Category: Food

Chicken Fajita Bake

We were invited to a family potluck last week, but since I’m doing Whole 30 it makes eating out a bit tricky. I knew I had to have at least one thing that I (and my family) could eat, so I did a quick Pinterest search. I found a yummy dish that no one would even question. Since I tweaked it a bit I thought I would share my recipe. Ingredients

Skinless, boneless chicken cut into strips

Frozen bag of TJ’s fire roasted bell pepper and onionsCilantro (I happen to have fresh on hand)

1/2 tbsp cumin, 1/2 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp lime juice, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepperInstructions

Mix veggies, chicken, and spices.Drizzle 2 tbsp oil. Bake at 400 for 35-40 minutes. Top with lime juice. Enjoy!

Chicken Fajita Bake
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Ingredients
  1. Skinless, boneless chicken cut into strips
  2. 1/4 cup cilantro
  3. 1/2 tbsp cumin
  4. 1/2 tbsp paprika
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tbsp lime juice
  7. 1 tsp onion powder
  8. 1 tsp salt
  9. 1/2 tsp pepper
  10. Frozen bag of TJ’s fire roasted bell pepper and onions
Instructions
  1. Mix veggies, chicken, and spices.
  2. Drizzle 2 tbsp oil.
  3. Bake at 400 for 35-40 minutes.
  4. Squeeze the juice from half of a lime or 1 tbsp lime juice over the top.
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Whole 30 – Week 2

Week 2 is done and I’m feeling great! My kitchen, dishwasher and hands are all tired from all the homemade sauces and food, but my tummy is happy. Which is why I started this journey anyway (see more here).

Here are some of my favorite recipes from Week 2.

Spinach, mushroom and tomato frittata Combine 6 eggs, veggies of your choice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Pour into greased pan at 400 for 25 minutes.

Sweet Potato Zoodle Scramble Spiral sweet potato and egg in a pan until cooked.

Crispy baked chicken with roasted cauliflower ricehttps://www.jaysbakingmecrazy.com/2016/01/21/paleo-whole30-chicken-tenders/

Homemade Ranch https://www.whole-sisters.com/dump-ranch/

No fuss salmon cakes with avocado salsa and roasted butternut squash zoodles.(pg 346)

Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers, Oven Fries and Roasted Mushroomshttp://unboundwellness.com/sweet-potato-chicken-poppers-paleo-aip-whole-30/

Chimichurri Burgers with Roasted Garlic Green Beans (pg 306)

Baked Chicken Fajita

I brought this dish to a potluck tonight. It was easy to make and everyone seemed to like it.http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/baked-chicken-fajitas-190951#activity-feed

See you next week for week 3.

Week 1 recipes

Whole 30 – Week 1

I love food. Cooking food, trying new food and talking about food. However almost always I have an ache afterwards.

I’ve tried different medications, had a endoscopy, taken allergy tests and more. Ultimately I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Basically a bunch of nonsense.

After a dinner last year I decided I was done being in pain. I Googled a few things and came across Whole 30.

What is Whole 30 you ask? Whole 30 is not a diet. It centers on eliminating certain food groups such as sugar, dairy, grains, and legumes for about a month to improve health. Processed foods and alcohol are out; but, you can eat meat, seafood, eggs, fruits, vegetables, oils and healthy fats, like avocado.

The first time I did Whole 30 I successfully did 30 days, but with a few modifications. It wasn’t easy! I didn’t tell my family I was doing it. I didn’t want to spook them or think I was doing a diet. I wanted to see if removing certain food from my diet would help me feel better. And it did!! I started feeling better after 5 days. I wasn’t bloated, in pain or ill. To think some of my favorite foods was making me ill was just awful.

I was heartbroken. I love food!

I loved Whole 30 and even lost some weight, but then someone had a birthday, we made plans to check out a new restaurant in town, it was a holiday, etc. You get the point. Something was always in my way.

Then my sister’s bachelorette weekend in Mexico was coming up and I remembered how I felt (and looked) so I did it again. This time I only lasted the two weeks up to her bachelorette. Hello vacation food and cocktails!

After a painful episode last December I deiced on the first day of the year I was going to commit to my health and do another round.

This time I talked it over with my family, read books (thanks Whit!), saved recipes, shopped for food, prepped and did my research.

The first week was hard! Like real hard. I so miss my morning (and sometimes afternoon) coffee with milk and brown sugar. But I decided to stick to the plan, so I haven’t been drinking coffee, because coffee with almond milk is just plain nasty.

After completing the hard week I thought it was best to remind my self of all the yummy recipes we tried and liked.

Here are some of my favorite recipes from Week 1.

Southern breakfast bowlhttp://thedoitallmama.com/2016/05/whole-30-southwestern-breakfast-bowl.html

Baked Salmon with cilantro sauce and cilantro lime cauliflower ricehttps://www.themediterraneandish.com/baked-salmon-recipe-garlic-cilantro-sauce/

Sweet Potato Chicken Pad Thaihttps://littlebitsof.com/2017/06/sweet-potato-chicken-pad-thai/

Sloppy Joe Potato Bowlshttps://physicalkitchness.com/whole30-sloppy-joe-bowls/

Good food, that tastes good, that’s good for you. I love Whole 30! 

See you next week for week 2.

Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

Ingredients

1 loaf bread (I used challah), diced

2 cups milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup sugar

6 eggs

1 can pumpkin puree (I like Trader Joe’s brand)

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

2 tbsp vanilla

Topping:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup cold butter, diced

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

2 tsp pumpkin spice

Directions:

1. Dice bread and place in baking dish. 

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, cream, sugar, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and pie spice. 3. Pour mixture over the bread and press firmly.4. For best results refrigerate over night or place in fridge for 3 hours.5. Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl. 6. Use your finger tips to break down into smaller pieces. Sprinkle mixture over bread. 7. Bake for 45-55 minutes at 350.Yum!

Pumpkin French Tpast Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 1 loaf bread (I used challah), diced
  2. 2 cups milk
  3. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  4. 1 cup sugar
  5. 6 eggs
  6. 1 can pumpkin puree (I like Trader Joe’s brand)
  7. 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  8. 2 tbsp vanilla
Topping
  1. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup cold butter, diced
  3. 1/2 cup flour
  4. 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  5. 2 tsp pumpkin spice
Instructions
  1. Dice bread and place in baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, cream, sugar, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and pie spice.
  3. Pour mixture over the bread and press firmly.
  4. For best results refrigerate over night or place in fridge for 3 hours.
  5. Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl.
  6. Use your finger tips to break down into smaller pieces. Sprinkle mixture over bread.
  7. Bake for 45-55 minutes at 350.
Adapted from Little Spice Jar
Adapted from Little Spice Jar
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Trader Joe’s – Fall Favorites

I don’t like food shopping, but I love going to Trader Joe’s!

My kids get to try new food at the sample counter, I get a mid day caffeine pick me up and on the way out we get stickers and candy.

With Thanksgiving next week I thought I’d share some of my Trader’s Joe’s Fall favorites.

Baked Goods

The kiddos and I love baking with this Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix. We always stash a few after the season. They are that good!

I’m not a huge fan of Pumpkin Pie, but this pie has a great consistency and delicious flavor.This Chocolate Pecan Pie Bar is amazing! It’s chocolaty, salty and the tart is mouth watering. Trust me and go get it now. Don’t walk, run! I love love chai spice so when I tried this I had high hopes. I’m happy to say this Pumpkin Chai Spice Loaf is light, full of flavor and delicious!I’m a big fan of shortbread and this Maple Pecan Shortbread Bar Mix is really yummy and easy to make. Snacks

If you are a fan of the spices in stuffing you will love this Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips.These Cornbread Crisps are a crunchy, sweet and salty snack everyone will love. My kiddos love Trader Joe’s gingerbread houses. We do in for Halloween and now a Turkey Kit for Thanksgiving. It’s a simple treat and a great binding experience for the family. I have never tried TJ’s Sweet Potato & Marshmallow Pixie Pie Mix, but this looks amazing. What a perfect combo!This easy and delicious ready made Gingerbread Molasses cookie dough is the perfect base for making gingerbread cookies with the kiddos. 

Their canned Pumpkin is amazing, reasonable priced and comes in a 15 oz. can. Perfect combination for baking!    Freezer Section

These pies are a perfect addition to any meal. Bring one to your next dinner and your guests will be asking for more.Yum! Pilgrim Joe’s Pumpkin Ice Cream is delicious!  Fridge Section

This Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli with a pinch of a salt is an easy and delicious dinner. Another noodle (not in their cold section) is the Fall Zucchette Pasta. Add it with your favorite jar of pasta sauce for an easy weeknight dinner. Growing up I wasn’t a big Egg Nog fan, but the Trader Joe’s Egg Nog with cinnamon is simple delicious.     My family loves a warm batch of cinnamon rolls on the weekend. These Pumpkin Rolls take it up a notch. Best part, they are not overly sweet with a hint of pumpkin. What are some of your Trader’s Joe’s fall favorites? Share below.

Schnitzel

I never get tired of eating these crispy, freshly breaded, fried chicken cutlets we call schnitzel. My kids gobble it up and my husband always asks for seconds and sometimes even thirds. It’s easy to make, stores well and can be added to many dishes.

So when my my neighbor, Ranju, wanted the recipe for “that thin piece of veal” I knew I needed to blog about it. But after some research I noticed how many versions of Schnitzel there was. It turns out Schnitzel means different things in different countries and restaurants. This classic dish has been adapted by German Jews where it was called Viennese Wiener Schnitzel. Originally made with veal, the Israeli version originally featured turkey, which was much more easily accessible then beef or chicken. In my home we use chicken.

Here is how I make Schnitzel: Israeli fried chicken.

Ingredients: 1 1/2 lb. skinless boneless chicken breast
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1 cup breadcrumbs (I use Italian style)
Oil

Step 1: Prepare three medium bowls and a large plate. Put flour in the first bowl. Put eggs and 2 tablespoon water in the second bowl.  Mix well. Put breadcrumbs in the third bowl.

Step 2: Butterfly chicken breast to make large schnitzel, or simply slice the breast very thin. Use a meat tenderizer to pound the meat until very thin. Set aside.
Step 3: Heat oil in pan.
Step 4: Coat chicken with flour on both sides.

Step 5: Coat chicken in egg mixture bowl. Step 6: Coat chicken in breadcrumbs bowl.Step 7: While oil is hot, place pieces in a single layer. Step 8: Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side. Step 9: Once cooked, remove to large plate lined with paper towels. Repeat until done. That’s it! Enjoy!

Easy, crispy, freshly breaded, fried chicken cutlets we like to call schnitzel.Thank you Ranju for the request. :)

Schnitzel: Chicken Cutlets
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lb. skinless boneless chicken breast
  2. 1/2 cup flour
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 cup breadcrumbs (I use Italian style)
  5. Oil
Instructions
  1. 1. Prepare three medium bowls and a large plate. Put flour in the first bowl. Put eggs and 2 tablespoon water in the second bowl. Mix well. Put breadcrumbs in the third bowl.
  2. 2. Butterfly chicken breast to make large schnitzel, or simply slice the breast very thin. Use a meat tenderizer to pound the meat until very thin. Set aside.
  3. 3. Heat oil in pan.
  4. 4. Coat chicken with flour on both sides.
  5. 5. Coat chicken in egg mixture bowl.
  6. 6. Coat chicken in breadcrumbs bowl.
  7. 7. While oil is hot, place pieces in a single layer.
  8. 8. Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side.
  9. 9. Once cooked, remove to large plate lined with paper towels. Repeat until done.
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Show & Tell Tuesday – Favorite Recipes

I’m linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday.

The theme this week is…Favorite Recipes.

Anytime I cook something yummy or come across a great recipe I try adding it to the blog.

Here are some of my favorites.Happy Tuesday!

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