Archive for the ‘Side Dishes’ Category

I made this dish the other night along side the roast chicken and green beans mentioned in my previous post…it was pretty yummy! Who doesn’t love roasted garlic???



  • 1 (14 oz) package seasoned bread cubes
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 12 ounces ground breakfast sausage
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup roasted garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh sage (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray a 9×13 glass baking dish with cooking spray
  3. Put bread cubes in large bowl
  4. Melt 1 tbs butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, celery, salt, and pepper to cook, stirring occasionally till the onion is browned 8 to 10 minutes; pour mixture over bread cubes when completed
  5. Set the same skillet over medium heat and put sausage in the pan. Cook the sausage, breaking it apart into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, till browned (about 5 mins)
  6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to the bowl; pour off excess fat from skillet
  7. Return the skillet to medium heat
  8. Add the water, roasted garlic, remaining 3 tbs of butter, parsley, sage, and thyme, and stir to scrape up browned bits
  9. Bring to a simmer, then pour into the bowl and stir well to combine
  10. Transfer stuffing to baking dish, cover with foil, and cook for 25-30 minutes.
  11. Uncover and bake till top crisps slightly, 5 to 10 minutes more.

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Another new recipe to share! I had several I was going to share last week, but one was too bland to share, and one I ended up not making. But tonight I have one to share, and later in the week I have some new enchilada and chicken parm recipes to pass along. ūüôā

So anyways, we tried these potatoes tonight along side Balsamic Pan Seared Steaks, as well as some Buttered Rosemary Rolls (substituting melted butter with butter spray). Everything was delicious (especially the steaks)! The texture of the potatoes was a bit firmer than we’d have liked, but they still tasted good, and will likely be made again.


  • 1¬†package¬†Simply Potatoes¬ģ Red Potato Wedges (these are refrigerated; usually sold near eggs)
  • 1¬†tablespoon¬†olive oil
  • 1/4¬†cup¬†Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2¬†teaspoon¬†garlic powder
  • 1/4¬†teaspoon¬†salt
  • 1/4¬†teaspoon¬†dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4¬†teaspoon¬†paprika


  1. Heat oven to 425¬įF.
  2. Spray 9 x 13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In medium bowl coat Simply Potatoes with olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and spices over potatoes; turn to coat potatoes with seasonings. Spread potatoes in single layer in baking pan.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until potatoes are golden brown and slightly crisp.


Per serving*: 169 cal; 6 g fat; 4 g fiber (3 WW pts)

*1 serving = 1 cup/162 grams

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So, I am trying to make recipes from my Cooking Light cookbook more often, but tonight I decided to indulge some and make some recipes from “The Pioneer Woman,” (see link to her blog on the left). I made Ranch Style Chicken, Twice Baked Potatoes, and Buttered Rosemary Rolls. Boy, was it delicious! Note: as listed, these recipes serve more than one person; I modified them when I made them to serve the two of us, but just copied her recipes as they were for easy viewing. Also, you may just prefer to click the above links, and she gives a step by step guide (with pictures for each step) on how to make the dishes.

Ranch Style Chicken


  • ¬Ĺ cups Dijon Mustard
  • ¬Ĺ cups Honey
  • ¬Ĺ whole (juice Of) Lemon
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoons Paprika
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoons Salt
  • Crushed Red Pepper (optional To Taste)
  • 6 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 pound Thick Cut Bacon
  • Bacon Grease
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese, to taste
  • Canola Oil
  1. In a large bowl mix together Dijon with honey, juice of lemon, paprika, and salt and whisk until smooth. Sprinkle in some crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne if you like; set aside.
  2. Next, rinse the chicken breasts, place between two sheets of waxed paper and pound to around ¬Ĺ to ¬ĺ inch thick with a mallet. Next, add the chicken to the bowl with the marinade, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 hours.
  3. While the chicken marinates, fry up some bacon. When finished cooking, reserve ¬ľ cup of the bacon grease and clean out the skillet.
  4. When the chicken is done marinating, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the chicken from the fridge and pour off excess marinade.
  5. Heat half of the reserved bacon grease with an equal quantity of Canola Oil in the clean skillet over medium-high heat. When the grease is nice and hot add two or three pieces of chicken to it. Cook until brownish/blackish, about 1 to 1 ¬Ĺ minutes per side. Remove chicken to a large baking sheet. (If cooking many pieces of chicken, repeat skillet process and remove finished chicken to baking sheet).
  6. Place chicken in preheated oven and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
  7. Lay a few pieces of bacon over each chicken breast. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the chicken as generously as you like.
  8. Return pan to oven for an additional five minutes until cheese is melted and bacon is sizzling. Serve immediately.

Twice Baked Potatoes


  • Baking potatoes (HALF OF however many you want…you will be cutting them in half, doubling the number of potatoes; so if you want to make 4 total in the end, buy 2)
  • Butter*
  • Bacon bits*
  • Sour cream*
  • Milk*
  • Cheese*
  • Desired Seasonings*

*You can click on the link above for specific measurements, but basically, these are ingredients you can eyeball.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Wash potatoes; brush with olive oil (to crisp the shell); put on dish (don’t cover in foil)
  3. Bake potatoes 1 hour and 15 minutes
  4. Once done, take potatoes out of oven, and reduce heat to 350.
  5. After baking, potatoes will be hot. Holding each with a towel (to prevent your hands from burning), cut each potato in half.
  6. Scoop the contents out of each shell into a bowl.
  7. Mix the potatoes with other ingredients, and mash together.
  8. Fill shells back up; Top with more cheese
  9. Bake in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

Buttered Rosemary Rolls

  • Frozen, Unbaked Dinner Rolls
  • Melted Butter, Regular, Salted
  • Fresh Rosemary, Coarsely Chopped
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  1. Spray a small iron skillet with cooking spray (or coat with olive oil). Place frozen rolls in the skillet, leaving plenty of room for rising. Cover and allow to rise for several hours.
  2. After rising, brush rolls with melted butter.
  3. Sprinkle on chopped rosemary. Brush with additional butter. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
  4. Bake according to roll package directions, until rolls are a deep golden brown on top.
  5. Serve skillet on the table.

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Year one of pharmacy school is done and summer is here!!! And I recently bought a new cookbook (Cooking Light Superfast Suppers: Speedy Solutions for Dinner Dilemmas)…so, with these two things combined, I should hopefully be posting a bit more than I have this semester. School has just kept me soooo busy!
But anyways, tonight’s dinner was pretty yummy!! It was “Balsamic pan-seared steaks” along with “Pan fried potatoes with dill” (well actually, I had no dill…so it was really pan-fried potatoes, haha), both from the new cookbook. I also served some salad and rolls (FYI: Kroger frozen dinner rolls are delicious!) But anyways, here are the recipes:

Balsamic Pan Seared Steaks


  • 4 (4 oz) lean boneless beef tenderloin steaks (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1 tsp garlic pepper seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup beef broth


  1. Sprinkle both sides of each steak with garlic-pepper seasoning and salt.
  2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium high heat
  3. Add steaks, cooking 3 minutes on each side, or until done. Remove steaks from pan
  4. Combine vinegar and broth in pan, and bring to a boil
  5. Reduce heat to medium high, and cook 5 minutes or until sauce is reduced to 1/4 cup, stirring occasionally
  6. Spoon sauce over steaks

Calories: 213; Fat: 9.8 g; Protein: 24.5 g; Carb: 5.1 g; Fiber: 0 g; Chol: 71 mg; Sodium: 367 mg

Pan-fried potatoes


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 (20 oz) packaged cooked new potato wedges (such as Simply Potatoes; available in refrigerated section; in my Kroger, they were above the eggs)
  • 1 tbs grated parmesan
  • 1 tbs finely chopped fresh dill (or 1/2 tsp dried dill)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium high heat
  2. Add wedges and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown
  3. Remove from heat, and sprinkle with cheese and remaining ingredients; toss gently

(Serving size: 3/4 cup)
Cal: 168; Fat: 3.9 g; Protein: 3.9 g; Carb: 29.5 g; Fiber: 3.3 g; Chol: 1 mg; Sodium: 453 mg

This meal turned out very tasty, and wasn’t superbad for you. Will definitely make again!

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Crash Hot Potatoes

This is a recipe I got from The Pioneer Woman . Kroger was out of fresh Rosemary, so I used Thyme instead. They were yummy, and it was nice to have an alternative to a normal baked potato.


  • 12 whole New Potatoes (or Other Small Round Potatoes)
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • Rosemary (or Other Herbs Of Choice) To Taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in as many potatoes as you wish to make and cook them until they are fork-tender.
  3. On a sheet pan, generously drizzle olive oil. Place tender potatoes on the cookie sheet leaving plenty of room between each potato.
  4. With a potato masher, gently press down each potato until it slightly mashes, rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and mash again. Brush the tops of each crushed potato generously with more olive oil.
  5. Sprinkle potatoes with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and fresh chopped rosemary (or chives or thyme or whatever herb you have available.)
  6. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

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Sorry I haven’t posted since last week…I had a huge DAD (Drugs & Diseases) test this Wednesday, which I spent most of my time studying for (not that that helped). Anyways, tonight I made two recipes from Mary Etta Neiland (often known as “ME”). ME and her family have lived around the corner from my grandmother for years–in fact, my mom grew up playing with her sons. ME and her family also attend the church I grew up at, so suffice it to say she and her family have always been dear to mine. So it was no surprise that she was one of the hostesses of my Bridesmaid’s Luncheon, where two of her delicious recipes–Oriental Chicken Salad and Broccoli Casserole–were served (as well as other yummy things). Those two dishes are what I made tonight…thanks ME!:

Oriental Chicken Salad



· 4 TBS Sugar

· 1 tsp Salt

¬∑ ¬Ĺ tsp pepper

· 5 TBS Vinegar

¬∑ ¬Ĺ cup oil


· 4 Chicken Breasts, cooked and chopped

· 3 green onions, chopped

· 3 oz package sliced Almonds, toasted

· 1/8 cup poppy seeds

  • 1 can Chinese Chow Mein Noodles


Day 1

Mix together dressing ingredients and refrigerate overnight.

Day 2

1. Mix together other ingredients

2. 4 to 5 hours before serving, mix dressing with chicken mixture and refrigerate

3. Just before serving add 1 can Chinese Chow Mein Noodles

Broccoli Casserole


· 2 (10 oz) package frozen, chopped broccoli

· 2 beaten eggs

· dried minced onion

· 1 can cream of mushroom soup

¬∑ ¬ĺ cup mayo

· 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

· Ritz, crushed

· Butter, melted


1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Cook and drain broccoli, and then put into a casserole dish sprayed w/cooking spray.

3. Mix together other ingredients, and then top the broccoli with the mixture

4. Mix Ritz with melted butter, and sprinkle on top of casserole

5. Bake for 30 minutes

Ever since my Bridesmaid’s Luncheon I’ve been wanting to make these, and I am glad I did! Soooo delicious!

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This entry is entitled “Half & Half,” because of the two recipes I prepared today, one was a low cal Hungry Girl recipe, and the other was a … not-so-good-for-you recipe. The good recipe was Hungry Girl’s take on Green Bean Casserole: “Rockin’ Lean Bean Casserole,” and the naughty one was a recipe entitled “Joy’s Chicken” that was from a cookbook John’s sweet grandma June gave me us as a shower gift. I’ll go ahead and get the not-so-good-for-you one out of the way:

Joy’s Chicken

Day 1


  • 12 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp celery salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  1. Wash chicken & pat dry.
  2. Combine all other ingredients, and then coat chicken with mixture.
  3. Let chicken marinate in fridge for 24 hours

Day 2


  • 1.5 cups ritz cracker crumbs
  • 1.5 cups saltine crumbs
  • 1 cup butter*

*That’s right, this recipe called for a whopping 1 cup of butter (that’s two full sticks!) I did end up using that much, but both John and I felt like it was a bit too much (especially considering the calories).


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Combine ritz crumbs and saltines crumbs, and roll chicken in the crumbs.
  3. Place chicken in a casserole dish (10 x 15 is good) coated w/cooking spray.
  4. Pour melted butter on top and bake for 1.5 hours.

Who would want to know?? I did use FF sour cream and reduced fat Ritz, but with all that butter, I shudder to think of the calorie and fat content.

The Verdict
Yummy!! John gave it an 8/10, and I’d give it about the same. If only it wasn’t loaded in fat, I might make it more!

Rockin’ Lean Bean Casserole


  • Two 16-oz. bags frozen French-style green beans, thawed, drained & thoroughly dried
  • Two 10.75-oz. cans Campbell’s 98% Fat Free Cream of Celery Soup (98% FF Cream of Mushroom or 98% FF Cream of Chicken would work fine too)
  • One 8-oz. can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 bag (about 1 oz.) Crispy Delites Red Onion Chips or 1 oz. (about 25 pieces) onion-flavored soy crisps, crushed**

**I couldn’t find either of these, so I subbed Sun Chips French Onion (+ a little onion powder) instead. They do have a bit more fat/cals, but not tons. It probably increased the points value by 1, maybe 2 points.


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Make sure green beans are thoroughly drained and completely dry — use a towel if you need to. Then, place half of the green beans in a casserole dish (a 2 – 3 quart rectangular one works best).
  3. Pour 1 can of soup evenly on top of the layer of green beans. Place half of the sliced water chestnuts over the soup layer.
  4. Cover with remaining green beans, and then top with the rest of the soup. Evenly top with the remaining water chestnuts. Place dish in the oven, and cook for 45 minutes.
  5. Top with crushed soy crisps, and return dish to the oven for another 10 minutes or so, until chips turn golden brown.

PER SERVING (1/10th of casserole): 76 calories, 2g fat, 431mg sodium, 13g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 3g protein — POINTS¬ģ value 1

The Verdict
Pretty good! A much lower fat/calorie version, but still tasty.

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