One of my husband’s favorite meals at Chinese restaurants is orange chicken.  I keep trying to find a recipe to make this at home, but I’ve also been trying to lighten it up!  This recipe turned out to be pretty close to the real thing!  We both enjoyed it!

Lightened Up Orange

Lightened Up Orange Chicken (adapted from Brown Thumb Mama)

-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts—cubed

-2 Tablespoons olive oil

-1/2 cup orange juice

-zest of one orange

-3 Tablespoons oyster sauce

-2 Tablespoons honey

-1/4 teaspoon (or more if you like things spicy!) red pepper flakes

Heat your oil in a large skillet.  Add chicken and cook until done.

While chicken is cooking, mix together orange juice, orange zest, oyster sauce, and honey.  Set aside until chicken is done cooking.

When chicken is done, remove from the pan.  Wipe the pan down with a paper towel.  Add the sauce mixture and allow to heat up and thicken.

When sauce has thickened, add chicken back to the pan and heat through.

Serve on top of a bed of rice and enjoy!

Have a wonderful day!  I’m going to be hanging out inside today….it’s COLD outside!

Skillet Cookie

I’ve been adapting to cooking with a cast iron pan over the past few months.  We’ve had a cast iron pan for a while, but I’ve never used it much.  I’ve been a little scared of it and decided that it was always too heavy or the handle got too hot for me to use.  Finally, my husband decided that we should pull it out and use it more often.  I resisted at first and then decided it would be good for cooking bacon in.  It’s finally seasoned nicely and I use it often in my meal preparation.

A few weeks ago, I decided that it needed to be used for a few other things than bacon.  As I was perusing Pinterest for inspiration, I came across recipes of people baking cookies in cast iron skillets.  I was kind of intrigued, so I decided to try it out!  The cookie came out with great crispy edges and a soft inside!  The flavors of the chocolate and peanut butter worked tremendously together.  I was pretty much in love with this cookie.

Chocolate Chip and M&M Skillet

Chocolate Chip and M&M Skillet Cookie (adapted from Martha Stewart)

-2 cups all purpose flour

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-3/4 cup salted butter, softened

-1/2 cup sugar

-3/4 cup brown sugar

-1 egg

-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

-1 bag chocolate and peanut butter chips

-3/4 cup M&M’s

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease your skillet with cooking spray or butter.

In a mixing bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of your mixer, cream together butter and both sugars.  Once that is mixed, add egg and vanilla.  Mix to combine.  Add flour mixture slowly until all of it is incorporated.  Then add chocolate and peanut butter chips and M&M’s.

Pour into skillet.  Bake for 40-50 minutes depending on your oven.  Take out of oven and allow to cool.  Slice and serve!

We didn’t give this cookie a chance for ice cream to be pulled out of the freezer and added to it, but I am sure that ice cream on the top with some additional chocolate sauce would be fabulous.  We were too busy stuffing our faces with cookie to make any of that happen.

Have a wonderful week!

Cinnamon Roll Bites

We are raising little cinnamon roll addicts.  At any point if the girls are left to choose any breakfast that they want, cinnamon rolls are at the top of their list!

When I came across this recipe on Pinterest, I knew that I needed to make it for breakfast for my littles.  Stat.

I was so glad that I did because, not only did they love it, but we loved it as well!  I also have to say, I meant to make it exactly as the original recipe called for, but couldn’t get it together enough to purchase the large enough tube of rolls and had to use two tubes.  I also wasn’t awake enough when making this and grabbed the wrong measuring spoon!  Whoops!  Thankfully, this tasted great when I was done tweaking it a bit to make up for my mess ups!

Cinnamon Roll

Cinnamon Roll Bites (adapted from Table For Seven)

-2 tubes of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (each tube is approximately 7.25 ounces)

-1/3 cup brown sugar

-1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

-3 Tablespoons butter (melted)

For the frosting...

-1 cup powdered sugar

-1 teaspoon vanilla

-2 Tablespoons of butter (melted and cooled)

-2 Tablespoons of milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray your baking dish.

Cut each biscuit into four pieces.

Mix the cinnamon and brown sugar in a bowl.  Toss biscuit pieces in the sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Place into greased baking dish.  Drizzle butter over top of biscuits.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

When done baking allow to cool for a few minutes when you mix the frosting!

Mix powdered sugar, cooled butter, milk and vanilla in a small bowl.  Drizzle frosting over the cinnamon roll bites.  Enjoy!

These were a perfect weekend breakfast for our house.  I love to make cinnamon rolls, but I don’t always have time to make them.  This allows me a way to make my kiddos feel like they are having cinnamon rolls without having to complete all of the work!

I hope you have a fabulous rest of the week!

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