Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Baked Oatmeal Recipe

In my efforts to vary my breakfasts I tried this baked oatmeal recipe and it is really good. Due to health issues I try to eliminate nitrates from the food that I eat. We all know that breakfast meats can be very high in nitrates. This was a healthy alternative.

I used the healthy version of this recipe: Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Here is a list of the substitutions that I made based on what I had on hand: •1/4 cup craisins and 1/4 cup of raisins, •2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce, •canola oil, and •increased the sugar by 1/4 cup.

Brad and I both enjoyed this the following morning  as you can see from above while Hans Solo watched on from my cup of java. HA! (Can you tell Brad is a huge Star Wars Fan?)

The taste is very,very good. Next time I make it I will increase the sugar by an additional 1/4 cup. I would also like to try it with peach puree instead of applesauce. Maybe some organic peach baby food or fresh peaches (it’s almost peach season again). I plan on eating this for breakfast warmed with a little milk poured over it.

Baked Oatmeal Recipe 1

Baked Oatmeal Recipe 1

Cheers! Amy

Cabbage Rolls (Dinner)

Cabbage Roll Recipe

My Mother was famous for her cabbage roll recipe. Everyone loved them and could not get enough. I ask her about the recipe one day while helping her prepare them. She said that she got the recipe from her mother and it was a hand me down recipe from some of our ancestors.

I live in the south and a lot of people add rice to their cabbage rolls and it’s just not the same.  This recipe is German and really good. Even people that generally don’t eat sauerkraut love this recipe. It is a favorite of mine and Brads and we fix them every so often. It always evokes fond memories of mom and her cabbage rolls.

I prepared the meat rolls for the cabbage roll recipe on a previous freezer cooking day and froze them for later use. They worked perfectly and I can see doing this more often. It’s a big time saver. The meat rolls also work well for meatloaf and regular meatballs that can be baked in the oven. Meatball subs anyone or individual meatloaf sandwiches. YUM!

  • Cabbage Roll Recipe
  • My mother's cabbage roll recipe. Passed down through our ancestors. Everyone loves them and can't get enough. Even those who normally don't like sauerkraut love these.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
7 people 45-1 minutes - hour 1 hour


Servings: people


  1. Mix all ingredients well and form into large (fist sized) meatball shapes. (I froze at this stage to use later).
  2. Wash cabbage head well. Cut off 6-7 whole leaves. Wrap one leaf around 1 meat ball. Place in large dutch oven on stove seam side down. Repeat until all meat balls are used up.
  3. Add can of tomatoes, add can of sauerkraut and enough water to cover top of cabbage roll. Turn stove top on medium and boil uncovered for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Meat balls should reach internal temp of 180.
  4. Can be served with crusty bread or mashed potatoes or in this case a nice cold beer!

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Do you have any hand me down recipes?

Cheers! Amy

Beef Roast with Veggies

Easter Sunday Dinner

Wishing each of you a Happy Easter!

What do you have on your Easter Sunday Dinner Menu?

We’re having Beef Roast with Veggies and Homemade Dark Chocolate Cake for dessert.

The cake we’re eating today is cake # 2 as the first one I made last night ended up in the floor when I tried to flip it out of the pan onto the cake plate. Everybody was tired and then ruining dessert made everyone mad. I think even Smokey got a little ticked off. I did not take pics, just imagine dark chocolate goo all over a white kitchen floor! <A hot mess!>



Cheers to you! Brad & Amy

Homemade Bread

Freezer Cooking

I am late posting about my Freezer Cooking Day.  I had every intention of posting this last weekend and well, before I knew it the week was gone and I not posted anything yet.  I wanted to get a lot of stuff prepared and in the freezer since life has been hectic for us lately.  Here lately when we arrive home after a long day at work neither one of us wants to jump right in and start cooking dinner. So with several things in mind for this Freezer Cooking Day (convenience, quick, healthy, tasty, what I have on hand) I started planning.

I went through the deep freezer and got my plan together.  I set out with high expectations and did not fail! I accomplished quite a bit of cooking and meals.  I tried some new recipes and several experiments. Everything turned out great (well almost). You can read about the great muffin failure a little further down in this post.

Below is a peek into my Freezer Cooking Day:

Homemade bread (2 large loaves, picture above). This recipe was the one I used Country White Bread

Homemade Turkey Nuggets -

Turkey Nuggets

Turkey Nuggets

These were an experiment. I have been reading a lot of posts about nugget this and nugget that. I scrounged (what you don’t scrounge?) in the deep freeze and found a 1 lb package of organic turkey breast that was begging to be used. I thawed it out, added some garlic powder, fresh ground black pepper, pink sea salt and a sprinkle of rosemary. Shaped it into 13 nugget(ish) shapes and dipped them in bread crumbs. Fried them in oil for 3-4 minutes per side or until done. Laid on a cooling rack to cool and froze them in freezer bags.

To reheat I stuck them in a 400 degree oven for 7 minutes, flipped and baked 7 additional minutes.  Made some homemade honey mustard sauce for dipping (ya gotta dip the nuggets). Hand cut some Yukon Gold Potatoes into fries for baking and we had Turkey nuggets and Baked Homemade Fries for dinner with honey mustard dipping sauce. It took about 30 minutes from start to finish. Brad has asked me to keep this on hand in the freezer. They were excellent!

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs (20 ish) -

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

This was another experiment (what can I say I was in an experimenting mood). I had 1 lb of organic ground chicken and while surfing the web saw some recipes for stuffed meatballs and then one for Chicken Parmesan Meatballs. Most of the recipes that I ran across were fried. I wanted something a little healthier since I had fried the turkey nuggets. Experiment time…

I thawed 1 lb of ground chicken, added 1 tsp or dried oregano, 1 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Cut 22 cubes of mozzarella cheese (1/2 inch each) and got to work. I formed the ground chicken into golf ball sized balls around 1 cube of mozzarella cheese. Making sure to seal the meat around the cheese well. (No leaky cheese wanted!) I baked them at 350 degrees on a parchment lined baking sheet for about 18-22 minutes.

The cheese oozed out of a couple of them, but overall they came out perfect. The taste was like chicken Parmesan with a burst of warm, melted, gooey cheese in the middle. MMM! Brad sampled one fresh from the oven and declared it a winner. I got about 21 meatballs out of 1lb of ground chicken and froze them to serve with a good marinara and pasta for a quick dinner one night. Maybe a side salad and / or some garlic toast on the side. Delicioso!

Zucchini Chocolate Muffins - 

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

I wanted a healthy muffin for breakfast with a little sweetness in it. We had purchased some baby zucchini at the farmers market and I wanted to incorporate some of that in the muffin. Experiment Time Again…

I used this recipe Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Brad and I both tasted them warm from the oven and stated they will be better once they cool and flavors meld a little. UH OH!

On Monday morning as I making a mad dash (literally, I was running late) for the door. I grab a muffin and am looking forward to having it with morning cup of java. Let’s just say that the recipe was a total failure. No taste, just awful. I threw them all in trash along with the recipe. Back to the drawing board on this one… then again maybe not…

Pork Burgers -

Pork Burgers (uncooked)

Pork Burgers (uncooked)

We love to grill lean ground pork on the grill and make into pork burgers. I had 1 lb of lean ground pork and went ahead and patted it into burgers. I mixed in a little garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste and froze the patties with a piece of parchment paper in between each patty. this will make a quick meal to pull out and throw on the grill. You can cook them from frozen or thaw them out before hand.  Serve on buns with all the fixins’ and some pasta or potato salad or even chips and you got a tasty quick meal. Yum!

Have you done any freezer cooking late?

Cheers! Amy


Apricot-Herb Stuffed Pork Loin with Wild Rice

Apricot Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Recipe

This Apricot Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Recipe is one I have made for many years. I first got the recipe from a Cooking for 2 magazine that is no longer published. It’s fancy enough for company and gets rave reviews when I make it. But easy enough to make when you just need to have a gourmet meal for two. (Maybe just to tell your significant other you appreciate them.) The ingredients sound like an odd bag but the flavors work well together. I used Swiss cheese this time around. The recipe doubles and triples well too.

Apricot Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

We like to service this with wild rice. This time I mixed fresh sliced mushrooms, spinach and onions in with the wild rice so we could get our veggies in too. A nice crusty homemade roll goes nicely with this too.

Cheers! Amy

Steak Fajita Fixings

Weekly Menu Plan

Here’s the weekly menu plan for Brad & Amy’s Kitchen this week. Some of these are carry overs from last week. We ended up eating quite a few freezer meals from the freezer due to short time.

I will attempt to do some freezer cooking next weekend to restock what we have used. As our days seem to get shorter and shorter we relied on the freezer quite a bit this week. All I can say, I am thankful we had a few meals on hand.

Here’s the plan for this week:

Grilled venison steaks (a gift from Brad’s family), grilled corn on the cob and sauteed squash, zucchini, onion, mushrooms

Chicken burgers & homemade potato wedges (carryover)

Beef tips with mushroom gravy and white asparagus (carryover)

Oven fried chicken, smashed potatoes and butter beans

Mexican (still deciding on what), Spanish rice

Roasted pork loin with vegetables

Open Night

What’s on your menu for this week?

Cheers! Amy

Cheese bread

Cheese Bread Recipe

This Cheese Bread Recipe is a hit at our house. Brad and I love cheese bread and trying various cheeses to alter the flavor from time to time. This particular bread is a favorite an makes nice artisan shapes loaves, rolls, buns, etc. I have altered the original recipe to suit our tastes and what I was looking for.

My additions are as follows:
pinch of garlic powder
pinch of dried cayenne pepper powder
honey in place of sugar
olive oil in place of vegetable oil

My loaves baked in about 20 minutes at 350.

 Cheese Bread Recipe

Cheers! Amy