Category Archives: Recipes

Memorial Day Griller- Chicken Sandwich {New Food Friday}

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chickensandMemorial Day is approaching and grillers will shine in true fashion. Let’s hope the weather is nice where you are. Here is a great healthy grilled chicken sandwich that is sure to please. Now for me, I would replace the avocado with something like green peppers or cucumbers. Hope you enjoy this recipe.

Chicken Summer Sandwich

Ingredients:
1 ripe avocado, sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter
1 large Vidalia onions, sliced into rings
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
salt and pepper to taste
4 hamburger buns
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 slices provolone cheese
Directions:
For complete directions please visit Allrecipes.com
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Quick Healthy Breakfast: Fruit Compote {New Food Friday}

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fruitWell spring is here and it’s planting time. I plan on having some yummy fruits again this year in my garden. My watermelon last year was so good.  Here is a recipe  that will go with any fruit you want and make an excellent quick healthy breakfast. I love blackberries and kiwi which both would go well with this dish. Enjoy!

Fruit Compote

Weight Watcher Points: 2

Serves: 4

Ingredients

1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp crystallized ginger
2 tsp lemon juice canned or bottled
2 cup(s) (diced) cantaloupe
1/2 cup(s) (raw) strawberries
1/2 cup(s) fresh blueberries
1 serving(s) 1 Fresh Mint Sprig, chopped
1/2 cup apple juice, unsweetened

Instructions

  • Mix- Apple juice, honey, ginger and lemon juice in small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until boiling. Boil for 2 minutes to slightly reduce mixture. Remove from heat; cool completely. (Can place in freezer for a few minutes to speed up cooling.)
  • Add cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries and mint in medium bowl. Spoon into serving dishes; drizzle with juice mixture.

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Peanut Chicken {New Food Friday}

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chickenI love peanut chicken and sometimes it’s hard to find a good semi-healthy recipe. Gotta give props to Allrecipes.com for this delicious recipe.  There is this one Chinese buffet in town that has the best peanut chicken and that is all I eat when I go there (besides the crab ragoons of course). I am hoping this recipe comes close and is a healthier version. Enjoy

Grilled Peanut Chicken

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons Skippy All Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 dash ground cayenne pepper
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast (6oz each)
Directions:
  • Check out the complete recipe on Allrecipe.com
  • Serving size is 4

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If you are on Weight Watchers, per my recipe builder this would be 6 points. That is based on 4- 6oz chicken breasts. The only items that contain points are the chicken and peanut butter, the rest are free.
This post was sponsored by Hormel as part of the Hormel Extended Blogger Family.

Healthier Spring Snacking {New Food Friday}

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currydipSpringtime, with its warm temperatures, fresh seasonal produce and the opportunity to eat outside again, is the perfect time to kick your family’s eating habits up a notch. Fresh air and sunshine seem to put most people in the mood for fresher, lighter meals rather than heavy ones, making fruits and vegetables the main focus of many spring dishes.

The abundance of seasonal produce is also a great opportunity for parents to introduce healthier eating habits to their children. If you’re looking for fresh snack ideas this spring, try out some of the following ideas—they’re easy to make, budget-friendly and hold definite kid appeal:

 Apricots and Cottage Cheese

Apricots are in season during the spring, so take advantage of this yummy fruit! An easy snack that’s full of nutrients and calcium is apricots stuffed with cottage cheese. Halve your apricots, spoon in some cheese and drizzle with honey or sprinkle with nuts for a little something extra.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Baked sweet potato fries are a healthier alternative to the French fries, gloppy potato salad and potato chips that are sure to start popping up at cookouts this spring. Make your own or look for premade ones in the freezer section of your grocery store. Eat them alongside a sandwich or dip them in yogurt or ketchup for a yummy snack. You can bake other veggies too: roasted carrots, baked onion rings and baked dried strawberries also make great snacks.

Yogurt Dip

Speaking of yogurt dip, it’s one of the easiest and healthiest spring snacks out there. Mix yogurt with curry powder, honey or maple syrup for a healthier dip option this spring. You can choose whatever dippers you like; fruit, sweet potato fries and cinnamon pita chips all taste great dipped in something a little sweeter!

Smoothies

Smoothies are the perfect spring snack because not only do they cool you down on a hot day, but they’re good for you too. Use yogurt, fruit and your favorite juices to experiment with various smoothie combinations. To add some additional nutrients, blend some spinach in with the fruit—kids won’t even notice.

Whole Grain Pitas

Keep whole grain pitas around your house this spring; you can use them for dozens of delicious, healthy snack ideas. Melt some cheese between them for a simple quesadilla, bake them into homemade pita chips or spread on marinara or BBQ sauce and sprinkle a little mozzarella on top for a healthier take on pizza.

Try this easy curried yogurt dip for a simple spring snack perfect for dipping with fruit, pita chips, sweet potato fries or any other snack you can think of. Enjoy!

 

Curried Yogurt Dip

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce

Blend all ingredients together. Chill and serve. Optional: Drain the yogurt in a cheese cloth for a thicker, richer dip.

 

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of Alexia. For more easy dip recipes and frozen appetizers to dip with, visit www.alexiafoods.com.  

Holiday Leftovers- Breakfast Pizza {New Food Friday}

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bpizzaWondering what to do with your left over delicious Hormel ham you cooked for the family? Here is a simple and yummy breakfast pizza recipe that will be a hit in your house. Breakfast pizza is always a hit in my house.

Leftover Breakfast Pizza

Ingredients:
12 eggs, well beaten (use egg beaters for a healthier version)
1 tablespoon butter
2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent
rolls (use reduced fat for a healthier version)
1 (.9 ounce) package hollandaise sauce
mix
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
3 cups diced cooked ham (leftover ham from the holiday)
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
For full direction please check out the recipe on Allrecipes.com
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Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties {New Food Friday}

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cucumberLooking for a snack to take to Easter dinner? These are spring like and look delicious. I love those little cucumber sandwiches that are always at parties so this is a different way to do them. Enjoy!

Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties

Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,
softened
1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style
salad dressing mix
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 French baguette, cut into 1/2 inch thick
circles
1 cucumber, sliced
2 teaspoons dried dill weed
For Directions please check all Allrecipes.com
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Irish Soda Bread Recipe #NewFoodFriday

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irishsodabread2 Days until St. Patrick’s Day and what would the day be without some Irish soda bread? I do love some great bread and this looks like an easy to make recipe.

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients:
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk
For full directions please check out the full recipe on Allrecipes.com
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St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: Glazed Corned Beef #NewFoodFriday

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cornedbeefSt. Patrick’s Day is approaching so corn beef and hash meals will be popping up all over the place. I am not one for cooked cabbage or corn beef but here is a recipe that I think might just be good.

Glazed Corned Beef with Lentils

Ingredients:
2 quarts water
4 pounds corned beef brisket (for a quick and easy meal use Hormel fully cooked Corned Beef)
1 large onion
1 large carrot
1 stalk celery
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon pickling spice
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons Dijon-style prepared
mustard
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup red chile sauce (optional)
2 cups dry lentils (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Full directions can be found on Allrecipes.com
Do you have a favorite Irish recipe you make every year? Did you try this one? Please let me know your thoughts and comments.

This post was part of the Hormel Blogger Family program

Fire Roasted Vegetarian Gumbofor Fat Tuesday {New Food Friday}

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fat tuesday gumbo recipeOkay so Fat Tuesday has passed but that doesn’t mean you can’t have gumbo all year round. Here is a Fat Tuesday recipe you might enjoy.  All you vegetarians out there this is for you!

Fire Roasted Vegetarian Gumbo- Fat Tuesday Recipe

Ingredients:
1 serrano pepper
1 banana pepper
1 small can Chi-Chi’s died Green Chiles
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 green bell peppers, chopped
1 quart vegetable broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon file powder
1 cup fire-roasted tomatoes
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
parsnip, peeled and cubed
1 cup canned red beans, rinsed and
drained
1 cup canned black-eye peas, rinsed and
drained
2 cups frozen cut okra, thawed
Directions
For full directions please check out Allrecipes.com
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This post was part of the Hormel Blogger Family program

Sexy Shrimp Scampi {New Food Friday}

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shrimpscampiValentine’s Day is next week. If your looking to save a bit of money try cooking at home this year. Would be healthier too (depending on what you have). I found this great looking recipe and thought you all might enjoy it. Super simple to make and looks yummy (to those who like shrimp). Enjoy

Sexy Shrimp Scampi

Ingredients:
30 medium shrimp – peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

Full directions can be found out Allrecipes.com