Thursday, April 23, 2015

Odds And Ends, Thrown Together Soup

Did you ever have one of those days where you're not up to cooking. Today it happened to me.

This is an easy recipe that can be done quickly.

I've used canned chicken but this is also great with leftover chicken and turkey too.

2 - 3 cans (5 oz each) cooked chicken
1 small onion chopped
3/4 c fresh mushrooms
1 - 2 cloves garlic crushed and chopped
8 c. low sodium chicken broth
2 - 3 each: celery stalks, carrots chopped
Pinch each: salt, pepper, dried parsley
1 medium - large potato diced
1 - 1 1/4 c egg noodles (adjust amount)

Open cans of chicken and drain. Set aside.

Rinse and chop potato, celery, mushrooms and carrots.

Peel, rinse and chop onions, garlic.

In a soup pot combine: broth,  chicken, vegetables, salt, pepper,  herbs. Bring to a boil for 5 - 10 min. Lower heat to medium low and let simmer for 30 - 40 min. 

Add noodles about 10 - 15 min before serving. Continue cooking until noodles are done.

Serves 8.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Easy Chicken Parm, Yes, It Does Taste So Good

This easy recipe is inspired by a Peyton Manning commercial.  This recipe can make you the MVP of mealtime.

1 lb boneless chicken breast
1 1/2 c. + 1 T grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
1 c. - 1 1/4 c flour
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each : salt, pepper
2 tsp. each: granulated garlic, parsley, basil, oregano divided (dried or fresh)
1 - 2 beaten eggs
Non stick cooking spray
2 - 4 c. prepared marinara sauce (adjust amount)
1 - 3 T.  olive oil
Preheat oven to 350.

Place chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with a meat pounder until desired thinness.

Crack eggs in a bowl and combine with half the herbs and garlic and mix well with a fork.
Dredge chicken on both sides with eggs.

In a plate combine flour, salt, pepper, 1 T of parmesan cheese,  rest of garlic and herbs. Mix well with a fork. Dredge both sides of the chicken with flour mixture.

Preheat saute pan oven medium high heat. Lower heat to medium and add oil.  Fry chicken on 1 side for 4 - 8 min. Flip chicken over and cook for 4 - 8 min. more.

Spray non stick cooking spray on bottom of a baking sheet.

With a ladle pour some of the sauce in the bottom of pan. Arrange chicken in baking dish. Pour sauce over chicken and sprinkle cheese over chicken.

Place pan in oven and bake for 30 - 60 min. or until done.

Serves 4.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ball Game Beer Brats

What goes better with watching a ball game than a sausage and beer. 

In honor of opening week, this is perfect for watching baseball or anytime. 

I've used a low alcohol beer but you can also use your favorite lager if desired. You can also use Italian sausage if desired.

1 package bratwurst
1/2 c chopped onions
1 - 2 cloves garlic 
3/4  - 1  1/4 c  lager beer (adjust amount needed)
Non stick cooking spray

Heat a skillet to medium high heat. Lower heat to medium.  Spray skillet with non stick cooking spray.

Add sausages, onions, garlic to skillet.  Add beer carefully so that it doesn't splash or spill over. Cook for 7 - 10 min on 1 side. Turn sausages over and cook on other side for 7 - 10 min more or until done. 

Serves 4 - 6. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Salmon Cakes

This is an easy healthy recipe for Lent or anytime. 

1 can  (15 oz ) wild caught salmon
1 - 2 eggs slightly beaten (adjust amount needed)
1/3 c diced onion
Lemon zest
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
1/4 tsp: fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic crushed and diced
1 - 2 T oil 

Peel, rinse, cut onion and garlic. 

Zest and juice lemon. 

Open can of salmon and drain into a strainer. With clean hands pick out any bones and squeeze salmon dry if needed. Place salmon in a clean bowl.  Add onions, garlic, salt, pepper and lemon juice and zest. 
 Add egg and mix with a fork. 

With clean hands, form salmon mixture into 6 patties. 

Heat pan to medium high heat. Lower heat to medium and add oil.  Place patties in pan and cook for 3 - 5 min on one side. Flip patties over and cook on other side for an additional 3 - 5 min or until done. 

Serves 2

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wearing Of The Green Milkshake.

This is a perfect treat for St. Patricks Day or anytime. I've used low fat milk and ice cream, but you can also use vegan milk and ice cream if desired. You can also use frozen yogurt if desired.

2 c vanilla ice cream 
1 c - 1  1/3 c low fat milk (adjust amount desired)
2 drops green food coloring
1 - 2  hard peppermint candies

In a blender combine ingredients. Blend for 20 - 40 seconds or until well blended.

Serves 4.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Chicken Veronique

Would you believe this was inspired by a 90's grilling infomercial? 

This a great recipe for late winter or anytime.

1 lb boneless chicken breasts or thighs
2 T oil
1 shallot chopped
1 clove garlic  crushed, chopped
10 red or green grapes halved
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
1/3 - 1/2 c heavy cream, (adjust amount desired)
1/8 c white wine

Season both sides of chicken with salt, and pepper.

Peel shallot and garlic. Smash garlic and chop both garlic and shallot.

Preheat pan over medium high heat, lower heat to medium, add oil.

Add chicken and cook on  1 side for 7 - 9 min. Flip chicken over and cook on other side for 7 - 9 min more.  Remove chicken from pan and transfer chicken to a dish. 

Lower heat to medium low, add oil, garlic and shallot. Carefully add wine. Saute for 1 - 2 min. Add cream, grapes and cook for 5 - 6 min. Return chicken to pan and place the dish the chicken was on in the sink. Cook chicken for another 4 - 5 min or until until chicken is warm. 

To serve; Place chicken on a clean serving dish, spoon sauce over chicken.

Serves 4 - 6

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Awards Night Martini

This is a great cocktail to watch on awards night.

1 oz  chopped + 4 slices cucumber
4 - 6 oz vodka
1 - 2 oz dry vermouth

Place 4 clean martini glasses in freezer to chill for a few minutes. 

Rinse cucumber. Cut 4 slices from and chop part of a cucumber.

In a clean small jar: combine vodka and cucumber. Let set for a few hours until desired taste. 

Strain vodka into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and vermouth. Shake for 20 sec. approx.

Remove glasses from freezer. Strain and pour cocktail into glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices.

Serves 4.

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