Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Italian Meatball Subs

I love meatball sandwiches. It's one of my favorites. I got this recipe from My Kitchen Cafe. This is definitely something I will make again. My family loved it!

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Italian Meatball Subs
adapted from My Kitchen Cafe

1 cup unseasoned bread crumbs or crushed saltines
3/4 cup parmesan or mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 cup fresh parsley or 3 Tbsp dried parsley
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 Tbsp oregano
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 lbs ground beef
1 1/2 cup flour (to dredge meatballs)

28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp basil
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt

french bread rolls or sub rolls
provolone or mozzarella cheese
parmesan cheese

Mix meatball ingredients except for meat and flour. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Add meat and mix well. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly grease. Make golf ball-size meatballs and dredge in flour until lightly coated. Place on baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let sit for 15 minutes.

For the sauce mix all ingredients together and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add meatballs to sauce.

Place sliced cheese on buns and toast in oven at 400 for 4-5 minutes. Place meatballs in buns and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Makes about 30 meatballs and 7-9 sandwiches

Monday, August 30, 2010

Potato Salad

I've never been a huge fan of potato salad unless it's a really good potato salad. This potato salad is amazing! I got this recipe from my sister-in-law. It's always a big hit at our family parties. It is so good!

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Potato Salad
7-8 large potatoes, chopped and boiled
9 hard boiled eggs, chopped
3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
diced pickles
chopped cheese, cheddar or colby jack
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup miracle whip
3 squirts ranch dressing

Combine potatoes, chopped eggs, pickles, and cheese (however much you like). Mix together mayonnaise, miracle whip, and ranch dressing. Stir into potato mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir. Place sliced eggs on top and sprinkle with season-all.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Unstuffed Cabbage

I really like this dish a lot. It's probably one of the easiest meals to make, it's inexpensive, and it's healthy. Did I mention it tastes good too?

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Unstuffed Cabbage
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup diced onion
8 cups chopped cabbage
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes, drained
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Brown ground beef with onion; drain. Stir in cabbage; cover and cook at medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Add tomatoes, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper; Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve over rice.

Serves 6

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken

I love crock pot dishes. There is something nice about already having a meal prepared when it's time to eat. When the kids come home from school and I'm trying to help them with their homework, it's so nice to not have to worry about making dinner. This doesn't take too long to make and it tastes good too.

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Creamy Crock Pot Chicken
6-8 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup carrots, cut into julienne strips
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup onion, diced
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 pkg. Italian dressing mix
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp cornstarch

Place chicken on the bottom of the crock pot. Add carrots and mushrooms. Mix together onions, soup, and dressing mix. Pour over the top of the chicken and veggies. Cook on low for about 6 hours. About a half hour before serving, shred the chicken. Combine sour cream and corn starch and stir into crock pot. Cook for a half hour. Serve over rice.

Serves 6

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Creamy Chicken and Veggies

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Creamy Chicken and Veggies
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
5 small potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup carrots, sliced
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 1/2 cups water
1 can cream of chicken soup
Season-all seasoned salt

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Season chicken with Season-all and add to skillet. Cook until chicken is browned and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet. Add potatoes, carrots, bell pepper, and onion. Season veggies with Season-all. Add water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer covered for 15 minutes. Cut chicken into cubes and add to skillet. Stir in cream of chicken soup. Continue cooking covered until veggies are tender.

Serves 4-6

Monday, August 23, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Creamy Lemon Chicken

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Creamy Lemon Chicken
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp Sprite
2 tsp grated lemon peel
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup half and half
parmesan cheese

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet. Saute chicken about 4-5 minutes on each side until cooked through. Remove chicken to 9x13 baking dish. Add Sprite, lemon peel, and juice to skillet. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Slowly add half and half, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and stir for one minute. Pour sauce over chicken. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Place under broiler until golden brown.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Chicken Stroganoff

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Chicken Stroganoff
1 lb chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1/2 cup onion, diced
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp paprika
5 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp flour
cooked egg noodles

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken and cook for about 5 minutes. Add onion and mushrooms. Cook until chicken is cooked through. Add chicken broth, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, and bacon. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Combine flour and sour cream until smooth. Add to the skillet. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve over egg noodles and sprinkle with paprika.

Serves 4

Monday, August 9, 2010


All I have to say is Yum!!! These cookies are so good.   

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1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt

Mix together in small bowl:
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400. Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs. Blend in dry ingredients. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies depending on the size of the cookies.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

I used to work at Winger's a long time ago when I was still single. My favorite thing was their Asphalt Pie. This dessert is a lot like it. It is so easy to make. It takes just a few minutes to make and all you have to do is freeze it. So simple and delicious!!!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

25 Oreo cookies, crushed
1 container (1 1/2 qt.) mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened
1 container (8 oz) cool whip, thawed
caramel topping

Line a 13x9 pan with foil. Sprinkle crumbs evenly on the bottom of the pan. Spread ice cream evenly over the crumbs. Spread cool whip on top of ice cream. Freeze for 3 hours. When ready to serve, lift dessert from pan using the ends of the foil. Cut into squares and serve with caramel topping.

Makes 16 squares

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Shredded Beef Chimichangas

When we blessed our baby a few months ago we served roast beef sandwiches at the luncheon afterwards. I made way too much roast beef so I had a ton left over. I froze it but I didn't really know what to do with it. I'm not the most creative person and I usually need to follow a recipe to make anything. So coming up with a recipe on my own is really a stretch for me. I actually came up with this on my own. I combined the roast beef with some different spices and it was actually pretty good. Especially if you serve it with home made salsa and guacamole. It's definitely something I'll make again when I have leftover roast beef.

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Shredded Beef Chimichangas
3 cups cooked shredded roast beef
1/2 cup salsa
1 can green chilies
3 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
flour tortillas
shredded cheese
vegetable oil

Combine beef with salsa, green chilies, and spices. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Microwave tortillas until they are warm and pliable. Place meat mixture down the center of tortillas. Top with cheese. Roll up on all sides tightly. Heat oil in a large skillet. Fry in oil for about 2 minutes on each side until crispy and golden. Serve with salsa and guacamole.

Serves 6-8

Monday, August 2, 2010

Easy Guacamole

There are a lot of guacamole recipes out there that are really good. This is probably the most simple recipe. There are few ingredients and it's so easy to just throw it all together. It's perfect to serve with tacos, burritos, or with anything you want.

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Easy Guacamole
2 avocados
1 roma tomato, diced
juice of 1 lime
garlic powder to taste
salt to taste

Mash avocados in a bowl. Stir in tomato, lime juice, garlic powder, and salt.


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