Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lemon Pepper Yogurt Chicken

Here's another suggestion for a healthy meal along with one that can be duplicated without much effort.  I served it over a new 90 second rice and grain side, vinegar green beans and red beets.  Yummy!

Easy meal for those of us who like easy and quick recipes.  Enjoy!




  • 4 T. plain yogurt
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 4 T. bread crumbs
  • lemon pepper seasoning
  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  •  Place yogurt in a medium bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Rub chicken generously with yogurt mixture and sprinkle on each side bread crumbs and lemon pepper seasoning.
  •  Arrange chicken on baking sheet.
  • Bake until chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 20 minutes covered (remove color 5 minutes before removing from oven) or cook on medium to low heat in a pan on top of the stove in which you added a little bit of oil.  Cook on each side adding a slight bit of water if necessary for several minutes or until there is no visible pink in chicken.
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  • Enjoy!



Monday, August 22, 2016

Whoopie Pie Cake

I was craving cake and this recipe looked easy enough. Chocolate cake, creamy filling that will seep over and out the edges..........with a top that's frosted.

Oh my this will certainly satisfy my craving for sure. A Giant Size Whoopie Pie...

After looking through my pantry I couldn't find a Devil's Food Cake mix but I did have a German Chocolate cake mix so I decided it would be fine.  No running out to the store for me.  Leg is still hurting and the weather is nasty so it will do...  It's a lighter chocolate in color cake but I thought I'd frost it  with homemade darker chocolate frosting.  I'm only going to frost the top so the amount below was enough for the top.  If you want to frost the whole cake then double the frosting recipe.  Enjoy!

I'm feeling really good about this cake....YUMMY!








Whoopie Pie Cake

1 chocolate cake mix prepared according to box directions and pour into prepared two 9 inch cake pans and bake for time specified on box.

*I used a German Chocolate Cake mix
Homemade frosting or
1 can milk chocolate frosting(optional)

Filling::
1- 8 oz cream cheese softened
4 T butter softened
2 1/2 cups confectionery sugar
1 -8 oz tub cool whip thawed





Using an electric mixer Blend cream cheese and butter until smooth, add confectionery sugar and mix well.  Fold in cool whip then refrigerate.


After cakes have baked allow them to cool completely.  

Once cakes are cooled place one on a large plate or platter. Place by heaping spoonfuls the filling in the center of the cake then press the top on and then if you want you can smooth out the sides. I did not I wanted it to start to ooze out the sides. YUM












Frosting:

4 T Cocoa
4 T softened butter
2 cups confectionery sugar
1/4 cup + 1 T milk ( the consistency should be just soft enough to spread)

With an electric mixer in a bowl place cocoa and soft butter.  On a slow speed start to mix until cocoa and butter are mixed together well.  Add sugar a little at a time along with milk beating until soft but not a runny consistency.


or you can take a short cut and frost with container of milk chocolate frosting.


Enjoy!!


Happy Baking from my kitchen to yours!


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Easy Macaroni Soup!

Any day is a good day for this soup! Kiddo's will love this back to school recipe and it's so easy!

I've caught a "cold" and a bit under the weather so this Macaroni Soup will hit the spot for me.  I'm re-posting my blog post from last winter if you haven't checked it out.  A great dish for anytime but it hits the spot when you have a cold.  I add a little red pepper to it to open up those sinuses. Enjoy!


M.J.

 I'm back in the kitchen and I totally surprised myself.  I thought I wouldn't touch a pot or pan for a week..  Guess I overlooked the fact that there weren't any leftovers so today I heard the weather guy say rain changing to snow in our forecast so soup's on..Macaroni soup that is!!!!

This recipe is one I have made and it's very easy...It's a basic recipe which takes no time to put together to warm you up on a chilly day.  You can add extra black pepper to spice it up..





Happy Cooking!

 
M.J.


 1 lb. beef ground (I use 85 % ) so It'll give your soup good flavor..If you are worried about fat content use 90 %+.
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. celery flakes (optional)
1- 15 oz. can Hunts Sauce
1- large 32 oz. Swanson Beef Broth
1/2 lb. elbow macaroni cooked
salt and pepper to taste
grated Italian cheese


In a medium to large pot place about 3 tablespoon canola oil , add  ground beef, onion powder, garlic powder,  parsley, salt and pepper.  Saute until slightly browned....After browning, add sauce and beef broth. Cook over medium heat for approximately 30 minutes..Add cooked elbow macaroni and grated cheese....(for a thicker soup add extra pasta)  Note:  Do not overcook elbow macaroni.

From my kitchen to yours,


9/16/12
1/19/16

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Roasted Balsamic Chicken and tomatoes

Starting today I am for one week trying my best to be focusing on less carbs and more protein in my food choices.






I love carbs in any shape or form and tend to lean to them for comfort and satisfaction I am looking for in my meal.  I need to try to not do it so often as it does put weight on and quite honestly it becomes an easy add on to a meal to make you full.

I've been looking through a lot of recipes and a few come to mind.  Today's was featured in All recipes and I think it will be one worth trying.

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 T olive oil
1 T Dijon mustard or more to taste
1 clove minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
2 fresh basil leaves chopped or 1/2 tsp. dried basil
4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 lemon, zest and juiced






Mix balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard and garlic together in a large zip lock bag.
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken in bag in vinegar mixture.

Marinate turning  bag occasionally for at least 4 hours or overnight.




Preheat oven to 400 degrees.


  1. Roast chicken in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes. Add tomatoes to the baking dish and continue cooking until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 10 minutes more. 
  2. **For easier clean up I lined my baking pan with parchment paper.

  1. Sprinkle lemon zest and drizzle lemon juice over the chicken and serve over fresh garlic spinach.

  1. Note:  I did not use the zest of the lemon but I did squeeze a lemon cut in half over chicken before serving.  


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Courtesy of all recipes. com


Friday, August 19, 2016

Ricotta spinach roll-ups

Summer cook outs are fun but some days oven easy meals work too!  This particular dish you can easily put together the night before you are going to bake it.  All it takes is planning ahead and buying the ingredients which are:

1 lb.low skim or whole Ricotta 
1-cup 5 cheese blend shredded cheese or shredded mozzarella
1 egg
Pinch salt and pepper
1/2 cup chopped spinach cooked
1 box lasagna noodles (cooked according to directions)
2 quarts pasta sauce


I follow the instructions on the box for the lasagna noodles and when they are cooked I drain and rinse them in cold water, pat them slightly to absorb some moisture and spread the filling on each strip and roll and place onto casserole that you have already added some sauce to. Use Marinara sauce if you prefer meatless meal.

Top with remaining sauce and cheese and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes covered.  Remove cover and if necessary bake another 5 minutes.


This is an easy all in one meal that you can serve your family or take along to a party. They will definitely be a HIT!

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ENJOY!

From my kitchen to yours,


7/30/16