French Bread Pizza

I am sooooo far behind on my posts.  Time is not on my side lately with kids school, cheer, hockey, work, harvesting, and preparing the farm for winter!!

This is a quick very economical meal.  No tricks here!  Add a green salad and your whole meal for a family of 4 is under $10.

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Another wonderful thing about this meal is everyone can have what they like on their pizza!

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Chicken Hoagies

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This is one of my favorite all time dinners.  Caramelized onions and peppers with a chicken breast cooked perfectly in a little garlic infused oil, topped with provolone cheese and served on a fresh roll with a dab of mayonnaise.  AHHH it doesn’t get much better!!

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I like to use colorful peppers with the onions instead of green bell peppers as these are a bit sweeter when you lightly brown them in garlic infused oil and a tad of butter.  I used a sweet white onion as well. Once caramelized, set them aside and use the same pan for the chicken.

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I prefer the thin sliced chicken breasts but if you can’t find them, you can butterfly a regular chicken breast so you have a thin slice on your hoagie.  The thin breasts cook in approximately 8 minutes (4 minutes per side).  Use about 2 teaspoons of the garlic infused oil, salt/pepper, and a sprinkle of garlic powder when cooking.

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When cooked through transfer to your fresh roll that has a smear of mayonnaise, top with the pepper/onions and provolone cheese.

There are never leftovers as the kids and man of the house love these as much as I do 🙂

Turkey Tenderloin

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Yesterday with my dental appointment I figured it best to crock pot cook our dinner just in case I wasn’t up to cooking.

Well it came out perfect.  Turkey Tenderloin is another one of those items I stock up on when the grocery store has a sale on them as they are fast and easy to cook.  You can prepare them so many ways (Asian style, grilled, traditional turkey & stuffing, turkey soup, or as I did yesterday as a shredded meal over dumpling noodles).

You can see how I made our dinner on my Facebook page here:  Turkey Tenderloin

Chicken Rollups

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Simple, quick and easy meals are a must do in my world.  These chicken rollups are a perfect dinner you can put together in less than 10 minutes and pop in the oven for 35 minutes and have a wonderful meal.  It’s a sure hit with everyone having chicken, stuffing and gravy all in one.  We topped it off with some homemade cranberry sauce adding to the “comfort food” level!

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The ingredients include thin chicken breasts, stuffing (you can use boxed to keep it quick but I like to make my own), 1 can of cream of chicken or celery soup, 1/2 cup of milk.  That’s it!

Here are more pictures and the recipe at the bottom.

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Assemble all the ingredients

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Lay a thin chicken breast on a plate and put a tablespoon of stuffing on top

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Roll it up and place in the baking dish

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Continue until all is used up

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Mix the soup with the milk and pour over the top spreading to cover all

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Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes and the chicken is cooked through.

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Open a homemade jar of wonderful cranberry sauce (Cranberry Sauce recipe)  or you can use store bought

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And dinner is served!

1 package thin style chicken breasts

1 box stuffing (or you can make your own)

1 can cream of chicken, celery, or mushroom soup

1/2 cup milk

Lay out the chicken breasts and place a heaping tablespoon of stuffing on each.  Roll and place in baking dish.  Mix soup and milk in a bowl and pour over chicken.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Enjoy!

Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

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I think goat cheese makes all things better.  I could probably eat it in my breakfast cereal and like it.  This dish is SUPER simple and so fantastically delicious.  The creamy goat cheese blends so well with the tartness of the sun-dried tomatoes.  You will be impressed!

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The ingredients are simple.

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Preparations could not be much easier.

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Once cooked and goat cheese added it becomes a creamy taste of heaven!

I feel like I always say this but for as simple as this dish is, it’s so impressive you will amaze your family and friends.  This mixture is served in a lot of our local restaurants for triple the price it will cost you to make it for a family of 4.  Give it a try!

Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

4 thin chicken breasts cut into cubes (approximately 2 cups)

½ jar sun-dried tomatoes chopped finely (and ½ the oil and seasonings from in the jar)

Goat cheese crumbles (measure to your taste per dish)

5 Tbsp garlic flavored oil or olive oil

3 cloves minced garlic (approximately 2 Tbsp)

1 cup chicken stock or broth

16 oz box of pasta (penne is great for this dish)

Salt/Pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to directions

Heat 3 Tbsp oil and brown and cook the chicken until done

Once cooked add the chicken stock and garlic and bring to a boil

Turn heat off and add the sundried tomatoes with ½ jar of the oil and seasoning and 2 Tbsp garlic/olive oil stirring immediately to heat through

Serve over pasta and top with crumbled goat cheese

TIPS:

Stir the goat cheese immediately after putting on the pasta and it will melt and make the pasta creamy

You can also add chopped kale or spinach to this dish wilting it with the chicken stock.

Chicken Macaroni Salad

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Yesterday the boy of the house requested our Chicken Macaroni Salad for dinner.  Sometimes you need a little reminder of the summer as this is a dish I usually make for those lazy hazy hot summer days when you don’t want to cook or eat anything hot.  It’s also a great dish for a cookout or picnic lunch.

I made it for him (and my mother and nephew who happened to be here for dinner) and threw some watermelon and strawberries on as a side.  It was a nice look to the future of those coming summer days.

You can find the recipe for our Chicken Macaroni Salad on my Facebook page here:  Chicken Macaroni Salad

Chicken Picatta

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This is another one of those easy impressive dishes done in less than 30 minutes.  It’s fool proof meaning you can change or add things and it always turns out great.

Capers are key in Picatta.  If you are not familiar with capers they are a pickled flower bud before it flowers.  It is then brined and stored.  They taste very close to a green olive but a bit saltier.  I LOVE them in this dish as they add just enough salty sourness to the buttery sauce.

Here are the super easy directions with pictures and the recipe will be at the end.

ingredients oil chicken

Assemble the ingredients.  Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the thin chicken breasts.

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Brown them until cooked through. Remove and stack on top of each other and cover tightly with foil to keep them warm.

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Cook the pasta according to the directions.  I like to use a thin pasta like Angel Hair but tonight I only had Fettucine noodles and they work just as well.

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The frying pan will look like this after you remove the chicken.  Pour in the chicken stock and scrape all those yummy bits from the pan as they help flavor your sauce.

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Add the butter and melt it into the sauce stirring.  Add the rest of the ingredients and capers.  Let simmer for about 3 minutes.

Drain pasta and serve a chicken breast on top with the sauce spooned over the pasta.

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Serve with some homemade cranberry sauce and a few steamed vegetables.

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Dinner is served!  There won’t be a scrap left on the plate!!

Here are the EASY directions:

5-6 thin boneless chicken breasts (or regular pounded thin)

Approx. 5 tablespoons garlic flavored olive oil (or regular)

4 Tablespoons butter

1 cup chicken broth

2-3 tablespoon lemon juice (one lemon juiced)

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

sprinkle salt/pepper

2 Tablespoons capers (more or less to your taste or add them separately on each dish)

1 box angel hair pasta (or any pasta of choice)

Heat oil in skillet

Place chicken in and cook through (about 4 minutes per side if thin)

Remove and cover with tin foil when done

Add broth to skillet and use spatula to scrap all the browned bits from skillet

Heat through and add butter stirring until melted

Add the remaining ingredients

Add capers and simmer about 3 minutes and add chicken broth and remaining ingredients.

Cook approximately 5 minutes while cooking angel hair pasta (you can add more broth if it cooks down too much)

Immediately serve pasta with chicken on top and spoonful of sauce from skillet

Season with salt/pepper (you can add parmesan cheese also)