Dinner In A Hurry


When I found out that I was going to have hungry grandchildren to visit yesterday I wanted to make something quick and easy so that I could sit and visit while it cooked.  Due to a time crunch on the visit as the boys had to return home to get ready for school for today it had to be a quick meal.  Their mom had said that she could pick up a pizza on the way.

Homemade and nutritious for me always wins hands down.  I said I had already started to just come and visit.

I took chicken thighs and placed them in my roaster pan where I poured Wishbone Lite Italian Dressing on them enough to well coat them.  I covered with foil and placed them in the oven at 350 F.

I then proceeded to peel potatoes.  Both yellow butter and Red potatoes since I did not have enough of the yellow butter ones.  I placed them in a pan of water cubed with a hint of sea salt and let them boil with the cover slightly ajar.

I then took one container of Vanilla Yogurt, a container of Sour Cream, several varieties of fruit that I had (Mine were canned although frozen do work well) and 1/4 cup of marshmallows  I mixed them together in the bowl and let them sit in the fridge.

I was able to sit and visit, only being interrupted by my timer every fifteen minutes to turn the chicken.

The potatoes were finished and we added one stick of butter and one container of sour cream to whip them with the beater..

The thighs were done and we ate.  The meat fell easily from the bone and was very tender.  To have the boys comment how good the chicken was felt good.

They were surprised when I said that I had dessert.  First response was “What is that?”  I handed each a fork to stick in the mixture to taste.

Each had a big bowl of it and the last one finished the bowl.  I had a bag of coconut on the side to sprinkle on the top if the wanted it.  (I do not care for coconut so it always is a side option for me.)

A side salad was the other option which was offered.  Simple cherry tomatoes and romaine lettuce with a choice of dressings.

Complete meal that was quick and easy with no measuring and I was able to spend time with my guests.

Thank you for reading.

Tammye Honey

Healthy Eating in a Pot


There is nothing nicer than cooking everything in one pot and then letting it simmer for dinner.

My hubby’s favorite way to eat eggplant is to dip it in egg, then in Italian breadcrumbs and deep fry it in my wok in Olive Oil.

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I love the draining rack on the side which also keeps the eggplant warm till he sneaks in and eats them lol.

The recipe for the pot of yummy is as follows:

1 medium onion diced

3 tbsp minced garlic

1 chopped eggplant

1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

1 pound ground beef or turkey

Olive Oil for bottom of pot.

I add the olive oil, onion and the hamburger to brown the hamburger then drain off the excess fat.  I add the remaining ingredients and allow to simmer till everything is cooked thoroughly.  (Takes about 30 minutes)

Today I had a little leftover spaghetti sauce and a few bowtie macaroni’s so I added them to the mixture and stirred well.

covered pot eggplant stewAdding a small tossed salad and the meal is complete.  Good for you low cost and yummy.

Happy Eating.

Tammye Honey

 

Pepperoni Pizza Dip Recipe


Today I was trying to get through my emails and stumbled across this gem of a find and just had to share it… It is exactly all the ingredients that my hubby loves and he can dip it while watching the Super Bowl.  They have an entire list of ideas for the Superbowl so don’t just stop here go check them out… http://www.chow.com/recipes/30624-pepperoni-pizza-dip

Then you can come back and check out this recipe…

 

Pepperoni Pizza Dip Recipe

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Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 30 mins | Makes: 6 to 8 servings

The flavors of pepperoni pizza have found their way into plenty of snack recipes onCHOW, including quick bread and jalapeño poppers. Here, it transforms into a quick dip in the food processor, with pepperoni slices, mozzarella, ricotta, cream cheese, red pepper flakes, and dried oregano. Pile the mixture into a pie plate, top it with more mozzarella and pepperoni, and bake until bubbly and melty. Serve it with toasted breadsticks or garlic bread for dipping and your guests will be shocked by its uncanny pizza flavor!

Special equipment: You’ll need a 9-inch pie plate for this recipe.

See more classic bar snacks turned into Super Bowl dips.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded whole-milk mozzarella (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 ounces pepperoni slices (about 26 thin slices), quartered
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into large pieces
  • 7 ounces whole-milk ricotta cheese (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 ounce)
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 pounds toasted ciabatta, soft breadsticks, or garlic bread, for serving
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat the oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  2. Place half of the mozzarella, half of the pepperoni, the cream cheese, ricotta, Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, salt, oregano, and red pepper flakes in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Process until smooth, about 45 seconds (there may still be a few small bits of pepperoni).
  3. Transfer the mixture to a 9-inch pie plate and smooth the top. Evenly sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and pepperoni.
  4. Bake until the dip is heated through and bubbling around the edges and the cheese on top is melted, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately with the ciabatta bread, breadsticks, or garlic bread for dipping.

Simple and easy to do… That is what I like about it and ready for the crowd in 15 minutes…Awesome.

Happy Eating,

Tammye Honey

Homemade Shrimp Bisque


After reading a fellow blogger’s post this morning, I was suddenly starving and drooling for a homemade soup since it is so cold outside.

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Did you say hush… oh you sound just like my hubby…guess you are right…it could be worse, I could be braving the New York State Winter like I used to as I am letting the dogs out in my slippers and sweat shirt lol….

http://rantingchef.com/2013/01/22/soup-roulette/

In case you are wondering what inspired me this morning…. Hey where are you going?

Okay , he is great and has some really great recipes and some great guest bloggers on his site too.  I have even guest blogged there before.  Hurry back as I am about to give you the lowdown on my recipe.

Thanks for coming back, phew…was worried there for a second.

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Since my allergies are so bad to corn, I use all natural ingredients and fresh ingredients as much as possible in our foods so that I am not running for my allergy medication or even worse, my epi pen.

 

I started my soup with a few simple ingredients that I just happen to have in stock.

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A medium onion

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Some potatoes either red or yellow

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Shrimp (Take the tails off)

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Daisy Brand Sour Cream

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Fresh Baby Carrots

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Fresh Celery

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Fresh Sliced Mushrooms

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Old Bay Seasoning

milk

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Paprika (I happen to use the tube however this is fine)

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You can’t beat fresh baby spinach

(Had already thrown bag out when I realized I had not taken a picture sorry)

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Swanson does make it better for certain with their chicken broth

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My Vidalia Chopper is priceless in my kitchen for chopping my vegetables to a perfect size for all of my creations.  It is a must have for every kitchen.  It is quick and easy and super fast cleanup too.

I throw all my ingredients in the pot suited to how much of each item that we prefer as my hubby likes a lot more potato and more shrimp than the average person.  A full bag of spinach and easy on the mushroom, carrots and celery yet enough for flavor.  One to two containers of the sour cream depending on your taste and since my hubby does not like a thick soup I do not add a thickener and do add milk here…by now I am sure you know what milk looks like.  So I did not take a picture of our milk container.  Here would be a great spot to explain the thicker that I do use…I either normally use rice starch or potato starch and just a few teaspoons will do you.

Simmer slowly and enjoy the aroma till the veggies are soft.

Voila… serve in a bowl or to be creative in a bowl of carved bread.

Eat Healthy and enjoy,

Tammye Honey

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Chicken Thighs with Spinach in White Wine


This is what I ended up making in exchange for what I started out with thanks to a few reblog ideas …

Yes I showed you the end before the beginning lol…

I also did make the bowties and cherry tomatoes in olive oil and chicken broth with a few spices and garlic then a bit of sprinkled cheese on top as garnish…

Now to begin:

Cherry Tomatoes

I walk outside and pick mine…

I did add a few other tomatoes from our other flower pots only because they were ready

As you can tell the weather here has done a number on this poor baby but it is still bearing…

Italian Parsley a few pinches in the chicken…

Italian Basil just a hint with the bowties and cherry tomatoes…

I use a smaller jar near cooking area and just transfer when empty… this went into both pans to start

So did this and yes I am lazy…This is actually more economical…

I added the chicken thighs that were boneless and I had tried to cut a pocket they are just too small…

Added my bag of spinach

Added just enough chicken broth to start a nice steam and covered partially to allow spinach to steam over the chicken thighs…

Added just a hint of white wine after the spinach was steamed to keep the chicken from drying …I go by smell…then added a bit more of chicken broth to mixture about a total of 1/4 box.

1/4 of box was added to the cherry tomatoes in the pot beside the frying pan

Sprinkled in the bowties to accommodate the amount of tomatoes and readjusted the liquid with tomato bisque soup since I did not have tomato paste.

Then stirred and partially covered allowing both dishes to just simmer till we were ready to eat.

Sprinkle cheese is optional…

And Again here it is…..Voila!!!! Sooooo Tasty…. Sooooo Stuffed….

Enjoy…

Tammye Honey

Tomorrow Night’s Dinner


Tomorrow nights dinner with my flower pot cherry tomatoes

My recipe is here https://tammyehoney.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/chicken-thighs-with-spinach-in-white-wine

What's 4 Dinner Solutions

This is a most excellent way to use up those proliferating cherry tomatoes.  I cooked these down in some olive oil with minced garlic, a chopped Vidalia onion, and plenty of fresh basil.  Bowties work fine – any pasta will do.  So easy to make:  Halve the tomatoes and chop the onion, pour a fair measure of olive oil into a big skillet and warm it up.  Toss the veggies in and cook them down, adding some tomato paste towards the end.  If the sauce is too thick just ladle some water from the pasta you have a-boil.  I add thin sliced fresh basil as it cooks and save some for garnish at the table.  Use lots!  Dump your drained pasta into the sauce and stir to combine, plate and serve immediately.  I grated some Asiago cheese on the pasta tonight.  Mmm… cheese!

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Bowties and Shrimp in Spinach Pesto made easy


Bowties with Shrimp in Spinach Pesto

Talk about an easy recipe.  I use the new Tupperware pasta maker since we are an authorized Tupperware Dealer http://www.emanthetupperwareman.com and you can store the extra bowties if any in the pasta maker in your fridge.  You only need your chopper and a frying pan so it is easy clean up after too…

Again I have a video so you can start and stop at your leisure…set to music so you can dance as you prepare your food.  This is one of my favorites and we have made with other types of fish and also chicken…

See the video here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nefrCjG1x8&feature=plcp

3 tbsp. garlic minced in oil

1/4 cup walnuts

1 tsp crushed basil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp white pepper

chop together

add fresh spinach or 1 pkg of thawed and drained chopped spinach

chop together

1 pkg of De-veined shrimp (I leave tails on for ease of handling)

steam shrimp then add the pesto

steam adding one package of cherry tomatoes cut in half.

Cover and simmer in frying pan till done.

Enjoy…

Tammye Honey