Cajun Chicken Pasta

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I found this recipe on Skinnytaste and it is so good you won’t know you’re eating a skinny version of cajun chicken pasta.  The only thing I did differently was to use regular linguine instead of Dreamfields.  I just cannot get used to Dreamfields so I’ll stick to the regular.  I think whole wheat pasta would work, too, but whole grains bother my gout so I just stick to regular.

If you haven’t been to Skinnytaste ~ take a look!

Lighter Cajun Chicken Pasta

8 ozs uncooked linguine
1 lb chicken tenderloins
1 to 2 tsps Cajun seasoning ~ use more or less if you like
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 cup fat free, low sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup skim milk
1 tbsp flour
3 tbsps light cream cheese
fresh cracked black pepper
2 scallions, chopped
salt to taste
Cooking spray

In a small blender, mix mix milk, flour, and cream cheese and set aside. Make sure all veggies are prepped. Season chicken tenderloins with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder and salt.

Prepare pasta in salted water according to the package.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; spray with cooking spray and add half of the chicken. Cook until no pink remains and set aside on a plate. Repeat with the other half of chicken. Set all chicken aside.

Add olive oil to the skillet and reduce to medium; add bell pepper, onion, garlic to skillet and saute for 3-4 minutes.

Add mushrooms and tomatoes and saute for 3-4 minutes or until all veggies are tender. Season with 1/ tsp salt, garlic powder, and fresh black pepper.

Reduce the heat and add the chicken broth and pour in the cream cheese,flour/milk slurry and stir for about 2 minutes.

Place the chicken back in the skillet, adjust salt and Cajun seasoning if needed.

Add the linguine and toss to coat the linguine.

Sprinkle the green onions over the top and serve.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Red, White and Blue Trifle

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This trifle is another recipe that I’m reblogging since it’s perfect for July 4th.

It’s very easy to make and looks very patriotic.  You can make it with all sugar-free products like I do or use the regular products ~ it’s great with either.  This recipe uses help from prepared products, but you can always make yours from scratch.  I always use more fruit than necessary and I never use the banana since I’m not much of a banana fan.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle

1 1/2 cups cold milk
1 (4 ounce pkg.) cheesecake flavor instant pudding
1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
16 ounce frozen pound cake, thawed
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup sliced banana

Mix together the milk and pudding mix and beat with a wire whisk for 1-2 minutes or until well blended. Gently stir in the thawed Cool Whip.

In a trifle bowl or large glass bowl, layer half the cake cubes, half the fruit, and half of the pudding/Cool Whip mixture. Repeat layers, ending with pudding/Cool Whip mixture.

Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

Makes 12 servings

Happy Cooking!

Cinnamon Roll Casserole

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I forgot to mention in my last post that the picture of my daughter was taken by my friend, Ann, who I think missed her calling as a photographer. She took some great pictures!

I also wanted to mention that my picture of Zippy seen here can also be seen on Touch of Home Petsitting Blog!  That picture always makes me laugh.

I found the recipe for this breakfast casserole on Pinterest and it’s from The Dishy Decorator and we loved it.  It’s really more like a cinnamon roll French toast.  It’ perfect by itself but adding bacon or sausage and fruit would round it out.  It also couldn’t be easier to make.

Cinnamon Roll Casserole

1 tbsps melted butter
2 cans Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing (8 in a can)
4 eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tsps cinnamon
2 tsps vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup real maple syrup

Heat oven to 375º and pour melted butter into a 13×9 glass baking dish.

Separate rolls from the cans and cut each roll into 8 pieces and place in dish over melted butter.

In a small bowl, mix eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon, and vanilla until well blended and pour over the top of the rolls in the dish. Sprinkle with pecan pieces and drizzle with the 1/4 cup syrup. I did not use the pecans and I just eyeballed the syrup and it worked out fine.

Bake 20 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, remove metal tops from the icing and heat in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds at 50% power or until the icing is pourable.

Drizzle over the top of the cooled rolls.

Happy Cooking!

Cremini, Bacon and Shallot Crustless Quiche

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This quiche was the most popular dish at the couples shower.   I only got a smidge for a taste but I must agree ~ one of the most delicious breakfast foods I have had in a long time.  I found the recipe on the Food Network site and it’s from the Food Network Kitchens.

Gruyere cheese is really expensive but is worth it in this recipe.  I don’t know enough about cheese to suggest a substitute but if someone has a good sub, please comment!  I made the quiche just like the recipe said to (I know, shocking!) EXCEPT I put it in a 9×9 baking dish because I didn’t think it would fit in my deep dish pie pan.

Please forgive the really lousy picture.  As you can see, I was following around behind people to try and get pictures.

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Cremini, Bacon and Shallot Crustless Quiche

8 slices bacon, chopped
4 tbsps unsalted butter
1 lb cremini mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
6 medium shallots, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsps minced fresh Italian parsley
2 tbsps minced Parmesan cheese
2 cups half and half
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
freshly ground black pepper
generous pinch of nutmeg
4 ozs grated gruyere cheese
2 tbsps snipped fresh chives

Preheat oven to 350º.

Cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels.

Discard all fat except 2 tbsps. Add 2 tbsps of butter to the fat and melt. Add the mushrooms and salt. Over medium heat, cook until mushroom juices evaporate ~ about 7 to 10 minutes. Add the shallots and cook until tender and mushrooms are golden. Add the garlic and parsley and remove from heat, cooling slightly.

Butter a baking dish ~ either a 9 inch deep dish pie pan or a 9×9 dish ~ and sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Place the pan on a baking sheet for ease in getting in and out of the oven.

Sprinkle the half the Gruyere in the pan and the all of the bacon on top. Add 3/4 of the mushroom mixture over the bacon and then scatter the rest of the cheese over the mushrooms.

Whisk the half and half, eggs, egg yolks in a large glass measuring cup. Season this mixture with salt and pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Pour over the the fillings in the baking dish. Top with the remaining mushrooms and sprinkle with chives.

Bake until the center of the quiche is set ~ about 40-50 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

Makes about 8 or 9 servings depending on the type of pan you use.

Happy Cooking!

Mimosa Punch

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Last weekend my family had a couples shower for my daughter and her fiance at my house.   It was a brunch and one of the things that I personally HAVE to have at a brunch is a mimosa.  Well, I just hate making individual drinks so I found a recipe for a mimosa punch from Paula Deen and it must have been good because it was gone lickety-split.  I had a little taste of the dregs in the bottom of the bowl and it WAS delish.  This is the way I’ll be serving mimosa at brunch parties from now on ~ only I’ll double the recipe, LOL!.

Earlier in the week, I made orange cubes to put in the punch by cutting up an orange in slices, then cutting the slices in half and putting them in a muffin pan.  I added water to fill the cups and froze.  Once frozen, I set the pan on the cupboard for a few minutes until they just loosened up in the pan.  I popped them out and tossed into a ziplock bag and put back in the freezer.  Very easy to do and you can use any fruit you want.

You’ll have to excuse the pictures ~ I was trying to get them while guests were helping themselves to the food and I didn’t want to be pushy.  I don’t think I got pictures of everything but I’ll just have to remake them!

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Mimosa Punch

1 (12 ounce) can orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 liter club soda
2 bottle champagne

Pour thawed juice concentrate in a punch bowl. Stir in the club soda. Add 2 bottles champagne and stir lightly to mix.

Makes anywhere from 10 to 20 servings depending on the size glasses you use to serve it in.

Happy Cooking!

Cheddar Biscuits from Simple Shortcut Recipes

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Day 7 of 10 days of recipes from by Gooseberry Patch.  For a chance to win a free copy of this cookbook, please comment on THIS POST!

This recipe has been around for a long time but it’s a good one and does taste like the cheddar bay biscuits at Red Lobster.  They are super easy to make and really go with any kind of meal.  I typically use half and half in mine because I think it makes the biscuits more tender ~ whether it does or not, I don’t know but in my head it does, LOL!

The recipe said it makes 10 biscuits but I used an ice cream scoop so I would have the biscuits all the same size and I only made 6.  I also don’t think I would double this recipe but if I needed more, I would make the recipe 2 times.  I’m just not sure it would double right.  If anyone has done this, please let me know!

Cheddar Biscuits
Submitted by Molly Ebert, Decatur, IN

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2 cups biscuit baking mix
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 cup milk
2 tbsps fresh parsley, minced
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 tsp garlic powder

In a mixing bowl, stir together the baking mix, cheddar cheese, milk, and parsley until a soft dough forms.

Scoop dough into 10 mounds onto a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake at 450º for 8 to 10 minutes or until the tops are golden.

Combine butter and garlic powder; stir until well mixed.

Brush biscuits with butter mixture while still hot.

Makes 10 biscuits.

Happy Cooking!

Strawberry Dip from Simple Shortcut Recipes

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Day 5 of recipes from from Gooseberry Patch.  If you want to enter a giveaway for a FREE copy of this cookbook, comment on the post HERE!!

This is really delicious recipe that is perfect for Spring.  It’s super easy to put together.  I am looking forward to going to the strawberry patch and coming home and making this to go with the fresh strawberries.  I used light cream cheese and just sprinkled the ginger in the mix.

Strawberry Dip
Submitted by Deborah Patterson, Carmichael, CA

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1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme ~ I use Kraft
1 tbsp lemon juice
ground ginger to taste
whole strawberries, cleaned and hulled

Combine all the ingredients ~ except strawberries ~ in a small mixing bowl. I used a hand mixer since it was easier than mixing by hand. Whip until smooth.

Serve with strawberries.

Makes 8-10 (or more) servings

Happy Cooking!

Taco Dip

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Mr. Meat Eater and I recently went to a birthday party and since I can’t seem to go anywhere empty-handed, I made this taco dip that I found on Skinnytaste.  Now, I am always careful when using low-fat, no-fat products because many times they make up for the lack of flavor with sugar.  Most of the time, I just go with the full fat or less fat item and not the fat free.  For this recipe, I used less fat cream cheese and sour cream but used regular cheddar cheese.

I like this recipe since I am not a fan of refried beans and so many of these recipes use them.  It’s a super easy recipe and great to take anywhere.

Skinnytaste Taco Dip

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8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
8 oz reduced fat sour cream
16 oz jar mild salsa ~ if you like things spicier, use medium or hot
1 packet taco seasoning ~ I use less sodium
2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese ~ I use regular
small can sliced black olives, drained

Using an electric mixer, mix the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.

Spread this mixture on the bottom of a serving dish or platter.

Sprinkle the cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, olives over the top.

Refrigerate until serving time.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Makes at least 24 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast with Blueberry Syrup

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As a rule, I am not a fan of French toast but I have really started to like these overnight French toast recipes.  I think I made this one for Christmas breakfast for Mr. Meat Eater and I and we really enjoyed it.

I always use Challah bread for these kinds of recipes ~ it soaks up the liquids nicely and it’s a bit sweet.  King’s Hawaiian bread would work nicely, too.  I used frozen blueberries for both the casserole and the syrup and they worked perfectly.

I found the recipe on a blog called Real Mom Kitchen ~ it’s a very cute blog with some great recipes so check it out when you have a chance.

Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast with Blueberry Syrup

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French Toast:

12 slices bread, cut into cubes ~ I used challah but King’s Hawaiian would work
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cut in cubes
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) ~ I used frozen and probably about 1 1/2 cups ~ do not defrost
12 eggs
1/3 cup real maple syrup
2 cups milk

Arrange 1/2 of the bread cubes in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle cream cheese cubes and blueberries evenly over the bread cubes and top with remaining bread cubes.

Mix together the eggs, milk, and syrup. Pour over bread cubes and cover the pan with foil. Refrigerate overnight.

Bake, covered, at 350º for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes or until fluffy and golden.

Top with sauce.

Makes 8 servings.

Syrup:

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tbsps cornstarch
1 cup blueberries ~ I used frozen but fresh is fine ~ do not defrost
1 tbsp butter

Cook water, sugar, and cornstarch together until thickened. Stir in blueberries and simmer for 10 minutes. Add butter and stir until melted. Serve over the french toast.

Happy Cooking!

Caramelized Chicken Wings

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Every once in awhile, I like making wings for dinner ~ they are easy to make and there is a million and one recipes for them.  I’ve made this recipe a few times in the past and it’s a favorite or ours.  I especially like it because it’s baked and not fried.

I use a bit less than one cup of honey ~ probably about 3/4 cups ~ but I usually don’t measure anything.  I just dump everything in a bowl and mix.

The picture makes the wings look burnt but they weren’t at all.

I’ve had this recipe for so long that I don’t remember where I got it from ~ probably a community cookbook.

Caramelized Chicken Wings

3 pounds chicken wings ~ I use drumettes
2 tbsps olive oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tbsps ketchup
1 cup honey
1 clove garlic, minced ~ we like garlic so I use 2 or 3 depending on how big the cloves are
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375º.

Place chicken in a 9×13 baking pan.

Mix together all the rest of the ingredients and pour over the wings. Using tongs, turn the wings over so that all sides are covered.

Bake for 1 hour or until caramelized. I usually turn mine over at the 1/2 hour mark but you don’t have to.

Makes 6 servings.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Happy Cooking!