Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes remind me of growing up. This is a nice and easy recipe with ingredents that most people have in their cabinet. You can make these with ground beef or ground chicken.

Sloppy Joe's

2 lbs hamburger
1 onion, diced
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
2-3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons chili powder
salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon mustard (optional)
  1. Brown hamburger and onion.
  2. Drain out grease.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer 15-20 minutes with lid.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Grilled Shrimp

These are the best grilled shrimp. Lots of flavor !! This also is great on wings too

For the rub
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon garlic salt
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
2 tablespoons brown sugar
For the shrimp
2 tablespoons olive oil (give or take)
2 lbs medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  1. In a 1 gal plastic food bag place shrimp and olive oil, toss to coat, sprinkle enough rub to lightly coat the shrimp. The bag should look dark red.
  2. Refrigerate for 1-4 hrs, the longer you wait the hotter they'll be.
  3. Light the grill and while it's heating place shrimp on skewers.
  4. When coals are very hot, clean the area that the shrimp will be on and rub with a bit of canola oil on a rag (use a mitt please) or spray with non stick spray.
  5. Immediately place shrimp on greased grill for 2-3 minutes, turn and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove from skewers and serve hot.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Artichoke Chicken

This is a easy dish that is a bit different. My oldest daughter likes this but my son will not eat it, but that is not saying much because he does not like alot of things.
I served it with sauteed spinach with garlic and oil.

Artichoke Chicken

1 (14 ounce) can water packed artichoke hearts, well drained and chopped
3/4 cup grated parmesan
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 dash garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves
4 boneless skinless chicken breast

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Spray an 11x7 inch baking dish with Pam.
  • Salt and pepper the chicken breast halves and place in the dish.
  • In a bowl, combine the artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, mayonnaise and garlic powder; mix well.
  • Spread artichoke mixture over chicken breasts.
  • Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until chicken juices run clear

Friday, April 3, 2009

Fruit Pizza

I made these for my daughter spring party at school. I made this one with crushed pineapples, chopped strawberries and sliced banana's. I also made one with just chopped strawberries.
I have made these with sugar cookies as a base and also plain pizza crust. You can use any variety of fruit, strawberries, grapes, pineapples, banana's, chopped apples, mandarin oranges.

Fruit Pizza

2 tubes of sugar cookie dough or 1 plain pizza crust (cooked)
1-2 tubs of strawberry cream cheese
1 cup sliced strawberries or any variety of fruit
  1. Chop or Slice all fruit
  2. Spread cookie dough on square baking pan or round pizza pan
  3. Cook cookie according to package directions
  4. Allow to fully cool
  5. Spread with layer of strawberry cream cheese
  6. Top with chopped or sliced fruit

Chicken Divan

This is an easy casserole. I usually serve over rice

Chicken Divan

3 lbs chicken, cut up
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen broccoli
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon butter

  1. Cook chicken until tender. Cool, debone the chicken and cut into chunks.
  2. Cook the broccoli. Drain.
  3. Grease a 3-quart casserole dish.
  4. Place the chicken on the bottom and the broccoli on top.
  5. Combine Miracle Whip, soup, curry powder and lemon juice.
  6. Pour this mixture over the broccoli. Sprinkle with a mixture of breadcrumbs, cheese, and melted butter.
  7. Bake at 350°F for 30-40 minutes