Category Archives: Food

Easy Berry Breakfast Smoothie

It’s been a while, but I’m ready to share a great recipe. It’s my new breakfast meal. For five years, I’ve been eating a banana and oatmeal for breakfast and I was burnt out. I love smoothies and when I buy them from the smoothie shop, it can cost me about $5-$7. After my last smoothie, I had an “aha” moment. “Make my own smoothies.” I bought an Oster MyBlend Blender which was essential to making a perfect smoothie every time.

EASY BERRY BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

EASY-1 SERVING-5 MINUTES

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INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup apple or orange juice

1 frozen banana (chop before freezing or you will be UPSET)

1/4-1/2 cup of frozen berries

1/4 cup yogurt

DIRECTIONS

  • Place juice, banana, berries, and yogurt in the blender

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  • Blend to desired consistency

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  • Enjoy

Side Note

  • You can add any combination of fruit to your smoothie. Be creative!
  • You can add a supplement to your smoothie such as protein or vitamins
  • To plan for the week and save time, you can separate the fruit (sliced banana and berries) into individual containers and freeze

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My Own Recipe Book

I love to cook.  Usually these days, time doesn’t allow for the elaborate cooking I enjoy.  Nevertheless, I collect all types of recipes and eventually, I find the time to try all types of recipes from snazzy drinks for a party to yummy cookies for the little ones and everything in between.  As a newlywed, I began sparking an interest in cooking and the organization bug quickly bit me.  I can organize anything with a binder, sheet protectors, and hole puncher, including my OWN recipe book.  It is beyond simple to create your own recipe book.  All you need is a binder (about 1.5-2 inches), standard sheet protectors, and tabbed sheet protectors.

  • Gather all your recipes and sort them into categories such as Drinks, Appetizers, Sides, Poultry, Meats, Seafood, Desserts, etc.

  • Create title pages for each category using decorative printer paper and place each page in a tabbed sheet protector.
  • Place each recipe into a sheet protector.  I double the recipes in each protector; the choice is yours.

  • Put the recipes in the binder with the tabbed sheet protector leading each category.

It’s that easy.  You can pull the the binder out when it is time to cook and the sheet protectors will keep each recipe clear of spills and splatters.  You will have a collection of your own recipes that you find anywhere for years to come.  Please excuse my recipe book it is over nine years old and time for an update.  Oh, if I could only find the time.

DO NOT ask me, “What’s for dinner?”

My husband asks constantly asks, “What’s for dinner?”  I hate this question and he knows it.  And then I realized, it is unfair to keep the dinner menus under lock and key and I need to share the wealth.  The problem was that I even forget what was planned for dinner, so I created a menu board.  The board displays the planned meals for the week.  You simply use a dry erase marker to write, a paper towel to clean, and this board can be used week after week.

This board is so easy to make.  Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it better.  I am NOT a crafty, artsy, cutesy, mom.  It is not my thing.  Hobby Lobby and Michael’s makes me nervous every time I enter.  But, every now and then, I step it up and get a little crafty.  So, once again, if I can do it, YOU can do it!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Picture frame

1 sheet of scrapbook paper

Embellishment stickers

Letter stickers

Picture frame display easel

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place the letter stickers on the scrapbook paper to display the title and days of the week

  • Embelish the paper with stickers
  • Place the completed scrapbook paper in a picture frame

   

  • Place the frame on a picture frame display easel

This is another menu board I made using a different color scheme.

Recipe #2 Broiled Chicken

This meal is too easy and takes no time to cook.  I often overcook the chicken because it cooks so darn fast.

BROILED CHICKEN

EASY-4 SERVINGS-15 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. chicken breast for Milanesa (very thin chicken breasts), cut 1/4-inch thick

1 bottle/package of prepared marinade (I prefer Lawry’s Herb and Garlic Marinade with Lemon Juice)

Optional Sides:

Seasoned Rice

Frozen Vegetables (broccoli, spinach, or whatever your family enjoys)

Salad

DIRECTIONS

  • Place the chicken in a resealable plastic bag or bowl, add the marinade, and place the bag or bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or even overnight
  • Preheat the oven to the broiler setting
  • Line the broiler pan with aluminum foil for easy clean up
  • Place the chicken breasts in the broiler pan
  • Place broiler pan in the oven for 6 – 10 minutes, turning once until fully cooked
Side Note:
I often forget to pre-marinate the chicken and the meal still tastes great.

Recipe #1 Quick Buffalo Chicken Burgers..too easy

My family loves chicken breasts.  My husband actually will eat no other part of the chicken except a drumstick. I actually prefer a thigh and drumstick.  The kids absolutely LOVE chicken breasts.  I love thin chicken breasts because it is one of the simplest pieces of meat to cook and it is not bad for you.

Have you ever had a Buffalo Chicken Burger at at local restaurant?  Well, this recipe mimics that burger and takes less than 30 minutes to cook.  I make adjustments to this recipe for the little ones.  I don’t add the buffalo wing sauce to their breasts.  I simply cut their breasts and add a fruit or veggie to the side for their meal!

Bare with me-this is my FIRST recipe posting.  I will try to get all the specifics correct.  If you stick with me, you will see I just like a little random seasoning (I have to keep it light for the little ones.) and lots of trial and error. But, I will make adjustments for those that follow a recipe for every word.

BUFFALO CHICKEN BURGERS

EASY-4 SERVINGS-20 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. chicken breast for Milanesa (very thin chicken breasts), cut 1/4-inch thick

4 wheat hamburger buns

1 cup crumbled blue cheese

1 cup Frank’s® Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce

salt and pepper to taste

olive oil, for pan frying

Optional Toppings:

lettuce

spinach

sliced tomato

sliced onion

mayonaise

DIRECTIONS

  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes. Turn chicken over; cook 2 minutes or golden brown and cooked through.

  • Remove the chicken from the skillet.  Coat the chicken in the Frank’s® Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce.

  • Serve the chicken breasts on toasted buns sprinkled with blue cheese and other desired toppings.

Foodie…..Not

This week I am dedicating all my posts to food.  I am not a foodie.  But, I do enjoy cooking and fine ingredients.  The problem is that a thief has stolen the joy I have for cooking, and that thief is named, Time.  I positively have absolutely NO time for cooking.  Yet, I am determined to cook for my family at least 4 days a week.  By cooking, my family saves money, we eat nutritious meals as a family, and we have a nutritious meal for lunch the next day (leftovers).  And yes, it is is 4 times a week because I have a husband that does not eat leftovers for dinner and I am not a slow cooker expert just yet.  Often times I am told, “I don’t know how you do it.”  And it made me think, how do I do it.  For starters,  I have a few tips to make it your week of cooking easier.

  • Create your menu and shopping list for the week.
  • Separate your list into categories such as Dairy, Meats, Frozen, Fruits and Veggies.  It makes your shopping experience that much smoother.
  • Keep a notepad in the kitchen and write down any items that need to be replaced for the upcoming week.  For example, the last of the black pepper was used. Add it to the list.
  • Make one weekly trip to the grocery store that is not on the weekend.  My preferred day is Friday afternoon between my commute from work and the kids’ school.
  • Clip coupons for savings and discover new featured products. (Don’t stress yourself and go overboard with the coupon cutting.  Do what works for you and your family!)
  • Choose recipes that produce fulfilling meals that do not take long to cook (think 30 minutes or less).
  • Don’t be afraid of shortcuts such as frozen or pre chopped vegetables.
  • Cook enough food for lunch the next day.

The next few posts will include a few of my favorite quick and easy recipes and how to make a menu board and recipe book for your sanity.

Sharing what I know,

Dee Dee