Tomato Vegetable Salad

April 29, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

This recipe is an excellent side dish hot or cold.  On Sunday, we grilled the vegetables and the leftovers I turned into a great tasting salad.

Tomato Vegetable Salad

Ingredients:

4 Tomatoes, chopped(You don’t want the pieces too small if you’re putting on the grill. I have a Grill Basket that cooks the vegetables perfectly.)

2-3 Zucchini, chopped

2-3 Yellow Squash, chopped

1 Red Onion, chopped

1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped

1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped

1 Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped

Directions:

After grilling vegetables, store in a container and chill well. Overnight in the refrigerator works best. Remove from refrigerator and add1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon spicy brown mustard.

Your family is sure to love this colorful Tomato Vegetable Salad with their hamburgers.

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Double Decker Turkey Burgers

April 27, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

Hamburgers are a favorite food that both children and grown-ups enjoy. These Double Decker Turkey Burgers can be made with a variety of fixings and everyone can assemble their own.

Double Decker Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground turkey

2 eggs

2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Your choice of cheese

Your choice of bread, hamburger buns, rolls or bagels

Directions:

 In a bowl combine ground turkey, eggs, salt, pepper and bread crumbs. Shape into 20 thin patties. On half the patties, spread your choice of filling and cheese, top with remaining thin patties and seal edges. Place on grill. Cook 15-20 minutes or until desired domness.

Recipe Note: Your choice of filling could include Dill pickle slices, pickle relish, mustard, ketchup, horse-radish, or chopped onions and mushrooms.

*Serve with Tomato Vegetable Salad, Quick Baked Beans, and Brownies for dessert.

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Noel’s Kitchen Tips:What’s For Dinner Week Of April 26-30 2010

April 26, 2010 · Posted in Menus · View Comments 

Magnificent meals can be created outdoors in a matter of minutes. This week we’re trying new recipes with the grill and adding to our family dinner favorites.

This week for dinner:

Monday: Double Decker Turkey Burgers, Quick Baked Beans, Tomato Vegetable Salad, and Brownies 

Tuesday: Garden Ravioli (A very easy recipe-prepared Won Ton wrappers are used instead of homemade pasta; these are easy to use and save time.) Served with a Green Salad and Feta cheese.

Wednesday: Bread Bowl Chili with Homemade Bread Bowls (Serve with shredded cheese, green onion topping, sour cream and olives.)

Thursday:Mexican Medley Salad (A healthier Chicken fajita dinner made in a matter of minutes. Serve the fajita fixings over a bed of lettuce to create a wonderfully delicious Mexican Medley Salad.)

Friday: Family Grill Night-Grilled Steak with Buffet Style Baked Potatoes (Buffet-style layout so that each person can do their own toppings, which can include cheese, broccoli, chili, bacon, butter, sour cream, chives and anything else that might top a potato.)

Recipe Note: Remember, if you try a new recipes at least once a week, your regular list of family favorite meals will grow and can be rotated throughout the month and repeated as often as you wish. **Beef Brisket was on sale at the grocery store.

We had such beautiful weather here in the Sierra Foothills, we decided to enjoy a nice Sunday barbecue. Sunday Night’s Dinner was Grilled Beef Brisket and Shrimp with a variety of Grilled Vegetables. Leftover Grilled Vegetables are added to Monday night’s meal plan for the Tomato Vegetable Relish.

I’ll be adding leftover Beef Brisket to the Bread Bowl Chili recipe on Wednesday night.

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Citrus Basil Oven Roasted Chicken

April 21, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

This delicious combination of basil, lemon and lime make this Oven Roasted Chicken simple and delicious! A make-ahead meal that creates an easy weeknight meal.

Citrus Basil Oven Roasted Chicken

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken (3 1/2to 4 pounds)

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Citrus Basil Rub

1/2 of a Lemon, juiced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly rub olive oil on your baker. Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken cavity. Rinse chicken with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Trim and remove any excess fat.  Brush chicken with oil. I like to use a silicone basting brush.

Sprinkle Citrus Basil Rub on both sides of chicken. Place chicken breast side up in baker. Drizzle juice of lemon on chicken inside and out.

Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. Check at 3 hours. Chicken should be tested with a thermometer and it should register 165 degrees in thickest part of breast and juices run clear. Remove from oven and cover with foil or baker lid and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Recipe Note:You can make this recipe on the weekend or on a weekday you have a few hours of time in your schedule to cook and use leftovers for Chicken Pot Pies,  Chicken Taco Bake, Enchiladas or even sandwiches.

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Monday Night Sloppy Joes

April 19, 2010 · Posted in Main Dishes · View Comments 

Monday Night Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef (ground turkey can be substituted)

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 cup ketchup

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1 Tablespoon vinegar

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

Directions:

 In a skillet, brown ground beef and onion. Drain.

Add remaining ingredients, stirring until combined. Simmer on low heat for10-15 minutes or until mixture thickens. Serve on hamburger buns or Homemade Bread.

Recipe Notes: Sloppy Joe mixture is a great meal planning meal that can be made ahead of time and frozen. Brown and drain the beef and onion. Let cool, toss in a Ziploc freezer bag. Add remainder of ingredients, and freeze. When you’re ready to eat, thaw, reheat in a pan until it’s warmed up. Easy and Quick!

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Noel’s Kitchen Tips:What’s For Dinner Week Of April 19-24,2010

April 19, 2010 · Posted in Menus · View Comments 

Dinner in 30 minutes on a busy weeknight? I’s possible! The family will think you are a wonder in the kitchen-and you are, with the help of an Easy Weeknight Meal Plan!

This week for dinner:

Monday: Sloppy Joes with Homemade Bread ( We like it over “homemade” bread machine bread, instead of worrying about having hamburger buns around.) Nice and Easy! I like that! :)

Tuesday: Citrus Basil Oven-Roasted Chicken 

Wednesday: Tamale Corn Casserole 

Thursday: Macaroni and Cheese Bake

Friday: Chicken Pot Pie (Using leftovers from Tuesday Night’s Meal)

Saturday: Easy Pleasing Meatloaf

 Last night I made a Taco Salad for a simple Sunday Family Dinner.

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A Busy Mom’s Homemade Bread

April 19, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

I find that my bread machine comes in handy on days that I have a lot planned around the house. Whether I’m cleaning, doing laundry, yard work or putting together a post on my website, it’s nice to be able to throw all the ingredients together and just push start.

I was able to make four loaves of bread and a quick batch of pita pockets for the this upcoming week, still have time for all the necessary chores around the house while and I was able to enjoy the beautiful weather we had.

Homemade Bread

Ingredients:

1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)

1 Tablespoon milk

2 Tablespoons oil

2 Tablespoons honey

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

 3 cups Better For Bread unbleached flour

2 teaspoons dry active yeast

Recipe Note: When making Wheat Bread, use 1 1/2 cups wheat flour and 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour.

Directions:

Place above ingredients in bread machine in order listed above. Set bread machine on dough cycle. 15 minutes prior to dough cycle completing, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease loaf pan.

Once dough cycle completes, remove dough, punch down lightly and place in loaf pan. Cover with a towel and let sit for 30 minutes until dough rises again. Bake in oven for 30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes and remove from loaf pan and cool 30 minutes on a cooling rack.

 *Oven temperatures do vary, so please check your bread until you are familiar with how your oven cooks. If top of bread starts to quickly brown, a pice of foil can be placed lightly over the top.

You may find that breads tend to get expensive at the grocery store. Sometimes you pay $1.49 up to around $2.00 or $3.00 for a single loaf. I made 4 loaves with ingredients most everyone has on hand in their pantry and I still have leftover ingredients to even make more. That to me is a bargain when menu planning.

I’ll be making a variety of homemade breads in the upcoming weeks like my Sun Dried Tomato, so be sure and visit the kitchen again.

How To Store Flour:Store flour in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. For longer storage, place bag in a food-storage plastic bag, seal tightly and refrigerate or freeze. Bring flour to room temperature before using.

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Triple Layer Fudge Brownies

April 18, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

Triple Layer Fudge Bownies-The name says it all for a chocolate lover’s delight. A nutty chocolate topping and peanut crisp surround a gooey fudge center make these decadent brownies a hit!  Brownies are a special treat in our house and are always a quick and easy dessert to make. When on sale at the grocery store, I always buy a few extra boxes to have on hand for a quick chocolate fix or if company stops by. I made these last night and they were so yummy!

Triple Layer Fudge Brownies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts

1 cup quick oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 package fudge brownie mix (plus ingredients to make the brownies)

3/4 cup milk chocolate morsels

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Additional chopped peanuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Chop peanuts.

Combine oats, brown sugar, flour, baking soda and peanuts in a small bowl. Add butter, mix well.

Press oat mixture onto bottom of pan. Bake 8 minutes. Remove from oven.

 

Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, prepare the brownie mix according to package instructions. Gently spoon the batter over partially baked crust; carefully spread to the edges of pan. Bake according to package instructions for brownies, approximately 28-30 minutes. Cool Completely.

Combine chocolate morsels and peanut butter in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave, uncovered on high for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. spread chocolate mixture evenly over cooled brownies using a spatula.

Sprinkle with additional peanutes, if desired. Cool until chocolate mixture is set. Cut into bars. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

 

 

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Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

April 17, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

When it comes to meal planning, soups provide the eqivalent of culinary flextime. Soups can be prepared days or even weeks ahead of time, then reheated at your convenience. I like to make a huge pot on the weekends, refrigerate it for weekday lunches or freeze. The flavors of a soup improve the longer they sit and they freeze very well.  Tomato soup is my all time favorite. The rich and creamy flavors of the soup are fantastic and I like to add different things just to vary the taste. I start off with my base recipe, Creamy Tomato Soup and add other ingredients. Mezzetta  has always offered good quality products. Their Roasted Red Peppers are sun ripened in California and then flame roasted to sear in their smooth rich succulent flavor. I added a jar of these to my Creamy Tomato soup recipe and it added a great rich flavor.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Ingredients:

2 cups chicken or vegetable stock/broth (I like to make my own stock ahead of time and freezer. When I need it, I pull it out of freezer.)

6 cups crushed tomato or Italian stewed tomatoes with seasoning

1 jar Mezzetta  Roasted Red Peppers

2 cups heavy cream or milk

Salt and freshly cracked pepper

2 Tablespoons Italian seasonings

Directions:

Combine broth, tomatoes and red peppers in a large pot over moderate heat. When soup starts to bubble, stir in heavy cream or milk and reduce heat to low. Season with a little salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and simmer gently 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. With an immersion blender, puree soup. Serve bowls of soup with sandwiches, salad, bread or homemade baked potato fries.

Recipe Note: Soups usually include fresh or dried herbs. Fresh herbs tend to give up their flavors easily, so make to add them toward the end of your cooking time. Dried herbs and spices tend to hold their flavors and require lots of cooking time to bring their flavors out. Any  use of salt, should be added late and after you taste tested your recipe. :)

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Granola Bars-Home Baked Goodness

April 15, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

I finally have a granola recipe that comes out perfectly! This is great as a snack and very easy to make. Here’s a basic recipe that you can add other ingredients like sunflower seeds (omit the salt in recipe), dried fruit, almonds, or peanut butter. I might even try these for our next bake sale event.

Granola Bars

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup light maple syrup

1/2 cup natural cane sugar

5/8 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups Low-fat Granola with Raisins

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

In a sauce pan over low heat, cook together butter, sugar, syrup and salt. Bring mixture just to a boil (soft ball stage). Add vanilla, cinnamon and granola. Spread evenly in an 8×8 pan. Cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.

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