Monday, November 18, 2013

Potato Soup

My husband has been bothering me to make him some potato soup. Being that I have never made it before I went looking for recipes and honestly they all seemed like a lot of work. That's not how I cook so I was trying to find a way to make potato soup without spending my entire day doing it. And in comes my mother in law. I asked her for advice on how to make potato soup and whether or not I needed flour, etc. And come to find out all I needed was milk, the rest of it is probably for show. You have to know that my mother in law is like the Yoda of cooking. You just do what she says and everything works out in the end. This recipe is not only easy, but delicious. I sided this with bread, but then again I side pretty much everything with bread. Obviously we are on a full carb diet at the Petersen household.

Potato Soup

4 medium potatoes (peeled and cubed)
3 1/2 cups whole milk
2 stalks green onion
1 small onion finely chopped
2 sliced celery stalks
1 large grated carrot
1/2 stick butter
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, Italian seasoning, and celery seed

Peel potatoes and then cut into cubes

Grate carrot, chop onion, slice celery, and slice green onion

Add all to a large pot

Add enough water to barely cover the top of the vegetables

Boil until almost all of the water is gone

Add 1/2 stick butter to vegetables and mash potatoes leaving a lot of large chunks

Add milk

Add seasonings to taste

Simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring often

If soup becomes too thick add more milk as needed

Let cool, and serve

(This makes a little more than 2 servings, if you bought this in the store it would probably say more like 4 servings, but I am referring to adults that actually eat)


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Chicken, Zucchini Lasagna

I am proud of this recipe because I literally just combined a bunch of ingredients that I thought would be good together and it turned out amazing! I love traditional lasagna, but this is a nice change of pace. The chicken makes it lighter and using vodka cream sauce instead of tomato spaghetti sauce compliments it well.

Chicken Zucchini Lasagna

6 lasagna noodles
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
1 15oz. ricotta cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
10 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 24oz. jar vodka cream sauce
3 zucchinis
1 small container mushrooms
1 onion
1 egg
Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder & Italian Seasoning

Slice mushrooms, zucchini, and onions and then sauté

Season chicken breast with salt, pepper, garlic and Italian seasoning

Cook chicken breast and cut into thin, small strips

Add vodka cream sauce to a large pot and add chicken strips, mushrooms, zucchini, and onions and cook on low 10-15 minutes

Boil lasagna noodles until cooked

Add ricotta, parmesan, and 1 beaten egg to a bowl and mix with a fork

Cover the bottom of a casserole dish with 1 cup chicken and zucchini sauce

Layer 3 noodles over top

Spread half the ricotta mixture onto the noodles, then add half of the remaining chicken, zucchini sauce

Top with half of the mozzarella cheese

Repeat steps last 3 steps 

Bake in a 350 oven for 35-45 minutes or until brown

Monday, November 4, 2013

Beef Pot Roast

I love making crockpot meals because the best part is having the amazing smells throughout the day. Crockpot meals are easy and they pretty much make themselves. This is the perfect meal for a Sunday.
Beef Pot Roast
3-5 lb. boneless chuck eye roast
4 beef bouillon cubes
1 tsp. red cooking wine
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. fresh minced garlic
1/2 small bag baby carrots
15 pearl onions
15 petite red skin potatoes
Salt, pepper and Italian seasoning to taste
Season roast with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic
Brown both sides in a large skillet
Meanwhile add 1 cup water, bouillon cubes, wine, and Worcestershire sauce to a crockpot
Add the roast to a crockpot
Peel onions leaving them whole and rinse potatoes
Add potatoes, carrots, and onions around the outside of the roast in the crockpot
Baste the meat, and vegetables with juice throughout the cooking process to add flavor
Cook in a crockpot on low 10-12 hours, or on medium for 6-8 hours
Serve with rolls or bread and enjoy!