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Chicken with Onions and Tomatoes ~ recipe

Are you ready for another easy one? I mean, put it in the skillet, cover, and let cook. No standing over it waiting and turning and adding, etc. We loved this and it tasted so yummy!

chicken with onions and tomatoes

Recipe:

  • 6 pieces of chicken (I used large tenders and this is what fit in my skillet; use whatever fits)
  • 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil or your favorite cooking oil
  • 1 15 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes
  • one medium onion, sliced
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder – to taste

Directions –

Put the oil in the skillet and heat. Add chicken and sear on both sides. Add the tomatoes over the top. Layer the onions on. Sprinkle on the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cover and let cook over medium heat about 30 minutes or until done.
Remove the chicken and simmer the tomatoes and onions until the liquid is gone. Watch so that it doesn’t burn.
Place the chicken in a serving dish and pour the onions and tomatoes over it. Serve.

I served this with brown rice, steamed broccoli, steamed cauliflower, and some corn. It was a filling, healthy, and yummy dinner. The girls discussed who was going to get the last piece of chicken. (Turned out – no one ate it since I had also decided to give them something sweet to eat – ice cream sodas – another yum!)

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While this isn’t a 30 minute recipe, it is simple and doesn’t take even an hour start to finish. Most of that time, I wasn’t even tending to the cooking dishes. I did check them but didn’t have to hover. It was lovely.

Don’t you just love it when a meal goes well?

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

 

Spinach Lasagna ~ 15 minute prep

spinach lasagna

Tonight, I had dinner in the oven in under 15 minutes. When the girls came in from violin, I got to hear those wonderful words “YUM! It smells good!” Then, when they found out that is was lasagna, a new round of pleasant words erupted. However, my favorite was when Miss J looked in the oven and exclaimed “Is it the lasagna with the spinach? That is my FAVORITE!”

This is a quick dinner partly because it does not include the pasta noodles and partly because I keep a trick up my sleeve. The “noodles” part of this lasagna is just spinach leaves. Nothing more, nothing less. Just put those fresh spinach leaves down and layer the rest. The other trick is that I keep cooked ground turkey in the freezer. That makes putting together the sauce for this super easy.

So, start the timer and here we go . . .

Preheat your oven to 350 degree.

Put a pot on the stove and put a tablespoon or so of olive oil in there. Don’t worry about the measure; just put some on to heat. Grab an onion and dice up half of it. Toss it in the heated olive oil. Using a garlic press, put about 3 or 4 cloves of garlic in there. Cook it for a few minutes, until the onions start to turn translucent. Add a can of diced tomatoes (I like the petite diced) and a can of tomato paste. Use the tomato paste can to add a couple cans of water to the pot. Put salt, pepper, basil, and oregano in the pot. Stir to mix and taste. Adjust those spices to what you like. I would have added more garlic if I had my garlic granules but we are currently out. So, just do it until you like the taste. Toss in the ground meat until it has as much as you want. I added about a cup and a half. Stir it up good.

Now, in your dish that can go in the oven, layer all that you want. Start with a layer of spinach leaves. Don’t go thin here because they do wilt with the heat of the sauce and the oven. Put a good layer of sauce over the spinach. Layer a crumble cheese, then a small grated cheese, and then a large grated cheese. I use crumbled goat cheese, pecorino romano, and then grate a goat mozzarella-style cheese on top. You could easily do cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella. We use the other due to food allergies.

Cover it with foil. Stick it in a pre-heated oven (350 degrees) until it is heated through and you are ready to eat. I left it in for about 20 minutes because that is when the rest of my family got home. It would have been good in about 10 minutes, I think, because the sauce was already hot when I put it on the layers.

I was able to do up some garlic bread to go with it and everyone was thrilled!

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Stop that timer! This took me about 35 minutes, including the 20 minutes that it was in the oven waiting for the family to get home. While it was in the oven, I washed up the dishes and swept the floor. Guys – this was an easy one!

Blessings,

At Home.

Cupcakes For Everyone

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Miss L has been going to town with her cupcake maker. She has enjoyed having her own small kitchen appliances and the cupcake maker has been lots of fun.

She has made cupcakes several time. We have enjoyed them as a family and she has given them to others. She even designed a desert based off of the cupcakes that didn’t taste quite like she expected them to. (You know – when you forget to check if there is molasses in the cupboard and have to make a substitution that didn’t quite work? What do you do? You add ice cream!)

Her cupcake creations have benefited her in a number of ways –

  • She has kept herself from boredom by creating in the kitchen.
  • She has brought smiles to many people’s faces with her cupcakes.
  • She has learned adjustments on the fly and how to modify recipes.
  • She has learned independence in the kitchen (and to check for ingredients before starting).
  • She has learned to clean up more thoroughly and to be more careful in her cooking.
  • She has learned to read a recipe and how to measure ingredients.

These are just a few of the ways that learning to cook benefits her. Learning to cook, no matter what it is they are cooking, is a skill all children need to learn. And for her to tackle it in this way is great. She is thrilled to be able to bring treats to others. And it is all of her own doing.

What has been created in your kitchen lately?

Blessings,
At Home.

Chocolate Treats

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Most people enjoy chocolate and making chocolate treats is fun. Miss L bought a chocolate making kit a few weeks ago and has been enjoying it. Kitchen messes are fun when they are chocolate!

The chocolate melter is great for kids because while it does get hot, it doesn’t get so hot that it burns. This tempers the chocolate just right and makes it possible to dip into or pour. She has mostly used almond bark for the chocolate to melt. It is less expensive than the chocolate candy disks that can be bought and it goes a lot farther.

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Miss L has made several creations with her chocolate kit. She has dipped pretzel rods. She has dipped them and added an M&M to each one, as well. (That was fun.) She has used the mold that came with the kit to make shaped chocolates. She created a chocolate fondue that we dipped things into (including some of the cupcakes she had made). She has made a bunch of chocolate covered nuts. (These were my favorites!)

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Independence in the kitchen is a great thing and these kits that she purchased have allowed her to take large leaps in that direction.

Blessings,
At Home.

Spiral Cookies

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Miss J loves cookbooks. She takes after me in this regard. I enjoy reading cookbooks and looking at all the beautiful creations. Recently, she checked out several cookbooks from the library. One of them was a cookbook on holiday cookies. She found several recipes to try and when the opportunity came up to bake cookies for a church youth group function, she jumped for joy. Almost literally!

The cookies she chose were a fun spiral cookie. It turned out to be a fairly basic sugar cookie recipe. After making the dough, she colored it three different colors. Well, two – she left one the original whitish dough color. She made the others pink and purple. Totally girly, isn’t it? But cute.

She refrigerated that for a bit and then she rolled them out and stacked them. Pressing them down with a rolling pin, she got her layers to stick together. Then, she created a rolled up log with all three colors and stuck it in the fridge overnight. The next day, they were ready to cut and bake.

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I did the slicing for her so that the cookies were thin enough to bake properly. She placed each slice on the baking tray and sprinkled pink sugar over them. Then she put them in the over and set the timer.

The cookies were perfect and were gobbled up at the youth devo. Several people complimented her on the cookies and told her what a good job she did. I was really proud to be able to say that she made them. I really didn’t help much; I supervised.

If I am not careful, these girls will take over the kitchen! Of course, that is a good thing, isn’t it?

Blessings,
At Home.

Cinnamon Sugar Nuts ~ recipe

Cinnamon Sugar Nuts Recipe

These are not your typical sugar coated or candy coated nuts, just so you know. They have a hint of cinnamon and a hint of sweet but they are not covered with a thick sugar coating. It would be easy enough to add more sugar if you are looking for that sweeter flavor. We, however, really like the flavor and hint of cinnamon sugar that this recipe gives. We came up with it when we were looking at a spiced nuts recipe and it just didn’t sound good to Miss L. She wanted a sweet recipe. So, we used the base of the other (butter with a few teaspoons of various spices) and made up our own recipe. It is yummy and boy does the house smell terrific!

Cinnamon Sugar Nuts

Ingredients:

4 T butter or margarine
1 t vanilla
4 T brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
4 C nuts (we used 2 cups pecan halves and 2 cups whole almonds)

Directions:

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. When melted, turn to low. Add vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix well and allow to simmer for just a few minutes over low heat. Pour over nuts in a large mixing bowl and stir until all nuts are well coated

In a baking pan, place the nuts in a single layer. Toast for 10 minutes in the over. Turn out and shift around. Return to oven for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Sugar Nuts

Blessings,
At Home.

 

Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader ~ Book Club

 

Book club:Ladybug Daydrams and At Home where life happensYears ago, I read the Mitford book series and really enjoyed getting to know the down-home characters who lived a small-town life full of the small-town joys often found in books. In fact, so much of the appeal was that it portrayed life so accurately – the joy, the hope. the hardship, the friendship, the neighbors, the help. the disagreements, the holding onto hurt and the innate ability to forgive. Neighbors become friends, and so do those who you just aren’t sure about. Yes, it is somewhat idyllic – what with the gorgeous setting and all – but it was such a joy to read those books.

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I found the same enjoyment reading through Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader. If you have read much of the series at all, you know food plays a large role in the interactions of the people in the books. So Jan Karon took those interactions and placed them in this Kitchen Reader alongside the recipes for the foods that are part of the story.

You will read an excerpt from one of the books in the series and then it is followed by the recipes for the food that was mentioned. It might be one recipe and it might be four. There are lots of yummy looking recipes (such as Esther Bolick’s Orange Marmalade Cake) and some that I can dream about but would never dream of making (Cynthis’a Leg of Lamb).

There are plenty that I am going to try including Cynthia’s Toasted Pecans, anything that features new potatoes (there are tons of these and they all look good), Cynthia’s Glazed Rosemary Onion, and Father Tim’s Christmas Morning Casserole.

Throughout there are sprinkled little statements that Jan Karon writes about things that she wants to share thought on: aprons, dishwashing, her spice cabinet, kitchens, the last meals of different people, and more. Everything is interesting and well-written. This was a cookbook that I enjoyed reading.

Blessings,
At Home.

My co-host, Wendy from Ladybug Daydreams, is hoping to post about an interesting she has read this month. For the next couple of months, we are going to each share about what we read. So head over to Wendy’s blog to see what she read this month.

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