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Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

In the last year I have discovered baked oatmeal.  It has become a favorite in our house ever since.  It is more filling and satisfying in a whole new way.  When I found The Oatmeal Artist: Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal, it sounded right up our alley.  We love pumpkin anything and why not add it to oatmeal.

Personally this recipe was not sweet enough for my taste or the kids.  This could easily be increased by switching out half the syrup for brown sugar.  Sweetness is always a to taste thing, so try it with the original recipe and add a bit of sprinkled sugar on top if needed.  The texture is spot on combining soft oatmeal without being gooey with a bit of spice and flavor.

I find making baked oatmeal for breakfast or a take a dish brunch works well.  Most people won’t bring the same dish, no toppings are needed when you do a baked oatmeal, and if it cools down it is ok.  My favorite baked oatmeal is my Berry Baked Oatmeal.

Pumpkin Pie Baked OatmealPumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 Tbs maple syrup or brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together oats, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt.

In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients until smooth.  Add in the dry mixture.

Spread into a lightly greased 9 x 9″ baking dish.

Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

You can sprinkle or stir in any of the following:

chocolate chips, coconut, dried fruit, nuts, or pumpkin seeds.

Bake 22-25 minutes or until set.

Enjoy!


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Gobble-Up Strata

Flipping through some cooking magazines at grandma’s house this recipe for gobble-up strata struck my attention.  It is an article on ways to use up leftovers after Thanksgiving.  Well it is no are we close to Thanksgiving and my Grandma and me wants to know who has leftover stuffing or dressing?  It is always the first thing to disappear at our meal and we usually make double dishes.

I figures I could make this whenever and it sounded pretty good.  Mr.Picky is not a huge fan of strata but I served it when company was around so I knew he would eat it no matter what.  Knowing that I would never have leftover stuffing I prepared some with the purpose of this recipe alone.  I also used some rotisserie chicken that I had pulled apart and frozen previously.  The peppers and onions give it great color, it reminds me of Christmas.

The strata turned out great and was very filling.  Mr.Picky said it would be even better with a bit of turkey gravy over the top, I must agree that it would make it even better.

Gobble Up StrataGobble-Up Strata:

  • 3-4 cups leftover stuffing or dressing
  • 2 cups cubed and cooked chicken or turkey
  • 4 green onions,chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

 

Lightly grease a 9×13″ baking dish.

Layer stuffing, then chicken, followed by the green onions and peppers.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, and mayonnaise and pour evenly over the top of the casserole.

Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 60-65 minutes.  Allow to cool about 10 minutes before serving.

Gobble-Up Strata

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Sweet Potato Casserole

My Grandmother started making this Sweet Potato Casserole recipe at least 5 years ago for Thanksgiving.  It has turned into such a favorite the pan is almost licked clean.  My daughter will usually eat as much as I will give and then a second helping.  We no longer prepare the sweet potatoes any other way for the holidays.

I find myself making it throughout the year as dessert for my kids.  I have yet to get Mr.Picky to like sweet potatoes of any kind.  We were headed to my family’s for dinner where I was preparing a somewhat Thanksgiving flavored dinner.  I had extra sweet potatoes to use up and thought this would be the perfect side dish to the meal.  Although we serve it as a side it has enough sugar and butter to be a dessert, this is probably why it is the best.

In my pictures I made the recipe just as my Grandmother wrote the recipe.  When I got to her and said how come mine doesn’t look like yours?  She stated that she had increased the flour amount in the topping which makes it more of a crumb and better.  I have revised the recipe to the correct flour amount so if your picture looks different it is ok.

Sweet Potato CasseroleSweet Potato Casserole:

  • 6 large sweet potatoes or yams- peel after steaming and mash well
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Topping:

  • 5 Tbs melted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 Tbs flour
  • 1/4-1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

After steaming the sweet potatoes until tender, remove the peel and mash well.  Add in the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.  Continue to mash until well combined and almost completely smooth.

Spread potatoes in a 9×13″ glass baking dish.

Combine topping ingredients and spread over the sweet potatoes.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until topping is caramelized and potatoes are heated through.


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One Dish Italian Chicken and Sides

Five ingredient one dish meal!

Five ingredient one dish meal!

After a friend shared the recipe Green Beans, Chicken & Potatoes – Julie’s Eats & Treats, she raved on and on about how easy and great it was.  I immediately made it and let me tell  you she was right.  I don’t think dinner can get easier or more family friendly than this recipe.

This meal was a one dish Italian flavored chicken and sides dish.  No need for anything else besides maybe some dinner rolls if you have them around.  Moist flavorful chicken, tender potatoes, and perfectly cooked green beans.  Both kids loved this meal and ate seconds and leftovers the next day.  Not to mention my 5-year-old decided she did like green beans.

The only thing I would do differently and I will keep you all posted is to create my own Italian seasoning mix.  I am not a fan of packaged seasoning mixture because they are usually full of salt and junk.  Ranch dressing I have down but I don’t normally cook a lot with Italian seasoning so I will have to experiment.  If you try this with a homemade seasoning mix before I update let me know.

Italian Chicken and SidesOne Dish Italian Chicken and Sides:

  • 2-3 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3-5 medium/large red or new potatoes, cubed
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut in small cubes or slices
  • 1 package of Italian seasoning/dressing mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 9×13″ pan line up green beans on one side lengthwise and potatoes on the other.

Place the chicken in the center row.

Arrange the butter cubes evenly over everything and then sprinkle all with the Italian seasoning.

Tightly cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.

Carefully remove foil (it is so so hot) and serve.
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Broccoli Quinoa Bake

Broccoli Quinoa BakeI made broccoli quinoa bake as a meatless meal last night.  We loved it, in fact I am already thinking of endless quinoa bake ideas.  Mr.Picky was not around to try it but I think he would tolerate it.  We ate it as a main dish because quinoa is full of protein and we had plenty of broccoli in it.  It would also make a great side dish accompanying any meat really.

Think of it as an easy risotto.  Don’t let the broccoli and quinoa fool you.  We combined both healthy ingredients with some cheese to come up with a family edible solution.

I had inspiration from many recipes I found but I ended up revamping the recipe to my taste.  I made a white sauce by scratch with pulled the whole thing together.  The fat content in other recipes seemed extremely high to me and I reduced that and all turned out well.  Give it a try, it is a great dish to test quinoa out on the family.  I just told them it was rice.

Broccoli Quinoa Bake:

  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1 chicken bullion cube
  • 1 tsp Morton Nature’s Seasoning
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1 cup shredded blended cheese (Colby,cheddar, or mozzarella)
  • 1 green onions,chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli, steamed until tender and chopped
  • 2 Tbs mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs parmesan cheese, to sprinkle on top

Bring quinoa, water, and dash of salt to a boil.  Cover and reduce the heat to low.  Continue to cook for 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa looks like it has white tails.  Fluffy with a fork and set aside to cool slightly. (You can skip this step and use leftover cooked quinoa about 1 1/2-2 cups worth).

While the quinoa is cooking steam up the broccoli or use frozen and thaw.  Either way coarsely chop the broccoli.

In a saucepan you are going to make a white sauce or base soup to pull the whole dish together.  Combine 1 cup cold milk and 1 Tbs cornstarch.  Whisk until smooth and continue to heat over medium heat.  At this point you can add the chicken bouillon, salt, 1/4 tsp pepper to taste, dash of nutmeg and to season I added Morton Nature’s Seasoning (see link to create your own).  Continue until starting to thicken, make sure and taste your seasoned sauce.

Cream of whatever or white soup.

Cream of whatever or white soup.

(In substitute to the white sauce you could use a can of cream of mushroom, cream or chicken, or cream of celery soup.  You can also add in mushrooms to the white sauce or any other vegetable you desire)

Now to put it all together in a large bowl combine the cooked quinoa, cooked broccoli, the white sauce, 1 green onion chopped, shredded cheese, and mayonnaise.  Stir until well combined.

Broccoli Quinoa Bake

Pour into a lightly greased 1 1/2 or 2 quart baking dish.  Spread evenly and sprinkle with 2 Tbs parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until bubbly and cheese is starting to brown.

Broccoli Quinoa Bake

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Cheesy Yellow Squash Casserole

Cheesy Yellow Squash CasseroleFor the life of me I have no idea where I discovered this tasty recipe.  I can remember making it and found the recipe card in my recipe box.  All that I know is I could eat the whole pan for dinner.  I serve this as a side to some good barbecued meat but you can easily eat this as a vegetarian dish.

Yellow squash is great sautéed which is my usual way to cook it.  It is so similar to zucchini without the versatility.  So when I came across this recipe I will hold on to it.  Cheese and Ritz crackers, how can you go wrong?

So, the first time I made this I sliced the squash and onions and Mr.Picky and the kids wouldn’t eat it.  With summer squash and zucchini I know it is a texture thing.  So a few years later I figured I would give it another try, but this time I grated both the squash and onion in the food processor.  This completely changed the whole texture to the dish almost making it into a gratin.  The original recipe also called for 1/4 cup melted butter which I accidentally left out, it still turned out great so I just removed it altogether from the recipe.  Might as well cut the extra fat.

Needless to say both kids had seconds and Mr.Picky ate all the leftovers the next day by wrapping it in a tortilla.  He didn’t care too much for it on its own, he thought it tasted like egg.  In a burrito though he thought is was a winner.  I over stuffed myself and was sad to see all the leftovers gone.

Cheesy Yellow Squash Casserole:Cheesy Yellow Squash Casserole

  • 4 cups yellow squash sliced or grated
  • 1/2 cup onion sliced or grated
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbs butter

Prepare a 9 x 13″ ( if slicing squash) or a 9 x 9″ pan (if grating squash and onion) by greasing it lightly.

Place onion and squash in skillet over medium heat. Pour a small amount of water into the pan cover and cook until tender. Drain and place in large bowl.  Doesn’t take long if you have grated the squash.squash and onions

Mix crumbs and cheese in a separate bowl. Place half of cracker mix into squash.

Mix eggs milk together, then add to squash. Stir in salt and pepper.

Spread in 9×13″ pan sprinkle with remaining cracker mix. Dot with 2 TBS of butter.

Cheesy Yellow Squash Casserole

Bake for about 25 minutes in a 400 degree preheated oven.

Lazy Day Casserole

Lazy Day CasseroleThanks to my misreading of this recipe title it has forever been renamed in my mind.  Via pinterest I found the recipe for Lazy Sunday Casserole from Kayotic Kitchen.  My sister made it before I could and told me it turned out amazing.  I bumped it up on my dinner list and away we went.  I knew it was going to make a large quantity, after adding a few extra potatoes.  I ended up with a 10 x 15″ glass baking dish full of goodness.

I made a quick phone call to my grandma and asked if they wanted us to bring dinner to them.  We ended up feeding five adults and two small children, just about licking the dish clean.  My grandpa whose appetite is usually small, went back for thirds.  No one besides me had eaten fennel bulb before but the only complaints came from Mr.Picky, shocking I know.

I did adapt the recipe slightly,  I used Yukon gold potatoes and did not peel my potatoes.  Also I think I would add a parsnip or two, sliced to the size of my carrots.

Lazy Day Casserole:

  • 4 raw sausages, I used italian brats
  • About 1 pound of new or Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1/2 pound carrot, peel and medallion or use baby carrots
  • 1-2 parsnips, peel and medallion
  • 1/2-1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound fennel bulb, stems removed and cut into wedges
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • fresh pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian herbs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 Tbs balsamic vinegar

Cut potatoes, fennel, and onions into wedges.  Pepper into thin strips, carrots and parsnips into medallions.  Place in a roasting pan.

Combine oil, herbs, broth, and garlic.  Pour over vegetables and toss around a bit to coat.

Season with fresh ground pepper and salt, cover with foil tightly.

Bake at 450 degrees for 45 minutes.

While vegetables are baking, brown sausages on all side but do not cook through.  Slice each sausage in half and set aside.

Remove foil from vegetables and place sausages over the vegetables, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.

Return to oven uncovered for 25-30 minutes.  Serve nice and hot!

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