Sunday, June 22, 2008

Chicken Pasta Salad

This is an easy recipe you can make or put together in the morning so you don't have to cook in the evening.

One pasta salad kit (Ranch or Garlic Parm.)
Cooked Chicken
Tomatoes diced
One Can of olives

1. First you just make the pasta salad however the box instructs. You add mayo to a seasoning pack in the box and mix.

2. After your pasta is made you can add diced tomatoes, cubes of cooked chicken, and diced olives.

This is easy, cold, and can be made in the morning. You can serve it with chips among many other things.


Chicken Quesadillas

I like to make these when I do not want to cook. These are easy and taste great.

green onions (optional)
black olives
cilantro (optional)

I just butter one side of the tortilla and throw any of the above ingredients (usually chicken, cheese, and olives) on the tortilla. Wait a minute and then flip half of the tortilla over. When the tortilla is crisp then I turn it over to cook the other side. These are GREAT with guacamole. I love the mix you get at fry's/walmart next to the avacado's. It is the best and I think the brand is concord foods or something like that. McCormicks mix does not even compare to the other mix.

This can be served with sour cream, beans,rice, or guacamole.

Beef Sub

Here is a sandwich that I like to make when I don't want to cook that is easy.

French Bread (You can also buy french bread with rosemary or any other variety)
Roast Beef
Provalone Cheese Slices
Mushrooms and bell peppers (optional)

I just slice the bread in half and spread mayo on both sides. Then place the roast beef on the bread and top with the cheese slices. You can saute sliced mushrooms in oil or butter if you want. Then I toast the sandwich in the oven shortly until the cheese melts and the meat is warm.

You can serve this with fruit, salad, or chips.


Brother Arter's Smoothie Recipes and Tips...

Here are some of the tips that he shared from Saturday for making smoothies.

-Use frozen fruit
-Use premixed juice and not concentrate with water
-If you need your smoothie to be more thick add more frozen fruit
-Use frozen yogurt in place of milk (it holds up better)

Strawberry Bannana Smoothie

12 oz. apple juice
6 oz. of frozen yogurt
6 oz. strawberries
3 oz. bannanas
3 oz. of ice

Sorry Laura I thought I had the other recipe written down but I do not. Maybe someone else might have it that may want to share?
thanks, tiana

Peanut Butter Cups


2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar

In a medium bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, confectioners' sugar, peanut butter and melted butter. Press firmly into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring occasionally. Spread melted chocolate over the crumb crust. Chill for about 5 minutes, then cut into bars before the chocolate is completely set, then chill until ready to serve.

Thanks, Tiana