Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Holly told me about a food blog called "The Girl Who Ate Everything."
I knew it was going to be a good one because the name is so cute.
I have found lots of fun recipes to try on there.
This is one I tried recently and it was a hit at my house.
(The original recipe is from Our Best Bites).

3 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup green salsa (salsa verde)
1 Tbs. lime juice
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
3 Tbs. chopped cilantro
2 Tbs. sliced green onions
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup grated pepperjack cheese
12-16 small tortillas
kosher salt

*Heat cream cheese in microwave for 20 seconds so it's soft. Add salsa, lime juice, and spices. Mix well, then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and cheese and mix well. Place 2-3 Tbs. of chicken mixture down middle of tortilla. I used small flour tortillas. Roll up tightly and place seam-side down on greased cookie sheet. Make sure the taquitos are not touching each other. Spray tops lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle a little kosher salt on top. Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Coffee Cake

One thing I love about my husband is that he loves baking. If he is craving something, he will just look up the recipe and make it. He usually talks me into helping him, not because he needs my help but he likes the company. We made this over conference weekend and again since. Its suppose to be for breakfast but lets be honest- its about as healthy as dessert.


  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Topping. In small mixing bowl, combine topping ingredients. Blend with fork until crumbly. Set aside.

Sift 1 1/2 cups sifted flour with baking powder and salt into a bowl. In a medium bowl, beat together beaten egg and 3/4 cup sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter. Add milk and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture and mix well.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square or 9-inch layer-cake pan. Sprinkle topping crumb mixture evenly over batter. Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake tests done. Partially cool in pan on wire rack. Cut coffee cake into squares while still warm.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spinach Frittata

I made this for dinner the other night and thought it was mighty good! I got the recipe from my Martha Stewart cookbook.

half a bag of fresh spinach
1/2 onion, chopped
1 Tbs. butter

Saute onion and butter in saucepan. Then, add spinach and cook until done. Transfer to a bowl to cool.

4 large, whole eggs
8 large egg whites
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

In a bowl, whisk eggs until foamy. Add cheese, salt and pepper. Wipe saucepan out and spray with cooking spray. Add egg mixture to pan and stir in spinach. Turn heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes. Then bake in oven (in the saucepan) for 30 minutes at 375.

*Make sure saucepan is oven safe.
*Don't grab handle after you take it out of oven. It will burn your hand! I learned the hard way.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pineapple Jerk Chicken

This is one of RR 30 minute meals out of her magazine.
My husband loved, loved, loved this dish.
It's spicy and sweet at the same time.
The kids were not into it because they thought it looked weird.
They picked out the chicken and ate that.
We ate it over brown rice, but it would be good over white, too, or even in a wrap.
1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2-3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 of a pineapple, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup jerk marinade (I used Lawry's)
1 can black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

*In a skillet, heat 2 Tbs. olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until browned. Add the remaining olive oil and increase heat a little. Season chicken with salt/pepper and add to skillet. Cook until done. Add the pineapple and jerk marinade and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Stir in black beans and cilantro. Cook until beans are heated through.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Marinated Flank Steak

this is so yummy! its pretty easy and everyone loves it.

1 or 2 beef flank steaks ( i buy them from costco)
1/4 C soy sauce
3/4 C veg. oil
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 T vinegar
3 T honey
6 green onions chopped to include stems

The recipe says to put everything (except onions) in sauce pan until honey is melted and then add the onions. I skip that step- I just throw it altogether without heating it.
Marinate in fridge for at least 24 hours. Grill on BBQ over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, basting with marinade and turning once. slice the steaks diagonally into thin slices to serve.

cheesy cauliflower

Another great recipe from my mother-in-law.

Steam one head of cauliflower. I usually just put it in an 8x8 pan, add some water, and microwave it until done.

2 T milk
2 T melted butter
2 T flour
(these can be more, just maintain the 1:1 ratio)

Pour sauce over cauliflower. sprinkle lots of shredded cheese. microwave until cheese is melted.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Easy Fruit Dip

Easy is an understatement for this delicious fruit dip! And every time make it, everyone loves it.

1 jar marshmallow creme
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.

Combine both ingredients and blend with mixer until smooth. Serve with fruit.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mary Ann's Butter Rolls

I don't actually know who Mary Ann is. A friend in my ward makes these rolls all the time and always tells me how easy they are, so I finally decided to give them a try. The recipe is out of our ward cookbook. My friend, Julie Nielsen, submitted the recipe, so I'm assuming Mary Ann is a friend or relative of hers. You have to make the dough the night before and let it refrigerate overnight. But other than planning ahead, they are actually pretty easy.
3 Tbs. yeast
2 cups warm water
2 Tbs. sugar
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
6 beaten eggs
1 1/2 tsp. salt
8 cups flour (plus a little more)

*Mix yeast with 2 Tbs. sugar and the warm water. Add melted butter, sugar and eggs. Mix well. Add flour and salt. Mix well and let rise for 2 hours. Punch down and put in refrigerator overnight. The next day, separate dough into 4 equal parts. Roll each part into a circle and brush with butter. Cut like a pie into 12 or more pieces. Roll each piece, starting with the wide end. Place onto a greased cookie sheet with the tail end down. Let rise for a few hours and then bake at 400 for 10 minutes. Check to make sure the middle aren't doughy.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Roasted Veggies

I got this recipe from my friend, Julie, who by the way, is training to hike the Grand Canyon with her husband. She's been so good about working out and eating healthy to get ready for the big hike in a few weeks. These veggies were so tasty. Thanks for the yummy recipe, Julie!
variety of veggies, cut up
1 Tb. butter
1 Tb. soy sauce
1 tsp. Balsamic vinegar

*Melt butter on stove and stir until light brown. Be careful not to burn it. Take off heat and add soy sauce and vinegar. Toss with veggies and salt/pepper and roast on cookie sheet in oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.
*I am excited to try this with some different veggies like carrots, onions, peppers and yellow squash.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares

This is a recipe from Tasty Kitchen that Pioneer Woman herself put on there. I knew as soon as I read the recipe that I would love it. Boy was I right.
1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cube butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oats
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
zest of 1 lemon

*Mix butter and brown sugar until well combined. Add dry ingredients. Press half of crumb mixture into 9x13 pan. (She said 8x11 pan but I don't have one that size). Mix together condensed milk, lemon juice and lemon zest until well combined. Spread over crumb mixture in pan. Top with the rest of crumb mixture, but don't press. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes and then let sit on counter for 30 minutes to cool. Cut into squares and refrigerate a couple of hours before serving.
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