Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Menu 4/22 to 5/1 2015

Rotisserie Chicken (save extra for King Ranch Bubble Up)
Mashed Potatoes

Thursday 4/23
Kung Pao Spaghetti  Oh YEAH!!!!  Keeping!  But cutting back a bit on the chili...

Stuffed Bell Peppers with
Mexican Rice

Nancy's Viva La Chicken Casserole

White Chicken Enchiladas

King Ranch Bubble Up

Martin's Roadkill Breakfast Casserole (Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole)

Grill Day

King Ranch Bubble Up

This was the best thing we ate last weekend. I made this for lunch and it was SOOOOO good! I wanted to eat the entire pan myself. Crazy good! I modified my Rotel Chicken Spaghetti recipe and turned it into a bubble up. It worked great. Serve this with some Mexican rice, black beans and/or a salad for a complete fiesta!

I use Pillsbury Grands Jr. biscuits, not the big Pillsbury Grands biscuits. I think the smaller biscuits work better in the bubble up recipes. They don't crowd the pan and cook all the way through. If you want to use the bigger Pillsbury Grands biscuits, cut them into 6 pieces and throw one of the biscuits away. That will help ensure that the biscuit dough gets cooked all the way through.

King Ranch Bubble Up
serves 6-8

12 oz cooked chicken, chopped (half a rotisserie chicken)
1 can (10 3/4 ounce) Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can (10 ounce) Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
8 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 (12oz) can Pillsbury Grands Jr Biscuits (10 count)
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt Velveeta cheese on high 60 seconds in the microwave. Stir in soup, Rotel tomatoes, garlic and onion powder. Microwave on high and additional 1-2 minutes, until smooth. Stir in chopped chicken.

Cut biscuits into quarters. Stir into chicken and cheese mixture. Pour mixture into prepared 9x13-inch pan.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Kung Pao Spaghetti (CPK’s )

MY NOTE:  The first time I made it, I used the recipe as written.  It was a bit spicy for our pallets so the second time I made it, I used about 1 tsp or so of red pepper flakes (because I didn't have the red chili sauce) along with some garlic and it was very tasty.  Then, I used some Siracha the 3rd time--about 1T and it was really excellent as well.  Each time I make it, the hubster asks for more!!!!!

From Steph:  A copycat recipe that you can make right at home in less than 20 minutes. And it tastes even better than the restaurant version!

Have you ever had California Pizza Kitchen’s Kung Pao Spaghetti? I’ve had it on many occasions but as good as it is, I’m just not comfortable spending $15 on a lunch dish for myself, especially when it’s during my lunch break. But now, I never have to order this because I can make it right at home in just 20 minutes!

Now if you’ve never had the CPK version, this is really a Chinese take-out favorite tossed in spaghetti noodles. It’s wonderfully flavorful and savory with that extra spicy kick to it, and there’s plenty of chicken to go around for everyone, unlike CPK who adds in a couple of pieces of chicken and then charges an additional $3 for it.

And f you want it completely vegetarian, you could even add some fried tofu cubes. That actually sounds better than the chicken. I’ll definitely be trying that next time!


Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Yield 4 servings

A copycat recipe that you can make right at home in less than 20 minutes. And it tastes even better than the restaurant version!

1 pound spaghetti
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
2 green onions, thinly sliced

2/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dry sherry
2 tablespoons red chili paste with garlic, or more, to taste
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon sesame oil

In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, chicken broth, dry sherry, red chili paste, sugar, red wine vinegar, cornstarch and sesame oil; set aside.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. Add to skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces; set aside.
Add garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in pasta, chicken, peanuts and green onions.
Serve immediately.


Adapted from Blog Chef

Friday, April 10, 2015

Olive Oils

The brands that failed to meet the extra virgin olive oil standards, according to this study: Bertolli, Carapelli, Colavita, Star, Pompeian. Eat Grown Local also reports: Filippo Berio, Mazzola, Mezzetta, Newman's Own, Safeway, and Whole Foods in this list; the data may be from the earlier 2010 study when more brands were evaluated.
The real deal: California Olive Ranch, Cobram Estate, Lucini. Kirkland Organic, Lucero (Ascolano), McEvoy Ranch Organic are also noted by Eat Grown Local.