Pasta & Meatballs

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The recipe for the Delicious Pasta Sauce can be found though that link. This recipe for meatballs goes great with it!

 

Pasta & Meatballs
 
Ingredients
  • 1 batch of our Delicious Pasta Sauce
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb pasta (Whatever your favorite happens to be!)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1½ cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 packet buttermilk ranch dressing mix
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 350
  2. place ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs and seasonings into a medium sized bowl
  3. mix until combined
  4. roll into balls at about 2 tbsp at a time, should make roughly 20 balls
  5. place on cookie sheet
  6. bake at 350 until cooked all the way through (I usually cut one open to see if it's brown in the middle!)
  7. while these are baking cook your pasta according to the directions on the bag/box
  8. mix with the
  9. Delicious Pasta Sauce
  10. Enjoy!

 

 

Delicious Pasta Sauce

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Delicious Pasta Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • 2 16 oz cans chopped tomatoes (drain one of them)
  • 1 8-10 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. This recipe is really easy, you put all of the ingredients into a pot (or crock pot on low!) and simmer it for about an hour! It's amazing!

Simple Chicken Enchilada

 

 

This is a simple and delicious recipe for enchiladas, don’t let the picture fool you it tastes better than it looks!

.Chicken Enchilada Simple Chicken Enchilada

I’m guilty, sue me,  I love Americanized Mexican food… And how American is this! Take a traditional dish and turn it into a delicious casserole!! I love the convenience of making casseroles, they take half the time that it takes to properly make rolled enchiladas. My Dad was the first person I ever saw make enchilada casserole, and with six children I can’t blame him! Can you imagine the time that it would’ve taken to make enough rolled enchiladas to feed a large family, no thank you!

Simple Chicken Enchilada
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • 20 oz can green enchilada sauce
  • 6 oz can green chilies
  • 2-3 cups shredded cheese
  • 10-15 corn tortillas
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 3 tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Put your chicken into a medium saucepan with your butter and seasonings and cook until golden brown
  2. When cooked through take chicken out of pan and shred, or cube if you prefer
  3. Add enchilada sauce and chilies to the pan that you used to cook the chicken
  4. Mix thoroughly and heat on medium until warm
  5. Line your baking dish with foil
  6. Put two large spoonfuls of sauce into bottom of dish
  7. Place however many tortillas you need to cover the bottom
  8. Add a layer of chicken
  9. Add a layer of sauce
  10. Add a layer of cheese
  11. Repeat until pan is full to the top
  12. Bake on 375 until cheese on top turns golden brown and bubbles

 

Chicken Jalapeno Chimichangas

Chicken Jalapeno Chimichangas Chicken Jalapeno Chimichangas

My dad loves to make Chimichangas, they are a family favorite! Since Dan and I will eventually be starting our own family I decided to turn it up a notch with the next generation’s take on this family classic. As I’m sure you know I am CRAZY about jalapeno cream cheese… I use it in/on pretty much everything I make for my wonderful husband and I, so I thought why not add some spice to this super simple dinner!!

Chicken Jalapeno Chimichangas
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • Three large Chicken breasts
  • 2 cups Chicken broth
  • 20 oz can Green enchilada sauce
  • 6 oz can diced green chilies
  • 10-15 Flour tortillas
  • 8 oz Jalapeno cream cheese
Instructions
  1. Put the chicken (whole breasts) into your crock pot
  2. Add chicken broth, enchilada sauce and the green chilies
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours
  4. Take chicken out and shred
  5. Mix chicken with 2 cups of the liquid from the crock pot
  6. Warm tortillas
  7. Smear a good amount of cream cheese on each warm tortilla
  8. Place roughly 3-4 tbsp of chicken on each tortilla
  9. Roll up tightly and pin closed with a toothpick as seen in photo below
  10. Fry however you like ( we used the deep fryer because America.)

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Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

I don’t have a picture of this but the recipe is amazing!

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken
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Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 lemons
  • 2-3 heads of garlic
  • 1 whole chicken 4 to 5 pounds
  • Fresh rosemary, or any fresh herbs
  • All-purpose steak seasoning or salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut garlic heads and lemons in half and lay in bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Cut the bottoms off the lemons so they lay flat.
  3. Add a sprig of rosemary, or any herbs.
  4. Remove insides from chicken, rinse chicken and pat dry.
  5. Season chicken well, inside and out, with all-purpose steak seasoning or salt and pepper.
  6. Lay chicken on top of garlic and lemon slices and stuff the chicken with a garlic head cut in half, and a lemon cut in quarters.
  7. Cover top of chicken with additional lemon slices and rosemary.
  8. Turn slow cooker to high, and cook for about 4 hours, or until chicken reaches 165 degrees.
  9. Slow cooker cooking times vary.
  10. Important: Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
  11. When chicken has reached 165, turn off slow cooker and let chicken rest for about 15 minutes.
  12. Remove from slow cooker, carve and serve.
  13. Liquid from slow cooker can be strained and served over chicken.

 

Overnight Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

Overnight Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 large tart apples (such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady), chopped
  • 1½ cups skim milk
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup whole grain oats
  • 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (more or less to your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons milled/ground flaxseed
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Additional Toppings
  • ¼ cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries)
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans)
Instructions
  1. Spray a 3½ quart or larger slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Combine chopped apples, milk, water, oats, sugar, butter, and flax- stirring to combine. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours (overnight). Stir in ¼ teaspoon kosher salt into the oatmeal just before serving.
  2. If desired, serve with additional toppings (1 tablespoon dried fruit and 1 tablespoon chopped nuts, each)

 

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I’ve got to say this is the best batch of chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever made. It’s also only the second batch but none the less they were the best chocolate chip cookies. You’re supposed to let them cool like my wife does, but my favorite thing to do with fresh chocolate chip cookies is to take them straight out of the oven and dip them into a cold glass of milk. They are warm and delicious and crunch and moist and soggy all in one. That’s a lot of things for a simple cookie, but these are the best cookies.

My wife thinks I’m crazy when I do this because they have a tendency to fall apart and down to the bottom of the glass and I fish for them like a 5 year old who lost his marbles. Actually she has the same look on her face now that she knows this will be on the internet. Huh.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugars, butter, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix together just until completely combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. For large cookies, scoop the dough into ¼ cup portions and space about two inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. For smaller cookies, scoop the dough into portions of about two tablespoons.
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for about two minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

 

Garlic Citrus Sauce

Garlic citrus sauce Garlic Citrus Sauce

This recipe was originally a happy by-product of my Garlic Citrus Chicken and Dan and I loved the flavor so much that we couldn’t help but make it again! I think it will make a delicious marinade this summer!

Garlic Citrus Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups water
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 4 TBSP Olive Oil
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Oranges, Juice and Zest
  • 1 Lemon, Juice and Zest
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 TBSP garlic salt
  • 1 TBSP pepper
  • 1 TBSP Basil
  • Flour as needed (To Thicken!)
Instructions
  1. Put chopped onion and minced garlic into a medium saucepan with 4 tbsp butter and cook until onion is opaque
  2. Add your Olive Oil
  3. Add Orange zest, Lemon zest and seasonings
  4. Add water, BBQ sauce, Lemon juice and Orange juice
  5. Cook on medium heat until boiling
  6. Turn off eat and whisk in small amounts of flour until the desired consistency is reached

 

Cinnamon Waffle Fried Chicken Sandwich

So here is an idea for breakfast or dinner, we chose to make this for dinner because it was nice and easy!

Cinnamon Waffle Chicken Sandwich Cinnamon Waffle Fried Chicken Sandwich

 

What I would like to do when we have more time is make the waffles with bits of bacon too, so you’d have a bacon cinnamon waffle with fried chicken.

 

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Cinnamon Waffle Fried Chicken Sandwich
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • Fried chicken
  • Package of Pillsbury Grands Cinnabon cinnamon rolls
  • Bacon, optional
Instructions
  1. Make your fried chicken
  2. Heat up waffle iron and place 4 pieces of cinnamon rolls next to eachother to make a waffle
  3. Combine and enjoy!

 

Garlic Citrus Chicken

Garlic Citrus Chicken Garlic Citrus Chicken

After I made this chicken Dan told me he never wanted me to make it any other way!! It was delicious! We live in California and our grocery store had some rather amazing smelling oranges when we went shopping and I got the wonderful idea to use them in dinner! After I finished cooking the chicken I took all of the liquid and boiled i down a little bit and turned it into an amazing sauce that we poured liberally all over our entire dinner, I made just the sauce a few days later and have since posted the recipe and you can find that here : Garlic Citrus Sauce  (I think this will make a fantastic marinade for summer grilling!) . I made the Parmesan Potato Wedges as a side dish with this amazing chicken and the flavors were perfect together!

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Garlic Citrus Chicken
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Recipe type: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Chicken breasts
  • 1½ cups water
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 4 TBSP Olive Oil
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Oranges, Juice and Zest
  • 1 Lemon, Juice and Zest
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 TBSP Garlic salt
  • 1 TBSP Pepper
  • 1 TBSP Basil
Instructions
  1. Cut Chicken into cubes
  2. Put chopped onion and minced garlic into a medium saucepan with 4 tbsp butter and cook until onion is opaque
  3. Add your Olive Oil
  4. Add Orange zest, Lemon zest and seasonings
  5. Add Chicken and cook on medium heat
  6. Add water, BBQ sauce, Lemon juice and Orange juice
  7. Simmer until chicken is cooked through
  8. Enjoy!