Sweetened Whipped Cream

Recipe from Our Best Bites

This is my favorite way to do whipped cream. Way better than anything store bought.


Ingredients:

1 c. whipping cream

1/3 c. powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions:

Combine whipping cream and powdered sugar in a large bowl. With an electric hand mixer, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form.

Easy Naan

We have tried a few different naan recipes and so far this is our favorite.


Ingredients:

1 3/4 c of flour

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

3/4 tsp baking powder

2 tsp oil

1/2 cup milk

butter


Mix all dry ingredients

Create a well in the middle of dry ingredients and add wet ingredients

Mix until ingredients come together, knead until smooth and elastic. Add more flour if necessary.

Let dough rest for 10 mins, divide into about 6 separate balls.

Heat skillet to medium heat.

Roll out balls until thin and flat.

Melt butter before cooking each naan.

Cook naan until browned on both sides. When they are cooked you can brush with butter and various seasonings.

 


recipe taken from thekitchenpaper.com

Black Bean and Corn Chicken Quinoa Bowl

Ingredients:

1 c. of quinoa

2 c. of chicken stock or broth

2 Chicken Breasts

Taco Seasoning

Shake of Garlic Powder

1 can of black beans

1 can of corn

Lime Juice (optional)

Sliced Avocado


Add quinoa and chicken broth to pot to boil.

Coat chicken with taco seasoning and grill. once cooked cut into slices or chunks.

Once quinoa is fully cooked, add black beans and corn to quinoa ( I personally don’t add the full cans, but it is up to preference). I also like to add a squirt of lime juice as well as the garlic powder now.  Mix all together.

Place individual servings of quinoa mixture in bowls. Add to it chicken and avocado. Top with dressing such as a cilantro lime dressing , southwest ranch or ranch. serve.

I also like to use this recipe for meal prep of lunches for the week. Dividing the meal equally between lunch containers.

Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey
2-inch piece peeled carrots, diced into tiny squares
3 cloves garlic, chopped finely or a shake of garlic powder
2 Tbs cooking oil
1 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs oyster sauce
1/4 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1 stalk scallion, finely chopped
1 fresh and cold iceberg lettuce or butter lettuce


Mix all ingredients, other than garlic (unless using garlic powder) and lettuce, together and let sit for 15 minutes to marinade.

Place chopped garlic cloves in a pan with oil, lightly brown. Add the turkey to the pan. Stir fry, breaking up lumps so that the turkey becomes small little pieces. Stir fry until cooked.

Carefully peel off lettuce leaves, being careful to not tear leaves. Scoop spoonfuls of the turkey into the lettuce leaves.

You can top the turkey with or dip the wrap in different condiments such as: sriracha or sweet chili sauce.

 

This recipe was adapted from http://rasamalaysia.com/lettuce-wraps/2/

Buttermilk Pancakes

Ingredients:
– 1 cup flour
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1 egg
– 1 1/8 cups buttermilk
– 2 Tbsp melted butter

Directions:
– mix the dry ingredients together
– add the wet ingredients (don’t worry, the batter will be lumpy, it’s normal)
– cook until golden brown on each side

Recipe from http://www.allrecipes.com

Rolo Cake Cookies

Ingredients:

1 box devil’s food cake mix

1/2 cup oil

2 eggs

Rolo Candies


Directions:

Heat oven to 350. Combine cake mix, oil, and eggs in mixing bowl. Place rolo in the center of each scoop of cookie dough and roll/fold dough to cover the rolo and form a cookie dough ball. Place on cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!

easy chicken-bacon-ranch

ingredients-

Chicken breasts

Ranch dressing

Bacon

Cheese

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directions-

Preheat oven 400

Place chicken breasts in sprayed baking pan, cover in ranch, wrap bacon around them. 

Bake for 30 mins, or until chicken is cooked

Remove dish from oven and cover chicken in cheese, put back in the oven for an additional 5 mins, or until cheese is melted to your satisfaction. 

Chicken Coconut Curry

I found this recipe on Food52’s website under a section of cheap meals. Supposedly the cost per person for this meal is around $2.50. Sara and I like Indian cuisine a lot, and normally this would be like $10 per plate, so it’s a pretty good deal to make it at home. The original recipe was not very spicy and we like some kick to our food, so it’s been adapted for that reason, if you want more or less spice, adjust accordingly.


2 T Vegetable Oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Yellow Onion, chopped

2 1/2 tsp Curry Powder, divided 1 tsp into spice mix, 1 1/2 tsp into a bag with the chicken

2 tsp Ground Cumin

1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (original recipe called for 1/4 tsp)

1 tsp Ground Turmeric

A Pinch of Chili Powder (original recipe didn’t call for this, so leave it out for less spicy, bigger pinch for more spicy)

2 Chicken Breasts, cubed

1 1/2 tsp tomato paste

1 cup Coconut Milk

1 tsp Salt


1. Prep everything, because the cooking part goes pretty fast and you don’t want stuff to burn, so mince your garlic, chop your onions, and measure your spices out (I mix all of the spices into a small cup or bowl since they all get added at the same time. Put chicken into ziploc bag with remaining curry powder and use salt and pepper to taste.

2. Heat your oil in a wok or large fry pan on medium-high heat. Start with onions for a few minutes then add garlic for a minute or so.

3. Add spice mix and tomato paste.

4. Add chicken and brown for about 5 minutes.

5. Add coconut milk, the fat will make it creamy so if it has separated be sure to get some of the fat in there. Simmer for another 7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Usually a can of coconut milk is about 13 oz, so if your liquid has cooked down too much add some more.

6. Serve over rice, you’re done!

Chicken Coconut Curry


chocolate chip zucchini bread

zucchini bread-recipe makes two regular sized loafs-

4 eggs

1 cup oil

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

4 tsp vanilla

3 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini

3 cups flour

1 cup cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 bag chocolate chips (I used minis)
Mix together the eggs, oil, sugars, and vanilla. Add in zucchini. Slowly add in your dry ingredients, last being your chocolate chips.

Spray loaf pans with cooking spray. Pour or spoon in your mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes, until toothpick is inserted and removed clean.

Cool in pan for about 5-10 mins and then flip over on a wire rack to finish cooling.

everyday cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon Roll Dough
This is a cinnamon roll. . . before it’s stuffed in the oven.

this recipe is from the Our Best Bites cookbook. I was introduced to it by my sister in law, Courtney. (:

-Dough-

1 cup milk

4 Tbs butter

3 1/4- 3 1/2 cups flour

1 (.25oz) package rapid rise yeast/ ~2 1/4 tsp

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg
-Filling-

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 1/2 Tbs ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter, softened

-Icing-

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbs melted butter

1/2 tsp vanilla

1-2 Tbs milk


-Dough-   Place milk and 4 Tbs butter in a microwave safe bowl, heat on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Butter should be at least partially melted. Stir and set aside. In a large mixing bowl whisk together 2 cups of flour, yeast, white sugar, and salt. When milk mixture has cooled to warm add it to flour mixture along with egg while the beater is is running. Beat until well combined, about 1 min. Add remaining flour only until dough is barely leaving the sides of the bowl. It should be very soft and slightly sticky. Continue knead the dough for 5 mins. Turn dough out on a floured surface and let rest for 10 mins while you prepare the filling.

-Filling-    Make sure butter is softened well. Mix with both brown sugar and cinnamon.

-Assembly-    Roll dough into a rectangle about 12×14 inches. Spread brown sugar mixture over the surface (you may have to crumble it over the surface). Roll up from the longer side of the rectangle and pinch edges closed. Score the roll into 12 equal pieces and the cut into rolls. Place in sprayed 9×13 pan. Coverpan with a clean towel and letraise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. Preheat oven for 350. When rolls have finished rising bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. If desired spread with icing while still warm.


-notes-

You can also use a cream cheese frosting: 1 (8oz.) pkg cream cheese that has been softened,1/4 cup of softened butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 tsp milk.

You can use floss to cut the dough

DONT ADD TOO MUCH FLOUR!!! As my SIL says softer cinnamon rolls = the perfect amount of flour.