Well, hello there!

Well, hello there!
Matt & I in Costa Rica over Christmas...So beautiful there!
It's simple. Really. We're a young married couple that loves cooking together. We always try to eat healthy and, if it's simple and doesn't break the bank, we're into that, too! We hope you'll visit often and tell us what you think about what we're cooking! We'd love to hear from you. Drop us a note, a suggestion or a recipe!

Monday, February 22, 2010

dinner for a dozen

Having family over is always fun. This time in particular was ultra-special.
We had my whole side of the family over (well, minus Mern & Phil, Paul, Beck & Cade). For Casey, Mandi & the kiddos, it was their first time to see Matt & I's house. It's so crazy how grown-up you feel when you host a dinner party at your own house. I love it. So, once the dogs started chasing the kids around the back yard, Matt fired up the grill. We wanted to keep it simple & kid-friendly but still healthy and delicious! So...what did we make?

Grilled Burgers, Chicken & Seasoned Fresh Corn w/ Homemade Coleslaw

Crowd pleaser much?

Here's what you'll need:

Grilled Burgers

Desired amount of lean ground beef chuck or ground sirloin (80/20 or 93/7)

Heat your grill to high
Place burger patties onto grill, cover and grill until medium-well to well

Grilled Chicken

Desired amount of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbs. Kroger Chicken Seasoning (We use these ALL THE TIME)

Place seasoned chicken onto gril, cover and flip once
Grill until chicken reaches AT LEAST 165*

Grilled Corn

Desired amount of fresh yellow corn, shucked
1/4 Cup butter or SmartBalance, melted
Janes Crazy Mixed Up Salt
Freshly-ground black pepper

Place all the corn into a large mixing bowl
Brush each piece with melted butter
Sprinkle generously with seasonings
Place corn onto grill, cover and grill until corn starts to char slightly-- about 5-8

Homemade Coleslaw (Thanks to my mom!)

1/4 Head green cabbage, sliced or coarsly grated
1/4 Head red cabbage, sliced or coarsly grated
1/8 Red onion, sliced or coarsly grated
1 1/2 Cups matchstick carrots, or 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
1 Heaping Tbs. Splenda
1/4 Cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbs. lite mayonaise
1 Tsp. freshly-ground black pepper

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large mixing bowl
In a medium mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients and pour over veggies
Mix together and taste-- add Splenda or vinegar as needed

Burger Toppings (what we used, but obviously you use whatever you want!)

Provolon cheese, sharp cheddar cheese (we always use deli-thin sliced cheeses, they are just enough and only have about 60 calories per slice)
Red onion, romaine lettuce, sliced avocado, ketchup, mustard (for everyone but Matt & I...if you know us, you know we don't do mustard, or mayo for that matter), lite mayo.

I think my nephew Hudson had 2 whole burgers! It was so good. Matt did basically everything...so awesome.
We can't wait for our next family dinner, and hopefully it will be with all 17 of us!

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