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Monthly Archives: March 2017

My attempt to liking mushrooms

A few days ago, I was encouraged by a real good friend of mine to try mushrooms. As I have never tasted them before until I prepared this sautéed Asparagus and Mushrooms. My attempt to eating them went pretty well. Since it was my first try I admit that I didn’t like them right away so I am going to challenge myself to eat mushrooms more often.

I understand mushrooms are not everybody’s favorite. You don’t have to put them in. Cooking should be about you and the food, about what clicks for the people you are feeding. Adjust, experiment, try something new but at the end of the day find your way of making a dish.

This healthy recipe is quick and simple. It would make an excellent side dish to go along with chicken or steak.

Sautéed Asparagus and Mushrooms

Ingredients

1 bundle of asparagus
6-12 mushrooms, crimini or baby Bella
3 Tbsp. Butter
¼ C water
fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste

Directions

1. Snap the root ends off of the asparagus spears and then snap each spear into pieces 1″-3″ long. Wash and slice mushrooms. In a large nonstick skillet, add butter and mushrooms. Sprinkle with a little salt. Cook on medium – high heat until mushrooms are golden brown in color, approximately one minute. Remove the mushrooms onto a plate but leave any remaining butter in the pan.

2. Add asparagus and water. Sprinkle additional salt (at least ⅛ tsp.) and grind in some pepper. Saute the asparagus on medium-high for approximately two minutes until it is bright green and slightly softened. If you bite a piece and it has a slight chew/crunch but is still mostly soft it is done. Remove from heat, stir in mushrooms and serve hot.

Source Mirlanda’s kitchen

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Cook now or freeze and bake later

Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken

Ingredients

4 chicken breasts
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. lemon pepper
Grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

To prepare right away: In a medium bowl combine the oil, lemon juice, and lemon pepper. Place the chicken onto the greased baking sheet and pour the marinade all over the chicken. Sprinkle with grated parmesan, then bake for forty-five minutes

OR TO FREEZE… Combine in a gallon freezer bag: chicken, oil, lemon juice, and lemon pepper. Seal tightly. Place the bag/container with everything inside into your freezer. Then to prepare, thaw overnight in the fridge, then top with parmesan, and bake in the oven for forty-five minutes at 350F.

Source Recipe book and more

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Slow Cooker Lemon Pork Tenderloin

I know that I have said this several times before but cooking is so relaxing and a therapeutic hobby. I love it how I can just go into the kitchen start preparing a recipe and practically forget everything for a short time. My most favorite thing about it is rubbing spice mixture in my meats and marinating them in the fridge for several hours. I don’t know why it is but for some odd, reason it’s like some sort of therapy.

This zesty pork tenderloin is incredibly juicy and savory. It completely knocked my socks off when I took my first bite. Marinating the pork tenderloin the evening before placing it into the slow cooker was the perfect charm to making it even more flavorful and tender. If you have leftovers it tastes even better the next day.

Lemon Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

1 2 lb pork tenderloin

2 lemons juiced

1/4 C Bragg or soy sauce

6 Garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Cornstarch Slurry: 1 teaspoon cornstarch whisked into two teaspoons of cold water (Optional)

Directions

Use a 6-quart crockpot insert. Place the pork tenderloin into the bottom of an airtight container, and add the lemon juice, Bragg, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and oil. Close tightly, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, dump the container contents into the crockpot, and cook on low for seven to nine hours. If you’d like to thicken the crock drippings before serving, you can whisk in the cornstarch slurry. slice the meat thinly and serve with rice.

 

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Source 365 Slow Cooker Suppers

 

Tuna Patties

Have you ever gone into your grocery store purchased all of the groceries you needed for the week walked out of the market went home unloaded everything then realized that some of the item(s) were missing? Do you hunt through your entire pantry for the lost item(s) and eventually stop to think to yourself “How can something like that just mysteriously disappear?

Well, that same exact scenario happened to me yesterday when I bought three cans of tuna along with some other things. I truly don’t have a clue what happened to my tuna. I sadly never found it. But I did discover some other cans of tuna hidden in the pantry and decided to use them to make tuna patties.

My tuna patties sadly stuck to my non-stick skillet during the cooking process and completely fell apart. But I will have one on this post shortly. However, the preparation overall of these patties was a breeze and they were incredibly flavorful.

Tuna Patties

INGREDIENTS

2-4 6-oz cans tuna
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 C plain breadcrumbs panko
1 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp water (or liquid from the cans of tuna)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives, green onions, or shallots
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
A few drops of tabasco sauce (I used Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce)
one raw egg
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp butter

Directions

Discard the liquid from the tuna cans. If you are using tuna packed in water, reserve a tablespoon of the tuna water, and add a teaspoon of olive oil to the tuna mixture in the next step. In a medium bowl, combine together the tuna, mustard, bread crumbs, lemon zest, lemon juice, water, parsley, chives, and hot sauce. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Taste the mixture before adding the egg to see if it needs more seasoning to your taste. Stir in the egg.

Divide the mixture into four equal parts. With each part, form into a ball and then flatten into a patty. Place onto a wax paper lined tray and chill for an hour in the fridge. (You can skip the chilling if you want, chilling just helps the patties stay together when you cook them.) Heat the olive oil and a little butter (for taste) in a cast iron or a non-stick skillet on medium-high. Gently place the patties in the pan, and cook until nicely browned, three-four minutes on each side.

Source simply recipes

 

Coconut Macaroons 

I can’t believe that I am a few articles away from writing two hundred blog posts. It’s a huge accomplishment for me. A few weeks ago, I mentioned my desire to commemorate my accomplishment by baking something special which turned out to be coconut macaroons.

Since it was my first time to bake these cookies I admit I was little nervous. But thankfully my Grandma was in town this week. She helped me a little bit, but I did most of the work!

These cookies are a sweet tasty little treat made with coconut flakes – really simple recipe, but the results are rich, moist, and delicious!

Coconut Macaroons

Ingredients

14 oz sweetened coconut flakes
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 egg whites, room temperature
1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside

In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla. Whip the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric/hand mixer; beat until they make medium-firm peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture. Drop the batter onto the previously prepared baking sheet pan(s) lined with the parchment paper using an ice cream scoop. Bake for twenty-five to thirty minutes, or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool before serving.

Source Diethood

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Baked Western Omelet

Don’t you just love the taste and the health benefits of eggs, but you don’t like the chore of standing over the stove to flip, stir, or babysit them as they cook?

Here’s a perfect solution to your dilemma give yourself a rest and jazz up your family’s morning or evening with this Baked Western Omelet. It’s an easy, hands-off and nutritious way to feed a group for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! Loaded with veggies and high in protein, this is a dish that will keep you lean, strong, and 100% satisfied!

BAKED WESTERN OMELET

INGREDIENTS

8 eggs (or use 4 eggs and 6 egg whites)
1 C milk
½ tsp seasoned salt
8 oz diced cooked ham
½ C shredded cheddar cheese
½ C finely chopped onion
½ C finely chopped green bell pepper
½ C finely chopped red bell pepper
Fresh chives, for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch-square baking dish with parchment paper and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine the eggs, milk, and seasoned salt together in a large bowl. Stir in the ham, cheese, onion, and bell peppers. Next, pour the egg mixture into the previously prepared baking dish. Bake for forty-five minutes to one hour, or until the eggs are cooked through and the omelet is set. Cut into squares and garnish with chives, if desired.

Source The Seasoned Mom

 

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Throw in, Turn on, leave and yum!

Yesterday I had somewhat of a busy day and was not home for the majority of the time. However, I thankfully was up early to prepare this Mexican Cream Cheese Crockpot Chicken. Here’s what my day consisted of after I threw all of the ingredients into my Crockpot. I spent the mid-morning and afternoon with my sister (Caylee). She and I went to get coffee at Starbucks and then we shopped at the mall for a few hours. We too had to stop by HEB because I had to purchase a few ingredients for this dish. It was a lot of fun!

Then later that evening I volunteered for the special needs ministry at my church. Volunteering for the special needs ministry is my biggest highlight of my week because I not only enjoy playing with the kiddos but I too love seeing the smiles on their faces. They are adorable!

Now onto the recipe!

This recipe would make an excellent companion for any crazy busy person!

Seriously.

You toss everything into your Crock-Pot in the morning and when you come home you shred the chicken, add the cream cheese and serve it on tortillas or over rice. Of course, that’s accurate of several slow cooker recipes. But the excellent thing about this one, and what separates it from many others, is that everyone will LOVE it. My favorite thing about this dish is that it’s extremely creamy and full of flavor.

Mexican Cream Cheese Crockpot Chicken

Ingredients

4 Chicken Breast Halves, Boneless and Skinless
1 (15 Ounce) Can Black Beans Goya
1 (10 Ounce) Can Rotel
1 (6 Ounces) Can Black Olives
1 Small Yellow Onion, Chopped
1 Envelope Taco Seasoning Mccormick
8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Cubed

Directions

Add all ingredients to your crockpot except for the cream cheese. Cook on high for four-six hours or low for eight hours or until chicken is extremely tender. Remove the chicken and shred. Place the chicken back into the crockpot. Add cream cheese, cover and continue to cook on high for thirty minutes. Stir well and serve with tortillas or over rice

Source Gonna want seconds

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