Friday, June 27, 2008

Cheesy Crock-Pot Chicken

6 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)

salt and pepper, to taste

garlic powder,to taste

4 Tbs. Butter

4 Tbs. Flour

1 Cup Milk

1 Cup Chicken Broth

1/4 Cup water

1/2 Cup Grated Cheese

Put all into Crock Pot Cook on Low for 6 hours or until Chicken is done. Serve over Rice or Noodles (or Mash Potatoes might be good too...hmmm)

*Original Recipe*

Whole Wheat White Bread
2 Cups White Flour
2 packages dry yeast
2 teaspoon Salt
2 Cups very warm Water
1/4 Cup Molasses
1/4 Oil
4 to 4 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

In mixer add White Flour, Yeast, and Water, mix let sit in a warm place for 15 minutes or until bubbley.

Mix in remaining ingredients and mix well (6 minutes at least).

Shape and place in greased bread pan. Let rise until 1/2 inches - 1 inch over the top of pan. Place in a COLD oven and turn on to 350 F. Cook for 50 minutes or until golden brown.

*a BIG thanks to A. for "holding my hand" on the phone while making this and a BIG thanks to B. for the "how to" on bread... my first 'real' bread... THANK YOU!*

Black Bean Corn Salad
1 Can Black Beans (drained + rinsed)
1 1/2 Cup Corn (frozen)
1/2 onion (diced)
1 Can Diced Tomato and Green Chili's
Small Bunch of fresh Cilantro (chopped)
1 1/2 tsp. Olive Oil
3 dash Adobe Hot Sauce
Pepper (to taste)

Mix all together and refridgerate for several hours, then serve.

Papa: Good!
Kids: JC: Yum!, Roo: YUM! , Meme: true to form... wouldn't try it.
Mama: Almost to good to be true AND super easy. My new favorite salad!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pot Roast + Veggies
*no pic again... just no time between baseball games!*

1 Small Roast
1 Tbs. flour
1 Tbs. oil
1 Tbs. beef bouillon
1/2 Cup water
4-5 toes of garlic (we like garlic!)
1 large onion (cut into large wedges)
5-6 small potatoes
5-6 large carrots
Crock Pot (ok so I'm addicted to the thing!)

Wet roast with a little water. Roll roast in flour. Heat oil in skillet and sear roast until well browned on all sides.

Put roast, beef bouillon, water, garlic, and onion into crock pot and turn on low for 4 hours or so. 2 hours before eating add potatoes and carrots (and more water IF needed).

Continue cooking.

Papa: Super Yummy!
Kids: JC yum!, Roo yum! + Meme... he eats!!! Yes!
Mama: Really good! Might be a tad salty but it was a super hot day so I think we all needed a bit more salt then usual.
BBQ Chicken

1 small can Tomato paste
2 Tbs. Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tbs. Liquid Smoke
1/4 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Molasses
1 Tbs. Mustard

Stir all together and dump on top of chicken breasts in crock pot. Cook on low for 6 hours or until done. Shred up and eat on tortillas with a salad.

*Sorry no picture... such a busy day... I forgot!*
Papa: Yum.
JC... ate it, but put catsup on it, Meme: wouldn't touch it (the kid may starve to death!), Roo: It's the best bbq EVER!
Mama: Very tomato-y (is that a word?), I would probably not use a whole can of tomato paste next time, probably only 2 Tbs. instead.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Brownie Biscuits (Cookies)
1 Cup butter softened (2 sticks)
3/4 Cup Sucanat
1 tsp. Vanilla (or more)
2 Eggs
1/2 Cocoa Powder
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. real salt
1- Heat oven to 375 F.
2- Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla in mixer until creamy. Add eggs, beat well. Stir flour, baking soda, cocoa, and salt together. Slowly stir into butter mixture.
3- Bake 10-15 minutes on stone baking dish (regular cookie sheet would be fine... just watch so they don't burn).

Papa: I LOVE 'EM!
Kids: Thumbs up from all of them!
Mama: Pretty good for just inventing! :0)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Taco Chicken Rice Casserole
6 Chicken Breasts (frozen)
1/2 Cup dried tomatoes (from the garden last year)
1/2 Cup chicken broth
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
Dump in crock pot and cook until done.
Make rice (to be done 1/2 hour before serving)
Stir rice and chicken mix into casserole dish sprinkle with cheese.
Bake 350 until cheese is melted and hot through.
Papa: Delicious
Kids: JC and Roo ate it up, Meme didn't eat ... again!
Mama: This was good and easy to make... I bit to dry I needed to add some of the broth from the crock pot to make it juicer.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Cornbread Chili Pie
1 lb. hamburger (cooked)
1 can Chili
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup Albers Yellow Corn Meal
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sucanat
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup evaporated milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg

Mix fully cooked hamburger and chili together, pour into 9X13 pan. Sprinkle 1 cup grated cheese on top.
Combine corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Combine milk, oil and egg in small bowl and mix well. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stir just until blended.
Pour Cornbread mixture on top of chili mixture, spread evenly.
Bake 400F for 20 minutes or until wooden tooth pick inserted in cornbread center comes out clean.
Papa Verdict: Good
Kid Verdict: Mixed: Roo loved it (it had beans so of course he would), JC ate his but really wanted more donuts (sigh), and Meme... wouldn't even put it in his mouth.
Mama Verdict: Ok, but I really thought it would be moister. Needs to be cooked in a much smaller pan so that cornbread covers all the beans. WW flour worked just fine in cornbread mix.

Whole Wheat Cake Donuts

3 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
2 t. baking powder
½ t. cinnamon
¼ t. salt
¼ t. nutmeg
2/3 cup sucanat
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
2/3 cup evap. milk
1/4 cup melted butter
Oil for frying
Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir in eggs, vanilla, milk and melted butter. Knead dough a few minutes to make sure all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.On a floured surface, roll dough to ½ inch thickness. Cut with donut cutter, or biscuit cutter. Heat oil in skillet or electric skillet…enough to cover the bottom of the skillet about ¼ inch. Place donuts into the hot oil to fry for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate.
Original Recipe Here
Papa Verdict: YUM!
Kid Verdict: YUM!
Mama Verdict: A little dry but I think that's the whole wheat. Really good with honey on the top.