Pizza Chicken

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Pizza chicken is a tasty low carb and gluten free way to enjoy pizza. Is it just like eating pizza? Of course not. But it is pretty awesome!

You will need a rectangular baking pan ~ 9″ x 13″

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit/190 Celsius

Prep time is about 10-15 minutes and cook time is about 30-35 minutes.

Ingredients:

24 oz. of thick spaghetti or pizza sauce

3 lbs. cut up boneless chicken breasts

2 cups mozzarella cheese

Favorite pizza toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, olives, onions, mushrooms

Directions:

Cut up your chicken. The larger the pieces, the longer it takes to cook. Set aside.

Pour half of the sauce into the baking pan. Top with the chicken. Add whatever you want for additional toppings. Cover with the rest of the sauce and sprinkle the cheese over the top.

Bake for 30 minutes and check a piece of chicken to make sure it is done. If not, let it cook a sew more minutes.

If you want more color to your cheese, turn it up the last few minutes to brown it a little.

A thinner sauce will still taste good. But, you will have the juices from the chicken mixing with the sauce and thin it more so a thicker sauce to start out with will work better.

This will serve 6 good size portions.

Streusel Coffee Cake

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I love a good coffee cake. It’s great with tea or coffee or milk. Have it for breakfast. It is a plain cake with a ribbon of cinnamon/sugar throughout.

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/177 Celsius.

Grease a 9″x 9″ square baking pan.

You will need one bowl for mixing the coffee cake batter and a smaller bowl for the streusel.

 

Ingredients:

CAKE~

2 cups flour, all-purpose or gluten free all-purpose

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup softened butter

1 cup milk

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg

 

STREUSEL~

1/3 cup cold butter

1/2 cup flour. regular all-purpose or a gluten free all-purpose flour

1/3 cup brown sugar OR white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

 

Directions:

In the smaller bowl, mix the cinnamon, sugar, and flour and cut butter in until crumbly. Add nuts, if desired and set aside..

In the larger bowl, add all the ingredients and beat together until smooth. You can use a mixer or beat it by hand.

Put half the batter in the pan followed by half the streusel and spreading the remaining batter over that and sprinkling the rest of the streusel on top.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until it tests done with a toothpick.

Serves 9.

Enjoy!

 

Last time I made it, I used gluten free flour and I forgot to make layers and just put all the batter in the pan and sprinkled the streusel on top. It worked out very well doing it this way.

Stuffed Pork Chops

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Stuffed pork chops are really easy. They are also really tasty. I made them for my birthday dinner a little over a month ago.

I make them using my sage stuffing recipe, but you can use a mix.

Serves 4.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit/190 Celsius.

You will need a baking pan that will fit all four pork chops. It should have a cover or you will need aluminum foil.

 

Ingredients:

4 thick cut pork chops, with or without the bone

1/2 recipe sage stuffing OR stuffing mix made for 3-4 servings.

Salt and pepper to season

 

Directions:

Mix up the stuffing and set to the side.

With a knife, cut a slit along the side of each pork chop. If it is a boneless chop, make sure not to go all the way through the back side of it. You just want to make a pocket.

Divide the stuffing and stuff each chop and put in pan.

Salt and pepper the chops.

Cover the pan.

Bake 45 minutes. Juices should run clear.If not, give it a few more minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

 

Can be made with gluten free bread,

 

 

Frugal Me Fridays~ The Stand Alone Freezer

It’s been quite awhile since I did a Frugal Me Fridays post.

Between health stuff and outright laziness, I have not been keeping up with this blog like I should.

I have talked in the past about buying in bulk to save money and on freezing fruit for the same.

You need a place for that and if you want to really put stuff up, you are most likely going to need a freezer.

An upright usually costs more upfront, but it is more cost efficient to run. I find an upright to be easier when it comes to finding things.

You don’t need to buy new. Lots of times you can look in the want ads and find one. Other good places are garage sales and auctions.

Some stores have room dedicated to appliances that have been dinged or returned without the box for whatever reason. These can be a real bargain.

Even if you live in an apartment, you can have a freezer. If you have an extra bedroom(or room in yours) you can get a bigger one.  Even a small freezer can save money in the long run.

I have a smaller upright. It is 4 cubic feet so not tiny, but not full size. I can fit a lot of meat and veggies in it.

If you have a lot of leftovers, freeze them for another time. My husband’s grandmother used to grill a lot of meat at a time and freeze some of it for other meals.

I like to keep the broth from when I roast chicken. I freeze it and I have chicken broth when I need it.

When bananas are on sale cause they are turning brown, I buy them for the freezer. Great for smoothies or bread. My town’s store used to give their brown bananas away free. Those were they days. I always had bananas in the freezer.

Basically if you think of it, you can freeze it. There are guidelines like freezing yeast dough means adding more yeast before freezing because some will die off. But, otherwise go for it.

Enjoy your Friday!

 

Extreme Cocoa Meringues

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Have you ever had meringue cookies? They are cookies made with egg whites and no flour. These are a bit simpler because you don’t need to beat the egg whites with cream of tartar. If you would like a recipe for cocoa meringues, I have that too.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/ 177 Celsius.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease the pan.

 

Ingredients:

3 Egg whites

2- 1/4 cups Powdered sugar

1 cup Cocoa powder

2 teaspoons Vanilla or Chocolate extract

 

Add the egg whites to a large mixing bowl. Beat slightly with a whisk or large spoon, just until frothy.

Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.

Use a tablespoon size cookie scoop to droop the cookie dough onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookie tops become shiny and crackly.

Take out of the oven and let cool on the sheet before removing.

 

This will make 14-16 cookies.

Using parchment paper makes the cookies almost fat free. The only fat being in the cocoa fat in the cocoa powder.

Beating the egg whites is not completely necessary, but it does make the cookies a little lighter in texture.

How dark the cookies turn out has to do with the brand of cocoa powder.

 

Chicken Tetrazzini

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Chicken Tetrazzini is a nice change of pace from spaghetti and tomato based sauces.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/177 Celsius.

You will need a 2 quart baking dish and a pan for cooking the spaghetti and sauce.

 

Ingredients:

8 Ounces spaghetti

2 Cups sliced fresh mushrooms

1/2 Cup chopped onion

2 Tablespoons butter

1/4 Cup flour

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 Cup chicken broth

1 Cup milk

2 Cups chopped chicken or turkey

2 Tablespoons sherry OR add an additional 2 Tablespoons chicken broth

1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

 

In a large pot, cook the spaghetti according to package directions. I like to break the dry spaghetti into three or four pieces before throwing it into the water. It makes it easier to eat the finished dish.

Using the same pan, cook the mushrooms and onion in the butter over medium/low heat until tender.

Stir in the flour, pepper, and nutmeg.

Add the milk and chicken broth and cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.

Stir in the chicken, sherry or extra chicken broth, and half of the cheese.

Add the spaghetti and mix up well.

Put the mixture into the baking dish and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Sprinkle with parsley.

Serve.

This dish will serve 4-6 people.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Oregano Pesto

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IMGP6194I love pesto! It is simple to make and a great compliment to pasta.

Pesto can be made with different herbs. Basil is the most commonly thought of pesto.Oregano goes very well in the garden. If you grow it, you are probably trying to figure out ways to use it all before it takes over the garden.

You will need a food processor  or, in a pinch, a blender.

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh oregano leaves

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 clove garlic OR 1 teaspoon dried garlic powder

1/2 cups nuts of your choice

1/2 cup olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Add the oregano, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and nuts  to a food processor.

Turn on and let the ingredients come together.

Slowly, add the olive oil until it is all mixed in.

Put the pesto into a bowl and taste. Season with salt and pepper as you like.

This will make enough to coat 3 cups of cooked pasta.

It is also good for pasta salad or as a topping. or dip for homemade bread.

The Whole Gluten Free Thing

Well, it  is official.

My primary doctor has stated that I should not have gluten anymore. I go to see a GI doctor in a couple weeks to discuss it. Whether anything will be figured out for sure is up in the air.

Either way, I am gluten intolerant.

I do not plan to turn this blog into a gluten free recipe blog.

If you find a good cup for cup gluten free all purpose flour, you can still make the recipes on here.

Certain things, such as cinnamon rolls probably won’t turn out right.

That is one thing I may need to experiment with.

Gluten is in wheat, barley, rye, and oats may be contaminated unless they are labeled GF. There is also the reading of the labels and knowing what certain terms mean. Tocopherols, or vitamin E, may come from wheat germ oil and that gets added to chapstick sometimes. Brewer’s yeast is a by-product of making beer and may be grown on wheat or barley.

Some chocolates are made with barley malt as a sweetener. Corn flakes and Rice Krispies also contain barley malt.

I also have to watch cross contamination. If it is something with no gluten but uses shared equipment, it could be a problem.

This is going to take awhile to get it all sorted out.

All of this has taken a toll on my energy level.

Between that and the holidays, I just have not gotten much accomplished on here.

Ham Hash

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This started out as one of my dishes named hodge podge. If I like what I came up with, it gets a name. So, this is now known as Ham Hash.

I am sure you have probably heard of Skillet Hash or Corned Beef Hash. Basically fried potatoes and roast beef. I thought that I’d try ham and see what happened.

You will need a large skillet with a lid.

Ingredients:

2 medium size potatoes, scrubbed and cubed

1 small sweet potato, peeled and chopped

1 small/medium onion, chopped

1/2 of a small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1/2 of a small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 – 2 cups chopped ham

salt to season

pepper to season

1/2 teaspoon paprika powder

2 Tablespoons oil for coating the skillet

Directions:

Add the oil to the skillet and heat up over medium/high heat.

Add everything to the skillet, but the ham and seasonings.

Season with the salt, pepper, and paprika. Stir til everything is mixed well.

Cover with lid and check once in a while to prevent burning or sticking.

After 5 or 10 minutes, lower the heat and continue to cook until the potatoes are tender.

Dump in the ham and mix in.

Cover and let the ham heat up with the rest of the food.

Let that go for a few minutes.

Time to serve!

This will serve 4-6 depending on if you eat it alone or with something else.

For the Holidays

Things have been busy for me lately.

I’ve been trying to get everything done and some things get a bit neglected.

I had hoped to be publishing my second Yummy Stuff book about now, but I am still waiting to see if my old hard drive can be recovered.

This is what I get for not having everything moved onto my portable drive.

Beyond that, I have been getting out decorations and figuring out things for gifts.

I have been posting links on my Facebook page for goodies that I have posted in the past.

I do need to get some new recipes up and I promise to get that done soon. I have some pics done, Just have to get them up.