Monday, April 30, 2012

Cream Cheese Chicken

I haven't been able to update this (or cook) for awhile now because of school and work.. sigh.

I decided it was necessary though to take some time out of my evening to make a homemade, delicious Sunday dinner.

And what are we having for Sunday dinner?

A cream cheese chicken casserole. Mmmm mmmm mmmm mmmm....mmmm!

When I found this recipe, I looked at the nutritional facts and found that it was CRAZY high in fat, calories and cholesterol (hello 100% DV!), so this is my healthier, lower calorie/fat/cholesterol version.

  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 ounce Italian salad dressing mix 
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 can 98% fat free cream of chicken soup
  • 8 ounces fat free cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sodium free chicken broth
  1.  Sprinkle chicken with dry salad dressing mix.
  2. Melt margarine in skillet and brown chicken.
  3.  Remove chicken to casserole dish.
  4. Add garlic to skillet and cook slightly. 
  5. Add cream soup, cream cheese and chicken broth to make sauce. Stir until smooth consistency. 
  6. Pour sauce over chicken and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour or until done.
  7. Serve over potatoes, rice or pasta. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Orgasmo Chocolate Liqueur Cupcakes

Now, if you know me, you know I love chocolate.

And sugar.

And desserts.

And food in general.

I have had to take a cooking hiatus (too busy with school, work and travels) so I woke up with an urge to get back in the kitchen and make something delicious. And today, it was decadent chocolate liqueur cupcakes. Now, usually when I make desserts, I end up eating all of it within a matter of a day.

So, this time, I am being a sweetheart (and less selfish..) and sharing them with friends and co-workers!

Foodie friends: here is a simple, delicious recipe for chocolate liqueur cupcakes with a simple, homemade cream cheese frosting.

  • 1 (18 oz.) box devil's food cake mix 
  • 1 (6 oz.) box chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/3 cup Kahlua 
  • 8 oz. of fat free cream cheese.
  • 1/3 cup sugar.
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
  1.  Prepare cake mix as directed on box. Add in pudding mix and Kahlua.
  2. Scoop batter into baking cups, filling about 2/3 full. 
  3. Bake in 325 degree oven for 17-20 minutes (insert toothpick into the center--if it comes out clean, they are ready).
  4. Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together for frosting.
  5. After cupcakes have cooled, add frosting to top.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Chocolate Fondue

Well, foodies-- I have hit 1000 page views (in a little over a month!), so I would like to thank you all for checking out my recipes and for putting up with my extremely "insightful" comments that go along with each of them.

So, to celebrate, I figured I'd need some sort of chocolate recipe! Okay, I was actually planning on making this before I saw the page views.. but either way, it's a fantastic, easy to make recipe without the expense of buying a fondue set.

Serve with fruits, cookies, graham crackers, marshmallows or, if you're hardcore like me, more chocolate!

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. butter or margarine 
  • 1 (14 oz.) can of evaporated milk
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt chocolate chips, butter, evaporated milk and water. 
  2. Cook and stir constantly until thickened (about 5 minutes).
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add vanilla.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easy Cheesy Chicken Casserole.

I wasn't sure what to make for dinner tonight. Scratch that, I didn't want to make dinner tonight. And then I went to work..

One of my co-workers/friends made a Taco Bell pit stop before work and brought the $5 big box back with him. And oh boy, did it smell good..

*Side Note/Observation* Has anybody tried that new Doritos taco? What is up with the commercial that has the young adults (who must be blazed out of their freaking minds) driving across country to get one? Are they really that great? I heard they were okay, but are they worth the thousand mile trip?

Annnnnddddddd... back to the recipe.

..anyway, the smell of the Taco Bell gave me a real hankering for Mexican food. Namely, some sort of spicy, delicious casserole. So, I invented this easy, cheesy chicken casserole.

  • 1 pound cut up boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can Rotel (as always, choose your own heat)
  • 1 8 oz. package wild rice
  1. Cook rice according to package, minus 1/4 cup water. Drain and cool.
  2. Mix cut up chicken breast, 1 cup cheese, soup, Rotel and rice in bowl.
  3. Place mixture into a 9-inch pan. Add remaining cheese over the top.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F for half hour.
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