Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Skillet Chicken with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

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Turn a dish into a "creamy" meal and you'll always have my vote! This smooth sauce with fresh herbs makes this dish taste like it came straight from a top restaurant! "Laura's Restaurant"! 

Ingredients:

- 3, 6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 1/2 Tbs olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup diced onions
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 1/3 cups + 1 Tbs chicken broth
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (in oil) - finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, plus more for garnish
- 2 tsp. corn starch
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Place a long sheet cling wrap on top of a cutting board. Place chicken on top of plastic wrap and lay another piece of wrap over the top of the chicken. Pound chicken to an even thickness using the flat side of a meat mallet (or in my case, a cast iron skillet). Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side (until chicken is cooked through).  Transfer to a plate and place another plate over the chicken to keep warm. Set aside.

Turn heat down to medium. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet. Add onions and sauté for a few minutes. Add garlic and sauté a minute longer. Pour in 1 1/3 cup chicken broth, while scraping bottom of skillet to release browned bits. Place sun-dried tomatoes and 1/4 cup basil in a blender and blend until tomatoes are chopped fine; or you can chop tomatoes and basil with a knife. Add mixture to the skillet and stir. In a small bowl, mix remaining 1 tablespoon of chicken broth with corn starch. Add to skillet, stirring constantly. Add cream and parmesan, stirring until cheese has melted. Remove from heat, and add chicken to the skillet mixture, spooning sauce over chicken. Garnish with more fresh basil and ENJOY! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"Count your blessings, not your troubles." - Anonymous

Monday, April 24, 2017

Shrimp Foil

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A little play on "shrimp boil", this tasty seafood dish has an incredible flavor that is magnified by the addition of smoked turkey sausage, potatoes, and a spice I cannot live without, Old Bay Seasoning! A very easy dish to make, with a preparation time that only takes a few minutes.

Ingredients:

*- 1 lb. medium shrimp, shells on (see below for an alternative that I used), divided
- 1/2 lb. fully cooked smoked turkey sausage, sliced, divided
- 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed, divided
- 6 frozen corn on the cobs, half sizes (or cut 3 regular sized in half)
- 3 Tbs olive oil, divided
- salt and pepper to taste
- Old Bay Seasoning to taste
- Fresh parsley for garnish

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Tear off 3 long sheets of aluminum foil. Spread each out on a counter and place equal amounts of the shrimp, frozen corn, potato cubes, and turkey sausage on top of foil. Drizzle each with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and season with salt, pepper, and Old Bay. Seal foil on all 4 sides. Place on a baking sheet and place in the oven for approximately 40 minutes. Garnish with parsley.

* For my shrimp, I used a 12 oz. bag of fully cooked, peeled, and deveined, salad shrimp. Instead of adding the shrimp to the foil, I tossed the shrimp in a skillet with 2 Tbs butter and Old Bay Seasoning. I added it to the rest of the ingredients after they came out of the oven.

Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"Be a Light for All to See!" - Anonymous

Friday, March 3, 2017

Baked Mahi Mahi over Creamed Spinach

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With these easy-in-find ingredients and a few minutes to throw it together, your family will enjoy an amazing dinner that will leave you looking like a true chef!

Ingredients:

- 1, 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 pound fresh or frozen Mahi flillets (thawed if frozen)
- 2 Tbs butter
- 2 green onions, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
- 3 Tbs flour
- 1 cup 1% milk
- 6 to 8 halved cherry tomatoes
- 1 Tbs parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tsp. paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line spinach in an 11" x 7" baking dish. Place Mahi fillets evenly on top of spinach. In a medium sauce pan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add green onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and Old Bay seasoning. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour in the pan and gradually add milk, whisking to combine. Cook until mixture begins to thicken. Pour mixture over fillets. Add tomatoes, and sprinkle evenly with parmesan and paprika. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Remove and garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"Don't worry, God has gone before you and prepared the way. 
Keep walking." - Anonymous

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Crockpot Bourbon Chicken

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All of the ingredients in this magnificent meal meld together to bring a robust rich savory flavor that will appease your palate and keep you coming back for more!

Ingredients:

- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup sugar free or low sugar apple juice
- 3 Tbs honey (raw organic if you have it)
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup (good quality) Bourbon
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions

Place chicken into your crock pot. Whisk together remaining ingredients in a bowl then pour over chicken. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Remove chicken and shred it. Return chicken to slow cooker and cook on low for another 10 minutes. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"Life is only as good as your mindset." - Anonymous

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lenten Appetizer and Entrée Recipes

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No-stress delicious Lenten appetizer and meal recipes for you 
to enjoy and share!

















































- Mini Quiche(minus the bacon)