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Red Chili Peppers

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Chicharrones with Red Chile and Coleslaw

Red Chile:

Ingredients –  Dry Red Chile Pods, Garlic, Flour & Water

Directions – Clean chile pods by running under warm water, make sure to get the seeds out. Put pods in a blender (NOTE: The chile will stain your blender) and fill with hot water just enough to cover the pods. Add garlic cloves (I like a lot, add to taste). Pulse for about a minute and then blend until completely blended (you should see no skin from the chile), this takes some time.

At this point you can freeze the chile to use at a later date or you can continue the process if you plan on cooking with it right away.

In a pot brown about 1 tablespoon of flour with Crisco/Oil. Add the Red Chile and simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes. You can also add Flour mixed with water if need be to thicken.

Chicharrones:

Ingredients: Boneless Pork Chops, Crisco, Salt & Pepper

Cut pork chops into small square pieces. Warm Crisco (you don’t want to use too much Crisco, the point is for the pork to brown) in a large frying pan. Add Pork and fry turning frequently until golden brown. Salt and Pepper while frying. I like mine crispy.

Warm Tortillas in a frying pan. Serve Chicharrones on Tortilla or with a Tortilla and serve with red chile.

Cole Slaw:

Ingredients –  4 Cups Shredded Cabbage, 1/2 Cup Chopped Red Pepper, 2 Tablespoons Tarragon Vinegar, 1/2 Miracle Whip/ Mayo (personal preference, I use Mayo and just add a little Miracle Whip), 1 teaspoon Prepared Mustard, 2 Tablespoons Sugar and 1 teaspoon Salt.

Directions: Combine vegetables, sugar, salt, celery seed and pepper. Combine vinegar, mustard, and salad dressing. Add to vegetables and mix thoroughly. Makes 6 servings.

Author: Marci Romero

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Artichoke & Spinach Dip Restaurant Style

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a crock pot, mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Cook on medium for about 2 hours or until cheeses are melted and bubbly.

Notes

This recipe is modified from one that I found on allrecipes.com.  I modified to cook in crock pot instead of oven.  I won 1st prize in a crock pot contest at work.  Everyone loved it!

Author Jen Paterchak

 

chicken salad with almonds

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Southwestern Chicken Salad

Boneless, skinless chicken breast or tenders

Thick cut peppered bacon

Shredded Chedder cheese, if you like a little more spice (I do) you can also use Pepper Jack cheese

Cherry tomatoes

Mrs. Dash™ Chipotle Seasoning

Avocado cubed

Lettuces of your choice

I make this on the stove top with my griddle pan, but any will do, use Pam™ or similar product to prevent sticking, and it keeps the dish healthier. If you use whole breasts trim down to tender size if you like, I do because it keeps the cooking time down and prevents the spices from burning on the chicken.

You want to cook the peppered bacon first, approx. 3 slices per salad serving, set aside.

Place chicken in pan and cook till white on the outside, sprinkle generously with the Chipotle seasoning on both sides and continue cooking until done.

While chicken is cooking you can be getting the other ingredients ready if you haven’t already. Half the tomatoes and cube the Avocado, coarse chop the cooked bacon into bite size pieces. Plate up the lettuce as this recipe is made “buffet style” individually per person.

When chicken is done, coarse chop it as well, and begin plating while chicken is warm. Plate in this order: lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, cheese, bacon and chicken.

Now top with the dressing of your choice, Ranch is best. Enjoy!!

This is a super easy shrimp recipe anyone can whip up!

Simple Garlic Butter Shrimp

14-16 oz. Shrimp (may be pre-cooked or raw, if raw steam for approx 3-5 min.)

¼ cup butter, melted

Dash of Garlic Salt

Dash of BK seasoning™

½ clove grated garlic

juice from ½ small lemon

Add shrimp to hot pan with butter, garlic, BK and garlic salt

Squeeze lemon over mixture

Sauté together approx. 3 min, DO NOT OVER COOK

When done simply serve with or over steamed rice. Enjoy!

Studies show that broccoli may help in the pre...

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Paired with a two-cheese white sauce, broccoli makes a wonderful pizza topping. The secret to a crisp crust is preheating the baking stone or sheet. If you like extra-crispy pizza, prebake the dough 3 to 4 minutes before adding toppings.

DIRECTIONS

1. Place pizza stone or baking sheet in center of oven, and heat to 425°F.
2. Melt 1 1/2 tsp. margarine in skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, and cook 4 to 7 minutes, or until beginning to brown, stirring frequently. Add broccoli and 1/3 cup water. Cover tightly, and steam broccoli in skillet 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender.
3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 1/2 Tbs. margarine in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour, and cook 2 minutes, or until pale golden, stirring constantly. Stir in milk, garlic, and salt. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until mixture thickens and begins to boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/4 cup mozzarella and 2 Tbs. Parmesan until sauce is smooth and cheese is melted.
4. Shape pizza dough according to package directions. Remove pizza stone from oven, and place dough on hot stone.
5. Spread white sauce over dough to within 1/2 inch of edge, and top with broccoli mixture. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella and Parmesan over top. Return to oven, and bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until edges of pizza are golden and center is hot and bubbly. Cool slightly before slicing and serving.

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ingredient list

Serves 6

  • 2 Tbs. nonhydrogenated margarine or butter, divided
  • 6 oz. mushrooms, sliced (2 cups)
  • 8 oz. broccoli florets (3 cups)
  • 1 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, divided
  • 1 13.8-oz. pkg. refrigerated pizza dough

Nutritional Information

Per slice:

Calories 275
Protein 13g
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 4g
Carbs 38g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 746mg
Fiber 3g
Sugar 7 g

This recipe is courtesy of Vegetarian Times(tm) Website, there is a link to this site posted on the bottom of the page in the Quick Posts section, check it out!

Examples of high-protein foods are tofu, dairy...

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Basic Stir Fry Basic Stir-Fry
1 lb. EXTRA firm tofu, cubed and drained             well
1 cup thin sliced carrots
1 cup broccoli coarsely chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced thickly
1 chopped red bell pepper
½ cup chopped red onion
1 hot pepper of your choice, sliced in half
¼ cup sesame or olive oil
another ¼ cup oil
Soy Sauce to taste

Cube tofu and allow to drain for at least one hour in a colander over a bowl. Discard liquid. Heat 1st ¼ cup of oil in Wok to very hot. Add hot pepper and tofu and stir-fry until tofu is lightly browned. Remove tofu from wok and retain oil and tofu in bowl. Add second portion of oil and heat until very hot. Add onion and bell pepper and stir until browned (this will only take a short while). Add the rest of the ingredients in this order, stirring and browning as each is added: celery, carrots, and broccoli. Add the tofu, chili and oil and stir for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add soy sauce to taste.

Add for variation:

Peanuts or cashews
Asparagus
Snow peas
Artichoke hearts
Apples (a favorite)

** As a note, you may easily substitute meat for the tofu.

Author:   Mona Twocats-Romero

Nana’s Potato Pancakes

A little snack.

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This comes straight from my Mama..my Grandmothers recipe.

Nana’s Potato Pancakes

She used to make these with left over mashed potatoes

2 cups cold mashed potatoes
2 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
flour for breading
oil for frying — Nana preferred Wesson oil, I prefer olive oil.

Mix the potatoes, eggs, salt and pepper thoroughly. Roll into balls the size of a ping-pong ball and flatten to ½ inch thick. Heat oil. Roll each pancake in flour and pat off excess. Place in hot oil and cook until very brown on each side. Drain well on paper towels and enjoy alone or with your favorite condiments. Some examples are fresh salsa, ranch dressing, or ketchup (or is that catsup?).