December, 2017

Dec 10, 2017

One Pan Chicken & Veggies

Easy Chicken and Vegetable DinnerNEW RECIPE! I consider this the healthiest meal I make. My one pan chicken and roasted vegetables is quick and easy and healthy. Vegetables are the lifeline to good health and roasting them brings our their sugars so the browning combined with their sweetness makes them super delicious. Then the chicken is lean and low fat because I use skinless, boneless chicken breast. The chicken provides high quality protein and all those veggies? Well, it’s like taking a vitamin pill only better because vitamins from real food are much better absorbed than any pill.

Every meal I make starts with whatever vegetables I have on hand. That’s because vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals essential to good health. Each color of veggie has its own set of benefits so when you mix and match the colors, you get a huge array of nutrients. I make roasted vegetables at least once a week, sometimes served with just a can of sardines, sometimes with pork loin, but this is my favorite way to serve them.

The chicken comes out moist and tender every time. I only use oil, salt, and pepper on it but you can add some dried herbs if you like. I just serve the chicken breast whole with a big side of roasted veggies. This may seem like a lot of roasted vegetables for two people but I can tell you that there may occasionally be a piece or two of chicken left over, but by the end of the meal, every single vegetable is gone. And if you roast sweet potatoes, they are so sweet they can even be dessert. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Dec 9, 2017

Christmas Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies RecipeMy Christmas snowball cookies look fancy but they are so easy, even an amateur cook can make them. There’s no mixer required because this recipe is so simple. You just put all the ingredients into a bowl and combine with your hands. After a brief stint in the fridge, you just shape them into balls and bake. They are actually pecan balls so you must be sure to toast the pecans first. It really adds so much more flavor to these powdered sugar cookies.

They make a beautiful presentation so I often give them as a homemade Christmas gift. But they don’t just look good. These pecan balls simply melt in your mouth and every time I serve them or gift them, people ask for the recipe. And here’s some even better news. You can make them ahead and freeze! Gotta love that: Easy make-ahead Christmas cookies!  Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Dec 1, 2017

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I love seeing my recipes being made all over the world.  I hope you’ll share where you are from and please send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

BUNNY MADE MY SIMPLE WHITE BREAD (with egg)
“Dear Jenny, I love it when leftovers and recipes do double duty; so I wanted to share. (I hope you don’t mind me sending you my variation). With a bit of leftover mashed potatoes, dried dill and dried minced onion, I turned your Simple White Bread (with egg) into one of those gourmet, sandwich breads.

First, I added 2 1/4 tsps. of dried dill to the dry ingredients in Step 1.  Then, I added 1 Tabl. of dried, minced onion to the milk in Step 2, letting the onions soak for a few mins, before warming the milk to the proper temperature in the microwave.  Then, just after Step 3, I added between 2/3 cup and 3/4 cup of microwave-warmed, leftover, mashed potatoes (prepared with milk and butter), to the dough and mixed it in well  before adding the final 1/4 cup of flour in step 4.

After baking, I brushed the loaf with melted butter and  let the bread completely cool before slicing. The wait was interminable, as I was pretty excited — never having made potato, onion or dill bread before.  It came out incredibly moist, tender and flavorful.  So delicious. The surface of the bread is not super smooth due to the minced onions, but worth adding them.  My loaf came out darker on top than your original Simple White Bread recipe , but brushing the top with butter makes it soft — just perfect for sandwiches.  (Perhaps I should have covered it with foil, earlier).   Thank you Jenny.  I wouldn’t have had the nerve to try this if your Simple White Bread (with egg) recipe wasn’t practically foolproof. ~ Bunny (in Chicago, IL)”

~ Your combination sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the details for everyone. (Luv Chi-town!)” ~ jenny