Chili Jax Sandwiches

I feel like I haven’t blogged for a long time.  The kids have started their fall sports and we have been busy almost every day of the week with that and then the weekends are the weekends.

My friend from work, Heidi, gave me another great chicken dinner to make.  This was pretty good.

Here’s what  used to coat the  4 boneless skinless chicken breast:

1 cup of brown sugar

1tbs chili powder

1tbs garlic powder

1tb onion powder

1tsp cumin

Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Coat each chicken breast with the brown sugar mix and grill for 15 minutes.  After chicken is almost done place a piece of Pepper Jack Cheese on top of the breast until melted .

My family is not a fan of any fancy dinner rolls or buns.  I would have loved to use an onion roll for this.  I added some onion an pickles.  Heidi has been coming up with some pretty good recipes for me!! The brown sugar on the chicken with the spice from the chili powder and the cheese – great combo!!

Here in MN we have some warm weather in the  next few days.  Good to get a this in while it’s still warm enough to get your grill on!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Heidi DeJong – Friend

Grilled Asian Pork Chops & Peaches

The heat has slipped away for a bit  here in MN (dare I say that).  Enough for me to step out on the deck and fire up the grill.  Not complaining..Love summer.  Love to grill even more.  Haven’t had pork chops in a while…..I saw this post from $5 dinners online with the pork and peaches and had to try this.  Since the Asian Chicken  was pretty good last week, I thought I’d give it a try on the port as well.  And I’ll be honest, I’ve never had grilled peaches before so I was excited to see how the two of them would pair together.

The asian sauce was just as good on the pork as it was on the chicken.  Top the peaches on the pork and the sweetness gave it the best flavor.  Soft and tender.

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons honey (I did not have honey and I used Maple Syrup)
1-2 teaspoons Sriracha (or other hot sauce)- (I used Franks Hot sauce)
3 slices fresh ginger root
2 cloves garlic, crushed

6 boneless pork chops (fat trimmed off)

Directions

  • Season the pork chops with garlic powder, onion powder and salt and pepper. Dredge each piece of pork through the Asian Sauce  Grill the pork chops for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink in the middle. Grilling time will vary depending on heat of the grill and thickness of the chop.
  • Halve the peaches and lay them flesh side down on the grill…ideally over indirect heat.

I’d make the peaches alone on the grill for a snack or add it to some vanilla ice cream!  Next time I may sprinkle some cinnamon to the peaches!   Top the pork and peaches over some rice and we had a great grilled dinner.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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5 Dollar Dinners

Asian Chicken

It’s been so hot almost every single day for who knows how long.  As I’ve said, some love the heat, some don’t.  I don’t mind being hot, but I do not like to sweat when I walk out on the deck to grill.  But last night we got some rain which cooled the heat dow to the high 80s today!  Woo hoo, time to grill some chicken.

I got this recipe from My Baking Addiction earlier this past weekend for my meal this week.  This recipe was kebabs but I only had the wooden sticks and I’ve had bad luck with getting the meat off the stick without getting splinters left on me or the chicken.  So I just made the same recipe, changed a couple of things and grilled it!

Great flavor.  Super tender.  One of my favorite scents is fresh ginger root.  Love it.

I would have loved to have had this with some potatoes and some purple onions! Hmmmm, that would be a good salad combo!!

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons honey (I did not have honey and I used Maple Syrup)
1-2 teaspoons Sriracha (or other hot sauce)- (I used Franks Hot sauce)
3 slices fresh ginger root
2 cloves garlic, crushed

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the soy sauce, oil, honey, Sriracha, ginger root, and garlic. Heat in microwave on medium for 1 minute, then stir. Heat again for 30 seconds, watch closely so it doesn’t boil. Set aside.

2.  Dip each chicken breast into the marinade and set in the fridge for 3 hours.  If you don’t have 3 hours, just prepare and soak as long as you can.  I didn’t have 3 hours but the flavor was still pretty good.

3. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill Asian Chicken breasts until chicken is just cooked through, turning occasionally, about 9-12 minutes.

Served this with a side of rice and some corn on the cob. Quick and easy summer grilled dinner.

Have a great week.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 🙂

Sticky BBQ Ribs

We haven’t had ribs in our house for a very long time.  I love to grill them in the summer time, but the truth is they are expensive!  I usually have to buy two packs.  But I took my luck and got one pack.  Since a little one was under the weather today, he chose not to eat them!  More for us!  He had a sandwich!

Ingredients

  • BBQ Sauce
    1 small red onion, chopped
    1 tbsp olive oil
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    1/2 cup tomato ketchup
    1/3 cup fresh orange juice
    1/4 cup clear honey
    1 tbsp dark soy sauce
    2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

    2 3/4 pounds Saint Louis-style spareribs, cut into individual ribs
    salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season.   (I just bought a pack of spareribs  No specific brand name).

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325 F. In a frying pan, sauté the onion in the oil for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then add the remaining sauce ingredients, bring up to a simmer and cook for 1 minute. Allow to cool slightly then whiz together in a blender.
  2. I used my slow cooker for this. Any time I use my cooker for meat, it turns out nice and tender.  I did cook it on high for 2 1/2 hours.  I then put in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees to get the sauce cooked through more. After putting the ribs in the slow cooker, pour the sauce one the ribs and make sure all pieces are covered.
  3. Alternatively you can broil or BBQ the ribs — season and cook in the broiler or over coals for 10 minutes on each side. Brush the ribs with some of the sauce then turn and broil or grill for 5 minutes. Repeat 3 to 4 times until the ribs are cooked through, with a sticky coating.

Very glad I decided to use the slow cooker.  The meat was so tender.  Putting it in the oven to cook the sauce a bit more was a good choice.  The sauce had a great flavor to it.  (I doubled the sauce recipe because I wanted to make sure each piece was covered).

We ate this along some corn on the cob that was nice and crispy.

Awesome summer meal in mid May.

Have a great rest weekend.  Looking for a new way to cook ribs?  This is the way.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Disney Family.com

 

 

Grilled Chicken Salad

I love salads.  I sometimes eat them daily.  But today I decided to grill some chicken and have it for dinner.  Craig has said he’s been trying to eat better (yes, I really said that) and has been eating salads with chicken for lunch.  So I decided to make it for dinner.

Might I say that this is the first time in almost 6 years that I’ve heard him say that he’s even eaten a salad.  I make them for dinner for the kids and I at times as a side salad and always ask him, and he always says no.

But tonight I fired up the grill, put 4 Lemon Chicken breast (after removing the fat) on the grill and cut them up and put it with our salads!!

The protein along with the greens filled us all up.  I am so happy to hear that he’ll eat this.  We can now ALL enjoy a healthy meal together!  Yay.  This is not a special or fancy dinner.  I felt the need to share that one of the picky people eaters has changed a bit in his ways.

3 heads of Romain lettuce (rinsed and cut up)

green olives

fat free mozzarella cheese

sliced onion (for my salad only)

sliced egg whites

Tortilla strips

4 Lemon Pepper Chicken cooked on the grill

Your choice of salad dressing.

Put the lettuce in the bowl and mix with all of your favorite salad toppings.

Enjoy the rest of the week.  In the next couple of days I’ll have a couple of Easter treats to share!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking