Saturday, October 18, 2008

Use up Leftover Chicken: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Here's our pretty close, maybe even better knock off of Papa John's creation...Josh couldn't think of anything to improve it, and that's saying a lot.

1. Make your favorite pizza dough
2. Brush with Olive Oil (keeps toppings from making crust mushy)
3. Use a jar of Alfredo for the Sauce
4. Top with leftover choped up chicken, bacon in small pieces, onion, cheese, salt and pepper, sprinkle a little dried herbs on too.
5. Bake at 475 till it looks done, depends on your crust recipe. 10-15 min.

Yay! Delicious and we'll pretend nutritious (if you follow the general rule that it's aways better to make it at home from scratch then to buy it processed...)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Use up leftover Chicken: Thai Chicken Salad

You can make this low fat by using low fat penut butter, and mayo and reduced sodium soy sauce. I didn't have any of that it was extra good;)

Whisk together:
1-3 cup Mayonnaise
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 chicken breast's shreded or chopped ( or equivalent of leftover chicken)
Fold in:
1 cup diced celery
1 medium yellow or red pepper
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts

Serve over lettuce, or on bread, in a tortilla, on noodles...
Can be made three days ahead (add veggies just before serving)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Apple Pancakes with Boiled Cider Syrup

Another one from the King Arthur Flour website. These were quite tasty, and they puff up pretty fat, although you couldn't really taste the apple very much! We didn't have any "boiled cider" which I've just learned isn't something you can make by just boiling your own cider. It's somehting you buy, and it's made kind of like maple syrup. They boil down the cider a long time until it's syrupy. That would probably have given it the apple kick I was hoping for. So, it was a good basic apple pancake recipe, not my favorite but I'll let you know how it is with the cider syrup (if I ever find it!).

Apple Pancakes with Boiled Cider Syrup

I'm going to try another apple pancake recipe next week and see if it's what I'm looking for!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Inside out Pumpkin Muffins

Holy cow these were AWESOME. Especially hot out of the oven when the cream cheese fillilng was warm. Also really easy. Mix and dump, and the filling is done in the microwave. The white whole wheat added some nice texture, and also it makes me feel less guilty if there is whole wheat or any kind of vegetable;) You can get the white whole wheat at Kroger, and it's not that much more expensive, it has a lighter texture and taste than regular wheat. I expect you could also substitute all purpose.
Here's the link to the King Arthur Flour recipe site. We have all three of the cook books and have never made anything yucky out of it, but the website comes out with new seasonal stuff all the time. Take a look, and I'll give reviews whenever we make something!
Inside out Pumpkin Muffins