Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fruit Dip

This was AMAZING! 8 oz cream cheese 7 oz marshmallow cream 1 1/2 C whipped cream Soften cream cheese and mix all ing together. I added quite a bit more whip cream. Delicious!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Healthy Kung Pao Chicken

Ingredients 3 large chicken breasts, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons of garlic, minced 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 - 1.5 pounds of green beens 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or soy sauce <-- not paleo) 1 tablespoon sriracha 1 tablespoon chili paste (or more, to taste) 1 tablespoon honey (or more, to taste) salt and pepper, to taste 1 teaspoon sesame seeds optional: crushed peanuts/cashews Instructions First, prep chicken by seasoning with salt and pepper and slicing it into thin, bite-sized pieces. Set aside. Then, prep the green beans but cutting off both ends. Set aside. Prep stir fry sauce by mixing together coconut aminos, sriracha, chili past, and honey in a small bowl. Set aside. Next, place 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic in a large sauce pan or wok. Turn to high medium/high heat. Add in chicken and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until partially cooked. Remove chicken and set aside. Place another tablespoon of sesame oil and minced garlic in the pan and turn to high heat. Add in green beans and sauté for about 5-7 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add in the chicken and continue to cook for 5ish more minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through. Once chicken is cooked, add in stir fry sauce and reduce heat to low/medium and let cook down for a few more minutes. Add in sesame seeds and let sit for at least 5 minutes so that the sauce can thicken a bit more. Serve hot. Notes If you like things really saucey, feel free to double the sauce in this recipe! Many readers have done so and loved it.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Coconut Curry Soup

This was so tasty! Next time I'm going to add potatoes! Yield: Serves 4-6 Note: the slight dash of cayenne pepper doesn’t make the soup spicy, instead, it just enhances the overall flavor. You can add more to taste, if you like things a bit spicier. Also, if you are worried about the fish sauce, don’t be! It is widely available in most grocery stores in the Asian foods section. It is relatively inexpensive and lasts a long time in the refrigerator. It adds an element of flavor you can’t get otherwise, but in a pinch, you could leave it out and sub in probably 1/2 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste). If you don’t know what you would use the rest of the fish sauce in, here are a few of my other favorite dishes that call for it: Shrimp Stir Fry with Coconut Curry Sauce, Chiang Mai Noodles, Red Coconut Curry Noodles, Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Authentic Egg Rolls.) Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, (about 3), cut into 1-inch pieces Salt and pepper for seasoning 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion (about 1/2 medium onion) 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 can (14-ounces) unsweetened light coconut milk 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more to taste 1 tablespoon brown sugar ½ tablespoon curry powder 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (about 1 medium lime) ¼ cup fresh cilantro 3-4 cups hot, cooked rice for serving Directions In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat until it is hot and shimmering. Pat the chicken pieces dry with a paper towel and season them lightly with salt and pepper. Add them to the hot oil. Let the chicken cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the onions and red pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the onions and peppers are slightly softened. The chicken and vegetables don’t have to be fully cooked as they will simmer and cook further in the next step. Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, fish sauce, cayenne pepper, brown sugar and curry powder. Stir to combine. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook, gently, for 10-15 minutes. Stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve a ladle or two of the soup over a scoop of rice and garnish with more cilantro, if desired. Notes Make Ahead Instructions: Follow the recipe through the step through the first paragraph. Transfer the chicken/onions/peppers to a slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients (except the lime juice, cilantro and rice). Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir in lime juice and cilantro. Serve over rice. http://www.melskitchencafe.com/coconut-curry-soup/

Monday, December 21, 2015

Best Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients 1 loaf white bread 3 C grated cheese 6 beaten eggs 1 1/2 tsp dry mustard 3 C milk 1 lb sausage salt and pepper to taste Cut off crust of the bread. Butter bread and place in the bottom of a greased pan. Brown sausage. Spread half of sausage and half of cheese over bread. Do another layer of buttered bread, sausage and cheese. Max eggs milk and seasonings in another bowl. Pour egg mixture over the top of the bread layers. Cover with plastic and let sit in the fridge over night. The next morning uncover and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

apple snickers salad

Ingredients 1-1/2 cups cold 2% milk 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed 4 large apples, chopped (about 6 cups) 4 Snickers candy bars (2.07 ounces each), cut into 1/2-inch pieces Directions In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in whipped topping. Fold in apples and candy bars. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).

Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients 1 lb chicken, about 2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded 3 cups cooked rice 2 Tbsp sesame oil 1 small white onion chopped 1 cup frozen peas and carrots thawed 2-3 Tbsp soy sauce (more or less to taste) 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tbsp chopped green onions (optional) Instructions Cook and shred the chicken. I highly recommend cooking in slow cooker in teryaki sauce. preheat a large skillet or wok to medium heat. Pour sesame oil in the bottom. Add white onion and peas and carrots and fry until tender. Slide the onion peas and carrots to the side, and pour the beaten eggs onto the other side Using a spatula scramble the eggs. Once cooked mix the eggs with the veggie mix Add the rice and chicken to teh veggie and egg mixture. Pour the soy sauce on top. Stir and fry the rice and veggie mixture until heated through and combined Add chopped green onions if desired.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Taco Soup

This is a really yummy and easy recipe! I used whatever beans I had. Ingredients 2 pounds ground beef 1 envelope taco seasoning 1-1/2 cups water 1 can (16 ounces) mild chili beans, undrained 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomato with green chilies 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, optional 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix Directions 1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add taco seasoning and mix well. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Yield: 6-8 servings (about 2 quarts).