Monday, April 30, 2012

Chinese Broccoli Slaw

1/4 cup butter
2 (3 ounce) packages Oriental-flavor ramen noodle soup, seasoning packet reserved
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
 1 (16 ounce) package broccoli coleslaw mix
 1/2 cup chopped green onion
 1/2 cup salad oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
 1/2 cup white sugar
 2 tablespoons soy sauce

 DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. Melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Crush the ramen noodles into small pieces; stir the crushed noodles, almonds, and sesame seeds into the butter. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet. 3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and crunchy, 8 to 10 minutes; allow to cool completely. 4. Toss together the coleslaw mix and the green onion in a large bowl. 5. Whisk together the salad oil, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, and reserved seasoning packets in a separate bowl; stir the noodle mixture into the dressing. Pour the dressing over the coleslaw mix and toss to coat.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tortilla Pinwheels

 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
 2 green onions, minced
4 (12 inch) flour tortillas
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
 1/2 cup diced celery
 1 (2 ounce) can sliced black olives
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

 DIRECTIONS: 1. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, and green onions. Spread this mixture on each tortilla. Sprinkle red pepper, celery, black olives, and cheese (if you'd like) over the cream cheese mixture. Roll up the tortillas, then wrap them tightly in aluminum foil. 2. Chill 2 hours or overnight. Cut off ends of the rolls, and slice the chilled rolls into 1 inch slices.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easy Broiled Tilapia

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 tsp. paprika,
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes.
1/2 c. of bread crumbs
2 pounds tilapia fillets
1.Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
2.In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Add 1/2 tsp. paprika, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder and 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes. 1/2 c. of bread crumbs Mix well and set aside.

3.Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

*Seasoning the fish with a bit of Old Bay seasoning, really adds to the flavor as well.

Chinese Chicken Salad, low fat

3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 teaspoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon hot chile paste
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
16 (3.5 inch square) wonton wrappers, shredded
4 cups romaine lettuce - torn, washed and dried
2 cups shredded carrots
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1.To prepare the dressing, whisk together the hoisin sauce, peanut butter, brown sugar, chili paste, ginger, vinegar, and sesame oil.
2.Grill or broil the chicken breasts until cooked, about 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Cool and slice.
3.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Spray a large shallow pan with nonstick vegetable spray; arrange shredded wontons in a single layer and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool.
4.In a large bowl, combine the chicken, wontons, lettuce, carrots, green onions and cilantro. Toss with dressing and serve.

Homemade chicken pot pie

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
2 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 1/4 cup milk
2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts (can also use pilsbury ready made pie crusts)

1.Preheat oven to 375.
2.In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.

3.In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Add garlic pepper, garlic powder, poultry seasoning to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.

4.Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

5.Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Worlds Best lasagna

This recipe takes time, but is worth the wait.

1 pound sweet Italian sausage
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup minced onion2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
12 lasagna noodles
16 ounces ricotta cheese with dash of nutmeg
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

*Place noodles in a pan of hot salted water to get soft while cooking other ingredients.

1.In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. (You can also use a jar of sauce or just combine ingredients without cooking, make lasagna and set in fridge overnight to let the flavors combine, set out an hr before cooking and it tastes great)

2. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

3.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

4.To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.

5.Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Chicken Riggies

4 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup butter
5 cloves garlic, minced
10 tablespoons minced shallot
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast meat - cubedsalt and pepper to taste
1 (4 ounce) jar sweet red peppers, drained and julienned
1/2 cup fresh tomato sauce

1 pint heavy cream
1 (8 ounce) package uncooked rigatoni pasta

1.In a large saucepan, heat oil and melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots and saute until soft, then add chicken, season with salt and pepper to taste and saute for 8 to 10 minutes, or until halfway cooked.
2.Add peppers and stir in tomato sauce, reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes, then stir in cream and simmer for 10 minutes more. Toss all with hot, cooked pasta and serve.

Easy Hawaiian Meatballs

This recipe is so easy it's embarrassing, but people think I've slaved all day in the kitchen. I guess, you could if you made your own meatballs but frozen is so much easier.
You can also adapt this recipe and use another meat like chicken instead of a meatball.

1 Package of meatballs
1 bottle of Yoshidas sweet teriyaki marinade sauce (found in the bbq sauce isle)
1 can of crushed or pinapple tidbits

Cooke meatballs according to package. 5 minutes before done dump yoshidas sauce all over the meatballs so that they are sitting in sauce. Dump drained tidbits or crushed pineapple and mix around (to your preference, if I do a small batch I only use half a can). Place back in oven until sauce is bubbling. Serve over cooked rice!

Yum Deviled eggs

6 hard-cooked eggs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt

1.Slice eggs in half lengthwise; remove yolks and set whites aside. In a small bowl, mash yolks with a fork. Add the mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, mustard and salt; mix well. Stuff or pipe into egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika. Refrigerate until serving.