Oven Roasted Brocolli

Have you ever had a big stalk of Broccoli and thought to yourself, meh, not so much.  My husband really likes Broccoli, me, I could take it or leave it.  I was trying to think up another way to prepare this veggie so that I would enjoy them too.

Now, I oven roast Potatoes, so why not Broccoli too?  Let’s try this …

This may sound very elementary, but I’d never thought to do this before, really!

I lined a half sheet pan with Tin Foil, broke that huge bunch of Broccoli down into manageable pieces, tossed it all with good Olive Oil and Miners Mix Steak & Veggie Seasoning & Rub and a bit of Black Pepper.  I had already pre-heated the oven to 400°, so in it went for about 20 minutes, give or take … check for doneness by piercing the stalk with a sharp knife.

Can you see those nice bits of brown goodness, that equals flavor?!

YUM!

Embrace your vegetables, try cooking them in a different way, maybe, just maybe you’ll enjoy them more.

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Chicken and Snow Pea Stir-Fry

I’ve been thinking a lot about Cheap & Friendly Family Meals lately.  So many households need quick and inexpensive meal ideas; may I humbly suggest this one?

Auntie Doni’s Chicken and Snow Pea Stir-Fry

serves 4

3 B/S Chicken Thighs, diced

1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

8 oz. package Fresh Snow Peas

2 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced

3 Green Onion, chopped and divided

1/2 Tbsp. fresh Ginger, grated fine

1/4 tsp. White Pepper

1/4 C. Low Sodium Soy Sauce (you know we like Aloha Shoyu best!)

1/4 C. Chicken Broth

1/2 Tbsp. Corn Starch

1/2 tsp. Sesame Oil

 

In a large fry pan over medium-high, heat the Oil just til you see wisps of smoke. Sauté the Chicken until it get a little brown.  Now goes in the Snow Peas, Garlic, Ginger, half of the Green Onions and White Pepper, toss them with the Chicken and add maybe 2 tablespoons of water and cover.  Steam the veg to crisp-tender, this should take like 1-2 minutes, tops.

Combine the Shoyu, Broth and Corn Starch in a small bowl or measuring cup; pour over the Chicken and Veg and stir to combine.  The sauce will thicken and coat everything nicely.

Remove the pan from the heat and drizzle the Sesame Oil and sprinkle the remaining Green Onions over your finished dish.

Serve with Steamed Rice, Noodles or just by itself.

Here’s the break down of this dish:

Chicken $2.00 + Snow Peas $2.98 + everything else $1.50 = $6.48/4 servings = $1.64

WOW!!   😮

As always, a recipe is simply some else’s idea, you take it and make it your own.  Change out the protein and/or the veg, like Shrimp and Asparagus or Beef and Broccoli, the sky’s the limit.

 

**Cook’s note: if you like a saucier dish, double the Soy Sauce, Broth and Corn Starch.

Kielbasa and Cabbage

I was poking around again at Walmart and found this

We’ve eaten at Dickey’s BBQ Pit before and I thought that their Smoked Sausage wasn’t bad, hmmm

What if I made a Kielbasa and Cabbage dish with this?

YUM!

That was delicious !!  Oh, maybe I should write this down  😀

 

Auntie Doni’s Kielbasa and Cabbage

4 servings

1 Kielbasa (Dickey’s BBQ Smoked Sausage), sliced

2 C. Onion, chopped

2-3 C. Cabbage, chopped

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 tsp. Smoked Paprika

S & P to taste

 

In a Dutch Oven, heat 1 tablespoon of Olive oil over medium-high; sauté the Sausage until just crisp, remove to a plate and set aside

Add the remaining Oil and sauté the Onions until just starting to brown

Next add the Cabbage, Sausage, along with the Garlic and Paprika, give it all a good stir; turn the heat down to medium-low and cook until the Cabbage is crisp-tender.

Season to taste and serve

I like to serve this dish over wide Egg Noodles and maybe a nice piece of bread.

This is also a cheap & friendly family meal!  Here’s how I figure it:

Dickey’s Smoked Polish Sausage $2.98

Cabbage, Onion, Garlic, Spices $2.17

Wide Egg Noodles $0.50

Total $5.65 divided by 4 = $1.41 per serving, WOW!!   😮 

And as always, remember that a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, you take it and make it your own

ENJOY!

 

 

 

King Arthur Flour 100% Whole Wheat No Knead Bread

After making King Arthur Flour No Knead Crusty White Bread recipe, I wondered if I could find a really good Whole Wheat Bread recipe too.

BINGO!

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/no-knead-100-whole-wheat-bread-recipe

Here’s what I learned while making this Bread, it’s a very sticky dough!

A plastic Bench Scraper works super  here.

I also learned a tip from King Arthur Flour, when smoothing out the top of that sticky dough, use some Cooking/Baking Oil Spray on your finger tips.

Here’s another tip: Use that Cooking/Baking Oil Spray on an old Shower Cap and cover the dough to rise.

That rose-up beautifully!  But, hmmm, what happened here?  Oops, we had a bit of a fall while in the oven  😀

Our Bread has wings!

That’s okay.  We sacrificed the wings, ate them as a snack, and we had the BEST  toast with our breakfast!

 

 

One-Pan Herb de Provence Chicken & Veg Supper

I keep hearing about Herb de Provence Roasted Chicken and wanted to try this for myself, but on a smaller scale, and with vegetables.

DONE!

Geez, I really should write this down, that was really tasty AND I got a big thumbs up from DH.

 

Auntie Doni’s One-Pan Herb de Provence Chicken & Veg Supper

Serves 2+

3 B/S Chicken Thighs

1 C. New Potatoes, halved

1 C. Baby Carrots

1/2 C. Onions, chopped

2 Tbsp. White Wine

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

2 tsp. Herb de Provence

1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/4 tsp. Black Pepper

Preheat the oven to 350⁰

Line a sheet pan with Tin Foil

In a small bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients

In a large bowl add the Chicken & Veg, pour the Wine and Oil over everything, coat everything well

Sprinkle in the Spice mixture and evenly distribute over the Chicken and Veggies

Spread into the prepared sheet pan in a single layer

Roast for about 45 minutes, turning everything half way through

Cooking until the Chicken registers 165⁰; the Vegetables should be done at this point too

MMM!

Remember that a recipe is just someone else’s idea, take it and make it your own

ENJOY!

Chicken Cacciatore, Another Sunday Supper

I’m pretty sure that I’ve made mention previously that I really like to make some sort of Italian-Inspired meal on Sundays, hence, Sunday Suppers. 

One of the dishes that I enjoy is Chicken Cacciatore, MMM!  It’s a pretty simple main course and can be multiplied, made ahead, and any leftovers freeze beautifully.  My version is a bit different than what you’ll find in other kitchens.

 

Auntie Doni’s Chicken Cacciatore

2+ servings

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil, divided

2 boneless-skinless Chicken thighs, diced bite-sized

½ C. Onions, chopped

1 C. Mushrooms, diced (I prefer Crimini)

1 C. Sweet Bell Peppers, diced

¼ C. Wine (optional)

1-2 C. prepared Marinara (I buy Trader Joe’s jarred sauce, tastes just like mine homemade)

 

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat.  Sauté the Mushrooms until they’re golden and next add in the Onions and Peppers; sauté until the veggies are crisp-tender, transfer to a plate and set aside.

Heat the remaining oil and sauté the Chicken until brown and a little crispy around the edges.  Deglaze the pan with the Wine (or a bit of Stock or even water is fine), add back in the veggies-mixture and your preferred amount of Marinara, make it as saucy as your family likes.  Stir well; lower the heat to a bare simmer and cover.

Here’s where you can start your sides, like homemade Fettuccini, or any other pasta, potato, rice, noodle, what have you, to serve with you Cacciatore.

When ready to serve, check your sauce, you may need to add some water if it’s gotten too thick.

As always, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, you take it and make it your own.

Painted Rocks

And yes, this is a thing.

I started this new hobby back last Fall and I just love it.  I posted about it here on my blog and said that I was in for $41.50, well, I’ve kinda lost track as to how much I’ve spent to date 😀

Something that I learned just by chance is that if you go to your local home-improvement store, ask if they will mark-down the price on any bags of landscape rocks if the bag has been opened.  I found a HUGE bag of River Rocks for only $5, yes, FIVE DOLLARS  for half a cubic foot of very pretty stones.  If you decide to use these types of rocks or look for them in the wild, make sure that you wash them very well.  I have an old dish brush and a small bucket that I use.  So far, I’ve painted about 50 of those rocks from that sack of stones and still have plenty left.

At the local “dollar store” I found a good sized bag of assorted googly-eyes and sheets of stick on sparkles.  A little dab of Super-Glue and there you go.  Pinterest has been a great resource, but the faux-gems are my own idea.  I also have a shaker-bottle of glitter that I’ve tried out too.  I apply it while the paint is still wet, or after giving the rock a coat of Mod-Podge, either technique works fine.

But I learned the hard way, do not forget to give each Painted Rock a spray of Acrylic Clear Coat to make your master piece waterproof.  I forgot that on one, left it at our Post Box, it was still there after a coupla days, so brought it back home and doctored it.   😉