Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cheesy Chicken & Rice

This recipe was super easy and yummy! I served it over rice and everyone loved it!

Cheesy Chicken and Rice

From: Southern Living Crock Pot Cookbook

2 - 3 lbs boneless chicken breasts
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can cheddar cheese soup

Mix the soups, then add to chicken in slow cooker.

Cook on high 3 - 4 hours or low 6 - 8 hours.

When done, the chicken will fall to pieces.

Make rice and serve chicken and cheesy gravy on top.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Crumb Topped Banana Muffins

Crumb Topped Banana Muffins

These were delicious! Everyone loved them! The best Banana Nut muffins I've made to date!


1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup sugar
1 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted topping
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, to taste
1 tablespoon cold butter
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)


* 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 tablespoon flour
* 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, to taste
* 1 tablespoon cold butter
* 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)


1. In lg bowl, mix the 1st 4 ingredients.
2. Mix bananas, sugar, egg and butter.
3. Stir into dry mixture just until moistened.
4. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
5. Combine first 3 topping ingredients.
6. Cut in butter until crumbly.
7. Sprinkle over muffins.
8. Bake at 375° for about 20 minutes, until muffins test done.
9. Cool in pan for 10 minutes.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Chicken & Rice a Roni Casserole

This recipe came from the Pioneer Woman's recipe share site called Tasty Kitchen. This was delicious!!

Chicken & Rice a Roni Casserole


* 1 box Fried Rice Flavor Rice A Roni 6.2 Oz
* Additional Required Ingredients Specified By Rice A Roni Package
* 1 cup Sour Cream
* 1 can Cream Of Chicken Soup (10 Ounce Can)
* Salt and Pepper, to taste
* Garlic Powder, To Taste
* 4 cups Shredded, Cooked Chicken
* 1 whole Sleeve Of Ritz Crackers
* 6 Tablespoons Butter, Melted

Preparation Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Prepare the Rice a Roni mix, using the additional required ingredients specified on the package and cooking it according to package instructions.

While the Rice a Roni cooks combine the sour cream and soup, mixing well. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

Stir the cooked, shredded chicken and Rice a Roni into the sour cream/soup mixture. Spoon this mixture into a greased 11-by-7-inch casserole dish.

Crush the Ritz crackers, then mix in the melted butter until well mixed. Sprinkle the crackers over the casserole evenly.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until it is bubbling and the crackers are lightly browned.

Crock Pot Chicken W/ Black Beans and Cream Cheese

I came across this recipe on when searching for Crock-pot Recipes. I was very skeptical of this one when I read through it but it had such great reviews I gave it a shot. It did not disappoint. It was delicious!

Crock Pot Chicken W/ Black Beans and Cream Cheese


4 -5 boneless chicken breasts
1 (15 1/2 ounce) cans black beans
1 (15 ounce) cans corn
1 (15 ounce) jars salsa, any kind
1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese


1. Take 4-5 frozen, yes, frozen, boneless chicken breasts put into crock pot.

2. Add 1 can of black beans, drained, 1 jar of salsa, 1 can of corn drained.

3. Keep in crock pot on high for about 4-5 hours or until chicken is cooked.

4. Add 1 package of cream cheese (just throw it on top!) and let sit for about 1/2 hour.

5. All done and enjoy!

Cowboy Lasagna

I'm not sure where this recipe originated from but I got it through a yahoo group I was on a long time ago called Casseroles & Crock-pots. This recipe was different and good, It was saved to repeat someday in the future :)

Cowboy Lasagna

2 pounds ground beef
1 (6 ounce) can chopped black olives
1 (4.5 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
9 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
1 1/4 cups frozen corn kernels
1 1/4 cups frozen green peas
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch dried oregano
1 dash Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees) C. Spray a 9x13 pan with
cooking spray. Brown beef in a skillet over medium heat and drain
excess grease. Add the olives, mushrooms, and onion. Stir and cook
until the onions are soft. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, pepper,
oregano, and Italian seasoning. In a small bowl combine the peas and corn.
To assemble, lay 3 noodles on bottom of prepared pan, then one half of
the beef mixture, half of the corn and pea mixture. Repeat. End the
layers with the remaining noodles. Bake in the preheated oven for 25
minutes. Sprinkle the top with cheese and bake for an additional 5
minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 6 servings

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Best Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry

I love Chinese food. It has become my all time favorite. So I've been wanting to try out recipes more at home to find ones that are as good as the Chinese restaurants. Because eating at home is always cheaper and you know what goes into the food your eating :) This was delicious! It was even better than the Beef and Broccoli dish I've had at some take out places! This will definitely be made again for my family!

The Best Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry



3 tablespoons cornstarch , divided
1/2 cup water , plus
2 tablespoons water , divided
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 lb boneless round steak or 1 lb chuck steaks charcoal, cut into thin 3-inch strips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil , divided
4 cups broccoli florets
1 small onions , cut into wedges
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
cooked rice hot


1. In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2

tablespoons water and garlic powder until smooth.

2. Add beef and toss.

3. In a large skillet or wok over medium high heat,

stir-fry beef in 1 tablespoon oil until beef reaches

desired doneness; remove and keep warm.

4. Stir-fry broccoli and onion in remaining oil for 4-5


5. Return beef to pan.

6. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and remaining

cornstarch and water until smooth; add to the pan.

7. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.

8. Serve over rice.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake

Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake

This was a good one, definite repeat!

By Tiffany on tortillas

Here’s what you’ll need:

* 1 lb. ground beef, browned
* 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
* 1 jar of black bean and corn salsa
* 6-10 tortillas, corn or flour, cut into bite sized pieces
* 2 cups cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, shredded
* extra cheese for the top, if desired

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour into a 9×13 casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sloppy Joe Rotini

Sloppy Joe Rotini

from: Sabrina's Week

some bread & salad

1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
2 cups uncooked rotini pasta (6 oz)
2 cups Green Giant® Niblets® frozen whole kernel corn (from 1-lb bag)
2 cups water
1 small zucchini, sliced (1 cup)
1 can (15.5 oz) sloppy joe sauce

1. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain. Stir in remaining ingredients.

2. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender

Panko, Parmesan, & Parsley Pork Chops

Panko, Parmesan, & Parsley Pork Chops

I cannot tell you how excited I was when I found Panko bread crumbs at our Wal-Mart. Now I really know what all the rave was about.. they are so yummy! This was delicious!

From: Tasty Kitchen


* 8 whole Thin Sliced Boneless Pork Loin Chops
* 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
* ¼ cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
* 2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Chopped
* 2 whole Eggs
* ¼ cups Flour
* 1 whole Lemon
* Salt & Pepper
* Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Preparation Instructions

Place boneless pork chops in a large zip lock bag or between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound to tenderize. Remove from plastic and salt & pepper both sides of the meat. set aside.

Finely chop fresh parsley – you should have about 2 tbsp.

Next you want to prepare your dredging/breading assembly line. Use 3 shallow dishes (i like to use pie plates). The first should be your flour. Plate 2 should have your 2 eggs, beaten. Plate 3 should have your panko bread crumbs, parmesan, & parsley – use a fork to mix them together to evenly distribute the parsley.

Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat with enough extra virgin olive oil to coat the bottom.

Start your dredging process. First coat the pork chop in flour on both sides. Then dip in the egg. Then finally in the panko mixture. Make sure you fully coat both sides. Set on a platter and continue dredging 3 more chops. (I like to do 4 at a time and get them in the pan. Then you can dredge the other 4 while the first batch is cooking.)

Place the first 4 pork chops in the pan (you should get a good sizzle.) They will only need to cook about 3-4 minutes per side. You want to turn them over when they are nice and golden brown.

Remove the first batch and place on a plate with a paper towel to catch any excess oil.

Dougars Cream Chicken & Tortilla's


Taste Great! Serve With Spanish Rice

from: Dougars Family Recipes

4 c. cooked chicken, diced
1 dozen corn tortillas, each cut into 6-8 triangles
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 8 oz. jar salsa
1 c. sour cream
1/2-1 c. cheddar cheese
Combine the soups, salsa, and sour cream in a bowl and blend well. Grease the crockpot and make 2-3 layers of chicken, tortillas, and sauce. Cook on low heat for 4-5 hours. Add the cheese 15 min. before eating. Serve with salad and warm tortillas. Enjoy!
Serves 8

Hamburger Corn Bread Casserole

Hamburger Corn Bread Casserole

This was yummy the ranch style beans make it different!

From: Shared by Brie on Recipe Challenge


1 lb lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 can (15 oz.) ranch-style beans
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tsp. each chili powder, Worcestershire sauce


1/2 cup each all-purpose flour, cornmeal
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 tbsp canola oil


Heat oven to 425º F. (220º C)

In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no
longer pink; drain.

Add beans, tomatoes, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Transfer to an 11x7" baking
dish coated with cooking spray.

For topping, in a small bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder
and salt. Combine egg, milk and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until

Spoon over filling; gently spread to cover the top.

Bake, uncovered, 14 - 18 minutes or until filling is bubbly and a toothpick

Joann's Kielbasa Rice Dish

Joann's Kielbasa Rice Dish

I've been making this dish since Jake and I have been together. It is a recipe from his Mom and he requested it so I got it from her. It's so yummy, full of flavor, filling and cheap! I always double the recipe though and that makes it need to bake much longer. I also sometimes use smoked sausage.

1 lb of Kielbasa (or smoked sausage)
1 C. Rice, Uncooked (not instant)
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 Cups Water
2-3 Stalks of Celery, Chopped
1 Bell Pepper (more or less to taste)
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
Chopped Mushrooms (optional)

Put everything into a greased baking dishh big enough to hold it all. Cover it and bake
at 350 for about 45 minutes (it always take alot longer for me) Depending on how
long it takes the rice to cook. You may have to take the cover off for the last few
minutes for the liquids to cook away.

Manwich Pizza Calzones

Manwich Pizza Calzones

This recipe I got from Recipe Challenge group. Danette's week. These were so good, Next time I see me adding more toppings than I did for this one... this would be so yummy with Sausage and mushrooms... yum!!

1 lb hamburger
1 can manwich sloppy joe mix
1 tube refrigerated pizza crust
pizza toppings
shredded mozzarella cheese
Cook hamburger until no longer pink. Add sloppy joe sauce. Lay pizza crust on baking sheet. Spoon sloppy joe mix on 1/2 of crust. Top with pizza toppings of choice (sliced onions, mushrooms, olives, etc) top with cheese. Fold crust in 1/2 and fold edges over and crimp with fork. Bake according to crust directions!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Pioneer Woman's Chicken Parmigiana

Oh my this was so so so so so good.... YUMMY!!!

Chicken Parmigiana

Served with" Garlic Cheese Toast & Salad

from: The Pioneer Woman - you must visit her blogs if you haven't already..

Servings: 6

* 4 whole (up To 6) Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Trimmed And Pounded Flat
* ½ cups All-purpose Flour
* Salt And Pepper, to taste
* ½ cups Olive Oil
* 2 Tablespoons Butter
* 1 whole Medium Onion, Chopped
* 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
* ¾ cups Wine (white Or Red Is Fine)
* 3 cans (14.5 Oz.) Crushed Tomatoes
* 2 Tablespoons Sugar
* ¼ cubes Chopped Fresh Parsley
* 1 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
* 1 pound Thin Linguine

Preparation Instructions

Mix flour, salt, and pepper together on a large plate.
Dredge flattened chicken breasts in flour mixture. Set aside.

At this time, you can start a pot of water for your pasta. Cook linguine until al dente.

Heat olive oil and butter together in a large skillet over medium heat. When butter is melted and oil/butter mixture is hot, fry chicken breasts until nice and golden brown on each side, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Remove chicken breasts from the skillet and keep warm.

Without cleaning skillet, add onions and garlic and gently stir for 2 minutes. Pour in wine and scrape the bottom of the pan, getting all the flavorful bits off the bottom. Allow wine to cook down until reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
Pour in crushed tomatoes and stir to combine. Add sugar and more salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cook for 30 minutes. Toward the end of cooking time, add chopped parsley and give sauce a final stir.

Carefully lay chicken breasts on top of the sauce and completely cover them in grated Parmesan. Place lid on skillet and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer until cheese is melted and chicken is thoroughly heated. Add more cheese to taste.

Place cooked noodles on a plate and cover with sauce. Place chicken breast on top and sprinkle with more parsley. Serve immediately.

Hamburger Corn Casserole

I don't remember where I got this recipe from. It was good and Jake said it would be great burrito filling which I agreed with! It was frugal and easy! It was like other recipes I've tried. But I'll keep it for future use!

Hamburger Corn Casserole

Served with: Steamed Broccoli

From: My week on recipe group

This is a simple recipe and only takes one pan. Here is what you need:

1 lb hamburger
1 green bell pepper diced
1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
1 small bag frozen corn
1 cup minute rice
chili powder to taste
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup water

In frying pan, Brown hamburger, bell pepper and onion. Drain off fat, add tomato sauce, corn, water and chili powder. Bring to boil. Add minute rice and turn down to simmer. When excess liquid is reduced sprinkle cheese over top and turn off from heat. Serve when cheese is melted.

Jeanne’s Sloppy Joe’s

I like trying the recipes from the Dougars because I know they are cost friendly as well as child friendly. I made this for dinner Friday night. I loved this recipe because it was so quick to make it was almost like I didn't cook at all. The liquid smoke makes this so yummy! I'll make this one again someday!

Jeanne’s Sloppy Joe’s

Served with Pretzels & Coleslaw

From: Dougar's Family Recipes

1 lb. ground beef/turkey
1/2 c. ketchup
1/2 c. BBQ sauce
1/2 envelope dry onion soup mix
2 tsp. liquid smoke

Brown & season meat, drain. Add all other ingredients, heat
Through. Serve on buns; enjoy!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

This Weeks Menu Plan :)

I'm going to try to post this every week. Then of course I'll be posting the new recipes I make that we like. This is my Menu plan for the next week. This week I even managed to plan what sides I'll have with each dish....

Breakfast Casserole W/Biscuits & Gravy
Creamy Chicken & Tortilla's W/Mom's Spanish Rice
Crispy Baked Chicken Legs w/ Mac n cheese, mashed pot. & corn
Finger Lickin' Good Porkchops share in Casseroles & Crockpots Recipes group w/steamed veggies
Hamburger Cornbread Casserole from Recipe Challenge group w/green beans & new potatoes
Hamburger Corn Casserole w/ chicken noodle sides
Jeanne's Sloppy Joe's w/pretzels & cole slaw
Pioneer Woman's Chicken Parmigiana w/cheese garlic toast & salad

Happy Cooking!