Cheesy Chicken Pasta

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How many of you have been to the $5 dollar dinners website?  I follow them on Facebook and saw that they were going to be doing 20 meals for $150.  As soon as it posted I had to see what I could make for at least for this week!  I typically don’t shop at once for that many meals but if you do then you’re in luck.  You need to head on over and get those meals!!  This is one of them that I found for this week.

I plan my meals not only on a budget but also on what my schedule for the week will be.  Since I didn’t have anything going on this day, I knew I’d have time to spend on making something new.  I had most of the ingredients on hand so if I had to guess on the cost, I’d say that this was pretty close to the $5.  I had the spices, sour cream, butter, and cheese in my kitchen.  Some little mouths aren’t a fan of tuna in the house so I substituted chicken instead.  I got the rotisserie chicken instead of the can chicken and I just cut it up.

IMG_7973As you can see, little Miss Khali isn’t very interested in eating her dinner.  Her little mind is preoccupied!!!

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Mr. Caleb appears to be more interested in getting his loose tooth out than eating his dinner!!!!

IMG_7972First of all, excuse my after dinner mess!  But here’s Miss Brooklyn going up for seconds!  So she liked it.  And she’s the picky eater of the bunch!!!!

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Super easy to make.  Super easy on your wallet.  Super tasty too!

I’ve looked over the other 19 recipes from the $5 dinner website but I haven’t put them down for any days this week.

Taco Tuesday for us here and then on Wednesday hopping to make the Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes.  You can’t go wrong with breakfast for dinner.

In fact, the other girl came over with Sam last night to have dinner with us.  We had some breakfast quesadillas.  Unfortunately neither of us took any pictures of what we made.  Jodi made a nummy dessert with some crescent rolls, brown sugar, and some cinnamon chocolate chips!  Not that often that we get to cooking together any more so I’m sorry we didn’t take the time to show you our fun.  Trust me, we ate really well yesterday!

I hope you have a great week.

Cheesy Chicken Pasta
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. spaghetti noodles or other pasta
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp flour (I used whole wheat)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 containers of Oscar Meyer chicken
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • about 1 lb. frozen Green Beans or corn
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Chives
Instructions
  1. Boil the pasta noodles as directed. Drain well and return to saucepan.
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Whisk in the milk and whisk vigorously until flour “melts” into the milk. Whisk in the chicken broth. Bring to bubbling and then stir in the sour cream and cheese. Cook over medium-low heat until sauce bubbles and begins to thicken. Stir in the chicken, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the sauce to the cooked noodles and toss well.
  4. Prepare frozen corn or green beans.
  5. Serve Cheesy Chicken Noodles with vegetable.
  6. I topped ours with some chives and some shredded Parmesan cheese.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts

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Yesterday Jodi and I got together for a play date for Sam and Khali.  And then we decided we could have dinner and some dessert together.  Since adding one addition to each of our family’s, we don’t get to spend as much time together cooking/baking.  And since Jodi had her pounds of strawberries, she got to make something with those.  My meal was this Honey Garlic Chicken.

I went to tell Craig that it was his turn to make dinner (Saturday night).  He said ok, why?  Well because I cook dinner every night and I’d like a break.  He asked what he was making and I showed him this picture of the chicken.  He sort of laughed.  I knew I was just kidding.  I’ve been looking forward to making this all week.  And then even more excited to cook with my Two Girls Cooking buddy!!!

Jodi had the dessert made prior to coming over.  That post will follow this…no dessert before dinner!!

But I will say they were good!!  I did try one.  No sugar didn’t count yesterday.  Those were calling my name!

Here’s a little look at the little ones at their play date.  Toys weren’t the center of their attention.  Sam (Jodi’s son) knows how to to put a movie on her iPad and watch it.  I do believe I’ve had to call her once to ask her how to play movies and her son that’s not even two knows how!!

I often wonder what we would have done back in the day with all of high tech toys we have today!  I’m sort of glad we didn’t though.  I get to enjoy them now!!!

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Are they the cutest!

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I think Sam was getting a bit upset with Khali because she would turn off the movie!  But we had fun, they had fun and Sam loves to flirt with Brooklyn!!

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Ok, enough of the cute little ones, back to this chicken.

I’m not sure how to put the flavor of this into words.  It was good.  It was really good.  The sauce that you dunked the chicken in…..garlic, honey, soy sauce…ah-mazing!  Best flavor.  Best.

Jodi and I were talking while the chicken was cooking in the pan…saying that the coating usually falls off either partially or sticking to the pan.  But this didn’t.

Craig is not a huge fan of sauce being poured over his food.  He liked the way it tasted before  I dunked the chicken in the sauce.  He ended up with two pieces, with with and one without the honey garlic on it.  He still preferred the one without.  Not Jodi and me.  I ate slow so that I could savor the flavor.  Jodi finished off Sam’s food and I took the last piece continuing to put more sauce over it!

We both said that we’ll make this again.  This is a keeper for sure.

I have many favorite different spices that I really enjoy.  Fresh garlic is huge (which this sauce has in it), cilantro (the smell, to me is amazing).  I love the smell of All Spice.  But two that I can add to about any dish I’m making is nutmeg and ginger.  The smell and the flavor it adds is awesome.  The recipe called for thyme.  That is my least favorite herb/seasoning.  I don’t like cooking with it at all.  So that one I did not add!  To each his own right!

We had some baked asparagus with Olive Oil and salt sprinkled over the top, some white rice (for the kids and Craig), some corn and a strawberry salad!

This is one of the best weekend dinners we’ve had in a long time.  Maybe it was the company!!!

Here’s the strawberry salad we had with our dinner.

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Two Girls Cooking is always better than one!

Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts
Recipe Type: Chicken
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • 2 cup flour
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground thyme
  • 2 tsp ground sage
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Egg Wash
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 tbs water
  • Honey Garlic Sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 – 4 cloves minced garlic
  • Cook over medium heat to soften the garlic but do not let it brown.
  • Add:
  • 1 cup honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce (low sodium soy sauce is best)
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and using a meat mallet, pound the meat to an even 1/2 inch thickness. Alternatively, you can slice the breasts by placing them flat on a cutting board and using a very sharp knife to slice them into halves horizontally.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then dip the meat in the flour and spice mixture. Dip the breast into the eggwash and then a final time into the flour and spice mix, pressing the mix into the meat to get good contact.
  3. Heat a skillet on the stove with about a half inch of canola oil covering the bottom. You will want to carefully regulate the temperature here so that the chicken does not brown too quickly. The thinness of the breast meat practically guarantees that it will be fully cooked by the time the outside is browned. I find just below medium heat works well. I use a burner setting of about 4 1/2 out of 10 on the dial and fry them gently for about 4 or 5 minutes per side until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Drain on a wire rack for a couple of minutes before dipping the cooked breasts into the Honey Garlic Sauce. Serve with noodles or rice.
  5. Simmer together for 5-10 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Watch this carefully as it simmers because it can foam up over the pot very easily.

Enjoy this chicken recipe.  It’s great!!!

Jodi & Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Eggs Benedict Biscuit Cups

One of the biggest reasons that I love eggs benedict is for the sauce.  I was going to make it homemade, but I also knew that making these cups were going to take longer than I thought!  Since I needed the sauce before baking the cups, I had to make it first.

I didn’t make many changes or omit much from this recipe (with the exception of the tomatoes).

INGREDIENTS

1 package (1.25 oz) hollandaise sauce mix

1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands!® refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

1 package (6 oz) Canadian bacon slices or cooked ham, cut into fourths

1 plum (Roma) tomato, cut into 8 thin slices

6 eggs

2  teaspoons chopped fresh chives

Salt and pepper, if desired

 

DIRECTIONS

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Make hollandaise sauce as directed on package.

2 Meanwhile, spray 8 jumbo muffin cups or 8 (6-oz) glass custard cups with cooking spray. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Press or roll each to form 5-inch round. Place 1 biscuit in each muffin cup, pressing dough three-fourths of the way up sides of cups. Place 3 Canadian bacon pieces in each biscuit cup. Spoon 1 tablespoon hollandaise sauce in each biscuit cup on top of the Canadian bacon. Place 1 tomato slice in each muffin up and top with another 1 tablespoon hollandaise sauce.

3 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until muffin edges turn golden brown.

4 Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, heat 2 to 3 inches water to boiling; reduce heat so water is simmering. Break cold egg into custard cup or small glass bowl. Holding cup close to water’s surface, carefully slide egg into water. Repeat with 3 more eggs. Cook uncovered 3 to 5 minutes or until whites and yolks are firm, not runny. Remove eggs with slotted spoon; cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining 2 eggs.

5 Place 1 poached egg on each biscuit. Spoon slightly less than 1 tablespoon hollandaise sauce over each egg, and top each with 1/4 teaspoon chopped chives and salt and pepper. Run small knife around cups to loosen.

We ate this with Turkey Bacon and a Tropical Berry Smoothie (bananas, mangos, pineapple, and peaches mixed with no sugar Breyer’s Vanilla Ice Cream and skim milk).

This is a great way to get our fruits in for the day and enjoy something sweet that’s awesome tasting!

These ego benedict cups were so good.  Yep, we had them for dinner!  I keep saying that we’ll try these again some day.  And I know that we will, but I’ve been adding many new things to our weekly menu that we don’t have much of a chance to have do overs!  Which is a good thing!

These were fabulous!!!!!

Happy Cooking and enjoy breakfast for dinner.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

I was online one day and saw a link for this new cookbook that was all about lowering the calorie intake but still having the food taste good.  Here’s a portion of the site:

Though the original version of this dish has ample amounts of oozing butter, this version doesn’t have any butter in it at all, and it still tastes great. Pay close attention to the cooking time so the chicken doesn’t dry out, and prepare the sauce 2 hours ahead of cooking time.

Recipe courtesy of Now Eat This!: 150 of America’s Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories by Rocco DiSpirito/Ballantine Books, 2010.

I made a few simple changes to the recipe because I’m not just trying to lower my caloric intake, but more so to lower my fat intake.  So instead of the swiss cheese, I used reduced fat Mozzarella cheese.  I also used the fat free evaporated milk instead of low fat skim.  So the values below could be much lower due to the cheese alone!!
  • Ingredients
    • 1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • chicken cutlets (4 ounces each), pounded very thin
    • 3 ounces thinly sliced lean ham (from the deli counter)
    • 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
    • 1-1/2 cups whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs, such as Ian’s All-Natural
    • 4 large egg whites

Directions

In a small saucepan, whisk the evaporated milk into the cornstarch. Bring the milk mixture to a boil over high heat, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook until the mixture has thickened, about 1 minute. Then whisk the cheese into the sauce until it is melted and smooth. Whisk in the chives, and season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

Spray an ice cube tray with cooking spray, and divide the cheese sauce equally among 8 of the cube holes. Freeze the cheese sauce until it is hard, about 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a foil-lined baking sheet, and set it aside.

Lay the chicken cutlets on a work surface, and season them with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange the ham slices over the chicken. Place 2 frozen cheese cubes in the center of each piece of chicken. Roll up the chicken to encase the filling, and secure each package with 2 toothpicks.

Put the flour in a shallow dish. Place the panko in another shallow dish. In a medium bowl, whip the egg whites with a whisk until they are extremely foamy but not holding peaks. Working in batches, dredge the chicken bundles in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip them in the egg whites to coat completely. Then dredge them in the breadcrumbs to coat completely.

Place the chicken bundles on the wire rack. Spray the chicken lightly with cooking spray, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake until the breading is golden brown and crispy outside and the cheese sauce is fully melted, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot.

In the oven cooking

Nutrition Facts

Per Single Serving / Serves 4 Total
Calories 333 Calories from fat 54
Total Fat 6gm 9% Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 497mg 21% Total Carbohydrates 24gm 8%
Fiber 3gm 12% Protein 43gm

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

My finished picture doesn’t compare to the one they show online.  Of course I’m no professional photographer and I am using my iPhone 4S for the camera!

But it was pretty good.  Don’t pass this one by.

The finished look

Have a great rest of the week.  And know that just because it’s made with “heathier” replacements, doesn’t mean it’s not good.  I haven’t gone wrong yet.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

Read more: http://www.kitchendaily.com/recipe/chicken-cordon-bleu-152014/#ixzz1bvz70otL