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Creamy Chicken Roll-ups

1 Jan

I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to try it the other night, not sure if my kids would like it or not.  Two of them loved it, the other one said “I don’t like this”, but then he is 3 almost 4, and the only thing he wants to eat is peanut butter and jelly or chocolate milk.  I figure it is just a phase, eventually he is going to get tired of peanut butter and jelly.  Here is the recipe, below it is the link to the page Pinterest redirected me to.

Creamy Chicken Roll-ups:

  • 2 – 8 oz. cans Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Rolls 246853623294836087_5UjwTw7g_c
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup – undiluted
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese – any cheese of your choosing would work
  • 1/2 cup milk

Filling:

  • 4 oz. cream cheese (very soft)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter (very soft)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. –  onion powder (original called for 1 tsp. minced onion – I didn’t have any on hand so I substituted)
  • 2 large cooked chicken breasts (finely chopped) I shreaded mine
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1-2 cups grated cheddar cheese – or cheese of your choosing

Set oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 dish with cooking spray. Mix together milk, 3/4 cup cheese and undiluted chicken soup (can season with black pepper if desired).

For the filling — (make certain that the cream cheese and butter are very soft) in a bowl, mix the soft cream cheese with butter until very smooth, then add in garlic powder. Add in the chopped chicken, onion and cheddar cheese; mix well until combined. Add in 2 tablespoons milk; mix to combine (add in a little more if the mixture seems too dry). Season with seasoned salt or white and black pepper to taste. Unroll the crescent rolls. Place 1 heaping tablespoon chicken mixture (or a little more) on top of each crescent triangle, then roll up starting at the thicker end. Drizzle a small amount of soup mixture on the bottom of the dish. Then place the crescent rolls seam-side down on top of the creamed mixture in the casserole.
Drizzle the remaining sauce on top (you don’t have to use the full amount of cream sauce, just use as much as desired) and sprinkle with 1 cup (or more) grated cheese, or amount desired. Bake for about 35 minutes.

This recipe reminded me a bit of pot pies, if you wanted it to taste more like that, you could add frozen vegetables.  Next time I make this I am going to add some frozen peas to the mix.  My husband even liked this, which is saying something, he is very picky.  This is a good comfort food recipe, not necessarily something you want to make every week, especially if you are watching your weight.

http://www.plainchicken.com/2009/08/chicken-rollups-2.html

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Japanese Spaghetti

11 Nov

I am posting this one as a memo, more of a reminder so that I don’t forget and will always know where to look for it.  My 11 year old daughter checked out a cook book from school, she said their were a lot of interesting recipes inside.  This is one she keeps on bringing up so I am going to let her help me make it one night.  Here it is:

Japanese Spaghetti

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic, salt, pepper, ginger to taste
  • 4 pkgs. Ramen Noodles, oriental flavored
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1 c. sliced mushrooms
  • 1 c. chopped bok choy

Stir-fry chicken strips in 2 Tbsp. hot  oil until done.  Add vegetables; stir-fry until crisp.  In separate pan, fix noodles as directed.  When noodles are done, add to stir fry.  Add soy sauce and other seasonings to taste.  Do not over cook.  You may add more vegetables.  Serves 5.

 
Ok, now I have not made this yet, it sounds a bit salty.  I think when I prepare the noodles I may use  just two of the seasoning packets, because once you use the soy sauce, and salt the ingredients call for, that is a lot of sodium.  Since becoming a Beachbody Coach, I have been trying to eat healthier myself and trying to get my kids to eat more fresh fruit and veggies, which can be a challenge.  I just don’t think kids or us adults need that much salt.  Now, I am hoping they like it.  It sounds a lot like the chow mein noodles you get at any Chinese restaurant.

Simple Turkey Roll-Ups

1 Oct

I made chili the other night, and my kids are finicky.  One night they at the chili and loved it, well the other night they didn’t like it.  I found a recipe online for these, and was going to make them for lunches, we had left over chili tonight  so I tried them out.  My middle son who is soon to be 7 loved them, my 11 yr. old daughter ate them and my 3 yr old son demanded peanut butter and jelly as usual.  If it is chinese food, it has to be peanut butter and jelly.   I thought they were good.

bento 6.9.10

bento 6.9.10 (Photo credit: mamichan)

Simple Turkey Roll-Ups

  • flour tortillas
  • turkey sandwich meat
  • cream cheese spread
  • spinach

Spread tortillas with cream cheese, layer turkey and spinach on tortilla, and roll up.  Cut into spirals and enjoy!

I just can’t wait to find something all of them devour.

Pineapple Ham

24 Sep
Perfect spiral cut ham

Just add pineapple slices and garlic cloves.

I took a risk tonight, and made something different for my kids.  I have extremely picky kids, so anything different even if it isn’t really “that” different is a challenge.  My 3-year-old has to either have peanut butter and jelly or wants chinese food, go figure!  Well since I am trying to eat healthier, I would like that to rub off on my family as well.   So, tonight for dinner I made Pineapple ham, acorn squash and steam roasted red potatoes.  The ham was a hit! The squash not so much, and the potatoes they ate without complaining.  Here is the recipe for the ham, it was really simple.

Pineapple Ham

  • 1 – 36 oz. Ham (mine was a Kentucky Legend and it was already spiral sliced, it was the only smaller ham available)
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • canned or fresh pineapple slices
  • 4 oz. ginger ale
  • cinnamon

Put ham in a shallow baking dish, if your ham isn’t already spiral sliced, score a diamond shape in the top of it with a knife.  Insert the thinly sliced garlic into the ham, top with pineapple slices and pour ginger ale over the top.  Sprinkle pineapple slices with cinnamon.  Bake at 325 for approximately 35 minutes, until warmed through.  Serve.  Really simple and delicious!

Sherbet Punch

22 Jun

My daughter is having a birthday party this weekend, and I have been looking for a really good punch recipe.  My husband’s cousin made this punch over Christmas and my daughter loved it.  It had Orange Sherbet in it.  I have looked all over the internet for Sherbet Punch and have found so many variations, I decided to make my own up and post another one from my mom’s church, I believe  it was used at my baby shower.  Here is the one I am going to make for her party, it will be very refreshing and simple.  I have found the simpler, the better, most of the time with kids.

  • 1 – 2 liter bottle of 7-up
  • 1 – 2 liter bottle of ginger ale
  • 2 – cups pineapple juice
  • 1 – gallon rainbow sherbet (you can use any flavor)

Pour pineapple juice and orange juice together in bowl, add about 1/2 of the sherbet in small to medium scoops.  Pour in the 7-Up and enjoy, just add more sherbet as needed.

This will be a nice refreshing summer drink, and best of all caffeine free!  We are having a sleepover, and I would like them to go to sleep eventually.  Below is the recipe used for occasions in my mother’s church.

Esther’s Wedding Punch

  • 1 (12 oz.) can frozen orange juice
  • 1 (12 oz.) can frozen pink lemonade
  • 1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale
  • 1/2 gal. rainbow sherbet

Mix juice with 5 cans of water and put in punch bowl.  Add about 2/3 of the sherbet in small scoops and pour in ginger ale.  Serve with flavored ice ring (strawberry).

Brown Sugar Chili

2 Feb

I love chili, the spicier the better, unfortunately, out of the 5 people in my family, I am the only one.  When I make chili, I add a little brown sugar, like my mom used to, and the kids are more likely to eat it.  On a day like today, Chili sounds perfect.

  • 1/4 c. onion, chopped – I have  to leave this out due to picky eaters.
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2-3 cans diced or stewed tomatoes (your preference)
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 tbsp.  chili powder
  • 1  1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. seasoning salt

When I am not making this for the kids, I love to add a can of Rotel.

In a large skillet brown onion in butter, set aside.  In the same skillet brown hamburger and drain.  Then add can of red and black beans, stir.  Next add diced tomatoes and water.  Stir in chili powder and seasoning salt.  Simmer for  1/2 hour covered, then add brown sugar, continue to simmer another 15 minutes.  Serve in bowls and top with shredded cheddar cheese if desired.

Zucchini Pancakes

26 Jan
Different types of zucchuni

Image via Wikipedia

When a kid sees a zucchini, they are most likely going to refuse to eat one, especially my daughter.  Funny thing is, when Grandma makes zucchini bread, you would think it was chocolate.  She devours it, it is like she has no recollection of what “zucchini” is.  We have made chocolate cake with zucchini in it, and it is probably one of the best chocolate cakes I have eaten.  Dense and moist. Now I have a son who will eat raw zucchini as long as he has ranch dip to dunk it in.   Zucchini is also loaded with Vitamin C.

Put the zucchini in blender, pour buttermilk over the zucchini to fill to the 2-cup line.  Blend.  Add the eggs and blend.

Add:

  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 T. oil
  • 3 T. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Blend well.  Pour on greased, hot griddle and fry.  Serve with butter, syrup and to make your kids day ice cream!

One of my favorite comfort foods is chocolate Malt-O-Meal with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on top.  My husband thinks it is wrong to even think about serving  ice-cream for breakfast.  I look at it this way, it is basically the same as sugar and milk, plus it cools the hot cereal down faster.  Granted the ice-cream isn’t the most healthy option, but it is fun!  Kids need to know Mom and Dad aren’t always  nutrition police.  I will add a picture next time I make them.

 

Blueberry and Custard-filled Star Puffs

21 Jan

I found this recipe on the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council website.  If you love blueberries as much as I do this is one website that will be bookmarked on my computer.  I have two kids who love blueberries. The picture makes me want some now!  Plus it is pretty and has star shapes, which kids will love.  I will be trying this recipe as soon as I can find some good fresh blueberries.

1 sheet (from a 17-ounce package) frozen puff pastry, thawed

Looks delicious!

1 package (3-3/8 ounces) instant vanilla pudding and pie filling
1 cup milk
1 container (8 ounces) sour cream
1 pint (about 2 cups) fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint (optional)
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
Confectioners sugar

 

Preheat oven to 400°F. On a work surface carefully unfold puff pastry; with a rolling-pin roll pastry out 1/2-inch wider than its original dimension. Using a 3-inch star-shaped cookie cutter*, cut out 12 stars. With a spatula transfer stars to an ungreased baking sheet 1 inch apart. Bake until puffed and golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer stars to a wire rack; cool slightly. Using a sharp knife cut stars in halves horizontally; cool completely. To prepare sauce: In a medium bowl place pudding mix and milk. Using an electric mixer, beat until mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes. Fold in sour cream; refrigerate covered, until thickened, about 15 minutes. In another medium bowl combine blueberries, sugar, mint and orange peel; refrigerate covered, until ready to serve. Using a small strainer sprinkle tops of stars with confectioners sugar: set aside. To serve: On each dessert plate place 2 star bottoms; spoon on 1/3 cup sauce and 1/3 cup blueberries; top with 2 reserved star tops.

YIELD: 6 servings

*If star-shaped cutter is unavailable, cut a star from heavy cardboard; lightly place on pastry; with tip of a knife, cut out stars.