Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rice Dish (Use this instead of Rice-a-Roni--it's better!)

This is delicious and easy dish to make.  When you want an easy, yummy rice side...this is it!  

yield:
apx. 5 1/2 cups cooked rice

ingredients:
3 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups rice
2-3 dashes onion powder
4-5 dashes garlic powder
several sprinkles of salt 
few dashes of pepper
5 Tbsp. butter

directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 and spray a 9x13" pan with non-stick spray.

2.  Place rice and broth in the prepared pan.

3.  Sprinkle onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper over top.  

4.  Cut the butter into 5 separate pieces and place pats of butter throughout the dish.

5.  Cover pan tight with aluminum foil.  Cook for apx. 40 minutes.

Autumn Fruit Salad

I've had this receipt for a while, and I love it.  It's good any time of year--as these ingredients are always available.  

ingredients:
2 medium granny smith apples
1 lime's zest
1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup halved seedless grapes (red are best)
1 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup vanilla yogurt (low-fat or non-fat)
2 Tbsp. chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans)

directions:
1.  Wedge apples, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.

2.  Combine all the ingredients together.

3.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Baked Beans

We had this several years ago at a block party.  They were delicious.  I'm glad I came across this recipe and thought I'd better put it here...where I can find it!  Thanks Colin M. for the good memories and the delicious recipe!

ingredients:
3--28 oz cans pork and beans
2 lbs. seasoned sausage
1 large onion, diced
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. dried mustard

directions:
1.  Brown sausage and onion, drain.  

2.  Heat in sauce pan: sugar, ketchup, and mustard. 

3.  Add meat and onions to beans.  Add sauce.  

4.  Cook at 300-degrees for 1-2 hours, covered.  

5.  Refrigerate overnight and reheat to serve.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Zucchini Muffins - Healthy & Delicious

I wanted something healthy and delicious to do with my garden zucchinis (or my friend's garden zucchini's).  This is IT!  Very yummy.  My family has been LOVING muffins lately--with school back in, it is a great option for a healthy school snack to take to school, a quick breakfast, a substitute for a sandwich in the lunch box, or a great after-school snack.  Muffins have been wonderful!

These are fabulous.  My first batch I added walnuts and just a small handful of chocolate chips, but it really didn't need it! This is like Zucchini Bread in a Muffin!  Yum!!

YIELD: 3 dozen muffins (normal cup-cake size)

ingredients:
     DRY
3 cups whole-wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. +  3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt

     WET
4 1/4 cups (apx) shredded zucchini (apx. 1 large, 2 regular)
1 1/2 cup fat-free milk
6 Tbsp. oil
6 Tbsp. honey
3 eggs

     OPTIONAL
Walnuts (a cup or so)
Chocolate Chips (1-2 cups)

directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400*F.  Prepare a muffin pan/stone with cooking spray--spray it thoroughly (or use cupcake liners).

2.  Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, whisking until sifted through and combined.

3. Mix together the wet ingredients.  Pour into the large dry ingredient bowl--just until it is moist.  At this point, add any optional ingredients and stir in.

4.  Scoop batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling 2/3 full, and bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from muffin pan quickly.  Let cool. 

*Although I haven't (yet) frozen these, I have frozen muffins and zucchini bread in the past with much success!

this recipe was adapted from: Kathie's Zucchini Muffins

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Crockpot Split Pea and Ham Soup

I love this recipe!  This is my "go to" for pea soups.  If you don't want ham in it, simply leave it out and add a little more salt (to taste).  Very yummy!

ingredients:
1 ham hock or shank*
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves
2 carrots, diced
1 stick of celery, finely diced
3 bay leaves
500g dry split peas
1 1/2 litres water
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
1 tsp. salt (more to taste)

directions:
1.  Chop all the ingredients and place in your crock pot.

2.  Let cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.  

3.  Remove ham hock/shank, let cool for apx 10 minutes.  Harvest the meat off the hock/shank, set aside.

4.  Peas and soup will be very soft and mushy.  With a potato masher, mash them to the desired consistency.  If you like a very smooth soup, you can use an immersion blender.  Add the ham back into the soup.  

Serve with a fresh loaf of bread, dinner rolls, crescent rolls, etc.

*Hocks or Shanks are sold in the store where you find the ham!  They are very inexpensive (under $3 for 2 hocks or shanks).  I have found shanks are meatier.  

*Shanks/Hocks can be found where you buy ham--there's usually a special ham case near the meat department.  Shanks/Hocks are very affordable $2-$3 for two!  I've found ham shanks have more meat than hocks do.  If you don't want to use a shank/hock, or if you like even more ham, add a small bag of the pre-diced ham you can buy in the deli or ham section of the store.  Yum!

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Egg Casserole

This was made at our ward Christmas party--and it was delicious!  I am definitely keeping this recipe and I will be shortly serving it up for my family.

ingredients:
1/4 lb. butter
1/2 cup flour
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 lb monterey jack cheese, shredded
3 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups cottage cheese
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

1 lb. sausage (optional)

directions:
1.  Melt butter, add flour and cook until smooth.  
2.  Beat eggs, then add milk, cheeses, baking powder, salt, sugar and butter to the flour mixture.
3.  Stir until well blended.  Pour into a well greased pan.
4.  Bake uncovered at 350* for 45 minutes.

optional
Pre-cook about 1 lb of sausage and add to the recipe.

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French Toast Casserole

I made this for our ward Christmas party, and again on Christmas morning--it was really yummy and I don't want to lose the recipe! 


ingredients:
1 loaf bread (any type will do, but a nice loaf of French is preffered)
6 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup half and half or cream
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter, cubed

directions:
1.  Tear the bread into chunks and place them in a greased 9x13" pan.  
2.  Mix together eggs, milk, half and half or cream, sugar and vanilla.  
3.  Pour the mixture evenly over the bread.
4.  In another bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
5.  Add the butter and mix until the batter comes somewhat together.
6.  Sprinkle the flour/sugar mixture evenly over the top of the egg-soaked bread.
7.  Bake at 350* for 45-55 minutes.  


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