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April 26, 2009

Covered in Pollen

Filed under: cooking,nutrition,recipes,weather — by heatherdc @ 10:04 pm

Spring is, quite literally, in the air.

My car was completely covered in yellow pollen today, and the temperatures were around 90 allllll weekend. Whoa.

Every weekend this month has been spent visiting a friend or with a visitor. In other words, I’m completely baffled that it’s almost May, pumped that the Fam will be here in about one month, and beyond excited that two months from TODAY I’ll be done with the internship.

Oh, happy dayyyy.

I’m suddenly very interested in cooking for myself. No frozen meals this week!! Usually I allow myself¬† just one, because there’s at least one night where I just don’t feel like making something. A sudden desire to use the stove and oven does Not coincide nicely with stifling heat and no AC.

But! I’m determined to use the 2 lbs of chicken I bought last week (on sale like whoooa!), the extra shredded cheddar I have from breakfast burritos, and the random things in my pantry. For the first time in quite a while, my grocery list was well planned out to provide actual Meals – not just the random weekly necessities. I’m very proud of this accomplishment.

On the menu for this week, a la Kraft Magazine (my first Foodie looove):

Easy Tomato Baked Chicken
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(found here –> KRAFT Foods!)

I’ll admit it doesn’t look extremely appetizing, but its “Easy!”, uses a lot of ingredients I already had (also Easy!), and it’s a “Healthy Living” recipe. Yes yes and yessss!

Cheddar, Chicken and Rice Skillet
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(
also found at KRAFT)

This one stood out because it uses Cheddar, and I need to get rid of some Cheddar! I’m not a big cheese person, so it’s very likely that the shredded stuff will sit in my fridge for the next month and I’ll wonder what to do with it. I’d probably make a quesadilla here and there. But I know it has more potential, sooo, I’m goin’ all out. Again, this is a “healthy living” recipe that incorporated many things I already had. Budget and nutrition, good stuff!


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October 23, 2008

If I’ve said it once

Filed under: cooking,parents,recipes — by heatherdc @ 11:06 pm

I’ll say it again…..

This dinner is.amaaaazing.

Green Chile-Chicken Casserole

Green Chile-Chicken Casserole

Best part, it’s from Cooking Light. GO!
Down in the South-WEST, we know do green-chile. And we do it So well.
It’s spicy, it’s tasty, and it makes all things wonderful.

Tonight we decided to cook dinner in the apt, so after work the parents took me to Target and the grocery store. Which means I stocked up, and we also got a few items to make a nice little dinner with.¬† I picked this recipe, that I love, and that I will absolutely never take the time to do by myself. Even if it only takes all of ~40 minutes. Total. And it’s on the healthy side. Add some salsa, and oooh, it’s amazing.

Thought I’d share it with you, even though I’m sure somewhere on here I’ve posted it before. Yup. I love it that much. And figured maybe on your weekend you’d feel adventurous and try somethin’ on the wiiild side. And by wild, I mean home-made Mexican food. Cause really, you never know how that will turn out.

The up side to stayin’ in; now I have leftovers. Yummmm.

August 8, 2008

If life hands you chicken, you make…a Lot of stuff

Filed under: cooking,recipes — by heatherdc @ 10:11 am

You can’t make lemonade though.

Our dinner fiesta with the work people gave us two no-shows (um, rude) and three vegetarians (um. ooops!). We didn’t plan for that, as it was unexpected. So instead, we have a Looot of meat leftover. Our thoughts….”sweeet! we don’t have to cook all week!”. And it has been just as wonderful as we thought it could be.

So, what do you do with almost two pounds of left-over chicken? Well, let me tell you. ‘Cause we’re gettin pretty creative over here….

Grilled Chicken Salads, with French Fries (yup, doin’ it PA styyyle). Obviously this doesn’t require much instruction. Cut up the chicken, heat it if you want. Bake the fries (go easy, this isn’t meant to negate the fact that you’re eating a nice healthy salad). Cut up whatever veggies you want, and throw on a little dressing. Voila! You have dinner.

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. Our meat was seasoned with a bbq-rub. The taste wasn’t too strong, but just enough to make this work. Buy some buns, throw on whatever toppings you would choose (or none, whateeeva), and whip out the bbq Sauce. Yummmm.

Chicken & Pasta. Okay, so you might be thinking “Uh, they put bbq chicken in Pasta? Ew”. Yah, I was a little weary of that too. But like I said, the taste wasn’t too strong, so I put some marinara sauce (with veggies!) in a pan to heat it up, threw in the chicken, and let it simmer for about 6-7 minutes. Not long enough to burn the sauce to the pan, because that sucks to clean up. Cook the pasta, and throw it together.

BBQ Chicken Pizza. We have these little mini pizza crusts that we bought a few weeks ago, they’ve just been sitting in the freezer. They’re like “personal pizza” size. So, we’re throwin on some sauce and cheese, and topping it with cut-up chicken and veggies (whateverrr you want. I chose mushrooms, onions, green peppers.).

And there we have it. Monday was chicken with baked potatoes and these aaaamazing dinner rolls that somebody brought over. And from there, we have 4 more dinners with little prep/cook time, and lots of Mmmmm. And yes, we seriously had that much chicken left over.

July 22, 2008

A twist on the Blues…

Filed under: cooking,recipes,things I Looove — by heatherdc @ 1:41 am

And by blues, I mean Kraft Macaroni & Cheese of course. (remeberrr?? “I got the blueees”. it’s the best stuff)

We were eager to cook something tonight. After days of eating out I love having a good home-made meal. I scanned the pantry for something easy and fun. My eyes are drawn to the Mac & cheese I bought a few weeks ago. I can’t lie, I Love this stuff. But I only buy the “Spirals”, they just taste better.

To make it seem more like a “home made” meal than a cheap “college meal”, I added a little twist. A twist in the form of two things; steamed broccoli and grilled chicken. I know, it sounds crazy, but don’t knock it til’ ya try it. ( unless of course you don’t like mac & cheese, in which case you will definitely not like it. so don’t try it.)

All you do is….

-Cook the mac & cheese as directed, using the “light prep”. It uses skim/1% milk and less butter-and still tastes the same!! Miracle, I know.
-Steam broccoli.
-Cut a boneless,skinless chicken breast into bit size pieces ( you could do this after you grill it, but if you’re using a skillet it will cook a lot faster this way). If in a skillet-use 1 tbsp Olive Oil and some salt & pepper for taste.
-Combine or eat separately. Whichever you prefer.

Either way you’ve got your lean protein, vegetable, and starch. And even a little dairy. Voila! Mac & cheese made with a little “healthy” twist. Yummm.

July 4, 2008

Easy as 1-2-3

Filed under: baking,holidays,recipes,Summer times — by heatherdc @ 1:36 am

We always have a ‘desert’ around the kitchen. It’s dangerous, really, but mmmm So good.

I’m not a huuge fan of brownies, just because I get sick of the chocolate taste. Really, just a liiittle too much. So I’d rather mix it up a little bit. Peanut butter on top? Walnuts? Caramel drizzle? It all works. It’s all delicious.

Little did I know, hiding on the back of the Betty Crocker Brownies box….is the most amazing recipe brownie recipe everrrr (sick of hearing the word ‘brownie’ yet?). Just sitting right there in front of me, all this time. I never noticed it, until last week……

Cookies n’ Cream Brownies

Click here to get the recipe. Basically, it goes like this….

1) Mix and Bake the brownies as directed. (Only exception: use a 13 x 9 pan)

2) Cover the top with vanilla frosting. Go crazy, use as much as you want.

3) Top it off with crumbled “chocolate cream-filled sandwich cookies”. Aka: Oreos!!!! Gah, I love Oreos. They can seriously do no wrong. If a recipe involves Oreos, it should come with a warning::watch out, get what you want now! Because Heather will consume ALL of it.

Looking for a quick and easy desert for a 4th BBQ…here ya go! Who doesn’t love brownies? And really, who doesn’t love Oreos?

Happy 4th of July!

Now, go make a drink and have a brownie. Yummm.

March 22, 2008

Easter Baking

Filed under: baking,recipes — by heatherdc @ 11:47 pm

This is, hands down, the Best Carrot Cake recipe that I have yet to come across. And what makes it even better? It’s from Cooking Light. Meaning it’s “healthy”, or….healthier. It uses Canola Oil, which has a more favorable ratio of unsaturated:saturated fats, and contains those heart healthy Omega-3s that you’ve heard all about. The recipe also substitutes some of the fat with a pureed fruit (common technique), crushed pineapple. This makes it super moist and adds a lot of flavor.

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The recipe can be found at CookingLight.com. Go check it out, its yummmyyy!

((When I make this, I usually just buy the “Whipped Cream Cheese” frosting. Because it’s delicious. And easier. Do what you do, either way it’s amazing!))

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