Mikaela's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Monday, February 22, 2010

Easy White Chicken Chili

1 baby sized can diced jalapenos
1 cup cooked and diced chicken
3 1/2 cups chicken broth (low sodium, its healthier)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup chopped white onion
3 cans white kidney beans
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
Sour Cream (your choice)

Mix all these ingredients in a large pot. Heat up. Its your choice to add sour cream on top but this soup is spicy with all the cumin, jalapenos, onion and garlic. It is very good with tortilla chips.

Black Bean Chili Burgers

1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pound ground sirloin
1 can ( 15.5 oz) black beans rinsed and drained
1/2 cup minced red onion
1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons medium salsa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 Whole Wheat buns
1/2 cup light mayo
1 avocado

Heat grill to medium high. Heat Broiler. Combine chili powder, garlic powder and cumin in a small nonstick skillet. Cook over medium-high for 2 minutes till fragrant. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl stir together the sirloin, black beans, spice mixture, red onion, 1/3 cup salsa, the salt and pepper. Transfer to a food processor and pulse till texture is slightly smooth and about half the beans have been mashed. Return to bowl and divide into 6 hamburger patties.

Coat burgers with nonstick cooking spray and grill for 4 minutes then flip and cook other side for another 4 minutes. Thermometer should read 140 degrees.

Meanwhile toast buns in broiler till golden brown. In a small bowl mix mayo and left over salsa. Spread on each bun, add the burger and a few avocado slices.

We didn't have the avocado so we just dressed our burgers with tomato and lettuce but the salsa mayo was very delicious!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mikaela's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These cookies are like Tillamook's Chocolate peanut butter ice-cream but in a cookie!

1 Cup Butter, softened
3/4 cup Creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 Eggs
1 teaspoons Vanilla
2 1/3 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/3 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Peanut butter chips
10 Reese's peanut butter cups, cut into 8ths

Cream Butter and peanut butter. Add in sugars, beat until creamy, then add in eggs and vanilla and beat till creamy. Sift together flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder mix into wet ingredients. Mix in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and peanut butter cups. Drop by tablespoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, though Mikaela has found that they need to cook around 12 minutes and they are still gooey to the touch. YUMMY!

Ten Minute Tortilla Soup

This is one of Josh and I's favorite dinners because it is so scrumptious and seriously only takes TEN minutes. Enjoy!

Tortilla Soup

1 can (10-1/2 oz) condensed chicken with rice soup, undiluted
1-1/3 cups water
1 cup salsa
1 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup canned corn
1 cup diced cooked chicken
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Crushed Tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream

In a large saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients. Cook over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes or until heated through. Serve with tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream. Makes 5 servings! EAT UP!