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Home-Made Chicken & Vegetable Curry

7 Feb

Tonight I had left over chicken breast and decided to make a home-made curry that turned out delicious so here is the recipe below.

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Ingredients:

1 Clove Garlic

1/2 Chopped Onion

1 Tomato Pureed

Shredded chicken

Cauliflower

Mushrooms

Carrots

Almonds

Cilantro

(optional) peas, golden raisins

1 can Coconut Milk

2 tbls Curry

1/4 tsp paprika

dash Cumin

dash Cinnamon

splash Tapatio

Salt & Pepper to taste

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In a large pan lightly saute garlic, onions, carrots, cauliflower, and mushrooms(add salt/pepper to veggies). Pour in Coconut Milk, add spices and whisk together, add more salt & pepper to taste. Add shredded chicken, almonds, and fresh chopped cilantro ( save some for garnish).

Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes

Serve with wild rice. If you don’t have rice you can also add potatoes or even sweet potatoes to this dish as well as peas and golden raisins.  I also added almonds to mine and it added a nice crunch.

5 Healthy Super Bowl Party Appetizers

2 Feb

Who says a Super Bowl Party has to be all greasy pizza and nachos. Impress your friends with these healthy and delicious appetizers on Game Day

1. Lemon Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Simple and easy to make, find the recipe here http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2000/12/lemon_rosemary_chicken_skewers

2. Bruschetta Skewers

these really cants be any more simple. Add cherry tomatoes, basil, and half a mozzarella ball, sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, and drizzle with Balsamic reduction (the thick stuff)

3.  Asian Meatballs

I pulled this one straight from my pinterest page http://pinterest.com/sondrabarker/

Now tell me these don’t look tasty, bite size, low carb, no gobbles of melted cheese, 2 thumbs up. You can find the recipe here at: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/saucy-asian-meatballs/

4. Cold Shrimp Scampi Cocktail

Shrimp Scampi (photo)

I made these last year and I must say I probably ate them all. The non traditional shrimp cocktail so good it doesnt even need a sauce and so easy. Simple purchase some cold pre-cooked shrimp and combine in a bowl with fresh lemon juice, chopped garlic & fresh chopped parsley, sea salt, pepper, and a small amount of olive oil.

5. Prosciutto Wrapped Dill Pickles

Another one of my absolute favorites I had at a girlfriends house warming party years ago. I was the awkward one standing at the food table all night! These are so simple to make and addicting.

I like to use baby dill pickles, cut the prosciutto in 3 slices, smear a little cream cheese and wrap the pickles. Its that simple. Now if you really want some brownie points top with a slice of peach or fig. The flavors go amazing together, it will be a sure hit. Looks oh so fancy, but its simple!

 

Enjoy and remember Superbowl doesn’t have to be one cheesy, greasy, carb fest =)

 

Rosemary Lemon Baked Chicken

2 Feb

Here is one of my favorite recipes that is just full of flavor and oh so simple to make.

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Ingredients:

Chicken Half Breasts with Bone

Rosemary

Lemon slices

Gravy:

Flour 1/2tbls

Coat a glass baking dish with cooking spray, make sure to use a baking dish if you want to make a gravy so the chicken creats its own sauce. Season both sides of the chicken breast and place them in the dish. I like to use my Himalayan Pink Salt, Pepper, Onion/Garlic mix and Paprika. Then with your fingers pry open the chickens fat layer and stuff with a thick slice of lemon and a sprig of rosemary.

Bake at 375 for 1 hour

The gravy is very easy to make, your chicken should be sitting in its own juices, simply transfer the juices to a pot, add a small amount of flour and bring to a boil simmering until you get the desired consistency. I like to add the flour a little at a time, start with just 1-2 teaspoons.

Tip: The best way to serve is with the gravy at the bottom of a plate, never pour the gravy on top or you will lose that nice crispy skin.

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Portobello Mushrooms Bruschetta

14 Jun

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Photo of Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Bruschetta and Mozzarella

I recently found a great deal on Portobello Mushrooms and was stuck thinking what I could make with them, that would also be healthy. I decided to make a healthy Bruschetta like, stuffed Portobello Mushroom side dish that actually taste even better than it looks. It is so easy and simple to make you just can’t go wrong.

Ingredients:

Portobello Mushroom

Smoked mozzarella

Tomatoes

Olive Oil

Lemon

Fresh Basil

Salt & Pepper

Directions:

 In a small bowl add diced tomatoes, small cubes of smoked mozzarella, and sliced fresh basil. squeeze half a lemon and sprinkle lightly with some salt and pepper. Drizzle with some olive oil, stir and, let sit for a few minutes. While your mixture is sitting, simple lightly saute or you can grill your Portobello mushroom. When its ready fill the middle with you Tomato Mozzarella mixture and your done.

It’s especially delish because all the juices from the tomato mixture soak into the mushroom giving it tons of flavor. Enjoy!

 

Bruschetta Skewers

22 Apr

This is another great appetizer that has become very popular at upscale events because of its simplicity, great flavor, and ease to eat with no mess. Think of it as a deconstructed bruschetta with all the flavor.

Ingredients:

Mozzarella Balls
(I like the marinated mozzarella balls or you can marinate your own over night in some olive oil and italian seasoning)

Cherry Tomatoes
( to add color and impress I like getting baby heirloom tomatoes. You can also get a mixture of red & yellow)
Fresh Basil Leaves
Balsamic Reduction
(make sure you use the thick reduction and not regular balsamic vinegar)

 

This recipe is so simple with so much flavor. Just slice the tomato and mozzarella balls in half, if the tomato is very small you can use it whole. Put on toothpicks starting with tomato, small basil leaf, and mozzarella. Then just add to plate and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Couldnt be any easier!