Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves

Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves

Serves 8.

The original recipe calls for 1 whole onion per pound of beef, but I thought the distribution was much better when everything else besides the onion was doubled.  A tasty twist on traditional meatloaf.  We all loved it.
Slightly adapted from: Iowa Girl Eats

1 large sweet onion
2 tablespoons butter
2 lbs. lean ground beef
2 eggs, whisked
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup + 4 tablespoons BBQ sauce, divided
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese (about 1 cup)

Cut onion in half then each half into thin slices. Melt butter in a large skillet or pot over medium heat then add onion and a dash of salt. Cook, stirring every couple of minutes, until onions are golden brown and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Turn heat down if onions start to burn. Set aside to cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl combine ground beef, egg, Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce, panko bread crumbs, dash of pepper, cheese cubes, and caramelized onions, then mix until just combined. Divide mixture into 4 equal-sized portions then form into loaves on a foil-lined, non-stick-sprayed baking sheet. Spread 1 Tablespoon BBQ sauce over each loaf then bake for 20-30 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Healthy Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Healthy Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Makes 18-20 muffins.

Here's a winner recipe -- a muffin that's healthy and the whole family loves.  Enough sweetness from the honey, yet plenty of healthy ingredients to start your day right.  The wee one loves these for breakfast and as an after-nap snack, and I love that I can make them, freeze them, and pull them out one by one for a wholesome, homemade treat.
Source: Fit and Healthy with Debbie

2.5 cups old fashioned oats 
1 cup plain low fat greek yogurt
2 eggs
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tsp vanilla
2 ripe bananas 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray tin with non-stick cooking spray or line muffin tins with silicone or foil liners.
Place the oats in the food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds.  Add remaining ingredients to the food processor. 
Process until everything is mixed together and oats are smooth.

At this point in the process, you can separate the batter into different bowls, adding dark chocolate chips, nuts, blueberries, or whatever you want to make a variety of muffins.  Or you can add one ingredient to the entire batter.  Or, like I prefer them, leave them plain!  They are still great!

Divide batter among cupcake liners, and bake for 18-20 minutes (mine only took 14-15 minutes), or until toothpick comes out clean.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs

Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs

Serves 4-6.

A healthier twist on the traditional classic, especially if you serve it with whole wheat pasta, but still just as satisfying.
Source: Just a Pinch

1 lb. ground chicken
2 eggs
1/4 medium onion
1 t. seasoned salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 t. crushed red pepper
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 t. Italian seasoning
1/2 c. crushed Ritz cracker crumbs
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
Spaghetti, cooked to package directions
Your favorite pasta sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients.  Take mixture and roll into medium or small meatballs (about 12).  Place meatballs on a pan coated with nonstick spray (especially if your ground chicken is very lean).  Bake for 40 minutes.

Serve over spaghetti with your favorite sauce.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Cake Mix M&M Bars

Cake Mix M&M Bars

Makes about 20 squares.

An easy, tasty treat.  I think this would also taste great with white chocolate chips or sprinkles in place of the M&Ms.
Source: Parent Pretty

1 box yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup M&M's 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Combine cake mix, pudding, water, vegetable oil, eggs and chips or M&M's in large bowl.
Pour the batter (it's going to be thick) into a greased 9x13 baking dish. I sprayed my dish with nonstick cooking spray which worked well.
Bake your bars for 25 minutes.
It may look sort of raw in the middle but if the edges are just golden and starting to get crispy, it's probably perfect.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pineapple-Coconut Angel Food Cake

Pineapple-Coconut Angel Food Cake

Serves 12-20, depending on how you cut it.

Light, summery, and perfect with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  This is so easy, you have no reason NOT to make it.
Slightly adapted from: Dawn's Quilt Corner

1 box angel food cake
20-oz. can crushed pineapple, with juice
1-1/2 cups flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir together all ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Pour into a 13x9 baking pan that has been coated with nonstick spray.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Cool.  Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

White Chicken Enchiladas

White Chicken Enchiladas

Serves 5.

These are seriously so good!  Here are some tips from the original blogger:
1. This recipe calls for diced green chilies.  Don't let that fool you, these are NOT spicy in the least.  My 3 year old and 1 year old love them. 
2. If you would like, you can substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream in the recipe.  It is a 1 for 1 substitute.
3. If you cook your chicken first (rather than using a rotisserie chicken), you may wan to add some spices to give it extra flavor.  I like the chicken to have good flavor.  I tend to cook my chicken in the crock pot with some ground cumin, garlic powder, and ground black pepper.
4. You can make this ahead and keep it in the fridge up to 24 hours.  Just put it in the oven and increase the time a bit.  You will want to make sure they are heated through.
5. This sauce does not freeze well.  Then enchiladas themselves freeze really well.  I freeze a few pans of them double wrapped in foil and then I just make the sauce the day of.  Thaw them first, add the sauce, cook according to original instructions.
6. Yes, your friends and family will like their plate and ask for you to bring them to every gathering from here on out. 

Source: Joyful Momma's Kitchen

10 soft taco tortillas
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream - use Greek yogurt instead!
1 (4 oz) can diced green chillies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 pan.

Mix chicken and 1 cup cheese.  Roll up in tortillas and place in pan.

In a sauce pan, melt butter, stir in flour and cook 1 minute.  Add broth and whisk until smooth.  Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly.  Stir in sour cream and chilies.  Do not bring to boil, you don't want curdled sour cream.

Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.

Bake 22 min and then under high broil for 3 min to brown the cheese.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Stromboli with Sausage, Peppers, & Onions

Stromboli with Sausage, Peppers, & Onions

Serves 6.

This is a great stomboli recipe, and wonderful for entertaining because it's easy to eat without utensils.
Slightly adapted from: Pillsbury

1/2 lb. ground sausage
13.8-oz. can refrigerated classic pizza crust
1/4 c. pizza sauce
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. chopped green and/or red bell pepper, 
1/4 t. dried Italian seasoning

Heat oven to 400°F. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Brown ground beef in medium skillet over medium-high heat until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Set aside.

Unroll dough; place on sprayed cookie sheet. Starting at center, press out dough with hands to form 12x8-inch rectangle.

Spread sauce over dough to within 2 inches of long sides and 1/2 inch of short sides. Place cooked ground beef lengthwise down center, forming 3-inch-wide strip and to within 1/2 inch of short sides. Top with cheese, bell pepper and Italian seasoning. Fold long sides of dough over filling; press edges to seal.

Bake at 400°F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Stromboli with Italian Meats and Cheeses

Stromboli with Italian Meats and Cheeses


Another delicious stomboli, yum!
Inspired by: Lauren's Latest

1 can refrigerated pizza dough (such as Pillsbury)
1/2 cup pizza sauce1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese9 slices salami6 slices proscuitto1 egg, beatendried parsley & parmesan cheese {optional}extra pizza sauce for dipping {optional}

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Line large rimmed cookie sheet with parchment or spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray. 

Spread pizza dough out on baking sheet to be approximately 10x16. Spread pizza sauce over 2/3's of the dough lengthwise, leaving a 3x16 rectangle of plain dough along one of the edges. Top sauce with half the grated cheese, salami and prosciutto. Top with remaining cheese. 

Brush the plain strip of dough with the egg. Fold in the sides about an inch and brush them with egg. Roll up like a jelly roll lengthwise starting along the long edge of dough topped with all the fillings and ending with the plain strip of dough on the bottom of the roll. Brush the entire stromboli with egg and gently cut slats in the top of the dough every 1-2 inches. 

Sprinkle parsley and cheese over top and bake 8-10 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Remove from oven, cool 5 minutes and slice into pieces. Serve with more pizza sauce.