Cheesy Carrot Lasagna

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Happy Monday!  This is one of my favorite (comfort-food) type of meals. It’s super easy to throw together, and you can really change things up depending on how you like it…I’ve added things like horse-radish before, but again it just depends on how you prefer you meal to taste : )

Ingredients:

  • 1 box No-Bake Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 large jar Alfredo Sauce
  • 2 cups diced Carrots
  • 2 cups diced Zucchini
  • 1 medium size onion, chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped Kale
  • 16 ounces Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 bag /3 cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions: Starting with the noodles, Layer everything on-top of each other. Cover with Mozzarella, then Bake @ 350 degrees for approximately 45 minuets.

Crock-Pot Directions:  Just do the same layering thing with all the ingredients that you would normally do, but instead just put it in your crock-pot and then set it on high for 3-4 hours (or until completely heated and bubbling)

Tip: Times in cooking may vary depending on the brand of crock-pot you own, so just adjust your cooking time if you know from experience that it will take more or less time. 🙂

Bon Appètit!

Italian Cheese Bread

Good afternoon~  This is a cheesy, flat bread that would go great alongside Spaghetti, or any Italian meal. Enjoy!
 
“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” ~ Rabbi Harold Kushner

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.” ~Joseph Addison
Italian Cheese Bread Recipe

Italian Cheese Bread

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 TBSP. quick rise yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 TBSP. vegetable oil

Topping:

  • 1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 TBSP. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Combine water and oil; add flour mixture/ Add additional flour if needed to form a soft dough. Knead 1-2 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. Punch the dough down; place on a greased 12″ pizza pan and pat into 12″ circle. brush with salad dressing. Combine the seasonings; sprinkle over top. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake @ 450 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

*picture from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/italian-cheese-bread

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

I made these last night and the best part is truly smashing them down! 😉  Crispy smashed potatoes are the best of both worlds, giving a mashed potato creaminess with the crackling crisp crust of roasted potatoes. They are super fun to make, so hopefully you will enjoy them too! 🙂 

“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”
― Julia Child, My Life in France

“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.”
― Laurie Colwin

Ingredients:

2 pounds small red Potatoes (1 1/2 – 2″ diameter)

6 tablespoons extra virgin Olive Oil (more if needed)

1 teaspoon Thyme leaves ( or other spice if you prefer)

fresh ground Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:Preheat oven to 500 degrees.  Place one oven rack at the lowest position and one at the top position.

Scrub the red potatoes and lay on a baking sheet.  Add 3/4 cup of water the to the potatoes and cover with foil.  Bake in hot oven for 30 minutes.

When the potatoes are done, removed foil, drain, and let cool for 10 minutes.  Toss potatoes with 3 tablespoons olive oil making sure each is coated with oil.  Take a cup and “smash” each potato to about 1/3 – 1/2 in thick {this is the fun part}.

Drizzle another 3 tablespoons olive oil on the potatoes, sprinkle with thyme leaves and salt and pepper.  Place the potatoes in your 500 degree oven on the top rack and bake  for 15 minutes.   Move potatoes to the lower oven rack and continue to bake for another 25-30 minutes (until nice & golden brown).

Crispy brown on the bottom, creamy moist and tender in the center.  These potatoes are so perfect!

Bon Appètit!

Recipe from America’s Test Kitchen.

Bread Bowls (how to make them!)

My goodness, it has been a quite a while since I lasted posted anything, due to the fact that I was having some difficulties with my account. Thanks to my good friend, “Cookin’ Cowgirl” I am back up and running again! 🙂

I found this recipe while browsing the internet for a good bread to make “soup bowls”. I  tried this recipe and really liked it. If your in a hurry this is probably not the day to make “bread bowls”,  they take a while to make. Once I tried to cut the rising time of the bread and it didn’t turn out very good. Make sure when you make this recipe that you allow yourself plenty of time so that you don’t feel rushed.

“He that can have Patience, can have what he will.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

Bread as a Bowl

Bread (How to make  homemade bread bowls)

  • Add 2 1/2 cups of warm water to a large mixing bowl, sprinkle 4 1/2 tsp. yeast into the water, stir until thoroughly dissolved.
  • Add 1 TBSP. salt,1 TBSP. sugar, and 2 TBSP. vegetable oil ti the yeast mixture. Stir well to combine, and then add 3 cups of all-purpose flour. Beat with an electric mixer until the mixture is smooth.
  • Stir in up to 4 more cups of flour, until a stiff dough is formed. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured working surface. Knead for 10-12 minutes, or until a smooth, elastic consistency is achieved.
  • Lightly coat a large,  clean mixing bowl with nonstick cooking spray, and then place the dough inside. Roll it around to coat all the sides with the spray, and then cover the bowl with a kitchen towel. Place in a warm area of the kitchen, and allow the dough to rise for one hour, or until doubled in size.
  • Place the dough back onto the floured surface and punch it down to release any air. Divide into 6 equally sized portions and place them on two 9×13 greased cookie sheets and cover with a towel (allow each roll to have plenty of space to rise and expand) Let them rise for 45 minutes.
  • Combine one egg and 1 TBSP. of milk in a small mixing bowl. Whisk until thoroughly mixed. Remove the towels from the bread rolls, and use a basting brush to brush each with the milk and egg mixture. This will ensure a golden, crispy texture is achieved. (be careful not to overdo the glaze so that it flows down on the pan, if this happens it will burn on the bottom of the bread bowls) Place cookie sheets in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
  • Remove the cookie sheets from the oven when the bread bowls are golden brown and done. Immediately cut the top about an 1 1/2 inches from the diameter in a full circle of the bread bowl, dig out the inside of the bread bowl until just the outer layer of the bread is left, (be careful not to break the sides of the bowl that will hold the soup in.) I put the bits of bread from each bowl into separate little glass bowls and place it next to each persons soup to eat and add to there soup. To serve ladle soup into each bowl, filling about 3/4 of the way full.

*picture from: http://www.craftpassion.com/2012/04/recipe-bread-bowl.html/2

Beef Stew

Welcome To Sweet 16’s Country Kitchen!

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and the wonder of the world.” ~ John Burroughs

“Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine.” ~Gordon B. Hinckley

This is my mom’s delicious Beef Stew recipe. Enjoy!

Beef Stew

  • 2 lbs. beef stew meet
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2+ cloves garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 3 potatoes, diced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced

Place meat in crock-pot. Mix flour, salt and pepper and pour over meat. Stir to coat meat with flour. Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix well. Cover and cook on low 10-12 hrs. (or on high 4-6 hours) stir stew thoroughly before serving. Enjoy!

Cheeseburger Soup

Good afternoon everyone!
 
“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
 
Fall is here, my how time truly fly’s… A time where one can get inspired and encouraged by just looking about them to see the beauty that surrounds. The cool, brisk, Autumn air dancing the blanket of cheery, bright colored leaves all around. What a lovely season in the year, this is a time that seems quite fitting to bring out warm, steaming, delicious, soups for dinner. This is a recipe that I got from my Aunt. It’s a creamy, cheesy, hamburger soup!
Enjoy!
 
Cheeseburger Soup
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 stalk celery, diced thin
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 TBSP. dried parsley
  • 4 TBSP. butter
  • 3+ cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups hash brown potatoes
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 8 oz. cheese (American, Cheddar, ect. a little Pepper Jack  too)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Brown beef, drain and set aside. Saute’ onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 1 TBSP butter until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add broth, potatoes and beef and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt remaining butter. Add flour and cook and stir until bubbly. Add to soup. Cook and stir soup for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese, milk, salt and pepper and cook and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat. Add sour cream, stir well and serve immediately. Enjoy!!!

 

Breaded Ranch Chicken

Greetings~

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying. ..”I will try again tomorrow.”    – Author unknown

This is a easy, quick, and delicious chicken recipe. With a nice combination of a hint of Ranch dressing and a crispy coating, of butter and cheese. 

Enjoy!

Breaded Ranch Chicken Recipe

Breaded Ranch Chicken

  • 3/4 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 3/4 cup Parm. cheese
  • 1 envelope Ranch salad dressing mix
  • 8 boneless/skinless chicken breast halves (2 lbs.)
  • 1/2 cup butter/melted

In a shallow bowl, combine cornflakes, cheese, and dressing mix. Dip chicken in butter, then roll in cornflake mixture to coat. Place in greased 9×13″ pan. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.

*picture from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/breaded-ranch-chicken