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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pineapple Shrimp Boat

Last night I made this for dinner and John and I really enjoyed it. I was going to put it up on the blog, but my camera decided to be difficult and I couldn't get the picture uploaded until today. This had a nice, refreshing and light flavor and was fairly easy to make.


1 pineapple
3/4 brown rice
1/2 tsp oil
3/4 lb shrimp,deveined and peeled
3/4 cup fresh pineapple,chopped
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 onion chopped
1-2 jalapenos, chopped
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
Cilantro, for garnish

Cook brown rice and set aside. Hollow out pineapple halves and save the pineapple for cutting up for the recipe. (If you need to, you can cut a small slice out of the bottom flesh of the pineapple, without going all the way through to the inside, so it will lay flat.)
Heat the oil in a skillet. Cook the shrimp for just a minute or two until it's almost cooked through, but not completely. Set the shrimp aside. Into the same pan, add the green onions, garlic, bell pepper, onion and jalapenos. Saute for just a couple minutes, then add the shrimp, brown rice and the pineapple. Stir and add soy sauce and fish sauce. Stir again. Cook for 30 seconds to a minute more until shrimp is done. Serve in pineapple half and garnish with cilantro.

Pasta Salad

I'm sure everyone knows how to fix a basic and simple pasta salad but I thought I would blog it anyway. I woke up this morning at 2:45 AM and our cable TV doesn't work. Since the repairman won't be here till this evening, what else is there to do but cook and blog? ;)
Tonight we go feed the homeless. It's such a great experience for us every time we go. We started getting involved in the ministry about 3 years ago and I know that every time I go,  I come away from that place, far more blessed than the people we are serving. I love how God does that!!
Since we won't be home in time for me to cook dinner, I had to think ahead and plan a dinner that would be quick for when we get home. I made a polsa kielbasa and a pasta salad. Yummy!!

1 box tri color rotini pasta
1 cucumber

1/2 red bell pepper
1/4 green bell pepper
1/4 yellow or orange bell pepper
1/4 cup broccoli, or less
1/4 cup celery
1 can black olives
1 bottle Bernsteins Cheese Fantastico Dressing ( I use the light version)
Salt/Pepper to taste

Boil pasta according to pkg directions. When it's done cooking, run the pasta under cold water to cool it down quickly. Place the cooled pasta in a large bowl.
Cut all the vegetables as small or large as you would like them. ( I like mine a little chunkier cut) Place the vegetables into the pasta bowl. Add the olives, salt and pepper to the salad. Pour as much or as little of the dressing over the salad as you like. (I usually save quite a bit because after you chill the pasta in the refrigerator it dries out quite a bit). Stir thoroughly and place in the refrigerator. Take out after awhile and add more dressing if necessary and stir again.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fudgy Salty Peanut Butter Brownies

There is a show I just love to watch on TV called Dessert First with Ann Thornton. It's a great show and she makes so many wonderful desserts. This is a recipe from her show and it's really good. There is a deep chocolate flavor brownie with a peanut butter layer, chopped peanuts and a chocolate ganache layer on top. Decadent? Yes.....I ate one and that's all I could handle, but boy are they good!
Here is a link to the recipe site!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-thornton/fudgy-salty-peanut-butter-brownies-recipe/index.html

Flamebroiler Chicken Bowl

John and I love to eat at Flamebroiler. They have great food that tastes good and is healthy. Tonight I tried to "mimic" a recipe of what we eat there and I have to say I was NOT disappointed. It was about as close as I think I can get to the real thing! It didn't take too long to prepare and since we both loved it, I will definitely be making this again.
2 chicken breasts
Terryaki Sauce
1 carrot, sliced VERY thinly
1/2 cup cabbage
1/2 cup broccoli
2-3 green onions, chopped
1 cup brown rice
salt to taste
1 1/2 cups water
Louisiana Hot Sauce ( I buy Crystal brand at the local grocery store)

Begin cooking your brown rice:
In a medium saucepan put 1 1/2 cups water. When it comes to a boil, add your brown rice. Stir. Turn the fire onto low, cover the rice and let it cook for 45 minutes. Salt it to taste.

While the rice is cooking begin your chicken and vegetables:
Cook chicken breasts in a skillet with salt, pepper to taste and as much or as little teriyaki sauce as you like. When it's done cooking, chop into bite size pieces or strips.
Chop your green onions and set them aside.
Steam your carrot, cabbage, and broccoli until still crisp, but tender. Sprinkle a little teriyaki sauce on them when they are done.
When the rice is done, spoon however much rice you want into a bowl. Top with the vegetables and chicken and drizzle more teriyaki on the top if desired. Also you can add Lousiana Hot sauce to give it some kick that tastes a lot like the "magic sauce" at Flamebroiler. Top with chopped green onions.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Snickerdoodles

Yes it's the middle of summer and I actually turned on my oven today to bake cookies. When it's someone's birthday and they request a special baked cookie, how can you turn that down? I have never made Snickerdoodles and I actually don't ever remember tasting them before today. So I had to go searching on the Internet for a quality Snickerdoodle recipe. I decided to try the Food Network since I have had luck with most of the recipes I find on their site. I stumbled onto this recipe and it actually turned out really good.
So here is a link to the recipe I used!!
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/snickerdoodles-recipe/index.html

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Garlic Butter

Some people claim anything tastes better with bacon, but I don't happen to be one of those people. I don't hate the taste, I'm just not a fan. But....tonight's dinner tasted really great with bacon wrapped around the chicken. The garlic butter and parmesan gave the outside of the chicken a little bit of a crisp and the flavors all meshed together beautifully. This recipe doesn't require any fancy ingredients, and it should be very simple for anyone to make!
4 chicken breasts
8 slices of bacon

4 1/2 teaspoons fresh grated parmesan
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 cube softened butter
Salt/Pepper to taste



In a food processor or blender, combine the cheese, garlic, butter and some salt and pepper until smooth.
Wrap 2 pieces of bacon around each chicken breast so it's almost completely covered in bacon.
 Sprinkle salt and pepper. 
Using your hands or a pastry brush, brush the butter mixture from the food processor onto each bacon wrapped chicken breast. Place in the refrigerator for about a half hour to chill the butter.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-40 minutes depending on the size of the chicken breasts.
*Make sure you cook this on the top of a broiler pan or something that the butter and juice can drop into it while the chicken is cooking!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese

Since it's been so hot this week, I have been making easy, no muss, no fuss, dinners. I usually make home made macaroni and cheese in the oven. Truthfully I like my oven recipe just a little bit better than the crock pot version, but hey when it's 100 degrees outside, the crock pot version will suffice.
This recipe makes quite a bit....you could cut it in half for a small family or a single person.

16 oz package elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 can evaporated milk
2 cups lowfat milk
Salt/Pepper to taste
32 oz velveeta cheese, cubed
6 Tbsp melted butter
 
Cook the pasta, drain and place back into the pan. Toss the cooked pasta with the olive oil to coat thoroughly. Put the pasta into a *GREASED* crock pot along with all the other ingredients. Stir well.  Cover and cook on low for about 3 hours.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Oreo and Fudge Ice Cream Cake

Last night we had company over and unfortunately it was the last time we will get to hang out with them for a long time. Our dear friends are moving to Oregon and we will miss them so very much!! It was a very hot day so I decided to make vegetarian sandwiches for a light dinner. I guess I wasn't thinking light when it came to dessert haha! All of us really enjoyed it and I would recommend this for a summer dessert.

Here is a link to the recipe online.
http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/oreo-fudge-ice-cream-106562.aspx
** I think next time I make this, I will buy a bigger cool whip as I felt it needed more topping to cover it better.
**Also I think I would try different additions to the center:
chopped heath bars or
salted peanuts or
peanut butter.
chopped peppermint patties
Oh my goodness, the possibilities are endless!!!