Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tilapia Pitas


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A great way to get more fish in your diet-and it comes together really quickly! Our feta cheese got lost somewhere between the store and the fridge, so we just used shredded cheddar- not as fancy, but still good! I served this with cantelope and watermelon- so good!!

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Italian salad dressing
1/2 cup feta cheese
2 anchovy fillets, drained (we did NOT add this ingredient, but you can do whatever floats your boat)
pinch cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp pepper
pinch salt
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb Tilapia fillets
1/4 tsp lemon pepper
salt and cayenne to taste
4 cups lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 small red onion, diced (optional- we thought it overpowered the other tastes)
6 pita breads, cut in half

1. In a small bowl, stir together the mayo, dressing, feta cheese, and anchovies (should you choose to use them...). Season with cayenne, pepper, and salt. Mix until well blended; set aside.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place tilapia fillets in the skillet, and season with lemon pepper, salt and cayenne. Fry until browned on each side, and fish flakes easily with a fork, about 5-7 minutes.
3. Warm pita bread in the microwave to soften. Fill pita bread halves with lettuce, onion, and tilpia, then spoon some of the feta cheese sauce.

{Kudos allrecipes.com!}

Monday, April 9, 2012

Nacho Cheese Sauce


This is a very important recipe for me. I have craved nachos with every pregnancy, so I can find comfort in knowing I can whip this up any time I can't run to Taco Bell. ;) I definitely recommend adding green chiles for more flavor!

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
1 cup milk
7 slices processed American cheese
1/2 tsp salt

In a medium saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour over medium heat. Pour in milk and stir until the mixture thickens. Stirring constantly, mix in cheese and salt. Continue to cook and stir until cheese has melted and all ingredients are well blended; about 15 minutes.

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"Best Chocolate Chip Cookies"


Pretty bold title, huh? But I think they might be right! A little crispy on the outside, and chewy on the inside- SO good!


1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp hot water
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter, along with salt. Stir in flour and chocolate chips. Drop by large spoonfuls onto greased pans.
3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

{Big Kudos to allrecipes.com!}

Chicken Broccoli Shells

This is a simple twist on classic chicken Alfredo. Just make sure you cook it long enough to cook the broccoli properly. :)

1 (16 oz) jar Alfredo sauce
2 cups chopped broccoli
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
20ish jumbo pasta shells, cooked and drained.

1. In a large bowl, combine the Alfredo sauce, broccoli, chicken, and cheeses. Spoon into pasta shells. Place in a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 for 30-35 degrees or until heated through.

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Cheddar Baked Chicken

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This is a great switch from the Parmesan Chicken I usually make. It's just as easy, and just as good! I changed it just a bit from the original recipe, which called for quite a lot of butter.

1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 egg
1 Tbsp milk
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut in half

1. Preheat oven to 350. Coat medium baking dish with cooking spray.
2. In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and milk. In a third bowl, mix the cheese and bread crumbs. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mixture, dip in the egg mixture, then press in the bread crumb mixture to coat. Arrange in the prepared baking dish.
3. Bake 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until coating is golden brown and chicken juices run clear.

{Kudos to allrecipes.com "Cheddar Baked Chicken"}