Kim’s French Toast

Good morning!  I’d like to share a french toast recipe that my mother-in-law game to me.

Unfortunately it’s one of those recipes where the exact amounts are not written anywhere so I’ll do my best to explain.

The secret ingredient is pepper which seems sort of weird (in my opinion) for a breakfast item but it tastes great!

Ingredients (enough for 2-3 people)

  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 6 slices of bread
  • 4 eggs
  • pepper

Directions

Crack the eggs in a large bowl.  Whip until scrambled.  Mix in the milk.  Then, sprinkle the desired amount of pepper in to egg/milk mixture.  I usually use enough pepper to cover the entire top of the egg/milk mixture and then I stir it in.  Mine looks like this when finished:

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Then, using your fingers or tongs, dip both sides each slice of bread in the mixture and cook on a pre-heated skillet set to medium heat (I cook at 325F on an electric skillet).  When the bottoms start to brown, flip each piece of bread and cook on the other side.

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When finished, transfer to a plate and top with syrup, powdered sugar, or whatever you’d like!

 

Have a great weekend.

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Chicken Rice Soup

I’m excited to share the recipe for chicken rice soup that my mom made for the family regularly.  It’s only seven ingredients but it’s very tasty and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, too!

Chicken Rice Soup

 

Ingredients and directions for the rice

  • 1 cup uncooked white, long grain rice
  • Dash of olive oil (1-2 teaspoons)
  • 2 cups of water

Stir rice, olive oil, and water in medium size pot.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cover.  Simmer on low heat for 18-20 minutes or until the water has been absorbed.  Set aside.

Ingredients and directions for chicken and broth

  • 1 to 1.5 pounds of chicken.  You can really used whatever kind you want.  I used to use chicken wings but I now just use boneless, skinless chicken breast because it’s less work.
  • 5-8 chicken bouillon cubes (I use 6)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Lemon juice (1 squirt from bottled juice or juice that’s squeezed from 1/2 of a lemon)
  • 2 quarts (8 cups) of water
  • salt to taste

Add chicken and 2 quarts of water to a large pot.  Add bouillon cubes – how much is a personal preference.  I’ve seen recipes that only use 2 but I’ve also seen recipes that use up to 10.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium and cook until chicken is done, about 15 minutes (if you’re using full chicken breast, complete with skin and bone, you might cook it for 20 minutes).  Remove chicken from pot, allow it to cool, and then shred it with two forks or cut it in to cubes.

Add chicken, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, oregano, lemon juice, and rice back to broth and simmer for a few minutes.  Add salt to taste.  Remove from heat and serve with warm muffins or crusty bread.  Enjoy!

 

Popcorn Snack Recipe

If you’re looking for a healthy, filling treat, give the below recipe a try.  It’s made with oatmeal cereal, popcorn, cranberries, apples, and a bit of chocolate.  It’s easy to make a huge batch at once and divide it in to small bags to take to work or school.  I call it “high fiber snack” but you can call it whatever you want!

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Ingredients

  • 9 cups popped popcorn (I make mine using an air popper, but you could also buy bagged popcorn and use that instead.  I especially like Skinny Pop popcorn)
  • 1.5 cups oatmeal cereal squares
  • 3/4 cups dried cranberries
  • 2.5 oz package of dried apple slices.  You can also make these yourself if you’d prefer
  • 1.5 cups chocolate chips
  • Optional – raisins, almonds, walnuts, etc.

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Store in a gallon plastic bag or tupperware container.

 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

It may be a tad early for pumpkin-flavored things but the colder-than-average temperatures have put me in the mood to bake fall favorites.

I found a recipe for pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies online and, after reading some of the comments, decided to make some changes to the recipe.  My cookies turned out less chewy than regular snickerdoodle cookies and more soft and pillowy.  I took some to work and I received a lot of compliments and requests for the recipe.

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (not packed)
  • 2 tsp cornstarch (this helps make the cookies soft. I use them in chocolate chip cookies, too)
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For rolling

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


Instructions

Combine flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.  Set aside.

Cream together butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until just combined.  Mix in egg yolk, then pumpkin and vanilla extract.  Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Place dough in bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in refrigerator for 45-60 minutes. Without this step, the dough is too sticky to roll.

Preheat oven to 350 fahrenheit during last 10 minutes of chilling  In small box, mix 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon.  Scoop dough out in 1 or 1.5 rounded tablespoons and roll dough in cinnamon sugar mixture until evenly coated then transfer to baking sheet, spacing cookies 2 inches apart.  Bake in preheated oven 12-14 minutes.  Cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!

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Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas

A posted a recipe for fajita quesadillas a few months ago.  I really enjoy making (and eating) those but I wanted to try something different today.  Instead of onions and peppers, I decided to make the quesadillas with black beans and corn.  They turned out really good!
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Here’s how you make them!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of chicken
  • flour tortillas (I use 10 inch tortillas)
  • shredded cheese (I used colby cheddar)
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1-2 tablespoons of taco seasoning
  • butter for frying pan

Directions

  • Poach chicken for ~10 minutes or until fully cooked.  Remove chicken from pot and shred using two forks.  Set aside.
  • Drain and rinse black beans.  Then drain corn.  Add corn, chicken, taco seasoning, and black beans to a frying pan.  Cook on medium high until all ingredients are hot and a bit more cooked through like shown below.  This also helps burn off some of the water left over from rinsing. img_3041
  • In a separate frying pan, melt a bit of butter.  Add 1 tortilla over the butter then add cheese and as much of the bean/corn/chicken mixture as you’d like.  Then add second tortilla over top.
  • Once the bottom of the first tortilla starts to brown, flip the quesadilla over to cook the bottom (I put a plate over the pan and then quickly flip the quesadilla on to the plate.  Then I push the quesadilla back on the pan.  This helps avoid spillage which happens to me if I try to flip using a spatula).
  • Once the bottom of the second tortilla starts to brown, remove from heat, transfer to plate, and cut it in to 4 even piece.
  • Add toppings (salsa, green onions, guacamole, sour cream, etc.) to your liking.

Enjoy!

Chicken and Veggie Wrap

I made these chicken and vegetable wraps for lunch today.  It’s a great recipe if you’re looking for something low carb or healthy.

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Ingredients (enough to make 4 wraps)

  • Low carb whole grain flatbread.  I find these in the bakery section of the grocery store.  Or you can use tortillas.
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (1/4 cup per wrap)
  • 1 pound of chicken breast
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 of a white or red onion, sliced
  • 2 shredded carrots
  • 1 tablespoon of chicken seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash Chicken Grilling Blend)
  • Lettuce (or spinach leaves)
  • Diced tomato (optional)
  • Dijon mustard (or a different condiment of your choosing – ranch, mayo, etc.)

Directions

  • Poach chicken for ~10 minutes until cooked through.  Remove chicken from pot and shred it using two forks.  In a warm skillet, toss chicken with chicken seasoning and keep warm while assembling wrap.
  • Spread dijon mustard on flatbread.  Add peppers and onions, lettuce, cheese, carrot, tomato, and chicken.
  • Roll the flatbread tightly and place on a plate.  Cut it diagonally and serve with sun chips, fruit, or yogurt.

We really enjoyed these.  They are filling and delicious!

I hope you enjoy them too.

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Crock Pot Beef & Vegetable Soup

Hi All!  Today I made a family recipe for beef and vegetable soup.  It turned out great and was perfect for a cold, rainy day.

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Ingredients
– 2 pounds of bottom round cut beef.  Top round and English roast also work.
– 12 oz. can of tomato sauce
– Small bag of frozen mixed vegetables (mine had peas, corn, carrots, and green beans)
– 3/4 cup of frozen lima beans (optional)
– 4 to 5 stalks of celery, cut in to small slices
– 3 to 4 red potatoes, cut in to chunks
– 1 beef bouillon cube
– 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
– 1 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano
– 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
– 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
– 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
– water

Directions
– The night before, rinse the beef and put in crock pot.  Pour cold water in to crock pot over the beef until it is just covered.  Cook on low overnight.
– In the morning, remove the beef from the crock pot.  Using two forks, shred the beef.  Discard any fat.
– Keep the water that’s left over in the crock pot because this is the start of your broth.  Add the beef bouillon cube, tomato sauce, and the spices/seasoning to the crock pot. Stir.
– Add the beef and vegetables to the crock pot and stir until ingredients are mixed.  Cook on low all day (8-10 hours) or on high 4-6 hours.

I served the soup with yummy cinnamon muffins straight from the oven.

Enjoy!

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