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Another Frittata On Friday

Posted by terrepruitt on September 24, 2021

Ahhhh today’s Friday Photo was last night’s dinner. Just a simple frittata with leeks, potatoes, green bell peppers, and cheese. I basically use the recipe in my Eggcellent Dinner post for all my fritattas changing the add-ins and number of eggs. We have leftovers now. YAY! Ha, turns out I have posted a frittata for a Friday Photo before, but now I have a pan that can go in the oven, so it is more frittata-y.

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Faux Chicken Pot Pie

Posted by terrepruitt on August 18, 2021

Faux Chicken Pot Pie

2 cans of chicken
one can of cream of mushroom soup
milk
sherry
bag of mixed frozen vegetables
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon garlic salt
can of biscuits

Preheat the oven to 375°F.  (SEE NOTE!)

Empty the cans of chicken into a large bowl, add the soup.  Use the can to measure the milk and sherry.  Use a ratio that you like to fill the can.  I used most milk with a splash of sherry (which is completely optional).  Empty the frozen bag of vegetables into the bowl.  Mix well.  If you feel you need more liquid than add more.  Sprinkle in a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.  Sprinkle in some garlic powder and garlic salt.  Mix everything well.  Pour the mixture into a baking dish (mine is not quite 9X13).  Spread it evenly.  Then put the biscuits on top and bake.

40 (or so) minutes at 375°F.

NOTE:  The above it what I did, but when I make this again, I am going to partially bake the biscuits bottom side.  Then I am going to put them on the mixture and then bake it all.  Putting them on top of the mixture “raw” didn’t allow the bottom of the biscuit to bake!

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This was good, but I love biscuits and it had been years since I had them so I was just happy to be having biscuits.

Do you have an easy chicken pot pie recipe?  Do you have a recipe where you use biscuits with the chicken pot pie?

 

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Spaghetti Pie

Posted by terrepruitt on May 3, 2021

I saw this on Facebook.  It was a Tasty recipe.  I did a few things different:  I used salt when cooking the spaghetti, I increased the amount of Italian Seasoning from 1 teaspoon, and I added the garlic.  And I oiled the pan.

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Spaghetti Pie

16 ounces of dried spaghetti
Salt
4 eggs
1 cup Parmesan cheese – divided
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
Olive oil
1 cup ricotta
1 1/2 cup mozzarella – divided
1 1/2 cup sauce

Cook the spaghetti (with salt if that is how you regularly cook your pasta).

While the pasta is cooking, beat the eggs.

Drain the spaghetti.  Mix the cooked, drained spaghetti with the beaten eggs, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese, the Italian seasoning, and the chopped garlic.

Oil/grease a baking dish/pan*.  Put the spaghetti mixture in a baking dish/pan.  Make a well in the middle, as if the pasta is a pie crust.  Put the ricotta cheese in the middle.  Sprinkle the ricotta with 3/4 cup of the mozzarella.  Put the sauce on top of the ricotta**.  Sprinkle the sauce with the rest of the mozzarella and Parmesan.

Bake at 375° F for 45 minutes.  Then broil for 2 minutes.

Slice like a pie and serve.

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We liked this.  As we were eating it I thought it was a bit dry so I was trying to think of what to do to make it a little more flavorful and/or moist on the outskirts of the “pie”.  But when I was cleaning the pan I noticed that most of the egg/moisture had seeped out of the bottom of the pan.

*I used a cheesecake pan.  I noticed when I picked it up to put it in the oven that it was leaking.  I was hoping that I put it in quick enough that the egg would have solidified before all leaking out.  I think most of it leaked out.  Because I noticed it leaking I put the pan on aluminum foil while baking.

**The recipe shows the sauce being added on top of the ricotta in the “well” . . . I think when I make it again I might put a little on the outside of the well.

I will make this again because it was easy and it was good.  And we will be eating it for three nights.  You know how I love leftovers.  But . . . and I know this will “complicate” it . . . I think next time I am going to add meat.  I just wanted it to be a little heartier so I think ground beef will do it.  I will probably add more cheese to the spaghetti before I put it in the pan . . . probably some ricotta.  I did like how the spaghetti was crispy on the edges.

What do you think?  Spaghetti pie?  Do you have a recipe for a version of this?  I know it is basically just spaghetti with read sauce, but ricotta really makes it yummy.

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Persimmon Pork

Posted by terrepruitt on December 2, 2020

I have a persimmon chicken recipe and this is basically the same thing. Do keep in mind with chicken or pork that you need to cook it thoroughly. And lately the size of the chicken breasts we have been getting take a considerable amount of time to cook, whereas the pork seems to be thinner than what we used to get. So check the meat for correct doneness.

This is also a recipe “idea”. I can’t give exact amounts and measurements, but you can prepare it to your tastes.

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4/5 boneless pork chops
salt
fruit flavored balsamic vinegar
shallots
2/3 persimmons
cinnamon
nutmeg
2/3 persimmons
pepper if you would like

Salt both sides of the boneless pork chops then arrange them in your baking dish. Pour the vinegar over the pork, flip them so that both sides have been flavored with vinegar. Chop the shallots (1 or 2 is fine . . . depends on size) and put them over the pork. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Cut up the persimmons and spread them on top of the pork. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Bake at 375° F. After about 10 minutes, take the dish out of the oven and flip the pork. If it needs more moisture add some more vinegar . . . you don’t want too much overpowering the persimmons. Arrange the persimmons back on top and around the pork, sprinkle a little more salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg then baked it until done.

Serve over fresh/raw greens or rice.

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I like Mission Fig Balsamic, but sometimes I don’t have that, so I use a sweet one, but not TOO sweet. I don’t want it to overpower the persimmons. And balsamic will so or even soy sauce, like I used with the chicken.

As I mentioned, I do this with chicken too . . . tis the season.

As I always ask . . . what do you do with persimmons?

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One Pan Easy Beef And Pasta

Posted by terrepruitt on November 11, 2020

Recently my friend sent me a recipe and it had such an exquisitely simple list of ingredients and sounded so easy to make that I put what I didn’t have on hubby’s grocery list and I made it the next day. I only altered it slightly* and that was more out of necessity/ease than anything else. The pasta came in a larger sized package than was called for and we had more sour cream (but not enough to save) than was called for. Also, I used more onion and garlic because . . . well, it’s onion and garlic! I made it and it was DELICIOUS! It was good on the night I made it. The “sauce” was VERY watery so I decide that the next time I made it I was going to use less water. When I use “broth” I use Better Than Bouillon so I would be able get the same amount of flavor but use less water. But, as is often the case with pasta dishes it was even BETTER the next night. And the liquid had been soaked up and so I figured the next time I made it I wouldn’t use less water. AND . . . it was even BETTER on the next night.** Here is a super easy recipe my I-would-be-crazy-if-it-weren’t-for-her-during-this-shelter-in-place friend sent me.

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• 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
• 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
• salt and pepper***
• 1 cup diced onion
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 lb. ground beef
• 2 teaspoons paprika
• 4 cups water
• 4 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon/Roasted Beef****
• 12 oz. dry rotini
• 3/4 cup sour cream

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet (large enough to hold all the ingredients). Add the mushrooms to the pan and let them cook a bit, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Keep cooking until they are done to your liking. Then remove from the pan and set dish aside.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the same pan. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, cook until translucent. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30-60 seconds. Add the ground beef and continue to cook, breaking up the beef as it cooks, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the paprika over the top and stir to combine.

Pour the water in and add the Better Than Bouillon/Roasted Beef, stirring until it is incorporated, then add the dry uncooked pasta. Bring to a light boil then turn the heat down and cover. Continue to cook, stirring often, cook until the pasta is al dente, about 12-18 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the mushrooms and sour cream.

Serve.

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There are a lot of asterisks in this post!

*Ok, shoot, as I was typing up the recipe I realized I changed a few more things than I thought. The recipe called for cremini mushrooms, low sodium broth, and fresh parsley. I didn’t use those ingredients.

**The leftovers were very good, especially since the pasta had soaked up the sauce, but I also added a few teaspoons of ricotta cheese. I heated the leftovers in a pan and stirred in the ricotta.

***I do not use pepper. I just left it in the recipe for those that do.

****I never MAKE the broth. No matter what I am making I just add the water then add the Better Than Bouillon and figure it all can get mixed up that way. I don’t add the Better Than Bouillon to the water and MAKE it broth before adding it to the ingredients.

Again, this was sooooo good, I had decided to make it again this week. I did more adjusting and now my mouth is watering thinking about it. I love this recipe because it is super simple and the return is a super yummy dinner, but I will probably make it the way I did last night from now on. I will post that recipe later.  And you can share with me how you made it.  So easy, so many things you can do with it.

Don’t you LOVE easy and tasty recipes?

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Chicken, Potato, And Bell Pepper Scramble

Posted by terrepruitt on February 10, 2020

Twice in the past few days I have had the conversation about how coming up with dinner ideas is a challenge. I understand this is one reason why people have dinner services deliver. Unless you have a box meal delivered every single day that still doesn’t completely alleviate the having-to-come-up-with-ideas-for-dinner. As you know if you have looked at any of my “recipes” I sometimes just throw stuff together. It doesn’t even always have to “make sense”.  After making Taco Pie and Enchilada Chicken, I used the leftover sauce as sauce for our tortellini . . . . yup, that works. Sometimes you might feel like something particular but you might have to cobble it together using the ingredients on hand. There are a few things that make for easy make-up meals, in my opinion, one is ground turkey – throw anything in with it and you have an entree. Pasta is another easy meal, it can be topped with anything or nothing. And eggs are another thing you can throw anything into to make a meal. Here is an easy breakfast-for-dinner-scramble in case you don’t want to think about what to make for dinner.

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two or three potatoes (depending on size)*
olive oil (3 tablespoons +/-)
season salt
can of chicken
1/2 of an onion
salt
garlic powder
5 or 6 eggs
milk (1/4 c +/-)
butter (2 tablespoons +/-)
one bell pepper

Preheat oven to 450°. Wash the potatoes, if you like your potatoes peeled you can do that. Cut the potatoes into small chunks. Place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle potatoes with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season salt (or whatever seasoning you prefer). Place in the oven to roast. After about 10 minutes take them out and toss them around. Then place back in the oven. Roast the potatoes until done to your liking . . . tossing them around occasionally for even roasting.

You can pan fry/roast the potatoes if you like. Heat the oil in a pan, then add potatoes and seasoning and cooking until done.

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Chop the onion. Chop the bell pepper. Heat up 1 tablespoon (+/-) olive oil. Add the onion and cook it.

While the onion is cooking crack the eggs into a bowl, add a little milk, salt, and garlic powder (and, of course, any seasoning you want). Scramble the eggs, mixing until frothy.

When the onion is cooked add the chicken to the pan sprinkle with garlic powder. Warm the chicken up, it doesn’t take long because it is already cooked so you don’t want to let it cook too long because it dries out.

Add butter to your pan – or use another pan, or remove the chicken for adding back later – once the butter is melted pour in your eggs, keeping them separate from the chicken. I like my scrambled eggs WELL COOKED so I let them cook a bit before I mix in the chicken. Once the eggs look almost cooked I add the potatoes. I DO NOT like my bell pepper cooked so I add it at the very last minute . . . cooking it long enough to just warm up.

Mix it all together and serve.

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*I have seen russet potatoes that seem like they are two or three, but then red potatoes are little so you might want to use three or four . . . you want to end up with about 2 cups cooked potato. You decide, if you are not a big potato fan use less, if you LOVE potatoes, use more.

I usually cook this for dinner, but some people might consider it strictly a breakfast item. I sometimes have left overs of it for lunch . . . so if you like it, eat it anytime you would like.

Oooooh, one might even add cheese . . . . .

Do you like scrambles?

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Marmalade Chicken

Posted by terrepruitt on January 15, 2020

I received some yummy sounding marmalade for Christmas. It was Meyer lemon and ginger marmalade. Immediately I thought of chicken. Would most people think toast? I thought of chicken. Like when I put persimmons on chicken or pork. That is what I thought of. It was perfect because I had been wondering what to cook for dinner that day and when I opened the gift I knew. I went to the store and bought some chicken breasts and had a dinner plan.

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dry sherry
two chicken breast
marmalade
lavender salt

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Pour a little sherry in your cooking dish – enough so there is about 1/4 of an inch in the dish. Place the chicken in the dish salt the chicken. Flip the chicken over salt the chicken. Spread the marmalade on the chicken. Place dish in the oven.

Now, as you know how, long you cook the chicken really depends on how big the breasts are. I check it after 15 or 20 minutes. Sometimes it needs more time sometimes it doesn’t. But that is it. Just cook the chicken until it is thoroughly cooked and you have some flavorful chicken!

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I had purchased HUGE pieces of chicken so I cut them up. They cook better when they are a little smaller and we don’t need to eat those HUGE pieces all at once.

This was delicious! Thanks again, Lynn for the marmalade!

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Sometimes I Cheat

Posted by terrepruitt on October 2, 2019

I would love to not rely on some processed foods. I am always amazed that as much as I love pasta and bread I do not make my own of either. And I hear that both can be really easy. I would love to be able to cook from scratch every night using high quality organic ingredients, but the reality is I don’t. I am thinking we are a lot alike in that we do what we can when we can with what we can. Sometimes – for me – it is just a matter of not having any ideas of what to cook. Sometimes I am just stumped. I can be stumped in the morning when I actually might think to take something out of the freezer. Then when it comes time to make dinner, I don’t have anything defrosted and I am still stumped. I know there are a lot of people who make homemade meals and then freeze them. Now that I think about it, I have done that, but I haven’t done it lately. So sometimes I “cheat”.  I always have something in the freezer I can use as a meal or an addition to the meal. Sometime is it like that old Food Network show Semi-Homemade. I add “something” to “something” that is frozen.

For some people it might seem odd to add something organic to something so processed, but, as I mentioned I do what I can. The other night my hubby brought home some Grassfed ground beef. Oh, that was so awesome because I was having one of those days when I didn’t know what to cook. I still didn’t know what to do with the beef, but at least we had defrosted meat and it was a start!

I decided to cook it up and add it to a frozen lasagna. Sometimes I cook more pasta to supplement the few noodles that are in the lasagna, but I decided not to this time. Here is what I did – working with what I had.

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1/2 of a small onion
olive oil
3/4 of a pound ground beef
handful of cherry tomatoes
1 small/single serving Stouffer’s Lasagna

Heat up the olive oil. Chop the onion. Cook the onion in the oil. Add the ground beef. Cut up the tomatoes. Cook the beef until done. Turn off the heat and add the tomatoes to the pan.

While the beef is cooking follow the cooking instructions on the box of lasagna.

When the lasagna is done, cut it in half. Put half on each plate. Divide up the meat and tomatoes onto each plate. Then use a fork and knife to mix the lasagna and meat on each plate.

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Since I don’t cook with tomato sauce often this is a treat for us. It was good. Sometimes you just need easy and good to get a meal on the table.

What do you do to get a meal quickly on the table?

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Enchilada Chicken

Posted by terrepruitt on August 12, 2019

If you have read my blog or seen any of my tweets within the last month or so you know that I made Taco Pie again. Oh my I love it, and this last time with the flour tortillas, I really loved it. When I make it I cannot find the size of enchilada sauce I need so I end up with a lot of leftover sauce. The time before last, the unused sauce sat in my refrigerator until it went bad because I didn’t know what to do with it. This time I was determined to use it and thought I could use it with chicken like I do with other sauces.

This is just chicken baked in the left over enchilada sauce. It was very good. I can see this dish following Taco Pie every time now.  I will be using up that extra enchilada sauce. YUM.

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Enchilada Chicken

~Four boneless skinless chicken breast
~Taco Seasoning (click for homemade recipe)
~20 ounces (or so) of Enchilada sauce
~about 2-3 cups shredded cheese (I used the 4 Cheese Mexican mix)
~Cilantro

~Rice (optional)

Place the chicken in a baking dish. Sprinkle half of the Taco Seasoning over the chicken. Let it set for an hour or two (in the refrigerator). Then flip over each piece and sprinkle the rest of seasoning over the chicken. Let it set for an hour or two (in the refrigerator).

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Pour the enchilada sauce over the chicken, sprinkle in some chopped cilantro, then top it with the shredded cheese. Bake. I baked this about 50 minutes . . . depending on the size of the chicken breasts . . . bake the chicken until thoroughly cooked.

Then serve over rice . . . or in tortillas, or on its own . . . topping it with chopped cilantro.

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Easy. Yummy. A great way for me to use the left over enchilada sauce.  I know this is just a different take on both Italian Chicken and Chicken Salsa.  Pouring sauces over chicken and baking, it is so easy and so many different types of sauces gives us such a variety of flavors!

What do you think? Don’t you love easy recipes?

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Artichoke Chicken and Chickpea Pasta

Posted by terrepruitt on April 2, 2018

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Artichoke Chicken and Chickpea Pasta

1 can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans
1 can of chicken
1 1/2 cups chopped artichoke hearts
3/4 teaspoon Nutritional yeast
Salt
Pepper
Garlic salt
Cheese*
Butter
Pasta

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Drain the chicken, then add it to the pan.  Sprinkle the chicken with garlic salt. Stir up the mixture and cook the chicken a bit.  Canned chicken is already cooked so it doesn’t need that long in the pan, or that high of a heat.  At this point I turned the heat down.

Add the chopped artichoke hearts.  Cook everything until it is hot.

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Once the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain it, then put it on a plate with some butter.  Sprinkle 3/4 of a teaspoon of Nutritional yeast on the pasta.  Then put the chicken mixture on top of the pasta.  Add pepper if you would like and more garlic salt if you feel it needs it.  Grate a small amount of cheese on top.

*I would have liked to have used Parmesan, but all I had was a Cheddar Monterey Jack blend.

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I think this was pretty good.  It is very rich with the beans and the artichokes.  It is super easy.  It was nice because the artichokes gave it a flavor that we don’t always have.  So it was a bit different for us.  I really liked it.

I was going to add some Kalamata olives, but I decided not to.  What do you think?  What kind of pasta would you use?  Now what do I do with the rest of the jar of artichoke hearts?

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