Kid Friendly, Mom approved Casserole

This week was a little more special because it was my Birthday on Wednesday. So I chose not to cook dinner lol. But as for the beginning and rest of the week I picked out a few other delicious recipes that I planned on cooking.

Here’s what I had planned 😊

The dish I will sharing with you today is this really yummy Beef, Cheese, and Noodle Bake. Then tomorrow I’ll be showing you these two Crockpot Buffalo Ranch chicken wings and the Side Dish Cucumber Salad. It’s going to be delicious!

Anyway, let’s get back to the recipe

Do you have some picky eaters in your family? Well then how about you outsmart the picky “noodles only” eaters at the table with this macaroni and cheese casserole. It’s loaded with lean sirloin, shredded veggies, and lots of calcium–each serving has 200 milligrams.

Here are some other perks

1. less than three hundred calories

2. low in carbs

3. Healthy

4. Yummoelicious

5. Kid Friendly

Need I say more?

I’m certain that your whole family (even the picky eaters) will enjoy this dish!

Beef, Cheese, and Noodle Bake

Ingredients

1 (8-ounce) package small elbow macaroni

Cooking spray

1 C pre-chopped onion

1C pre-shredded celery

1 C pre-shredded carrot

2 tsp minced garlic

1 lb lean ground sirloin

1 C tomato sauce

1 tsp kosher salt, divided

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 C fat-free milk

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 1/2 C (6 ounces) 2% reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese (your choice), divided

Directions

Line a baking dish with foil and grease it with cooking spray. Preheat your oven to 350°.

1. Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt; drain. Lightly coat pasta with cooking spray.Heat a Large pot over medium-high heat. Grease your pot with cooking spray. Add onion and carrot, and sauté four minutes.

2. Add garlic; sauté for one minute. Add the ground beef; cook for five minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook for two minutes or until most of liquid evaporates. Add pasta to beef mixture in pan, stirring to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into the previous prepared baking dish coated with cooking spray.

3. Place milk, flour, nutmeg, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a medium saucepan; stir with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat two minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add 1 cup cheese, stirring until smooth. Pour cheese mixture over pasta mixture; stir. Top evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake in your oven for twenty minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serve with a green veggie or side salad.

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Sweet, Tangy & Spicy Pork Chops

My apologies for being more serious in the video this week for the Slow Cooker Spicy Peach Glazed Pork Chops recipe.

The video is still pretty funny because I am such a serious person. Also, I have added some music to this one. The songs are A Bushel and a Peck by Doris Day and Rockin Robin by Bobby Day. Considering I am an afternoon/evening person and I filmed this early in the morning, you could say I could have had another cup of coffee beforehand. How about you? Are you more of a morning, afternoon, or evening person?

When I prepared this dish I had to make some minor adjustments. Firstly, I was cutting back on the amount of how much red pepper flakes it called for because I am a real pansy when it comes to spicy things. The original recipe called for a teaspoon but I chose to use 1/4 of a teaspoon instead. Secondly, I didn’t have any peach preserves on hand but I thankfully found that I had a jar of apricot and used that as a substitute.

This is by no means necessary, but my suggestion to you is use apricot preserves over peach because they really made a huge difference in the taste of the pork chops. The apricots gave them a good mixed taste of sweetness and tartness. They weren’t not too sweet as the peach would have made it.

These chops were not only sweet and tangy but the red pepper flakes provided the chops a nice touch of spice without being overwhelming spicy.

Cook up some super tender pork chops in your crock pot. That are certainly packed with a variety of delicious flavors.

Slow Cooker Spicy Peach Glazed Pork Chops

 

Ingredients

6 Tbsp butter

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp dried thyme

3/4 C peach or apricot preserves

1 tsp soy sauce

6 boneless pork chops

Salt and pepper

Directions

1. Melt the butter in small saucepan over medium high heat, whisking occasionally until it foams. Once fully melted, whisk until you see little brown flecks form. Add red pepper flakes and thyme and remove from heat. Let cool for two minutes. Whisk soy sauce and peach preserves into melted butter.

2. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and place inside a greased crock pot. Pour sauce on top. Cover and cook on low for six-seven hours depending on the thickness of the pork chops.

Spicy Southern Kitchen

A picture is coming soon.

On Tuesday evening I made Honey Dijon Garlic Chicken. It’s one of my favorite chicken recipes and so very yummy!

A tasty twist on Brussels

Buffalo Brussels Sprouts

1 lb brussels sprouts, stem removed, cut in half
1/2 C buffalo wing sauce (like Frank's Red Hot, plus more for serving
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
Reduced fat blue cheese crumbles optional

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking pan with foil and grease it with non-stick cooking spray.

1. Place the brussels sprouts in a large bowl. Pour wing sauce and olive oil over them. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss until sprouts are coated. Arrange brussels sprouts in a single layer on the baking pan.

2. Bake in your preheated oven for thirty- forty-five minutes (depending on how crispy you like them). Serve drizzled with more buffalo sauce and sprinkled with blue cheese crumbles.

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A unique way to help others

My apologies for writing this post a little late. I had planned on writing the article a few days ago. But I got distracted with some other stuff and couldn’t find the perfect opportunity to complete it. So I decided to do it now.

Before I talk about what I cooked, I want to express my gratitude for the love and passion that I have for cooking. I have this mentioned on my about me page but because I have such a passion for cooking I want to teach people with special needs and for those who want to learn how to cook.

However, I have a minor fear that I am determined to conquer. That’s speaking to medium/large groups of people. To begin my journey to help me overcome this challenge, in order for me to give lessons, I have made a few cooking videos as some of you already know. I have posted a few of them on Facebook and on a few of my blog posts. I believe that making these videos will aid me in building my confidence in talking in front of people. I eventually will post my videos on YouTube when I get really good at video recording. Then when I become comfortable in speaking in front of people I want to host cooking classes.

I want to remind you all that you don’t necessarily need to have a passion for cooking in order to cook like I do. But I highly encourage you to give cooking a try.

Now onto the recipe!

I love marinating my meat. I don’t know why but I find It a lot of fun! It doesn’t matter whether it’s a liquid or a dry marinade I still always enjoy doing it. Then what makes it even more fun is when you stick it in the fridge with meat inside a plastic container. Then let the meat soak in the marinade for a day or two. It sounds unsafe but I have a few tips near at the bottom of this article on how to do this process safely to help you successfully prepare some delicious pork chops. After they are done marinating stick them in the oven to cook for thirty minutes on each side. Then wolà! You’ve just made yourself some amazing chops. This pork chop recipe was seriously very yummy!

Marinated Baked Pork Chops

Ingredients

6 pork chop, rinsed and pat dry
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp ketchup

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking dish with foil and grease it with cooking spray. Set aside for whenever you are ready to cook.

1. In a small bowl, thoroughly combine the soy sauce, vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, and ketchup. Next, place the chops into a plastic container. Pour the sauce onto the pork chops. Cover the container with a lid. Then place it in the refrigerator to let your pork chops marinate in the sauce for twenty-four to forty-eight hours.

2. Then in a day or two place the pork chops in the previously prepared baking dish and spread with half the sauce. Bake pork chops for thirty minutes in the preheated oven. Turn over and spread with remaining sauce. Continue baking for thirty minutes or until the internal temperature of the chops reaches 145 degrees F

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Court’s Cooking Notes on marinating pork chops: Be sure that the lid to the container is sealed tightly. Also, make a note to yourself so that you don’t forget about your pork chops being in the fridge so that you don’t accidentally ruin your chops.

True comfort food at it’s greatest

When I think of the comfort foods Sloppy Joes and Tater Tots my mouth begins to water. Mmm…yummy, my mouth is watering right now just thinking about those two. I realize they are unhealthy but they are out of this world true comfort food.

Here's a savory casserole that
you seriously can't go with as it has tater tots and sloppy Joes all wrapped into one dish. It's quick and easy to prepare. Did I mention that it's pure comfort food? Your family will certainly LOVE this recipe! What more could you want?

Crock Pot Tater Tot Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe

Ingredients

1 lb. ground beef or turkey
½ onion, diced
1 c tomato sauce
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tsp mustard
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 can red kidney beans, optional
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 bag tater tots, frozen

Directions

1. In a large skillet heat two tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot place the meat, onion, garlic, pepper and salt into the skillet, stirring occasionally until meat is fully cooked. Once the meat is cooked remove from heat drain and the fat. Return it to the stove.

2.. Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and mustard to the beef mixture. Mix well. Add the kidney beans, if desired.

4. Spray the inside bowl of the slow cooker with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper. Pour a layer of tater tots onto the bottom of the bowl. Cover with the beef mixture. Place another layer of tater tots on top of the beef mixture.

5. Cover and Cook on LOW for eight hours or on HIGH for four hours. In the last thirty minutes of cooking, remove the lid and sprinkle on the cheese. Replace lid and continue cooking until the cheese is melted and gooey.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream or ketchup if you desire.

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Crockpot? or Stovetop? You decide

I am happy to announce that I converted my first stovetop recipe into a crockpot version. It was this Apple Cider Pork Chops recipe. It worked out perfectly! They were incredibly tasty and of course very easy to prepare.

For those of you who would like to use the stove I have included the cooking instructions for that as well.

Apple Cider Pork Chops

Ingredients

4 bone-in or boneless pork chops, rinsed and pat dry
1 tsp salt and pepper
2 Tbsp canola oil, only if you're using the stove
1 1/2 C apple cider or apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp mustard

Directions

Crockpot

1. Whisk together in a small mixing bowl the apple cider, brown sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined. Next, place your chops into your 4 or 6-quart crockpot insert. Then pour the glaze the pork chops. Cover and cook on LOW for six to eight hours.

Stovetop

1. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat two tablespoons of canola oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Cook pork chops in oil for about four-eight minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Remove them from the skillet.

2. In the same skillet, combine 1 1/2 cups apple cider and two tablespoons packed brown sugar; cook to a thick, syrupy glaze and until reduced by about half. Stir in one tablespoon of the mustard. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Pour glaze over pork chops for serving.

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I am going to go back on last years articles to edit and give them better pictures. I want to make them look nice and professional. I'll start this process next week beginning with my favorite Chicken Parmesan.

Here are some other recipes that I will be cooking

Crock Pot Tater Tot Sloppy Joe Casserole                                                                                     Marinated Baked Pork Chops
Buffalo Brussel Sprouts

No Draining Needed Pasta

Hello everyone 🙂

I hope you are having a great week.
This week in Cooking with Court I chose to cook only two dinners. I wanted a day to myself so I could clean the house and do some other things. I am sure some of you can relate to this as well. Life sometimes can get really crazy so always remember to take the time to occasionally give yourself a break.

If you currently still find it difficult to transfer a pot filled with hot water to your sink to drain your pasta then may I suggest to you to cook this One Pot Pasta recipe. It's the easiest, most amazing dish you will ever make. Even the pasta gets cooked right in the pot. How simple is that?

One Pot Pasta

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb Barilla spaghetti
1 (12.8-oz) package smoked andouille sausage, thinly sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
3 C halved grape tomatoes
2 C fresh or dried basil
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 1/2 C. Water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 C grated Parmesan

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat, add spaghetti, sausage, onion, tomatoes, basil, garlic and
4 1/2 cups water; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir constantly.

2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until pasta is cooked through and liquid has reduced, approximately eight-ten minutes. Stir in Parmesan. Serve immediately.

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