Curry chicken – another version

For dinner i made a new version of curried chicken, with no rice this time.

 

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Curry chicken - another version
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Recipe type: dinner
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Serves: 3
 
Chicken and veggie curry
Ingredients
  • 3 Red frozen roasted chicken - defrosted
  • 3 Green frozen sliced bell peppers
  • 3 green fresh spinach
  • 1 Blue raw cashews
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • curry paste and curry powder to taste
Instructions
  1. heat up the chicken chunks and once hot add the curry paste, powder and coconut milk.
  2. microwave the sweet potato for 5 minutes and then slice it up
  3. add sweet potato and bell peppers to the chicken and cook for a minute.
  4. add spinach and cover, letting it wilt
  5. uncover and stir
  6. stir in cashews and cook until done, about 5 minutes

 

each serving is 1 red, 2 green, 1 blue, 1 orange

Roasted Chickpeas – best snack EVER

A while back i was doing what i always do when i want to waste time.  I was perusing Pinterest for fun ideas.  I spotted a recipe for something listed as the best snack ever, and while dubious i pinned it.

 

Well today i finally tried it.  And seriously, best snack ever!

 

It was about 1 minute of prep and 30 min in oven.  Delicious and spicy 🙂

 

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Roasted Chickpeas - best snack EVER
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Serves: 4
 
Roasted spicy Chickpeas
Ingredients
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • salt, pepper
  • curry powder
  • garlic powder
  • Chili powder
  • 1T olive oil
Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  2. Add oil and spices and mix well
  3. preheat oven to 450F
  4. Put chickpeas onto a metal tray lined with tinfoil in a single layer
  5. put into oven for 15 minutes, shake and move the chickpeas around and bake for another 10-15 minutes
  6. Enjoy

 

Super Quick Tomato Soup

I found a number of versions of tomato soup recipes online, when i went to search for fun things to do with my new Ninja blender.  None of them were quite to my liking so i modified here and there, put my own spin on it and voila! here it is for all of you guys!

First things first, my Ninja is not a Vitamix, so i cant cook in it by the power of the motor.  And second… i hate celery.  So i omitted it, but of course you all can add it back in if you want 🙂

I took onion and garlic and carrot and microwaved them with a bit of water for 5 minutes.  This takes a bit of the raw edge off the onion and garlic and makes the carrot softer.

While all of that was steaming, I opened the cans of tomatoes and assembled the Ninja.  While at the store i had meant to find some diced tomatoes with Italian Seasoning, but Market Basket was out or something so i grabbed a jar that had garlic and basil.  Because seriously how can you go wrong?

Once the steaming was done, into the blender they went.

soup 1
 Followed closely by their friends from the tomato cans.
 soup 2

Once everything was in, i blended on 2 and 3 (medium and highest settings) for several minutes, mostly while i found a pot and cleared the stove to set it on LOL.

Here’s the awesome Ninja in action:
 soup 3

Then into the pot it went.  did you know the Ninja ha d a little opening in a corner just so you can pour things out more easily?  OMG i am in love with this blender!

soup 4

Do forgive my untidy and in desperate need of cleaning stove top there in the picture.  The soup came out of the blender quite frothy but that calmed down some on the stove top.  Took about 1.5 minutes to heat through and then i added in about 2 teaspoons worth of heavy cream and Bam! done.

soup 5
The cheese and greenery are totally optional 🙂

This made 3 huge dinner servings.  Each serving is 2 Green.  If you add cheese Then it is also 1 Blue.

Super Quick Tomato Soup
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Serves: 3 servings
 
Super quick soup recipe!
Ingredients
  • ½ of a medium onion, peeled and trimmed of the ends, cut in half
  • 1 medium to large size carrot, scrubbed and trimmed of the ends, broken in half
  • 2 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with the liquid
  • 1 (14.5) ounce can diced tomatoes with basil and herbs
  • garlic powder, salt, pepper, pasta sprinkles, to taste
Optional for serving:
  • Heavy cream
Instructions
  1. put onion, garlic and carrot in a bowl, add ½ cup water and microwave for 5 minutes to steam them.  drain the water
  2. Put the veggies in a blender and add both cans of tomato.
  3. Blend on high for several minutes until smooth
  4. transfer to a pot and heat up on stove top, 1-2 minutes
  5. drizzle a little bit of  heavy cream into the soup at the very end
  6. add  a small pinch of shredded cheese if desired

Dinner Salad (and lunch)

dinner salad

Someone was asking me the other day if i starve myself on my planned meals nutrition program thing. Well… this was Thursday’s dinner. Salad. With balsamic chicken, strawberries, spinach, sunflower seeds and balsamic dressing (balsamic, olive oil, honey, dijon mustard, lemon juice).

large bowl of it too.

I really really LOVE dinner salad, its healthy and supper filling.

A serving is 1 red container, 1 green container, 1 purple container and 1 orange container (dressing and seeds)

 

Then i took the leftovers and turned them into lunches.  It turns out that mason jars seal really well (i know, everyone who made canned food knows that!) and the food in them stays fresh forever, even when you store it with dressing already in.  Had one for lunch today and it was absolutely glorious.

 

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Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

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6 Bell Peppers, tops and seeds removed

1.lb Turkey Meat

5 Spring Onions, Chopped

1.5 cups Brown Rice, cooked

20oz Jar of Organic Marinara

5 Cloves of Garlic, chopped

Salt & Pepper (to taste, optional)

Italian seasoning spice (dried leaves i think mostly oregano)

  • Cook brown rice according to package. Brown turkey meat. Add cooked rice, spring onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and marinara sauce. Stir until warm. Mix in Italian seasoning. Remove from burner and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Boil peppers with a dash of salt for 1-2 minutes. Remove from water, transfer to baking dish and stuff with stuffing. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
  • ENJOY!!

Makes 6 servings

21 Day Equivalents:  1 Green, 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Purple

Mini Vegetable Egg cups

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I got this recipe from the 21 Day Fix Extreme book but i modified it so here we go –

Non stick spray

12 eggs

Salt

Black pepper

1 10 oz bag of baby spinach

1 red bell pepper

2 green onions

 

Heat oven to 375

Coat muffin tin with spray

Wisc all eggs together, add salt and pepper.

In a food processor, puree spinach, pepper and onion.

Add spinach, pepper, onion goop to the egg mixture

Evenly pour into muffin cups

Bake 25 min  until toothpick comes out clean

 

Another handy breakfast food is here!

In the SCA there is an awesome mushroom pie/quiche that i often make for events. It keeps well and is a good way to eat a fast meal. I decided to modify it a bit and make little breakfast bites that are easy to grab and take in the car. I made these a few weeks ago and finally decided to write them up. Here we go!

A little olive oil (for cooking the mushrooms)
1 (10 oz) package baby spinach (instead of the normal parsley – to make it healthier)
4 eggs
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice (I use mozzarella and parmasean split in half)
1 (8 oz package) mini-bella mushrooms, chopped
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 375F

Heat a little oil in a large skillet. Saute the mushrooms until they are soft, about 5-6 minutes.

add spinach and cook until it is just wilted, 2-3 minutes. Set aside

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until combined. Add the cooked mushrooms, spinach, and cheeses to the eggs. Mix well. Season to taste.

Divide evenly among the 12 muffin cups.

Bake for about 20-23 minutes, or until it’s well set and a tester/toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

keep in a covered tightly Tupperware in fridge and grab one on the go every morning!

1/2 green, 1/2 red, 1/2 tsp each 🙂

 

breakfast cups

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Or as i prefer to call them, tiny cabbages!!  These are delicious, long as you don’t overcook them 🙂

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Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs brussels sprouts, halved
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or use a Silpat silicone baking mat.
  3. In a large bowl, toss brussels sprouts with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to coat thoroughly.
  4. Transfer the brussels sprouts to baking sheet and roast until tender and caramelized, about 20 minutes.
  5. Place brussels sprouts back in bowl. Add remaining tablespoon olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey and toss to coat evenly. Taste and season with kosher salt if necessary and serve.
 Makes 4 servings
1 green, 1 orange, 2 tsp

 

Tuna salad, the healthy way

How can Tuna Salad be healthy you may ask?  Well, easy!  THis is my favorite kind of tuna salad.  It is a meal in and of itself.  Pardon the picture, it is prior to addition of lovely red onions to make the food appealing and colorful lol

tuna

1 can of tuna

1 cup of brown rice, cooked

1 tablespoon red onions chopped

1 hard boiled egg

2 egg yolks

olive oil

salt

 

Put egg yolks into the blender and blend, slowly dripping in olive oil until  the mixture is mayonnaise consistency.  That’s cause it is mayonnaise lol!

Cook the rice.  Combine rice, tuna, onion in a bowl.  Crush the hard egg with a fork and also mix it in.  Now add the mayo until tuna salad consistency and salt to taste.

 

voila, done!

1.5 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1/4 green

Sweet Potato Latkes

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Serves: 15
Prep:  15 min
Cook: 35 min
Total: 50 min

Ingredients
2 pounds grated sweet potatoes
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Coat two baking sheets with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Drop by quarter-cupfuls onto the baking sheets. Flatten with a spatula.
3. Bake for 25 minutes. Flip and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Nutritional Facts per serving
Calories     72.5 cal
Fat     0.7 g
Saturated fat     0.2 g
Cholesterol     28.2 mg
Sodium     127.1 mg
Carbohydrates     14.6 g
Total sugars     2.9 g
Dietary fiber     2.1 g
Protein     2.1 g