Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Grilled Vegetable Packets

This is a highly customizable recipe- use whatever is available fresh and sounds good to you.  I don't think you can mess it up.

You'll need:
2-3 potatoes- cubed
1 small onion- sliced
1 carrot sliced
1 zucchini sliced
2 tomatoes chunked

You'll need 4 pieces of foil large enough to make packets.  On each piece of foil divide all the ingredients evenly.  You can put a pat of butter and/or a drizzle of olive oil over the veggies.  Season to taste with whatever sounds good to you, but just salt and pepper is delicious.    Fold the foil up and seal the edges tightly.  Grill for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender. 

Great to prepare when you are grilling meat and clean up is so easy!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Slow Cooker Long Grain Chicken and Rice Casserole: Recipe Worth Sharing

This is a recipe I have scribbled on a piece of paper years ago but I never tried it.  Now that I have it will be on our menu often, it was a hit with the kids!  It is a good, creamy, comfort food type dish and so easy.  It is not gourmet or low sodium ( but you can lower sodium levels by using low sodium broth and soup)!   See my notes at the bottom

You'll need:

1 1b chicken ( I used 2 large chicken breasts)
1 can chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 box of Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice
1 1/2 cups water

Season chicken with salt and pepper and brown on both sides.  Add all ingredients including the seasoning packet from the rice to the slow cooker and cook on high for at least 4 hours.

That is the recipe I had, but my chicken went in frozen and it was fine.  The chicken was very tender at the end so I used my big spoon and broke in into smaller pieces.  I would say this recipe feeds 4 ( it fed us with leftovers, 2 adults and 3 kids),  and would be easy to double. 

Enjoy!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Reader Tip: Easier Mashed Potatoes

My friend and blog reader, Julie, has a new and easy way to make mashed potatoes.  Her tip is to use microwaved baked potatoes.  After they are cooked, cut the potatoes in half and let it cool enough to be able to squeeze the potato out of the skin or you can use a spoon and scoop it.  Put in in a mixing bowl,mash it up and add your usual ingredients for your mashed potatoes, milk, butter, salt and pepper.   I tried it and wow, it was easy and far less dishes to wash at the end.  I didn't use my vegetable peeler, my cutting board, my big pot that takes up so much room in the dishwasher, or a colander! 

The mashed potatoes tasted great and I will make them more often now because of this tip!

Remember the size of your potato and the kind of microwave you have will determine how long they need to cook.

Thank you Julie!!!!

Please send me your favorite tips that make your life easier and I might use them in a blog post.