Monday, January 26, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

The picture sure doesn't do any justice to this dish. Besides its unappealing look, it is quite delicious!  The flavors are wonderful together and there's an amazing creaminess into this dish.  I served ours on rice (it absorbs the sauce better), but pasta would be just fine, or even some yummy, freshly baked bread.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 1/2 lbs chicken tenders
-16 oz sour cream
-1 (1.25oz) packet onion soup mix
-1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
-1 (4 oz drained) can mushrooms
Directions:
Coat the bottom of your slow cooker with cooking spray.  Layer the chicken on top.
Mix remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.
Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.  Serve on top of rice.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Cabbage and Beef Soup

This is serious comfort food.  As it was cooking, the smell reminded me of the famous sarmale (Romanian sour cabbage rolls).  The taste is not too far from that either.  This is absolutely delicious and quite hearty.  If you want to you can serve it with a dollop of sour cream or just as is.  It's VERY good!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 lb extra lean or lean ground beef
-1 small head cabbage, roughly chopped
-3 cups chicken broth
-1 small onion, finely diced or 2 Tbs dehydrated onion
-1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
-3 Tbs tomato paste
-1 1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
-3 Tbs balsamic vinegar
-2 Tbs packed brown sugar
-plain yogurt or sour cream to garnish, if desired
Directions:
Brown the beef, drain and place in slow cooker.  Add remaining ingredients, except yogurt/sour cream.  Give it a good stir, cover and cook for 6-7 hours on low.
Ladle into bowls, top with yogurt/sour cream, if desired and enjoy!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Avocado Pasta

I have to admit that I have an avocado addiction!   I absolutely love to eat avocado.  This dish is totally down my alley. If you love avocado, this is totally for you. It's light, creamy and absolutely delicious!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-12 oz spaghetti
-3 ripe avocados, pitted and flesh scooped
-2 Tbs lime juice
-1 Tbs dried parsley
-1 clove garlic
-1/3 cup olive oil
-salt and pepper, to taste
-Tabasco sauce, to taste (a few shakes)
Directions:
Cook pasta in salted water, according to package directions.
Meanwhile, place avocados, lime juice, parsley and garlic in your food processor.  Process until smooth.  Add the oil, salt, pepper and Tabasco.  Mix until well blended and creamy.
Once pasta is done, drain well.  Pour avocado sauce on top of pasta and mix well, using tongs, until evenly coated.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Broiled Parmesan-Horseradish Tilapia

This is such a quick, easy and delicious way to enjoy tilapia.  The flavors combine beautifully!  And the whole thing is ready in less than 10 minutes!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-6 tilapia filets, patted dry
-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
-1/4 cup margarine (butter, softened)
-3 Tbs horseradish sauce
-2 Tbs lemon juice
-2 tsp dried dill
-1 tsp pepper
Directions:
Preheat broiler to high.  Line a baking sheet with foil.  Place tilapia on top of foil.
In a bowl, mix remaining ingredients.
Place tilapia under the broiler for 3 minutes.
Remove from the over and flip over.  Top with cheese mixture.  Return to oven and broil for 4 more minutes.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Banana Pie Bars

Super easy and delicious, this provides another way of enjoying those overripe bananas.  They're even better if enjoyed after they spend a little time in the refrigerator.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-butter flavored cooking spray
-1 refrigerated rolled pie crust
-2 large eggs
-1/2 cup packed brown sugar
-4  very ripe bananas, mashed
-1 cup heavy cream
-1/4 cup light corn syrup
-1 Tbs pumpkin pie spice
-1/2 tsp salt
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Lightly coat a 9x13 inch baking pan with butter flavored cooking spray. Unroll the pie crust and fit it into the pan.  Set aside.
In your mixer bowl, cream the eggs and brown sugar.  Add the bananas and mix well.  Slowly, add the cream,, then the syrup.  Mix well.  Stir in the spice and salt.  Mix very well.
Pour into prepared pan, on top of pie crust.  Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely before cutting into bars.  Serve as is or with a dollop of whipped cream on top.  Enjoy!

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