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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Jammin' Jambalaya

My girls recently checked out Tiana's Cookbook (Princess and the Frog) from the library and this is one of the recipes in it. I tweaked it a little bit because my girls won't eat anything spicy, but it was still very good.
Here is the original recipe:
1 T. olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 lb. Andouille sausage, cooked and thinly sliced (I used kielbasa)
1 med. onion, chopped (I left this out)
2 large celery stalks, chopped
1 small bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. ground black pepper
1 cup canned chopped tomatoes, undrained (I just used 1 can diced tomatoes)
2 cups uncooked white rice
4 cups chicken broth (about 2 cans)
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. hot pepper sauce (I left this out)
Saute chicken in oil until cooked through, about 5 min. Stir in sausage, onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic. Sprinkle on salt and ground pepper and stir again. Cook for about 5 min, stirring occasionally. Stir in chopped tomatoes and uncooked rice. Then stir in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer until rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in Worcestershire and hot pepper sauce.
Adjust the amount of Worcestershire and hot pepper sauce to make it as mild or as spicy as you would like.
This serves 6-8.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Chocolate Banana Zucchini Bread

This is my favorite quick bread. I made it recently and it went so quickly, I didn't even get a picture before it was completely devoured.

3 eggs
2 c. sugar
3/4 c. melted butter
2 1/2 c. flour
2 1/2t. baking powder
2 1/2t. baking soda
1t. cinnamon
2t. vanilla
1/2c. cocoa
1/2 c. milk
1 medium banana, mashed*
1 small zucchini, shredded*
1c. chopped nuts (optional)
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together eggs, sugar and butter until creamy. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to egg mixture. Add vanilla, cocoa, milk, banana, zucchini and nuts. Pour into greased bread pans and bake 50-55 minutes. Makes 2 large loaves.
*You can also use just bananas or zucchini. You want about 2 cups total.


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