Thursday, August 28, 2014
Well I was hoarding these zucchini for the perfect side dish...well it never popped into my head so it was getting to the point where I was either going to have to cook them one of the normal ways I always do (grill, fry, roast, etc.) because if I didn't they would turn into molded mush in the fridge in a few days. No one wants molded mush for dinner. So I was throwing a dinner together because the hubby said he was getting tired of pot pie. Well I wanted pot pie...so my heart wasn't into this dinner. It's Thursday and my first week back at school with students so of course I was tired and not really in the mood to cook. Well miraculously I came up with what I'm sure is a recipe that is already out there because I feel like I've pinned something similar on pinterest but it was surprisingly delicious and felt like I really put some thought and effort into it. So here is the recipe:
3 medium zucchini, sliced thinly
extra virgin olive oil
half a sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed
salt and pepper to taste
In a bowl put the olive oil, salt and pepper and zucchini and toss to coat each piece. This will ensure evenly cooked zucchini (I didn't do this but thinking it might be more evenly cooked if I had and the salt and pepper would distribute evenly too). Then in a lightly oiled casserole dish (less than an 8 inch) stack and place the zucchini slices in rolls like you would crackers. You should have about 3-4 rolls of tightly packed zucchini slices. You should mostly see the edges and not the centers of the zucchini. Then sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper on top then add the crushed Ritz crackers to the top. Dot with butter and bake at 350-375 for about 30 minutes or until the zucchini is tender. The baking time will also depend on how thin and even your zucchini slices are.
This was a very easy recipe. I sliced the zucchini by hand just because I didn't feel like digging out my mandolin slicer. You could use either. If you've ever had deep fried or pan fried zucchini this will remind you of that. The crunchiness of the cracker topping gives it the feeling of having been deep fried or pan fried but I think it is a lot healthier with the olive oil and without the breading. Just a little bit of the crunchy topping goes a long way. I hope you really enjoy this recipe and I'm sure you can add spices or flavored butters to enhance the flavor of the zucchini.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Boneless Chicken Thighs or Breast
Honey Mustard sauce or anything similar
Cheese (any kind you like or combination)
Bacon (or if you are pressed for time bacon pieces from the salad dressing aisle)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper chicken and sear on both sides in a little olive oil in a frying pan. After searing on each side dip in honey mustard sauce (both sides). Then set in a greased baking pan. Saute mushrooms in frying pan and salt and pepper to taste until cooked through. Layer mushrooms on top of chicken then top with cheeses (I used mozzarella, cheddar and swiss). Then sprinkle bacon over top. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked completely. Be careful not to cook chicken too long so that it doesn't dry out.
Also I have some extra chicken and I plan on using it for quesadillas later on in the week! Two meals in one is definitely my friend!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
A few months ago cash started saying the s word so we tried to get him to stop by threatening and spankings but he wouldn't stop. I researched online and found a parent who gave their child "bad juice" (vinegar) so I decided to try it. It must work because Cash hasn't said a bad word since. He just says "___________said a bad word". He does call us out from time to time with words "stupid" and "dumb". I guess this will prove to be a good thing in a couple of years!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
1 lb italian sausage
2 large russent potatoes
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup of bacon bits
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups kale or 2 cups swiss chard, chopped
16 ounces chicken broth
1 quart water
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Brown sausage links in pan or cook in oven at 350 for 25 minutes or until done. Cut links in half lengthwise, then dice into 1/2 inch slices. Place cooked sausage, broth, water, garlic, potatoes, and onion in slow cooker. Cover. Cook on high for 3-4 hours until potatoes are cooked and soft. Optional, Mash potatoes a bit with a potato masher for texture.
Add the Kale. Return the lid for 10 minutes and then add the whipping cream. May need to add salt and pepper to taste.
This was delicious with a slice of baked bread or by itself!
I froze half of this mixture for another meal:
Directions for freezing:
add all ingredients execpt potatoes, whipping cream and bacon bits.
Freeze for 3-4 months in a ziplock bag.
Defrost in fridge the night before serving. Add to crock pot the contents in bag and potatoes for 3-4 hours then add kale. For the last 10 minutes add whipping cream and then serve with bread or by itself. This was amazing!!!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Well my children are getting way too big way too fast! I don't know where the time goes. Cash is going to be 3 in January and Camdyn will be 2 in April. We decided to put Cash in preschool at a nearby church. It is only two days a week for 2.5 hours. I am happy and excited for him but I'm also nervous. I'm so afraid he will hit another kid or that another kid will bully him. He is used to playing with his sister and a couple of cousins, but he isn't used to playing with new kids. The teachers seem wonderful and the are very reassuring. I know Cash will have a wonderful time once he gets used to it. Cash is also talking really well now. He knows all kinds of equipment names like backhoe, bulldozer, big truck, tractor, school bus and train. He also copies everything other people say...even bad words. Camdyn talks too. She says bow, momma, dada, nana, pawpaw, ba, baba, papa, cheese, bite (vitamins), choo choo. They both love riding in anything with dada, pawpaw or granddaddy whether its a mower bulldozer or dump truck. They fight all the time over toys food just about anything.
We went to the museum of life and sciences the week before school started and the kids loved it. They played in the sand, dug for dinosaur bones, rode the train, played music with the pots and hanging metal, and played in the mist. I definitely want to take then back soon. Todd and I went in a trip to Indianapolis Indiana for his Dixie Chopper meeting. We have had a great time so far. We stayed at the marriott in downtown. I've enjoyed getting to meet other dealers that Todd knows and a few new people. We toured the factory today and believe it it not it was very interesting. We are on our way back to the airport and depending on how much time we have left we may get to do some shopping. I know I am ready to get back home to my babies that is for sure!