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Dirty Rice with Red Beans and Andouille Sausage

May 28, 2017
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Dirty Rice with Red Beans and Andouille Sausage
Easy weekday dinner with a kick. Add some andouille sausage or smoked sausage if you prefer. Mix in different colored bell peppers for color! Enjoy =)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. In a large pan, over medium-high heat, brown sausage and then set aside.
    In a large pan, over medium-high heat, brown sausage and then set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add oil and onions. Saute for 5 minutes. Add garlic, celery, bell peppers, thyme and Cajun Seasoning. Saute for an additional 3 minutes.
    In the same pan, add oil and onions.  Saute for 5 minutes.

Add garlic, celery, bell peppers, thyme and Cajun Seasoning.  Saute for an additional 3 minutes.
  3. Add rice, beans, sausage, bay leaf, and stir in water or broth. Allow mix to come to a simmer. Lower heat. Cover and allow rice to cook as directed on package. About 25-30 mins.
    Add rice, beans, sausage, bay leaf, and stir in water or broth.  Allow mix to come to a simmer.

Lower heat.  Cover and allow rice to cook as directed on package.  About 25-30 mins.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle on some green onions if desired.
    Add salt and pepper to taste.

Sprinkle on some green onions if desired.
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Benefits of Wine

May 26, 2017
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Red or white?  Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, or Pinot Grigio is just a few of the wines out there for people to enjoy.  You can drink them or cook with them…but are there any health benefits to wines?

Every year, there are random articles that pop up covering health benefits of wines, coffees, etc.  What are facts and what are fictions.

Food and Wine (http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/8-health-benefits-of-drinking-wine) say that wine drinkers have lower mortality rates than beer and hard liquor drinkers.  WebMD (http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/health-benefits-wine#1) say that wine drinking can lower mortality from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Why is that?  Wine dilates the arteries and increases the blow flow.  This helps lower the risk of clots that cut off blood supply and the clots that damage your heart!  Drinking wine can also help boost levels of HDL (aka the good cholesterol) and help prevent LDL (aka the bad cholesterol) from causing damage to the lining of your arteries.

Where’s the catch?  Red wine is better for you than white wine.  Why is red better?  It’s because it’s made by fermenting dark colored whole grapes.  Dark colored whole grapes tend to be high in antioxidants.

But food for thought is that wine tends to have higher calories than beers so everything in moderation is a good rule of thumb.  All in all, bottoms up and enjoy that glass with dinner!

Teriyaki Zucchini

May 26, 2017
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Teriyaki Zucchini
Easy Asian inspired veggie side! This is great with your favorite Asian noodle or grilled chicken dishes for the summer.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add zucchini and saute for 7-10 minutes or until tender.
    Add zucchini and saute for 7-10 minutes or until tender.
  3. Stir in the teriyaki sauce and pepper. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
    Stir in the teriyaki sauce and pepper. 

Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
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Benefits of Cardamom

May 19, 2017
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Did you know that cardamom is the 3rd most expensive spice?  1st and 2nd are Saffron and Vanilla.  Those two don’t even have the same health benefits as Cardamom.

Cardamon has so many health benefits, it can help with cardiovascular conditions, control hypertension, it’s believed to be an anti-depressant, help control gastrointestinal disorders Ii.e. acidity, flatulence, stomach cramps), good for sore throats, etc.

Check out these sites for additional information:

Cardamom Health Benefits LINK

Are you interested in using it in your recipes? Check out these!

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/katsu-curry

 

 

 

White Chicken Enchiladas

May 3, 2017
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Chicken Enchiladas
The white spicy sauce is great over the chicken and corn tortillas. It's a time consuming recipe but the end product is delicious. Yes, you will have to wash an extra few items due to the assembly process of this recipe. Perfect comfort food you can make as healthy as you please. I use white corn tortillas, but you can choose to use flour or yellow corn tortillas. Serve the enchiladas with rice or eat by themselves. Enjoy!
Prep Time 45 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Prep Time 45 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
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Instructions
Chicken Filling
  1. In a large skillet, heat up oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute till translucent.
    In a large skillet, heat up oil over medium-high heat.  Add onions and saute till translucent.
  2. Add cooked chicken, one can of chilies, 1/2 cup of chicken broth, milk, and 1/2 tsp of paprika. Stir well. Allow to come to a boil. Lower heat and allow liquids to thicken. About 3-5 mins. Take off heat and set aside.
    Add cooked chicken, one can of chilies, 1/2 cup of chicken broth, milk, and 1/2 tsp of paprika.  Stir well.  Allow to come to a boil. Lower heat and allow liquids to thicken. About 3-5 mins.

Take off heat and set aside.
White Sauce
  1. In a separate large pan, over medium-high heat, melt butter and whisk in flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes until it's bubbly and golden brown. Pour in remaining broth, whisking carefully (don't let the mixture get lumpy). Add in remaining chilies and 1/2 tsp of paprika. Stir all the cheese BUT remember to reserve 1/2 cup of each for the topping. Add salt and pepper to taste (optional). Once all mixed and thick. Set aside.
    In a separate large pan, over medium-high heat, melt butter and whisk in flour.  Cook for 1-2 minutes until it's bubbly and golden brown.  Pour in remaining broth, whisking carefully (don't let the mixture get lumpy).

Add in remaining chilies and 1/2 tsp of paprika.  Stir all the cheese BUT remember to reserve 1/2 cup of each for the topping. Add salt and pepper to taste (optional).

Once all mixed and thick.  Set aside.
Assembly
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wet a paper towel, wrap corn tortillas and microwave for 30-60 secs. Note: the warm tortillas will be easier to handle and roll in casserole dish..and this is much healthier than frying them!
    Wet a paper towel, wrap corn tortillas and microwave for 30-60 secs.

Note: the warm tortillas will be easier to handle and roll in casserole dish..and this is much healthier than frying them!
  3. In a large and deep casserole dish (~9 x 13). Spray with cooking spray and start assembly! In each tortilla, spoon 2 heaping spoons of the chicken mixture. Roll and lay seam side down. Repeat until you have all the tortillas rolled up.
    In a large and deep casserole dish (~9 x 13). Spray with cooking spray and start assembly!

In each tortilla, spoon 2 heaping spoons of the chicken mixture.  Roll and lay seam side down.  Repeat until you have all the tortillas rolled up.
  4. Pour white sauce mixture over top. Sprinkle cheese.
    Pour white sauce mixture over top.  Sprinkle cheese.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese and sauce are bubbly. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and some Salsa Verde for extra heat. Enjoy!
    Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese and sauce are bubbly.

Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and some Salsa Verde for extra heat.  Enjoy!
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Balsamic Mushrooms

May 3, 2017
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Serves 4 People
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
10m

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Balsamic Mushrooms
Mushrooms are a great side next to a steak, chicken, tossed in a salad, or on an antipasto platter.  Add balsamic to the mushrooms to make them more flavorful, but only add at the end of cooking. Balsamic vinegar isn't intended to cook with, cooking it kills the distinctive flavorful taste =) Also, before you use the balsamic, make sure you bought a good balsamic vinegar.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Wash mushrooms, trim ends, and slice in half or quarters.
  2. In a medium sized pan, melt butter over medium-high heat.
    In a medium sized pan, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  3. Saute shallot / onions and garlic for 3-5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Optional add!
    Saute shallot / onions and garlic for 3-5 minutes or until onions are translucent.

Optional add!
  4. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes.
    Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes. Adjust to taste!
  6. Add balsamic vinegar and parsley. Stir well. Serve next to a protein, toss in a salad, or serve cold on an antipasto platter. Enjoy!
    Add balsamic vinegar and parsley. Stir well.

Serve next to a protein, toss in a salad, or serve cold on an antipasto platter. Enjoy!
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