31 March 2007

Fresh Veggie Pizza

This is one of those meals I crave in the spring and summer when the weather is nice and the fresh veggies are great. It's something my mother used to make for us and was an easy way for her to get us kids to eat our vegetables. Also, several of the items I use come in low-fat or non-fat options, helping to make it healthier. The only downfall is that it doesn't save well so leftovers aren't that great - of course we never end up with any leftovers anyhow!


1 can crescent rolls
4 oz cream cheese
8 oz sour cream
powdered ranch mix
shredded cheddar (or other cheese of your choice)
diced fresh veggies


Roll out the crescent dough onto a cookie sheet and make sure to press the pre-cut edges together to form your pizza crust. Bake it according to the directions and allow to cool.

Mix cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch mix together to form the sauce of the pizza. Spread it on the cooled crust. Top with your shredded cheese and fresh veggies.

Another option is to top it with the ranch sauce, then cut it into pieces and allow everyone to top it with the cheese and veggies as they like.

WARNING - this can be messy if you load it down like we do, so make sure to have forks and napkins handy!

13 March 2007

Simple Apple Crisp

Image from Eagle Brand

What could be better than old fashion Apple Crisp? Simple - a quick version of apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream on top! My husband's family was coming over for dinner and I needed some sort of easy dessert (since my dinner plans were a little more involved) - this recipe was PERFECT! Of course, my husband also loves cinnamon apples, so this took that into account as well.


2 cans apple pie filling
1 tsp cinnamon

1 C quick oats
1 C all-purpose flour
1C brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C butter, melted


Combine the pie filing and 1 tsp cinnamon - spread evenly in a baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except honey - mix well. Spread topping evenly over pie filling and drizzle with honey.

Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes, then serve with vanilla ice cream.

11 March 2007

Blueberry Crumb Muffins

In my search for something slightly different than normal blueberry muffins, I came across a recipe for these - Blueberry Crumb Muffins - and I have to admit they are great. I made a few changes to try a healthier version, and the end result was nothing to be disappointed about.


2/3 C all-purpose flour
2/3 C whole wheat flour
1/3 C brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 C vegetable oil
3 egg whites
1/2 C milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 C blueberries

Crumb Topping
1/3 C whole wheat flour
1/4 C butter, softened (not melted)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 C brown sugar

Combine flours, sugars, salt and baking soda. Add oil, egg whites, milk, and vanilla until thoroughly mixed. Gentle fold in blueberries, being careful not to smash them.

Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full (into either baking cups or greased muffin tins).
Combine the crumb topping using a fork. Place a small amount onto each filled muffin.

Bake muffins at 375 for 22-25 minutes (11-13 for mini muffins).

07 March 2007

Macjak Chicken

This is one of those recipes I've heard raves about from a variety of people, so we're renaming it for them - a combination of Mackie and Divjak (Macjak) - this recipe is also lovingly known as Garlic Cheddar Chicken. I was truly amazed at just how easy this was, which I think we'll all agree is a GREAT thing, especially for week nights. Whats even better is how delicious the house smells while cooking this, if you like garlic of course. We served this with asparagus (steamed and top with butter, garlic powder, and sea salt) and a doctored up version of Kraft's Caesar Pasta Salad. This pasta salad is one of my favorites since its not a mayonnaise base. I try to use either Enova oil or olive oil with it. Tonight, I added some fresh dill (left over from the egg salad) and some diced tomatoes and red onions - which my wonderful husband stated added a great freshness to the salad. If you haven't tried this salad, I highly recommend it for any occasion you want something quick - and as always, feel free to doctor us as you like.
On to the chicken!


1/2 C Butter
4-5 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 C grated Cotija (or regular Parmesan)
3/4 C Bread Crumbs
1 1/2 C Shredded Cheddar
1/4 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp salt
8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

***I use Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs and omit the parsley and oregano.


Melt butter in a shallow fry pan over low heat, add minced garlic and mix well. Heat at least 5 minutes for garlic to soften.

In a shallow bowl, mix breadcrumbs, cheeses, and spices (including salt and pepper).

Dip each chicken breast in the butter mixture, coating on both sides. Then dredge through the breadcrumbs to again coat on both sides. Place in an oven safe dish. Repeat for each chicken breast. Drizzle any remaining butter over chicken breasts and top with any remaining bread crumbs.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

04 March 2007

Egg Salad with Dill

While discussing what to eat for brunch this morning, we had the Food Channel on (of course). Ina was making a variety of items and one happen to be her Smoked Salmon and Egg Salad Tartines. My husband and I looked at each other and the debate was solved - we wanted egg salad! I normally make this by just mixing hard boiled eggs with Miracle Whip and voila! - but this was better, it has stone ground mustard and fresh dill - how can anything with fresh dill be bad? This was so quick and tasty it will replace my boring old egg salad recipe (unless of course I don't have dill).


12 Large eggs
1/2 C Miracle Whip
2 tsp Stone Ground Mustard
1 Tbl Fresh Dill, chopped
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
Wheat Bread


Since I hate recipes that don't include ALL cooking instructions, I'm including my egg boiling as well.

Place eggs in bottom of pot and fill with cold water to ensure eggs are completely submerged with a little extra water. Bring water to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat, cover, and let eggs cook for 20 minutes. Once time is up, transfer eggs to an ice bath to cool (and help prevent yolk form turning green). Let eggs cool at least 10 minutes.

In large bowl, mix Miracle Whip, mustard, dill, salt, and pepper.
Peel eggs and process in food processor until all crumbly. Transfer eggs to large bowl with Miracle Whip mixture and combine. Feel free to adjust amount of Miracle Whip for egg salad consistency you like. Then - Make Sandwiches! I prefer toast, but its fine on regular bread too. Enjoy!