Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Double Marinated Basil Lime Chicken

This was one amazing, fresh and yummy tasting dish! I even dusted off the grill and cooked these puppies up all by myself! In fact, I'm making them again today! (I was supposed to yesterday, but thanks to a HUGE birds next found in my grill yesterday, it has been delayed until today. Click here or here to see what I'm talking about.) Don't let the double marinade thing scare you off, both super easy to make, just look at it as a double bonus for your taste buds.  FYI, the chicken is really good w/o the second marinade too, not as full of taste, but still great! Let me know what ya think!


Combine the zest and juice of limes, 3 T Olive Oil, Mustard, Worcestershire, Soy, 3 onions, 2 garlic cloves salt and pepper and mix well and add in chicken.

Place baggy in fridge and marinate for 1 hour.

Place chicken on grill for 7 minutes. Then flip and cook until internal temp reaches 170.

Meanwhile combine juice and zest of one lime with remaining olive oil, 3 chopped onions, 2 minced garlic cloves, basil.

Remove chicken from grill and let meat rest.

Slice chicken into bite-sized pieces and pour sauce over top.


Double Marinated Basil Lime Chicken


3 Limes (juice and zest) Divided
1/4 C + 3 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 T Dijon Mustard
3 T Worcestershire Sauce
3 T Soy Sauce
6 Green Onions Chopped Divided
4 Cloves Garlic Minced Divided
2 T Chopped Basil
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 lbs Chicken Breasts (or tenderloins)

1. Combine the zest and juice of 2 limes, 3 T Olive Oil, Mustard, Worcestershire, Soy, 3 onions, 2 garlic cloves salt and pepper and mix well.
2. Cut chicken into even cutlets (or just use tenderloins) and place in a gallon sized baggy.
3. Pour marinade over the chicken, seal baggy, place in fridge and marinate for 1 hour.
4. Preheat grill. Place chicken on grill for 7 minutes. Then flip and cook until internal temp reaches 170.
5. Meanwhile combine juice and zest of one lime with remaining olive oil, 3 chopped onions, 2 minced garlic cloves, basil.
6. Remove chicken from grill and let meat rest.
7. Slice chicken into bite-sized pieces and pour sauce over top. Enjoy!



Recipe Adapted from: Goodness Gracious.com

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spinach Artichoke Pasta

I thought this recipe was amazing! I love pasta! I love fresh spinach and artichokes, and...ya'll all know I like a little kick, this recipe had it!  If you don't like cooked spinach, like my hubby, than you won't like it as much as I did, but you can always leave it out too! My kids loved it, I'd recommend not sprinkling any of the red pepper flakes on the kid's pasta though.  But, seriously, this is restaurant quality pasta! Let me know if you try it!


Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large pot or skillet. Add garlic and throw in the spinach. Stir it around until it's wilted, about 1 minute.

Remove spinach from heat and set aside.

Add chopped chicken and fry until cooked all the way through.  Remove chicken and set aside.

Add 2 tablespoons butter to the same pot and raise the heat to high. Throw in the halved artichokes and stir it around until they get a little color, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the artichokes from the pot and set them aside.

Reduce the heat to low. Add 2 tablespoons butter to the pot. When melted, sprinkle in flour and whisk until it's combined. 

Pour in milk and whisk to combine. Let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until starting to thicken. 

Add Parmesan, Mozzarella/Monterey Jack, salt and pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir to melt, and if it's overly thick, splash in chicken broth.

Add artichokes, chicken and pasta, tossing gently to combine. 

Gently fold in spinach, then pour the pasta into a serving bowl. 

Sprinkle the top with crushed red pepper flakes and plenty of breadcrumbs for crunch.

Spinach Artichoke Pasta

6 Tablespoons Butter
4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
2 bags Baby Spinach
2 cans Artichoke Hearts, Drained And Halved
1 lb Chicken cut up
3 Tablespoons Flour
3 cups Whole Milk
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
 Salt And Pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1-1/2 cup Mozzarella Or Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
1/2 cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth (less Or More)
12 ounces, weight Penne, Cooked
1/2 cup Seasoned Breadcrumbs
Crushed Red Pepper, To Taste

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large pot or skillet. Add garlic and throw in the spinach. Stir it around until it's wilted, about 1 minute. Remove spinach from heat and set aside.
Add cut up chicken to the hot pot or skillet and cook until no longer pink.  Remove from the skillet and set aside.
Add 2 tablespoons butter to the same pot and raise the heat to high. Throw in the halved artichokes and stir it around until they get a little color, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the artichokes from the pot and set them aside.
Reduce the heat to low. Add 2 tablespoons butter to the pot. When melted, sprinkle in flour and whisk until it's combined. Pour in milk and whisk to combine. Let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until starting to thicken. Add Parmesan, Mozzarella/Monterey Jack, salt and pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir to melt, and if it's overly thick, splash in chicken broth.
Add artichokes, chicken and pasta, tossing gently to combine. Gently fold in spinach, then pour the pasta into a serving bowl. Sprinkle the top with crushed red pepper flakes and plenty of breadcrumbs for crunch.
Serve immediately! Enjoy!



Recipe Adapted from: The Pioneer Woman

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Seriously, can I just tell ya'll how much I love these one pot dishes?! What's your favorite one pot dish? Please share!  This one was delicious! I loved how fresh tasting it was, I had no guilt eating pasta w/ this dish, especially b/c I used whole grain noodles.  My kids even gobbled it all up, which was amazing, b/c it had a little kick to it...which I love a little kick!  This was the perfect dish to make a few days ago for our lazy Sunday.  After church, much needed Sunday naps and playing w/ our kiddos, I didn't feel like making anything time consuming, especially b/c I didn't prep for anything ahead of time.  So, this was perfect! It took no time at all to make and was very filling.  Let me know what ya'll think! And seriously, no joke, plz share any of your favorite one pot dishes.



The ingredients, that's it! All in one dish!

After sauteing the sausage throw everything into the same dish.

After simmering and reducing heat, add in salt and pepper and mix in all remaining liquids.

Serve and top off w/ Parmesan cheese.

One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

1 lb Turkey Sausage sliced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
12 ounces linguine pasta
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid ( I used the spicy red pepper style)
1 medium sweet onion, cut in 1/4 inch julienne strips
4 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
4 1/2 cups vegetable broth* (use regular broth and NOT low sodium)
1 bunch (about 10 to 12 leaves) basil, diced
Parmesan cheese for garnish
Heat oil and saute sliced sausage until browned in a large pot. Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, basil leaves and garlic in the same pot. Pour in vegetable broth. Sprinkle on top the pepper flakes and oregano.
Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, take lid off and let simmer until almost all liquid has evaporated – I left about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot – but you can reduce as desired stirring every 2 minutes or so.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Stir pasta several times to distribute the liquid in the bottom of the pot evenly throughout the pasta as you are serving. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
*I used 1 box (4 cups) of broth and 1/2 cup water.
Other one-pot pasta dishes:
One Pot Cheesy Sausage Pasta


Recipe Adapted from: Apron Strings

Friday, March 21, 2014

Easy Potato Doughnuts

I could eat donuts everyday if it were up to my head, and not my body! I love them! This is a crazy easy recipe for homemade donuts. Don't be intimidated, anyone can do it, I promise! The crazy thing about these donuts are that they have mashed potatoes in them!! That's right, potatoes. I don't know about y'all, but I was so surprised to hear that when I was first introduced to them. BTW, I was given this recipe a few years ago by someone I worked w/, I just can't remember her name, sorry!

They're good as leftovers, but uh-mazing fresh. 

Have you ever had potato donuts?! What did y'all think of them? Let me know if you tried these!

YUMMY! My glaze is a bit green b/c we made these for St Patrick's Day.

Donuts before the glaze, you can eat them like this, or dip them in the glaze (recipe below).

Easy Potato Doughnuts

Dough Preparation:
1 c Milk
5 t Yeast (2 packets)
Sugar- just a pinch

Microwave you milk so that it is warm, not hot.  Add the yeast and a pinch of sugar and stir.  Let stand for 5 minutes.

In a bowl combine:
2 c flour
1/2 c of warm Mashed Potatoes*
1/2 t. salt
1/4 c sugar

*Take one medium potato and poke holes in it.  Place in the microwave for a few minutes until it is soft to the touch.  Scoop out a half a cup of potatoes and use.  Or use 1/2 a cup of boiled, peeled potatoes.

Mix in:
The milk mixture
2 T Oil

Mix the dough well by hand or in a mixer with a dough hook for at least 3 minutes.

Directions:
Spread flour on your work surface.  Place dough in the middle of the flour and sprinkle some flour on your hands.  Knead the dough a few times.  Roll the dough out to a half an inch thick.

Now it's time to cut out the donuts, you can use a donut cutter or improvise like I did... I used a glass cup for the outer circle and a water bottle cap for the center hole. (I kept all the donut holes and fried them up at the end.)  Place on a floured surface and let rise while the oil heats up, for a total of 10 minutes.

Pour about 1/2 an inch of vegetable oil into a cast iron pan or an electric skillet (or use a deep fryer).  Heat the oil to 360 degrees (which is about medium to medium high on a stove top). If the oil starts to smoke, it is too hot.  You may test the oil with some of the scraps of dough to make sure it's ready.  Fry the donuts on each side until golden brown. Allow the donuts to cool on a rack or on wax paper so the oil soaks off. Dip one or both sizes of your donut in the glaze and let cool on your rack or wax paper (Or eat them hot and ooey gooey!).  Enjoy!

Vanilla Glaze

in a mug, microwave until hot:
1/2 c Milk
1 t Butter

In a bowl mix:
1 c Powdered sugar
2 T of the Milk mixture*
1/4 t Lemon extract or juice
1/4 t Vanilla extract

*Add more if you want the glaze to be thinner.


Creamy Philly Cheese Steak

If I ever go to a restaurant where a Philly Cheese Steak is on the menu, it's honestly a true battle w/ in myself to even consider ordering anything else.  I LOVE Phillies! I have no idea why I haven't shared this recipe with y'all yet!! I have had this recipe for years! I actually found two recipes I liked and combined them to make this. It's been so long that I can't even remember where the two recipes came from. But seriously, this is seriously so delicious! My 4 year old couldn't eat a bite without making an, "mmmm..." sound last night. My 5 year old was turned off by it when he asked what was in the sandwich and I told him, "roast beef." He quickly ran off screaming, "you want us to eat that?! I don't wanna eat 'gross' beef!!!" Hahaha as much as I tried to reassure him I had said "roast" beef, he wanted nothing to do with it. But, the rest of us loved it! My favorite way to serve these are with steak fries and a pasta salad. You will not disappoint if you serve this, I promise. (Just make sure to clarify you're not serving gross beef.)
Who else loves Phillys as much as me?! Where's your favorite place to buy one?

Look at all that deliciousness!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Guiltless Buffalo Chicken Salad

I shared this a while back on my Instagram and Facebook account (which you can access from the right column here --->), but I'm just now getting around to posting it on here.  I'm so sorry for the wait!  This salad was so good and very healthy.  And, as the title describes, totally guiltless! My friend Kristy shared the recipe w/ me last October, and I finally got around to making it.  Definitely wouldn't regret making it if you're a salad lover, especially if you like a little kick (ya know from the hot sauce). Go ahead, try it, let me know what ya think.  What's your favorite salad?

Doesn't it look beautiful! I love a good loaded salad! YUM!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tacos Al Pastor

I've had this recipe pinned on my Pinterest account for a long time now.  I finally made it! Once again, while I was searching for healthy, yummy recipes I came across this recipe again.  This was so, so easy to make!  Seriously, you cut up the pork, throw it in a large baggy and refrigerate until you're ready to throw it all into a frying pan to cook.  While that's cooking you heat up the tortillas! So, so easy! And they taste amazing! It sweet and spicy! Seriously, you will not be disappointed.  
Who else loves tacos as much as I do? I L.O.V.E them!


Chicken and Rice with Spicy Avocado Sauce

At the beginning of the new year, as I'm sure a lot of you have, we made a goal to eat healthier.  So, we set out to find healthy, yummy recipes.  This recipe I came across when I was watching some show that was on tv on the LiveWell Network, have you heard of it?  I hadn't!  Anyways, I tried it, and I thought it was great!  It was a little too spicy for my husband, but I liked the kick.  If you can't handle the jalapenos, just switch them out for green chilies. For the kiddos, I gave them everything but the avocado sauce, it worked out great! Do you think you can handle the heat? Or are you more like the hubs who was whimpering like a baby? (Not really, but he was downing his water for sure!)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Saltine Toffee - aka Christmas Crack

I made these last year for our neighbor gifts, in fact, I'm pretty sure I might be making these again.  These are delicious!  I had a few people request the recipe after delivering them.  People, nor I, could believe they were made with Saltine Crackers.  They're seriously amazing!  These are so, so easy to make and perfect for neighbor gifts, party treats or just to have around the house during the holidays.

Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

Why I have been intimidated or too scared to try making homemade biscuits, I'll never know.  These were amazingly easy and so yummy!  Seriously, when it says "Easy Homemade" it's truly that, easy!! I don't think I will ever need to buy the prepackaged biscuits ever again! 

Look at how golden and flaky they got!