Really Really Good Ones
For a step-by-step version of this recipe (with pictures), see: Perfect Chicken Pad Thai, step-by-step!
Pad Thai Tip: For even more flavor, I'll often make a double batch of the pad Thai sauce. Then, as I'm stir-frying the noodles, I'll add more sauce until I'm happy with the taste (I also add extra fish sauce). Any leftover sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. "
1 1/2 c. oatmeal 1 c. brown sugar
2 1/2 c. flour 1 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt 1 c. butter
1 Tbsp baking powder 2 eggs
1 Tbsp baking soda 1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 bag (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 bag (6 oz) white chocolate chips
1 c. dried cranberries 2 c. Rice Krispies
1 c. chopped nuts, toasted/roasted
Mix dry ingredients. Cream sugars & butter. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Add chips, nuts, cranberries, and Rice Krispies. Refrigerate overnight or until chill. (Refrigerating is optional.) Bake @ 400*, 8 - 10 min, give or take a minute or two. Watch carefully till golden on top. These cookies taste best as large cookies scooped out from an ice cream scoop or as bar cookies spread into a big sheet pan. Same bake time for bar cookies as for scoop cookies. Yields 60, 1 1/2 in. squares or 3 doz. scoop cookies. Recipe doubles very well, but make sure your mixer is big enough!
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Two Seasonings for Chicken
Good for salads, sandwiches, stir fry, & casserole
2 med or 3 small chicken breasts
1 Tbsp mustard
2 Tbsp honey
Toss all 3 ingredients in a pot with a lid. Heat on medium till chicken cooked through. Let cool at least 5 minutes before shredding. Bold flavor doesn't taste good by itself, but tastes amazing in salads or mixed with other flavors.
1 lb chicken
about 1/2 c. soy sauce
about 1 large handful cilantro
Toss all together. Marinate 30 minutes. Broil at 450* 6 inches from heat source till heated through. Let cool 5 min before shredding. Tastes great all alone or mixed in other dishes.
Easy Quick Healthy Dinner w/ Easy Clean-up
Asparagus or any veggie
Salmon, chicken cut in 1 inch thick strips, or steak
Italian seasoning herbs
fresh minced garlic: 1 large clove per salmon serving
Toss the asparagus in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Lay on baking sheet lined with tin foil (tin foil for easy clean-up). Let oven preheat on broil for a couple minutes; doesn't have to preheat completely. In the same bowl the asparagus was tossed in, coat the salmon/chicken in garlic, salt/pepper, herbs, and olive oil. Place salmon on the sheet pan with the asparagus. Broil all 6 inches from heat 2-3 minutes; turn it all over and broil 2-3 more minutes or until asparagus lightly seared in places and salmon warm throughout. Serve with fresh fruit on the side.
Garlic Rosemary Potatoes
2-3 potatoes, cooked
2 T. olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, smashed a little but still intact
1-2 tsp rosemary, broken into smaller bitty bits
If your potatoes are uncooked, the microwave is a quick route. Leave the skins on if they still are. Preheat a skillet to med-hi. Meanwhile, dice potatoes & toss w/ salt/pepper. Add oil to hot pan. Add garlic and sauté till lightly browned; remove garlic and discard. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan. Potatoes will get golden and crusty on the outside. Easy recipe with 2-3 potatoes; difficult recipe to double for some reason.
Pulled Chicken, Beef, or Pork
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground chipotle chili, or crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp canola oil
1/2 c fine chopped onion
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
1 c ketchup
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp molasses
Rub the dry rub on your meat before cooking.
For sauce, sauté onions till tender. Stir in sugar and next 5 ingredients (through pepper); cook 30 seconds. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes or till slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
Let the cooked meat cool for 5 minutes before shredding. Stir into Sauce. Serve on rolls with avocado and tomato slices. Yum.
Great to make extra rub seasoning and sauce just to keep on hand in cupboard and fridge.
Tuscan Bean Soup w/ Sausage
Hearty, flavorful, and lower fat
1/4 lb. loose Italian-style lean or reduced-fat sausage
2 t. fennel seeds (optional)
1 sm onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
1 can (16 oz) white kidney, great northern, or other white beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans (14 oz each) chicken broth
1 can (14 oz) Italian-style stewed tomatoes
Sauté sausage, fennel seeds, and onion till sausage browns and onions tender. Stir in cabbage and garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add beans, broth, and tomatoes (with juice). Heat to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.
3 chicken breasts
1 egg + 2 T. water
1 - 2 c. flour, cornmeal, and/or cornflake crumbs (cornflakes best)
9 T. (1/2 c. + 1 T.) soy sauce
3 c. sugar
5 T. (1/4 c. + 1 T.) water
1 1/2 c. vinegar
Roll chicken breasts in egg wash mixture. Dredge chicken w/ flour/cornmeal. Repeat steps 1 & 2 using cornflakes if you can, flour is okay. Coating the chicken is most easily done using kitchen tongs. Bake the chicken 10 min. at 450*. While chicken bakes, combine soy sauce, sugar, water, and vinegar; mix well to dissolve sugar as much as possible. When 10 min. are up, pour mixture over chicken. Continue baking at 350* until chicken reaches 160* with meat thermometer. Serve over rice. Steamed broccoli is nice side dish.
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Chinese type seasoned Veggies
3/4 c. coconut milk
1 1/2 t. crushed garlic
1/2 t. ginger
1/2 t. kosher salt
1 - 2 t. soy sauce
dash cayenne pepper
1/2 t. chicken bouillon
2-3 c. veggies
Combine seasonings. Add veggies. Steam altogether till veggies tender.
Taco Bean Soup
1 lb any meat
1 onion, chopped
1 - 2 clove garlic, minced
1 pkg taco seasoning
3 cans any variety beans
1 can chickpeas, undrained
28 oz Mexicany seasoned canned tomatoes
1 can chopped green chilies
Cook meat with onion. Mix everything together and simmer as long as you want. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, salsa, etc.
Easy Chicken Enchiladas
1 small chicken breast, diced
1/2 c. onion chopped
12 oz. sour cream
1 c. shredded cheese
1 can cream of chicken
1 can green chilies
splash lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar
Saute onion 2 minutes; add raw chicken and cook through. Add other ingredients. Fill tortillas and roll them up. Save a little filling to spread on top the enchiladas. Bake @ 350* till hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with more cheese.
Oven-Fried Chicken Chimichangas
2/3 c. picante sauce
1 t. cumin
1/2 t. dried oregano
1 c. shredded cheese
2 green onions
1 1/2 c chopped, cooked chicken
6 flour tortillas, warmed
2 - 3 T. melted butter or olive oil
Sour cream, salsa, guacamole, shredded cheese, and chopped green onion.
Mix together ingredients from picante sauce through chicken. Put 1/2c. mixture in each tortilla. Roll up. Place seam-side down on lightly greased baking sheet. Brush all with butter/oil. Bake 400 for 25 min, flipping chimi's once during cooking. Must serve with at least sour cream and salsa.
Tossed lettuce greens
Toasted sliced almonds
Bell pepper, super duper thinly sliced
Baby carrots, super thinly sliced into sticks
Mandarin oranges, diced peaches, or diced mango
Something thin and crispy, like Chow Mien noodle or Frito's chips
Honey Mustard or a fruity creamy vinaigrette
Cook the chicken in your favorite marinate, dressing, or a mixture of 2 T. honey + 1 T. mustard. Let the chicken cool 10 minutes before shredding or dicing.
Toast the almonds by tossing them in a pan on medium heat till golden.
Pile it all up on your plate, easy on the mandarin oranges, if using. Warning: this salad will make your tong slap your brains out. It's pretty good.
ground dried sage or minced fresh sage
Sprinkle each chop w/ all the seasonings and rub it in; easy on the cloves. If there's time, let marinate for half hour. Preheat oven for one minute on broil w/ rack 6 inches from heat. Broil chops about 3-4 minutes per side for thick cut chops, or 1-2 minutes per side for thinly cut chops. Any fatty edges should look golden brown.
5 oz. chicken breasts
1/2 tsp. garlic + water
3/4 c. plain yogurt
2 T. + 3/4 t. lemon juice
2/3 t. ground cumin
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. paprika
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
2 T. + 3/4 t. olive oil
1 + 3/8 t. ground coriander
Wisk all together. Pour over chicken. Bake 325* till fully cooked, 160*. Serve with couscous. (or rice)
1 T. olive oil
1/2 c. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
1 t. ground cumin
1 each med zucchini & yellow squash
1/3 c. raisins
28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 t. ground coriander
1/2 t. black pepper
19 oz can garbanzo beans, drained
20 pitted, chopped kalamata olives
1 box couscous
Heat oil in lrg skillet. Sauté onions till onions slightly translucent. Add chopped garlic, zucchini, and squash; sauté 2 min. Add rest of ingredients minus the couscous; bring to boil. Cover & simmer 5 min @ lower heat. Uncover and simmer 8 - 10 min longer while couscous cooks.
Prepare couscous according to pkg. directions; may add toasted pin nuts. May also serve w/ rice.
1 chicken breast
1/2 large onion, cut in strips
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bell pepper, cut in strips
salt & black pepper
Sauté strips of chicken breast in hot skillet w/ oil, salt, and pepper. Remove chicken. Add peppers, onions, garlic, and possibly more oil, salt, & pepper. Add chicken back to pan. Serve in warm tortillas.
Acini Pepe (Frog Eye) Salad
16 oz. acini pepe pasta
1 3/4 c. pineapple juice
2 T. flour
1 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
2 beaten egg yolks
2 cans pienapple tidbits
2 cans mandarin oranges
2 cups old, hard mini marshmellows (or leave bag open in the freezer for awhile)
12 oz. cool whip
Cook & drain pasta. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Add enough water to juice to make 1 3/4 cup. In saucepan mix sugar, flour, salt, pineapple juice, and egg yolk. Cook & stir constantly till thick. Mix pasta & sauce. Stir often till cool. Add remaining ingredients. Chill.
1/3 c. margarine
1/3 c. shortening
2 c. brown sugar
1 t. vanilla
Melt marg./short. but not completely melted. Mix wet ingredients & brown sugar.
2 c. flour
1 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
Mix all. Pour into 9 x 13 or sheet pan and sprinkle 1 c. chocolate chips on top. Bake 350 20 - 25 min or until top is golden in areas. Might look gloopy but don't worry. It'll continue to cook as it cools completely in pan. Don't eat till cool.
1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. cocoa
1/4 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
Combine dry ingredients. Blend butter, sugar, & vanilla. Add eggs w/ wooden spoon, beat well. Gradually stir in dry ingredients, and then nuts. Bake in greased 9 in. square pan @ 350 for 20 - 25 min. Let cool completely before frosting.
Creamy Brownie Frosting
3 T. butter, softened
1/2 t. vanilla
1 T. light corn syrup or honey
1 c. powdered sugar
3 T. cocoa
1 - 2 T. milk
Cream butter, corn syrup, vanilla, and cocoa. Add powdered sugar & milk; beat to spreading consistency.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 c. butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 c unsifted all-purpose flour
2/3 c. cocoa
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
12 oz bag chocolate chips 24 oz. optional
Cream butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; blend in. Stir in chips. Drop by the teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake @ 350* for 6 - 10 min; tops of cookies look like a bunch of air bubbles popped; don't over-cook. Cool 1 min. before removing to wire rack. Makes 4 dozen.
Not as good as a bar cookie until after cooking they've chilled. Taste amazing as a drop cookie.
Mrs. Field's Cookies
1 1/2 c. oatmeal
2 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. sugar
1 c. butter
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 (12 oz) bag chocolate chips or 1 1/2 c. raisins
Optional: 1 1/2 c. chopped nuts and/or 1 1/2 c. Rice Krispies
Mix dry ingredients. Cream sugars, vanilla, eggs, & butter. Add dry ingredients. Add chips and optional ingredients. Refrigerate overnight or until chill. Bake @ 400*, 4-8 min. Watch carefully. These cookies taste best spread into a big sheet pan for bar cookies. Same bake time for bar cookies. Yields 60, 1 1/2 in. squares or 6 doz. cookies. Recipe doubles very well. If using raisins, add the Rice Krispies, too.
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookie Cups
3/4 c. butter softened
1/3 c. white sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. chocolate chips
3/4 c. peanut butter chips
2 lg eggs
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Heavily grease or line 36 mini muffin cups. Cream butter & sugar. Mix in flour. Use this dough to press thin "crusts" into each mini muffin cup. Place 6 or 7 pb & choc chips inside.
Beat eggs. Stir in sweet. conds. milk and vanilla. Spoon into cups, filling almost to top.
Bake 15 - 18 min or until centers are puffed and edges just beginning to brown. Place pan on cooling rack. Gently separate edges of cookies from pan. Let centers flatten. While still warm, top with remaining chips. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack.
Mint Oreo Truffles
1 pkg Oreo cookies, mint ones taste best
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1 (12 oz) pkg chocolate chips
Set aside 9 Oreos. Crush remaining Oreos in food processor to fine crumbs. Add cream cheese and blend well. Chill thoroughly. Roll into small balls and dip in melted chocolate; lay on wax paper. May crush a few of the reserved Oreos and sprinkle on top. Mint Oreo taste best.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Truffles