Guest Post – Yogurt Parfait

This is really more of a presentation/serving idea than a recipe, but it is easy!

When I have dinner guests, I always like to serve dessert. Last summer, I was looking for something a little healthier to serve my guests than the usual cake or pie. So, I decided to set up a Yogurt Parfait buffet.

If you want to go very basic, simply spoon a large container of plain yogurt into a serving dish, cut up some strawberries, and place strawberries and blueberries into separate dishes. Do the same with some granola and nuts. I used these large water glasses, and my guests made their own parfaits. In this case, the color combination is great for an Independence Day gathering if you’re in the United States.

One thing I learned – make sure you serve both regular and Greek yogurt (or know your guest’s preference). I served only Greek yogurt and, because it’s not as sweet as regular yogurt, I learned it was not the preference of some of my guests.

In the photo shown, I used organic strawberries and blueberries, because I have been reading how full of pesticides regular strawberries are in the U.S. You can add any kind of fruit or nut you like. You can make it as healthy or decadent as you like (part of the beauty of offering a buffet).

An easy, yummy, and healthy summer dessert!

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About the Author: Karla Pitzen’s blog is Hands On Working Mom. She is a Mommy of two, sometimes adorable, sometimes naughty, always loved, little ones. She works full-time outside of the home, and her husband, Bill, stays home with the kiddos. Her blog is about anything and everything related to being a woman in the good old U.S.A.

Guest Post – Southwest Egg Rolls

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Black beans, corn & green chile

Guest Post – Recipe Chatter

I am pleased to share my latest guest blog post with Recipe Chatter. Take a cruise on over to their site to check out my recipe for Weeknight Chicken Broccoli Casserole. Let me know what you think!

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Game Day Goodies

Its Superbowl Sunday! Time for the big game and big food. Along with the snacks for the pre-game munchies, I made a 7 pound pork roast. Nothing fancy. Just hearty and delicious, fork tender pork ready for game day finger food…tacos.

I dont typically measure when I season large cuts of meat. I usually eyeball it and this time was no different. I took salt, pepper, dried rosemary, and minced dried onion and added it to a large cup. I mixed it well and used it as a dry rub. I took 2 cartons of low sodium Swanson’s chicken broth and poured it into the bottom of my roasting pan. Bright & early at 7 am, this bad boy was popped into a 500 degree oven for 30 minutes before the temp was dropped to 300 degrees.

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Pork Roast

As it roasted, I brought out the lighter snacks than I normally put out. Its usually sandwiches, wings & lil smokies but this time I kept it small since its just the two of us. Chips, pretzels, dip, salsa, potato salad & veggies. Still a lot to munch on but not nearly as heavy.

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Pre-Game Snacks

After 7 hours and a house filled with the aroma of mouth watering deliciousness, it was time to tear into this juicy beast. I probably should have taken more pics of the tacos and toppings…but its time to grub so use your imagination.

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Pork Roasted for 7 hours

Hope you are all enjoying food, family & fun today.

Happy Superbowl Sunday from Cappuccino Connected!

Guest Post – Recipe Chatter

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3 Quick Weeknight Chicken Dinners

Its time to start thinking of dinner and I am tired of leftovers. I have boneless, skinless chicken breast and want to try something new. Where do I turn for inspiration? Pinterest of course!

The first one I came across is this carb loaded masterpiece from Singing Through The Rain. Loaded chicken & potatoes…I mean come on! Excuse me while I drool.

Loaded Chicken & Potatoes

Another casserole option (notice a pattern here?) is this parmesan chicken bake from My Kitchen Escapades. If your mouth isnt watering, it will be…just look at this deliciousness!

Parmesan Chicken Bake

We may have found the winner winner chicken dinner option! OH MY GOODNESS! This recipe is from Pinch Of Yum and they deliver more than a pinch. I may have to make His & Hers trays…not sure I would share.

Chicken Broccoli

I dont have quinoa on hand (gasp!) but after reading the recipe, I can swap it out for brown rice to keep the fiber content high and the calories limited to about 400 per serving.

To amp up the veggie percentage, I want to try out these cauliflower tater tots. Dont they look like you can eat loads of them? No? Just me then. Ok…moving on. Well I cant take credit for these. I found these at Farm Fresh To You.

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So…what are you making for dinner?

Test Kitchen – Chef Merito Meat Marinade

Not sure why, but I have always favored dry seasoning over marinades. That’s not to say I have never used a marinade, but the recipes that float around in my head tend to require dry rubs. I wanted to try new flavors and my first venture was a success!

For dinner, I marinated two top sirloin medallions in the meat marinade by Chef Merito. No salt, no pepper. Just the marinade. Frankly, that is all that was needed.

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I placed the frozen steaks in a one gallon freezer bag and added enough of the marinade to cover both. I folded the bag over to get as much air out as possible and placed it in my refrigerator to thaw and marinate for a few hours.

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I poured the marinade into my pan and added the two steaks. I didn’t add any salt or pepper when I began cooking the steaks because the aroma was already amazing! You can see for yourself, there is plenty of seasoning in the pan. I seared them on both sides, reduced my heat to medium and let them cook til the liquid reduced about half way. It was done in 10 minutes. Depending on the size of your steaks, it could take longer. These were about the size of a deck of cards so it was pretty quick.

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I served it over white rice that was pan fried with grapeseed oil and salt before adding water to cook down. The oil allows a nutty flavor to come out that you miss when eating steamed rice.

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The marinade is going to be a staple in my pantry for sure. I also have the chicken and fajita marinades now so stay tuned!

Cilantro Cream Chicken & Veggies

Ok people, I have a new favorite dish and I have all of you to thank! Hosting a poll for dish choices, the winner was a main course and a suggestion was made to try this out. Its easy to do and can be converted to stove top as well but I used my slow cooker and it was deliciousness!

I made cilantro cream chicken & veggies and the hardest part was adding ingredients to the food processor so this is super simple and soooo yummy.

1 brick cream cheese
1 16 oz container sour cream
1 bunch cilantro
4 medium chicken breasts (frozen is fine)
1 cup water (chicken broth can be substituted
1 Bag frozen vegetables (any kind you prefer)
Salt, pepper & dried minced onion to taste

Blend the cream cheese, sour cream & cilantro in a food processor til smooth. Add salt, pepper & minced onion to taste. Pour into slow cooker and add water. Stir well to blend and add chicken breasts. Cook on high for 4 hours stirring occasionally. Turn down to low and add frozen veggies. Let cook for another hour. Stir before serving over white or brown rice.

*Note – If using more chicken, add more water, cream cheese & sour cream accordingly.

If you try this out, let me know what you think!

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You decide what’s next

You can help me decide what type of recipe to try out in my test kitchen as a #PinterestPinTest. Vote below.

Dont forget to also add your favorite Pinned dishes in the comment section below so they are included in the selection. Polls close Monday morning so chop chop!

One Dish Dinner

With all the cooking (and cleanup) for Thanksgiving dinner, prep work for meals in the days before should be quick and easy. My favorite types of quick meals are one dish dinners. Something you can prep in either one skillet or even a baking dish. Its fast, cleanup is a breeze and all the flavors blend so make a delish meal.

I did a littl20151117_142146-1e dish of my own with what I had on hand and I have to say, it was yummy. I grabbed some white rice, baby potatoes, frozen brussels sprouts, baby carrots and a can of chicken broth. I layered it all in a 13×9 pyrex dish and seasoned with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. I layered boneless, skinless chicken breasts on top and seasoned them with grapeseed oil, salt & pepper.

 

 

Toss it in the oven at 350 for about an hour & take it out to turn the chicken over, stir the veggies & add more broth if needed. Bake it for another 20 minutes or so and serve with warm rolls. Deliciousness!20151117_150517