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Superfoods Friday ~ Spaghetti Squash

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Hello friends and welcome to Superfoods Friday

I’ve read other bloggers tout the greatness of the Spaghetti Squash and I knew it was a great Superfood, however, it was only recently that I discovered it’s actual goodness, and I loved it!

  • Spaghetti squash is low in calories, with only about 42 calories per serving (about a cup), this vegetable is a great swap for higher calorie ingredients.
  • Spaghetti squash is gluten free and because of its texture, it makes a great swap for actual spaghetti.
  • Spaghetti squash is a good source of fiber.
  • Spaghetti squash has a variety of other vitamins and minerals like potassium, vitamin C, beta carotene, and a number of others to support your overall health.
  • This winter squash also promotes blood sugar control, and has a cholesterol lowering effect that protects us from various forms of cancer. 

 

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Spaghetti Squash

I picked up a yellow Spaghetti Squash at Food Lion along with a can of Roasted Garlic and Onion Pasta Sauce. Since I had never prepared Spaghetti Squash I had to read several online recipes.  

After cutting the squash in half, I removed the seeds but kept them on the baking sheet.  Sprinkled each side with a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil and basil then placed each half upside down on the baking sheet.  Put into the preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  

Note: it is very hard to cut, so poke a few holes in it first then microwave for 15 minutes to soften it up.  

The roasted seeds are also awesome!

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Superfood Spaghetti Squash

 

While the Spaghetti Squash baked in the oven, I heated up the pasta sauce adding a little more sprinkles of basil and garlic salt. After I removed the squash from the oven, allowing it to cool for 20 minutes then used a fork to scrape out the strands and placed into a bowl.  

Poured the warmed sauce over top and stirred lightly for a delicious and healthy meal.

Superfood Spaghetti Squash

When I posted a pic on Instagram and Facebook, a few people gave me some other suggestions which I will try the next time.  What about you, do you have any ideas for add-ins or maybe other ways in which to cook this Superfood Spaghetti Squash?

Stay Blessed  ~ No Stress in 2014!

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The Pocket Sous Chef

Hello friends,

today is the first official day of Autumn but by now you’ve noticed that the blogs are filled with great recipes and awesome looking foods for Fall.  Autumn is the season for hibernating indoors and cooking meals in anticipation of the cold winter winds and upcoming holidays.  I am always looking for quick and easy family meals and now with Malik in college those with smaller portions. 

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Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Black and Blue Burgers ~ Friday Foodie Feature

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Hello friends and Happy Fri-Yay!  

The weekend is here and the weather is great so put away those take-out menus and fire up the grill.

Tonight try making a Black and Blue Burger!

Burgers made with Bleu Cheese I made these during the Labor Day holiday weekend and they were so simple to make.  You can use either Blue or Goat Cheese to jazz up an ordinary burger.

Black and Bleu Burger

There were only a few ingredients I needed to create these delicious burgers.

 

  • Ground Beef or Ground Chicken or Turkey

  • 1 Egg

  • Blue Cheese Crumbles

  • 1 Packet Lipton Recipe Secrets

  • Fresh Sweet Peppers sliced

  • Buns

  • Condiments

Mix the ground beef, egg and packet of Lipton Recipe Secrets in a medium bowl.  I usually wear plastic gloves because I hate having meat under my nails, but make sure to wash your hands after handling raw meat even if using gloves.

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Separate meat into 2 equal portions, and use just enough to make the number of patties required.  With your thumb make a dimple in the middle of each patty.  Sprinkled on a few pieces of Blue Cheese Crumbles then top with a slice of pepper.

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Burgers filled with Bleu Cheese Use the other half of beef to cover each patty, pinch the sides to ensure cheese crumbles are covered.

Blue Cheese Burgers

Fire up the grill and cook patties for approximately 8 mins on each side or until thoroughly done reaching an internal temperature of at least 160 F.

BTW, I left mine on the grill too long and burned them, hence the title “BLACK and Blue”, so keep an eye on them.

Grilled burgers

While the burgers are cooking, “dress your buns”.  I like mine lightly toasted with raw onions, sliced tomatoes, ketchup and pickles!

condiments for burgers

My men and I all love cheese so you know this is the only way I make burgers on the grill or on top of the stove!  

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014

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Skillet Pie

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.

For the past several weeks, Route 495 in Wilmington has been shutdown and this has added an additional 30 minutes to my daily commute.  Now that I am getting home later, I’m trying to come up with fast and easy dinner recipes.

I found one online for a Chicken Tamale Skillet Pie, but changed it up a bit to use what I already had in the kitchen.

skillet pie

 

What I Used:

1 package of Ground Turkey

1 can of cream style corn

1 can Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes

1 Can of Crescent Rolls

Sweet Peppers

1/2 tsp ground cumin

Shredded Cheese

1 Skillet Pie

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a cast-iron skillet brown the ground turkey on medium high heat for 10 minutes or until brown.  Add a can of Cream Style Corn, a can of Ro*Tel tomatoes and ground cumin.

1 Skillet Pie

Cook for 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, remove from heat, add a few sweet peppers then top with cheese.

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Cover with crescent rolls and put into oven to bake for approximately 20 minutes or until dough is golden brown.

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Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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This was a great meal and my men loved it, the next time I am going to use shredded chicken.

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Do you have any quick and easy dinner recipes that you can share?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Friday Fajita with the Perdue Chicken

Hello friends and Happy Fri-Yay!  A few weeks ago before the summer heat began to sizzle I made Fajitas with Perdue Chicken Breasts.  This easy breezy recipe was not only fun to make but filling enough for hubby and my mini men.

Friday Night Fajitas

 

The ingredients used are staples that I normally have in the pantry and refrigerator because Mexican food is quite popular in our home.

ingredients for fajitas

 

INGREDIENTS:  

  • Perdue Perfect Portions chicken breasts – cut into 1/2″ strips

  • 2 tbls vegetable oil – divided

  • McCormick Fajita Seasoning and 1/4 cup water

  • Shredded Mexican (Taco) Cheese

  • 1 medium Onion – fresh or frozen – sliced

  • Peppers – fresh or frozen – sliced

  • Whole Wheat Tortillas

OPTIONS

Lime 

Fresh Spinach leaves

Cilantro

Avocado

Tomato – sliced

Jalapeno peppers

Sour Cream

 

frozen or fresh peppers and onions

I also like to keep packages of frozen peppers and onions because they are perfect for recipes such as this as well as add-in’s for Crock Pot meals.  I used a mixture of both fresh and frozen onions for the Fajitas.

Fajitas

 

DIRECTIONS:

Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken strips, stir and cook for 3 minutes or until lightly browned.

Remove chicken from skillet and add remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet. Add onion and peppers; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes.  Return chicken to skillet, add water and Seasoning Mix; cook and stir 3 minutes or until heated through.

Fajitas

Spoon chicken/onions/peppers onto warm tortillas, add any options, if desired.

Friday Night Fajitas

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Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Spinach & Feta Cheese Frittatas | #Jennie-O

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Jennie-O.com for which I received compensation, all opinions are 100% my own.

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

As a family we don’t eat pork nor a lot of red meat so most of the time my meals are made with either chicken or turkey.  Before becoming a member of the JENNIE-O Switch Circle, I had always purchased Jennie-O bacon and breakfast sausage which my son loves and I use the ground turkey in my lasagna and tacos.

This partnership is perfect because now when I receive coupons and merchandise from Jennie-O, it gives me an opportunity to try new recipes and then share them with you.

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Today’s Friday Foodie Feature is

Spinach & Feta Cheese Frittatas with Turkey Bacon

 

Ingredients

  • 1 package #JennieO Turkey Bacon
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 cup fresh spinach chopped
  • 1/2 cup onions chopped
  • 1/3 cup Feta Cheese
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • pepper to taste
  • cooking spray

Frittata made with JennieO Turkey Bacon

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray cold skillet with cooking spray then prepare JennieO Turkey bacon according to package instructions and set aside.

Spinach & feta cheese frittata with turkey bacon

 

Fry bacon and set aside

Rinse and remove stems from spinach leaves, chop them and 1/2 of the onion into bite size pieces

Rinse spinach leaves and chop Saute both in same skillet used to cook bacon until spinach is wilted

Saute spinach and onion  

Whip eggs, feta cheese, milk and pepper before adding spinach, onions and bacon.  Cut bacon into bite size pieces, I use kitchen shears to make the job easier.  

Because we drink Ricemilk I recently starting cooking with it, and find that foods tastes just as good if not better than when made with whole milk.

Whips eggs, cheese and milk  

 

Add bacon, spinach and onions to egg mixture

Spray muffin pan with cooking spray to prevent sticking then pour or spoon mixture into each cup approximately 2/3 full.

 Fill cupcake pan 2/3 full

Bake 20 minutes, then watch out because they smell wonderful and my son couldn’t wait to try them!  

Grab a cup of coffee or tea then sit back, relax to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or an afternoon snack.

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 What I like about this recipe is that I can make the Frittatas the night before, then hubby and the boys can warm them up the next morning in the toaster oven.

Frittatas the next morning

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Friday Foodie Feature – Oxtail Stew

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

This week’s Foodie Feature is Slow Cooked Oxtail Stew

Oxtails or tails of cattle is a very popular dish in *South Africa and this bony, gelatin-rich meat is usually slow-cooked.  In our Delaware home as soon as the weather cools Oxtails are definitely on the menu-of-must-haves and this is how I slow cook mine.  

 Unfortunately the cost of Oxtails in the grocery stores can be outrageous which is why I stalk Dutch Country Farmer’s Market to get them!

Ingredients:

  • Oxtails 6-8 pieces
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Ground Ginger
  • Brown Sugar
  • Vegetables: Onions/Celery/Parsley/Carrots
  • Canned or Fresh Tomatoes – optional
  • Garlic fresh or minced
  • Oxtail Seasoning
  • Dry Beans or Lentils
  • Flour
  • Olive Oil

Put Oxtails into a plastic bag and pour in enough flour to coat, adding as little or as much of the Oxtail Seasoning, Ground Ginger and Brown Sugar according to your tastes.  Seal bag and rub all dry ingredients onto Oxtails.

Pour in just enough olive oil to cover bottom of a pan, heat on low and add coated Oxtails turning to brown on all sides.

In the meantime, chop and dice veggies

I also added a little Curry to the browning Oxtails, however, this is optional.

Remove browned Oxtails from the pan, then rinse the lentils or beans. Coat inside the Crock Pot with cooking spray for easier clean up.

Put in the Oxtails…

…add lentils or beans

…top with sliced and diced veggies

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Pour in 2 containers of broth or use water seasoned with Beef Bouillon Cubes – enough to cover all ingredients

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Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 depending on your Crock Pot/Slow Cooker

I had to work late and none of my men took pictures so I don’t have the finished product, but trust me it was good!  You can add any vegetable or potato or omit the beans and serve over rice.  No matter how you make it, it’s oh so good and filling especially on a cold winter’s night!

What is your favorite Slow Cooked Stew?

* This post was written only a few hours before Mr. Mandela’s death

RIP “Giant for Justice”

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