Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Chicken and Craisin Salad
- 16 oz. bag bow tie pasta, or pasta of choice
- 2-3 chicken breasts~cooked, cooled & cubed (I used half a rotisserie chicken)
- 1/2 c. craisins
- 1 c. red grapes
- 3-4 green onions, chopped
- 1 c. chopped broccoli
- 3/4 c. sunflower seeds (optional)
- 1 c. mayonnaise
- 2/3 c. sugar
- 1/4 c. cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. ginger powder (I skipped)
Mix all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk them together & cover & place in fridge.
In the mean time, mix all of the salad together, except sunflower seeds, in a large bowl. Toss together. Just before serving mix in sunflower seeds & dressing.
Yum. Nice change of pace from the Italian dressing pasta salad. This was yummy and addictive. The dressing is a little on the sweet side, so if you don't like that you can take down the sugar a bit. We loved it though! A great summer meal!
Chicken and Sun dried Tomato Bruschetta
- 2 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
- 1 1/4 cups of Italian dressing, divided
- 1/3 cup feta cheese
- 8 sun dried tomatoes, without oil chopped (mine were in oil and it tasted great!)
- 1 loaf foccacia bread cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
- 1/4 cup olive oil (I skipped this step)
- Place the chicken in a bowl with 1 cup of the dressing. Marinate for at least three hours. (I just threw one chicken breast in the crock pot with some of the dressing and cooked for a few hours).
- Cook the chicken. After the chicken has cooled a little, either shred it or cut it.
- Add chopped sun dried tomatoes, torn up spinach, feta and the rest of the dressing. Mix together.
- Cut up the bread and drizzle with olive oil. Broil until lightly toasted. Add the chicken mixture to the bread and serve!
This is something I fell in love with! So did Russell, and 1 out of 4 kids liked it. Sure, not a hit there, but the oldest has the most mature taste buds, and she liked it. I loved the contrast of flavors, and the dressing was excellent. This could be served as a dip as well. You can pretty much use as much of each ingredient (spinach, cheese, tomatoes, etc) as you like.
M&M Bakery Cookies
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup veg/canola oil
- 4 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 4 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp salt
- m&m's, reese's pieces, whatever
- Combine first 5 ingredients and cream about 2 min.
- Add vegetable oil & mix well. Sift dry ingredients together and add to dough; mixing just until combined.
- Fold in m&m's. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 min.
These are so fun! I think vegetable oil (and that much!) sounded weird and kind of gross, but the cookies are pretty amazing and beautiful. You just have to try these to see if they are a hit at your house! They have a nice soft, chewy but crisp thing going for them, like you'd get at a bakery. Hence that name. Fun!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Super Fast and Delicious Hot Fudge Sauce
- 6 T butter
- 6 heaping T. cocoa powder
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat-free and it worked well)
- a few Tbsp. milk, if needed to thin out sauce
Microwave the butter until completely melted and starting to bubble Add the cocoa powder and whisk well to remove any lumps. Add the sweetened condensed milk and continue whisking. If sauce is too thick, add a little milk to thin it out.
Serve warm. Store in an airtight container for about a week.
This is a fast winner!