Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ham and Cheese Macaroni Cups

This recipe is one of my toddler's favorite meals for lunch or dinner. I also have made them for play-dates and parties, since they are very easy to make, and kids love to pick them apart. Whats nice about this recipe is you can substitute with your child's favorite meat and/or vegetable, such as cubed, cooked chicken or peas.


1/2 box Ditalini pasta
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 crown broccoli chopped and cooked
2 already cooked ham steaks
1 tsp. salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook Ditalini according to package directions. In a small saucepan, melt and whisk together butter, milk and shredded cheese over medium heat until melted into a smooth cheese sauce. If too thick, add a little more milk. Turn heat to low, whisking occasionally.

In another small saucepan, boil broccoli until tender. Chop broccoli.

Chop ham steaks into cubes.

Drain pasta. In large bowl, combine pasta, broccoli, ham and cheese sauce.

Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Spoon mixture into each muffin tin. Top with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. Let stand for about 10 minutes to set and cool. Remove carefully with a small spoon or spatula. If you take them out too early, they will fall apart (but are still yummy).

This can easily be made into a casserole, but muffin tins are a fun way to get kids interested in their meal.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Apricot Glazed Pork

Serves 2 People (Double recipe for every two people you are serving)

Butterfly pork chops
Salt & Pepper to taste
Olive Oil
1/2 bag of No Yolk Noodles

For the Glaze:
3 Tablespoons of apricot preserves
1/2 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup carrots finely grated
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, grated
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Bring large pot of salted water to a boil to cook noodles according to package directions. Drain noodles and set aside.

Salt and pepper pork. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Cook pork in skillet approximately 5 minutes on each side.

Whisk together all ingredients for the glaze over medium heat until well combined. Pour half the glaze over pork as it cooks. Reserve other half of glaze.

Serve pork over noodles. Pour remaining glaze over pork. Garnish with parsley.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Date Night Chicken

Chicken Thighs 
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
1/2 large onions sliced
1 green pepper sliced
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
1 can diced tomatoes 
lemon pepper
parsley to garnish
1 box cous cous 
Salt and pepper chicken. Brown chicken in large pot over medium high heat for 7 minutes on each side and set chicken aside. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to pan. Lower heat to medium and add in onions, peppers and garlic. 
Add in chicken stock, wine and scrape brown bits off bottom of the pan, cooking for another 7 minutes. Add in tomatoes and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add in thyme, rosemary and lemon pepper. Place chicken back in pot, turn the heat up to medium high heat, and cook for twenty to 25 minutes.
Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil and cook cous cous according to package directions.
Serve chicken over cous cous. Garnish with parsley.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Homemade Fruit & Veggie Muffins

I cup shredded carrots
2 cups flour
1 small box of raisins
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger grated
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup oil
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple drained

Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. In separate bowl, whisk eggs, sugar and oil. Mix in carrots, raisins and pineapple. Gradually stir in dry ingredients until well combined. Spoon into muffin cups. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes for regular sized muffins, 15 minutes for mini muffins.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Steak Kabobs

1 1/2 lbs beef round chunks
1 yellow squash sliced
1 zucchini sliced
1 red pepper sliced
Cherry tomatoes for ends
Salt & Pepper
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

Cut all veggies into same size chunks, approximately 1/2 inch thick. Marinade in worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper for at least one hour or more. Grill until meat is cooked through. Serve over rice or couscous.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Saute the following over medium heat in medium pot, until onions and tender:
1 large onion chopped
3 cloves garlic crushed
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
olive oil
Add in:
1 cup dark brown sugar
40 oz bottle ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons mustard
Dash of hot sauce
2 tablespoons worchestershire sauce
2 tablespoons honey
Simmer for one hour or more.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

See above for pizza dough recipe or use store bought.

1 1/2 lbs grilled chicken shredded
2 cups bbq sauce (homemade or Jack Daniels)
1 red pepper chopped
scallions chopped
2 tablespoons duck sauce
sesame seeds
2 cups shredded mexican blend cheese

Bake pizza dough for at least 10 minutes and remove from oven.

Whisk together bbq sauce, duck sauce and sesame seeds. Spread sauce and toppings over pizza. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees