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Tag Archives: Low-Carb

Keto Friendly Chicken Casserole

This delicious Chicken Parmesan Casserole can be served with or without pasta. It’s super quick, healthy, and easy weeknight dinner for your whole family.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Ingredients

1.5 lb. cooked chicken – diced

2 jars of marinara sauce

1 ¾ C. shredded mozzarella cheese

½ C. grated Parmesan cheese

1 ½ –2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 C. Panko bread crumbs (if use finer bread crumbs, not flacked kind like Panco, I suggest you to use just ¾ cup or the top will be too sandy)

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoned salt-to taste

1 ½ –2 Tbsp. freshly chopped parsley for serving

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 8 ½ x 8 ½ inch casserole with olive oil or cooking spray.

2. Place the chopped cooked chicken into the previously prepared baking dish and pour marinara sauce over the chicken, stir to combine. Spread shredded mozzarella cheese on top to cover the chicken. Sprinkle with grated parmesan.

3. In a small bowl stir together bread crumbs and Italian seasoned salt. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and stir well. If it seems to dry and the crumbs are not evenly moistened add more olive oil and stir to combine. It depends on the texture of bread crumbs you us. Finer crumbs will seem to dry and need more oil, flacked crumbs like Panko need less oil.

4. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over the cheese and bake for twenty-twenty five minutes until bread crumbs get nice golden color. Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley before serving if desired. Serve with a salad or another green vegetable.

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Orange Chicken in Copycat Panda Express sauce

This Ground Orange Chicken is made in one pan and just takes twenty minutes using a Panda Express copycat sauce. It tastes so much better and healthier than the original!

GROUND ORANGE CHICKEN

INGREDIENTS

1 lb ground chicken

1 Tbsp. ginger root minced

2 tsp. garlic minced

1/4 tsp. hot red chili pepper crushed

1 Tbsp. Rice wine

2 Tbsp. water

1/2 tsp. Sesame oil

4 tsp. Soy sauce

5 Tbsp. sugar

5 Tbsp. white vinegar

zest of 1/2 orange

1 Tbsp. water

1 Tbsp. Cornstarch or flour

Directions

1. To make the sauce, in a medium bowl combine the rice wine, two tablespoons of water, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, white vinegar, and orange zest. Set aside. To make the cornstarch mixture, in a separate bowl, dissolve one tablespoon of cornstarch in the remaining one tablespoon of water and set aside.

2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add one tablespoon of oil and add the ground chicken. Cook until a good crust forms before breaking apart, then finish cooking by breaking it apart with a spatula and cooking for an additional two-three minutes.

3. Once the chicken is cooked add the ginger, garlic and crushed red pepper and cook for approximately ten seconds. Add the orange sauce and bring to boil. Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan and cook for just a few seconds, stirring until it thickens. Serve with cauliflower rice.

Source Dinner then Dessert

Yummoelicious Stuffed Bell Peppers

Sausage and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients

6 large red, orange, yellow, and/or green bell peppers

3 Tbsp. Olive oil

1 lb loose sweet Italian sausage

4 plum tomatoes, diced

2 red onions, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

Directions

1. Cut the tops off the peppers. Remove and discard the stems , then finely chop the tops; Set aside. Scoop out the seeds and as much of membranes as you can. Place the peppers in a microwave safe bowl, add 1/2 cup of water and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave until just beginning to soften, about 12 minutes, then uncover and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 450°. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, approximately six minutes. Remove to a plate.

3. Add the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Add the tomatoes, red onions, garlic, Italian seasoning, chopped pepper tops and cook stirring until tender and lightly browned, ten to twelve minutes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and stir in the rice and sausage. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

4. Place the peppers upright in a baking dish just large enough to hold them. Fill with the rice mixture and bake for ten minutes. Sprinkle with the cheese and continue baking until the cheese is browned in spots, ten to twelve minutes.

Source The Pioneer Woman Magazine

Spring 2019

Lo-Carb alternative to sub sandwiches

Bell Pepper Meatball Subs

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. ground beef

1/3 C. bread crumbs

1/4 C. chopped parsley

1/4 C. grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish

1 egg

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided

1 (15-oz) jar marinara sauce

4 bell peppers, cored and halved

4 slices mozzarella

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, egg, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes. Mix until just combined and form into sixteen balls.

2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until seared on all sides, about ten minutes. Add marinara sauce to skillet and toss to combine. Cover skillet with lid and simmer until meatballs have cooked through completely, about ten minutes more.

3. Place bell peppers cut side up on a large rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Top 4 halves with mozzarella slices. Bake until cheese has melted and bell peppers are just warmed through. Add meatballs on top of the bell pepper halves with cheese and sprinkle with more Parmesan, if using. Place remaining bell pepper halves on top and serve.

Source Delish

Cheesy Goodness Brussel Sprouts

Cheesy Garlic Brussels Sprouts with a variety of different melted cheese is the best side dish to any meal! Low Carb, Keto AND the excellent way to get your veggies in! Even non-sprouts fans will ENJOY this recipe! Tastes so amazing that the whole family gets behind this one.

Cheesy Garlic Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients

24 oz (700 g) brussels sprouts trimmed and cut in half lengthways

2-3 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

6 cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper

1 1/2 C. shredded cheese (I used mild cheddar)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Lightly grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking oil spray. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat until hot. Toss in sprouts, season with salt and pepper. Once hot, add your brussels sprouts and shake pan so sprouts land cut side down in a single layer. Let them cook, undisturbed, until slightly charred and caramelized (approximately six-eight minutes). Melt the butter in the pan. Stir the butter through the sprouts, then add the garlic and sauté until fragrant (about thirty seconds), stirring through the sprouts.

3. Transfer sprouts to the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for eight-ten minutes, or until just fork tender.
Remove from oven and top with the cheese. Return to oven and broil (or grill) until the cheese melts and becomes golden approximately four-five minutes.
Adjust salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately

Court’s Cooking Notes

FOR OVEN ONLY METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Lightly grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking oil spray. 

2. Arrange sprouts on baking sheet in a single layer. Set aside.

3. In a small bowl mix together olive oil, melted butter, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle the oil/butter mixture over the brussels sprouts and toss to evenly coat.

4. Bake for twenty – twenty-five minutes until vibrant and just fork tender.

5. Remove from oven and top with the cheese. Return to oven and broil (or grill) until the cheese melts and becomes golden (about 4-5 minutes). Adjust salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately

Source Cafe Delites

Seasonal Produce Guide for February

As winter comes to a close we will start seeing more cruciferous veggies like brussels sprout, broccoli, and cauliflower showing up at the grocery store.  Be sure you are eating the freshest foods available.  That means buying as many things seasonal as you can.

February

Brussel Sprouts

Crispy Parmesan Brussel sprouts

Bang Bang Brussel sprouts

Pistachios with Brussel Sprouts

Broccoli

Fancy up your tasteless broccoli

Roasted broccoli & savory mustard sauce

Cauliflower

A twist on Chicken Wings

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Fennel

Grapefruit

Greens

Leeks

Lemons

Oranges

Parsnips

Potatoes

Semi-healthy Roasted Red Potatoes

SLOW COOKER DIJON PORK CHOPS & POTATOES

Radishes

Sunchokes

Tangelos

Tangerines

Turnips

Winter Squash

Spaghetti Squash and meatballs

Yellow Squash is the new Zucchini

Skinny Butternut Squash Soup

Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry

Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry

Ingredients

3 chicken breast, boneless skinless

1 Tbsp. olive oil

3 C. green cabbage (shredded)

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 C. water

1 Tbsp. soy sauce, low sodium

Directions

1. Place chicken breast in a zip lock bag. Beat it with a mallet to even out thickness of chicken. Cut into strips. Heat oil in nonstick skillet. Add chicken strips and stir fry over medium-high heat, turning constantly until done. Add cabbage and bell pepper. Sauté for two minutes until cabbage is crisp-tender.

2. In a small bowl combine the cornstarch and seasonings; add water and soy sauce, and mix until smooth. Stir sauce into chicken/cabbage mixture. Cook until sauce has thickened and chicken is coated, about one minute.

Source Just A Pinch Recipes

Poultry soup

Turkey or Chicken soup

Ingredients

4-6 C. Shredded turkey or chicken, cooked

4 C. Low-sodium Chicken broth (more if you like the soup more liquidity) 

1 tsp. Garlic

1 Tbsp. Olive oil

1/2 C. onion

1 C. Carrots

1 C. Celery

1/2 C. Turnips

1 tsp. Garlic

1 (14.5 oz) diced Tomatoes

1 tsp. Parsley

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. Pepper

1/4 tsp. Paprika

Optional: Potatoes, Rice, Egg noodles, gravy or crackers

Directions

1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and saute for two to three minutes or until they start to soften. Next add the remaining ingredients. Stir and cook for thirty minutes or until the veggies are tender.

Court’s Cooking Notes: Add more seasoning if needed and or adjust the soup according to your liking.

Recipe adapted from: The Joy of Cooking: Wartime Edition

Pork Chops with a savory Mustard Basil sauce

A few years ago, I purchased this really neat book titled Essential Spices and Herbs. It consists of a lot of interesting information about the different types of spices and herbs. It also includes ideas on how you can use them for a variety of different things and several recipes. In the book, I spotted this Roasted Pork Chops with Mustard Basil sauce recipe that just looked incredibly quick, easy, delicious and satisfying! This dish certainly didn’t disappoint me one bit. As I helped myself to eat not just one but two pork chops.

Roasted Pork Chops with Mustard Basil sauce

Ingredients

4-6 pork chops, (boneless or bone-in)

1 Tbsp. basil

1 Tbsp. Garlic

4 Tbsp. Dijon or regular Mustard

2 Tbsp. Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Cooking Spray

Directions

1. Use a food processor to combine the basil, mustard, garlic and two tablespoons of olive oil until smooth. Place the sauce in the refrigerator.

2. Preheat the oven to 425. Lightly grease a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Place the chops into the baking dish and cook them in the oven for thirty minutes or until they are no longer pink. Serve with the mustard basil sauce on top.

Source Essential Spices and Herbs

Fun adventures and a new cookbook

A few weeks ago, I mentioned in one of my posts that my mom, grandparents and I were taking a trip to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to see The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile for my birthday. I am happy to say that we all had a wonderful time! While we there my mom also bought me one of The Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks. To start things off with this new cookbook of mine I thought I’d try and share with you her butternut squash soup recipe.

The soup was a lot of hard work neither easy or quick for me but it was very worth it and of course it was delicious!

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

2 medium butternut squash, peeled and seeded, sliced

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, finely diced

1/2 C. Heavy cream or half and half

4 C. vegetable or chicken broth

1/4 C. Maple syrup

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400º F. Line a baking dish with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Place butternut squash in the microwave for two-three minutes to soften squash before slicing. Slice the squash lengthwise down the center from top to bottom. Scoop out seeds from squash. Slice onion down center. Place squash halves and onion onto the previously prepared baking pan.

2. Sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil. Bake squash and onions in the oven for thirty five-forty minutes. Remove squash and onions and allow to cool down completely before peeling off the hard skin off.

3. In a large pot, cook the onion in the two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat until soft and lightly caramelized, seven to eight minutes. Add the squash and the chicken broth and cook the mixture until bubbly and the squash is tender.

4. Use an immersion blender to purée the soup in the pot until totally smooth. You can also transfer the mixture in batches to a regular blender; just don’t fill it more than halfway full since the soup is extremely hot! Carefully transfer the puréed soup back to the pot when it’s done.

5. Add the heavy cream, maple syrup, salt and red pepper flakes. Then stir it around and let it simmer for five minutes more. Give it a try and add more salt or red pepper flakes to your liking.

6. Eat! 😋

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks DinnerTime

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