Monday, July 22, 2013

Dinner of the Week: Sweet Pesto Shrimp

This recipe took us 15 minutes to make, and it was delicious.  It is my favorite rendition of pesto.  We will be making it time and time again, especially since our basil plant is exploding in our veggie garden beds!

Sweet Pesto Shrimp
Courtesy of KB

Ingredients: 
- 1 pound raw shrimp
- 1 handful fresh basil leaves
- olive oil
- Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses
- Pine nuts
- Lemon juice
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

First, wash and pat dry the basil leaves.


In a food processor or blender, add the basil, a large pinch of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, a dash of pine nuts, and approximately 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 4 tablespoons olive oil to start.  Liberally sprinkle salt and pepper on top.  Blend the mixture into pesto.  It will need to have a semi-liquid consistency, so if necessary, add more olive oil and blend again.


Your pesto will turn out like this once done!


Then, peel the shrimp.


Heat a large dab of margarine or butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Cook the shrimp for approximately five minutes until they begin to curl up and become pink.


Pour the pesto into the saucepan and toss to coat.  Simmer for another two minutes.


Serve and enjoy!


The shrimp were tender, perfectly cooked, and sweet with a touch of lemon.  


We served this dinner with a side of instant rice pilaf and broccoli.  The broccoli had been frozen, so we steamed the bag and added a squeeze of lemon and sprinkled black pepper over top.


These shrimp would also be perfect over a bed of jasmine rice or linguine noodles.  Since the pesto is so simple to make, this recipe is extremely versatile.  


Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Dinner of the Week: Mini Deep Dish Margherita Pizzas

Ready for an easy appetizer that will please a crowd?  These mini deep dish pizzas are fun to make and are ready in less than 20 minutes.  They are perfect for barbecues, potlucks, and quick dinners.

Mini Deep Dish Margherita Pizzas

Ingredients:
- 1 can refrigerated pizza dough
- 1/4 jar pasta sauce
- 4 oz. shredded mozarella cheese
- 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1 handful fresh basil leaves

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Spray muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.


Roll out rounds of pizza dough into approximately four-inch circles, and gently press them into each muffin cup.  Once done, season them with salt and pepper.


Add a dollop of pasta sauce to the individual muffin tins.  Chop up the tomatoes and add one or two slices into each, as well.


Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese into each cup.  Then, mince the fresh basil leaves and top each mini pizza with a bit of them.


Bake the pizzas into the preheated oven for 12 minutes or until golden around the edges.  Enjoy!


Gooey bite-sized pizzas.  They are wonderful.


I'm going to experiment with different toppings for future cookouts, but this margherita recipe is a true winner.


Hope your guests will love them as much as we do!

You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot So Functional HousewifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaPerfectly ImperfectThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dinner of the Week: Creole Chicken

I've mentioned before that Cajun food is my weakness.  The recipe is no exception.  I made it a little too hot for Evan, but you can definitely tone it down with the red pepper flakes.  I've altered the recipe to try to control the heat a bit.

Creole Chicken
Courtesy of eMeals.com

Ingredients: 
- 1 lbs. chicken tenderloins
- 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- 10 oz. can tomatoes and green chiles
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1/4 onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 cups instant brown rice

Wash, pat dry, and clean the chicken.  Season it all over with your favorite Cajun seasoning.


Heat a dab of butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the chicken to the skillet and saute it for five minutes, until all sides of the chicken have been seared.


Meanwhile, chop up the bell pepper, celery, and onion on a cutting board.


Reduce the heat to medium-low.  Add the tomatoes, bell pepper, celery, onion, garlic, basil, and red pepper flakes to the skillet.  Simmer, covered, for approximately 10-15 minutes.  Be sure to stir the mixture occasionally so it doesn't burn.


In the meantime, cook your instant brown rice according to the manufacturer's instructions.


As the chicken cooks, it will begin to fall apart.  The vegetables will soften, too.


Once done, serve the chicken over a bed of brown rice, and enjoy!


This recipe is delicious.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  It has the perfect blend of Cajun spices and touches.  The chicken is so tender that it tastes as though it has been simmering on the stove all day long.


We served this dinner with a simple salad with mixed greens, fresh strawberries, and balsamic vinaigrette. 


Hope you'll like it, too!


You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot So Functional HousewifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaPerfectly ImperfectThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dinner of the Week: Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Buffalo chicken pizza is Evan's and my brother's absolute favorite.  I hoped that this version from eMeals was going to be a winner for both of them -- sure enough, it was!  This is an easy recipe that can be made for any busy weeknight.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Courtesy of eMeals.com

Ingredients: 
- 1 lbs. chicken tenderloins
- 2 tbs. chicken seasoning
- 1 can refrigerated pizza crust
- 1/2 cup pasta sauce of choice
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced celery
- 5 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
- 1 tablespoon margarine, melted
- 4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 oz. crumbled bleu cheese

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Wash, pat dry, and clean the chicken tenderloins.  Sprinkle your favorite chicken seasoning on top.


Fill a medium-sized saucepan halfway with water.  Set it on the stovetop over medium high heat.  Add the chicken to the water and let them cook for approximately 10 minutes.


Meanwhile, bring out a pizza stone or cookie sheet, and spray it with non-stick cooking spray.  Spread the uncooked pizza crust across it in a large circle. Prebake it in the oven for 10 minutes.


Then, dice the celery into small slices.


Once the pizza crust is done baking, coat it with a thick layer of pasta sauce.  Evenly sprinkle the celery across the top.


Once the chicken is done, drain the saucepan and chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces.


Choose your favorite buffalo sauce to give the pizza a kick!  I chose Tabasco's Buffalo Style hot sauce.  It's a favorite in our house.


Add the chicken, melted margarine, and the hot sauce to a mixing bowl.  Toss the ingredients together to coat.


Arrange the chicken on top of the pizza. 


Sprinkle with cheeses and it's ready for the oven.  Bake it at 400 degrees until the crust begins to brown and the cheese melts, about 10-15 minutes.  


Slice it with a pizza cutter and enjoy!



Evan and Cory polished off this pizza in about 10 minutes.  I'd say it was a winner!


This recipe has a perfect combination of sweet pasta sauce, fiery buffalo chicken, and gooey cheeses.  It is one of my favorite pizza recipes that I've tried, and I know that it'll become a regular one in our house.


Hope you will like it, too!

You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

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