Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lemon Pepper Chicken

I know it has been a long time since I posted, but I promise I am going to try harder to keep this updated. I have lots and lots of recipes to get on here, so hopefully I can keep up on it.

We tried this recipe last night and it turned out so "Yummo!!!" Can you tell where i got the recipe from?? That's right.....Rachael Ray. I did tweak it a little bit to fit my personal taste.

1/2 cup vegetable oil
2-3 lemons, cut in half
3 tbsp. of minced garlic
3 tsp. lemon pepper
6 pieces of chicken breasts, about 3 to 4 pounds
fresh grated parmesan cheese (not the powder)

Squeeze two lemons into a large bowl. You can use a dash of zest if you want. Add the rest of the ingredients, besides cheese, and whisk together. Toss chicken into bowl and coat with sauce. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes but can do longer for more flavor.

Cook on the grill or roast in the oven. We prefer the grill during those hot summer months.

When ready to serve, squeeze a half of a lemon over chicken, and sprinkle with the cheese, lightly. Enjoy!!

You can always mix all ingredients in a freezer-safe bag, then thaw, and throw on the grill to save time.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween Chex mix

Here's a fun treat to make with the kids for some Halloween fun! Enjoy!!Ingredients:

8 oz white chocolate baking bars, coarsely chopped
4 cups Corn Chex® or Rice Chex® cereal
2 cups bite-size pretzel twists
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup candy corn
1/4 cup Betty Crocker® orange and black candy decors

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  1. In large microwavable bowl, microwave chopped baking bars uncovered on High 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.
  2. Gently stir in cereal, pretzels and raisins until evenly coated. Stir in candy corn and decors.
  3. Spread on waxed paper or foil until cool and chocolate is set, about 30 minutes. Break into chunks. Store loosely covered.
You can add your own mix-ins to fit your taste, as well!! Possible options: M&M's, peanuts, chocolate or butterscotch chips!

Cowboy Spaghetti

I have actually made this a lot in the last year, but for some reason I have never added it to my blog. So strange!! This is a fun twist to regular spaghetti and has a little bit of a kick to it. My kids actually eat this because they really like pasta! Yeah!!


1 lb. spaghetti

3 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped

1 lb. ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. hot sauce (I use the green flavor for a little less spice.)

1 Tbs. worcestershire sauce

¾ cup beef broth

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can tomato sauce

8 oz. cheddar cheese

4 green onions, chopped

Cook spaghetti with salt to al dente. Brown ground beef. Add onion, garlic, salt, pepper, hot sauce, and worcestershire sauce. Add beef broth and deglaze the pan. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes and then stir in tomatoes and tomato sauce. Add hot spaghetti to meat and sauce and combine. Serve pasta with cheese, green onions, and bacon to garnish.

To freeze this recipe, make the sauce as directed and then pour into a freezer-proof container. When you are ready to use it, defrost the sauce, and then cook the spaghetti while the sauce heats up on the stove!! Mix sauce and pasta before serving!!

I doubled this recipe to make for my parents and my family. It lasted us two nights, then Josh taking a medium-size tupperware of it to work, and we still had leftovers for my single siblings to eat when they came over. Next time I will make sure I freeze it!! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Homemade Biscuit Pizza

Talk about a great way to enjoy pizza and save some serious dough, as in money!! I have made these twice in the last couple of months, and they are a crowd favorite! I can't keep my family from eating them all gone, or maybe i am the one eating it all!!

1 can of Refrigerated Biscuit Dough, like Pillsbury
Homemade Pizza Sauce (see below)
Grated Cheese, Cheddar or Mozarella
Favorite Pizza Toppings: Pepperoni, olives, sausage, green peppers, pineapple, ham, etc.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pop open the can of biscuits, and take each individually and flatten on a greased cookie sheet. Try to spread out about four to six inches wide. Then place in the oven for about six minutes!

Once that is complete, pull out of oven and spread about a tablespoon of pizza sauce on each mini pizza. Add cheese and then whatever toppings you like. This is where the best part comes....the kids can choose their own toppings and make their own little pizza with their choices. Cook for another 5-10 minutes until cheese is bubbly and crust is a golden brown!!

This is so yummy and I love that I can create my own masterpiece with all of my favorite toppings and my husband and kids get their plain cheese or pepperoni pizzas!! Plus, the dough has a little sweetness to it, which makes it super yummy!!

If you don't have the ingredients for pizza sauce, you can use spaghetti sauce as well!

Pizza Sauce

1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

1 tsp. basil

1 ¼ tsp. oregano

1 ¼ tsp. garlic salt

1 tsp. onion powder

Mix together all ingredients and it's ready to go. If you don't like garlic as much, half the amount and then add more if you want!!

I need ideas!!

I know it has been forever since I last posted! No, I did not die, although, some days I felt like I was going to! I am just fighting off the wonderful sickness of pregnancy! Anyways!! Due to the doctors' orders of moderate bed rest, I am on the hunt for super easy recipes or recipes that I can prep ahead of time and freeze until I am ready to use them! I would love your favorite crockpot recipes or really simple, barely any prep time type of recipes. I am super desperate so that I am not on my feet too much and still able to feed the family something good!! Let me know asap!!

Here's my email if it is easier to send them that way....dancinggirl314@gmail.com!!

Thanks everyone!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Green Beans Al A Mode!

I am not sure what to call these, but it's a fun way to spruce up your greens beans with very little effort.

Fresh green beans
2-3 tablespoons of butter
1-2 tablespoons of sliced almonds

Cook green beans as directed, or to your desire. I like mine with a little crunch left. Melt butter in a small saucepan, add almonds and simmer until toasted. Pour over cooked green beans and mix together. Serve while its hot!!

We made this for some of my parents' friends and the husband couldn't get enough. I have made it several times since and it has been a huge hit. They look so fancy people think you spend forever making them. That is my kind of side dish! Enjoy!

Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

1 loaf French bread, sliced (I would buy two loaves, if you are serving more than four people.)

Provolone cheese, sliced

Mozzarella cheese, sliced

Parmesan cheese


Garlic salt

Italian seasoning

Tomatoes, sliced (optional)

Marinara sauce

Take 2 slices of the French bread and spread butter on one side of each of them. Sprinkle garlic salt and Italian seasoning on the buttered sides of the bread. Put some provolone, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese on the non-buttered side of one slice. If using tomato, place on top of the cheese and then sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Place remaining slice of bread on top, butter-side up. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray and cook the sandwich on medium-low heat until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted. Serve with heated marinara sauce for dipping.

This was a huge hit!! My brother and his family showed up while we were in the middle of making these and they loved them as well. We just cooked some without Tomatoes for those who didn't want it. Fun twist on an old classic, and makes us parents feel like we are eating something more exciting than a plain grilled cheese.