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Recipe: Baked Chicken and Zucchini

Disclaimer: I’m bad about timing each step. I cook by how things look and smell at different steps more than anything else. And I rarely measure out seasonings and such. I’ll try to get close though!

My mother-in-law gave us some zucchini and tomatoes from her garden recently. Her garden has been going crazy producing veggies and we’ve benefited from it as well.

I only had one chicken breast to work with, so yours will probably look fuller in the pan.

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts, cut into large pieces

1 tbsp olive oil

4-5 tomatoes (I used Roma)

2 medium sized zucchini

Bag of steamable broccoli

1-2 Garlic clove

Seasonings (to your taste buds preference):

Black pepper

Poultry seasoning

Onion powder

Turmeric

Slice your zucchini into rounds and dice your tomatoes.

Season your chicken with black pepper, poultry seasoning, onion powder, turmeric. Heat up the olive oil (I used medium heat), add in the garlic and chicken, then brown the chicken on both sides. I think I did 5 minutes per side.

Take the chicken out of the pan and set the chicken into a glass baking dish (I used 9×13 pan). Start the oven preheating to 325.

In the pan on the stove that you used to brown the chicken, add your zucchini. You should still have hot olive oil in the pan so be careful. Couple minutes per side, or until zucchini slices start to soften. (At this point I had steamed the bag of broccoli, but I would recommend only doing half the time the bag calls for. I did end up with soggy broccoli at the end).

Add your tomatoes to the pan. Let them cook a couple minutes together.

While the tomatoes and zucchini were cooking I dumped the steamed broccoli into the glass baking dish with the chicken.

Then I added the zucchini and tomato mix on top. Then put it in the oven. The dish baked at 325 for approx 25 minutes.

Then we ate!

Changes I would do next time: add more chicken. Season a little heavier. Remember the garlic. Less steaming on the broccoli before baking. Cook the zucchini a little longer on stovetop before adding to the dish. Maybe add some cauliflower rice.

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Chicken Salad with Homemade Dressing

I’m not sure what to call it besides a surprisingly good and simple salad. I took two large chicken breasts (from Sam’s Club, so they are huge) and threw them in a large pot of water with:

  • 2 garlic cloves (I used “Pop n Cook” frozen garlic)
  • Approx. 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • Approx. 1 tsp black pepper
  • Approx. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp roasted chicken “Better Than Bullion”.

(I’m bad about actually measuring things out. I just eyeball it)

I brought it all to a boil then reduced heat and let the chicken simmer for several hours. It went longer than I had planned because I got busy doing other things (cutting fabric and batting), but it turned out really tender and flavorful.

Then I shredded up the chicken and tossed it in a bowl with shredded lettuce and shredded cheese. I decided to add in chopped up cucumber because I love cucumber. I would have added more stuff but I need to go grocery shopping.

I also made my own dressing, which I think is what ended up making this tastes so good. I put some olive oil in a bowl and added Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and lemon juice. Whisked it together. And then I mixed it up with my little salad. I did not really measure anything, as stated above I’m bad about that, I just tossed it in the bowl and mixed. I didn’t use all the dressing you see in the picture, that would be too much!

If I had to make a guess though I would say:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Add the italian seasonings and garlic powder to your personal taste. Start light and taste as you go, adding more until you get the flavor you like.

You can add also add more or less lemon juice depending on how much you like the flavor. Mine was heavier on the lemon flavor.

Split Pea Soup with Ham and Potatoes

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter holiday. We spent ours with family and friends on Sunday.

Monday rolled around and we were left with the daunting task of…what to do with leftovers. Last year we started a tradition with our neighbors across the street of doing a holiday leftover night. We heat up what we had leftover, they bring over what they had, and we see what’s left by the end of dinner and plan out the next meal.

Most of ours was gone! Except the ham. The big, delicious spiral ham.

I chopped up what was left of the ham, put it in a deep pan with garlic, water, chicken bullion, onions, a bag of dry split peas (rinsed and sorted), and then added shredded carrot and diced potatoes. Seasonings were black pepper, Garlic powder, and onion powder.

I cooked it on the stove for about 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.

And I think it’s the best attempt I’ve made yet!

Ingredients:

Diced ham from Easter leftovers, about 2 cups

Bag of dry split peas, rinsed and sorted

4 small potatoes, peeled and diced

1 cup shredded carrot

1/4 cup diced onion

1 garlic clove (I used frozen Walmart ‘pop n cook’)

2 tablespoon chicken bullion (I used ‘Better than Bullion’ brand)

Add the following to your taste:

Black pepper

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Add to large pot, bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer, and let it cook about an hour to 90 minutes. Stir occasionally so you don’t burn the bottom of the soup.

Note: I was worried the potatoes would cook too quickly and become mush before the peas cooked down, but they turned out great.

Dinner Experiment – Chicken and Veggies

Tonight I decided to experiment a little bit with a basic chicken and veggie recipe. (Ingredient list at bottom of post)

I put a tablespoon of olive oil in a deep skillet and started heating it up on medium heat (to prevent burning I heat it on medium). While it was doing that I diced up 3 chicken breasts into small pieces.

Once the oil was hot I added 2 chopped garlic cloves (I get frozen ones from Wal-Mart that I just pop them out of the tray into the pan), diced white onion, and diced green pepper. Let them saute a minute or two until the onion starts to become translucent) then added the chicken. Seasoned it all with black pepper and poultry seasoning.

I kept the heat on medium and stirred fairly often to keep things from burning.

When the chicken was almost done I steamed a bag of broccoli florets and then steamed a bag of riced cauliflower with Italian cheese.

Once the chicken was done I dumped in the broccoli and sauted a minute, chopping some of the larger florets up in the pan, then added the riced cauliflower and about a tablespoon of butter (we use Land O Lakes butter with olive oil).

It turned out much better than I expected! Very flavorful and filling, even without starchy rice or potato.

Ingredient list:

  1. 1 tbsp olive oil
  2. 2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  3. Diced onion (as much as desired)
  4. Diced green pepper (as much as desired)
  5. 3 chicken breasts, diced into bite size pieces
  6. Bag of steamable broccoli
  7. Bag of steamable riced cauliflower with Italian cheese
  8. 1 tbsp butter
  9. Black pepper, to personal taste
  10. Poultry seasoning, to personal taste

Let me know if you try it!

Chicken Pot Pie Egg Rolls

Yes,  the title is right.  Chicken pot pie egg rolls! 

Tonight was my first time making any kind of egg rolls.

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And they turned out pretty good! 

First I cooked up some chicken breasts, corn,  and carrots,  let them cool a little.  Shredded the chicken and diced the carrots up into small bits.  Mixed the shredded chicken,  carrots,  and corn together with a can of cream of broccoli.

I put this in the fridge until I was ready to cook.  Using egg roll wrappers,  I put a couple tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center,  added broccoli sprouts and shredded cheese.  Then I rolled up the egg rolls as the instructions said to do on the package. 

Half of the rolls also got diced onion and jalapeño.

Into a 400 degree oven for 14 minutes.  And out came some pretty yummy egg rolls that I’ve decided to call chicken pot pie egg rolls. 

Now to figure out a good dipping sauce! 

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Easy Crock Pot Chicken stew

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Ingredients:
3 chicken breasts, cubed
1 can cream of chicken
1 can cream of broccoli
1 can cream of potato
1/2 bag baby carrots, diced
3 celery sticks, diced or sliced
1 clove garlic – crushed (I love the frozen cube ones, so easy)
Diced onion (recipe ready by birds eye is easy and quick)
2 cubes chicken bullion dissolved in 2 cups hot water.
1 can corn, drained.

Seasonings: poultry seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, rosemary leaves.

Mix the seasonings with the cubed chicken then brown the chicken in a sauté or frying pan.

Dump all three “cream of” cans in crock pot. Add the diced carrots, celery, onion, and crushed garlic.
Add the broth made from bullion cubes.
Add the browned chicken.

Mix well and let simmer on low in the crock pot for 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally.
During the last hour, add the can of corn.

If I would have had them, I would have added potatoes or rice to the stew.

What’s For Dinner? Taco Tarts!

Thursday on the way home from work, I was trying to think of something different to make for dinner (I have a long drive home, lots of thinking time).

And what pops into my head? Taco Tarts!

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Don’t those look cute? Almost (yes almost) too cute to eat. But…that defeats the purpose, plus we’d still be hungry!

Ingredients:
Step 1:
1 lb ground beef – cooked and drained.
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup taco seasoning

Add water and seasoning to meat and bring to boil. Let simmer til liquid is almost gone.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Step 2:
Pillsbury has a can of dough that is like crescent dough but is a sheet instead of triangles. Cut into squares and press into muffin pan cups. Fill 1/2 way with taco meat. Top with desired items like onions, peppers, etc.

Bake for 10 min at 375. Remove from oven and add shredded cheese to each cup. Bake for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Remove from muffin pan to stop them from sitting and burning while doing next step.

Step 3:
Add your desired cold ingredients such as more shredded cheese and lettuce:

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Or tomatoes and more peppers:

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Or just add a little of everything you love on tacos!

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