Archive | January 2014

Brunch for two!

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Wow today you are lucky!  You get 4 recipes in one blog post to make one complete meal.  🙂

This morning, we woke up hungry.  We don’t have a ton of super easy to make food in the house, but I really wanted breakfast.  We didn’t have any milk, so I decided to find a nice fluffy pancake recipe.  I found an easy recipe with only ingredients we have in the house.  I realized half way through my plans that we don’t have syrup.  So,I started this plan what I wanted to put on top of my pancakes first.  I decided a strawberry applesauce would be nice.

Now, Jeremy loves over easy eggs, but because I don’t eat eggs, I have only ever learned to make them scrambled.  So Jeremy quickly read some internet directions on how to make them, and I did my best.  I put some oil in a non stick pan, and I think they actually came out perfectly.  I didn’t break the yoke, and they got flipped over and transferred to the plate.  They were not super pretty, but I didn’t break the yokes!  YAY ME!  hehe

Because I don’t eat eggs, I had to come up with some kind of protein for me.  I didn’t just want a chicken breast, as that is boring for breakfast, but have not had much luck making sausage that will stay in patties if I grind the meat myself.  I have a Ninja food processor/blender system, and in the past I have tried making sausage patties by pulsing raw chicken and adding spices, but they never hold together.  Today I was wondering how to change this because grinding meat in a food processor just does not work the same as having meat ground in a meat grinder.  Well I remembered my friend Nellena telling me to add a little flour as a binder to my potato cakes the last time she came over, and I wondered if that would work as binder for meat as well.  I pulsed them ingredients until it looked like it would hold together, and put the meat in the fridge for about 10 minutes while the fruit was still cooking down to let it rest, and let the gluten work and bind.  The flour worked!  I was so stoked!  Today I actually had sausage patties.  YAY!  Two total firsts in one meal!

The pancakes were simple, but I noticed that there was more baking powder than I was used to, and because of that I think the pancakes were extremely fluffy.  I wish I would have got a better picture, or a pic with my first over easy attempt, but this is what I got before the food was devoured.  I had fun cooking it all, but the best part was that it tastes AMAZING!!!!!

Pancakes:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 TBSP. oil or butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
2 TBSP. sugar (I used 2 TBSP Stevia in the Raw instead)
2 cups water
2 eggs

Mix wet ingredients together. Mix dry ingredients together in different bowl. Combine the two bowls and stir with hand or a stand mixer.  I have a new kitchen aid, and am getting all of the use of out it I can. Get all of the lumps out! Let batter rest for 5 minutes. and put some oil in the pan.  Fry the pancakes, flipping when it is full of bubbles.  These turn out a little heavy, but very thick and fluffy.  I usually hate pancakes, and I LOVE these!

Fruit topping:

3 apples

10 frozen strawberries

4 tablespoons of stevia in the raw (or sugar)

water

Vanilla

Cinnamon

Peel, core, and dice three apples.  Place them in a small pot and cover them with water.  Put in the strawberries and turn the burner on high.  They need to break down, and I kept them on a rolling boil to break down the apples a bit faster than usual. Remember to stir every few minutes so the bottom does not burn. I added the a few shakes of cinnamon, and 1/8th teaspoon vanilla, and a pinch of salt as well as the stevia.  Add more water if necessary until the fruit is cooked and broken down to your liking.  After the apples are soft,  throw about 1/2 of the mixture into the blender to break it down a bit faster if you like (or use an immersion blender), but cooking for a few hours will achieve the same effect…basically making a quick strawberry apple sauce.  Taste, add more stevia if necessary.  Serve on top of pancakes and pour melted butter either on pancakes or on top of topping…Delicious!

Sausage:

1/2 boneless skinless chicken breast

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

a few sprinkles of sage

4 tablespoons of flour

Pulse all of the ingredients in a food processor until meat is broken down and starts sticking to itself.  In a Ninja, that takes 10 pulses or less.  Be careful not to liquify or puree the meat.  You want a little texture.  Let it rest in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to let the flour do it’s job.  Next, make patties, and throw them in a frying pan with just a little oil.  Next time I will throw a little more seasoning in them, and maybe just a touch of oil to make sure they don’t dry out.  Make sure they are cooked all the way through and serve. These are oh so good!

And I guess the last recipe is over easy eggs, but you can find directions for that anywhere… 🙂

 

Stuffed Chicken Breast

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Last night I was looking through my ever thinning kitchen (payday is Friday)  and trying to figure out what to make with the ingredients we have.  I have been thinking about stuffed chicken breast for a while, and realized we had enough to make it that night.  The last time I made it years ago, I used goat cheese, spinach and garlic as my filling.  That was before I was married I believe, and it was the first candle lit dinner my now husband and I have ever had.

This time we had cream cheese instead so I used that.

I get Foster Farms 10 lb bags of frozen chicken breasts at Costco…and the breasts are HUGE!   I thawed out two breasts and got my filling ready.

The filling was super easy.  I sauteed some 3 cloves of garlic (lets say one or two in the future though) in a little butter.  Once that is done, throw in a large handful of spinach to wilt a little in the butter.  Once it  wilts just a little, starts turning bright green, throw the mix in the food processor with 8 oz of cream cheese (it probably could have been less).

I butterflied two chicken breasts, and split the filling between two chicken breasts.  It could probably be up to four breasts for that much filling as mine were over filled.  I used my hands to try to shape a pad of the cream cheese mixture to fit into the breast. I opened up the chicken breast and filled it up.  then I did my best to close it around the filling, and placed them into a hot pan with some butter and olive oil. I seared one side, and the other side.  Once both sides looked nice and golden brown, I put the pan into the oven at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.  Once the internal temp of the meat was 160 degrees.  The chicken opened up and some of the filling came pouring out which turned out amazing with the next step.  🙂

I put a slice or two of cheddar on top of the chicken, and broiled it until the cheese was melted and bubbly.  This caused the filling that had poured out to crisp up, and become very savory.  This also firmed up the filling and made it easier to to take out of the pan and place on a plate.

What I love most is that this entire recipe only takes 5-6 ingredients  and is actually really really easy!

stuffed chicken breasatThe chicken came out perfectly moist.  It looked nice and the flavors were great together!

3 tablespoons butter

2-4 chicken breasts

2 cups in spinach

3 cloves garlic (1-2 is good)