- To keep apples crisp, keep them in the fridge to help them stay crisp.
- When you can, eat the peel on your apple. That is where 2/3 of the fiber is found.
- Sometimes we would love to have homemade biscuits but don’t have the time to roll them out. You can get that same great taste with less work by making drop biscuits. Mix baking mix biscuits as if making regular biscuits but, instead of rolling them, take a large spoon and drop on a greased cookie sheet. Bake as you would regular biscuits.
- When you have just a few vegetables left from roasted veggies, don’t toss them. Chop them up and use them in some of your favorite casserole, chili, or meatloaf recipes. The roasted taste of the vegetables give ordinary recipes a refreshing new taste.
Every once in a while, I mention how in our Dining on a Dime Cookbook we have some very hard to find recipes, things like how to make your own stuffing mix, cornbread mix or curried rice mix but it also includes all of the basics.
When we first wrote Dining on a Dime, there were gourmet cookbooks by the hundreds but very few cookbooks for beginner cooks. I said if we were going to write a cookbook it had to be one that would help new cooks learn the basics like how to cook a roast, mash potatoes or make rice. We also wanted to make sure that the recipes were easy to understand and could be prepared at little cost using everyday ingredients.
Dining on a Dime also includes all the recipes you need for your holiday cooking like pecan pie, pumpkin pie, stuffing, cookies, candies, wassail and hot chocolate. There are lots of easy, quick and soo yummy recipes through the whole book.
Today’s roasted chicken recipe menu is a very simple one, which the youngest beginner cook can make and the seasoned cook will enjoy.
Roasted Chicken Recipe
California Veggie Bake
Oatmeal Apple cookies
Roasted Chicken Recipe
There are almost as many recipes for roasted chicken as there are people and most of them are delicious. We also have several roasted chicken recipes on our website but today I want to remind you that sometimes keeping it very simple and easy can taste just as delicious, too. Here is one of my favorite ways to roast a chicken. I use chicken pieces instead of a whole chicken because I can now get them as cheap as a whole chicken and it is so much easier to use chicken pieces than having to cut it up when the chicken is done.
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
Lay chicken in a greased pan. Sprinkle with spices. Bake at 300 – 350 degrees for 30 minutes to an hour until the meat falls away from bone easily or the juices run clear. The cooking time depends on how big the pieces are, the temperature you use and your oven. Sometimes, half way through the cooking I will place a small dab of butter on each piece or brush with butter.
This California vegetable bake is a colorful side dish that is great for a chilly fall evening. It uses Velveeta Cheese. I didn’t used to buy Velveeta as much as I bought cheddar cheese. One day I compared prices and the Velveeta was the same price as cheddar, so I buy Velveeta more often now.
California Veggie Bake
2 (16 oz.) packages California Blend frozen vegetables
8 oz. Velveeta (cubed)
6 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted and divided
1/2 cup butter flavored crackers, crushed
Prepare vegetables according to the package directions and drain. Place half of the vegetables into an 11x7x2 ungreased baking dish. Melt cheese and 4 Tbsp. butter in a saucepan and pour half over the vegetables. Layer with the rest of the veggies and cover with the rest of the cheese mixture. Mix the crackers and the rest of the butter and sprinkle over the vegetables. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes at 325 degrees until golden.
Your house will smell irresistibly good to your family when they come home at the end of a long day to this next recipe! Kids love oatmeal cookies, but throw in the smell of cinnamon and apples and you have a winner.
Oatmeal Apple Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cup flour
3 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup dried apples, chopped
Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, cinnamon and baking soda and add to butter mixture. Fold in oats and apples. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Let stand 1 minute before removing from the cookie sheet.
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