A Chicken in Every Crockpot!

Karen's Kitchen Adventures

Chicken Parm Burger April 22, 2011

Filed under: burgers,poultry — frappqueen @ 7:08 pm
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These come from a recent issue of Cooking Light, although I can’t find it in the magazine at this moment so I can’t tell ya which one! These were very simple to make and had a LOT of flavor. The ciabatta rolls were the best part to me, soo much better than a plain old hamburger roll. These can easily be made whilst entertaining a 4 month old too, trust me, I did it last month! They go quick and finish off in the oven so no worries that you didn’t cook them through!

Chicken Parmesan Burger (light!)

2 (3-ounce) square ciabatta rolls
1 garlic clove, halved
1/2 pound ground chicken
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons lower-sodium marinara sauce, divided
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
8 basil leaves


Preheat oven to 375°.
Cut rolls in half. Place bread, cut side up, on a toaster oven (or regular) baking sheet.  Toast in toaster oven or regular oven  until lightly browned. Remove bread from pan. Rub each slice with cut side of garlic. Set aside.

Combine chicken, 1/3 cup marinara, rosemary, thyme, red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Divide into 2 portions, shaping each into a 1/4-inch-thick patty. Heat an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook for 3 minutes. Turn patties, and place pan in oven. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes. Top each patty with 2 tablespoons cheese; bake 1 minute.
Layer bottom half of each roll with 2 basil leaves, 1 patty, 1 tablespoon marinara, 2 basil leaves, and roll top.

Eat and enjoy!


Fettuccine with Baby Spinach, Herbs and Ricotta April 20, 2011

Filed under: pasta — frappqueen @ 8:31 pm
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This one comes from the April edition of Cooking Light magazine. It’s super easy to make and really delicious! Make sure you use fresh herbs though, its what really makes the dish seem so light and delicate! The recipe calls for you to use really thick ribbony pasta called Pappardelle, but I couldn’t find it anywhere, so fettuccine works just as well. If you really want the pappardelle you can try an Italian Specialty shop.

Fettuccine with Baby Spinach

8 ounces uncooked pappardelle (wide ribbon pasta)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/3 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
3 cups baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
3 tablespoons grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


Cook pasta with 1 tablespoon kosher salt according to package directions, omitting additional fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, and reserve 1 cup cooking liquid.
Combine 1/2 cup reserved hot cooking liquid and ricotta cheese in a food processor or blender, and process until well blended.

Combine hot pasta, cheese mixture, spinach, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss gently to coat. Add additional cooking liquid to moisten, if needed.

This recipe super rocks because it takes like 10 minutes to make, and there is barely any prep!


Ravioli with Peas and Prosciutto April 18, 2011

Filed under: pasta,Uncategorized — frappqueen @ 10:37 am
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This recipe is from Food Network Magazine, and it is really simple and delicious! I added a few things to make it tastier, mainly a bit of white wine to add some zip to the sauce, which is very mild and light. Using light cream instead of heavy cream in the sauce also helps make it a bit lighter if you are on weight watchers for forever, like Mike likes to be!

Ravioli with Pea Prosciutto Sauce

ravioli, cooked according to package directions (save 1 c. pasta water before draining)

4 oz chopped prosciutto

2 tbsp olive oil

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp tomato paste

1/4 c white wine

a few glugs of chicken broth

1/4 c. light cream or heavy cream

1 c. blanched frozen peas

some chopped parsley and fresh grated romano, to taste


Boil ravioli according to directions on package. With two minutes to go, add the frozen peas and cook til the pasta is done, reserve one cup of cooking liquid and drain the pasta and peas.

Cook prosciutto in a skillet with the olive oil until crisp. Add garlic and tomato paste and cook another minute or two. Deglaze pan with the wine and add the chicken broth after a minute or two of cooking the wine. Next ladle in the pasta water and cook until reduced on very low heat, about 4 minutes. Add the cream and simmer another 3 minutes, until the sauce thickens up. If it isn’t thick enough, add a touch more cream. Toss the sauce with the ravioli and peas, and top with the parsley and cheese.

You will want to eat this twice in one week, which is what Mike and I did!!


Ground Beef Not Pie! April 14, 2011

Filed under: meat — frappqueen @ 7:40 pm
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This is one of Mike’s favorite recipes, often requested for birthday and anniversary dinners! It’s key delicious factor comes from the “crust” of puff pastry topped with caraway seeds and kosher salt…SO good! It also of course is another Rachel Ray Recipe that I changed a tiny bit. Sometimes I feel like Rachel is all I ever cook, but that’s only true 65% of the time….okay…MAYBE 70%! But, I digress…back to business…

Ground Beef Not Pie

1 sheet puff pastry (9-inch square), thawed but cold
1 egg, beaten with a little water
Coarse salt (I use Kosher)
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
2 baking potatoes (1 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I just use a bunch of whatever is on hand…usually baby yukon golds)
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/4 pound smoked black-pepper bacon, chopped (Any kind of smokey bacon will do…get it REALLY thick)
2 pounds ground beef sirloin
2 large shallots, chopped (or a red onion of the shallots look crappy)
2 small cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons horseradish
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


Pre-heat the oven to 425°F. Roll out the pastry into a 12-inch square. Cut the pastry into four equal squares. Place on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and brush with the egg. Sprinkle with coarse salt and the caraway seeds. Bake the squares until golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool.

In a large saucepan, add the potatoes and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, salt the water and cook until tender, 7 minutes. Add the peas and cook for 1 minute; drain.

In a large, deep skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain off half the fat, add the beef to the skillet and cook, breaking up the meat, until browned, 5 minutes. Add the shallots and garlic and cook until softened, 3 minutes. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce. Make a well in the center, add the butter to melt, then whisk in the flour. Whisk in the beef broth until thickened, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the horseradish, cream and parsley; cook until thickened, 1 minute. Turn off the heat; fold in the potatoes and peas. To serve, fill bowls with the meat and potatoes mixture and top with the crust. Enjoy!


Pork Ragu April 13, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — frappqueen @ 8:08 pm

Since you know I love that Rachel Ray, here’s one from her newest show…I forget, its something like “A Week in a Day”…where she thinks people should cook everything on Sunday and eat it all week. Well, I certainly don’t have 8 hours to devote to cooking on a Sunday, but I do like the idea of stretching foods to meet more than one meal. This pork ragu is awesome, and uses leftover pork for her Pork Tacos, which I did make, but didn’t photograph because I guess I was too busy eating them? Who knows! Either way, definitely make these two one week, they are both decently easy, and super delicious!

Pork Ragu

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 carrot, finely chopped
2 ribs celery from the heart with leafy tops, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 cup dry white wine, or medium bodied red
2 cups chicken stock
3/4 pound to 1 pound cooked shredded pork shoulder
Pinch ground cloves
2/3 cup milk
1 pound pappardelle pasta, cooked to al dente or 1 cup quick cooking polenta, cooked to package directions (I can never find this pasta: I used fettuccine!)
A handful finely chopped parsley leaves
Shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano, for topping or for more tang use grated Pecorino Romano


Heat a Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the extra-virgin olive oil, 3 turns of the pan, then add the carrots, celery, onions and garlic. Stir in the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook the vegetables until soft, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir for 1 minute, then add the wine and cook for another minute. Stir in the stock and bring sauce to a simmer. Add the pork and season with a pinch of ground cloves. When the sauce returns to a simmer add the milk and reduce the heat to low. Let the sauce mellow while you bring the water to boil for the pasta or polenta. Sauce may be made ahead and reheated over medium-low heat. Add a splash of stock or water to thin the sauce, if necessary. Serve the sauce tossed with pasta ribbons or atop creamy bowls of polenta and garnish with lots of cheese and parsley.


Peas and Carrot Soup April 9, 2011

Filed under: eat your vegetables,soup and stew — frappqueen @ 7:49 am
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This recipe came from a recent Rachel Ray magazine…Mike picked it out and I must admit, I was skeptical! BUT…not only is it very simple to make, but it is amazingly delicious! Who knew!? We liked it so much I’ve made it like three times since! It tastes a bit like pot pie filling but without the meat. It could easily be made vegetarian by swapping out the chicken stock for vegetable stock. The dumplings give it enough body to make it a meal.


Peas and Carrot Soup

2 tablespoons EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)
3 tablespoons butter
3 carrots—peeled, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 rib celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 fresh bay leaf
2 rounded tablespoons flour
One 32-ounce container (4 cups) chicken or vegetable stock (I used Chicken)
1 rounded tablespoon dijon mustard
1 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon, dill or parsley
One 8-ounce box biscuit mix (about 2 cups), such as Jiffy Buttermilk Biscuit Mix, batter prepared according to package directions (I used low fat biscquick)


Heat a couple of tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat in a large soup pot or dutch oven. Add the butter to melt, then add the carrots, celery and onion; season with salt, pepper and the bay leaf. Cover the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots soften, 7 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle the flour on the vegetables and stir for a minute, then whisk in the chicken (or vegetable) stock until thickened. Stir in the mustard and peas. For a thinner soup, add 1 to 1 1/2 cups water with the stock.

Add the chopped fresh herbs to the biscuit batter and combine. When the soup is bubbling, form the batter into small dumplings using 2 spoons, then drop onto the surface of the soup. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and cook the dumplings, gently stirring, until just firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the soup and dumplings to shallow bowls; discard the bay leaf.