Lemon Velvet Blueberry Pancakes

20140424-144803.jpgPancake Batter
Servings: 6

Ingredients:
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 package instant lemon pudding mix
4 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of milk
1 cup sweetened applesauce
2 eggs
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 tablespoon lemon extract

For the frosting:
1/4 cup package cream cheese, room temperature
1/8 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
1/4 cup whole blueberries, pulverized in a blender
3/4 tsp teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mix flour, lemon pudding, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in milk, apple sauce, eggs, oil and lemon. Mix until smooth.

2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/2 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

For the frosting:

In a large mixing bowl fitted with the whisk attachment, beat cream cheese and butter together on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until soft, creamy, and combined thoroughly. Add pulverized blueberries and powdered sugar and beat until thick and combined. Add vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed for 2 more minutes. Add more powdered sugar until frosting is desired thickness

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Oven Baked Chicken Kabobs

Oven Baked Chicken Kabobs

Ingredients

12 wooden skewers
4 extra large boneless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1/4 cup Russian salad dressing
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 -3 small zucchini, sliced into 1/2-inch chunks
16 ounces whole fresh mushrooms
2 -3 assorted bell peppers, cut into chunks
1 large red onion, cut into chunks
1 -2 lb mini baby red potato, sliced into 1/2-inch chunks
1 pint small tomato

Directions

  1. Soak 12 wooden skewers in water overnight so they won’t burn in the oven.
  2. Place uncooked cubed chicken in a 9×13 pan.
  3. Mix all marinate ingredients together (soy sauce, Russian dressing, sesame seeds, lemon juice, garlic powder, ground ginger) and brush over chicken (use all of the marinate sauce). Cover with wrap and place in refrigerator. Allow to marinate 4-6 hours, save the marinate sauce as you will be using it later to baste the kabobs.
  4. Cut up all veggies in to 1/2″ slices or chunks ( not the baby tomatoes or whole mushrooms).
  5. Alternate your assorted veggies on the skewers with the marinated meat. fill those skewers! the more on the skewer, the more satisfied you will be. we find two (2) skewers per person is more than enough.
  6. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
  7. Place skewers on greased jelly roll pans (i use Pam spray) or any lipped baking pans to catch any drippings. approximately 5-6 kabobs should fit on each pan depending on the pan size and skewer length. baste each skewer with the marinate sauce — use it all up!
  8. Place the basted skewers in the pre-heated 450 degree oven on the center rack. bake for 10 minutes, turn over once. bake for 10-15 minutes longer (20-30 minutes maximum of baking time total depending on size of chicken chunks). check chicken on a few of the skewers to make sure it is thoroughly cooked; also, if using potatoes, check them for doneness.  If chicken is not completely cooked, bake an additional 5-10 minutes longer than noted above.
  9. Remove the kabobs from the oven and let sit a few minutes. serve with a side of wild rice and mixed greens salad. kabob photo