Archive for May, 2009

Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

May 29, 2009


2 T. minced fresh cilantro

2 1/2 T. fresh lime juice

1 1/2 T. olive oil

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves

1/4 tsp salt

cooking spray


1 c. chopped plum tomato

2 T. finely chopped onion

2 tsp fresh lime juice

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper

1 avocado, peeled and finely chopped

Prepare chicken by combining first four ingredients in a large bowl.  Toss and marinate for 30 minutes.  Sprinkle chicken with salt.  Coat a pan with cooking spray.  Cook on medium- high heat for 6 minutes on each side.

Prepare salsa by combining all ingredients except for avocado.  Add avocado and stir gently to combine.

Serve salsa over chicken.


Chicken & Feta Tabbouleh

May 29, 2009

This was super yummy and perfect for a hot day.  The recipe that I followed said that it was good the first day but great the second.  I would have to agree.  Normally I think of tabbouleh as a side dish but with the added chicken it came out great as a main dish. I substituted cous cous for the bulgur since I could only find a large $7 package and I wasn’t sure it would actually be something that we would eat again.

3/4 c. cous cous

2 c. chopped cooked chicken

1 c. chopped plum tomato

1 c. chopped English cucumber

1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley

1/2 c. (2 oz) crumbled feta cheese

1/3 c. finely chopped green onions

1/4 c. chopped fresh mint

2 T. fresh lemon juice

2 cloves of garlic finely chopped

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Gently toss to combine.

Honey-Oatmeal Whole Wheat Bread- from Julie

May 21, 2009

This was the first bread that I experimented with in our mixer.  It turned out great even for a novice like me.  We love that it actually has more wheat flour than white flour, tastes better than that store bought stuff and ends up even costing less than the stuff you buy in the store, unless you are buying the $1 loaf that falls apart when you touch it.

2 cups water
1/2 stick butter
2 1/4 t salt
1/3 c honey (or white or brown sugar)
3/4 c oatmeal
1/8 c vital wheat gluten
1 1/2 c bread flour
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 T yeast
2 eggs

Microwave water and butter on high for 3 minutes.  Meanwhile, mix salt, sugar, oatmeal, flour and yeast.  Add eggs – mix.  While the mixer is going, slowly add the water/butter mix, and mix until combined.

Put bread hook on mixer and knead for 10 minutes, adding enough bread flour so that the dough doesn’t stick to the bowl.  After kneading, cover and let rise 1 hour.  Divide into 2 loaves and put in prepared pans.  Raise, lightly covered for 30-60 minutes, until double.

Bake at 350 for 25-30ish minutes.  Cool on rack.

Make New Friends Carrot Cake

May 18, 2009


4 eggs

1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 cups grated carrots


1/2 cup butter, softened

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped pecans


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.

2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans. Pour into prepared pan.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

4. To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in chopped pecans. Frost the cooled cake.

Buttermilk Wheat Bread- Breadmaker

May 1, 2009

This has been my favorite breadmaker recipe that I have tried so far. It says it is wheat but really just has a sprinkling of wheat in it.  The buttermilk made it really light tasting.

  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Place all ingredients into a bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select the Basic White Bread setting, then press Start. If the ingredients do not form a ball after a few minutes, add a splash more buttermilk, or a handful of flour if it is too loose.