Tuesday, May 29, 2012

White Bean 'N' Ham Soup

This is one of my favorite go to soups! Trust me the picture does not do it justice.  It is a very flavorful and delicious soup. It is quick, simple and pretty cheap, especially if you soak your own beans.  I know it is not soup season, but my sister has been wanting me to get this recipe up for awhile now. So here you go Candice..
White Ham 'N' Bean Soup
3 cans (15 1/2 oz.) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced
2 Tablespoons butter
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups diced ham
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf

Mash one can of beans then  place everything in the crockpot, mix and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Salt and pepper to taste.  Remove the bay leaf before serving. 
*If you want a quicker version: Saute the onion and carrots in the butter until slightly tender in a large saucepan. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and cook over medium heat until heated through. Remove bay leaf.
**I love it if I have a ham bone to throw in the crock pot with everything else.  It just adds some great flavor.  Remove a few minutes before serving, remove the meat add to your soup. Season if needed.
I love to serve it with fresh french bread!!
  YUM!!


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cheer on the New Cheerios Packaging Giveaway!

 If you are a Club member, you can recognize the value of buying Cheerios® cereal at your local Costco, Sam’s Club or BJ’s. While buying Cheerios at Club is already easy and affordable, new 2 box Cheerios packaging format makes Cheerios an even better purchase! You can cheer on the value by purchasing the new 2 box Cheerios packages in Club!
 

What’s so exciting?
New 2 box Cheerios contains two individual boxes, making them easier to store and easier to pour!
Not to mention…
By reducing the amount of air in each individual bag, these enhanced containers fit 10% more cereal than before and use less packaging
While each box contains more cereal, packaging material has been reduced by over 200,000 lbs, saving 1,000 trees and taking 130 Cheerios trucks of the road, decreasing CO2 emissions
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New and improved 2 box Cheerios are now available on the shelves of Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s nationwide.
One lucky reader will get to personally check out the new packaging:

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pre-Race Chicken & Veggie Pasta

My son is headed into his final track races of his high school career.  He's put in the work and discipline now it is my job to help fuel him for these races.  I cooked this recipe up last week and the kids and I enjoyed this one very much!  It was light, delicious and a good changed from the normal red sauce we  normally put over our pasta.  I adapted it a bit to use what I had on hand.

Pre-Race Chicken-Veggie Pasta
from Kitchen Scoop
 8 ounces penne pasta
 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-light olive oil, divided use
 1 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
 1 cup sliced carrots (2 Large)
 1 cup thin asparagus spears pieces(about 1/4 pound)
 1 cup French green beans*(about 1/4 pound beans)
 1 cup sliced zucchini (1 medium)
 1 cup sliced yellow squash (1 medium)
 2 cloves minced fresh garlic, or to taste
 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast thinly sliced cutlets*, defrosted if frozen
 Salt and pepper to taste
 Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste
 Bring 2 1/2 quarts of water to a boil in a 4 1/2-quart or larger pot and when water boils, cook pasta according to package directions.

While water comes to a boil, prep the vegetables: Peel and coarsely chop the onion; peel and thinly slice the carrots; break off the tough ends of asparagus and slice into 2-inch pieces; remove ends of green beans and slice into 2-inch pieces; rinse and trim zucchini and yellow squash and cut into 1/2-inch slices; peel and mince garlic. Set all vegetables aside.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. In an extra-deep, 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Lightly salt and pepper chicken breasts, add to the smaller skillet. Add all vegetables except garlic to the larger skillet. Saute chicken until no longer pink in the center and just beginning to turn golden on the outside, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. At the same time, stir and cook the vegetables until crisp-tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Salt and pepper the vegetables liberally to taste and remove skillet from heat.

When chicken is done, remove from skillet and slice into 1/2- inch strips. To skillet with vegetables, add garlic. Drain the cooked pasta into a colander, shaking it to remove as much water as possible. Add to skillet with other ingredients, drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon oil over mixture and stir to coat and mix well. Serve sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste.
Approximate Values Per Serving: 547 calories (28% from fat), 17 g fat (3 g saturated), 99 mg cholesterol, 46 g protein, 53 g carbohydrates, 5 g dietary fiber, 138 mg sodium
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Chicka' Nachos

This is the perfect pre-Mother's Day post.  I've shared with you before what an amazing cook and woman my mom is! She is the perfect example of everything I strive to be! So I am excited to share with you her and my sister's latest creation.  I love that it is a lightened version of regular nachos.
Chicka' Nachos
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded (they used canned chicken)
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup salsa
diced tomatoes
shredded cheese
diced olives
tortilla chips
ranch dressing or sour cream
(and anything else you like on nachos!!)

Place the chicken, black beans and salsa in a frying pan. Stir together until heated through.
Layer chips, chicken mixture, shredded cheese, tomatoes and olives.  If desired drizzle with Ranch dressing or sour cream.

Can't wait to try this one out!!
Happy Mother's Day to my MOM and all you Mom's out there!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Teacher Appreciation 2012

This year Teacher Appreciation week came on an already CRAZY week so I was left scrambling for something cute to give my kids teachers.  Thankfully my friend Erin over at Making Memories with Your Kids came through for me once again!!  She always has amazing things to share!! This is a darling and clever way to say THANKS!
This very clever idea came from Nothing But Country. She has tons of great ideas!!
The tag says "Thanks for being a lifesaver this year."
Filled some bags with Lifesavers added the tag and done!!
I think they turned out so cute!!
Thanks Making MemoriesWith Your Kids, Nothing But Country and all the TEACHERS who make the world of difference!!


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Luscious Lemon Bars

My family loves lemon bars and I tend to forget that fact until we are able to taste one at an event.  I finally broke down and surprised them in more ways than one.  These bars are so delicious and the huge surprise is that they are also light.. that's right, it tastes awesome with less calories!! A total homerun in my book!!
Luscious Lemon Bars
from scrumdiddlyumptious
Crust:
 1/4 cup vegetable oil
 1/4 cup granulated sugar
 1/4 tsp. salt
 1 cup flour
 1 1/2 tsp. fat free milk

Filling:
 1 egg
 1 egg white
 1 cup granulated sugar
 2 tsp. grated lemon peel
 3 T. fresh lemon juice (about the juice of 1 lemon)
 2 T. flour
 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Drizzle:
 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
 1 T. fat free milk
 1/2 tsp. vanilla
 1/4 tsp. grated lemon peel

Heat oven to 350. Oil bottom of 8-inch square pan lightly.
For crust, combine 1/4 cup oil, sugar and salt in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended.  Add flour and milk.  Stir with spoon until well mixed and  crumbly.  Spoon into pan.  Press evenly onto bottom.

 Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
 For filling, combine egg, egg white, sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice, flour and baking powder in medium bowl.  Beat at high speed for 3 minutes.  Pour over hot baked crust.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until light golden brown.  Loosen from edge while still warm.  Cool completely.
  For drizzle, combine the ingredients in a small bowl.  Drizzle over top.  Allow to stand before cutting into bars.
YUM!!
 Just the perfect amount of sweetness!
*I doubled the recipe and used a 9 x 13 pan. 
*The 8 inch pan will make about 2 dozen bars each bar is approximately 100 calories each.  Not bad for a sweet craving...that is if you can keep yourself to only eating one! Now that is the tough part!!
A big thanks to my friend Emily for sharing this keeper with me!
 


Friday, May 4, 2012

Taco Buns

I found myself craving Mexican food once again, but wanted something a little different.  So this is what I came up with.  They were simple to make and a huge hit with the family! Especially the daughter who is really sick of normal tacos.  She couldn't stop raving about them!
Taco Buns
Makes about 20 buns
bread or biscuit dough
1 pound hamburger
1 packet taco seasoning
1/2 cup onions, diced
1 small tomato, diced
1/2 cup olives, sliced
1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.
Brown hamburger and onions. Drain if needed.  Mix in the taco seasoning and water according to the package directions.  Stir in the tomatoes and olives.  Flatten out a piece of dough and top with some shredded cheese and about 1 Tablespoon of the meat mixture.
Fold dough up around the mixture ans seal tightly.
Place on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and rub the tops with butter.
Enjoy!!
This recipe is very versatile. You could add whatever ingredients to suit your family's tastes!

They were delicious!







Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Green Giant: Helping You Get Your Daily Greens Giveaway

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 I fed my family the Green Giant broccoli with cheese sauce the other night.  It was delicious and when I told them it was Weight Watchers endorsed..they were shocked!  My son commented that in no way did it taste like diet food. 

Now the really good news One lucky reader will win a great Green Giant gift package:

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Homemade Pop Tarts

I've been wanting to make these for a long time! Finally decided that no better time than the present. 
Actually very simple and so much better than the ones in the box.  They did not last very long at my house. 
Homemade Pop Tarts
pie crust dough (I used the boxed refrigerated dough)
jelly or jam

Frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 Tablespoons milk
2 Tablespoons butter
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Cut your dough into squares.
Add a small amount of jam in the middle of a rectangle.
Spread the jam just a little bit and top with another piece and seal with a fork around all the edges.
Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Start checking at 12 minutes.
Remove from pan. Mix up the frosting.
Soften butter, mix in powdered sugar, 1 Tablespoon milk, vanilla and pinch or salt.
If needed add the additional 1 Tablespoon milk and food coloring if desired. (it will be a little runny)
Spread across the top of the pop tarts and add a few sprinkles if desired.
If you can hold the kids off long enough, let the frosting set up a bit.
Thene serve and amaze your family!!

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