Thursday, July 24, 2014

Maple Bacon Green Beans with Slivered Almonds

Hubby said these were good however kind of bland.  It might be because I used turkey bacon...

A big bag of green beans.. picked fresh
Several (maybe 4-5) pieces of maple flavored bacon
A handful of diced onion
A handful of sliced almonds
Flaked sea salt, large restaurant pepper, garlic powder

Cut the bacon into "lardons" - about 1/2 inch pieces
Cut the onions into a small dice
Find a kid to snap your beans - the size doesn't really matter
Start a pot of water to boil for the beans.
Once boiling, add the beans until they are about 90% done.
Drain the beans when they reach this point.
While the beans are boiling, saute the bacon over medium-high heat until about 3/4 done.
It's important that you do NOT put the onions in with the bacon at the beginning.  (If you do, the water in the onions will prevent the bacon from browning and crisping properly.)
Once the bacon is almost crisp, add the onions.
Saute the onions with the bacon until soft and translucent.
Add the drained (blanched) green beans to the crisped  bacon and onions.
Adjust seasonings by adding salt, pepper, garlic powder and slivered almonds.
Stir the beans into the bacon mixture to ensure that a little of the maple bacon grease has coated all of the beans.
Cook for maybe a couple of minutes more for the flavors to incorporate, then remove from heat.
The beans should still be firm, not mushy, salty, maple'y, peppery, crunchy from the bacon and almonds, sweet from the tender onions

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pistachio Crusted Chicken Tortas

These were yummy!  We all loved them, some of us loved them more than others but everyone in our house enjoyed them.  I loved how the pistachios made them nice and crunchy and added a little extra saltiness.

When I put them together I spread some homemade pesto ( on the bottom part of the bun and it added another layer of goodness to these wonderful sandwiches.  The bread was nice and crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy in the center.

The seasoning that I was supposed to sprinkle on the chicken just got thrown in with my flour because I kind of forgot about it till I started dipping the chicken.  :-)

1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise then pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
3/4 cup flour
2 eggs
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup shelled Naturebox Chili Lime Pistachios, pulsed in food processor until finely chopped
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
In small bowl, stir together cumin, salt, paprika, cayenne and cinnamon.
Sprinkle both sides of chicken pieces with spice mixture.
Place flour in shallow dish.
In second shallow dish, lightly whisk eggs.
In third shallow dish, combine breadcrumbs and chopped pistachios.
Spray rimmed baking pan with cooking spray.
Working with one piece at a time, dip chicken in flour, shaking off excess, then egg and breadcrumb mixture.
Place on prepared baking pan.
Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, turning once.


No Bake Granola Bars

These were pretty good mine took awhile to harden but once they did the taste was honestly better than I had expected.

2 cups old fashioned oats
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup agave
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. salt
dark chocolate chips
Spray an 8x8" dish with cooking spray.
Preheat oven to 325ยบ F.
On a baking sheet, spread out oats, coconut and almonds.
Place in the oven and toast for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown (not burned!).
In the meantime, combine the brown sugar, agave, coconut oil, vanilla and salt in a medium sized saucepan.
Cook over medium heat until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.
Pour toasted oat mixture into saucepan with brown sugar mixture and stir together until every morsel is coated and combined.
Pour into prepared baking dish and press down so it's even on top and push down to make it stay together.
Let cool completely.
When cooled, cut into bars.
Melt some dark chocolate chip in a small bowl.
Stir and then add in some Nutella (I eyeballed the measurements).
Lightly drizzle over granola bars and enjoy!
Easy No-Bake Granola Bars  - simple granola bars with oats, almonds and coconut with a delicious chocolate & nutella drizzle on top.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cheesy Baked Rice

This rice was kind of like my day very blah.  I have been feeling pretty bad the past few days and today it hit me full force.  In fact I spent most of the day on the couch which for me is very unusual.

Tonight I went ahead and made dinner anyway and did a speed clean to make sure the house was clean when hubby got home.  Hubby walked through the door and immediately dropped the Diet Dr Pepper he had brought me... huge mess.  So he leaves again to go get me another one, when he gets home I take a sip and it tastes like funky water.  Then after dinner my oldest was taking his plate to the sink and dropped it and everything he had leftover went everywhere, including pieces of my plate.  So I sent hubby back to Mc Donalds (with all 3 kiddos) where the lady told him that she tried to catch him before he left because she knew I wouldn't like the drink, and told him their machine was funky gave him his money back and told him to go to Sonic.  Now I am sitting on the couch enjoying my drink and my cough drops, getting ready for Real Housewives of Orange County.

That being said I think this is a decent base recipe and with some spices it could be pretty good however, I am not sure if I even want to waste my time or money on making it again.

4 cups cooked rice (This is about 1 1/3 cup uncooked rice :-) )
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 cup shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt- you can use regular salt, but I like the extra flavoring of seasoning salt (I used at least 1 tsp)

In a bowl mix all ingredients using only half the cheese.
Spread into a greased 8×8 pan or similar casserole type dish and spread remaining cheese on top.
Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes or until heat through and cheese is nice and melted.

Cheesy Baked Rice

Monday, July 21, 2014

Downunder Cheese Puffs

These were yummy, light, and fluffy.  For some reason I think I have made them before however I can't find them on the blog so maybe I just made something similar.  I really enjoyed these and will make them again and again.

1 egg,
12 cup milk,
1 cup flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder,
1 pinch salt,
2 cup cheese, grated

Beat the egg in the milk; mix together with the flour, baking powder, salt and grated cheese.
Put large teaspoonfuls on a cold greased tray.
Bake for 10 minutes in a hot oven 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Downunder Cheese Puffs

Menu for 7/21 to 7/27

Last week was absolutely insane and I am starting this week off sick and in bed.  I am miserable.  Lets hope that I can stick to my menu this week and make it work.  I hope you all have a blessed day!

Monday (Moms Birthday)
B- Pancakes and Bacon
L- Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Cherries
D- Cheddar Baked Chicken, Cheese Puffs and Mixed Veggies (NR), Cheesy Baked Rice (NR)

Tuesday (My Birthday)
B- Cereal
L- Mini Pizzas and Apples
D- Texas Roadhouse

B- No Bake Granola Bars (NR)
L- Cheese Quesadillas and Oranges
D- Pistachio Crusted Chicken Torta (NR), Herbed Potato Salad and Veggie

B- Cinnamon Bites
L- Grilled Cheese and Pesto Sandwich
D- Beef

B- Hash Brown Casserole
L- Tomato Basil Soup with Cheddar Bombs
D- Bourbon Chicken (NR), Fried Rice and Broccoli

B- Moist Pecan Almond Loaf (NR)
L- Chicken Alfredo Pizza (NR)
D- Steak Pie, Corn on Cob and Potatoes

B- Ham and Gouda Brunch Casserole (NR)
L- Roast, Potatoes, and Carrots
D- Leftovers

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ice Cream Party

I haven't posted a whole lot this week, we had VBS at church in the morning and we spent several afternoons at the library.  This week has been absolutely beautiful in Texas, I can never remember a time when we had 70 degree temps ALL DAY in the middle of July!  When I planned this party I honestly expected it to be over 100 so we had planned on having all the water toys out and water balloons.  Seeing as how it never got over 72 yesterday we only put up a few toys and threw up the bounce house.  Even with it being chilly the kids still had a blast in the sprinkler and with the water balloons, I was frozen by the way, when I finished filling all of them.

We did dinner potluck style so that it was a little easier on me and then we got to the good stuff!  The ice cream and toppings!

Fun times!

Look at that spread isn't it beautiful?  Anyway here is a list of everything on the table.

Waffle Cone
Sugar Cone
Cake Cone
Chocolate Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pieces
Crushed Oreos
Kit Kat pieces
Resse's Peanut Butter Cup Pieces
Crushed Butterfingers
Andes Mints
Hot Fudge Sauce
Caramel Sauce
Strawberry Sauce

There were a few kids who came back for seconds and maybe thirds I'm just glad they weren't spending the night with me.  :-)