Thursday, March 31, 2011



3 cans kidney beans
2 cans Spicey V8
2 cans Regular V8
2 lbs ground beef
1 can water
1/4 cup green onion
1 large green bell pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes


Brown ground beef with garlic, onion, and pepper flakes.  Add all other ingredients to the crockpot. Add the meat to the crockpot. Cook on low (200*) for approximately 3 - 4 hours.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ginger Flank Steak


2 large flank steaks
1/4 cup sesame oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp minced giner
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper


In a large glass pan combine all ingredients except steaks and mix thoroughly. Drench both steaks on both sides and let marinate at least 30 minutes at room temperature.

Heat oil in a large grill pan then add steak(s). Grill until as well done as you prefer (6-8 minutes for medium rare or 12-14 minues for well done).

Monday, March 28, 2011

Italian Pulled Pork

1 large pork loin
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
5 carrots peeled & chopped
5 celery stocks chopped
1 large onion
1 can vegetable broth
1 cup red wine

Rinse pork loin and pat dry with a paper towel. Mix together, in a small bowl, all dry ingredients. Rub loin with olive oil then massage dry mixture into the meat. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge overnight (minimum 6 hours).
Place vegetables in the bottom of the slow cooker. Remove plastic wrap and put the pork on top. Add broth and wine to the cooker. Set heat to 200* and cook for approximately 6 hours (vary time by your cooker!).
Remove pork loin and shred with two forks.  Serve on warm Kaiser rolls with vegetables.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cinnamon Apples w/ Granola

3 red apples (peeled - cored - sliced)
1/2 cup flour
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup deep brown sugar
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract

8 oz granola cereal
4 scoops vanilla ice cream (optional)

Toss apples into a bowl with the flour to cover evenly. Place apples and remaining 6 ingredients into a pot to simmer until soft. Spoon apples into a bowl with granola and ice cream.

Cinnamon Turkey Chili

1lbs Ground Turkey
1 sm onion – chopped
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 can diced tomatos (15oz low sodium)
1 can tomato paste (6oz)
1 med red bell pepper – chopped
1 can kidney beans – washed (14oz)
1.5 tsp chicken base mixed with 1.5 cups water
2 tsp celery salt
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp cumin
2 tbsp corn meal
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp chili powder
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp cilantro

Brown turkey in vegetable oil until nearly done, then add onion and garlic. While browning the turkey add all dry ingredients to chili pot. Drain turkey mixture then add to pot.  Add bell pepper and wet ingredients. Cook until beans are tender and flavors mix well.
**I use my pressure cooker so it take about 30min. Adjust your cooking times based on how you cook this chili!**

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ranch Cornbread Chicken

One of our favorites! It was good to have April join us and try it out this week:


1 pkg Jiffy Cornbread mix
1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch dressing (dry)
1 lbs Chicken tenders
1/2 c milk
2 tbsp veggie oil


Mix cornbread and ranch dressing into a large ziplock bag. Drench chicken in milk and put it in the bag.  Shake to coat chicken tenders.

Heat oil in a high-side skillet. Cook chicken about 5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.


I pair it with Stovetop Cornbread stuffing and greenbean casserole.


Soft Pumpkin Cookies

My daughters love to eat these cookies year-round:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease baking sheets.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.