Friday, October 14, 2011

Crisp and Creamy Baked Chicken!

The other night was one of those nights where shockingly enough I didn't have a plan of what I was going to make for dinner. So I thought about what I had in the pantry and went from there. I have made this meal a handful of times and its great every time! Its fast, easy and like I said it can be made with stuff you can just keep in your pantry for those nights you just don't feel like being Julia Child or Martha Stewart in the kitchen!! :)

Crisp-and-Creamy Baked Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 pouch Shake 'N Bake Extra Crispy Seasoned Coating Mix
1/2 can (10 3/4oz) of condensed cream of celery soup
1/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar & monterey jack cheese

1. Coat chicken with coating mix as directed on package; place in greased 13x9 baking dish. Discard any remaining coating mix.

2. Bake 20 min. or until chicken is done.

3. Mix soup and milk until well blended; pour over chicken. Top with cheese. Bake 5 min or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly.

I usually serve this meal with Velvetta Shells cause Danny LOVES them and a green vegetable! :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Banana-Nut Bread!

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile! Between going to Gainesville for a check up (it went GREAT!) and still dealing with major lower back pain I haven't done much of anything lately! Last week I did start physical therapy so hopefully with time that will help!

I have TONS of dinner recipes/photos to blog about I just have to actually sit down and do them...the one problem I have had the last couple times I have cooked dinner is that I either forget to take a picture of my ingredients OR I am so hungry I start eating before I take a picture of my final plate so when I finally get to those blogs they might be a few pictures short...opps! :)

Anywho....Danny had a few bananas that were a little on the dark side so he decided that he wanted me to make banana bread for him. Well I don't eat bananas. I find them repulsive, the smell, the taste, the texture...they all just make me want to gag! LOL BUT...being the good wife that I am I powered on through and baked my man some bread!

I found a basic recipe online and then added a few things that I thought would make it better. I did try a piece and it wasn't horrible but I could definitely taste the banana so one bite was enough for me but Danny enjoyed it and that's all that matters!

Banana-Nut Bread
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour one 9x5 inch pan.
2. Cream margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, then bananas. Add flour and soda, stirring just until combined.
3. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour (or until toothpick comes out clean). Remove from pan and let cool, store in refrigerator or freeze!

**What I changed** Instead of 1 cup white sugar, I used 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar. I also added 1 tsp of vanilla extract and a couple shakes of cinnamon. Plus 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts mixed in.

The smell of the cinnamon baking in the oven was so good!! If you are a fan of bananas or banana bread I say give this recipe a try its fast and very simple to make. Next there is a recipe I found for cinnamon raisin bread that I think has my name ALL over it!!