Saturday, January 24, 2009

Ann's Game Day Chile

Made in Honor of the Cardinals being the in the Superbowl in 2009!

Olive oil
2 large sweet onions
4 cloves garlic
2 to 2 1/2 lbs ground beef or turkey*

2 large green bell peppers
2 large red bell peppers
2 large yellow or orange bell peppers

1 chipotle pepper in adobo, chopped fine
optional - 1 jalapeno, minced

4 T chile powder
1 T garlic powder
2 T dried oregano
1 small can tomato paste
4 28 oz cans diced tomatoes

salt to taste
2 bay leaves

1 14-1/2 oz can of kidney beans
1 28 oz can black beans

Cut onions into bite sized pieces. Mince Garlic. Chop bell peppers into bite sized pieces.

Preheat olive oil in the bottom of a large soup pot over medium high. Use enough olive oil to coat the bottom with a very thin layer. When oil is hot add onions and garlic. Saute till tender. Add ground beef, chile powder, garlic powder and saute till beef is done. Add peppers, chipotle, and if using it, jalapeno and cook about 5 minutes more.

Dump in tomatoes. Add bay leaf and tomato paste. Stir. Bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer at least 30 minutes. Salt to taste and if you like add more chile powder, garlic salt or oregano to taste. Add all the beans. Eat!!

If you like, this is great topped with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped onions, crumbled corn chips, you name it!

*If you want a vegetarian, add an extra couple cans of beans or corn instead of the beef, and put them in near the end just to heat.

Orange Vegetable & Chicken Stir Fry

2 to 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, or you can omit for vegetarian version
3/4 - 1 lb green beans, ends cut off and cut into bite sized bits
1 small head of broccoli, with florets cut into bite sized pieces
1 orange, with peel removed (use potato peeler, orange part only) and save the juice
1/2 c cashews
2 yellow or red bell peppers cut into bite sized bits
1/2 c orange marmalade
1/3 c soy sauce or tamari
sesame seeds for garnish
peanut oil or vegetable oil for stir frying
salt, pepper, and garlic powder for taste

Use a wok or big skilled. Heat oil to coat bottom of pan over medium high. Stir fry chicken till done, and dump in separate bowl. Do the same for each of the veggies. When all are done, turn the heat down to medium low, put everything back in the skillet, add orange peel, and coat with orange marmalade and soy sauce, tossing to coat thoroughly. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Start with a little at a time until you like it.

Sprinkle sesame seeds on top - as much as you like and serve over rice. Healthy and yummy! If you want a different flavor use hoison or apricot preserves instead of the orange marmalade.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

So Soothing Lemon Ginger Honey Tea

I LOVE This stuff - easy to make, and if you buy ginger at the 99cent only superstore, its cheap. Ginger warms you, improves digestion, and circulation. Honey is a natural anti-bacterial, and lemon balances the ph. Great comforting tea for winter. It IS quite strong, but yummy! I like it hot but you could just as easily drink it cool.

I didn't make this one up - click here for the recipe!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Denise's Easy Bread

My friend Denise gave me this super easy recipe years ago. I didn't make this one up. It makes one rustic loaf for you and one to share with a friend. Even if you can’t bake bread, you can make this.  One recipe goes a long way and there are endless variations.  Use your imagination and see what you come up with

1 pkg yeast
2 c warm water
1 ¼ t salt
1 T sugar
6-7 c flour
desired filler

Filler Ideas:
•  Sliced kalamata olives, minced garlic, and rosemary
•  Parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, & herbs
•  Cinnamon, sugar, and raisins

I have never measured these! I eyeball it and try to put enough in to evenly distribute throughout bread.

Dissolve yeast in water; add salt & sugar.  Add flour 1 cup at a time.  When dough is mixed, shape into a ball.  Grease top.  Cover & let stand until double in a warm place.  Knead in filler (olives, garlic, parmesan, cheddar, herbs, sun dried tomatoes, cinnamon/raisin filling.... whatever!)  Turn onto a lightly floured surface and shape into two logs (or rounds, if you’re making round bread).  Put on a sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.  Brush water on top & let stand at least 5 minutes.  Put a pan of water on the lower shelf in the oven.

Put bread on the upper shelf.  Turn oven on to 400 degrees and bake for 45 minutes.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Super Protein New Year's Salad

I know we all want to eat better in the new year but my body insisted on it! This is healthy and good. If you are a vegetarian substitute raw chick peas for the cooked chicken. Recipe is for two but you can double it. If you haven't tried quinoa it is SO healthy and its yummy.

1/2 c quinoa grain, cooked (see below)

2 handfuls of any salad green -
I used romaine, but mixed, spinach, etc. would work

2 chicken breasts or a can of chick peas
2 vine ripe tomatoes, cut in eighths
salt and pepper
Balsamic vinegar
Good olive oil

Cook the quinoa - bring one cup of water to boiling and when just boiling, add quinoa, turn heat to lowest setting and simmer 15 minutes with a lid on the pot. Don't peak - it has to steam. Cool.

Heat olive oil (enough to coat a pan) over medium high. Add chicken breasts that have been well salted and peppered. About 3 minutes into cooking, splash some balsamic on top - just enough to lightly coat bottom of pan. Cook 2 minute more then flip chicken. If necessary add enough more balsamic to coat the pan, and a little more olive oil if that has dried out. Let cook till done t hrough, about 5 minutes more. Take off heat and cut into bite sized strips or pieces.

For each salad, assemble half the greens on a plate, half the quinoa, and pile chicken on top of each. Arrange tomatoes nicely around the edges. Salt and pepper if you like. Drizzle liberally with olive oil and splash with a bit more balsamic vinegar. Healthy, protein packed and good.