Tuesday, February 2, 2016

One Skillet Meals--Chicken and Veggies

One Skillet Meals--Chicken and Veggies

I am trying to lose weight and cutting carbs and amping up protein, fruits and veggies in place of simple starches so much.  I am a big fan of vegetables, but my spouse is not.  I am also a big believer in work smarter, not harder.  I love one skillet creations as does most of my family.
This is one I threw together on a whim and it was delish!

1 stalk celery washed and sliced
1 small yellow squash sliced
1 medium onion sliced
1 medium head of fresh broccoli washed and divided into florets
1 tsp minced fresh garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 pint of sliced mushrooms
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into cubes
3 Roma tomatoes washed and chopped
1/4 cup Sun dried tomato pesto
Shredded parmesan cheese

3 Tbsp olive oil


In large non stick skillet place olive oil and brown chicken cubes and mushrooms
add in all the rest of the veggies and sautee them for 10 min on med. high heat.
Add in seasons with veggies including the 1/4 cup of Sun dried tomato pesto.
Cover and steam for 5 more minutes until broccoli is tender but not mushy.

Once veggies are tender but not mushy remove from heat.

Garnish with shredded parmesan cheese for flavor.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto pictured above. 

One Skillet Veggies and Chicken 

Quiche Lorraine Recipe --For the Second Time on Here!

Pie crust shield given to me by my mother!

Quiche' Lorraine Recipe

I posted the recipe for Quiche Lorraine several years ago. That blog entry got damaged and so I am reposting it with pictures to make up for what was lost from the other entry.


4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk or half and half
1 9 inch pie crust 
glass pie pan 
 8 slices bacon
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
dash black pepper
1/3 cup diced onion
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese


Pre-heat Oven to 425°
Line glass pie pan with pre-made pie crust.
Press down and prick bottom with fork.
Crimp sides of pie crust along edge of pie pan and trim as needed
with fork.

Bake with pie crust shield over crust for 10 min. until browned and set.

Remove from oven. 

Fry bacon until crisp.
Set aside and allow to cool reserving the drippings.
Crumble bacon once cool enough to handle.
Saute' onion in 2 Tbsp of the bacon grease until tender and turning clear.

Beat eggs, seasonings, and milk or half and half in a bowl.
Add onions to mixture and stir through.
sprinkle Swiss Cheese and bacon into bottom of pie crust after removing the shield.

Add egg mixture by pouring over the cheese and bacon.

Replace pie crust shield and bake again for 

10 min. in 425°oven. 
Then reduce heat to 300° and bake for 20 more minutes.

Remove from oven when browned and allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting or serving.

Quiche is done when knife inserted 1" from edge comes out clean.

Serves 8

Great for breakfast or brunch.

Baking Cookies With My Granddaughter Tessa

Chokit Fingahs! --someone has been eating chocolate chips! 

Baking Cookies With My Granddaughter Tessa

   I have always tried to bake and do things with my kids and now my grandkids in the kitchen. 
I baked chocolate chip cookies with my granddaughter, Tessa Grace, age 2 the other day.
I let her do as much as she was able. She was great!  She ran the mixer by herself some. She added ingredients after I measured. I let her help me measure.  She was terrific. Her brother, Michael, age 6 is not as interested in baking or cooking. He does not care for the sound of the mixer.   It hurts his ears.    Tessa is not bothered by it.    

Tessa runs the mixer! 

Here is the recipe for Nestle Toll House Cookies minus the nuts.
Tessa is very allergic to nuts so we omit them.  


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Nestle Toll House chocolate chips
  • Bakers Joy spray 
Preheat Oven to 375° 
Spray two cookie sheets with Baker's Joy spray
Sift together in a bowl flour, salt, soda
Cream butter and sugars together in a bowl with the mixer
Add in 2 eggs and vanilla extract
Mix well 
Add flour mixture about a cup at a time scraping sides until all added and
mixed to a uniformly creamy consistency.
Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets and bake until set.
About 9 or 10 minutes.
Allow to cool for a minute or two before moving the cookies to another surface to cool flat.    Store in an air tight container. 

Makes 4 dozen cookies

** Tessa got a little too much flour in the mixture. I added 1/4 cup buttermilk to 
bring the mixture back to the proper consistency and it made the cookies really soft and moist.   She is also allergic to eggs, but as long as the egg is cooked IN something she is ok. In adding the eggs I broke them one by one and allowed her to dump them in using the measuring cup. She did not have to come in direct contact with raw egg protein then. No problems with rashes or breaking out! No swelling lips either!

Finished chocolate chip cookies!