"Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children." Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Skillet Meal

This recipe is so easy and self-explanatory. It is also super delicious.

Scrambled Eggs
Salt & Pepper
Cheddar Cheese

Start browning your hashbrowns since that will take the longest. Cube the ham. When the hashbrowns are close to being done, throw the ham in and season the hashbrowns with salt and pepper. Now you can start your scrambled eggs. When those are finished, you can add it all together and mix it up or you can serve it individually. Top with cheddar cheese. Throw in the microwave if it needs help melting the cheese.
You could also add green peppers or any other veggies you'd like.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sausage & Pepper Pizza

I got this recipe off of a friend's blog.   Although I did add the flax seed to it.  Instead of all-purpose white flour, I substituted with wheat. It was still really good but I did miss the flavor of the white flour.

Pizza Dough:
1 1/2 Cups of Warm Water
1 Tbsp. Honey
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
3 1/3 Cups Flour - white or wheat
1 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Brown Sugar
1 Scoop (2 Tbsp.) Ground Flax Seed
2 1/4 tsp. Yeast

Put all ingredients in breadmaker in the order listed. Set to dough cycle.
When the dough is finished, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take the dough out of the bread maker pan and place on lightly floured bread board and work into a circle with your hands and/or with a rolling pin.
Place on pizza stone. Using a pastry brush, brush the dough with olive oil and then sprinkle with italian seasoning.
Bake at 400 for 5 minutes.
Take out of the oven and spread pizza sauce over it. Then add cheese, and your favorite toppings. Mine are obviously Italian Sausage and Green Peppers. Bake for another 12 minutes at 400 degrees. Cut and serve!

When I made this with wheat flour it was no problem.  Last night I made it with white flour and it was really sticky.  When I dumped it out of the bread pan, I just added a little more flour and kneaded it.  Then it was great!
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

I based this recipe off another recipe that my mom sent me and I changed it a little.
In my attempt at eating healthier but still having yummy food, I bought ground Flax Seed to add to my food. Trust me, I was not thrilled about the idea at first. But these are super good cookies and you can't taste the flax seed at all. Definitely worth the investment. And I don't feel as guilty eating them compared to some of my other recipes.
My kids love these. Next time I will for sure make a double batch and freeze a bunch so I can sneak one (or three) every now and then.

1 1/2 cups All-purpose or wheat flour
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Cinnamon
2 Tbsp. Ground Flax Seed
3/4 cup Applesauce
1 Egg
1 cup mashed ripe Bananas
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
1 cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, stir flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flax together.
Add applesauce, egg, bananas, and vanilla. Mix.
Add oats and chocolate chips and mix again.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jr. Mint Cupcakes

Sorry for the recipe overload today. I was having such a hard time last week and then I did all of this and needed to put them up.

I've already put this recipe on my blog but I made them again and they're pretty cute so I wanted to add the pictures.
Click here for the recipe.

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Stir Fry

I've been trying to eat a little better lately which is why I've been having such a hard time coming up with new ideas for food. And then I thought, "Stir Fry. That has lots of vegetables!" But it also has a lot of sodium. Which is why I marinate my chicken first in Lawry's Teriyaki Marinade. It has half of the sodium that Soy Sauce does but still has great flavor.

2 Chicken Breasts
2 heads of Broccoli
1 bag of Baby Carrots
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Green Bell Pepper
2 Green Onions
Lawry's Teriyaki Marinade - enough to cover chicken
3 - 4 Tbsp of Soy Sauce

Marinate chicken in Lawry's Teriyaki Merinade.
Cut up all veggies and set aside.
Cut chicken up in little strips. You could also do this before you marinate it. Cook it in a pan or wok over medium heat with all of the marinade you used. You may need to add a little water. When the chicken turns white, add the veggies, and soy sauce. Toss really well and cover. Stir every 5 minutes or so until veggies are tender. Serve over rice.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzels

I got this idea from my awesome sister, Suzie! My family's been helping me out a lot lately with ideas. Thanks guys!

So basically, you get a Reese's Bell or 1/2 of a Reese's Miniature cup and put it on a pretzel. Put it in the oven for a few minutes or the microwave for about 30 seconds. Super yummy. It tastes a lot like a Take 5.
You can also use rolos instead of or in addition to Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
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Chicken Curry

This recipe is from my awesome brother, Scott. Thanks!

1 Jar Pataks Coconut Curry (find at Asian stores or Asian aisles at Supermarket)
1 Can 13.5 oz Coconut Milk
1.5 lbs diced Chicken
4 or 5 Red Potatoes
1 Sweet Potato (optional)
Handful of baby carrots
Peas (optional)

Mix Curry and Coconut milk in a wok, let simmer for 5 minutes, add chicken and cook for 15 minutes or so. Add potatos, carrots, peas and let simmer on low for 45 minutes. Serve over rice! Can be served with Naan bread (or Pitas if you can't find Naan.)
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