Saturday, April 27, 2019

Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls


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Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls: Heavenly chocolately breakfast pastries! - Slice of Southern

Weekends are for breakfast and sometimes you need some homey, comforting baked goods.

I grew up with mom making quick cinnamon rolls from biscuit dough.  While they weren't the big and fluffy rolls we are used to these days from a yeast dough they sure where mighty tasty!

But what do you do when you don't have a lot of time to make something from scratch?

Turn to my...


QUICK AND EASY CHOCOLATE CHIP CINNAMON ROLLS


Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls: Heavenly chocolately breakfast pastries! - Slice of Southern


These are the perfect dish to make for a quick sweet breakfast treat.  A little help from refrigerated cinnamon rolls along with a addition of chocolate chips turn these rolls into a heavenly chocolatey breakfast pastry that everyone is going to love!


Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls: Heavenly chocolately breakfast pastries! - Slice of Southern


Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls: Heavenly chocolately breakfast pastries! - Slice of Southern


Items you will need:
9" round baking pan
semi-sweet chocolate chips
or sugar-free chocolate chips
refrigerated cinnamon rolls

Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls: Heavenly chocolately breakfast pastries! - Slice of Southern


These are quick and can be on the table in under 30 minutes.  They are a decadent treat for breakfast, with coffee, or for a snack.  Try these today!

Enjoy!





Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls

1 can refrigerated cinnamon rolls (I used lowfat)
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (regular or sugar free)


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Open cinnamon rolls and remove from package.  Carefully unroll each cinnamon roll and flatten just a bit with your fingers.  Place about 1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips along the length of the dough, depressing them into the dough.   Re-roll the cinnamon rolls and place them into a 9" round baking pan.  Bake for 13-15 minutes until cooked through and golden brown on the top.

Remove cinnamon rolls from the oven.  Heat the icing package for 10 seconds in the microwave.  Drizzle glaze over the warm cinnamon rolls.  Serve immediately.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls: Heavenly chocolately breakfast pastries! - Slice of Southern

Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls: Heavenly chocolately breakfast pastries! - Slice of Southern

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Quinoa and Mango Salad - Instant Pot or Not!


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Quinoa Mango Salad:  This salad is filled with healthy goodness such as quinoa, mangoes and cranberries and doused with a light white wine vinaigrette that brings it all together. - Slice of Southern

Springtime calls for some lighter food and today's salad is a perfect one that you love to have now and throughout the summer.

This salad is filled with healthy goodness such as quinoa, mangoes and cranberries and doused with a light white wine vinaigrette that brings it all together.  I made this with the help of the Instant Pot just to cook the quinoa.  It is such a great item to make rice or quinoa dishes.  The cooking time is reduced greatly and it's a simple way to cook a large amount of grains.  Once the quinoa is cooked and cooled the salad comes together quickly.


Quinoa Mango Salad:  This salad is filled with healthy goodness such as quinoa, mangoes and cranberries and doused with a light white wine vinaigrette that brings it all together. - Slice of Southern

If you don't have an Instant Pot all is not lost.  You can still cook the quinoa on the stove top using the directions on the package and pull the salad together just as easily.  

This salad turns out light and refreshing.  We just loved it!  I think this is definitely going to be a new favorite of mine.  We served it with grilled chicken for dinner the first night and then had it for lunch with sandwiches the next day.  Truthfully, we were eating this delicious salad for several days and it kept wonderfully in the refrigerator.  


Quinoa Mango Salad:  This salad is filled with healthy goodness such as quinoa, mangoes and cranberries and doused with a light white wine vinaigrette that brings it all together. - Slice of Southern

You need to make this salad...and soon.  It would be a perfect side dish for Easter!

Enjoy!





Quinoa and Mango Salad

serves 6


1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 tsp salt, divided
2 cups mango, peeled and cubed (about 2 large mangoes)
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 Tbls parsley, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 Tbls white wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp black pepper

Place quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold water and drain.  

Instant Pot directions:  Add quinoa and 1 1/2 cups water and 1/4 tsp salt in the Instant Pot and mix well.  Place the lid on the instant pot and move pressure release valve to the sealing position.  Press Manual and cook on high pressure 1 minute. 

When cooking is complete, use natural release for 10 minutes, then release remaining pressure by turning the pressure valve to release.  Press Saute and cook and stir for 1 minute until any excess water has evaporated.

If not using an Instant Pot: cook quinoa on the stove top according to the package directions.

Spread quinoa on a large plate or platter, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  

In a large bowl add quinoa, mangoes, green onions, cranberries, and parsley.  Mix well.  In a small bowl or mason jar add oil, vinegar, mustard, 1/2 tsp salt and the 1/4 tsp pepper.  Shake or whisk until blended.  Pour over quinoa and stir until well blended.

Allow to stand 10-15 minutes before serving.



Quinoa Mango Salad:  This salad is filled with healthy goodness such as quinoa, mangoes and cranberries and doused with a light white wine vinaigrette that brings it all together. - Slice of Southern
Quinoa Mango Salad:  This salad is filled with healthy goodness such as quinoa, mangoes and cranberries and doused with a light white wine vinaigrette that brings it all together. - Slice of Southern

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Instant Pot: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup


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Instant Pot:  Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup - Hot hearty soup bursting with comforting flavors and it's all homemade in under and hour! - Slice of Southern

Have you jumped on the Instant Pot train?

I recently got an Instant Pot for Christmas and have been using it more and more as I find recipes.  I haven't posted any recipes for it because a lot of the dishes I made were good, but not outstanding enough to go on my blog.  Until today.  

Instant Pot:  Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup - Hot hearty soup bursting with comforting flavors and it's all homemade in under and hour! - Slice of Southern

I was under the weather recently with a really nasty cold and I was craving some chicken soup.  Not the canned stuff but some really hearty homemade soup.  To tell you the truth I didn't have the strength to stand around and make homemade soup so while I was vegetating on the couch I looked up some recipes to make soup in the Instant Pot.  Having the method down, which is really easy by the way, I chose the ingredients I liked best and tested it out.

Instant Pot:  Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup - Hot hearty soup bursting with comforting flavors and it's all homemade in under and hour! - Slice of Southern

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup cures all that ails you!  Being the best soup when you are sick I still wanted to have one that tasted homemade.  Instead of just dumping the ingredients in the pot and turning it on (which you could do) I decided to sauté my chicken, onions, carrots, and celery just a few minutes to bring in some more flavor. This technique along with some choice spices and a boost of concentrated stock turned this soup from wow to pow!!  Plus it was done in under 45 min. start to finish.  

Instant Pot:  Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup - Hot hearty soup bursting with comforting flavors and it's all homemade in under and hour! - Slice of Southern

Now THIS is why you buy an Instant Pot!  Hot hearty soup bursting with comforting flavors and it's all homemade in under and hour!  You'll surely want more of this dish.

Enjoy!



Items you might like to make this soup:


Instant Pot: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

1 Tbls butter
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts chopped into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups yellow onion, diced
1 cup celery, sliced - 3 stalks
1 cup carrots, diced - 3 carrots
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 Tbls chicken broth concentrate - Better than Bullion - low sodium
8 ounces small shell pasta
1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


    Set the pressure cooker to the sauté setting on medium heat.

    When it reaches temperature add the butter.  Once melted, add the chicken and cook until the outsides of the chicken chunks are mostly cooked, just a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Add your onions, celery, and carrots, and continue to cook and stir for a few minutes.  Turn off the sauté setting by hitting cancel.  

    Add the chicken broth, concentrate, pasta, seasoning and pepper. Stir to make sure all ingredients are submerged in the liquid.

    Cover and lock the lid on the pressure cooker. Select the manual pressure cooking button and set the time to 10 minutes on high pressure. Perform a quick release to allow the steam to escape and stop the cooking.

    Stir the contents, taste and adjust salt and pepper to taste.  Serve.



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    Instant Pot:  Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup - Hot hearty soup bursting with comforting flavors and it's all homemade in under and hour! - Slice of Southern

    Instant Pot:  Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup - Hot hearty soup bursting with comforting flavors and it's all homemade in under and hour! - Slice of Southern


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