Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Stuffed Shells

These are one of my favorites and sooo good! This is the dinner you are full and keep eating. Seriously I have no will power when it comes to this dish. You have been warned. Proceed to your kitchen with caution. 

Stuffed Shells

16 oz Alfredo sauce
2c cooked chicken, shredded
2c cooked broccoli
1c shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 c shredded Parmesan
21 Jumbo pasta shells
1 1/2 c spaghetti sauce


1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
2. In a large bowl, mix alfredo, chicken, broccoli, and cheese. Spoon mixture into pasta shells. (Shells do not have to be cooked however it is easier if they are al dente.)
3. Grease 13x9 baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Evenly spread spaghetti sauce on the bottom. Arrange shells in baking dish.
4. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


I am so glad my husband puts up with this should have been Italian girl. By the way I cook and eat you would think I was Italian. But nope! This is one I love since we both can make one to what we want. (Of course we don't like the same things in them!)
If you do not have time or want to make your own dough, substitute a pizza dough in! For the filling I listed what we put in but you can put whatever you want!


1 tsp active dry yeast
1 Tbsp sugar
3/4 c warm water
1 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
3c all-purpose flour

6 slices of mozzarella cheese
Hot peppers (his)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Italian seasoning blend

1. Combine warm water, yeast, and sugar, and stir util dissolved. Let that sit for about 5 minutes or until it becomes frothy on top.
2. After about 5 minutes, stir in olive oil and salt. 
3. Pour the yeast mixture into a large bowl and ad one cup of flour stir until smooth. Continue to add flour, a 1/2 c at a time. (I used a mixer)
4. Knead over a floured surface for about 5 minutes, adding flour as you go. Knead in flour until the dough is soft and no longer sticky.
5. Form the dough into a ball and place it back in a bowl, loosely cover it with plastic, and let it rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
6. Once dough is doubled, place it on a floured surface. Pat the dough down into a rough rectangular shape. Cut in half if you want to make two.
7. Gently stretch each out into a larger rectangle. (Do not use a rolling pin for a fluffier dough)
8. Arrange your topping over the dough. Roll the dough up so it forms a log.
9. Place on a baking sheet and brush with the olive oil. Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the top. (I sprinkled a little mozzarella cheese)
10. Allow the Stromboli an hour to rise. Pre-heat oven to 400
11. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. Slice and enjoy.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cucumber Tomato Salad

This one is my husbands request when our garden is coming in. He absolutely LOVES it  and I love that it's so simple to throw together. I will make it and then throw it in the fridge and we snack on it as we come and go. 

Cucumber-Tomato Salad

1 large cucumber, sliced
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
2c small tomatoes, quartered
1/4 olive oil and vinegar dressing
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix everything in a container
2. Toss to coat.
3. Chill and eat

Friday, August 12, 2016

Zucchini Bread

Shocking here comes another bread recipe! (I know I probably need to stay off the bread!) Zucchini bread is soooooo good! I promise you cannot taste the zucchini. 
TIP: I am about to start processing more zucchini to freeze. I put it in the Ninja Kitchen Aid Processor and grate it. Then I put it in 2 cup servings in freezer Ziploc bags. And now you can have Zucchini bread whenever!

Zucchini Bread

3c Flour
1/2 tsp backing powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
3 eggs
2 c. sugar
1c applesauce (*see note at bottom)
2 tsp vanilla
2c. zucchini grated
1c pecan, chopped (optional)
1c semi sweet chocolate chips (optional) 

1. Pre-heat oven to 350, grease 2 9x5 loaf pans
2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, spices, and baking soda.
3. In a large bowl, beat eggs until fluffy. Add in sugar and continue beating until well blending.
4. Stir in apple sauce, vanilla, zucchini, pecans, and chocolate chips.
5. Stir in sifted ingredients.
6. Pour into loaf pans.
7. Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean from the middle.
8. Cool on rack and enjoy.

*** You can use vegetable oil in place of applesauce. I find that the bread is more moist with the applesauce.
***You can use muffin tins instead of the loaf pan. This is our favorite so every piece is an edge piece.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Beer Bread

So again I come to you with a bread recipe.. (I know what you are thinking, "Do we really need another bread recipe?") This is so easy and fast and all you need is a Ninja Processor and dough blade and loaf pan. Oh and a beer you like. I really hope I never have to do a diet where you cannot have bread, I know I would fail!

Beer Bread

3c all purpose flour
1/4c granulated sugar
1Tbsp baking powder
1tsp salt
1 12oz can/bottle beer (or lemon/lime soda may be substituted)
1/2 stick of butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
2. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt to mixer and mix until combined. 
3. Add beer and continue to mix. 
4. Pour half of the melted butter into the loaf pan.
5. Add the bread mixture. (It will be more like a batter)
6. Add the remaining butter on top.
7. Bake on center rack for 50-60 minutes, until the top is brown and crispy.
8. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas

I am back! I know its been forever since I last shared some tasty delicious meals with you. But with coaching softball and the end of the school year I got so busy! I hope you all will forgive me! So for my first meal back I wanted to share a great and easy prepare ahead meal!

Before that I have to brag! We have a friend that is amazing with his leather work! He made us some wonderful sleeves for our cast iron skillets! There are AMAZING!

Fajitas are wonderful and great but how many of us really have time (or will after a long day) to prepare a meal? This is something I prepare the night before and then let sit in the fridge until I am ready to cook it the next evening. You can prepare and cook in the same day but the longer you let the peppers and chicken sit in the spice mixture the better it gets! This smells heavenly as it cooks. 

As you know from other posts, I am not a fan of heat (sorry!). But if you do want some extra heat I would add in some hot peppers in to your taste or like my husband a couple splashes of Habanero Sauce (Hulk Sauce, as he calls it) and it gives just the kick!

Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas

Spice Mixture:
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1/2 Tbsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper (you can add more for more heat)
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp Corn Starch

2 small onions, chopped
3 Bell Peppers, sliced no wider than 1/2 inch
2 lb. chicken breast, sliced no wider than 1/2 inch
2 Tbsp olive oil
Whole Wheat Tortillas

1. Preheat oven to 400.
2. Mix all the spice ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
3. In a 9x13 baking dish add the onions, bell peppers, and chicken breast. (You can add a hotter pepper)
4. Mix in the spices and turn to evenly coat.
5. Add the olive oil and mix.
*At this point you can go ahead and cook or if you are preparing a head place in the fridge*
6. Place in oven for 30 minutes, after 15 minutes stir and place back for the remaining 15 minutes.
7. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Wow... It really has been a long time since my last post. But with softball going on there aren't many new recipes. During our busy schedule we stick to the homemade pizza and crock pot meals. This recipe is an easy throw together that adds something extra special to any meal. 
One of the best parts about Red Lobster is the Cheddar Bay Biscuits. I love them and its a fight between me and my husband over the last one! This is such an easy recipe, especially with the Ninja Blender with a dough hook and switching to the blade when you add the cheese (optional but really gets cheese into every part!). 

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

2 c Flour (all purpose)
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 c buttermilk
1/2 c butter, melted
1 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese (more doesn't hurt)

**Topping (to be brushed on after baking)
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 Tbsp parsley
1/2 tsp garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 450 and spray a baking sheet
2. In the mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, garlic powder, and cayenne.
3. In a bowl, whisk together the milk and butter. Pour in mixture.
4. Add in cheese. 
5. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop batter onto baking sheet. 
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes. While baking prepare the topping by mixing the three ingredients together.
7. When the biscuits are golden brown remove from the oven. Brush the topping on each biscuit.