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.

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Pork

Sausage and Potatoes

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I totally used the bbq seasoning. Honestly, I thought it was going to be gross. I’m really weird about bbq. I ended up really liking the recipe. It was very good. My siblings who are the worlds most pickiest twin duo even liked it. To my surprise, they tried it. When they were babies, I was a teenager. I used to try to get them to eat new things, but they never would. So now every time they try something new and they like it I feel like I’ve just scored a huge win. This recipe is deemed picky eater approved. Try it!

2 packs of smoked sausage

1/2 teaspoon a1 mesquite rub or Montreal seasoning

4-5 potatoes

1/4 onion thinly diced

Olive oil

Heat a small amount of oil in a cooker. Add potatoes. Add seasoning. Add onion. Cover. Let cook. Slice Smoked Sausage in about 1/4 inch pieces. Throw in meat. Recover and cook until hot.

Beef

Lasagna

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Every week my 10 year old says Mom can you make Lasagna tonight? I know I should give in more often than I do. He’s only little once. Usually, I’ll say No because I don’t have enough time. It’s not how you think though. He usually waits to ask at like 6pm. I tell him no, because if I did it’d be 9pm before we eat. I say this because the steps in this recipe cause it to take a while. It’s so worth the effort though.

2 12 oz cans of tomato sauce

2 bags of mozzarella cheese

1 small onion

1 box of lasagna noodles

1 tablespoon of garlic

1 small can of tomato paste

1 small container of ricotta cheese

1 lbs hamburger meat

2 teaspoons parsley

2 teaspoons basil

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup parmesan cheese

Add tomato sauce to a pot. Add tomato paste. Add basil to pot. Add salt. Put on a burner on low. In a large pot add olive oil and salt and bring to a boil. Add noodles and cook. When finished cooking pour in a strainer, run under cold water. Lay on a paper towel to remove access water. In a bowl add parsley. Add pepper. Add Ricotta. Add Egg. Add parmesan. Mix…

In a frying pan add meat and onion. Add garlic. Cook, drain add to the tomato sauce. Add a little sauce to the bottom of the pan. Layer noodles, ricotta mix, sauce mix, shredded cheese, then noodles. Repeat until out of ingredients. Add parm to the top bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before you cut and serve.

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.

Beef, Uncategorized

Beef Tips

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When I was pregnant with my son I craved beef tips. I wanted them day and night. Everyday for lunch I’d convince my husband that these were required. I couldn’t go on living without them. Everyday I had broccoli, a baked potato, and beef tips. Crazy! These are the best homemade beef tips I’ve had. Add it to your make list!

3 tablespoons oil
1 chopped onion
2 lbs cubed beef tips
1 cups water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon corn starch

Heat oil. Sauté onions, add stew meat and brown. Pour in water, soy and Worcestershire sauces, garlic, beef broth, salt and pepper. Cover and cook until meat is tender. Remove a little of the sauce and add it to the cornstarch and reincorporate with the beef.
Cook until thickened.

Soups and Stews

Irish Stew

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Just can’t pass up a good ol’ Irish stew. My boys are definitely meat and potato kinda’ guys. These guys will eat their veggies, but finding ways to have them asking for more is definitely at the top of my want list. The best thing about this stew is the tomato paste gives this stew a nice depth. I think another pretty awesome thing about this dish is that I got it from an old Irish woman. She makes the dish better than I do, but I contribute it to love. She puts so much love into cooking. I feel honored to have her recipe.

2 tablespoons canola oil

3 tablespoons all purpose flour

2 lbs beef stew meat

4-5 large carrots, peeled and sliced

4-5 large potatoes peeled and cubed

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups beef broth

6 oz tomato paste

12 oz Irish beer (such as Guinness)

1 tablespoon water (optional)

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Roll meat in flour. Fry meat in large pan with the canola oil. Remove meat from pan. add the tomato paste, beef broth, and beer. Add beef back to the pot. Pour in the carrots and potatoes and cover. Cook until meat and vegetables are tender. If the liquid part of the stew is not thick enough add cornstarch mixture. Otherwise, this will be needed when you convert the recipe to the crockpot.

Important note: This recipe can be converted to a crockpot recipe. Cook for 6 hours. At the end of the 5th hour you will need to add cornstarch mixed with the water the recipe calls for.