Friday, April 10, 2009

Easy Banana Muffins

I will be making these muffins today. Andrew decided to open all of our bananas! *sigh*
I think that was his scheme, to get me to bake some yummy goodness.

I will be making these later and then posting pics :)

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Chops

This wasn't fantastic, but it wasn't terrible. I think I would change it up and add the apples in almost at the end. Apples and pork go well together, but the apples lose alot of their taste after cooking so long.

4 (1 inch thick) pork chops
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup sliced onions
2 tablespoons chicken soup base
1 (20 ounce) can apple pie filling
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper, and then brown them in the hot skillet. Remove from heat.
Spray the inside surface of a slow cooker with cooking spray. Arrange sliced onions in the bottom, and place pork chops on top of onions. Sprinkle with chicken base, and top with apple pie filling. Cook on Low for 5 to 6 hours, adding sweet potatoes during the last 1 1/2 hours of cooking.

Greek Penne and Chicken

Sorry, I cannot find my picture of this! I guarantee this is an excellent meal!!

1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into bite-size pieces
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts in water
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste

In a large pot with boiling salted water cook penne pasta until al dente. Drain.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat melt butter, add onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add chopped chicken and continue cooking, stirring occasionally until golden brown, about 5 to 6 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium- low. Drain and chop artichoke hearts and add them, chopped tomato, feta cheese, fresh parsley, lemon juice, dried oregano, and drained penne pasta to the large skillet. Cook until heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Season with salt and ground black pepper. Serve warm.

Stuffed Green Peppers

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3/4 cup uncooked instant rice
3/4 cup water
1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
6 large green bell peppers
1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

In a large skillet or medium stock pot, brown the beef and onion over medium heat. Drain fat. Add rice, water, diced tomatoes, and stewed tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer until rice is tender. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Cut the tops off the bell peppers and clean out the seeds and membrane. (Note: You may have to slightly slice the bottom of the peppers to make them stand up.) Fill peppers with meat mixture.
Place in a casserole dish and bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes or until peppers are as tender as you like. Served topped with spaghetti sauce.

Strawberry Banana Trifle!

This trifle is sure to please anyone! I tend to make this for Easter. It looks so yummy and pretty piled up nicely in a trifle bowl!

1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
3 cups cold milk
1 (9 inch) angel food cake, cut in cubes
4 bananas, sliced
1 (16 ounce) package frozen strawberries, thawed
1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Prepare pudding with milk according to package directions. In a trifle bowl or other glass serving dish, layer half the cake pieces, half the pudding, half the bananas, half the strawberries and half the whipped topping. Repeat layers. Cover and chill in refrigerator 4 hours before serving.

Yay! A cooking blog!!

This is one of my passions. I love the kitchen and anything having to do with the kitchen. Well, except for cleaning it! ;)

With this blog, I hope to be able to showcase some recipes, as well as share some recipes with everyone, hopefully presenting a picture with each recipe.

Looking for a recipe? Let me know. Chances are I've made it or have a recipe for it. I will also be compiling a book of my fave recipes, in anticipation of getting it printed through Cafe Press.