Monday, July 30, 2012

BBQ Chicken Biscuits

I am a big fan of things made in a muffin pan. From sweets to savory. From blueberry muffins to buffalo chicken biscuits. Tonight, I experimented with a new idea, BBQ chicken in a biscuit! My latest food obsession is ground chicken. I discovered it while trying to plan out a meal around what was on sale at the grocery store. I tried it the first time in taco soup, and was hooked! It cooks up so much better than ground turkey. It has a very fine texture and breaks down easier than turkey too.

These are super easy to make, the hardest part is chopping the onion. And opening the can of biscuits. I have a HUGE fear of them popping open and exploding all over the kitchen so I make my dear husband open them for me. I know, wuss!

Preheat oven to temperature on the biscuit can directions. Chop, or mince, the onion and saute in a little olive oil until they start to soften up.

Add chicken and cook until no longer pink. Meanwhile, open biscuits and press into cups of a greased, large muffin pan. 

I tried the wheat Grand's biscuits this time around. I was pretty happy with the result. You can use any biscuit, just make sure it's the larger 'Grand' size. 

Drain meat and stir in BBQ sauce. 

Divide up meat between the 8 biscuits. I had about a cup of meat left that I put on a sandwich roll for my husband's lunch tomorrow. Anyway. Top with cheese and pop in oven. The directions on the biscuits I used said to bake around 15 minutes. I put them in the oven for 17 because it takes a little longer for the biscuits to bake with toppings on them. 

Let them cool a bit before removing from pans. Pick them up and bite them or eat them with a fork! We had ours with orange slices and a salad, but they would be great with a side of potato salad! Enjoy!

BBQ Chicken Biscuits

1 yellow onion, minced
1 pound ground chicken
1 cup favorite BBQ sauce, I used honey
1 can of large biscuits
Shredded cheese, I used Fiesta Blend

Preheat oven to temp in biscuit directions. 

Saute onions in a little olive oil until just softened. Add in ground chicken and cook until no longer pink. 

Meanwhile, slightly flatten biscuits in the palm of your hand and press into greased large muffin pans. 

Drain chicken and stir in BBQ sauce. Divide meat between biscuits. You will have about an extra cup of meat.  Sprinkle cheese over biscuits and bake a few minutes over time called for on can. Until biscuits are done and cheese is melted.

Let them cool a minute before removing from pan. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

It's Been A Soupy Kind of Week

I love soup. Especially with some sort of bread on the side. I love to dip the bread in the soup or eat the soup over the bread. Today, I made 2 different soups. A split pea and a lentil.

The split pea is actually an Ina Garten recipe that I've made several times and LOVE. It freezes well and is super easy to make. I like to add extra potatoes and I use water instead of chicken broth. 

I TRY to cook healthy and try to do as much plant based stuff as I's hard, cheese is good. 

Lentils are an excellent choice for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Lentils are so good for you, they are full of protein, low in fat, CHEAP and super easy to cook. I always kind of forget about them because every recipe I see that uses them usually calls for cumin, turmeric or coriander and I am not a fan. 

The soup I made tonight is super simple, filling, and only takes around 40 minutes including prep. I know it's not 'pretty', but it's very yummy!

Quick Lentil Soup

1 onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup split red or brown lentils
4 cups water
1 carrot, sliced or diced
1 celery stalk, sliced
lemon juice to taste
salt and black pepper

Heat the onion and olive oil and saute until the onion begins to soften. Add the lentils, carrots, celery and water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes until lentils and veggies are tender. Season to taste. 

Serve hot with fresh lemon juice. 

Hope you like it as much as we did!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Harper and HGTV Going Away

I have a darling boy, his name is Cooper. I love the name Cooper and like the whole using a last name as a first name thing. Like..Lewis, Anderson, Davis, etc.

Our girl name 'was' Harper. Well, today...I was browsing my new favorite blog (Suri's Slam Book, which is HILARIOUS) and saw that David and Victoria Beckham named their newest addition HARPER! I know, I have apparently been living under a rock, didn't even know she was pregnant. The name is going to become stupid popular now and I REFUSE to have a dime a dozen baby name.

We also canceled our cable today...due to be disconnected I am soaking as much HGTV in as I can until the vast nothingness starts tomorrow.

I need a milkshake.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Earlier this year, I started a blog out of our little apartment in Tampa called Experiments in 4B. Shortly after that, we started the process of looking for and buying a house so I put the blog on hold until we were settled into our new home and I had something interesting to post about.

Since then, we bought a house out of the city and I (possibly) have interesting things to say! This blog is for myself...selfish, I know...I like to journal and haven't actually done it in years. Writing hurts my hand, we living a typing world now days. I also want to pass along tips, recipes and how you!

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