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Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce

So the other day I wrote about the delicious buttered parsley noodles. And while they were amazing the show stopper was definitely the chicken. The amount of flavour in this chicken dish was amazing. Just by tasting it you would think it would be a complex process to achieve the flavours, but I am here to tell you that’s not the case. You can have a gourmet meal on the dinner table and you won’t be slaving in the kitchen for hours to get it. In the cookbook See mentions that you’ll want to slurp up the sauce and she was right. Next time we might even serve the sauce with mashed potatoes so we don’t loose any of it. I’ve written about quite a few of the recipes I’ve made from The Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks and what I really like is with a quick google search you can find similar or even the exact recipe from the book. So here’s a link if you want to give this chicken a try. And here’s how we plated ours up 🙂

Buttered Parsley Noodles

Have you ever overlooked a recipe then for whatever reason you decide to give it a try and you think why on earth did I wait so long to make this recipe. Well that’s what happened with me. I was browsing thru my pioneer woman cookbook and stumbled upon the noodle recipe I knew my kids would eat as a side dish to our main course. I managed to find a very similar recipe online so I’ll post it here. Trust me it’s a simple yet delicious side dish. Everyone enjoyed it and the kids have requested I make them again soon! Stay tuned for my next post to see the amazing chicken dish I made to accompany these noodles.

Sourdough Skillet

I love having a sourdough starter. However sometimes it gets away on me. I think I’ll be using it so I feed it and then all of a sudden I have a bunch of extra starter I need to bake with. So I remembered seeing a YouTuber make a sourdough skillet among other recipes and set out to find her blog. If you need a recipe for sourdough you have got to check out farmhouseonboone.com . She also has great YouTube videos on how to make and maintain your sourdough, life on a homestead etc. Here’s the recipe I tried tonight.

Although the top looks a little darker then I would like it definitely wasn’t burnt. I added whatever veggies I had on hand. Some carrots, onions, celery, broccoli and peppers. I don’t think there’s a combination of veggies that would be bad in here.

So if you have a lot of sourdough your looking to use. I highly recommend this recipe.

Sourdough Banana Muffins

I’m here again with yet another Pioneer Woman recipe. This time it’s sourdough chocolate chip muffins. Now hopefully Ree wouldn’t be mad but I changed this up a bit. In stead of using only chocolate chips I used both chocolate and vanilla chips just make these muffins that much more extra lol. The kids gobbled these up quick and the one I got to taste was divine. Here’s the link to the recipe. And with homeschooling or even traditional school starting back up these would be great to make in a giant batch and freeze. That is if you can keep the kids away and you don’t indulge in them before getting them in the freezer.

Sourdough Sandwich Bread

If your familiar with sourdough you know that a lot of the recipes for bread call for a long fermentation period. And while I can appreciate the benefits and the flavour of a long fermentation, sometimes a mom just doesn’t have time to wait 12 hours for bread. I set out for not only quick recipe but also one I could throw in my bread machine and walk away from. I ultimately decided to give this recipe a go. I did however change a few things. I let my machine run the full dough cycle. Once it was done I put it on a lightly floured surface flattened into a rectangle, rolled it up and set it in my pullman pan for 30 minutes. Then I baked it at 350 for 40 minutes. It was perfect and delicious. If you prefer a darker crust feel free to bake an additional 5-10 minutes. When pinched for time will definitely be making this one again.

Breakfast Wraps for Dinner

On days when it’s been hectic or I am just too tired I always tend to fall back on breakfast for dinner. It’s filling, comforting and delicious. So tonight I decided to make some scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage and wrap it in a tortilla and call it dinner. Everyone enjoyed it and I’m sure we will be making this meal again.

Date Night-Slow cooker Hamburger Potato Casserole

Another at home date night. I wanted to make this meal in the slow cooker because it was so hot and humid I knew if we didn’t throw out dinner together we would end up grabbing some take out. I’m so glad I made this. Simple ingredients all brought together and slow cooked for hours just made all the flavours that much better. This makes a lot of food and I’m sure if you are a larger family you could stretch this meal for not too much extra cash by adding more corn or potatoes. Here’s a link to the recipe I used. I do have to admit I didn’t add the cheese on top and it was still delicious. If you haven’t yet check this blogger out on YouTube you really should. She has lots of creative and budget friendly meal videos.

We are loving our at home date nights. We can listen to music or not and be able to have a nice conversation without the hustle and bustle of a restaurant atmosphere. Don’t get me wrong there’s a time and place for eating out, but it can also be equally special staying in.

Breakfast for Dinner

I am a huge fan of breakfast foods. However I am far from being a morning person lol. So what better way to enjoy the foods you like then to make Breakfast for Dinner. I also had my youngest asking me for some Greek yogurt pancakes I had made previously. The kid has taste as these pancakes come from my Pioneer Woman cookbook. Don’t worry here’s a link I found to the recipe we used. These pancakes are delicious and fluffy and we may have added a few chocolate chips when cooking them.

I wanted to have something besides pancakes so I decided to make a breakfast Casserole. It was delicious and more then enough to feed us for a few day. So leftovers for breakfast lol. This recipe couldn’t be any easier to make come together. I used some frozen potatoes that had bacon bits, onions and bell peppers already in it, some shredded cheese, some cottage cheese and some eggs. Don’t worry I’ll give you the measurements down below in the recipe card. But if you’re comfortable in the kitchen you can pretty much add whatever you want to this casserole.

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Breakfast Casserole

Course Breakfast, Main Course
Servings 15

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • 9×13 baking dish
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • whisk or mixing spoon

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 cups Frozen potatoes O'Brian this dish will cook faster if you defrost your potatoes first but if you forget just a longer cook time
  • 1 cup Shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup Bacon bits or cooked diced bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a large mixing bowl stir all the ingredients together. Pour into the greased 9×13 baking dish
  • Cook for 40-60 minutes or until eggs are set and everything is cooked thru.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe reheats well and freezes well if you want to meal prep. 

No Bake Cornflake Cookies

With the price of groceries rising day by day, I am finding myself looking at ingredients in my pantry. We have always been a family that likes to bake from scratch but I think it’s even more important to do so now. I’ve had a box of Cornflakes staring at me in the cupboard for quite a while now. My kids don’t love eating it as a breakfast cereal. So I was on a mission to find a recipe to not let the cereal go to waste. There are several no bake cookies for Cornflakes but I settles on one that also uses marshmallows since I had some of those leftover from this winters hot chocolate bar area. My 11 year old and I have a blast making these cookies and they came together pretty quickly. I would mention that after making the recipe as written, the peanut butter lovers in us would add more peanut butter next time. This recipe is definitely being printed and added to the family cookbook. Here’s a link to the recipe we used today. I hope you give these a try especially since the warm weather is coming, and you probably won’t feel like turning on the stove.

This is 1 of 3 pans we made and the cookies are a decent size.

Father’s Day Lunch!

Happy Fathers Day!!!! I wanted to make a special meal today but I’m still not feeling 100% from surgery. I wanted something special that didn’t take too much time to prepare since standing up still pulls on the stitches. So I came up with this! Not so much of a recipe as it was using up some items I had on hand. I called it a chicken parmesan garlic bread. I started by taking some leftover roast chicken and mixing it with some leftover pasta sauce. I then opened up a garlic bread and put the chicken mixture on the bottom half. On the top half I added some mozzarella cheese since it’s what I had on hand. Cooked at 350 for 15 minutes then broiled till the cheese was melted and browned. It was delicious and got some leftovers out of the fridge so that was a bonus. Sometimes the meals we come up with on the fly are the best meals we make and keep coming back to. This just might be one of those meals.

What did you do for Fathers Day? What was your special meal?