Food

Buffalo chicken casserole is delish!!

For years I’ve been following the Six Sisters’ and always find theirs recipes easy, delicious and family friendly. They have a bunch of cookbooks, are always sharing recipes on social media and even have a meal plan program if you need a little extra help staying organized. If you haven’t heard of them yet you need to check them out. Six Sisters’

I also follow them on Instagram and recently they shared their Buffalo Chicken Casserole. I love everything buffalo chicken so I immediately printed it out.

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Surprisingly my kids also love buffalo chicken. Granted they are constantly asking for water refills 🀣but I’m lucky they eat it so I can make things like this!

This recipe was a bit lighter than some of the others I’ve seen because it called for Greek yogurt in lieu of cream cheese. I also used the Aldi lite version of cream of chicken soup and their lite ranch dressing, and I used just enough cheese to cover much of the top without having to use the full amount called for. The recipe was super easy from start to finish. I cooked my chicken in a pan with just enough water to cover it, salt & pepper and let it simmer a bit until it was done and shred easily. I’m sure rotisserie chicken would work just as well. I also served it over rice.

This is one of those recipes you can put together quick & easy on a week night, so I will definitely be doing this again! And I have plenty left over so I’m checking the clock every five minutes to see if it’s lunchtime yet 😬

Let us know if you give it a try !

~Elena πŸ’–

Food

Blueberry coffee cake πŸ§

I’m on day 2 of my littlest being home sick this week. She’s had a fever on and off, so she just wants a lot of snuggles. I’ve accepted the fact that I’m not getting much done. So I’m basically at her side reading and I try to sneak off here and there to do laundry, clean, make beds, etc. …until she feels my absence and yells for me to come back. Aside from that my oldest has half days this week so she’s home by 11:30, and we are all still recovering from daylight savings time…..which basically means I have zero time without children and coffee is my best friend. But today I was craving some baked goods and coffee cakes hold a special place in my heart β™₯️😍

I love love love *I Am Baker* and I honestly haven’t tried a recipe I didn’t liked yet! This coffee cake recipe I found on there uses fresh or frozen blueberries so it’s different than some of the more traditional plain coffee cakes. Every summer the kids and I go blueberry picking and fill the freezer with bags of blueberries to use for smoothies, baking, etc. so I still have plenty on hand to use. This recipe was really easy to follow and uses ingredients we all have in our kitchen.

https://iambaker.net/blueberry-coffee-cake/

Honestly SO easy to make! The cake comes out soft, light and not too dry & crumbly like many coffee cakes turn out, which is why my kids actually loved it! It did take me about 15–20 more minutes to cook through than the recipe said. I covered the top with foil to keep it from burning on top but the middle definitely needed the extra time to cook all the way. I did do the glaze, well actually my daughter did, and although she said she wished she made more (mostly because she licked the bowl when she was done) I think it was just the right amount. The crumb topping was already sweet so too much glaze would’ve been a lot for me.

This is one of those recipes to keep for potlucks or if you’re having company over since it’s made in a 9 x 13. You could make it the night before and have it in the morning with coffee. Or do what I did and it’s an excuse for an afternoon snack with coffee πŸ˜‹β˜•οΈπŸ°

~Elena πŸ’–

Faith, Food

Lenten meal ideas for meatless Friday’s!

I’m always looking for and Pinning meatless meal ideas for Lent. During the rest of the year we do try to eat seafood weekly but still I’m constantly looking for different recipes that I know the kids will eat. I’m pretty fortunate that my kids seem to love seafood…my littlest one is still a bit hesitant but coming around. My husband is a lover of casseroles which is pretty new to me because I did not grow up on casseroles. But there are plenty of seafood casserole recipes that seem fairly easy and look really good. So I’m learning as I go!

Tuna is an easy staple we always keep in our cabinet so it’s definitely a go-to during Lent. My kids surprisingly love tuna too! And …I finally gave in and tried the canned tuna at Aldi and was pleasantly surprised. I’ve only purchased the Albacore in water so I can’t speak for any of the others. But it’s just as good as some of the pricier supermarket brands.

As Ash Wednesday hit I wasn’t thinking at all and even mistakenly gave my kids meat for lunch. Now I do know since they’re young they don’t have to abide but we do it as a family and that works for us. Once they left for school it hit me that I made the mistake but wasn’t making it again for dinner! So I raided the cabinets and found tuna and pasta, then recalled I had saved a Tuna Tetrazzini Casserole recipe at one time. Here’s the link:

https://www.thespruceeats.com/tuna-tetrazzini-casserole-3061727

It was so good you guys, I may have had thirds!! Most of the recipes I searched called for heavy cream or a creamy soup can, but this one is much lighter and I even used 1% milk. I probably used a little more spaghetti then it called for and omitted the green onions so as not to scare the kids off. This one will definitely be used again throughout Lent! Let me know if you try it!

~Elena πŸ’–

Food

Dutch Oven recipe review: Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

I love easy weeknight meals that don’t take a lot of prep work and that use ingredients I have readily at hand. Even more so I love meals that can be made in one pan or pot, instead of dirtying 3 pots, 2 pans, a mixer and other random gadgets that all need to be hand washed and dried. πŸ™„

Lately with the cold weather I love heartier meals and use my dutch oven as much as possible. I have a one pan lemon chicken recipe I do from time to time but decided to search up some dutch oven recipes and found a similar one.

I rarely make a meal with chicken breasts because I have 3 kids who won’t eat a whole breast and heaven forbid I cut them in half for them to share! So most often I will slice them into tenders or buy tenders depending on price. In a quick search I found this extremely easy lemon chicken recipe for the Dutch oven. It was a total one pan meal…zero prep work aside from cutting up onions and potatoes.

This recipe calls for cut up chicken pieces but I substituted tenders, although I think thighs would be amazing cooked this way. There was no need to stray from the recipe at all because it was so easy. I cooked it for just about an hour like the recipe instructed and didn’t even check on it once since I was doing laundry or maybe I just forgot to check on it 😬 I did not broil it at the end because I didn’t use chicken with skin on. It came out perfectly cooked and was really juicy. The onions were cooked so good in the juices that my kids didn’t even complain once about onions on their plates! This ones a keeper and great for weeknight.

Here’s the link:

Lemon Roast Chicken and Potato’s

~Elena πŸ’–

Food, Uncategorized

Tuesday Trick 🍰

It’s Tuesday and that means I’m sharing something simple that we do around my house! If you’ve been following along with the blog you clearly know that both Erin and I like food. I do more baking and cooking at my house, she does more of the eating at restaurants though. lol. My kids love and have come to expect after school snacks and special desserts on a regular basis. I’m lucky that I get to be a stay at home mom and therefore have more time for all the cooking and baking but some days are too hectic. My husband always says it’s my own fault that they assume homemade goods will be baked often, oh well πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Some years ago I came across Cake in a Mug posts on Pinterest and life changed forever!!! I mean instead of me making crazy desserts all the time, I can now just make each kid their own mug from time to time. Which also means that I’m not home alone with a half eaten cake as often, because we all know what goes best with an afternoon coffee. I’ve made a few variations over the years and a few mistakes as well. It’s super simple and just requires 2 box cake mixes. One box of Angel Food cake, but it must be the kind that only requires water. If the ingredients needed require anything else it won’t work for this, I’ve made that mistake! I have found that Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines are the best, I’ve tried some store brands and they’ve never come out as good. The second box can be any cake mix you like. We’ve only used Butter, Yellow or Devil’s Food… whatever you choose make sure it’s one you know you will like because this will last a while. I take a gallon sized bag (or you can use a large container) and mix the two cake mixes together really well. That’s it!!! Depending on how often you make this it should last you a while as long as you keep it sealed.

When you are ready for your dessert, mix 3 tbsp. of the mix with 2 tbsp. of water and microwave for 1 minute. I usually write that on the bag or container with a sharpie so we don’t forget and my kids can make it themselves. I keep an extra measuring spoon in the bag. When we mix it I let the kids throw in chocolate chips, marshmallows or whatever they want in there and mix well. After it’s cooked we top it with powdered sugar or some cool whip, and you’ve got yourself a quick & easy dessert. If the kids aren’t home or asleep, you can double the recipe and cook for 2 minutes. Drizzle with some caramel or fudge….I imagine this would be amazing πŸ˜‰

Who doesn’t love a little cake without all the mess?!!!

~Elena πŸ’•

Food

Quick & easy after school treat πŸ˜‹

These Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins are one of my favorite, easy treats to make for the kids. It uses all ingredients you already have in your home and they bake in ten minutes!! Can’t go wrong! Here’s the recipe:

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/232104/chocolate-chip-mini-muffins/

It made about 58 muffins for me, so there are plenty left over to throw in lunch boxes or even freeze if you choose. And if you buy one of these mini muffin pans from Target (or anywhere really) it makes them so much quicker!

https://www.target.com/p/wilton-24-cup-mini-muffin-pan/-/A-14319819

I may or may not have eaten 5 myself, or 7 🀭 …But who’s counting!

~Elena πŸ’•

Food, Uncategorized

Lemon Asparagus Chicken Pasta recipe review. πŸ‹ πŸ

One of my recent goals is to make a new meal every week. At least one meal I haven’t ever made before to try to switch things up a bit. It proves to be difficult because our nights are seriously crazy! Between sports practices , gymnastics, religion and any other after school activity that pops up….then there are evenings my husband is home late or traveling. When weekends roll around there are games for said sports, more religion, church & altar serving, birthday parties….it’s usually just easier to make one of my regular go-to meals. But I’ve been off to a pretty good start since I’ve also been trying to use the crockpot and instant pot more. So for now Monday and Thursday are the weeknights that everyone can usually sit and eat at the same time. Last week I decided to try out a Lemon Asparagus Chicken Pasta recipe and oh my goodness it was delicious!!

I stumbled on the recipe on the Delish website while I was looking for something else and printed it out so I wouldn’t lose or forget it. It made enough for the 5 of us for one dinner, a leftover night and just enough for me to have another day for lunch 🀫 (don’t tell my oldest because she usually wants the pasta leftovers for her school lunch)!! We had it with a loaf of Italian bread and Cesar salad for a side.

Here’s the recipe: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a52782/lemon-asparagus-chicken-pasta-recipe/

There were only about 4 reviews that I could see which was so surprising because it was easy and delicious. I didn’t really have to change much of anything. I had a block of mozzarella so I shredded that, I didn’t have a red onion so I used a vidalia and I used about 1/4 cup less of the heavy cream to make it a tad lighter but went a little heavier on the lemon juice. The chicken turned out perfect and I had to remove my 6 year old from the kitchen because she kept stealing it off the cutting board before I finished making the pasta!! We all love asparagus in my house but if it’s fresh it really needs to be cooked perfectly so it isn’t too hard or overdone and mushy. I cut a good inch or so off the bottom and then cut each spear into thirds. I think that simmering it for a few minutes in the sauce really makes the difference so it’s cooked just right.

A few days later and my husband said ‘that asparagus pasta was amazing, you need to make sure you keep that for one of your go-to recipes!’ And honestly since I could eat pasta all day everyday πŸ€— he doesn’t have to tell me that twice!!

~Elena πŸ’•