Thursday, December 1, 2011

Strawberry Jell-O Salad

This is a recipe that goes all the way back to my grandma.  Our family has this at every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.  I love it and it's super easy to make.


1 large box Raspberry Jell-o
2 containers frozen sliced strawberries (10 ounce size)
1 large can crushed pineapple
3 mashed bananas
1 container sour cream


1.  Pour pineapple into colander and allow to drain while performing the other steps.  The more juice you can get off the better or the jell-o won't set properly.
2.  Add 1.5 cups boiling water to jell-o and stir until dissolved.
3.  Stir in the frozen strawberries making sure to break up all the clumps.
4.  Stir in the pineapple and bananas.
5.  Pour 1/2 the jello mixture into a 9x13 pan and chill until set.  Keep the remainder in the bowl on the counter until step 7.
6.  Spread the entire container of sour cream on top of the first layer of set jello.
7.  Pour the remainder of jello on top of the sour cream layer.
8.  Chill until top layer is set.

Makes about 24 servings.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mu Shu Chicken

I have never been a fan of chinese food, but I decided the other night to be adventurous and try a new dish.  Now I have a new favorite dish to order at chinese restaurants.  This dish is so incredibly easy too.  Less than 30 minutes from start to finish.


1-1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
1/2 package sliced baby bella mushrooms
1/2 package broccoli slaw (6-8oz)
1/2 package coleslaw mix (6-8oz)
1 bunch green onions sliced (just the green tops)
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp Hoisin sauce
1/2 cup Wishbone Light Asian Sesame and Ginger Vinaigrette
10-14 flour tortillas (soft taco size)


1.  Heat oils in large fry pan over medium high heat.
2.  Add the onions, chicken and mushrooms and stir fry until chicken is cooked through.
3.  Add the slaws and the dressing and cook until heated through and veggies are crisp tender.
4.  Wrap the tortillas in paper towels and microwave until warm, about 1 minute.
5.  Fill your tortillas with the chicken mixture, top with extra hoisin if desired and enjoy.

Makes about 7 servings (2 tortillas full per serving)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Homemade Beer Bread

Everyone I know loves beer bread and it's so easy to make when you buy the mix pre-packaged.  That can start to get expensive though so I've found a recipe that I think tastes even better and is just as easy to make.


1 12oz bottle or can of beer, any flavor
3 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar


1.  Pre-heat oven to 350F.
2.  Whisk together dry ingredients, add beer and stir until well blended.
3.  Pour into a greased 9x5 loaf pan.
4.  Bake for 50-60 minutes until crust is golden brown.

Makes 1 loaf for about 12 servings.

Peanut Soup

I'm not one for spicy foods and all the peanut soup recipes I've come across call for heat including the original recipe for this one.  However I thought I'd try it with out the heat and see what happens.  I also wanted a crock pot recipe so I adapted this for the crock pot to save on time.  The original recipe can be found here with my recipe to follow.


2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
6 cups 99% fat free, reduced sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1 cup creamy peanut butter

Chili powder to taste (for less spice)
Ground red pepper to taste (for more spice)


1.  Place the first 5 ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours until the sweet potatoes and carrots are tender.
2.  Use an immersion blender to completely puree the soup.  If you don't have an immersion blender, place the soup in a food processor and blend until smooth.  You will need to do this in 3 or 4 batches.
3.  Pour the soup back in the crock pot and add in the peanut butter.  Mix until well blended.  Add additional seasonings to your liking and turn back to low until heated through.

Makes 8 servings (A little over 1 cup each)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tuscan Chicken Simmer

It's been so long since I've made this that I've forgotten how much I love it.  It's such a simple dish, yet full of flavor.  Here is the original recipe:

Here's my version:


4 chicken breasts (about 4oz each)
4oz light cream cheese
1/4 cup pesto (regular or sun-dried tomato flavor)
1/4 cup water
1 cup grape tomatoes slice in half
2 cups cooked egg noodles


1.  Heat a large non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium high heat.
2.  Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper and cook in skillet for 8-10 minutes until nicely browned oneach side and cooked through.
3.  Meanwhile, cook the egg noodles according to package directions and drain.
4.  Remove chicken from skillet and cover to keep warm.
5.  In the same skillet mix the next 4 ingredients until cream cheese is melted and sauce is heated through.
6.  Add the chicken and noodles back in, stir and cook until chicken is heated through.

Makes 4 servings