Archive for July, 2010

Grilled Buttermilk Chicken

July 31, 2010

This simple marinade was very tasty on the chicken! The garlic and paprika were subtle, and the buttermilk really made this chicken super-juicy.

I used boneless, skinless breasts and thighs because I had them in the freezer…I can only imagine the flavor is even better on bone-in chicken!

Grilled Buttermilk Chicken

(Health for the Whole Self)

1.5 cups buttermilk
8 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp paprika
1.5 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp black pepper
6 lbs bone-in chicken pieces


–  In a medium bowl, combine buttermilk, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper.

– Place buttermilk mixture and chicken in a large plastic bag (you might need 2), and marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or overnight. Turn bag occasionally.

–  Heat grill to medium-low. Remove chicken from plastic bag and grill – covered and turning occasionally – for about 40 minutes, or until cooked through.


Chicken Meatball Subs

July 31, 2010

These chicken meatballs are absolutely delicious. I had them as subs, as well as with pasta….delicious!

Highly, highly recommend these if you’re looking to do something a little different with your meatballs 🙂

Chicken Meatballs

(How Sweet It Is)

1 pound ground chicken

2 tablespoons whole wheat bread crumbs

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil


– Heat skillet on medium heat. Add one tablespoon olive oil.

– Mix chicken with remaining ingredients. Form into meatballs about 1 1/2 inches thick. Brown in pan on all sides until cooked through, about 10 minutes.

– Makes about 8-10 meatballs.

Menu Mondays

July 26, 2010

A bit boring around here on the menu front this week….but to be honest, it’s so damn hot I can’t bring myself to be creative. I just want to lounge. With mint iced tea. In the a/c, with a fan going. And maybe read a book.

That sounds perfect. 🙂

Saturday: no plan. we haven’t eaten out in ages b/c we’re trying to save money…but maybe a little something this night

Sunday: ILs over for crabs and corn (burgers + potatoes for my FIL)…or homemade pizza as a backup (ham + pineapple)

Monday: steak, steamed cauliflower, pasta

Tuesday: lasagna for two (from the freezer); salad; garlic bread

Wednesday: grilled buttermilk chicken, grilled potatoes + herbs, garlic green beans (from my garden)

Thursday: either the pizza scheduled as backup for Sunday, or, mahi mahi filets, wild rice, broccoli

Friday: leftover chicken from Thursday, macaroni and cheese, cucumber salad (from my garden)

Giveaway Winner!

July 19, 2010

The winner of the Good Earth prize pack is….

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Michele P. Says:
July 11, 2010 at 12:54 pmReply editI have heard of these meals and have been wanting to try them… and those utensils look great, I like the fact that they are natural and eco-friendly. Have a wonderful week :)

Michele, email me your mailing address at so I can get your prize out to you!

Thanks everyone!

Menu Mondays

July 19, 2010

While you’re reading this, I will probably be passed out cold in my bed, having arrived very late last night from a family reunion 4 hours away. 🙂


I’ve been planning my breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners for weeks now, but I tend to only post my dinners here. Is there any interest in seeing them all? I’m not saying they’re all rocket science, or even recipes (sometimes I just eat cereal for breakfast!) but if there’s interest, I’ll post it when I can.

Saturday: Visiting my family

Sunday: Family Reunion! I made baked beans

Monday: grilled steaks, steamed broccoli, pasta

Tuesday: pork barbacoa tacos with fixin’s, Mexican rice, black beans

Wednesday: spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad

Thursday: leftover pork barbacoa…tacos for Dave, big ol’ taco salad for me

Friday: marinated grilled chicken breasts, oven fries, salad

Menu Mondays

July 12, 2010

Saturday: leftover chili from last week; cornbread

Sunday: leftover venison burgers from last week; oven fries; sliced fresh cucumber…also making funfetti cookies (by request) for a co-worker’s birthday tomorrow

Did some prep:

  • sliced all veggies for the weekly lunches and salad; cleaned the green beans; chopped the cauliflower and broccoli
  • mixed and cooked the chicken meatballs
  • cooked off bacon for the beans later this week

Monday: beef steaks, steamed broccoli, pasta

Tuesday: chicken meatball subs, salad

Wednesday: grilled pork chops, annie’s macaroni and cheese, cauliflower

Thursday: leftover chicken meatball subs, green beans…making baked beans to take with me to the reunion

Friday: none – travelling to Butler for my family reunion/see everyone

Saturday: who knows — in Butler

Sunday: probably take-out on the road as we’re driving home!


July 11, 2010

I’m a little late on my giveaway, because I wanted to make sure I’d eaten the entree and could provide you with a review! 🙂

MyBlogSpark in conjunction with Good Earth provided me with a free whole grain/nutritious take on a prepared meal. The flavor I received was Good Earth Mediterranean Chicken. These meals are 100% whole grain, no trans fat, no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives, no MSG — pretty impressive for a boxed meal!

I made this entree per the instructions —  and it was actually really good! It lacks in the veggies department  — Good Earth, try to add more veggies….or recommend them on the back! — so I ended up sauteeing some leftover summer squash and adding it — which made it a perfect, well-rounded meal.

Now you get to try it! And in addition, you get some cool swanky gear as well….

You get:

  • 1 box Good Earth Mediterranean Chicken meal
  • 2 sets of bamboo utensils (fork, knife, spoon)
  • 2 small bamboo plates
  • 1 small bamboo cutting board
  • 1 large reuseable Jute bag

The utensils and plates are awesome — I took mine to work to use instead of using plastic when I need a plate/fork/knife/spoon!

The little cutting board is a life saver when you just need to slice some onion, or one veggie, or something, and don’t want to dirty your big board…

And the reuseable bad is sweet! It’s kind of hefty, so you can put weight in it with no worries!

Now onto the giveaway….

Just leave a comment below — any comment, really! And you’ll be entered in my giveaway for the swag above.

End date is Monday,  19th at 5pm EST! I will draw a winner Monday evening and announce it here!

BLT Pizza

July 11, 2010

When I saw this recipe on Joelen’s site, I thought the hubs would love it.

He’d mentioned he was hungry for BLT’s, so I asked if we could do this instead — and he was up for it.

Two things: the dough AND the pizza were fantastic, but for different reasons.

The dough was fantastic because it had really good flavor and it only took me 30 minutes from start to pizza. My traditional pizza dough recipes takes 2 hours.

This means more pizza-on-the-fly in our house. BONUS!

The pizza was fantastic because of the two layers of bacony flavor. And I really think the colby jack at the end was essential. Gave it just the right amount of flavor.

I did buck the system a bit, though. I was weirded out by Joelen’s instructions to put the lettuce on the pizza and then bake it. I have weird textural issues with hot lettuce. Gross. 🙂

So I made the pizza sans lettuce (I did include the tomatoes in the cooking though) and then topped the pizza with shredded lettuce and thinly sliced avocado before eating.

Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of it with the cold toppings, though! Oops!

Making it my way, instead of Joelen’s, makes for a much messier pizza…but it was worth it to have that nice cold lettuce/avocado (in my opinion!)

BLT Pizza

(Joelen’s Culinary Adventures)

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 package quick-rising yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2-2/3 cup hot water (120-130°F)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon cornmeal

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 whole romaine heart, shredded
4 oz sliced canadian bacon, cut into quarters
1 plum tomato, sliced
1/4 cup crumbled or chopped, crisp cooked bacon
1/4 cup shredded colby jack cheese
ranch dressing for dipping


Combine flour, yeast, salt and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer to mix fitted with a dough hook.

– Combine hot water and oil in a measuring cup. With the stand mixer is running, gradually pour in enough of the hot liquid until the mixture forms a sticky ball. The dough should be quite soft. If it seems dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water; if too sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour. Continue mixing until the dough forms a ball, then process for 1 minute to knead.

– Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Coat a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place it, sprayed-side down, over the dough. Let the dough rest for 10 to 20 minutes.

– Preheat oven to 500°F or highest setting.

– Sprinkle the cornmeal on the baking sheet (I used my 12 inch cast iron skillet) before placing the pizza dough on the sheet. Press the dough to create the crust and place on prepared baking sheet. Brush the top of the crust with olive oil.

– Top the pizza with 1/2 cup of mozzarella, followed by the shredded lettuce. Place the Canadian bacon on top of lettuce layer and top with slices of tomato. Sprinkle the other 1/2 cup of mozzarella over the tomatoes. Bake the pizza in the preheated oven for 10-14 minutes, or until the bottom of the pizza is crisp and golden. Remove the pizza from the oven and top with the crumbled or chopped cooked bacon and return to the oven to bake for another minute to heat up.

– Just before serving, sprinkle the colby jack cheese and serve with ranch dressing if desired.

Menu Mondays

July 5, 2010

Hope everyone had a fabulous holiday!

Saturday: Attended a pool party/cook-out…made baked beans

Sunday: beef burgers on the grill, tomato/cuke/onion salad, corn on the cob

Monday: cheddar brauts on the grill, squash salad

Tuesday: beef steak, steamed broccoli, pasta

Wednesday: Chili with fixin’s (I know it’s July…I was hungry for it!)

Thursday: mahi mahi, wild rice, green beans

Friday: venison burgers, oven fries, salad