Chicken, Healthy, Quick Meals

Cheesy Garlic Crispy Chicken

I have really been eating healthier for the last few weeks. I’m trying to not go too much off course and trying to eat less throughout the day when I know I have an event or a time that I may not be eating the best. During the week I’m always looking for something new to try. That’s where this dish came in.

I usually make chicken often and like I’ve said before I’m always trying to come up with new chicken recipes. I just made this dish last night and I had to share. The chicken came out so tender with a crispy top and a nice pop of garlic. It was delicious. I needed something different for chicken and I wanted it to be healthier therefore I used light and low fat items. Feel free to use full fat ingredients in this dish too. I’m sure it will come out even better.

Cheesy Garlic Crispy Chicken

Ingredients:
8 boneless and skinless chicken thighs
3 oz (1/4 cup+ 2 T) light ranch salad dressing
½ cup panko breadcrumbs
½ cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
3 garlic cloves, grated (more or less to taste)
2 t olive oil
1 t Italian seasoning
1 t + more for sprinkling, garlic powder
1 t + more for sprinkling, onion powder
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. Add chicken to an oven safe dish and season chicken with sprinkle of garlic and onion powder and salt and pepper. In a medium bowl mix together light ranch dressing, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, grated garlic, panko breadcrumbs, 1 teaspoon each of spices and sprinkle of salt and pepper. Once completely mixed add a spoonful of the breadcrumb mixture to top of all chicken pieces and flatten. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes until chicken in completely cooked to 165°. Let rest a few minutes and serve with your favorite sides.

Notes: You can do this with chicken breasts and depending on size you may have to just increase the cooking time. Feel free to double the topping to make extra as it’s super delicious. I only did this amount as I was trying to keep it healthier. Try to switch it up with different kinds of cheese or even different spices. You can make this earlier in the day and cook when ready.

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Before going in the oven!
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Cooked!
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Bacon, Easy & Quick, Healthy, Salad, Seafood

Shrimp & Bacon BBQ Ranch Salad

I’m about 2 weeks into doing Weight Watchers and I’m finally realizing that dinner doesn’t have to be a production every single night. I have a habit of over thinking a meal and then getting frustrated or discouraged. I always feel like every meal should have a a protein, a vegetable and a starch. That must be my culinary professors in my head telling me that.

So, I’m learning it’s ok to have eggs for dinner or a quick thrown together salad or something simple. With doing Weight Watchers I feel it’s easier as I can really eat anything I want.

I put this salad together this for dinner that was full of protein and very delicious. It really was super simple.

Shrimp & Bacon BBQ Ranch Salad

Servings: 2

Ingredients:
20 medium shrimp, cleaned and cooked and slightly warm
1 small avocado
½ cup no salt black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup corn, fresh or frozen
1 small red onion, diced
¼ cup shredded cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked and rough chopped
6- 8 cups romaine lettuce, cleaned and chopped
2 oz bbq sauce
2 oz ranch dressing

Directions: In a small bowl mix together bbq sauce and ranch dressing. Add lettuce to a large bowl. Add in corn, black beans, onions, cheese and dressing and mix well. Separate into individual bowls and top with even amount of shrimp, bacon and avocado. Enjoy!

Notes: Feel free to mix all these ingredients together and serve it up. I always like to make sure the main proteins or higher fat/calories items are equally distributed to both bowls especially when county calories or points. In this case, that would be the shrimp, bacon and avocado. Use any bbq sauce you’d like, mine had a slight kick and it gave a nice flavor profile. If you don’t have cooked shrimp, feel free to use raw and just cook them up. That’s exactly what I did.

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Breakfast, Easy & Quick, Healthy

5 Ingredient Healthy Bagels

You may be hearing about these easy healthy bagels.  They are made with very few ingredients and low in calories, fat and smart points.  I decided to make them last week and made again yesterday.  I’ve done it 2 different ways and I wanted to share with you what I did.  You will see so many variations out there of this recipe. This is just what I did.

I loved them so much I could probably eat them every single day.  So delicious and makes me feel guilt free as they are healthier and only 3 smart points per bagel.

5 Ingredient Healthy Bagels

Ingredient:
1 cup Greek yogurt, nonfat and unsweetened
1 cup flour (if self-rising flour, omit the salt and baking powder)
¾ t of salt
1 ½ t of baking powder
1 egg, beaten

Toppings, optional:
Everything bagel seasoning
Sesame or poppy seeds
Cinnamon & sugar (Will add more points/calories)
Cheese (Will add more points/calories)

Directions: Preheat oven to 400°.  In a bowl mix together the Greek yogurt and the flour.  Mix well until if forms a dough.  Knead the dough a few minutes.  Add flour to a flat surface and roll dough into a ball and cut into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a rope and pinch both ends together to create a bagel shape.   Place on parchment paper and brush with beaten egg then top with desired toppings.  Bake in oven 20-23 minutes until golden brown.  Let cool prior to eating. Then Enjoy!

Note: I have done the method where you boiled the bagels first then baked them. Honestly, it didn’t taste or come out any different to me.  The 2nd time I made them I baked for about 22 minutes.  Each oven is different so the time and temp may vary.  Some people cook at a lower temp for longer or a high temp for shorter.  You can also add the broiler to help crisp up the bagels.  I haven’t done this as mine have come out fine.  If you can wait to eat them, wait till they are cooled.  I’ve eaten right away both times and the insides felt slightly gummy, however they didn’t taste gummy at all.

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#Recipes, Breakfast, Brunch

Biscuits & Gravy

Happy 2018, Everyone.  I hope you all have a wonderful new year.  This morning for breakfast I made biscuits and gravy.  I figured that was a good way to start the new year.  It’s a surprisingly simple.  There are several variations of this dish.  I prefer my gravy a little thicker with less pepper.  You can really customize this to your liking.  Here’s my recipe.

Biscuits & Gravy

Ingredients:
8 Biscuits, cooked
1 lb roll pork sausage
3 cups milk
1 t-1 T pepper (more or less depending on taste)
1/2 t salt
3-5 T flour

Directions:  In a medium saute pan cook the sausage.  Add in flour gradually and mix well. Let cook 3-4 minutes stirring often.  Add in 2 cups of milk and mix well. Then add rest of the milk and let cook.  3-4 minutes while the gravy starts to thicken.  Season with pepper and salt and mix well.  Cook to desired thickness.  If needed add more milk to thin the gravy.  Cut biscuits in half and spoon the gravy mixture over the biscuits.  Serve immediately.

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Comfort Dish, Easy & Quick, Kid Fun, Starters

Puff Pastry Hot Dogs

Talk about a fun appetizer or quick fun dinner.  These puff pastry hot dogs are quick to make and simply delicious.  This is sure to be a hit at any gathering.  You can cut the hot dogs in half to make smaller ones vs the full hot dogs.  Check out the recipe below.

Puff Pastry Hot Dogs

Ingredients:
8 hot dogs, any kind
1 sheet pre-made puff pastry, thawed but cold
1 egg
Sprinkle: coarse salt
Mustard for serving

Directions: Preheat oven 400. Roll out puff pastry to make it slightly bigger.  Pat dry the hot dogs.  Using a knife or a pizza cutter cut into half inch strips.  Using 2 strips of the puff pastry wrap the hot dog, slightly overlapping.  You can also just use thicker strips of the puff pastry if you’d rather.  Place on a greased baking dish.

Once all the hot dogs are wrapped place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes for the puff pastry to slightly chill again.

Whisk egg in small bowl.  Remove the hot dogs from the refrigerator and brush the puff pastry with the egg and sprinkle with coarse salt.  Bake in the oven 20 minutes until golden brown.  Serve immediately with a side of mustard.

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#Recipes, Dips/Spreads, Family Recipes, Starters

Dad’s Clam Dip

I’m going to talk as about my Dad a bit.  I got my ability to throw together a great dish from him.  He was very good at just putting ingredients together and coming up with something that tasted amazing.  He didn’t always write down his recipes (also something I got from him.)  So, when he passed away unfortunately, there was a lot of dishes we wished we had the recipes for.  One was his clam dip.  It’s so good and something I never liked at first and now I love.

I know it sounds weird  but it is simply delicious.  One day I had decided to try and remember the taste and just started experimenting with ingredients.  I was able to make it and the taste was just like when my Dad made it.  I was so happy I was able to recreate it just like his.

I wanted to share the recipe with my followers.  I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I.

Dad’s Clam Dip

Ingredients:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 T Worcestershire sauce
2 10 oz cans chopped clams (drained, reserve 1 T of liquid)
1 t salt
1/2-1 T Dill (More for topping)

Directions:  In a medium bowl add in the cream cheese.  With a fork smash the cream cheese for 2 minutes to soften more.  Add in the sour cream and mix well.  Next add in chopped clams, the reserved liquid and the Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.  Season with the dill and salt. Mix well. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.  Add more dill if you’d like.  I like extra dill.  Sprinkle dill over the top of dip to serve.  Serve with your choice of chips or crackers.

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Beef, Holiday

Garlic and Herb Prime Rib

One of my favorite beef roast to make is Prime Rib. We always have on Christmas Day and I wanted to share with you my recipe and method of cooking. It’s such a wonderful cut of meat and when prepared the correct way can be simply amazing. It’s great for an elevated meal and really is rather simple to do. Just watch the temperature as to not overcook it.

Give it a try! This is a perfect meal for a large or small dinner party. Enjoy!

Happy New Year!

Garlic & Herb Prime Rib

Ingredients:
6-8 lb bone in prime rib
1 1/2 sticks soften butter
6 garlic cloves, grated
1 T dried parsley (or fresh)
1 T dried rosemary (or fresh)
2-3 t kosher salt

Quick Horseradish Sauce

Ingredients:
1 cup sour cream
3-4 T horseradish (more depending on taste)

Directions: Preheat oven to 450°. In a small bowl mix together sour cream and horseradish, place in refrigerator until ready to use. Pat the roast dry . Season liberally with salt. In a bowl mix together butter, garlic and herbs. Evenly spread/massage the butter mixture over the entire roast. Don’t forget the sides. Place in oven safe pan and bake in oven for 25 minutes at 450. Reduce heat to 325° and the cook about 12-14 minutes per pound. Start with less time vs. longer time. You can always cook longer but there is no coming back from over cooked prime rib.

For medium rare you want the temperature to be 120°, for medium you want temperature to be 130°. When you remove from the oven and let rest the meat should rise up another 10 degrees or so. The final temperature for medium rare will be 130° and for medium 140°. Let roast rest at least 25-30 minutes before carving. Serve with horseradish sauce and your choice of sides.

Notes: This recipe will work for any size prime rib. The length of time cooking at 325° will be less for smaller roasts and longer for bigger roasts. Feel free to use other herbs to season the meat with. I forgot to get fresh herbs and dry herbs worked just fine. Really let the meat rest as this will help the meat come to final temp and be extra juicy. Make extra horseradish sauce if your like me and LOVE IT.

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