There's nothing better than fresh, homemade granola. It's so delicious on a fruit and yogurt parfait (I love Greek yogurt best!). Most of you already know that I'm the food service director over my local high school and elementary school, but did you also know that I'm the school granola chef? I make huge batches of this delicious stuff every month. I leave it plain for school use (because of kids with nut allergies), but at home we love adding nuts and other delicious goodies. Enjoy :)
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
1 cup flour (regular, wheat, or brown rice)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup melted butter
ADD INS: toasted nuts (almonds are pictured), coconut flakes, dried fruit
Mix all dry ingredients. Stir in melted butter until crumbly. Spread out on cookie sheet and bake at 350 until golden brown (between 10-20 minutes). Stir every 5 minutes ensure even baking on outsides and middle.
School has started, so it's time to pull out the quick dinner recipes! After having the summer off I always struggle to get back into the swing of working and getting everything else accomplished....not to mention keeping everyone organized on homework.
Here's a quick dish from Reshaping It All by Candance Cameron Bure (my favorite Full Houser). It's quick, healthy and everyone ate seconds. That's an A++++ in my books. Enjoy :)
ORANGE CHICKEN FAJITAS
1 pkg. chicken breast
2 yellow bell peppers (I used 1 yellow, 1 green)
2 orange bell peppers
1 large white onion
1/4 cup 100% orange juice
1 TBSP olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Toppings (I like shredded lettuce, cheese, sour cream, tomato, black olives, refried beans and salsa)
Wash and cut the peppers and onion into thin strips. Cut chicken into thin strips as well. Heat oil in skillet and add chicken, peppers and onion. Cook until veggies are tender and chicken is cooked through. Add orange juice and let simmer 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve on tortillas. Top with your favorite toppings.
Don't look at my gross looking cookie sheet! Keep your eyes on the tasty cookies only! I hope I'm not the only one sporting a 10 year old pan that never seems to scrub clean... If not I'm totally embarrassed right now :) Gross pan or not, these gooey chocolate cookies have become a favorite at my house. I have made several batches and they haven't lasted longer than 1 hour. Try them immediately! Enjoy :)
DEEP, DARK CHOCOLATE COOKIES (only approximately 72 calories each!!!)
1 1/2 cups dark or semi sweet chocolate chips 3 large egg whites, room temperature 2 cups powdered sugar, divided (plus 1/2 cup for cookie coating) 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 large baking sheets with nonstick spray. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave, stirring twice, about 2 minutes. Cool slightly. (I set mine in the fridge while I assembled the rest of the dough).
Using electric mixer, beat whites in large bowl to soft peaks. Gradually beat in 1 cup powdered sugar. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow cream.
Whisk 1 cup powered sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl to blend. On low speed, add dry ingredients into meringue mixture.
Mix lukewarm chocolate mixture and 1/2 cup chocolate chips (dough will become very stiff).
Place 1/2 cup sugar in bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon dough into ball; roll in sugar, coating thickly. Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart.
Bake until puffed and tops crack, about 10 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet 10 minutes before removing.
This recipe produces THE BEST STUFF EVER!!!! I cannot believe I haven't already posted this delicious stuff! I do think I'm in love with it :) Something so yummy and easy may even be illegal in some areas. Enjoy :)
1 tub Cool Whip (I used lite)
1 container vanilla yogurt (I used Dannon light vanilla)
1 pkg. frozen berries (I used Walmart brand berry blend)
1 sugar free cheesecake instant pudding mix
I love Full House. Remember that awesome family show? Remember a time when family shows could be enjoyed by the entire family without the worry of having to encounter violence or sex (man, I just love the questions about that stuff my kids can come up with!)? Whatever happened to the good old days of Full House, Cosby Show or Growing Pains???? My kids enjoy these shows as much or more than the new shows. My favorite full house character was DJ. Candace Cameron was always a beauty, but being a wife and mother (of 3!) has done her well! She's absolutely gorgeous and has a great Christian weigh loss book called Reshaping It All! That's were I found this amazing recipe. I felt almost famous as I whipped this together :) The pineapple, chicken, black bean combo was delish. The pineapple gives the dish a sweetness that POPS! While I really liked this recipe, my husband LOVED it. Enjoy :)
BLACK BEAN, CHICKEN AND PINEAPPLE ENCHILADAS
1 Rotisserie chicken- pulled from the bone or shredded (I used 1 1/2 pounds of grilled chicken)
1 diced red bell pepper
1 TBSP olive oil
1 medium chopped onion
1 can crushed pineapple (20 oz)
1 can black beans (15 oz.)- rinsed and drained
1 large can enchilada sauce
shredded cheese (opt)
sour cream (opt)
flour tortillas (around 10)
Saute onion and bell pepper in olive oil until tender. Add chicken, pineapple and black beans; heat through. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and spread 1/4 cup enchilada sauce in bottom. Fill tortillas with chicken, black bean, pineapple mixture (you can add some shredded cheese if you want!) and roll up. Place seem side down in baking dish. Cover with remainder of enchilada sauce and sprinkle with more cheese (if you so desire.... and I did!). Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and it's hot and bubbly. It's yummy served with a little sour cream!
O Carrot Cake! O Carrot Cake! How lovely is your icing. O Carrot Cake! O Carrot Cake! I would really like to bite you!
Enough with the singing already... you're very lucky you can't hear me! This cake is so yummy, you will be singing too :) My son is a fan of The Pioneer Woman Cooks (he's 6 and I think he just likes to see her dog!) and begged me to bake this cake after seeing it on an episode. It was a hit with everyone, even though my 9 year old told my husband I used a cake mix and so he didn't believe it was from scratch!!! Enjoy :)
CARROT CAKE Cake:
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 whole eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups grated carrots
Butter, for greasing
For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together the granulated sugar, oil and eggs in a large bowl. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and combine. Then add the carrots and mix well. Pour the batter into a greased and floured Bundt pan and bake until done, about 50 minutes. Leave to cool completely.
Meanwhile, for the icing: In a larger bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese together. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and blend. Then mix in the pecans. Spread the icing on the cooled carrot cake.
Here's a super delish recipe for the crock pot my entire family enjoyed! I've come to use my crock pot more and more this past year and this fajita filling has ranked a spot among our favorites. Topped with homemade pico de gallo....hold on to your undies, because man it good! Enjoy :)
CROCK POT CHICKEN FAJITA FILLING
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 - 3 sliced sweet peppers (I used 1/2 of a red, yellow and orange)
1 1/2 lb. chicken breast or thighs
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBSP cumin
1 1/2 TBSP chili powder
juice from 1/4 lime
fajita fixings (lettuce, cheese, sour cream, olives, salsa, guacamole)
Place onion and peppers in bottom of a lightly greased (with cooking spray) crock pot. Place chicken on top and pour broth in. Sprinkle with salt, cumin, chili powder and lime juice. Cover and cook on LOW for 4-8 hours (mine cooked 6) or HIGH 4 hours. You know it is done when it shreds easily. When meat is done shred with 2 forks and place back in juice. You may need to season with more salt and some pepper. Serve with slotted spoons onto tortillas and top with fixings.
PICO DE GALLO
Mix equal amounts of:
red onion, diced
1-2 jalapenos, diced (I removed the seeds because I have a wimpy family)
lime juice (enough to wet mixture)
Mix. Season with sea salt and pepper. Taste. Enjoy :)
*I like to mix my items in the crock pot and make my pico de gallo the night before. If you want some yummy guacamole, mash 2 avocados with a few tablespoons of pico and enjoy!
Happy Valentine's Day!!! I'm sharing a recipe with my most favorite-est treat... NUTELLA! I do believe I love that chocolate, hazelnut-y stuff! It's like heaven in a jar. If you're a nutella lover, you must try this delish and impressive recipe. YUM!!!! Enjoy :)
NUTELLA FUDGE CANDY
1 small jar nutella
1 container chocolate fudge frosting
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 package almond bark
1/2 bag chocolate chips
Put everything in a mixer and mix until well blended (don't be alarmed if your mixer hops up and down because it's so thick). It will look like chocolate play dough! Roll out between wax paper to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use cookie cutter to cut in cute shapes (I used hearts because I love nutella... and it's Valentine's Day!). Melt almond bark and chocolate chips. Using a fork, dip hearts and let harden on wax paper.
Anyone else in love with Pinterest??? I know I am! Where else can you find out how to: turn an old t-shirt into and evening gown, do make-up tricks just like the professionals, find out the best exercises to make anyone look just like a Victoria Secret model.... all while finding the very best recipes (with a picture before you even click!)??? What's not to love? That, my friends, is where I found this absolutely tasty pulled pork recipe and a great recipe website called Six Sister's Stuff. Awesome! I love super-simple recipes you throw in a crock pot and end up with something delicious without much effort. This is a must try! Enjoy :)
SIX SISTERS' PULLED PORK SANDWICH
3-4 pound pork shoulder butt roast (can have bone-in)
3 Tablespoons paprika
1 1/2 Tablespoons salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry mustard
1/3 cup liquid smoke
1 (16-20 oz) bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
Spray the inside of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray (or use a slow cooker liner). Combine paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, mustard and liquid smoke in a small bowl. Rub all over the roast, covering all sides. (Optional: poke your roast with a large fork a couple of times to let the flavors really soak in). Place lid on slow cooker and bake on low for 8-10 hours (or high 5-6 hours). Shred meat when finished and add bottle of BBQ sauce. Serve on buns and enjoy!
Hello everyone! My name is Heidi. Remember me??? I didn't forget you! My crazy children spilled water on my laptop a few months ago and I've had to use a sad, old desktop that wouldn't let me access my blog :(
Here's a super, delish chili recipe from Pioneer Woman. I thought I made pretty good chili, but after hearing how much my husband liked this chili, I guess I didn't! I think the secret is the masa. You must try it for yourself! Enjoy :)
SIMPLE, PERFECT CHILI
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 tablespoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 pounds ground beef
One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup masa
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
1 can diced tomatoes and chilies
Begin by measuring the spices: chopped garlic, oregano, cumin, cayenne, and chili powder.
Brown ground beef with garlic and drain well. Pour in the tomato sauce. Followed by the spices and the salt.
Stir together well, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add in ½ cup water at a time as needed (I added the water)
After an hour, place the masa in a small bowl. Add ½ cup water and stir together with a fork. Dump the masa mixture into the chili. Stir together well. Taste, adjust the seasonings. Add the beans, jalapeno, and tomatoes if desired. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Yummy served with shredded cheddar, chopped onion,sour cream and Frito's!
Here's a delicious and easy brownie recipe that will make you feel guilty for no reason! Why did I not know about this recipe before. Thank you pinterest for opening my eyes to some great recipe ideas! These brownies are soft, fudgy and completely irresistible for a chocolate lover like me :) These also work great for people with food allergies. They contain no eggs or milk (read the label on the type of brownie mix you use to be sure they are egg/milk free... some are and some aren't).
Turn that oven to 350 and get baking! What are you waiting for??? Enjoy :)
DIET COKE BROWNIES
1 can diet coke (or any soda)
1 box brownie mix
Preheat oven to 350 and line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper. Empty the contents of the brownie mix in a mixing bowl, then pour in the whole can of soda. It will fizz and bubble alot, but it's okay! Stir well until there are no more lumps. The batter will be REALLY, really liquid, but don't panic! It's supposed to be like that. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Check on them when you start to smell them, you definitely don't want these to burn! They will not form a crispy "skin" like regular brownies because of the carbonation, so they will look a little funny. They taste delicious though!
Need an impossibly easy and utterly adorable cake decorating idea? You're in the right place. I've never received more compliments for something so simple! Enjoy :)
KIT KAT CAKE
One cake of choice, prepared in two 9 " round cake pans
Three 4.5-ounce Giant Kit Kat Bars (you'll need 36 Kit Kat sticks total)
One 12.6-ounce bag M&M's
One can frosting of choice
Bake cake. When the cake is cool, you're ready to assemble. Place one layer on a serving plate, and tuck strips of waxed paper underneath the sides of the cake.
Frost the 1st cake layer. Set the 2nd layer on top of the first. Frost the 2nd layer and along the sides of the cake . Stick Kit Kat's to the sides of the cake, leaving a very small space in between each Kit Kat (1/4-inch). Wrap a bow around the cake, securing the Kit Kat's. Fill the top of the cake with M&M's. Pull out the strips of waxed paper and discard.
Zucchini, zucchini, everywhere I look I see zucchini (I was typing that to the tune of "Little Girls" from Annie... so you have to listen in that tune!)! If you're like me and have a whole slew of zucchini lining your counter top, this recipe is for you. It's something different and delish. There's no cheese in this recipe, but cheese would be divine and more kid friendly (if you have normal, cheese loving kids unlike me). Enjoy :)
1 lb ground beef
1 lb mild sausage
1 diced onion
2 cloves crushed garlic
2 TBSP oregano
2 TBSP basil
1/2 tsp salt
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 can black olives
2-4 zucchini sliced thin on mandolin
Preheat oven to 350.
In skillet cook ground beef, sausage, onion and garlic until meat if cooked through. Drain excess fat and add all seasonings, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Stir until well combined
In a baking dish, ladle a thick layer of the meat mixture and top with the sliced black olives. Top meat and olive layer with a layer of sliced zucchini. Repeat one or two more times, depending on how deep your dish is, ending with a final layer of the remaining meat mixture. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
While you might be guiltless (unless you eat the entire batch, which I would know NOTHING about), I am quite guilty. My guilt has nothing to do with devouring obscene amounts of your chocolaty-ness, it is guilt purely from my horrific photography skills. It seems I don't do well with the color brown :( You deserve a much better representation. While I snapped at least 20 photographs of your lovely self after Sophie's birthday party, I did not review them until the next day after all your cupcake friends had been devoured.
Your slightly enamoured, but shameful friend,
Do not let my photograph keep you from making these awesome flour-less cupcakes. They are by far the best, most moist and cake-like flour-less cupcake I have made. These actually taste like yummy cupcakes instead of dry chocolate hockey pucks AND they're said to only have 58 calories each! YAY! Enjoy :)
GUILTLESS CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
Put in blender or food processor:
1 3/4 cups oats
3 egg whites
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 1/2 TBSP vinegar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup hot water
1 cup splenda
You will also need:
1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (I chopped up a dark chocolate bar)
Blend until everything is smooth and creamy.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Pour into muffin cups.
Bake 10-12 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
I always store these in a container while they are still slightly warm and it keeps them very moist.
I'm a previous stay-at-home mom of 8 years who joined the working world again as the Food Service Director over our local school district and a high school lunch lady. I have 3 kiddies. Makayla (Miss Picky Pants) is 11, Sophie (Worm) is 10 and Chase's 7. I LOVE to cook! If you're looking for plain ol' mom food... you're in the right place! I'm always looking to cook up new recipes and simple, inexpensive meals. My goal's to share old favorites and to make new ones. Thanks to everyone who stops by and visits my blog! You inspire me to keep posting (even when I have a difficult time managing my time!)