Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Chicken Nuggets

This recipe was taken from the Kroger Shredded Wheat box. We are hoping to try an asian style chicken nugget next.
2 cups Shredded Wheat, crushed to 1 cup
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise (we used regular)
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp prepared mustard
1 pound chicken breasts, cut into 3/4 x 2 inch strips
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine cereal, Parmesan, seasoned salt, paprika and garlic powder. Combine mayonnaise, honey and mustard. Stir chicken strips into mayonnaise mixture; roll in cereal mixture to coat evenly. Place on rack in shallow baking pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until strips are no longer pink in center.
We were a little worried that we cooked them too long, but the cheese just tasted better the browner it was.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Baked Beans

Drain and pour into 9x9 baking dish:
2 cans of pork and beans and
1 can kidney beans
Add 3-4 Tbsp. barbecue sauce
1 Tbsp. mustard
1 Tbsp. ketchup
3-4 Tbsp. brown sugar
optional add: 1/2 an onion, chopped and/or sliced polish sausage
Mix well. Bake 350 for 30-40 minutes.

Tortellini in Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette

1 package (9 oz.) refrigerated tricolor cheese-filled tortellini
Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette (see below)
1 med. carrot, sliced
2 c. broccoli flowerets
2 med. green onions, sliced
Cook and drain tortellini as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.
Make Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette in large bowl. Stir in carrot, broccoli and green onions. Stir in tortellini.
Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette:
1/4 c. balsamic or cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 tsp. dried basil leaves
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. salt
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Mix all ingredients.

Spinach Wraps

1/2 cucumber chopped
1 tomato chopped
1 crown broccoli cut into small bite-size pieces
1/2 bunch spinach
1/2 c. swiss cheese grated
1/4 c. roasted cashews or sunflower seeds
1/4 c. craisins or raisins
1-2 hard boiled eggs chopped
Mix together and add a few tablespoons of asian/oriental salad dressing. I've used several, the one I have now is ginger mandarin. Wrap in a flour tortilla (plain, wheat or flavored). Makes enough for 2 people to have several wraps each. Double the recipe for a family.