Archive for the ‘Main Dish’ Category

Sesame Chicken

Friday, January 10th, 2014


This is the best sesame chicken I have ever eaten! I got the recipe from a friend and made few changes. When I make this, I feel like I’m eating at a Chinese restaurant, only this is healthy fresh ingredients and I am saving money by eating at home! I made it with the Bountiful Baskets chicken and it was so juicy! We make this in our house on a regular basis.
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Brussels Sprouts and Parmesan Frittata

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

My chickens have an incredible ability to produce more eggs than we can eat at breakfast, so we are constantly on the lookout for dinner recipes that have the ability to use a ton of eggs!  This recipe fits the bill, and could only perhaps be improved by a smidge of bacon being added at the beginning.
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Crunchy Panko Chicken Tenders

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

If you love fried chicken but don’t want the grease, then try baked chicken tenders.  Baked chicken tenders are a huge hit with kids and adults of all ages! Baking the chicken instead of frying is just as tasty, healthier and easier to clean up! To simplify the process I used an egg wash mixture to coat the chicken and then Panko bread crumbs which are healthier than the regular store bought bread crumbs.  This is a great weeknight dinner with sweet potato fries and a salad.  Enjoy!
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Tangy Cran-Orange Coconut Chicken

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

When I was a small child, I would awake Christmas Eve morning to the smells of cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, oranges and cranberries that wafted around the clinking sounds of Grandma in the kitchen preparing everyone’s favorite dishes for our dinner later that day.  Grandpa would be in the his chair humming Christmas Carols as he put on his shoes.  I could see the glow of the Christmas tree lights dancing across the ceiling from where I lay snug in my bed, cozy and warm under the heavy handmade quilt.  (more…)

Harvest Stew

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

I was calling this hungarian stew (not sure why) until I asked a friend what she called it.   Harvest stew…..as in what is fresh for the season.    I thought that fit.    I have been known to sub what I can to save money.    I love to watch my kids eat this and ask, “What new food are we trying today?”.
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Honey Garlic Pork Chops, Cabbage Salad with Crunchy Noodles and Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Someone once asked me why I volunteer every week at Bountiful Baskets. It’s not like I’m not busy enough already. I have an extremely busy and demanding life. I have a beautiful family that cook for, clean up after, run a household for, play tag with…. I’m a mom; a jack of all trades! My kisses make pains go away, my hugs make fears go away, my tenderness makes people feel loved. I am a wife, a mother, a homemaker, a professional woman with my own staff and career. We are in the middle of starting our own business. I have personal goals and dreams that I give attention to. I have relationships that I make an effort to maintain. So why do I spend every Saturday morning getting up at the crack of dawn to volunteer for Bountiful Baskets when its only “suggested” once every 6 times?
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Chicken Enchilasagna Casserole

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

One of the things that participating in Bountiful Baskets has done has helped to expand my food horizons. A couple of years after I started participating in Bountiful Baskets, our local Farm Education Foundation started to host a Food Swap (disclaimer: I’m on the board, and the food swap is “my” project). Our swap is just starting it’s third year, and I’m always amazed at what I end up coming home with. This time around I ended up swapping some Apple Cranberry Preserves for some home made enchilada sauce, which I transformed into this creation!
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Chicken Saltimbocca

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

One of my favorite things that I have ever gotten at an Italian restaurant was Chicken Saltimboca (from Bucca Di Peppo’s). This is not a restaurant that we can go to all the time. They are EXPENSIVE! I set out to remake the chicken that I order every time. Numerous attempts later (and the addition of some awesome chicken from the latest protein drop), I think I’ve found a pretty close duplicate. Saltimbocca literally translates to “jump in the mouth” and that is what this chicken does!
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Golden Harvard Beets with Lemon Garlic Chicken

Monday, October 28th, 2013

“The beet is the most intense of vegetables,” ― Tom Robbins

Challenge.  Find a way to make beets a new family favorite!  I remember when I was a child  my mother made Harvard Beets.  The intense red beets would melt in my mouth with a sweet and sour bite.  I decided to try my mother’s recipe with the Golden Beets we had in our Bountiful Basket. I roasted the beets wrapped in foil in the oven for an hour.  When they cooled, I tried the Harvard Beet recipe with fresh beets.  They were golden and lovely!   My husband, who never had a beet he liked, found a new favorite. Success!  I hope your family will enjoy this recipe, too!
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Chicken Saltimbocca

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

I am on a kick! Using coconut oil, prosciutto and rosemary….and it just so happens that the flavors go lovely together. Here is the first of them.
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