Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mama's Italian Wedding Soup

Another installment?  You bet your sweet cakes there is!  This meal was delicious and had a TON of leftovers, even after second helpings!
The ingredients seemed like quite a bit, but really ended up being fairly cheap items and made so much!  I adapted this recipe from All Recipes again (I love this site!).
First thing's first: in a bowl I added ground pork, eggs, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, dried basil and minced onion and mixed it together, forming 3/4-inch meatballs.  Then I set those aside.
Then I added 2 1/2 quarts of chicken broth to my large stockpot and heat it to a boil.  Once I got all of those liquids rolling, i added fresh spinach, seashell pasta, diced carrots and my pre-rolled meatballs.
I let that boil and then reduced the heat to medium, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes to let the pasta cook to al dente and cook the meatballs.  Then I added Parmesan cheese to the top and voila!  Dinner was served!  As I said before, this was so delicious and everyone went back for seconds and we still had leftovers!

The meal was only 154 calories per serving (it made 10 servings total), and was only $1.01/serving, and I'm not joking.  I'm telling you, if you don't have a WinCo in your neighborhood, BEG for one.  It's amazing!
Here's the recipe!

1 pound extra-lean ground pork
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
3 tablespoons minced onions
2 1/2 quarts chicken broth
1 cups spinach - packed, rinsed and thinly sliced
1 cup seashell pasta
3/4 cup diced carrots

Happy cooking everyone!!!

Cheesy Italian Tortellini

Hey there, hi there, ho there!  I know, I've been slacking, but the past few weeks have been pretty crazy!  What with the end of the school year approaching, trying to get everything finalized for our upcoming cruise, camping trips, immunizations for the upcoming school year, our oldest having his birthday coming up, AND our anniversary, I've literally just been swamped.
Have no fear, though, I am back with a few meals which I hope you will enjoy!!!
This meal I made was a slow cooker dish and was really quite yummy.  I adapted my recipe from the recipe found on All Recipes.
First thing's first: The night prior I decided to save myself a bit of time and cook the ground turkey (obviously the recipe called for ground beef) and Italian sausage (this one I also wanted to do lighter, so I used Italian chicken sausage).
Once I browned this, I put it is some Tupperware and refrigerated it until I needed it the next morning.  After that, the rest was a cinch!  I put the meats, along with some pasta sauce, mushrooms and Italian-style diced tomatoes into my slow cooker, setting it on my low setting to cook for about 8 hours.
While that was stewing away to become something delicious, I was working hard!  When I came home, all I had to do was briefly cook my cheese tortellini's in some boiling water.  The recipe originally called for the refrigerated kind, but I found going to the bulk section of WinCo and buying the dry kind worked just as well!  I just let it cook for about 8-10 minutes or so and drained!
Once that was mixed into my sauce, I added some mozzarella and cheddar cheese on top, covered the slow cooker back up and cooked it for another 15 minutes or so, until the cheese was melted and voila!  Dinner was served!
This was such cheesy goodness that I can't even begin to tell you, you just need to try it!  The best part is it was only 468 calories per serving (the meal made 6 servings) AND only $1.80/serving!  No kidding!!!
Here's the recipe!

1/2 pound ground turkey
1/2 pound Italian chicken sausage, casings removed
16 ounces pasta sauce
4.5 ounces canned sliced mushrooms (drained)
9 ounces dried cheese tortellini (if you want to use the refrigerated kind, you can)
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Happy coking everyone!!!!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Chicken Manicotti

Hello again!  This was a meal I made a few nights ago and it was soooooo good!
First thing's first: I preheated my oven to 350 degrees.  While that was warming, I mixed some pasta sauce with some water, and then put 1/3 of that mixture on the bottom of a glass baking dish.  I sprinkled some garlic salt onto chicken tenders (I sliced them into chicken tenders from some chicken breasts), and then stuffed those into manicotti shells, putting the stuffed shells on top of the sauce.
Then I poured the remaining sauce on top of the shells and covered it with foil, baking it in the preheated oven for 1 hour.  Once that cooked, I uncovered it and added some mozzarella cheese, cooking it for another 5 minutes to melt it.
Once that was done, I sprinkled fresh, chopped basil on top and voila!  Dinner was served!
The meal made 7 servings and was 370 calories for 2 manicotti's AND only $1.43/serving!!  Whoa!
Here's the recipe!

1 25.5 ounce jar pasta sauce
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 1/2 pounds uncooked chicken breast tenders
14 uncooked manicotti shells (8 ounces)
 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
Chopped fresh basil leaves

Happy cooking everyone!

Italian Pasta and Turkey Bake

Hello friends!  So this recipe was originally called Italian Pasta and Beef Bake, but you all know how I feel about ground beef, so it was, of course, replaced with ground turkey!
So first thing's first: I set my oven to preheat to 350 degrees and started to brown my ground turkey while it was heating.  When it was sufficiently browned, I added 1 can (each) of Italian-style sauce, Italian-style diced tomatoes and sliced mushrooms.
While I let that come to a boil, I cooked some mostaccioli as directed and drained it.  Once the sauce was sufficiently heated, I put it into a sprayed baking dish and then added the mostaccioli, mixing it well.
Then I covered it with foil and put it in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.  I uncovered it, added some mozzarella cheese and baked it for an additional 5 minutes to melt the cheese and voila!  Dinner was served!
This meal was super easy to make and so very delicious!  It was only 375 calories (for sure less with the ground turkey) and seriously only $1.62/serving!  Yay!
Here's the recipe!

6 ounces uncooked mostaccioli
1/2 pound lean ground beef (or in my case, ground turkey!)
1 15 ounce can Italian-style tomato sauce
1 14.5 ounce can Italian-style diced tomatoes
1 4.5 ounce can sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Happy cooking everyone!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Inwood Hamburgers

Hello again!  Tonight's meal was really good, but I'll admit, the final picture isn't that pretty.  Trust me that it tasted amazing!
First thing's first: I took 4 soft sun-dried tomatoes and chopped them, adding them to a bowl with 2 green onions that were finely chopped, 2 cloves of garlic that were minced and 1/2 of a green bell pepper that was chopped.  I also added 1 egg, 3 tablespoons of bread crumbs, 1 dash (each) of Worcestershire and hot pepper sauce, as well as salt and pepper to taste.
Then I added 1 pound of ground turkey (the recipe called for ground beef, as usual!) to the bowl and mixed it all together.  The recipe said it was an 8 serving meal, but I made them just a bit larger and made 6 patties.
Then I heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cooked the burgers until they were done, about 6-8 minutes (if it's ground beef you're using, just cook it to your preferred way of being done).
While those were cooking, I toasted English muffins, added the desired toppings to each burger and voila!  Dinner was served!!
This meal was so surprisingly filling that it has been almost 3 hours since we ate and I'm STILL full.  With using the ground turkey, the calories went down to 273/serving and only $1.03/serving...seriously, I'm not joking!
Here's the recipe!

1 pound ground turkey
4 soft sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 egg
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1 dash hot pepper sauce
salt and pepper top taste
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
6 English muffins, split and toasted

Happy cooking everyone!!

Broiled Pizza Chicken Kabobs

Hi everyone!!  I made this meal last night and it was soooooooo good!  I also ended up doubling the recipe because it was only for 2 servings!
So, first thing's first: I took 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breasts (the recipe called for 3/4 pound of chicken breast tenders) and sliced them into tender sizes.  I also cut 1 medium red bell pepper into 1-inch pieces.  The recipe also called for whole mushrooms, however, my family (besides me!) isn't too keen on mushrooms, so I used quite a bit less than the recipe and only sliced pieces.
I alternately thread the chicken, bell peppers and mushrooms onto metal skewers and brushed them with 4 tablespoons of reduced-fat Italian dressing.  The recipe also called for 1 teaspoon (2 for my doubled recipe) of pizza seasoning, however, pizza seasoning is apparently fairly difficult to come by (based on the stores I went to) so I just used basil and it worked great!
The recipe called for grilling, however, I'm not the greatest on the grill so I just broiled them.  While that was cooking, I warmed 1/2 cup of pizza sauce as dipping for the kabobs.  It took about 8-10 minutes for the chicken to cook and, when I took it out, I added 4 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and served it with the warmed pizza sauce.  Man, was it delicious!  That's how we say voila!  Dinner was served!  :)
It was only 290 calories/kabob and $3.14/serving!
Here's the recipe!  Remember that this recipe below is doubled, the original recipe was for only 2 servings!

1 1/2 pounds chicken breast tenders (or chicken breasts sliced into tenders)
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 package fresh whole mushrooms (8 ounces)
4 tablespoons reduced-fat Italian dressing
2 teaspoons pizza seasoning (or if you're out of pizza, basil worked well, also)
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pizza sauce

Happy cooking everyone!!!!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Feliz Cinco de Mayo everyone!!  What a fun day today was, and we finished it off by an amazing meal!
First thing's first: I broiled three smaller chicken breasts until they were cooked, and then chopped them up into 1 1/2 cups of cubes.  In a small bowl I added the chicken, 3/4 cup of salsa, 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup of green onions (from 2/3 cup), and 1 teaspoon of cumin and mixed them together.
Then I evenly split this mixture onto 6 8 inch tortillas and folded them, putting them into a glass baking dish that was coated in cooking spray.  I then melted 1 tablespoon of butter and brushed the tops of the chimichangas and put it into a preheated oven (375 degrees) and let it cook for 23 minutes!
Once these were cooked, I topped them with another 3/4 cups of salsa and the remaining green onions and voila!  Dinner was served!
I didn't take pictures of the rest, but I also added some black beans on the side and made some homemade churros...yummy!!!!
The meal was only 269 calories per chimichanga and only $2.28/serving!
Here's the recipe!

1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups salsa, divided
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 cup chopped green onions, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin
6 flour tortillas (8 inches)
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Happy cooking everyone, and enjoy the super moon!!!