Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Company Chicken

8-10 boneless, skinless chicken tenders
4-5 slices provolone cheese, cut in half
1 can cream of chicken soup (can substitute Cr. of mushroom)
1/4 C water
1 box Stovetop Stuffing
1/3 C butter, melted

Lightly spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Place chicken in pan. Place cheese on top of chicken. In small mixing bowl, mix soup and water. Spread soup mixture over each chicken piece. In microwave-safe 2 Qt dish, melt butter. Add stovetop and mix until evenly coated with butter. Spread stovetop over chicken. Cover pan with foil. Bake @ 350 for 60 minutes. So Yummy!!!

*You can use 4-5 chicken breasts instead of the tenders. But I think the tenders fit easier into the pan and they don't dry out as much. I just watch for the frozen bag of tenders to go on sale so I have them on hand for this particular recipe. Oh - and I have used the store-brand stuffing mix. They taste just as good and easier on the budget.

I love how I can get the protein, dairy and grain in one dish. For a simple meal, I add a side of veggies and some applesauce. So the tenders may seem small, but their tummies are full. Hope you give this one a try!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Po' Man's Steak

My kids love this meal and it is so simple and easy and fast to make.

Serves 4

1 lb ground beef
2 packets Brown Gravy Mix
2 C Water
4 servings mashed potatoes
salt and pepper, to taste

Form ground beef into 4 patties. Cook patties in large skillet. Drain fat. In a small bowl whisk together gravy mix and water. Pour gravy over patties in the skillet. Turn heat to low and let simmer until gravy starts to bubble. Serve each patty with gravy over mashed potatoes. Salt and pepper to taste.

If the frozen or pre-made patties are on sale, I buy those specifically for this recipe. Also, you can simply just crumble the ground beef while cooking.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Glazed Tortillas

Flour Tortillas
Cooking oil
Glazed Icing (click here)

Cut flour tortillas into wedges. Heat oil in frying pan on MED heat. Oil ready when drop of water sizzles. Place tortilla wedges into hot oil, just a few seconds each side; till golden brown. Drain on paper towel. While still warm drizzle glazed icing over tops. Let cool.

IF you have any leftovers, store in airtight container.

Glazed Icing

1 C powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

stir together well until smooth.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Muffin Cake

Something my kids love is when I take a basic muffin mix and bake it in a cake pan and then top it with glaze. It's a twist on "cake" and even simpler. My daughter's favorite is the Raspberry, while my oldest loves the Blueberry. He says with the glaze on top, it tastes just like a blueberry cake donut. After tasting it, I'd have to say I agree. I did a raspberry muffin mix in a heart-shaped pan for valentine's breakfast for the kids. They loved it and it was cute.

1 muffin mix
eggs, oil, water according to package directions

1 C powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Mix muffin mix according to package directions. Pour into floured and greased round or square pan. Bake @ 350, adding about 7-10 minutes baking time verses when baking in muffin tins. Done when inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool slightly. Mix glaze; drizzle over cake. Let glaze set slightly before cutting. Best when still warm!

Double muffin mix to fill 9x13 pan.