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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fully loaded salads for dinner

When talking about salads, the majority of people see them only as a side dish and nothing beyond. Many of us feel that salads will not fill us up and no one wants to be hungry. As a matter of fact, some folks see salads as a great way to lose weight, since they believe salads are light food in general.

Well, they are right; salads made of green salad, cabbage, or arugula are tasty, but will not fill you up for a longer time. When combined with some other ingredients salads can become a real powerhouse and source of not only vitamins, and minerals, but also proteins and carbs. The great thing about salads is that they are fairly simple to make, they will not cost a fortune, they allow you to be creative and combine complex flavors.

Salads do not only have to be a side dish, but can become a great meal too.

Green Turkey Salad

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

6oz. turkey or chicken meat, sliced
2 cups arugula
1 cup baby spinach
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and/or pomegranate seeds
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the dressing:
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground pepper
1 tablespoon raw cider vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard

Grill the turkey; season the turkey with salt and pepper. Coat the grill pan with cooking oil and grill the turkey for 4 minutes per side. Tent with aluminum foil and place aside for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes slice the turkey meat into strips.
Prepare the dressing: in a mini blender combine all the dressing ingredients.
Blend until smooth.
Prepare the salad: toss the grilled turkey, arugula, baby spinach, pumpkin seeds, and avocado in a bowl.
Pour over prepared dressing and toss gently. Serve immediately.

Chicken and Blackberry Salad

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
14oz. chicken breasts, grilled and shredded (you can also use leftovers)
½ cup artichoke hearts, canned, rinsed, drained and sliced
2oz. olives, pitted
5oz. blackberries
1 tablespoon blackberry vinegar
7oz. lettuce
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Wash lettuce and place aside to dry, torn into bite-size pieces and place in a bowl.
Drain and slice the artichoke hearts and spread over salad, followed by shredded chicken.
Add olives and raspberries. Drizzle all with blackberry vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil, toss to combine and serve.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

20 One Pot Kid Friendly Dinner Recipes

Kid Friendly One Pot Meals

One pot meals offer you the pleasure of home cooking assembled with minimal fuss and cleanup.

They combine various ingredients, therefore allowing you diversity in cooking, while keeping things simple. Hence its name, one-pot meals require actually just one pot. Yes, you will need some knives, spatulas, or cutting board, but when speaking about the pots, you really need just one.

One-pot meals are great way to get kids to try new foods. Kids can try a new food mixed with old favorites. They allow you also to reconstruct some classic meals and give them a new and exciting twist your kids just might love.

Kid Friendly Burrito Bowls

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


½ tablespoon olive oil

1 small sweet onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded, chopped

¾ lb. lean hamburger

7oz. corn

7oz. can black beans, drained, rinsed

7oz. can crushed tomatoes

¼ cup mild chunky salsa

½ cup Jasmine rice

1 cup chicken stock

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon Taco seasoning

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper, to taste
Sour cream, to serve with, tortilla chips, or chopped cilantro

1.       Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the bell pepper and onion and cook until tender.
2.       Add the hamburger and cook until browned, for 5 minutes.
3.       Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a light boil. Reduce heat and cook, partially covered for 20 minutes or until the rice is done.
4.       Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, or cilantro.

One Pot Chicken and Rice

Preparation time:5 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

1.5lb. chicken breasts, skinless, boneless

2 cups marinara sauce

1 cup long grain rice or brown rice

15oz. can crushed tomatoes, with juices
1 teaspoon dried basil

Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup mozzarella, torn into pieces


1.       Heat the oven to 375F.
2.       Combine the marinara sauce, rice, tomatoes, and basil in a baking dish.
3.       Slice the chicken breast into chunks and season with salt and pepper.
4.       Arrange the chicken onto rice. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and pop in the oven.
5.       Bake the chicken for 35-40 minutes.
6.       Remove the chicken from the oven and top with mozzarella cheese.
7.       Broil the chicken for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
8.       Serve while still hot with some fresh salad.

More One Pot Meal Recipes

Beef Stroganoff
Chili Mac Supper
Sloppy Joes 
Chicken Curry
Chicken Picatta
General Tso Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken
Pork Fried Rice
Sweet and Sour Pork
Franks and Beans
Garlic Sauce Pasta
Red Beans and Rice
Beef Stew
Ham and Macaroni Chowder
Tortellini and Peas
Beef and Broccoli
Sweet Potato Burritos

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Celebration of Chocolate Month- Recipe Round Up

February is not only the month to celebrate love it is the Celebration of Chocolate Month. You can find 100's of chocolate recipes to enjoy this month. You could probably even find a new one to try each day of the month if you wanted.

Here are some of our top chocolate recipe picks to dig in and enjoy.

Chocolate Recipe Round Up

Start with a little lesson on how chocolate is made. 

Dark Chocolate Brownie -a super moist brownie recipe you are sure to love!

Decadent Tuxedo Cookie Bars- A homemade cookie bar with some added goodness!

Learn how to make homemade chocolates- with candy melts and plastic molds even the kids can  make these homemade Valentines.

Chocolate Protein Peanut Butter Balls- A no bake treat great for kids afterschool snacks, cooking classes or an easy Valentine recipe.

Try this gluten free brownie, you'll never know what you're missing! Flourless Chocolate Brownies.

These little balls are filled with some amazing awesomeness; white chocolate, pistachios, cranberry! White Chocolate Cranberry Snowflakes

This just makes me want it to snow outside or at least get cold enough to enjoy a nice cup of cocoa. The kids will love making this creation. Triple Hot Chocolate with Homemade Whipped Cream!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding Cups- a good way to sneak in some goodness that you'll kids will never know.

A three ingredient recipe that you won't believe how good it is! Bacon Chocolate Truffles

An easy homemade chocolate cake recipe, what's not to love.

A perfect 5 ingredient recipe for the kids that they will love. Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

 Chocolate Avocado Mousse- made with 6 ingredients including avocado and coconut milk. Surprise the kids how good this is!

Make homemade fudge

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