Patriotic Punch Bowl Cake: Memorial Dessert Recipe

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If you’ve been searching through Memorial Day dessert recipes, you may want to consider making this Patriotic Punch Bowl Cake.  It’s super easy to make and so yummy! You can use a store bought angel food cake, or make a cake yourself.  The great thing about punch bowl cakes, is that you can vary the ingredients and type of cake to suit your fancy.  Yellow cake, white cake, and pound cake are just a couple of varieties that could be substituted.  This Memorial Day recipe looks very patriotic with the red, white, and blue color combination from the strawberries, blueberries, and whipped topping.   [Read more...]

Cornflake Ranch Chicken Tenders

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Cornflake Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe

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If you’re looking for a healthier and delicious way to make tasty tenders – you’re going to LOVE this cornflake ranch chicken tenders recipe!
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First of all – these are baked, not fried.  (I know – they really LOOK fried!)   Secondly, they’re moist and flavorful and you don’t have to drag them through melted butter.  Yes I have done this – and yes, that was delicious too ;)
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All you need for this recipe is chicken breast, milk, ranch dressing, cornflakes, and whatever seasonings float your boat.  If you have that, you’re ready to roll!
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First, cut your chicken breasts into strips.  A nice sized breast should yield about 3 strips.  Set all of these aside and go ahead and preheat the oven to 425.
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Pour about a cup of cornflakes (Yes cornflakes – NOT corn chips!) into a Ziploc bag and have one of the munchkins roll a can of green beans back and forth on it until they’re crushed into tiny teeny pieces.  Meanwhile, you can get the ranch dip ready!
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Fill a cereal bowl about 1/3 of the way with milk and add three or four tablespoons worth of Ranch dressing.  The ratio is really an eyeball kind of thing – no need to be exact about it.  You just want to end up with ranchy milk.
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Dump the cornflake crumbs from the bag into a separate bowl and stir in the seasonings you like.  I added a little parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Save-a-Lot’s chicken seasoning, and some salt and pepper.  Italian seasoning,  would be great too.  Or maybe a Southwest tender.  It would be really hard to mess up the flavor of these, just go with your gut on this ;)
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Using a fork (or your fingers) dip each tender in the milk bath and then press it into the cornflake coating.  Make sure it’s covered well so the chicken won’t dry out in the oven.
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Place tenders on a cookie sheet that you’ve liberally sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Spray the tops of the tenders as well – to help the them get a nice golden color as they bake.
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*If you have a lot of chicken, say more than a couple breasts, you’ll probably need to refill your cornflake coating and ranch-milk about halfway through.  I like to do a TON of chicken at a time so we can use it for lunches during the week – so I refilled my bowls a few times.
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Baking time will depend on how big your tenders are, but mine always take about 20 minutes.  If you feel unsure, just cut into the thickest one to do a spot check.
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With my hubby trying to lower his cholesterol, and my kids wanting nothing but chicken nuggets and cheeseburgers – this was a yummy compromise that everyone in our house loved!  Let me know if you shake it up any – or go Southwest – I’ll have to try that version next!
Cornflake Ranch Chicken Tenders

Cornflake Ranch Chicken Tenders

Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast or Tenderloins (NOT frozen)
  • 1 Cup Cornflakes
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 4 Tbsp Ranch Dressing
  • Parmesan Cheese *optional
  • Chicken Seasoning *optional
  • Garlic Powder *optional
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. First, cut your chicken breasts into strips. A nice sized breast should yield about 3 strips. Set all of these aside and go ahead and preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Pour 1 cup of cornflakes into a Ziploc bag and crush into fine crumbs
  3. Fill a cereal bowl about 1/2 of the way with milk and add dressing.
  4. Dump the cornflake crumbs from the bag into a separate bowl and stir in the seasonings you like.
  5. Using a fork (or your fingers) dip each tender in the milk bath and then press it into the cornflake coating. Make sure it's covered well so the chicken won't dry out in the oven.
  6. Place tenders on a cookie sheet that you've liberally sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spray the tops of the tenders as well - to help the them get a nice golden color as they bake.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes.
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Crockpot Barbecue Recipe (Perfect for Derby Day!)

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I posted this Crockpot Barbecue recipe a few months back – but I wanted to remind you guys to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather and this dinner makes that super-easy!  My recipe uses a pork roast – but you can switch out chicken breasts or thighs for scrumptious results too :) (I’m using chicken tonight)

Also check out Kasey’s yummy Crockpot Chicken with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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Crock-Pot Cola Ham Recipe (Take advantage of Post-Easter Ham Sales!)

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With all the stores trying to get rid of their Easter hams, you can get some pretty good deals right now.  Might as well grab one and cook it up with this easy recipe – then feast on the leftovers for lunch all week!

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Simple Roast Chicken Recipe | 3 Step, No Prep!

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Jamie here! Bi-Lo has whole chickens on sale this week for 89¢/lb – I’m picking some up to make my simple roast chicken and thought I’d re-share it in case you missed it before :)

Jamie here, if you’re looking for a simple roast chicken recipe – here’s your guy.  No kidding – if I’d ever realized in the early years of marriage that making a beautiful roast chicken was this easy, I would’ve saved my husband from years of Hamburger Helper :)

I learned this tip from my friend Meg, who is an amazing cook and the type of woman you secretly kind of hate, who makes a home-cooked dinner every. single. night.  She’s also cute  - which is just unfair (right?).  But while hanging out with her recently she told me that she roasts chicken pretty often to make chicken salad for the week – or soup, tacos, pasta or other recipes.

After she shared her secret, I had to try it right away.

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18 Meatless Meals Recipes | A Roundup for Lent

Meatless Meals Recipes | A Roundup for Lent!

Well, here we are, nearly halfway through Lent… and if you’re looking around for a few new meatless meals recipes to add to the rotation – we’ve rounded up some really great ones for you to try!  Some of them are our own family favorites, and some are recipes from our blogging friends who are great home cooks.

We hope you find a new one for your family to enjoy – and please share any of your favorite standby meatless meal recipes in the comments!

Crockpot Cheesy Potato Soup 

Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Three Cheese Macaroni

Baked Ranch Quesadillas

Cheesy Tuna Mac

Yummy Quinoa Chili

Cheesy Stuffed Shells

Best Vegetarian Chili

Easy Spicy Curried Chickpeas

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Easy Cheesy Potato Soup (Stove-top version)

Vegetarian Cheesy Tortilla Casserole

Acorn Stuffed Squash with Kale & Mushrooms

Crockpot Layered Bean Burritos

Black Bean Gnocchi One-Pot Meal

Easy Red Beans & Rice Recipe

Grilled Potato Bundles in Foil

Zero Point Spinach & Tomato Crockpot Soup

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And for those nights when meat isn’t an issue – check out our post on 10 Crockpot Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights!