Chicken and Rice

Earlier this week I made up a chicken and rice recipe. Surprisingly, it actually turned out really well! I forgot to take pictures of the finished product :/. Here are some of the ingredients, though:

Chicken and Rice

You’ll also need chicken, rice, and broccoli.

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Dirt Cake

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This was delicious! I made it for a Christmas party we had (Yes, I know, I’m a little late posting this :/).

Anyway, I followed this recipe (I also copied it below), but did not add the gummy worms or chocolate rocks. Instead, I put red and green M&Ms on top. If you decide to use M&Ms, I would recommend putting them on top right before you are ready to serve it. Otherwise, the color runs into the dessert (I learned from experience) .

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Meat Loaf Muffins

My husband and I love the meat loaf recipe on the back of the Lipton Onion Soup Mix box. The only problem is it takes a whole hour to bake. Who has time for that? I’ve seen several posts on Pinterest showing meat loaf in muffin tins, so I decided to give it a try.

They were delicious! And, they only had to bake for 20-25 minutes! We made mashed potatoes and a cucumber and onion salad as sides.Meat Loaf Cups

Here’s the original recipe, along with my muffin tin variation:

  • 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • ¾ cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. In 13×9 inch baking or roasting pan, shape into loaf. (Or, put into muffin tins. For me, this recipe made 15 meat loaf muffins.)
  3. Bake 1 hour or until done. Let stand 10 minutes. (Or, if you put the meat loaf in muffin tins, cook 20-25 minutes or until done.)

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Let me just start by saying…these are DELICIOUS!!!

My friend and coworker told me about this Southwestern Stuffed Pepper recipe she found on Pinterest. This recipe is really not that difficult, but it is more difficult than most recipes I’ve tried (I’m still pretty new to this cooking thing), so I was a little worried about how it would turn out. Let’s just say, I’ve made it more than once :) .

Check out these pictures. One is MY stuffed peppers, the other is the recipe owner’s stuffed peppers. Can’t tell the difference, can ya? ;)

Mine                                                                           Recipe Owner’s

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Cream Cheese Jalapeno Corn Dip

This is another simple, yet really good, recipe with only three ingredients. A coworker of my dad’s gave him this recipe, and then my dad passed it along to me.

You actually need two cream cheese packages even though the picture only shows one.

  • 1 can of corn, drained (or a little less)
  • 2 8oz packages of cream cheese, softened (I typically use regular, but you could use low-fat or fat free instead)
  • Jalapenos from the jar (to taste), finely chopped

Make sure the cream cheese is somewhat softened before making the dip, either leave it on the counter for a while or put it in the microwave for a few seconds (take OFF the foil wrapper before doing this). The cream cheese is nearly impossible to work with if you try using it right after pulling it from the fridge.

I probably use 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of finely chopped jalapenos for my dip. I’ll also add a little, maybe a teaspoon or so, of the jalapeno juice from the jar to spice it up. I’m not a fan of super spicy food, so my dip is pretty mild. Just remember, you can always add more jalapenos, but once they’re added, you can’t take them away!

Mix all the ingredients together and eat with crackers – I use Ritz crackers. It might be good with tortilla chips, too.

Try it out. Let me know what you think!

Tasty (& Simple) Fruit Dip

I’m all about easy recipes, and this fruit dip is no exception. It’s something I make often when having company or going to a cookout.

Three ingredients:

  • 1 Vanilla Instant Pudding Packet (just the powder, do not make the pudding)
  • 1 Tub of Cool Whip (or less, but who would want less Cool Whip?!?)
  • 16 oz Vanilla or Plain Yogurt

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

I usually eat this with strawberries and grapes. It’s good by itself, too. Others have put it on their brownies and said it was tasty; I have yet to try that.

You could make this in a low-fat version as well by using low-fat/fat-free Cool Whip and yogurt.