"Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children." Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Cranberry Chicken



I will even admit that this doesn't look very good.  But this picture doesn't do it justice and it is super yummy!  When I had the twins, I had two different people bring this to me.

2-3 Chicken Breasts
1 packet of Onion Soup Mix
8 oz Russian Salad Dressing
1 can of Cranberry Jelly or you can make your own using fresh cranberries

Place chicken, cut up or whole in baking dish.  In a bowl, mix together the onion soup mix, Russian dressing, and cranberry jelly.  Mix well and pour over chicken.  Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until completely cooked.  Serve over rice. 

If using fresh cranberries make that before you do anything else.
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Banana Berry Smoothie


Not the best picture, I know.  But I was in a hurry to eat it up!
Lately I've been trying to lose my weight from having the twins.  This has been working great!  For breakfast this is what I have.

1 large or 2 small bananas
1 cup of frozen berrries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
1 cup of Juice - usually white grape

Blend well and enjoy!
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Mango Salsa Chicken Tacos



These were soooooo good! However one thing I will do differently next time is pulse the salsa in my blender for a second.  It was way too chunky and not enough juicy.

Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Small Tortillas

Mango Salsa:
2 Ripe Mangos - diced
2 small or 1 large tomato - seeded and diced
1/4 - 1/2 of a Red Onion - diced
Handful of Ciliantro - chopped
Juice of 1 Lime

Place chicken on a tin foil covered cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper.  Cook at 350 for 30 minutes or until done.  Slice.

Salsa: Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix.  If you like it chunky, leave it.  If you want it a little more juicy, pulse it in your blender for a couple of seconds.

I would also throw my tortillas on a hot skillet next time, too to warm them up.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chicken Sausage Pasta


There are so many different kinds of different sausage.  I buy ours at Sam's Club, the Chicken Sausage with Asiago Cheese & Spinach.  We've tried a kind with apples in it but we weren't fans.

This is a very as-you-go kind of dish.  Whatever you have or want to throw in, go for it. 

Ingredients:
Olive Oil
Chicken Sausage
1 Green Pepper
1 small can or fresh Mushrooms
Angel Hair Pasta

Start boiling your water for the pasta and then cook according to package.  Cut up your sausage, pepper, and mushrooms and start sauteeing in a little olive oil.  Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and add it to the sausage.  Add more olive oil if needed.  Let cook together on low for 5-10 minutes.
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Meatball Beds

My kids made up the name but they're basically just small calzones with meatballs inside.  Again, sorry for the crappy picture.



Ingredients:
Grand Biscuits or homemade dough
Cooked Meatballs
Mozz Cheese
Butter
Italian Seasoning
Spaghetti Sauce for dipping

Cut each biscuit in half length wise and place cut up meatballs and mozzarella cheese inside.  Close and press sides together.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle Italian Seasoning on top.  Bake according to package directions or about 350 for 8-10 min or until golden brown.

Warm spaghetti sauce for dipping.
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