Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sesame Street Chicken

No, it's not in the shape of an Elmo or anything. It's really just Sesame Chicken. But I find when you give something a cutesy name and put it on a stick, kids will eat it.

Now, I recommend you go out to a craft store and load up on some lollipop sticks. You don't want to do what I did, and use skewers. Not safe for kids to be jamming pointy wooden sticks into their adorable little mouths. Of course, I removed the meat for actual eating. But if I HAD lollipop sticks, I would have let them eat it right off the stick.


1 lb chicken tenderloin
1 cup honey or 1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 tbsp minced garlic
salt/pepper to taste

Combine everything but chicken in a medium-sized bowl. Salt pepper to taste. If your kids are more adventurous, feel free to add a little cumin or crushed red pepper for a little spice.

Cut the chicken into two-inch chunks and add to the honey/soy mixture.

When cooking with wooden skewers, it's best to soak them in water first. If you are using lollipop sticks, DO NOT cook with them. Just pop the chicken on afterwards.

Spray a frying pan with PAM, and then lay the chicken on the pan. Fry each side about 6 minutes each.

Serve with a little BBQ sauce or honey for dipping. Add a nice green veggie and they won't even notice!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Baked Chicken Cream Cheese Wontons!!

I am a bad blogger. It's been 14 days since my last post. Bad blogger. Bad!

But, I've been taking pictures of some fun meals, and I will catch you up, one at a time.

Tonight, I made BAKED CHICKEN CREAM CHEESE WONTONS. You just can't stop popping them into your mouth.


15 wonton wrappers
ground chicken (I made a lb and had a ton leftover)
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 block of Cream cheese
3 T soy sauce
salt, pepper

Brown the chicken, season it with S/P, and soy sauce. Combine your shredded carrots and scallions in a bowl. Take a wonton, smear a small bit of cream cheese on it, then a small scoop of the carrot/scallion mixture, followed by a small scoop of chicken. Do not overstuff, or your wrapper will tear.

Keep a small bowl of water by you, and begin to wrap. Dab a tiny bit of water on the edges, then fold the edges in and seal. Don't worry about pretty. Secure is what you're going for....

Now lay them out on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. I sprayed them with a little olive oil, because I happen to have a little sprayer thingee. You could also brush them, but I like to cut down on the oill content as much as possible.

Now bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes. My oven needed an extra two minutes.
You could probably fry these, if you were so inclined. I'm sure they
would be a little better. But for me, baking did the trick.

And they are the perfect size, for little fingers. My daughter thinks they look like little envelopes.....

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Peanut Butter Granola

Apologies for my absence.  I lost a doggie, and my heart was too broken to eat.

Well, I was still cooking, anyway, and photographing some meals.  So now, I will have to play catch up, somewhat.

First, I would like to share with you my recipe for Peanut Butter Granola.  My family loves the homemade granola I make, but the peanut butter granola takes it to a whole, new level.  I made this for my daughter's birthday breakfast, and added a few chocolate chips.   LOVE.


  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup oil (I use canola)
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 c. oats
  • 1/4 cup flour (I use whole wheat)
  • splash vanilla

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.  (I use parchment paper.)
  • Combine peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave until peanut butter melts (approximately 20 seconds). Stir.
  • Stir cinnamon and vanilla into peanut butter and honey mixture.
  • Mix flour, oats and salt in a separate bowl.
  • Mix wet and dry until the oats are completely covered in peanut butter mixture.

  • Spread out oat mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes until granola is slightly browned, stirring halfway through.

  • Let cool until granola is crunchy.

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