Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Beef and Broccoli

I love a good steak recipe even mixed with other things :) Found this Beef and Broccoli recipe in my 3,4,5 ingredient cookbook.

Ingredients needed:

1 lb beef sirloin steak
1 onion, chopped
1 (10 oz) can cream of broccoli soup
1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed


Slice beef across grain into very thin strips. In large skillet brown steak strips and onion in a little onion and stir several times. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in soup and broccoli and heat. When ready to serve, spoon beef mixture over hot, cooked noodles.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Easy Cheesy Potato Casserole

I made this side dish to go with the Chipotle & Lime pork chops I made last night. Found the recipe in the Robert C Byrd Band Cookbook that my dad got me for Christmas. For anyone who didn't know, Cameron and I are working our way through this cookbook. Cameron was inspired when we watched the movie Julie & Julia and wanted to try doing it himself :) Any potato lover would adore this dish!

Ingredients needed:

-1 pkg frozen cubed potatoes, thawed (I didn't have frozen so I used about 6 large potatoes, cut into cubes)
-1 can cream of mushroom soup
-12 oz sour cream
-1/2 stick butter
-16 oz sharp Cheddar cheese (only had regular shredded cheddar on hand)
-1 tsp salt

In a large bowl, mix soup, cour cream, salt, 1/2 of the cheese and butter. Add thawed potatoes. Mix together until potatoes are covered. Spoon into a 9 x 13 pan; top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400F for 30 minutes.

Chipotle & Lime Pork Chops

Hey, who says you can't have a cooking cheat day and great meal with simple ingredients found right down the marinade aisle :)

I bought a bottle of KC Masterpiece Chipotle & Lime Marinade and the magic began!

Ingredients needed:

Pork Chops (about 1 inch thick)
KC Masterpiece Chipotle & Lime Bottled Marinade

Pour only half of the bottle into a large bowl. Wash the pork chops and stab each in different areas with a fork or knife. Lay each chop into the bowl, turning to cover each side. Place in a 9 x 13 dish. Let marinade in the fridge for 30 minutes. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

Tip: Use the other half of the bottle for another dinner :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Wicked Meatloaf

I am always up for a new meatloaf recipe and this one is just plain awesome!! It really put a twist on your average meatloaf. I found this one in the 4 ingredient section of my cookbook.

Ingredients Needed:

1 (7 oz) package stuffing mix plus seasoning packet
1 egg
1/2 cup salsa
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

In bowl combine stuffing mix, seasoning, egg, salsa and 1/3 cup water and mix well. Add ground beef to stuffing mixture. Spoon into 9x5 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350F for 1 hour. (The beef will be darker due to the salsa and stuffing) Delicious!!

I served it with corn on the cob :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread

Had to throw a bread recipe in there :)

Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread

Ingredients needed:

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups mashed banana
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
3/4 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup chopped pecans and walnuts
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla

Combine flour, soda, salt, sugar and cinnamon; stir in nuts. Combine remaining ingredients. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350F for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from pans and let cool on wire rack.

Creamy Banana Pudding

This one is such a delicious dessert!

Creamy Banana Pudding

Ingredients needed:

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (3 3/4) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (8 oz) carton whipped topping
36 vanilla wafers
3 bananas

In a large bowl, combine condensed milk and 1 1/2 cups cold water. Add pudding mix and beat well. Chill 5 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon 1 cup pudding mixture into 3 quart glass serving bowl. Top with wafers, bananas, and pudding. Repeat layering twice and end with pudding. Cover and chill.

My Grandma's Banana Pudding Dessert

More bananas to use up! Pretty sure everyone has used this recipe at one point, but just in case you need it in writing, here it is :)

My Grandma's Banana Pudding Dessert

Ingredients needed:

1 (5 oz) package banana pudding
1 (12 oz) box vanilla wafer cookies
4-6 bananas, sliced

Prepare banana pudding according to package directions. Make cookie crust by placing whole vanilla wafers along bottom and sides of glas dish. Layer pudding, sliced bananas and cookies. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used. Refrigerate 2-4 hours to blend flavors.

Speedy Banana Pie

I got a great deal on bananas at Save-a-lot the other day, only .89 cents for a container of 2 lbs..so I bought two containers. Well, now I had a ton of bananas begging to be put into recipes! Here is one I decided to try...very quick!

Speedy Banana Pie

Ingredients needed:

1 (3.4 oz) box banana pudding
2 to 3 bananas
1 (8 inch) piecrust, baked

Prepare pudding as pie according to package directions. Place banana slices in cooled crust and pour pudding over bananas. Garnish with banana slices and let stand 5-10 minutes.

Monday, July 12, 2010

2 New Recipes for Dinner...Honey Mustard Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

Tonight, I made 2 new recipes from the 3 ingredient section of my cookbook so as you can guess, they are nice and easy!!

Honey-Mustard Chicken

Ingredients needed:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
3 1/2 Tbsp honey mustard
1 1/3 cups french-fried onions, crushed

Directions: Coat chicken with mustard. Roll in crushed onions. Place on greased baking pan. If chicken tenders, bake at 400F for 15 minutes, if thicker bake at 425F for 30 minutes.

Broccoli Casserole

Ingredients needed:

1 (10 oz) package frozen broccoli florets, thawed
1 (10 oz) can cream of celery soup
1/2 shredded cheddar cheese

Directions: Cook broccoli according to package directions and drain. Spread in sprayed baking dish and cover with celery soup. Sprinkle cheese over top. Bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes or until hot.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Bountiful Beer Bread with Spinach & Herb Dip

This was the last dish served alongside the Velveeta Dip. 2 ingredients for this dish were bought from "Tastefully Simple". I could not live without these 2 dishes and they are so quick and easy!

These recipes can be found on the back of the products needed/purchased from Tastefully Simple. If you need a rep to buy from, my friend Amy Lincoski (found under my friend list on Facebook) is my rep :)

Bountiful Beer Bread

-1 pack of Bountiful Beer Bread Mix
-12 oz of beverage; beer, soda or carbonated juice (I always use beer, tastes yummy)
-3 Tbsp melted butter; optional (I always use the butter)

Preheat oven to 375F. Add mix to beverage in bowl; quickly and firmly stir together for 20-30 seconds. DO NOT OVER MIX; batter will be lumpy. Spread batter into greased 9 x 5 loaf pan. Pour melted butter on top if desired. Bake 50-55 minutes until loaf is golden brown and pulls away from sides. Remove from pan and cool on rack for 30 minutes before slicing. Makes about 14 servings.

Spinach & Herb Dip Mix

-2 Tbsp Spinach & Herb Dip Mix (I only use 1, it is strong enough)
-1/2 cup mayonnaise
-1/2 cup sour cream

Combine ingredients; blend well. Chill 2 hours. Makes about 1 cup dip.

Microwave Potato Skins

Along with the Velveeta Spicy Cheeseburger Dip, I served Microwave Potato Skins which I found in the 3 ingredient section of my Essential 3,4,5 Ingredient Cookbook.

Ingredients Needed:

-4 baked potatoes
-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
-4-6 slices bacon, fried crisp, drained, crumbled

Slice potatoes lengthwide and microwave for 3 minutes. Scoop out potato, leaving 1/4 inch skins and fill each potato skin with cheese & bacon. Place on plate, cover with paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds or until cheese melts.

Yield: 4 servings of 2 potato skins per person.

Velveeta Spicy Cheeseburger Dip

I took the original Velveeta Spicy Cheeseburger Dip recipe and threw in a twist! Instead of ground beef which is called for in the recipe, I substituted with hot italian sausage!

Ingredients needed:

-1 lb (16 oz) Velveeta Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
-1 can (10 oz) Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, undrained (mine didn't have the chilies)
-1 cup shredded low-moisture part skim mozzarella cheese
-1/2 lb ground beef, cooked, drained (this is where I substituted with hot sausage)
-4 green onions, sliced

Mix all ingredients except onions in microwaveable bowl.
Microwave on high 5 min. or until Velveeta is melted, stirring after 3 min. Stir in onions.
Serve with crackers, cut up fresh veggies or tortilla chips!

I served this alongside microwave potato skins and beerbread with dip!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Blueberry Muffins

Since I am still pulling blueberries off my bushes, I have another blueberry recipe for you :) My husband especially thought these were delicious!

Ingredients needed:

-1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
-2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
-3/4 cup milk
-1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
-1 cup fresh or thawed frozen blueberries
-1/3 cup sugar
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1 egg

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in blueberries. Add milk, egg, and butter. Mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. The batter will be lumpy. Do not overbeat. Spoon batter into 12 (2 1/2 inch) muffin cups. Bake at 400F for 25 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Serve warm.

Broccoli & Noodles Supreme

Got this quick dish out of my Campbell's Casseroles cookbook...one of my fav cookbooks of all that I own :)

Prep: 15 minutes, Bake: 30 minutes.

Ingredients Needed:

-1 can (10 3/4 oz) Campbell's condensed cream of chicken soup (I always use generic)
-1 cup milk
-1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
-1/2 cup sour cream
-1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (non on hand so I used mozzerella, tastes just as good)
-2 cups fresh or frozen broccoli flowerets
-2 cups uncooked medium egg noodles

1. Stir the soup, milk, black pepper, sour cream, cheese, broccoli and noodles into a 2 quart casserole. Cover.

2. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes. Stir.

3. Bake at 15 minutes more or until hot and bubbly.

*I served it with Texas Toast cheese bread.

Makes 6 Servings.

Licorice Wands

I made these licorice wands for a get-together 4th of July weekend and they were a big hit (especially with my kids) So quick to make and just the right mix of white chocolate and fruit!

Ingredients needed:

-6 oz vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), chopped
-24 licorice twists (any flavor) (I found an off-brand for only $1 each at Giant Eagle)
-Betty Crocker Decors sprinkles, nonpareils or colored sugars (I used off-brands)

1. Place candy coating in 2-cup microwaveable measuring cup. Microwave uncovered on high 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted.

2. Dip half of each licorice twist into melted candy coating. Sprinkle with decors. Place on waxed paper about 1 hour until coating is firm. Makes 24 wands.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Cake Mix Chip Cookies

I am so glad that I have come across so many awesome recipes that are fast, easy and quick to share with all of you :) This recipe came from my "5 Ingredients or Less" flip book in the "Sweets" section.

I just made this dessert last for a friend's pool party and it was a hit...empty basket in minutes! It is quite a change from your ordinary chocolate chip cookies. A pretty quick recipe to whip up for a get-together or before the kids get home from school. Enjoy with a cold glass of milk! Mmmm....

Ingredients needed are:

1 box white, yellow or chocolate cake mix (I used yellow)
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix cake mix, butter, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Stir in chips. Drop by teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.

*Use a melon baller to scoop dough and make perfectly shaped cookies.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Banana Muffins

Here is a really easy one! I had some bananas about to go bad and made some yummy muffins! Never throw out bananas going bad. They may not taste the best plain, but they taste awesome in baked desserts!

Ingredients needed:

1 egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup milk
2 cup flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 cup bananas, mashed (2-3)

Heat oven to 400F. Stir in bananas with milk. Beat eggs. Stir in milk mixture and oil. Stir in remaining ingredients all at once just until flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy). Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake until golden brown (about 20 minutes). Makes approximately 1 dozen muffins.