Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cashew Chicken

I love cashew chicken with all those yummy flavors blended together. This one has a nice kick to it as well and lots of fresh veggies.  So yummy!  Enjoy!
-2 Tbs sesame oil
-1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-2 lbs chicken thighs, skinless, boneless, cut into chunks
-2 tsp salt
-2 tsp pepper
-1 large head broccoli, cut into florets
-1 yellow/orange/red bell pepper, chopped
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 cup shelled frozen edamame
-1 cup honey roasted cashews
-5 green onions, chopped
For the sauce:
-3 Tbs soy sauce
-2 Tbs honey
-1 Tbs rice vinegar
-1 Tbs chili garlic sauce
-1/2 tsp ground ginger
Heat both oils in a wok.  When hot, add the chicken chunks and season with the salt and pepper. Cook until nice and golden brown.
Add the broccoli, bell pepper, garlic and edamame. Mix well and cook for about 4 minutes.
While that's cooking, whisk all sauce ingredients and set aside.
To the wok add the cashews and sauce.  Give it a cook stir and cook for 2 minutes.  Finally, add the green onions. Mix well and remove from stove.
Serve over rice.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Ana's Nutella Brownies

My sweet, beautiful daughter made these super easy and delicious brownies for us the other day.  With only 3 ingredients and 20 minutes baking, these are quite the winners.  Delicious!  Enjoy!
-2 large eggs
-1 1/4 cup Nutella
-1/2 cup flour
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix all ingredients very well.  Pour into ungreased 8x8 pan.  
Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool, cut and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Quick and Easy Edamame Salad

I grew up with a variety of quick salads made with the same "formula": a couple of veggies tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Quick, easy, healthy and delicious. This simple salad follows the same formula.  I really like the combination of sweet and salty flavors in this one.  Simply delicious!  Enjoy!
-1 cup frozen edamame, shelled
-1 cup dried cranberries
-1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp ground pepper
-1 cup crumbled feta cheese
Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil.  Toss in the frozen edamame and cook for 5 minutes.  Drain, rinse in cold water, drain again.  
Pour into salad bowl.  Add the cranberries, oil, salt and pepper.  Give it a good stir.  Toss in the feta. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Chicken

This is an easy recipe with delicious results. The chicken is quickly browned, then slowly simmered in a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. So good!  Enjoy!
-3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-10 chicken drumsticks
-2 tsp pepper
-18 oz sweet and spicy barbecue sauce (I like to use Sweet Baby Ray's)
-2 cups applesauce
-1/3 cup packed brown sugar
-1 Tbs chipotle-chili powder
Heat oil in large pan.  Add the chicken and season on both sides with the pepper.  Brown chicken on both sides.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the bbq sauce, applesauce, sugar and chili powder. Mix very well.
Pour over browned chicken, making sure it's all covered. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and cook for 30 minutes.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lemon-Garlic Grilled Shrimp

This is easy and so, so delicious!  The flavors combine perfectly over the open flame of the grill, giving the shrimp a nice, crisp taste.  I like to serve ours with broccoli or zucchini rice and a side of veggies.  Delicious!  Enjoy!
-1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
-3 garlic cloves, minced
-3 lemons, juiced
-1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
-2 lbs large or jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, with tails on
Melt butter over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove pan from stove and add remaining ingredients, except for the shrimp.  Give it a good stir and let it cool for 2 minutes.
Place shrimp in large resealable bag.  To that, add 2/3rds of the lemon-garlic mixture.  Seal bag and mix so that shrimp is coated evenly.  Let it marinade for 30 minutes, flipping the bag over a couple of times.
Once that's done, place shrimp onto skewers and grill until nice and pink.  Enjoy!


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