Dinner Last Night

Dinner last night pleased everyone!!  It is not very often that I hit a home run like that with seven people to feed.

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Vegetable Medley-Chicken Hand Pies

These are a really good, quick meal.  I used left over chicken from dinner the previous night, frozen vegetables from the freezer, and buttermilk biscuits.  All you do is cut the biscuits in half through the middle so you have two rounds, lightly roll them out and place the chicken and veges in the center of the bottom one.  Place the top round over and seal.  Then bake.  Easy Peasy and apparently a win.

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Caramel-Stuffed Monkey Bread

These were incredibly delicious.  This picture was taken before they were drizzled with both fudge and caramel ice cream topping.  They have little Rolo candies inside of them are are cooked in the slow-cooker.  The recipe is from the Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications Slow Cooker Spring Fresh magazine that I picked up at Costco.  I am a huge sucker for cooking and baking magazines!

A New Cook Book

I have discovered a new book…

The book is not new, but is new to me and I am really enjoying the recipes in it.

Book Choy, Broccoli Rabe, & Shitaki Mushrooms with Roasted Garlic

This was the accompaniment to last night’s chicken and it was delicious. Out of 7 people, 6 liked it!  That is a win in making dinner for my family!  I’ll be working my way through the book this summer.  I can’t wait to try another recipe!

Yummy Dinner

Last night’s dinner was really yummy!!  I broke out my new Instapot and worked a little magic.

I made Carrot and Cardamom Soup from Nom Nom Paleo, Cracklin’ Chicken also from Nom Nom Paleo, Roasted Beets (from the garden) with homemade vinaigrette, and sautéed broccoli and cauliflower.

Everyone really enjoyed the meal.  And I got to use my fresh beets – score!!

These are the beets in their sauce!

This is “Magic Mushroom Powder”.  This is the spice combination used on the Cracklin’ Chicken and the recipe is in the Nom Nom Paleo book.  I can tell you this mixture really added to the flavor of the chicken.  This was a super winner, dinner!!

Baked Apple Pie Fries

Doesn’t this sound delicious!!

Baked Apple Pie Fries

Baked Apple Pie Fries

The picture from the recipe.

The picture from the recipe.

Frozen Pie Crusts with Apple Pie Filling.

Frozen Pie Crusts with Apple Pie Filling.

Start of caramel sauce.

Start of caramel sauce.

My carmel sauce.

My carmel sauce.

This really looked icky so we didn’t even try it.

What mine looked like.

What mine looked like.

I was really disappointed.  The filing oozed out while they cooked.

After cleaning them up they looked like this.

After cleaning them up they looked like this.

I pulled them off the cookie sheet and cleaned them up a bit.  They actually tasted really good, but I won’t be making them anytime soon.  Too much work and too much waste.  I wonder how I could make them without having them ooze???

Boy having fun.

Boy having fun.

Why?  When I see a clothespin, I don’t immediately think about putting it on my nose!

One Pan Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables

This was the perfect recipe for this evening.  To prepare this one, the vegetable are cut up and marinated in one zip lock bag, the chicken is marinated in another zip lock bag – the bags are left in the refrigerator for a couple of hours then placed in the pan to cook.

Recipe from The Make Ahead Cook Book.

Recipe from The Make Ahead Cook Book.

We had a really busy afternoon so being able to prepare ahead of time was great.

Picture from the book

Picture from the book

Mine looks like this.

Mine looks like this.

This is the closest in appearance to the book as I have come thus far.

Two thumbs up!

Two thumbs up!

Everyone liked this one – we will be making this one again when we have a busy afternoon!

Chicken Baked in Foil

I am totally enjoying trying out all of these new recipes!!  I’ve been trying to make one each week.  This week I tried this one…

From The Make-Ahead Cook Book.

From The Make-Ahead Cook Book.

Photo from the book.

Photo from the book.

Fresh veges.

Fresh veges.

These are my veges – I substituted regular potatoes for the sweet potatoes because I didn’t have sweet potatoes on hand.

Before cooking.

Before cooking.

I forgot to take a picture after it was all wrapped up and ready to bake.  The foil packets were fun to make!

After cooking.

After cooking.

Boy did it smell so good right after we opened up those foil packets.  Everyone LOVED this meal – WooHoo!!