Sunday, June 14, 2009

Veggie and Cheese Bagel Sandwich

If you've never been to the Pioneer Woman's cooking site you must stop and go NOW. She has some amazing recipes. And if you've never heard of the Pioneer Woman you ABSOLUTELY must go RIGHT now. Stay awhile and explore. She is a talented lady and I'm positive you'll find some inspiration. Go on. Go.
Now, if you're still with me I'd like to make sure you try this recipe of the PW's. We had it yesterday and it was wonderful. Fresh, healthy, and perfect for summer! Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Dill Oyster Crackers

You'll have to guess at some of the measurements. But I don't think you can go wrong! My kids loved making them--and eating them!

Dill Oyster Crackers

1 bag of oyster crackers
1 tbsp dillweed
lemon pepper
garlic powder
3/4 cup oil

Bake at 350° for 5-10 minutes.

Pesto Bowties with Chicken

Got this one off the side of a pasta box ages ago. We had it this week and it won the approval of everyone.

Pesto Bowties with Chicken

6 oz (1/2 pkg) Bowtie pasta
1 pkg (1/2 oz) pesto sauce mix (I use pesto sauce from a jar)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil (or less if you used pre-made pesto)
8 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
8 oz cooked chicken, shredded or cut in chunks

Cook pasta and drain. In large bowl stir together pesto sauce mix, water, and oil with fork until blended. Add pasta, cheese, tomatoes, and chicken; toss to coat.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Hamburger Curry (Kima)

This is a recipe that my mom made alot when I was growing up. She had a friend that grew up as an MK in India and taught her how to make "real" curry, but it was a little time consuming, so she came up with this recipe as an easier alternative. You can adjust the curry seasoning to your taste if you like it more or less spicy.

1 lb. ground beef (I usually just use 3/4 of a lb.)
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
8 oz. can tomato sauce + 1 can of water
1 capful Curry Powder
Dash each of Ginger, Turmeric, Cinnamon
Veggies of your choosing - I usually add frozen peas or green beans, also fresh zucchini is really good and it is almost in season around here, or any other veggies (frozen or fresh) that you like.
Pita pockets, rice and plain yogurt

Brown the ground beef in a large skillet with salt, pepper and onion powder (or diced onions, but we don't like those at our house) :)
Drain off extra fat and add the tomato sauce and water, potatoes and other veggies (not the frozen ones yet), curry powder and a dash each of ginger, turmeric and cinnamon.
Simmer until potatoes/veggies are cooked and flavors have melded together.
Add frozen peas or beans or other frozen veggies and heat through.

Serve with pita pockets or rice, or both, and plain yogurt if desired to cut the spiciness. We usually eat it by putting rice in the bottom of the pita pocket and the curry on the top and eating it like a Curry Pocket.