Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Vegetable Fritters

These veggie fritters are soo yummy! They are a good alternative to plain vegetable sides.

  • 2 zucchini, grated and drained

  • 2 large carrots, peeled and grated

  • 1/2 sweet onion, grated

  • 3 cloves garlic, grated

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 cup bisquick

  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley

  • ground black pepper

  • Cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grate all vegetables in magic bullet, or food processor, make sure to drain zucchini. Add all ingredients together (except cooking spray) in a bowl and mix well. Line 2 baking sheets with tin foil. Spray well with cooking spray. Spoon 6 onto each baking sheet and spread out with spoon. Bake for 25-30 minutes. These are delicious with sour cream!!

Crock Pot Honey BBQ Shredded Chicken

I love using the crock pot for meals. Especially when I have lots of frozen chicken on hand. This can be made as sandwiches for all the bread eaters in your house, but I just eat it on top of veggies, or by itself.

  • 2lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • 1 bottle SF bbq sauce, plus 1 cup for later

  • 2 Tablespoons water

  • 2 Tablespoons honey

  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (divided)

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro

Add chicken, whole bottle BBQ sauce, water, honey, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic and cilantro. Mix and cook on low for about 6 hours. At 6 hours, the sauce will be liquid. Remove chicken and dump liquid. Add chicken back to the pot, turn setting on to "keep warm" and add 1 cup of BBQ sauce and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Shred chicken. Eat! This is a new favorite of ours!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

BBQ Chicken Wheat Pizza

Sometimes we just want pizza. I have enjoyed tortilla pizzas many times. As I was searching in Trader Joe's one day I found 99 cent wheat pizza dough. I bought 3 and threw them in the freezer. I had extra BBQ sauce from my turkey legs, so I decided to make something different.

  • 1 bag wheat pizza dough (let it sit at room temp for 20 minutes before using)

  • 3/4 of a bottle of SF BBQ sauce

  • 2 chicken breasts

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 large viadalia onion, sliced thin

  • 2 cups LF cheddar cheese

  • 2-3 Tablespoons of fresh cilantro

  • flour to dust the dough

Preheat oven to 450. Flour a baking sheet and add dough. Stretch out into a rectangle. In a pan cook chicken until no longer pink, then add to a pot, with 2-3 tablespoons of BBQ sauce and chili powder. Cook for about 5 minutes and shred with a fork and tongs. Add cooking spray to a pan and add onions until caramelized.

Add remaining BBQ sauce on top of dough and spread out like sauce. Add cheese, chicken, onions and cilantro. Cook for about 10 minutes. Holy moly this was soooo good. I am going to make it again soon!

Smokin' Turkey Legs

I was trying to recreate the Disney World style turkey legs. These are awesome, but I do not have a smoker, so it did lack that intense smokey flavor, but these were full of ton of flavor.

  • 1 (2 liter) bottle of diet ginger ale

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 2 packets splenda

  • 2 Tablespoons hot sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 large vadalia onion, sliced thick

  • 4 large turkey legs

  • 2 Tablespoons SF BBQ sauce

  • poultry seasoning

Add first 8 ingredients to a large pot. Boil turkey for about 30-40 minutes, or until internal temp is 180. Preheat broiler to 400 degrees. Remove turkey and take out onions. Lay onions on a baking sheet, and lay turkey legs on top. Add BBQ sauce and poultry seasoning to both sides of the turkey leg. Broil for 15 minutes, then turn legs, and broil for another 15 minutes.

These ingredients sound weird together, but this is a very different and flavorful dish.

Mac and Cheese Style Green Beans

I miss mac and cheese. I never eat it anymore unless I get a random urge to mac a little bit with wheat pasta. These green beans remind me of yummy, creamy mac and cheese, without the carbs. It's a great side with any meal!

  • 3 cups frozen green beans, boiled for 10 minutes in salter water

  • 1 cup low fat cheddar cheese

  • 2 tablespoons skim milk

  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • salt and pepper

Boil green beans and drain. Return the beans to the pot and mix in milk and butter, mix for a minute. Add in cheese, a dash of salt and pepper and the cayenne. Mix until the cheese is melted, and enjoy. This was so yummy! Next time I might add the finished beans to a casserole dish, top with cheese and breadcrumbs and baked like baked mac and cheese.