Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Requested Recipes

I've had several requests from various sources for the recipes from Josh and Kristi's Celebration meal!  So, here they are!

Oven-Roasted Vegetables

1 medium zucchini, cut into chunks
1 medium yellow squash, cut into chunks
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into chunks
1 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into chunks
1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into chunks (I did not use)
1 red or sweet onion, cut into chunks
3 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 450 F.  Place the zucchini, squash, peppers, asparagus, and onion in a large roasting pan.  (I use a broiler pan.)  Toss with the olive oil, salt, and pepper to mix and coat.  Roast for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are lightly browned and tender.  Serves 4.  (I double or triple this recipe.) 

Go here to find the recipe for my famous Sauteed Green Beans.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
3/4 tsp dry mustard
1/16 tsp curry powder
6 cups warm milk
1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
12 oz. macaroni

Cook macaroni in water according to package directions.  Drain.

Melt butter in sauce pan.  Add flour and whisk until smooth.  Add seasonings.  Cook on very low heat for 5 minutes.  Add milk, stirring with a whisk.  Bring to a boil.  Decrease heat to low and cook 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add cheese.  Stir until cheese is melted.

Pour cheese sauce over macaroni noodles in greased 9x13 casserole dish.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

The recipe for my Creamy Cheese Grits is located on my Recipe page (along with a funny story!).

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cake

1 package Duncan Hines dark chocolate fudge cake mix
1 bottle Smucker's caramel sundae syrup
1 8-ounce container Cool Whip whipped topping
1 cup chopped pecans
chocolate curls (made from chocolate almond bark or baker's chocolate using a vegetable peeler)

Prepare cake according to package directions, substituting butter for oil.  Bake in 3 8-inch cake pans for 20 minutes.  Cool as directed. 

Place one cake layer on a cake stand or plate.  Drizzle generously with caramel syrup, allowing some to drip down sides.

Spread 1/3 of whipped topping over top of cake layer (do not cover sides). Sprinkle with 1/3 cup pecans and some of the grated chocolate.  Repeat with second layer.

Place final cake layer on top of previous layers.  Spread with remaining whipped topping and drizzle with caramel sauce.  Garnish with remaining pecans and chocolate curls. 

Cover and chill cake before serving.

The recipe for Chocolate Trifle is located on my Recipes page.

Disclaimer: These dessert recipes are quick and easy, while yielding a very nice presentation for the effort. They are also delicious . . . but the more I study about nutrition and the more I read labels . . . the less I'm able to enjoy them with a clear conscience! You probably already knew this, but anything made with non-dairy whipped topping (aka Cool Whip), cake mixes, instant pudding, and caramel syrup (with high fructose syrup) is not very good for your health!  So, I feel a little better sharing these recipes now that I've at least given a disclaimer!  :)


Julieann said...

YES! I just found your blog yesterday, and I was looking all over for the Macaroni and Cheese recipe:) Thank you so much for posting these wonderful recipes. I love your blog:) It is such a joy to read!

Happy Day to you.


Julieann said...

P.S. I am assuming you add the cheese after the you sprinkle any on top?

Thank you so much!


Rebecca's Refining said...

Thank you ! :)

busymomof10 said...

Thanks for letting me know that I missed that part of the recipe. I have amended it, so it should be more clear now. You could put cheese or buttered bread crumbs on top, but I did not. I just figured it already had enough calories! :D

I am so glad that you are enjoying my blog! I hope you enjoy making the recipes!


Kathy said...

I'm going to try out the mac and cheese recipe. It sounds much more flavorful than the other mac and cheese recipes I've tried. I never did tell you that I made your Taco Soup recipe and it was a big hit at our house. I'm planning on making it again this week while Kayla is in town.

tlmalcolm said...

Maybe if you eat enough of the veggies it will off set the bad desserts! :)

Anonymous said...

Yummy! We are on our way over!

Julie said...

I made your oven roasted veggies with your Mexican chicken skillet for dinner last night. It was a huge hit! My 5 yr old actually ate any remaining roasted veggies left over at the end if the meal! Thanks for the great recipes!

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Yay! I love vegetables and other recipes. I posted a couple of the recipes on my facebook notes but I made sure to put your link on it. Hope you don't mind. :) Otherwise I lose track of my favorite recipes.

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