Monday, July 21, 2014

Chicken Meatballs in Parmesan Sauce

I recently saw someone post that they had meatballs in a parmesan sauce at a meatball restaurant - who knew those even existed?! Anyway, it put me on a quest to search for a similar recipe. I came across this recipe and it turned out really well. My kids ate everything off their plates. I couldn't believe it! Please try this recipe - you won't regret it!

Kinley kept saying, "Mommy, these meatballs are GOOD!" Kid approved.

Chicken Meatballs in Parmesan Sauce

Ingredients {Meatballs}

- 1 lb. ground chicken
- 1 egg, beaten
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, shaved

Ingredients {Parmesan Sauce}

- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tsp. flour
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 x 14.5 oz. can chicken broth
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, shaved
- salt and pepper to taste
- prepared egg noodles

1. Combine all meatball ingredients and form 1 inch round balls. Place on a foil lined and greased baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
2. Prepare parmesan sauce by sautéing onions in olive oil in a large skillet. About 5 minutes.
3. Sprinkle flour on top of onions. Whisk in chicken broth and heavy cream.
4. Turn your heat down to low and add the parmesan cheese and a pinch of pepper.
5. When meatballs are cooked, add them to your sauce and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
6. Serve over egg noodles.

Baked Chicken Meatballs

Evolution of Parmesan Sauce

 Egg Noodles

Chicken Meatballs with Parmesan Sauce with a side of roasted veggies!

Enjoy!
Brittney

Thursday, July 17, 2014

One Pot Thai Curry

My family loves Asian food and I love curry! This was an easy dish to make and didn't take as long to cook as I thought it would. I think it took me longer to chop all the veggies up! We still need to put a small bead of clear silicone between the backsplash tile base and the granite countertops to protect it from water seeping behind all our hard work. Then I promise to post pictures and DIY tips.

This weekend we are headed to the mountains! Kyle is running a half marathon plus (14.7 miles) up and down the ski slopes of Vail. He will gain 5500 ft. in elevation! Although this sounds nuts, I know he's going to do awesome! Plus we get to enjoy Vail in the Summertime!

Anyways... I have to share this recipe since I am in the kitchen again!

One Pot Thai Curry

- 1 1/4 lb chicken, cut into strips
- 1 medium red pepper, cut into strips
- 1 medium green pepper, cut into strips (I only had a red one)
- 1 small onion, cut into strips
- 1 cup eggplant, diced
- 2 tbsp. sesame oil, divided
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, chopped (I used the kind in the tube)
- 1 tbsp. fresh garlic, minced
- 1 can unsweetened coconut milk (I used lite)
- 1/2 cup low sodium chicken stock
- 2 tsp. fish sauce (I used duck sauce, couldn't find fish sauce)
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp. heaping of red curry
- fresh basil, cut into strips
- lime slices for garnish
- salt and pepper to taste
*- bamboo shoots (optional)
*- portabello mushrooms, sliced (optional)

1. In a large pot, heat 1 tbsp. of sesame oil and the olive oil over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic, 2-3 minutes.
2. Add the chicken and cook until no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.
3. Add the other tbsp. of sesame oil and the vegetables. Cook until soft and fragrant, about 6-8 min.
4. Return the chicken to the pot and add the coconut milk, chicken stock, fish sauce, sugar, and Thai curry paste. Blend well and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Before serving, add the basil. Serve over rice.

 Ingredients (bamboo shoots can not pictured)

 Cooked ginger/garlic chicken

 Sautéing the vegetables

Curry served over rice!

Enjoy!
Brittney


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Homemade NO Churn Peach Ice Cream

Summer and ice cream seem to go hand in hand. And homemade ice cream that you don't need an actual machine to make it with is even better! I follow Picky Palate Blog and she made this ice cream and I had to try it. It is soooo good! It tastes like apple pie in ice cream, only made with peaches. I hope you try it out!

Homemade NO Churn Peach Ice Cream

- 2 peaches, diced
- 3 tbsp. brown sugar, packed
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 7 oz. sweetened condensed milk
- 3 sheets graham crackers, crushed

1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook peaches with brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter for about 5 minutes until soft.
2. With your KitchenAide mixer, whip your heavy whipping cream until peaks form.
3. In a separate bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Slowly fold in whipped cream.
4. Gently fold in graham crackers and peaches.
5. Place in a temperature proof container and freeze overnight (I used a loaf pan).

 Fresh Peaches

 Peaches, butter, cinnamon and brown sugar

Softened peaches

 Whipped Cream

 Sweetened condensed milk and vanilla

 Adding graham crackers

 Ice cream in container about to go into the freezer

Delicious homemade ice cream!

Enjoy!
Brittney

Monday, July 14, 2014

Loaded Blue Corn Tortilla Nachos

Everyone in my family loves chips. Not sure who doesn't love chips out there... but these are fairly healthy chips that you can eat for dinner! I bought Tostitos Simply Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and a bunch of fresh toppings to put on our nachos. I even browned some ground beef with taco seasoning to add as well. I hope you enjoy this meal!

*Feel free to add anything you want that I didn't include like black beans, avocado, sour cream, guacamole, red onions... the possibilities are endless!

Loaded Blue Corn Tortilla Nachos

- 1 lb. ground beed, browned and fat drained
- taco seasoning
- blue corn tortilla chips, one bag
- shredded cheese, I used Mexican mix
- tomato, chopped
- onion, chopped
- corn
- salsa

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
2. Empty bag of chips on the baking sheet and spread them out.
3. Place your desired toppings on your chips.
4. Bake for 15 minutes.

Left: Blue Corn Chips, Right: Chips with taco meat and cheese

 Baked Blue Corn Loaded Nachos

Chips for Dinner!

Enjoy!
Brittney

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Korean Beef

I've been slacking in my posts because this week our granite countertops and new sink were installed - so my house is a mess! But we LOVE our new countertops and I actually enjoyed not doing dishes for about 24 hours while the new sink dried. This weekend we will start on the white subway tile backsplash. So excited to see our kitchen transforming into a beautiful space (I've been watching too much HGTV...).

The night before our countertops were installed I made Korean Beef. It is so easy and so tasty that there were zero leftovers... we will be making this again and again!

Korean Beef

- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 tsp. ginger
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and pepper
- bunch of green onions, chopped
*- 1/2 -1 tsp. crushed red peppers (optional)
- brown rice, cooked

1. Brown your ground beef in a skillet over medium heat with garlic and sesame oil. Drain the fat.
2. Mix ginger, soy sauce, salt and pepper, brown sugar together.
3. Add sauce to the meat. Allow to simmer. Add green onions or use as garnish.
4. Serve over brown rice.

Browning meat

 Soy Sauce mixture

Korean Beef over rice

Here is a sneak peak of our granite! I will probably wait to post pictures of everything once the backsplash is up since the two different paint colors is an eye-sore at the moment...

 New Granite! Courtesy of Lowe's

New sink and working faucet!

Enjoy!
Brittney

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Edible KoolAid Play Dough

Last week my older son had "Music Camp" from 9 am - 1 pm every day. Although he had a blast, he still needed to take a nap after camp, and my younger son had already taken a nap. So I decided to make the baby some edible play dough to play with because of course he sticks everything in his mouth and I didn't want him eating regular play dough. I searched and searched for a good recipe and this one turned out alright. I would recommend mixing all your dry ingredients first and then slowly add the water to get your dough to the right texture. I added everything together and had to keep adding flour to get my dough to not be so 'sticky'. What a mess! I have another recipe I want to try with peanut butter... sounds yummy. Oh and Palmer ate a lot of his little ball of KoolAid play dough, and a lot of it was stuck to his hands!

Ingredients

- 1 cup water
- 1 packet KoolAid
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

1. Mix your dry ingredients together.
2. Add oil and slowly add your water to get the dough consistency you want.

 KoolAid packets

 Ingredients combined

 Sticky Dough

 Playing/Eating Play Dough

He had fun!

Enjoy!
Brittney

Friday, June 27, 2014

Star Spangled Cookie Sandwiches

I came across these on Pinterest and just had to make them! The 4th of July is already coming up NEXT weekend - wow Summer is flying by! We are having a BBQ with some friends over, so I thought I would test run these cookies out. They are delicious, easy to make, and you can snack on the left over frosting and cake pieces!

Kyle and I have also joined Team Red, White & Blue, a non-profit organization that connects the lives of veteran's through physical and social activities. We have a 5k race tomorrow with the team where we hope to bring more awareness and recruit more members at our team table. Kyle and I have also volunteered to be on the Colorado Springs staff, he is the Hiking Leader and I am the Social Director - I get to plan get togethers! We really like how we can get involved and include our entire family. I will post pictures of us running as a family wearing "the Eagle" (Kyle will be pushing the boys in the stroller!). We encourage those who are prior or current Active Duty to reach out to your Team RWB's in your local area, they are nationwide and sponsor great events that you can be apart of.

Also, Team RWB is being sponsored by Bandaid, Jell-O, and Kraft Marshmallows. A portion of the proceeds goes towards Team RWB and other Veteran Organizations. So go out and get some "Star-Mallows" for the 4th of July!

Support Team RWB!

Star Spangled Cookie Sandwiches

- 1 box red velvet cake mix
- 1 box blue velvet cake mix, I used a lemon cake mix and 1 tsp. of blue food coloring to make blue
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a bowl, mix your red velvet cake mix, 1 egg, 1/3 cup milk, and 1/4 cup vegetable oil together. Batter should be sort of thick. Spread your batter on a parchment paper lined baking sheet to be about 1/2 inch thick. Bake for 12 minutes.
3. In a separate bowl, mix your blue velvet cake (or yellow cake with food coloring), 1 egg, 1/3 cup milk, and 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Spread your batter on a parchment paper lined baking sheet to be about 1/2 inch thick. Bake for 14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
4. Let your cookie sheets cool completely and using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut 14-15 stars out.
5. Make your frosting and just frost a red star and place a blue star on top.

Frosting:
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tsp. vanilla

1. Beat all ingredients together.

 Blue and Red Batters

 Batters spread out on parchment paper

 Baked Batters

 Stars

 Star Spangled Cookie Sandwich

Sooooo good!

Enjoy!
Brittney