Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chicken Gnocchi Alfredo. From start to table in 15 minutes.

I always love to participate in sharing recipes. Kelly, from Kelly's Korner is asking for great go to recipes. It quick. easy and real good.


Chicken Gnocchi Alfredo: This is from my 15 minute meal collection. Chicken Gnocchi Alfredo can be completed from start to finish in 15 minutes. I time stamped all the pictures from beginning to end to show it could be done. From start to table in 15 minutes.


















Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 pound refrigerated potato gnocchi
24 oz. chicken breasts, no skin or boned
9 oz fresh spinach
1 pound jar Classico Creamy Alfredo four cheese sauce
2 clove(s) garlic
1/2 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions:

Bring water to a boil for gnocchi. Chop chicken up in large bite size pieces and set aside. Put olive oil in wok on medium. Chop garlic and add to heated oil. Once garlic is browned add chicken and cover. At this point the water should be boiling. Add gnocchi and lower heat to medium. Stir chicken and add the spinach to the wok. Cover and let steam for 3 minutes. Spread the spinach and chicken to the outer edges and add the Four Cheese Alfredo sauce to the center. Let simmer on Medium heat for 1 minute. Now add the gnocchi to the wok and stir. You are ready to serve.

Hint on how you can tell if the Gnocchi's are cooked: A sure way to tell if the Gnocchi's are cooked just right is when they float in the boiling water they are done.


Hint to save time: I do not strain the gnocchi. I use a large spoon with holes and take it right out of the boiling water into the main dish.


Points: 15 points per serving







I find that a Wok cooks in half the time of a regular pan.










































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I'm ready for the big screen

Something you might not know about me. I am an avid TV addicted mama. I am soooooo ready for my shows to start. I love, Grey's Anatomy, I can’t wait to see what happens to George and Izzie. Ghost Whisperer, This show makes me cry every time. I can’t remember watching it once and not crying. The Real Housewives of NY, Love them all. Kelly, not so much! Desperate Housewives, Dancing With The Stars & Brothers and Sisters. Castle, I’m still on the fence about this one. The Chief watches one, NCIS. Thank goodness for DVR.

Thank you "PAIR" SLICES , The Daily Dribbles and Olwald Cuties for participating in "What would your children say?" Wednesday, and sharing those great stories. You can still go and see what their cuties were up to.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Boys in a cage

Today I’m putting a twist on "What would your children say?" Wednesday. I'm posting something that makes my child laugh uncontrollably and what cracks him up. I would also like help with some ideas for what would your children say?" Wednesday.
These two friends were at the Children’s Museum over summer vacation and they thought it was the funniest thing to get into the dog cages. They didn't get in them once but they got in them twice. They could not stop laughing. They stayed in them for at least 15 minutes.

Now from my point of view I find this hysterical, because when I sit the Cisco kid in a chair for time out, he goes ballistic. But being in a cage is fun. Go figure!!!!!








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There will be 15 winners. I am in the Christmas mood. I am going to start giving things away. I just want to hand them out left and right. You could be next. A total of fifteen FREE gifts will be given away. Go to Show off your Creations and see how to win.




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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tiger Cub and Den Mom

If you would have told me ten years ago that I would have been a den mom and wearing a rugged looking shirt, I would have called your crazy. It just goes to show you how having children can change your prospective in life.

Maybee I'm wearing a rugged shirt, but at least my feet will look pretty!!!!

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Coconut Macaroons


This is the fourth post out of twelve. Every Monday I am going to post a recipe from my Christmas cookie collection. I have already posted about my Almond Crescents, no cook S'mores and Almond cups.

These Coconut macaroons are so soft and chewy. Most coconut macaroon cookie recipes do not require any cooking prior to baking. These do require cooking. That extra step is worth it. It adds a great chewy texture on the inside.

1/2 cup sugar
teaspoons corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
bag (14 oz) sweetened shredded coconut (about 5 1/3 cups lightly packed)
1- 1/2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
oz cream cheese, softened
egg whites, slightly beaten
1-tablespoon water

Directions

Heat oven to 325°F. Line 1 large or 2 small cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper.

In 1-quart saucepan, combine sugar, water and corn syrup. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer 30 seconds to 1 minute, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in almond extract.

In large bowl, combine sweetened coconut and 1 cup of the unsweetened coconut. Pour sugar mixture over coconut; beat with electric mixer on low speed until well mixed. Add cream cheese and egg whites; beat on low speed until blended.

Place remaining 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut in shallow bowl. With moistened hands, firmly shape rounded tablespoonfuls of coconut mixture into balls; roll in unsweetened coconut to coat. Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.

Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, at least 30 minutes. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.



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