Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pork Chops again sort of

So basically I was supposed to make pot roast, but started SO late that I wouldn't have time to finish.

Instead I make pork chops again, but mixed two recipes - I made part of this Pork Chop recipe from Week 1, and part of this Chili recipe which we were supposed to have next friday, but called for "ground pork" soon I'll be able to read....

Anyway I don't have any pictures because my phone which is also my camera was near death and not charging correctly, thankfully I might get a new one soon.

In case you're curious I made the chops as directed to the point where they are in the oven.
I then made the chili - adding everything but the pork. I just let it boil and reduce until the chops were ready. Then I poured it all into the baking dish and baked it for 30 minutes more.

The chops were super juicy and the chili/beans were tasty too.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Ultime Chicken Fingers Beans Beans Beans

Wait, what?

Yeah, well I left work REALLY late on Thursday and was pretty pissed off and in no mood to cook.
So I went to Brookshires, bought a rotisserie chicken, french bread, Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes and Wavy Lays and Dean's Ranch Dip. I know not a good thing, but let me tell I needed that.

So today I decided what the hell let's make both, all right my wife suggested it when I realized I didn't have the ground beef for Beans Beans Beans, why not also make the Ultimate Chicken Fingers I hadn't made. So that's tonight's game plan.

I just want to say I hate breading things because I suck at it, and tonight's meal was no exception.  That being said the Chicken Fingers are straight forward and easy to make. I will mention since Evie can't have eggs I use Ener G Egg Replacer for any recipe that needs it, including this one.  Sometimes it turns out well, sometimes not really.  Let's use the pictures as our tools, don't compare them to the Betty Crocker site though, as there is no comparison.

I basically just throw them all in the zip lock bag and shook them all together then placed them on the pan.  Although I forgot to grease the foil which caused half the breading to get stuck, oh well.  Then I waited about 10 minutes before flipping them. 10 minutes later I flipped them again at my wife's instance they be "extra done."  Also the foil proved difficult to remove all the chicken easily, but eventually I won, losing more breading in the process.

The beans on the other hand I changed that recipe up a bit as well.  I made these on the stove top rather than in the stove since there would be 100 degree difference between the two and I don't have a stock pot I can put in the oven, although I am sure a casserole dish would work too or a Crock Pot for that matter!

I made the bacon as directed, and it smelled so good, and crumbled so easy.  Then I just sautéed the onions in the bacon grease.  Then I completely changed everything else, sort of.  To the onions I added the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke, salt and pepper. Then I took it from the pan to a big pot. Added all the beans, drained and rinsed where required and mixed it all up.  I set it to low, put on lid and stirred it a little every few minutes.  The I kept tasting the beans the whole way through and I figured they were done after about 20 minutes, but decided to leave them goin until my wife concluded the chicken was done as well.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Lentils are delicious

I know what you're thinking, that can't be true, but they are - check out the recipe first...

So pics below.  I will definitely make this again because its easy and tastes great. Plus leftovers.

I made twice as many lentils as called for in the recipe to ensure leftovers

 Bell Pepper
 Lentils boiling away for 20 minutes
 Chopped up Green Bell Pepper and Onion
 I don't have whole tomatoes at the moment, so I improvised
 Little oil in the pan
 Throw in the veggies
 Lentils are almost done
 Veggies are beginning to get done
 Throw in the tomatoes add salt and pepper to taste
 Lentils twenty minutes later
 Oops that's too small
 Put everything in the big pot
20 minutes later on low, simmering.

Now I will say my little one she didn't care for it at all - but the Jello Banana pudding I made for dessert and sadly have no pictures of was a hit.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Meat ... Balls

So tonight's partially improvised meal came to us care of allrecipes, again...

Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs and of course spaghetti noodles.

However I didn't have stewing tomatoes so I just took a can of Hunt's original, and a can of diced tomatoes and used those instead.

I also didn't have any parsley, but I used Italian Bread crumbs and those worked out really well.

I made 20 meatballs instead of 12 to make them a little smaller.

All I can see is DELICIOUS!!

I will for sure make this again, pics below:

Monday, September 16, 2013


Tonight was Steak.

No recipe needed.

Now I don't have a grill, so I used my tried and true Foreman Grill.

Let me tell you, delicious.

Decided against potatoes because they had gone bad, or at least one had and the bad smelled SO bad.

Anyway, made some pasta with a little butter, lemon juice and parmesan cheese.

Sorry no pictures today, it was too delicious to wait to take pictures.

I'll always be ready for more steak so making this is a no brainer...

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chiles

I suppose, Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chiles isn't necessarily a meal, but more part of a meal.
In this case it was more of a snack, but frankly that's not important.
This recipe is from a food blog called Oh Bite It.
I may get a few more recipes from here in the future.

It occurred to me, while removing the seeds, that I hadn't ever made anything with peppers before, aside from bell peppers.
It is very important, and I can't stress this enough, that you immediately wash up after handling the peppers and not touch anything, especially your face.
Let me tell you, it doesn't feel good.

That being said, the recipe was very simple to follow.
Although I used smaller peppers, less chicken and Cheddar cheese it still turned out well.

I do think if I make this in the future, I won't put anything on the bacon.
I mean it was easy enough to brush off the excess Chili Powder and Oregano, but it wasn't a flavor that I really liked.

Here are the pics for this one:

Now to get ready to watch the 49ers play the Seahawks in tonight's game.