This recipe will have everyone cheering at the dinner table. With the sweetness of apricot it's almost like a dessert dinner...well, you can tell your kids that at least. The recipe serves 2, but can easily be doubled to serve 4 (or quadrupled to serve 6). Enjoy!
1/2 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar free apricot preserves - room temperature
1/2 tbsp dry onion soup mix
Added by Tara Perry on May 10, 2010 at 10:44am —
Here is a quickie recipe to get dinner on the table that will also leave your children with smiles on their little adorable faces because they will LOVE it...promise.
2 1/2 cups cooked chicken (I usually grab a rotisserie chicken from Costco & shred it)
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 8 oz package of shredded cheese (I use the Mexican mix pack)
1 cup sour cream, divided
1 can olives, chopped
1 cup canned… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on May 7, 2010 at 9:09am —
Every SINGLE time I make Sloppy Joes - I can't help but break out into the Adam Sandler, Lunch Lady song. It's seriously annoying and I know this, and I don't care. I usually mix in a little dancing, such as the running man, cabbage patch and my all time favorite: the sprinkler. So, needless to say, I enjoy making a Sloppy Joe dinner and I the kids, well...they wonder what the heck is wrong with me (this is potentially video making worthy, hmmmm).… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on April 25, 2010 at 2:00pm —
A new take on Taco Tuesday and a for sure hit with the kiddies!
4 oz penne
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup chopped onion
3/4 c water
1 package taco seasoning (1 oz)
1 can corn, drained (11 oz)
1 cup sliced black olives
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c salsa
1 can diced green chiles (drained)
4 cups shredded lettuce
1 medium roma tomato, sliced into wedges
Added by Tara Perry on March 30, 2010 at 10:06am —
1lb ground beef (I personally always use ground turkey)
1 pk of meatloaf seasoning (or to desire taste)
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup of green bell peppers, finely chopped
1/2 of Old Fashioned Oats (plain oatmeal)
1 egg (beaten)
1.5 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
Turn oven on to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients, in a large mixing bowl. With your hands mix until all ingredients are evenly… Continue
Added by Kiki Pruitt on March 29, 2010 at 2:32pm —
This recipe can be cut in half for smaller families, but I doubled it because...well, we have 3 growing bodies that lately can't seem to get enough food. The meal is complete on it's own or I like to serve it over brown rice.
2 lbs. beef flank steak - cut across the grain into 1/4 inch thick slices.
2 lbs. Baby Bok Choy - cut in half lengthwise & cut larger pieces in quarters
6 tsp finely minced fresh ginger root… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on March 25, 2010 at 12:30pm —
This recipe is a quickie to get dinner on the table fast using pre-made ingredients to make a complete meal in a matter of minutes! You can pair it with a side salad and some garlic toast to complete or eat it as is.
1 package fresh cheese tortellini (you can find this in the fridge section of your grocery store near the cheese usually - I buy the family size or 2 packs of the small since I have 5 people to feed).
1 Rotisserie chicken - shredded to bite size pieces (found in… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on March 23, 2010 at 9:56am —
Super simple recipe to make meat loaf that cooks in half the time.....kid tested, kid approved too.
1/2 cup ketchup
1 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 lb ground sirloin
3/4 c finely chopped onion (Pampered Chef Chopper, can't live without)
1/4 c seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 400… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on March 22, 2010 at 11:00am —
These chicken tenders are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.
CRISPY OVEN-FRIED CHICKEN TENDERS (serves 3 to 4)
1 to 1¼ lbs. chicken tenders
2 egg whites
2 tsp cornstarch
Zest of a whole lemon (and juice from half)
1 C Panko breadcrumbs
2 Tsp dried parsely
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a shallow dish,… Continue
Added by Kirk Leins on January 23, 2010 at 11:30pm —
This recipe was provided to me by Kirk Leins....It has been kid tested with 3 thumbs up (for those who don't know me, that equates to all my kids) and makes for damn good leftovers (if you have any...tonight, not so much). I personally omit the chili powder and paprika for the sake of my picky eaters, but miss it oh so much....so, if you like "flavor" keep it in! Hope you enjoy it as much as we… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on October 12, 2009 at 10:30pm —
Saw the picture of the meatball sandwich that Liz posted and I was inspired to post my recipe for the fillin's.
MEATBALLS AND SAUCE (makes 20 to 24 meatballs)
For the meatballs:
2 lbs. ground beef chuck (15 to 20 percent fat)
3 extra-large or 4 large eggs, seasoned with Kosher salt and beaten well
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 Tsp dried oregano
1 Tsp dried basil
1/4 Tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 C… Continue
Added by Kirk Leins on June 28, 2009 at 10:35pm —
So here's the story...
I've been working on this recipe for a while. My idea was to come up with an easy, weeknight version of mac 'n' cheese that didn't utilize processed cheese or canned soup. After several non-successful attempts I think I've come up with something you're really gonna love. Check this out.
EASY BREAZEY MAC 'N' CHEESEY (serves 6)
2 C Barilla elbow macaroni
2 C sharp cheddar cheese,… Continue
Added by Kirk Leins on June 24, 2009 at 10:00pm —
I'm always getting asked for "Crockpot" recipes. Here's one for a slow cooked brisket that I really like. Just made it on Saturday night for dinner with my son and it was a big hit. It's a little sweet and a little savory, but feel free to adjust the ingredients and make it your own.
SLOW COOKER BEER BRISKET
3 Lbs. beef brisket, trimmed of excess fat
2 onions, sliced
3 dried bay leaves
1 C Guiness Stout
1/2 C Heinz chili… Continue
Added by Kirk Leins on May 19, 2009 at 12:00am —
A brief story...
So, the other day I picked up my son from school and headed for the supermarket to buy that night's groceries. The evening before I'd roasted a chicken and had a more than half of it leftover. Walking the aisles, I started picking up ingredients and put together this impromptu dish. It turned out to be extremely tasty. So good, in fact, that my 4-year old son, Rocco, had seconds. When he asked me what it was called I told him the first thing that came to mind...… Continue
Added by Kirk Leins on May 13, 2009 at 2:00pm —
Here's a great chicken dish that can be served atop rice, and along with Kiki's Cucumbers in Yogurt Salad
PAN FRIED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH ORANGE-SAGE PAN SAUCE – serves 4
- 4 large chicken breast halves, at least 1¼ inches thick
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1½ tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1½ C fresh squeezed orange juice
- 2 tbsp fresh sage, finely… Continue
Added by Kirk Leins on April 13, 2009 at 10:30pm —
This is a popular recipe from the February 2009 issue of the Everyday Gourmet. Considering the amount of requests I get for chicken recipes I figure I'd post it. If you like BBQ chicken, you'll love this.
ROASTED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH EASY BBQ GLAZE (serves 4)
4 chicken breast halves, on the bone (approximately ½ to ¾ lb. each)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3-4 tbsp canola oil
Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
For the glaze:
¾ C… Continue
Added by Kirk Leins on March 30, 2009 at 8:58pm —
This is my recipe for the classic Roman staple. If you like bacon, tomatoes and pasta, this is your dish. Enjoy.
1 lb. DeCecco Spaghetti
½ lb. Pancetta, diced small (you can also use quality smoked bacon)
2 medium onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
(1) 28 oz. can whole San Marzano tomatoes, Broken up by hand
¼ Tsp crushed red pepper
¼ C reserved pasta cooking water
¼ C Pecorino-Romano cheese, grated
2-3 Tbsp extra… Continue
Added by Kirk Leins on March 20, 2009 at 12:08am —
Trust me when I say you will not have to try too hard to get your kids to eat this dish. These sweet and sour drumettes also make for a great potluck or party offering.
POLYNESIAN-STYLE SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN (serves 2)
- 16 chicken drumettes
- Non-stick spray
- 4 Tbsp water
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- ½ C brown sugar
- ½ C dark soy sauce
- ¼ C distilled or white wine vinegar
- (1) 20 oz. can of pineapple chunks (packed in juice), drained and juices… Continue
Added by Kirk Leins on March 9, 2009 at 4:30pm —
This is my recipe for an authentic version of the Peruvian staple. You'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who won't like this dish.
POLLO SALTADO (serves 2)
2 large boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4 “ inch pieces
3 Tbsp soy sauce
¼ Tsp paprika
1/8 Tsp ground cumin
2 C frozen French fries
½ of a red onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 medium-sized tomato (ripe but firm), cut into wedges
¼ C cilantro leaves, plus… Continue
Added by Kirk Leins on March 4, 2009 at 3:09pm —
This is one of my most favorite dishes from childhood. Really easy and super kid friendly...
PIZZA AZTEC (serves 4)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1¼ lb. ground beef or turkey
2 tsp chili powder
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
(4) 9” flour tortillas
1 large can (7-oz.) chopped green chili
2 C Cheddar and/or Monterey Jack cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350… Continue
Added by Kirk Leins on March 3, 2009 at 4:21pm —