Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cookies, Strawberry Jewels

So, the other day I was sleeping on the sofa, and I thought I had heard a knock  on the door, I opened my eyes, and listen carefully to see if someone was really at the door, but I didn't hear anything so I went back to sleep..

Later than same day, I opened my door to go outside and I found a plastic bag filled with Chocolate and Vanilla cookies, and a little note! It was from our new neighbor, who had just stopped to say Hi!
So I decided to make some cookies and go introduce myself, and thank them for the cookies they left at the door! :D
So here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, soften
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
  • 3 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purposed flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • strawberry marmalade

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Mix flour and salt together, set aside.

In an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. (mix for around 3-5 minutes until you get a creamy texture)
Scrape the sides of your bowl and add the vanilla extract.

Blend in the flour and mix for another 3 minutes, until everything is combined into a soft dough.



Grab about a tablespoon of dough and with your hands roll it into a small ball, with your finger press down the center of your ball to create a small depression, place on baking sheet and continue to repeat this process.





Now it is time to fill in the cookies (the depression we created with our finger), add about 1/4 teaspoon of marmalade to each and bake for around 15-20 minutes.



You can leave the cookies like that, or you can dust them with some powdered sugar or cocoa powder!
and you are done!!

Enjoy!!

Watch my Video Recipe HERE

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya...

One pot meal! Easy to make and easy to clean:

Ingredients:


  • 6 pieces chicken (or one whole chicken cut in pieces)
  • 2 1/2 cups sausage, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped turkey ham
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup white drice
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chilly powder (optional)

Soak the rice in some water and set aside.

Season the chicken with some salt, black pepper and chilli powder, add a tablespoon of olive oil and rub the seasoning and oil all over the chicken.

In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, add the chicken and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, we just want to get a nice brown color on it..it will finish cooking later. Remove the chicken from your skillet and set aside.
Add the ham, sausage, onions, green pepper, tomato, and garlic, stir together and add thyme, cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper, stir again and cook for 5 minutes.

Drain the rice and add it to your skillet, also add the Chicken stock plus 1/2 cup of water and a dash of hot sauce, stir together and bring the chicken back into the skillet, taste to check the seasoning, add more salt and pepper if needed.

Cook at low heat for around 30-35 minutes until the rice is tender and the chicken is completely cooked.
Feel free to add more liquid (water or chicken stock) if needed.

Garnish with some parsley and you are ready to eat!

Enjoy!

Watch my Video Recipe HERE

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Chicken Patty!!!

Today I bring to you a super easy and delicious Chicken Patty! It cooks in less than 15 minutes!
This dish is perfect for hot summer days when you don't really feel like being in the kitchen all day!
You can eat it by yourself, for lunch or dinner, or you can invite some friends over to enjoy this delicious and really easy to make and versatile dish! 

Ingredients:


  • 1 pound of ground chicken (or any kind of ground meat you like)
  • 4 pieces of turkey bacon (or any kind you like)
  • 3 tablespoons of grated onion
  • 4 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
  • 1 garlic finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chicken flavor seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil.
Cut the bacon in small pieces and cook on medium-high heat for about 2-3 minutes. (till is brown) Set aside.

In a large bowl we are going to mix all our ingredients, the chicken, onion, cilantro, garlic, bread crumbs, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chicken seasoning and finally add the cooked bacon mix together and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, mix again till all the ingredients are incorporated and start forming your patties.

This recipe makes 4 large patties.

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to your skill at cook your patties at medium heat for around 5 minutes on each side. Just turn your patties once.

At the last minute I will add a teaspoon of water to each of my patties and turn off the stove, and let your patties rest on the pan for around 2 minutes before serving.




 You can serve these patties with a delicious black bean Salad.







If you don't like Black bean salad, serve this with white rice, corn on the cobb and some avocado slices, garnish with some cilantro!




  Or if you prefer, you can serve this patty as a burger. Grab your favorite buns, a slice of your favorite cheese, some lettuce, a slice of tomato, some onion slices, some jalapeno peppers and start building your burger!
Finish it up with some fries! Enjoy!

To watch this Video Recipe click HERE

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cheddar Biscuits!!!

I Love, like seriously, I really do love Cheddar biscuits, and I could eat them every single day of my life!! When I created this recipe I was trying to recreate Red Lobster's Garlic and Cheddar biscuits, but seriously this recipe is way better! Click HERE to watch my video recipe

makes 6-8 large biscuits!
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • a pinch of salt
  • + 4 tablespoons of butter and 1tspn garlic powder and 1tspn Italian seasoning.

Preheat the oven at 450°F.

In an electric mixer, at slow speed, we will mix all the dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, garlic powder and Italian seasoning.

Once all the dry ingredients are mixed together we will cut in 1/3 cup of butter and continue to mix for about a minute or so. (mix for more time if needed)  We want our dough to have the texture of coarse crumbs.

Add the heavy cream and mix together till we get a soft  yet firm dough.  Add the cheddar cheese, mix with your hands, till the cheese is completely incorporated with the dough, get ready to start forming your biscuits!

 


Just grab some of your dough and roll it with your hands into a ball.... keep doing this till you have all your biscuits ready.




In a small bowl melt 4 tablespoons of butter and add  1tspn garlic powder plus 1tspn Italian seasoning, mix together and brush your biscuits with this garlicky butter.

Bake your biscuits for around 15 to 18 minutes at 425°F

(all ovens are different, cook for longer if needed, also if you oven heats like crazy, you can cook this at 400° for 20-25 or 375°F for 22-25 min.) 

Enjoy!!!

Spicy Potato Wedges

Potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes, they are so versatile, you can bake them, fry them, boil them, either way they are always delicious and go great with any main dish... and the best part they are Budget friendly, you can feed an army with them and your wallet wont be broke!! Click HERE to watch this video recipe!!!

Serves 4 (side dish)

Ingredients:
  • 2 large Idaho Potatoes (or as many as you want)
  • 2 tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Dry Oregano
  • 2 tablespoons Minced Onion
  • 2 tablespoons Chilli Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin 
  • Crushed Red Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Preheat oven at 400°F.

Cut the potatoes lengthwise in about 6 wedges and then cut them in half.

Mix all your spices together and set a side for a minute.

In a large bowl combine the olive oil with the potato wedges, make sure all the potatoes are covered with some oil and sprinkle the spicy blend all over the potatoes.  Sprinkle as much or as little as you want. 

Once your potato wedges are completely coated with the spicy blend we will place them on a baking sheet and they will go into the oven for about 20 -25 minutes at 400°F.

Enjoy!!!

Baked Tilapia!

This recipe also makes great fish tacos.  Click HERE to watch my video recipe!!!
Serves 4. 
Ingredients:
  •  4 to 6 Tilapia Fillets
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 2 cup of crushed Saltine  crackers
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablepsoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon  chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground cumin
  •  salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven at 400° F

Add a teaspoon of salt and  1 teaspoon of black pepper to the eggs and whisk together. Set aside.

Mix 1/2 tablespoon of salt and 1/2 tablespoon of black pepper with the flour. Set aside.

To the cracker crumbs we will add a tablespoon of each: Black pepper, paprika, chilli powder, garlic powder, minced onion and ground cumin, add salt and pepper to taste. Combined and get ready to start coating the fish.

Coat the fish with the flour mixture, then dip it right into the egg mix, and finally coat it with the seasoned cracker crumbs.

Place in a baking sheet layered with some parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes at 400°F.




And you are done...
You can serve this with rice, some potatoes, a salad, or anything else you want... 






This recipe also makes delicious fish tacos...
Heat up some corn tortillas, get some shredded lettuce, a tomato, a small onion and your favorite salsa!

And you are ready to start building your tacos
Top them with some sour cream and lemon juice!

Enjoy!!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Choco-Banana

Are you craving something sweet, yet nutritious and full of flavor, maybe something chocolatey?


Well you came to the right place, I have a perfect EASY, delicious and healthy alternative just for you!!

Ingredients

Bananas
1 cup of dark chocolate morsels
and some toothpicks

Peal the bananas, cut them in thirds and place them in the freezer while you melt your chocolate morsels.

To melt the chocolate, you can do it the microwave. It will take like 3 minutes, just do it one minute at a time, and be sure to stir your chocolate in between every minute. (to prevent the chocolate from burning)

The best way to do it is using a double boiler. Melt your chocolate and once is done, you are ready to dip your bananas in.

You can use anything you wan to add a little extra texture to your banana.
Drizzle with some white chocolate,
sprinkle with some colored sugar, nuts, or anything you want.

You are ready to eat! Of course if you put your choco-bananas back in the freezer for around 10 more minutes... they will be even better! They will be cool and will have a delicious chocolatey crunch!

Enjoy!!!!

Apple Cinnamon Oat Meal

Ingredients:

2/3 cup Old Fashion Oats
2/3 cup Fat Free Milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 (or 2) tablespoon brown sugar
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 apple (diced)


In a small pan we will be heating up the diced apple with the cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg and salt. Cook for around 1 minute.
Add the milk and bring to a rapid boil. Reduce the heat to low and add the oats, let simmer for around 3 minutes and serve, garnish with diced apples and raisins.


Enjoy!

Banana Bread Oat Meal

Serves 2.

Ingredients:

1 banana or two.
2/3 cup Old Fashion oats
2/3 cup Fat Free Milk
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 vanilla extract
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
pinch of nutmeg
pecans.

(medium heat). In a small pan we will smash the banana together with the honey, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg, mix together and cook for a minute.

Add the milk and bring to a rapid boil. turn down the heat to low and add the oats, let simmer for around 3 minutes.
Sprinkle your pecans on top and you are ready to eat!

Enjoy!

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