Saturday, August 22, 2009

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies have a secret. The oatmeal, brewers yeast and flaxseed are helpful for nursing moms to increase production of milk for your baby(ies). The cookies themselves are just yummy!

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips
2-4 tablespoons brewer's yeast

Preheat oven to 350°.

1. Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
2. Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar well.
3. Add eggs and mix well.
4. Add flaxseed mix and vanilla; beat well.
5. Sift together flour, brewer's yeast, baking soda, and salt.
6. Add dry ingredients to butter mix.
7. Stir in oats and chips.
8. Scoop onto baking sheet.
9. Bake for 12 minutes.
10. Let set for a couple minutes then remove from tray.

I didn't get any pictures of the finished product because got eaten too fast! But they were soooo whole family loved them. :) I made a huge batch for our vacation and they helped me keep my supply up which I was worried might decrease while we traveled.

Special thanks to my friend Kristin for posting this recipe in a group I'm a part of!


Next week's menu:
King Ranch Casserole
Coke-A-Cola Chicken

I need more ideas...I'll let you all know! :D

Friday, August 21, 2009

Beef Stroganoff

This is my comfort food. Seriously....this is my go-to food when I'm sad or happy or cold. I can't tel you the number of times I made this while Philip was deployed!! At least twice a

Anyway, enjoy!

1 lb ground beef or turkey
10 oz sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 bag of egg noodles (I think that's about 8-10 oz, I haven't ever really measured)
1/2 water

In a large skillet (that has a top -- I can't tell you how many times I've made this and forgotten to use one of my skillets that has a top!), brown ground beef. Add cream of mushroom soup, milk, water and noodles. Stir well till noodles are all coated.

Reduce heat to a little above medium, cover and let noodles cook and get soft. When noodles finish cooking, add sour cream. Stir well and reduce heat to Low. Cover for 3-5 minutes.

When finished, stir well and serve! I usually either make green beans or a salad as the side with this. My favorite way to eat this is served with very, very well sweetened tea, a salad of mostly spinach with a little bit of mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top. Best. Dinner. Ever. (for I said, this is my comfort food...haha.)


Tomorrow: Dessert -- this is a good one for nursing moms --- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies. This is good whether you are nursing or not but, definitely helping for those who are breastfeeding. I got the recipe off of a group I'm in....I love it!

Also, next week's menu!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Chicken Florentine Ring

First off...sorry for the delay.

This week has been insanely chaotic! Three doctors appointments, car issues....but, things are finally slowing down!

Chicken Florentine Ring

-This would be PERFECT for a brunch. It is very yummy and filling and quite dainty looking (I think anyway). It was pretty easy to make...enjoy!

1 can of chunk chicken (I hate canned chicken so I just used a regular chicken breast, cooked and cut up)
1/2 cup red bell pepper
1/2 chopped spinach
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp salt
2 cans of crescent rolls

I cut this recipe in half last night. It was just Philip and I and I've got a fridge full of leftovers so...we didn't need more!

Preheat oven to 375. Combine all ingredients except crescent rolls in large bowl. Mix well.

Unroll crescent rolls in ring on baking stone. Fill center with chicken mixture. Roll up and put crescent rolls with chicken filling together. (The idea is you want the roll dough to bake together so it can be something to be sliced apart.) You can see from the picture that this would work better with two cans of crescent rolls but, this was more than enough for just us two!

Bake for about 20-25 minutes. I did them for 22 minutes and that was almost too long so, stick closer to 20 minutes.

I served it with mixed fruit and sweet tea. It was yummy! :) Philip and I both really enjoyed it!!

Tomorrow: My comfort food --- Beef Stroganoff

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Ooey Gooey Bars and next week's menu!

This is probably the biggest dessert request I get from my husband, he loves these things!

1 package butter cake mix
1 stick butter
3 eggs
1/2 package of chocolate chips
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 box powdered sugar

Mix together cake mix, butter and 1 egg. Pat into bottom of greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle top with chocolate chips.

In a separate bowl, cream together remaining ingredients and pour over crust in pan.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. The top will be a light, tan color. Let cool for about 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.



Next week's menu:
Monday: Beef Stroganoff
Tuesday: Chicken Florentine Roll
Wednesday: Easy Lasagna
Thursday: Coke-a-cola Chicken
Friday: Spaghetti Casserole (crockpot!)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, see you all on Monday!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Pizza Teaser

This is a great appetizer...I made it as a meal and added some stuff to it but it'd be great to take to a party.

1 can of buttermilk flaky biscuits
1/2 cup tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic
Olive oil
1 tbsp oregano
Parmesan cheese
Mozzarella cheese

On round baking stone, cut biscuits in half to make 20 pieces. Arrange pieces on baking stone in a"flower-like" pattern. Press edges together. Coat evenly with olive oil. Sprinkle tomato, green pepper and pressed garlic onto biscuits.

Top with oregano and parmesan cheese. Cook at 400 for 15-17 minutes, until edges of biscuits turn golden brown.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Let cool for about 3-5 minutes.

I served this with fruit and it could've used another side but my husband and I were going out for ice cream so we didn't make an extra side. :)


Tomorrow: Dessert Day - Ooey-Gooey Squares, as well as a menu and shopping list for next week!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Chicken Soft Tacos

So....I know I said today was easy lasagna but plans had to change. My husband had to work late so I decided to do a crockpot recipe instead so he'd have a warm dinner when he got home (which, we didn't know what time that was, that's the beauty of crockpots!!!

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, frozen
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 can of diced tomatos and green chilis
Optional Ingredients:
sour cream/guacamole
shredded cheese
refried beans
black beans
Mexican rice
Basically whatever you would like on a soft taco!

Put chicken, taco seasoning and tomatos/chilis into crockpot. Cook on low for 4-8 hours.

After 4-8 hours, use a fork to pull apart and shred chicken. Then place in tortillas and add whatever toppings you want.

I don't have a picture of the finished product because it's just a rolled up tortilla....but here is the chicken shredded and put on the tortilla:

This recipe is perfect for those days when you have to run around doing errands and then throw dinner together before an evening activity. Prep is about two-three minutes before hand. It takes me about three-five minutes to shred the chicken and build one taco. Fast and easy!!


Tomorrow: Pizza Teaser

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Philly Cheese Steak Roll recipe, I had never tried it. It turned out pretty well. Needs some "handling" improvement.

2 cans of pizza dough (I used the pizza dough mix, 2 bags)
deli sliced roast beef
deli sliced American cheese
1/2 cup green bell pepper chopped
1/2 cup onion chopped
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg white
1 tbsp water

Heat oil in medium saucepan. Add green pepper, onion, oregano and pepper. Using garlic press, add garlic cloves to mixture. Cook 3-4 minutes or until veggies are crisp.

On floured baking stone, roll out pizza dough in two equal halves. Layer dough with roast beef, cheese and veggie mixture. Roll dough in pinwheel manner and attach the two halves by their ends.

Mix egg white and water together and brush onto dough. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Let cool 10 minutes before slicing.

Here are some pictures of why I say I need more "handling" improvement:

You can see it got really thin where I attached the two rolls together. Also, you can see where the dough split as it cooked so, I guess I either need to use more dough or not roll it so thin. Here is a close up of the split:
Here is a picture of the inside:

Either turned out really yummy. Philip said it was quite possibly the best thing I've ever cooked for him. I served it with a tossed salad of baby greens sprinkled with mozzarella cheese.

We DID have left overs, we had a whole tupperware container of them, but...after Philip left for work this morning I noticed the container was in the sink so....he either took them with him for lunch or ate them for breakfast...or both. Oh least he's a happy boy.

Tomorrow: Easy Lasagna