Monday, April 4, 2011

Chicken Cauliflower Curry

I just tried this recipe on my family and it was surprisingly wonderful. The combinations of spices and vegetables are really good together. Most of them really liked it. It may have been a little spicy for the younger children but the rest of them really enjoyed it. CHICKEN CAULIFLOWER CURRY 12 oz. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional) 1/4 tsp salt 2 Tbsp mild curry paste 1 can diced tomatoes 2 cups cauliflower florets 1 Granny Smith apple, diced 1 cup frozen peas 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander or cilantro Preparation Cut chicken crosswise into strips. In a medium size skillet heat 1 tbsp oil on med-high heat. Brown chicken until tender, then take out of the skillet and place in a bowl for later. In the same skillet cook onion, jalapeno pepper and salt, stirring occasionally until tender, about 3 minutes. Add curry paste stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute. Drain tomatoes and add tomatoes to the skillet. Return Chicken to skillet and add cauliflower florette's, and diced apple; cover and simmer until cauliflower is tender. About 10 minutes. Add peas and half of the coriander, stir and simmer for 5 minutes to let the flavors blend. Sprinkle remaining coriander on the top. Most of my children liked this with a dollop of sour cream on the top, this helped decrease the jalapeno heat. I tweaked the recipe a little bit by doubling the amount of cauliflower, and putting in extra peas. I scraped out the membranes and seeds of one jalapeno pepper and that was still a little spicy for my younger children, it was perfect for the older ones though. ENJOY!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

We just had a Relief Society class on using wheat flour in our recipes and they had a sample of this banana bread there for us to try. YUM! YUM! I am not sure whether to put this under the title of Dessert or Bread, it is SO good, it tastes like a dessert but it has wheat flour in it. You can't even tell. I LOVE RECIPES LIKE THIS!


1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups mashed bananas (about 3)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1. Heat oven to 350. Spray bottom of an 8x4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
2.Beat sugar, eggs, and oil in large bowl at medium speed until combined. Beat in banana and vanilla at low speed. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; beat into banana mixture at low speed just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. Spoon batter into pan. Bake 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am constantly looking for ways to include wheat in recipes and this recipe is really WONDERFUL. I am not even kidding, it is SO good. I was happy this recipe was shared with me.


Step 1-Beat together:
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar

Step 2- Add:
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Step 3 - Mix in:
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, you may want to add another 1/4 cup to get a good cookie consistency.
1 bag miniature chocolate chips.

Scoop with a cookie scoop if you have one and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
I noticed that the miniature bag of chocolate chips is the key to making the recipe really good. Having the small chocolate throughout the cookie makes it so you don't even taste the wheat.
It is REALLY good.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

LEONHARDT Favorite Chocolate Cake

I mixed two different recipes to make this cake and adjusted the oil. Most of the recipes just have powdered sugar on the top of the cake when it is complete but I found one recipe for the frosting and used a different recipe for the cake and it was a HUGE hit for our family. Even Nate said "That's easily the Best Chocolate Cake I've ever had". That is saying something for someone that doesn't necessarily love chocolate and doesn't impress easily.
This recipe is rich and very chocolaty.

1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate fudge cake mix
1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup light sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil (I used 1/2 cup applesauce & 1/2 c. veg.oil to cut down on the fat and it worked out beautifully)
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased 12 cup bundt pan.
3.Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate If desired, dust the cake with powdered sugar.

Fudge Frosting:

2 c. sugar
1/2 c. cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine first 3 ingredients in a heavy saucepan; stir in milk. Add butter; bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until spreading consistency.
Yields 2 1/4 cups.

Pour the frosting over the top of the bundt cake, there is so much frosting that it will make a puddle in the middle of the cake. We didn't use all the frosting, and it was still very tasty.