Category: Easy Cooking


This will be the easiest recipe I have ever posted!! Just TWO ingredients!! Yes, you read that right..TWO!! Nestles Toll House Cookie tub and either 1 lb of bacon that YOU cook, or 2 c of Kirkland Bacon Crumbles from Costco…for me, I mixed BOTH!!

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  2. cook Bacon until nice and crispy, for me that is 20-24 mins (and I ALWAYS START WITH A COOL OVEN)
  3. Drain bacon and then chop finely OR use your bacon crumbles…your choice.
  4. Put in little bowl and take a TBL of cookie dough and “roll” it in the bacon and then put on cookie sheet. Fill the sheet and put in oven for 12-15 mins depending on how you like your cookies! I like mine “crispy”!!
  5. Take out and cool and then VOILA…

Could this be any easier?? No measuring, no fuss, and little mess!!  It may sound like a weird combination, but it IS DEEDEEDEELICIOUS!!!! You have to try it!!!

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This I made from the May issue of Cooking Light. So EASY and SOOO darn good!

This I made from the May issue of Cooking Light. So EASY and SOOO darn good!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked large or regular elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups prechopped broccoli florets
  • 6 bacon slices, cooked crispy, then cooled and then crumble and put in bowl and put aside
  • 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic from a jar is just fine!
  • 1 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk…or whole milk..or better yet, 1/2 & 1/2
  • 1 cup chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour $
  • 10 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/4 cups) and i also used some blue cheese that I had on hand!! That was yummy!

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. 2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add broccoli to same pot  during last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain both
  3.  While pasta cooks, place bacon in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pan, drain then crumble; reserve 1 1/2 teaspoons drippings in pan.
  4. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add chicken to drippings in pan; cook 4 minutes. Sprinkle with garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with turmeric; cook 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
  5.  Combine remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, milk, stock, and flour, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to pan; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook 2 minutes or until thickened. Add pasta mixture and 2 ounces cheese; toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining 3 ounces cheese and bacon. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts and just begins to brown.
  6. Let cool about 5 mins and then dish it up!! You will see nothing but empty plates and people asking for more!!

Mac & Cheese Served

This feeds 4 people with a little extra for seconds…and there WILL be seconds!!!

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
Now remember, people….I made this at the Love Kitchen where we serve over 125 people every week and we use whatever it is we have on hand,  In essence, we wing it!!!  You can use fresh, or already cooked chicken…can vegetables or fresh…milk or chicken broth…it is your pallet to do what you like.  Seasoning is important.  S & P and thyme…some garlic powder, again, whatever you choose.
We had 20 cans of Pillsbury biscuits that we had to do something with, so we decided to make that the crust…but then we ran out and went to Bisquick.
So have a go at it….it is simple and it was GOOD!!!!
INGREDIENTS:
cans (10 3/4 ounces each) Cream of Chicken & Cream of Mushroom Soup ….or even Cream of Celery
2 cups of EITHER milk or chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed 
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
 
1 can mixed vegetables-DRAINED
1 can peas-DRAINED
1 can carrots-DRAINED
1 can sliced mushrooms-Drained
You can use corn, string beans, ….whatever is on hand!!! But DRAIN them
OR….you can use fresh carrots (2) celery(2 stalks) , onions ( med diced)  or whatever vegies,  and slice them  
2-3 cups of a  rotisserie chicken already cooked and cut in 1 inch pieces, or cook your own chicken breast, whole chiecken, whatever.. and chop them up…
package of Pillsbury Grand Biscuits or 10 regular refrigerated biscuits or even better, make some Bisquik Biscuits and to put on top of mixture.
DIRECTIONS:
             Preheat oven to 400 degrees
            ***If using fresh vegetables, saute them in pan with 1 TBS oil and saute until soft***
  • Stir the soup, milk, thyme, black pepper, vegetables ( that need to be cooked if fresh) and chicken in a large bowl, and mix with spoon,  then transfer to a 9×13 shallow baking dish
  • Add either the Pillsbury Grand biscuits or whatever biscuits you have in the fridge or make some Bisquick Mix ….whatever you prefer!
  • Bake at 400°F. for 20-25 mins, covered  or until the chicken mixture is hot and bubbling. Then take off cover and cook an additional 10-15 mins until biscuits have turned brown.
  • Take out and let cool about 5 mins and then serve.

Soooo easy and a great comfort food!

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

feeds 4-5 people

Voila...Ready to Serve

Voila…Ready to Serve

INGREDIENTS:

  • 25 Tater Tots thawed at room temp 30 mins before using
  • 1/2 lb of bacon with each strip cut into 3 pieces
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1TBS Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Chipotle Powder (optional..I like things spicy)

DIRECTIONS:

Gather all your ingredients, thaw, cut & mix

Gather all your ingredients

 

1 LB bacon cut into three pieces

1 LB bacon cut into three pieces

 

Tater Tots thawed at room temperature

Tater Tots thawed at room temperature

 

Wrap bacon around tater

Wrap bacon around tater

 

Roll the bacon wrapped tater in the brown sugar mixture

Roll the bacon wrapped tater in the brown sugar mixture

 

Put Taters on parchment or foil lined cookie sheet

Put Taters on parchment or foil lined cookie sheet and cook for 15 mins (or until bacon is crispy) in preheated 375 oven

 

Voila...Ready to Serve

Take out, let cool, stick a toothpick and serve

 

**** I also made these the day before and froze them, then took out and put them on lined parchment and cooked for 25-30 mins at 350 until the bacon was crispy!!***

 

 

VOILA!...and you can add fruit to make it sooo HEALTHY!! hahaha

Bacon Pancakes

Start with the bacon and cook in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 mins until crispy

Start with the bacon and cook in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 mins until crispy

 

Just follow the "all you do is add water" directions for the amount of pancake mix you are going to use

Just follow the “all you do is add water” directions for the amount of pancake mix you are going to use

 

Just put the cooked bacon in the pan and add the pancake mix on top

Just put the cooked bacon in the pan and add the pancake mix on top

 

How easy is that.  Now wait for the bubbles to appear, and then flip over

How easy is that. Now wait for the bubbles to appear, and then flip over

 

30 seconds later....

30 seconds later….

 

VOILA!...and you can add fruit to make it sooo HEALTHY!! hahaha

VOILA!…and you can add fruit to make it sooo HEALTHY!! hahaha

 

Questions?????

 

A root vegetable that looks like a potato but has the sweetness of an apple.  Used primarily in Mexican Dishes

A root vegetable that looks like a potato but has the sweetness of an apple. Used primarily in Mexican Dishes

Jicama is a root vegetable that looks like a potato and taste like an apple!!! It is used, primarily, in Mexican recipes, salads or as a side dish.  I used it as a simple side dish…with “simple” being the active word!!

Clean, cut off the ends, cut in half and peel

Clean, cut off the ends, cut in half and peel.

Once cut, then slice 1/4 inch and then julienne

Once cut, then slice 1/4 inch and then julienne

Add 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced

Add 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced

Add 1/2 cup,of chopped cilantro along with Mexican seasonings ( cumin, chili powder) salt & pepper and juice from1 lime and then refrigerate for 30 minutes or more

Add 1/2 cup,of chopped cilantro along with Mexican seasonings ( cumin, chili powder) salt & pepper and juice from1 lime and then refrigerate for 30 minutes or more

Take out of fridge, stir and plate!! VOILA!!!

Take out of fridge, stir and plate!! VOILA!!!

The Finished Product

This is by far one of the most delicious and EASIEST bread recipes, EVER

Ingredients

1

can of refrigerated Grands biscuits (not the flaky layers)

½

stick of butter

3

cloves of garlic, minced

½

cup grated Parmesan Cheese

1

tsp Italian Seasoning (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Throw the cold 1/2 stick of butter in a Bundt pan and let it melt in the preheating oven.

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2. While the butter melts, cut the Grands biscuits into quarters. In a bowl, toss the biscuit pieces, garlic, Italian Seasoning, and Parmesan cheese together.

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3. Once the butter is melted, add the biscuit mixture, sprinkling with any cheese and garlic that gets let behind in the bowl.

The Finished Product

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20- 22 minutes until golden brown. Turn out on a dish and enjoy!

****Thank you Pinterest for showing me this fabulous & EASY RECIPE!!****

Left over grape tomatoes, garlic, onion, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), some turkey bacon and capers (all on hand) made a great sauce to top some angel hair pasta for an easy pasta dinner!! EASY!!!!

Left over grape tomatoes, garlic, onion, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), some turkey bacon and capers (all on hand) made a great sauce to top some angel hair pasta for an easy pasta dinner!! EASY!!!!

Ingredients

4 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1 shallot, sliced thinly or yellow onion…whatever is on hand
2 TBS minced garlic…from the jar is just perfect!
3 Slices Turkey BAcon (optional)
2 sprigs of basil, sliced into ribbons
2 TBS Capers (optional)
1/4-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
8oz cooked pasta such as angel hair or spaghetti

Instructions

Put olive oil into a hot pan on medium-high heat
Add in the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, be careful not to burn
Add in the shallots or onion and sauté for 1-2 minutes
Saute garlic in EVOO

Saute garlic in EVOO

Add in the tomato halves and sauté a few minutes until soften and juices start flowing
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Add in half of the basil and stir, cook a few minutes to let the sauce thicken up a little bit
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Add in half of the cheese and stir, cooking a few more minutes to combine
Add the cooked pasta into the pan and toss to mix
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Top with Parmesan Cheese & more Basil and Voila!!

Left over grape tomatoes, garlic, onion, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), some turkey bacon and capers (all on hand) made a great sauce to top some angel hair pasta for an easy pasta dinner!! EASY!!!!

Nacho's made easy!

Nacho’s made easy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Tortilla Chips 1/2 bag)
  • 1 cup Grated Monterey Jack Cheese, Cheddar Cheese…or any other cheese you want to use, GRATED
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, seeded & diced
  • 1/2 can Black beans drained (I used leftover)
  • 1/2 med red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large Avocado, diced
  • 1 thinly sliced Jalapeno (optional to your taste buds!)
  • Chopped lettuce
  • 1/2- 4oz can of chopped green chilies (again, optional for you gringo’s)
  • Coarsley chopped Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Tomatilla Sauce or Salsa…whatever you prefer
  • Mexican Cheese (looks like feta)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Spread chips on large plate that can fit in microowave
  2. Put grated cheese all around, and under chips..
  3. Put black beans, intermittently on top of cheese
  4. Zap in Microwave for about 30 seconds until cheese is semi melted
  5. Top with Avocado’s, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeno, chilies, onions….you name it, put it on top!
  6. Then some sour cream
  7. Little Mexican Cheese, crumbled
  8. Then, My favorite…Tomatilla sauce or whatever sauce you like then Cilantro!!

Afterall, this is ALL about YOU!!!!!

Easy breakfast with home made hash potatoes and eggs!

Easy breakfast with home made hash potatoes and eggs!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 potato, cleaned and poked with fork then put into microwave for 3 mins
  • 1/4 c thinly sliced onions
  • 1 garlic, chopped or 1 tsp of minced garlic from jar
  • 2 TBS chopped green chilies from can
  • 1/2 c chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 c chopped ham…or bacon…or whatever you have on hand!
  • 1/2 c grated cheese…cheddar…monterey jack…swiss..put aside
  • 2 eggs cracked and put into a cup
  • seasonings that are to YOUR liking
  • 2 TBS oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. cook potato in microwave, then coarsely chop
  2. heat 2 TBS of oil in pan, add garlic and onion and cook 2 mins then add potatoes
  3. once potatoes are getting brown add ham, tomato, chilies and reduce heat and let brown
  4. once browned on both sides, spread potato mixture so there is a hole in the middle to pour your eggs into, forming a “nest” if you will.
  5. season the eggs, put the cheese on top of the potatoes and cover and cook till eggs are to your liking
  6. Then, carefully remove and put on a plate and voila!!!!!!!!