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Weekly Reviews Compacted Into One 

A week and a half review for June 22th – 30th

I have been slacking a little on doing my weekly reviews. I wanted to bring you up to date on what I have been cooking within the past few weeks.

Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Casserole – An easy side dish recipe that comes together less than thirty minutes. It’s the perfect way to get kids to eat their veggies.

Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta – This dish makes an excellent thirty-minute meal for a busy weeknight. I’m certain that it will become a new favorite in your family.

Broccoli Cheese Chicken Bake Recipe – Incredibly easy, requires only four ingredients and it’s delish! What more could you want?

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork Tacos – These tacos were beyond delicious! They have an awesome blend of sweet and tanginess flavor. They were one my favorites!

Bang Bang Brussel Sprouts – Get your taste buds ready for some serious bang (spicy). These too were another favorite of mine. Check out my first cooking video

Coming up this week on cooking with Court

Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

Slow Cooker Greek Spiced Roast
Side dish Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Salmon and Asparagus

Food Fun Fact: Did you know that brussel sprouts are baby cabbage?

 

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Not all recipes are overwhelming 

This summer, it will be two years since I officially started cooking. I think I should celebrate because I have had to overcome a lot of fears/trials to get this far in cooking. I think it’s extremely awesome because I now want to teach others who are dealing with the same challenges that I had to conquer how to cook.

Back to the recipe

With only 4 ingredients, yes you have read that right, this broccoli cheese chicken bake has just four ingredients. Isn’t that awesome? This recipe brings all the delicious flavor of comfort food into a dinner that is almost too simple to make on a busy weeknight!

Broccoli Cheese Chicken Bake Recipe

Ingredients

3-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts                                                                                                       1 Campbell’s Oven Sauce: Cheesy Broccoli Chicken                                                                                                 4 Cups Frozen Broccoli Florets                                                                                                                         6 oz. Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Directions

Preheat the oven at 400F Line a 9X13 baking dish with foil and lightly grease it with cooking spray. Set aside

1. Place the chicken breasts flat on the bottom of the baking dish. Pour the frozen broccoli florets onto the chicken breasts. Spread the package of the Campbell’s Oven Sauce evenly over the top of the broccoli. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top of the sauce.

2. Place the baking dish on the middle rack in your preheated oven for forty-five – sixty minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Depending on your oven, altitude and thickness of the chicken breasts this could be more or less time.

3. Check the chicken throughout to make sure that the top is not too brown, if you don’t want it to get any more browned, then place a piece of foil loosely over the top for the remainder of the cooking time. Serve over rice, pasta, or greens and enjoy!

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Sweet & Tangy Tacos 

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork Tacos

Ingredients

2.5 lbs pork tenderloin
28-oz can pineapple chunks with juice
¼ C Bragg
2 Tbsp apricot preserves
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp pepper

Pineapple BBQ Sauce:

¾ C Ketchup
3/4 C reserved pineapple chunks
3 Tbsp apricot preserves
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp lime juice

Extras:

16 corn tortillas
cilantro
8 oz. goat cheese
green onions

Directions

1. Place pork tenderloins into a large crockpot insert. Set aside. Next, combine the pineapple juice from the can, soy sauce, preserves, garlic powder and pepper in a medium-sized bowl and whisk to combine. Pour over pork tenderloins and add all but ¾ c. pineapple chunks. You will reserve these pineapples for the pineapple sauce. Set your slow cooker on LOW for six-eights hours.

2. During the last thirty minutes shred pork and let cook for the remaining time.

For the Pineapple BBQ Sauce:

3. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. If you like your BBQ sauce hot, heat it up in a small saucepan before serving. Discard excess liquid from the shredded pork in the slow cooker. Serve pork hot in corn tortillas with cilantro, goat cheese, green onions and pineapple sauce. Yum, yum!

 

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Cook. Learn. Relax.

It’s amazing how what you can learn when you are cooking. Whenever I learn something new when I am cooking I get really excited. For me, it was no different because when I was preparing this Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta I learned how to make my own chicken broth. I was very proud of myself. I didn’t realize how easy it was to make. I have the full directions in the recipe but all you have to do is boil the chicken in a large pot filled with water for a certain amount of time. There! You have it. You just made yourself chicken broth. Congratulations!!! 😊 You can either pour it into an airtight container and freeze it for six months or use it to cook the pasta.

Back to the recipe

The night I made this my brother’s friend came over to spend the night. To my amazement, both my brother and his friend not only ate it but they too LOVED IT!!! It was practically gone the next day. This Cajun Chicken Alfredo makes an excellent 30-minute-meal for a busy weeknight! I promise that it will become a new favorite in your family.

Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients

8 oz. bowtie pasta (or your favorite type)
1 head of broccoli, cut into pieces
2 Tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 – 3 tsp Cajun seasoning, to taste
4 oz cream cheese, softened and cut into small pieces
1 C milk
3/4 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt, more to taste, if needed

Directions

1. Place raw chicken breast in a large pot. Fill the pot with water until the chicken is covered. Place the pot on the stove and cook on medium/high heat for fifteen to twenty-five minutes or until it’s cooked through. When the chicken is finished remove from the heat. Place a colander on top of a large bowl carefully pour the chicken into the colander to let it drain. Then cut the cooked chicken into bite size pieces. Set the chicken aside.

2. Meanwhile, pour the chicken broth back into the pot.  When it comes to a full boil add the uncooked pasta to the large pot of boiling water/broth. Cook until noodles are tender, but add the broccoli to the pot of boiling pasta water/broth about one minute before the noodles are done. Drain and set aside.

3. In the same large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about two minutes, stirring constantly. Add the cooked chicken pieces and season with cajun seasoning. Cook for two-three minutes.

4. Add the cream cheese, stirring well until melted and smooth, two-three minutes. Gradually add milk and stir until it’s fully incorporated into the sauce. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is the desired consistency. Add broccoli and hot cooked pasta and stir to combine.

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Court’s Cooking Notes: If you’re not quite yet comfortable cooking on the stove you can also bake your chicken. But, this time I am not going to tell you what to do because I want to challenge yourself to figure out what to do and how to do it.

Weekly Review for June 12th-17th 

On Monday the twelveth – I made Cheesy Beef Goulash. It’s a family favorite that is frugal, simple, delicious and perfect for your family’s supper any day of the week. It too is a huge hit with the kids making it popular with the whole family. 

On Wednesday the fourteenth – I cooked Buttermilk Roasted Chicken. For the side dish, it was Garlic Parmesan Asparagus.
Both were incredibly tasty and preparation was a complete breeze. 

On Thursday the fifteenth – I learned that coffee doesn’t have to be just for drinking by preparing this super moist and juicy Maple-Coffee Pulled Pork.  

Coming up next week on cooking with Court 

GARLIC PARMESAN ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE 

SLOW COOKER PINEAPPLE PULLED PORK TACOS

CROCK POT GARLIC BACON CHICKEN

A New Skill In The Making 

I had mentioned earlier this year that I would love to create cooking videos this summer. I want to you know that I’ve started the process. Since I am a beginner at this there will be no uploads at the moment. But I promise you that I will have my first video uploaded shortly. While I was preparing last night’s supper I practiced talking as if I was facing a camera. It was a fun experience to start my adventure of creating videos.

Back to the recipe.

I cooked this Buttermilk Roasted Chicken. It’s overall an easy baked chicken that’s crispy on the outside and juicy, tender and super delicious throughout the meat.

The side dish was Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

BUTTERMILK ROASTED CHICKEN

INGREDIENTS

3-6 Chicken Breast Halves, Bone In
3 C Buttermilk, Well Shaken
3/4 C Divided Vegetable Oil
4 Garlic Cloves, Crushed
1 1/2 Tbsp Salt
1 Tsp Black Pepper
2 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary, Chopped
2 Tbsp Honey
3 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, Chopped (Optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a bowl, stir together buttermilk, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary, and honey until salt is completely dissolved. Divide the chicken pieces into two 1 gallon ziplock bags.

2. Pour half of the buttermilk mixture in each bag. Press out as much air as possible and tightly seal bags.  Place on a rimmed dish or plate in case the bags leaks. Refrigerate overnight or preferably for two days. Flip bag halfway through marinating time.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

3. After two days of marinating, take the chicken out of the ziplock bags and place on a wire rack so any extra marinade will drip off. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and place the chicken in a single layer on the pan. Drizzle chicken with remaining oil. Roast the chicken for forty-five minutes, then turn off the oven, and allow the chicken to continue to cook (just in the remaining heat-don’t open the door) for seven-ten minutes more or until chicken is done.

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The Frugal Chef

I had planned on cooking salmon the other evening. But when I made a dash to the store for my weekly grocery shopping trip. I saw that it was expensive, and, unfortunately, was not on sale. While I was in the store I decided to make a quick change that was a little bit more frugal. I found the perfect recipe to feed the family. It was Cheesy Beef Goulash.
It’s a family favorite that is thrifty, simple, flavorful and perfect for dinner any day of the week. It’s also a hit with the kids making it a hit with the whole family.

Cheesy Beef Goulash

Ingredients

2 lbs ground beef or 1 lb ground beef + 1 lb Breakfast pork sausage
3 tsp minced garlic
3 C water
2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes
3 bay leaves
3 Tbsp Bragg or soy sauce
1 Tbsp seasoned salt
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 C elbow macaroni, uncooked
1 C shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

1. Saute the ground meat in a skillet over medium-high heat until cooked. Drain. Toss the meat into a large pot. Then add garlic and saute for about three minutes. Add water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy sauce, and seasoned salt. Stir well. Cover and allow to cook for fifteen-twenty minutes.

2. Stir in the uncooked elbow macaroni to skillet, stir well, return the lid and simmer for about thirty minutes. Turn off heat, remove the bay leaves, and add one cup of cheddar cheese right before serving.

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A weeks worth of cooking 

I haven’t been cooking as much lately. Totally missed giving you a summary first week in June so I’ll try to bring you up to date this week!

On Friday the Second – I prepared Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup. This Cheeseburger Soup recipe is true comfort food. It’s a creamy and cheesy soup that is loaded with pure deliciousness. It will certainly be a new family favorite in no time at all.

On Wednesday the seventh – I cooked Skillet Chicken Ranch Fajitas. Blend in some flavorful spices and ranch dressing for an excellent 30-minute meal. These fajitas are excellent for a busy weeknight.

On Thursday the eighth – I prepared Slow Cooker Dijon Pork Chops. The side dish was Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts. The ease of preparation was a complete breeze and they were flavorful.

On Saturday the tenth – I baked Peanut Butter Cookies. The preparation was a fun and messy experience but they still turned out to be scrumptious.

Coming up this week on Cooking with Court

Baked Salmon with Lemon Caper Sauce

Slow Cooker Maple-Coffee Pulled Pork

Buttermilk Roasted Chicken
Three Cheese Asparagus Gratin

SLOW COOKER DIJON PORK CHOPS & POTATOES

 

SLOW COOKER DIJON PORK CHOPS & POTATOES

Ingredients

1 can (10.75 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup 
¼ C chicken broth
¼ C whole grain Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
½ tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
6 medium red potatoes, sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
6 boneless pork loin chops (about 1-inch thick)
1 tbsp olive oil for browning
Thickening (if desired):
3 Tbsp flour
¼ C water

Directions

1. In a large bowl, stir in the soup, broth, mustard, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir in the sliced potatoes and the onion. Toss everything into your 5-7 quart crockpot.

2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chops well on both sides. Place chops on top of potato mixture and cook on low four-six hours or on high three – five hours (times are approximate)

3. If you want a thicker sauce, mix flour and water so there are no lumps; turn cooker to high heat. Remove chops and stir flour mixture into potatoes. Place chops back into the crock pot and cook on high additional fifteen-twenty minutes until sauce is thick and fully cooked.

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Cooking is more than just a hobby

I have found that cooking is very therapeutic for me in many different ways. For instance cooking makes a great exercise for the muscles in my right arm. They are not as strong as the ones in my left. One of the challenges I face is holding certain vegetables with my right hand while I use my left to hold the knife to cut or slice it. For me the process sometimes can be very slow and frustrating. But whenever I do get frustrated I am constantly reminded that I am doing it for God’s Glory.

The other night I prepared these delicious Chicken Ranch Fajitas. They have chunks of chicken, onion, and sliced peppers cook in one pan on the stove top. Mix in some flavorful spices and ranch dressing for the best 30-minute meal. These fajitas are excellent for a busy weeknight.

Skillet Chicken Ranch Fajitas

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped or sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
1 yellow or orange bell pepper, sliced thin
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small bite-sized chunks
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper optional
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp ranch dressing

Instructions

1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sliced bell peppers and onions. Let cook, stirring every couple of minutes, for approximately five-eight minutes until softened.

2. While peppers/onion are cooking, combine the cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, (If using) chili powder, and salt in a small bowl and sprinkle over the chunked chicken. Using both hands mix until all chicken is coated.

3. Move peppers and onion to one-half of the skillet. Add the chicken to the other half. Let cook for approximately ten-twelve minutes, turning chicken, until chicken is cooked through. Stir the pepper mixture a few times so it does not burn. Mix the chicken, peppers, and onions together in the skillet.

4. Add the ranch dressing. Stir to combine. Serve with choice of tortilla, cilantro, sour cream, and guacamole or avocado. You could also serve with additional ranch dressing to drizzle over the fajita.

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