Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Good Shepherds Pie

This is great for a hearty meal.

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/3 - 1/2 c. each: bread crumbs, shredded cheddar cheese, low sodium beef broth
1 tsp. each: cornstarch, Worcestershire sauce
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
3 c. prepared mashed potatoes
1/2 c. chopped onions
2 c. frozen mixed vegetables
Non stick cooking spray
1 - 2 T oil

Preheat oven to 350. Spray nonstick cooking spray in bottom of a casserole dish.

Take package of frozen vegetables out of freezer. Let thaw for a few minutes.

Preheat skillet to medium high heat. Lower heat to medium and add oil.

Add meat, onions, herbs, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce to pan. Cook meat for 6 - 8 min.

Combine cornstarch and broth in measuring cup. Mix until cornstarch is dissolved. Add cornstarch mixture to pan with meat and cook for 5 min more.

Turn off pan and place meat mixture evenly in bottom of casserole dish.

Layer frozen vegetables evenly over meat.

Spread mashed potatoes evenly over vegetables. Be sure to cover vegetables with the potatoes.

Sprinkle bread and cheese evenly over top of potatos. 

Place casserole dish in oven and cook for 1 hr. approx. or until done. 

Serves 6.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Blackberry Margaritas

This is perfect for Cinco De Mayo or anytime.

1  1/2  - 2 c margarita mix
1 c each:  ice, fresh or frozen blackberries 
4 - 6 oz. tequila (optional)
1 oz triple sec
1 - 2 tsp. regular or dietetic sugar (optional) 
1 lime cut into wedges
 
Salt for rim of glass (optional)

Garnish glasses with lime wedges.

Wet a napkin slightly, rub around rim of glasses to wet. Put salt on small dish. 

Put mouth of glasses face down on plate to coat rim of glasses with salt, set glasses aside.

Rinse fresh blackberries, if needed.

Combine ingredients in blender. Blend for 20 - 30 sec. or until blended. 

Pour into garnished glasses.

Serves 4.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Recipe To Help Nepal

Once again, we are all reminded that life can be fleeting and when disasters strike, it affects us all.

Prayers, thoughts for the residents of Nepal as they continue to deal with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. The earthquake has killed thousands since Saturday.

On the left side of this website are links to organizations under the heading of Recipe To Pay It Forward. These organizations are helping in the relief efforts. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you for making a difference.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Odds And Ends, Thrown Together Soup

Did you ever have one of those days where you're not up to cooking. Today it happened to me.

This is an easy recipe that can be done quickly.

I've used canned chicken but this is also great with leftover chicken and turkey too.

2 - 3 cans (5 oz each) cooked chicken
1 small onion chopped
3/4 c fresh mushrooms
1 - 2 cloves garlic crushed and chopped
8 c. low sodium chicken broth
2 - 3 each: celery stalks, carrots chopped
Pinch each: salt, pepper, dried parsley
1 medium - large potato diced
1 - 1 1/4 c egg noodles (adjust amount)

Open cans of chicken and drain. Set aside.

Rinse and chop potato, celery, mushrooms and carrots.

Peel, rinse and chop onions, garlic.

In a soup pot combine: broth,  chicken, vegetables, salt, pepper,  herbs. Bring to a boil for 5 - 10 min. Lower heat to medium low and let simmer for 30 - 40 min. 

Add noodles about 10 - 15 min before serving. Continue cooking until noodles are done.

Serves 8.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Easy Chicken Parm, Yes, It Does Taste So Good

This easy recipe is inspired by a Peyton Manning commercial.  This recipe can make you the MVP of mealtime.

1 lb boneless chicken breast
1 1/2 c. + 1 T grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
1 c. - 1 1/4 c flour
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each : salt, pepper
2 tsp. each: granulated garlic, parsley, basil, oregano divided (dried or fresh)
1 - 2 beaten eggs
Non stick cooking spray
2 - 4 c. prepared marinara sauce (adjust amount)
1 - 3 T.  olive oil
Preheat oven to 350.

Place chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with a meat pounder until desired thinness.

Crack eggs in a bowl and combine with half the herbs and garlic and mix well with a fork.
Dredge chicken on both sides with eggs.

In a plate combine flour, salt, pepper, 1 T of parmesan cheese,  rest of garlic and herbs. Mix well with a fork. Dredge both sides of the chicken with flour mixture.

Preheat saute pan oven medium high heat. Lower heat to medium and add oil.  Fry chicken on 1 side for 4 - 8 min. Flip chicken over and cook for 4 - 8 min. more.

Spray non stick cooking spray on bottom of a baking sheet.

With a ladle pour some of the sauce in the bottom of pan. Arrange chicken in baking dish. Pour sauce over chicken and sprinkle cheese over chicken.

Place pan in oven and bake for 30 - 60 min. or until done.

Serves 4.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ball Game Beer Brats

What goes better with watching a ball game than a sausage and beer. 

In honor of opening week, this is perfect for watching baseball or anytime. 

I've used a low alcohol beer but you can also use your favorite lager if desired. You can also use Italian sausage if desired.

1 package bratwurst
1/2 c chopped onions
1 - 2 cloves garlic 
3/4  - 1  1/4 c  lager beer (adjust amount needed)
Non stick cooking spray

Heat a skillet to medium high heat. Lower heat to medium.  Spray skillet with non stick cooking spray.

Add sausages, onions, garlic to skillet.  Add beer carefully so that it doesn't splash or spill over. Cook for 7 - 10 min on 1 side. Turn sausages over and cook on other side for 7 - 10 min more or until done. 

Serves 4 - 6. 



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Salmon Cakes

This is an easy healthy recipe for Lent or anytime. 

1 can  (15 oz ) wild caught salmon
1 - 2 eggs slightly beaten (adjust amount needed)
1/3 c diced onion
Lemon zest
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
1/4 tsp: fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic crushed and diced
1 - 2 T oil 

Peel, rinse, cut onion and garlic. 

Zest and juice lemon. 

Open can of salmon and drain into a strainer. With clean hands pick out any bones and squeeze salmon dry if needed. Place salmon in a clean bowl.  Add onions, garlic, salt, pepper and lemon juice and zest. 
 Add egg and mix with a fork. 

With clean hands, form salmon mixture into 6 patties. 

Heat pan to medium high heat. Lower heat to medium and add oil.  Place patties in pan and cook for 3 - 5 min on one side. Flip patties over and cook on other side for an additional 3 - 5 min or until done. 

Serves 2
 

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