Monday, November 24, 2008

Early Christmas Present

Look what Betty is sending me!! :) I had an email today letting me know that Betty Crocker was sending me a FREE 2009 Recipe calendar... definitely another thing to be thankful for this week!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Zesty Minestrone

I just made this (was very easy!) and now it's in the crockpot slow cooking for tonight's dinner! It came from Kraft recipes and had a lot of good reviews... hopefully it'll be a good one! I'm going to serve it with a tossed side salad.


1/4 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
1 cup chopped onions (about 1 medium)
1/2 cup chopped celery (about 1 stalk)
1/2 cup chopped carrots (about 1 medium)
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (19 oz.) red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
2 cans (14 oz. each) vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1-1/2 cups small shell macaroni, uncooked
1/2 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

HEAT dressing in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions, celery and carrots; cook 2 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Spoon into slow cooker. Add tomatoes, beans, broth, water and Italian seasoning; stir. Cover with lid.

COOK on LOW for 6 hours (or on HIGH for 3 hours).

STIR in macaroni; cook 10 to 15 min. or until macaroni is tender. Sprinkle with cheese just before serving.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad

Made this salad for dinner tonight, and Mathis and I both loved it!! It was simple, delicious and healthy! It was also pretty filling for a salad. This recipe came from Pampered Chef's website an you can see the recipe by clicking here. Normally, I would give you the recipe directly on this post, but I can't copy and cut the text AND I'm too lazy tonight to re-type it. :) Hey... I cooked dinner after all! ;) But don't let that stop you from enjoying this delicious meal. And don't get caught up by the Pampered Chef lingo -- you don't need all their special tools to make this meal, I promise!! If I can make it, so can you!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Light King Ranch Chicken Casserole

After getting this recipe from Laura, I made this for dinner tonight and it's amazing!!!!

1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
Vegetable cooking spray
2 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts
1 (10-ounce) can fat-free cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 (10-ounce) can fat-free cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomato and green chiles
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 (8-ounce) block reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, shredded


Sauté onion and bell pepper in a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender.
Stir in chicken and next 6 ingredients; remove from heat.
Tear tortillas into 1-inch pieces; layer one-third tortilla pieces in bottom of a 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with one-third chicken mixture and one-third cheese. Repeat layers twice.

Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until bubbly.

Note: Freeze casserole up to 1 month, if desired. Thaw in refrigerator overnight, and bake as directed.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Hashbrown Casserole

I planned on making a different meal for tonight's dinner, but after spending all afternoon cleaning and organizing I decided I wanted some quick and easy tonight. This meal was both! It's also a great meal to make on those nights you're wanting to eat breakfast for dinner. I had Mathis fry up some eggs to eat with the casserole, and it tasted great!! We have a lot left over which will make for some good breakfasts this week.

Definitely a good recipe to have on hand for those holiday breakfasts coming up!

Hashbrown Casserole

1 package frozen hashbrowns
1 8 oz container sour cream**
1 can cream of chicken soup**
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 stick butter melted**

Combine the first 4 ingredients and put in a 9 x12 baking dish. Top with cornflakes and melted butter. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

**I used reduced/fat-free items here**

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Welcome to Our Kitchen!

A few days ago I posted about my desire to learn how to cook. After receiving some great advice from friends and discovering several new recipes I was excited to try, I realized I had a lot I wanted to share. I could already envision myself blogging about each week's recipes and new cooking tips and techniques I had learned along the way. I also wanted to keep receiving advice from others at the same time.

So without further ado... welcome to our kitchen!! I hope this blog is a way for me to stay motivated in my pursuit of culinary expertise, and a fun place for bloggers to exchange recipes. I've already got four different meals lined up for this week, and I hope to post the success of each along the way! Tomorrow I'll be doing my grocery shopping... check back later to see what's cooking with the Kenningtons! :)