Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What's For Dinner?

The question "What's for dinner?" is not my favorite...only because it is almost always followed up with (imagine your whiniest whine...) "Ahhh mom, I HATE that dinner!" I've come to expect the response, and hardly ever anymore do I give the lecture about how 'when mommy works hard to make something yummy...blah, blah, blah.' At least when I expect a bad reaction, I am pleasantly surprised by the good ones! So, here is what WAS for dinner at my house last week, some of our FAVS!

Fettuccine Alfredo with grilled Chicken, Focaccia bread, and green salad
The recipe for the focaccia bread and the Alfredo sauce is most important here...everything else you can figure out I'm sure!

Focaccia Bread
1 cup warm water
1 tsp. sugar
1 TBS yeast
(let sit for a couple of minutes)
1 TBS olive oil
1 tsp. salt
enough flour so it's not sticking to your hands
Let it rise until doubled, roll it out flat and sprinkle Olive oil and Parmesan cheese on top
Let rise again and bake hot= about 425-450 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes

Alfredo Sauce (my sister will cringe at this's not for the health fanatic)
1/2 c butter
1/2 c cream
3/4 c Parmesan
Melt butter and cream together on low, add Parmesan and cook on low until completely melted, stir every couple of minutes.

Chicken Broccoli Soup in Homemade Bread bowls
The recipe for the bread bowls is the same as the focaccia bread, but instead of rolling dough flat, roll into medium-sized balls, let rise and then bake for about 15 minutes. After bowls have baked, carefully cut a circle shape off the top and then scoop out bread from the inside of the bowl with a spoon.

Chicken Broccoli soup
3/4 c butter
3/4 c flour
4-6 cups milk (depending on how thick you like it)
2-3 cups cheese (depending on how cheesy you like it)
1 head broccoli
2 chicken breasts
sat and pepper to taste
Bake and cube chicken breasts. Steam the broccoli and cut into small pieces. Melt the butter and whisk in the flour, add milk and cheese. Cook on low until cheese is melted. Add broccoli and chicken. Cook on low for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Rice and Beans
So easy, and so tasty! Warm up some black beans and put a couple of heaping spoons on top of some sticky rice. Pile high with cheese, tomatoes, green onions, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and crushed tortilla chips. This is my fall-back dinner when I only have a few minutes to come up with something! It will be ready to serve by the time the rice is done cooking!

Chicken Parmesan with fresh Marinara, Focaccia Bread and Green Salad
Usually a Sunday dinner, but it was Kelly's birthday!

Chicken Parmesan
Pound chicken breasts (or I like to use tenderloins) flat with a rolling pin. Dip in melted butter and then this mixture:
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan
1 tsp. paprika
Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Fresh Marinara (a great way to use up tomatoes from the garden)
1/4 c olive oil
20 medium-sized tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
2 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. salt
Blanch and skin tomatoes, (may also use canned tomatoes!) cut up and dump into olive oil. Add garlic, basil and salt. Cook, covered, on low for as long as you can. Then to thicken it up a bit, remove cover and boil until you reach desired thickness. Unbelievable taste!

Veggielicious Pizza with white sauce
I have lived Papa Murphy's Veggie Supreme since I had it for the first time. This is my attempt at re-creating it at home. The pizza crust guessed it, the same recipe as the focaccia bread, just roll it out thinner.

White Sauce
1/4 c. Ranch dressing
1/4 c. buttermilk
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
Blend in Food processor or blender until smooth, spread over crust.
Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of sauce and then pile with favorite veggies: tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, artichoke hearts, spinach, etc. Top with another 1/2-1 cup mozzarella.


Heather said...

Yummy yummy! i'm going to have to make some of these! :)

emily a. said...

Oh thank you for sharing all of your yummy recipes. I'm going to try them for sure.

Ditto Family said...

I'm thinking you guys eat too good at your house!!!

Can you please post your recipe for the Chicken Marsala?

Ditto Family said...

P.S. Looks like you have some posting to do on the DittoDiva blog. Just copy and paste--

Nick Pasto said...

That made my mouth water.

Amy said...

I dare you to try to make dinner without any diary products for 2 nights in a row.

Amy said...

Oops! I meant "dairy" not "diary" And,I forgot to mention that I am really excited to try the bread recipe. The bread bowls look so good!

Tiffany said...

i want to eat at your house!! and i know what you mean with the "mommy's work hard speech." 2 weeks ago i made my children make dinner for 5 days so they could learn to appreciate the work that goes into a meal:) so far so good...claire is hooked on cooking now!!

Circle Kee Pasto said...

I was going to say,"I hope Nick doesn't see this or he'll be jealous" and then I saw that he already did. How is it you guys are so skinny again? Oh, yeah, exercise...that's yuckier than my dinners, so I guess that will stave off the mutany.

paws said...

Wow! Can I eat at your house?

Mary said...

super great pictures of the food. a picture of yummy food sells me way faster than actual recipes. i do plan to theive half of these.