Monday, April 27, 2015

Chicken and Zucchini

This is another Whole30 favorite. It's super simple, but super delicious. 

Chicken and Zucchini

3-4 tbs olive oil
1 lb chicken (breasts, thighs, or tenders) cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 onion, sliced
2 medium zucchini, cut into circles or half-moons
cayenne pepper (optional)

Heat 2 tbs olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, salt and pepper. When onion starts to soften, but not brown, add chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken just starts to brown. Add zucchini, more oil, if neccessary, and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne, if using. Cook until chicken and zucchini are nicely browned and chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Whole30 Meatballs

Whole30 Meatballs

1 lb ground beef
1 egg
2 tbs finely ground almonds (ground in the food processor)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl, combine egg, almonds, and seasonings and mix well. Add ground beef and mix just until everything is incorporated. Roll into uniform sized meatballs and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for about 20-25 minutes, until well browned and cooked through.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Chocolate Banana Bread

As much as I'd like for this to be justified as breakfast, a giant slice with a huge cup of coffee, Tyler Florence plants this firmly in the dessert category in his book, Tyler's Ultimate. It's true. The ingredients are mixed together like a cake, it comes together like a cake, it's scrumptious like a cake.
Breakfast? Dessert?
I'm not one to care too much about labels. Unless that label is totally delicious.

Chocolate Banana Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted (I use chocolate chips, and I don't melt them all the way, leaving some chips whole.)
2 eggs at room temperature
1 1/3 cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9×5-inch loaf pan. Whisk flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt in large bowl.

Beat butter in a large bowl at medium speed until lightened. Beat in chocolate, eggs, bananas and vanilla at low speed. Stir in flour mixture, just until combined. Pour into pan.

Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool on wire rack 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lasagna with Meatballs

I've mentioned before that I'm not a big fan of ricotta cheese. So my favorite lasagnas do not include it. This is by far the favorite lasagna (besides Victoria's in Norman, OBVIOUSLY) of all my picky eaters. It's a time-consuming dish to make, yes, but this one is worth it! 

Lasagna with Meatballs
from America's Test Kitchen : '09

for meatballs and sauce:
1 lb ground beef
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup minced basil or parsley (or a combination of both)
3 tbs olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
28 oz can crushed tomatoes

for noodles and cheese:
12 dried lasagna noodles
1 lb whole-milk mozzarella, shredded
2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 450. Mix meatballs- ground beef, cheese, breadcrumbs, eggs, and up to 5 tbs basil, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Roll into 1 tsp sized meatballs. Place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, gently heat garlic and olive oil in a medium pot over medium-low heat. Add tomatoes, cook 10-15 minutes. Off the heat, add 3 tbs basil, season with salt and pepper. Stir meatballs into sauce and cover to keep warm.
Lower oven temperature to 400.
Boil pasta. Drain and cool under water.
Spray a 9*13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Ladle 3 tbs sauce on the bottom. Top with 3 noodles, then 1 1/2 cups sauce/meatballs, then 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat with 2 more layers. On the fourth and final layer, cover pasta with 1 cup mozzarella and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.
You can also cover well (before baking) and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. Let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Pizza (or anything!) Rolls

Remember those delicious little Garlic Knots I came up with? I've become a bit obsessed with them, but my kids aren't complaining. I love to make them for a quick bread to go with dinner, but lately I've been stuffing them with various ingredients and giving them to the kids for lunch.
Again, no complaints. Except that time I used spinach. (I ended up eating those, of course.)
Pizza (or anything!) Rolls

1 pizza crust (homemade or store bought)
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
ham, pepperoni, chopped fresh spinach, etc.
1/2 stick butter, melted
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400. Spray a standard sized muffin tin with cooking spray. Tear the pizza dough into 12 pieces and flatten each piece into a circle. Stuff with cheese, pepperoni, ham, spinach, etc. Pinch the dough together to completely cover the ingredients. Place roll, seam side down, in the muffin tin. Top generously with melted butter. Bake until puffed and golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Best Drop Biscuits

If you're a biscuit lover, like every single member of my family, please step away from the can right now. I promise you, these are the easiest and most delicious biscuits, and you can have them whipped together in less time than it takes your oven to heat up. (I promise. That's what happened to me this morning.)
These biscuits are unusual in that you use melted butter instead of cold butter that you have to "cut into" the flour. This trick makes them pretty much fool-proof as well as super light and flaky.

Best Drop Biscuits
From Best of America's Test Kitchen- 2009

Makes 12 biscuits

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup cold buttermilk (you can make buttermilk by combining whole milk with a splash of lemon juice or white vinegar, which is what I almost always do.)
1 stick butter, melted and cooled slightly (about 5 minutes)

Preheat oven to 475. In a large bowl, whisk to combine the dry ingredients- the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk and butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine completely, being careful not to over-mix.
Using a 1/4 cup measure (or large ice cream scoop), scoop out the batter onto a greased or lined cookie sheet. Bake biscuits 12-14 minutes, until lightly golden. If desired, brush with melted butter when you remove them from the oven.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Weekly Menu/Meal Planning/Prepping Ahead

One of the goals I have set for myself in 2014 to get back in the habit of meal-planning. Meal-planning keeps me from making tacos and chicken nuggets every night of the week. Not that my kids would complain if I did that.
I shopped with a friend this morning and have two solid weeks of meals planned out. So today, Saturday, I spent a good amount of time in my kitchen prepping as many of those meals as I can, just to make life that much simpler.
This was a hard-core undertaking, one that I hadn't tried before. I don't know how often I can commit to this, but I predict that Future Keely will thank me for the work I did today.

Here's what's on the menu and what I took care of ahead of time:

Lasagna with Meatballs, Garlic Knots --I'll share this recipe soon!
Completely assembled lasagna. Waiting to be baked. 

Chicken Nuggets with Rice and Green Beans

Nacho Spuds
Cooked and seasoned beef. Grated cheese. Washed lettuce.

Macaroni and Cheese
Boiled pasta after I cooked the lasagna noodles; used the same water. Grated cheese.
Mac and Cheese is easy to make in advance and freeze for later, but I was worn out by the time I got here. :)

Beans and Cornbread

Buttermilk Waffles with Eggs and Bacon
Mixed waffle dry ingredients together; stored in the fridge in a jar. Cooked 1 pound bacon in the oven. 

Parmesan Chicken, Rice, Green Beans
Pounded chicken flat before I stuck it in the freezer to fix another day. Made homemade breadcrumbs

Chicken Pot Pie
Made crust. Roasted chicken breasts at 375 until cooked through. 

Chicken Soup with Homemade Noodles
Roasted chicken breasts. The noodles are time-consuming, so I might just make this next weekend. 

Steak Stir-fry
Thinly sliced steak before freezing.

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Pasta Carbonara