Soups and Stews, Uncategorized

Sausage and White Bean Soup

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Today is a little sad for me. Sometimes we need some good ol’ comfort food to just warm our souls. See….a piece of my heart was broken last month. I feel like a piece of my soul was forever taken. My oldest, who is not biologically mine, left. He moved back to Florida to be with his father. I’m happy for him, but sad at the same time. I think a lot of things have now forever been changed. I do think that it’s for the best, but it doesn’t fix my broken heart. Anyway, I decided I needed a little TLC. What better way to cheer yourself up than to have a big bowl of comfort and just focus on yourself for an evening?

1 Tablespoon olive oil

12.8 oz thin sliced smoked sausage

3 garlic cloves

1 diced onion

3 carrots, peeled and diced

2 celery stalks, diced

30 oz canned great northern beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 teaspoon dry oregano

2 bay leaves

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

salt and pepper

3 cups baby spinach

Heat olive oil in skillet. add sausage and cook until lightly browned. place sausage, garlic, onions, carrots, celery, beans, oregano, and bay leaves into a pot. Stir in chicken broth and 2 cups of water. Season with salt and pepper. cook in the crockpot for 7-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high. On the stove top simmer for an hour. When done add in spinach to wilt.

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Chicken

Chicken and Rice Parmesan

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We found this recipe. I have no idea where or how long ago. What I do remember though, is that we wrote it on a piece of paper and stuck it in a notebook. For the longest time I never made it. Suddenly one day I decided that it was time to try it. I sat there and wondered, why in the world did I never make it before? It’s amazing. My family gobbled it up. There was nothing left! I was happy about this, but sad too. Only because I didn’t get to have it for lunch the next day.

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1 lb chicken

1/2 cup white cooking wine

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 1/2 cups uncooked rice

1 cup chicken broth

3/4 cup parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons dried parsley OR 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in a frying pan, add Onion and thyme. Add garlic. Sauté until cooked. Add Chicken. Brown Chicken. Add white wine. Add salt. Add pepper. Cook until almost all of the liquid is gone. Add rice. Add Chicken broth. Stir well.  Cover! Cook til rice is cooked. Add parsley. Add parmesan.

Chicken

All Purpose Marinade

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I love chicken. It’s my second favorite love. I love my grill too. What I love about this recipe is it’s sweet, it’s tangy, it’s salty, it just blends well. I invited a cub scout parent over once while he was having a rough time after a separation. We were just trying to be nice. Now every time I see this fellow, he says…About that chicken! LOL

1 cup of vegetable oil or olive oil

3/4 cup soy sauce

1/3 Cup lemon juice

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup prepared mustard

1 tablespoon black pepper

2 large garlic cloves

Chicken, Beef, or Pork. You could possibly use another meat, but I’ve not tried it.

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Add all ingredients together.

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Mix!

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Marinade 8-24 hours. Grill or bake

Chicken

BBQ Chicken Nachos

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Eight years of marriage and my husband takes me to this restaurant called Copper River Grill. We had this really sweet waitress named Denae. She suggested we try these BBQ chicken nachos. We did and we loved them. We decided to try to cook it ourselves at home and maybe we could reminisce about our sweet eight year anniversary.

1 bag tortilla chips

3 chicken breasts

Mexican dipping cheese

1 bottle of bbq sauce

 

Mix 1/2 cup water with half a bottle of BBQ. Add the chicken. Cook in crockpot for 6-8 hours. Separate into chunks and add back to bbq sauce. Add tortillas to a plate and heat in microwave for about 40 seconds. Also prepare the Mexican dipping sauce per directions.

Breakfast

Breakfast Casserole

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This is a wonderful recipe. It is very easy to make. My family thought it was the best thing ever. This was definitely a hit. The first time I made this, I made it for Easter morning. They guys loved it and they literally ate every single bit of it. It’s a definite keeper.

1 can of Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits

7 eggs

3/4 cup milk

salt and pepper to taste

1 package of sausage

10 pieces of ham diced

8-16 oz mozzarella cheese

8-16 oz cheddar cheese

Brown Sausage and dice ham. Press biscuits in the bottom of a buttered dish. Add sausage and ham layer. Add cheeses mixed. Mix eggs, milk, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over biscuit layers.

Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes

Chicken, Uncategorized

Monterey Chicken

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Monterey chicken is the best thing that I’ve ever eaten. I love it. The guys love it too. The first time I went to make it, I asked my husband to light the grill. He goes to light the grill and it wouldn’t light. so he decided to light it from below. Big mistake. He ended up with the ends of his hair, eyebrows, and eye lashes being singed. It was so funny.

1/2 cup canola oil (or olive oil)

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Put all ingredients in a glass container. Mix. Put chicken in a bag with a little water. Flatten. Add chicken to marinade and marinade for about 25-30 minutes.

Chicken, Uncategorized

Bacon Cheddar Chicken

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My husband adores this. Honestly, so do I. Any left overs that I get from the recipe I eat for lunch the next day. I love it. If you use any for lunch or expect leftovers, don’t put the cheese on it.

3-4 pieces of chicken

3 T Worcestershire sauce

3 T Honey

2 Tablespoons Soy sauce

1 t minced garlic

1/2 t salt

dash of pepper

BBQ sauce

Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Bacon

Hamburger buns

Mix Honey, Soy, Worcestershire, Garlic, Salt, and Pepper.

Marinade chicken for at least an hour to overnight. Grill chicken.

Fry bacon! After chicken is cooked baste with BBQ sauce. Top with cheese and bacon. Serve on bun. YUM.