Friday, April 29, 2011

One-Dish Lasagne

When I made this lasagne after we got married, my husband walked into the kitchen while I was making it. He watched me and with a surprised look on his face asked, "Don't you have to cook the noodles first?" I looked at him and said, "You cook lasagne noodles?" In my defense my mom had always made this lasagne which doesn't require cooked noodles, so I didn't know there was another way. My husband had grown up eating the cooked lasagne noodles by themselves and thought that was the best part.
I don't think I could ever make lasagne where I have to cook the noodles before because I'm so used to this easy recipe.

One-Dish Lasagne
1 lb. ground beef (I use 1/2-3/4 lb.)
1 32 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce (I like to get one with veggies or add garden zucchini)
2 eggs
1 heaping T. parsley
16 oz. cottage chees
8 oz. regular lasagne noodles
1 C. water
grated mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, brown ground beef. Add the spaghetti sauce. Set aside.
2. Mix the eggs and parsley in the carton of cottage cheese.
3. In a 9x13 pan, layer the sauce and cottage cheese mixture over the noodles.
4. Add the water to this so it looks sloppy. (This is the key to making the noodles soft!) Cover with tin foil.
5. Bake for 30 minutes or until noodles are tender. Sometimes I have to let it bake without the tin foil to let some of the water evaporate.
6. Grate cheese on top and place in oven until melted.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cinnamon Apple Crumble

This is probably my husband and my favorite dessert. At least it's our treat to ourselves every once in awhile. It's magnificent. After we have this for dessert, we'll also eat it for breakfast the next couple of days. We warm it up in the microwave; it's the perfect wake up.

Cinnamon Apple Crumble
1 package Rhodes Anytime!™ Cinnamon Rolls, thawed; it is easiest to work with slightly cool rolls. (I've also used two of the Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in a can which are cheaper but not as soft.)
1 can (21 oz) apple pie filling 

½ cup sugar
1 cup flour
½ cup butter, softened

1.      Remove thawed cinnamon rolls from package and place on a cutting board. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
2.      Cut apples in pie filling into smaller pieces. While it's still in the can I use a knife to slice up the big pieces.3.      Combine cut up rolls and apple pie filling.
4.      Place cut up rolls and pie filling in a greased 9x13 pan.

For topping:
1.      Combine sugar and flour.
2.      Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
3.      Sprinkle over rolls and apple pie filling.
4.      Bake at 350°F 40-45 minutes.
5.      Top with frosting packet from cinnamon rolls, if desired, before serving.



Thursday, April 7, 2011

Creamy Chicken Taquitos

These are soooo good and so quick.  I was surprised at how easy they were and so tasty.
I got the recipe from a link my friend Katrina posted.
I made a few changes to fit what we had in the fridge, but they were still so good!
1/3 c (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 c green salsa (I used normal salsa)
1T lime juice
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder (I used onion flakes)
1/4 t granulated garlic 
3T chopped cilantro (known as coriander in Australia)
2 T sliced green onions (I didn't have any so I omitted them and it still tasted great)
2 C shredded cooked chicken
1 c grated pepperjack cheese (I just used cheddar)

Flour tortillas
Cooking Spray

1. Heat oven to 425 F (218 C)
2. Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it's soft and easy to stir.
3. Add salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and granulated garlic to the cream cheese.
4. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions.
5. Add chicken and cheese and combing well.
(Hint: you can prepare all this ahead of time and just keep it in the fridge!)

6. Heat tortillas in the microwave until they are just soft enough to roll without cracking.  
7. Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges.
8. Roll tightly and place on a baking sheet lined tray, seam side down. Don't let them touch each other.
9. When all taquitos are rolled, spray them with a bit of cooking spray and sprinkle some salt on top.
10. Cook for 15-20 mintues, until crisp and the edges start to turn golden brown.

They are yummy to dip in sour cream or guacamole!

Seriously so good and simple. Try it tonight. Do it.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe is also from my brother-in-law, and we really enjoy it. The Italian dressing adds the perfect amount of flavor. And we always use less chicken and add more vegetables. Veggies are good for you! I have only made this with the biscuits, so I don't know how the pie crust version is. The biscuits are so delicious though that I will probably always make it with biscuits.

Chicken Pot Pie
1 lb. Chicken (I usually use 1/2-3/4 of a pound) cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup Italian dressing
4 oz. (1/2 a package) of cream cheese
2 T flour
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 10 oz. pkg. mixed vegetables thawed (I usually use 16 oz. or more to make up for less chicken)
1 pie crust (you can buy or make your own, or you can make these biscuits and put them on bottom and top.)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cook chicken in dressing in large skillet on medium heat 2 min.
3. Add cream cheese and stir until melted.
4. Add flour; mix well.
5. Add broth and vegetables; simmer 5 minutes. If it seems to thick add more chicken broth to make it creamier.
6. Pour mixture into pie plate if using pie crust or into a 9x9 pan if using biscuits. Put pie crust over filling or arrange biscuits; cut 4 slits in crust to allow steam to escape. (I don't cut slits in the biscuits.)
7. Bake 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Rolo Cookies

Okay....I haven't yet posted a dessert and lets be honest- desserts is why I cook.
MMMMMMM! I love dessert!

These little cookies are just so easy! And delicious!
And yes....Rolos as in the candy!

1 cake mix- chocolate fudge
1 egg
1/4 c. water
1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. oil
4 rolls of Rolos candy

Mix cake mix, egg, water, flour, and oil. Once batter is well blended, roll cookie dough around one rollo at a time. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes!



Saturday, April 2, 2011

Oatmeal Carmelitas

It may not be my turn to share, but I'm bored at work and remembered this recipe. I got it from a girl in my BYU cooking class. It is SO delicious. This is one of our favorite desserts, and it's sort of healthy, it has flour and oats. . . Just try it. You'll love it.

Oatmeal Carmelitas

2 C flour
2 C quick-cooking oats
1 ½ C firmly packed brown sugar
1 t baking soda
½ t salt
1 ¼ C butter, softened

2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 jar (12 oz) caramel ice cream topping
3 Tbsp flour

1. Heat oven 350 degrees. Grease 9 x 13 inch pan. Combine all crust ingredients until crumbly.
2. Press half of crumb mixture, about 3 cups, in prepared pan. Reserve remaining crumb mixture for topping. Bake for 10 min.
3. Sprinkle warm base with chocolate chips. Combine caramel topping and 3 tablespoons flour. Pour evenly over chocolate chips.
4. Return to oven and bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.
5. Cut into bars.