Monday, January 31, 2011

Rice Noodle Stir Fry

I bought some tofu the other day and I thought it would be fun to see if I could make a delicious meal with it. I made this tofu stir fry with rice noodles and although it turned out pretty good, I would have to say that tofu is not for me. I think it would be better if maybe it was more of a soup and I didn't have to chew the tofu, so yeah for me this dish would've been much better without the tofu. So include tofu if you like it or eliminate it if you don't because the noodles and stir fry veggies were perfect on their own.

1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1-2 onions, chopped (I used 1 red onion and 1/2 white onion)
1 cup chopped cremini mushrooms
1 8-12 oz package of rice noodles (I used the flat skinny kind)
1 tbsp chili paste (more or less depending on your spice tolerance)
1 tbsp Hoisin sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup green snap peas
1 lb package of extra firm tofu, chopped into bite size squares (optional)

1. Heat the oil in a wok to medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and saute until tender, about 5-10 minutes. Reduce heat if onions begin to burn.
2. Meanwhile, cook your rice noodles and set aside.
3. Add the mushrooms to garlic onion mix. Saute, about 5 minutes.
4. Add the chili paste, Hoisin, and broth. Stir until all ingredients are combined within the wok.
5. Add the broccoli, carrots, and snap peas. Mix all together and cook/steam with the lid on for about 5-10 minutes until those veggies meet your favorite consistency. I like mine cooked pretty well.
6. (If you are not using tofu then skip step 6 and 7) Meanwhile, in a separate skillet. Remove some of the liquid from the wok and put into the skillet. Heat the skillet to medium heat. Add the tofu and cook on each side so that the tofu gets a grilled texture to it. Do not overcook.
7. Add the tofu to the wok and combine ingredients, being careful to not mush the tofu.
8. Add the cooked rice noodles to the wok and combine everything so that all the ingredients are spread around evenly. Serve and enjoy!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Pico de Gallo

This is the ultimate Mexican side, whether it's for on top of your tacos; inside your burritos; mixed in with some rice; or paired with your favorite tortilla chips, this truly is the simplest yummiest side to any Mexican dish.

2 tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch of cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1/2 small red onion, chopped
1/2 white onion, chopped
2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped*
*you can add more or less jalapenos depending on your spice tolerance

1. Combine all ingredients.
2. Use accordingly, enjoy!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Chocolate Chip Blondies

I wanted to bake something different, not just another cookie and even though these blondies are very similar to cookies it was nice to not have to separate them into separate cookie shapes. Plus these have a different taste. I would say this recipe is like a hybrid of a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie...very good.

1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted & cooled
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line a 13 by 9 inch baking pan with two pieces of foil. Spray the foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.
3. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside.
4. Whisk the melted butter and brown sugar together in a medium bowl until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
5. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined. Do not over-mix. Fold in the chocolate chips and the nuts and turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula.
6. Bake until the top is shiny and cracked and feels firm to the touch, 22 to 25 minutes. Place the pan on a rack and cool completely. Cut into bars and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from

Friday, January 21, 2011

Pesto Panini

A simple yet delectable choice for any meal is a panini. Paninis are so easy to make and you don't even need that many ingredients to make it turn out delicious. This panini recipe includes our favorite sauce, pesto.

Ingredients per one panini:

2 slices of sourdough bread
1 tsp of room temperature butter
garlic salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp pesto
2 tbsp cooked chicken meat, I use canned chicken
4 slices of cheddar cheese, enough to cover a slice of bread.

1. Turn on panini maker or personal grill.
2. While panini maker is warming up, spread butter on one side of each piece of bread and then sprinkle the buttered sides with with garlic salt and pepper.
3. Combine the pesto and chicken together and blend well.
3.Place the cheese and pesto chicken mix in between the two slices of bread, buttered sides on the outside of the sandwich.
4. Place sandwich on panini maker until cheese is melted and bread is toasty brown.
5. Remove from panini maker, cut in half and enjoy!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Bread Pudding

We had some leftover stale bread and I didn't want to throw it away because I knew I could find something to make with it and here it is, thanks Megan

6 slices day-old bread
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Break bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.
5. Serve hot and enjoy!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

I had bought a whole chicken on sale at the market and since slow cooker recipes are the best, I found this recipe to make. Like usual, I altered the original recipe and in the end even though the chicken turned out perfect I found that the lemons made the potatoes too lemony. The recipe I posted below has half the amount of lemons that I used and I think that is necessary if you are going to add potatoes to the crock pot like I did. If you go sans potatoes then feel free to use as many lemons as you would like.

1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 whole chicken (3 pounds)
½ cup dry white wine
1 white onion, coarsely chopped
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 potatoes, largely chopped (optional)
¼ cup, chopped green onions
1 lemon, sliced and divided (can be edited for your liking)
1 tbsp dried thyme
cracked pepper and garlic salt to taste
1 tbsp fresh parsley leaves, minced

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet to medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and then place the chicken in the skillet to brown the sides of the chicken.
2. Meanwhile, place the wine, onions, garlic, potatoes, green onions, half of the sliced lemon, thyme, parsley, and the cracked pepper and garlic salt into the crock pot. Combine all together so that everything is coated in the wine and other seasonings.
3. Place the other half of the sliced lemon into the cavity of the chicken.
4. Place the whole chicken, breast side down, on top of the lemon onion potato mixture in the crock pot.
5. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours, or for 3 hours on High. Chicken is done when the legs move easily in their sockets and the internal temperature of the breast has reached 160 degrees F.
6. Serve warm with onions and potatoes on the side. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from http://

Monday, January 10, 2011

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

I had some leftover turkey meat from my Sloppy Joe's the other night and so I decided to make some lettuce wraps. My most favorite lettuce wraps are from cheesecake factory and are made with chicken tenders, I opted for something different but it resulted in something equally as tasty.

1 tbsp peanut oil
1/3 cup green onions, chopped
1/3 cup red onions, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp ginger, freshly grated
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sake wine
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 3oz can of water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1/3 cup carrots, shredded
1 tsp of crushed red pepper
1 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Chopped roasted peanuts, to sprinkle on top

1/2 cup cucumber, chopped and set aside
1 head of lettuce, each leaf individually removed and separated

Dipping Sauce:
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp sriracha sauce
1 tsp peanut oil

1. Heat up the oil to medium heat in a large skillet. Add onions, garlic, ginger, and mushrooms. Saute for 10 minutes until onions are tender.
2. Add the turkey meat to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes until mostly cooked. Make sure to break meat apart with your spatula while meat cooks.
3. Add the soy sauce, hoisin, and wine to turkey skillet. Stir to cover everything evenly and bring to a boil and continue to cook until turkey is thoroughly cooked.
4. Add the water chestnuts, bean sprouts, carrots, red pepper and cilantro to turkey mixture. Cook on medium for another 5 minutes, making sure to combine ingredients.
5. Place turkey mix in a serving bowl and sprinkle with peanuts.
6. Serve by placing a spoonful of mixture in a lettuce leaf, top off with dipping sauce and cucumbers and enjoy!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sloppy Joe's

We had Nicks family over for lunch the other day, so I had to make something simple with few vegetables, since his father and his brother's don't like them. I decided on making sloppy joe's from scratch, they turned out great and we topped them with some special pickled jalapenos for the perfect kick.

Serving size: 8


1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 4oz cans of diced green chilies
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
2 14oz cans diced tomatoes
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 2.5oz can tomato paste
2 tbsp of spicy brown mustard
2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp each of onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper

8 buns, toasted

1. Warm the oil in a large saute pan. Add the onions, chilies, and garlic. Saute for 5-10 minutes until onions are tender.
2. Add the ground beef and ground turkey to the saute pan to cook. Make sure to separate the meat with a spatula as it cooks. Cook thoroughly, about 10 minutes.
3. Pour onion meat mixture into a large saucepan. Add remaining ingredients (BBQ sauce, diced tomatoes, ketchup, vinegar, tomato paste, spicy brown mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper) to saucepan and combine well.
4. Bring entire mixture to a boil and then simmer for another 20 minutes.
5. Place a spoonful of sloppy joe mix between a toasted bun and enjoy!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Apple and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Nick made this for us for dinner the other night, it was surprisingly delicious. I would've never guessed cheddar cheese and apples as a good cooked mixture, but apparently it is.

Serving Size: 2

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, flattened (or 1 large one)
1/2 cup green apples, chopped
2 tbsp cheddar cheese, grated
1 tbsp bread crumbs
1 tsp Italian seasoning
4 toothpicks
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup rice wine or dry white wine
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp corn starch

1. Combine apple, cheese, Italian seasoning, and bread crumbs. Set aside.
2. Flatten chicken breasts between two sheets of wax paper to 1/4 inch thickness. Divide apple mixture between the two chicken breasts, and roll up each breast. Secure with toothpicks.
3. Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Brown stuffed chicken breasts on each side. Add wine and water and any remaining apple mixture to skillet. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until chicken is no longer pink.
4. Transfer chicken to serving platter. Add corn starch to remaining juices in pan. Cook and stir consistently until thickened.
5. Plate the chicken and pour sauce over top. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from: