Monday, May 20, 2013

Creamsicle Pudding:

We tried this for Easter this year, and it turned out SO good!
We loved the orange and vanilla combination,
but I'm sure it would be good with just about any flavor of jello!
Also, we used it as a side dish, but it would be perfect for dessert as well and you can serve soon after making it, or make it a day in advance, whatever you want!!  
Hope you try it out!

1 (3 oz.) package Orange gelatin
1 (3.4 oz) package instant Vanilla pudding mix
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip

Dissolve gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Place 4 ice cubes in a measuring cup and fill to 1 cup with cold water. Add to gelatin and stir well. Cool for 5 minutes. Whisk in the pudding mix until well combined. Chill for 15 minutes. Fold in the Cool Whip and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour into a serving bowl or individual serving dishes, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 10 minutes or over night. Serve! 
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Pudding Muffins:

I published this earlier, but I updated the recipe a little and got a picture, so I decided to re-do it!
They are super easy and we absolutely love them!
I hope you give them a try!

Right: Coconut Cream
Left: Strawberry Cream

2 cups flour
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 pkg. (3.4 oz.) Instant Pudding mix, flavor of your choice
1 cup water
3/4 cup canola oil
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, combine flour, xanthan gum, sugar, baking powder, salt and pudding mix; set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together the water, oil, eggs and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. Normally in muffins, you just want to mix until everything is moist and lumps in your batter are fine. But not with this muffin. You want to mix until there are no lumps. Fill greased or paper lined muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I usually leave them in about an 10 minutes or so after they are done, to get a crispier top, but the choice is yours! Place on a clean dish towel and cover with another towel to cool. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

-For the pudding: The choice is completely up to you. Combos that we have tried and like are:
-Banana cream pie
-Coconut Cream
-Strawberry Cream
Generally we like to do a flavor with vanilla, just because it helps to tone down the other flavor. But you can certainly just use two of the same flavor if you want. Again, the choice is up to you!
-These are good warm, but they are also great cold!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Chicken Quesadillas:

We had a few corn tortillas left from the Chicken Enchiladas from last week that I wanted to use up and so I threw this together. And they were so good! This is just a basic recipe. You could make them as is, or add whatever you like! I hope you try them out!

2 corn tortilla wraps
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2-3 tblsp. shredded, cooked chicken
1 tsp. butter

In a small skillet, melt half the butter over medium heat. Add 1 tortilla. Top with half the cheese and the chicken. Add the remaining cheese and other tortilla. Cook until the tortilla on the bottom is slightly crisp and golden brown. Very carefully, pick the "sandwich" up. Add the other half of the butter and gently flip the "sandwich" over. Cook until slightly crisp and golden brown. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into quarters. Serve immediately.

-I used canned chicken, but you could certainly use whatever you have.
-I did not season the chicken at all, but I think that taco seasoning or any seasoning you like would be great.
-Use ground beef instead of chicken.
-Try out a different type of cheese.
-Make it a main dish, appetizer or snack.
-We also like these with Mozzarella cheese and Pepperoni, and use pizza sauce as a dipping sauce.
-We liked to dip this in salsa or ranch dressing, but I'm sure lots of other dips would be yummy too!
-Here are some add in's that I think would be really yummy: onions, peppers, tomatoes, spinach...let me know what you liked in yours!!!
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