Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Valentine's Dinner

For our Valentine's dinner, Jen brainstormed food ideas that were red/white for the occasion that the girls would eat without a fight and she came up with pizza. I bought the pizza dough already made in a refridgerated canister. I cut it into the heart shape and Jen made heart breadsticks from the dough that was cut out from the heart. I made the pizza sauce from scratch and it is amazing. It is the second time that I made it, so I knew how good it was. I also tried to spell LOVE in mushrooms on the top of the pizza, and as you can see from the picture, you have to use your imagination to see it. The sauce recipe is below. Enjoy! Also, the heart cake's recipe is not included because I lost it. It came witht he heart cake mold.

Grade: A

Pizza Sauce:
In a medium saucepan combine one-8 oz can tomato sauce; one 7 1/2 oz can undrained tomatoes, cut up; 1/2 cup chopped onion; 1 Tbs dried basil, crushed; 1 tsp sugar; 1 tspdried regano, crused; 2 cloves garlic, minced; and 1/4 tsp pepper. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 10 minutes or till the onion is tender.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Skillet Garlic Chicken Dinner

This meal was very good. It was not hard to make and everyone enjoyed it. I doubled the parmesan cheese to make it a little extra cheesy. I recommend trying this one out with your family tonight. I also made a salad with chopped vegetables. I know that I have been not posting regularly lately, and I will being trying harder to keep the recipes coming more on time.

Vegetable cooking spray
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 3/4 cups Swanson® Chicken Stock
3/4 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
1 bag (16 ounces) frozen vegetable combination (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Spray a 12-inch skillet with the cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add the chicken and garlic and cook for 10 minutes or until the chicken is well browned on both sides. Remove the chicken from the skillet.

Stir the stock, rice and vegetables in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in the cheese.

Return the chicken to the skillet. Sprinkle the chicken with the paprika. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender.

Anna was way more excited about her salad than her main course.

Emily wants YOU to eat your dinner!

Sarah still working on not using her hands.

Lucy licking up the ranch dressing.

Cheeseburger Pasta

This meal was extremely easy, but had little to no taste. It tasted like a Hamburger Helper meal. I am not going to waste anymore time writing about this meal. No pictures.

Grades: Ease-A Taste C-

1 lb. ground beef
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Tomato Soup (Regular or Healthy Request®)
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups uncooked medium shell-shaped pasta


Cook the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat.

Stir the soups, water and pasta in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes or until the pasta is tender, stirring often.