Friday, March 30, 2012

Chicken Caesar Salad

J is out of town so I haven't been sleeping well. I took a nap after work today and now I can't make myself get up! I guess I slept too long. I need to get myself up now and clean, clean, clean....ugh!

I love this Caesar dressing recipe. It is from my co-worker Cat. There is no egg or anchovy involved and it has the perfect Caesar Dressing flavor! I bought those frozen chicken breasts and have found many great uses for them. Of course you could make your own breaded chicken breast or grilled chicken breast or even shrimp! 

Chicken Caesar Salad
lettuce- I used spinach, but Romaine would work better
Frozen Breaded Chicken Breast- cooked
Parmesan shavings
1 garlic clove
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
optional: croutons

The garlic was hiding in the picture above. This is the Dijon that was recommended for me to use for this dressing. It is really good and can be found at Cost Plus World Market or Williams Sonoma.
Remove the paper skin from the garlic. Place in the bottom of a bowl and crush with the back of a spoon or some sort of crusher like this handy wooden thing!

Drizzle in oil while stirring. This will infuse the oil with the garlic flavor.

Keep stirring or allow it to sit for a few minutes until it is cloudy.
Remove garlic from the oil.
Stir in lemon juice.

Stir in Dijon mustard.

Stir in salt, then taste to see if you need more. That's all, no egg, or anchovy!
Slice cooked chicken breast into bite sized pieces.
Drizzle dressing into lettuce and toss.
Add Parmesan shavings and a good amount of freshly ground black pepper to salad.
Top with chicken and serve!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Gussied Up Canned Chicken Noodle Soup

I have a head cold! I hate when you get sick and can't taste anything. What I always want when I am sick is chicken noodle soup. There is a great diner around the corner called Fred 62 where I always send Jeffrey to get me some of their chicken noodle soup when I am sick. This time, my body wasn't too sick, just my nose, so I was able to make my own soup. I decided to make a copy cat recipe of my favorite chicken noodle soup from Fred's. Of course homemade soup is better than canned, but I didn't want to go to all that trouble. I made this canned soup taste almost homemade without all the work!

Gussied Up Canned Chicken Noodle Soup

1 can of your favorite chicken noodle soup (I used Progresso, reduced sodium)
1 small carrot
1 celery stick
1 tsp dried onion flakes
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning 
1/2 cup cabbage mix
1/2 lemon
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
optional: 1 cup chicken broth (to extended the soup for 2)

 Dice carrot and celery. Cook in a saucepan with 1 tsp of oil until tender. Add dry minced onions and cook for 1 minute.
 Pour in soup and poultry seasoning. If you are adding in 1 more cup of chicken broth, add it now. Bring to a boil. 
 Add cabbage  (the cabbage will resemble noodles, but without the extra carbs)
 And cilantro
 Add juice of 1/2 lemon....Then heat for 1 more minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (The lemon and cilantro are the secret to making it taste like Fred's soup. Of course you could use fresh parsley if you don't like cilantro.
 Serve immediately. Yum, this recipe will cure a cold for sure, or at least make you feel better!
Luckily, I am feeling somewhat better today!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Meatloaf and Mashed Potato Cupcakes

I had a fantastic day! We visited a new church today, the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. It was beautiful and has some potential for our home church, yeah! Then Emily and I went to see The Hunger Games! I loved the books and the movie was really well done! If you haven't read the books yet, what have you been doing with your life?? I can't wait for the other movies to come out. Now I am watching the season premiere of Mad Men!! oh and I also made Pioneer Woman's Steak Bites and Fried Eggs for dinner.....WOW, SOOO good! I hope you had as good of a day as I did.

This meatloaf recipe is a way to guarantee a great day! My mom gave me this recipe that she has been making for years, but for some reason I had never tried it. I have to say, it is the BEST meatloaf recipe I have ever had. You can make it into a loaf, but I saw this idea for meatloaf "cupcakes" on pinterest and had to try it. It is a great way to get your kids to eat dinner!

Meatloaf and Mashed Potato Cupcakes

Brown Sugar Glaze
1/4 cup chili sauce or ketchup
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 pound ground turkey
1/2 pound ground beef (80/20)
2 tsp oil
1/2 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves
1 egg
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
few drops of Frank's Red Hot
1/4 tsp plain yogurt (I used Greek)
1/3 cup crushed saltine crackers
3 Tbsp chopped parsley
4-5 slices of bacon
Preheat the oven to 350.
Dice an onion and mince garlic
Mix together egg, yogurt, thyme, salt, pepper, mustard, Frank's, and Worcestershire 

Heat oil in a skillet and cook onion until tender.
Add minced garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Set them aside to cool.
Stir together glaze ingredients.
Stir in parsley, crackers and cooled onions.
Add meat and stir together gently, do not over mix.

You can either make it into a loaf or make them in a muffin tin. I used my ice cream scooper and it was the perfect amount in each muffin tin. 

Brush the glaze on top of the meat.
Make sure to use all of the glaze, it is the best part!
Place a layer of bacon on top of each muffin.
Or maybe the bacon is the best part....I can't decide.
Bake for 35 minutes. If you are making a loaf, bake for 1 hour.
Make your favorite mashed potatoes. I made mine with cream, salt, sour cream and butter! So yummy. 
Remove from oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes. 

Place potatoes in a gallon bag and pipe out onto "cupcakes" creating the "icing."
Top with green onion "sprinkles."