Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bar B. Que Sauce

This is great for summer or anytime.

1  28 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 c. cold water
3/4   - 1 c. each 
approx: cider vinegar, brown sugar  (adjust amount desired)
1/2 - 1 tsp. saltblack peppe
2 cloves fresh garlic crushed, diced
2 bay leaves
1 onion minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 T each: r cayenne pepper, chili powder, dried oregano, dry mustard

Combine ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally for 40 min - 2 hr. approx. or until reduced.

Remove from heat.

Use with pulled pork, shredded chicken or as a barbecue sauce. 

Makes 1 - 2 c.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Thai Wraps

This is great for leftovers, game night or anytime. I've used chicken, but you can also use turkey too. You can even make it vegetarian as well.

2 c. cooked chicken sliced
1/3 c. each: chopped onion, bell pepper, carrot, snow peas
8 - 12 lettuce leaves (Boston or Romaine)
2 T.  each: low sodium soy sauce divided, fresh lime juice, lime zest
2 tsp. each: sesame seeds, sesame oil, chopped fresh basil
2 cloves fresh garlic chopped
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
Pinch each: turmeric, red pepper flakes

Rinse and chop basil.

Peel, and chop garlic.

Juice and zest lime.

Slice chicken and place into a bowl.

Add half of soy sauce, lime juice,  zest, sesame oil, garlic, half of basil, salt pepper, turmeric and pepper flakes. Toss to coat and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Place bowl in refrigerator for a few hours to marinate.

Peel, rinse and chop onion.

Rinse and cut ends of carrot. Break carrot in half. Cut 1/2 of carrot lengthwise and chop.

Rinse, seed ad chop bell pepper.

Cut ends from snow peas and chop.

Combine vegetables in bowl and add rest of soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, zest, salt, pepper, garlic. Toss to coat. Cover bowl in plastic wrap, place in refrigerator to marinate.

When ready to serve,  rinse and pat lettuce leaves dry.

To serve: remove bowls from refrigerator and remove plastic wrap.

Spoon 1 - 2 spoonfuls of chicken and vegetables onto a lettuce leaf. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and rest of basil if desired. Fold lettuce so that the filling doesn't fall out.

Dip wrap in your favorite asian dipping sauce and enjoy!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Paradise Found Chicken

This is perfect for summer or anytime. 

1 lb. boneless chicken breasts or thighs
1/3 - 1/2 c each: pineapple juice, fresh orange juice
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper, fresh diced ginger root
1 - 2 T. each:  low sodium soy sauce, olive or canola oi, 1 light or dark rum

In a shallow dish combine, chicken, rum, salt, pepper, ginger root, pineapple juice,  and orange juice.  Let marinate in refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

Heat grill pan over medium high heat. Lower heat to medium and add oil. Add chicken and grill on one side for 8-10 min approx.. Flip chicken over and grill on other side for 8 - 10 min more or until done. 

Serves 4. 





Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Good Shepherds Pie

This is great for a hearty meal.

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/3 - 1/2 c. each: bread crumbs, shredded cheddar cheese, low sodium beef broth
1 tsp. each: cornstarch, Worcestershire sauce
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
3 c. prepared mashed potatoes
1/2 c. chopped onions
2 c. frozen mixed vegetables
Non stick cooking spray
1 - 2 T oil

Preheat oven to 350. Spray nonstick cooking spray in bottom of a casserole dish.

Take package of frozen vegetables out of freezer. Let thaw for a few minutes.

Preheat skillet to medium high heat. Lower heat to medium and add oil.

Add meat, onions, herbs, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce to pan. Cook meat for 6 - 8 min.

Combine cornstarch and broth in measuring cup. Mix until cornstarch is dissolved. Add cornstarch mixture to pan with meat and cook for 5 min more.

Turn off pan and place meat mixture evenly in bottom of casserole dish.

Layer frozen vegetables evenly over meat.

Spread mashed potatoes evenly over vegetables. Be sure to cover vegetables with the potatoes.

Sprinkle bread and cheese evenly over top of potatos. 

Place casserole dish in oven and cook for 1 hr. approx. or until done. 

Serves 6.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Blackberry Margaritas

This is perfect for Cinco De Mayo or anytime.

1  1/2  - 2 c margarita mix
1 c each:  ice, fresh or frozen blackberries 
4 - 6 oz. tequila (optional)
1 oz triple sec
1 - 2 tsp. regular or dietetic sugar (optional) 
1 lime cut into wedges
 
Salt for rim of glass (optional)

Garnish glasses with lime wedges.

Wet a napkin slightly, rub around rim of glasses to wet. Put salt on small dish. 

Put mouth of glasses face down on plate to coat rim of glasses with salt, set glasses aside.

Rinse fresh blackberries, if needed.

Combine ingredients in blender. Blend for 20 - 30 sec. or until blended. 

Pour into garnished glasses.

Serves 4.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Recipe To Help Nepal

Once again, we are all reminded that life can be fleeting and when disasters strike, it affects us all.

Prayers, thoughts for the residents of Nepal as they continue to deal with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. The earthquake has killed thousands since Saturday.

On the left side of this website are links to organizations under the heading of Recipe To Pay It Forward. These organizations are helping in the relief efforts. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you for making a difference.

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.

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