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.

 

 

 


Boneless Chicken Breast Blast

When it comes to preparing Chicken Breast as a main entrée at home (whether bone-in or boneless), most people I know, don’t desire to do so. The primary complaint about chicken breast is it’s very Dry.

Not anymore…

I’m going to give you a scientific way to quickly prepare juicy, moist boneless chicken breasts. You won’t ever have to guess or wonder if they will be moist!

Ingredients/Supplies

  • 5 to 6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 – 5 quart baking dish (glass or metal)
  • Tub of butter
  • Seasonings of your choice

Directions

Step 1: Pre-heat oven on Broil at a 500 degree Fahrenheit temperature.

Step 2: Butter the inside of baking dish.

Step 3: Season both sides of the chicken breast.

Step 4: Lay each chicken breast flat inside baking dish.

Step 5: Place 2 – 3 tabs/dollops of butter on top of each chicken breast (this will help maintain the juiciness of the chicken breast while broiling on a high temperature. Plus, it adds great flavor 🙂 ).

Chicken Breast Fillets Uncooked

Cooking Time

Place uncovered chicken breasts in oven. Broil thinner chicken breast for 20 mins. For thicker chicken breast 30 mins or longer if you desire.

Once cooking is complete, baste all of your chicken breast fillets with a little of its own juices. Perfection!

Storage

Put cooled chicken in a container with cover and place in refrigerator. Or, simply use foil to cover cooled chicken in baking dish and place in the refrigerator.

Re-Warming

Place 1-2 chicken breasts in a loosely-covered microwave safe bowl. Heat anywhere from 45 seconds to 1 ½ mins. This depends on how warm you desire your chicken.

Or

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place chicken breasts in a buttered 1-2 quart baking dish and cover with foil. Heat 10-15 mins.

 


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 🙂


The World Renowned 2 Hour Turkey

2 Hour Turkey! Stop Stressing…

Have you ever heard of fully cooking a 12 pound turkey in 2 hours, using nothing but a traditional oven?

Now you can be the star of any family gathering where turkey is served!

It’s simple science at its best.

Anyone can bake a 12 pound turkey in 2 hours, if they follow my simple instructions step by step.

Listen…I know this technique is new to you.  But, there is nothing to fear when you have a tried, tested and proven method on your side.

I’ve done the research for you…Trust the process 🙂

Bake your turkey fast with The Turkey Blast!

View video @ 2HourTurkey.com

10 Years Strong 🙂

 

 

 

 

 


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*

The Secret To Happiness

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to help you lose weight – but, it sure is a battle many of us fight each day. The key to being able to shed unwanted pounds rest in your hands alone.

You will simply need to eat less and do more to have the ideal amount of successful, permanent weight loss.

Try one or all of the following:

  • Walking around your neighborhood after dinner
  • No food after 7:00 pm
  • If you have access to a pool, swimming is my all time favorite low impact, total body work out!

Don’t let weight get you down, or stop you from living your life to it’s fullest.  The changes you make today, will allow you to feel better tomorrow!

The secret to our happiness is through our health 🙂

You are in charge of you…

 

 

 


Spices Every Cook Should Have

Some recipes will undoubtedly call for some obscure spices that you’ve never heard of…but, most will stick to a pretty common assortment.

It can be annoying to make a trip to the grocery and buy new spices that you may never use again. So, keeping some spices on hand in bulk, will save you time and money in all of your cooking endeavors.

There are a few essential spices that are worth buying ahead of time, even if you don’t have a recipe that requires them yet.

Salt and Pepper

The salt and pepper combo is a basic necessity for the table; but, they are also important to have for most food preparation.

You can get your salt and pepper in pre-ground form. Some prefer their pepper in whole peppercorn form, grinding it as needed.

Adding salt and pepper during the cooking process brings out the flavors of the other ingredients and spices you may use.

Baking Essentials

Whether Vanilla Extract and Cocoa Powder are considered spices or just ingredients is debatable. Either way, they are vital to any successful kitchen.

They are not just used for baking. You will find both of these ingredients hidden in many savory recipes. So, be sure to keep them on hand.

Ground Cinnamon

Another spice that shows up in baking and general cooking is Ground Cinnamon.

It’s used in cakes and many other baked goods...but, it also shows up in dishes like stews and chili. Plus, it makes a great garnish on a cup of hot chocolate or eggnog, giving it a little spice!

The Spicy Spices

Different dishes will call for different types of heat. So, you will want to keep Crushed Red Pepper, Chili Powder and Cayenne Pepper on hand. Each is a different type of spicy.

Crushed Red Pepper shakers have become a standard on the tables of Italian style restaurants and pizza parlors.

Chili Peppers originated in Mexico, but can be found in many different types of cuisine.

Cayenne Pepper is widely used in Mexican dishes, Cajun cooking and has now become a staple of various Asian cuisines.

Keeping all three on hand will ensure you’re prepared for whatever new recipe you want to try.

The Herbs

Fresh herbs make a great addition to any dish, but they’re not always available. Keep backups in the form of dried Oregano, Parsley and any other herbs you commonly use.

Also, keep Bay Leaves on hand. They are often used to flavor soups and stews.

Spike

One of my personal favorites…Spike is an all-purpose, natural gourmet seasoning. This spice can be used to season any meat type.

I also use this spice to prepare vegetarian beans and even eggs. It’s just a great general cooking spice!

Most spices/seasonings can be found inexpensively in various grocery stores or even discount shops.

Another way to find them at an even more reduced price is through global food markets, where they tend to have a wide variety.


Healthy Meats For Weight Loss

When it comes to losing weight or eating healthier, many of us don’t think of meat.  Actually, meat can be a great asset to a healthy diet.  You just have to make sure you’re making the right selections.

You should avoid meats that are high in fat and cholesterol, like beef and pork.  It’s still okay to include these in your diet sparingly, just not constantly because of the possible cardiovascular effects.

High quality grass-fed beef is a slight exception; but even still, you’ll see that many  of the healthier meats we’re going to talk about will be better options for you.

Chicken

If you choose, chicken can be your main source of protein.  It provides a lot of protein to your body while keeping the fat content low.  Also, it has less than half the fat of meat like beef.

Fish

Everyone should have fish in their diet.  Just like chicken, Salmon and Halibut provide a lot of protein with low fat.  These fish are also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids.

Fatty acids are important to get in our diets because our bodies can’t produce them naturally.  They work as a great anti-oxidant.  Research has also shown omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to improved cognitive function.

Turkey

Turkey is like chicken with it’s lean protein packed power…But, it has much more versatility.  It’s delicious and works well as it’s own dish.  It’s also become a healthy substitute for many other foods.

Foods like turkey bacon, turkey sausage, turkey hot dogs and turkey burgers give you the flavor of the “real” thing with a fraction of the calories.

Turkey is also a great alternative for those individuals who don’t consume pork or beef products.

 


Health Like Magic!

Nutritionists and health professionals make staying fit and healthy sound like an obscure religious or legal text – complicated and incomprehensible.

Nothing could be further from the truth…

Don’t be afraid to want more from your nutritional plan, because it is possible.  Make your food work for you!

With only a few changes, you can start moving towards better health easily and immediately.

Start by making small changes:

  • Replace soda/pop with fruit juice
  • Enjoy rice (any variety) as a side instead of pasta(noodles)
  • Use honey or raw sugar instead of artificial sweeteners or white sugar
  • Multi-Grain bread instead of white
You will be amazed at the difference.

You are in charge – Not the food 🙂