Vegetarian White Bean Jalapeno’ Chili, with Bulgur – Saturday Weekly Recipe Post

Vegetarian White Bean Jalapeno’ Chili, with Bulgur

serves 4

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The Stuff you need: 

  • 1/2 cup bulgur wheat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped ( to your taste)
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 TBS crushed cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, salt, and black pepper (all to your taste)
  • 1, 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2, 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1 1/2  cup veggie stock (or water)
  • 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Fresh Cilantro chopped for garnish

 What to do with the Stuff: 

  • Bring 1 cup water to a boil, add 1 tsp salt or Tamari (or soy sauce) to taste
  • Add to the bulgur in a bowl, cover tightly with saran wrap, until all the water is absorbed and the bulgur is tender, (about 25-30 min)
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat
  • Add onion, jalapeno’, and bell pepper and cook until tender, 8-10 min
  • Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and cook about 5 min- (note: season to your taste)
  • Add the tomatoes, their liquid and 1 ½ cups veggie stock (or water) Bring to a boil
  • Add the beans and simmer until slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes
  • Stir the lemon juice, scallions, and remaining tablespoon of oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper into the bulgur
  • Serve Chili bean mixture in individual bowls
  • Top with the bulgur, and chopped cilantro, and chopped jalapeno if desired

Awesome Bulgur Salad with Chick Peas and Veggies- Wednesday Weekly Recipe Post

Awesome Bulgur Salad with Chick Peas and Veggies

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Servings: 4-6 as a side dish- (3-4 as a main course)

The Stuff you need:

  • 1 cup bulgur or light bulgur
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt- (divided)
  • 1/3 cup red onion diced (or green onion if you don’t prefer raw onion) – also, Vidalia onions work wonderfully!
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 English (or hothouse) cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 16 grape or cherry tomatoes, whole holds up longer
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1-2 hot chili peppers and seeds ( optional – to your taste, for a little kick )
  • 1 15-ounce can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, from 1-2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  •  Crumbled feta cheese – for garnish (optional)

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Bring 2 cups of water to boil
  • Place the bulgur in a large bowl with 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Add 1-1/4 cups boiling water
  • Cover the bowl tightly with saran wrap
  • Set aside for 30 min, (or until all of the water is absorbed)
  • When all water is absorbed, fluff with fork
  • Combine the cooked bulgur with the red onions, peppers, cucumber, garlic, tomatoes, and rest of seasonings to taste
  • Season to your taste with more salt, pepper, garlic, hot pepper, fresh or dried herbs, cumin & lemon pepper   to your taste)
  • Put in refrigerator for at least 2 hours
  • Fluff with fork, serve cold

Did she say “Crack slaw” ? ;-) … Saturday weekly recipe post

Crack slaw 😉

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The Stuff you need:

  • 1/2 head red cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 head white cabbage, shredded
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, and shredded
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly
  • 4 green onions, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 TBS fresh ginger, chopped
  • 4  garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 TBS sesame oil
  • 2 TBS raw sugar 
  • Cashews (optional)
  • Sunflower seeds (optional)
  • salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, and lemon pepper- to taste

What to do with the Stuff:

Mix all together, in a bowl, chill 4-6 hours mmmmm!

Creamy Parmesan Baked Salmon – Wednesday weekly recipe post

Creamy Parmesan Baked Salmon

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Serves 4

The Stuff you need:

    • 4, 6-ounce salmon fillets (skinless)
    • 3 TBS plain Greek yogurt
    • 3 TBS mayonnaise
    • 5 TBS grated Parmesan cheese
    • 4 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • Lemon pepper to taste

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise, Parmesan, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon pepper
  • Place Salmon fillets on a lightly greased baking sheet
  • Spread mixture evenly over top of the salmon fillets
  • Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the salmon is just cooked through
  • Use top rack directly under broiler to brown the Parmesan mixture
  • Mayonnaise is what will allow for the browning
  • If the fillets are thin, check 2-3 minutes early
  • If your fillets are thicker, they may require an extra 1-3 min

ENJOY !

Easy Veggie Chicken Stir fry – Saturday weekly recipe post

Easy Chicken Stir Fry

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Serves 2-4

The Stuff you need;

  • 3 chicken breast halves, cut into strips
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp veggie oil
  • 1/2 red pepper sliced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 c broccoli blanched
  • 1 med onion sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

What to do with the stuff

  • Heat oils in a frying pan
  • Add chicken strips and stir fry over medium-high heat, turning constantly until done.
  • Add onions, garlic, broccoli and peppers
  • Sauté 3-4 minutes until veggies are crisp-tender
  • Mix cornstarch and seasonings; add water and soy sauce, and mix until smooth
  • Stir sauce into chicken/veggie mixture
  • Cook until sauce has thickened and chicken is coated, about 1 minute

You may serve over steamed brown rice 😉 – ( or not)

Lemon herb Leg O’ Lamb on the Rotisserie…on the BARBIE ..mmmm

Boneless Leg O’ Lamb on the Rotisserie …mmmmmm….Could easily serve 4-6 people, depending on how you choose to serve it..

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The Stuff you need 😉

  • 1 butterflied boneless leg of lamb, (2-3 lbs)- trimmed of excess fat
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8-10 fresh rosemary sprigs to insert into roast
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh rosemary for marinade
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp crushed red peppers (more or less to taste)
  • 2 TBS lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 disposable foil pan

What to do with the Stuff 😉

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, rosemary, olive oil, peppers, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and lemon zest
  • Place lamb in a large resealable ziplock plastic bag
  • Pour in all except 1/4 cup of the marinade, reserving for later use
  • Seal the bag and toss to thoroughly coat the lamb. Marinade at room temperature for 1 hour
  • Remove lamb from marinade and roll into tight cylinder and tie securely with butcher’s twine
  • Make small slits around roast, insert rosemary sprigs
  • Run spit of the rotisserie through middle of lamb and secure ends with rotisserie forks
  • Place disposable foil pan under roasting area to catch drips, put some lemon slices, and water in pan to create moisture, & stop splatter
  • Place on the grill, turn on rotisserie, cover, and cook at medium temperature (approx 275-325)
  • Baste lamb with reserved marinade using brush or baster every 15 minutes
  • Cook until lamb registers 130-135 degrees for medium-rare or 140 -145 degrees medium- medium well on an instant read thermometer
  • Remove to a cutting board, let rest for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Slice and serve

Since moving here to Australia, I have learned to adjust a LOT – “culinarily speaking” ..;-)…

Lamb being one of the better priced meats, I’ve been trying my hand at various recipes, and THIS one was hands down..AWESOME..I have REALLY learned to love the taste of this meat, and there are so many ways to prepare it 😉

For this baby, we were hankering for a more “casual type” meal as opposed to a “Sunday Dinner” type thing.. SO…we used flatbread, and made some awesome “Gyro” style sandwiches, including fresh diced tomatoes, sliced red onions, lettuce, feta cheese, kalamuta olives, and homemade Tzatziki sauce 😉 MMMMMM..I’m salivating again thinking about how good this was ;-)..and my bragging rights.. IT WAS MY FIRST LAMB ROAST,, AND.. my FIRST Rotisserie!!

Fresh Zucchini Herb Fritters

Fresh Zucchini Herb Fritters
Can be easily modified for gluten free, and Paleo.
Always try to use organic, and clean/non processed, whole foods 😉
Makes 8 fritters
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The Stuff you need:
  • 2 large zucchini’s- cut ends off
  • 1 tsp – plus ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup diced green onions
  • 1/8 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten with a fork
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour (optional if paleo)
  • 1/2 cup panko /or seasoned bread crumbs (optional if paleo)
  • 1/4 c grated parmesan cheese (optional if paleo)
  • ½ tsp baking powder (optional if paleo)
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • Olive oil for pan
What to do with the Stuff:
  • Grate zucchini on large grating holes or use food processor with the grating blade attachment
  • Place in a large bowl, stir in 1 tsp salt
  • Set aside for 20 minutes
  • After 20 minutes, squeeze dry zucchini over sink, to remove extra water
  • You may also use a cheesecloth for this to expedite process
  • The amount of water you squeeze out will seem like a lot
  • Add another ¼ tsp salt, or to taste
  • Add chopped green onion, dill, parsley, lemon juice, beaten eggs, salt, & black pepper,  mix well
  • In a small bowl combine flour, panko, parmesan, and baking powder
  • Add to the zucchini mixture, mix well
  • In a large heavy bottomed non-stick skillet  heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over med-high heat
  • Using a tablespoon, add zucchini mixture to skillet, and gently flatten the tops with a fork
  • Cook 3-5 min per side on medium-high heat, adding oil as needed, until golden brown
  • Place on a paper towels to absorb excess olive oil

May serve with homeade Tzatziki sauce, or sour cream (optional if paleo)

Kung Pao Chicken – Wednesday Weekly Recipe post

Kung Pao Chicken & Veggies

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The Stuff you need;

SAUCE

  • 2 TBS oyster sauce
  • 1 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 1 TBS soy sauce
  • 1 TBS brown sugar
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or more for spicy)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water

CHICKEN

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite sized cubes
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • pinch black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil (for frying)

VEGETABLES

  • ½ lb. broccoli florets bite sized pieces-quick blanched
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 green onions,diced
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts (unsalted) chopped
  • 4 cups cooked rice

What to do with the Stuff;

  • Mix the ingredients for the sauce together in a bowl and set aside
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, 2 Tbsp of cornstarch, and a pinch of pepper until smooth
  • Take chicken breast cubes and toss to coat in the egg mixture
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, until it is very hot, (not smoking)
  • To test whether or not the oil is hot enough, drop a bit of the egg mixture into the skillet It should poof up and bubble furiously
  • Once the oil is very hot, add the egg coated chicken
  • Spread it out in the skillet, cook until golden brown on the bottom
  • Once golden, break up the pieces and flip them over Cook until golden on all sides and cooked through
  • Remove the cooked chicken from the skillet
  • Add the broccoli florets to the hot skillet and cook for a few minutes
  • Add the chopped bell pepper and cook for 2-3 min (it should still be fairly crispy and crunchy)
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet, along with the prepared sauce
  • Stir the skillet until everything is coated in the sauce, and the sauce has become thick and bubbly-heat remains on medium-high
  • Stir in the chopped peanuts, and sprinkle the sliced green onions over top
  • Serve with rice

Blackened Chicken with Dirty Rice – Saturday Weekly Recipe post

Blackened Chicken with Dirty Rice

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The Stuff you need;

Rice:

  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 2 stalks chopped celery
  • 1 small chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 TBS chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups veggie or chicken stock (or water)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1/4 lb cooked/browned ground sausage
  • ¼ lb chicken livers, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

 

Chicken:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 4 – (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • To prepare rice, heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat
  • Add oil to pan; swirl to coat
  • Add onion and next 3 ingredients (through thyme); sauté 4 minutes
  • Add rice, paprika, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper, and garlic; sauté 1 minute
  • Add 2 cups stock or water and 1/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 12 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes
  • Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat
  • Coat pan with Olive Oil
  • Add browned sausage meat
  • Add livers; sauté for 4-5 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through
  • Stir in green onions
  • Add sausage/liver mixture and hot pepper sauce to the rice; fluff with a fork, set aside
  • To prepare chicken, combine cumin and the next 5 ingredients (through red pepper)
  • Rub spice mixture evenly over chicken
  • Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat
  • Add oil to pan; swirl to coat
  • Add chicken to pan; searing/browning for 3 minutes
  • Turn chicken; place pan in oven
  • Bake at 400° for 6 minutes or until chicken is done
  • Remove chicken from pan, add broth bring to a boil cook until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup (about 2 minutes)
  • Spoon sauce over chicken; serve with rice, and some awesome greens of your choice 😉

Notes:

You may adjust spice/heat to your liking. This recipe is gauged for Medium-Hot. Simply add to, or decrease the amounts of crushed red peper, and/or the liquid pepper sauce. This recipe is EXCELLENT when served with collard greens, or kale, or spinach. Enjoy!

Spicy Tom Yum Soup – Saturday weekly recipe post

Spicy Tom Yum Soup

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The stuff you need:

  • 2 pounds tiger prawns with heads and shells
  • 5 cups veggie stock
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 TBS fish oil
  • 3 TBS minced garlic
  • 2 stalks fresh lemon grass, tough outer leaves removed and and white part slightly crushed
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves (found in Asian market)
  • 5 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 5 slices galangal (in ginger root family-found in Asian market)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced bok choy
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 10 chile padi (bird’s eye chiles), thinly sliced (found in Asian market)
  • 1 tablespoon Asian red chili paste (found in Asian market)
  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast – cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 large squid, cleaned and sliced into rings
  • 1/2 (15 ounce) can baby corn, drained
  • 1/2 (6 ounce) can whole straw mushrooms, drained
  • 3 fresh tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • salt to taste

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Wash the prawns, remove the heads, shells, and black veins, retain the heads
  • Set the cleaned prawns aside
  • Place the prawn heads in a large saucepan or soup pot with the veggie stock
  • Bring to a boil over high heat to reduce the stock and concentrate the flavor
  • Strain out the prawn heads and discard
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir the garlic, lemon grass, lime leaves, shallots,  galangal, and red chilies until the shallots are translucent and the seasonings are fragrant (3-5 minutes)
  • Stir in the chili paste,and fish oil, cook and stir for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the chicken breast and lime juice
  • Stir well to evenly mix in the chili paste, and let the mixture simmer for 3-5 minutes
  • Pour the seasoned chicken-lime juice mixture into the prawn stock, bring to a boil over medium-low heat
  • When the soup begins to boil, stir in the squid rings, bokchoy, carrots, baby corn, straw mushrooms, cleaned prawns, and tomatoes
  • Turn the heat to low, stir in the coconut milk, and let the soup simmer until the prawns are pink and opaque, about 5 minutes
  • Add salt to taste, and serve