Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Chicken Tortellini Soup

This soup is so yummy!  I love tortellini anyway, and I had a craving for chicken noodle soup one night, so I made up this recipe using egg noodles but then the next time I used tortellini, and my family loved it.  It is also surprisingly low in calories and high in protein.  I have been making it once a week for about 3 weeks now and we aren't tired of it yet.  Hope you enjoy!

1 onion, diced
3 celery stalks, chopped
4 medium carrots, chopped
4 Tbsp butter
8 cups chicken broth
24oz raw chicken breasts, chopped
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp salt or to taste
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
2 bay leaves
19oz bag frozen cheese tortellini
2 cups milk
1/4 cup cream
1/4 cup cornstarch

Melt butter over medium high heat.  Add onion, celery and carrots and saute for about 5 minutes.  Add chicken broth, chicken, pepper, salt, basil, oregano, and bay leaves.  Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for about 15 minutes.  Whisk together the milk, cream, and cornstarch in a bowl.  Add frozen tortellini and milk mixture to soup and stir.  Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium and cook for about 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally.  Enjoy!

Nutrition: 1 cup = 170 calories, 6.1g fat, 15.2g carbs, .5g fiber, 13.2g protein
Variation:  Instead of tortellini, use 4 cups of medium size egg noodles instead.  Creamy chicken noodle soup.  Yummy!

If you want this gluten/wheat free, use 4 cups brown rice noodles.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Kettle Corn

So my sister had made this at a few parties at her house.  It is so delicious!  I don't care for kettle corn popped in a microwave bag, but this I could eat and eat!  I want to try this next time with coconut oil, but I used canola this time around.  I also used white kernels because it's what I had but I'm sure it would be just as delish with yellow.  Originally this came off the allrecipes website, but my sister added the salt to it.  Someone commented you could also use brown sugar instead of white and it will taste like caramel corn.

1/4 cup oil (I suggest canola or coconut)
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4-1/2 tsp salt

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Once hot, add 3 popcorn kernels and wait for them to pop.  Once all 3 have popped, add the rest of the kernels and carefully sprinkle the sugar over the top.  I found I had to quickly stir it around a little with a spoon before I put the lid on but you might not have to do this.  Cover and shake back and forth constantly over the heat to keep from burning.  Once the popping has slowed to every 2-3 seconds, remove from heat and continue to shake until the popping has stopped.  Open the lid carefully and sprinkle the top with salt.  Put the lid back on and shake around to mix in the salt.  Pour into a large bowl and allow to cool.  Makes about 10 cups.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is my Chicken Tortilla Soup but with some revisions and it came out very yummy!  Some of my family ate it with cheese and I added some brown rice pasta to mine.  You could also eat it with some tortilla chips or more sour cream.  I used my mini food processor to chop up my onion, bell pepper, shallots, and cilantro.

1 cup onion finely chopped
1 bell pepper, finely chopped (I used yellow)
2 small shallots, finely chopped (or you could use green onions)
1 Tbsp minced garlic (or 2 cloves)
2-15oz cans petite diced tomatoes
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
7oz can green chilies
4 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup salsa
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp basil
salt to taste
2 lbs chicken breasts (leave out for vegetarian)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup sour cream (I used light)

Crockpot directions
Put all ingredients except cornstarch and sour cream into crockpot.  Set crockpot on high 4-6 hours or low 8-10 hours (it's best if you can cook it longer on low).  During last hour, mix together cornstarch, sour cream, and 1/2 cup water until well blended and add to pot.  Take chicken out and shred with forks or stand mixer and then return to pot and continue cooking on high with lid off.

Stove top directions
Put all ingredients except cornstarch and sour cream into a very large pot or dutch oven.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.  Remove chicken breasts from pot and shred with forks or stand mixer and return to pot.  Mix together cornstarch, sour cream, and 1/2 cup water until well blended and add to pot.  Bring to a low boil, stirring constantly until it starts to thicken.  Remove from heat.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Raspberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

This is yummy and super easy to make.  I love that it doesn't have any added junk in it and it's natural and clean and it tastes better than store bought stuff too!  You could also use a blackberry or another berry of your choice in place of the raspberry spread.

1/3 cup red raspberry fruit spread (I used Smucker's Natural)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar (I used Pompeian)
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp honey (I used raw, local)
1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Blend all ingredients, except the oil, in a blender (I used my ninja mini food processor).  Add oil and process until everything is well blended.  Pour into a glass jar and refrigerate until ready to serve.  Will keep about 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Cauliflower Cheese "Potatoes"

These are my Nana's amazing cheese potatoes recipe but made with cauliflower instead of potatoes!  They are so yummy and great for those on low carb or gluten free diet!  Great as a side or a main dish!

2 bags frozen cauliflower, cooked and drained well
3 cups shredded cheddar
1/4 cup butter (you could probably use less for lower fat)
16oz sour cream
1/2 cup finely chopped onion, or 2 tbsp dried minced (or 2 tsp onion powder)
1 tsp salt or to taste
1/4 tsp pepper

Melt butter in saucepan over low to medium heat.  Saute onion if you are using fresh.  Add 2 cups cheese and let melt, stirring.  Blend in sour cream, onion flakes or powder (if not using fresh), salt, and pepper. Fold sauce into cauliflower.  Spray 9x13 casserole dish and add mixture.  Top with remaining 1 cup cheese.  Bake 350 for 30 minutes or more.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Cauliflower "mac" & cheese

Ok, this is soooooo yummy!  I love mac and cheese but this makes it low carb, gets your veggies in, and is so creamy and delicious!!!  It's also gluten/wheat free.

1 bag frozen cauliflower, cooked and drained well
8oz shredded cheddar cheese
12 oz cottage cheese
8oz sour cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Mix together cauliflower, half the cheddar, cottage cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper.  Pour into sprayed 9x13 casserole dish and top with remaining cheddar.  Bake 350 for 30 minutes.  Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

You can also add cooked onion, onion powder, or onion flakes to the mixture as well if you like.  So yummy!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Egg and Cheese Pizza Crust

 Pizza crust made from egg and cheese.  If you like a lot of cheese on your pizza, you will love this.  The pizza comes out very thin and tasty.  I added a low carb spaghetti sauce, more mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and spices to mine.  It reheats well for leftovers.  Great for low carb, keto, or gluten free diets.
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg
optional spices: garlic powder, basil, oregano, Italian seasoning
whatever toppings you want

Combine egg, cheese, and spices together in a bowl.  Spread out flat in a greased pie plate.  Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.  Add any sauce and toppings you want to your taste.  Bake for another 10 minutes.  It is best if you let cool 10 minutes or so before cutting.