Saturday, June 4, 2011

I.P. Meatballs

I'm on the Ideal Protein Diet right now, and I can only eat a certain type of vegetables with protein each dinner. But I have to eat 2 cups. I'm super sick of cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms, and the handful others i can eat. I came up with these meatballs, and wow, I couldn't even tell they were in there! Super yummy, at least to me only eating protein and veggies. I think it's a great way to sneak in those vegetables!

1/2 lb. ground beef

1/2 lb. mushrooms

1/2 c. cauliflower, steamed and pureed

1/2 c. spinach

3 cloves garlic, grated in w/zester

1 t. sage

onion salt


1 egg

Process all together in food processor.
Roll into balls.
Bake 400 degrees 30-40 minutes, till nicely browned.

Serve with plenty of sea salt!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bourbon Chicken

My sister gave me this recipe, also found in the almo cookbook. :) Super delish...serve on rice and with a side of broccoli. Or I sometimes boil up a package of ramen without the seasoning, and serve on top of that. mmm...panda express anyone?

2 lg. chicken breasts, cut up

2 T. oil

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/4 t. ginger

1/2 t. red pepper flakes (or other spicy spice)

1/4 c. apple juice (pineapple or pear work fine too)

1/3 c. brown sugar

2 T. ketchup

1 T. cider vinegar

1/2 c. water

1/3 c. soy sauce

Heat oil in large skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned. Mix all other ing. in a small bowl and add to chicken. Bring to a hard boil. Simmer for 20 minutes or till liquid is thickened.

Mexican Pie

This is a surprising combo that really works! One of my favorite meals. Almost tastes better the next day!

1 pie crust.

1 jar pace chunky salsa, mild

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 c. sour cream

2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

1 pkg. frozen corn

1 lg. chicken breast, cooked and cut up

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

Combine all ingredients but pie crust. Pour into 9x13 pan. Top with crust. cut slits.

Bake 400 40 minutes, till the crust is golden and the mixture is bubbly.

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

This is a quick-tasty version. Tastes sooo yummy with warm rolls.

1 pkg. home-style noodles (or homemade)

3 carrots, diced

2 celery stalks, diced

(or use half bag of frozen mixed vegetable)

4 chicken bouillon cubes

16 oz. sour cream

1 lg. chicken breast, cut up, cooked

salt and pepper

Cook noodles. Drain. Place vegetables in water just to cover. Add bouillon and cook till tender. Don't drain. Add the rest. Heat through. Season to taste.

Easy Chicken Egg Rolls

These are sooo sooo good! And really easy. I've tried baking these instead of frying, and they were still delicious. Just spray the tops with cooking spray, bake 400 degrees for 20 minutes or till golden brown.

2 c. chicken, cooked and shredded

1 c. finely diced onion

3 minced garlic cloves

2 T. oil

2-16 oz. bags coleslaw mix with carrots

1 12-oz bag bean sprouts

1/2 c. teriyaki marinade

1/4 c. soy sauce

24 egg roll wrappers

Oil to fry in.

Cook onion and garlic in 2 T oil till tender. Add the rest, mix well. Cover and steam 5 minutes. Drain liquid. Heat 1 1/2 " oil in pan. Wrap 1/4 c of the mixture, sealing with beaten egg. Fry till golden brown.

Serve with Sweet and Sour Sauce and Fried Rice or Chow Mein

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

2 T. Cornstarch

4 T. soy sauce

12 T. water

1/2 c. vinegar

1 c. sugar

Combine in saucepan. Boil till thickened, stirring constantly.


This is a great side dish for any mexican style meal. I like to make it with enchiladas, burritos, fish tacos, etc. Really easy and yummy!

3 T. oil

1 c. rice

1 t. garlic salt

1 T. taco seasoning

1/2 diced onion

1/2 c. tomato sauce

2 c. chicken stock

Toast rice in oil with onion. Add the rest. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Easy Cream Cheese Pasta

Back in our security traveling summers, one year a bunch of us wives would get together and swap recipes. This recipe came from that. It is super yummy, easy, and inexpensive. And versatile! Swap out whatever meat you want, or don't add any. Thanks Melissa!

*ham, sausage, chicken, shrimp, use whatever meat you want.

8 oz. cream cheese, softened


garlic salt

1 T butter

1/2 c. diced onion

Heat butter in a pan, and saute onions till tender. Add the cream cheese cut into chunks. Stir till melted smooth. Add enough milk to make it as thin as you'd like. Add cooked meat and garlic salt to taste. Serve on pasta.

Shrimp Chowder (serves 2) or 4-6 for an appetizer

This is very rich and ridiculously tasty. Special occasion meal!!

1 small potato peeled, and cut into small chunks

1/2 onion, diced

2 T. butter, plus 1 T.

1 can evaporated milk

1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

1 c. raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined

1 c. water

seasoned salt


red pepper flakes

Saute onion in 2 T butter till tender and starts to carmelize. This will take 10 or so minutes on low-med heat. Add a pinch or two of red pepper flakes. Add water and shrimp cut into chunks. Cook just till not translucent anymore. (this happens very fast) Pour into a bowl and set aside.

Meanwhile, cook potatos till tender in microwave. (in a bowl, just covered with water, 3-5 minutes).

In the same pan you used before, melt 1 T. butter. Add 1 T. flour to make a roux. Stir and add milk, whisking to get rid of the lumps. Stir till thickened and add drained potatoes and seasonings to taste. Add the shrimp mixture and stir till very warm. Remove from heat and add cheese. Stir till melted. Serve with hot bread.

Fantastic Creamy Eggnog Pie

I asked mike what to make for sundays dessert one day, and he suggested eggnog pie. Neither of us has ever had it before, and I didn't think I'd even find a recipe! But sure enough, there were lots. I tried this one, from, and it was sooo good! We had to make it 3 times over the holidays. Can't wait for Christmas!

1 T. unflavored gelatin

1/4 c. cold water

1/3 c. sugar (or more, depending on how sweet you want the filling)

2 T. cornstarch

1/4 t. salt

2 c. good-quality commercially prepared eggnog (not lowfat)

1 t. vanilla

1 t. rum extract

1 c. whipping cream, whipped

1 pastry shell, baked

In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water. Let stand for 1 minute.

In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt

Stir in eggnog until smooth, bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes, or until thickened.

Stir in gelatin until dissolved.

Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.

Stir in extracts.

Fold in whipped cream.

Pour into pastry shell.

Refrigerate until firm, 3 or more hours.

Cookie Sheet Lemon Cheese Tart

This is a delicious, easy pie, basically. It seems so much simpler to press the crust into a cookie sheet than a pie pan for some reason. I want to try this with other pie flavors, apple, banana cream, etc. Good way to feed a crowd! I've made this for a baby shower and it turned out great! I piped on whipped cream around the edges and it really makes it look fancy!

*original recipe

2 crust piecrust recipe

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 c. cool whip (saving enough to pipe on top)

1 c. pwd. sugar

2 containers lemon pie mix (the cook and serve)

Press pie crust onto a jelly-roll cookie sheet. Bake 400 till golden brown. Cool.
Beat cream cheese and pwd. sugar till smooth. Fold in cool whip. Spread onto crust. Prepare the lemon filling according to directions. Spread onto cream cheese filling. Decorate edges with cool whip and chill till serving.