Friday, December 13, 2013

Cinnamon rolls!

Can we never forget how amazing these rolls are? I even let the dough raise too much, too sticky, boiled the milk on accident, rolling them was a disaster and they STILL were divine!!! An entire pan was gone in seconds at my house. 

I'm not a huge fan of maple or coffee flavor, so I omitted those ingredients from the frosting and it was still incredible! 

Brad and my little brother said they were way better than Cinnabon. I could prob eat an entire pan myself. I loved that the dough stayed moist and didn't dry out. Try it!

We even had to put up a sign to keep the hungry bear away (my brother) from the 2nd pan!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Best peach crisp

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Spagetti squash turkey bolognese

I made this tonight, minus the celery (we didn't have any on hand). It was a huge hit

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chicken pita

We love a good pita. I have tried a few different recipes and found this one the best for time and taste :).

Friday, July 26, 2013

Peanut sauce

I made this originally for chicken satay. It makes a ton, so I ended up making stir fried veggies and rice to go with it. It was a huge hit. I have served this over tilapia and grilled chicken as well. It's originally just peanut sauce but is soooo good we eat it as a peanut curry sauce.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pork Chops with Apples and garlic mashed potatoes

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1 pound small fingerling potatoes
2 cloves garlic
Kosher salt
4 1/2-inch-thick boneless pork loin chops (5 ounces each)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
Freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
2 Granny Smith apples, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup buttermilk
Put the potatoes and garlic in a saucepan, cover with cold water and season with salt. Cover and bring to a boil, then uncover and continue cooking until tender, about 15 minutes. Cover and set aside.

Meanwhile, rub both sides of the pork chops with the sage, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat, then add 1 teaspoon olive oil and sear the chops until golden on both sides, about 5 minutes total. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the skillet and add the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add the onion and apples and cook over medium-high heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the cider.

Return the chops to the skillet. Cover and cook, turning once, until just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the potatoes, reserving 1/4 cup liquid. Return the potatoes to the pan; add the buttermilk and mash, adding cooking liquid as needed. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with the pork chops, onion and apples. Drizzle with the pan juices.

Per serving: Calories 413; Fat 16 g (Saturated 5 g); Cholesterol 76 mg; Sodium 98 mg; Carbohydrate 40 g; Fiber 5 g; Protein 26 g

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Marinated chicken

This is really good with whatever you throw in the bag.  I've tried the marinade in a bag while my frozen chicken breast un-thaw and it's good, so you don't have to freeze it.  Reviews also say that they have done it without freezing and it tastes great too.  

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Marinated Chicken Breasts

1 to 2 tablespoons vinegar, like cider, balsamic, or red wine
2 to 3 teaspoons dried herbs, like thyme, oregano, rosemary, or crumbled bay leaf
1 to 2 tablespoons mustard, whole grain or Dijon
1 to 2 teaspoon garlic or onion powder, optional
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, each about 6 ounces
Put the vinegar, herbs, mustard, powders if using and oil in a large re-sealable plastic bag. Close the bag and shake to combine all the ingredients. Open the bag, drop in the chicken breast in the bag. Close and shake the bag to coat evenly. Freeze for up to 2 weeks.

Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, under cold, running water, or in the microwave at 30 percent power for 1 minute at a time.

Heat a grill or grill pan. When the grill is hot, place the chicken on the grill and cook for about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. You can also bake the thawed chicken in a 375 degree F oven for 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

Per serving: Calories: 327; Total Fat: 16 grams; Saturated Fat: 2.5 grams; Protein: 40 grams; Total carbohydrates: 3 grams; Sugar: 0 grams Fiber: 0 grams; Cholesterol: 99 milligrams; Sodium: 291 milligrams

Thai Coconut Curry

I made this curry and was shocked with how delish it tasted.  I usually serve it with chicken, but the tilapia is great too if you don't mind fish.

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1 teaspoon dark sesame oil, divided
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped green onion
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 teaspoons red curry paste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk (I used regular)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4 (6 ounce) tilapia fillets
3 cups hot cooked basmati rice
1 lime (cut in 4 wedges)

Preheat broiler.
Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
Add ginger and garlic; cook 1 minute.
Add peppers and onions; cook 1 minute.
Stir in curry powder, curry paste, and cumin; cook 1 minute.
Add soy sauce, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and coconut milk; bring to a simmer (but do not boil).
Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.
Brush fish with remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt and place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray (I just use parchment paper).
Broil 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
10 Serve fish with sauce, rice, and lime wedges.

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Spiced couscous and chicken

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Spiced couscous and Chicken

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 cup couscous, preferably whole wheat
2 cups coarsely shredded rotisserie chicken
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup golden raisins
4 scallions, white and light green parts only, roughly chopped
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for topping
Greek yogurt and/or harissa or other hot sauce, for topping
Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the ginger, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add the carrots and cook until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain the carrots, reserving the cooking liquid.

Put the couscous and chicken in a medium bowl; pour 1 cup of the hot cooking liquid on top. Stir, then cover tightly with plastic wrap and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the almonds, raisins, scallions and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Cook, stirring, until the nuts are toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the cilantro.

Divide the couscous and chicken among bowls. Top with the carrots and more of the cooking liquid. Sprinkle with the almond mixture and more cilantro. Top with yogurt and/or harissa.

Per serving: Calories:441 ;Total Fat:20 grams; Saturated Fat:7 grams; Protein: 28 grams; Total carbohydrates: 42 grams; Sugar: 0 grams; Fiber: 8 grams; Cholesterol: 91 milligrams; Sodium: 853 milligrams

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