Friday, February 28, 2014

Parmesan Rosemary Chicken Wings

We love wings for dinner, and when the Wagjag grocery deal has wings for sale, I always stock up, so we usually have them on hand.  This is a quick recipe to throw together, and it doesn't call for very many ingredients.  A word of caution though - make sure your wings are at room temperature, before you begin, otherwise the melted butter hardens again once you've added it to the wings.  This will result in a thick, cakey mess.

Thanks Canadian Living for another great recipe!

Parmesan Rosemary Chicken Wings
2 T butter melted
2 T Dijon
1 lb chicken wings
¾ c grated parmesan
¼ c bread crumbs (I used panko)
½ tsp chopped rosemary (I used dried)
Pepper to taste

Whisk first 2 ingredients in large bowl and add wings.  Toss to coat.  Add remaining ingredients and toss.  Bake on parchment lined baking sheet at 425 for 25 minutes, turning once.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pita Pizzas With Hummus and Mint

I love pita pizzas for dinner.  You can pretty much chop up everything you have left over in the fridge and throw it on a pita, bake in the oven, and voila!  A customized pizza - one that will be different every time!

This is a great recipe from Chatelaine that uses staples most people have on hand already.  I don't cook up the onions, I chop them and use them raw, and I usually use red onions.  I often swap out the veggies too.  No broccoli?  No sweet peppers?  No problem - use whatever you have.  We've thrown on cauliflower, spinach, spicy salami - you name it, we've used it, so anything goes.


Pita Pizza With Hummus And Mint

1 sweet onion sliced
1 c plain hummus
4 whole wheat pitas
2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
¼ tsp chili flakes
1 sweet pepper sliced
2 c broccoli florets
1 c crumbled feta
¼ c fresh mint

Preheat oven to 425.  Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment or foil.  Heat a frying pan over medium, add oil, then onion.  Cook until slightly softened, 5 minutes.  Spread hummus on pitas, right to the edges.  Top with tomato slices, then sprinkle with chili flakes.  Top with pepper slices, broccoli, and cooked onion.  Sprinkle with feta.  Bake 12-15 minutes.  Sprinkle with mint and serve.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Shrimp Carbonara

Sometimes Kraft comes up with really great recipes.  This is one of those times.  This meal really was quick and easy, and so decadent.  It honestly tasted like I had done a whole lot of things from scratch, when really I didn't at all.  A great weeknight meal, since it's on the table in about 10 minutes.

I served this with Chatelaine's Garlicky Green Beans (which is a go-to side dish for us - steam green beans for a few minutes, drain, toss with a tablespoon of garlic butter) and Chatelaine's Herbed Cherry Tomatoes (toss cherry tomatoes with 2T oil, 2T white wine vinegar, and 1/2tsp each of sugar, basil and oregano).

Shrimp Carbonara

220 g spaghetti
4 slices bacon chopped (I used a lot more – I like bacon!)
1 1lb shrimp peeled
1 c frozen peas
1 tub herb & garlic cream cheese
½ c milk
¼ c parmesan (I left this out)

Cook spaghetti as per package directions.  Meanwhile cook bacon in large skillet until crisp.  Remove from skillet with slotted spoon, reserving 1 T drippings in pan.  Drain on towel-lined plate.  Add shrimp to drippings and cook and stir on medium 5 minutes.  Stir in peas, cook 1 minute.  Add cream cheese and milk, cook and stir 4 minutes or until cream cheese is melted and sauce has thickened (do not let boil).  Drain pasta, return to pan, add shrimp mixture and bacon, mix lightly and toss with parmesan.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Slow Cooker Pork (Carnitas) - A Unique, Delicious, and EASY Recipe!

I guess you can call this dish Carnitas, although the meat isn't fried after being cooked. The seasonings are similar, and so is the presentation, but it isn't Carnitas in the true sense of the word.

In my family, we call this "Mom's Pork Roast Recipe" because that's what it is.  I have no idea where the original recipe came from, but it's a staple in our home, both for the ease of the preparation and the outstanding taste.  There are always leftovers for days, and no complaints in my home when I make this for dinner!

I guarantee you this is the simplest, fastest recipe you will ever make - and it's just oh so good!  Enjoy!!

Mom’s Pork Roast

Pork butt or shoulder
2 cinnamon sticks
Whole garlic head (head cut off)
Pinch salt
Can of condensed milk
16 oz cola

Throw everything in the slow cooker and cook on high for 5 hours.  Shred with 2 forks – serve in flour tortillas with cilantro, red onion, and salsa.