Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pizza Chicken

I few months ago I posted Ron's sister's pizza dip recipe for the Tomato Bowl, and it got me thinking. I thought about burgers at first (still on my radar), and decided I wanted to make pizza chicken. This is a bit of a play of chicken parmesan, but (in my opinion) better.  Today we are getting ready for Easter with a trip to the chocolate shop, tackling a gluten free carrot cake, and ending the night with brats on the grill. Have a great day everyone, and enjoy the chicken.
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 small onion, sliced thin
4 oz light cream cheese
3/4 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella
2/3 cup marinara sauce (you can find my quick marinara sauce by clicking the link to the pizza dip)
2/3 cup diced tomatoes, drained
1 clove garlic, minced
20 turkey pepperoni
salt and pepper

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Season chicken with salt & pepper, and set aside. Spray a large skillet with PAM or drizzle with a little olive oil. Add onion and saute till tender. Add garlic and diced tomato.  Simmer for 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in cream cheese.  Place chicken in an oven safe baking dish. Top with creamy tomato mixture. sprinkle half the cheese over the chicken. Top with marinara sauce. Top with remaining cheese ad pepperoni. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes. Serve with pasta.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Coconut Red Curry Shrimp

Sometimes I forget how much I like something till we spontaneously decide to make it for dinner. I love shrimp, and I adore a thick flavorful curry sauce. Why don't we make this more often?? This is an easy dinner to put together for a weeknight meal. This serves about 3 people so it can easily be doubled for a larger crowd. You could sub in extra veggies, chicken, or tofu if you aren't a fan of shrimp.  Hope everyone is having a great week! Enjoy!

1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and cleaned
6 oz pea pods
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 small onion, sliced thin
2 cups chopped broccoli
1 can lite coconut milk
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 1/2 Tbl red curry paste
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp butter
1/2 tsp olive oil
Cooked brown rice

Saute shrimp in olive oil and butter turning once so both sides are pink in a large rimmed skillet.  Remove from pan and set aside.

Add veggies and chicken stock. Simmer 10-12 minutes covered. While veggies are cooking mix curry paste, salt, and coconut milk in a bowl. Pour over vegges. Simmer covered for 7-8 minutes. Add shrimp and simmer for an additional 2 minutes.  Serve with rice.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Crockpot Italian Beef Sandwiches

Italian beef sandwiches are a relatively new thing for me. I had one awhile ago, and forgot how awesome it was! Recently, we had italian beef sandwiches at work and I remembered how yummy these sandwiches are. I love the flavorful juicy beef with hot peppers (you ca use mild, but I say pile on the hot!) on a crusty roll. This is a really easy recipe, and is great for a potluck or tailgating party.  Enjoy!
3 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon onion salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1  package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix 
5 pound rump roast
Hot or Mild Gardiniera

Combine water with salt, ground black pepper, oregano, basil, onion salt, parsley, garlic powder, bay leaf, and salad dressing mix in a saucepan. Stir well, and bring to a boil.

Place roast in slow cooker, and pour salad dressing mixture over the meat.

Cover, and cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours, or on High for 4 to 5 hours. When done, remove bay leaf, and shred meat with a fork.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf

I love traditional dishes with a twist. When I saw this meatloaf recipe on Jolene's blog I knew I had to try it. When I told Ron what was for dinner he looked at me a bit puzzled and repeated the title. We were not disappointed with this dish. It is delicious. It is also a bit healthier than a normal meatloaf recipe and I added a little bell pepper for extra veggies. Enjoy!
1 lb ground chicken (ground turkey can be substituted)
1 egg
1/4 breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 small onion, grated
1/2 green bell pepper, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pasta sauce (homemade or store bought)
1/2 cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese
minced parsley for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic, onion, bell pepper, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. To not over handle the mixture otherwise it will get tough. Place the mixture in the greased loaf pan and form into a loaf. Top the meatloaf with pasta sauce.
Place filled loaf pan on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and sprinkle the top with the remaining shredded cheese. Place the meatloaf back in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.

Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving/slicing. Garnish with parsley if desired.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cuban Burger

If I had to pick one sandwich to eat for the rest of my life it would be a Cuban. I am drooling just thinking about it. I am not a big mayo fan, but this is the sandwich I make an exception for. I was reading my my blog roll awhile ago, and this recipe caught my eye. I am sorry but it doesn't get any better for me. After a few adjustments of my own I sunck my teeth into this baby. Our guests raved about the burger, and I can't wait to make it again! Enjoy! Ingredients serves 4
1 1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 tsp cumin
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
1/2 tsp lime zest
1 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 tsp mayo
4 tsp yellow mustard
4 sliced smoked ham
4 sliced swiss cheese
4 hard hamburger buns

Mix the garlic, lime juice, lime zest, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper into the pork. Form the pork into 4 patties about 3/4 of an inch thick. Broil (or grill) the burgers until cooked, about 5-6 minutes per side. Top with ham and swiss and place under broiler till cheese is melted (about 1-2 minutes). Place burgers on buns and top with mayo, mustard, and pickles.