Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Veggie Pizza

I like to make this for something different...sometimes as an alternative to veggies & dip.

You will need:
2 tubes of refrigerated crescent rolls (I used reduced fat)
8 oz. cream cheese (I used the 1/3 less fat)
1 c. mayo (I used light)
1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
assorted vegetables, chopped

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Press crescent rolls into bottom and up sides of pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool.

Combine cream cheese, mayo and ranch mix. Spread over crust.

Top with veggies and cheese. Refrigerate & serve.

Veggie suggestions: red onion, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, mushrooms, carrots, celery, green pepper, red bell pepper

Monday, March 14, 2011

Homemade French Fries

These are delicious!

You will need:
4 potatoes, each cut into 8 wedges
2 t. olive oil
1 t. basil
1 t. garlic salt

Heat the oven to 500 degrees. Spray a jelly roll pan with cooking spray.

Place potatoes in a bowl. Combine olive oil, basil and garlic salt in a bowl...add potatoes and toss to coat with oil/spice mixture. Arrange in a single layer in your pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes, stirring once halfway through.



We are not huge fans of meatloaf in our house but I give it a try every now & then for something different. We eat meatloaf about once a year. HA! I had made this meatloaf as a freezer meal a few months ago and just pulled it out last week. I was told it was the "best meatloaf I have ever had".

You will need:
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 c. crushed Ritz crackers
3/4 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 packet of dry onion soup
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. ketchup (plus extra for drizzling)
2 T. steak sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I mix everything together until it well combined and then shape into a loaf and put into an 8x8 baking dish. (I like to drizzle a little bit of ketchup over the top of the meatloaf before I bake it.)

Bake until the center is no longer pink, approximately 50-70 minutes.


*I found this recipe here on allrecipes.com. I followed this recipe as written, except for how she mixed it together. Why waste extra dishes??

Strawberry Bread

We've been loading up on the strawberries around here the past few weeks with being able to find them for $1.00. I had some strawberries that I had already cut up...with being gone a lot over the weekend, they just didn't get eaten. I needed to find something to do with them before I ended up having to throw them away. I decided to make some Strawberry Bread for the kids. I had a small piece and it was pretty tasty!! I found this recipe on allrecipes.com and made it pretty much as written (a big surprise to those of you that know me).

You will need:
2 c. chopped strawberries (you may want to use more if you want more of a strawberry taste)
3 1/8 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 T. ground cinnamon
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 1/4 c. vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 c. chopped pecans (I did not use these)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two loaf pans with cooking spray.

Place chopped strawberries in a medium bowl...sprinkle lightly with sugar.

Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt & baking soda in a large bowl. Mix together well. Blend eggs & oil into strawberries. Add strawberry mixture to the flour mixture and stir until dry ingredients are just moistened.

Divide batter into pans.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and then remove bread from pans to cool the rest of the way.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is a yummy appetizer that works well for parties and other gatherings.

You will need:
8 oz. cream cheese or neufchatel cheese, softened
1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded (or use a large can of chicken, drained)
8 oz. shredded cheese (I've used cheddar or a colby jack mix)
3/4 c. Red Hot Wings Sauce, Buffalo flavored (lessen this if you're not into spicy food)
1/3-1/2 c. ranch dressing
Tortilla Chips, for serving
Celery, for serving

I start out by melting the cream cheese. You can do this on a stove top or in the microwave. Then I slowly start adding in the other items (except chips & celery) until it is all well blended and melted together.

Serve hot with with chips & celery.

ENJOY!! :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

You will need:

1 whole chicken
1 can tomato soup
3/4 c. onion, chopped
1/4 c. vinegar
3 T brown sugar
1 T worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. dried basil

Put chicken in the crockpot. Combine all of the rest of the ingredients; mix and pour over chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Enjoy!! :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Pizza Burgers

I posted this a while back on the Centsible Shopping site...

When we moved from the Chicago area back to Northwest Ohio, our Chicagoland church blessed us with several gifts. One of my favorite gifts that I will always treasure is a cookbook. They knew how much I loved to cook and bake so the wonderful people there wrote their favorite recipes on cards and they were put into a book for me.

One of my family's favorite recipes from this book is Pizza Burgers, a recipe from a very sweet family.

These pizza burgers are yummy, and simple to make too!

You will need:
1 # ground chuck, browned & drained
1/2 c. tomato sauce
1/2 c. ketchup
2 T. parmesan cheese
1/2 t. garlic (I use garlic powder)
1/4 t. oregano
6 Kaiser rolls
Sliced mozzarella cheese

Combine all of the above ingredients except for rolls & mozzarella cheese. Cut the Kaiser rolls in half (like a hamburger bun) and butter the inside top. Add meat mixture and a slice of cheese. Put sandwich together and wrap in foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

*When I've not had sliced mozzarella cheese I have used shredded and it works, it's just messier when you are making it. I think I've also used sliced provolone cheese as well.