Showing posts with label dinner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dinner. Show all posts

Monday, January 16, 2017

Smothered Chicken Casserole

Did I surprise you by blogging 2 weeks in a row? I am trying to get back into sharing recipes with you. The best part to me about blogging is how easy it is for me to find a recipe we like and the photos of the kids. They have really grown up so fast since I started this blog. 
Since chicken is my husband's choice for dinner, it can get a little boring. So, I figured I would try this dish. The original recipe called for frozen broccoli but I prefer fresh every time. The original recipe had bacon crumbles on top but I hate cooking bacon so I didn't add it. This recipe does look pretty boring. I was hoping the parsley would brighten it up but I don't think it worked. Boy, I am glad it tastes better than it looks! I even told my oldest daughter she should make it. It isn't a hard recipe.
Smothered Chicken Casserole
1 tsp olive oil
4 boneless chicken breast
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 1/4 cup half-and-half
1 tsp smoked paprika
4 cups of cooked rice
Parsley for garnish

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish with nonstick baking spray. 
  3. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. 
  4. Add the chicken breast. 
  5. Sprinkle the chicken with the garlic salt and pepper. 
  6. Cook the chicken for about 5 minutes per a side until golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. 
  7. In a large bowl, combine the soup, half-and-half, and paprika.  
  8. Remove 3/4 cup of the sauce and set aside. 
  9. Add the rice to the sauce and mix. 
  10. Spread the rice mixture evenly into the casserole dish. 
  11. Top with the chicken breast.
  12. Spread the reserved sauce over the chicken breast. 
  13. Sprinkle the parsley over top. 
  14. Cover and bake for 20 minutes.
  15. Uncover and bake for another 10 minutes or until the sauce bubbles. 
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.

One year ago.........................I made Angel Food Cake.
Two years ago.......................I made Quiche Lorraine.
Three years ago.....................I made Cookies and Creme Cookies.
Four years ago.......................I made Italian Ranch Dip.
Five years ago......................I made Creme Brulee.
Did you already know...................
-More hens talk to their chicks while they are still in their egg.
-Chickens have more bones in their necks than giraffes.
-Chickens have no teeth and swallow their food whole.

Monday, January 9, 2017

One Pot Spinach Sausage Pasta

How has your year been going so far? Are you still going strong on your New Year resolutions? Have you broken any? Our New Year resolution is just to be a little more frugal and eat more fruit. It really isn't that hard. Also, the other New Year resolution is the kids and I are doing a number of exercises for the number of the day into the year which means if it is the 9th day of the year we will do 9 sit ups, stretches, push ups, jumping jacks, etc. So, far so good but I am unsure when we hit day 50 of the year!
     I have started cooking new dishes again. Recently, I have been trying to make easy one skillet meals. The kids like them. My husband likes them. Plus I can add additional vegetables which no one complains. Whether they notice or not, they haven't said anything.
     I may spend less time preparing supper but we still eat at the table as a family. I can't remember the last time we have not ate at the table. I think it is less messy plus we talk. We normally will ask about the best part of their day. It is cute how the kids go into stories about their favorite part of the day. The stories they tell us tend to make us laugh. When my oldest daughter lived at home, she always went last. Her stories always took the longest. Any other time of the day, she spoke the least. I think she was saving it for supper.
     My children practiced their photography skills and took the photos for me. I asked them to take a photo of themselves but they didn't. I will have to get some photos of them soon.
One Pot Spinach Sausage Pasta
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 package smoked sausage, chopped
8 oz. mushrooms, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups uncooked pasta
4 cups water
2 Tbsp basil plus more for garnish
2 cups spinach
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped sausage and saute until heated. 
  3. Remove the sausage and place on a plate lined with paper towels.
  4. Add the mushrooms and garlic. Cook for 4 minutes.
  5. Add the pasta, water, and basil. 
  6. Season with salt and pepper. 
  7. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes or until the pasta is the desired tender.
  8. Stir in the spinach, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, milk, and sausage. 
  9. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Stir often.
  10. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. 
  11. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe adapted from Chef In Training.

One year ago......................................I made Italian Cream Cake.
Two years ago....................................I made Stuffed Pepper Soup.
Three years ago..................................I made Sausage Wonton Appetizers.
Five years ago....................................I made Burgundy Mushrooms.
Did you already know...................
-More kids eat their vegetables if they eat supper with their family.
-Kids that eat supper with their family tend to be more exposed to new foods.
-Dinner conversation helps improve kids vocabulary which help improve their grades.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Skillet hamburger Pasta

     Since my son keeps requesting this meal, I had to post it. I think we have made this meal at least three times. When I initially made this dish, I forgot to add the cheese (which is very unbelievable for me). Every since, we haven't added cheese. It is very easy and delicious recipe. However, it is very easy to burn the bottom of the skillet. 
     My son even cooked it by himself including chopping the onion. It was crazy the mess he made just from chopping one onion. It even made him cry. My husband liked that my son actually cooked a whole meal with no help but my husband didn't enjoy the aftermath of the mess left behind from our son. The meal is made with one pan but it still appeared our kitchen was hit by a tornado created by our son. This is the perfect meal for a busy night. Remember if an 11 year can make it, you can too.
Skillet hamburger Pasta

2 tsp olive oil
1 lb. ground beef
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 Tbsp flour
8 oz. can tomato sauce
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup pasta, uncooked
2 Tbsp ketchup
2 tsp mustard
1 stalk of green onions, chopped

  1. In a large deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the ground beef and onion.
  3. Saute until the beef is browned. 
  4. Sprinkle the flour over top and stir into the meat. Allow to cook for one minute.
  5. Add the tomato sauce and chicken broth. Stir. 
  6. Add the pasta and stir to combine. 
  7. Allow the mixture to cook for 10 minutes or until the pasta is the desired texture. Stir often. 
  8. Add the ketchup and mustard to the mixture and stir to incorporate.
  9. Top with the green onions and serve.
Recipe adapted from Budget Bytes.

One year ago............................I made Southern BBQ chicken.
Two years ago..........................I made Steak Stir Fry.
Three years ago........................I made Radish and Potato Soup.
Four years ago..........................I made Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes.
Did you already know....................
-The U.S. has more tornadoes than any other country.
-The U.S. has about 1,200 tornadoes a year. 
-The fastest winds on Earth were from a tornado which can reach about 300 mph.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pork Chops with Garlic and Herbs

 My oldest daughter's teacher asked the class if they were on a deserted island, what three items would they bring. My daughter said How to survive on a desert island guidebook, a cute carpenter, along with potatoes. What good choices especially how versatile potatoes are-now you thought I would have said carpenter but I surprised you. I told her I liked all of her choices except I would have pick pasta instead of potatoes since I could eat pasta everyday. This is not the case with my husband. He gets tired of pasta.

I like to make new dishes all the time but normally it just seems like we've been having a lot of chicken or beef lately.So, the other day I saw pork chops were on sale. Why not? I hardly make it and it would be a nice change. Everyone agreed but my oldest insist pork chops MUST be served with applesauce. I have made applesauce from scratch. All the work and cost, I prefer to buy it in the jar. So, my applesauce is not homemade this time. Also, it is hard to take a photo of applesauce on the plate. I guess I could have done it gourmet and served the pork chops on top of the applesauce. 
Pork Chops with Garlic and Herbs

4 boneless pork chops about 1 inch thick
2/3 cup dry white wine
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
1 Tbsp. sage
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp butter

  1. In a oven safe 8 x 10 baking dish, mix the the wine, oil, sugar, salt, pepper, sage, rosemary, and garlic.
  2. Arrange the pork chops in the baking dish in a single layer.
  3. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour. Make sure to turn the pork chops at least once while it is marinating.
  4. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Cook the pork chops for 8-10 minutes per side. Make sure to turn the pork chops once while cooking.
  6. Let cool on the counter while you preheat a skillet.
  7. Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil to the pan with 2 tsp of butter.
  8. Fry the skillets for about 1-2 minutes per side for a crispy appearance.
  9. Let rest for a few minutes before serving.

Adapted from Annie's Eats. Originally from Williams Sonoma.

If you are in the mood for pork chops, I would recommend making this recipe. My pork chops were not dry and really tasty. I like rosemary and it was a nice accompaniment to the pork. I know it seems unusual to fry after cooking in the oven but my oldest suggested it so it added a little color. You can cook these on a grill which would probably do the same results. We will be making these again.

Did you already know.........
-One of the first animals to be domesticated were swines.
-Swines are the family name for hogs. The mother is called a sow. The father is called a boar and the babies are pigs.
-In 1539, the Spanish explorer brought the first swine to North America.