batter then place in bottom of cupcake tins that have been generously sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until brownies are cooked through (doesn’t take long). As soon as you remove, take a plastic knife and run along edges, (this is VERY important so you get the cookie out with brownies not stuck to pan

2. Let cool for 5 minutes and remove.

3. Drizzle with melted white chocolate and/or sprinkles. Or top with a Hershey's kiss.

Makes entire package of Oreos

Chocolate Eclair Delight

I had this today and it was so YUMMY!

1 box of graham crackers
2 boxes of (french) vanilla pudding- prepared as directions on box (I've used banana pudding and it tasted great as well)
1 container cool whip
1 container chocolate frosting

Arrange graham crackers on bottom of 13x9 pan covering entire bottom. Whip cool whip and prepared pudding together on top of graham crackers. Add another layer of crackers and pudding mixture and, lastly, top with graham crackers. Refrigerate until cold and spread frosting on top. Place back in refrigerator until ready to serve.