Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day- Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  

 Irish Soda Bread

Bringing this festive bread recipe back to the front today!  Try it as part of your St. Patrick's Day this year!

Combine these dry ingredients in a large bowl:
  •  3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

In a separate smaller bowl:
  • beat 2 eggs, then
  • mix in 1 pint of sour cream
Add the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until you need to knead it with your hands.

When well-combined, add in:
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 tablespoon caraway seeds (optional, this year I added a few shakes of nutmeg and cinnamon...)

Shape into a round mound, place on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and lightly slice an "x" across the top.

Bake for 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees.

When slightly cooled, slice and enjoy.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Do you need a new snack or quick boost of energy for your day?  Try these yummy Peanut Butter Energy Bites: 

    1.  In a medium bowl, stir the following ingredients together:
    • 1 cup oats
    • 1/3 cup chia seeds
    • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
    • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
    • 1/4 cup wheat germ 

    2.  Then add the following and stir until well combined.

    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
    • 1/3 cup honey
    • 1 T vanilla
    3.  Roll into small balls and place on parchment paper.

    4.  Refrigerate for 1-2 hours and then store in Tupperware in the fridge.

    They won't last long! 

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

    Cranberry Chicken with Egg Noodles and Broccoli

    Cranberry Chicken with Egg Noodles and Broccoli 

    Try this easy dish and it will become a staple in your weekly meal rotation.

    1.  In a large bowl, mix the following:
         1 small can of jellied cranberry sauce
         1 small bottle of Russian salad dressing
         1 package of dry onion soup mix

    2.  Add 2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken (breasts,
    thighs, tenders, whatever you prefer) and mix until all of the chicken is coated with the dressing mixture.

    3.  Line a 13x9 baking dish with tin foil (for easy clean-up) and pour the chicken and dressing mix in the dish.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

    4.  Meanwhile, cook a package of whole-grain egg noodles according to the package directions.  Add chopped broccoli right into the boiling water with the noodles for no more than 4-5 minutes.  Drain.

    To serve, scoop the noodle-broccoli mixture onto a plate and top with the baked chicken and sauce.

    Enjoy.  It's that easy.  Thank you to my mom for this easy week-day meal! 

    Friday, January 15, 2016

    Flavorful Chicken with Dates and Gnocchi with Nutmeg

    Flavorful Chicken with Dates and Gnocchi with Salad

    Looking for a new chicken recipe that the whole family will love?  Try this flavorful dish:

    1.  Saute about 6 slices of bacon until crisp.  Remove from pan and set aside for garnishing.

    2.  Cut about 1 and 1/2 lbs chicken into bite-sizes and toss lightly with flour, salt and pepper.

    3.  Saute the chicken with a large sliced onion  and 3-4 garlic cloves in the bacon grease.

    4.  Add about 15 quartered dates (pit removed of course!) and in the same pan, add about a 1/3 of a bottle of fruity red wine.  Let this cook down for about 5-6 minutes, then add the zest of one lemon.

    5.  Add one cup of chick stock and simmer for about 10 minutes.

    6.  Meanwhile, cook a package of gnocchi according to the package directions.  After draining, saute the gnocchi in 2-3 Tablespoons of butter and season with nutmeg. 

    7.  To serve, scoop the beautiful chicken mixture into a low bowl, top with gnocchi in the middle, and garnish with bacon crumbles and chopped scallions.  Serve with a side salad and enjoy!

    We found pistachio ice cream to be the perfect dessert for this meal!  (chocolate syrup topping is optional!)

    (Thank you to Rachael Ray--I modified her original version of this dish.)

    Friday, February 13, 2015

    Southwest Pasta


    This one is a surprisingly easy and delicious meal.  It's become one of my standard go-tos in the menu rotation.

    Southwest Pasta:
    1. In a large pot add the following:
    • 1 box of rotini or your favorite short noodle
    • 1 can of corn (you can use frozen if you prefer)
    • 1 green pepper, sliced and cut in half
    • 1 small red onion, sliced
    • 1 can of chopped tomatoes with chilies
    • 1 package of taco seasoning
    • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 4 cups chicken broth
    Cover, bring to a boil, and let boil gently for about 10 minutes.

    2.  Turn the heat off and then stir in 1 can of rinsed and drained black beans and 1/4 cup shredded cheese.  
    Let this amazing combination rest for about 5 minutes.
    3.  Serve and enjoy.

    Thank you to The Wholesome Dish for this incredible dish.