Monday, January 18, 2016

Lasagna Soup

For Soup:
Cooking spray
14oz sweet Italian chicken sausage
1/2 onion, chopped
2 crushed cloves garlic
4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
3 c. low sodium chicken broth
2 1/2 cup water
2 cup quick marinara sauce
2 bay leaves
fresh cracked black pepper
6 oz broken lasagna noodles (whole wheat)

For topping:
6 tbsp mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. skim ricotta cheese
3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1/4 c. fresh basil chiffonade

Heat a large pot over medium heat, spray with oil and add the sausage.  Cook until brown, breaking it up.  Add the chopped onion and crushed garlic, cook 2-3 minutes.  Add parsley, broth, water, marinara sauce, bay leaves and fresh black pepper.  Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat.  Simmer for 30 minutes.

In medium bowl combine ricotta, parmesan cheesen and 2 tbsp parsley. Mix.

Add the broken pasta and cook uncovered according to the package directions.  Top with cheese topping.  Serves 8.

Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu

4 Chicken Cutlets or 2 Butterflied Chicken breasts
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 c. all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon butter
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
2/3 c. reduced sodium chicken broth
1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
4+ thin slices deli ham
4 slices swiss cheese
chopped fresh parsley

Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste.  Place flour in shallow dish.  Lightly dredge the chicken with flour on both sides, shake off the excess reserving the flour.

In a small bowl combine the chicken broth, lemon juice, dijon mustard and 1 tsp flour.  Whisk until smooth. (I doubled the sauce)

Heat large skillet over medium-high heat.  Melt butter and add 1 tsp olive oil and half of the chicken. (I did everything together). Cook 2 minutes on each side until golden then transfer to dish.  Add remaining 1/2 tsp olive oil and remaining chicken.  Cook 2 minutes on each side, set aside on dish.

Reduce heat to medium-low, add chicken broth mix.  Whisk scraping up any bits stuck on pan.  Simmer for 2 minutes to reduce slightly.  Return chicken to pan, top each with a slice of ham and swiss cheese.  Cover skillet and simmer for 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted.

Serve chicken with sauce spooned over top.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Serves 4

Teriyaki Sauce:
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp warm water

1. Mix soy sauce, 1/4 cup water, red wine vinegar, sugars, garlic, and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Stir with whisk until sugar is dissolved.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp warm water and cornstarch until cornstarch is completely dissolved.
3. Heat sauce over medium high heat and slowly whisk in cornstarch mixture. Simmer until thickened.

Turkey Lettuce Wrap:
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 cup finely chopped broccoli
2 lg carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 cup diced onion
8 lg lettuce leaves

1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add diced onions and cook until soft.
2. Crumble ground turkey and garlic into pan.  Cook until turkey is no longer pink.  Add grated carrots and chopped broccoli about halfway through, when the turkey is still somewhat pink.
3. Pour teriyaki sauce over cooked turkey and veggie mixture.  Stir and let simmer for about 5 minutes to combine flavors.
4. Spoon meat mixture into individual lettuce leaves. Serve immediately.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes

If you like cheesecake, these were soooooo good.

16 Biscoff cookies, finely crushed
2 T. butter, melted
1 2/3 c. heavy cream, divided
8 oz. cold cream cheese
2 T. caramel ice cream topping
6 T. packed brown sugar
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. ginger
1 pinch ground cloves
1 c. pumpkin puree, chilled

In a mixing bowl or food processor blend together butter and crushed Biscoff cookies.  Divide mixture among 6 small cups and gently press into an even layer.  In a mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, whip 1 c. heavy cream until stiff peaks form.  In a separate mixing bowl, whip cream cheese with caramel sauce until smooth, then blend in brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves and whip until sugar has dissolved and mixture is fluffy.  fold in pumpkin puree, then fold in whipped heavy cream.  Pipe or spoon pumpkin cheesecake mixture over cookin crum layer in cups, then whip remaining 2/'3 c.heavy cream until stiff peaks form and pipe or dollop over tops.  Drizzle each with caramel sauce and serve.  YUMMMMM!!!

Just my thought:  you might need a little sugar in the whip cream so you don't make butter.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Beef Ball Paprikash

Mom made this while we were living there, very good!

50 meatballs (frozen Costco ones or a homemade recipe)
3 tbs butter
3 c. onion, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 tbs paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 cans (10.5oz) condensed beef broth
4 tbs flour
1 1/2 c. sour cream
egg noodles

Heat 3 tbs butter in skillet.  Add onion and saute until tender and golden brown, about 10 minutes.  Add paprika, salt and pepper stirring until well blended.  Stir in 1 1/2 cans of broth, bring to a boil.  Add meatballs, then reduce heat and simmer, covered for 30 minutes.  (Watch the meatballs, stirring occasionally to make sure the simmer doesn't turn into a boil.)

In small bowl, combine flour and remaining beef broth, whisk until smooth.  Gradually add to beef mixture, stirring constantly.  Simmer, uncovered stirring occasionally, 5 minutes longer.

Just before serving place sour cream in small bowl.  Slowly add 1/2 cup of the hot gravy.  Once smooth, slowly add to beef mixture, stirring until well blended.  Heat, but do not boil.

Serve over parsley buttered noodles.

Bavarian Meatball Subs

32oz Frozen Italian meatballs (Costco meatballs)
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 envelope onion soup mix
12oz Coca Cola
12 buns - split
3 c. shredded swiss chesse

In crockpot combine meatballs, onion, brown sugar, soup mix and coke.  Cover and cook on low 3.5-4.5 hours or until heat through. (Mom and I both took out the meatballs and thickened sauce.  I used some cornstarch to thicken.  Then replace the meatballs before making subs.)

Place meatballs on each bun, sprinkle with swiss cheese and put on a baking sheet.  Broil for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Chicken Broccoli Casserole

1 bag frozen broccoli - defrosted
3-4 chicken breasts cooked, shredded or cubed
2 cups uncooked rice, Cook according to directions
1 can cream of chicken
1 cup mayo

Layer in 9x13 in order
-sauce (Mix cream of chicken and mayo)

Cover with foil and cook @ 350* for 25 minutes.  Remove foil and cook 5 minutes.