Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mayo Chicken

I know, I know, sounds gross, but dont knock it til you try it!! Even if you dont like mayo you will like this! You cant taste the mayo at all.

1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1/8 Cup Soy sauce
2 Chicken breast or 4 chicken strips

Combine mayo and soy sauce in a bowl. In a ziploc bag place chicken breast in it and pour mayo & soy sauce mix over. Zip bag closed and shake bag to coat chicken. Let marinate for 4-6 hours. Place on grill and grill for 10 minutes on each side. I sprinkled the chicken with some garlic salt and I think it needed it! Grill until no longer pink inside.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

I got this recipe from 365 days of Slow cooking. Its SOOO good!!

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar (divided. this is important, don't just start dumping, read on!)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup boiling water

Use a 4-quart slow cooker coated well with cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder.
In the microwave, melt peanut butter for about 30 seconds, and then add to the mix along with milk, oil, and vanilla. Stir really well to combine.Spread this mixture into the bottom of your slow cooker.

In a separate bowl, mix together cocoa powder, the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, and 1 cup boiling water (be careful!) Pour this evenly over the peanut butter batter in your cooker.
Cover and cook on high for 2-4 hours, or until the top has set and an inserted toothpick (into the cake--underneath the cake is molten chocolate) comes out clean. Let the cake sit uncovered in an unplugged crockpot for about 20 minutes, then serve warm in dessert bowls.

I have a 6 qt crockpot so I set a glass over safe 4 qt dish inside my crockpot. It worked well.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Baby Food Recipes

I decided to make my own baby food for Ki instead of buying it since its 1) not healthy in the cans with all kinds of yucky stuff added 2) expensive .
So I read up and started making my own. . . . The basic concept is to cook the foods that need to be cooked until they are tender and then stick in a blender with some water/liquid. Blend til smooth but not too watery. Then pour into a Ice cube tray and freeze. When froze pop out and store in ziploc bags or tupperware containers. I usually use 2 or 3 cubes per meal for Ki. Each cube is about 1 oz of food.
So far I have done Pears, Apples, Green beans, Peas, Sweet potatoes. She HATES peas so I wont be doing those anymore but her favorites are pears and sweet potatoes.
She likes banana but its hard to blend that and freeze cause it turns brown. I usually just mash it as she eats it.
Another thing you can try is mashed avocado. No need to cook it, just cut it up and ,mash it/blend it and serve. Its another one that turns brown so its not great to save. BUT i have read that if you pour a bit of lemon juice in it its better OR you can slice the avocado and freeze it in slices then just pull out one slice and mash it to use. Be careful if you decide to mash it and add lemon juice to preserve it because citrus is sometimes hard for babies to digest. Ki doesnt like avocado either so I havent tried any of this.

Grilled Asparagus

I have never had asparagus before but while grocery shopping yesterday i found it is pretty cheap for a bunch so I got some. I placed some in a plastic ziploc bag and poured in a little olive oil. Not too much just enough to coat. Then sprinkle it with salt and garlic powder. Shake to coat. I let it sit in the fridge for about 1 hour then stuck it on the grill with our steaks for lunch.
I think they grilled about 15-20 minutes, I turned them about every 5-7 minutes. They were really yummy!! Dont go too heavy on the salt though, I thought mine was a bit salty.

Monday, April 12, 2010

7up Chicken

REALLY GOOD grilled but can be cook on the stovetop too.

2 Chicken Breast or 4 Chicken breast strips
1 Can 7up
1 T. Garlic Salt
2 T. Soy sauce

In a ziploc bag place chicken in it and pour in 1/2 can 7up and soy sauce. Sprinkle garlic salt in and shake it to coat. Place in fridge and marinate for at least 6 hours. Place chicken on grill. Mix up the rest of the 7up and 1 teas soy sauce in a baster or a small bowl and sprinkle/brush over chicken every 10 minutes. Cook until no longer pink or however you prefer your chicken.
To cook on stovetop Place thawed chicken in skillet and pour sprite and soy sauce in pan. sprinkle chicken with garlic salt. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes on each side.