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Try This Delicious Chicken and Rice Casserole

Monday, September 23, 2019 Food

Looking for something to make with that chicken you have in the refrigerator? Do you like to make casseroles? Casseroles are great because sometimes you have left overs and that makes for a good lunch. Well do I have something for you,(Chicken and Rice Casserole)This is a easy recipe to follow and simple to make. So lets jump in.. 

                                       Chicken and Rice Casserole

1 Preheat oven to 375°F.

2 Brown the chicken: (I like to use boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut up like cubes or chunks) Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauce pan on medium high or high heat (hot enough to brown but not burn). Season the chicken pieces all over with salt and pepper.

Working in batches, brown the chicken pieces on both sides, about 1 to 2 minutes per batch...

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Awesome Turkey Burger Recipe

Monday, August 26, 2019 Food

You Have To Try This Awesome Turkey Burger Recipe !!

What’s the Best Kind of Turkey for Turkey Burger ? Ground turkey is typically much leaner than ground beef. In order to keep the burger from being too dry it helps to use ground dark meat from thighs and legs if you can get it. Adding a little olive oil to the mix helps, too. As for flavor, ground turkey on its own just isn’t as flavorful as ground beef, even if you use ground dark meat. But jazzed up with some chopped fresh herbs, a little onion, and garlic? The result is AWESOME! So lets get to making us an herbed turkey burger !

Turkey burger recipe

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Great Way To Grill Chicken Breasts

Monday, August 12, 2019 Food  No comments

When it comes to grilling chicken, breasts can be a problem for some, especially boneless skinless chicken breasts on the grill. The meat itself is lean, and without the bones to insulate it or skin to protect it, that naked breast on the grill has a tendency to easily overcook and dry out.

Great Way To Grill Chicken Breasts

grilled chicken

One method is to marinate chicken cutlets, or chicken breasts pounded to an even thickness, and quickly grill them on high heat. We use this method for our  cilantro lime chicken and it works fine. 

 Solution (Brine!)

Another way, which doesn’t require you to change the shape of the chicken breasts, is to brine the chicken first.grilled chicken

All it takes is 30 minutes in a simple brine solution of 1/4 cup kosher salt dissolved in 4 cups water...

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Simple Recipe For Ranch Pork Chops

Monday, May 27, 2019 Food

Here is a Simple Recipe For Ranch Pork Chops I think your family will love:

We all like dinners that are simple and easy to make with minimal clean up and sheet pan dinners are just that, and this simple recipe for Ranch Pork Chops is one of those simple and easy dinners you can make for your family.

Simple Recipe For Ranch Pork Chops

What I feel are The Best Pork Chops for Baking in this recipe

  • Boneless pork chops will cook faster and are easier to serve. Just slice them up and you’re done!
  • Bone-in pork chops have more flavor ( my opinion) and won’t overcook as quickly. There’s more leeway in the cooking time, but that also means that they generally take longer to bake. 

It’s just my opinion, but I would rather save the bone-in pork chops for grilling and use boneless for this recipe.

Simple Recipe For Ranch Pork Chops ranch mix

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Hearty Vegetable and Chicken Stew

Monday, December 24, 2018 Food

1 Preheat the oven to 425°F.

2 Roast the veggies: Spread chopped mushrooms, carrots, and potatoes on a baking sheet in three separate rows, keeping each vegetable separate from the others—this will come in handy later when you have to add them to the soup in separate steps.

Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil over the vegetables, then sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon harissa. Toss each individual row to coat.

Roast veggies in oven for 20 to 25 minutes. When they are fork tender, set them aside while you finish the soup base. ( You don’t actually want the vegitables to brown too much for this recipe; you want the colors to stay vibrant.)

While the vegetables roast, cook the chicken and begin assembling the stew.

Chicken Stew Recipe roast the veggies

3 Cook the chicken: ...

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Great Herb-Spiced Mixed Nuts Recipe

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Food

Once you taste these salty-sweet Herb-Spiced Mixed Nuts, you’ll be glad you invited people over to help you eat them. Make them right before guests walk through the door and be prepared to make a second batch!

It’s always good to have an appetizer you can make quickly during the holidays—or during any party-going season, really. But there’s something festive and indulgent about spiced nuts that always feels right for the season.

This snack takes the idea of your standard nut mix and, thanks to the addition of some fresh herbs, cayenne, butter, and maple syrup, adds some sweet heat to the situation.

Roasted Mixed Nuts

A LAST-MINUTE PARTY SNACK

This is not a make-ahead snack. You have to wait until the last minute to bring it together—preferably 15 to 20 minutes before people arrive.

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Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Food

This quick chicken noodle soup using rotisserie chicken is a winner if you’re cooking a family dinner. Kids love soup! You can make it quickly, freeze it, and even add a soft-boiled egg to take it up a notch.

We are in soup season, which is both good and bad news for parents. The good news is that it’s easy to make fast, healthy soups that kids tend to like. I’ve found soup, especially chicken noodle soup, to be a reliable dinnertime win.

The bad news? If you have little kids, it’s especially messy. Do you even know how far a two-year old can launch a spoon of broth?! You don’t want to know!

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

EASY CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Making an all-day chicken noodle soup is one of my favorite ways to spend a lazy and chilly Saturday, but honestly, who has the time?

So, I won’t pretend that this...

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How To Make Pressure Cooker Taco Soup

Sunday, November 11, 2018 Food

WHAT IS TACO SOUP?

Taco soup is lighter than chili, but still hearty enough to serve as a meal in itself. It’s spicy, brothy, and full of ground beef, beans, and corn.

When you serve it with toppings of crushed tortilla chips, chopped onions, sour cream, and fresh cilantro, you get the flavors of a crispy taco in every bite.

EASY TACO SOUP IN THE PRESSURE COOKER

I prefer to use my 6-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker to make this soup (and for just about everything else!), since it will cook the soup fast, and also keep it warm for up to 10 hours if I need to make dinner earlier in the day. It really is the best of both worlds. 

How to Make Taco Soup in Instant Pot How to Make Taco Soup in Instant Pot

HOW TO MAKE TACO SOUP

To make the soup, you’ll start by cooking the onions and beef together for a few minutes...

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You will Love these Honey Chipotle Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Food

Spice up your holiday table with these Honey Chipotle Brussels Sprouts. They’re roasted in the oven, then tossed with honey-chipotle sauce in the last few minutes of cooking for a spicy spin on a classic.

During the Holidays people expect what they expect—the classics: mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy. You don’t want to venture too far out of the standard realm of side dishes for fear of invoking disappointment or anger.

Still, I like to occasionally throw a curveball into the mix.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS FOR THE HOLIDAY TABLE

Brussels sprouts are always a standard on my holiday table...

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Here’s How to Dry Brine and Roast a Turkey

Sunday, November 4, 2018 Food

Want the most perfectly moist, flavorful, and juicy Thanksgiving turkey? Try dry-brining! All you do is rub the turkey with salt and let it hang out in the fridge for 24 to 72 hours. No muss, no fuss. The best turkey you’ll ever eat will soon be yours!

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means North Americans will be donning their aprons, sharpening their knifes, and warming their ovens to roast the bird of all birds—The Turkey.

About 45 million turkeys are harvested each year, according to the National Turkey Federation, to supply our Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece. Turkey, however, is not the easiest protein we could roast for a holiday and has an unfortunate reputation for becoming dry in the oven.

When it comes to turkey, what you do before it sees the inside of an oven determine...

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Check out this Squash dish

Monday, October 29, 2018 Food

1 Roast the squash: Preheat the oven to 425°F. On a rimmed baking sheet, combine the squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet, and toss to coat.

Roast for 20 minutes, tossing half way through to evenly brown. When it’s ready, the squash will be soft and some of the edges will have browned.

Butternut Squash Browned Butter Pasta roast the squash

2 Cook the pasta: Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the pasta to al dente, or according to package directions. Drain well and set aside.

Butternut Squash Pasta - Cook the pasta

3 Fry the bacon: In a large, deep skillet , put the bacon in a cold pan and cook over medium heat until crispy. Remove from the skillet and drain on paper towels.

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta fry the bacon

4 Cook the shallots: Place the skillet back on the stove, but with the heat turned off. Drain all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.

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Make Crispy Air Fryer French Fries

Saturday, October 27, 2018 Food

Crispy french fries in under 30 minutes without deep-frying? It’s possible with the air fryer! Crispy and salty on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. What could be better?

I have long contended that potatoes, like eggs, are one of the most perfect foods. But for different reasons, of course.

My professed love for potatoes means I am always trying to find ways to prep them and cook them as quickly as possible. (It also means I often order good quality French fries with a great salad for dinner, but I digress…)

What if there were a way to achieve crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside French fries in less than a half an hour? If I told you that it was possible to pull this off without the mess or hassle of deep frying potatoes, would you believe me?

Well there is a way and...

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Try this Smoky Vegan Lentil Stew

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Food

Two ingredients—smoked salt and smoked paprika—can make a big flavor change in this smoky vegan lentil stew. Serve with crusty bread and a green salad.

When it comes to vegetarian and vegan cooking, lentils are a favorite ingredient of mine. Lentils are fairly inexpensive, and they’re a total workhorse in recipes. I’ve been known to use them as a vegan sloppy joe base, make them into meatball-like bites, and put them to work in about fifty different versions of soups, chilis, and stews.

Plus, unlike their bean counterparts, lentils don’t need to be soaked and can go from pantry to bowl in about 30 minutes!

Vegan Lentil Soup

WHICH LENTILS TO BUY

I like to keep three different varieties of lentils on hand: red, brown, and black:

  • Red lentils are actually lentils that have been split in half...
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Delicious Sweet Potato White Bean Dip

Sunday, September 30, 2018 Food

Sweet potatoes are so versatile—they work beautifully in a dip! This sweet-smoky dip with white beans and chipotle peppers is great with chips, pita, veggies, and crackers.

Fall always feels like a bit of a slippery slope in terms of food. Once the kids are back in school, it’s football season, which leads right into the holidays. I always feel like time goes quicker during these months and by the time I’m ready to enjoy fall, it’s Thanksgiving. And so, I always like to plan ahead with ideas for parties and holidays, usually starting in September!

It feels like once a week I’m whipping together some kind of party food, and among my friends, I’ve become the person notorious for showing up with something that is heavy on the vegetable side, but still delicious.

VEGAN BEAN DI...

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Delicious Eggplant Caponata

Thursday, September 27, 2018 Food

This Eggplant Caponata is a delicious Italian relish made with eggplant, onions, garlic, tomatoes, pine nuts, olives, raisins, capers, and parsley. Perfect spread for bread or a dip for breadsticks!

Caponata is a wonderful Italian eggplant relish that can be used as a spread on bread, a dip for breadsticks, or a sauce to toss with pasta.

There are as many recipes for eggplant caponata as there are cooks! There are two main approaches for preparing it — finely chopped and used as a relish on bread or polenta, or coarsely chopped and served almost like an Italian version of ratatouille.

Caponata Ingredients

The only constants in caponata are eggplants, onions, olive oil, vinegar, and some sort of tomato product, either tomato sauce or fresh tomatoes or both.

You can also include pine nut...

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Delicious Creamy Polenta with White Beans and Roasted Broccoli

Monday, September 24, 2018 Food

White beans and nutritional yeast give this polenta a creamy and cheesy taste, without the dairy. Add some roasted broccoli and a drizzle of chili oil, and you’ve got an easy, filling meat-free dinner!

The cooler months always bring the comfort food out in full force. Pasta and casseroles are usually the big hit in my family. But for me, it’s all about the creamy polenta. During fall and winter, I’ve been known to eat a bowl that consists only of creamy, cheesy polenta.

Occasionally, I add vegetables, but the comfort food really is in the polenta base. In my book, there’s nothing quite as satisfying.

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY VEGAN POLENTAOf course, if you’re looking to make creamy polenta and you’re vegan, some items have to change. Cheese is out of the question...

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