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Delicious Sticky Chicken

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the fantastic food blogs on the web.  So much talent and so many delicious ideas.  There are some that I visit often, and the blog at Southern Plate has now become a fast favorite. 

If you are not familiar with this blog you need to visit it soon.  It’s run by Christy Jordan the author of The Southern Plate.  It’s a blog filled with great family recipes, followed up with some great family values and memories. 

The recipe I’m sharing with you today I saw at Christy’s blog and knew I had to try it.  It has a total of four ingredients and just looked too simple to pass up.  It’s easy and delicious and has quickly become a family favorite.  There were no complaints on our dinner table the night I served this.

You can find the recipe here .  Christy calls these “Grilled Chicken Tenderloin – Without the Grilling.”  My family refers to them as sticky chicken because that’s how they turn out.  Deliciously sticky!

This is a great meal for a hot summer night.  I can see myself making extra and then using some sliced cold over some lettuce.  Yum!

Check out Christy’s site and some of her other fantastic recipes.  You won’t be disappointed!

Shrimp & Feta Over Pasta (Mediterranean Shrimp Skillet)

I saw this dish in a recent issue of Taste of Home magazine and knew I had to make it.  Feta, shrimp, lemon and pasta?  Yup, I can fall in love with that combination.

Being Catholic, and it being Lent, I look for new and different meatless recipes to serve for the next few weeks.  This one was on the top of my list.  Of course, after I made it and was cleaning up I realized this recipe calls for chicken broth, and, yes, chicken broth would be considered a meat when cooking that should not be used on a meatless day during Lent.  I’m sure God forgave me for that minor mistake.  I hope. 

I only made one change to this recipe, and that change came about because I couldn’t get one major ingredient.  Fresh basil.  I see it all the time in any of our grocery stores, even during the winter, but for whatever reason, fresh basil decided to evacuate itself from all produce sections in my area last week.  I did, however, have  two bunches of fresh cilantro in my fridge.  In fact, I always have fresh cilantro in a mason jar in my fridge because I can’t live without the stuff. 

I was hesitant at first to make the switch from the basil to the cilantro, but after reviewing the ingredients again I realized cilantro would work just as well, if not better.  I do plan on making this again using basil, but if you find yourself in a pinch like me, I highly recommend the substitution of cilantro if need be.  That was the only thing I changed about this recipe. 

Mediterranean Shrimp Skillet

From Taste of Home Magazine February/March 2011 issue

  • 8 oz. uncooked angel hair pasta (I used spaghetti)
  • 1 1/2 lbs. uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil (I used dried cilantro)
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté shrimp in oil until shrimp turn pink.  Add the garlic, salt and pepper; cook 1 minute longer.  Remove and set aside.

In the same skillet, heat 1 cup broth, lemon juice and dried basil.  In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and remaining broth until smooth; stir into the pan.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Stir in spinach and shrimp; cook until spinach is wilted.

Drain pasta; serve with shrimp mixture.  Sprinkle with feta cheese and fresh basil.

Enjoy!

Beef Barley Soup

Do you love soup as much as I do?  I could eat soup three times a day, everyday for a month and never be sick of it.

My husband has another opinion.  He likes soup, but for him it’s a lunch item accompanied by a sandwich.  For me, it’s a meal.  For my children it means grilled cheese, because soup for dinner has to be shared with grilled cheese sandwiches or they won’t eat it.  My family is fickle and they make me crazy sometimes.

If you checked out my Smothered Roast Beef recipe from the other day, I hinted that the leftovers from that dish would be used in another recipe.  This is that recipe. 

And before any of you balk at this I’m going to tell you upfront that some of the gravy from that roast beef is used as the base of this soup.  Don’t go thinking that is weird, gravy in soup, because if you remember that gravy was made with a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup.  So really, it’s only fitting for it to be in this soup.  And it works.  Very well, I might add.

I make this in the slow cooker and it works out perfectly fine.

BEEF BARLEY SOUP:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Diced Leftover Roast Beef
  • 4 Cups Low Sodium Beef Broth
  • 1 Cup Leftover Gravy
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 1 Stalk Celery, diced
  • 1 Small Onion, chopped
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3/4 Cup Small Pearl Barley
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Place all ingredients in the slower cook leaving out the barley.

Stir well, season accordingly, cover and set to low.  Allow to cook on low for 4 hours.  At the end of 4 hours, stir in the barley and cover.  Allow to continue cooking for an additional 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until barley is tender.

Serve up with some grilled cheese. 

Enjoy!

Two-Layer Pumpkin Pie

Back in 1993, the year I was married, I received a little holiday recipe booklet put out by Jello-O, Baker’s Chocolate and Diamond Walnuts.  I have that booklet to this day and it’s falling apart.  It has so many wonderful and decadent desserts in it and I think I’ve made all but two of them over the years.  One recipe I’ve made over and over is their Two-Layer Pumpkin Pie.  It’s easy, no bake and a perfect pie to make when someone says they don’t like pumpkin pie.  I’ve had many people say that, try this pie, and change their mind.  It’s not your traditional pumpkin pie – which I love just as much as this one – but is instead a creamy version that I’ve never had a complaint over.

When I decided to post this recipe I looked at the Kraft Recipes site to see if they had it listed and sure enough they did.  The odd part is they’ve changed the recipe a bit and although I haven’t made the newer version of this, I have to wonder how it would work.  The original recipe calls for 4 oz. of cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups of cool whip added to the mix and layered in a 6 oz. graham cracker pie crust.  The new version uses 8 oz. cream cheese and 1 tub of Cool Whip.  I know from making the original version so many times that the two layers just fit into the 6 oz. pie crust, so I’m not sure how the additional amounts would work in that same size crust. 

So please take note that the recipe I share here with you today is the original version of this.  I’m thinking next time I’ll just make the newer version posted at Kraft and then not have an ounce of guilt for eating half the filling before filling the pie shell.  Works for me!

TWO-LAYER PUMPKIN PIE

Recipe from Kraft

  • 4 oz. Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 Tbsp. Milk or Half and Half
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
  • 1 6 oz. Keebler Ready Crust Graham Cracker Pie Crust
  • 1 Cup Cold Milk or Half and Half (I use 1% milk)
  • 1 packages Jello-Vanilla Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
  • 1 15 oz. Can Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves

Mix cream cheese, 1 tablespoon milk and sugar in a large bowl with electric mixer set to low until smooth.  Gently stir in the whipped topping until well combined.  Spread evenly on the bottom of pie crust.

Pour 1 cup milk into bowl.  Add pudding mix.  Using a wire whist beat pudding mix for 1 to 2 minutes or until well blended.  The mixture will be thick.

Stir in the pumpkin and spices with the wire whisk and mix well.  Spoon the pumpkin mixture over the top of the cream mixture in the pie shell and gently spread to evenly cover the cream bottom.  Chill well for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight.

Serve with some extra cool whip.  Enjoy!

 

Slow Cooker Chicken With Broccoli

I found this recipe in one of my cookbooks and realized as I was making it that it was no longer going to really resemble the original recipe at all.  I think the original recipe was a good foundation for this dish, but it needed more.  A lot more. 

All three of my children have always loved broccoli.  Over the past year my 8-year-old decided he hated it and his 4-year-old sister decided to agree.  My oldest still eats it.  My husband will not even look at broccoli let alone eat it, so I was hesitant to add it to this dish in fear that nobody would touch it.

I ended up being pleasantly surprised.  My husband didn’t come near it, which was no surprise, but my youngest son liked it and my daughter ate two helpings of it, asking for more broccoli than chicken.  Go figure.

The original recipe called for frozen broccoli, but I opted to use fresh instead and I think I made the right choice.

I would definitely make this again, but it needs some serious color.  The lack of color from the sauce, pasta and chicken, with only with the green of the broccoli doesn’t make it aesthetically pleasing to look at.  Tastes good, but it needs a little color.  The next time I make this I plan on adding a small jar of drained and chopped pimento.  I have a feeling that will fit in perfectly here!

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN WITH BROCCOLI

  • 4 Large Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Packet Good Seasons DRY Italian Dressing Mix
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium white or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Low Fat Sour Cream
  • 1 8 0z. Brick of Cream Cheese (I used Neuchâtel for a lower fat content)
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Mrs. Dash Original Salt Free Blend
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Small Jar Chopped Pimento, drained. (I didn’t add this to this version I made but plan to in the next one) *optional
  • 2 Cups Fresh Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth (low sodium)
  • 1 Can Campbells Health Request Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Pound Penne Pasta
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter

Add the chicken, olive oil, italian dressing mix and the Mrs. Dash and set to high.

In a skillet set to medium, add the butter.  Once hot, add the onions and sauté until soft.  

Once the onions are soft, add the can of soup, sour cream, cream cheese, chicken broth, nutmeg, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper and stir well with a whisk.  Allow the mixture to come to a low simmer.  Once this is achieved, pour the sauce over the chicken in the slow cooker and stir well to combine.  Cover and allow to cook on high for one hour.

After one hour, turn the slow cooker to low and allow to continue cooking for another two hours.  At the end of the two hours, add in the broccoli florets and the drained pimento, if using.  Stir again to combine, cover and allow to cook on low for an additional hour.

Just before done, cook the pasta in a large pot of well salted water.  Once aldente, drain and add to a large bowl.  Pour the sauce over the pasta and mix well.  Serve immediately with some additional grated parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

 

 

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