Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cowboy Salad

I adapted this recipe from the Pioneer Woman.  It's a great summer entree salad that all of my kids will eat!
1 head iceburg (chopped), 1 bag other lettuce of your choice
1 cup shredded cheddar
1 package of bacon, cooked, cooled, and crumbled
2 green onions, diced
1/2 bag salad tortilla strips
1/2 box grape tomatoes, halved
any other veggies you'd like to add: carrots or cucumbers would work well

1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup bbq sauce
splash of buttermilk or regular milk to desired thickness
1 T chopped garlic
shake well in a mason jar

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Turkey Meatball Sliders

You will need:
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 jar marinara sauce
  • 5 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 onion finely chopped or 2 T dried minced onion
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 10 slider buns
  • In a large skillet, combine 2 T olive oil, seasoning, onion, and garlic.  Cook on med-high for 2 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix together spice mix from previous pan, turkey, bread crumbs, and parmesan
  • Roll into 10 even meatballs. 
  • Return to original pan and brown in olive oil
  • Pour jar of marinara sauce over meatballs, cover, and cook on medium for 10 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through
  • On a sheet pan, place slider buns open faced and brushed with oil.  Add a meatball to each set of buns with a slice of cheese on top.  Bake at 450 for 4 minutes.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken Soup

Very rarely do I try a new recipe and then all 5 of us eat it up.  The boys were actually licking their bowls.  No leftovers on this one!

  • 2 Tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 12 ounce can coconut milk
  • 3 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons natural smooth peanut butter
  • dash of soy sauce
  • 1½ pounds chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red (or any color, or a combination) bell peppers, seeded and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1-2 cups frozen mixed veggies (I used corn, green beans, peas, and carrots)
  • 2 tsp. fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice

Place chicken and onion in slow cooker.  In a bowl, whisk together curry paste, soy sauce, chicken broth, brown sugar, and peanut butter.  Pour into slow cooker.  Set on low for about 6 hours or until chicken is cooked through.  Add coconut milk and vegetables and cook for another hour.   Remove chicken and shred, then return to slow cooker.

Thai peanut coconut chicken soup
I adapted this recipe from

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hoffmeister House Salad Dressing

This dressing is kind of like a homemade honey-mustard.  It's light and refreshing and great for any salad!
1 cup oil (half olive, half canola)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup honey
1 t ground mustard
1 t celery seed
1 t salt
Mix well and toss with green salad.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Kristine's Vegetable Curry

This one was so delicious I just had to post it!
Kristine calls it "potato curry."  But really you can use any vegetables you want.  It can also easily be made as vegan or vegetarian.  You could also throw in some cubed chicken and not make it vegetarian at all!
Anway, here's the recipe.
You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (or a bit less)
  • 4 T veg oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste (I didn't have any on hand, and it still turned out fine)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water or chicken broth
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or coconut milk
  • Your choice of 3 vegetables.  I used bell pepper, cauliflower, and tofu (not really a vegetable but whatever).  Other ideas include sweet potato, eggplant, zucchini, peas, green beans, carrots, etc.
1. "Toast" the first two spices by warming in a dry, nonstick skillet on medium heat, until fragrant.  Kristine skips this step but I went ahead and did it.
2. Heat 3 T oil in dutch oven on med-high heat.  Add onions and vegetables and cook until cooked and golden.
3. Reduce heat to medium.  Add final T of oil to pan, then throw in garlic, ginger, tomato paste, and toasted spices.  Stir 1-2 min.
4. Add tomatoes, water/broth, chickpeas.  Stir and reduce to simmer, 15 min.  Add cream jus tbefore serving.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Savory Chicken

4-6 chicken breasts
2 cans stewed tomatoes
4 T white wine
2 bay leaves
Several shakes of pepper
4 garlic cloves minced
1 onion, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
4 cups broccoli

Combined everything in the crockpot except the broccoli.  (Or in a freezer bag for later.)
Cook on low 9 hours, add broccoli in last 30 min.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry ranch dressing mix
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon oregano
1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese

Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.  Place chicken breasts inside slow cooker.  In a small mixing bowl, combine cream of chicken soup, ranch dressing mix, chicken broth, garlic powder, parsley flakes, paprika, and oregano.  Pour evenly over chicken breasts.  Cover and cook on low for 4-5 or high for 2-3 hours.  Remove chicken and stir cream cheese into the sauce until smooth.  Put chicken back in the slow cooker and serve over cooked egg noodles or rice.  Drizzle with extra sauce.