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Cashew Chicken and Broccoli, one pot meal ready in less than 15 minutes.  Quick Meal ideas #CashewChicken, #BroccoliChicken, #Recipe

Cashew Chicken and Broccoli ~ One pot meal ready in less than 15 minutes

I needed a meal FAST tonight, nothing sounded good…. so I decided to invent something.  I have done this since I was a a teen, I get an idea in my head and then “invent” the recipe.  Some times it is amazing and some times it means we have cold cereal for dinner…lol. I was throwing everything into one pan a pan and my 9 year old said, “MOM you know you just put nuts in with the broccoli and chicken…. did you mean to do that”.  Made me laugh.

Good news is this recipe took less than 15 minutes to make (same time as it took the rice to cook) and it turned out awesome.  My whole family ate it up, it will be one we make again for sure.

Cashew Chicken and Broccoli, one pot meal ready in less than 15 minutes.  Quick Meal ideas #CashewChicken, #BroccoliChicken, #Recipe

Recipe yields 4 servings (fed my family of 6 with left overs, but we have small kids at home)

Prep time 5 min, Cook time 10 minutes

You will need:

  • 4 cups raw broccoli
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup sliced yellow onion
  • 1-2 cups cooked chicken ( you can even use canned chicken if you’re in a rush)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock

Add at the end of cooking:

  • 1/4 cup water mixed with 2 tablespoons corn starch

Cashew Chicken and Broccoli, one pot meal ready in less than 15 minutes.  Quick Meal ideas #CashewChicken, #BroccoliChicken, #Recipe  In a large skillet add the broccoli, cashews, onion, cooked chicken, garlic, sugar, soy sauce, oil and chicken stock.  Turn on high heat, cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Once at a boil turn to medium heat and let boil for 7-8 minutes till broccoli is tender.  Once broccoli is cooked, stir in the corn starch water blend.  This will thicken your sauce, stir till well blended  and sauce has formed, take off heat.  Serve over rice or noodles. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake

Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake

Two of my husband’s most favorite foods are milkshakes and strawberry shortcakes. Combine them and he is in heaven! Nothing beats making a great treat for your family when they can’t get over how good it is. And it can’t get any better when making them treats is super easy and fast!

You can make a strawberry shortcake milkshake from scratch or you can make this as a leftover treat the next day. One day you can make a fun Strawberry Shortcake and the next use it to make a fun treat again!

With this recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake you don’t even have to cook the cake. Follow our simple recipe directions for a fun and refreshing treat on a hot summer day!

Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake Ingredients

Most of us have these in our fridge anyways, so it’s a fun and easy dessert.

Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake DIY

  • Strawberry Layer:
  • ½ cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • 2 scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt

 

Cake Layer:

  • 2 scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt
  • ½ cup yellow cake mix
  • ? cup skim milk

Blend the Cake layer in a blender until smooth:

Strawberry Shortcake blended in milkshake

Once blended, place the blended cake mix in the freezer while you prep and de-stem the strawberries

Add your strawberries and blend till smooth:

Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake at home in blender

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. You will need to blend one layer first and set it in the freezer for a couple of minutes, while you blend the second layer.
  2. Combine ingredients for the strawberry layer in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Combine ingredients for the cake layer in a blender and pulse until smooth.
  4. Using a large spoon, layer the two shakes on top of each other.
  5. Add some whipped cream to the top and enjoy!

 

 

Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake
 
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Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake - Easy and tasty Milkshake just like in the stores.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • Strawberry Layer:
  • ½ cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • 2 scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt
  • Cake Layer:
  • 2 scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt
  • ½ cup yellow cake mix
  • ? cup skim milk
Instructions
  1. You will need to blend one layer first and set it in the freezer for a couple of minutes, while you blend the second layer.
  2. Combine ingredients for the strawberry layer in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Combine ingredients for the cake layer in a blender and pulse until smooth.
  4. Using a large spoon, layer the two shakes on top of each other.
  5. Add some whipped cream to the top and enjoy! ?

Check out some of our other fun Summer Desserts:

4th of July Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza, Red White and Blue Dessert for July 4th #Fruit, #Recipe, #July4th

Fresh Berry Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

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Hearty Sausage and Egg Breakfast Pizza Recipe, This is so simple to make and a real crowd pleaser.  Family tradition at our house #Eggs #BreakFast #Casseroles #Pizza #FallRecipes ,jpgI am excited to share another family favorite recipe with you.  It is easy to make, and feeds a hungry family in no time.  If you do not like sausage you could replace it with ham or bacon.  Or make it a vegetarian pizza instead of meat add caramelized onions, mushrooms and zucchini.

You will need

  • 1 package Croissant Rolls
  • 1 lb Sausage
  • 5 cups frozen hash browns
  • 6 oz cheddar cheese
  • 8 large eggs

Spread 6   croissant rolls (uncooked) on the bottom of a 9 x 13 nonstick baking pan

Cook 1  lb package of breakfast sausage (we like Jimmy Dean), chop up, and spread over the top.

Sprinkle 4-5 cups frozen hash browns on top of biscuits and meat, ( I always thaw the hash browns first) season your hash browns with salt and paper or Season All.

Grate 6 oz of cheese on top in even layer.

Beat 6-8 large eggs up, then pour in even layer over the top, salt and pepper the eggs.

Bake un-covered at 350 degrees for 35-45 mins till eggs are done in the middle

Let rest about 5 mins then enjoy! My family loves it!
This recipe came from my Mother in law (thanks JoAnne) She makes it every year and the whole family loves it.

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APRICOT PINEAPPLE JAM RECIPE, quick and easy recipe that is a family favorite #Jam #recipe #Apricot

I posted this recipe back in 2010…. I made it again this year so I decided I would post the recipe in case you were looking for a good way to use your apricots.  Plus my photo skill have gotten much better over the years lol. Hope you enjoy this jam as much as my family does!

IMG_3392My Grandma use to make an Apricot Pineapple jam so I thought I would give it a try.

Apricot-Pineapple Jam

Makes 9 (1-cup) jars

  • 5 cups prepared fruit (about 2-1/2 lb. fully ripe apricots)
  • 1 can (15-1/4 oz.) crushed pineapple in syrup
  • 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries (optional I do not add them)
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 1 box fruit pectin (such as Sure-Jell)

Boil jars on rack in large pot filled with water 10 minutes. Place flat lids in saucepan with water. Bring to boil. Remove from heat. Let jars and lids stand in hot water until ready to fill. Drain well before filling.
Pit apricots; do not peel. Cut in small pieces and finely chop or grid. Add pineapple and syrup. Measure 5 cups apricotes, can of pineapple into 6- or 8-qt. saucepot. Add cherries. Measure sugar and set aside.

Mix fruit pectin into fruit in saucepot. Place over high heat and stir until mixture comes to a full boil. Immediately add sugar and stir. Bring to a full rolling boil and boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off foam with metal spoon.

Ladle quickly into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8-inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Invert jars for 5 minutes, then turn upright. After 1 hour check seals.

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Apricots washed and pitted

IMG_3376I am not to big on “chunky jam” so we whipped ours.  Maleeya helped me…aren’t her tiny little hands cute.

IMG_3378Pineapple, Apricots and Pectin, mixed then added to the pot

IMG_3381Stirring and waiting to come to a boil

IMG_3383Started to boil so I added the sugar

IMG_3386Came back to a boil, cooked another minute…..now it is done cooking

IMG_3387I have my jars and lids HOT and ready to be filled

IMG_3388It is hot so watch out… Fill jars within 1/8 in of top (I should have filled mine up a little more)

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With a hot wet rag wipe the edged clean, if there is any jam on the side it may make it NOT seal.

IMG_3391Screw your lids on firmly.

IMG_3394Turn them upside down, for 5 mins

IMG_3395Mckeely was not too sure about this part…she thought I crazy for turning them on their heads. “Mom, what are you doing?”

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Turn them right side up, after they have cooled check to see if the have sealed…. all of mine did!!!! Yeah!  If they are sealed they will not make a popping noise anymore.APRICOT PINEAPPLE JAM RECIPE, quick and easy recipe that is a family favorite #Jam #recipe #Apricot


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Red White and Blue Pudding Pops, quick and easy 4th of July Recipe or just as a treat on a hot summer day #Recipe, #PuddingPop, #CoolTreat, #July4thRed White and Blue Pudding Pop

The 4th of July tends to be a HOT day here in Idaho and we are always looking for a cool treat to make the day special.  These Red, White and Blue Pudding Pops are quick and easy and just make you feel patriotic looking at them.  You can make them ahead of time too, so you’re not stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 3 oz. Pkg. Vanilla or White Chocolate Pudding
  • 1 3 oz. Pkg. Red Gelatin
  • 1 3 oz. Pkg. Blue Gelatin
  • 1 1/3 Cups Boiling Water

pop ingredient
Instructions
In separate bowls combine 2/3 cup boiling water with each gelatin. Stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved.
Pour Gelatins into 2 separate containers approximately 8 inches by 4 inches. You can use rectangle resealable container or a loaf pan. Be sure to lightly oil or spray to ease the unmolding process.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Cut gelatins into ¼ inch cubes.
In a large bowl whisk the milk and Pudding mix together.
Gently stir in the gelatin cubes. Don’t over mix or the gelatin color will start to run.
Spoon into freezing container of your choice. Popsicle molds, 3-5 oz. Paper cups, Ice cube tray. If you use plastic I recommend lightly oiling or spraying to help remove from the mold.
Insert a handle of your choice. You can buy Popsicle sticks. You can also use a plastic spoon or fork or several tooth picks bunched together.
Freeze a minimum of 4 hours.

Red White and Blue Pudding Pops, quick and easy 4th of July Recipe or just as a treat on a hot summer day #Recipe, #PuddingPop, #CoolTreat,  #July4th

More 4th of July Recipes and DIY ideas you might want to check out…

Red, White and Blue Layered Fruit Dessert

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Fruit kabobs for 4th of July, recipe perfect for summer #Fruit, #Healthy, #July4th4th of July Fruit Skewers

If your family is anything like mine, the 4th of July is a big deal. It’s also an outdoors and on the move kind of day, meaning that you need snacks that are easy, portable and fun. I decided to do a spin on the kebobs that are a summer staple by using fruit and marshmallows instead of meat and veggies.

What you’ll need –

  • Skewer Sticks – I like bamboo ones because they seem to splinter less. The size depends on how much you want to load onto them but try to avoid ones that are too thick or they will split the blueberries.
  • Strawberries – obviously you want ripe ones, but be careful about getting ones that are too big, they don’t stay on the skewer as well.
  • Marshmallows (mini and regular)
  • Blueberries
  • White Chocolate (or White Candy Melt)
  • Blue Candy Melt
  • Raspberries

Fruit kabobs for 4th of July, perfect for summerInstructions –

  1. Prep all of your fruits by washing them thoroughly and patting them dry. You can take the stems off the strawberries if you want; I left them on just because I thought it looked nicer.
  2. Run a mini marshmallow down the skewer far enough to act as a stopper for everything else you’re going to put on the skewer. If you don’t start with a marshmallow, the fruits won’t stay in place very well. I started with a mini mallow so that the red, white and blue theme would be more obvious.
  3. Load the rest of the skewer with the fruits and marshmallows in the following order – raspberry, regular marshmallow, two blueberries (through the center not the side) and then the strawberry. Don’t run the skewer all the way through the strawberry – if you do, the juice will make it hard to get the candy melt to stick and it will be more likely to fall off. Make sure your strawberries are very dry or you will have trouble making the candy melt stick!
  4. Melt the white candy melt in a bowl in the microwave for 35 seconds, then stir it up and heat for another 30 seconds and stir again. You should have a nice even texture with the melt. Dip or coat the strawberry about 2/3rds of the way up then wait for it to dry. I put the skewers in upright in a piece of Styrofoam so they would not have any flat spots. Repeat on all your skewers. Allow white candy melt to harden before proceeding.
  5. Melt the blue candy melt the same as the white and repeat the process, this time only covering the last 1/3rd of the strawberry. Repeat until all skewers are complete – the tasty snack is done, you can either refrigerate if needed or serve immediately.

Fun, refreshing and really pretty simple to make once you get the hang of the candy melt. They are an eye catching and unique way to celebrate Independence Day.

More 4th of July Recipes and DIY ideas you might want to check out…

Red, White and Blue Layered Fruit Dessert

 

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