Delicious Cornbread

This lovely side dish I created because I was trying to make cornbread pudding, but this came out instead and my family and I love it!

Ingredients

1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

1 egg

1/3 cup milk

1 stick of butter

1 can of cream corn

 

Directions

Combine the Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, egg, milk and cream corn in mixing bowl.

Pour mixture into desired baking or cupcake pan. Slice the stick of butter into 1 tbsp pieces and distribute evenly into the mix. Lightly push the butter pat down with finger. If you use cupcake pans, put one tbsp or pat in each cup, gently pressing down. Save a few pats of butter to put on top once it is out of the oven.

Bake 375°  for 30-40 min

Serve hot with butter.

Roasted Chicken Salad

This recipe is always a hit in my family.

Roasted Chicken Salad

Ingredients

2 split (1 whole) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on (1 1/2 pounds)
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper
1/2 cup pecan and/or 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
1/2 cup good mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup green and/or red grapes, cut in 1/2

Directions

Combine the olive oil, salt and pepper into a rub and spread generously over the chicken breasts and under the skin without tearing it.  Place on baking sheet skin side up, cover with tin foil and bake at 350 °F for 25-30 minutes. Then remove the foil and finish roasting for an additional 20-25 minutes until cooked through with internal temp about 165 °F . Set aside to cool off.

Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and fatty pieces. Using two forks, shred the chick breast and place in a mixing bowl.  Then put in the mayonnaise, sour cream, salt and pepper to taste, pecans and/or walnuts and finally the grapes.

Using a spatula, fold the mixture together until well combined. Depending on your preference, if the salad is too dry, add additional mayonnaise and sour cream, equal parts. Only add more a little at a time until you have the right consistency.

The chicken salad should not be soupy or very smooth. This is a very chunky recipe and the dressing is to add a little flavor and binder properties.

Serving Suggestions

Lettuce Wraps

Puff Pastry

Sandwich Bread

Crackers

Enjoy!

Masoor Dal

Masoor Dal

This is one of my family’s favorite dishes. My husband taught me to make it and depending what ingredients I have, it comes out a little different every time, but still delicious. You can find most of these ingredients at your local grocery or Walmart  The dal can be found in the Indian/Asian section of some grocers, but your best bet is your local Indian store. Don’t buy Thai coconut milk or any coconut cream, it will be way too sweet.

Why is this budget friendly? Depending on what you have in your pantry, it only costs as much as a bag of rice, dal (about 2.99), 1 can of coconut milk ($.99-$1.50) and vegetables. The dal would be just as good without all the spices and bacon if you don’t have them. And it can feed a lot of people.

Don’t be intimidated. It can be a little involved, but why it’s so easy is because you cook it once and you forever know how to do it. It’s an easy recipe to do a little of this and none of that and so on…

Here is what you’ll need:

Ingredients

Ingredients

Cooks in 30-45 Min Serves Approx: 4

Ingredients

2 – 2 1/2  cup Swad Masoor Dal (Split Red Lentils)
1 1/2 cup of water
1/3 – 1/2 can Coconut Milk
1 tbsp Your favorite Curry Powder (do not use Thai curry as it is too sweet for this dish)

or make your own:

  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp Ground Mustard
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

1 Red Onion or whatever you have on hand
2-3 Roma Tomatoes or 1 can diced tomatoes
2-3 oz Bacon (optional)
Rice (any kind of white rice except instant, Jasmine is best for flavor if you can afford it)

Directions

Prep:

  • In a mixing bowl, pour in the dal.
  • Pick out any obvious debris and rinse well under water.
  • Dal to water ratio: About 1 cup Dal to 1 1/2-2 cups water.

 

Proper way to clean dal:When you fill the bowl with water, use your hand to mix it up and you will see some hulls and debris float to the surface. Pour it out and repeat, as many times as you need to. This also eliminates some of the starch so you don’t get a sloppy mess.

Note: The lentils measure similar to split pea soup, it doesn’t seem like much dry, but once it’s cooked it seems to double. So keep that in mind when you choose how much. Also, you don’t want to put too much dal in the pot. You won’t have anymore room for the rest of the ingredients.

 

Cooking:

  • In a large skillet or dutch oven, cook on med to med-high temp.
  • Pour in the olive oil and half the red onion and keep the other half in reserve or a whole yellow/white.
  • If you are using bacon, chop into little pieces and fry till crispy and the onions are translucent.
  • Put in all the spices and the tomatoes.
  • Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes till most of the liquid is reduced.
  • Pour in the dal and water, mix till everything stirs freely. (It should seem like soup.)
  • Let come to boil, stir frequently to keep from sticking on the bottom.
  • Turn down to med-low and cover for about 20 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 tbsp Salt
  • Everything should have thickened up and it should have a slight al dente texture.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Pour in 1/3 can of coconut milk. If the lentils are still a little harder than al dente, pour in about 1/2 the can of coconut milk.
  • Put in the reserved red onions.
  • Stir until mixed and cover med-low for another 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Texture should be a little grainy but creamy.
  • Salt to taste.

 

Cook white rice according to your usual methods or per directions on packaging. Pour mixture over rice.

Enjoy!

Dal  Dal

 

Another Food Blog?

I know, I know! There are so many food blogs out there, do we need another one? Yes. Mine.

One of the most over-used term of 2012 I believe is “Foodie.” I hate this word. So, are you a special Food Eater? I can’t tell you how many times I have looked online for simple recipes to feed my family on a very tight budget. I wasn’t looking for anything I wish I could do, but what I can do, with a tiny budget and stupid, inefficient kitchen in my apartment. And maybe a decent pot. Oh, and a picky toddler.

So here is my blog, nothing fancy, inexperienced, but hopefully a help to those who just need to get edible food on the table. All of my recipes will be from my own repertoire and my family.

No Recipes

So, I don’t have any recipes up yet. Why not? Besides trying to dot the is and cross ts in my new blog set up, I still don’t know how I want to write my recipes.

I don’t use measurements when I cook and only most of the time when I bake. And a lot of my familiar recipes are similar but never the same every time.  They mostly depend on what I have in the fridge or pantry and can I really substitute this ingredient even though it is not meant for these purposes? I won’t reveal my culinary transgressions just yet. 🙂

Please bear with me while I try to compose my first recipe in a logical format and not something that my cat typed up.

Tootles!