Sunday, April 15, 2012

Lemon Bars

I was craving lemon bars today. I found a super easy recipe on the Pillsbury site suggesting sugar cookie dough as the base. Please forgive the photos, they were taken with my phone as my camera was not with me.

1 tube of refrigerated sugar cookie dough (I used store brand)
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2  tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel 
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Unroll the cookie dough and create your base:


Bake about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and lightly beat with electric mixer.

 Once the cookie dough is done, pour the lemon mixture over the cooked cookie dough.

Bake another 20 minutes:

 I did not dust with powdered sugar. I ate them as is. It was interesting with the cookie base.

Audrey :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Biscuits (dairy free)

My daughter mentioned she had seen a recipe using Pillsbury biscuits stuffed with ham and wondered if I could do them with chicken but also make them dairy free. We had these for dinner last night and they were great!!

2 chicken breasts cooked and chopped
1 package cooked spinach
1/4 spoon seasoned salt (I used Lawrys)
1/4 cup soy milk
3 eggs
rice cheese (dairy free)

I bought Pillsbury low fat flaky biscuits. Spray a muffin pan with non stick spray. Divide each biscuit into two pieces and line each muffin tin with 1/2 of a biscuit:

Next, add in some chicken:

Sprinkle cheese on top. We did some with yellow cheese and some with white cheese:

On top of the cheese, place a little bit of the cooked spinach:

In a bowl, mix together the milk, Lawrys and eggs and place a large tablespoon full onto each muffin:

Place the half of the biscuit on top and press in to seal as best as you can:

Top with a slice of cheese:

Bake a 400 degrees about 15 minutes:

These were delicious. There are some things I'll do differently next time. I'll add onions to the inside. I ended up chopping up onion and adding it on before eating. I'll also use a stronger flavored cheese for my portion.

Audrey :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Multi Use Lasagna Pan

I bought a new lasagna pan:

These pans are designed to allow you to make three different types of lasagnas. My daughter suggested I used my pan to make different kugels instead. I wanted one with pineapple and she wanted a non dairy one.

I know they look similar but the one on the end is fulled with pineapple. The other is a salt and pepper kugel.
This was such a cute idea, I know we'll do it again.

For those who want the pineapple kugel recipe, here it is:

1 pound egg noodles
4 eggs
1 small can crushed pineapple, drained well
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter/margarine, melted

Boil noodles according to package directions. Rinse with cold water. Beat the eggs and them mix together the noodles, eggs, butter and pineapple. Pour into lasagna pan. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees about 45 minutes. The lasagna pan is deeper than a casserole dish and so I cooked a bit longer.

Audrey :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Brownie In a Mug

I was craving a brownie. So I found this brownie in a mug recipe and it's the best thing ever. I wish the photos looked better, but you'll have to trust me, I couldn't stop eating it. I ate the whole thing!!

In a coffee mug, mix together:

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
dash of salt

Mix it well:

Bake in microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes:

I did not put ice cream on top. I just ate it as is and as I said I finished it all. Next time I'm going to add mini chocolate chips. If you make this, make sure you use cocoa powder and not hot cocoa mix or chocolate milk mix. You need something with no sugar in it.

Audrey :)

Friday, March 09, 2012

Chex Coated Fish

We try to make fish at least a few times a week. I like to do something that helps cut the fish taste just a bit.

This was simple and we loved it:

1-2 tablespoons butter/margarine
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Crushed Corn Chex

Melt the butter and add in the lemon. Brush the lemon butter on the fish and then sprinkle with the Chex. We will make this again and we'll use more Chex. I was so uncertain how the Chex would taste on the fish that I used a small amount. My daughter told me we should double it next time.

Audrey :)

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing (dairy free)

I love homemade salad dressings. This was beyond easy to make:

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

It really as simple as mix it all together and pour onto salad.

Audrey :)

Friday, March 02, 2012

Almond Crusted Chicken (dairy free)

This was incredibly easy to make. Measure out about 1/3 cup of finely crushed slivered almonds.

Mix with about 1/3 cup bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Place the powder in a ziplock. Coat the chicken with egg white or mayonnaise and then shake:

Bake at 350 degrees until done:

I was afraid that this would be bland, but it was delicious. Almonds have quite a bit of flavor.

Audrey :)

p.s. a huge thank you to Kelly for her email this morning that I had forgotten to share the other ingredients in the powder.