SALMON CRACKER MELTS

Hello Everyone! I can’t believe it’s been 8 months since I’ve posted.
The New Year has come, gone and now we are already 10 days into
the month of March Shocked Face Emoji

It seems like time is moving in warp speed, but I’m working on how I can
jump inside that warp!

Speaking of fast, a few weeks ago I was yet again wondering what I could prepare super quick for dinner…like almost no prep time.

I love crackers! Not just any crackers…Original Premium Saltine Crackers
with sea salt. I always have some in the house.  I had some shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese left over from the ground chicken tacos we had the week before.

I placed four rows with six crackers each in a small ungreased glass baking dish, putting a sprinkle of both mozzarella and cheddar cheese on each cracker.

After preheating the oven for a few minutes on Broil, I put the crackers and cheese in the oven for exactly 4 minutes.  Why 4 mins? The cheese is nice & gooey; and the cracker is still crispy.  In under 10 mins the Cracker Melts were born. Cracker Melts

Naturally, I wanted to start adding other ingredients.  But, for me the trick would be adding items that would warm/cook in the 4 minute time frame.  So, next came Smoked Turkey Cracker Melts…

Smoked Turkey Cracker Melts

Then I came back with the Double – Decker Cracker Melt (cheese only).

Double Decker Cracker Melt

Deli meat and sliced smoked sausage were great additions. But, what I fell in love with was the Salmon Cracker Melts.

Salmon Cracker Melts

I will say I had a little head start on making the Salmon Cracker Melts.  The night before we had broiled salmon for dinner.  But, I know you can achieve similar results using smoked salmon or any ingredient/topping that would take 4 mins or less to warm or cook.

Now, just because I’m using saltine crackers doesn’t mean that has to be your cracker of choice.  There are many types of crackers, cheeses, veggies and meats you could use with your cracker melt creation.

Though we may eat to live, this doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun waking up our taste buds; while at the same time giving our bodies what they need.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick tip and I’ll make sure to not be a stranger 🙂

C. Denise McLean, The Turkey Blast Queen

 

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Deli Chicken Stir Fry

I initially created this dish because I was trying to decrease the amount of bread I was eating. I also wanted something quick and light without a whole lot of fuss.

Now it’s become a household favorite!

Ingredients

  • 14 – 25 slices of Deli Rotisserie Chicken Breast or 8 oz pack of lunch meat.
  • 1/2 Red Onion chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper chopped (or veggies of your choice)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • Your choice of Rice (brown, jasmine, white, yellow)

Directions

  • Prepare your rice as directed on its package.
  • Chop your onion and bell pepper.
  • Cut your sliced Rotisserie Chicken Breast into smaller pieces (or just pull apart with fingers).
  • Pour your Olive Oil into a frying pan and warm on medium-high heat. Once oil is slightly heated, place sliced chicken in pan.
  • Sauté chicken for 3-5 minutes (or longer if you desire).
  • Add your chopped onion and bell pepper to chicken. Sauté for another 2-3 minutes (or longer if you don’t like crunchy veggies).

Pour your chicken and veggie mixture of the rice and enjoy 🙂

 

This recipe will give you 2-4 servings.


The Original Banana Toast Pastry

Are you a Banana lover? I am! I love eating bananas alone as a healthy snack, cut in slices with honey drizzled on top, in cold cereal, with ice cream…I could go on and on.

The other night, I decided to have a banana as my evening’s dessert.  Then I thought, I want some type of banana pastry –  something with a hint of sweet, slightly crunchy, but soft.

and then The Original Banana Toast Pastry was born…

Ingredients

  • 1 Ripe Banana – sliced medium-thin to thin
  • 2 Pieces of Artisan Bread
  • Spreadable Butter
  • Raw Cane Sugar
  • Pure Maple Syrup (optional)

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven on Broil at a 500 degree Fahrenheit temperature.
  • Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  • Place bread in oven, buttered side up and toast to a medium-brown for about 1 to 5 mins (this depends on how fast your oven broiler browns)
  • Once the 1st side is toasted, butter the other side of each slice and place back in oven for 1 to 5 mins until a medium brown.
  • Once toasting is complete, pull bread out of the oven and place sliced Bananas on top of toasted Artisan bread (a half banana for each piece of toast). Make sure bananas around the edges of the bread hang slightly over, to provide a shield to the crust during the remainder of the broiling process.

Banana Toast Bananas Only

  • Put thin tabs of butter on top of the bananas, until all are covered. You can use as much butter as you want. But use caution. You don’t want a too buttery pastry.

Banana Toast with Butter Tabs Only

  • Sprinkle raw cane sugar all over the top of bananas and butter. Again, you have the choice of how much sugar you want to use. Keep in mind Raw Cane Sugar is sweeter than processed white sugar. But, it’s better for you.

Banana Toast Sprinkled with Sugar

  • Place banana toast in the oven.
  • After 5 mins exactly, take banana toast out of the oven.
  • Drizzle with maple syrup if desired and serve immediately.

Banana Toast Complete

You will fall in love with your 1st bite, just like I did.

The butter and raw cane sugar blend together, caramelizing the bananas just perfectly (not mushy or over done). The edges of the banana toast are crunchy, the inside slightly crunchy, yet moist from the butter and natural sweet juice of the bananas combining.

Banana Toast Inside Close Up

Pure, sweet, rich indulgence!

Enjoy your Banana Toast Pastry by itself, with cool whip or ice cream…Like I did 🙂

Banana Toast Ice Cream Pic

 

P.S. Don’t have time to make your own artisan bread? I like using Sara Lee’s Artesano Bakery Bread.

 

 

 


Fun With Rice Cakes

Hi Everyone!

I know it’s been awhile.  But, I’m back with some tasty, fun ideas for enjoying Rice Cakes as a main dessert.

Idea 1: Spread a layer of almond butter (how ever thick you would like 🙂 ) across the top of the Rice Cake. Drizzle honey all over the top, if desired. I sure like to!

Idea 2: Spread almond butter across the top of Rice Cake.  Then, place dark chocolate     covered raisins all over the top.

Idea 3: Melt down some chocolate morsels and drizzle chocolate all over the top of Rice   Cake.  If you prefer, drizzle chocolate syrup all over the top instead.

Idea 4: I haven’t tried this one yet, but will soon…Spread almond butter all over the top   of  Rice Cake. Then, drizzle melted chocolate across the top.

 

Have fun creating some Rice Cake toppings of your own!

 

Enjoy 🙂


My Version of Mixed Vegetables

 

Ingredients

You will need (1) bundle of each of the following:

Collard Greens, Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard

  • 1 – 2 Broccoli heads
  • (1) small bag of petite Carrots
  • (1) small Red Onion
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Morton’s Nature’s Seasons Blend
  • (optional) 1 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper, if you like spicy)

Directions

  1. Clean/rinse/wash all vegetables.
  2. Pre-cut all veggies.
  3. Pour tablespoon of Olive Oil and teaspoon each of Nature Seasons Blend & Cayenne Pepper into a large frying pan or pot.  Then pour in your vegetables.
  4. Sauté veggies for about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally (cooking time depends on how crunchy you prefer your vegetables).

All done!

Healthy, Crunchy, Goodness 🙂

*Tip – Store extras in a glass bowl and cover tightly.  Fresh vegetables will keep for at least two weeks*

4 Quick And Healthy Snacks

When you’re looking for a snack, you may go for something in your cupboard that’s easily accessible and unhealthy.  Many of us will eat toaster treats, chips, crackers and a variety of other junk foods because they taste good and are convenient.

While junk food snacks are okay in small doses, a lot of us eat them as everyday snacks.  The pounds start sneaking on and after awhile, some people find themselves asking how they put on so much weight.

In order to stay in good shape, but still satisfy your hunger, you’ll want to have some quick and easy snacks ready…

And here are four quick ideas to get you started:

1. Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are delicious, filling and have a nice amount of good fats.

It will be beneficial if you do a little research on your own.  Many of us have specific nut allergies.  All nuts have different levels of protein, total fat and carbohydrates, just to name a few.  Choose what’s right for you.

My favorite nuts: Almonds and Walnuts.

My favorite seeds: Sunflower and Pumpkin.

2. Celery and Almond Butter

Celery and almond butter is an age old combination.  You get the creaminess and flavor of the almond butter and the crunch of the celery.

Some like adding a few raisins to this combo!

3. Fruits

While fruits have sugar, they are also high in fiber.  This allows you to digest them easier, as opposed to sugary foods.  They also aid in stopping an insulin spike, which you can experience from many sweets.

When you consume fruits with edible skin, make sure you Do eat the skin.  There are extra nutrients in the skin that are good for us.

Please remember to wash your fruit off before eating!

4. Carrots and Hummus

Carrots have a natural sweetness to them; and if you’re not consuming a lot of processed sugar, that sweetness will really come through.

Many have become huge fans of Hummus.  It has a unique and amazing flavor, with a soft, dip-like consistency.  This will give you the “mouth feel” of something like a ranch dip, while being a very nutritious snack.

These four snacks will satisfy your mid-day hunger, without putting on the extra pounds!