Teriyaki Glazed Meatballs

March 29, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

The slow cooker is a glorious kitchen saver on a wet and rainy day. When I planned today’s menu, I had no idea it was going to rain, especially since we’ve had such beautiful sunny weather the past few days.  It’s days like this where you don’t feel like doing much but curling up under a blanket with a hot cup of tea and watching a classic movie or reading a book that your slow cooker comes in handy.

The meatballs can be made the night before as discussed in our meal planning and placed covered in the refrigerator. Stuffing mix makes a great alternative to the bread crumbs and oats. It’s all a matter of what you have stocked in your pantry and what happens to be on sale at the grocery store. Remember to always keep your pantry stocked with everyday ingredients and have a list handy to write down what you may need on your next grocery trip. Keep an eye out on the store ads for extra savings.

As we begin our week of busy night meals, we start off with Teriyaki Glazed Meatballs. These served with Steamed Stir-Fry Veggies and Rice make a wonderful meal for your family. These also make a great appetizer at a party.

We start off with 1/4 pound  Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey Meat

Next, we add 1 cup bread crumbs, 1/2 cup quick oats and 1 egg

Add 1/4 cup Teriyaki Sauce and mix together with fingers until all ingredients are incorporated. Shape into tiny size meatballs. Recipe Note: I like to use my small scoop, makes the perfect size for kids and they all cook evenly.

 Heat just a little bit ofoil, about 1/2 teaspoon in a large skillet and place meatballs gently in. Carefully not to crowd for easy turning.

Carefully rotate meatballs in skillet to lightly brown on all sides, drain and place in slow cooker on low setting. Continue until all meatballs are finished. Meatballs will continue to cook in slow cooker. Once in slow cooker add Teriyaki Glaze Sauce and simmer for 4-6 hours.

 

Teriyaki Glaze

1 Cup Teriyaki sauce

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 Tablespoons mustard

2 Tablespoon Seasame oil

Directions:

Mix ingredients together and pour over meatballs. Stir to coat meatballs carefully. Serve with Steamed Stir-FryVeggies and Rice.

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Noel’s Kitchen Tips:A Busy Mom’s Menu Planning Day

March 27, 2010 · Posted in Kitchen Tips · View Comments 

A Busy Mom’s Menu Planning Day

 

Wow, can you believe the month is almost to an end? I hope you all have been enjoying the beautiful springtime weather we’ve been having. Almost every morning I wake to the sound of birds chirping and singing to one another. It’s such a beautiful happy sound. For the past two weekends, our family has been taking advantage of the lovely weather and taken a lovely road trip down Hwy 49 and gone hiking along the South Yuba River. On Day 2 of our Family Weekend Road Trip, we ended up in our county’s own backyard. South Yuba River Independence Trail Hwy 49 West. Flume and canal systems built to carry water now carry people.

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 The following weekend, we were accompanied by our older son and my sister-in-law along with our nieces and nephew as we hiked the East Trail of South Yuba River.

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Today, before the family and I get started on our beautiful sunny day adventures, I’ve started to prepare for the upcoming week’s meals. Tonight we’ll be having Grilled Chicken Quesadillas and later in the day, I’ll prepare the meatballs for tomorrow night’s menu, Terriyaki Meatballs. Here’s a quick peek at this coming week’s menu. And be sure to check back as I’ll have the recipes posted for you. If you don’t happen to make the recipes on the same day as I do, they are easy enough to add to your upcoming monthly menus. 

Remember, to make it easier on yourself when planning, you can add the same dish to your menu every two weeks or once a month.

Noel’s Kitchen Tips Menu Week of March 27, 2010

Sunday: Grilled Chicken Quesadillas, served with black beans and Sweet Corn Tamalitos (corn cakes)

Monday: Teriyaki Glazed Meatballs, served with rice and steamed Stir-Fry Veggies

Tuesday: Fettuccine Romano, served with peas

Wednesday: Philly Cheesesteak Wraps

Thursday:Turkey Pot Pies with Cheddar and Dill Biscuit Crust- April’s Monthly Menu (posting soon)

Friday: Ham, Broccoli and Cheddar Calzones

Saturday: Shepherd’s Pie

A lot of the prepping can be done on your meal prepping day or the night before. When you are ready to use the ingredients, simply pull out of the freezer to thaw or right from the fridge. I’ll provide more tips on preparing this week’s meals as the week goes on.

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Slow Cooker Catalina Chicken

March 24, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

Here’s a simple recipe that’s sweet and tangy and will be a perfect recipe for your upcoming summer time menu. With just a few simply ingredients, this meal can be made in the slow cooker and ready just in time for dinner.

 

Slow Cooker Catalina Chicken

Ingredients:

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup Catalina dressing

1 cup Barbecue sauce of your choice

1 Tablespoon Smoky Barbecue Rub(adds a little more zest with rich and smoky flavors of paprika, garlic, onion and spices)

1 1/2 cups water

Salad mix

Directions:

Place ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low setting 6-8 hours. Shred chicken and serve with sauce on a french roll, bun or regular sandwich bread. Add lettuce or even salad mix as I did in this recipe.  This is absolutely the most simplest recipe a busy mom or dad can make for their family on a busy weeknight. Shredded beef or pork could be used in this recipe as an alternative to chicken. Chicken tends to be more cost effective for a  food budget. Freeze any leftovers you have and serve this meal in another weeknight meal.

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Noel’s Kitchen Tips:Roaming Around The Kitchen

March 23, 2010 · Posted in Kitchen Tips · View Comments 

Roaming Around The Kitchen 

 Over the past few months the kitchen has been growing with visitors. I want to wish you all a Warm Welcome to the kitchen.

 Cooking is one of the most delightful, creative experiences anyone can have. The most knowledgeable cook does not try to keep in her head all the recipes she likes to make. She may in fact, cook a good deal by instinct, as her grandmother did. As a busy mom in today’s world we often overlook how easy it was to create a simple meal for our family. The meals we create don’t have to look fancy or contain a lot of expensive ingredients. A meal can be created with simple ingredients, a little bit of passion and a love for remembering how our parents or grandparents made those great comforting foods.

While roaming around the kitchen, you’ll find weekly and monthly menu ideas that are simple and won’t throw off your food budget. Throughout the month, I’ll add in some more family favorites for you to try, so make sure to check the monthly menu section frequently.

Each and every month I’ll be sharing a kitchen podcast to keep you all updated on the highlights of the kitchen, including what types of menus to try, kitchen tips and the best kitchen tools to use when making your meals. Each month I’ll incorporate holidays and event menus that may be happening during the month as well. Menus are also designed with a grocery budget in mind and what happens to be on sale.

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Sweet Apple Oatmeal and Coconut Cookie Recipe

March 20, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

It’s been awhile since I’ve baked some cookies. Our son is really picky on what kind of cookies he eats. Can you believe the kid dislikes chocolate? I’m not a huge fan of chocolate used in certain recipes, sounds crazy I know but that’s how it is. For this reason, I make oatmeal cookies a lot, adding cranberries or raisins. Occasionally, I’ll add white chocolate, or coconut. I received my new sample supply of kitchen tools and spices this past week and I was anxious to try the Sweet Apple Sprinkle.

Here’s my recipe for Sweet apple Oatmeal and Coconut Cookies:

Sweet Apple Oatmeal and Coconut Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup softened unsalted butter

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup flaked coconut

1 Tablespoon Sweet Apple Sprinkle

 Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, cream first 3 ingredients until light; beat in egg. Add oats, dry ingredients, coconut ans Sweet Apple Sprinkle; mix well. Chill several hours.

Shape into balls about the size of a walnut and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or baking spray; flatten slightly with floured tumbler. Bake 10-12 minutes. Makes 60 cookies.

 

Cookie Baking Tip: Space cookies to allow for spreading. Because ovens vary, watch cookies closely. Check for doneness just before minimum baking time is up. If some are thinner than others, you may have to remove them and bake the remaining a bit longer.

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Noel’s Kitchen Tips:Featured Recipe Of The Week

March 18, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

Featured Recipe Of The Week……….

I know it’s not the end of the week but I had to share this not only amazing but easy and quick biscuit recipe with you. For our St. Patrick’s Day dinner, we enjoyed the traditional meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage that I prepared in the slow cooker. I wanted some type of bread or roll to go with our meal and I came across this delicious looking recipe from Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod. I rarely make homemade biscuits, but these looked really good. After trying,  this is definitely a recipe keeper for our house. Thanks to Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod  for sharing her Cheddar Cheese Biscuits with Cilantro with the rest of the food world.

 After reviewing her delicious looking recipe, I pulled ingredients I had on hand and was able to make these just in time for dinner.  I did substitute milk and dill for her buttermilk and cilantro as those were two ingredients not available in my pantry. This goes to show you what a great recipe this is and how versatile it is when making. It was an instant hit with the family.

Cheddar Dill Biscuits

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 stick unsalted cold butter

1 cup milk

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

2 cloves garlic, pressed

1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.

Blend the cold butter into the dry ingredients-I just used my fingertips. Blend until the mixture is crumbly. It’s okay to see little pieces of butter. Do not over blend.

Pour in the milk and stir with a wooden spoon. Gently mix, just until the ingredients are moist. Don’t overmix.

Gently stir in the cheese, garlic, and dill. Just until they are mixed throughout.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly spray with a baking spray. With a large scoop, scoop the biscuits onto the baking sheet. I like to use my “ice cream like” scoop with push gandle as it equally measures and drops the dough onto the cookie sheet very easily.

 Bake the biscuits for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. You want them to be golden brown on top and on the bottoms. Note: Oven temperatures do vary, so check them as they cook.

Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Serve warm.

Recipe Note:You can use any type of cheese or herbs you like in this recipe. For a Mexican Night twist, add some taco seasoning and corn kernals.

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Noel’s Kitchen Tips:Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

Corned Beef and Cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day recipe in many households. When planning my menu for this month, I found great savings on Corned Beef and Cabbage at Safeway. By reviewing the weekly grocery store ad, I was able to save some money on this hearty and tasty meal. Corned Beef Brisket was on sale at Safeway for just a $1.59 a pound. Great Savings! Over in the produce section, Cabbage was on sale for $0.23 cents and a bag of baby carrots were on sale for just $0.99 cents. I still had some baby potatoes in the pantry so my meal was complete.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Ingredients:

1 Corned Beef Brisket with seasoning packet

1 head green Cabbage, chopped in quarters

1 bag of baby Carrots

8-10 baby potatoes, cut in half

Directions:

Rinse Corned Beef Brisket under cold water, pat dry. Place brisket in slow cooker. Add water to cover, add seasoning packet. Turn slow cooker to low setting. Cook 10-12 hours or longer. I started this step last night so sinner would be ready around 6pm this evening. I added the potatoes and carrots to slow cooker this morning.

Two hours before serving, remove brisket and cover with aluminum foil. Chop cabbage in quarters and place in slow cooker two hours before serving and cook until tender. 

Slice Corned Beef and serve with vegetables and a dollop of horseradish. Enjoy this hearty meal with your family.  St. Patrick’s Day picture provided by our little princess.

 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day………. 

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Busy Family Weekday Meals:Slow Cooker Baked Beans

March 10, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

I’ve noticed lately a lot of my readers are looking for easy weeknight meals for their family. Slow Cooker meals are very comforting after a busy day of work, household chores and a school day. This meal comes together in a flash and can be ready by the time you get home.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Ingredients:

1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 can garbonzo beans, rinsed and drained

1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup chopped carrot

1 cup chopped onion

1 1/2 cups hamburger, cooked (optional or could use bacon)

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 Tablespoon cumin

1 Tablespoon chili powder

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours. Serve with corn bread or rolls.

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Jumpstart Your Breakfast:Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

March 9, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

Most households grab a quick shower, get ready in a hurry, they may or may not eat a decent breakfast and fly out the door in an attempt to get the kids to school on time or to work by 9am. If this sounds like your morning routine, make sure a healthy breakfast is always included in that morning routine.  As a busy mom, getting a quick nutritious breakfast on the table can be a challenge at times. Oatmeal is very nutritious and a great way to jumpstart the day not only for your kids, but yourself as well. Add in some fruit and your on your way to a better day.

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

Ingredients:

3 cups water

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups quick oats

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon maple syrup

1 cup blueberries, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup regular soy milk

1 banana, sliced

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

In a medium stock pot, bring water and salt to a boil.  Add oats and reduce heat to low. Add brown sugar, syrup and blueberries, stirring until bluberries are heated. Add soy milk and continue to cook until oats thicken. Top with a couple of bluberries, sliced bananas and chopped walnuts.

*Recipe Note: Any type of fruit would be a good choice. Whatever is in season like strawberries, peaches, apricots or raspberries.

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Noel’s Kitchen Tips March Menu:California Tostadas

March 5, 2010 · Posted in Main Dishes · View Comments 

Here’s a recipe that’s great anytime! Have everyone assemble their own tostadas, topping them with the condiments of their choice. This is definitely a meal in itself, with it’s crisp tortilla shell base, meat and bean mixture, shredded lettuce, cheese and an assortment of condiments for your family to pile on top. Here’s my version of California Tostadas for my March Monthly Menu Plan. Noel’s Kitchen Tips Menus creates Menu Ideas for Busy Moms (and Dads) that are quick, easy and fun for their family!

California Tostadas

Ingredients:

1 package Chorizo sausage, cooked and drained

1 28 ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1 head green lettuce

2 cups shredded Cheddar Jack cheese

2 tomatoes, diced or chopped

Condiments:

Sour Cream

Salsa

Jalapenos, chopped

Olives, sliced

Avocado, sliced

Directions:

In a skillet on medium heat, cook Chorizo sausage, drain. Reduce heat to low and add pinto beans. Cook until beans are warm. Spoon meat and bean mixture into tostada shell. Top with shredded lettuce, cheeseand tomatoes. Spoon a dollop of sour cream and salsa. Top with sliced olives and jalapenos.

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