- replace skim milk with 2% milk
- replace fat free chicken broth with low sodium chicken broth
- replace reduced fat mild cheddar with sharp cheddar
- replace 4 cups baby spinach with 4 cups baby spinach, kale, and chard blend
- add 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- add 2 caprese chicken sausages, chopped
- add italian bread crumbs to parmesan topping
- replace frozen spinach with fresh baby kale, spinach, and chard blend
- replace onion with leeks
- omit water chestnuts
I purchased some cubed steak on sale and made the Pioneer Woman's Fried Round Steak, which was very tasty! I served it with roast potatoes and steamed asparagus with lemon butter.
While we're talking about the Pioneer Woman and steak, I should mention that my go-to recipe for Philly Cheese Steak is her MM Sandwich, PW Style. This is so delicious! The mushrooms really take it to the next level. I serve it with freezer fries. Yum!
While out I found a good deal on some boneless beef chuck western style ribs, and not knowing much about beef I snatched them up. When I got home I looked them up and discovered they come from the shoulder, not the ribs, and can be rather tough. Low & slow was the recommended cooking method, so I decided to make them in the crock pot. I seasoned them with salt and pepper and browned them in a skillet before putting them into the crock pot. I used the same skillet to sautee a diced onion and added that on top of the "ribs." Then I poured a bottle of beer and some NC Style (vinegar based) BBQ sauce in the crock pot, covered it, and cooked them on low for the day. I served them up with corn on the cobb, salad, and stuffing.
I felt like making something that would freeze well for an easy dinner later this week, so I made the Pioneer Woman's Lasagna. I really enjoy most of the recipes the Pioneer Woman has, so I figured this would be a winner. I didn't have any tomato paste on hand, so I left that out. I also only had dried basil, and I just estimated the amounts there. This turned out to be a tasty lasagna recipe, though a bit basic. Perhaps the two items I didn't have would have given it the extra flavor I was hoping for.
We got a deep fryer recently, so I decided to try it out with some Beer Battered Chicken Tenders! Yum!
I also made Pioneer Woman's Chicken Tenders, but I made nuggets instead. I made a few other alterations to the recipe:
- deep fry nuggets for about 4 - 5 minutes in batches of roughly 10 nuggets at a time
- add to flour mixture 1tsp oregano, 1tsp paprika, and 1/4tsp garlic powder
- replace buttermilk with 2% (because that's what I had at home)
These turned out awesome! Definitely the "extra crispy" version with the little bits of batter stuck to the chicken! I think adding spices to the flour mixture really helps, and I will probably tweak this over time (if I make it often enough) until I get the spices just how I'd like.