Tuesday, February 26, 2008
White Chicken Chili
1 lb chicken breast, cut into ½” cubes
1 med onion, chopped
1 ½ tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 (15 ½ oz) cans Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14 ½ oz) can chicken broth
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 C sour cream
1 C whipping cream
Sauté chicken, onion and garlic powder in oil until chicken is cooked.
Add beans, chicken broth, chilies and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and whipping cream. Serve immediately.
Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions, diced avocado, or tortilla chips.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Baked Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
original recipe here
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Coarse salt and ground pepper
8 slices white sandwich bread
3/4 pound cooked ham, thinly sliced
2 cups shredded Gruyere, or other melting white cheese
Dijon mustard, for serving (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until foamy. Add flour; cook, whisking constantly, until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes (do not let color).
Add milk and nutmeg to saucepan. Whisking constantly, bring to a simmer; continue cooking until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a shallow dish; cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the surface of the sauce. Refrigerate at least 10 minutes.
Place 4 slices of bread on a baking sheet. Spread each slice with sauce, dividing evenly; layer with ham, and sprinkle each with 1/4 cup cheese. Top with remaining bread; sprinkle with remaining cup cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and golden, about 15 minutes. Serve hot, with mustard on the side, if desired.
***I make as many sandwiches as I need for my family (up to the four the recipe can make). Then, I put whatever leftover sauce I have into a tupperware in the fridge for "fast sandwiches" later on. I also tear up the ham into bite-size pieces for my toddler's sandwich. It's just easier for the little ones to eat it that way.***
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Breakfast (Fruit) Pizza
from the show Everyday Italian
original recipe here
1 storebought pizza dough (I used Rhodes white bread dough - it was in the freezer)
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
4 Tablespoons cinnamon-sugar (see recipe below)
2 cups mascarpone cheese
1 Tablespoon heavy cream (I used more like 2 Tbsp)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice (I used 4 Tbsp)
1 tsp lemon zest
2 cups mixed berries/fruit in season
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a rolling pin, roll out the pizza dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Transfer the pizza dough to the lined baking sheet and brush the dough with the melted butter. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp cinnamon-sugar mixture and bake until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Cool the pizza crust on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together the mascarpone cheese, cream, lemon juice and zest. (I also added 2 tsp of granulated sugar at this point to sweeten it a bit more.)
ONCE THE CRUST IS COOLED, spread the cheese mixture over the cooled crust. Top with mixed berries/fruit and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-sugar (I skipped this.)
Slice like a pizza and serve.
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
Stir to combine. Set aside in a small serving bowl.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Sunday - Dad's Birthday Enchiladas, salad, corn, fruit
Monday - Baked Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, fruit
Tuesday - White Chicken Chili, rolls, fruit
Wednesday - Tacos, fruit
Thursday - Honey-Nut Chicken Sticks, salad
Friday - leftovers
Saturday - eat out