Sunday, February 26, 2012

Using the Juicer...What took me so long???

Okay, I have had a small citrus juicer for quite sometime and never used it. My mom gave me hers and I decided it was time. Not sure what took me so long.

Bought 6 large oranges, cut em all in half and gave it a whirl today.
I've never been a big oj drinker, but let me tell ya, I will be drinking a lot of it from now on.

Once I had a pitcher of the most beautiful and fragrant orange juice I'd ever seen, I was left with a container full of pulp. The juice was so freakin' good, it seemed a shame to waste.

I decided to give Orange Poppy Seed Muffins a try. So glad I did.

2 cups flour
3 tablespoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon of Salt
1 Cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup orange pulp
handful of poppy seeds

Mix together dry ingredients, Make a well.
Beat egg, and add milk and veg. oil.
Pour wet ingredients in the well and add Pulp. Mix together with a fork.

The dough will be lumpy. Pour into lined or well-sprayed muffin pan. Bake for about 20-25 minutes at 350.
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We like ours sweet, so we whisked together some of the orange juice with powder sugar, creating a glaze, and poured it over the muffins. YUM.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Another soup, I know...cold weather must be approaching!

A friend of mine sent me a recipe for Tortilla soup and I couldn't wait to try it. Of course, I had to doctor it up a bit. This is what I came up with...

Half a Purple Onion, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
Seasonings to taste(salt, pepper, oregano, chili powder, cavenders greek blend, basil, parsley, cumin, red pepper flakes)
Garlic, minced
Jalepeno, chopped very small
1 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow squash, sliced
Bunch of Cilantro, loosely chopped, stems removed
1 Large can of Rotel
1 Can of Chicken Broth
2 cups of water with 2 chicken boullion cubes and 1 Knorr Veggie cube
Rotisserie Chicken
Mexican Rice
Tortilla strips
Monterey Jack cheese, Shredded

**In large soup pan, saute carrots, onion, and celery in about 3 Tbs of Olive Oil until softened. Add spices. Add jalapeno and garlic. Cook for about 5 more minutes or until garlic becomes translucent and fragrant. Add squash, zucchini, and cilantro. Stir well and cook for a couple more minutes to blend the flavors.
**Stir in Rotel. Then add the Chicken broth and water. Stir well. Bring to boil, then simmer until squash and zucchini are fully cooked.

**While you are waiting for soup to heat up, cook Mexican Rice and shred the Rotisserie Chicken Breasts.
**When the soup is ready, throw in the chicken and rice and cook for another 10 minutes or so.
**Garnish with tortilla strips or chips, avocado, and your cheese of choice. We used Monterey Jack. Squeeze a bit of lime juice over top and serve.
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I found a great companion to this soup to be a cold bottle of Negra Modelo.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bok Choy Soup **WARNING** SPICY!!! But ohhh, so good!

I bought some Bok Choy at the grocery store the other day. It always looks so appealing, I decided to give it a try. Not really knowing what to do with it, I looked at several recipes on the internet. I decided to combine a few ideas and ultimately created this soup. I used the rest of the leftover Thanksgiving turkey, what a relief that was! Allrecipes seriously needs to add this one!

4 cups Chicken Broth
1/3 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Sugar
3Tbs Ginger
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbs Sesame Oil
2 Tbs Sriracha Sauce
White part of 4 scallions, chopped
**WHISK All of these ingredients together in a mixing bowl**

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs Ginger
3 Tbs Red Pepper Flakes
Salt + Pepper
Bok Choy, cut up into sticks, roughly 3 inches
Carrots, cut up into matching sticks
**In soup pan, heat 3 Tbs peanut oil, add the above ingredients and cook for roughly 5 minutes, until smells begin to awaken your senses.

*Pour broth mixture into soup pan, stir well. Cover and bring to a boil. Add in left over Turkey if you have it (That's what I did). But any meat would work--cooked chicken, pork, shrimp... Then simmer for about 20 minutes.

**Bring another pot of water to a boil. Add Rice Noodles and remove from heat.

To serve, add a ladle of noodles and cover with soup. You could garnish with lime, cilantro, or chopped peanuts.

This would be an incredibly easy soup to make vegetarian. Use veggie broth, omit turkey, add tofu or not. But YUMMMMM!!!

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

They say the darndest things

Yesterday, we were getting ready to head off to Dallas to spend the day at the Childrens' Museum before picking up Mackenzie, and Sadie comes in wearing sunglasses. I sang to her that her "future's so bright," laughing, she asked me what a Future is.

My husband and I gave examples, tomorrow, the next day, when she goes to college, Christmas, when she gets older (She has a birthday coming up)...

She immediately begain crying and proclaimed, "I don't want to get old!"
We consoled her, but she refused to wear her sunglasses all day.

So I may not be Rachel freakin' Ray, but...

I think I'm getting close! I used to follow recipes step by step and never attempted to cook without one. This past year, as a stay at home mom in the middle of BFE, Texas, I have had more than enough time to play with my cooking skills. Last week I made a Kicked-Up version of Rice Krispie Treats trying to put a bit of added-health-value into the little chewy delights...and they turned out fabulously.
Thought I should share!

Kellogg's Rice Krispies Gluten Free Cereal--5 Cups
1 package of Marshmallows
3 Tablespoons of SmartBalance butter
1/2 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/4 Cup Flax

I then just followed the normal recipe.
1. Melt butter in saucepan on low, add marshmallows and stir until they melt.
2. Add all of the other ingredients and mix well.
3. Coat 13x9 pan with cooking spray and press Krispie Mix into pan with Wax paper.
4. Let cool, then cut into treats.

And let me just say YUMMO! These little treats, packed with added goodness, were devoured even by my picky little eater.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

70 degrees and Sunny

Crazy how such a beautiful day can make everything feel better. Meeting Will for lunch and then taking Mackenzie to play disc golf. Anything to keep me busy and take my mind off the fact that my little Sadie is in Michigan with her dad this week.