japanese sweet potatoes and homemade garlic orange chicken

One night last week, it was my turn to cook dinner.  Armed with only some chicken and some Japanese sweet potatoes (never tried these before), I invented something new 🙂

My first hurdle was to figure out how best to cook the sweet potatoes.  I found a great website here that explained how to bake them…so bake them I did.  While the sweet potatoes were baking, I melted some butter in a saute pan and sauted some garlic.  Then I quickly cubed some chicken breasts.  To the pan, I added about a cup of orange juice (no idea where this inspiration came from!).  In the orange, garlic liquid, I poached the chunks of chicken.  Once the chicken was almost all the way cooked, I added zucchini and onions.  When these vegetables were almost tender I added a bunch of spinach, covered the pan, and simmered a few more minutes.  Voila!


The Japanese sweet potatoes were also fantastic!  I added nothing to them, just cut them up and served next to the chicken dish.  While the color wasn’t quite as nice as your standard, bright orange sweet potato, the flavor was so delicious!

Have you ever cooked with something that you would have never thought to use before?  (like orange juice!)  🙂


skillet lasagna

Brett makes a killer skillet lasagna!  🙂  He made it just the other night using a recipe found here.  The end result is so delicious!

The skillet lasagna is made much the same way as a normal lasagna…but all of the cooking is done in a skillet.  It starts with plenty of fresh veggies.  They are cooked and pureed into a sauce.


Noodles are layered in the pan with more veggies and cheese.

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At one point, Brett tried to actually flip the stacked lasagna….it didn’t work 😉


Yum!  Have you tried a skillet lasagna before?  Any other variations on this noodle-y, cheese-y classic out there?


Three ingredient Nutella brownies

One of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo is featuring Nutella recipes all month long.  Each recipe has looked even yummier than the one posted the week before…but when I saw their newest post, a four ingredient Nutella brownie, I knew that we needed to try it 🙂

You can find their original recipe for a four ingredient Nutella brownie here.  I am not a fan of nuts though….although I will admit I have been dabbling recently in cashews…so I removed nuts from the recipe, leaving us with a three ingredient list.  (1 cup Nutella, 2 eggs, and 1 cup flour).

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Preheat the oven to 350 F, prepare your muffin tin the way you like (I prefer to use paper muffin cups…makes clean up so easy!), mix together the Nutella and eggs, and finally add the flour.  Done!  Bake 8-12 minutes (although I always lean towards the 8 minutes rather than the 12).  They are sooo good!


For the actual dinner that night, Brett made a fantastic skillet lasagna.  More on that later this week!  🙂  (Eep!  Teasers!)

scrumptious waffles

Brett and I love waffles 🙂  I would eat breakfast for every meal of the day 🙂  One Saturday morning I noticed that there was a separate recipe for “ultimate pancakes”….well, why not ultimate waffles?  🙂


To the normal (and super simple) bisquick recipe for waffles I added 1 Tbsp sugar and 1 Tbsp lemon juice.

blog_waffles_2 blog_waffles_3 blog_waffles_4The waffles turned out delicious 🙂  You could definitely taste the little bit of lemon zing in them!  Next time I want to try the other recipe with the vanilla instead of the lemon.  Have you ever doctored an easy set of bisquick waffles or pancakes before?  🙂


cinnamon rolls…in a skillet!

While Brett and I were in Michigan, I really wanted to make some cinnamon rolls.  🙂  The only problem was our lack of oven!  Have no fear, I am adventurous and was willing to eat a half raw cinnamon roll if it didn’t work out HAHA!  🙂

I arranged the cinnamon rolls in a skillet like I would have in an oven safe pan.  I turned on the heat and put the lid on the skillet to keep the heat all around the cinnamon rolls.  After the skillet had a chance to warm up, I turned the heat down super low so that I wouldn’t burn the bottoms of the rolls.  I let the rolls cook until they looked puffed up and warm and bubbly 🙂  (it took about 30 minutes)


And voila!  Below is the “before icing” shot 🙂  The cinnamon rolls were just a bit gooey on top but had almost entirely cooked the rest of the way through 🙂  So yummy!  Just goes to show that a little creativity can cook anything without an oven 🙂