Wednesday, July 23, 2014

One Dish Chicken Dinner

Talk about winner, winner, chicken dinner! This is going to sound too good to be true, at least it did to me. It's a meal - meat, potatoes, vegetable (yes, I know potatoes are technically a vegetable...but let's just go with it) all thrown into a dish and baked in the oven with very little 'hands on' time. Oh! And it taste good! Four out of five food critics that reside in my house enjoyed this meal, and that's sayin' something around here. (And by food critics, I'm not even kidding...my girls have seen way to many episodes of Chopped. They will literally critique my meals sometimes. Gotta love it.)
When I first saw this on Pinterest, I was skeptical. I expected my potatoes and green beans to be swimming in chicken 'juice' and that my green beans would end up mushy and overcooked. I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case at all.  There was very little grease in the pan, the green beans were just fine (I used canned green beans) and the potatoes and chicken were perfectly cooked and well seasoned.  The original post I saw used an entire stick of butter, which would have produced more grease, but I only used a few pats...I didn't see the point in a whole stick, but others seem to really like it that way too. It's up to ya.

One Dish Chicken Dinner

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
8-10 small red potatoes (I've used Idaho potatoes as well); halved
1 can of cut green beans
1/4 cup butter (more or less as desired)
spices of choice (I sprinkled on some dried basil, oregano, onion powder, parsley, herbs de provence,)
*original recipe calls for a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix. I'm not a big fan of ranch seasoning, so I did my own thing.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
Place raw chicken down center of 9 x 13 dish. 
Dump green beans (drained) down one side as pictured. 
Place cut potatoes down the other side. 
Season as desired (entire dish), and place pats of butter randomly over entire dish. 
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for one hour. 

That's it. One hour and remove the foil and viola! Dinner is served!

Recipe adapted from Cooked to Order

I may be linking up at any of the following - (Monday) The Tumbleweed ContessaThe Dedicated HouseSkip to my LouMaking the World CuterI Should Be Mopping the FloorThis Gal CooksHuckleberry Love (Tuesday) Tickle My Tastebuds TuesdaySowdering About in SeattleNaptime CreationsMandy's Recipe Box, Memories By the Mile,Inside BruCrew LifeVMG206Anyonita Nibbles,Tasty Tuesdays (Wednesday) The Newlyweds PilgrimageFluster BusterMostly Homemade MomAdorned from AboveLady Behind the Curtain,Ginger Snap CraftsNaptime is My TimeTessa the Domestic Diva (Thursday) Project Inspire,Joyful HomemakingMiz Helen's Country CottageLamberts Lately (Friday) Foodtastic FridaysJust Us FourBacon Time with the Hungry Hungry HypoDiana RamblesThe Better BakerThe Best Blog Recipes,Close to Home30 Handmade DaysA Peek Into My Paradise,The Jenny Evolution Walking on SunshineVintage Chic (Saturday) Six Sisters' StuffMade from Pinterest

Monday, July 21, 2014

My Bahamas Vacay

My husband and I have been married for 15 years. For our 12th, 13th, and 14th wedding anniversary...my other half was out of town! It was for work and couldn't be helped, but celebrating your wedding anniversary via Facetime just isn't the same. So, we had said that this year, since my husband was going to be home, we would try to do something special...and we did! We spent a few days in the Bahamas. It was gorgeous!
I'm not much on flying, but seeing this from the plane helped!
As well as plenty of ginger ale. (And I couldn't resist Biscoff cookies, regardless of how queasy I felt!)
The main entrance of the hotel. The grounds were beautiful.
Why, yes! I'll be happy to hang out here...
or here...
The birds like the pool too!
The most popular food I saw...conch! Conch fritters, conch stew, conch chowder..my husband tried the fritters. He said they were 'fine'. So...I don't know what to do with that. I didn't try them. I'm not an adventurous eater, especially with seafood.
Especially when the seafood looks like that! They said it was a mussel. Again, my husband ate it. He said it was 'alright'. 
This was more my speed. A Cajun Fish Sandwich - not as spicy as I was hoping but pretty good. 
It paired well with a Corona...which, what doesn't? 
This was a meal I could identify all the components (as opposed to the soup we were given when seated. It was something with goat!) This was an amazing grilled steak. Everything was delicious...it was perfectly seasoned and cooked. The salad was basic but delicious. The potatoes were good, even the drizzle on the plate was fantastic! I was in love, and it was just a very small steakhouse and bar in the Port Lucaya Marketplace. I wish I knew the name of it, but it was fabulous.
I did get a little more adventurous at the 'Traditional Bahamian Buffet' offered at the resort one night. Sorry for the blurry cell phone pic, but it was interesting. The Curried Seafood Chowder was good, even though I know I was eating lots of different things that I would rather not think about. They had a dessert called Guava Duff with Rum Sauce that was very good. I didn't get a pic, but found it online here

To burn off some of those calories, we walked around the grounds and saw where they were setting up for a wedding...
Not a bad spot to get married in! I wanted to crash the reception but my husband wasn't down for that idea. 
Here is another gazebo where the spa offers outdoor massages.
We also had the opportunity to swim with dolphins! It was so much fun! Dolphins are amazingly intelligent animals.
More intelligent than I am, because I've already forgotten which command I was giving this dolphin. 

What about you? What fabulous vacations have you been on? I need to make a vacation bucket list!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Muffins

I cannot tell you how many muffin posts are on this blog...well, I could, but it would take entirely too long to count them all. We love them. The kids always want some form of chocolate muffin, and even though I'm a chocolate freak, my absolute favorite muffin is blueberry. The other day I was really craving them...
Real blueberry muffins. No frills, no added crumb topping (even though I love those too), I just wanted a really good, really blueberry muffin.
I went searching through my breakfast Pinterest board and found this recipe that had blueberries, greek yogurt and whole wheat. 
They were so healthy, I didn't feel guilty about slathering on a little butter :-) Or eating more than one. Or two. Or...let's not talk about it, let's just say craving satisfied.

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Muffins

2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (can use a mix of all purpose and whole wheat too)
1/2 cup sugar (may want a little more if blueberries are not very sweet)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1 heaping cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup applesauce (I used unsweetened)
1/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
pecans, coarsely chopped (optional, for tops)
raw sugar (optional, for tops)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Generously grease a muffin pan, or use cupcake liners. Spray the liners well with non-stick spray if using. (*important*)
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. 
  • In a separate bowl, combine the yogurt, applesauce, milk, egg, and vanilla. 
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix just until combined. 
  • Fold in blueberries. Mixture will be thick.
  • Fill muffin cups 3/4ths full. 
  • Top with pecans and raw sugar if using. I sprinkled a little wheat germ on mine as well. 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and done.
(Made 18 muffins)



I may be linking up at any of the following - (Monday) The Tumbleweed ContessaThe Dedicated HouseSkip to my LouMaking the World CuterI Should Be Mopping the FloorThis Gal CooksHuckleberry Love (Tuesday) Tickle My Tastebuds TuesdaySowdering About in SeattleNaptime CreationsMandy's Recipe Box, Memories By the Mile,Inside BruCrew LifeVMG206Anyonita Nibbles,Tasty Tuesdays (Wednesday) The Newlyweds PilgrimageFluster BusterMostly Homemade MomAdorned from AboveLady Behind the Curtain,Ginger Snap CraftsNaptime is My TimeTessa the Domestic Diva (Thursday) Project Inspire,Joyful HomemakingMiz Helen's Country CottageLamberts Lately (Friday) Foodtastic FridaysJust Us FourBacon Time with the Hungry Hungry HypoDiana RamblesThe Better BakerThe Best Blog Recipes,Close to Home30 Handmade DaysA Peek Into My Paradise,The Jenny Evolution Walking on SunshineVintage Chic (Saturday) Six Sisters' StuffMade from Pinterest

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bubble Up Garlic Cheese Bread

Quick, easy, and cheese-y. That makes it quite popular in this house. All you need is a few basic ingredients-
My kids love all of the "Bubble Up" or "pull-apart" recipes we have tried, and this was no exception. I have made Bubble Up Pizza, Bubble Up Taco Casserole, Ham and Cheese Biscuit Pull Apart Casserole, and Blueberry Maple Pull Apart Breakfast Bake...what can I say, we like biscuits. 
Just cut up biscuits and cover them in butter, cheese and a little garlic powder.
And watch how fast it disappears! At least it went away quick here. My kids love some bread and cheese!

Bubble Up Garlic Cheese Bread 

1 can Grands Big Biscuits - cut into 1/8ths (could also use the Grands Jr and cut into 1/4ths)
2 T. melted butter
1 cup shredded cheese
garlic powder and oregano, too taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease an 8 x 8 pan and place cut biscuit pieces in the pan. (They will be overlapping)
Brush biscuits with melted butter.
Sprinkle with garlic powder per desired taste (can also be omitted for plain cheese bread)
Top with cheese.
Sprinkle with oregano (optional)
Bake for 20-25 mins, or until the edges are browned and the center is done. (It takes longer for the center to cook through.)
Carrrbs! So good.

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