Orange Chicken Stir Fry


INGREDIENTS:
2 T. cornstarch
1 can Chicken Broth
2 T. soy sauce
1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut up
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups cut-up fresh vegetables (I used broccoli, onion and different peppers)
1/2 c. orange marmalade
hot cooked rice

DIRECTIONS:
MIX cornstarch, broth and soy.
SPRAY nonstick skillet with vegetable cooking spray and heat 1 min. Add chicken and cook until browned and juices evaporate, stirring often.
ADD garlic and vegetables and stir-fry 5 min.
ADD cornstarch mixture and marmalade. Cook and stir until mixture boils and thickens. Serve over rice.

Santa Rosa Salad

**THIS NEEDS TO REFRIGERATE OVERNIGHT** I found this recipe on Dish Delish and thought it looked interesting. Unfortunately last night I was all excited to eat it and then read the recipe again and remembered it had to sit overnight, so I had to wait! I really like it though. I tried it both as a "salad" on spinach leaves and also put it in heated tortillas and thought it was equally good both ways, just different. Definitely worth a try!

THE PROCESS:
The Chicken Mixture:
1 box long grain wild rice (Uncle Ben's ORIGINAL)
3 chicken breasts, diced (I used a can of chicken)
4 green onions, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced (I used part red and part yellow)
3 oz. Chinese Pea Pods (Snow Peas), ends cut off and cut into thirds (I skipped these)
1-2 medium avocados, diced
1/2-1 C. chopped pecans
*Cook rice as directed and cool. Boil chicken breasts until cooked. Combine all ingredients (except avocado and pecans) and refrigerate overnight.

Dressing:
2 cloves garlic, diced (or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder)
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/3 C. vegetable oil
1/3 C. Nakano's Seasoned Rice Vinegar (I used Original)
*Combine in blender and refrigerate overnight.

The Next Day:
Pour dressing over salad and mix well until coated. Refrigerate 2-4 hours before serving. Immediately before serving, add diced avocado and pecans - mix well.
Serve on lettuce leaf or in tortillas.

Souper Burgers

So, I was excited about the salad recipe tonight but when I went to make it I remembered it has to be refrigerated overnight, so on to the next item on the menu. These were very easy to make and Ella LOVED them. I would describe them as a twist on the Sloppy Joe. We'll see what Mike thinks since this is definitely more his kind of meal. I thought they were good though - especially since they require so little work!

Ingredients:
- 3/4 lb. ground beef (85% lean)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 can Cream of Celery Soup
- 1/4 c. water
- 1 T. ketchup
- 1/4 t. pepper
- buns, rolls or toast

Directions:
- COOK beef and onion in skillet until beef is browned. Pour off fat.
- ADD soup, water, ketchup and pepper. Heat through. Divide meat mixture among rolls.

Shepherd's Pie

This is my favorite shepherd's pie recipe that I have found thus far. The fried onions are a nice twist.

Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
- 2 c. French's french fried onions
- 1 can tomato soup
- 1/2 c. water
- 2 t. Italian seasoning
- 1/2 t. each salt and pepper
- 1 package (10 oz) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed (I don't use the whole bag)
- 3 cups hot mashed potatoes

Directions:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook meat in large ovenproof skillet until browned; drain.
(I use a normal skillet and layer the ingredients in a square casserole dish for the oven)
- Stir in 1 c. fried onions, soup, water, seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Spoon veggies over beef mixture. Top with mashed potatoes.
- Bake 20 min. or until hot. Sprikle with remaining 1 c. onions. Bake 2 min. or until golden.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

This was actually my first "real" salad. I always say I'm not good at making deluxe salads, but I decided to go for it for our Memorial Day BBQ and really make a good contribution :-). I have had many similar salads and I thought mine turned out pretty well!

- Spinach
- Sliced Strawberries
- Feta Cheese
- Honey Toasted Sliced Almonds
- Green Onions, thinly slice
- Briannas Poppyseed Dressing

This pic is pre-dressing:

Hamburger Potato Hot Dish

This is definitely a stereotypical church casserole - straight out of a ward cook book (my parent's old Mandarin 1st Ward in FL). I don't usually put the chips on top, because I don't ever have plain potato chips, but since I needed to take a picture for the blog I sacrificed some of my treasured Baked Sour Cream and Cheddar Ruffles for the top - you all owe me!

Ingredients:
- 1 to 1-1/2 lbs. hamburger
- 1 onion, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- cream of chicken soup (diluted with 1/2 c. milk)
- 1 bag frozen hash browns
- 3 to 5 carrots, grated
- crushed potato chips for topping

Directions:
- Brown meat, onion, salt and pepper in skillet. Alternate layers of hash browns, carrots and meat. Cover with soup. Repeat until all is used; top with chips.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes uncovered.
(I use a 9x13 pan, so I don't alternate layers because I only have enough for 1 layer of each. If you want to do the layers, be sure to use a smaller dish)

Baked Chicken Over Corn

This is another recipe from Kill the Gluten that I thought I'd give a try. It is easy and healthy and turned out well. I will add some more spices and possibly some onion next time around...there are many options to jazz it up a little bit, but this base recipe itself is pretty good too.

Ingredients:
- frozen corn
- chicken, seasoned with salt, pepper and paprika, cut in strips
- sliced avocado
- sliced tomato
- cheddar cheese
- cooked rice
Directions:
-Layer frozen corn (enough to cover bottom of 2-qt. baking dish), chicken strips, avocado, and tomato.
- Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 30 minutes.
- Sprinkle with cheese, cover, and bake another 30 minutes.
- Serve over rice.
I will probably add sliced onion next time and I seasoned mine with some chili powder and onion salt (which may not be needed when adding onion). I also topped with FF sour cream and served tortilla chips on the side.

Mike's "Awful" Waffles

These actually are quite delicious but that is what Mike and Ella have named his breakfast specialty.

Ingredients:
- 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 T. baking powder
- 1/4 t. salt
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 3/4 c. milk
- 1/2 c. cooking oil
- 2 egg whites

Directions:
- In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In another bowl beat egg yolks slightly. Beat in milk and oil.
- Add egg yolk mixture to flour mixture all at once. Stir just till combined but slightly lumpy.
- In small bowl beat egg whites till stiff peaks form. Gently gold beaten egg whites into flour and egg yolk mixture, leaving a few fluffs of egg white. Do not overmix.
- You are ready to pour into your waffle iron!

Eggs Florentine

I found this breakfast idea on Kill The Gluten and loved it. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day and it's always nice to have something new to throw in the mix...

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375. Fill greased muffin tins with deli sliced ham (to form little cups) and place fillings in bottom of cup. We tried the spinach and tomato they suggested on their site and also threw in some hashbrowns and broccoli. I think next time I'll add some diced onion or onion salt to give them a little more flavor.Step 2: Break 1 egg into each up and sprinkle with salt and pepper.Step 3: Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees, then top with cheese and bake 5 more minutes.
Step 4: Let them cool down and enjoy. We all really like them...the tomato and hashbrowns were the favorites!

Lemon Chicken Puff

I adapted this from a Pampered Chef recipe and we have always really liked it...the girls especially LOVE it!








Ingredients:
*Popover Puff:
- 3 T. butter, divided
- 1 c. milk
- 6 eggs
- 1 c. flour
- 1/2 t. salt

*Chicken and Veggie Filling:
- 2 med. carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 c. sugar snap peas or broccoli florets (I've never tried the peas)
- 1 med. potato, diced
- 1/2 c. chopped onion
- 1 T. butter
- 2 T. lemon juice
- 1 can cream chicken soup
- 2 c. diced cooked chicken (I use a can of chicken)
- 1/4 c. FF sour cream
- 1 t. onion powder
- 1 t. garlic powder
- 1/4 t. pepper (or more)
- 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
* Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Melt 2 T. butter in microwave and whisk together with milk and eggs.
- Put 1 T. butter in bottom of baking dish (I use my trusty 2-qt. square one, but if you have a circle it would look better) and place in oven until melted.
- Add flour and salt to egg mixture and whisk until smooth. Pour batter into dish (on the melted butter) and bake 20 min. (I take out the top rack in my oven - it's gets pretty "puffed")
- Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 10-15 more minutes until puffed and golden brown.
* While the shell is baking, melt 1 T. butter in large sauce pan and stir in carrots, broccoli, potatoes and onion. Cook until veggies are tender.
- Add lemon juice, chicken and cream of chicken soup. Stir in spices and continue stirring until heated through.
- Stir in cheese keep warm until the puff is ready.
* Remove puff from oven and allow to cool and middle to fall, forming a shell.
- Spoon filling into center of puff and enjoy.

Beef Stroganoff

This is one of the first recipes I started making consistently when we got married. It's easy, really good, and uses beef too!

Ingredients:
- 1 to 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
- 1/2 med. onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 c. sour cream
- 1 packet dry onion soup mix
- 1 can (8 oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
- cooked noodles or rice

Directions:
- Cook meat in a large skillet with onion and garlic.
- When meat is done stir in mushroom soup, sour cream, mushrooms and onion soup packet until well mixed.
- Reduce heat and continue stirring until heated through.
- Serve over rice or noodles.

P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps

These were a lot of work to make (and a grocery budget breaker if you don't have any of the sauces like me...of course now I'll have them for a long time), but definitely worth it! I was nervous, but they ended up being super delicious and pretty dang close to what I remember at the restaurant!

Ingredients:
*CHICKEN MARINADE...
- 1 t. cornstarch
- 2 t. dry sherry
- 2 t. water
- 2 t. soy sauce
- 1 t. oil
- salt and pepper
*OTHER...
- 8 dried shiitake mushrooms
- 1-1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken, cubed
- 5 T. oil (I used maybe 1 T. because mine seemed "oily" enough)
- 1 t. fresh minced ginger (I used ground ginger)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 green onions, minced
- 2 small dried chilies (optional)
- 8 oz. can bamboo shoots, minced
- 8 oz. can waterchestnuts, minced
- 1 package cellophane Chinese rice noodles, prepared according to package (these are pretty cool to watch when you fry them-Ella freaked out because she thought they were alive)
*COOKING SAUCE...
- 1 T. Hoisin sauce
- 1 T. soy sauce
- 1 T. dry sherry
- 2 T. oyster sauce
- 2 T. water
- 1 t. sesame oil
- 1 t. sugar
- 2 t. cornstarch
*Iceburg lettuce "cups"

Directions:
- Cover mushrooms with boiling water, let stand 30 min. then drain. Cut and discard woody stems. Mince mushrooms. Set aside.
- Mix all ingredients for cooking sauce in bowl, and set aside.
- In medium bowl, mix ingredients for chicken marinade and add chicken. Stir to coat chicken thoroughly and let sit 15 min. to marinate.
- Heat wok or large skillet over medium high heat. Add 3 T. oil (I skipped the oil), then add chicken and stir fry for 3-4 min. Set aside.
- Add 2 T. oil to pan (I used 1). Add ginger, garlic, chilies, and onion; stir fry about a minute or so.
- Add mushrooms, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts; stir fry an additional 2 min. Return chicken to pan. Add mixed cooking sauce to pan. Cook until thickened and hot.
- Break cooked cellophane noodles into small pieces, and cover bottom of serving dish with them. Pour chicken mixture on top of noodles. Spoon into lettuce leaf and roll. Enjoy!

Deluxe Breakfast Bake

**Allow time for this dish to be prepared and bake. It needs to refrigerate overnight and takes 1 hour to bake** (I hate it when I go to make something but failed to check that and then realize I need to make something else instead)

Many of the recent recipes I have tried have come from the Taste of Home magazine, this is another one. One of my birthday presents from my family was a subscription to it and I have definitely been enjoying the new options! This dish was pretty good...I had high expetations and was slightly let down, but I will probably make it again.

Ingredients:
- 1 package (6 oz) onion and garlic salad croutons (I used ranch)
- 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 c. cubed fully cooked ham (I used lunch meat)
- 4 eggs
- 2 3/4 c. milk, divided
- 3/4 t. ground mustard
- 1 can cream mushroom soup, undiluted
- 1 package (26 oz) frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
- 1/2 t. paprika
- 1/4 t. pepper

Directions:
- Place croutons in greased 3-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and ham.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, 2-1/4 c. milk and mustard; pour over ham and cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
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- Remove from the refrigerator 30 min. before baking. Combine soup and remaining milk until blended; spread over casserole.
- Top with hashbrowns; sprinkle with paprika and pepper.
- Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 min.
- Uncover; bake 34-40 min. longer or until edges are browned. Let stand 10 min. before serving.

Potato Spud Chicken

potato spud chicken
This was one of my favorite meals growing up! I used to request it for my birthday dinner sometimes I loved it so much :-).  It's like an oven fried chicken, but since you use instant potato flakes as the "breading", it's gluten free! Our kids love it!

Ingredients:
- 2 T. butter
- 2-3 chicken breasts, cut in strips
- 1 eggs
- 2/3 c. instant mashed potato flakes
- 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese (I use reduced fat)
- 1 t. garlic salt
- 1/4 t. pepper

Directions:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice butter and place along bottom of glass baking dish.
- Put dish in oven until butter has melted and coated bottom of pan.
- While butter is melting, beat the 2 eggs in one bowl and in another bown combine potato flakes, Parmesan, garlic salt and pepper.
- Dip chicken pieces first in egg and then coat in potato flake mixture. Place in buttered dish side by side.
(to make it extra tasty, melt some butter in a small dish and drizzle on top of chicken before baking)
- Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes (until chicken is cooked and flakes are looking golden and crispy on the edges).

(I cut 3 small breasts into 10 strips and calculated them at 65 calories per strip)

Mike's Fudge Brownies

Mike's contribution to the men's Mother's Day dinner last night was his delicious made-from-scratch brownies. I love that he can bake tasty treats :-)!

Ingredients:
- 1/2 c. butter
- 2 T. unsweetened chocolate
- 1 c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 t. vanilla
- 3/4 c. flour
- 1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)
- frosting (optional)

Directions:
- In a medium saucepan melt margarine and choclate over low heat. Remove from heat.
- Stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat lightly by hand just till combined. Stir in flour and nuts if using them.
- Spread batter into an 8x8 pan (Mike likes to use a 9x13 to make them thinner).
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool on a rack and frost if desired.

Meatless Mexican Lasagna

I have tried quite a few different recipes similar to this and although this wasn't my favorite (here is the one that is right now), I still enjoyed it and it was easy to make.

Ingredients:
- 2 c. frozen corn, thawed (I used a little less than this)
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic; undrained
- 1 can green chilies
- 3 green onions, sliced
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 4 corn tortillas (I used 6)
- 1 1/2 c. Mexi cheese blend
- toppings: sour cream, cilantro, avocado

Directions:
- In a bowl, combine the 1st seven ingredients.
- Place 2 (or 3) tortillas in an 11x7 baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- Spread with 1/2 of the corn mixture and sprinkle with 1/2 the cheese. Repeat layers.
- Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
- Let stand for 5 minutes and garnish as desired.

Chicken Pot Pie

Sorry for the not so great picture - don't let it deceive you though, this was delicious. I would have taken a picture before I cut into it because it was semi-pretty and would have been really pretty if #1 I had a round baking dish (I used a square) and #2 I was a little better at "fluting" edges.

Ingredients:
- 3 med. carrots, sliced
- 2 med. red potatoes, cut in 1/2 in. pieces (I used 4, because I like potatoes)
- 1 med. turnip, peeled and cut into 1/2 in. pieces (OPTIONAL-I have made it with and without and think it tastes the same both ways)
- 1/4 c. butter, cubed
- 1/4 c. flour/cornstarch
- 2 c. chicken broth
- 1 t. dried thyme
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/2 t. pepper
- 2 c. cubed cooked chicken
- 1 c. frozen peas, thawed (I only used about 1/3 c.)
- 1 jar (4.5 oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
- 4 green onions, sliced
- pastry for single-crust pie (9 in)

Directions:
- Place carrots, potatoes and turnip in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add broth, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to boil; cook and stir for 2 min. or until slightly thickened.
- Drain vegetables and place in a large bowl; stir in white sauce, chicken, peas, mushrooms and onions. Transfer to a greased 2-qt.round baking dish.
- Place pastry over filling; trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in top. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.

Sausage and Peppers

sausage and peppers
This is another no-recipe meal, but we really love it. The real key is to get GOOD sausage! Then just thinly slice some onions, green peppers, and red peppers and saute it all together...and serve over brown rice.
I know I really like something when I am excited to have the left overs for lunch the next day and today I definitely am (yesterday's meal was good, but the leftovers haven't been touched)!

Fiesta Chicken Chowder

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Well, I must admit that I love my tortilla soup more than this one, but it was still pretty tasty. The lime juice and fajita seasoning gives it a nice zesty flavor :-). You could easily leave the chicken out and it would be just as good I think.
**I just thought it only fair to advise everyone that Mike did not like this meal at all...to each his own**

Ingredients:
- 3 T. flour or cornstarch
- 1 envelope fajita seasoning, divided
- 1 lb. chicken breasts, cubed
- 3 T. vegetable oil
- 1 med. onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 c. water
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can Mexican stewed tomatoes, UNdrained
- 1 c. uncooked instant brown rice
- 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies
- 1 can condensed nacho cheese soup, undiluted
- 3 T. minced fresh cilantro
- 1 T. lime juice

Directions:
- Combine flour and 2 T. fajita seasoning, coat chicken with it.
- In a large saucepan, saute chicken in oil until juices run clear. Remove and keep warm.
- In same pan, saute onion and garlic until onion is tender.
- Stir in water, beans, tomatoes, corn, rice, chilies and remaining fajita seasoning.
- Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 min. or until rice is tender.
- Stir in soup, cilantro, lime juice and chicken; heat through.

Black Bean Salsa


Ingredients:
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
¼ c. green onions, chopped (including some green tops)
2 T. fresh cilantro, snipped
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 T. lime juice
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
¼ t. salt
1/8 t. black pepper
2 T. sugar

Directions:
Chop tomatoes and green onions. Coarsely snip cilantro and combine w/ tomatoes and green onions. Press garlic into tomatoes. Add lime juice, then beans, sugar, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours to blend flavors. Serve with warm Toasted Cornbread Slices (I just use tortilla chips – the little bowl/scoop kind work well).
(also, I always make most of this the night before...mix together all but the tomatoes and refrigerate. 2-3 hours before serving add in the tomatoes and let all the flavors mix together)

The BEST Chicken Enchiladas

Many of you have eaten these enchiladas at my house, but they are mom's specialty. They are more work than I like to spend for a typical dinner, but they are always a big hit for company!

Ingredients:
- 3 c. chicken, boiled and chopped
- 1 (4 oz) can green chilies
- 1 can green enchilada sauce
- 1/2 c. chopped onion
- 1 tsp. garlic salt
- 1 small carton (whipping) cream
- oil (enough to fill bottom of frying pan)
- 8 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
- corn tortillas (about 12)

Directions:
- Pour cream in bowl and mix in garlic salt.
- Mix green chilies, chicken and chopped onion together in another bowl.
- Pour thin layer of cream to cover the bottom of baking dish (9x13).
- Heat oil in frying pan and get tortilla soft in it (set on paper towels to absorb excess oil).
- Dip tortillas in cream, fill cneter with chicken mixture, cheese and some green enchilada sauce.
- Roll tortilla and place, seam down, in dish.
- Pour remaining enchilada sauce and cream over top.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, covered.
- Sprinkle remaining cheese and bake, uncovered, 5 more minutes.

DR Stuff (aka: Salami Guisado)

We refer to this as DR Stuff because it is so much easier to say than it's proper name. I must admit the first time Mike made this years ago I was quite skeptical, but it is actually delicious...I promise!

Ingredients:
- 3/4 c. salami, chopped (I actually get pepperoni because it's cheaper)
- 1/2 a medium red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 a medium green pepper, chopped
- 1/2 a medium onion, chopped
- 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce (I like the roasted garlic kind)
- Hot rice

Directions:
- Saute salami, peppers and onion in pan until onions and peppers are cooked.
- Stir in tomato sauce until heated through.
- Serve over rice!

Taco Salad

No, you don't really need a recipe to make taco salad, but everyone has their own version so I thought I'd post mine. This is the one salad Mike considers an actual meal.

My Order:
1. Crushed tortilla chips
2. Chopped lettuce
3. Beans (I prefer kidney beans for this dish)
4. "Taco Meat" (beef browned with onion and some taco seasoning)
5. Shredded Cheese
6. Ranch dressing
7. Salsa
8. Chopped avocado, cilantro, pepper