Sunday, June 26, 2016

Recipes from this morning's show :)

LAYERED GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD
HAM ROLLUPS
MARINATED VEGETABLES
BANANA PUDDING CUPS

LAYERED GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD

8 (16-ounce) mason jars
Iceberg lettuce, washed and shredded
Small seashell pasta cooked and drained
3 grilled chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
1 small package frozen green peas, thawed
Shredded cheese
Package of ranch dressing
½ cup mayo
½ cup sour cream

Layer the ingredients in the order they are listed in each jar.  Mix the packet of ranch dressing with the mayo and sour cream and place 2 tablespoons over the cheese in each jar.  Refrigerate.

HAM ROLLUPS

6 large flour tortillas
1 lb. ham or turkey
8-ounce carton of garden vegetable cream cheese
Romaine lettuce

Spread a generous amount of cream cheese over each tortilla, top with ham then lettuce.  Roll up and cut in half.  Wrap and refrigerate.

MARINATED VEGGIE SALAD

8 (8-ounce) mason jars
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 small package frozen edamame, thawed
1 can cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
1 small red onion, chopped
Pitted kalmata olives
½ bottle Balsamic Vinaigrette

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together and place in the jars.


BANANA PUDDING CUPS

8 (8-ounce) mason jars
2 cups vanilla wafers, crushed
1 large box vanilla pudding, prepared according to directions
4 to 5 bananas
1 small frozen pound cake, thawed and cubed
Cool Whip

Place crushed wafers at the bottom of each jar.  Place a tablespoon full of pudding over wafers, and then add a few sliced bananas.  Next add a few pieces of cake and a little more pudding.  Top with cool whip and a wafer.












Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I posted this last year, but I made it for dinner last night and forgot how delicious it was. I wanted to share again in case you missed it! :)

CHICKEN PARMESAN
3 thick chicken breasts, sliced in half
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 large eggs
2 tablespoon milk
Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper
Oil for cooking chicken
1 small jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Split each chicken breast to make 6 pieces and pound with the flat side of a meat mallet.  I like to put a piece of wax or parchment paper over the chicken and then pound it.  Pound for about 20 seconds then flip the chicken and pound the other side.  Season each side of the chicken breasts with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper.  Combine the breadcrumbs and cheese, mixing well.  Beat the eggs, milk and 1 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning together.   Dip chicken on each side into the egg mixture then into the breadcrumb mixture, coating well.  In a large non-stick skillet, place just enough oil (I use Mazola) to cover the pan.  Heat on medium high and cook 2 chicken breasts at a time for 2 minutes on each side or just until browned on each side.  Place chicken on a rack or pan to drain off excess oil.  Once all chicken is cooked, place in a large baking dish, top each breast with 2 tablespoons spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese.  Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 20 minutes.  Serve with your favorite pasta.  This chicken with be moist, delicious and fork-tender J


Monday, June 20, 2016

Here are the recipes from yesterday's show. This crispy oven-baked chicken is so good!!

OVEN-BAKED CHICKEN
CHEESY POTATOES
ROASTED CORN ON THE COB
CRUNCHY PEA SALAD


BEST-EVER CRISPY OVEN-BAKED CHICKEN

3 thick,  boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut in half
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
1 cup sour cream
½ cup Hellmann’s mayo
3 cups Italian breadcrumbs
4 tablespoons butter, melted
After cutting the chicken breasts in half, pound each one with a meat mallet on one side for about 6 seconds per breast.  Season both sides of chicken breasts.  In one dish, mix together sour cream, mayo and 1 tablespoon each of above seasonings.  Place Italian bread crumbs in another dish.  Dip both sides of each chicken breast into the sour cream mixture (scraping excess off with a knife) J Now dip the chicken breast into the breadcrumbs, coating each side well.  Shake off excess and place on a large cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Drizzle butter evenly over each chicken breast and bake at 375 for 45 to 50 minutes. 

CHEESY POTATOES

1 (32-ounce) bag frozen potatoes
2 cartons chive & onion cream cheese
2 cans cream of celery soup
8 ounces Sharp cheddar, grated

Place the cream cheese and soup in a large saucepan, and heat on medium high for 5 minutes, stirring often.  Stir in the potatoes and pour into a greased 13x9x2-baking dish.  Bake for 40 minutes at 350.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top.   Bake for an additional 5 minutes or just until the cheese is melted.

ROASTED CORN ON THE COB

4 ears fresh corn on the cob, shucked and cleaned
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 tablespoon melted butter

Place the corn in a baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Pour melted butter over the corn and bake for 400 about 30 minutes.

CRUNCHY PEA SALAD

1 (16-ounce) bag frozen green peas, thawed
1 tablespoon mayo
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoons sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
2 boiled eggs, chopped
½ cup chopped sweet onions
4 ounces chopped red pimento
½ cup sharp cheddar cheese cut into small cubes

Mix all together and refrigerate at least 2 hours.







Sunday, April 10, 2016

Recipes from this morning's show :)

BAKED ZITI
SEMI-HOMEMADE YEAST ROLLS
SUGAR COOKIE BUTTER DUMP CAKE

BAKED ZITI

½ medium onion, chopped
1 T. olive oil
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground sirloin
1 (26-ounce) jar tomato & basil pasta sauce  (I use Bertolli)
¾ t. salt, divided
1 (16-ounce) box ziti
3 T. all-purpose flour
3 T. real butter
3 cups whole milk
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ t. pepper
1 (8-ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook pasta according to the directions; drain and pour pasta back into the pot in which it was cooked and set aside.  Meanwhile, sauté’ chopped onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium high heat for 5 minutes.  Add garlic and sauté 1 minute.  Add beef to the onion and garlic mixture, stirring often, until the beef is browned.   Drain beef and stir in sauce and salt and set aside.    In another small skillet, melt butter and whisk in the flour until smooth, thick and bubbly.  This will take just a few minutes.  Make sure your heat isn’t too high and whisk in the milk then and Parmesan cheese and the remaining salt and pepper to the flour mixture.   Pour this sauce over the ziti and stir until it’s evenly coated.    Transfer the pasta mix to a lightly greased 13x9 pan.  Top evenly with the beef and sauce mixture and sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted.   Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.


SEMI-HOMEMADE YEAST ROLLS
7 frozen yeast rolls (I use Rhodes or Kroger brand)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Course-ground salt
2 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic salt

Spray an iron skillet with Pam, and place yeast rolls 2 inches apart in the skillet.  Spray a piece of saran wrap or Press-n-Seal with Pam and cover rolls.  Let them rise for 3 hours.  Brush gently with most of the butter and sprinkle next 3 ingredients over the rolls.  Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and brush them with a little more butter.


SUGAR COOKIE BUTTER DUMP COOKIES

1 (14-ounce) can cookie butter (you can find this on the peanut butter aisle)
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 package Better Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
¾ cup real butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350.  Mix together the first 4 ingredients for about 2 minutes with a hand mixer or whisk.  Pour into a greased 13x9-baking dish.  Next sprinkle the dry cookie mix evenly over the cookie batter the drizzle with the melted butter.  Bake for 35 minutes.  Let them cool completely before serving.



Sunday, April 3, 2016

recipes from today's show :) Enjoy!

SHEPARD’S PIE
HOMADE THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING
HOMEMADE PUMPERNICKLE CROUTONS


MELISSA’S SHEPHERD’S PIE
On the show,  I topped these with mashed cauliflower but if you prefer mashed potatoes on top, I included that recipe, too J

1- ½ lbs. lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 can tomato paste
1 can beef consommé’
½ cup red wine or beef broth
1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
1 tablespoon each of brown sugar and white sugar
1 tablespoon each of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Tony Chachere’s and Worcestershire sauce

Prepare the recipe for mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower below and set aside.  In a skillet, brown ground beef and onion.  Don’t drain beef unless you use a really fatty beef.  I recommend ground sirloin.  Add the flour and stir well.  Add the tomato paste, peas and carrots, consommé’ and wine.  Now add all seasonings, stirring well.  I recommend tasting the beef mixture to see if you would like to add more seasonings.  Let simmer on very low for about 30 minutes.  I like to use individual oval baking dishes for these pies.  You may also use a 13x9 pan.  Spray the baking dishes or your 13x9 pan and spread mixture on the bottom.  Top the beef mixture with the potatoes to cover all of the beef.  Sprinkle a little extra cheese on top of potatoes if desired and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  The egg will make the potatoes puff up beautifully J  I like to broil the tops of the potatoes for just 1 to 2 minutes at the end of the cooking process – watch carefully if you do this!  This makes 5 individual servings or one 13x9 pan.  Enjoy!

For the topping:
1 (24-ounce) bag of Ore’ Ida Steam & Mash Potatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup sharp cheddar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 egg, beaten
Follow the directions on the bag and add the next 5 ingredients, stirring well.

MASHED CAULIFLOWER
2 (1-pound) bags frozen cauliflower
4 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten
½ cup sharp cheddar, shredded
Boil cauliflower for about 20 minutes or until softened.  Drain well.  In a large bowl, place cream cheese, butter, salt and pepper.  Add cauliflower and mix with a stand up mixer until well blended.  Stir in cheddar cheese. 

HOMEMADE THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING

½ cup mayo
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish (I use Wickles)
1 tablespoon grated onion
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper
2 dashes hot sauce

Place all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and stir and shake it until all ingredients are mixed well.  Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.  This makes enough for 4 salads.  It’s also great on hamburgers!

HOMEMADE PUMPERNICKEL CROUTONS

8 slices pumpernickel bread-crust cut off
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste.

Cube the bread and place in a black skillet that has been heating with the olive oil in it.  Stir over medium-high heat about 7 minutes or until they become toasty.  You may also add more olive oil if needed.