It's a Dog Tag Wife Life

The musings of a non-conventional, soon-to-be Army Wife

Tasty Tuesday: Who Doesn’t Love French’s Onions? November 16, 2010

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I swear, I could eat a whole can of French’s Onions.  And not the small can either.

Probably not a great idea, but they are just so good.  I use them on salads instead of croutons and they’re great.  They’re even better for me because raw onions give me fierce heartburn but I can have the fried variety, go figure.  And yes, that also means I’m a sucker for the Bloomin’ Onion (mmm, nom nom, bloomin onion, nom nom).

I also love green bean casserole.  For as long as I can remember, that has always been my contribution to Thanksgiving.  Even as a kid, my mom and I would make it together.  Next week, I am spending my first Thanksgiving without my family and am a little sad about it.  However, I will still be making the green bean casserole.

I did learn, recently, that French’s Onions are good for recipes other than Green Bean Casserole.  The hunny’s mom made us the other recipe that is on the back of the French’s Onions can.  It’s sort of like an oven fried chicken.  I made a couple of tweaks though (because that’s what I like to do with recipes).  I’ve made it a couple of times, and it’s awesome each time.  But then again, I said I could eat an entire can of these things, if they are involved, I’ll most likely eat it.  I might even eat mushrooms (eeeep) if they were coated in these things. Anyways, here’s the recipe for the oven fried goodness.

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups French’s Onions
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 1 Egg

Yup, that’s it.  Well, for the original recipe.  Here’s what I like to add.

  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic

Preheat the oven to 400 F.  Mush up (not the words on the can, but it sounds fun) the pepper, garlic, flour, and onions.  Coat the chicken in the egg and then dip in the onion mixture, pressing the onion bits so that they stick.  Place in ungreased pan and bake for 20 minutes.  Ok, I’ll be honest, I bake it for 30 minutes because I have an unnatural fear of undercooked chicken.  Because that’s gross.

But that’s it, super easy, super quick, and super delicious.  This would probably make even the pickiest eater happy.  Add some mashed potatoes, peas, and you’ve got an awesome meal.  Hmm, guess what I’ll be having for dinner tonight 🙂



Tasty Tuesday – Quick Dinner for Monday Night October 19, 2010

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Yesterday was pretty crazy.  Besides it being Monday, I decided I wanted to go to the mall to get some new makeup (and a new look) because we are getting our engagement pictures done this weekend.  VERY EXCITED!

Anyway, not a big deal except that the mall is 30 minutes away and my appointment at the Clinique counter took over an hour.  Totally worth it though because the second the hunny saw me, he said “Wow, you look awesome.”  Normally I don’t spend a ton of time on my makeup.  After his reaction, I may have to invest some more time in my morning.

Anywho, it’s 7:45 when I get home and no one has had dinner.  I could do pasta, but I don’t feel like that’ll be enough.  I could do sausage, onions, and peppers, but I don’t have any good bread to make sandwiches with it.  What do I do, combine them!  And I had all the necessary ingredients in the house.

It was delicious.  And technically, since I used turkey sausage, not to terribly bad for us either.  It had a good smokey flavor from the sausage, a little extra texture from the peppers and onions, and just enough sauce to make it feel like a real pasta dish.  The only thing I think I forgot was a little cheese.  Either way, the meal was delicious.  So were the pumpkin bars that I made this weekend.  I’ll save that for next week though (plus, I didn’t take any pictures and may have to make more this weekend).


Quick Monday Night Dinner

  • 2 Servings of Pasta (I used about 1-1/2 cups penne)
  • 1 large link turkey sausage, sliced, about 5-7 oz (I like the Oscar Meyer brand, it has two links so I just threw the other one in the freezer)
  • Peppers & Onions to taste (I use the fire roasted frozen ones from Trader Joe’s, super convenient & tasty)
  • Pasta Sauce

Cook pasta as directed on box.  While water is heating for pasta, heat medium-sized skillet to medium.  Once the pan is hot, add oil and peppers & onions and sliced turkey sausage.  Saute until hot.  I like to get the sausage to fry a little.  Drain pasta, add peppers, onions, and sausage.  Add as much sauce as you want.  We don’t use a ton so I added about 1/3-1/2 a small jar.  Mix thoroughly and enjoy!  You could also add some Parmesan or mozzarella if you want that little bit of cheese.  I wouldn’t use too much though, it might mess with the consistency.

By the way, this was fantastic with a glass of red wine, but not a super powerful one.  I had a Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon mix but I think a true Shiraz would’ve been perfect.  The hunny enjoyed an ice-cold hard cider and he thought the flavors complimented one another.


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