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Saturday, January 28, 2012

cream of chicken

OMG this was SOOOOOOO delicious

I adapted this from a Kraft recipe

1 lb of chicken breast cubed
1/4 cup flour
2 tbs thyme
olive oil
1 small can of chicken broth
1/2 pkg of reduced fat philadelphia cream cheese

pour two turns of the pan of oil
salt and pepper flour and chicken
dredge chicken in flour and brown cubes
remove chicken
add can of broth and deglaze pan with whisk
reduce heat to simmer
salt pepper and add thyme
add cream cheese and whisk in
add chicken back in to liquid
simmer for 10-15 mins

serve over brown rice




tip of the day....

I know when I buy fresh herbs, I can never use them in time without having to throw them away.

Garlic sits in the fridge until it is usually dried out and gets thrown away.

Thanks to Aaron McCargo know I know ( and in turn --YOU know) what to do with that garlic!

chop it and put into a jar with olive oil and refrigerate. It will stay good for a longer period of time!



Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year pot stickers

1 pkg wonton wrappers
1 phg crumbled feta
1 can of tiny shrimp or use fresh shrimp and cut it into small pieces
1 tbsp chopped garlic
2=3 finely diced sundried tomoatoes

mix ingredients together in bowl

wet the edges of the wonton wrapper
put one tsp of filling in middle
fold wrapper over and press edges closed.

in a pan add 3 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp water

place wontons in pan and cover

check in 2 mins.

bottom should be crispy from the oil and top should be soft from the steam.

serve with low sodium soy sauce with diced scallions in it




Saturday, January 7, 2012

Dip night

I am not the traditional mom that says we always need to have a meat and potato meal. In summer we like banana splits for dinner on occasion and chicken for dessert. ;). We also LOVE dip night.

Tonight was dip night and here are the dips I came up with.....

Cream cheese avocado tomato dip
Beef salsa
Buffalo chicken dip
Spinach dip
Garlic hummus

Berry balsamic vinegarette for salad

I bought a new food processor today since the old one died last week and had a blast making stuff.

Cream cheese avocado dip

1 pack cream cheese (Philadelphia)
1 avocado
1/2cup sundriedTomatoes

Put into food processor and blend until smooth

Beef Salsa

1 lb ground beef
1 small jar of salsa (hot medium or mild)
1 can cream of mushroom soup

brown the ground beef
add salsa
add soup

Mix simmer

Serve warm (I have a mini crock that I keep it warm in so people can just take what they want and it is still warm for the next person)


Buffalo Chicken Dip

2 cans of chicken breast meat (near the tuna in the grocery store)
1/4-1/2 cup franks hot sauce (depends on how heated you like it)
2 celery ribs
1/8 onion
1 cup bleu cheese

Mix all ingredients except chicken in food processor until you have small chunks
Move into serving bowl
Fold chicken into mixture.

Can serve hot or cold just heat in microwave

Spinach dip

1 lb fresh spinach
2tbsp sour cream
2tbsp mayo
2 tbsp Chobani PLAIN yogurt
2 tbsp Thyme

put all in food processor and blend until smooth

Garlic Hummus

1 can garbanzo beans
2 caps of lemon juice or 1 whole lemon juiced
2 tbsp fresh garlic or garlic powder
1- 1 1/2 cups olive oil

Put all ingredients in the food processor and stream in olive oil until the hummus is a smooth consistency

Berry Balsamic Vinegarette

5 strawberries
2-3 tbsp garlic
2-3 tbsp italian seasoning
1-1 1/2 cups olive oil
1/4-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Put strawberries and seasonings in food processor
stream in oil
stream in balsamic

Taste and adjust seasoning to taste




Tip of the day.....

Thanks to chef mccargo from the food network for this.....

Add a little sweet treat to your salad.....

Make candied nuts.

Boil 2 cups of water with 1 cup of slenda ( or sugar)

Add nuts - I used cashews and walnuts

Boil about 10-15 mins

Strain nuts

Put into a baking dish and bake on 250 for 15 mins




Friday, January 6, 2012

Tip of the day.....

I missed a day or two--been crazy week going back to work after a great break!

Tip of the day....

Use unflavored yogurt to make dipping sauces. Add lots of flavor for a healthy addition to the meal.

I am going to work on some yogurt dips this weekend.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tip of the day.....

Use Fresh garlic whenever possible. It makes a HUGE difference when you are cooking. I don't like to reek of garlic from smashing and peeling and cutting so I buy the economy size of chopped garlic in its own juice at the store.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Tip of the day....

Tupperware has a "box" that controls the air that hits the fruits and veg and they DO last longer but the box is big for the fridge.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

tip of the day....

Staples to keep in the pantry....

diced tomatoes
chicken stock
brown rice
lemon juice

You can make uncountable dishes with these items hanging around the house.