Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hamburger Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Zucchini has so many possibilities. This recipe is just like the one my mother-in-law made every summer. A great quick and easy main dish meal during the week.

Hamburger Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake

I'm not a big dessert eater. If you haven't already noticed. I'd gladly take a bowl of veggies or rice over a sweet dessert. But when I do get a craving, these strawberry biscuits really hit the spot! Whole Foods has an organic quick baking mix I like to use. These are incredibly easy to make...almost TOO easy!
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Balsamic Vinaigrette

After my sister brought over a salad and store bought balsamic vinaigrette, I tried to copy the dressing and this is what I got! Emeril's recipe calls for brown sugar, I also have used white sugar and it tastes just as good. This dressing has endless possibilities. Double, even tripe the recipe. You'll never want to buy dressing again (you may even sneak your own little container for your next dinner out on top of your salad--it's THAT good)!
Balsamic Vinaigrette

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Chicken Stuffed with Tomato, Feta, Garlic & Basil

I made this one up. Sort of. Actually, someone made this similar dish for me when I had my baby Rachel 3 years ago. I tried many different ways to copy the recipe until I mastered it to my own taste. There is no link for this one--my very own creation. I know this will be a favorite as it only takes seconds to make!

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (the very best are Bell & Evan's at Highland Park Market or any Organic kind)
1 cup Grape tomatoes sliced in quarters and chopped
1 Tbsp. minced garlic from jar
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
3-4 Tbsp. freshly chopped Basil (or 1/2 Tbsp. dried)
3 Tbsp. EVOO
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1. Rinse Chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
2. Butterfly chicken, but not all the way through. Leave about 1 inch uncut. Here is a link if you don't know how:
3. Mix together in a medium bowl the tomato mixture: tomatoes, feta, basil, garlic, salt, pepper & olive oil. Add any more seasonings to your personal taste.
4. Stuff chicken breasts with about 2-3 Tbsp. of tomato mixture.  Sprinkle each breast with paprika and either dried or fresh parsley. Place chicken in a 9x13 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake uncovered for about 35-40 min. or until digital thermometer reaches 165 degrees

Friday, July 22, 2011

Zucchini Potato Latkes with Tzatziki

Fresh from the garden food! Here's a great recipe for all that zucchini you may be growing. A nice light supper---leftovers for maybe some eggs benedict is perfect for a Sunday brunch. Cooking time takes a little longer I found. Be sure after shredding the zucchini to place them on paper towels and blot the water naturally inside to reduce mush.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Garden Vegetable Tortellini Chicken Stew

I like my title better than the Yahoo recipe given. For lots of leftovers I doubled the recipe and added Badia Complete Seasoning (found in the Hispanic section of the grocery store) until my personal taste, and Better Than Bouillon to add punch to the broth.  A great stew to make with fresh garden veggies. I used green & yellow squash, carrots, green beans, peas and baby spinach. What a delight when my 3 year old said she loves the squash--it's all about flavor in this dish!;_ylt=AoXLHm0xLcPVQCVBkySY4qLjgKU5

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate

I know this is such an easy recipe and you don't even need a recipe for it. This is just a great idea to surprise your significant other unexpectedly, gives smiles and love to your kids, bring to a dinner party, or treat yourself.
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