Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Creamy Corn

I don't know where my mom got this recipe but it is one of her favorites! I needed some comfort food last night and this is exactly what I wanted! It's so easy and super yummy but not so healthy...that's what comfort food is though, right?

1/2 stick of butter
4oz cream cheese
1 frozen bag of corn

Melt the butter in a sauce pan of medium low heat. Cut the cream cheese into small chunks and set aside. Add the frozen corn and stir to coat the corn in melted butter. Add the chucks of cream cheese and stir often. At some point it will look like you have majorly screwed up, the cream cheese will be soft but everything will look chunky and weird, give it a few more minutes and it will start to come together. I usually let it cook for about 10 minutes after it comes together.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Crockpot Coke Roast

When I saw this recipe on Krista's Kitchen I was too intrigued not to try it. When I told Gray these simple ingredients I could tell he was very skeptical. Well we were both very pleasantly surprised, he asked me to please make it again soon and told me it was the best roast he has ever had. Big words from a man that loves his pot roast!!!

1 roast (whatever cut you prefer and whatever size is good for your family)
1 can of coke
1 can of mushroom soup
1 package of onion soup mix

Mix together and cook in the crockpot for 6 to 8 hours.

*** I added potatoes, carrots and mushrooms when it had two hours left to cook and it was perfect!

Sweet and Sour Meatball Kabobs

This recipes was adapted from Taste and Tell. It was fun and different for the grill. We enjoyed them and will be having them again!

32 frozen fully cooked meatballs, thawed (1 lb.)***
1 red pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
1 green pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
1 sweet onion
1/4 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup BBQ sauce

Heat up the apricot jam and mix in the BBQ sauce. Heat the grill to medium. Skewer the meatballs and vegetables and coat with the glaze. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes and enjoy!

***I made my own turkey meatballs for this recipes, I just mixed a pound of turkey, 1/3 cup of bread crumbs, an egg, salt and pepper and mixed in a tablespoon of BBQ sauce.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Chicken and Cheesy Rice Casserole

We had this last week for dinner, I wasn't feeling well so Gray volunteered to put dinner together. I am so glad it was an easy night for him to put together dinner. This casserole was delicious and super super easy. I found the recipe at Eat At Home: Everyday Food for Busy People.

2 Chicken Breast, cooked and shredded
3/4 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup rice
2 cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
pepper to taste

Layer the chicken on the bottom then the rice. Mix together the cheese, chicken broth, chicken soup and pepper. Pour over the rice and chicken. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. (it really does take an hour)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Crockpot Autumn Pork

I know it's not Autumn but I came across this recipe on Finding Joy in My Kitchen and had to try it. I was a little bit nervous when I got home and looked in the crockpot, the mean didn't look super tender but when I went to cut it into pieces it all fell apart. Delicious! and yes I have a bit of a recipe blog addiction. No I am not planning on getting help for it :)

4 lb. pork roast (mine was only 2lbs because we really don't need 4lbs worth of meat)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
4 apples, peeled and cored
3 T brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C applesauce
1/2 C ginger ale (or apple juice)

Cut apples into 1/8 pieces, peel if you want to, I didn't because I was in a hurry, we loved it just the same. Place apple pieces in the bottom of the crockpot. Place pork on top. In a separate bowl combine remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour over the pork. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Meatloaf Pillows

Gray was a bit skeptical when I described what these were but then he loved them! We both agreed that this seems very kid friendly because they could eat them with their hands, guess we will find out if they are or aren't soon enough :)
I found this recipe on Gather Round Our Table.

12 oz. tube refrigerated biscuits
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 c. ketchup
1 c. ketchup, divided
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c. quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Separate and press biscuit dough into the bottom and up the sides of 10 greased muffin cups (I put them in the muffin liners because our muffin tin is old and scraped up). Combine ground beef, 1/2 c. ketchup, onion, eggs and oats. Mix well and form into 10 meatballs; place one meatball into each biscuit cup. Spread remaining ketchup on the top of each meatball. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Chicken Broccoli Divan

 I think it's safe to say that Gray and I love good food. This meal was easy to throw together and we both loved it! I got the recipe from Eat At Home, another awesome recipe blog!

1 bunch broccoli
2 cups cooked, chicken
2 cans cream of chicken soup
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. lemon juice
about 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese (I used closer to 3/4 a cup)

Put the chicken in the bottom of a crockpot or casserole dish (I did it in the oven but I'm sure it would work great in the crockpot). Layer the broccoli on top of the chicken. Stir together the soup, mayo and lemon juice. Spread the sauce over the broccoli. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top. Bake in an oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. (Or cook in a crockpot on low for 4-5 hours)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Spinach Tomato Tortellini

I found this recipe and had high hopes for it, it just sounded so good! Well this recipe is a keeper, Gray and I both fell in love. It was more than I hoped it would be and perfect for a cold night! If you like pasta you must try this recipe! This recipe was adapted from Stephanie Cooks (she has amazing recipes, you should really check out her blog!)

1 (16 ounce) package cheese tortellini1
(14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
I add a 1/4 cup of tomato sauce (not pasta sauce, plain tomato sauce). In my opinion it gave it more flavor.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the tortellini, and cook until done. Mix together the tomatoes, spinach, salt, pepper, basil and garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until the mixture begins to bubble. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, milk and cream. Add this mixture into the saucepan. Then add the Parmesan cheese. Heat through, then reduce heat to low, and simmer until thick, about 2 minutes. (this is when I added the tomato sauce but next time I think I would add it when I added the flour mixture) Strain the tortellini, then add to the sauce and stir together. (And make some garlic bread, this sauce is too good to leave sitting in the bottle of the bowl!)