Thursday, March 1, 2012

Panko Fried Avocado Slices

I was craving avocado like no other all day today. So for dinner I made grilled chicken sandwiches with avocado and fried avocado slices in panko. It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g..... Oh, and I used my honey mustard on my sandwich.



For the fried avocado slices...
You Will Need:
  • 2 firm and ripe avocados
  • 1 1/2 c. Panko
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 c. Flour
  • Canola oil for frying
  • A dash of salt
Directions:
  1. In a skillet pour oil until full about 1/2 inch. Heat on medium high heat.
  2. Peel and slice avocados into small slices. Throw the pits away unless you want to grow more avocados.
  3. In 3 bowls put the panko, egg, and flour in one each. Lightly beat the egg.
  4. Dip the avocado slices in the flour, then the egg, then the panko.
  5. Place in heated oil. Fry on one side until golden brown, flip and fry until both sides are done. Place fried slices on a paper towel to soak up some of the oil.
Be careful when handling the slices, they break easy if not careful!

My sandwich is butter toasted bread and on it is grilled chicken, honey mustard, tomato, and avocado. It was a legit and avocado-ey dinner!

Honey Mustard

When I was pregnant with my daughter one of the tings I craved the most was honey mustard. I could seriously eat it on pretty much everything. It was the one and only condiment I continued to absolutely love after I had my daughter. I would order tons of it when we went to a restaurant. So I found myself at home wanting some damn honey mustard. I went online to find a recipe for some and found the dumbest things. Recipes that told me I couldn't use a certain brand of mayo, or ridiculous ingredients that normal people don't just keep on hand. So I said, "The hell with it. I'm making my own damn honey mustard." And this is what I came up with.... (Pretty good if I do say so myself!)

You Will Need:
  • 3 1/2 tbsp. Mayo (NO, it does not matter what brand. But I don't recommend "light" mayo)
  • 3 tbsp. Spicy brown mustard
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 1/8 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. Cayenne pepper (This is only optional for a spicier honey mustard)



Directions:
  1. Throw it all in a small sauce bowl and blend together well. Serve immidiately or chill.
I just put this on a grilled chicken sandwhich and it was heaven.  :)



Dinner Menus

My dinner menus get planned for 2 weeks starting on a Thursday and ending on a Thursday. That's just kind of how our payday falls. I'll show you what I put on my 2 week menus and how I write them!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Simple Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers




You Will Need:
  • 6 Bell peppers (Any color but I prefer green)
  • 1 lb. Ground beef
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c. Cooked rice OR one bag of boil in a bag rice
  • 1/2 tsp. Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 can Tomato sauce (14 oz.)
  • Cheese to top the peppers

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the tops off the bell peppers and scoop the core & seeds out with a spoon.
  3. Cook the ground beef and onion until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender.
  4. Add seasonings and turn heat to warm.
  5. Boil rice until fully cooked.
  6. Drain excess grease from meat.
  7. In a bowl or skillet combine meat mixture, rice, and can of tomato sauce. Stir until blended.
  8. Spoon meat and rice mixture into hollow bell peppers until full.
  9. Top filled peppers with a generous amount of cheese.
  10. Stand upright in a casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes.

Tips:
  • When buying bell peppers for this dish, make sure they stand fairly upright and don't lean. Or you will have a meaty mess in your oven.
  • Cover the bottom of your casserole dish with tin foil so if anything spills over like the cheese, you can just toss the foil and the casserole dish is clean in the end. Less dishes! Woo hoo!
  • Don't leave any straggling seeds in your hollow bell peppers. Clean them out well.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Note To Self...

Do not bribe my 2 year old to use the big potty for cookies anymore. Bad bad bad idea. It turned into her trying to make other "Will do for cookies" things. I'm running out of cookies and patience from her new found energy.