Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Yummiest SweenN'Sour Chicken

This is one of my MOST favorite chicken recipes and for sure my favorite sweetN'sour!
  • 3 large chicken breast
  • corn starch
  • 1 egg beaten with tbsp. water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
Cut chicken into pieces. Dip in corn starch then into beaten egg. Fry in hot oil until golden brown. Place in a casserole dish. In bowl combine sugar, vinegar, ketchup, chicken broth, garlic salt, and soy sauce. Microwave for a few minuets. Pour over chicken.

BAKE at 350 for 30-40 minuets

Broiled Parmesan Tilapia

We LOVE fish and we LOVED this! Plus it FAST and EASY to make!
  • 2 lbs. Tilapia fillets
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 Tbsp mayo
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/8 tsp onion salt
  • 1/8 tsp celery salt
Preheat broiler. Grease broiling pan or line with aluminum foil.
In small bowl mix together all ingredients except Tilapia. Set aside.
Arrange fillets on pan and broil a few inches from heat for 4-5 min. Flip fish over and broil a few more minuets. Remove fillets from oven and coat with mixture on the top side. Broil Tilapia for 2 more minuets or until fish flake easily. Don't overcook.

A MUST have with Salads: Homemade Croutons

EASY EASY EASY! And they MAKE the salad!
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • salt and pepper
  • Parsley flakes
Cut crust off bread and cut into cubes. Melt butter and add garlic. Toss bread into butter mix and stir till bread is coated evenly. Sprinkle with S&P and parsley.
BAKE at 350 for 15 min. Turn once, half way through.

Top on your favorite salad

Olive Garden Salad Dressing

I have tried a few recipes that "claim" the Olive Garden status but THIS one has been the most dead on!
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/3 cup veg. oil
  • 2 tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp. Romano cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
Mix in a blender and pour over a yummy green salad!
Make this with your homemade croutons, so yummy!!!

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

I got this from a new cook book and I loved it. So I thought I would share...
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups carrots, diced
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cups celery, diced
  • S&P
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • cooked noodles
  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded
Cook onions, celery, and carrots in broth until tender. Mix together chicken soup and milk till creamy and add to broth. Add cooked noodles and shredded chicken. Heat and serve

Super Sweet French Toast

Irelyn asks for this every morning. If it can make a picky 2 year old happy, it's gotta be great!

  • 4-5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 6 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 6-8 thick slices of bread
Mix together all ingredients besides bread. Once mixed will dip both sides of bread in mix. Cook on hot griddle at 350 until golden!

Texas Sheet Cake

I got this from one of my FAVORITE recipe books. It's the best recipe I have tried yet!

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tbsp cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
In saucepan, combine butter shortening, water, and cocoa. Bring to a boil. In a bowl, combine sugar and flour. Pour sauce pan mixture over sugar and flour, mix well. Add remaining ingredients. Beat well. Pour onto greased cookie sheet.
BAKE at 400 for 20 min.

1/2 cup butter, melted
4 tbsp cocoa
1 bag powdered sugar
tsp. vanilla
4-6 tbsp. milk

Mix well and frost cake while still warm

Cranberry Punch

This can be a perfect slushy drink or if you don't freeze it makes a very tasty punch too!

Equal parts:
  • Cranberry juice cocktail
  • 7-up or Sprite
  • 6 envelopes spiced cider mix
Mix ingredients together. If you want to make it a slush, freeze and then thaw until slushy.
Top with Fresh orange slices or cranberries

Chocolate Panckaes

This is for the evil chocolate lover in us all!
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp. sugar
  • 6 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 1/4 sup warmed milk
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
mix together the dry ingredients. Add milk, butter, and eggs beat until smooth. Add additional milk if batter is too thick. Cook on your griddle and enjoy!

Homemade Syrup

Goes great with the Chocolate Pancakes;)
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 8 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 2 tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp butter
Boil sugar, milk, and corn syrup stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbling. Remove from heat and add butter. Let sit for 5 min. and then serve!

Toasty Cheese Crackers

Yummy cheese cracker that are perfect for dipping or snaking on all alone!

  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cup oats
Beat cheeses, butter, and water together until blended. Add flour and salt, mix well. Stir in oats. Roll out into a log about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap tightly and refrigerate for about 4 hours. Cut into 1/4 inch slices, flatten slightly. Place on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 for 8-10 min. REMOVE immediately and let cool.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

This is a yummy main dish or a great appetizer.
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • chopped onion
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • pepper
  • 1 1/2 & 2 tsp. Worcestershire
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 4 tsp. ketchup
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
Combine ground beef, onion, oats, eggs, salt and pepper, 1 1/2 Worcestershire, and milk. Form into balls about 1 1/2 inch in diameter. Place in a 9x13 (equals about 24 balls). In a bowl, combine brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, BBQ, and 2 tsp Worcestershire. Pour over meat balls.

Bake at 350 for 40-45 min.

Crispy Ranch Chicken

This is my go to recipe when I don't have a lot of time but want a lot of flavor from the same old lame chicken!
  • 2 cups Frosted flakes (don't be shy by the frosted-ness, it adds tons of FLAVOR)
  • 1/2 C grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
  • garlic salt
  • 2 egg whites beaten
  • 8 chicken thighs
Sprinkle garlic salt over chicken a hour to right before assembling. Combine the cereal, Parmesan, and ranch dressing in a bowl. In another bowl place egg whites. Dip chicken in egg whites and then in cereal mix and coat evenly. Arrange chicken on a baking sheet.
BAKE at 350 for 25-30 min.

Kylie's CREAMY Alfredo

I started with a recipe that I found when I was first married. Then over the last 3 years I have made so many adjustments and changes it has become my own recipe that makes Brandon's mouth water when I tell him it's whats for dinner... one of our favorites!
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 Pint (2 cups) whipped cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1tsp. garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese
  • parsley
Melt butter in sauce pan. Add flour to make a nice paste. Then add milk and whipped cream cook over medium heat till thickened. Stirring continually. Add garlic salt and salt and pepper (don't be afraid of all the salt). Cook for 1 more minuet, remove from heat, and add Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Use this for pizza sauce or pour it over some noodles, either way it's a great Alfredo!

Chicken Taco Soup

I LOVE this taco soup recipe. It's easy, full of FLAVOR, very yummy, and everyone in the family will love it!
  • 4-5 Chicken Breast
  • 1 med. onion
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • S&P to taste
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 3-4 Cups chicken broth
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • Grated cheese and sour cream for topping.
Now here is the hard part... you put it all in a crock pot and cook it on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is cooked. Shred the chicken with about a hour left so it's moist and absorbed all the good flavor!
This soup goes a long way so if you have LOTS of leftovers, freeze it and when you want to feed it to your family again, put in a large pot and let cook till thawed and bubbling.