Saturday, April 23, 2011

Butterscotch Bird Nests

A simple, fun & tasty treat - perfect for Easter!

4 cups Chow Mein Noodles
1 cup peanuts
2 cups butterscotch morsels
1 cup peanut butter
2 tsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
jelly beans

Pour chow mein noodles and peanuts in a very large mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl, heat butterscotch, peanut butter and honey in microwave on 30 second intervals.  Stirring between each interval.  Once melted stir in vanilla.  Pour over noodles and peanuts, combine well.

Next, lay out wax paper. You can either drop the mixture onto the paper to form "haystacks" or use 2 spoons to shape mixture into little nests.  Allow to cool & set for 2-4 hours.  Add jelly beans to nests for a fun Easter themed treat!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuscan Grilled Organic Chicken & Sauteed Vegetable Medley

In an ongoing effort to eat healthy, my AMAZING husband created this fantastic meal in practically no time at all!  This quick & easy dinner will hit all of the musical notes in your mouth!


For the Chicken
1-2 lbs. Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Pounded (we like Publix Greenwise)
1 cup Kraft Tuscan House Italian Dressing & Marinade
Salt & Pepper (optional)

For the Vegetable Medley
3-4 zucchini, cut into large chunks
1 vidalia onion, sliced
1 red pepper, seeded & sliced
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper as desired

Combine the chicken & the marinade in a large Ziploc type bag.  Let marinate for 30 minutes or more in fridge.

Once you get your grill going and the chicken on you can start on the veggies.  Don't overcook your chicken, 4-5 minutes /side is usually enough time but use a meat thermometer to be sure.  Or, if you're lucky like me, your husband knows all about perfectly cooked chicken : )

In a large skillet or saute pan, pour olive oil add vegetables & onions and combine with salt & pepper until everything has a touch of oil on it.  If needed you can add a little more oil or a small amount of reduced sodium chicken stock.  Cook until onions are translucent, add red bell pepper. Cover and cook for 2-3 more minutes.  If you like your veggies cooked more you can continue to cook but just remember that the higher the temp, the more vitamin loss from the veggies. 

Did you know that a red bell pepper has more Vitamin C than an orange?  Well, now you know!

WANNA MIX IT UP?  Sub red onion for vidalia and add yellow squash instead of red bell pepper.
This will give you lots of color on the plate!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fruits and Veggies and $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

For a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card visit the link below!  This giveaway thru the blog Jamie Cook's It Up & is sponsored by BlogHer and Tropicana!  Go check out some fantastic recipes & enter for your chance to win!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Beer Bread!

It's been crazy around here!  The kids are on Spring Break and I feel like the only things I manage to get done are the things that I NEED to get done and not the things I WANT to do or get done!  And, such is life....I guess!

Anywho!  My sweet Aunt Charlie recently shared a super easy bread recipe with me - Beer Bread!  I know what you're probably thinking "Bread?  Who has time to bake bread?"  YOU DO!

You only need 3 ingredients & here they are:

3 CUPS self rising flour
2-3 TBSP Sugar
12 oz Beer (I used a Miller High Life)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray (or grease & flour) a 8"x 4" loaf pan.

Combine the dry ingredients (flour & sugar) & add the beer.  Combine until everything is wet, pour into a loaf pan and put it in the oven for 40-45 minutes.

Remove from pan and cool on rack.  

I could not wait to try the I cut off an end slice and smeared a little butter over it - YUM! 

What are you waiting for??  Go try it!!  Just don't take the last beer ; )