Tuesday, March 15, 2011

S'mores Cookies

Who doesn't love s'mores and who doesn't love cookies? Well this mix the two together and they are amazing. So so yummy. I found the recipe over at YOur home Based MOm. She has some really great recipes so go check her blog out. Next time you are in the mood for a cookie you must give this one a try.

S'mores Cookies adapted from Your home based Mom
2 cups butter
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2 T. vanilla
1 1/2 cups chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup baking cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
5 cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups marshmallow plus extra for topping
2 cups graham cracker crumbs

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs. Add the pudding mix and baking cocoa and mix well. Add the flour and baking soda and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips, graham crackers, and marshmallows. Roll cookie dough into 1to 2 inch balls on a greased cookie sheet. Press 3-4 marshmallows into each cookie dough ball. Place in Oven and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Cool completely on cookie sheet. and Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Potato Tacos

So have you ever wondered what to do with leftover mashed potatoes? I hate leftover mashed potatoes. If you are like me and never know what to use them for I have a yummy recipe for you that will take care of them so you don't end up just throwing them out. They are potato tacos. I got this idea from my mother in law. Believe me they are yummy and my kids usually prefer them over beef tacos and even if you don't have leftover mashed potatoes and want to have potato tacos you can do these with leftover baked potatoes or even raw potatoes you just dice the raw potatoes up and cook till tender and crispy.

Potato Tacos
left over mashed potatoes(doesn't matter the amount just whatever you have)
2 T. olive oil, oil, or butter

Heat the oil or butter in a large skillet. Place mashed potatoes in the pan and cook on medium heat until starts to brown. Stirring and flipping the potatoes frequently until nicely browned all over. Serve in corn tortillas with your favorite taco toppings.
Here is what the potatoes should look like when done cooking:

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Healthy and Hearty Chicken Quinoa Stew

I found this recipe awhile back over at Picky Palate and knew I had to try it out. It was so yummy and good for you!!! Quinoa(keen-wah) is very good for you and for those who don't know what it is google it and read all about it and its benefits. I will not bore you with a history lesson on it. Anywho, I know I have posted a lot of soup recipes but the winter is what soup is for. Go ahead and give this soup a try you won't be disappointed believe me!!!

Hearty &Healthy Chicken Quinoa Stew adapted from Picky Palate
2 T. olive oil
2 T. minced garlic
1 large onion, chopped
5 stalks celery, chopped
5 large carrots, chopped
2 cups mini sweet peppers, chopped (or 2 red orange or yellow bell peppers)
1 large zucchini, chopped
64 oz chicken broth
3 cups water
3 T. chicken bouillon or 3 bouillon cubes
15 oz can diced tomatoes
3 cups cooked Quinoa
3 medium chicken breast cooked and shredded
2 T. spicy brown mustard
1/2 tsp black pepper
salt to taste
1-2 T. parsley

Heat oil in a large pot. Saute the garlic, onion,peppers and zucchini until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for about 1 hour. Serve with homemade bread or rolls!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Overnigh Apple Cinnmon Oatmeal

This oatmeal is really yummy and good for you!! What could be easier than dumping things in a crockpot the night before and having a yummy warm breakfast the next morning. Give this a try it is tasty!!

Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
4 cups water
2 cups apple juice
1 cup rolled or steel cut oats
1/2 cup pearl barley(not quick cooking)
1/3 cup flax seeds
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger(optional)
1/4 tsp salt
1 apple (chopped, you can peel if you want but I didn't)
1/2 cup brown sugar

Place all in a crockpot and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Serve with any toppings you like:milk, cream, nuts, chopped apple, honey, etc.