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 wine and shallot. 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.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tuscan Shrimp

This is a quick and easy recipe for Lent or anytime. I've used canned organic low sodium tomatoes, but if you use regular diced tomatoes, you can cut down on the salt.

1 lb. pre cooked shrimp
1 can organic diced tomatoes 
1 tsp. each: basil, oregano, parsley (dried or fresh)
1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/8 c. dry white wine, or vermouth (optional)
3/4 c (6 oz) tomato paste
2 T olive oil
1 - 2 cloves crushed, chopped garlic

Crush and chop garlic, set aside. 

Thaw shrimp if needed.

Heat saute pan over medium high heat, lower heat to medium, add oil. Add tomatoes, tomatoes paste, herbs, spices,  lemon juice and wine.  Cook for 6 - 10 min. Add shrimp and cook for 3 - 7 min more or until shrimp is heated. 

Serves 4.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Be Good To Your Heart Broasted Cauliflower

In honor of National Heart Month, there is no better day than a day designated for hearts to post a recipe that is good to your heart.  This is a great way to get little ones to try cauliflower too.

1/4 - 1/3 c olive oil (adjust amount needed)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp each: salt, lemon juice
1 clove fresh garlic crushed and chopped
1 medium head cauliflower
non stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350' F

Spray baking sheet with non stick cooking spray.

Rinse cauliflower , break into florets and place into a bowl.

In a measuring cup combine; oil, salt, pepper, garlic, lemon juice. Mix well with a fork and pour over cauliflower.  Toss to coat.

Place cauliflower on baking sheet and put sheet into oven. Bake for 45 min - 1 hr. Be sure to keep an eye on it to prevent burning. Halfway through cooking, remove baking sheet from oven and stir to cook evenly. put sheet back in oven.

Remove baking sheet from oven and place on a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil.

Serves 6.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Cranberry Cooler

This is perfect for the big game. This can be made with or without alcohol.

2 c cranberry juice
2 T lime juice
4 - 6 oz vodka (optional)
1 oz triple sec (optional)
1  1/4 c - 2 c club soda
1 lime cut into wedges

Put ice in the bottom of a pitcher.

Cut lime into 4 wedges.

Combine juice, lime juice, vodka, triple sec, club soda over ice. Mix well, chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Garnish glasses with lime wedges.

Serves 4.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Don't Be So Crabby Cakes

This is perfect for a light lunch or for a party. 

1 lb lump crab meat ( 3 cans approx drained)
1 - 2 eggs beaten (adjust amount as needed)
1/8 - 1-4 c each diced onions, crushed kettle style potato chips
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper, lemon juice, parsley
1 clove garlic, crushed
lemon zest
pinch red pepper flakes

2 - 3 T olive oil

Drain cans of crab meat though a sieve, if needed.  With clean hands,  squeeze excess liquid from crab meat  and place into a mixing bowl. 

Place potato chips in sandwich baggie and crush with clean hands. You can also crush the chips with a rolling pin. 

Crack egg in bowl and beat slightly with a fork. 

Peel and chop onion, peel crush and chop garlic.

Combine crushed chips, salt, pepper, onions, garlic, parsley, pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice into the bowl with crab. add egg and mix well. 

Form mixture into 4 - 6 patties. If making these for a party. form mixture into 16 patties.

Heat skillet to medium high heat. lower heat to medium and add oil. Place patties in pan and cook for 2 - 4 minutes on 1 side. flip patties over and cook on other side for 2 - 4 min. or until done. Remove patties from pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate. 

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Serves 2 - 4.

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