Thursday, October 8, 2009

Harvest Chicken Soup

Remember my Harvest Chicken? I made the leftovers into a soup. I diced the chicken, then poured the rest of the casserole into a large saucepan (including the broth). I then added a handful of diced onion, 1 small diced zucchini, 1 tsp chicken bouillon granules, 1 can of chicken broth, and one broth can full of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer at least 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mom's Spaghetti Sauce

One of the things that I always ask my Mom to make for me when we're visiting is her spaghetti sauce. If my parents are visiting us, she makes extra and leaves it for me in the freezer. Another reason to love my Mom! We're having the last batch of frozen sauce from their summer visit for dinner tonight.

1.5-2 lbs. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
oregano (1-2 tsp)
Salt & pepper, to taste
sugar(1 tsp)
1 large can tomato sauce
1 medium sized can tomato paste

Brown beef, onion and garlic together. Drain, then return to pan. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, and all other ingredients. When sauce begins to bubble, lower heat. Cover, simmer at least 30 minutes. Adjust oregano, sugar, salt & pepper as needed. Tastes best after simmering all day!

Sandwich bread

I LOVE my bread machine. We use it at least twice a week. It's nothing fancy, but it's fabulous. :) Right now my Sunbeam is busy making sandwich bread. It took me just a few minutes to put everything in, and will go on it's own for a few hours. The house will smell wonderful, and the bread will be about 1/3 less than if I'd bought it in the store. AND, I can add whatever I want to it (Parmesan cheese, herbs, sesame seeds, etc.)

1 c water
2 tbsp soft butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp non-fat milk powder
3 tbsp sugar
3 cups bread flour
6 tsp vital wheat gluten
3/4 tsp bread machine yeast

Sift together bread flour and gluten. Add ingredients to bread machine in order suggested by the manufacturer (mine suggests the order in which the ingredients are listed above), turn it on, and wait for the delicious smell!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Harvest Chicken

Adapted from Swanson's

This meal cost us under $8, and will feed us for two meals, so it's less than $4/meal. Good deal!

1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces
2 c frozen green beans
1 c chicken broth
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp thyme
1 bag Uncle Ben's Ready Rice (we used Long grain & Wild)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Brown chicken in oil for five minutes on each side. Meanwhile, spray a large baking dish with cooking spray. In dish, mix together sweet potatoes, green beans, broth, garlic, rosemary and thyme. Top with chicken. Cover, then bake for one hour, until chicken is cooked through and sweet potatoes are tender. Microwave rice for 90 seconds. Enjoy!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Homemade pizza & breadsticks

1.5 c hot water
1/3 c olive oil
1/3 c honey
2 tsp salt
4.5 c flour
2 tbsp Italian seasoning
1.5 tsp garlic salt
2 tbsp quick yeast
15 oz. can tomato sauce
6 oz. can seasoned tomato paste
Pinch of sugar
Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Place hot water, then olive oil, then honey, then salt, then flour, then seasoning, then garlic, then yeast into a bread machine. Set on the dough cycle. When complete, divide dough in half. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together tomato paste, tomato sauce and sugar to make pizza sauce. With oiled hands, press one half into desired pizza shape. Top with pizza sauce, then cheese. Oil hands again, then press remaining half of dough into a rectangle. Cut into strips, and place on a baking pan. Bake pizza and breadsticks for 15-25 minutes, until dough is done. Use remaining pizza sauce as a dip for breadsticks.

Lemon butter scallops and broccoli

4 tbsp butter
1 large lemon, juiced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. bay scallops
2 heads broccoli

Steam broccoli; keep warm. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic 1-2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Remove 2 tbsp of the sauce, and stir it into the broccoli. Add scallops to pan. Saute until opaque, 3-5 minutes.