Wednesday, April 24, 2013

S'mores Granola

I have had some fun with granola lately, but this is my current favorite recipe, so I thought I'd share it with y'all. This s'mores granola over some greek yogurt is a delicious afternoon pick me up!

S'mores Granola

What you'll need: 
Adapted from: Dashing Dish
2 1/2 cupOld fashioned oats
2 tbsButter, melted
1/4 cupbrown sugar
1/8 cupHoney
1/4 cupMini chocolate chips
1 tspBaking powder
1/2 cupgraham cookies (or even chocolate graham crackers), broken into bite size pieces
1/2 cupmarshmallow bits (the little tiny marshmallows that you put in Hot Chocolate!)

To Make: 

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine all ingredients, except the chocolate chips and marshmallows. Spread out onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes. Stir, then bake another 15-20 minutes until granola is crisp. 
Enjoy over some yogurt or even ice cream! 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Avocado Bruschetta Chicken

Our dinner last night was too good not to share! So here you are -

Avocado Bruschetta Chicken

Ingredients:1 cup balsamic vinegar
4 thin sliced chicken breasts
Olive oil cooking spray
salt, pepper & Italian seasoning blend
1/2 cup pre-made bruschetta topping
2 avocado, sliced
4oz mozzarella cheese, sliced (or 1 cup shredded)
baby spinach, for serving
  1. Pour balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan then bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium then simmer and reduce until vinegar is thick enough to coat a spoon, about 20 minutes. (Vinegar will continue to thicken while cooling.) Set aside to cool.
  2. Place oven rack in top position then preheat broiler. Spray chicken breasts with olive oil then season with salt, pepper & Italian seasoning blend on both sides. Spray a large skillet over medium-high heat with oil then add chicken breasts and cook for 4-5 minutes a side, or until no longer pink in the center.
  3. Transfer chicken to a foil-lined, nonstick-sprayed baking sheet then top with 2 Tablespoons bruschetta mixture, 4 slices avocado, and 1 oz mozzarella each. Broil until cheese has melted then serve over spinach and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar reduction.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Irish Skillet and Leprechaun Cookies

It's been way too long since my last post, I know! It's not that I haven't been trying new recipes, I have. It's not that I haven't liked any of the, I have. It's mostly because by the time I sit down to eat, I am starving and don't even think about taking a pic, I'm too focused on putting the yummy food in my mouth!! Well, yesterday was St Patrick's Day so I decided to make an Irish Skillet for dinner along with some Leprechaun cookies for dessert! Both were delish, and this time there was enough left in the dish to snap a quick pic so that I could share these recipes with you here.

Irish Skillet

1lb ground beef
1 onion, diced
Hash Potatoes
1c beef broth
1/4c apple juice
2tblsp yellow mustard
2tblsp vinegar
1tblsp Worcestershire
1 head of cabbage, chopped
4 slices of bacon, cut up (or more! I used about 8 slices)

To Make: 

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, season beef with salt and pepper and brown beef with onions. Add potatoes to skillet, cooking for about 10 minutes until potatoes are brown, stirring often. Mix in the remaining ingredients and cook for an additional 10 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed. 

Leprechaun Cookies 

What you'll need: 

1 box of cake mix  (I used French Vanilla)
2 eggs
6tblsp melted butter
green food coloring
powdered sugar, about 1 cup

To Make: 

Preheat oven to 350. Mix green food coloring in with melted butter. Mix all ingredients together until well blended, will be sticky. Scoop out heaping tablespoons of dough mixture into bowl of powdered sugar and roll. Place rolled dough on cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. 

PS- You can make these cookies with any flavor of cake mix and in any color! We made these exact cookies at Christmas and called them Grinch cookies. 

No matter what you are doing, it's always nice to have a helper!! 

Whether it's cooking dinner - 

Or working - 

Caleb loves to help me with dinner, and I have found that he is more agreeable to trying new foods if he helps in preparing them. 
Ethan enjoys working with me, and by working I mean coloring, because that's what he thinks I do all day!

Maybe I have a future chef and artist on my hands!