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What I Made this Weekend

After last weekends Super Bowl gluttony, I tried a couple of healthy recipes.  I made a delicious chicken soup and gluten free peanut butter cookies.  They chicken soup is “paleo” according to the website I got the recipe from.  The cookies are not because they do have sugar in them, but as far as cookies go, I’d say they are fairly healthy.  There’s a cup of sugar in them, but you could probably substitute with something like Stevia (which I don’t like, personally).  There is no flour in the cookies and I used Skippy Natural Smooth Peanut Butter which has no preservatives, but tastes great and you don’t have to stir it like some other natural peanut butters.

Crock Pot Paleo Chicken Soup

You can get the recipe by clicking the picture or the recipe title.  I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, but it still came out delicious.  It tastes fresh and good for you.  There is a reason this dish is the subject of health care urban legend.  I had it for dinner tonight and I’ll be having it for lunch tomorrow!

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

I’ve made these cookies before and they are very simple and very tasty.  My brother has celiac disease and cannot eat gluten.  Of the baked goods I’ve tried to make without gluten, this is my favorite.  It’s doesn’t call for any flour, so you don’t have a strange flour replacement lurking in them.  This time, I went a little crazy and added a cup of chocolate chips to the batter.   I really didn’t think anything could go wrong with the peanut butter/chocolate chip combo, but it didn’t quite work.  I still ate them, but I didn’t feel like I needed to eat all of them in one sitting.  Perhaps that is the genius of these cookies, after all….

So you may notice a theme developing here… Gluten free, “paleo”.  I’m not going to say I’m going gluten or free or I’m going paleo.  I will say that I have tried the Four Hour Body diet a few times and each time I’ve found that I feel really good when I eliminate the “white stuff” (flour, sugar) from my diet.  I’m not sure why, but I feel more energized. I don’t need to take naps.  But, I crave sweets and sandwiches desperately. So, I’m going to try to ease my way into things this time with some new healthy recipes and the occasional indulgence.

What I Made This Weekend

People, it was a good food weekend.  And by good, I mean not good for you.  But delicious.  It was the Super Bowl and I had found a couple of picky/appetizer type recipes that I’ve been dying to try.

Made Hawaiian Sandwiches

Hawaiian Sandwiches

1/2 lb. swiss cheese slices

1/2 lb. ham slices

1/2 lb. turkey slices

2 pkg. hawaiian rolls (12 pack)

Butter topping

Grease 9×13 pans for baking and preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Slice through each roll, which will make it easy for assembly.  Alternate 1 slice of swiss, ham and turkey and fold over to fit into the roll.  Stick a toothpick in the middle to keep together.  Continue this process until all meat and cheese is used.  Place all rolls in greased pans.

Poppy Seed Topping

1 stick butter

1 tbsp. poppy seeds

4 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. dry onion flakes

1 tbsp. honey mustard

After rolls are assembled and in the baking dishes, brush the poppyseed topping over the top of each roll and along the sides of the pan, completely covering each roll.

Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden.  Serve warm.

Click the picture to head over to the blog, http://www.madelikemadeley.blogspot.com/,  I found this on.  I’ll definitely be trying more of those recipes! These sandwiches were so delicious and everyone liked them, so they pleased a variety of palettes including my 7 and 9 year old kids and my mom who likes her food bland and doesn’t like Swiss cheese.  When I was making the sauce that goes on top, I was sure 4 tbsp. of sugar was too much sugar, but it was just right.  These were super easy to make and while I only made twelve, it would be nearly as easy to make 24 or 48.  These will be a frequent flyer at our house!

Brown-Sugar Barbecue Chicken Drumettes

Brown Sugar Barbecue Chicken Drumettes

2 cups ketchup

1 cup packed light-brown sugar

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Coarse salt and ground pepper

6 pounds chicken drumettes, patted dry

In a medium bowl, whisk together ketchup, sugar, Worcestershire, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Set aside 1 cup sauce for tossing raw chicken; use rest for baked chicken.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds; line two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil.

Divide drumettes between baking sheets, and toss with reserved 1 cup sauce

Bake chicken until opaque throughout, 30 to 35 minutes, rotating sheets and tossing chicken halfway through. Toss baked drumettes with  1/2 cup sauce, and serve with remaining sauce on the side.

This recipe is from Martha Stewart.  They were super simple to make and they got better as they got cold.  The sauce is very sweet. I didn’t follow the preparation exactly as written, so I need to try these again.  My drumettes were soaked in bbq sauce because rather than serving some in a side dish as pictured, I just dumped all of the reserved sauce on top.  Martha’s way would be way neater.  If you don’t love a super sweet sauce you could probably play around with the ingredients.   I could have done with a smidge less ketchup when they first came out of the oven, but the sweetness mellowed out somehow while the cool down.

All in all, both were a success and I will definitely be trying them again for get togethers!

 

What I’ll make when my kitchen is done

Everyone in my house loves chicken parm, so when the kitchen is done, it will be the first meal I make. I’ve found a yummy-licious recipe that even includes a recipe for the sauce. It will be fun to tackle a from scratch recipe in my brand spanking new kitchen with a dishwasher to help with the mess!

It is the self proclaimed “Best Chicken Parmesan in the World”, so I hope it lives up to this billing.  Click the link to see the recipe on what might just be a fun little blog!

I love a garden salad with Chicken parm, so we’ll start with that and maybe some garlic bread.  And dessert, of course.  Brownie sundaes.  Doesn’t go with an Italian dinner?  Tiramisu, you think?  I say Brownie’s go with everything.  They can even go with nothing and just be dinner sometimes.  Yes, they can.

The kitchen is such an important part of the family.  My kids love to help cook and with the new island, it will be a homework hub and a place to snack and watch tv (instead of snacking on the couch).  We are all so excited to have it finished.  When the granite went in, my six year old son came over and hugged me.  Even he is thrilled and can sense the excitement.  Hopefully, just a couple more weeks!