That odd looking piece of red meat is barbecue chicken on top of pepper jack cheese grits (we love grits as a side dish). The pile of stuff next to that is a zucchini casserole that I had been wanting to try for a few weeks now. It wound up tasting like something you would have at a church potluck - not great.
Tonight's dinner was inspired by my favorite tv chef -- The Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten). I watched her earlier this week make a breakfast of roasted asparagus and scrambled eggs, so tonight I decided to give it a try. Asparagus is one of the few green things that Jason will eat - he actually loves it.
The full dinner consisted of bacon, toast, hashbrowns, asparagus and scrambled eggs.
Barefoot Contessa's Roasted Asparagus and Scrambled Eggs
1 bunch asparagus, ends chopped off
Salt & Pepper
Splash of milk (or half-n-half)
1. Drizzle olive oil, salt, and pepper over asparagus
2. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes
3. Add milk to eggs and scramble
This is what Jason had for dinner tonight. If you have a child, even a niece or nephew, this is probably something they would love to eat as well.....box macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders, and ketchup.
We asked what we could bring, and they said "nothing." Of course, we had to bring something, so we brought Monkey Munch (see earlier post) since we still have 15 pounds of this stuff left. It was a great night.
Brent's Smoky Glaze:
1/3 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1. Mix ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat
2. Once glaze starts boiling, remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of butter, & you're done.
1 head of garlic (roasted in the oven - 1 hour @ 300 degrees)
3/4 cup of mayo
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
3 tablespoons chives (can also substitute parsley, cilantro, thyme, etc...)
salt and pepper to taste
1. To roast garlic, cut off the top of the head of garlic, exposing the cloves
We don't have kids yet, but we do love watching this show. Colin and Leah are our favorites on the show and Kate is always stuffing their faces with this stuff. After making it, we feel that this recipe is really great for kids or seniors citizens (protein, fiber, and nothing that would stick to dentures).
Here's what you'll need for Monkey Munch.....this recipe makes enough for 8 hungry kids or 1 hungry Jason.
9 cups Chex cereal(any kind)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted (6oz.)
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, melted
1/4 cup butter, melted
1-2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter for 1 minute on high
3 Stir and cook for 30 seconds longer or until smooth.
4 Add vanilla
5 Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until coated
6 Pour mixture into large Ziploc bag and add powdered sugar
7 Shake until well coated
8 Spread on waxed paper to cool
This recipe is so easy, you will love it. Make sure to use a quality bacon.
1-2 pats of butter
1 onion, diced
5-6 slices of bacon, chopped into small pieces
1 bag of frozen corn (or 3-4 ears of fresh corn)
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Add butter to skillet and cook bacon and onions together
2. Drain bacon grease
3. Add corn, salt & pepper
4. Cook until corn is heated through, about 10 minutes
You might be thinking, "Kyle, what would I serve with this delicious recipe?" Um, duh....you would serve Shake-N-Bake chicken and green beans. Jealous anyone?
To make this quick and easy dinner, you'll need:
1 bag of crinkle cut fries
1 cup shredded cheese -- we used cheddar and pepper jack
1-2 cups leftover chili
This could not be easier....just cook the fries according to package directions and reheat the leftover chili. Then pour the chili over the fries and top with shredded cheese. The heat from the fries/chili will melt the cheese.
Where: Bed. Watching Jon & Kate + 8 on TiVo
What: Pop Tarts (frosted blueberry)
I love pop tarts, both frosted and plain. When I have the plain pop tarts I spray butter on them while they're still warm. Ummmmmm, so good. In the picture you can see Lucy Jane hoping I will be kind enough to drop a piece for her to clean up. No dice. I actually went downstairs two more times. Yes, 6 pop tarts in all. I had a really bad dream later.
1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 large onion, diced
4 - 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
1 can chili beans (we don't like too many beans in our chili)
1 packet of McCormick Mild Chili Seasoning
1 packet of McCormick Hot Chili Seasoning
Cheddar or Pepper Jack Cheese
Really, just follow the directions on the back of the chili seasoning packets. If you don't want to read that, just do the following:
3. Add tomato sauce, chili seasoning, and beans
4. Bring mixture to a boil and then let simmer for at least 15 minutes
2 cups of rice
2 tablespoons green curry paste
1 can of lite coconut milk
1 lb. chicken cut into chunks
1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 yellow squash
1 bunch of basil
Any veggie combination will do for this recipe, it's up to you and your preferences.
1. Cook the rice according to package directions.
2. In another pot, bring the coconut milk and the curry paste to a slow boil, stirring until the curry paste is dissolved.
3. Add the diced chicken and vegetables.
4. Let simmer until chicken and vegetables are completely cooked.
5. Tear basil and add to curry mixture.
6. Serve over rice.