Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cheesy Chicken & Salsa Skillet

My friend/coworker requested a easy chicken recipe . This is courtesy of wonderful Kraft Food & Family !!  Cooks in 30 minutes- fast & easy! I personally leave the green peppers out - not a pepper fan!  This one is for you, Tara !!!

Cheesy Chicken & Salsa Skillet-
  you'll need : 2 cups multi-grain penne pasta (uncooked) , 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite size pieces), 1 1/4 cups salsa , 1 cup frozen corn (thawed) , 1 large green pepper (cut into thin strips), 1 cup shredded mexican-style cheese.

**Cook pasta as directed on package. Grab a large non-stick skillet sprayed with cooking spray . Heat over medium heat. Add chicken, cook & stir for 2 min.  Stir in salsa, corn & peppers. Bring to a boil. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked. Drain pasta, add to chicken mixture, & mix lightly. Sprinkle with cheese & let sit for a minute until cheese melts .

Enjoy :-)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Blueberry Crunch Cake

This is a quick & easy dessert if you need something in a jiffy  ! This a recipe my Mom passed down to me. She was the best cook I know ! And now I'm gonna share it with you - my foodie friends :-)

Blueberry Crunch Cake -
You'll  need :  a large can of crushed pineapple, 3 cups blueberries, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 box of yellow cake mix, 1 cup of chopped nuts (your choice- i use pecans myself!) , 1/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 sticks melted margarine.

** Grease a 9x13 inch pan. Layer ingredients in the order listed. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. While baking :After 25 minutes in the oven, cut into cake for juice to rise, then finish baking.

** Enjoy with a big glass of milk or a cup of coffee !!!


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Taco Salad Bowls

It's Taco night! Wanna spice it up a little ? Try this recipe- you even make your own edible salad bowls! Found this one in the Kraft Food & Family magazine- I'm a fan :-)

Taco Salad Bowls-
  you'll need :  4 flour tortillas (8 inch), 1 Tbsp. chili powder( divided), 3/4 lb. extra-lean ground beef ,1 cup  carrot sticks, 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. salsa , 2 tbsp. light Mayonnaise, 4 cups torn salad greens ,1 large tomato (chopped),  1/2 cup  Mexican Style 2% Milk Finely Shredded Four Cheese, 1/4 cup chopped  cilantro.

* Heat oven to 425 degrees. CRUMPLE 4 large sheets of foil to make 4 (3-inch) balls; place on baking sheet. Place 1 tortilla over each ball; spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. chili powder. Bake 6 to 8 min. or until tortillas are golden brown. (Tortillas will drape over balls as they bake.)

Meanwhile, brown meat with carrots and remaining chili powder in large nonstick skillet on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add 1/2 cup salsa; cook 2 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Mix mayo and remaining salsa in large bowl. Add salad greens and tomatoes; toss to coat. Fill shells with greens mixture, meat mixture, cheese, and cilantro.

Try this with a Margarita ;-)



Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ham & Cheese Rollups

 These days, when i go to the grocery store- I try to get the most for my money, but at the same time make sure to get things that can put together a great meal ! It requires some menu planning, pantry browsing,  a study of the grocery store ads ( I am a big fan of Kroger!) and some coupon collecting! 
Try this recipe- its quick, inexpensive , feeds a family of 4 - and your family will love it!

Ham & Cheese Roll ups:
  you'll need : 2 tbsp olive oil (divided ) , 4 flour tortillas (10 inch),  1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (divided), 1/4 lb. sliced deli ham, 1/4 lb sliced provolone cheese , 1/4 lb. sliced hard salami , 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.   * Marinara sauce if desired.

** Brush 1 tbsp. olive oil on one side of the tortillas. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese . Layer tortillas with ham, provolone cheese, salami & mozzarella cheese. Fold in the sides of the tortilla & roll up. Place seam side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (love this stuff!) . Brush with remaining oil & sprinkle with remaining Paremsan cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 9-12 minutes. Serve with Marinara sauce if desired. 

What can I serve as a side with this ???
  potato chips, french fries, a side salad.....

Enjoy !!