Sunday, December 30, 2012

Potato Pepperoni Supper

I got this recipe from my Mom but altered it a bit.  It still needs some tweaking but made for a pretty good start.

Potato Pepperoni Supper

5 large potatoes, cut into 1/8" slices (may try dicing it next time) - this makes a ton, maybe fewer potatoes?
1 Onion diced
salt & pepper
1 to 2 cups shredded mozzarella (maybe try mixing in some pepper jack cheese for a kick)
8 oz tomato sauce (maybe half tomato sauce, half tomato paste for some thickness)
3 oz pepperoni, sliced ( we used turkey pepperoni)
salt and pepper

Spray large skillet with non-stick spray or coat with some oil.  Arrange potatoes and onion on bottom and slightly up side of skillet; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cover skillet; over medium-low flame, cook until potatoes are tender, about 20 - 25 minutes.'
Top with 1/2 can tomato sauce; arrange pepperoni and tomatoes over sauce.
Top with cheese and remaining sauce.
Cover skillet; cook until cheese is melted and tomatoes are heated through. Makes 6 large servings.

I served it with B's favorite broccoli.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Being home this week inspired me to do some cooking to try some new things and have leftovers to hold us over into January.  B requested something "spicy" so I tried this Chicken Enchilada Soup.  It is spicy and really tasty.  I made a couple of edits to the recipe, noted below.

I even remembered to take a picture!

Chicken Enchilada Soup
I used small chunks of chicken rather than shredded.  This tasted fine and cooked through nice and fast but they were kind of hard to fish out of the broth once they were cooked.

I couldn't find Cojito cheese.  The site says to use what you have on hand so I used about 4oz cheddar and 4oz feta, tasted really good so that worked fine.

I broke up whole wheat Tostitos scoops on top. 

Not a huge fan of the cilantro so I will leave that off in the future.

You can make this in the crock pot, but I made it on the stove top.


Ok, so I've been super lazy...

Actually, I've been doing a lot of stuff, just not a lot of blogging.

So let's see, what have we missed:

  • Hanukkah and Christmas are over (boo) but we got and gave lots of great stuff (yay!)
  • B and I took B's parents to the Steelers game and watched them secure a play-off free season.  At least going to the game was fun even if they did play like crap.
  • I've been off work for a week now, with a few more days to go, still SO not ready to go back.  Being home all day with nothing to do is awesome.
  • I made chili, with enough to freeze for later
  • I made Chicken Enchilada Soup, with enough to freeze for later (recipe in another post)
  • I'm 2 workouts away from scheduling my reward massage :-( and I'm changing up my goal for the next quarter.
Hmm, I think that's it for now.

Happy Holidays (or at least the one that's left)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Quinoa, Broccoli, & Cheese Casserole

Today's dinner experiment - yet another success.  It's almost like I know how to cook or something (I really don't) 

 Quinoa, Broccoli, & Cheese Casserole Preparation

1 1/2 cupsquinoa
1/2 mediumOnion; chopped
2 cupsbroccoli florets; cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cupshredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese; divided 3/4 cup and 1/4 cup
1/4 cupGrated Parmesan cheese
1 clovegarlic; crushed
1/2 tspPaprika
salt and pepper; to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Wash and drain quinoa in a fine mesh strainer 2-3 times.
3. Combine quinoa with 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for about 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
4. Meanwhile, saute onion for a few minutes, and cook broccoli in microwave for about 4 minutes.
5. Combine vegetables and spices in a mixing bowl, adding in hot, cooked quinoa, parmesan and 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
6. Mix well and press into an 8x8 baking dish, greased lightly with cooking spray or olive oil.
7. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese on top.
8. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted on top


Trains!! And pizza...

This past weekend J & K and the kids (A & S) came to visit and we went to the Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens.

Picture taken from the NYBG website.

A is almost 6 and it was right up his alley.  S is still a little young for it at almost 4 and was disappointed as it was "not her kind of show!"  I think she was expecting a show on stage, not something you walk around.
I can't really blame her, there were big crowds and it was a lot of walking.  And the Thomas train broke! So sad.

After the Train Show, we came back to our place, singing silly songs the whole way (well mostly the kids, though I sang some too).  J & B went to get the Christmas tree out of storage and K & I made some pita pizzas for the kids.

The pizzas turned out MUCH better than I expected, perfect for a snack or quick meal.
They were super simple.  I just got packaged pita bread from the store, the kids spread sauce and cheese and I baked the pizza at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes (longer makes a crispier crust). 
K & B added pepperoni too.

It came out like real pizza!!  Really tasty.  Definitely going to have to keep these in mind for quick meals on Monday nights or whenever I don't want to cook!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

Thanks to my brother, we got our xmas tree out of storage at a reasonable time (i.e. not the day before Christmas.  We put it up today and started decorating.  It looks so cozy and festive!!  I just need to get the rest of the ornaments out of storage and hang them and we'll be fully ready for the holidays!

As an added bonus, we got to decorate while the Steelers beat the evil Ravens!!  GO BLACK AND GOLD!!!

Player 1 of this week - Vernon Davix, SF 49ers Tight End.

And in honor of the Steelers win today - Shaun Suisham

He's got the baby-faced thing going for him, pretty cute!

Sweet Citrus Chicken and Stuffing

Clearly my recipe posts are the most popular (even if no one will actually submit a comment!), so I guess I'll add another...

Sweet Citrus Chicken & Stuffing - another from

6 oz box Stove Top Stuffing mix for chicken
1 2/3 C Hot Water
1/3 C Brown Sugar
3 T margarine, melted (I used 1 1/2 T butter)
1 1/2 lbs Chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thick
2/3 C orange juice (may try with broth, B didn't love the sweetness, I liked it though)

Add hot water to stuffing, stir gently until just moistened.
Place chicken into a sprayed 9x13 baking dish.
Mix juice, brown sugar, & margarine; pour over chicken.
Top with stuffing
Bake 30 min @ 400 or until chicken is done.

Yum!  We had some cranberry sauce on the side, too.

The recipe suggested balsamic green beans on the side.  I made them and will eat the leftovers, but didn't really like them.  If you want the recipe, let me know.

Happy Cooking!