Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lemon Chicken Sandwiches


Hi, this is what I ate last night.  My mom made this for us all growing up.  I'm not sure where she got it but these chicken sandwiches are so light and should I say, refreshing? They cleanse your palate and are perfect for warm weather.  No need to be weighed down when you need to fit into that swimsuit right?  I often make these on the stove when it's not grilling season. I don't really have much to say... we all know I am a FABULOUS writer ;). So, just eat one of these and you will be happy.

Lemon Chicken Sandwiches

serves 4

Ingredients

4 Chicken Breast, pounded flat
1 Cucumber, sliced
1 Lemon, sliced into 4 wedges
4 Leaves of Lettuce and/or Sprouts
1 Tomato, sliced
Miricle Whip or Mayo
Lemon Pepper
4 Hamburger Buns

Directions

Preheat your grill to about 450- 500 degrees.  
Season the chicken with a few shakes of lemon pepper.  
Turn the grill to medium and grill the chicken for about 7 minutes per side keeping the BBQ closed, open only to flip the meat.
Removed from grill and create your sandwiches.  
Squeeze the lemon on the cooked chicken.
I prefer Miricle Whip for these sandwiches.  
You can also sprinkle on a little more Lemon Pepper if you want more.
Easy peasy.
Oh, and to make them on the stove just add about 1 Tbs oil to a pan and cook over medium heat.

Friday, June 10, 2011

BBQ Chicken Pizza on the Grill


Last summer my favorite was THIS, but this year it's gotta be grilled pizza.  When I first heard about it somewhere around a year ago I thought, "What?  No, that just wouldn't work".  But, since then I have seen a few different ways of doing it and the one I tried I loved.  It gives the pizza a smokey flavor that takes it to another level.  So far we have tried BBQ chicken and Pepperoni and I think the BBQ chicken takes the cake.

BBQ Chicken Pizza on the Grill


makes 2 pizzas, so depending on how hungry you are it serves around 4-6 people

Ingredients


One recipe of THIS dough (I haven't tried any other on the grill)
1/4 Cup Olive Oil (for the grill)
1/2 Cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce
3 Cups Mozzarella, grated
2 Cups Chicken, chopped or shredded (previously cooked)
1/2 Cup Olives, sliced
1 Cup Pineapple Tidbits, patted dry
1/4 Cup Banana Peppers, patted dry and chopped small
3 Green Onions, chopped small

Directions

Preheat the grill to about 400 degrees.
Divide the risen dough in half, and roll out one of the halves.  No toppings just yet.
Pour the olive oil into a glass or bowl and crumple up a paper towel and dip it into the oil with some tongs.
Open the grill up, turn the heat to medium (I set mine to just below medium) and rub the oiled paper towel onto the grill with the tongs.
Immediately and carefully transfer the rolled out (naked) dough to the grill.  Close and cook for about 2 minutes. It cooks quickly so be careful, take a peak at the bottom now and again if you need to.
Carefully remove from the grill. flip the cooked side up and lay on the toppings.  Don't make it too heavy.
Oil grill once more and carefully place the pizza with it's toppings back onto the grill.  Close and cook for 3 more minutes.  Checking the bottom if needed.
Carefully remove from the grill and enjoy!
Repeat with second half of dough.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Basic Chili


I got this recipe a few years back from a college roommate of mine (Thanks Emily!).  It's her mom's recipe, but I don't think I have it exactly how she makes it because I didn't write it down.  It is delicious and versatile.  I frequently make taco salad with this or just eat it as is with a side of corn bread and honey.  I may have once made a little something called "travelin' tacos" also.  My elementary school would serve them using a bag of Fritos with a scoop of chili inside.  From grade school on, whenever I eat Fritos I always think of that haha.  

Chili 

serves about 4

Ingredients

1 lb Ground Beef
1/2 Yellow Onion, finely chopped
1/2 Green Pepper, chopped
1/2 Red Pepper, chopped
1, 28 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes
2 Cans of Beans, rinsed and drained (kidney and/or black)
1 to 1 1/2 Tbs Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Cumin
Couple dashes of Worcestershire
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

Brown the beef over medium-high heat, adding the onions and peppers when it is about half way cooked through.  
When the meat is browned and the onions soft, pour in the tomatoes and beans.
Season with spices and worcestershire.
Simmer, covered, on low for at least 20 minutes.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sloppy Joes


It is summer.  Even if the weather doesn't cooperate, and Memorial Day is tomorrow then it is unofficially summer.  Quick and easy meals are what I need to have more time to play outside and to keep the house from heating up to one million degrees.  I didn't feel like firing up the barbecue today so this is second to it. I grew up with these Joes and I love them.  My husband doesn't really like Sloppy Joes in general but I haven't ever really met one I didn't like.  He actually thinks I am weird for putting a nice slice of cheddar cheese on top.  Yum. Well, I actually just realized that I haven't ever tried the canned versions of this dish and I can imagine I might not like those.  These are so simple there shouldn't be any reason to have to buy that canned stuff.


Mom's Sloppy Joes

serves about 6

Ingredients

1 lb Lean Ground Beef
1 Can Stewed Tomatoes, mash or slice the bigger pieces if you'd like
2 tsp Chili Powder
1/4 Cup Ketchup
2 tsp Mustard
1 tsp Brown Sugar
Few drops Liquid Smoke (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions


Brown the hamburger.
Add the tomatoes and remaining ingredients and let it simmer on low for at least 15 min.  If you don't allow it to simmer the flavors don't really get absorbed into the meat.
That's it, you are done.  :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pasta With Tomato Basil Sauce


I'm back.  Well, I think, at least for now.  As you can see I am very committed to getting recipes saved.  It has been almost a year since I have posted something.  It's been 6 months since I had a baby so I think I am finally adjusted to mom-hood so I can fit this luxury back into my schedule.  I have so many recipes I would like to put on here and save for myself.  Pretty much that is what has brought me back.  I've made something, loved it, and forgot where I got it or the exact ingredients so I have a hard time making it again.  I'm back here to save me some grief.  This little number is one of those recipes.  I don't remember where I got it but I love it and it's so easy to make.  Most likely it's from Epicurious.  It is also very versitale.  I've made it with spinach, chicken, shrimp, leeks, and I think, even artichoke hearts.  Not all at the same time, but I'm sure that would be good too haha.  Oh and I'm just going to say I found something that makes my life easier when using basil.



Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce


serves about 4


Ingredients


1 lb Pasta
2 Tbs Olive Oil
1/2 Onion, chopped small
2-3 Cloves Garlic
1/4 Cup White Wine (optional, adds some depth but you can use water or broth)
28 ounce Can Diced Tomatoes (or Fresh if you'd like)
1 tsp Brown Sugar (Optional)
1 Tbs Freshly Basil, sliced up
1/2 -1 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan
Salt and Pepper to taste

Also good with spinach, other veggies, chicken or shrimp.


Directions

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pan.
Add onions and garlic, cook until soft.
De-glaze the pan with the wine.
Add tomatoes and sugar and simmer.
Meanwhile, start the pasta water.  When you add the pasta to the boiling water add the basil, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to the tomatoes.
Simmer the sauce while the pasta cooks.
When the pasta is done add to the tomato sauce, add any additional basil and parmesan cheese after serving.