The Best Zucchini Bread

Extra little recipe for you guys I love zucchini bread and when I get some zucchini from gardens that my friends have I go a little crazy and make a ton. This is the best zucchini bread recipe I have ever had

Zucchini Bread
3 eggs beaten
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 tsp vanilla
2 cups shredded zucchini
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
-Beat eggs tell light and fluffy, add sugar and beat
-Stir in oil, vanilla, zucchini
-Add dry ingredients
-Bake in greased pan at 325 for 50-60 minutes

Cap’n Crunch Chicken Strips

This is a revolutionary idea!!! I think people have crusted chicken with all sorts of cereals but it never crossed my mind to use Cap’n Crunch. Why? I have no idea, because it’s genius. Some of my very favorite recipes come out of this book and I would highly recommend buying it. Just click this link for the Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook Come and Get It. This recipe is on page 102

Cap’n Crunch Chicken Strips

Delicious Scale- 10 out of 10

Husband Delicious Scale- 8.5 out of 10 (it just threw him off a little that it was sweet but he really liked it)

Prep Time- 30 minutes

Clean up- three dishes

This recipe is so easy you just dip chicken tenders in a flour mixture with salt and pepper, then into an egg mixture and last into crushed up Cap’n Crunch. Pan fry until it’s a crispy golden brown. I am being 100% honest in saying this is the best chicken tender I have ever had. I also love the added sweetness from the cereal and the crunch that you get is unlike any other. This is worth driving to the store tomorrow just to make this.

Your kids will have a hay day that you put cereal on chicken! So get them involved with crunching up the cereal. What kid doesn’t like banging things.

Happy Cooking

Life Changing Brownie Cookies

I have a slight obsession with brownies. All desserts really but brownies are at the very top! So how do you have the perfect day. First you take your kids to the local pumpkin patch!

It was a perfect 70 degrees and we got the coolest pumpkins I have ever seen.

I love this sweet family of mine!

When we got home and the girls were sleeping I decided to enter into a chocolate dream land. So if you like the edges of brownies where they are crunchy and then soft in the middle this is the cookie for you.

Brownie Cookie

Cook at 350 for 9-10 minutes

Makes 36 cookies

4 ounces baking chocolate (unsweetened or bittersweet)

2 cups sugar

2 sticks of butter

3 eggs

1 Tbsp vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder

Powder sugar for dusting

Start with melting the chocolate by putting it in the microwave. I used unsweetened to not have an overly sweet cookie.

Cream together butter and sugar

Add in eggs and vanilla

Then when the chocolate is cooled but not stiff add it into your butter mixture. Should look like this.

Now add in all your dry mix a little bit at a time.

I used a portion scoop so all my cookies were the same and placed them on a non stick mat.

Cook and then let cool completely before you sprinkle with powdered sugar.

I’m about to go on a really strict diet for thirty days so this is exactly what I needed to pull me through.

Happy Cooking

Pork Chops With Wine and Roasted Garlic

The Pioneer Woman talks alot of pan sauces and using the drippings from your meat to add more flavor. Well she’s 100% correct there is so much flavor in those drippings why waists it.

I believe wine sauces are utter bliss!! That flavor you just can’t get from anything else. I keep the white wines for chicken and fish and the red for beef. This was a first for me though. I have never used red wine with pork though so this was a first for me. This recipe is out of page 246 of the Dinnertime Pioneer Woman Cookbook.

Ingredients

20 cloves of garlic

4 Tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

4 boneless pork chops

2 Tbsp butter

1 1/2 cups red wine

1 bay leaf

1/2 cup beef broth

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Chives for garnish

Now I won’t give you anything more then the ingredients so I don’t give away Ree’s trade secrets. You’ll just have to buy her book to know how the magic comes together.

Now who else loves the smell of wine while it is cooking? It is the best!

Place your pork back in the sauce and let it simmer for a little while.

So delicious. The wine gives it such a richness the pork chops so desperately need.

Happy Cooking!

Crock Pot Southwest Chicken Chili

I am a huge fan of crock pot meals. I am a working mom of two kids and it really heps on the days that I work. I work three, twelve hour shifts and when I can’t get home in time to make dinner its so nice for a meal to be already ready for my family. I just recently had a baby and to prepare for that I made about 15 crock pot meals to put in the freezer before I had my daughter because who wants to cook after they have a baby? It honestly will make your life so much easier.

I have about 20 crock pot meals that I love and I will share them with you but this one is my favorite! So stay tuned. The best part of this recipe is how easy it is. I mean this is what’s in it….

1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts

3 cans petite diced tomatoes

2 cups medium salsa

1 can corn

2 cans black beans

1 package ranch seasoning

1 package taco seasoning

Cook on low 4-6 hours

Take the chicken out towards the end of the cooking time and shred it, place it back in the crock pot.

I love to serve this with lots of toppings like cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips and avocado.

This is so delicious its amazing that such good flavor could come from so little ingredients. Just to let you all know all of this does fit in a gallon freezer bag but its a tight fit.

On a side note look how cute my fall table is. I got these adorable leaf table mats and cute pumpkin center piece.

This is super important if your going to make crock pot meals by yourself to hold the bags open for you.

Click this link to get yours Holders

Happy Cooking!

Chicken Noodle Soup- cooking with my two year old

I made this over the weekend but haven’t had time to post yet. The weekend completely surprised us and decided to snow about an inch. No one was expecting this because the weekend before it was 80 degrees.

The leaves are still on our trees so the snow pulled all the branches down. Of course with cold weather you have to make some soup and my daughter loves chicken noodle.

Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1-2 cups chopped chicken
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3-5 Carrots chopped
  • 5-7 celery stocks chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp salt this will need to be adjusted if you are using salted chicken broth but mine was homemade so there was no salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1-2 cups pasta of choice I used mini farfalle

Start with putting your aprons on this really helps your child feel special and involved.

Start with a large soup pot and saute the carrots, celery and onion in the butter. Wait until these are softened and then add flour and all your spices.. Stir! Please be very careful with your kids standing this close to a hot pan and open flame. A lot can happen when you walk away for just a second. Lexi loves to stir and when she puts spices in she always asks if she can “pat pat”. This just means she wants to hit the end of the spice bottle to make more come out.

Add chicken broth and chicken. I had this left over from my whole roasted chicken. Just take all the chicken off the bone that you can and throw the bones into a crock pot. Cover the chicken all the way up with water and cook on low over night. This chicken bone broth is so easy to make. This save you money on buying the broth at the store and its incredibly healthy for you.

Let this boil for 15 minutes. Then add milk and cream cook for 15 more minutes. Last add your pasta! Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Taste and see if you need to add any more spices.

Oh I forgot to tell you I added some broccoli in. When I make soup its also an opportunity to empty out the fridge so I put any random vegetable I have in the fridge in. This soup is so delicious and gets even more amazing after it sits in the fridge.

Happy Cooking

Easy Amazing Fudge

I am all about something easy and sweet. I think I have one of the biggest sweet tooths in the world. I try to keep it under control because I would be 300 pounds if not. Sometimes it has a mind of its own though and I have to let it loose. Towards the beginning of this blog I stated that I’m not a vegetarian I’m a dessertarian and its unfortunately still true. If you balance this out with a ton of vegetables you can still maintain a relatively healthy lifestyle. Everything in moderation!

These are the two cookbooks I go through if you buy them through these links it helps support this blog. The Pioneer Womans Cookbooks Dinnertime and Come and Get It. This recipe is on page 362 of the Dinnertime Cookbook

Quick Fudge

Delicious Scale- 9 out of 10

Prep Time- 2 hours 15 minutes just because it has to set up in the frig

Clean up- Two pans super easy

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • One 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • Cooking spray

In a double boiler or just in a regular saucepan on low heat, melt together the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. When it is all melted and smooth spread in a foil lined pan sprayed with cooking spray. Place in the frig for at least two hours. Peel off the foil and cut into small squares. This is a good way to know how many you can have in a day. Maybe two, one after lunch and dinner. Don’t eat 3 maybe 5 right away like I did.

The nice part about this is you can spice things up with different toppings.

Some Ideas

  • Smores
  • Rocky Road
  • M&M’s
  • Nuts
  • Caramel
  • Crushed Peppermint

The options are endless. I hope you all our having a wonderful week.

Happy Cooking

Terriaki Burgers

I am reposting this as its own post because it was stuck under another and it is so strange and amazingly good you guys have to try it.  This is on page 153 of the Dinnertime Pioneer Woman Cookbook.

Hawaniian Burger

Delicious Scale 9 out of 10

Husband Delicious scale 7 out of 10 (he wasn’t sure what to think of pineapple on his burger)

Prep Time 25 minutes

Clean up SEVERE but I have a tip, do all your cooking on the grill outside not on a flat top grill like I did.

The idea of this burger is genius to me. Teriyaki sauce on the burger kinda caramelizes and makes it so juicy. The sauce is teriyaki and mayo mixed together. How weird does that sound? This burger was already out of my comfort zone and then I added a grilled pineapple on top.  Add some provolone cheese and roasted bell peppers. What could be better?  Surprisingly I absolutely loved all these flavors together. When a burger drips down your hands, that makes a perfect burger. I paired this with sweet potato fries with a dipping sauce of Sriracha and mayo mixed together.

Best way to make fries quickly is to use a mandoline slicer. If you don’t have one of these, buy one.

I would like to tell you guys that I am getting cleaner and more organized with my cooking, but I’m not. If anyone has advice on how to be cleaner and more organized I’m all ears. Haha

Happy Cooking!! Try something new sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised

Clog Your Arteries Mac and Cheese

That is best way to explain the deliciousness of this recipe because I have never seen so much cheese in my life.

Yesterday was a lot of cooking for one day and I was totally worn out. I had to make chicken noodle soup with the broth that I made from the roast chicken. I had to make fudge because you know it’s chocolate and mama needs her chocolate! Also it was my mother in laws 60th birthday party that night so I had to make two large batches of the Mac and Cheese that she wanted. Man I got tired just writing that. Totally worth it though.

Mac and Cheese

  • 3 cups macaroni noodles
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Cayenne to taste
  • 1 Tbsp steak sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 3 cups pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 pound bacon

Melt the butter in a large enough pan to fit all the ingredients. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, mustard, cayenne and steak sauce. Mix until smooth. Add milk and heavy cream. Stir! Cube the cream cheese and put that in. Stir until that melts but don’t let it boil, it gets too sticky. Looks like yummy curdled milk. Haha

Then add the shredded cheeses! I have never seen so much cheese in my life. But you must know I am making a double batch so this is huge!

Add more salt and pepper to taste. When the mixture is smooth and super sticky and the cooked macaroni.

If that doesn’t make your mouth water I don’t know what will. At some point during this process cook your bacon. I did mine in the oven at 350 for about 15-20 minutes. Half way through I pour some of the grease off. I was looking for something to pour it in and found this plastic cup. My husband told me several times that it would melt but did I listen? Nope!!!

See totally not melted!

Chop the bacon and add half in the Mac and cheese. Place this in a 9×13 pan and add the other half of the bacon on top. I also through some breadcrumbs on top because I like a little crunch.

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350!

Tadda! As my daughter would say. My mother in law was one happy camper she got her grand daughters, horses and Mac and Cheese. What could be better in life!

Happy Cooking!

Whole Roasted Chicken

Is there anything better than roasted chicken? I don’t think so. I hope I’m not the only one that would love to just rip off the skin and just eat that, it is so so good. One of the other reasons I love roasted chicken is because I can make an amazing chicken noodle soup from soaking the carcass. Don’t worry I will do a post about that too because everyone needs that with this cold water coming.

Unrelated subject everyone thinks that Arizona in the United States is only super hot desert. Nope! This is the beautiful place that I live in fall.

And winter

We have every beautiful season here!

On to the main subject:

Whole Roasted Chicken

Cook at 450 for 15 minutes and 350 for about 1 hour to an hour and fifteen minutes until internal temperature reaches 165.

1 Whole Roasted Chicken

2 onions cut into quarters

1/2 stick of butter

1 Tbsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp Dash

Lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon and a couple tbsp of honey mixed together

I use a stone baking dish for this similar to this oneBaking Dish– click this link to get one!

Preheat your oven to 350.

Mix your softened butter with all of the spices.

Clean your chicken very well and pat dry.

Put your butter and spice mixture all over the chicken and put on top of a bed of onions in the baking dish.

Cook uncovered at 450 for 15 minutes. This helps crisp up the skin.

Then put the cover on cook at 350 and baste the chicken with the honey and lemon juice mixture every 15 minutes but do it really lightly so you don’t brush all the spices off.

Repeat this process until internal temperature reaches 165.

What a pretty bird!! Haha

I also made some gravy from the drippings, completely optional though.

Take all the chicken off the bone and put it in a crock pot with water covering the whole thing over night. You can make soup the next day or keep it in the freezer for whenever you need chicken broth.

This bone broth is actually extremely healthy for you as well. All the collagen is good for bone and joint health.

Happy Cooking!