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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Soft M&M Pretzel Cookies

These soft, buttery, chewy cookies loaded with mounds of M&Ms and crunchy pretzel pieces are sure to satisfy any sweet and salty craving. My Soft M&M Pretzel Cookies use my favorite cookie base and stay soft for a whole week! 



Food cravings. I have them. Often. Mostly for sweets. One day it's donuts, the next ice cream. On this particular day I had a hankering for an M&M cookie. I walked into my kitchen, dug through my HUGE box of baking supplies/chips, searching for a bag of M&Ms.



I found them, but while digging I also found some broken pretzel pieces leftover from a previous baking expedition. "Why not use both in a cookie?," I thought to myself. I like to think I'm a genius. I'm sure no human being or food blogger out there has ever thought to put these two marvelous ingredients into a cookie. Ever. (*insert intense sarcasm here*)











None the less, I'm sharing with you this wonderful cookie recipe.Remember those White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut cookies I raved about? We are using the same perfect cookie dough base today, but swapping the "extras" that are added to the dough.

For this recipe I used mini M&Ms, pretzel pieces and mini chocolate chips (for extra chocolatey-ness, duh).

Monday, March 2, 2015

Easy Italian Chicken Bake

A packet of Italian dressing mix and melted butter make this EASY chicken and veggie dish explode with flavor. Bold spices, savory, garlicky butter, and lots and lots of onion make the chicken, green beans and potatoes melt in your mouth. Plate licking is not frowned upon. 

Easy Italian Chicken Bake


How long has it been since our last post. I'm ashamed that I have let so much time go by. It's been busy. And hectic. Stressful? Maybe. Unfortunately this food blog just didn't make the cut on our list of priorities. Heck, cooking dinner hasn't even been a priority. We have been winging it and living off little groceries. 

One dish that is frequently made in our house is this Italian Chicken Bake. It's SO easy. Chop, pour, bake. Did I mention how delicious it is? The chicken is tender and melts in your mouth. The potatoes soak up all the garlicky, buttery goodness, and the Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix adds so much flavor that your taste buds sing hallelujah. I like to pretend this dish is healthy. I mean it's chicken and green beans, right? Pretend the butter isn't fattening, and that you didn't use as much as I am going to tell you to use. 

Easy Italian Chicken Bake


For this cold, Midwest weather, no meal is more perfect. Let the oven warm your home and the aroma make you drool. We like to enjoy our meal with a slice of bread or a homemade roll. This gives you something to soak up all that buttah! 

Easy Italian Chicken Bake


Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 60 minutes
Yield:
Approx. 4 servings

Ingredients
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 medium red potatoes, washed and dried
12 oz. green beans, washed and trimmed
1 large white or yellow onion, roughly chopped
6 medium-large cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 or 2 pouches Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix (0.7 oz pouch size)*
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt, optional*

Instructions
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13x9 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. You can also line the pan with foil if you wish for easier clean up. I typically do not line my pan. 

Step 2: Butterfly your chicken breasts so that are fairly thin. Thick pieces of chicken will not cook evenly and do no absorb as much flavor while baking. Quarter your red potatoes so they are cut into bite size pieces. Trim the green beans. Cut the onion into quarters, and the cut any large pieces into smaller sizes so that they are approximately bite size. 

Step 3: Sprinkle a layer of minced garlic into the bottom of the baking dish, then lay down a layer of onion pieces. Sprinkle a fine layer of Italian Dressing Mix, then lay down half the chicken on one side of the pan, half the green beans in the middle of the pan, and half the potatoes in the last third of the pan. Pour half the butter over the chicken, green beans and potatoes, the sprinkle another layer of dressing mix. Layer the remaining garlic and onion into the pan, then place the remaining chicken, green beans and potatoes, and cover with the remaining butter, dressing mix and spices. 

Step 4: Cover the pan with foil, and bake for 60 minutes. Halfway through the baking time, use a wooden spoon to carefully stir and rotate all the ingredients in the pan. After 60 minutes, remove the largest piece of chicken from the pan, cut into the center to ensure that chicken is baked through. There should be no pinkness. If cooked completely, let the dish stand for 5 minutes before serving so as not to burn hungry mouths! Dish onto plates, and use a spoon to pour some of the butter over the top. 

*I always use Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix for this recipe and I don't recommend using anything else. It's truly the best. You can use their Zesty Italian Mix too. These can be found at local grocery stores like Hy-Vee and Walmart. 

*Depending on the amount of chicken and potatoes in our dish, we find that sometimes we need a little extra salt. You can taste your dish and decide if the extra garlic salt is necessary. 

© Two Food Lovers 2015  

Easy Italian Chicken Bake


Bear with us; we will work on better photos. For some reason, we just aren't happy with what we have here. However, we hope that you can see and smell all the yummy garlic and onion.