Asparagus and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts- Wednesday Weekly recipe post

Asparagus and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Serves 2
The Stuff you need:
  • 2 large skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and lemon pepper to taste
  • 8 asparagus spears, pre steamed trimmed – divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs mixed with panko
What to do with the Stuff:
  • Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  • Grease baking dish or pan (8×8)
  • Place each chicken breast between two sheets of heavy plastic (Ziplock freezer bags work) on a solid surface
  • Firmly pound the chicken with the smooth side of a meat mallet to an even thickness of about 1/4 inch
  • Sprinkle each side with your chocen spices, coat well, rub in
  • Place 4 spears of asparagus down the center of each chicken breast
  • Spread about 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese over the asparagus
  • Repeat with the other chicken breast
  • Roll the chicken around the asparagus and cheese to make a tidy, compact roll
  • Dip in eggwash, then into crumbs fully covering each breast roll
  • Place the rolls seam sides down in the prepared baking dish
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the juices run clear when pricked with a fork, about 30 minutes
  • An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C)

Easy Mushroom Risotto – Wednesday Weekly Recipe post

Easy Mushroom Risotto

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Serves 4

The Stuff you need:

  • 7 cups vegetable or chicken or beef broth
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish yellow onion, diced
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 oz white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chili pepper flakes to ttaste
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  • Add 1/2 of the onion saute’ until translucent, about 5 minutes
  • Add half of the garlic and chili pepper, and cook for another 2 minutes
  • Add butter, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes until mushrooms are lightly browned
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Remove from heat and set aside
  • Heat the remaining olive oil in a saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat, and add remaining onions
  • Saute until translucent, about 5 minutes
  • Add remaining garlic and cook for another 2 minutes
  • Add the rice and stir, coating the rice with olive oil and toasting until opaque, for 3 minutes
  • Add 1 cup of broth and cook, stirring, until all the broth is absorbed by the rice
  • Continue to cook ,add the remaining broth (half a cup at a time), allowing it to be fully absorbed by the rice before adding more
  • This will take around 45 minutes until the rice is cooked and creamy
  • Fold in mushrooms, and stir in grated parmesan cheese
  • Season with more salt and pepper, and chili to taste
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley

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

Phenomenal Stuffed Eggplant- *low carb* Saturday Weekly Recipe post

Phenomenal Stuffed Eggplant

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Serves 4

Always use: Organic, Range fed, WHOLE foods, CLEAN, and all natural ingredients.

Vegetarians- Substitute chopped zucchini’s and quinoa

Paleo- disregard cheese

The Stuff you need;

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, ground
  • 1 diced red onion
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 handfuls fresh spinach leaves (or 1 pkg chopped frozen, thawed and drained)
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1+1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1⁄2 cup black olives, chopped
  • 2 TBS Italian seasoning
  • Salt, Pepper, spices to taste
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan/Reggiano/Romano Italian cheese blend to taste

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F
  • Cut the ends off of the eggplants and then slice in half lengthwise
  • Scoop the eggplant meat from the eggplant halves, leaving empty shells, with a  bit of a border
  • Dice and reserve the eggplant guts- salt lightly set aside
  • Place empty eggplant shells in a 13×9 baking dish
  • Saute Italian sausage, onion, and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned, add spinach, and wine-cook 5 min
  • Add the reserved eggplant innards, bell pepper and mushrooms to skillet, simmer an additional 10-15 min until all soft and mixed
  • Drain all excess liquid
  • Stir in tomato sauce, olives, and Italian seasonings, and simmer 5 minutes- season to taste
  • Sprinkle some mozzarella cheese evenly over the inside of the eggplant shells
  • Spoon in ample amount of cooked sausage mixture
  • Top the stuffed eggplants with mozzarella & parmesan cheeses
  • Bake 35 – 40 minutes
  • Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

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!

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)

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)

Lemon Peppered Chicken Fajitas

Lemon Peppered Chicken Fajitas

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Serves 4

The Stuff you need:

  • 3 boneless chicken breasts,pounded thin, sliced into thin strips
  • 
1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 large sweet red onion, sliced
  • 1 serrano pepper (or jalapeno), minced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup lemon pepper seasoning
  • Salt
 (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 2/3 cup olive oil

What to do with the Stuff:


  • Slice the large peppers and onion into strips, set aside
  • Combine garlic, serrano pepper, lemon pepper seasoning, 1 tsp salt, and olive oil
  • In a heavy storage bag, combine the marinade with the chicken and let marinate for 1 hour
  • Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Preheat large skillet on medium/high heat for 5 minutes
  • Stir-fry the chicken strips for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken starts to caramelize and brown
  • You may need to add a little more oil
  • When chicken is halfway through cooking, add the peppers and onions on other side of the pan, you want them to still be slightly crisp
  • Transfer the chicken, and pepper mix to a serving plate
  • Serve with flour or corn warmed tortillas & your favorite sides

Garnishes, Toppings and Side Suggestions:

  • Salsa
  • Avocados or guacamole
  • Sour Cream
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Lime Wedges
  • Mexican Rice
  • Frijoles of your choice

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