Saturday, September 1, 2012

Old Recipes

1. Chicken Pot Pie
*Cullen approved, mixed with cottage cheese!! ; )
 This is the only pic I have and it has biscuits, I would much rather use the crescent rolls! 

1.5 pounds of cut up, cooked chicken breast
1 can of cream of chicken (or celery) 
2-3 chicken bullion cubes (I like lots of flavor!)
1 cup of water
1 cup of milk
1/2 package of cream cheese (softened)
1 bag of mixed frozen veggies - I use a big bag, more veggies the better!
(I microwave them 1 min before I mix them in)
1 can of diced potatoes (or frozen)
1 large yellow onion
3 tbsp butter
sprinkle (big sprinkle) of garlic and onion powder
1 can crescent rolls
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Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
-Cook the chicken, and then mix everything together in the pan you plan to bake the pot pie in. 
-If the mix seems too juicy once in the pan I add some instant potato flakes, sometimes its too juicy and sometimes it's not. I never know why or why not ;) It thickens as it bakes either way. Potato flakes give more flavor than flour, IMO.
- Once in a casserole pan I unroll a tube of crescents on top.
 - Then brush (spray) butter on the top and sprinkle some extra garlic salt (or powder) and pepper. 
 Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
-Add salt and pepper to taste if you want once served.  

2. Swiss and Ham Sliders
12 Hawaiian sweet rolls, cut in half
3/4 pound of sliced Honey Ham
8 slices Swiss cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 stick of butter
1 chopped onion
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
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- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Melt butter over medium heat and saute the onions in the butter for 2-4 minutes.

-Then add the mustard, Worcestershire  and poppy seeds. Simmer for for about 5 minutes, until the onions are soft.

-Cut the entire pack of rolls in half, horizontally...keeping all the top and bottom halves separately in tact.

-Place foil in a casserole dish (no clean up!) add bottom half of rolls, and spoon 1/2 of the onion mixture over the rolls.

-Add a slice of ham and Swiss cheese over each roll.  

-Cover with the top half of rolls.
-Spread the remaining onion/poppy seed mixture over the top of rolls.
-Bake covered for 15-20 minutes, once finished, separate for serving.
Billy's NEW favorite sandwiches! He did eat 7 of the 12 instantly :) 

3. Ham and Potato Crockpot Soup
*this makes a HUGE pot of soup, enough to feed 8 (plus)!

32 ounce box/can of fat free chicken broth
2 chicken bullion cubes
1 quart of half and half (fat free)
1 cup of milk
1 cups of water
8 potatoes, chopped (I do not peel)
1/2 yellow onion
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup corn
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 package of cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup of sour cream
(I would say around 3-4 cups)
Instant Potato flakes (2-3 cups)
Pinch of garlic salt, steak seasoning and onion powder
This recipe is super flavorful and can be adjusted to suit anyone! 
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- Add chicken broth to crockpot and set on HIGH.
- Chop up potatoes (bite sized) and add to the crockpot.
 - Add ham, chopped onion, carrots, corn, 1 cup of water, milk and butter.
- 2-3 hours later set to LOW add cream cheese, sour cream and last 1 cup of water, stir for a few mins. 
- Cook another hour and then slowly start adding potato flakes, based on how thick or juicy you want the soup. The more flakes added, the heartier it will be. Also add pinch of garlic salt and onion powder. 
- Cook one hour and then set to WARM, you don't want the soup to over cook or burn in the crock pot.  Keep an eye on it and stir every 30-45 minutes.
Serve with shredded cheese and sour dough bread! 
Filling and oh-so-NOMMY!!!
*Please keep in mind this recipe is different with all crock-pots! If you need to add more water/milk while cooking do it! You can always add potato flakes which will absorb the liquid if you need to and it will give the same taste, potato soup!

4. Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup 
best soup ever!!!
*I make this in the crockpot
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of half and half
  • 1 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • sprinkle of pepper
  • 2 14 ounce cans of chicken broth (sometimes I add an extra bullion cube, i LOVE the chicken flavor/salt)
  • 1 cup carrots, finely shredded
  • 1 cup chicken breasts, cooked and diced (you can use a rotisserie chicken OR canned chicken)
  • 1 package gnocchi, cooked  (you can find these in gourmet/pasta section of the grocery store
    (healthier)* I buy our gnocchi from ALDI and it is whole wheat and half the price!
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach coarsely chopped
  • If it is too soupy for you once it's ready to be served, just add some potato flakes. It will thicken up quick and taste just as delicious. Keep in mind olive garden soup like this is very runny, broth'y'.
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Throw everything into the crock-pot except the gnocchi.  You won't want to add it until the last 30-45 before you eat otherwise it gets a funny texture. You can really bake it at your own pace, I don't think you can mess it up.  I would just advise cooking it at least 1-2 hours, at least! Longer, the better.This soup is beyond amazing reheated! I eat it for a week! Even Billy, who rarely eats leftovers will eat this soup!! The ingredients make a lot and it is filling so you really don't need more than a cup with some fresh Parmesan and a slice of bread or a couple of crackers.  DELISH!

5. Egg Muffins
(only 50 calories and 1 carb!)
bacon bits
1 slice of cheese (cut in 12 pieces)
1 carton of egg beaters 
You can add any extra veggies that would like as well, I think peppers would be good! Also, you could skip the bacon or use ham.
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heat oven to 350
spray cupcake pan with non-stick spray
pour egg beater in each opening
add a small amount of bacon bits
add onion
place cheese on top
bake 25 minutes

You can place in fridge or freezer.  I keep ours in the fridge because between B and I eating these every morning, they will be gone quick!

6. Parmesan Zucchini 
1-2 zucchini
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
butter (I use spray butter)
garlic salt
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Heat oven to 400
spray non-stick spray on pan or you can line with foil
slice up zucchini
place on the pan
spray each slice with a spray of butter
top with a small amount of parmesan cheese
Bake for 20 minutes

These are delicious and low carb!
*pic not mine, found on google images

coming up - MINI buffalo chicken wantons!!

 Reuben dip with mini rye bread!
Everyone loves mini foods!

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