Juicing – Orange with Attitude

Juicing - Orange with Attitude

 

Adventures in juicing.  Well, it is always an adventure in our house because we tend to throw in some wild combinations, or whatever we have.

On this morning we added the following ingredients to create a beautiful color orange.  They say orange is the new pink, well I’ll say orange is the new delicious!

3 oranges

1 whole pineapple

5 kiwis

a bag of mini carrots.

Of course this one was sweet and didn’t stick with us as long as some of the blends we have made with more serious vegetables included.  We find the nice balance of sweet fruits with a lot of vegetables gives us that quick burst of energy but doesn’t end with a sudden spiral into the hungries. 

This combo was great though, and I would love to serve this to brunch guests in small crystal juice glasses.

Orange ya glad this one is sweet?……DebraJ

I did not receive any compensation or free gifts to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

 

 

Chicken & Mushroom a la Stroganoff

I found a great deal on mushrooms at Aldi so I bought 3 eight-ounce containers  – after all they were a good price.  Now I am faced with thinking of a way to use them before they go slick in the fridge and at this point I am at a total loss.

 

I thought something in the crockpot would be a great idea on this cold and snowy day, so I went down to the basement and perused through the freezer and found a package of boneless chicken breasts.  So………….the experiment begins….

Here are are the ingredients I assembled:

3 eight-ounce packages of mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

1.5 lbs boneless chicken breasts

1 can healthy cream of mushroom soup

1 package onion soup mix

1/2 cup white wine

1/4 cup chicken broth (or water or wine)

Sour cream

Noodles

I washed and patted the chicken breasts dry Chicken Stroganoffand cut them into bite-size pieces.  I drizzled a little olive oil in a nonstick pan and sauted the chicken pieces in the skillet until the were heated on all sides, but not cooked through.

Chicken Stroganoff

I then placed the warmed chicken pieces in the bottom of my large crock pot and placed the fresh sliced mushrooms on top.

Chicken Stroganoff

In a small bowl I combined the mushroom soup, onion soup mix and wine.  I used Moscato wine because (1) it was what I had available open and (2) I like it.  I realize better cooks than me will cringe and anyone with a thimble full of knowledge about wine will object – but hey, I never pretended to be an expert (and this IS an experiment).  Some experiments turn into fabulous results and others turn into big mess (but we won’t discuss those here).

Chicken Stroganoff   Chicken Stroganoff

 

 

I poured the soup mixture over the chicken and mushrooms and drizzled the broth over the top for moisture.  The crock pot was set on low and it cooked for about 6 hours.

The smell is great, so I have high hopes.

Cook the noodles according to package direction and toss them with a little olive oil after you drain them.

Stir the sour cream into the chicken mixture just before serving.  Spoon the chicken mixture over the hot buttered noodles.

Chicken Stroganoff

HEALTHY:  I tried to keep the ingredients manageable so it would fit into a healthy eating plan using portion control

FREEZER:  I believe this would freeze well if it was placed in an airtight container prior to adding the sour cream.  After it is thawed, warm and add the sour cream just before serving.

ECONOMY:  This recipe was already fairly inexpensive due to the sale on the mushrooms.  The ingredients create a large portion to serve so the per person cost is low.

a la dinner…..DebraJ

Fantasy Menu Planning – Easter Dinner # 3

 

 

Fantasy Easter Menu Planning - Easter Dinner #

 

Easter Dinner Menu # 3

 The third menu will satisfy some of our vegetarian readers beginning with a beautiful Garden Lasagna packed with spinach, mushrooms, roasted peppers and other good items, including a fair amount of luscious cheese.  This recipe was found at “The Curvy Carrot” and the description of the preparation is an enjoyable read.

A rich cheesy lasagna is just begging for some warm crusty bread, and I found some at “Roxana’s Home Baking” that looked perfect.   Visit the site to read the recipe for Chickpea Flour Bread.   There are some great photographs of the bread and it made me long for a knife and some butter.

I think this entrée and bread should be preceded by a lovely salad and I found one at “Garnish with Lemon” that will be spectacular.  It is titled Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Craisins and Balsalmic Vinaigrette.   What’s not to love here?!

I think this meal would be accompanied well with some chianti or cabernet.

To bring this lovely meal to a close we will sign off on the cutest dessert from Buttercream Blondie.  The Cadbury Mini Egg Cheesecake Dessert – is so cute!  But as cute as it appears, it has some serious rich goodness with all the fresh creamy butter, brown sugar and Cadbury Eggs!  Go take a look!

So, for one more time….
Let’s recap…………

Spinach salad with Goat Cheese, Craisins and Balsalmic Vinaigrette

Garden Lasagna

Chickpea Flour Bread

Red, red wine

Cadbury Mini Egg Cheesecake Dessert

and of course….hot coffee!

 

So this concludes our fun with the Fantasy Easter Menus.  I have found so many great blog sites during my research and I hope you enjoy visiting them.

We’ll do Fantasy Menu planning again – for sure!

Now it’s time to plan the REAL menu……………DebraJ

I have not received any compensation or free gifts to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

Check Fantasy Easter Dinner # 1 and Fantasy Easter Dinner # 2 for more ideas.

Fantasy Menu Planning — Easter Dinner # 2

Fantasy Menu Planning - Easter Dinner # 2

 

Easter Dinner Menu # 2

Holidays are the perfect time for friends and family to gather and enjoy each other.  An appetizer and cocktail period is a nice touch for catching up before the main dinner begins.

This Easter menu will have a different format.  As guests arrive they will be served a flute filled with Verdi Peach Sparkletini.  A couple of fresh sweet raspberries will float around in the wine.  This will be paired with a Spinach & Artichoke Dip served on a side table while guests are mingling.  This recipe can be found on “Cooking Tip of the Day.”

After your guests are seated they will be served a small bowl of Chilled Pea Soup with Crispy Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Croutons, which looks completely yummy and exotic and was found at “Farmgirl Gourmet.”

The main entree will be Cranberry Raspberry Pork Tenderloin. Head over to “Delicious Shots” to take in the beautiful photos and interesting story surrounding this great-looking entree.

A visually appealing main dish like that requires a worthy partner to serve on the side,  so I have chosen Roasted Asparagus found on “Key Ingredients” with some great photos to show just how beautiful a basic vegetable like asparagus can look on your plate.

A fine holiday dinner is never complete without the final course — dessert.   On “Crunchy Creamy Sweet” I found Lemon Bundt Cake based on a buttermilk batter with a delicate and drippy powder sugar glaze.  Served with piping hot coffee, of course.

So, let’s recap……..

Verdi Peach Sparkletini

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Chilled Pea Soup with Crispy Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Croutons

Cranberry Raspberry Pork Tenderloin

Roasted Asparagus

Lemon Bundt Cake

Steaming Hot Coffee

Holidays are a wonderful time to entertain and experiment with some new recipes.  It’s a lot of fun to drag out the fancy dishes and utensils that don’t get used very often.

Still on the prowl for another menu..………...DebraJ

Check back later for Fantasy Easter Dinner # 3

Click here if you want to review Fantasy Easter Dinner # 1

I have not received any compensation or free gifts to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

Fantasy Menu Planning — Easter Dinner # 1

Fantasy Menu Planning - Easter Dinner # 1

Easter Dinner Menu # 1

It took quite some time to make my selections and  gather the links to all of these scrumptious menu items because I became so distracted during the search.  There are some amazing blogs out there and the variety of recipe creations are without limit.

For this menu I began with the main dish as roasted ham, which has been fairly standard for our home-cooked feasts during this holiday.  I found an intriguing version entitled “Sweet & Spicy Ham” found at “What’s Cookin’ Chicago?” and I decided this would be a perfect place to begin.  I thought a great accompaniment would be “Potato Galette” with thinly sliced Yukon gold potatoes and sweet onions.  Head over to “Yummy Supper” to check out the full recipe and beautiful photographs.  Going along with our more traditional theme, we’ll add “Green Beans with Walnuts” to go with the pink ham and the lovely golden potato galette.  (CBSop.com).

Because everything else is traditional, we are going to zing our guests with a more non-traditional salad.  Check out “Recipe Girl” for the instructions for their version of “Marinated Kale Salad with Apples and Oranges.”  This salad looks magnificent and I would be excited to serve this to my guests.

After this delicious meal it is time to wind down and relax with some dessert and coffee.  Returning to my traditional boundaries I have decided on pie, found at “Cosmo Cookie.”  Beautiful “Raspberry Pie” sounds so sweet-tangy and spring-like.  When I perused the photographs of this pie on their website I was influenced by how simple and delicious this would be to set off a great meal.  It isn’t  too different, but it is a little more exotic than the more common fruit pies.  I would like to pair the pie with some delicious “Iced Coffee” and I found one I liked at “Sugar & Cloth” because it looked so creamy & refreshing.

 

Okay – let’s recap!

Sweet & Spicy Ham

Potato Galette

Green Beans with Walnuts

Marinated Kale Salad with Apples and Oranges

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Raspberry Pie

Iced Coffee

Check out my fellow bloggers by following the links from the listed menu items. 

They have a lot to offer and I am sure you will enjoy reading.

Check back for Fantasy Menu Planning for Easter Dinner # 2….by DebraJ

Mexican Tamale Casserole

Mexican Tamale Casserole
 
This is a "once in a while" pleasure with a crunchy corn bread topper...
Author:
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of onion, chopped
  • 1 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef (or lean ground turkey)
  • 2 - 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 12 ounces whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sliced ripe olives
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Chili powder
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
CORN MEAL TOPPER
  • ¾ cup yellow corn meal
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
Instructions
  1. Warm the onion and green pepper in hot cooking oil until tender.
  2. Add the lean ground meat and brown lightly.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients for the casserole except the cheddar cheese.
  4. Simmer 20-25 minutes until thick. (Yummy smells)
  5. Add the shredded cheese and stir until melted.
  6. Pour into a greased 9X9X2 inch square baking dish.
  7. Cover with corn meal topper
CORN MEAL TOPPER
  1. Stir corn meal and salt in cold water until thick.
  2. Add butter and mix well.
  3. Spoon over Mexican tamale meat mixture.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.
Notes
This is one of our "oldies" and I have been using it since I still had kiddos at the dinner table asking me to cut their meat. There are a variety of versions of this recipe in many books and all over the internet, this just happens to be the one I have used for a number of years.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 Calories: 505 Fat: 30 Carbohydrates: 34 Sodium: 1283 Protein: 26 Cholesterol: 92.3

Tamale later…………..DebraJ

I have not received any compensation or free gifts for creating this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

Oscars 2013 – Who will win?

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It is so easy to get caught up in the presentation of the Oscars every year.  I’ll admit it is a little more difficult for me to manage my score card now that the number of movies has increased from five, but I still try.  We have usually seen some of the movies by the time the event rolls around, so we feel like we have a stake in the competition with our own objective subjective opinion (which is highly educated and wholly insightful, of course) Laughing.

The Oscar presentation is a good opportunity to cook up something special, whether for a crowd or simply for the ‘fam’ at home.  Tonight we are going to a throw-back from years ago and we’ll have a quasi-Mexican style casserole (recipe to follow later).  Will you be serving anything fun for the Oscar presentation tonight?

oh dear…what shall I wear?…………DebraJ

NOTE:  I did not receive any compensation or free products (nope, no Oscar goodie-basket) to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.