Tag Archives: Paleo

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.

Source Kevin is Cooking 


   

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Honey Mustard Pork Chops

I planned on cooking last Thursday but my family had way too many leftovers from when I cooked earlier that week. So I decided to cook Saturday night. For my family, I prepared this delicious recipe for honey mustard pork chops that is super easy to make. With just a few easy steps and ingredients, you can make these awesome pork chops right on the stovetop less than five minutes.

The side dish was Parmesan Ranch Broccoli.

Honey Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

Ingredients

4 boneless pork loin chops rinsed and pat dry
1/2 C honey or maple syrup
3 Tbsp yellow mustard
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions

1. Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat. Sprinkle both sides of pork chops with salt, pepper and onion powder.
Heat pork chops in skillet for three minutes on each side.

2. In a small bowl, combine honey and mustard. Pour mixture over pork chops, reduce heat to medium/low, cover and let cook for five-eight minutes. Internal temperature should be 160 degrees F.

Source Easy Recipe Depot

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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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Eating healthy, doesn’t have to be bland

I am certain that every food blogger/cook would admit that having the advantage of living very close to a grocery store is really nice and convenient. I live incredibly close to a grocery store called (HEB). It’s so close that the market is a walking distance from my home. So do you know what I did? I put my tires (feet) to work and walked to the store. I purchased some zucchini and carrots so I could prepare this Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots recipe! It’s special enough for a date night, but simple enough for weeknight meals. So flavorful and healthy!

 

Sauteed Zucchini Carrots

INGREDIENTS

2 Medium sized zucchini (thinly sliced)
2 Medium sized carrots (thinly sliced)
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp dried thyme
a pinch of sea salt and ground pepper (to taste)

DIRECTIONS

Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and butter.
Once the butter is melted, combine the zucchini and carrots. Sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper, toss to coat. Saute vegetables until lightly browned and tender, stirring occasionally so they do not burn.

Source Cooking with curls

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Tonight’s Main Dish was Country Style Pork Chops

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Juicy Baked Chicken

Last week I learned how to do a new cooking skill called brining, I did it for this Juicy Baked Chicken Breast that I cooked for my family and desperately wanted to try. I am so glad that I did because the chicken was unbelievably delicious. I want to show you what brining is and how to do it.

What is brining??? Brining is the process of immersing a piece of meat in a brine solution, which is only salt dissolved in water. The meat absorbs extra liquid and salt, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful final dish. This method is particularly perfect for lean cuts of meat that tend to dry out during cooking!

The method does seem complicated but to tell you the truth it really isn’t all that hard. I promise! 🙂

How do you brine? Place the meat or chicken in this case into a container and fill it with water until meat is covered and pour a few tablespoons of sea salt into the water. Next, you can let the meat sit in the container/bowl for ten minutes at room temperature, or seal it tight and place it in the fridge for up to eight hours or overnight.

What are some other cooking methods you would like to learn?

Juicy Baked Chicken Breast

Ingredients

Brined chicken

Four large Chicken breasts
2 tbsp Sea salt

Preparation

4 tsp Olive oil
4 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp Garlic powder
Sea salt Black pepper

Directions

How to brine the chicken breasts, place them in a large dish with enough water to cover them. Combine sea salt and stir to dissolve mostly. Let them sit for ten minutes at room temperature, or for up to one day in the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking pan with foil and lightly grease it.

Pat dry the chicken and place onto the previously prepared lined baking sheet. Coat with olive oil. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning (1/2 teaspoon on each side), garlic powder (1/4 teaspoon on each side), sea salt, and black pepper to taste. Copy on the other side.

Bake for twenty- twenty five minutes, until firm and no longer pink.

Source wholesome mum

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Coming up this week 

Slow Cooker Sunday Beef Brisket 

Tortellini in parmesan cream sauce with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes 

Slow-Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Fun and relaxing munchie is gonna be It’s a surprise!!! 😊

Citrus Salmon & Asparagus

I am certain that some of you have noticed by now that I, unfortunately, have not prepared salmon in a very long time, and no it’s not because I have lost my taste for salmon. I will always have a love for it. As it is not only delicious, but it too is extremely healthy. But the reason why I had to stop buying it for awhile is that it can be real costly. Therefore I don’t buy it as often as I probably should. However, I am going to do my best to buy it at least once a month.

So with that said, I purchased a real nice medium sized salmon fillet through this fantastic service called Instacart. I will give you a full review and more info on instacart later this week, but they are a grocery delivery service that have workers do your grocery shopping for you, and then they’ll deliver it to your home on front doorstep or at your place of work.

Finally, onto the original topic, I cut the fillet into equal portions and cooked a beautifully healthy, simple and delicious salmon recipe! Amazing flavors of oranges, lemon, and lime glaze these salmon fillets, and when roasted with asparagus spears, it quickly becomes a super flavorful one-pan meal. Healthy dinner ideas don’t get much easier or delicious than this!

One Sheet Pan Citrus Salmon Asparagus

Ingredients

4, (4-6 oz.) salmon filets
1, (8-12 oz.) bunch of asparagus spears, rinsed, woody ends removed

Glaze:

Zest and juice of one navel orange
1/4 c. lime juice
1/4 c. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. honey
2 cloves, minced garlic (about 2 tsp.)
2 orange slices, halved
salt and pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with aluminum foil.

  1. Evenly place the asparagus on the previously prepared pan. Put the salmon filets on top of the asparagus. In a small bowl, mix the orange juice and zest, lime and lemon juice, honey and garlic.
  2. Once honey is completely dissolved, pour over the salmon and asparagus. Place an orange slice half on each of the salmon filets. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for twenty minutes. Remove from oven, and serve immediately.

Source Delightful made

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Coming up this week on cooking with Court

Buffalo Chicken tatquitos 

Side Dish ???

Slow Cooker Pizza-Stuffed peppers

Potato soup

Crockpot day…A weekly holiday for the everyday cook

In the fall of last year, I started volunteering for the special needs ministry at my church on Wednesday nights. I love volunteering for the department because I have a huge heart for kids who have special needs. In fact, I enjoy it so much that I’m always looking forward to going and having fun playing and interacting with the children whom I see often. They are so adorable and funny.

However, I, unfortunately, can’t be at two places at once; church and at home to cook dinner. Which is why I love having Wednesdays as my slow cooker/crockpot day. There’s little or no labor, and the only thing I have to do is throw everything into my crockpot and let it do the cooking. And then bam I have a delicious hot meal waiting for me at home. It’s really nice to have somewhat of a break from doing all of the cooking at least once a week.

On my crockpot day, I threw together this Peach Glazed Pork Chops recipe. My family love these because they have a touch of sweetness and I especially loved them because…well they are a little sweet. And a little savory with browned butter. Yum, yum!! 😀 Just an excellent combo for everyone in the family!

What is/are  your crockpot/slow cooker day(s)? What do you usually prefer to toss into your crockpot?

Slow Cooker Peach Glazed Pork Chops

Ingredients

4-6 boneless pork chops (about 1.5 lb)
6 Tbsp butter
¾ C Smucker’s peach preserves (Sugar-Free)
½ tsp thyme
½ teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

In a medium skillet over medium-high heat melt the butter and occasionally whisk until it starts to bubble. Continue whisking until it just starts to develop little brown bits, combine seasonings and then remove from the heat. Continue to whisk and let it cool for one-two minutes. Stir in the preserves until smooth (There might be little chunks of fruit from the preserves) Place chops into your crockpot and pour sauce over them. Cover and cook on low for six-seven hours or high for three-four hours.

Court’s cooking notes:

I cooked these on low in my 4-quart crockpot for six hours.

Recipe by Slow Cooker Gourmet 

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Pork Chops & A Fancy Vinaigrette

Pork Chops With Lemon-Cilantro Vinaigrette

Ingredients

4 bone-in pork chops
1/2 C extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 C fresh lemon juice
1/4 C fresh orange juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro minced
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
Salt and black pepper
Instructions

Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the lemon juice, orange juice, olive oil, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and cilantro. Season the pork chops to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place on the preheated grill and cook for four to five minutes per side. Let rest for two to three minutes. Serve the pork with a drizzle of lemon-cilantro vinaigrette.

 

Side Dish  Green bean & Cherry tomato medley

 

Source  Paleo Leap

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Coming up this week on cooking with Court 😊

One-Skillet Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

Crockpot Peach Glazed Pork Chops

SHEET PAN CITRUS SALMON & ASPARAGUS

Lemon Garlic Herb Salmon

Since I’ve graduated from a beginner to an intermediate cook just within the past couple of months, I occasionally have found myself wanting to experiment with individual recipes and their ingredients and adding a new one or two to change the recipe up a bit. So, tonight I had the pleasure of doing a little bit of experimenting with this Lemon Garlic Herb Salmon recipe by using freshly squeezed lemon juice from half of a lemon as one of the ingredients. And yes, of course, it worked out perfect! 🙂 I enjoy this fish because it’s incredibly easy to prepare, light, flaky and full of flavor. It only takes 10 minutes to bake this dish. 

What is your favorite type of fish? Why? Share with me in the comments below.

Lemon Garlic Herb Salmon

Ingredients

3 oz. Butter
1 tsp. Salt
Zest of 1 Lemon + freshly squeezed lemon juice from half of a lemon
1 Tbsp. Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 tsp. Dill weed 
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1/4 tsp White or Black Pepper
4 Salmon Fillets, about 4-5 oz. each

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Place all ingredients except for salmon in a small bowl and melt in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Stir until combined and set aside.

2. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and or foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Rinse and pat dry salmon. Then place the salmon fillet on lined baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, coat the salmon with the lemon herb butter, evenly spreading it over the tops of each fillet. 

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3. Bake in the preheated oven and put it top or second to top rack for 10-12 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.

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Optional: The fish can be broiled on medium/high on the second to top rack for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through. This method will give you a bit more crunchy, caramelized crust.

 

Recipe adapted from My natural family 

Citrus salmon baked in foil

Okay, so I want to acknowledge three things. The first thing is I need to praise God for providing me the confidence in writing a food blog to not only share my enjoyment of cooking with able-bodied people but also to teach individuals who have physical challenges how to cook and or become more confident in the kitchen. And not mention I’m so very appreciative He has given me the love and talent for cooking because if weren’t for HIM this blog wouldn’t be here today. The next one is I would like to say thanks to all who has read and liked my blog posts. I really do appreciate it! 🙂 🙂

The third one is I’m very thankful I expanded my horizons a few weeks ago in eating the maple glazed salmon. I know I’ve said it before but that dish was fantastic and lol ever since then I feel like my likeness for seafood has increased. I hope if you get a chance to try it you’ll appreciate seafood just as much as I do. Moreover, I’m looking forward to trying new salmon recipes like the one I’m going to be showing you today.

Cilantro-Lime Honey Garlic Salmon (baked in foil)

Ingredients

1 lb salmon
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
3 garlic cloves minced

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. While the oven is preheating, get a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter. Next, rinse the salmon with cold water then pat dry fish with paper towels. Brush with 1 tablespoon of olive oil from all sides. Season with salt and pepper. Place the salmon on a large piece of foil. Fold foil sides and ends up (1 or 2 inches high) tightly around the salmon. Place the salmon in foil on a baking sheet.

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3. In a small bowl, combine honey, lime juice, chopped cilantro, and garlic. Mix to combine. Spread this mixture over the salmon. Do not completely cover fish with foil, leave it open (with foil sides up) and bake it just like that, at 400 F for 15-20 minutes.

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4. Carefully remove salmon from foil, separating the salmon from the skin which will remain stuck to the foil. Place the salmon on a serving plate. Carefully scoop the sauce from around the salmon and pour over the salmon.

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5. Enjoy 🙂 It tastes amazing, I promise!

Recipe adapted from Juila’s Album

Coming up next week

Easy Crockpot Taco Soup or Million Dollar Spaghetti

Crispy coconut chicken

Crusted Parmesan Pork Chops

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. 🙂 Thanks again so much for reading!