VeganYumYum | Yup, I'm back. Lighter Sesame Chicken Lighter Sesame Chicken satisfies my craving for Chinese take-out, without all the calories that usually come along with it. Well hello there, how was your weekend? :) Besides meeting some friends for an impromptu wild Friday night out (oy,) finally watching The Vow on Saturday afternoon (omg what a horribly sad movie, right?!) and witnessing the Hawkeyes get spanked (SPANKED) later that night, there actually isn’t too much to report on from the home front! The past couple of weeks have been kind of stressful, what with deadlines, projects, presentations, and visualizing a happy ending to a large foodie event I’m involved in a few weeks down the road (details to come,) so I welcomed the chance to zone out and recharge the batts, if you will. As Luca Spaghetti said in the film Eat, Pray, Love (which I also watched this weekend): “Americans. Uhhh, touche, Signor Spaghetti. Enough of zee whining though, I got another Take-Out Fake-Out recipe for ya’ today! Then add 1/4 cup honey. Time to cook!
Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa Recipe This stunning berry-studded breakfast quinoa is from Dr. John La Puma's recent release - Chef MD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine. I've written about just a handful of books this year (more to come, I promise!), but I wanted to highlight this one for a few reasons. "...I have begun to think of a home kitchen in much the same way I think of a health spa - a place where people can come to be restored, feel better, experience pleasure, and become healthier. There's a lot going on here (in a good way). The quinoa berry bowl is typical of what you'll find in the recipe section. My diet is far from perfect, but I've learned over the years that if you surround yourself with delicious, healthy, real ingredients you'll discover and create amazing ways to use them. I used a red quinoa here, but you can use whatever kind you like, white/buff colored seems to be the most common. Combine milk, water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Serves 4. Print Recipe
Monterey Chicken My Mother's Day was perfect. It's not often I can say I have a perfect day! Ella gave me these beautiful flowers. Patrick grabbed the salt just as I went to take this photo so it would look like he was helping. :) He did actually help. I really wanted glazed salmon sublime for dinner (a recipe I got from Steph and Dave Decker that is fabulous!) Ella sitting on her usual "perch" helping mix ingredients. I have to admit it was a little difficult to just sit and watch (actually read my new book) while my family worked in the kitchen. Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful mommas out there. ***I forgot to take a photo and we gobbled up both dishes too fast! 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/4 c. bar-b-que sauce ( I use Bull's Eye) 1/4 c. real bacon bits 1 c. colby and jack cheese, shredded 1 14 oz. can Rotel tomatoes, drained (canned with green chilies added) sliced green onions pepper Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Enjoy!
100 Things to Do with a Banana How many times has someone spotted excess, overripe or just unused bananas in your kitchen and said, “uh-oh, looks like it’s time to make banana bread!” — as if the only things possible to do with a banana are eat it or turn it into bread? Well we say “no more.” Here’s our carefully curated list of 100 Things to Do with a Banana (not including banana bread). Click on the photos for full recipes. From Bananas to Apples, 100 things to do with apples: Sponsored Content Tuscan Garlic Chicken I would order this Tuscan Garlic Chicken every time I went to Olive Garden. It was my favorite! And then one sad day I went to order it and they didn’t have it anymore. I felt so lost. What would I order now? You can imagine my excitement when I found this delicious copycat recipe. Rating: 4 stars Difficulty of Recipe: 4 stars Review: Since I like a little more sauce I doubled the sauce recipe. Ingredients: 3/4 cup all purpose flour1/2 Tablespoon salt1 teaspoon pepper1/2 tsp dried basil1/2 teaspoon dried oregano4 boneless skinless chicken breasts5 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided1 Tablespoon finely minced garlic1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips or chopped1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth6 ounces fresh spinach1/2 cup heavy cream2 Tablespoons cornstarch1 cup lowfat milk1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese1 pound fettucini noodles 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. You might also enjoy:
100 Things to Do With Peanut Butter You most likely learned long ago that peanut butter ain’t only good for PB&J sandwiches. George Washington Carver’s greatest invention can in fact spruce up everything from drinks to desserts. Actually, we’d be hard-pressed to come up with a dish that wouldn’t be better with a little Skippy. Peanut butter chili, peanut butter broccoli, peanut butter ice cream and peanut butter cocktails — it all works. Folks, there is peanut butter tuna salad to be found on this list. Sincere apologies to those with allergies and all you non-Americans who just don’t get it. Click on the photos for full recipes. See also: 100 Ways to Use a Strip of Bacon 100 Ways to Cook With Guinness From strawberries to sriracha, find the rest of our 100 Ways here. Sponsored Content
Slow Cooker Garlic & Brown Sugar Chicken I'm back! One thing my grandma truly loved was food, and she would not want me to stop sharing recipes. I may not have adopted her Southern ways of cooking, (no fat-back or collard greens for me, thank you) but I do share her love of all things food. I even taught her a thing or two...for example, she thought she hated pumpkin until my pumpkin breads and muffins :-) Today, I wanted to share a crock-pot recipe. A huge thanks to everyone who has come over from Pinterest! 4-6 chicken breasts *I used 2 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts1 cup packed brown sugar *I used 3/4 cup2/3 cup vinegar *I used apple cider vinegar1/4 cup lemon-lime soda *I used Sprite Zero2-3 Tablespoons minced garlic *I used about 1 1/2 T. fresh minced garlic2 Tablespoons soy sauce1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper2 Tablespoons corn starch2 Tablespoons waterRed pepper flakes (optional) Directions: Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Verdict?
8 Fabulously Flavoured Veggie Burger Recipes … Veggie burgers aren´t just for vegetarians. Even meat eaters can try them for a change! There are so many delicious veggie burger recipes that you don´t need to buy the ready-made version. Plus you can make more than you need, and freeze the rest for another time. Here are some of the tastiest veggie burger recipes I could find … vegetarian.about.com Beans make excellent veggie burgers, because they add moistness once mashed up, and are substantial and filling. Chicken Spaghetti This really is a fabulous casserole, and the only one in existence that Marlboro Man, our cowboys, and my children will eat. It’s officially called Chicken Spaghetti, but because of my addition of Cayenne Pepper, Marlboro Man took to calling it "Mexican Chicken," which isn’t its proper name at all, but what’s a woman to do? There is a lot of "stuff" in this casserole, but the way I ensure widespread acceptance and bliss by those I serve it to is to keep everything diced very small and to season it adequately. The Cast of Characters: 1 "Cut Up Fryer" (Basically, one chicken that’s been cut into pieces); Thin Spaghetti, Cream of Mushroom soup; onion; green pepper; pimentos, sharp cheddar cheese, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper. First, fill a pot with water… And put it on the stove to boil. Rinse the chicken thoroughly with cold water… Piece by piece. Set the chicken aside, and wash your hands with soap so you won’t get salmonella poisoning. Throw the chicken into the pot…
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