Archive for January, 2014

Easy Chili

This is my first attempt to cook Chili. It’s sad that I have been married for 3 years and this is my first time to make it. Honestly, I am not even a big fan of Chili, but I ate a bowl at work a couple of weeks ago and it was really good. So, I decided I wanted to make it. I used a different recipe than what I ate at work because of what I had available in my cabinets. And, I have to tell you, I really like this recipe.

I found this recipe in the same church cookbook as the previous recipes that I posted. I like this recipe because even though there are only a few ingredients, it does not slack in flavor. It was so simple to throw everything together and let it cook. I used my red Dutch Oven to cook the Chili. My Dutch Oven makes me happy because there is easy clean up and I love that color. Since there are only 2 of us, we had a lot leftover. I decided to keep a large container and give one away. You can also freeze the Chili in an air-tight container or ziplock bag.

I only changed a couple of ingredients from the recipe below. I only used 1 bell pepper because that’s all I had available. I also only chopped half of an onion because I the onion was really large and half of it was plenty for us. Next time, I think I will use only 1 package of the chili seasoning because it was spicier near the bottom of the bowl.

For the recipe:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 packages chili seasoning mix
  • 1 tall can tomato juice
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • In a large pot, brown hamburger meat with peppers and onions. Drain off fat. Add seasoning mix, tomato juice, beans, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.

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    Now, serve up a bowl with a grilled cheese and enjoy.

    Easy Chicken Parmesan

    Continuing with my love for chicken, I introduce you to my favorite go-to chicken recipe called Easy Chicken Parmesan. It is definitely easy and quick. I even cooked this recipe so much our first year of marriage that Brandon told me to give it a rest.

    I discovered this recipe while I was in high school. I tried it out on my mama several times. I also tried it once on Brandon and his family while we were dating. I was under the impression that Brandon and I were going to cook it together. However, I ended up cooking dinner with his mom while Brandon and his brother left to ride horses. The evening turned out to be pretty productive because I learned several cooking tips from his mom and everyone really enjoyed the meal.

    The recipe that I used for tonight’s meal came from a local church’s cookbook that I inserted while we were dating. The original recipe came from Kraft, which can be found on this link.

    For the ingredients, you will need chicken breasts or tenders (I prefer tenders or if I am using breasts, I cut them up into large chunks.), 1 jar of pasta sauce, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, 6 Tbsp of Parmesan cheese, and hot cooked pasta (I prefer rotini pasta, but the recipe calls for spaghetti.). My favorite part of this dish is the chicken and the cheese. I believe cheese will make any dish better. I used the only pasta sauce I had available, which was a large can of pasta sauce. However, I think a chunky pasta sauce would enhance the dish because this sauce was too watered-down and didn’t stick well to the pasta.

    For a tip to keep the pasta from sticking together, I always drizzle about 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil once the pasta has been drained. Give it a good stir and set the bowl to the side while the chicken is cooking. This tip will help when you have leftovers.

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    I love how this picture has a glow about it, like God delivered it from Heaven himself. Your family will not be disappointed when you cook this meal. It is perfect for little kids and picky adult eaters.