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Monday, November 1, 2010

Chicken Yum Yums

This is one of those meals that I love to make when the whole family is coming over for dinner. It is simple yet delicious and a meal I know everyone no matter the age or how picky they are will enjoy!!!

Chicken Yum Yums!!!

4 chicken breasts cooked and shredded

2 tsp of seasoned salt

2 tsp garlic powder

1 8oz pkg of cream cheese (softened)

1 10.5 oz of condensed cream of chicken

2 pkgs of crescent roll dough

1 box of chicken stuffing mix

5 tbsp of butter melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl mix chicken, spices, cream cheese and cream of chicken. Seperate crescent dough into triangles. Pour 1 tbsp of chicken mixture in the middle of crescent triangle and then wrap by folding ends ontop of each other. Dip in melted butter and then in stuffing mix. Place chicken yum yums on baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes or until dough is cooked and golden brown. Serve with mashed potatoes, corn, and a green salad. Enjoy!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Chinese without the takeout

How about Chinese without having to do takeout? One of my favorite meals to make that my family and friends love is Sweet and Sour chicken with Pork fried rice and Egg rolls. So I thought I would share it with all of you! Enjoy!

Pork Fried rice
1 cup of diced cooked pork
1 pkg of frozen peas and carrots
2 cups of cooked white rice
1 can of sliced water chestnuts
3 tbsp of black bean garlic sauce
1 tbs soy sauce
3 scrambled eggs
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
In a pot heat oil and cook veggies, water chestnuts, black bean sauce and soy sauce together for 2 min. Add pork and cook for another 5. Add scrambled eggs and rice. Mix well and then heat for another 5 min. Then serve. Enjoy!
Sweet and Sour Chicken
4-6 chicken breasts cubed
1 ¼ cup of flour
1¾ cup milk
1 egg
1 tbsp of baking powder
3 tbsp of seasoned salt
2 tbsp of black pepper
3 tbsp of garlic salt

Sweet and Sour Sauce
2 jars of sweet and saur sauce (any kind)
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of sugar

In a mixing bowl mix flour, baking powder, black pepper, garlic salt and seasoned salt. In another bowl mix milk and egg. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture and then add the chicken. In a pot heat 2-3 cups of vegetable oil on high and once its ready lower the heat to low or use your deep fryer at 350 degrees. Put 8-10 pieces of chicken at a time and fry for about 5-8 minutes or until chicken is done and then take out and put on a paper towel to drain.

For sauce put all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Take off of heat and serve. Enjoy this sauce by dipping your chicken or putting all of your chicken and mixing with the sauce. Enjoy!

Egg rolls
1 package of egg roll wrappers
1 package of coleslaw mix
1 2lb pork tenderloin cubed
1 jar of barbeque sauce (I use honey barbeque)
2 tbsp of seasoned salt
1 tbsp of garlic salt
2 tbsp paprika
4 tbsp of olive oil divided
Vegetable oil to fry

In a bowl mix all seasonings. Rub 2 tbsp of oil all over tenderloin pieces and then the seasoning mix. Heat the other 2 tbsp of oil in a frying pan and once hot add tenderloin pieces. Cook for about 8-10 minutes or until pork is white and done. Take cooked pork and put in food chopper or blender and chop until fine. In a bowl add coleslaw mix and pork. Then add bbq sauce. Mix well and then put 1 ½ tbsp of mixture in an egg roll wrap and fold. Fry in a pan with vegetable oil or in deep fryer until it is golden brown. Serve and Enjoy!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Easy marinade for Chicken or Beef

If youre looking for a great tasting and easy marinade for your steak or chicken here's a great tip. All you need is 1 bottle of Italian dressing, 3 garlic cloves minced, and 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Mix ingredients together and put in a ziploc bag with your meat or chicken. Let rest in fridge for 2hours to overnight and then grill or bake! It is delicious and easy to make. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How about Lasagna with a twist!

What’s for dinner?” How about Lasagna? Everyone, especially kids love lasagna, but how about making it different and fun. Instead of making one big lasagna you can make individual lasagna rolls. You will need 10-12 Lasagna noodles cooked and drained, 4 chicken breasts cooked and shredded, alfredo sauce homemade or from a jar, 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 8 oz container of ricotta cheese, half a cup of chopped basil, veggies like cooked spinach and chopped mushrooms (can be optional), and salt and pepper to taste. Mix a half cup of alfredo sauce with shredded chicken, basil, 1 cup of mozzarella, ricotta, salt and pepper and veggies. Take 1 tbsp (or a little more) of mixture and spread on a lasagna noodle and then roll. Continue until all noodles are filled with mixture. Spray a lasagna pan with cooking spray and place rolls. Top with the rest of Alfredo sauce and mozzarella cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Add some garlic bread and you will have a delicious meal that is different from your regular lasagna and fun to make!!! Enjoy!

If you need a simple, fast and yummy homemade recipe for alfredo sauce here it is: A 16oz container of heavy whipping cream, 8oz cream cheese softened, 2 sticks of butter softened, 1 tsp of garlic powder and 1 cup of parmesan cheese (add more as you like). In a saucepan on low heat melt butter and cream cheese. Add heavy whipping cream and garlic powder. Mix with a whisk until cream cheese and butter are mixed in well. Add parmesan cheese and let simmer for 10 minutes on low heat. Enjoy!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Lets go Tacos!!!

One of my favorite things to do is Cook! I love to make things that make my family go "HMMM THIS IS YUMMY! One of my family's favorite dishes is Shredded beef tacos. Its easy to make and delicious. Enjoy!
2-3 lb rump roast
3 tbsp of cumin
3 tbsp of California chili powder
1-2 tbs of seasoned salt
2 cans of chicken broth
3 cloves of garlic chopped
2 tsp of black pepper
Put all ingredients in a crock pot on low for 6-8 hours or until the meat is falling apart! Shred and then add a little bit of the juice that you cooked it with so it doesn't dry out. Put it in a flour tortilla with shredded lettuce, Mexican blended cheese, tomatoes, and some slices of avocado and you have some yummy tacos!!

Just the beginning

As a housewife one of the concerns I have everyday is what are we going to have for dinner. I love to cook and its also my stress reliever believe it or not. I decided to start a blog on easy and yummy dinners. I want to share with everyone recipes that I've come up with, recipes I've changed and made my own, and also recipes that have been shared with me that I enjoy making. Hope this can help every mom out there that worries every day about something yummy and easy to make to put on the table!!! Enjoy!!

Before I start here is a little about my life and family who are my biggest and most wonderful food critics!
Dutch is my wonderful husband of 7 years. He is my best friend and my biggest food critic. He blames his weight gain on my cooking hehehe! He is my picky eater and because of that I have to modify a lot of my recipes to his liking. He completes me and has made me the happiest woman in the world. I am lucky to have him in my life. I am grateful for his hard work and for being such a great husband and great father.

Stephan Luis Howe is my oldest who is 5 years old. He is my adventurous one who is not scared of anything! Whether its climbing a tree all the way to the top, hopping our fence because he doesnt want to play in the backyard anymore and doesnt want to go in the house to go out the front door or trying to find snakes and grasshoppers in the backyard this boy is always doing something! I love him for his fearlessness although it makes me scared that he isnt scared of anything. He is also my sportsy kid. He loves soccer, baseball and football and is really good at all of them. His newest adventure is swimming. Just yesterday we took them swimming to the reservoir and as we were in the water playing he looked at me and said "hey mom look at me I can swim under water now" as I turned around to look at him there he was swimming underwater towards me. With Stevie I cant take much credit for teaching him how to do much of what he knows. He has always been independent and somehow figured things out on his own. At the age of two he watched all the kids in the neighborhood riding their scooters and so he wanted to try and did it. At the age of three he learned how to ride a bike with no training wheels and then learned how to ride a skateboard. Im amazed and couldnt be more prouder of him!!!

Samuel David Howe is my youngest who just turned 3! He is my mommas boy. Always wants to come with me everywhere even if its just to get the mail! He is also my tree climbing, bike riding trying to ride a skateboard now boy! I think he is trying to follow in his brother's footsteps. He loves to go on adventures but on his own without telling anyone which always can make me kinda crazy! A couple of weeks ago the kids were playing outside and when I looked to check up on them Sami wasnt there. I sent Dutch (my hubby) to look for him and sure enough as he went outside to look there came our neighbor with Sami who had decided he wanted to ride his bike farther away from the house. Thank goodness we live in a cul de sac with great neighbors or else I would be in serious trouble with this one. He is also my SUPER BUNNY!! ready to save the day and help mom out whether its vacuuming, cleaning and even cooking he always wants to help! I also couldnt be prouder of him! He is my cuddly, loving boy who always has a kiss and hug for mom!