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Sticky Asian Chicken Thighs

November 9, 2018

I have been playing with chicken thighs recently since they tend to be packed with flavor. We served these sticky chicken thighs with some steamed rice and roasted broccoli…all of which made phenomenal leftovers.

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You will need:

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 T hoisin sauce
  • 2 T low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 T sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 t sambal oelek
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 T olive oil

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, combine everything but the chicken. Mix well.
  2. Put the chicken in a gallon ziploc bag.
  3. Pour the sauce into the bag. Seal and toss to coat the chicken.
  4. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Add the chicken (hold onto the marinade for later) and pan fry for 6 minutes on one side.
  7. Flip and continue cooking another 4 minutes.
  8. Pour the marinade into the skillet and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  9. Continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through and the marinade is reduced to almost a glaze, about 5 minutes.
  10. Serve with rice and your favorite veggies.
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Spicy Tomato Glazed Pork Tenderloin

November 5, 2018

Pork tenderloins are a great protein: you can grill, roast or sear it, and it deliciously handles glazes. This glaze is quick to put together and can be made a couple of days in advance and stored in the fridge. Sambal oelek is an Indonesian chile paste made from crushed raw red chiles, vinegar, and salt. Most grocery stores carry it in the international foods section.

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You will need:

  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 6 oz (1 can) tomato paste
  • 5 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 t sesame oil
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t cracked pepper
  • 1/2 t sambal oelek
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line an edged baking sheet with nonstick foil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar, honey, tomato paste, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, sesame oil, salt, pepper, and sambal oelek.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Sear the pork until golden on each side, about 5-6 minutes all together.
  5. Brush half of the glaze on the pork and transfer the tenderloin to the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Roast in the oven for 7 minutes.
  7. Brush more glaze on the pork as needed and flip over.
  8. Roast for another 7-10 minutes, or until a thermometer in the middle reaches 145 degrees.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls

November 1, 2018

These are a sweet and simply snack, perfect for little fingers and grown ups alike. They are best served out of the fridge for a cool and delicious treat during the day.

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You will need:

  • 3/4 c old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 c smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 3/4 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 3 T sweetened cocoa powder

Then you will…

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Allow to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Form into balls (roughly 2-3 tablespoons per ball). You should have about 16.
  4. Allow to firm up in the fridge for another 30 minutes before eating (or transferring to a storage container in the fridge). I suggest putting them on some wax paper or freezer paper so they are easy to remove.
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Simple Herb Focaccia

October 29, 2018

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We invited some friends over for dinner last minute, and I whipped up a simple pasta dish. This focaccia bread complemented the meal perfectly! It was also incredibly simple to put together.

You will need:

  • 3/4 c warm water
  • 2 1/4 t (1 packet) yeast
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 3/4 c flour (plus up to 1/4 c additional as needed)
  • 1/2 t dried oregano
  • 1/2 t dried basil
  • 1/2 t dried minced onion
  • 1/4 t garlic powder

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the water and yeast and stir to mix. Allow to rest and bloom for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, the salt, and the flour.
  3. On a lightly floured counter, knead 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  4. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Spread the dough in the pan and allow to rise for an hour, covered with oiled plastic wrap or a damp towel.
  6. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Remove the covering from the dough.
  8. Press dough with fingertips to create small indentations across the top surface.
  9. Drizzle with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  10. Sprinkle with the oregano, basil, minced onion and garlic powder.
  11. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
  12. Allow to cool 5 minutes and then remove from the pan.
  13. Cool on a wire rack at least another 5 minutes.
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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Muffin Bites

October 23, 2018

These mini egg muffins are packed with bacon, cheese and potatoes. They are delicious for breakfast or as part of lunch or dinner, and they are wonderfully portable. This will make 2 dozen mini muffins…although you probably won’t have any leftovers!

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You will need:

  • 1/2 lb red-skinned potatoes, small diced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 t dried chives (or 1 T fresh)
  • 1/3 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 lb bacon, crisped and crumbled

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 24 count mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Put the potatoes in a large pot of lightly salted water.
  3. Bring to a boil and allow to cook until the potatoes are just fork tender, about 5-8 minutes.
  4. Drain the potatoes.
  5. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Add the potatoes and onion to the hot skillet and saute for 3-5 minutes, until the onion is starting to soften.
  7. Mix in the onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and salt and allow to cook another minute.
  8. Remove from heat and allow to cool at least 5 minutes.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk and chives.
  10. Stir in the potato-onion mixture, cheese and bacon.
  11. Spoon the mixture into the prepared mini muffin cups.
  12. Bake 15-20 minutes. The edges should be turning golden and starting to pull away from the side, and the center should be set.
  13. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes before removing from the pan with a spoon.

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Baked Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Squares

October 15, 2018

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This is so easy! I loved that this baked oatmeal comes out of the oven firm enough to cut into squares. It’s perfect for packing breakfast-on-the-go or crumbling up over yogurt or feeding to hungry toddlers (and grownups!). You can serve as is or go wild: try topping with syrup or fresh fruit or a little milk.

You will need:

  • 4 T unsalted butter, melted and allowed to cool for 5 minutes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/4 c milk
  • 1/2 c light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 t baking powder
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3 c old-fashioned oats

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine everything but the oats until well mixed.
  3. Stir in the oats.
  4. Spread in the prepared pan.
  5. Bake 25-35 minutes or until the edges are golden and the center is set.
  6. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

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One Pot Mac n Cheese

October 4, 2018

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Easy, cheesy and perfectly comforting. This simple mac n cheese comes together in one pot on your stovetop. If you want a cheesier taste, you could omit the pureed veg.

You will need:

  • 1 lb elbow or pipette noodles
  • 5 c milk
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 8 oz pureed carrot baby food
  • 4 oz pureed pumpkin baby food
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 4 c freshly shredded cheddar
  • Optional: crispy fried onions, roughly chopped (like you put on a green bean casserole)

Then you will…

  1. In a large saucepan, combine pasta with the milk, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  2. Bring to a light boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Allow to cook until the pasta is just tender, another 5-6 minutes.
  4. Stir in the butter, carrot and pumpkin purees, mustard and cheddar until everything is mixed well and the cheese is melted.
  5. Serve hot with crispy fried onions sprinkled on top!
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