Friday, November 13, 2009

Ranch Chicken Nuggets with French Fries

Not an impressive picture of the food, but it really wasn't that "impressive" of meal.

I made the ranch chicken for Jen when we were first dating. Of course it was not in nugget form however. This was an easy meal to prepare and make and only took 35 minutes from start to finish. I do not have an exact recipe for this one, so I will just write what the ingredients are and what I did and when. Enjoy!

Grade: B

Ranch dressing
Boneless chicken breast
Seasoning salt
Vegetable oil
Non-stick cooking spray

First turn your oven on to 350-400 degrees depending on how hot or cold your oven cooks. Next wash the potatoes and slice them into what ever shape/size you want your fries. Place the fries into a bowl and add oil to coat and as much seasoning salt to your own families specific taste. Put the fries in a baking pan/sheet. Place them in the oven for 20 minutes and give them a shake or turn them to check them. I am assuming they will need more time, but you would not want to burn them.
After your potatoes are in the oven, take your chicken breast out and give it a quick wash. Take out a skillet and put it on a burner on med-high heat to pan fry the chicken. Cut the chicken into the size that you want the nuggets or keep it bigger if you would want. Add vegetable oil to the skillet. In two separate bowls pour in the ranch and breadcrumbs. Put the chicken pieces into the ranch dressing and then the breadcrumb bowls and then place in the skillet. After all of the chicken is in the skillet keep an eye on it and turn it over before it starts to burn. It should have a nice brown color to it, but not BLACK. ;-)
When the chicken is ready to take out of the skillet, place on a plate that has paper towel on it to soak up any grease that is present.
Once the fries are complete, take them out of the oven. And enjoy dinner.
I made this when Jen wasn’t home and had the triplets and Anna running around. It really is that easy.

Anna showing impecable table manners ;-)

Lucy stuffing her face

Emily drinking her milk between nuggets

Sarah considering eating

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

This was an easy dump the ingredients in the crockpot and let it slow cook. I highly recommend it. The next time I make this I will by the reduced sodium beef stock because the beef was a little too salty.

Grade: B

Prep Time:
15 min
Total Time:
7 hr 30 min
8 servings
What You Need
2 lb. boneless beef for stew, cut into 1-inch cubes
10 oz. mushrooms, halved
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup beef broth
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt
1 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. GREY POUPON Dijon Mustard
1 pkg. (16 oz.) egg noodles, uncooked
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Make It
PLACE meat, mushrooms, onions and garlic in slow cooker. Add broth, paprika and salt. Cover with lid.

COOK on LOW for 7 to 8 hours (or on HIGH for 5 hours).

MIX sour cream, flour and mustard. Add to meat mixture in slow cooker; stir until well blended.
Cover and cook on LOW for 15 min. Meanwhile, cook noodles as directed on package. Drain noodles; place in serving bowl. Add meat mixture; mix lightly. Sprinkle with the parsley.

Anna with some noodles on her face.

Sarah trying to stab the noodles before throwing it on the floor.

Lucy giving you the evil eye.

Emily taking her passafier out to squeeze in a bite.