Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Greek Chicken

  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp dry oregano leaves
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2.25 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 3 lbs red potatoes, cut into bite size pieces

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients
  3. Place potatoes in a deep 13x9 pan
  4. Sprinkle half the seasoning over potatoes
  5. Place chicken on top of potatoes
  6. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning over chicken, turning drumsticks to get all sides of meat
  7. Drizzle lemon juice and olive oil over all
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour
  9. Remove foil and increase heat to 400 degrees and continue to bake for 30 more minutes

My Thoughts:
This makes a great budget meal and the lemon really adds a special note the the potatoes.  Also makes pretty good leftovers.

Source: Southern Plate

No Bake Oat Bars

  • 1 cup peanut butter, any kind
  • 1/2 cup pure honey
  • 3 cups oats (quick or old fashioned)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips, nuts, any other additives (optional)

  1. Place wax paper in an 8x8 pan; set aside
  2. Melt peanut butter with honey in the microwave or over the stove until smooth
  3. Stir in oats and any other additional ingredients
  4. Press mixture into prepared pan
  5. Chill in refrigerator until completely cool and cut into bars
  6. Keep leftovers refrigerated in an air tight container

My Thoughts:
These taste pretty darn great and only contain few ingredients.  We enjoy them with dark chocolate chips and pack them for work lunches in place of store bought granola bars.  This is a very versatile recipe that you can make your own.

Source: adapted from Cookies and Cups

Monday, April 13, 2015

Baked Salmon

  • salmon fillets
  • olive oil or butter pads
  • desired seasonings (pictured: lemon pepper and dill)

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees for fillets
  2. If desired, remove skin with a sharp knife
  3. Line a pan with foil
  4. Place fish on foiled pan
  5. Lightly drizzle olive oil or place pads of butter on fish
  6. Seasoning fish as desired
  7. Bake 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2 inch until opaque and juices are milky white

My Thoughts:
This is just a standard way to prepare salmon in the oven.  You can use whatever seasonings you prefer.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cheesy Mushroom and Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

  • 4 cup chicken broth, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa, rinsed well
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, cut small
  • 4 tbsp butter, divided
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 oz Mexican blend shredded cheese, or any kind

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Butter a 2.5 quart baking dish
  3. Bring 3 cups of broth to a boil in a medium size pan; stir in quinoa, cover with lid and reduce heat to low and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes
  4. Remove lid and place broccoli in pan and cover; remove from heat and allow to steam for 10 minutes
  5. Meanwhile, melt 2 tbsp butter in skillet over med-high heat; add mushrooms with salt and pepper and saute until golden brown
  6. Reduce heat to medium and add garlic and saute for one more minute
  7. Add remaining 2 tbsp butter until melted
  8. Stir in flour until combined
  9. While stirring, slowly add remaining broth and 1 cup milk; generously add pepper and salt and simmer until bubbly and thickened, about 5 minutes
  10. Remove from heat and stir in quinoa, broccoli, and half the cheese until combined
  11. Pour mixture into prepared pan and top with remaining cheese
  12. Cook for 20 minutes
  13. Remove from oven and allow to stand 10 minutes before serving

My Thoughts:
I thought this would a be a good recipe to try out for 'meatless monday'.  Now, at my house, we are big meat eaters, so going with a vegetarian meal is rather tough for us.  This however, was good enough.  Im not going ot lie, it would be better with meat lol.  But, it we have to try to eat one meal without meat, this is a good one to pick!

Source:  adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

Ranch Pork Chops

  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp per pork chop of Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix (or store bought envelope if desired)
  • pork chops, 1-inch thick
  • dash of smoked paprika
  • salt (optional)
  • ground black pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. In a small bowl, combine ranch, paprika, salt, and pepper
  3. Liberally sprinkle seasoning on both sides of chops
  4. Bake on baking sheet for 20 minutes, turning pork once

My Thoughts:
These were pretty good the first time; and the second time they were awesome (because we added more ranch).  I have not tried them with store bought ranch, but we really enjoyed the homemade mix.

Source: adapted from Hidden Valley

Friday, March 27, 2015

Crock Pot Chili

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 3 (15 oz) cans dark red kidney beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • a dash of ground cayenne pepper

  1. In a large skillet brown meat; drain
  2. Stir everything together in crock pot, cover and cook on Low setting for 4 to 8 hours

My Thoughts:
Nothing warms you up on a chilly night more than a bowl full of ...well, chili.  This is a recipe that I have adapted from my mothers recipe (hers was a little more tame for us children).  Its very simple and way better than anything that comes in a can.  This makes a lot; it yields about six nice size bowls.  Serve chili with cheese, rice, crackers, bread, sour cream, or just by itself.

Source: adapted from my Mama's recipe

Cinnamon Oat Baked Apples

  • 4 braeburn apples
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp apple juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • a pinch of salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix together oats and pecans and spread on an even layer on cookie sheet; sprinkle lightly with a little cinnamon and bake for about 6 minutes until toasted, remove and set aside
  3. Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees
  4. Rinse and core apples, making sure not to cut through the bottom, using a spoon works well for this
  5. In a small bowl, combine oat mixture, brown sugar, yogurt, butter, and cinnamon; spoon into apple cavities
  6. Place apples on 8x8 baking dish and pour apple juice in the bottom of the dish
  7. Bake for 40 minutes until tender, but not mushy
  8. While apples are baking, prepare the whipped cream; on high speed, beat together heavy cream, powdered sugar, and salt until stiff peaks develop.  Serve apples with whipped cream on top

My Thoughts:
Oh crap, is this ever good!  It tastes a lot like apple pie without being as terrible for you.  Definitely worth making sometime when you have extra apples lying around and you could easily substitute other nuts if you don't have pecans.

Source: adapted from I Heart Nap Time