Tag Archives: cream

Meatloaf Macaroni Cupcakes, Mashed Potato Icing, Bacon & Green Onion Sprinkles

20140108-100103.jpg
Oh yes! Recipe/directions to follow but you get the idea. These had macaroni noodles in them, onions and even a cup of grated carrot. Super yum!

Love Hay
XoXoX

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Crunchy Fiesta Chicken Wraps

Mexico, oh how I miss Mexico. It does not seem like we were there in Feb/Mar, but we were. Forever ago. I love that place, the sights, the sand, the seas, the people and of course, the food. We have done all inclusive in Mexico and we have gone to local restaurants out on the town. Please take my advice and DON’T do all inclusive. Enjoy the real food, the fresh food, the food that is cooked when it’s needed not cooked, shipped, stored, reheated, put out in the buffet and then with whats left it gets reheated….. And well,you get where I’m going with this, right.

Last time I was at the grocery store I picked up some wraps, thinking it had been far too long since we had something of this variety. That was a few days ago and those wraps sat untouched, on the counter, whispering to me.

As I had mentioned in a past post, similar to this one, wraps just make everything that extra bit more awesomesauce. As well there was rice in the fridge from the Butter Chicken recipe I made the other night. Seemed like a win win. Plus, a slow cooker is a dream. It does the the work and makes for super yummy-licious juicy shredded chicken!!!

Hubby likes foods that are juicy and yet still crunchy, I look forward to his reaction with this one. I intend to fulfill both. LOL

20130923-224837.jpg

CRUNCHY FIESTA CHICKEN WRAPS

INGREDIENTS:
4 LARGE CHICKEN BREASTS (boneless, skinless)
1/2 ONION, FINE DICED
1 SMALL CAN ZESTY ROTEL TOMATO SAUCE (tomatoes & green chilies)
3-4 TABLESPOONS HOT SAUCE (Franks, Sriracha, Habanero – adjust to your taste, start with less then add more)
1 TEASPOON SALT
2 TEASPOONS CUMIN
1+1/2 TEASPOON CHILI POWDER
1 PREMADE HOMEMADE GARLIC BALL, or 4 cloves, minced
1/4 CUP RED PEPPER, DICED
1/4 CUP BLACK BEANS (rinsed & drained)
1/4 CUP CORN, (drained)
2 CUPS GRATED CHEDDAR CHEESE
1 CUP SOUR CREAM
2 CUPS RICE, COOKED
8-10 FLOUR TORTILLAS (wraps)
2 TABLESPOONS OIL
CILANTRO & HOT SAUCE FOR GARNISH

DIRECTIONS:
Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker
Toss in the onions
Add the Zesty Rotel Tomato Sauce
Then add the hot sauce of your choosing
Add in the salt, cumin, chili powder and garlic
I cooked this on high in my slow cooker for 4 hours
Stirring once or twice
At the 3:30 hour mark, shred the chicken with 2 forks and let it continue to cook

ASSEMBLY:
Mix shredded chicken, rice, beans, corn,and peppers in a separate bowl, set aside
Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat
Sprinkle cheese on the tortillas and add the sour cream
Spoon on the chicken & rice mixture down the center of the tortilla
Add a squirt of hot sauce if you so choose
Roll em up
Place 2 assembled wraps, seam side down in the hot oiled pan
Flip them when golden brown and slightly crunchy on the bottom, they only need a few minutes
Let them rest on a cutting board for about 3-4 minutes.
Slice in half and garnish with cilantro and hot sauce

HERE’S HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN:
20130923-224137.jpg
Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker
Toss in the onions
20130923-224145.jpg
Add the Zesty Rotel Tomato Sauce
20130923-225054.jpg
Then add the hot sauce of your choosing
20130923-224224.jpg
20130923-224230.jpg
Add in the salt, cumin, chili powder and garlic
20130923-224511.jpg
I cooked this on high in my slow cooker for 4 hours
Stirring once or twice
20130923-224538.jpg
At the 3:30 hour mark, shred the chicken with 2 forks and let it continue to cook
20130923-224241.jpg
20130923-224340.jpg
20130923-224417.jpg
20130923-224424.jpg
20130923-234948.jpg
20130923-224524.jpg
20130923-224530.jpg
20130923-224543.jpg
20130923-224549.jpg
Mix shredded chicken, rice, beans, corn,and peppers in a separate bowl, set aside
20130923-224559.jpg
Sprinkle cheese on the tortillas and add the sour cream
20130923-224606.jpg
Spoon on the chicken & rice mixture down the center of the tortilla
Add a squirt of hot sauce if you so choose
Roll em up
Place 2 assembled wraps, seam side down in the hot oiled pan
20130923-224611.jpg
Flip them when golden brown and slightly crunchy on the bottom, they only need a few minutes
20130923-224724.jpg
Oh my goodness! YUMMY
Let them rest on a cutting board for about 3-4 minutes.
Slice in half and garnish with cilantro and hot sauce
20130923-224733.jpg
20130923-224738.jpg
20130923-224759.jpg
20130923-224751.jpg

Thanks for visiting, if you liked this blog please click LIKE below.
If you want to follow my blog please scroll to the bottom, click the FOLLOW button and enter in your email address.

Love Haleykins
20130919-203639.jpg

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken ~possibly healthier?

I’ve been staring at a jar of Blue Label PC brand Butter Chicken cooking sauce, that has been sitting on my pantry shelf for a while now. I’ve tried it before, and the flavor is great and it’s supposed to be a lighter, slightly healthier sauce, but I don’t like using store bought sauces, dressings, dips etc. Also, while on the family camping trip last weekend, my brother in law had some given to him so the idea was there. Needless to say, the time has come to try something new, and Butter Chicken it is!

I found a recipe on a website called Half Baked Harvest, and it’s supposed to be a healthier version of Butter Chicken. Is it? I don’t know? I’ve never made it to know if this is less fattening than the norm or not. But i’m going with it. I used fat free greek yogurt and light half and half and as well, lite coconut milk, so mine is even healthier! 🆒

Hubby loves curry, always annoying me with “make some curry stew” or the ever popular, “try making a stew with curry” and on and on and on. I don’t like stew. Almost like soup but… it seems… I don’t know, soggy?! This dish is one that I know we have both enjoyed before and it should please his craving taste buds.

Anyways, I know now, that he is satisfied with his curry cravings, because he told me that I HAVE to mention in here that it was the best ever! He even didn’t mind the extra bit of spice which I will explain later.

I don’t pay him to say these things… but he does have to live with me and he does live by the rule “Happy Wife, Happy Life”. So I leave it at that.
20130922-155540.jpg
Now let’s get down to the good stuff shall we!
20130922-125113.jpg
Who doesn’t love yummy warm breads? I do! Especially naan. Look at it up there! Let’s face it. we all like meals like this just so we have something to go with the naan am I right? Now I did BUY the naan, rather than making it, because I’ve discovered that trying one new thing at a time seems to work better than multitasking new things. LOL. Oh I am getting hungry again just typing this out. I am looking forward to leftovers tonight. Ugh, I despise the term leftovers but I always cook enough to have leftovers. I will now go by the term ReHeats when referring to…. well you know, Dinner-ReHeated. 😉

SLOW COOKER BUTTER CHICKEN
Possibly on the healthier side

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt
1 (400ml can) lite coconut milk
1/4 cup light half and half
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 Premade Homemade Garlic Ball, or 4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons garam masala
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 teaspoons curry paste
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into large bite size cubes
1 small onion, finely minced
2 tablespoons butter
White rice, cooked
Naan bread

DIRECTIONS:
In a large mixing bowl combine the yogurt, coconut milk and cream.
Then add in the tomato paste and ginger
Add in the garlic and all your spices and mix it up good.
Spray your slow cooker or crock pot with cooking spray or grease it up with some olive oil.
Next, sprinkle the onions in the bottom.
Then layer the cubed chicken over top the onions.
Pour the yogurt and spice mixture over the chicken, cover the chicken completely with the sauce.
I cooked mine for about 5 hours on high in my slow cooker.
Stirring it about 4 times.
Serve this hot, over fluffy rice and warm naan.
Sprinkle it with a bit of fresh cilantro.

HERE IT IS IN THE WORKS
I just love my camera for this. Now if only I had a few extra hands…
20130922-125757.jpg
I used chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, obviously, but a friend suggested thighs as they don’t get as dry, however I’m going with the healthier route, and well… that’s what I had in the fridge. 😊 Cut them up into large cubes. Go with fairly large bite size pieces because in a slow cooker, meats will break down as they are tenderizing during the slow cooking process.
20130922-130051.jpg
This tub of yogurt nearly cost me my life. Don’t doubt for a second that the kitchen is a dangerous place because it is!!! I could not get that damn foil seal off the tub of Greek yogurt. I ended up hacking into it with a butter knife and even that didn’t go through very well. Butter knife slipped off and almost got me the stomach. LOLOLOL It’s a dangerous life as a cook I know, I know. Haha
20130922-130100.jpg
In a large mixing bowl combine the yogurt, coconut milk and cream,
20130922-125836.jpg
Then add in the tomato paste and ginger (packaged, I know, but otherwise so much gets wasted in this house as I don’t use ginger that often)
20130922-125930.jpg
20130922-141157.jpg
Add in the garlic and all your spices and mix it up good.
**Please take note, the picture above**
See that big pile of dark red spice… Ya that’s Cayenne pepper. .. A whole tablespoon of it and you’ll notice in the recipe above, it should only be 1 teaspoon. My god was it spicy. My lips are still numb. But hubby seemed to not mind. LOL. My gawd!
20130922-141218.jpg
I used a wisk.
20130922-141320.jpg
Spray your slow cooker or crock pot with cooking spray or grease it up with some olive oil.
Next, sprinkle the onions in the bottom. Be sure they are fine diced. You shouldn’t have chunks of onion in the end.
20130922-141328.jpg
Then layer the cubed chicken over top the onions.
20130922-141335.jpg
Pour the yogurt and spice mixture over the chicken and be sure to cover it completely. Hubby likes it saucy and then you have a reason to eat more naan. 👍😉
I cooked mine for about 5 hours on high. Stirring it about 4 times.
Serve this hot, over fluffy rice and warm naan.
Sprinkle it with a bit of fresh cilantro.
DIG IN 🍴
20130922-141352.jpg
20130922-141404.jpg
20130922-141414.jpg

If you have a good Butter Chicken recipe that you would be willing to share with me please post me a link or put the recipe in the comments. Thanks so much!

Thanks for visiting, if you liked this blog please click LIKE below.
If you want to follow my blog please scroll to the bottom, click the FOLLOW button and enter in your email address.

Love Haleykins
20130919-203639.jpg

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

New England Style Clam Chowder

Help blog world! Special hello to my new followers as well! The more of you to please the more gratifying it is for me. Came across some good recipes recently and tested one out tonight. It was successful and so I can’t wait to tell you about it. But first, I’m a little bit behind, so many things going on, so many things to share with you. So here is another soup that I made up last week.

Mmmmm yum! My mom used to make this growing up and it was always my favorite soup. Clams potatoes and bacon! Perfect heaven. Quite a simple recipe, quick and easy! Enjoy

20130603-222327.jpg

New England Style Clam Chowder

Ingredients:
4 cans whole baby clams
1 small jar clam juice , just cuz I like it like that
8 slices of bacon, chopped and cooked, or more if you choose! Bad Girl!
5 cups diced potatoes
1 cup chopped onion
5 cups 2% milk
2 cups whole milk or cream if you want it thicker, I leaned on the healthier side
5-6 tbsp flour
salt and pepper

Directions:
Drain clams and reserve liquid, including the jar of juice, you should have 5 cups
In a stock pot add the clam juice, potatoes and onions
Cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender
Stir in clams, 4 cups of the 2% milk, and the whole milk
Combine remaining 2% milk and flour, stir into chowder
Season with salt and pepper
Cook until thick

20130603-223210.jpg

This was loaded up with clams and potatoes and… yes dare I say it…. Bacon!! Make it your own, adjust it to your liking. After all, that’s what cooking is all about.

20130603-223232.jpg

20130603-225103.jpg

Thanks for visiting, if you liked this blog please click LIKE below.
If you want to follow my blog please scroll to the bottom, click the FOLLOW button and enter in your email address.

Love Haleykins

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A Very Special Banana Cream Pie with Almond Crust and Chocolate Ganache

He would have been 61 today. May 5th was his birthday and I remember he loved Banana Cream Pie. Today would have been Hubby’s Dad’s birthday. So I wanted to make a special Banana Cream Pie. One that he would have loved. Hubby was touched by this delicious dessert. He said from now on he will carry on the tradition and I will now make him Banana Cream Pie on his Birthday as well.

I found a recipe for a flaky pie crust and I had some sliced almonds left over for salad toppings sooooo, long story short I ground up the almonds in my food processor and then topped up the rest with flour. I think I had just over a half cup of ground almonds. It added a nice flavor to the crust.

Pete’s Banana Cream Pie
with Almond Crust & Chocolate Ganache

The Almond Crust
Ingredients:

2 1/2 C. all purpose flour, plus a bit more for rolling
(I used about 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup of ground almonds)
1 C. butter, almost frozen or very cold in small 1/2 inch cubes
1 t. salt
1 t. sugar
8 T. ice cold water

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F
In a food processor mix flour, (ground almonds) salt, & sugar
Add cold butter cubes and pulse about 8 times till it resembles coarse meal with small pieces of butter.
Add the ice cold water by the tablespoon until it starts to stick together. Don ‘t over do it. It should stick together if you squeeze it.
Dump the dough on a clean counter and flatten with the palm of your hand
Seperate in half and form to flat discs
wrap each disc in plastic wrap and chill for an hour
Remove discs from the fridge and let soften for about 10 minutes
Roll out dics on a lightly floured surface
Should be about 12 inches wide and about 1/8 inch thick
Place dough in a pie plate and pierce with a fork all over.
Freeze the pie crust before baking for about an hour, otherwise your crust will melt and slip down the sides
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown
Let cool

Chocolate Ganache
Ingredients:
1 225 gram box Baker’s Semi Sweet Chocolate chopped in 1/2 inch cubes
2/3 C. Light Half & Half

Directions:
Cubed chocolate in a bowl
Heat the cream in a double boiler so it doesn’t scald until it begins to boil
Pour boiling cream over chocolate and mix till smooth
Let stiffen

Filling:
Ingredients:
2 x 135g boxes Jello Banana Cream Pie cooked pudding mix

Directions:
I’m in the middle of reno’s so I had many things to do today so although I wanted to make my own filling, I cheated and used my back up boxed version. Bad Haleykins, spank me!
Follow directions on box. Should be 3 cups of milk per box so 6 cups of milk and pudding mix, bring to a boil while stirring, let cool stirring twice. Let cool for just a bit

3 sliced bananas
whipping cream

Now the assembly
I should say this makes 2 x 9 inch pies.
After the pie shells cool
pour half the ganache onto the bottom of one pie crust and the remaining half on the other
cover with sliced bananas
Pour half the pudding mix over top of one and the remaining on the other
Chill in the fridge for a few hours
Garnish with whipping cream and chocolate decorations made by yourself by melting a Hershey’s chocolate bar and piping onto wax paper. Let stiffen and lay on a cookie sheet and freeze. Super easy and fun.

Thanks for visiting. 🙂
Haleykins

If you enjoyed the read please click the like buttons below.
If you want to follow my blog please click the follow button at the bottom of this blog or at the bottom of this page.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Guacamole Chicken Tostada Bites

Saturday night was The Ultimate Fighter Finale and we love to watch our UFC and MMA so I made up a heavy duty lasagna complete with a broccoli meat sauce and a layer of fresh spinach. I’ll be posting the recipe soon. So if you’re interested stay tuned. For later on into the evening I had a yummy little snack planned for GalPal, Hubby and I. We were drinking us some rum so a snack was needed near the end of the evening. The crock pot had been busy for the last few hours with the chicken included in this little appy. I put this together based on a few things I saw on Pinterest

GUACAMOLE CHICKEN TOASTADA BITES

CHICKEN:
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 cups of your favorite salsa, I prefer a chunky type
3 Tbsp. of your favorite taco seasoning
Put all ingredients in a crock pot, give a little mix, and cook on high for 4-5 hrs, or low for 7-8 hrs until, chicken is falling apart and easily shredded.

GUACAMOLE:
2 avocados
2 Tbsp. of your favorite Salsa
Juice of 2 limes
3 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
Peel and remove the pit from the avocados . Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse till creamy.

Soft flour tortillas
Biscuit cutter
1 cup fat free sour cream
Fresh cilantro leaves
2 small Ziploc bags
Scissors

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350F
Use the biscuit cutter to cut out small round from the tortilla’s and place on a baking sheet
Bake till just crispy, DO NOT BURN
Scoop guacamole into a Ziploc bag
Scoop sour cream into a Ziploc bag
Trim one corner of the Ziploc bags to make a small ‘decorating tip’
When the tortilla rounds are toasted place on a serving tray
Squeeze guacamole in a circle around the tortilla’s and fill it in
Top with a small heap of the shredded chicken
Squeeze a tiny dollop of sour cream on top of the chicken
Garnish with a cilantro leave
Enjoy

You can also have these as tacos!! But this is a cute idea for a party of for when friends come by for the UFC fights 😉

Juicy and delicious!  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Thanks for visiting!

 

Love Haley

 

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any recipies and I made this yummy little meal the other night and boy did it hit the right spot.  I’m not certain what it is about wraps that I love so much but anything in a wrap seems to be good.  Maybe it’s convenience?  I’m not sure.

I saved the recipe in MS Word and therefore I do not know where I got it from.  It is not a recipe that I came up with…

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps

*Makes 6 wraps*

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup cooked rice, warm or at room temperature
1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 green onion, finely sliced (white and green parts)
1/2 red or green pepper, diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
juice of 1 lime
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 cups shredded cheese (I used a combination of monterey jack and sharp cheddar)
Sour cream (optional)

6 burrito-sized flour tortillas

DIRECTIONS:
Mix rice together with chili powder, cumin and garlic salt. Add remaining ingredients except for cheese and sour cream. Sprinkle cheese over tortillas, leaving 1/2-inch border around edges, then arrange chicken and rice mixture down the center of each tortilla. (Optional: on some of the wraps, I dotted the cheese with about 1-2 tablespoons of reduced fat sour cream before arranging chicken and rice mixture down the center – it made the wraps delightfully creamy.) Roll stuffed tortillas, leaving edges open. Spray the tortillas all over with cooking spray.

Heat a large non-stick skillet (or griddle) over medium heat for 1 minute. Arrange 2 wraps, seam-side down, in pan and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining wraps. Serve.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: