Chicken with Bacon and White Wine Sauce

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I have a tendency to shy away from canned soup recipes, but when I saw this Chicken with Bacon and White Wine Sauce recipe, it looked really good, so I decided to give it a try. There was no disappointment here, it was very good.

This is a simple recipe that requires only a few ingredients and cooks quickly. I served the chicken and sauce over spaghetti, but I’m sure it would pair well with hash browns or rice.

Chicken with Bacon and White Wine Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces bacon (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1¼ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy; set aside on paper towels to drain.
  2. Remove the fat from the skillet leaving about one tablespoon in the skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat until nicely browned on both sides; remove chicken and set aside on a plate.
  3. Pour the wine into the skillet, big to boil, and scrap any dripping off the bottom of the pan and then stir in the cream of mushroom soup. Mix in the bacon and arrange the chicken into the sauce in the pan with any accumulated juices. Cover and cook on simmer until chicken is done – 10 – 15 minutes.
  4. Serve with sauce over chicken.

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Adapted from Cambellskitchen.com

Blueberry Crumbles for Two

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I love the fresh berry season and blueberries are one of my favorites. This Blueberry Crumbles for Two recipe is just right for two people. This recipe requires very little prep time and bakes in less than a half an hour. Serve it warm with ice cream and it is a delicious desert.

Blueberry Crumbles for Two
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • Salt
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup old fashion rolled oats
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 4 pieces and chilled)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium bowl gently mix together the blueberries with the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Divide blueberries between 2 - 12 ounce ramekins.
  3. In another medium size bowl mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Using your hands work the butter into the mixture until dime size clumps form; sprinkle the mixture over the top of the blueberries.
  4. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake until bubbly around the edges and topping is a deep golden brown.
  5. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

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I needed a quick and simple recipe for supper so I decided to give this Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole recipe a try. Looking at the recipe I felt there was some room for improvement, but I decided to keep it simple and prepared the dish as written.

This would be a great one dish supper to put together for the kids after school – it’s the type of recipe I’m sure they would love.

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices of bacon (cooked crispy and crumbled)
  • 4 cups tater tots
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet cook bacon until crispy; drain and cool on paper towels; crumble and set aside reserving about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the skillet.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F.
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over medium high heat until onion starts to brown. While cooking scrap any dripping off the bottom of the pan. Add the burger and continue cooking breaking up burger, and cooking until no longer pink inside; drain any excess fat. Add the ketchup and mustard and mix until combined. Spoon the meat mixture into a 9x9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Sprinkle the bacon on top of the burger and ½ of the cheese. Arrange the tater tots over the top and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until tater tots are nicely browned.
  5. Remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted – serve hot.

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Adapted from Kraft Recipies

Chicken Florentine for Two

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This Chicken Florentine for Two recipe has a delicious combination of flavors, and the health benefits of fresh spinach. This recipe is the perfect amount for serving two people.

The recipe calls for Parmesan cheese mixed in the sauce and then used again as a garnish – I just used it in the sauce because I did not want to overpower the recipe with the Parmesan cheese. However I did include that step in the recipe.

Chicken Florentine for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 small shallot (minced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (divided)
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Pound chicken down to ½ inch thickness; pat dry with paper toweling and salt and pepper on both sides; set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Place the spinach in the skillet with ⅛ teaspoon salt. Cook stirring occasionally until spinach has wilted; set spinach aside in a colander to drain any excess liquid.
  3. Wipe skillet clean with paper towels and place 1 tablespoon of oil in the now empty skillet. Cook chicken over medium high heat until nicely browned and chicken registers 160F on an instant read thermometer. Set chicken aside on a plate and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  4. Place the garlic and shallot into the oil and cook until fragrant, and then mix in the broth and cream. Cook until reduced to about ⅔ cup (about 7 minutes on medium heat). Off heat and mix in two tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste and then mix in the spinach. Let set long enough for the spinach to get warmed through.
  5. Serve chicken topped with the spinach and sauce, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.

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Adapted from Cooking for Two CookBook

Simple and Quick Mexican Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Simple and Quick Mexican Chicken Thighs Recipe

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I you’re in a hurry and want something simple and quick to put together give these Simple and Quick Mexican Chicken Thighs a try. It only requires a few ingredients and you can have supper on the table in less than an hour.

Simple and Quick Mexican Chicken Thighs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (I used boneless for this recipe but I think bone in would also work fine)
  • 4 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup salsa (mild or hot depending on your taste)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Pat chicken pieces dry with paper toweling and season chicken with the taco seasoning. (use tour fingers to lightly rub the seasoning into the meat)
  3. Place the chicken thighs into a casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Pour the salsa over the chicken.
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is done. (185F.) remove chicken from the oven, sprinkle the cheese over the top, and then bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Serve Hot
  6. Note: I served this is dish with hash browns but flavored rice would be a perfect match.

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Teriyaki Chicken for Two

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This Teriyaki Chicken for Two recipe was adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for two cookbook. I found their procedure for crisping the chicken pretty unique. They weighted the chicken down by placing a large pot on top of the chicken weighted with 2 (14-15- ounce cans of whatever you may have on hand). The chicken browns evenly, and is nice and crisp.

This recipe is quick and simple to prepare and doesn’t require that many ingredients; my wife absolutely loved the sauce.

Teriyaki Chicken for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Cover the bottom of a large sauce pan with aluminum foil using enough foil to bring the edges to the top to secure it. Place 2 cans 14 – 15 ounces each inside the pan for weight. (I lightly sprayed the bottom of the aluminum foil with cooking spray).
  2. Trim any excess skin and fat off the chicken and salt and pepper to taste. In a nonstick skillet using the oil over medium high heat place chicken in the skillet skin side down, and then place the weighted pan on top of the chicken. Cook for 10 minutes or until skin is nicely browned and crispy. Flip chicken and continue cooking until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 175F; remove from skillet and set aside on a plate and then remove any fat left in the skillet.
  3. While the chicken is cooking in a bowl whisk together the sugar, soy sauce, mirin, garlic, red pepper flakes, and cornstarch until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into the skillet and bring to a simmer and then place the chicken in the skillet skin side up. Cook until sauce thickens and turns glossy, and then turn the chicken in the sauce to evenly coat.
  4. Serve hot.

 

Monte Cristo Sandwiches

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These Monte Cristo Sandwiches take grilled cheese sandwiches to the next level – absolutely delicious!!

These grilled cheese sandwiches are quick to make, making them great for lunch, or an after school supper; you can have them on the table with some fries in less than a half an hour.

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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
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  • 6 Slices of White Sandwich Bread
  • 4 Slices of Deli Turkey
  • 4 Slices of Gouda
  • 1 Tbsp of Mayo
  • 1 tsp of Prepared Yellow Mustard
  • 3 Eggs
  • Milk - a little less than ¼ cup
  • Seasoned Salt to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
Instructions
  1. in a small bowl mix together the mayo and mustard; aside.
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  3. In a shallow wide bowl whisk together the eggs and milk – big enough to dip one side of the sandwich in.
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  5. Lay out three pieces of bread, spread a thin layer of the mayo on one piece and top with a slice of cheese and then a slice of turkey (I used several slices because I used thinly sliced). For the second piece of bread spread on a little more of the mayo mixture and top with another slice of turkey and place another slice of cheese on top and place the 3rd piece of bread on top of that to form the sandwich.(do not skip the last slice of cheese it is needed to hold the sandwich together when the cheese melts).
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  8. In a nonstick skillet over medium high heat melt the butter along with the oil. Dip each side of the sandwich in the egg mixture like you are making french toast. Place in the skillet and cook until golden brown, flip, and continue cooking until nicely browned and cheese is melted.
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Adapted from Laura in the Kitchen

Pizza Spaghetti Bake

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This Pizza Spaghetti Bake recipe is quick and simple to put together and just requires a few ingredients.

Use your favorite spaghetti sauce and you can have supper on the table in less than an hour.

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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 2½ cups spaghetti sauce
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package pepperoni (3.5 ounces sliced)
Instructions
  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F.
  3. In the bottom of a large bowl whisk the eggs and milk together and then mix in the Parmesan cheese, garlic, and oregano and then mix in the cooked spaghetti.
  4. Spray a 13 x 9 casserole dish with cooking spray and pour the spaghetti mix into the casserole dish.
  5. Pour the spaghetti sauce over the top, and top with ½ of the pepperoni slices. Spread the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top and then top with the remaining pepperoni.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and starts to brown.
  7. Let rest for 5 minutes and serve hot.

Adapted from

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Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe

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It’s amazing how good these butter cookies are because they require so few ingredients – chances are you will have every thing you need on hand.
When I first looked at this recipe I thought it should have had baking powder in the ingredients, but it did not. The cookies were prepared as written without baking powder. They were a little flat but they had good texture and are delicious – actually I could not stop eating them.

This is a really simple recipe, give it a try, and enjoy.

Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe
 
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Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl cream the butter while gradually adding the sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs, vanilla and then add the flour mixing until just moistened.
  4. Place the cookie dough 1 teaspoon at a time on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 8 minutes, let rest for 1 minute, and then remove to a wire rack to cool.

 

Coffee Cake Muffins for 2

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This Coffee Cake Muffins recipe is simple and just the right amount to feed 2 people. This recipe is kind of unique because it marbles the streusel into the inside of the muffins.

If your cooking for 2 people give this one a try; it’s really good.

Coffee Cake Muffins for 2
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup plus 8 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 teaspoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (sliced into 4 pieces and chilled)
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sour cream
  • confectioners sugar for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. and spray 4 muffin tins with baking spray with flour. (I used cooking spray and lightly sprinkled the tins with flour)
  2. Place granulated sugar, 8 teaspoons of flour, and 4 teaspoons of brown sugar into the bowl of a food processor; process until well combined. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a small bowl. To create the streusel whisk in the cinnamon, and 4 teaspoons of brown sugar into the small bowl mixture; set aside.
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  4. Add ⅓ cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the mixture in the food processor and mix until well combined. Place the butter pieces in the food processor and pulse until small pebbly pieces form. Add the egg and sour cream and mix until well combined.
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  6. Place 1 tablespoon of batter into each muffin cup, divide the streusel between the 4 cups and place on top of the batter, and then top each cup with the remaining batter.
  7. Bake for 20 t0 25 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes, remove to wire rack, and let cool for another 10 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar before serving.

Adapted from Cooking for 2 Cookbook