Friday, May 31, 2013

Chicken and Andouille Sausage


I believe I will be making this in a couple of days for dinner. I have made this a couple of times and it is delish. You can add lots of liquid to your bowl and make it more soupy with the addition of rice or quinoa, or just serve it on a plate with no liquid. I have tried it both ways and personally I preferred it more as a soup. The broth has such a good flavor. This recipe did come from SkinnyTaste, so be sure to check out her page!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Kale Chips



Okay don't be completely turned off by these if you haven't given them a chance. If you are craving something crunchy like a potato chip lets say but your trying to eat a little healthier, then these are a great alternative. They crisp up just like a potato chip and actually have a pretty good flavor as well. The first bite I had I was skeptical but then after popping a few more in my mouth, and later finishing off a whole bowl full, I decided that these are a pretty tasty little snack.

Crispy Oven Fried Drumsticks



Moist, tender chicken drumsticks with a crunchy coating...ummm YES PLEASE! This recipe is fabulous. Although a little on the spicy side. The original recipe has WAY WAY WAY to much spice for me so I toned it down...a lot. If you want to see the original recipe head on over to SkinnyTaste but since it was way to much for me personally I will just put the recipe that I used instead. Baked fried chicken is so much healthier for you and really you still get that delicious crunch so I personally don't miss it being fried in lots of oil. Enjoy!

Basic Quinoa



Its time to jump on the quinoa bandwagon. Quinoa seems to be a cooking fad that has been going around for the past couple of years. I tried it a year or so ago and thought it was so nasty and couldn't understand why anybody would want to eat this. The health benefits were enough to try it again, still wasn't my favorite. Then when I went on the anti-inflammatory diet (which isn't a weight loss diet mind you) I had to learn to like it. It is definitely an acquired taste, but now I use it ALLLLL the time. I rarely use rice anymore and use this in place of it. I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. YOU HAVE TO RINSE IT!!! Who would have thought that by not rinsing it well enough it would totally change the flavor?! Well it does. So before you attempt to cook it make sure that you rinse and rinse and rinse it otherwise it will have this bitter flavor that just isn't good at all. You basically cook it exactly like rice, only it shouldn't take as long.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cilantro Lime Tilapia Tacos



Well, I guess now that I haven't posted some recipes from my new favorite cooking site, I will go back to sharing those for a bit since I have a few that NEEEEEEED to be shared! For those of you who do weight watchers or are trying to count calories, or limit certain fat intake....whatever...this ladies site is the BOMB DIGGITY!!! Its called SkinnyTaste and is seriously where I get 90% of my recipes now-a-days!
Anywho, onward to the recipe. I am always in the market for a new way to cook fish. And I have tried making fish tacos in the past but none of them have turned out all that good, UNTIL NOW! These tilapia tacos are simply A-MA-ZING!

Crockpot Refried Beans



Who knew that making refried beans at home could be so easy?! I always thought that you had to sit at home and keep a close eye on them all day and night for 24 hours! Well hate to break it to you but if you want REALLY authentic tasting ones you will be told that that is the only way to do it....OR you can do it this MUCH easier way for the same flavor without really having to watch it at all! My sister found this recipe off of Pinterest (everyones best friend when it comes to looking for something tasty to make). The original recipe (for the fat free kind) makes so much that I end up cutting it in half and still freeze enough for another meal at least! These beans freeze beautifully and warm up is easy breezy! These are good all alone, or loaded up with cheese, or mixed in with spanish rice, whatever floats your boat! Enjoy.

Cilantro & Lime Chicken Tacos


I had come across this recipe actually before I had Olivia and am just now getting around to posting about it. I made a big batch of the chicken and pesto sauce and froze it. It warms up so nice. You can top with whatever toppings you like. I personally just topped mine with some cheese.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chicken Massaman Curry


Wow its been a while. There is actually a very reasonable reason why I haven't posted much on here. As of late, I have been getting all of my recipes off of another blog, which Im sure you noticed by a few of my last posts ranting and raving about a certain blog. Anyway, I finally have made one that didn't come from there so I decided to share.
A few months ago when my parents were visiting us they took us to a Thai restaurant by our apartment. I had never had Thai food before so I had no idea what to order. Long story short...we ended up eating Massaman which was absolutely amazing that I ended up going back the next weekend to get some more and then back a couple of weeks later. Since I become obsessed with it we went to the Asian food market just down the road and I grabbed every can that said Massaman on it to give them a try. Well I just now many months later have gotten around to trying it out.
I searched online for a recipe and didn't really find anything promising. So I basically combined three recipes together, taking what I thought sounded alright from each and making up my own.

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