Baked Oatmeal Squares

Breakfast, Recipes | August 18, 2017 | By

Breakfast is the one meal that I am not good about planning for and it can get really boring. I usually just make scrambled eggs, pancakes, or sometimes (I am embarrassed to say) I will feed my children…..pop tarts! I feel so guilty every time I do it. I want to start making breakfast more exciting around my house and healthier too! I can usually accomplish that when I get out of bed well before my kids, have my coffee, do my devotional, and prepare something before they are awake and it’s GO GO GO!  Unfortunately, I don’t always get up as early as I would like, so these Baked Oatmeal Squares are the perfect healthy and easy breakfast that I can make ahead of time of quickly in the morning.

These Baked Oatmeal Squares use simple ingredients that I always have on hand and you can customize the toppings to your taste! This time I topped mine with shredded coconut, walnuts, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips. The chocolate ones being my favorite of course! Fresh blueberries and strawberries are also delicious on these.

I use my Pampered Chef Brownie Pan to make cute little squares that I can easily take for breakfast on the go or for a snack.   

This recipe is very simple to make and only dirties one mixing bowl. All you do is mix the wet ingredients together and then add the rolled oats, baking powder, and cinnamon. Put 1/4 cup in each well of the pan or muffin tin and top with whatever you like! My kids love putting their own toppings on. Pop it into a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

As we move into Fall, try substituting the banana in the batter for pureed pumpkin! Or how about using applesauce and topping them with diced apples and cinnamon sugar! The possibilities are endless!

Baked Oatmeal Squares

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium)
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • Toppings: fruit, nuts, chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a Brownie Pan with nonstick baking spray. (You can also use a muffin tin).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, canola oil, and brown sugar. Add in the bananas, milk, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk until combined. Stir in the oats and baking powder.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of the mixture into each of the squares in the pan. Add your favorite toppings.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set and lightly golden brown on the top. Let them cool for 5 minutes before eating or removing from the pan. Store in the refrigerator or freezer and reheat before eating.

Notes

Adapted from: The Wholesome Dish

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Zucchini and Cheese Drop Biscuits

Breads, Recipes, Side Dishes | August 3, 2017 | By

You know those recipes you make a couple of times and then it gets pushed into the back of your recipe binder and forgotten about? Well, that’s exactly what happened to the following recipe! I cannot believe I ever forgot how delicious these Zucchini and Cheese Drop Biscuits are! I mean what is wrong with me? I haven’t made these in quite a while (sad face). I was going through my binder looking for ways I could use the zucchini from my garden and there these biscuits were, staring up at me from the page, begging me to make them. So let’s make them!

First, the flour, baking soda, and salt get whisked together in a large bowl. Next, cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Now comes the good stuff! Mix in the shredded zucchini, cheeses, sundried tomatoes, and basil. Now you stir in the milk until just combined.

 

Drop the dough by 1/3 cupfuls into a greased 9X13 inch pan and bake for 22-25 minutes. I of course topped mine with a little extra cheese because that’s how I roll :).

Look how gorgeous these Zucchini and Cheese Drop Biscuits turn out! Doesn’t the sight of that just make you happy? The edges and tops get all crispy but the inside is super soft, thanks to all that butter. I am a huge sundried tomato fan and they add so much flavor to these biscuits while the zucchini keeps them moist. This is such a great way to use the squash that is in abundance this time of year. Whether you planted a garden or get yours from the grocery store, it’s everywhere!

These are of course a great side dish to any Summer time meal you prepare, but the leftovers are also great for making sandwiches! I love using these for the turkey and ham sandwiches I pack in my husband’s lunch. Another idea is to use them as a casserole topper. You could crumble the leftover biscuits on a casserole or put the raw dough right on top before you bake it. 

I vow to never again forget about these Zucchini and Cheese Drop Biscuits!       

Zucchini and Cheese Drop Biscuits

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 10-12 biscuits

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp. chopped oil packed sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Place the shredded zucchini in a colander over a plate. Sprinkle with salt and stir. Let sit for ten minutes. Rinse and drain well. Squeeze the zucchini to remove the excess liquid.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the zucchini, cheeses, sun dried tomatoes, and basil. Add the milk and stir until just moistened.
  3. Drop by 1/3 cupfuls into a greased 9X13 inch baking dish. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Source: Taste of Home Magazine

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Pulled Chicken Tacos with Seasoned Taco Shells

Chicken, Main Dishes, Recipes | July 6, 2017 | By

I have mentioned before how much I love watching cooking shows on TV. I don’t know why, but whenever I see a new chef I don’t fully trust what they have to say until I try a recipe for myself OR until I hear them say something like “More butter is always better”. A couple months ago, I found Ayesha Curry’s cooking show and fell in love with it. She was making these Pulled Chicken Tacos and served them up in Seasoned Taco Shells! Why have I never thought to give some extra love to store bought taco shells? Well, I am glad she told me to because these are incredible! I gave the recipe a try soon after seeing that episode and we have eaten them countless times since.

These Pulled Chicken Tacos are a great weeknight meal because they don’t take long to throw together. Using a store bought rotisserie chicken cuts down on your prep time! They are also great for entertaining! Set up a taco bar with lots of delicious toppings. We like ours with Cotija cheese, red cabbage, avocado, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

The first step is to soften some sliced onions in a pan and then add in green chiles and lots of flavorful spices like: ancho chile powder, cumin, paprika, coriander, and oregano. The first time I made these I thought they were going to be too spicy for me BUT not at all! It’s the perfect blend of flavors. They add a nice smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with a little squeeze of fresh lime juice. After the onions, chiles, and spices have had time to mingle, it’s time to add in the tomato sauce and water. This simmers until thickened and then the shredded chicken joins the party.  

While the chicken warms through, those ordinary store bought taco shells are ready for their transformation. Each side of the shell gets brushed with oil and then sprinkled with a blend of salt, ancho chile powder, coriander, and cumin. They bake in the oven for 6 minutes until nice and crisp. Now it’s time to serve!

These quickly became a favorite in my family and I know they will be in yours too! This also tastes great the next day as a taco salad piled high on a bed of romaine lettuce!

Pulled Chicken Tacos with Seasoned Taco Shells

Ingredients

  • For the Chicken:
  • 2 tbls. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 4oz can chopped green chiles
  • 2 tsps. ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • kosher salt
  • 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbls. light brown sugar
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded
  • For the Taco Shells:
  • 2 tsps. ground cumin
  • 2 tsps. ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • kosher salt
  • 12 hard tacos shells
  • 3 tbls. vegetable oil
  • Toppings:
  • Limes
  • Red Cabbage
  • Cotija Cheese
  • Avocado

Instructions

  1. In a straight sided skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook until softened. Add the garlic and green chiles and cook for 1 minute. Add the ancho chile powder, cumin, smoked paprika, coriander, oregano, and a pinch of salt. Stir to coat and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, and a cup of water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken to the sauce and let simmer for about 5 minutes. You want the sauce to coat the chicken and not be too soupy. While the sauce thickens, prepare your taco shells.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine ancho chile powder, cumin, coriander, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  4. Arrange the taco shells in a single layer on the baking sheet and brush with oil. Sprinkle on the seasoning mix. Flip over and oil and season the other side. Bake until crispy about 6 minutes. Flipping them over halfway through.
  5. Fill the tacos with the chicken mixture and top with desired toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

Source: Ayesha Curry

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Turkey Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta

The weather has been beautiful lately, and that means dinner most nights is cooked out on the grill and eaten on our back porch. I just love it! I have been trying my hardest to get the hang of this whole grilling thing and I have been doing quite well, if I do say so myself. It helps when the recipe I am cooking is super simple and only requires one flip…now that I can master. These Turkey Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta are the perfect dinner for a hot Summer evening with my family.

My sister Laura made these burgers for the first time a few years ago and we have been hooked on them ever since. These burgers are a favorite for many reasons. One, they are very simple to make. Two, they grill up in no time. Three, they look beautiful. Just look at all of the colorful ingredients that go into them: Italian parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese. Four, and most importantly, they taste amazing!

These Turkey Burgers are perfect for a hot Summer evening because they aren’t heavy like a traditional beef burger. Now I love me some beef burgers, but this turkey burger and all its sun-dried tomato and feta cheese goodness is just what I need sometimes. They have so much flavor and pair wonderfully with a cooling Tzatziki sauce and peppery arugula.

If you are looking for a delicious burger that can lighten things up this Summer, this one is for you. Happy grilling!

Turkey Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup drained and chopped sun dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 2 tbsp. chopped Italian parsley
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your grill to high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Be careful not to overmix. Form the mixture into 6 even patties.
  3. Reduce the grill heat to medium and lightly grease the grill. Place the burgers on the grill and cook for 6 minutes per side, closing the grill in between flipping the burgers. You may need less time depending on your grill. Just keep an eye on them so they don't over cook.
  4. Serve on a fresh bun with tzatziki sauce and baby arugula.
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Rhubarb Custard Crumb Pie

Desserts, Recipes | June 3, 2017 | By

I’m a little rhubarb crazy lately, can you tell? I’m not if sure if it’s the leftover excitement from the Rhubarb Festival or if it’s that rhubarb feels like my new best friend. How many times have I passed by rhubarb at the store or farmer’s market and thought, “It’s so pretty, but I have no clue what to do with it”, and kept on walking? Shameful. Never again. From here on out, when rhubarb is in season, I am going to put it into anything and everything I can.

When I told my Grandmother I was going to be a judge at the Rhubarb Festival, she surprised me by saying that Rhubarb Pie was her favorite. How did I not know this? So I knew I better not come home from Lancaster County without some fresh rhubarb in tow to bake my Grandma a pie!

At the festival, I picked up some beautiful local rhubarb and a pamphlet that has all sorts of fun rhubarb facts, as well as previous baking contest winning recipes! I chose to make the Rhubarb Custard Crumb Pie by Belinda Myers. She won many awards in the baking competition this year, so I knew this pie had to be good!

For as wonderful as this pie is, it’s very easy to put together. First, it’s pie crust time. This pie didn’t come with a specific crust recipe, so I used a very simple crust that I have been loving lately. Once the dough is placed into the pie plate and made pretty (my pie beautification skills still need work) it’s on to the custard. In the bowl of an electric mixer, you will combine: sugar, flour, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. It whips on medium high for a few minutes until light and creamy. A little bit of the custard filling goes on the bottom of the pie crust, followed by the diced rhubarb, and the rest of that glorious custard. After baking for about 45 minutes, or until the center is almost set, the pie gets topped with a buttery sweet crumble and put back in the oven to get nice and golden brown.

This Rhubarb Custard Crumb Pie is what rhubarb dreams about while growing in the fields. It is exactly where rhubarb wants to be……nestled between a sweet, creamy custard and a buttery, crunchy crumble. This pie is slightly tart, creamy, and crunchy all in one. After taking one bite of this pie, it was no surprise that this recipe won the 2007 Rhubarb Baking Contest. Enjoy!

 

Rhubarb Custard Crumb Pie

Ingredients

  • Pie Crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 4-5 tbsp. cold water
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. flour
  • 3 tbsp. melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups fresh rhubarb, diced
  • Crumb Topping:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 6tbsp. butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 3 tbsp. coconut
  • 2 pinches cinnamon

Instructions

  1. For the pie crust: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until it's in pea sized pieces.
  2. Sprinkle on one tablespoon of the water at a time, tossing with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side and continue this until all the flour is moistened and a dough forms. Do not overmix.
  3. Form into a ball and roll out on a slightly floured surface. Turn and flour dough a few times, rolling out until its the size you need. Place dough in 9inch pie plate and flute the edges.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. For the filling: In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine sugar, flour, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla. Mix on medium high speed for a few minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  6. Pour 2/3 cup of the custard into the prepared pie shell. Place the rhubarb in the pie crust and top with the remaining custard. Bake for 30 minutes. Check on the pie and if the edges are getting too dark tent with foil and bake until the center is almost set. Another 13-15 minutes. While the pie is in the oven make the crumble.
  7. For the crumble: In a medium bowl combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter. Cut with a pastry blender until crumbles form. Mix in the chopped nuts and coconut.
  8. Pull the pie out of the oven and top with the crumble. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the center of the pie is set.

Notes

Pie Crust Source: The Recipe Critic Pie Recipe Source: Belinda Myers

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