Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Thanks again to Pinterest, I found this delicious recipe and it is definitely worth passing on…I always double the recipe to feed my hungry crowd, but it makes an easy, inexpensive meal that pleases all of my little people!  I serve these with chips, salsa and homemade guacamole!  Click here also for the recipe.

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Yield: 12 taquitos
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup green salsa
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice (juice from half a lime)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp sliced green onions
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican flavored cheese
  • small flour or corn tortillas
  • kosher salt
  • cooking spray
Preheat your oven to 425?F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, ground cumin, chili powder, onion powder and garlic. Once combined, stir in the cilantro and green onions. Add the chicken and cheese; mix thoroughly.
Working with a few tortillas at a time, heat them in the microwave between two paper towels until they are soft enough to roll (about 20 – 30 seconds).
Spoon 2-3 Tablespoons of the chicken mixture onto the lower third of a tortilla. Roll the tortilla as tightly as you can.
Place the rolled tortilla seam side down on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas until the mixture is gone.  Make sure the taquitos are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with kosher salt.
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until crisp and golden.
Serve with salsa, sour cream or guacamole.

Baked Pasta with Chicken and Sundried Tomatoes

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As we dive into a season full of hospitality and having families over for dinner often, I’ve been on the search (thank you Pinterest!) for main dishes that easily feed a crowd.  Some of our normal weekly recipes just feed our little army of six and won’t work for bigger groups.  I ran across this recipe a few months ago, made it very unsuccessfully before we left Louisville (ahem, I scorched the milk which gave the whole dish that horrible burnt taste) but decided to give it one more go when our pastor and his family came for dinner.  And so glad I didn’t give up on this one…it was absolutely delicious! I served it with steamed broccoli and home-made buttermilk rolls.  We fed 11 people (4 adults, 7 kids) and had plenty leftover.  This will definitely be one of my new go-to recipes when entertaining!

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Oatmeal Cream Pies

I just happened to see this oh-so delicious treat on Pinterest today when I was looking up a different recipe.  We ended up having a restful family day (thank you bad weather!) and I had plenty of time to whip these up before dinner.  My family thanked me greatly and so will yours!

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Peach Pancakes

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Per my dad’s request, we had peach pancakes for breakfast this morning!  Can I just say… yum?!?!!  I found this recipe and only made one change…canned peaches for fresh given the time of year.  We topped them with more peaches, maple syrup and some whipped cream.  My kiddos were super-pleased with breakfast today 🙂

Ingredients:

2 eggs, at room temperature
2 ½ cups buttermilk, at room temperature
4 tablespoons oil
2 ½ cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
Pinch nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
2 cups ripe, peeled, diced peaches

Directions:

Blend egg, milk and oil. In a separate bowl blend dry ingredients together.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Gently fold in peaches. Let sit 5 minutes. Batter will be lumpy.

Heat griddle until drops of water sizzle. Grease lightly if needed.

Drop large spoonfuls of batter onto hot grill and smooth out slightly. Flip pancakes once pancakes puff and bubbles have formed, but before bubbles break.

Turn and brown on the other side, pressing down gently to make sure batter cooks evenly around the fruit.

 

Cinnamon Spice Muffins

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Can you tell our family is obsessed with cinnamon?!  These muffins are amazing…one batch lasts our family about an hour, if that tells you anything!  Enjoy!

Recipe found here also.

Muffins

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk

Sugar & spice coating

  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar mixed with
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a 12-cup muffin tin (or coat with non-stick spray).

Sift together flour, salt, nutmeg & baking powder. Set aside. Beat together 2/3 cup butter and 1 cup sugar, about 2 minutes on medium speed. Add eggs one at a time and beat in. Add dry ingredients in three portions, alternately with milk, combining just until well mixed. Divide batter among 12 muffin cups. Bake 25-30 minutes until lightly golden. Cool about 3 minutes, then remove from pan.

While still warm, use a pastry brush to brush muffins with melted butter and then roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture until the muffins are well coated on all sides.

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

My kids love broccoli…I could probably fix it every night and they would gobble it up!  Weird, huh?!?  We also love stir-fry, but after two years of the same recipe, I decided it was time to change things up.  I found this recipe and we loved it!  Its just the right mix of sweet and salty…I usually find flank steak some other thin cut of steak on sale at Kroger and buy the big bag of broccoli florets at Costco (which then disappears in about a week!). I love that this recipe makes for a very cost-effective meal that our entire family enjoys!

Ingredients

    • 3 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
    • 1/2 cup water, plus
    • 2 tablespoons water, divided
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 lb boneless round steak or 1 lb charcoal chuck steaks, cut into thin 3-inch strips
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
    • 4 cups broccoli florets
    • 1 small onions, cut into wedges
    • 1/3 cup soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • hot cooked rice

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water and garlic powder until smooth.
  2. Add beef and toss.
  3. In a large skillet or wok over medium high heat, stir-fry beef in 1 tablespoon oil until beef reaches desired doneness; remove and keep warm.
  4. Stir-fry broccoli and onion in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Return beef to pan.
  6. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and remaining cornstarch and water until smooth; add to the pan.
  7. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  8. Serve over rice.

Cobb Salad with BBQ Ranch Dressing

Per request of my mama, I’m sharing this delicious salad recipe…perfect for a hot summer day!  I did make a few revisions…instead of smoked chicken, we use three grilled chicken breasts (shredded), rubbed with chili powder and a little garlic salt and only one green onion.  I also substituted feta for the crumbled blue cheese.  My children, who normally aren’t thrilled on salad night, loved this recipe and usually ask for seconds every time!

Ingredients
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 pound chopped smoked chicken
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 large avocados
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1 (4-oz.) package crumbled blue cheese
  • 6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
Preparation
  • 1. Layer first 4 ingredients on a large serving platter.
  • 2. Peel and chop avocados; toss with lemon juice.
  • 3. Layer avocado, green onions, crumbled blue cheese, and crumbled bacon over salad. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 8 hours. Serve with Barbecue-Ranch Dressing.
Barbecue-Ranch Dressing:
  • 1 (1-oz.) envelope buttermilk Ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • Prepare buttermilk Ranch dressing mix according to package directions; stir in barbecue sauce.

 

Mango Rice Salad with Grilled Shrimp

 

Summertime equals new dinner menus in the Cuthbertson home! I love the variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs available in the summer months and I take full advantage of them in my kitchen! Now that school is winding down (tomorrow is our last day…hooray!), I have some free time to peruse recipes and try out some new dishes. Saturday night we gave this shrimp recipe a whirl and it definitely pleased everyone at the table. I think Mikias ate as much shrimp as Kevin and I combined! Other than the time to chop and dice the ingredients in the rice salad, this recipe is pretty simple and looks beautiful on the table!

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 36 shrimp)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked long-grain rice
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 cups diced peeled mango (about 2 mangoes)
  • 1 1/2 cups diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Cilantro sprigs (optional)
Preparation
  • Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add shrimp; toss to coat. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  • Bring water and coconut milk to a boil in a medium saucepan; add rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Add carrot and next 7 ingredients (through salt); toss gently to combine.
  • Prepare grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  • Thread 3 shrimp onto each of 12 (6-inch) skewers. Place skewers on grill rack or grill pan coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or until shrimp are done. Serve skewers over salad. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.

Pan-Grilled Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

I love this recipe for three reasons: 1) pork is a less expensive meat to fill up all these boys’ tummies; 2) it looks so fancy on a plate, but is so quick and easy; and 3) it is unbelievably delicious! Recipe taken from MyRecipes.com.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices pineapple
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

Combine pork and 1 tablespoon juice; let stand 10 minutes. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pineapple and onion; cook 4 minutes on each side or until onion is tender. Coarsely chop pineapple and onion; combine in a medium bowl with remaining 2 teaspoons lime juice, jalapeño, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle pork with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Heat grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done.

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

For the last couple of Sundays, I’ve tried a variety of recipes for breakfast.  I was looking for something I could make the night before and then pop in the oven Sunday morning in order that our kiddos could have a hot, yet special Sunday morning breakfast.  In order to be on time for Sunday school, all six of us have to be ready and out the door by 8:50 am and we usually don’t get home to eat lunch until 1:00 or 1:30. Obviously, that can make for a long morning for my four little people which makes starting the day with a full belly that much more important!  One thing I work hard at is making Sunday, the Lord’s day, a special, peaceful day focused on worshipping Jesus. Kevin and I wake up extra early to ensure we aren’t having to rush the children to get to church, knowing that rushed children yields bad attitudes and frustrated parents. We only listen to praise music or hymns on our commute to church and Kevin prays for our church, the service and our family the last few minutes of the drive before we pull into the parking lot.  We take a long rest time in the afternoon and make sure to play a game or take a walk or do something as a whole family on this day.  Our church also has an evening service that we absolutely love, but because of the ages of our children, the long drive to and from our church and having a nursing baby, we’ve had to refrain from going the last few months.  So, for now, we use these evenings to have some good quality family time and I have come to really treasure our restful Sundays.

I share all of this to explain why I was trying to find an extra-special breakfast recipe for this extra-special day of our week. My initial desire was to make homemade cinnamon rolls, but after reading through several recipes, I decided they were just too much effort and too time-consuming.  I love to cook, but I’m not especially crazy about baking and most recipes for cinnamon rolls looked like more than I was willing to take on!  Then I ran across this recipe on the Money Saving Mom website.  When I read the directions, I thought “I have found our Sunday morning breakfast!”  Kevin didn’t want me to get too excited in case they totally flopped!  Well, let me just tell you…I think these cinnamon rolls are the best ones I’ve ever eaten!  And I probably spent twenty minutes of actual baking…the bread machine and the oven did most of the work.  I edited a few parts of the original recipe, so I’ll post how I made them below. I’m guessing everyone’s bread machine is a bit different, but I needed more flour to keep the dough from being to0 wet and sticky.  Oh, and in case you need more encouragement to try these out…Kevin has not stopped talking about them all day!

Dough:

Put the following ingredients into your bread machine in the following order and select dough cycle.

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm milk
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 egg plus 2 egg whites lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups flour (I used unbleached all purpose flour as I was running low on bread flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons of active rise yeast

Filling:

Once dough cycle is finished, roll dough out into a large rectangle.  Mix 4 tablespoons of melted butter, 1 1/3 cup brown sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon.  Spread mixture over dough.  Roll dough and cut into 1/2 inch rolls (I got 21 rolls total!)  Place in greased cake pan or pans (I  used a large 12″ cake pan, but you could divide the rolls into two 8″ pans in order to save one for later.)  At this point, you can cover the rolls and refrigerate overnight.  Bake at 325 for 25 minutes (one large pan) or 20 minutes (two small pans).

Rolls after being refrigerated overnight

Icing:

Mix 2 tablespoons milk, 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, 4 tablespoons softened butter and 1 tsp vanilla.  If icing is too dry, add a little more milk. Spread on rolls immediately after baking.

Iced and ready to be devoured!