Friday, July 27, 2012

Baked Chocolate Pecan Raspberry Banana Oatmeal

I saw this and thought, Oatmeal... Good, Raspberries... Good, Chocolate... GOOD.  So I gave it a shot.  It was delicious and especially liked the crunch the pecans added, however might be a little too much chocolate for me in the morning (says the girl who has been known to eat dessert for breakfast). But I did eat the leftovers later that day as a snack.    I'm not sure if I liked this better or the Fruity Baked Oatmeal, but I think next time I might cut down on the amount of chocolate chips, or maybe use mini chips instead.

Baked Chocolate Pecan Raspberry Banana Oatmeal
From: Urban Nester
Prep Time:
Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup pecan or walnut pieces
1 cup raspberries (or strawberries)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 cups milk
1 large egg
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and generously spray the inside of a 10 1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet. (I didn't have a 10 1/2 by 7 inch, so I just used my...

2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half the nuts, half the raspberries, and half the chocolate.

3. In another large bowl whisk together the milk, butter, egg, and vanilla extract.

4.  Add the oat mixture to prepared baking dish.  Arrange remaining berries, nuts, and chocolate on the top.  Add the banana slices to the top, then pour the milk mixture over everything.  Gently shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.

4. Bake 35-40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set. Serve with milk and extra brown sugar if desired.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Sunrise Green Smoothie


We've been having lots of smoothies lately for breakfast with the warm weather.  I saw this recipe and thought, I wonder what a smoothie with spinach is like.  There seemed to be enough fruit in it to mask the vegetable taste so I thought I would give it a try. Plus I can always use more fruit and veggies in my diet.  In the recipe they use a fancy juicer/smoothie maker, but since I just have a regular blender, I ended up needing a little more milk, and a little less frozen stuff for my blender to be able to do the work.  So below is the amounts I used of everything which I suggest for a regular blender!

Sunrise Green Smoothie
From: Hell if I Gnaw
Prep time: 5 min

1 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (probably could use regular milk, but the vanilla almond adds a nice sweetness)
1 1/2 - 2 cups spinach
1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana
2 Tbsp ground flax seed

1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.  (if too stiff add more almond milk) Serve!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Spicy Chicken Rigatoni with Peas

This recipe is a copy cat of one from Bucca di Beppo which is one of Bill's Dad's favorite places to eat.  Their Spicy Chicken Rigatoni is quite tasty, but with the family style eating, I feel like there are so many other things to try that I don't usually end up with much of this.  This is similar to the one I posted a while ago for the Noodles and Co Penne Pasta, but a little spicier and a little creamier - plus I love peas in pasta!  It was delicious, although I didn't have Rigatoni pasta, so I used Penne and it was just as good.  I will make this again (although not to often as it isn't light on calories) since it is a meal in a bowl and is very quick to make!

Spicy Chicken Rigatoni with Peas
From: Tastebook
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min

1/4 cup oil
1/2 Tbsp crushed red pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp chopped garlic
6 oz chicken, sliced
3/4 cup Marinara sauce
1/2 cup Alfredo sauce
2 tsp butter
1/4 cup peas
1 lb rigatoni pasta, cooked according to package directions (I used Penne obviously)
additional 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (for garnish)

1. In a saute pan, heat oil over medium heat.  Add crushed red pepper, salt, black pepper and garlic and saute just long enough for garlic to caramelize and red pepper to release flavor into the oil.  Add sliced chicken and saute briefly to coat in spices and garlic.

2.  Add marinara sauce first and then Alfredo sauce and bring to a simmer.  Cook until sauce thickens slightly and chicken has cooked through (6-10 min). Turn off flame, add butter and peas and incorporate into sauce.

3.  Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package but cut cook time 1-3 minutes short.  Toss with sauce.  Place pasta, chicken, and sauce in bowl. Garnish with red pepper if desired and serve.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Flank Steak Marinade

I bought a great looking flank steak at our local butcher and was looking for a marinade and went straight to Pinterest.  This one was easy and I had all the ingredients in the house.  I really liked the flavors on this, but I only had a few hours to marinate and I think it could have been even more if I had let it marinate all day. This is perfect for summer BBQs!

Flank Steak Marinade
From: Mrs. Mama Hen
Prep time: 5 min
Marinading time: 3 - 8 hrs

2 Flank Steaks
1 1/2 Tbsp grated fresh Ginger
6 cloves Garlic, Minced
1/2 cup Red Wine (I totally misread this and used red wine vinegar, whoops!)
1/2 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Honey
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
3/4 tsp Red Pepper flakes

1.  In a bowl, combine all of hte ingredients except the steaks.  Whisk them together until the Honey dissolves.

2. Place the steaks in a large zip-log bag.  Pour marinade over the steaks, close the bag (removing as much air as you can.  Refridgerate for 3-8 hours. Turn the bag over a few times during the marinating time.

3. Cook marinaded steaks on grill or in a skillet discarding the marinade.  When Cooked to desired tenderness, let rest and then cut into strips across the grain of the meat.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken Tacos

I love Crock Pot meals, even in the summer. Give me a Mexican/southwest crock pot recipe and you better believe I'm going to try it.  As you can probably see from my picture that I forgot scallions and what you probably can't see is that I didn't have any onion powder (but I think I disguised it well since all my spices are in my tiny bowl). So I used some dried onion instead.  Figured it would be ok, and guess what it was better than ok... it was delicious (I really need to find new words to describe my meals... I use delicious a LOT)!  And best part is that it made so much that we had left overs for lunch for the next couple of days. This is a great one to keep in my back pocket when having guests... easy to make, tastes great, and makes enough for a decent sized group.

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken Tacos
From: Chef in Training
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time:10 hours on low

1 1/2 lb chicken
1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes with mild green chiles
1 (15oz) can black beans
1 can corn (drained) or frozen
1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
1 (14oz) can chicken broth
3 scallions, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt & Pepper

1. Combine chicken broth, beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in the crock pot.

2. Season chicken breast with salt and lay on top.

3. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours.

4.  Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in.  Adjust salt and seasoning.  Serve over rice or in tacos.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad

My mom makes this great Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad/Dessert - I have tried other people's variations of this, but I still like my mom's the best.  It is creamy and cool and the pretzel crust pushes it over the top.  It is perfect for a 4th of July BBQ.

Every time my mom makes it, my brother-in-law Joe and I get in to a mini debate about if it is a salad or dessert.  He likes to call it dessert, and I like to call it a salad.  I like to call it a salad because that means I can have it with my main meal and still have dessert. Or I can have it the next day for lunch and call it healthy since it is a salad.  But lets call a spade a spade... this is totally a dessert (although it is trying to disguise itself as a salad).  Just don't tell Joe I said so.

Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad
From: My Mom
Prep time 20 min
Cook & Cool time: 5 hrs

3/4 cup butter, melted
2 cup pretzels, crushed
4 Tbsp sugar
12 oz (1 1/2 8oz containers) cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup cool whip
1 1/2 cup cold water
2 cup boiling water
1 qt (4 cups) sliced strawberries
1 large strawberry jello (cook and serve)

1. Mix melted butter, crushed pretzels and 4 Tbsp sugar together and press firmly into 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 for 6-10 minutes.  Let Cool

2. Beat cream cheese, milk, and 1/4 cup sugar.  Stir in cool whip and spread over cooled crust.  Refrigerate.

3. Stir boiling water into gelatin at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved.  Refrigerate 1 12/ hours o until a spoon drawn through leaves an impression.

4.  Stir strawberries into jello and spread over cream cheese layer.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Pecan-Crusted Dijon Salmon

I really like the recipes at Kalyn's Kitchen.  They are health conscious (she has so many recipes for SB phase 1) and usually pretty quick and easy to make.  This one is no different.  I didn't use the fish rub because after I took this picture I realized that it was really old and when I opened it it was hard as a rock so I threw it out.  But the fish still tasted good without using any of the fish rub.

Pecan-Crusted Dijon Salmon
From: Kalyn's Kitchen
Prep time : 5 min
Cook time: 10-12 min

2 (6-8oz) Salmon fillets
Fish Rub for seasoning (optional)
4 Tbsp finely chopped pecans
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp mayo

1. Spray roasting pan with nonstick spray and place fish on pan.  Let fish come to room temperature.  Season with fish rub if you are using it. Preheat oven to 425

2. Finely chop the pecans with a chef's knife.  Mix together with disjon mustard and mayo in small bowl.  Spread over surface of salmon until covered.  Sprinkle pecans over the fish pressing them down so they stick.

3. Roast salmon for 10-12 minutes, or until it feels barely firm to the touch when its pressed with your finger.  Serve hot.


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