Whoooo wants an easy, fabulous meal?

You do!!! Check out my Skillet Chicken Lo Mein. Super yummy and easy!

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SKILLET CHICKEN LO MEIN

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut up (optional)

2 packages Ramen noodles

1 seasoning packet from Ramen noodles

1 ½ cups water

Cut up Veggies (Can be fresh or frozen)

3 Tablespoons soy sauce

1 ½ Tablespoons brown sugar

½ Teaspoon garlic powder

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic powder to make a teriyaki sauce.

Heat electric skillet to 400 degrees and cook chicken in a small amount of oil. When chicken is done, remove from skillet to a plate.

Add water to skillet and then Ramen noodles and one seasoning packet. Cover and cook for one minute. Uncover, stir to break up noodles and continue cooking for another minute. Add vegetables, chicken, and teriyaki sauce. Stir and cover and cook for a minute or two until heated through.

Try other veggies and/or meats for some fun flavors.

 

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Gather ingredients…
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If you use chicken, carefully cut it up and cook it.
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In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic powder to make teriyaki sauce.
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After chicken is cooked, remove to a plate and add water, one of the seasoning packets, and Ramen noodles.
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Cover and cook for one minute…
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Uncover, stir, and cook for another minute…
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Add veggies…
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Stir together and cook until heated through. About two more minutes.
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And your belly will be thanking you!

For printable recipe, click here Skillet Chicken Lo Mein

Pop on over!

How many of you like to experiment? I tried a bunch of experiments with popping popcorn in an electric skillet and it was pretty cool. And it works very well for the most part :).

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I made a couple different kinds of popcorn in different ways…
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I tried different varieties of popcorn as well as different methods of cooking the popcorn in the electric skillet. I used coconut oil, butter, vegetable oil, and nothing (just a dry pan).
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I heated the skillet to 400 and then added the oil (or whatever one I used) and then the popcorn.
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 I then put the lid on and left it a little bit ajar. And then let it pop for a few minutes until most of the kernels are popped.
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Turn off the skillet and take of the lid carefully…you still may get some stray popcorn flying so take it off at your own risk 🙂
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I like a little butter and salt on my popcorn and so now it a great time to make a pond in the middle of your popcorn mountain and melt the butter.
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Stir well and sprinkle with a little salt if desired.
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In my experiment, I found that the vegetable oil or coconut oil works best for popping popcorn.  The dry pan takes quite a bit longer to pop and didn’t seem quite as fluffy but it still works. And the butter burned so don’t do that one. The yellow popcorn was the fluffiest but that might be because it was probably the freshest…
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This is the burned butter popcorn. It still tasted okay but not recommended. Melt the butter AFTER the popcorn is popped!
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Try lots of different seasonings and flavors 🙂
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That was so easy that you could have a neighborhood popcorn party! And popcorn is a whole grain so that counts as a bonus! 

A Cheesy, Gooey, Yummy Mess!

How many of you love lasagna? How many of you hate waiting for an hour for it to bake? Well wait haters, today is your lucky day. Lasagna just got a whole lot easier and quicker! You are gonna love this one!

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EASY SKILLET LASAGNA

1 pound ground beef

½  onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup) or 1 Tbsp. dried onion

3 cups (24 ounces) spaghetti or pasta sauce

½  teaspoon garlic powder

1 ½ cup water

8 ounces egg noodles

Sliced mushrooms, fresh or canned, drained (optional)

1 container (24 ounces) low fat cottage cheese

1 ½  cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Cook ground beef in a large skillet or electric fry pan. Stir to prevent sticking. When ground beef has turned brown, remove grease. If there is not a lot, I use a paper towel to wipe excess grease out. Be very careful since it is very hot! Add mushrooms and cook for two minutes.

Add spaghetti sauce, garlic powder, onion, and water to skillet. Bring to a boil. Add uncooked noodles. Stir and cover with lid. Turn down the heat to 300 and cook 5 minutes.

Spoon cottage cheese over the top. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Put the lid on and let it heat another 5 to 10 minutes until heated through and noodles are tender. For a pretty appearance do not stir the dish once cheese has melted. Season with salt and pepper.

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Get ingredients together. Read the recipe carefully as I forgot to put water in the picture.
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Brown your beef and drain or “towel” the grease. If you use fresh onion, cook it with the meat.
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Add the Vitamin D–mushrooms are the best natural food source of vitamin D 🙂
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Add the other ingredients except noodles, cottage cheese and cheese. Bring to a boil.
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Add the noodles to the boiling sauce. Egg noodles work by far the best since they have a shorter cooking time.
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Reduce heat to 300 and simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
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Add cottage cheese…
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And the cheese…
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Cover and cook for 5 more minutes…
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And you have a beautiful, delicious lasagna mess in minutes!

For printable recipe, please click here Easy Skillet Lasagna

Oh. My. Goodness!

I am so excited to share this recipe with you! I had never made English muffins before and now I will never buy them again! Not even kidding. This is awesome and you can do lots of fun things with English muffins once you have them made. So let’s get started…

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ENGLISH MUFFINS

1½ tablespoons yeast
2 cups very warm water
½ cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
5½ to 6 cups flour (white whole wheat, unbleached, or a combination of both)
cornmeal

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water.  Add melted butter, salt, and sugar. Mix well.   Stir in 3 cups of flour.  Continue to stir in flour, ½ cup at a time, until a soft dough forms.  Knead briefly on a floured surface.  (No need to work the dough hard like bread dough.  Just make sure it’s not sticky.  It will be soft.)

Roll dough out to about ¼ inch thick.  Cut into 4 inch rounds.  (I use a large plastic cup.)  Place rounds on a cornmeal sprinkled surface.  Sprinkle additional cornmeal on top.  Cover rounds with a towel and let rise 30 minutes. Pre-heat skillet to 300 degrees. Cook on  ungreased, pre-heated skillet, about 7-10 minutes on each side.

Allow to cool.  Split to toast.  Makes about 15 muffins.

*** Don’t let the skillet get too hot.  Muffins need to cook at least 7 minutes on each side so that they don’t end up doughy in the middle.

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Get your ingredients…
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Stir yeast in water to dissolve it. Then stir in the rest of ingredients to make a soft dough…
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This is what the dough looks like…
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This is about how thick you should roll out the dough…
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I used a cup to cut mine. But you should try a cookie cutter for fun shapes—why didn’t I think of that sooner???
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Cover and let raise for 30 minutes or so…
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Cook on ungreased, preheated skillet…
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Cook at 300 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes per side until nice and browned…
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Slice and eat! So good with strawberry peach jam…
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Or made into mini-pizzas! Or…whatever you make with them.

For printable recipe, please click here  English Muffins

 

Warning: This is a little crazy…

So I had my post all ready today and my hubby sends me an email informing that it is NATIONAL ZUCCHINI BREAD DAY! How did I miss that one? I mean anyone who is anyone knows it it national zucchini bread day, right? I am sure that I am probably the only person who didn’t realize what day it was. So my dilemma is this: Do I stick with the skillet recipe theme I had planned or do I honor the zucchini appropriately? Hmmmm….maybe I could combine the two? Yep, that’s what I did. I am rather impressed with myself. Here goes:

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SKILLET ZUCCHINI BREAD

1 cake mix

¼ cup brown sugar

3 eggs

2 Tablespoons butter, melted

1 Teaspoon vanilla

1 medium zucchini, shredded (about 2 cups)

Mini chocolate chips (optional)

Press aluminum foil into electric skillet. Remove the foil and set heat on  skillet to 265 degrees with lid on. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. When batter is ready (it will be thick), place foil back in skillet and spray with non stick spray. Spread batter onto foil as best you can. Be careful not to burn yourself on edge of skillet! Cover with the lids slightly ajar so moisture can escape. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove lid and cook another 5 minutes to let some of the moisture evaporate.

Use different flavors of cake mix for fun variety!

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Mold tin foil into your electric skillet BEFORE you heat it up. I used the heavy duty extra wide but if you need to stack it, that is fine.
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Remove foil and turn the temperature to 265 degrees with the lid on.
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Gather your ingredients. Note: You will only need one zucchini for the recipe, unless it is very small zucchini.
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Mix ingredients together. Batter will be very thick.
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Uncover skillet, put tin foil liner back in and spray with non-stick spray. Be careful putting the foil back in as the skillet will be hot.
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Spread the batter the best you can. As you can see, I didn’t get it all the way to the sides but that’s okay–it will spread as it bakes.
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Put the cover on but leave it slightly ajar so steam can escape.
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Bake for 45 minutes…
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You will be able to remove the bread easily from the skillet by picking up the sides of the foil.
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Enjoy! I can’t believe that it actually worked…;)

For printable recipe, click here Skillet Zucchini Bread

Why Whole Grains?

Awhile ago, I talked about how your body is like a car and how you need different foods from ALL of the food groups every day.  Just like a car needs certain amounts of fluids, your body needs certain amounts of each food group. It is not good for your car to have too much oil or too much air in the tires, just like it is not good if you don’t have enough. That is the same with food in the food groups. Let’s start with the Grains Group…

What are grains?

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Grains are grown in fields and the most common are: Wheat, Corn, Rice, Oats, and Barley.

What are grains used for?

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Grains are used to make breads, cereals, pastas, rice dishes, etc. Usually anything made with flour comes from grains.

How do grains help our bodies?

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The main job of grains is to provide energy. Energy helps us run, jump, swim, play, and stay active!

One half of the grains we eat in a day should be whole grains, what are whole grains?

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Whole grains are foods that include the WHOLE grain. Whole wheat, corn, brown rice, and oatmeal are all whole grains. White flour is NOT a whole grain since the bran and germ have been removed from the wheat kernels.

Why is it important to eat whole grains?

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Why did I put a picture of a shower???? Well, whole grains contain fiber which cleans the inside of your body.  Just like you need to take a bath or shower every day, the inside of your body needs to be cleaned too!

So why whole grains?

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Eating whole grains will keep your body clean on the inside and give you energy which makes for a great day!
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Start your day off right with whole grains!

Skillet Sensations!

I almost wore out my waffle iron and so I am going to give it a little rest and move on to the electric skillet. I am so excited to share some awesome things you can do with an electric skillet. Please share any ideas you want me to try or things you have tried and win a prize! Just email ideas and pictures to sharmi.crowther@usu.edu.

We all like a little mac and cheese sunshine and you will love this recipe so here we go:

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Get together ingredients as called for on the box…
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Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil and add the macaroni noodles..If you use 2 1/2 cups, you won’t need to drain the noodles and they will be done when all of the water is absorbed.
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I added some cut up broccoli when the noodles were done.
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Add the milk, butter, and cheese mix when noodles are done (and broccoli if you want…)
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I also thought ham would be good so I threw in some chopped ham too 🙂
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Stir it all together and do the hokey pokey and turn yourself about…
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And that’s what it’s all about!
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Lunch or dinner or even a quick snack. It’s that easy!