Sauce (for anything) – Vegetarian version

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Awhile back I posted a recipe for a sauce that is pretty much my go to sauce when I need a quick dinner or even an everyday dinner. The only thing is, is that it is a meat sauce and I am trying to introduce my family to more vegetables. So through trial and error, I have come up with this recipe. It’s pretty simple and the whole family seems to like it. That’s a win win in my book  🙂

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1 bell pepper

1 onion

4 cloves of garlic

2 tomatoes (I used romas but if you have beefsteak or any of the larger ones just use one)

1 8 ounce container of mushrooms

5 tbs of oil (to fry veg)

1 chili pepper (optional)

1 can of tomato paste (optional)

1 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp  basil

salt to taste

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1. Chop onions, garlic tomatoes together add to skillet with oil. Add turmeric, basil, and salt. Fry till translucent.

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2. add chopped bell peppers and chili pepper to skillet. Fry till translucent

3. chop mushrooms and add to skillet. cook till mushrooms are tender.

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At this point, you can serve this over your choice of noodles or you can add the tomato paste. If the tomato paste is added you would need to add the tomato paste and about 3/4 cup of water. Simmer till it reaches the thickness you prefer.

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I have served it both ways. I actually prefer without the tomato paste but the hubby and kids like it with…guess which usually happens…LOL!!

Hope you all enjoy!!

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Fried Potatoes

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Ok I know in the grand scheme of things this might not be the best snack food in the world. But to be honest compared to french fries that you get from a fast food joint I believe they are a bit healthier. I did not use any where near as much oil as a fast food place would and these are honest to goodness potatoes. Sometimes I wonder what you get outside.

8 small potatoes

3 leaves of basil (if dried use 1/4 tsp)

4 tbs of olive oil salt and pepper as desired

serves 4-6 as a snack

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1. Peel, dice, and wash potatoes set aside  ( you can cut the potatoes how ever you wish. Sometimes I cut in French fry form also in slices too)

2. Add oil to skillet…turn on med. Wait till warms up

3. add salt to skillet while warming up

4. add potatoes to hot oil. Allow to brown on all sides till done.

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Chicken Nachos

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I thought I’d fix something really easy and is a big favorite of my family: Chicken Nachos.

The ingredients are really simple and you probably have a lot already on hand.

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3 boneless chicken breasts (not in pic sorry)

1 bag of tortilla chips

2 roma tomatoes or 1 beefsteak tomato

1 can of refried beans

1 pack of taco seasoning

1/2 block cheese (not in pic)

1 small onion  (not in pic)

2 cloves of garlic  (not in pic)

1/4 tsp of turmeric

salt and pepper for taste

1. Chop up chicken, grate up onions and garlic. Place in skillet, add salt, pepper, turmeric, and taco seasoning . Fry together till cooked through.

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2. While chicken is cooking…chop up your vegetables for layering on the nachos. Grate up the cheese and lightly crush the tortilla chips.

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Keep an eye on your chicken…don’t let it burn 😛

3. While waiting on the chicken still, open can of refried beans and warm up.

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Ok your chicken should be done 🙂

4. Ok now you need to start layering your nachos:

Chips

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Beans

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Chicken

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Tomatoes

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Cheese

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Green Onions

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next is optional sour cream 🙂  I put my homemade salsa on the table when I served it as well

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And that’s it!! Enjoy we did 😀

Cabbage Salad

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Being from the south I am used to eating cole slaw. Love the taste! To be honest I could eat the cabbage by itself raw. It is really good for you and has a really distinctive taste. In the south, cole slaw essentially is cabbage, carrots, and mayo. I have seen different twists on it too…like adding tomatoes in place of carrots or even adding onions. It all depends on your taste.  You can use either red or green cabbage. I have used both for this recipe. It is a twist on cole slaw, but is different enough to give it a try.

Salad:

1/4 head of cabbage (red or green) shredded

1 tomato chopped

1/4 onion chopped

2 carrots (6 baby carrots) grated

Dressing:

1 tbsp mayonnaise

5 tsp of vinegar or lemon juice

(You can either use vinegar or lemon juice.I prefer vinegar..my husband prefers lemon juice.)

salt to taste

With the salad just combine the cabbage, onions, carrots, and tomatoes. Toss lightly.  For the dressing, mix the mayonnaise and vinegar (or lemon juice) together. Add to vegetables and mix together. Chill until ready to serve.

A really easy side dish…Enjoy

Braised onions and chicken

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Today I decided to post this recipe because it’s a really simple recipe that you can put together really quick and go about you day in your house. And if you’re like me that means a lot. 😀

For this recipe you can use any piece of chicken but I like using legs and thighs. They are more forgiving if you make a mistake. I also used vodka but not enough to even think about. That is purely optional but I like to try different things.

3 lbs legs and thighs

1/2 onion chopped

1/2 bell pepper chopped

1/4 tsp of turmeric

1/8 c lemon juice

1/8 c oil (for frying onions and bell pepper)

1/2 shot of vodka (optional)

salt and pepper to taste (optional)

In a large pot, combine the onions, bell pepper, turmeric, and salt/pepper. Fry until a golden brown. Once they turn golden, add the lemon juice and vodka. Allow the liquid to cook down to almost nothing is left. Add the chicken to the pot (if the chicken is frozen do not add water, if not frozen add a 1/4 cup of water so the chicken will not stick). Cover the chicken tightly and turn down to low-medium heat.

Enjoy

Apple Cranberry Pie

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I know we all are trying to lose weight or at least a good portion of us are, but I could not resist posting this recipe. My son who likes to cook as much as I do found this online and wanted to try it. So what’s a good mom supposed to do…..I helped him bake it!! It turned out pretty good.

Apple-Cranberry Crumb Pie

 For topping
•1 cup all purpose flour
•1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
•1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
•3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

For filling
•4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 5 cups)
•1 16-ounce can whole-berry cranberry sauce
•3/4 cup sugar
•1 teaspoon cornstarch
•1 purchased 9-inch deep-dish frozen pie shell, unthawed
•Vanilla ice cream

Preparation

Make topping:
 Mix first 4 ingredients in medium bowl. Add butter; rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside.

Make filling:
 Place baking sheet in oven and preheat to 350°F. Toss apples, cranberry sauce, sugar and cornstarch in large bowl until well blended.

Transfer apple-cranberry filling to frozen pie shell, mounding in center. Sprinkle topping over pie. Set pie on baking sheet in oven. Bake until apples are tender, juices bubble thickly and crust is golden, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Transfer to rack. Cool 15 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream

Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

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Here’s my first recipe for 2015. I know considering we all have made our New Year’s resolutions and some of us have said we are going to lose weight this might not be the best recipe but I can’t help it 🙂   I love this one and in limited amounts it’s not as bad as some sweet recipes out there…lol  Hope you enjoy!!

 

 

1 1/2 c flour
2/3 c sugar
1 tsp ginger
1 egg
1/4 c molasses
1 1/4 c oats
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbs  milk

1. preheat oven to 350
2. combine all dry ingredients
3. add egg, oil, and  molasses mix well
4. add vanilla and milk…mix well
5. shape rounded tablespoon or teaspoon (depends on how many
you want to make 🙂  ) of dough into ball and flatten.
place on ungreased pan
6. put in oven and cook 12 – 14 mins

makes between 2  – 3 dozen