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Have you ever looked at what is in foods these days? Have you ever wondered why life has gotten so crazy that we all rely on processed "quick" foods and fast foods? Well I have had my eyes opened recently when we started to realize our oldest child could be ADD. I decided to clean up our diets and turn out lives around. I am a woman, married to a wonderful man who supports everything I do. We have 3 wonderful children who keep us on our toes and every day when I pick them up from school the first things out of their mouths is "mommy what's for dinner" so here it is...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

What's for dinner 9/30/2010: Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken, rice, corn on the cob

Tonight was yummy...crockpot cream cheese chicken with rice & corn on the cob

Cream cheese chicken

2 cups cream of mushroom soup (I make my own)
frozen chicken--enough to feed four adults
2 T Italian seasoning
1/2 t celery seed
1 T onion powder
1 T sugar
1/4 t black pepper
1 t kosher salt
2 cloves minced garlic
8 oz cream cheese (to add later)
Put everything except for the cream cheese into the crockpot. Cook on low for 6 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and begins to shred. Shred the chicken with two large forks, and mix in the block of cream cheese. Switch the crock to high and cook for another 30 minutes, or until the cream cheese is fully melted.

The Verdict:
This is really good...everyone ate it up including my boys who don't like mushrooms.  I love it shredded up and served on rice...delish
Tip: don't forget the Reynolds slow cooker liners, it makes cleanup so much easier and no scrubbing the pot

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What's for dinner 9/28/2010: Salisbury Steak w/mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes & asparagus

Oh are you a meat and potatoes kind of family...well my kids love salisbury steak and this was a great dinner thanks to Jimmysmother from my Feingold message board.

So tonight for dinner was Salisbury Steak with mushroom gravy, honest earth mashed potatoes and asparagus...YUMMY

Salisbury Steak with Gravy
1 pound ground beef
1 egg
3 tablespoons crushed crackers (I used saltines)
5 tablespoons finely chopped onion (I sauted mine 1st)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon Morton's Nature Seasonings

2 (4 ounce) cans sliced mushrooms with liquid
1/2 cup diced onions
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups milk (I was out of fresh and used canned evaporated)
1/4 cup stage 1 spices (my sub for boulion cubes)

In a medium bowl, mix together ground beef, egg, cracker crumbs, onion, salt, pepper and Mortons, using your hands. Shape into 4 patties, about an inch thick.

Fry the patties in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned. Drain off grease, and remove patties to a platter; keep warm.

Melt the butter in the same skillet, and add the mushrooms, mushroom liquid and 1/2 cup onion. Cook and stir for about 10 minutes, until no more liquid is pooling in the pan. Sprinkle the flour over, and mix in until blended. Let cook over low heat for 5 minutes.

Stir in the milk and spices. Cook and stir over medium heat until smooth and starting to thicken. Return the patties to the gravy and cook over low heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

The verdict: YUMMY, healthy cooked from scratch dinner that my family gobbled up like it was their last meal.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

What's for dinner 9/26/2010: roasted chicken, sauteed veggies & noodles and other baking

Oh it was a busy day for my kitchen.  Today for dinner was roasted chicken (brushed with melted butter, lemon & italian seasoning) sauteed squash & asparagus & noodles & butter.

I also made whole wheat bread, cooked the bacon for the week, boiled some eggs, made some homemade cream of mushroom soup & this recipe...Peanut Butter & Jelly Bread, it was delish

Peanut butter & jelly bread in the bread machine

1 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup jelly
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tsp yeast

my bread machine says I have to add all the wet ingredients 1st then the dry and the yeast in a tiny hole on the top.

the verdict: delish toasted with butter