Quick & Easy Crispy Sweet Potato Fries Recipe!!! | The Loftus Kitchen

Super simple & tasty Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

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Cut 4 sweet potatoes into 1-inch thick wedges (about 6 to 8 wedges per potato)

Spread a thin layer of coconut oil on baking sheet (about 5 tbsps.) then in separate bowl mix the following

  • 4 tbsps. olive oil
  • 1 tbsps. cinnamon
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tsps Seasoning Salt

Spread a thin layer of coconut oil on baking sheet (about 5 tbsps.) then in separate bowl mix the following

lightly dip potatoes wedges in mixed bowl then spread onto baking sheet

Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes and you are all set. Lightly season to taste…

Fast & Fun. Enjoy

How To Make Your Own Shamrock Shake | The Loftus Kitchen

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up on Friday I just wanted to repost this quick and easy Shamrock Shake recipe that  was originally posted 3.15.16 Enjoy!

How To Make A Yummy Shamrock Shake!!!

Here is a super simple and delicious Shamrock Shake Recipe, have as is or spice up with a little adult beverage for extra kick!!!

Shamrock Shake!!!

Shamrock Shake!!

Loft & Learn Shamrock Shake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint (2 cups) Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon green food coloring
  • Whipped cream and green sprinkles (optional)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions:

  1. To a blender, add the ice cream, milk, peppermint extract, heavy whipping cream and green food coloring. Cover, and blend on high speed until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles, if desired. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!!!

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Chicken Parmesan Cacciatore Quinoa Bake Recipe | The Loftus Kitchen

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 Chicken Parmesan Cacciatore Quinoa Bake Prepared By Colin & Ace Loftus

 

Prep time

10 mins

Cook time

60 mins

Total time

1 hour 10 mins

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=fitfoofin-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B002BWS1OM
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1 green pepper
  • ½ cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 cups Marinara Saucehttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=fitfoofin-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B000R75W72
  • (any kind of spaghetti sauce will work!) We used Ragu
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken brothhttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=fitfoofin-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B002FYJTCE
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons flour (I used white whole wheat, but white or gluten-free will work, too!)
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powderhttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=fitfoofin-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B000WR8TT0
  • 4 large chicken breasts (or 6 medium chicken breasts)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF and spray a casserole dish with coconut oil cooking spray.
  2. Prep veggies by dicing a whole green pepper. Finely dice ½ a yellow onion (~1/2 cup).
  3. Place 1 cup of uncooked quinoa on the bottom of your casserole dish and then layer on veggies.
  4. Add 3 cups of marinara sauce, 1 cup of chicken broth, and a tablespoon of minced garlic to the casserole dish and mix everything together. Set aside.
  5. In a medium-size bowl, mix together flour, shredded parmesan, and garlic powder. Then, crack an egg into a small bowl and whisk.
  6. Prep chicken breast by dipping into the egg and then into the parmesan mixture making sure everything is generously coated. Place chicken breast on top of quinoa mixture
  7. Finally, sprinkle on the leftover parmesan mixture and even more cheese if you desire. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Bake at 375º, uncovered for 20 minutes. Then, cover with tin foil and bake for an additional 40 minutes or until the quinoa is fully cooked.

Delicious!!! Also Ace and Dad made homemade garlic bread. Yummy.

 

5 Ingredient Healthy Banana, Raisin, Oatmeal Cookies | The Loftus Kitchen

 

 

Healthy Cookie Alternative

5 Ingredient Healthy Banana, Raisin, Oatmeal Cookies and

5 Ingredient  Banana, Raisin, Peanut Butter Cookies

 

Prepare 10
 

Ingredients

3 medium over-ripe bananas – mashed (substitute for 2 cups peanut butter for peanut butter cookies)
2 cups oats
3 oz raisins
2 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Tips

The riper the bananas the sweeter your cookie bites. I added a splash of vanilla extract for more flavor. Feel free to sub coconut or any other dried fruit for the raisins.

Directions

Pre-heat oven

 to 350. Mash bananas in medium mixing bowl, mix in oats, cinnamon, honey and raisins. Spoon 1 tbsp for each cookie bite onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Serving Size: makes 24 cookie bites

 

Happy Anniversary Auntie Mern & Uncle Cleve!!!

The Loftus Kitchen | Amazing Caramel Corn Recipe. It’s SO Good

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Perfect Timing For Halloween

Yummy Caramel & White Cheddar Popcorn Recipe!!

Ingredients

  1. Spray large shallow roasting pan with cooking spray. Add popcorn and place in preheated 350 degrees oven while preparing caramel.
  2. Mix brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Boil 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla; mix well.
  4. Sprinkle white cheddar seasoning liberally over all popcorn
  5. Pour syrup over warm popcorn, stirring to coat evenly.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and spread on foil that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Cool in refrigerator for about 15 minutes; then break apart. Store in tightly covered container.

 

Chicken Kabob Time! | The Loftus Kitchen

Awesome Chicken Kabob Recipe

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Here is a quick and delicious game day idea from the Loftus Kitchen. It’s something that you can actually prepare the night before.

Ingredients

Chicken

Onions

Green, yellow, and red peppers

Tomatoes

pineapple

hot sauce

1/4 cup  honey

1/4 mustard

6 tablespoons soy sauce

1/4 cup bbq sauce

1 pinch of salt

kabob sticks

The night before cut and marinate chunks of chicken in mixture of honey, mustard, soy sauce, hot sauce, bbq sauce and salt.

soak kabob sticks in water

chop veggies and pineapples into chunks.

place chicken, veggies and pineapples on the wet kabob sticks.

Grill and enjoy!!

 

 

The Loftus Kitchen | Eating Healthy, Delicious Salmon Noodle Bowl Recipe

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Here is an amazing week night alternative to the usual dinner selection. What a quick and delicious option this was. It was a hit with everyone, and only took 20 minutes to prepare.Enjoy!!!

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces soba buckwheat noodles or whole-wheat spaghetti or (your noodles of choice)
  • 5 ounces asparagus, cut in thirds
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (6-oz) salmon fillet, skin off, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • Zest and juice of 1-2 limes (3 TBSP juice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh pepper
  • 4 ounces cucumber, skin on, cut into medium pieces
  • 1/2 small avocado, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon habanero mango sauce

Preparation

1. Cook the noodles in boiling water until soft (about 6 minutes for soba, 8 for spaghetti). Transfer with tongs to a strainer. Add asparagus to same boiling water. Cook until al dente (about 2 minutes); rinse under cold water.

2. Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Coat lightly with cooking spray. Cook the salmon until cooked through, turning pieces (about 2-3 minutes per side). Reserve.

3. Make the vinaigrette: Whisk together sesame oil, habanero mango sauce, lime zest and juice, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Combine the noodles, asparagus, and vinaigrette in a medium serving bowl.

4. Add the cucumber and avocado; toss to coat. Just before serving, add salmon. Serve warm or at room temperature, or make up to 4 hours ahead and keep refrigerated in an airtight container.

Recipes | Switch It Up With This Amazing Grilled Pizza Recipe

Amazing Grilled Pizza Recipe!

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Now that summer is finally approaching, it’s time to fire up the grill and get creative!

We absolutely love everything on the grill including, chicken, fish, veggies and most importantly Pizza!!!!!

Colin is a wiz now at making specialty pizzas to order on the grill however I am going to include a recipe that I found on a great site called simplyrecipes.com for this one. Click the links below.

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Delicious Grilled Pizza Recipe

Colin’s version of his pizza dough will be coming in a post later in the summer!!!
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Enjoy!

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On Another Note,Thank You God For Another Blessed and Exciting Year On This Earth!!!

It’s Homemade White Castle Burger Night!!! Recipe | White Castle Burger Recipe

Just Like White Castle!!!

White Castle Slider Recipe

So Colin, being from Chicago has a craving every once in a while for something other than pizza. And it’s White Castle hamburgers. Using this recipe he made the most amazing burgers that he and the boys couldn’t get enough of.

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White Castle Sliders

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 2/3 cups Beef Broth
  • 1 cup Minced White Onions
  • 8 American Cheese Slices (optional)
  • 16 Hamburger Dill Pickles
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 pkgs Dinner Rolls (16 rolls)

Instructions

  1. Line a 10×15 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix ground chuck, ⅔ cup beef broth and salt, pepper, and onion powder together until mixture is easily spreadable.
  3. Gently spread meat mixture into prepared pan and form a thin even layer.
  4. Using a knife, score each into 16 equal rectangles.
  5. Use your finger to make 5 holes in each patty.
  6. Place in freezer for at least 1 hour.
  7. Remove frozen patties on parchment paper.
  8. Preheat oven to 450.
  9. Pour remaining beef broth (1 cup) into a baking sheet and spread minced onions over entire bottom of pan.
  10. Allow to sit for 5 – 10 minutes.
  11. Cut all dinner rolls in half to make buns.
  12. Place frozen beef on top of onion mixture.
  13. Place in oven for 10-20 minutes to allow burgers to steam cook (until they turn brown).
  14. Remove and place cheese on each patty (if you are making cheese sliders).
  15. Top each with a bun top and return to oven for 3 minutes.
  16. Top each bun bottom with a dill pickle
  17. Use a spatula to pick up each slider half and place on bun bottom.

 Happy Birthday Cheeks!!!

Loft & Learn Recipes | Cranberry-Streusel Corn Muffins

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Cranberry-Streusel Corn Muffins

 

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Ingredients

Streusel topping
  • 6 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ½ c. light-brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. allspice
  • ½ stick cold butter
Batter
  • 1 c. cornmeal
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 container sour cream
  • 3 tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 can whole-berry cranberry sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line three 6-cup muffin tins with paper liners; set aside.
  2. For streusel topping: In a bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, light-brown sugar, and allspice. Cut in butter, then keep chilled until ready to use.
  3. For batter: In a separate bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in eggs, sour cream, butter, and vanilla until just combined.
  4. In each muffin cup, place 2 tablespoons batter, top with 2 teaspoons canned whole-berry cranberry sauce, and sprinkle with streusel topping. Bake about 15 minutes.

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How To Make Sweet & Sour Chicken | Recipes

How To Make Sweet & Sour Chicken

So glad Colin made the most amazing sweet & sour chicken dinner.

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He is already a wiz with Mexican food and grilled pizzas. Now he has decided to tackle Asian cuisine, YIPPEE.

It was so good!

Loft & Learn Sweet & Sour Chicken Recipe

Serves 4-6 (unless your child eats like Ace!) lol.

Note: if you like extra sauce, double the sauce ingredients – pour half over the chicken and follow the recipe instructions; pour the other half in a small saucepan and cook the sauce on the stovetop at a simmer for 8-10 minutes until it reduces and thickens. Serve it on the side of the chicken.

Ingredients

Chicken:
    • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 cup cornstarch
    • 2 large eggs, beaten
    • 1/4 cup canola, vegetable or coconut oil
Sauce:
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you want the sauce)
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Just a dash of hot sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Place the cornstarch in a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Put the chicken into the bag with the cornstarch and seal, tossing to coat the chicken.
  3. Whisk the eggs together in a shallow pie plate. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until very hot and rippling. Dip the cornstarch-coated chicken pieces in the egg and place them carefully in a single layer in the hot skillet.
  4. Cook for 20-30 seconds on each side until the crust is golden but the chicken is not all the way cooked through (this is where it’s really important to have a hot skillet/oil). Place the chicken pieces in a single layer in a 9X13-inch baking dish and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.
  5. Mix the sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl and pour over the chicken. Bake for one hour, turning the chicken once or twice while cooking to coat evenly with sauce. Serve over hot, steamed rice.

Happy Cooking!

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How To Make Delicious Orange Sesame Chicken Sandwiches | Recipes

Delicious Orange Sesame Chicken Sandwiches!!!

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Here is another amazing and simple recipe to try. Everyone in the family loved it and it was a wonderful alternative to the typical sandwich!!

Ingredients

  • 1½ lb. Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • ½ c. orange marmalade
  • 2½ tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2½ tbsp. soy sauce
  • ¾ tsp. Hot sauce
  • ½ tsp.cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 1 small head of butter lettuce
  • 3 large pocket-style pitas
  • Directions

    1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Season the chicken on all sides with the salt and pepper and place in a baking dish. Dot the top of the skin with the butter and place in the oven on the center rack. Roast for 10 minutes.
    3. Mix the marmalade, sesame oil, olive oil, soy sauce, hot sauce, and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl and use it to baste the chicken frequently until the meat reaches 167 degrees F — about 20 more minutes.
    4. Adjust oven to broil, sprinkle the sesame seeds over the chicken and broil until seeds are toasted and skin is crispy — about 1 minute.
    5. Remove the breasts from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes.
    6. Bring the basting sauce to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool.
    7. Cut the skin and pith from the oranges and slice into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Remove any seeds.
    8. Slice the chicken and place equal amounts of it, the oranges, and lettuce leaves inside the pitas. Drizzle each sandwich with the boiled sauce.Enjoy!