Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pumpkin Soup


6 cups chicken bouillon
1 ½ tsp salt
4 cups pumpkin puree
1 tsp fresh chopped parsley
1 cup chopped onion
1/4-1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp garlic or 1 clove garlic minced
5 whole black peppercorns or pepper to taste

Simmer. Heat for 30 minutes uncovered. Puree in blender 1 cup at a time. Put in pot. Bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in ½ cup whipping cream.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sweet potato fries


1 – 1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Peel the sweet potatoes. Cut into strips that are about 1/2 inch wide on each side.
Place the sweet potatoes into a resealable plastic bag. Add oil, salt, paprika and cinnamon. Seal the bag and shake well to thoroughly coat the fries. Spread the potatoes out onto the baking sheet in a single layer.

Cook for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes, until slightly browned. Transfer immediately to a paper towel lined plate and serve warm.

We did strips and chips. The strip got crunchier on the outside than the chips and I cooked them a little longer than 30 minutes so they were crunchy to my liking.


2 eggs
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup oil
1 3/4 cup milk
1 tbsp brown or granulated sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Heat waffle iron. Beat eggs with hand beater until fluffy. Beat in remaining ingredients until smooth. Bake on waffle iron.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Best Ever Minestrone Soup

1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes or 1 (14 oz) can tomatoes and 1 (14 oz) can tomatoes with green chilies to add a little spice
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 quart water + 1 cup water
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
3 beef bouillon cubes
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves ¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon garlic salt
1 (15 oz) can garbonzo beans, drained
1 (16 oz) bag frozen green beans
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained
1½ cups mostaccioli macaroni, cooked

In large crockpot combine all ingredients except the macaroni. Cook on low for 8 hours. Just before serving add the cooked macaroni and heat through. Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Makes 10-12 servings
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Apple Wheat Muffins

1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1/2 cup reduced-fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup grated apple
1/2 cup raisins
1 tsp orange peel

In bowl, combine first 6 ingredients. In another bowl, whisk egg, yogurt, applesauce and oil. Stir into dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in the apple, raisins and orange peel.

Fill greased muffin cups 3/4 full with batter. Bake at 400 for 18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 mintues before removing from pan to wire rack.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Chicken Casserole

1 package Rice-A-Roni made according to box- add onion and celery during last 10 minutes of cooking.

1 cup mayonnaise
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup chopped celery
2 cups diced turkey or chicken
¼ cup chopped onion
slivered almonds (optional)

Mix together and spread in a 9x13-inch pan. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Cinnamon Rolls

2 cups scalded milk
Add: ½ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons salt. Mix well.
Add: 1 cup mashed potatoes and ½ cup shortening. Mix well.
Add: 3½ cups flour, 2 tablespoons yeast dissolved in ½ cup warm water and 2 beaten eggs.
Add: 3½ cups flour (7 total). Mix for 10 minutes. Rise until double in size.

Roll out ½-inch thick. Brush with butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll up and cut with dental floss. Place on greased cookie sheet. Rise until quite light. Bake 375 degrees for
15 minutes. Frost when cool if desired.

Pulled chicken sandwiches

1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1Tbsp brown sugar
4 of desired rolls

Clean chicken and put in crockpot. Put in onions, BBQ sauce and brown sugar. Stir up. Cook on Low for 4-6 hours. Use 2 forks or spatulas to shred chicken. Let sit for 10-15 minutes or until BBQ sauce has thickened.

This was delicious!!
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