Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chicken & Rice

This recipe is seriously yummy and so quick. It is Brinli's favorite. The kids all have a night to pick and help fix dinner and Wednesday is Brinli's. I have to kindly persuade her to not pick this EVERY week.


4 chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can water
1 pkg. dry Italian salad dressing mix
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese

Put chicken breasts, can of soup, water, and Italian dressing mix into crock pot;
Cook for 4 hours in the crock pot;
1/2 hour before it is done, add cream cheese. We love this over rice. May also serve over egg noodles. This is making me hungry!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Chicken Quesadilla with Mango Salsa

This is so yummy! I loved it! Some of the kids even liked it.


2 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 dried ancho or pasilla chili pepper, stemmed and seeded
Salt to taste
4 - 10 in. flour tortilla
6 oz. thin sliced jack cheese
1 ripe mango, sliced thin
1/4 c. minced red bell pepper
1/4 c. sliced green onions
Mango Salsa (Recipe below)

Cook chicken on lightly oiled grill over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side. Let cool and cut into bite size strips. Puree the tomato sauce and dried pepper in blender. Put in small sauce pan and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes.
Add grilled chicken to pan and toss well to coat. Season to taste with salt. Place flour tortilla on flat surface. Top half of each tortilla with equal amounts of cheese, mango, bell pepper, green onion, and chicken. Fold over tortilla.
Cook in large skillet on both sides until cheese is melted and tortilla is crisp, about 5 minutes on each side.
Serve with Mango Salsa. Makes 4 entree servings


1 large peeled, pitted and chopped mango
1/3 c. chopped red bell pepper
1/4 c. minced red onion
1/2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 Tbsp. lime juice
1/8 tsp. salt

Mix all ingredients together! Yummy!

Minestrone Soup

I received this recipe while in Vernal, Utah from a great friend, Camille Rowe.


1/4 c. raw rice
1 small bay leaf
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. basil
3 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 qt. water
1 lb. browned hamburger
1 c. chopped onion
1 cubed raw potato
1 c. sliced carrots
1/2 c. sliced celery
1 c. shredded cabbage
2 1/2 c. bottled tomatoes, blended with blender
8 oz. cubed velveta cheese

This may seem like a different combination (specifically the cabbage and velveta cheese) but it is really good.
Mix together. Simmer for 1 hour

Strawberry Dressing

This is a Strawberry salad dressing to die for from Sister Murri. Everyone that has tried it wants the recipe, so I will share it with you.


1/3 c. berry vinegar (if you can't find that use 1/4 c. red wine vinegar)
1-2 c. fresh mashed strawberries (you can use frozen strawberries)
1/4 tsp. onion powder
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
1 c. vegetable oil

Put everything in blender except the oil. Blend! After it is mixed well then slowly add the oil and blend slowly together.

Chicken Salad Sandwich

This is another recipe from Sister Murri. Like I said before, everything she makes is Fabulous.


2 c. cooked chicken , cubed
1 1/2 c. red grapes, cut in half
1 1/4 c. chopped celery
1/2 c. slivered almonds (opt.)
1/4 c. miracle whip
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Onera seasoning
(this contains salt, msg, garlic, and onion powders)
I just add a little of what I have to replace the Onera seasoning.

Mix and chill. Makes about 8 1/2 c. servings on a soft pita bread or croissant.
This is making me hungry! ENJOY!!

Broccoli Salad

I got this recipe from a dear sister, Sister Noel, that served a CES mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.


1 bunch broccoli, raw
1 bunch cauliflower, raw
3 green onions chopped (optional)
12 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 c. sunflower seeds
1 c. grated cheddar cheese

1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 c. sugar

Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar. Whisk until smooth (chill dressing overnight for the best results). Mix all other ingredients in a separate bowl. Add dressing to remaining ingredients just before serving to prevent saturation.

Wendy's Hamburgers Chili

The name says it all. Chili is another favorite for Daymon and so I have tried many recipes and this is his all time fav.


2 lbs. ground beef
1 (29 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (29 oz.) can kidney beans with liquid
1 (29 oz.) can pinto beans with liquid
1 c. diced onions (1 medium onion)
1/2 c. diced green chili peppers (2 chilies)
1/4 c. diced celery (1 stalk)
3 med. tomatoes chopped
2-3 tsp. cumin powder
3 Tbsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. salt
2 c. water

Brown beef then add the rest of the ingredients to a large pot. (I just put it in the crock pot) Bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook, stir every 15 minutes for 2-3 hours. If you put it in the crock pot don't stir it so frequently. Cook it on high for about 3-4 hours or low for about 5-6. Stir only two or three time in that time frame. One thing that is nice about the crock pot is you really don't need to hang around and babysit the food, leave it in as long as you want. :)

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

I found this recipe from "Dole" and it is so easy and yummy


1 (5-7 oz.) package baby spinach or baby romaine
2 c. sliced strawberries
1/2 c. crumbled goat or feta cheese
1/4 c. pine nuts, toasted

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves, or 1 tsp. dried basil, crushed
Salt and black pepper to taste

Whisk vinegar and olive oil in small bowl. Add basil and season with salt and pepper. Combine salad and strawberries in large bowl.
Add vinaigrette; gently toss to evenly coat. Sprinkle with cheese and pine nuts.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Parmesan Chicken

I received this recipe from Sister Murri, she and her husband served a CES mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in our area. She was an amazing cook, everything she made was WONDERFUL!


8 Boneless chicken breasts
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. parmesan cheese
1 tsp. onion salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 c. bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. oil

Pound chicken or cut chicken in half until 1/2 inch thick. Dip chicken into buttermilk then into dry ingredients, which have been mixed together. Fry in oil on each side until brown. Stove should be less than medium heat.

Pizza Hut Pizza Dough

We have a fun tradition to have pizza movie night every Friday night, needless to say, we have tried just about every pizza recipe imaginable. This one has been our favorite.


1 1/3 c. warm water
2 tsp. sugar
1 1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. cornmeal
3 c. unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. yeast

Mix all ingredients and let raise. Divide and place on greased pans and let rest in pans for 10-15 minutes.
Add topping and Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

We always have to double this recipe

Basic Bread

Everyone that tries this bread loves it. I think it is because it is so easy and it tastes great. I got it from a friend in Logan, Utah many years ago when I was just learning how to make bread and it has never failed. I think the combination of easy and yummy is great. We also use this dough recipe for wheat bread and scones. Yum!


2 c. warm water
2 Tbsp. yeast
2 Tbsp. sugar

Mix these three together and let raise until foamy (I usually omit this part because I don't have time)

2 c. warm water
6 Tbsp. sugar
4 tsp. salt
1 cube margarine melted

(let raise until bubbly, once again I skip this part)

8 c. flour (mix well) then start to knead and slowly add 1-2 more cups.

For the Wheat Bread Recipe just add 4-5 c. wheat flour in place of the white. I have noticed that mixing half white and half wheat makes it lighter and more enjoyable for the family.

Raise for 1:15 minutes punch it down and divide into 3 loaves.

Place in buttered pan and let raise for 40 more minutes

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, take out and butter the top and put back into the oven for approximately 10 more minutes.