Wednesday, January 19, 2011


This is a great fast snack. It calls for only a few basic ingredients and it makes about 4 -5cups.
In your blender place ingrediets in order listed.

2 (15 oz) cans of garbanzo beans, on can drained on with liquid
1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
1TBL olive oil
1/4 C lemon juice
1 garlic clove peeled
1tsp cumin

salt to taste and pair with pita chips for dipping! Even Adyson will munch on this instead of sugar! Its so good and taste exactly like the one you buy!

Thursday, January 13, 2011


this recipe comes from the vitamix recipe book but was so basic Im sure it would work in a normal blender as well, just make sure to chop spinach before putting it in.

1/2 C Light mayo or vegginaise

1/2 C sour cream

1 slice lemon peeled and seeded

1 (10 oz) frozen package of spinach thawed and drained

1/8tsp salt

1/8tsp pepper

1/4 C parmesan cheese

1clove of garlic

1/2 C artichoke hearts

place all the ingredients accept the artichokes in the blender in order listed above. blend for about 20 seconds. then place the artichoke hearts in and blend for another 5 seconds.

place in an oven safe dish and cook for 20-25 minutes on 350
Taco Chicken- Crockpot

3-6 chicken breasts
1pkg taco seasoning
1 can chicken broth

Mix seasoning and broth together till combined.
Pour over chicken breasts in crockpot. Cook 4-6 hrs on low.
Shred chicken inside crockpot, will shred super easy.
This is great for tacos, burritos, nachos, or add to salads.
I keep in freezer a big batch to pull out and add to whatever I want.

Freezer Bag Method:
Place trimmed, lightly pounded chicken breast in freezer bag. Add combined broth and seasoning. Seal out air. Label, and freeze laying flat in freezer. When ready to cook, put all contents into crockpot on low for 6 hrs. I do this when chicken is frozen all the time, right out of the freezer, works great!
More Freezer Bag chicken recipes!

Honey Mustard Chicken- Crockpot
Get ready.....Its going to be a shocker, a whole whopping 2 ing to this chicken! But this chicken is delicious!

4-6 chicken breasts
1/2 honey
1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
Dash of salt and pepper

Mix together all ingredients in a bowl till combined and smooth.
Pour over chicken breasts in crock pot.
Cook low 6 hrs.
Turn chicken about half way through cooking to make sure both sides are coating nicely.
Before serving, I take a fork and pull chicken apart, making one piece of chicken into 2 or three.

Serve with fried rice, or mashed potatoes!

Freezer Bag Method!
Follow the above directions except place trimmed, lightly pounded chicken breasts in plastic freezer bag. Pour mixed ing. over chicken, squeeze air out and seal. Label and lay flat in freezer.

To cook: Place contents of bag directly into crockpot. Even frozen! Just make sure the chicken breasts lay flat, then turn over in the middle of cooking to make sure evenly coated.

Delicious Turkey Tacos
I love this recipe because its easy and adds great flavor to the turkey. Great for not only tacos, but burrito filling, lasagna, pasta casseroles, etc. And of course you can use ground beef instead.

1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef)
1 small diced onion
1-2 cups of salsa
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste
*corn tortillas- I lightly saute both sides in canola oil to crisp them up, yummy!

Saute onion till soft, add ground turkey. Generously season with salt and pepper and cumin. When cooked through, add salsa, put lid on pan and let simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve with cheese, tomatos, sour cream, avacado, lettuce etc.

Freezer bag method:
Follow directions above. Let mixture cool. Add to plastic freezer bag, or freezer contatiner.
Reheat to serve, add a little more salsa when reheating.

Mini Meatloaf

I love this recipe and my kids ALL eat it because it is in a little muffin size rather that a huge lump that for some reason freaks every one out. I don't have exact measurements for this recipe- I made it Italian style- little of this little of that :)


Ground beef (about 1lb)
1 piece of buttered white bread, crumbled
Onion, about 1/4 of it, minced
Milk, 2-3 T
Egg, whole
Tomato paste, about 1/2 - 3/4 of the little can
Grill seasoning, any brand- I use Emeril Lagase


Make a well in the middle of the ground beef
Add all the ingredients and then lightly combine. Try to handle the meat as little as possible.
Fill a sprayed muffin tin with a ball of mixture.


Katsup about- 1 C
Brown Sugar about- 1/4 C
Worcestershire Sauce- about 3t.
Orange marmalade- about 1 T

Spread on top of each meatloaf "muffin"

Bake 375 until center reads 165 degrees

I serve with red potatoes and cooked baby carrots