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Monthly Archives: June 2017

A New Healthy Addiction 

This Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe is my latest favorite. It’s not only easy to prepare, but I promise you they will be gone in no time at all. So make enough for the whole family! I’m certain that these will quickly become your new healthy obsession. 

Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs brussels sprouts

3 tbsp olive oil separated

3/4 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tsp honey
Directions 

Preheat your oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set aside 

1. Trim off the outer, dry leaves, cut the bottom off and slice sprouts lengthwise. In a large mixing bowl, toss brussels sprouts with two tablespoons of olive oil, kosher salt, and freshly cracked black pepper to coat thoroughly. Transfer the brussels sprouts to a baking sheet and roast until tender and caramelized approximately twenty minutes.

2. Place brussels sprouts back in a bowl. Add remaining tablespoon of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey and toss to coat evenly. Taste and season with kosher salt if necessary and serve.

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SLOW COOKER DIJON PORK CHOPS & POTATOES

 

SLOW COOKER DIJON PORK CHOPS & POTATOES

Ingredients

1 can (10.75 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup 
¼ C chicken broth
¼ C whole grain Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
½ tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
6 medium red potatoes, sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
6 boneless pork loin chops (about 1-inch thick)
1 tbsp olive oil for browning
Thickening (if desired):
3 Tbsp flour
¼ C water

Directions

1. In a large bowl, stir in the soup, broth, mustard, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir in the sliced potatoes and the onion. Toss everything into your 5-7 quart crockpot.

2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chops well on both sides. Place chops on top of potato mixture and cook on low four-six hours or on high three – five hours (times are approximate)

3. If you want a thicker sauce, mix flour and water so there are no lumps; turn cooker to high heat. Remove chops and stir flour mixture into potatoes. Place chops back into the crock pot and cook on high additional fifteen-twenty minutes until sauce is thick and fully cooked.

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Cooking is more than just a hobby

I have found that cooking is very therapeutic for me in many different ways. For instance cooking makes a great exercise for the muscles in my right arm. They are not as strong as the ones in my left. One of the challenges I face is holding certain vegetables with my right hand while I use my left to hold the knife to cut or slice it. For me the process sometimes can be very slow and frustrating. But whenever I do get frustrated I am constantly reminded that I am doing it for God’s Glory.

The other night I prepared these delicious Chicken Ranch Fajitas. They have chunks of chicken, onion, and sliced peppers cook in one pan on the stove top. Mix in some flavorful spices and ranch dressing for the best 30-minute meal. These fajitas are excellent for a busy weeknight.

Skillet Chicken Ranch Fajitas

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped or sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
1 yellow or orange bell pepper, sliced thin
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small bite-sized chunks
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper optional
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp ranch dressing

Instructions

1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sliced bell peppers and onions. Let cook, stirring every couple of minutes, for approximately five-eight minutes until softened.

2. While peppers/onion are cooking, combine the cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, (If using) chili powder, and salt in a small bowl and sprinkle over the chunked chicken. Using both hands mix until all chicken is coated.

3. Move peppers and onion to one-half of the skillet. Add the chicken to the other half. Let cook for approximately ten-twelve minutes, turning chicken, until chicken is cooked through. Stir the pepper mixture a few times so it does not burn. Mix the chicken, peppers, and onions together in the skillet.

4. Add the ranch dressing. Stir to combine. Serve with choice of tortilla, cilantro, sour cream, and guacamole or avocado. You could also serve with additional ranch dressing to drizzle over the fajita.

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Heavenly Cheeseburger Soup 

 Cheeseburger soup is true comfort food. It’s loaded with ground beef, milk, cheese,  potatoes and carrots. This soup will certainly be a new family-favorite in no time at all.

Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup

INGREDIENTS

4 small potatoes, peeled and diced
1 small white or yellow onion, chopped
1 C shredded carrots
1/2 C diced celery
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley
3 C chicken broth
1 lb lean ground beef
3 TBSP butter
1/4 C all-purpose flour
2 C milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 (16 oz.) package Velveeta processed cheese, cubed OR 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

1. Put potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, dried basil and parsley into your 6-quart insert crock pot. Then pour the chicken broth over vegetables. Cover with lid. Cook on low heat for six to eight hours OR on high heat four to five hours or until potatoes are tender.

2. About forty five minutes before serving, cook and crumble ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain any grease. Pour cooked ground beef into crock pot. Carefully wipe out hot skillet with a paper towel then add butter. When butter is melted whisk in flour and cook until golden brown and bubbly for about one minute  Whisk in the milk, salt, and pepper. Pour mixture into the crock pot and stir to combine everything.

3. Combine the cubed Velveeta cheese or shredded cheese to the crock pot. Stir again. Cover with lid and cook on high for another thirty minutes or until cheese is melted.

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