Monday, February 10, 2014

Skinny Banana Pancakes

Hello, and welcome to Pancake Central!  Here's another de-lish pancake recipe AND this one's healthy to boot :)  I love Pinterest. Pinterest has become my new best friend after being stuck in the house with three children and a dog.  We have not had school since January 30th people!!!!  Snow Days are making me crazy.  The first few days were enjoyable.  We wore our Pajama's all day and lounged around eating snow ice cream.  Well, that was over a week ago.  The Pajama thing has gotten old, everyone is fighting and the snow has turned crunchy and dirty.  At least my best friend Pinterest has provided me with this yummy recipe.  It's super easy and super yummy.  Enjoy :)

SKINNY BANANA PANCAKES
2 egg whites
1/2 cup oats
1/2 banana
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Toppings of choice

Put everything in a blender (I used my magic bullet).  Blend until smooth.  Spray skillet or griddle with cooking spray.  When skillet is hot, spoon batter and cook until lightly brown on both sides (you know the drill).  Top with your favorite toppings.  Mine has preserves and maple syrup.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sour Cream Pancakes

Happy New Year everyone!!!  Do I even have any followers left?  2013 was not my year for being a consistent post-er.  I will try to be better in 2014!
These delicious pancakes out of The Pioneer Woman Cooks (I love you Ree Drummond!!!)  are a favorite of my little Sophie.  My poor little Sophie did not have a very good 2013.  After ongoing tummy issues she finally got sent to a specialist who ran lots of not fun tests (think colonoscopy and endoscopy on a 10 year old...not fun is a nice way to put it!)  The doctor was worried she may have Crohn's or Inflammatory Bowl Disease, but what she really had shocked us all.  My little Sophie is sucrose and maltose intolerant.  Who would have thought she would be intolerant to sugar!  Her body is lacking the enzymes that break down sugar and when she eats it....well, it is not fun!  Cooking has been a challenge.  There is not a lot of information on this condition and even a dietitian was not very helpful.  Luckily, I love to cook and have came up with a few treats she can enjoy.  While she cannot have any form of sugar (white, brown, powdered), Splenda (it's made from sugar), honey, maple and even sugar alcohols - she can have corn syrup, fructose and dextrose (glucose).  I have not had much luck cooking with the granulated versions of fructose and dextrose, but I have adjusted a few of her favorite treats that contained corn syrup so that she can enjoy them.  We also discovered she can have pancake syrup (it is not sweetened with maple, but with corn syrup), so I went on the hunt for a pancake recipe that didn't contain sugar.  This recipe originally contained 1 TBSP sugar, but I left it out and no one knew the difference.  They're light, fluffy and my kids all love them!  Enjoy :)

SOUR CREAM PANCAKES (pg. 76 of The Pioneer Woman Cooks)
1 cup sour cream
7 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 TBSP sugar (I leave this out with great results)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
butter
Maple or Pancake syrup

Pre-heat a skillet or griddle over medium-low heat.  Get it nice a toasty!  Place sour cream in a bowl and dump in flour, sugar (if you are using it), baking soda and salt.  Stir gently, but stop short of it being completely combined.  Whisk eggs and vanilla in separate bowl and pour into dry mixture.  Stir gently but it is OK if you still see some yellow and white swirling.
Melt about a TBSP butter on your warmed skillet.  Pour batter into skillet (about 1/4 cup per pancake).  Cook until lightly browned on both sides and top with plenty of yummy butter and syrup!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Granola

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 :)

GRANOLA
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.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Orange Chicken Fajitas

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
10-12 tortillas
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.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Deep, Dark Chocolate Cookies (no flour! 72 calories!)

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.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Berry Fluff

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 :)

BERRY FLUFF
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

Mix together and chill.  Be ready to be amazed :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Black Bean, Chicken and Pineapple Enchiladas

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!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Carrot Cake

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

Icing:
1 stick butter, softened
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 pound powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup pecans, chopped finely

Directions
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.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas with Pico De Gallo

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
tortilla shells
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
tomato, diced
cilantro, chopped
Add:
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!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Nutella Fudge Candy

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. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Six Sisters' Pulled Pork Sandwich

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
Buns

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!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Simple, Perfect Chili

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
Optional:
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!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Diet Coke Brownies

 
 
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!

Kit Kat Cake

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.