Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Quick and easy but Delicious dinners.

Frist we have
Instant oatmeal cream pancakes:
1 pouch of instant oatmeal- your choice of flavor
1Cup of milk
1 lg egg
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 Tbs. sugar
1Cup of flour
4 Tbs. melted butter
Pinch of salt.
Makes about 14 pancakes 

Yes, we eat pancakes for dinner. These were particularly delicious. Even my husband thought so.
Directions: Empty pouch of instant oatmeal in bowl(I used wild blueberry muffin flavor) And add 1 cup of milk. Let sit for about 15 minutes or until oatmeal is soft. Add the Rest of  the ingredients and make pancakes like any other pancakes. I added about 1 more Tbs of milk to thin out the batter a little.
These pancakes are super moist and fluffy and delicious. I couldn't tell a difference in texture from the oatmeal but my husband said he could in a good way. And with all the flavors of instant oatmeal there are so many possibilities. Yes I thought of this idea myself. Try  them out and tell me how it goes for you.

Then we have
Sweet and sour Chicken.
1 chicken breast cut into bite size pieces.
2T extra virgin olive oil  
1 sliced bell pepper
About 1/2 Cup thinly sliced onion
(I used a fajita vegatable package from Fresh and Easy which contains red, yellow and green bell peppers and onions. I used about half the container)
 1-8 ounce can of pinnapple
1/2 pineapple juice from can of pineapple
3/4 Cup of your favorite sweet and sour sauce. ( I bought a bottle at Fresh and easy that was hawaiian style and it was delicious)
1 tsp red pepper flakes.
makes 2 servings.

I breaded and fried my chicken pieces and the whole thing took less than an hour to make. If you don't bread and fry your chicken I think it would take less then half an hour.
To bread your chicken dip in whisked egg and dip into flour. I double dipped my pieces. Then fry in pan on stove over medium heat with Extra virgin olive oil. I remove my chicken and put them into a mesh basket to drain and stay crispy.
In pan on stove brown chicken until cooked through with the 2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil. Add pineapple juice and vegatables, cook until veggies are tender crisp. About 3 minutes. Then add pineapple chuncks, sweet and sour sauce and red pepper flakes. Can change the amount red pepper flakes depending on how much heat you like. 1tsp is a subtle heat. Heat through for another 2 minutes or so and serve with rice.
My husband is a huge chinese food fan and he loved this sweet and sour chicken. It was a success.

I will be posting more of these kinds of posts as I try new dishes. My hunsband said: "what made you decide to start making dinner all of a sudden?"
My response is, I am going to be raising a family, hopefully in the near future and I have decided to try new recipes that are easy, delicious, don't take more then an hour to prepare and are fairly healthy. Oh and don't leave too many dishes to be washed. And I have decide to share with you, my wonderful but non commenting blog readers. Don't worry, I love you even though you don't answer my questions sometimes.

Try these new recipe's with your family. I promise they won't disapoint.


Dan and Jan said...

Great idea. Those two look delicious!

Sam and Kristie Muir said...

defintely will be trying them both! Sounds yummy Thanks!

Shelley Goodman said...

Hey Callie! Long time no see! You are looking amazing btw!

Peaches- I got mine at the Superstition Ranch Market Place. It is on the south side of Main between Greenfield and Higley. Awesome fresh produce. The peaches were 89 cents a pound, not too shabby!! My mother in law just bought some on the corner of ValVista and Brown on the NW corner where that lion statue thing is. Good luck!