Posts Tagged ‘Entree’

How About Some Noodles?!

July 6, 2017

If you have been looking for a quick and easy way to add an Asian version to your carb-loading, then look no more.  Here is a tasty recipe that combines chicken, peanut butter, and noodles (with all of the assorted Asian spices) for an entree that will have them begging for more.

Chicken Peanut Noodles

Ingredients
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon each of ginger and salt
4 trimmed chicken thighs (boneless and skinless)
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
1 head of broccoli, chopped
6 ounces of soba noodles (2 bundles)
1/3 cup of peanut butter
2 Tablespoons of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of rice vinegar
2 teaspoons of honey
1/4 cup of chopped peanuts
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Boil six (6) cups of water in a covered saucepan over medium-high heat.  To prepare the chicken, sprinkle the garlic powder, ginger, and salt over both sides.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and cook until almost cooked through (about six (6) minutes), flipping once.  Add the broccoli to the skillet.  Cook the contents, covered, until the broccoli is bright green (and crisp-tender) and the chicken is cooked through (about five (5) minutes more).

3. Add the noodles to your boiling water and cook until tender (about three (3) minutes).

4.  In a large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, and honey. Drain the noodles (but reserve 1/2 cup of the noodle water) and immediately coat the noodles in the peanut sauce (add some of the cooking water to loosen the sauce if required).

5.  Chop the chicken  and toss with the noodles and broccoli.  Top with peanuts and cilantro and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

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The Original White Meat!

June 7, 2017

Yes, chicken!  And whenever I run across a recipe that is super simple, I just can’t resist.  Here’s a recipe that will only take you thirty (30) minutes to prepare but will taste like you slaved in the kitchen for hours!

Chicken Parmesan in a Garlic Mushroom Cream Sauce

Ingredients
4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper
8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup of butter
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon of flour
1/2 cup of chicken broth
1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of spinach, chopped

Directions
1.  Season your chicken on both sides (salt and pepper).  In a large skillet, add the olive oil and cook the chicken on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until browned/cooked to where there is no longer any pink in the center.  Remove the chicken and set aside.  Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet and cook for a few minutes until they are tender.  Remove them and set aside.

2.  For the sauce, add the butter to you skillet and melt.  Throw in the minced garlic and cook until it is tender (a minute or so).  Add the flour and whisk until it is incorporated and slightly thick.  Whisk in the chicken broth, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Add the spinach and let it simmer until the sauce thickens and the spinach wilts.  Add the chicken and the mushrooms back into your sauce (to coat).  Serve on either a bed of rice, or over the pasta of your choice.

Yum!

Lasagna in a Hurry!

May 18, 2017

When you find you are not in the mood to deal with lasagna noodles and sauce from scratch, here’s a wonderful recipe for lasagna that you can throw together in a hurry (using only four ingredients).  And it is positively fantastic!  Enjoy!

Ravioli Lasagna

1 pound of ground beef
1 jar (28 ounces) of spaghetti sauce
1 package (25 ounces) frozen sausage or cheese ravioli
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain off the excess juice.  In a greased 2-1/2 quart baking dish, layer a third of the spaghetti sauce, have of the ravioli and beef, and 1/2 cup of the cheese.  Repeat the layers once and top with the remaining sauce and cheese.

Cover and bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until heated through.

Super easy!

This Wasn’t Take Out!

January 26, 2017

When I have a craving for Asian food, I usually just go out.  But recently I decided that I should try my hand at cooking one of my favorites (I have several) and found this seemingly easy recipe for orange chicken (courtesy of Harry Wetzel on allrecipes.com).  I also decided to try making my own egg rolls.  Wish me luck!

Asian Orange Chicken

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups of water
2 Tablespoons of orange juice
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/3 cup of rice vinegar
2-1/2 Tablespoons of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of orange zest
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of fresh minced ginger root
1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
2 Tablespoons of chopped green onion
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
3 Tablespoons of cornstarch
2 Tablespoons of water
2 skinless and boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 tesaspoon of pepper
3 Tablespoons of olive oil
Cooked white rice

Directions
1. Pour the water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce into a saucepan on medium-high heat.  Stir in the orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chopped onion, and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil then remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool a bit (10-15 minutes).

2. Place the chicken pieces into a large resealable bag.  Once the sauce mixture has cooled, pour 1 cup of the mixture over the chicken pieces in the bag (reserve the remaining sauce). Seal the bag and refrigerate for a minimum of two (2) hours.

3. In another resealable bag, mix the flour, salt, and pepper.  Add the marinated chicken pieces, seal the bag, and shake to coat the chicken with the flour mixture.

4.  Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Place the marinated chicken into the skillet and brown on both sides.  Remove the chicken to a  plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

5.  Clean out the skillet and add the reserved sauce.  Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.  Mix together the cornstarch and the water and then stir this combination into the sauce.  Reduce the heat to medium low, add the chicken pieces, and simmer for about five (5) minutes (stir occasionally).

I Don’t Normally Do Casseroles . . .!

January 5, 2017

But I found this fabulous recipe that was an instant hit (and super easy to prepare)!  And, it has bacon to boot!

Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

Ingredients
1-1/2 pounds of ground beef
1/2 pound of bacon (cooked and crumbled)
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1 package (32 ounce) of frozen tater tots
1 can (10.75 ounce) of condensed cheddar cheese soup
16 ounces of sour cream

Directions
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Lightly spray a 13″ x 9″ pan with cooking spray.
3. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet until it is no longer pink and drain the fat.
4. In a large bowl, combine the cooked beef, cooked bacon pieces, cheddar cheese, tater tots, cheese soup, and sour cream.  Mix until thoroughly combined.
5. Spread this mixture into the prepared 13×9 pan.
6. Bake for 45-50 minutes (until bubbly).

Enjoy!

An Old Standard!

September 6, 2016

Meatloaf, an easy meal and the true definition of “comfort” food.  Growing up we had meatloaf on a rather regular basis (with fresh veggies, baked potato, and homemade bread on the side) — and mom’s was the best (especially the tomato piquant sauce used to top it all off)!  Here is a tasty variation of mom’s recipe (using stuffing mix instead of bread crumbs and onion soup mix instead of the salt, pepper, and other seasonings).  Yum!

Everyday Meatloaf

Ingredients
2 cups herbed stuffing mix
1 cup water
½ cup dry milk
1 package dry onion soup mix
2 eggs, beaten well
½ cup catsup
2 pounds ground beef

For the Sauce
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons prepared mustard
½ cup water
2 Tablespoons vinegar
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Combine the stuffing, water, milk, soup mix, eggs, and catsup and mix thoroughly.  Add the meat and mix until it is all well blended.  Press into a loaf pan (9x5x3 inches) or form into a loaf.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1½ hours.  When it has cooked half the time, spread the tomato piquant sauce over the top and continue baking.

Chicken with a Kick!

June 22, 2016

Here is a quick and easy recipe for spicing up your chicken breasts that I saw being demonstrated on facebook the other day . . .

Mexican Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients
Boneless/skinless chicken breasts (4)
Refried beans
Pepper Jack cheese
Green chiles
Salt and pepper
Nacho cheese taco shells, ground

Directions
1. Butterfly your chicken breats then place each breast between sheets of plastic wrap and pound to 1/4″ thickness.

2. Spread a layer of refried beans over the top of each breast, generously sprinkle with pepper jack cheese, and spread green chiles over the top.  Roll each breast up and secure with toothpicks.

3. Crush/grind the taco shells and place in a shallow pan (9×9 cake pan).  Roll each breast in the crumbs (coat well) and place on a wire rack over a shallow jellyroll pan.

4. Bake at 375 degree for 35 minutes.

Pork is Always an Option!

May 27, 2016

Pork is always high on my list when it comes to cooking  and I’m always on the look out for new and interesting recipes.  Here’s one with sage and pecan (and blackberries) that sounds positively marvelous!  And while I’m at it, here’s a shout out to my brother — Happy Birthday Andrew!

Sage and Pecan Pork Tenderloin Cutlets

Ingredients
1 cup of red wine vinegar
5 Tablespoons of seedless blackberry preserves
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 pound of pork tenderloin
3/4 cup of fine, dry breadcrumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
2 teaspoons of rubbed sage
2 large eggs, beaten
4 teaspoons of olive oil
Garnish: fresh blackberries, fresh sage leaves

Directions
1.  Bring vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook 6 minutes or until reduced by half.  Stir in preserves, and cook 5 minutes.  Stir in salt.

2.  Remove silver skin from tenderloin, leaving a thin layer of fat covering meat. Cut pork into 8 slices.  Place pork between two sheets of plastic wrap, and flatten to ¼-inch thickness.

3.  Stir together bread crumbs, pecans, and sage in a shallow bowl.

4.  Dredge pork in breadcrumb mixture, dip in beaten eggs, and dredge again in breadcrumb mixture.

5.  Cook 4 pork slices in 2 teaspoons hot oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 minutes or until done, turning every two minutes. Repeat procedure with remaining pork and oil.  Serve with vinegar mixture, and garnish if desired.

Hungry for Mexican Food?

May 10, 2016

I seem to be able to eat Mexican food any time, any day (i.e., I never tire of the spicy flavors).  Here’s a recipe that is quick and easy and is sure to satisfy any craving for Mexican food you may have.

Chicken Quesadillas 

Ingredients
2-1/2 cups of shredded cooked chicken
2/3 cup of salsa
1/3 cup of sliced green onions
3/4 to 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
6 flour tortillas (8-inch)
1/4 cup of butter, melted
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Sour cream and guacamole

Directions
1. In a large skillet, combine the first six ingredients.  Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for ten (10) minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

2. Brush one side of the tortillas with butter and place buttered-side down on a lightly-greased baking sheet.  Spoon 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture over half of each tortilla and sprinkle with 1/3 cup of the cheese.

3. Fold the plain side of the tortilla over the cheese and bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until they are crisp and golden brown.  Cut into wedges and serve with the sour cream and guacamole.

A Savory Pie!

April 22, 2016

Here’s a recipe that is reminiscent of a good old pasty (a folded pastry case with a savory filling, typically of seasoned meat and vegetables) a la the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Cheese, Ale, and Potato Pie

Ingredients
2 (14-ounce packages) puff pastry, chilled
2-1/4 pounds of medium Yukon gold potatoes
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup of ale (such as Bass, but any kind [light or dark] will do)
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons  of heavy cream
15 ounces (5 cups) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 large egg yolks, plus 1 large egg, lightly beaten
1-1/2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
1-1/2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard

Directions
1.  On a lightly floured work surface, roll out each puff pastry sheet to a 10″ x 14″ rectangle.  Stack the pastry sheets on a cookie sheet  with a piece of parchment paper between them.  Refrigerate until chilled.

2.  In a large saucepan, cover the potatoes with 1″ of water, add salt, and bring to a boil.  Cook over moderately high heat until the potatoes are just tender (about 15 minutes).  Drain and cool under running water.  Pat the potatoes dry , then peel and quarter and gently crush with your hand or a wooden spoon.

3.  In a medium saucepan, boil the ale over high heat until reduced to 1/3 of a cup (about 5 minutes).  Add the cream and cook , whisking until reduced to 3/4 of a cup (about 5 minutes).  Add the cheese and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce is smooth (about 3 minutes).  Remove from the heat and whisk in the egg yolks, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard.  Season the sauce with the salt and pepper and let cool.  Carefully stir in the crushed potatoes and season again with salt and pepper.

4.  Arrange 1 chilled puff pastry  sheet  on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with some of the beaten egg.  Spread the potato filling on top, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around.  Top with the second sheet of puff pastry  and press the edges together to seal; crimp decoratively.  Brush the top of the pie with more of the beaten egg and cut a few slits for venting.  Refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes).

5.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Bake the pie for 25 minutes.  Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees,  rotate the baking sheet and bake until the pastry is browned and the filling is bubbling (about 25-30 minutes longer).  Let cool slightly before serving.