Archive | December, 2011

Baked Japaleno Spinach Poppers

19 Dec

I love jalapeno poppers. I love spinach dip. Why not combine them? These were SO simple and delicious. Try them out! I also made these at the same time I made the buffalo chicken balls so you could make them and serve them for a party! or a casual night with your significant other.

What you need:
1 package of crescent rolls (generic is fine!)
1/2 a package of Neufchatel Cheese, room temperature
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 handfuls of baby spinach, chopped, raw
1 scallion chopped
1/2 a jalapeno, chopped, seeds removed

Preheat oven at 385 degrees. Open crescent rolls. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Spoon about 1 TBS into the flat end of the crescent roll and roll up. Place on a non-stick sprayed cookie sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until golden brown and serve!

C’est si yum!

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Buffalo Chicken Chex Balls

19 Dec

I’d say 99% of the time I’m waiting for my boyfriend to arrive, he mentions that he’s starving. Today, a football Sunday, I decided to make something inspired by a recipe I saw on Pinterest. I only made one dozen because I wasn’t sure how they were going to turn out and I used ingredients I had in my kitchen. I had one…the fella ate the rest and I will be making them again!

Here’s what I used:

1/4 pound of ground chicken

1 – 2 chicken tenders, cooked and chopped

I cooked both chicken items in some Sherry Wine and extra virgin olive oil

1 cup of crushed corn chex

1/2 TBS Cajun Seasoning

1/3 TBS Paprika

1/2 a package of Neufchâtel room temperature

1 scallions, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

1/2 cup of hot sauce (approximately)

Preheat your oven to 385 degrees F (I don’t know why I chose that temp but it worked out really well!). In a ziplock bag, crush corn chex and shake with Cajun seasoning and paprika. Set aside. Combine cream cheese, scallions, chicken, garlic and hot sauce. I recommend just shaking the hot sauce out of the bottle. This way you can judge how thick or thin the mixture is. You don’t want it too thin!! Roll mixture into 1/2 inch balls and shake up in the chex mixture. Place on a non-stick coated baking sheet. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes but I would watch them to make sure they don’t get too dark. When you take them out, let them sit a few minutes before plating. This makes about a dozen so I would recommend making a larger batch!

C’est si Yum!

Easy Jalapeno, Cheddar and Corn Biscuits

13 Dec

Went to my friend’s house for lunch this weekend and made some quick and delicious biscuit bites. It took about 20 minutes total, including heating the oven up. I kept with the “semi-homemade” theme.

What you need:

1 package Bisquick Complete Three Cheese Biscuits

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 scallion, chopped

1/3 cup of frozen corn

1/2 jalapeno, seeds removed, chopped

1/2 cup of shredded cheese, your choice

Set oven to the package instructions. All the bisquick requires is a 1/2 cup of water. Chop jalapeno, be careful not to touch your eyes if you don’t use gloves (I recommend gloves). Add all ingredients to the batter.

Spoon on to a sheet pan. Cook until golden brown. Serve warm!! You could also serve with a garlic butter. Mince some garlic, saute lightly in butter but do not let it burn and mix with softened butter.

C’est si yum!

Easy Sunday Dinner

12 Dec

I love Sunday nights where you can unwind and get ready for the upcoming week. I made an easy and yum tortellini dish last night that is “semi-homemade.” The fella enjoyed it and I hope you do too!

What you’ll need:

1 Package of Barilla cheese tortellini (or any package tortellini)

2 Spicy Mango-Chicken Sausages , sliced

3 -4 Chicken tenders diced

1 garlic clove, chopped

3 TBL of butter

salt and pepper

1 1/2 cup of Sherry Wine (I may have mixed wines and also thrown in a splash of white I had by my stove)

2 Tsp of dried oregano

2 Tsp of dried basil

1/2 cup of frozen green beans (I used Trader Joe’s)

Parmesan cheese for garnish

Cook tortellini according to package. Drain and set aside. Reserve some of the pasta water, maybe a couple of tablespoons. Saute chicken, garlic and 1 tablespoon of butter with 1/2 cup of Sherry wine.  Season with salt and pepper. Add sausage and green beans. (This is where I threw in the other wine for fun…) Add the rest of the sherry and butter. Toss in tortellini. Garnish with shredded Parm and enjoy!

C’est si Yum!