Recipe Thursday!


Overnight Blueberry French Toast
Can you say, YUMMY!

12 slices day-old bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup fresh blueberries
12 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup

1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon butter

Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange half the bread cubes in the dish, and top with cream cheese cubes. Sprinkle 1 cup blueberries over the cream cheese, and top with remaining bread cubes.
In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and syrup. Pour over the bread cubes. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.

Remove the bread cube mixture from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cover, and bake 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking 25 to 30 minutes, until center is firm and surface is lightly browned.
In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, cook 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in the remaining 1 cup blueberries. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, until the blueberries burst. Stir in the butter, and pour over the baked French toast. Enjoy!

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Parfait
A wonderful treat that you’ll enjoy on hot summer days!

1 cup lemon yogurt, divided
2 honey graham crackers, crushed and divided
1/2 cup fresh blueberries, divided

Spoon about half of the lemon yogurt into the bottom of a glass. Layer half the crushed graham crackers atop the yogurt. Pile about half the blueberries atop the graham cracker layer. Repeat layering.

Foodie Friday

Pesto Chicken Florentine
This is SO delicious! A family favorite in our household. 

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into strips
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
1 (4.5 ounce) package dry Alfredo sauce mix
2 tablespoons pesto
1 (8 ounce) package dry penne pasta
1 tablespoon grated Romano cheese

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, saute for 1 minute; then add chicken and cook for 7 to 8 minutes on each side. When chicken is close to being cooked through (no longer pink inside), add spinach and saute all together for 3 to 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare Alfredo sauce according to package directions. When finished, stir in 2 tablespoons pesto; set aside.
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Rinse under cold water and drain.
Add chicken/spinach mixture to pasta, then stir in pesto/Alfredo sauce. Mix well, top with cheese and serve.

Foodie Friday

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
A wonderful recipe from IntelliGender’s co-founder, Rebecca Griffin!

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 cup of salsa
Smoked paprika (optional)
Ground smoked chipoltle seasoning (optional)
Dried minced onion (optional)
Shredded cheese
Taco shells (either hard or soft tortillas)
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Jalapenos
Sour cream

Place the chicken breast in the crock pot, cover with the salsa and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6+ hours. Once done, use two forks to shred the chicken and if the chicken is a little watery from the salsa, add some shredded cheese for consistency.

Serve with all the delectable toppings of your choice! Delish.

Foodie Friday

Strawberry Shortcake
Spring/Summer means delicious desserts! So, so good…

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup butter
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 egg, beaten
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3 tablespoons white sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and cream of tartar. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives. Stir in cream and egg. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 2 minutes. Press into a half-inch thick sheet. Cut into squares. Place on baking sheets.
Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, or until golden. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons sugar over sliced berries.
Let shortcakes cool before splitting and filling with sugared berries.

Foodie Friday

Vegetable Lasagna
Awesome dish that we know you’ll love!

1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles
1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
3/4 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 (26 ounce) jars pasta sauce
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 (15 ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook the lasagna noodles in a large pot of boiling water for 10 minutes, or until al dente. Rinse with cold water, and drain.

In a large saucepan, cook and stir mushrooms, green peppers, onion, and garlic in oil. Stir in pasta sauce and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
Mix together ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, and eggs.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread 1 cup tomato sauce into the bottom of a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer 1/2 each, lasagna noodles, ricotta mix, sauce, and Parmesan cheese. Repeat layering, and top with remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese.
Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Foodie Friday

Chicken Pesto Pizza
One of our very favorites…so yummy!

1/2 cup pesto basil sauce
1 (12 inch) pre-baked pizza crust
2 cups cooked chicken breast strips
1 (6 ounce) jar artichoke hearts, drained
1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Spread pesto sauce over the pizza crust. Arrange chicken pieces and artichoke hearts over the sauce, and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until cheese is melted and lightly browned at the edges.

Foodie Friday

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
So delicious…you will LOVE it!

2 kiwis, peeled and diced
2 Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and diced
8 ounces raspberries
1 pound strawberries
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor

10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
butter flavored cooking spray
2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.

Foodie Friday

Honey Lime Chicken
One word…DELICIOUS!
1/2 cup savory honey mustard*
2 T. freshly squeezed lime juice
2 cloves garlic; minced
1 T. low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. grated lime zest (optional)
4 small skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Mix the mustard, lime juice, garlic, soy sauce and lime zest until blended. Set 1/2 cup of mixture aside for serving with cooked chicken.
Grill or broil chicken 15 minutes or until cooked through. Turn and brush with mixture every 3 minutes.
Serve chicken with remaining mixture set aside. Pair it up with grilled veggies, tossed salad & garlic bread. Delicious!
*We used Grey Poupon for testing purposes only.

Foodie Friday

Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies
You’ll gobble these up in no time! Delicious, indeed.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup butterscotch chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream margarine, oil, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Gradually stir in the sifted ingredients until well blended. Mix in oats and butterscotch chips. Drop from a teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in preheated oven, or until edges are golden. Let set up on the cookie sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.