Sweet Potato White Bean Kale Soup

This is a great soup I had it the first time a few months ago and I smitten .It tasted so good that’s why I decided to make it.It is a good dish for the fall and winter seasons ,Keep you warm when the weather is cold.By the way did I say it has a spicy zing .This soup is good for vegetarians,vegans and people who have gluten allergies .So its very healthy that’s why I love it so much.It’s easy to make and it is accompanied with Parmesean Garlic Bread Croutons that recipe will be another page .I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Ingredients:

2 cups chopped kale ( lacinato and curly) 1 cup of each

1/2 cup of sweet potatoes – chopped

1 medium carrot- chopped

1 can cannellini beans (15 oz)

1/2 of  a small onion -chopped

1 large garlic clove -minced

1 medium tomato -chopped

1-1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 cup of water

1-1/2 tbsps  olive oil

1 tbsp butter

2 tsps Italian seasoning

1-1/2 tbsps fresh or dried parsley

1 sage leaf

1 sprig of rosemary

1/4 tsp sweet smoked paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1-1/2 tsps kosher salt

1 tsp black pepper

Directions:

1.Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat.

2. Add the garlic ,onions and saute , stir  for 3-4 mins or until translucent.

3. Now add in the kale ,tomatoes,carrots and beans.

4. Pour chicken broth and water  over the soup mixture.Now bring to a boil. Add in the spices and herbs .Stir thoroughly.

5. Boil on low for 15-20 minutes.Now add the sweet potatoes and cook for 10 minutes more.Last but not least add the cayenne pepper ,smoked paprika,salt,pepper and stir.

Voila!!! I hope you enjoy this soup

White Bean Chicken Chili

Here is a all time soup to warm your heart with each sip.It’s tasty and slightly spicy on the pallet.This soup is called “White Bean Chicken Chili.My inspiration for the soup was a sandwich oddly enough.I have had a chicken sandwich that was slathered with a white bean mayo and topped with bed tomatoes.When I first saw it I thought it looked gross but when I tasted it I was like Oh wow this could work.I didn’t think then I would put a twist to it Ta Dow here it is. For some time I wanted to make a white bean soup ,chili or chowder. This chili is the bomb and  tastes excellent that’s just my opinion.I’d like for you to let me know how you like it.

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Ingredients:

1 chicken breast-cooked & diced

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 medium onion-chopped

2 medium garlic cloves-minced

1 medium jalapeno pepper-minced

1 small serrano pepper-minced

1/4 cup diced tomatoes

2 cups chicken broth

1 can canellini beans or any white beans of your choice -Drained

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp dried or fresh cilantro or parsley

1/2 tsp dried or fresh thyme

1 tsp dried or fresh oregano

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/8 cayenne pepper

Directions:

1.In a saute skillet heat  olive oil over medium high heat.

2.  Add onions, garlic and jalapeno and saute for about or  until softened.

3 .Add in  cumin,  oregano and thyme . 

4. Add in the tomatoes to onion,garlic and spice mixture . Add  in the chicken and corn and stir.

5. Add in the chicken broth and stir in  the beans. Reduce the heat and cover.Let simmer for 10-15 minutes.

6.Add in the Goya Sazon ,cayenne powder ,salt and pepper. Now stir and place the cover back on .Turn up the heat and cook for 5-10 minutes.

7. Transfer to  a nice bowl and serve with cornbread,baked tortillas or in a bread bowl.

Top with cheese of your choice and I hope you enjoy this autumn delight!!!!

Chipotle Cranberry Glazed Chicken

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Thanksgiving is next week and I  wanted to come up with interesting things to cook.This lady at the bus stop gave an idea “She said why don’t I use cranberry sauce to glaze chicken and I thought how  would I work the flavor combinations with that type of sauce.So I played around  with the ingredients and browsed around the internet a little light bulb went off .I have found what I have been looking for.So today I made the chicken and it was awesomely delicious.

The cranberry sauce glaze is easy to make because all you need is a can of jellied cranberry sauce and some orange juice ,orange zest sugar, and some spices.It’s not that sweet and if you reduce all of the ingredients to a thick sauce it almost resembles Ketchup.I think you will like this because I did and I was surprised what you can with a can of cranberry sauce.I have to thank that lady for suggesting this idea.

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Ingredients:

1 lb of chicken thighs,breast,wings or any pieces of your choice

1-1/3 cup canned jellied cranberry sauce

1/2 cup orange juice

2-1/2 tbsps light brown sugar

1 tbsp butter

1/2 tsp red wine vinegar

2 tsps orange zest

1/2 tsp Baharat or Pumpkin seasoning

1/2 tsp chipotle powder or smoked paprika with cayenne powder

Salt and Pepper

 

Directions:

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1. Set oven to 400 degrees.

2.Place chicken  on a foil lined sheet pan .

3.Rub olive oil all over chicken.

4.Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly all over chicken.

5. Place chicken into oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.

For The Glaze:

1. In a medium sauce pan add  the cranberry sauce ,orange juice ,sugar butter,vinegar and spices.Whisk until smooth over medium heat.

2.Cook cranberry mixture until thick like ketchup (About 8-10 minutes).Whisk continually to prevent burning.

3.When the chicken is done.Take a pastry brush or spoon evenly spread the glaze all over the chicken and place it back into the oven for 5 minutes.Repeat the procedure and bake for 5 more minutes.

4.Take chicken out oven and transfer to a serving dish and Enjoy!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

 

 

 

 

Simplylicious Baked Buffalo Wings!!!

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I have made one of  favorite appetizers they are Buffalo Chicken Wings.I remember the first time I had Buffalo wings I think I was 15 yrs old it was at restaurant near my Dad’s house .The Chicken wings were so good. I had to  order them every time I went to there to eat.I also have another memory for the wings it was 1996 a friend of mine showed how to make these and from there I was hooked.These Buffalo wings are baked not like ones I made years ago which  were deep fried .I made these a little healthier but with the same way that we made them.These are simple and quick to make.These are  good with fries and a salad too.I hope you enjoy them.

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Ingredients:

1 lb chicken wings

1/2 cup hot sauce

1 tbsp butter-melted

1 tsp lemon juice

2 pinches of dried parsley

 

Directions:

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1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2.Put the chicken on a foil lined sheet pan.

3. Place the chicken in heated oven and bake f0r 45-50 minutes.

4.In  a small or medium sauce put the hot sauce,butter,lemon juice and parsley.Now stir.

5.Take chicken wings out of oven and place them in a bowl.

6. Now pour the buffalo sauce over chicken and stir with a spoon until fully covered.

7. Transfer wings to a serving dish and accompany the wings with blue cheese dip or any dip you have.

Eat Up and Enjoy!!

 

 

Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

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Here is a delicious meatball appetizers to serve at your holiday parties .These meatballs are so flavorful and moist you’ll be coming back for seconds and thirds.They are made with ground turkey,stuffing mix and best of all dried cranberries.The cranberries add a tarty sweetness that stands out in the meatballs.These one bite appetizers are my favorite because just pick it up and enjoy it without all of the guilt because they are healthy.Great for vegetarians whole still eat chicken and turkey .You can use other types of ground meats such as pork,chicken or beef if you like and change up the spices and herbs to suit your tastes.I think your going to like these because they Nicole approved and I wouldn’t lie to you .So please give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!!!

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Ingredients:

1 Lb Ground Turkey

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter-for pan

1 tab

1 cup stuffing cubes-moistened with 2 tbsps of water

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 small onion finely diced

2 garlic cloves finely minced

1 egg

1 tsp ground sage

1 tsp poultry seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

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1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2.Turn stove onto medium high heat.Put butter into pan.

3.Put onions and garlic into pan  for 3-6 minutes until translucent.

4.Remove onions and garlic from pan .Set Aside.

5.In a medium or large bowl add all of ingredients and stir with a spatula until completely mixed.

6.With a small ice cream scoop or spoon and drop the meatballs on a foil lined sheet pan.

7.Place meatball into oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

8.Remove from oven and transfer meatballs to a serving dish.

9.Drizzle gravy over meatballs and serve and Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

 

Shake N Bake Style Chicken Drumsticks

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Shake N Bake- Wow those few words just brings me back to my childhood.My mother would make shake n bake chicken and I was always excited.I love retro foods from my childhood like in the 70’s I guess I told my age.Well lets get to 2013.Whenever I go to the supermarket I always see the shake n bake mix and I always look at the back of the box at the ingredients.I have always wanted to make my own mix and now I finally did.Today I made drumsticks and coated them with my version of shake n’ bake bread crumb mix.Man they were oh so tasty . This recipe is easy to make and your kids would have fun too.I can’t  wait til you try this recipe please let me know when you do.

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Ingredients:

1 lb chicken drumsticks or any selection

Water

Shake N Bake mix

Ziploc Bag

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.Pour shake n bake mixture into the ziploc bag.

3. Take the drumsticks and dip them into the water.

4.Place the drumsticks into the bread crumb mixture.

5. Shake bag until chicken is thoroughly coated.

6.Place the chicken onto a foiled or parchment lined pan.

7.Bake for 50-60 minutes.

8.Transfer to a serving dish and you can have this as an easy Christmas main dish.Serve with salad,rice or potatoes.

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Spicy Corn and Tomato Salad

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Here is a simple corn and tomato salad it makes for nice summer side to have along with your hot dog or cheese burger.I love summer because it allows you to eat light and healthy .This is why I started June with this salad it is really good .It covered with a sweetened  balsamic vinaigrette.The side dish is easy to put together in no time and its great for BBQs,Picnics or a quick salad just for you .I hope you like it.

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup grape tomatoes-cut in half

2 cups frozen corn kernels-thawed and sauteed

3 Tbsps purple diced onions

Dressing:

1-1/2 Tbsps balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsps olive oil

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp chili powder

1/8 tsp cayenne powder

1/2 tsp sugar

Directions

1.Place balsamic vinegar,olive oil, Italian seasoning,chili powder,cayenne powder salt and pepper in a bowl.Now mix all ingredients and set aside

2.Stir gently to combine. Set aside.Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.

3. Now add  frozen corn kernels and saute until corn is tender.Now transfer cooked corn into a small bowl and let cool.

4. Cut tomatoes in half and place them into a bowl.Add  the corn ,onions and stir with the tomatoes.

5.Pour the dressing over the tomato mixture and stir with a spoon.

6.Cover with plastic wrap or foil and place into the refrigerator and let the mingle until your ready to eat.

 

You can serve this for lunch,dinner or as a little snack.Make it for a picnic,bbq or just at home as a side dish.

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Cheddar Ciabatta Roll Garlic Bread

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When it comes to garlic bread I wish I can step back into time.I remember my mother’s neighbor she made the best garlic bread oh boy it was good.The best part was the cheese I love the way it tasted.I would eat this with a bowl of Spaghetti-O’s every child’s dream to never to wake up from.I wanted to make a version of that garlic bread from the past and put a little twist to it.Her garlic bread was made with french bread and yellow american cheese. I used Ciabatta Rolls , Cheddar Cheese and added a little red pepper flakes for a hint of surprise.I’d like to thank her for the inspiration and those we’re the good ole’ times.Just me and my Spaghetti-O’s.

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Ingredients:

2 Ciabatta Roll- Slice in half

Cheddar Cheese

4 garlic cloves-roasted

2-1/2  tbsps salted butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp parsley

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

 

Directions:

1.Set oven to 350 degrees

2.With a bread knife slice the Ciabatta rolls in half and toast for 2-4 minutes .Take out of oven and set aside

3. In a small sauce pan melt the butter and now add the oil.

4.Pour butter mixture  in into a bowl and  smashed the garlic until it looks paste.

5.Add in the parsley and red pepper flakes,Now stir until combined.

6.Spoon butter mixture onto bread cover evenly.

7.Top with the cheese and place back into oven  for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Serve this with pasta,seafood or a salad.

Now Enjoy!!

 

Spinach Watermelon Blueberry Salad

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I love salads especially during the summer when days are hot.Here is a healthy salad that is good for vegans and vegetarians.I first served this salad at a party I threw.It was a hit I have always wanted to post this cause it’s a good tasting salad for everyone.The Watermelon and Blueberries make this salad go up another notch really tasty.I am sharing this recipe because its a season of Watermelon and Blueberries too.This dish is great for picnics,barbecues and for the summertime holidays.Kids would even like it so they can help make it .Its quick and  easy to make takes less than 30 minutes.Please try this salad and let me know what you think.I hope you enjoy it.

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Ingredients:

2 cups baby spinach

1/2 cup cubed watermelon

1/4 cup blueberries

2 tbsps sliced red onions

Handful of pecans chopped

2 tbsps crumbled feta cheese

 

Directions:

1. In a large bowl place the spinach and watermelon.

2.Now add in the rest of the ingredients.

3.Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.(I didn’t put the dressing on it will be in another post.

Cranberry and Pecan Green Beans

Here is a quick and easy side dish I hope you’d enjoy!!!

Ingredients:

1/2 lb green beans or  haricots verts

1 tbsp butter

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup chopped pecans

 Directions:

1.In a large skillet turn the stove on to medium heat and add the butter.

2. Add the green beans to the skillet and saute for 5 minutes or until the greens are tender.

3.  Stir in the cranberries and pecans .

4.Now transfer to a serving dish and enjoy.