Chicken Vegetable and Brown Rice Soup

Feeling a bit under the weater today, so I felt like making soup. I always have these ingrdients on hand and it also happened that I bought a whole rotissere chicken from the store the other day.

6 cups fat free low sodium chicken broth

4 cup water

2 carrots diced

5 celery stalks diced

5 cloves of garlic diced

1/2 bunch parsley chopped

1 tbspn Italian seasoning

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper

1 Brown rice uncooked

In a large stock pot, add in olive oil and vegetables. Add in the seasonings as well. Cook for about 507 min on med high heat. Pour in broth and water. I had some mushrooms that were ready to be used up, so I sliced them up and added them in too. I pulled apart all of the white meat chicken and placed in the pot too after the broth was in there. I placed the chicken drumsticks and wings into the soup as well….Always adds so much flavor, remove before serving…most of the chicken should fall of the bone. Bring soup to a boil and simmer for about 45-60 min. Add in 1  cups of brown rice and simmer an additional 45 min. Remove the bay leaf and chicken bones and skin.

I like to place low fat triscuit crackers on top of my soups! They soak up all the broth and melt in your mouth! And a little sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese too.

You can make this in the crock pot too, just cook veggies first for 5 min in the olive oil, then add everything into the crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours.

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Egg White Breakfast Burrito

Another “Do-Over” recipe this morning! Waste not, want not! Couldn’t let this all go to waste from the other nites Cubanelle Stuffed Peppers..So I heated the mixture in the pan and then added in 5 egg whites and 1 egg beaten, scrambled it..Then topped with 2% cheddar cheese. Placed in Spinach wraps and served Mango Salsa on the side..Very filling, I could barely finish it, but not my husband …he devoured it after adding a little hot sauce to it 🙂

Dinner Tonite Vegetarian Style

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The Monday rush is over! Wanted to make a vegetarian dish tonight to give my body a break. I could eat like a vegetarian every day ( with the exception of eggs) and not miss the meat. Its nice to give the body a break, it reduces inflammation and really allows your digestive system to regulate… Well any whoo..I used my  Spaghetti Squash Casserole recipe in mind..but you know minus the meat. I have a ton of veggies from the weekend when making my Turkey Vegetable Soup…So I cooked down the tomatoes first with onions and garlic, italian seasoning , salt and pepper for about 10 mins. and then  threw it into the food processor and gave it a good whirl. I let it sit there for a bit while I chopped up zucchini, squash, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and carrots. I cut some corners by cooking the spaghetti squash in the microwave, sliced in half and face down with a 1/2 cup of water. Nuked it for about 12 -15 minutes. When done removed the water and scooped out the squash int o the baking dish I used to cook it in. While it was cooking, I cooked the vegetable mixture that I chopped up and added in some Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and 1 tsp red pepper flakes. I also had a bag of Soy crumbles on hand that I added to the mix.Cooked on the stove top for about 8 min. Then I poured on the tomato sauce I made in the food processor. Added it to the top of the spaghetti squash in the baking dish and  topped with 2% Mozzarella cheese.  Baked for 20 min at 375…Very good and filling with all the vegetables! I just love clean and fresh eating! It makes awesome leftovers too 🙂

Its much like my recipe for Italian Style Spaghetti Squash Casserole that I use often, but this time I pretty much used ” everything but the kitchen sink” recipe! 🙂

Green Bean Almondine Salad

Used the last of the Green Bean Almondine from Thanksgiving and added it to a big fresh green salad.PS you can add Blue Cheese crumbles too 🙂

My Thanksgiving Menu 2010

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So after the “Mock” Thanksgiving dinner, now I have decided what to cook tomorrow! Whew! So I did go with the whole turkey instead of the split turkey breasts because I’m going to utilize the rest of the cooked turkey to make a fabulous Turkey Vegetable Rice Soup this weekend…( stay tuned for that recipe) So here’s the list! ….and always subject to change due to inspiration and experimentation that always seems to occur in my kitchen!

Fresh Cranberry and Blackberry Preserves ( yes there are still leftovers, and they were so divine with my lunch this week on the Turkey Goat Cheese and Cranberry Wrap..you’ve got to try it! )

Green Bean Almondine.. I Just love the way it sounds! So basic, but so yummy too! Just boil fresh clean  and cut green beans and then saute in pan with olive oil and sliced almonds! Season with salt and pepper. add a little dash of nutmeg too 🙂

Sweet Potato Casserole with a Praline & Marshmallow Crust an experiment in the works combing two ideas I have in mind…will share with you tomorrow!

Apple and Chicken Sausage Stuffing~ 2 fresh Granny Smith apples diced with browned mild Italian chicken sausage (minus the casings) blended with herb stuffing and fresh mushrooms…MMMMmmmmm! So yummy!

And so that leaves the bird….I’m thinking Brown Sugar and Honey Glazed Turkey…..with a little soy sauce to offset all the yummy sweetness 🙂

“To stuff or not to stuff the Turkey that is the question…what will you do?”

And for the finale…Cranberry Praline Crumble..I saw this recipe for a Nantucket Cranberry Pie on Food Press and was immediately inspired and thought how could I turn it to something we would all enjoy..Crumble it is!

And I’m also thinking I’ll make with Gracie some kid approved Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies~ just add 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree to a chocolate chip cookie  mix , 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 tsp pumpkin spice, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon…Sure to make any child smile!

Crock Pot Kale and White Bean Soup

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After yesterdays fabulous feast, I did save the Pork bone to use in todays soup! My husband reminded me that this soup is very popular in Portugal but that they typically out in a couple Linguica or Chorizco sausage links…But that would take away from all the healthiness I try to maintain ( next time honey!)..However I think the pork loin will definatley add some flavor to this soup!

1 bag of Kale ( sauteed in pan with olive oil,onion,  garlic and salt and pepper)

4 cloves of garlic diced

3 carrots peeled and diced

3 stalks of celery diced

4 cups fat free low sodium chicken broth

2 cups water

1 16 oz can white beans undrained

1 tbsp Italian Seasoning

1 can of Italian diced tomatoes un drained

1 tsp red pepper flakes

salt and pepper

2 bay leaf

After sauteeing the Kale and draining on paper towels, place in crock pot with all the other ingredients. (I’m adding in pork bone with the extra trimmings, which will fall off the bone later today when I take it out! ) If you want to add some flavor, add in brown chicken sausage you buy at your local butchers or gourmet market…Peel back the casings and crumble while adding to the pan with olive oil, browning slightly and then placing in the crock pot…

Cover and Set the crock pot on low and return in 6-8 hours to a tasty and healthy meal 🙂 Top with Parmesan cheese and a little shake of hot sauce

 

My “Mock” Thanksgiving Dinner Today


Dinner was a success! The Molasses and Brown Sugar  Rub for the Pork loin cooked in 2 1/2 hours and it came out so very tender..the glazed outside was so tasty! So I’m saving the bone to use to make Kale and White Bean soup ( Ill post the recipe tomorrow)  in the crock pot tomorrow 🙂

The Roasted Fingerling Potatoes were crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. I found some turkey bacon in the fridge and added it to the roasted potatoes as well. Added a very nice flavor. I really enjoyed the pancetta with the Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts! And this time the par boil on the brussel sprouts ahead of time really made quite the difference; not only did it cut down on the cooking time, but it made them so tender and they seared nicely in the pan.

Oh and I did add the red wine and I  also used red pepper flakes to the Fresh Cranberry and Blackberry Preserve Sauce…oh so good! Cant wait to use it on a wrap this week for lunch 🙂

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

 

So excited to share this recipe..a nice break from all the H0liday cooking too!

I made a rub: 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp sea salt..Rub in and let sit for 30 min.

You can find the cedar planks at any gourmet store…Soak for atleast an hour in water. Heat grill to med-high. Place cedar plank on grill and close cover, heat for 3 min. Flip over cedar plank and then place salmon on planks..cover and cook for about 10-12 min…. 🙂 Let sit for 5 min loosely covered with foil

I’m serving up sides of skewers of grilled vegetables and Black beans and Brown Rice . I have fresh chives to chop and place on top of Salmon cooked…

Made fresh guacamole with 2 avocados ( donated by friends at work who grow these delicious fruit!) 1 jalapeno seeded and diced, 1 small onion diced, 1 tomato, seeded and diced, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 lime juiced, salt and pepper.

( Hot sauce too if you want to be adventurous) Chill for at least 30 min.

Crock Pot Orange Marmalade Sesame Chicken

Another experiment and idea of mine came out so awesome this week…Who needs take-out Chinese food when you can just make this! Its a much healthier versions….Next time I think I might add 1 tbsp lite soy sauce and more zest…but otherwise this was delicious. I made Brown rice and then drizzled with dark sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds on top….:)

1-2 lb boneless skinless dark thighs,  seasoned and browned in onion and garlic and placed in the crock pot

1 orange juiced and zested

1 jar of marmalade preserves

1 tbsp ginger

2 tbsp honey/agave nectar

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

1 cup shredded carrots

1/4 cup lite soy sauce

1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

Placed all the other ingredients on top of the browned chicken and covered and cooked on low for 6-8 hours.

Top with sliced scallions or bean sprouts.. And of course additional toasted sesame seeds

Overnite Crock Pot Apple-Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal

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Another great “set it and forget it” recipe, especially for Fall! I make this a lot for the weekend so that you get up to the wonderful smell of a Pumpkin breakfast…

2 cups rolled oats

4 cups water

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 tsp pumpkin spice

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 capful of l vanilla extract

1 tbsp cinnamon

2 tbsp agave nectar

1/2 cup 2% milk (to add in the am and stir )

1 tbsp brown sugar ( oh yeah!)

1/2 cup dried cranberries ( optional) 🙂

1 cup diced apples

Spray crock pot with cooking spray and add ingredients, mix together well

1/4 tsp salt

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