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Famous Butter Chicken

Here’s a funny fact about me, on the days I don’t use my crockpot, I not only enjoy keeping my hands super active by making a main and side dish once a week (Usually either on Mondays or Thursdays) but too will do other little things, while I am cooking. Here are some of the extra stuff I do to keep my other senses busy; drinking coffee, occasionally eat a relatively healthy snack, cleaning the kitchen as I cook, listening to music or watching television. What extra things do you like to do while you are cooking?

The other night while I was drinking my coffee, watching television and eating some Ritz crackers I cooked this delicious Famous Butter Chicken. The side dish was Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Parmesan & Garlic.¬†Moreover, to make the chicken cook a little faster as mine were huge, I cut mine into strips, and I probably should have used garlic powder instead of garlic salt as AllRecipes.com have garlic salt listed as one of the ingredients. Considering I am trying to make healthier eating choices. Although, it’s pretty complicated. Oh well, I will do a better job next time!

The preparation of this dish is so quick and easy. Here’s the basic lowdown: chicken is submerged in beaten eggs and cracker crumbs, then baked with butter. The chicken is so tender and juicy. Excellent flavor! There were absolutely no leftovers.

Famous Butter Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 eggs, beaten
1 C crushed Ritz crackers or similar butter crackers
1/2 C butter unsalted, cut into slices
1/2 tsp garlic powder
a dash of pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9×13 baking pan with foil or parchment paper and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray.

1. Place crushed crackers and garlic powder in a medium-size shallow bowl. Place eggs (beaten) in another separate medium-size shallow bowl. Dip one chicken strip at a time in the eggs, and coat it well, then dip it into the cracker crumbs, coating well on all sides. Place chicken pieces side-by-side in baking dish.

2. Top chicken evenly with the pieces of butter. Bake in the oven for forty to forty-five minutes or until chicken is ready and internal temperature has reached a safe minimum of 165 degrees F internal temperature.

Source allrecipes.com

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No sauce required beef brisket

I don’t know what was more fun either preparing this brisket the day before it had to be slowly cooked in the crockpot for this Sunday Savory Beef Brisket or when I tossed everything into the marvelous machine the next morning.

Oh well lol, but what I do know is that this brisket recipe in my newest favorite. It’s savory and super duper juicy. I’m not kidding either. Here’s my proof when I took my first bite the meat just literally melted in my mouth. I mean it’s so moist and tasty that sauce isn’t even required.

This smoky meat will instantly become a family favorite.

Sunday Savory Beef Brisket

Ingredients

1 4-lb beef brisket
1/4 C packed brown sugar
2 Tbsps smoked paprika
2 Tbsps onion powder
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1/3 C Bragg all purpose seasoning
1 Tbsp Chili powder
1 Tbsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
One red onion
Four russet potatoes, rinsed, peeled and cut into chunks
Three large carrots, washed, peeled, cut into 2-inch chunks
Three stalks celery washed, cut into-2 inch chunks

Directions

1. in a small bowl prepare the spice rub by combining the sugar, paprika, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
Place the meat onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper and rub the spice mixture evenly all over the brisket and flipping it over a few times to get good coverage.

2. Next, carefully put the meat into a container and pour 1/3 cup of Bragg all over the beef. Be sure it’s evenly covered. Then seal it tight with the lid and place the container with the meat inside in the fridge, leave it overnight. Also, to save time cut all of your veggies the night before and put them in airtight containers or Ziploc bags.

3. The next morning grab your 6-quart slow cooker/crockpot insert and put the meat into your slow cooker. Next, Add all of your veggies on top Do not add water. Cover and cook on low for eight to ten hours or until breaks apart easily with a fork.

Source 365 Slow Cooker Suppers `

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Coming up this week on cooking with

Crispy Southwest Warps

Crock pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

Famous Butter Chicken
Roasted Broccoli And Cauliflower Recipe With Parmesan & Garlic

Juicy Baked Chicken

Last week I learned how to do a new cooking skill called brining, I did it for this Juicy Baked Chicken Breast that I cooked for my family and desperately wanted to try. I am so glad that I did because the chicken was unbelievably delicious. I want to show you what brining is and how to do it.

What is brining??? Brining is the process of immersing a piece of meat in a brine solution, which is only salt dissolved in water. The meat absorbs extra liquid and salt, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful final dish. This method is particularly perfect for lean cuts of meat that tend to dry out during cooking!

The method does seem complicated but to tell you the truth it really isn’t all that hard. I promise! ūüôā

How do you brine? Place the meat or chicken in this case into a container and fill it with water until meat is covered and pour a few tablespoons of sea salt into the water. Next, you can let the meat sit in the container/bowl for ten minutes at room temperature, or seal it tight and place it in the fridge for up to eight hours or overnight.

What are some other cooking methods you would like to learn?

Juicy Baked Chicken Breast

Ingredients

Brined chicken

Four large Chicken breasts
2 tbsp Sea salt

Preparation

4 tsp Olive oil
4 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp Garlic powder
Sea salt Black pepper

Directions

How to brine the chicken breasts, place them in a large dish with enough water to cover them. Combine sea salt and stir to dissolve mostly. Let them sit for ten minutes at room temperature, or for up to one day in the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking pan with foil and lightly grease it.

Pat dry the chicken and place onto the previously prepared lined baking sheet. Coat with olive oil. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning (1/2 teaspoon on each side), garlic powder (1/4 teaspoon on each side), sea salt, and black pepper to taste. Copy on the other side.

Bake for twenty- twenty five minutes, until firm and no longer pink.

Source wholesome mum

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Coming up this week 

Slow Cooker Sunday Beef Brisket 

Tortellini in parmesan cream sauce with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes 

Slow-Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Fun and relaxing munchie is gonna be It’s a surprise!!! ūüėä

Meat Lovers Casserole

As this 30-day healthy eating challenge comes to an end, I thought I would make a somewhat unhealthy meal to celebrate the accomplishment that I ate rather healthy for thirty days lol. On a scale 1-10, one being bad and ten being amazing I would give myself a six for the challenge overall. Although this is not the end of eating healthy for me, I still am going to try hard to make healthier food choices.

Anyway, to commemorate my accomplishment, I chose to make this tasty Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole. I am not a huge fan of Casseroles because most of them require a lot of work, and they are high in carbs, but this one, however, doesn’t have as many carbs.
It only has 4.4g of carbs and 3.8g per serving. Ha, isn’t that just awesome? You won’t have to feel as guilty after eating this delicious dish. And oh, let’s not forget about cooking/work because well to tell you the truth making this casserole was easy as 1-2-3.

Do you need an easy ground beef casserole to serve your family or friends? Well, then you should feed them this savory, and tangy dish. They will enjoy this simple low carb bacon cheeseburger casserole.

Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs ground beef or 1lb low carb pork sausage + 1lb ground beef
2 garlic cloves minced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 lb bacon cooked and chopped
8 eggs
One can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 C heavy cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
12 oz grated cheddar cheese divided

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a large baking sheet with foil and grease it with cooking spray.

1. Cook and brown the ground beef with the garlic and onion powder.
Discard excess grease then spread beef onto the bottom of the previously prepared baking pan. Combine bacon pieces into the cooked beef.Combine bacon pieces into the cooked beef.

2. In a medium bowl, mix with eggs, tomato paste, heavy cream, salt, and pepper until well combined. Mix in eight ounces shredded cheese into egg mixture. Pour the egg mixture over beef and bacon. Top with remaining four ounces of grated cheese. Bake for thirty-thirty five minutes or until golden brown on top.

Source low-carb yum

 

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Garlic Parmesan Sugar Snap Peas

 

Garlic Parmesan Sugar Snap Peas

Ingredients

3 cups sugar snap peas, trimmed, rinsed, dried
3 Tbsp Garlic Olive Oil or 3 Tbsp Olive Oil + 3 cloves, minced garlic
1/2 C panko breadcrumbs, seasoned or plain
1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine sugar snap peas and olive oil in a mixing bowl and toss to coat. In a separate bowl mix panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Add the panko mixture to the sugar snap peas and toss to combine. Arrange in the previously prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for fifteen to twenty minutes, or until crispy, turning once during cooking. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Source Diet Hood

 

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My Plans and Goals for 2017

I cannot believe that this will be my last blog post for the year of 2016. It has been quite a year for me as a food blogger. Cooking and blogging have been an excellent and fun learning experience. I want to share with you, some of my plans/goals for my blog for the upcoming year. So here it goes.

My plans are I’ve decided to go back on some of my posts that I wrote and do a lot of proofreading/editing. I too will do picture retakes for most of the photos of the food that I took this year and do my best to make my blog look professional. I also would like to make cooking videos.

My goals are to improve on becoming a better food blogger because I am highly interested in getting sponsorships by some food brands someday. Last but not least, the main reason why I created a food blog; As some of you know, I used to be pretty nervous about using the oven/stove cause of my C.P. (Cerebral Palsy). But since I’ve learned about my amazing gift of cooking that God has given me, I have discovered that I’m losing¬†my fear of the stove.

In fact, within the past few months, I have found that cooking for me is incredibly therapeutic, relaxing, enjoyable, and it has been a great learning experience. My passion for it has grown quite rapidly. Now I want, and I believe God wants me to find other ways of how to share my love for cooking with other people who are able-bodied and or have special needs by teaching them how to cook and help them feel more comfortable working with a hot surface while sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

Also, I would like to wish a Happy New Year to you all! I too want to say “Thank You so much” to each and every one of you for following and reading my articles. I am looking forward to sharing new recipes with you and posts throughout the upcoming 2017 year!

 

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Cook. Eat. Sleep. Dream. Repeat.

I admit with all of the cooking that I have been doing within the past several months my mind is always trying to be creative and coming up with new recipes of my own, and once the idea is approved, I immediately dash into the kitchen and start cooking up a storm.

So, last week I¬†threw together this Garlic Parmesan Green Beans Recipe with the remaining green beans I had leftover from the dish¬†Green Bean Bundles¬†that I prepared that same week. However, my first time of making this recipe didn’t turn out the way I wanted it too because I had less green beans than anticipated. I also went a little too crazy with the olive oil. Lol, oops. Have you ever done this before? Anyways, I waited until I bought some more green beans and made it again to go along with last night’s main course¬†A Texans Favorite¬†(Chili). I know that it’s an odd combination, but I really wanted to give it another try. I’m thankful that I did because this time the outcome of it was a huge success.¬†

This method is very similar to the¬†Garlic Parmesan Edamame, and it’s just as delicious and super duper easy. This dish would make an excellent side dish for your family’s Christmas parties and or just an all year around dish for supper.¬†

Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

 1 lb green beans fresh or frozen  
1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c Progresso Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 c freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp salt to taste

Directions 
 
1. Steam green beans in your microwave until slightly warm and not frozen. In a small food processor or small bowl, combine olive oil and garlic. Stir/process until well-combined.

2. Heat a wok or a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Combine fresh or frozen green beans and toss for a few seconds. Combine garlic oil and saute for a minute or two, stirring constantly. In a small mixing bowl combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and salt and stir well. Next, add breadcrumb mixture to skillet and stir until well coated. Serve immediately.

¬†*Court’s cooking notes: If you’re using fresh green beans be sure to wash/rinse them real good with cool water before use.*

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 Inspired by: 28 Cooks

Coming next week on cooking with Court 

(Since next week is the week of Christmas I will be only writing two posts) 

Dec 19th Maple Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops 
                Side Dish Broccoli Can Taste Delicious 

Dec 21th Crockpot Sausage, Green Beans, and Potatoes 

Dec 22nd Easy Crockpot Taco Soup 

Here are my recipes that I have created this year: 

Garlic Butter Honey Roasted Butternut Squash 

Pringles Tangy Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tenders

A Twist On A Classic Favorite

On Wednesday I put my crockpot to work and prepared this Juicy Reuben Sandwich recipe as I have never made nor tried one. The preparations of this dish before¬†putting my cooking friend to work (the crockpot) was very easy as usual, and after everything was finished cooking, slicing the meat was somewhat of a breeze. ūüôā Oh boy let me just tell you my sandwich was incredibly yummy!

For those of you who don’t know what a Reuben sandwich is it’s
an American hot sandwich made with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread.

Are you an enthusiast of hot sandwiches? Are you craving for one? If you said yes to these questions then may, I recommend you satisfying hunger by preparing this savory sandwich. I promise you won’t regret it!

Juicy Reuben Sandwiches

You will need

1/2 lb corned beef, trimmed

2 C Sauerkruat drained

1/2 C Beef Broth

One small onion, sliced

One clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp caraway seeds

4 to 6 black peppercorns

8 slices pumpernickel or rye bread

4 slices of swiss cheese

Russian dressing or Mustard, optional

Directions

1. Place corned beef, sauerkraut, broth, onion, garlic, caraway seeds and peppercorns in your crockpot. Cover, cook on LOW for seven to nine hours.

2. Transfer beef to a large cutting board. Use a sharp knife to carefully cut across grain into slices. Divide among four bread slices. Top each slice with drained Sauerkruat mixture and one slice of cheese. Spread mustard on remaining four bread slices; place on sandwiches.

Source¬†CROCK-POT¬ģ I Can Make That in My Slow Cooker

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My favorite chicken and beef recipes

Parmesan Ranch Chicken Tenders 

One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner 

A Messy Favorite 

Comfort Food Overload 

Incredibly Tasty Homemade Tacos

I know that this is off subject, but as this year begins to wind down, I want to share with you some of my favorite recipes that I have cooked this year. I will have links to the recipes at the bottom of every post that I will be writing within the next couple of weeks, just like with yesterday’s article Chicken and wild rice soup. I will do my best to make sure that each post will stay within the same food category as the others. But I can’t make any promises because I might get a little side tracked.

Now on to the original subject.

I had quite a bit of the meat mixture leftover from last night’s dinner Beef Enchiladas,¬†so I chose to use the remaining to make tacos for lunch for my big little brother and I. But I mainly made it for him because he’s real sweet and funny!

You too can easily make these delicious tacos with having the option of preparing them with a real kick or mild. Either way, I promise you they will taste great! ūüôā

Homemade Tacos

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef
2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 yellow onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 oz can diced mild green chiles if desired
1 oz packet taco mix (Follow the instructions according to the package)
Flour Tortillas or Taco Shells

Favorite Toppings
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Sour cream
Shredded lettuce

Directions

1. Pour a few drops of the oil into a large skillet and heat over medium- high heat and wait about a minute for the oil to get hot. Next, combine the ground beef and crumble (If you have one, use a potato masher to make it easier). Once ground beef is about halfway cooked, combine the onion, garlic, and green chiles (If you desire) and saute for three-six minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Drain the beef mixture. Pour meat back into the skillet and combine the taco mix (Follow the instructions according to the package on the back.)

3. After you have completed step two, spoon Taco mixture into hard taco shells. Serve with your favorite toppings, if desired. Enjoy!

By Courtney Kennedy

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My favorite recipes

White Chicken Enchiladas 

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken Soup

Thirty Minute-Meal 

 

Mexican Food Enthusiast

Who loves Mexican food? I know I do! I just do NOT get tired of eating it! Tacos, nachos, burritos, fajitas, and enchiladas. There are several recipes for enchiladas, but this one is my favorite. Beef enchiladas with something extra… a homemade enchilada sauce!

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Just look at that gooey, melted cheese in the photo above!! *drools*

Okay, Courtney, let’s concentrate on the recipe here! Preparing your own enchilada sauce is super easy! It only takes fifteen-twenty minutes and a few of ingredients I trust you already have on hand.

These beef enchiladas are stuffed with a delicious beef, bean, and chili mixture, covered in a delicious homemade sauce and smothered in gooey cheese!

Beef Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients

2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 yellow onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1.5 lbs ground beef
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 oz can diced mild green chiles
One can (15 oz) Goya black beans
10 flour tortillas
3 C Mexican-blend shredded cheese
1 can enchilada sauce; I used the brand El Paso or 1 batch homemade red enchilada sauce 
Dried cilantro for garnish

Directions

If you’re making homemade enchilada sauce, make it first.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by lining it with foil or parchment paper and grease it with non-stick cooking spray

Pour a few drops of the oil into a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat and wait about a minute for the oil to get hot. Next, combine the ground beef and crumble (If you have one, use a potato masher to make it easier). Once ground beef is about halfway cooked, combine the onion, garlic, and green chiles and saute for three-six minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the beef mixture.

To assemble the enchiladas, spread a few tablespoons of the enchilada sauce over the tortilla. Add beans in a line down the middle of the tortilla, then add a spoonful of the beef mixture, drizzle some more enchilada sauce over the meat, then add one-third of a cup of cheese. Roll up tortilla and place in your previously prepared greased 9 x 13″ baking pan. Continue with remaining tortillas. Cover the remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the tortillas, and sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese.

Bake for twenty minutes, broiling the last few minutes if you want the cheese to be a more golden brown. Top it with chopped cilantro and green onions.

Court’s cooking notes** you could simply change out ground turkey, diced chicken, pre-cooked shredded chicken or all beans for the beef in this recipe.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients

2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
2 Tbsp flour
4 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 C vegetable stock or chicken

Instructions

Heat oil in a small/medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Combine the flour and whisk together over the heat for one minute. Mix in the remaining seasonings (chili powder through cayenne pepper). Then slowly add the stock, continuously whisking to reduce lumps. Reduce to low heat and simmer for ten-fifteen minutes until thickened.

Use immediately or refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to two weeks

Source the chunky chef

Coming up next week on cooking with Court

Chicken Noodle Soup

My Texas Crockpot Chili

Slow Cooker Juicy Reuben Sandwiches

Side dish Garlic Parmesan Green Beans coated with bread crumbs