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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Easy Homemade Pad Thai




Prep: Cook: Yield: 4- 6 servings 
FOR THE SAUCE
2/3 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons fish sauce (if you don't have this, just use 4 tablespoons of soy and omit the fish sauce)
6 tablespoons brown sugar
6 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar (if you don't have this use white vinegar or 2 tablespoons lime juice and omit rice wine vinegar)
2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons Thai chili sauce (depending on your spice tolerance...if you know you're not into spicy, go with only 1 teaspoon)
2 teaspoons minced or grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • FOR THE PAD THAI
  • 10 ounces of rice noodles, cooked to package directions and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed (you can change this to shrimp if desired)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts

  • FOR THE GARNISH
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Lime wedges
  • Sriracha

Directions

  1. Whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside.
  2. Cook noodles according to package direction. Rinse and set aside in a colander.
  3. Preheat a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Add chicken breasts and cook until browned and mostly cooked through. Push the chicken over to one side of the skillet and pour the beaten eggs into the skillet in the space you've created and use your cooking spatula to scramble the eggs in the skillet. 
  4. Add the noodles to the skillet and then pour the sauce over the noodles. You might want to reduce the heat a little at this point to more like medium-low. The mixture will be saucy at first but let it cook for another 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. The noodles and proteins will soak up the sauce and it will thicken. Stir the bean sprouts in once everything has thickened and remove from heat. Use a pasta sever to scoop the noodle mixture from the skillet and into shallow bowls (or onto plates).
  5. Top with desired toppings

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mini Bow Ties with Bacon and Peas

We love this recipe!  I always double it so we have leftovers.


Ingredients

8 ounces uncooked mini farfalle (bow tie pasta)
center-cut bacon slices, chopped
1/2 cup pre-chopped onion
medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup unsalted chicken stock
1 cup frozen green peas
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt (if you cook your pasta in salt, you might not need this)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese

Preparation

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid; set aside.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon.
3. Add onion and carrot to drippings in pan; cook 5 minutes. Add stock; bring to a boil. Add peas; cook 2 minutes.
4. Remove pan from heat; stir in reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid, bacon, thyme, salt, pepper, and cream cheese. Add pasta to pan; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Chicken Parmesan with Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta

This is so delicious!!

From the Recipecritic
Crispy, tender and juicy parmesan crusted chicken over the most incredible creamy lemon garlic pasta! This is a must make meal!
Serves: 4
Ingredients
·      2 Chicken Breasts, sliced in half
·      6 Tablespoons butter, divided
·      ½ cup Italian Bread Crumbs
·      ½ cup grated parmesan
·      ¼ cup flour

  Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta

·      8 ounce pasta of choice, I used spaghetti
·      ½ cup heavy whipping cream (to lighten things up, try fat free half & half!)
·      ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
·      Juice of one lemon
·      1 teaspoon garlic powder
·      ½ teaspoon salt
·      ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions
1.    In a large skillet over medium heat melt 2 Tablespoons butter. To make the chicken: Melt remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and flour. Dip the chicken in the butter and then coat in the bread crumb mixture and place in skillet.
2.    Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes until the outside is crispy and the chicken is cooked throughout. (It shouldn't take too long because the chicken should be thin).
3.    Meanwhile cook the pasta according to package directions and drain. In a medium sized skillet add the heavy whipping cream, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Whisk together and cook over medium high heat until it starts to thicken. Remove from heat and add the pasta to coat in the sauce.

4.    Serve the chicken with the pasta and garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Chicken Chili


  • From Panning the Globe blog.  This is amazing!  The chicken roasted with the spices is so good!  I saved extra to make chicken tacos.
INGREDIENTS
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons chile powder, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cumin, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided, plus more, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 3 cups chopped onion (2 medium)
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic or more if you love garlic (4-5 large cloves)
  • 3 15-ounce cans white beans, drained
  • 2 4-ounce cans chopped green chiles (hot or mild, depending on your preference)
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 4-6 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 6 cups shredded cheese, divided (half Monterrey Jack, half cheddar)
  • 2 cups sour cream, divided
  • Garnish:
  • Chopped scallions
  • Chopped cilantro leaves
  • Your favorite hot sauce
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese


  1. Spice and Roast the Chicken: Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spread chicken out in a roasting pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon cumin, ½ teaspoon salt and a pinch or two of cayenne. Roast for 30 minutes. Shred or cut into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. Cook the Chili: In a large pot heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sauté onion and garlic over medium heat for 5 minutes or so, until tender. Add beans, shredded chicken, chilies, oregano, 2 tablespoons chile powder, 2 tablespoons cumin, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon cayenne (or more, to taste). Add 4 cups of chicken broth, reserving the rest for thinning the chili to your desired consistency. Stir to combine and simmer gently on low for 20 minutes. (to keep the chicken tender, do not let the pot boil)
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes or so before proceeding. With the pot still off the heat, stir 3 cups of cheese into the pot, 1 cup at a time. Then stir in 1 cup of sour cream. (Or for Dean's richer, creamier version, add all 6 cups of cheese to the pot and 2 cups of sour cream) Bring the pot back to a gentle simmer over low heat (to keep the dairy products from separating, don't boil). Simmer the chili for 15-20 minutes, adjusting with additional chicken broth, if you like. A method I like to use for great added texture is to use a potato-masher in the pot to mash half the chicken and beans. Then stir to combine with the rest.
  4. Serve chili in bowls with garnishes on top or on the side

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Beef and Beer Potpie

2 T. olive oil
1 lb. boneless chuck roast, cut into 3/4" chunks
1 t. kosher salt
1 t. pepper
6 T. flour, divided
1 1/2 c. chopped leeks
1 c. chopped carrots
2 T. choppped fresh thyme (or 2 t. dried)
1/2 c. stout beer (like Guiness)
2 1/2 c. beef broth
1 c. chopped butternut squash
1/2 pkg. puff pastry]
1 egg, slightly beaten
1  T. water

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Heat the oil in 
a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Toss together the beef, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the flour in a medium bowl. Add to skillet; cook, stirring often, until the pieces are browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Add the leeks, carrots, and 1½ tablespoons of the thyme. Cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Add the beer; cook 1 minute, stirring to loosen any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Whisk together the stock and the remaining flour; add to the skillet and bring to a 
simmer, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef is tender and the sauce thickens, 30 to 35 minutes, adding the squash after 15 minutes.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry gently into a 12-inch square. Place the pastry over 
the simmering beef mixture. Whisk together the egg and water; brush over the pastry. Cut several slits in the center of the pastry. Bake in oven until the 
pastry is golden brown, about 15 minutes. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Roast Chicken and Vegetables



Ingredients


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 red potatoes, cut into large cubes
  • 1 (16 ounce) package carrots, cut diagonally into bite-size pieces
  • 1 stalk celery, cut diagonally into bite-size pieces
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced - divided
  • 1 (4.5 pound) whole chicken
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
 
  • garlic powder, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 3 pieces
  • 1/4 cup margarine, cut into pieces
  • 1 2/3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • Chicken broth (for basting)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 385 degrees F (196 degrees C).
  2. Pour olive oil into a large bowl; toss potatoes, carrots, bite-size pieces of celery, and 3/4 of the sliced onion in the oil to coat. Set remaining onion aside. Transfer oiled vegetables to a large cast iron skillet.
  3. Rinse chicken and pat thoroughly dry with paper towels. Generously season the chicken, inside and out, with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Place the remaining 1/4 of the sliced onion, 1/4 cup margarine, lemon slices, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, and large pieces of celery into the cavity of the chicken.
  4. Place the chicken atop the oiled vegetables; scatter remaining 1/4 cup of margarine pieces and 1 2/3 tablespoon minced garlic in small amounts around the vegetables.
  5. Roast chicken and vegetables in the preheated oven until the skin is browned and crisp, the vegetables are tender, and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh reads 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Baste with chicken broth every 20 - 30 minutes. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving and serving with vegetables.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Corndog Muffins

1 box Jiffy Corn Bread Mix (or make your own...)
8 - 10 hot dogs (I chose Trader Joe's because they seemed "healthier")


  • Mix corn bread according to package directions
  • Slice hot dogs into 1" sections
  • Grease mini-muffin tin
  • Put corn bread mix into tin (approx. 1 T. )
  • Add hot dogs into center
  • Bake according to cornbread directions


Top with ketchup and enjoy!