September 30, 2010

White Castle- like Sliders

 From the Three on Food Blog.

1/2 cup dried onion flakes
2 pounds ground chuck- 80/20 ground beef
1/2 t. seasoned salt
6 slices cheddar cheese
24 small party rolls
24 dill pickle slices

Evenly spread the onions on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Gently press the ground beef on top of the onion flakes. Press evenly making one giant patty. Sprinkle with seasoned salt. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Using a paper towel, pat the excess grease from the top of the patty. Top with cheddar cheese, return to oven for 2 more minutes. Remove from oven, let set 5 minutes then cut into 24 patties. Slice open and separate each party roll. Place bottom of rolls on a large platter. Using a spatula lift patty with onion layer onto each bun bottom. Top each slider with a pickle slice then the bun lid. Serve immediately.

We have never eaten at White Castle so I can't say how these compare to the originals, but they were good. 
Rate It!
Jen: 8
Kile: 8
Kiley: 7.5
Madee: 7.5
Destrie: good

Makes 24 Sliders
***. I actually made mine on bigger rolls and cut the meat into 12 squares with 12 pickles.

September 27, 2010

4 Packet Roast

I posted a recipe for a 3 envelope roast last year.  This recipe is very similar but, adds another packet of flavor.

Recipe from

1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 packet brown gravy mix
(I added an extra packet of gravy mix -so we would have more gravy)

1 packet Italian salad dressing mix
1 packet onion soup mix
1 roast of choice
1/2- 3/4 cup water (I actually used 1 1/2-2 cups of water because I added an extra gravy packet.)

Place roast in crockpot.  Sprinkle the mix packets over the roast. Pour water around the roast. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Rate It!
Jen: 8
Kile: 8
Kiley: 6
Madee: 7
Destrie: good

Menu Planning Monday

Monday: 4 packet Roast with
Carrots and Red Potatoes

Tuesday: Crockpot Beef Stew

Wednesday:  White Castle Sliders/
Oven Baked Fries

Thursday: Hot Chicken Sandwiches on Hard Rolls

September 24, 2010

A New Treat

My kids thought these were pretty yummy, truth be told so did I.  I really don't eat a lot of stuff like this though- so this one is for the kids...Madee thought they kind of tasted like Chex Muddy buddies.

Roasted Red Potatoes with Cheese

Roasted Red Potatoes with Cheese
Recipe and photo from-Jamie Cooks it Up-adapted from Lipton Onion Soup Mix
8 medium sized red potatoes (10 C chopped)
1/4 C olive oil
1 pkg. Lipton Onion Soup mix
Salt and Pepper
1 C cheddar cheese

1. Chop up your taters. You need about 10 cups. Make sure they are about the same size so they cook evenly.
2. Pour  potatoes into a 9x13 casserole dish. Add the oil and Onions Soup mix. Stir it all around to incorporate.
3. Bake at 425 for 35 minutes. Give them a few stirs in the middle of the baking time.This will help them not to stick to the bottom of the pan.
4. Sprinkle the cheese, salt and pepper over the top of the potatoes. Turn the oven up to broil and let the cheese get all melted and bubbly. This should take less than 5 minutes.
Rate It!
Jen: 8
Kile: 8
Kiley: 6  "These are pretty good for potatoes."-she hates potatoes.
Madee: 7.5
Destrie: not good

September 20, 2010

Menu Planning Monday

Monday: Dinner at our friend's house

Tuesday: Healthy Foods Buffet-
We are having a "Biggest Loser" season kick off party tonight and each person in the family is choosing a "healthy" item for dinner. I'll post later what foods everyone picks!

Wednesday: Pasta, French Bread and Green Salad with Ranch Dressing

Thursday: Steak(grilled outside)Roasted Red Potatoes with Cheese, Veggies w/Ranch dip

September 16, 2010

Poppy Seed Chicken

I did stray away from my weekly menu today. I had had enough Mexican food and was ready for something different. I saw this and thought it sounded yummy- so I gave it a try.

Poppy Seed Chicken

Recipe and Photo from Real Mom Kitchen
  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream (I use light)
  • 1 cellophane sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 4 Tbsp. melted butted
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  1. In a bowl, mix together soup and sour cream until well blended. Stir in diced chicken.
  2. Spread creamy mixture into a 9 x 9 inch baking dish.
  3. In a large zipper bag, crush crackers. Then add poppy seeds and butter to bag and seal. Toss to coast.
  4. Sprinkle cracker mixture over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve over cooked rice. Makes 4-6 servings.
Rate It!
Jen: 8
Kile: 8
Kiley: not home
Madee: 8
Destrie: not good

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This recipe and photo is from


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour milk- I used sour cream
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups zucchini, finely diced


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. Cream butter, oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and sour milk. Beat until smooth.
  3. Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda and cinnamon together and add to creamed mixture. Beat well. Stir in diced zucchini.
  4. Pour into a 9x13 inch pan and sprinkle top with chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Rate It!
Jen: 6.5
Kile: 7
Kiley: 6
Madee: 6.5
Destrie: not good

September 14, 2010

Creamy Chicken Crockpot Tacos

Recipe and photos from Jamie Cooks it Up- a new website I just found that I really like!

5 FROZEN chicken breasts

1 1/2 C salsa
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 1/2 T taco seasoning
1 T maple syrup
1 t lime juice
1 T butter
1/2 C sour cream

1. Spray the inside of your crock pot with cooking spray and place the FROZEN chicken breasts inside.
2. In a small mixing bowl stir together all other ingredients except the butter and sour cream.
3. Pour the sauce over the top of the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 7-8 hours.
4. Take the chicken out of the crock and onto a plate. Shred it all up with a fork and put it back in.
5. Add the little pat of butter and the sour cream, stir it all around until incorporated.
6. Cook one more hour.

Serve over Tortilla chips or Tortillas. Top with tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, lettuce, perhaps a little cilantro, sliced avocado.

*We had ours on tortillas.
Rate It!
Jen: 9
Kile: 9.5
Kiley: 8
Madee: 7.5
Destrie: good! He said,"Make this for my lunch and dinner every day!"

BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad

Recipe and photo from Jamie Cooks it Up

2 bags Spring Mix lettuce
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 bunch green onions
1 can black beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1 red pepper, chopped
2 C cheddar cheese
1 lime
1 bag corn chips
4 chicken breasts
1/2 C BBQ sauce-I used Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce-sooo good.

1 1/2 C ranch dressing
3/4 c BBQ sauce

1. Put chicken into a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Pour your BBQ sauce over the top. Bake at 400 for about 25-30 minutes. When it has cooled, chop it into 1 inch pieces.
2. Chop up your lettuce greens, cilantro, and green onion and place in a large bowl.
3. Add your corn, beans, and chopped red pepper to the salad greens. Add your chicken, chips, cheese, and squirt your lime all over the top.
4. Mix the dressing ingredients together.
5. Serve salad with dressing.

Rate It!
Jen: 9
Kile: 7.5

Kiley:not home
Madee: 8
Destrie:doesn't like lettuce

September 12, 2010

Menu Planning Monday

I must be in a Southwest/Mexican sort of a mood this week!

Monday: BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad
Tuesday: Creamy Chicken Crock Pot Tacos
Wednesday: Garlic Lime Chicken Fajita
Thursday: Quesadilla Casserole

September 10, 2010

Zucchini Pizza Casserole

This is a Taste of Home Recipe that was sent to me by my friend Karen, who got it from her sister. I was so excited to get another zucchini recipe to help me use up my box of zucchini!
(Picture from Taste of Home.)

  • 4 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Italian tomato sauce
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped


  • Place zucchini in strainer; sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 10 minutes. Squeeze out moisture.
  • Combine zucchini with the eggs, Parmesan and half of the mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Press into greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add tomato sauce; spoon over zucchini mixture.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; add green pepper. Bake 20 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Rate It!
Jen: 7
Kile: not home
Madee: 6.5
Destrie: didn't have any

September 7, 2010

Menu Planning Monday

Hope you all had a great Labor Day. Here is the menu for the week- a day late!

Chicken, Dutch Oven Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Fruit Salad, Rolls, Veggie Tray w/ dip

Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon

Wednesday: Hamburgers and Ranch Fries-
(link to these under potato category)

Thursday: Pizza Soup, French Bread-
(link to this under soup category)

September 3, 2010

Summer Garden Zucchini Soup

Recipe and Photo from My Kitchen Cafe

3 medium zucchini, chopped into bite-size pieces
4 medium tomatoes, chopped into bite-size pieces
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil (or 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped)
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, chopped
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk (can use fat-free or low-fat)
1 ½ cups frozen or fresh corn kernels
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the zucchini, basil, parsley and onion and saute, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes. Add the flour, salt and pepper and stir and cook for one minute. Gradually add the chicken broth, whisking or stirring constantly. Add the lemon juice; mix well. Bring the soup to a simmer, stirring to prevent sticking, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the zucchini is tender but still has some bite to it (it will continue cooking for a few more minutes). Add the tomatoes, evaporated milk, and corn. Bring the soup to a boil and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the soup and simmer until the corn and zucchini are tender. Stir in the cheese just before serving.

* Comments from my kids were-"Wow, this is a lot better than we thought it would be!"

*This was really good.


Jen: 9

Kile: not home

Kiley: 8

Madee: 7.5

Destrie: good

Baked Zucchini with Mozarella

In case you're wondering what's up with all the Zucchini recipes lately, let me explain. Last week we were in Brigham and we stopped at a produce stand- the one across the street from Maddox and I got this whole box of Zucchini for $3. So I have been on a mission to find Zucchini recipes. This is really this first year my family has eaten Zucchini and so far so good! If anyone has Zucchini recipes they would like to send me- that would be great! On to another recipe...
Baked Zucchini with Mozarella
This recipe came from the Real Mom Kitchen Blog.
  • 2 medium sized (or about 5 small) zucchini
  • Johnny’s Garlic Spread & Seasoning (I used Italian Seasoning and Garlic Powder because I could not find this product.)
  • salt
  • 2 C shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Slice your zucchini up into 1/2 inch rings.
2. Lay them out flat on a large cookie sheet. Sprinkle with Johnny’s Garlic Seasoning and a bit of salt.
3. Bake in the oven at 350 for about 10-15 minutes or until crisp tender.
4. Take the hot pan out of the oven and sprinkle the zucchini with cheese. Turn the oven to broil, throw that cookie sheet back into the oven and let the cheese get all bubbly and a bit browned. This should only take about 3-5 minutes. Be careful here. Broiling things in the oven can get out of control in a fast hurry. (my trick for broiling is to not move the rack up, I just keep it in the middle of the oven and things are less likely to burn. It may take a minute longer, but no burnt food.


Jen: 7

Kile: 4

Kiley: 5

Madee: 7

Destrie: not good

Chicken-Bacon Stuffed Pizza Rolls
Recipe and Photo from Our Best Bites Blog

1 roll refrigerated pizza dough* (or make your own)
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix
2 T grated Parmesan cheese
1 T olive oil or melted butter
sharp cheddar cheese (I used cheddar and mozzarella)
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
about 1 C shredded, cooked chicken.
3/4 C mayo
3/4 C milk

First take 1 teaspoon of your ranch dressing mix and combine it with 1 1/2 T parmesan cheese. Set aside. Combine the remaining ranch mix with 3/4 C mayo and 3/4 C milk and place in the fridge to chill.

Preheat oven to heat specified on pizza dough package. Usually it's 400-425 degrees.

Unroll your pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat or roll the dough so it's about 12" by 8". You're going to want to cut it into 24 squares, so just eyeball it if you need to. Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 24 squares.

Place cheese and desired toppings on each square.When all of your dough squares have cheese and toppings on them, carefully lift up each square and wrap the dough around the toppings.

When all of your dough squares have cheese and toppings on them, carefully lift up each square and wrap the dough around the toppings.

I grab the four corners first and then squeeze the seams shut. Then place them seam side down in a lightly sprayed pie pan (or similar sized dish). Brush with melted butter or olive oil and sprinkle with the parmesan-ranch mixture.

Place your rolls in the oven. I've noticed baking time really depends on the type of dough I'm using. Whether it's different brands from the store, or homemade dough, they all take different amounts of time. Set your timer for 10 minutes and check on them after that. They may take up to 15 or 20 to be done. Take them out when they're lightly golden on top.

Serve them warm with a side of freshly made ranch dressing for dipping.
Rate It!
Jen: 8.5
Kile: 8.5
Kiley: 8
Madee: 10
Destrie: good