New recipes added today!

August 19, 2011

I added recipes for (easy) Chicken & Sausage Gumbo and for One Pot Cannellini Florentine.   Recipes are listed in the pages section of the blog.



New Recipes Added Today

May 27, 2010

I added the following new recipes today to the Pages section of my blog:  Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad, White Bean Vegetable Chili, Heart of Dixie Slaw.

Brown Rice

May 27, 2010

Here’s how I’ve gotten my family to eat brown rice.

I use Uncle Ben’s and I cook one cup rice in 2 1/4 cups chicken broth (swanson organic) for 30 minutes.  It makes it softer and more flavorful.  All three of my kids love it!

New recipes

March 24, 2010

I just posted two new Publix Aprons recipes that I used last night for dinner in the Pages section of my blog (Romesco-style Fish and Artichoke Spinach Potatoes).  This was such an easy meal to make and we loved it!

Recipes are in Pages Section

March 2, 2010

I’ve just finished putting the recipes for the weekly menus I’ve posted online.  They are in the Pages section of my blog.  Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Peace out!

Tricks for Tender Chicken Breasts

March 2, 2010

Many of you probably already do this but I think it’s worth mentioning.  I have found that beating my chicken with the flat side of a tenderizer tool (what do you call this thing?) before cooking makes them cook much more evenly.  I lay them out on a cutting board and trim off the fat.  I cut each breast half in half.  Then I cover them with wax paper and beat them so that they are all the same in thickness.

After beating them I usually coat them with a thin layer of flour or flour/seasoned salt mixture.  Then I cook them on medium in oil (usually olive) in a skillet until they are golden on each side.  I then cover them and reduce the heat, simmering them in either a recipe sauce or  just some chicken broth until they are cooked through.  I have found that this method results in moist and flavorful chicken rather than dried out chicken breasts that aren’t any fun to eat.

Menu for Week of 2/21 – 2/27

February 28, 2010

Sun – Salmon w/ Roasted Asparagus & Lemon Caper Sauce ~ served over white or brown rice, side of green beans for the kids (They don’t eat asparagus)

Mon – Matt Chandler’s “homemade” pizza served with a salad

Tues – Honey Chicken w/ yellow rice and sweet green peas

Wed – Red Lobster (We took Mom out to dinner for her birthday!)

Thurs – Peach-glazed Pork Tenderloin w/ brown rice and green beans

Fri – Beef & Barley Vegetable Stew w/ rolls

Sat – Garlic Chicken Fillets in Balsamic Vinegar gravy w/ brown rice and mixed vegetables

**Note:  Here’s how I’ve gotten my family to eat brown rice.  I use Uncle Ben’s and I cook one cup rice in 2 1/2 cups chicken broth (swanson organic) for 30 – 40 minutes.  It makes it softer and more flavorful.  All three of my kids love it!

I haven’t worked in the time yet to post the recipes…but I plan to do this…so until then just email me if you’d like a particular recipe.

Happy Eating!

My menus are coming to a blog near you!

February 28, 2010

A few special people in my life have admired the weekly menu I create in order to make my life easier.  It’s not too admirable to me but instead is my way to maximize the joy (by reducing the stress) in my busy life as a wife and mother to three young children.  I only have the time and tolerance to set foot in a grocery store once a week so planning my menu allows me to make one weekly list and get everything I need for the week in one trip.  My wonderful cousin/sista, and fellow threesome mom, suggested I post my menus.  She thought it would be wonderful if several women did this because it would allow us to share meal ideas and help us to avoid the tendency (and boredom) of making the same meals every week.  It’s taken me a while to even figure out the best way to do this which included figuring out what the heck a blog is and how it works.  So here I am….a new blogger.

Here’s a disclaimer about most of the meals I make…..they’re healthy.  Of course, not every one would show up in Dr. Oz’s cookbook but I try to make them healthy and appealing to my children.  My husband battles a family history of high cholesterol and that greatly affects my cooking as you will notice I limit high cholesterol foods in our diet.  🙂

See you in the kitchen!