It was mostly Kaleb that cooked in the last few weeks. He gets home an hour and a half before the girls.
|We use a lot of chicken.|
|This recipe was off the back of a pasta box.|
Bacon Ranch Chicken Skillet
1 pkg Mueller's Ziti (16 oz)
1 T vegetable oil
6 slices bacon
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cubed
3 c chicken broth
1 ½ c milk
2 T all-purpose flour
1 pkg original buttermilk ranch dressing (.4 oz)
Fry bacon until crisp. Cool and crumble.
Cook the chicken in the oil (or use the bacon grease) in a large skillet, stirring frequently until the chicken is browned. Add the chicken broth and bring to simmer. Reduce heat and add the ziti. Cooked covered for ten minutes or until done stirring frequently.
Whisk together milk, flour and ranch dressing mix in a medium bowl. Add to pasta and cook, stirring frequently until slightly thickened. Gently stir in bacon and serve.
Optional: add diced tomatoes when you add the bacon.
|We've been making popcorn on the stove. This is a novelty for the kids. I wish I had the long handled popcorn pan my dad used to use for this.|
|On Saturdays when we have more time I let the kids make their own eggs. We generally don't have hot breakfast during the week since we eat at 5:20 a.m.!|
|Kaleb made maple pork chops.|
|It came out really well! We used scallop cut pork.|
Maple Pork Chops
1/3c maple syrup
1 T. spicy brown mustard
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
4 thin pork chops or cutlets
2 t. olive oil
1/2c apple cider
3-4 Granny Smith apples cored and cut into 16 wedges
Combine maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper in small bowl. Coat pork chops with the breadcrumbs. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the pork and cook it for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Add the cider and apple wedges. Simmer uncovered 5-7 minutes. Stir in the maple syrup mixture and cook 5 minutes more.
Apple Dumplings (our version)
2 packs of crescent rolls (regular or reduced fat)
3 apples thinly sliced (we did 16 thin slices)
One stick of margarine
½ cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
12 ounces Sprite or Moutain Dew
Wrap 4 slices of apple (or so) in a crescent roll triangle.
Roll from large end to small end
Place in 9x13 cake pan
Melt butter and add the sugar and cinnamon.
Pour over the crescent rolls.
Pour the soda over the crescent rolls.
Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until the apples are tender and the rolls are light brown. If they brown too fast, cover with foil.