Snack Like a Southerner: Mac & Cheese with Collards

(eatingwell)

Ingredients:

8 ounces whole-wheat elbow noodles (about 2 cups)
4 cups chopped collard greens
1 3/4 cups low-fat milk, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp paprika

Step One:
"Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and collards and cook according to the pasta package directions. Drain."

Step Two:
"Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 cups milk in a large broiler-safe skillet over medium-high heat until just simmering. Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup milk, flour, salt and pepper in a small bowl until combined."

Step Three:
"Add the flour mixture to the simmering milk; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes."

Step Four:
"Remove from heat and whisk in Cheddar, cream cheese and vinegar until the cheese is melted. Stir the pasta and collards into the sauce.
Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high."

Step Five:
"Combine breadcrumbs, oil and paprika in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the pasta. Broil until golden brown, 1 to 3 minutes."

Snack Like a Southerner: Barley Hoppin' John

(eatingwell)

Ingredients:

1tbsp oliv oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped 
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 14-ounce can vegetable broth
1 cup quick-cooking barley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
2 teaspoons lemon juice 
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 15-ounce cans black-eyed peas, rinsed

Step One:
"Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and celery. Cook until the vegetables soften, 3 to 4 minutes."

Step Two:
"Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add broth, barley, thyme, lemon juice, crushed red pepper and salt; bring to a boil."

Step Three:
"Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the barley is done, 15 to 20 minutes."

Step Four:
"Remove from the heat and stir in black-eyed peas. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve hot."

Snack Like a Southerner: Mississippi Mud Cake

(allrecipes)

Ingredients:
-2 cups sugar
-1 1/2 cup butter
-1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
-4 eggs
-2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
-1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
-1 1/2 cups flour
-1tsp baking powder
-2tsp vanilla extract
-12oz marshmallow fluff
-3 3/4 cups confectioner's sugar
-2tbsp evaporated milk

Step One:
"Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease one 13x9 inch baking pan."

Step Two:
"Cream together 1/3 cup of the cocoa, white sugar, and 1 cup of the butter or margarine until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla and beat well."

Step Three:
"Mix flour, baking powder, coconut, and chopped pecans together. Stir flour mixture into the egg mixture and stir until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan."

Step Four:
"Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes."

Step Five:
"Smooth marshmallow cream over top of cake while still hot. Let cake cool completely then ice with chocolate icing."

Icing;

Step One:
"Beat together the confectioner's sugar, the remaining 1/3 cup cocoa, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/2 cup butter or margarine. Continue to beat and add enough evaporated milk to make icing spread on cake.

 

Snack Like a Southerner: Summer Succotash Salad

(eatingwell)

Ingredients:

2 cups shelled fresh butter beans (1 1/2 pounds unshelled), frozen (thawed) butter beans or baby lima beans
4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
2 cups corn kernels, fresh (from about 4 large ears; see Tip) or frozen (thawed)
1 Vidalia or other sweet onion, finely chopped
1 small yellow squash, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 stalk celery, very finely chopped1/2 cup very thinly sliced fresh basil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Snack Like a Southerner: Cajun Pecan-Crusted Catfish

(eatingwell)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco, or 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
2 cups cornflakes
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1 pound catfish fillets, about 1 inch thick, cut into 4 portions

Step One:
Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step Two:
"
Blend buttermilk, hot sauce (or cayenne), oregano, chili powder and garlic salt in a shallow dish."

Step Three:
"Pulse cornflakes in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Transfer to a large plate. Pulse pecans in the food processor until coarsely chopped; mix the pecans with the cornflake crumbs. (Alternatively, place cornflakes in a sealable bag and crush with a rolling pin; chop nuts with a knife.)"

Step Four:
"Dip each catfish fillet in the buttermilk mixture, then dredge in the cornflake mixture, coating both sides. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet."

Step Five:
Bake for 25 minutes. 

Snack Like a Southerner: Peach Cobbler

(allrecipes)

Ingredients:
-1 cup flour
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup white sugar
-2tsp salt
-1tsp vanilla extract
-3/4 cup milk
-1/2 cup margarine
-1 29oz can peaches, drained
-1tsp ground cinnamon

Step One:
Preheat oven to 400. Prep a 9x9 baking dish.

Step Two:
"In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, white sugar, baking powder, salt, and vanilla."

Step Three:
"Pour milk into dry ingredients, and then stir in melted margarine. Mix thoroughly."

Step Four:
Pour mixture into baking dish. Dump peaches on top and spread around to cover. Bake for 30 minutes.

5 Meals Out of One Chicken

Here are five amazing meals that you can get out of ONE chicken.

(momtastic)

Now, you can do this a few different ways:

1. Go to Costco or the local grocery store and purchase a rotisserie chicken. 

2. Purchase a chicken to bake yourself (this way you have more control over what the chicken is or is not seasoned with.)

3. Purchase parts of the chicken to your preference. Some people abhor dark meat, so why pay for an entire chicken if you're going to be tossing most of the chicken away and vice versa. Purchase breasts, fillets, thighs to you and your family's preference.

Now, the idea to these recipes is that you can use the chicken to make one of these meals, or all five using only one chicken. The latter saves time and money, as well as provides a variety of meals that you can enjoy throughout the week.

Meal One: The Classic

The classic roasted chicken dinner with roasted vegetables and stuffing.

Ingredients:
-Chicken (pre made rotisserie or raw)

-5 carrots (or a half bag of baby carrots)
-2 large potatoes
-1 onion
-1/4 cup olive oil
-Salt
-Pepper
-Garlic powder

-Stuffing bread crumbs
-12oz chicken broth
-1 can cream of chicken
-1 1/2 cups butter
-Chopped onion (dried from spice aisle)
-1 apple
-Garlic powder
-Salt
-Pepper

Now, if you choose to cook your own chicken, here is a fast and easy way to do so:
-Make a rub (combine 4 tbsp melted butter, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder)
-Rub chicken down all over
-Pour any excess rub over top of chicken
-Place chicken in roasting dish

Roasted Vegetables

Step One:
Slice your vegetables. Slice large carrots into discs, cut baby carrots in half, chunk the potatoes (you can keep the skin on depending on preference, but I recommend it.)

Step Two:
In a large Ziploc baggie, dump in chopped vegetables. Add olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Zip and shake! 

Step Three:
Pour vegetable mixture into the roasting dish with the chicken (if you are roasting the chicken) and bake for duration of the chicken. If the chicken is already prepared, roast vegetables in a pan for 45 minutes at 365. 

Stuffing

Step One:
Chop up apple.

Step Two:
Melt butter in a large pot. Add garlic powder, minced onion, salt, peper and apple. Simmer for about five minutes over medium heat.

Step Three:
Add cream of chicken and broth. Stir. Simmer for another three minutes.

Step Four:
Take off heat and add the stuffing bread crumbs. Stir around. Add some milk or more butter if you feel the stuffing isn't "creamy" enough.

Meal Two: Chicken of the Sea-sar Salad

Ingredients:
-White meat
-Can of tuna fish (water not oil)
-5tbsp Creamy Caesar dressing
-Lettuce
-5 grape tomatoes
-Shredded parmesan cheese
-Garlic and cheese croutons

Step One:
Dump canned tuna fish into a large bowl. Add dressing and stir. The tuna should be a little runny. Set aside in refrigerator.

Step Two:
Slice up the chicken and halve the tomatoes. 

Step Three:
In a large bowl, add lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, cheese, croutons and tuna. Mix! (the tuna mixture acts as dressing)

Meal Three: Fiesta Chicken

Ingredients:
-Chicken (white or dark)
-Taco seasoning
-1 8oz. block of cream cheese
-Salsa
-Sour cream
-Shredded cheddar cheese
-Tortillas or tortilla chips

Step One:
Cut up chicken into chunks.

Step Two:
In large pan with a little bit of butter or water, cook up chicken with the taco seasoning.

Step Three:
Dump chicken chunks into food processor and grind up.

Step Four:
In a large bowl, soften cream cheese. Add chicken and salsa. Combine until it has a chicken salad texture. (It might be best to use a hand mixer, but you can also use a rubber spatula)

Step Five:
Add chicken spread onto a tortilla or chip with cheese and sour cream. Enjoy!

Meal Four: Fried Chicken

Pretty ingenious to make fried chicken with chicken that is already cooked. 

Ingredients: 
-Dark meat (the juiciest)
-Bread crumbs
-Parmesan cheese
-Salt
-Pepper
-Egg
-Oil for frying

Step One:
Chunk or piece out your meat.

Step Two:
Combine bread crumbs, cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl.

Step Three:
Dunk the chicken pieces in the egg.

Step Four:
Coat pieces in the breadcrumb mixture.

Step Five:
Fry in pan, about a minute or so on each side. 

Meal Five: Chicken Soup

Ingredients:
-Chicken skin
-Chicken carcass
-Chicken
-Bowtie pasta
-3 carrots
-2 stalks of celery
-1 potato
-1 onion
-Salt
-Pepper
-1qt chicken broth
-1 can cream of chicken
-2tbsp butter

Step One:
In a large pot, place carcass, skin, cream of chicken and broth inside. Simmer for 35 minutes.

Step Two:
Cut up vegetables and chicken.

Step Three:
In a pan, melt butter. Sauté onions for about two minutes over medium heat.

Step Four:
Add carrots and celery to the pan. Sauté for five minutes.

Step Five:
Add chicken, potato and sautéed vegetables to pot of broth. Cook on medium low heat for two hours. 

Snack Like a Southerner: Cheese Grits

(allrecipes)

Ingredients:
-6 cups water
-1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
-1/2tsp hot pepper sauce
-2tsp salt
-3 beaten eggs
-1/2 cup quick cooking grits
-3/4 cup butter
-1lb cheddar cheese

Step One:
Preheat oven to 350. 

Step Two:
"In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Stir in grits, and reduce heat to low. Cover, and cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally."

Step Three:
"Mix in the butter, cheese, seasoning salt, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, and salt. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted."

Step Four:
"Remove from heat, cool slightly, and fold in the eggs. Pour into the prepared 9x13 baking dish. Bake for 1 hour and enjoy!

DIY: Monogrammed Mason Jar Mug

(homewetbar)

Step One:
Gather materials-
-Mason jar mug (available at Dollar Tree)
-Enamel paint (Folk Art, Martha Stewart)
-Paint brushes
-Stencil if desired
-Baking dish

Step Two:
Prep your glass. Clean the glass with a Clorox wipe or rubbing alcohol to make sure it is dust free. Dry thoroughly.

Step Three:
Paint/stencil your name on the glass.

Step Four:
Let dry somewhere safe for at least 24 hours.

Step Five:
After drying, place glass in a baking dish and then the dish in the oven. THEN turn the oven on to 350. You want to put the glass into a cool oven at first. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn heat off after 20 minutes and allow the glass to sit in the warm oven for the remaining 10.