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Aug 25, 2013

Spinach Artichoke Chicken

From add a

  • olive oil spray
  • 8 chicken breasts
  • 13.75 oz artichoke hearts packed in water, drained
  • 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 375ยบ F. Spray baking dish with olive oil nonstick baking spray.
  2. Place chicken into baking dish. Salt and pepper chicken and then bake 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients and then pour on top of chicken. Bake 20-25 minutes.
  4. Let stand about 5 minutes before serving.

Watermelon Mojitos

From Martha Stewart


  • 1/2 small seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
  • 1 bunch mint, tough stems removed, 6 sprigs reserved for serving
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 1/4 cups white rum


  1. Step 1

    In a blender, in batches, puree watermelon. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a liquid-measuring cup, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible (about 3 cups); discard solids.
  2. Step 2

    In a large container, combine mint, sugar, and lime. With the back of a wooden spoon, crush mint and lime until sugar is dissolved. Add watermelon juice and rum, fill container with ice, and stir to combine. Serve over more ice with mint sprigs.

Jun 2, 2013

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans

From Eating for England

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Avocado and Cumin-Lime Dressing
serves 4-6

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 avocado, chopped into chunks
  • handful cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into chunks
  • small handful cilantro, diced
  • 1 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  1. Warm the olive/coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once it’s hot add the rinsed quinoa and toast for about 2-3 minutes until it starts smelling nutty and lovely. Add water, stir once, cover, and simmer with a lid on for 20 minutes.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare all other ingredients. Prepare the dressing by combining the lime juice, oil, cumin, and salt. Whisk it aggressively. Adjust seasoning as necessary.
  3. When the quinoa has finished cooking, remove it from heat and fluff with a fork. Add black beans and toss to warm them through.
  4. Let the quinoa cool for about five minutes and then add all the remaining ingredients, including the dressing, and mix. Adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve with tortilla chips and a refreshing, cold beer.

Mar 29, 2013

Borracho beans

From my friend Angi Gillig!

BIG can of Bush's beans (or similar)
Bacon - chopped  (I used half a package but this is subjective)
onion - diced
big tomato - diced
half bunch of cilantro chopped
half a bottle of dos equis (or similar)
1-2 chicken bouillon cubes (depending on your preference)

Fry bacon
Remove bacon, add onions and tomatoes to grease.
After they are sauteed, add beans and bacon back to the pan 
add a little water to make it as soupy as you like
Bring to a boil
Add cilantro and bouillon and simmer
At the end, add half a bottle of Dos Equis

Ta da! Homemade borracho beans!

Rosemary Dijon Pork Tenderloins

1/3 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary leaves, plus 4 sprigs rosemary, with hard woody stems
5 large garlic cloves, 2 cloves minced, 3 cloves smashed
2 pork tenderloins, about 1-pound each

In a small bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, fresh ground black pepper, chopped rosemary, and minced garlic and mix well. Rub the mustard mixture over the surface of the tenderloins and wrap in plastic wrap. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Bake on roasting pan according to package directions. I use a thermometer to know for sure since pork is generally pinkish in the center anyway.

Feb 11, 2013

Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

From EasyEats. com via Pinterest

(I didn't take this picture but I wish I had!)

  • Makes: One 9-inch cake
  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 1 hr 30 min
  • 14 ounces high-quality chocolate
  • 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 6 eggs or equivalent egg replacement
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup heavy cream or nondairy creamer
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and beans scraped into a bowl
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan and line with parchment paper cut to fit the bottom of the pan. Set the prepared pan inside a 12-inch pan. In a double boiler, heat chocolate and 7 tablespoons butter until fully melted. Stir until smooth. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, the superfine sugar, dark brown sugar, ¼ cup light brown sugar and the vanilla until fully incorporated. Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the egg mixture; whisk until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared 9-inch pan. Carefully fill the larger pan with water until it reaches about halfway up the side of the smaller pan. Tightly cover with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake until top of cake is no longer sticky to the touch, about 90 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto a plate to cool completely.
  4. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the remaining ½ cup light brown sugar, the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, the syrup, ½ cup cream and the salt and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil uncovered until the sauce is very thick and deep golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the remaining ½ cup cream and return to a boil, stirring constantly until the mixture is perfectly smooth. Stir in the vanilla beans. Pour sauce into a heatproof glass jar; refrigerate until just cool (about 2 hours) and spread a thick layer over the cake. Refrigerate the cake until fully cool, about another hour.
1 SLICE: CALORIES 465; FAT 28.4 g (sat 16.6 g, mono 8.9 g, poly 1.4 g); PROTEIN 5.0 g; CARBS 60.7 g; FIBER 2.0 g; CHOLEST 143.0 mg; IRON 1.7 mg; SODIUM 256 mg; CALCIUM 55 mg

MY NOTES: I made this after we had a French style flour less chocolate cake the last time we went to the beach. The whole family just melted when we ate it. This recipe didn't disappoint. It's time consuming. And next time I will start the caramel sauce while the cake is cooling. 

Broiled Parmesan Tilapia

 From: iPhone app



  • 4 (4 ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 2 tablespoons Miami-style sazon seasoning (sazon completa)
  • 1 serving olive oil cooking spray (such as PAM®)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter-margarine blend (such as Smart Balance®), melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise (such as Kraft®)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt


  1. Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Line a broiler pan with aluminum foil. Spray the broiler pan's rack with olive oil cooking spray.
  2. Sprinkle tilapia with sazon seasoning and arrange on the prepared broiler rack.
  3. Mix the Parmesan cheese, butter-margarine blend, fat-free mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, basil, black pepper, onion powder, and celery salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Cook the fillets under the preheated broiler until fish is barely opaque, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Spread the Parmesan cheese blend over the fish fillets, return to oven, and continue cooking until the topping is golden brown and the fish flakes easily, 3 to 5 more minutes.

 My notes: 

Two out of four people in my house dislike fish. Yet everyone enjoyed this recipe. Here is a simple recipe for Sazon seasoning (I couldn't find it in the grocery store here in south Texas)
1 t each:
garlic powder
coriander (I used my coriander seeds but ground them up in the mortar and pestle)



Nutritional Information

Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 213

Fat: 10.1g
Sodium: 558.5mg
Dietary Fiber: 0.2g
Cholesterol: 50.7mg
Carbohydrates: 2.5g
Protein: 26.9g

Feb 1, 2013

Biggest Loser White House Salad

From: 2009 cast of Biggest Loser went to the White House and made this salad from the White House garden. 
1 head of fresh lettuce, wash, dry and cut into bite size pieces (or use mixed lettuces)
1 cucumber, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
2 fresh ripe tomatoes, washed and cut into bite size pieces
1/4 red onion, peeled and cut as thinly as possible
1 bunch fresh basil, washed and torn into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1 -1 1/2 teaspoon honey
salt and pepper


1  Combine the lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and basil and parsley in large mixing bowl.
2  In a sealable container, combine oil, lemon juice, honey and salt and pepper.
3   Cover container and shake vigorously.
4   Add dressing to salad and serve immediately. Enjoy!