Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Bites 610K+Add bacon to anything and it will fly off the table. That’s what a caterer once told me and I believe it. Certainly applies here. Whether you’re planning a cookout this weekend or cooking indoors (rain predicted here in Texas), grill up a few of these sizzling treats for a quick appetizer or serve as an entree. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a big plate of these spicy and cheesy, smoky and crispy chicken nuggets. If you don’t like hot, leave out the jalapenos or skimp a bit. Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Bites Author: Recipe adapted from Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood 8 chicken tenders, flattened and cut in two3-ounce package softened cream cheese1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped8 slices bacon, cut in half Dab ½ teaspoon (more or less) of cream cheese on top of each chicken tender. Be sure to wear plastic gloves when handling fresh jalapenos.
Fresh Food Friday: 20 Tried and True Freezer Meals Happy Friday! I have to be honest . . . the holidays are SO crazy around my house that the last thing I want to do at the end of a busy day is cook dinner. Between class parties, work parties, family gatherings, and holiday programs (and my husband's brother is getting married the weekend before Christmas!), it is a super busy time! And that is why I am such a fan of freezer meals. At the end of a long day, all I have to do is pull one out of the freezer, pop it in the oven, and dinner is done! When I make freezer meals, I usually set aside 2-3 hours on a Saturday morning and I can whip out 3-4 meals. You will notice that a lot of these recipes are also made in your slow cooker- it is so easy to double a slow cooker recipe (if you have a big enough slow cooker! So here is my collection of some easy and delicious freezer meals . . . you will have to try some out and see what you think! (Click on the link below each picture to go to the recipe) Have a great weekend!
Healthy Summer Snacks and Salads June 12, 2012 Summer is the BEST season for salads and snacking. Snack Girl is so inspired by all the fruits and vegetables that are in season. In fact, I found myself with writers block in January when there was like 30 feet of snow piled outside my window (slight exaggeration). Back then, I liked writing about cookies. The best snacks for summer are simple: watermelon, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, etc. - just munch on them! For the folks on a tight budget, summer is the season where you find your bargains on fresh produce. These recipes are for those of you who want to dress your summer fruits and vegetables up a bit. Check these out: Skip The Ice Cream: Grill Your Dessert Why Watermelon Makes Us Feel Good A Tomato Salad For Tomato Lovers Who Else Wants Bacon? 63 Calories of Salty, Sweet, Sour, Spicy and Veggie Goodness for a Dime Elegant, Easy, and Under 100 Calories Got Watermelon? Fall In Love With A New Whole Grain You Don't Need Sugar For A Refreshing Summer Drink
Parmesan Spread This stuff is addictive when you slather it on crusty slices of Italian bread. It uses ingredients that are the basis of so much of my cooking – fresh Parmesan, garlic, basil and olive oil. You’d think I was Italian or something! I’m not but many years ago my husband swore that with enough garlic and olive oil I’d become Italian. My skin’s not olive yet but, after 25 years, I’ve become an honorary Italian. At least I’ve got the cooking down! Parmesan Cheese, one big brickGarlic, 6 to 8 cloves depending on how garlicky you want itOlive OilCrushed Red PepperFresh Basil Leaves Crush and peel the garlic. Cut the cheese into cubes or chunks. Whirl the garlic in the food processor until it’s just barely chopped. Pulse until the cheese is coarsely crumbled. Gradually pour in a bit of olive oil and pulse until it’s mixed. Add a handful of basil leaves and a dash or two of crushed red pepper. Refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight before serving. Tagged as: basil, cheese, garlic, parmesan
Tropical Mango Salsa Recipe Executive Chef Damian Gilchrist of Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo brings us this tropical mango salsa recipe from Key Largo, Florida. Sweet mangos, spicy jalapeño, fresh lime juice and cilantro add some Mexican flavors to this light and refreshing appetizer. Ingredients: 2 large Florida grown mangos, finely diced 3 green onions, minced 1 jalapeño chile pepper, seeded, ribs removed, finely diced 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped 1 tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed 2 pinches salt 2 pinches black pepperInstructions: 1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and toss gently. 2. Zuccotto (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Primal) I think I might be having too much fun with desserts. I haven’t developed a new sweet-tooth, but am fascinated and challenged by just how many recipes there are to create without grains. I fell in love with this dessert many years ago, when I bought a copy of Everyday Italian. Zuccotto is a fancy-looking dessert made from everyday ingredients. Zuccotto (Grain Free, Paleo, Primal, Gluten Free) Ingredients 1 coconut cake, completely cooled (I used this recipe and baked the cake batter in a loaf pan at 325ºF for 30 minutes, or until golden brown) 1/4 cup brandy 2 cups heavy cream (or very cold coconut milk, using this method to whip it) 3 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 tablespoon honey (I used clover) 1/2 cup slivered almonds, chopped Unsweetened cocoa for dusting Instructions Line a 1.5 quart mixing bowl with plastic wrap, so that the wrap hangs over the side. Whip 1 cup of heavy cream until soft peaks form. Copyright 2013 Deliciously Organic
HOW TO CHOOSE THE “RIGHT” WATERMELON (AND WHY TAPPING DOESN’T WORK) « What About Watermelon? In many ways, a watermelon is a lot like a Christmas gift: You’re pretty sure you’re going to like what’s inside, but you’re never really sure until you open it. Unlike a Christmas gift, however, with a watermelon, you’ll like what’s inside 100 percent of the time. (I’m about 75 percent with Christmas gifts.) Since you can’t stealthily peel back the wrapping of a watermelon in the grocery store to sneak a peek at what’s inside, you’ll have to employ some different techniques to determine its “ripeness.” Personally, I use the following three-step process to find the right watermelon and I have to admit, it hasn’t failed me yet! 1. 2. 3. Now I know what a lot of you are thinking: “What about the sound test? Some say a ripe watermelon will produce a hollow sound, while a “thick” or “solid” sound indicates a watermelon that’s not ripe or too ripe.
Chicken Parmesan (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Gaps, Paleo, Primal) For years, my Sunday night ritual centered on a bowl of noodles. Garlic noodles to be exact – buttery, creamy, a little salty and sweet. Since going grain free, I stopped my ritual and I occasionally miss that bowl of noodles. It’s not necessarily the taste I miss, but the comfort of a meal in a bowl, turning a fork round-and-round to collect a mass of goodness, and the spaghetti sauce. Have you seen people talking about the vegetable slicer? I’ve served the noodles with other sauces and vegetables, but pairing them with chicken parmesan is my favorite. Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini Noodles (Grain Free, Paleo, Primal, Gaps, Gluten Free) I prefer to use ghee in place of olive oil in this dish because ghee has a higher smoking point. Ingredients For the Noodles: 2 pounds zucchini, cut into noodles using a noodle slicer 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt For the Chicken: For the Spaghetti Sauce: Instructions Place zucchini noodles in a colander and season with salt. Preheat broiler to high.
2012 EWG Dirty Dozen List - Apples Contain the Most Pesticides for the Second Year Running Email Organic food often cost more than conventional food, but Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce can help you make smart shopping decisions and save money on organics. Each year, EWG releases their “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15″ produce lists, which showcase produce carrying the highest and lowest pesticide loads. You can use the lists to make better decisions about which produce is safer to buy in conventional form and which produce you should spring more for due to high pesticide loads. Last year, apples were found to contain the most pesticides, and this year is the same, with EWG reporting that around 98% of conventional apples have detectable levels of pesticides. Below are the worst offenders (from most pesticides to fewer pesticides) and you should aim to purchase all of this list in organic form. ApplesCelerySweet bell peppersPeachesStrawberriesNectarines (imported)GrapesSpinachLettuceCucumbersBlueberries (domestic)Potatoes Pages: 1 2
Buttermilk Chicken (Gluten-free) Try Kitchen View! Take your computer to the kitchen and view this recipe full-screen, with step-by-step directions. Enter Kitchen View 1 Place the chicken breasts, garlic, and rosemary in a bowl, and add 1 cup of the buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours. 2 In a shallow bowl, beat the egg with a fork until blended. no-bake energy bites I probably should have poured a nice stiff drink recipe for you all on this loveliest of lovely tax days. Especially for my fellow small business owners who just gave half of their revenue back to the government. Good grief, I won’t even go there. Instead though, I thought I’d offer my idea of a more comforting alternative. Pasta. When life is good, and when life gets crazy, I turn to pasta. And just as it has for years, this one hit the spot. Read more This past Friday night was meant for celebrating. The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. And a very special birthday girl turned the big 3-0. Friends, meet Stacey. Read more TGIF, friends. Hope that you all have had a lovely week, and that a relaxing weekend lies ahead. Read more Ever since my friends and I met for a tapas happy hour at our neighborhood Spanish restaurant a few weeks ago, I’ve had sangria on my mind. Read more Read more I’ve always said that I like a good balance of cooking and baking in my life.
bella eats - sharing food + photography from charlottesville va - holiday gift boxes Hello bloggies! Thank you for all of the lovely comments about my cranberry apple holiday pie...it was a big hit at the office holiday party last night! This was my first time using all butter in the crust instead of a combination of butter and lard (I just can't bring myself to buy a tub of lard anymore, even if it does produce a heavenly crust!!!). It tasted great, but the bottom of the pie was really hard to cut. Any ideas why? We had an awesome dinner over at my boss' house last night. The hubb and I were really busy yesterday making boxes for our friends and co-workers. We started with marshmallows Saturday night. ***Update 12.12.2011***It appears that Katie's blog is no longer available, so I've hunted down the recipe for you. Make sure to be quick with getting the marshmallow goo from your mixer to the pan and smoothing it out, it starts to harden pretty quickly. I tried several different methods of cutting, and didn't have any knives that worked for me. This was so fun.
Pantry Basics: Homemade Granola Master Recipe Posted on July 13, 2012 by S Since T has come along, I spend significantly less time in the kitchen. The elaborate, time-consuming recipes requiring a fully sentient being to execute have taken a backseat. In fact, I have a roster of quick recipes I keep on my mobile phone that I keep returning to. When I tasted this granola for the first time, I seriously wondered why anyone would ever go the store-bought route. I call it a master recipe because I’ve found it to be infinitely adaptable. Much of the rest of the blend, however, depends on what we happen to have in the pantry. The other thing I’ve tweaked is the amount of maple syrup used in the recipe. Granola Master Recipe Adapted from Molly’s recipe. Makes about 1kg Preheat the oven to 150° Celsius using the convection/fan setting. In a large bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut chips, macadamias, cashews, light brown sugar, and salt. Place on a rack to cool completely. About Su-Lyn Tan