Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cranberry chicken

This is so good. They served it at the relief society christmas dinner and program. It was served with a baked potato, green salad and a roll. It is easy to make because it is done in the crockpot and the chicken was so soft and yummy. (serves 6)
6 chicken breasts
8 oz of catalina (or french) dressing
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
Spray crock pot with pam. Mix all ingredients together. Add chicken and spoon some sauce over the top and cook on low 4-6 hours.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pink peppermint swirl cupcakes

Yummy cupcakes to eat or share with the neighbors.
8 ounces cream cheese (about 1 cup), softened
2 egg whites
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 box white cake mix
(recipe works best if you use a name brand cake mix i.e Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker; not a generic brand)
1 cup water
2 t. peppermint extract
1 C. crushed peppermint candy canes (divided)
a touch of red gel food coloring

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 12 count muffin tins with paper liners. In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, egg whites and vegetable oil. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the ingredients until combined and creamy. Add the cake mix, water and peppermint and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Divided the batter evenly into two separate bowls. Add 1/2 cup crushed candy canes as well as the gel color to half the batter. Fill the muffin cups with half white batter and half pink batter. Using a tooth pick, lightly swirl the two batters together. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven, let cool slightly in the tin then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack.When cool, frost with vanilla bean frosting (recipe below), and sprinkle the remaining crushed candy canes on top.

1/2 C. butter softened
(1 stick)
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/4 + C. milk
1-2 t. vanilla bean paste**
**(You can also use regular vanilla if you don't have or don't want to purchase Vanilla Bean Paste)
In a mixing bowl combine the butter, vanilla bean paste and powdered sugar. Mix, starting slow, until somewhat combined. Start by adding 1/4 C. milk and mix. Slowly add more milk, one or a tablespoons at a time, until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Quinoa Salad

I love Quinoa. I buy it at costco because they have the best deal I've found.
Boil for 15 minutes
1 1/2 c quinoa
3 cups chicken broth or water & boullion
Cook & cool some

dressing: 1 1/2 Tbs mustard (djion or brown is what I use)
1/3 c red wine vinegar
1/3 c olive oil
1 Tbs parsley
pepper to taste

Combine with quinoa:
2 chopped red bell peppers
1 1/2 c black olives, sliced
3 green onions chopped
1 shallot finely diced
1/4 c fresh cilantro or parsley chopped