Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cashew Pork and Vegetables

This meal is great! I like it how it is but my husband said he would like it with more sauce. I think next time I'll double the sauce. Either way it's really good.

Printable Recipe

Cashew Pork and Vegetables
adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook

1 lb lean boneless pork, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
2 cups fresh pea pods
3 medium carrots, sliced on an angle
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup cashews
cooked rice
vegetable oil

Mix together orange juice, hoisin sauce, ginger, and crushed red pepper. Set aside. Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Stir in carrot. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add pea pods and green onion. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from wok. Add half of the pork to wok. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes until no longer pink; remove from wok. Repeat with remaining pork. Return all meat and vegetables to wok. Stir sauce; add to wok. Cook and stir until heated through. Stir in cashews. Serve over rice.

Serves 4

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lemon-Mustard Chicken

I love meals like this. It's so easy to mix a few ingredients together to make a sauce, pour it over the chicken, and bake it. I'm so busy all day taking care of my 4 kids. Sometimes it's nice to make a low maintenance meal that tastes good.

Printable Recipe

Lemon-Mustard Chicken
adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Place chicken in a 9x13 baking dish. Mix together olive oil, dijon mustard, lemon juice, lemon pepper, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Brush over chicken, coating on both sides. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through. Serve chicken with sauce from pan.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Chicken Parmesan Bundles

This is a good way to get your kids to eat spinach. Just mixed it with a bunch of cheese and stuff it in a chicken breast. It's so good. My kids love it!

Chicken Parmesan Bundles
adapted from Kraft Food and Family

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
5 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 1/4 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
6 Tbsp parmesan cheese, divided
1 egg, slightly beaten
10 ritz crackers, crushed (about 1/2 cup)
1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce, heated

Preheat oven to 375. Mix together ritz cracker crumbs and 3 Tbsp parmesan cheese. Place on a shallow dish or pie plate. Mix cream cheese, spinach, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, and 3 Tbsp of the parmesan cheese until well blended. Place spinach mixture in the center of each chicken breast.
Roll up each chicken breast. Dip in egg and then in parmesan cracker mixture. Place seam-side down in a 9x13 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. 
Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve topped with spaghetti sauce and remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Super Burritos

In my house burritos are always a big hit. Sometimes if we can't get the kids to eat, we wrap their food in a tortilla. My kids aren't picky eaters but every once in a while there is something they don't want to eat. They'll eat anything if it's in a tortilla or on a toothpick.

Printable Recipe

Super Burritos
adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup cooked rice
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
flour tortillas
shredded cheese
chopped tomato
shredded lettuce

Brown ground beef with onion, bell pepper, and garlic; drain. Stir in water, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Cook about 5 minutes until most of the water has evaporated. Stir in rice, black beans, green chilies, and cilantro. Heat through. Serve in tortillas with cheese, tomato, lettuce, salsa, and guacamole.

Serves 8

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Chicken with Creamy Chive Sauce

This is one of my favorites. It's a lot like Crock Pot Chicken with a few different ingredients. It's so delicious and so easy.

Printable Recipe

Chicken with Creamy Chive Sauce
adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 3/4 lb)
2 Tbsp butter
1 package Italian dressing mix
1 can golden mushroom soup
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 of an 8 oz tub chive and onion cream cheese
hot cooked pasta

Place chicken in a crock pot. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in dressing mix. Stir in soup, chicken broth, and cream cheese until combined. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Serve over pasta and sprinkle with chives.


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