Hard core balsamic vinegar!

Boy, oh boy! Balsamic vinegar is where it’s at! It’s potent, but oh-so-good, and healthy for ya. Did you know it’s made from grapes?! I had no idea! Where was I? Haha! Makes me think of wine.

I was inspired by our Easter luncheon to make a dish with balsamic vinegar. I also learned how healthy it is for you. Time to use this ingredient much more often.

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I made a honey-balsamic chicken dish, courtesy of AllRecipes.

It was a very simple dish. I, of course, added onions and garlic to my dish. My must-haves!

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I baked the chicken for an hour and 10 minutes at 375 degrees. It was really good! Best to marinate the night before- not required, though.

I also made a spinach, quinoa, and strawberry salad with homemade oil and vinegar dressing. Oh, to-die-for!

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Ingredients for the dressing. I measured 1/3 c oil and vinegar and 2 tsp. sugar. The garlic powder and pepper are bonuses! Hehe!

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Beautiful salad; beautiful colors. You can cook the quinoa in a rice cooker or on the stove. I cooked it in the rice cooker- one cup of quinoa and measured two cups of water, as instructed, but the quinoa came out a bit mushy. Next time, I’ll put 1.5 cups of water instead. Can’t always trust the instructions. That’s why I always cook by taste, rather than following a recipe to-the-tee. I use recipes as a guide.

Happy Friday and upcoming weekend! Relax and unwind…

 

Yee haw! We going country!

The other weekend, I made a country hamburger dish. It was fairly simple; only required several ingredients.

Here is the recipe: https://www.copymethat.com/r/ItaR9ec/country-hamburger-skillet-dinner/

I used hash browns instead of what the recipe called for, which was Yukon potatoes. It turned out pretty good!

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Of course I had to add onions and garlic to the dish! Those are must-have ingredients.

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Let’s get cooking!

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I first placed the hash browns onto a 9×13″ pan. You can pan-fry them first to get them golden brown. Then, layered the cooked hamburger before baking at 350°.

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After baking it for about an hour, I sprinkled cheese and put it back in the oven for five minutes, so it could melt. Garished some chives for some extra taste!

Bon appétit! Have a great weekend.

It’s a chick pasta dish!

Happy Hump Day! I’m so glad to be cooking weekly again. It’s been a while, as life got busy. Happy and excited to be sharing my homemade dishes with y’all again! Thank you all for your support, Readers!!

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I used these roasted garlic chicken sausages to make a hearty pasta bolognese dish.

This dish was very simple to make. I mainly base everything on taste. I don’t really follow recipes, to the tee. I may use them as a guide to make my dish, but I don’t always rely on them.

I boiled large sea shell pasta. The ingredients used for this bolognese dish were: roasted garlic chicken sausage, broccoli, onions, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes. I always season my dishes with Himalayan pink salt and pepper. Got to have that pepper!

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Bam! It was very light! Sauce blended well with the pasta and ingredients.

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Next, onto the chicken dish. I made an Italian-Parmesan chicken bake.

Seasoned the chicken with Italian seasoning, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, Italian dressing, and Parmesan cheese. Yum! Another simple dish!

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Yea! So, so good!

I placed the raw chicken (I used boneless thighs) in a baking pan, drizzled olive oil, and sprinkled the pepper and Italian seasoning on both sides. I then added onions and garlic, and poured the Italian dressing on top. Baked at 350º for about 60 minutes. Before serving, I sprinkled the Parmesan cheese.

There you have it! Easy, huh?

Happy cooking!

 

A rosy, orange beery chicken

Happy Monday! I always wanted to cook with beer and I finally did! It was exciting! It was a simple, easy dish! I call it “rosemary-orange-beer chicken.” I also roasted red potatoes, Okinawan sweet potatoes, and onions, with some rosemary sprigs.

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The ingredients: orange, potatoes (any of your choice), rosemary, chicken broth, beer, onions, and chicken

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The seasonings: olive oil, black pepper, Himalayan pink salt, and garlic salt

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Ready to go into the oven! It looks good already! This was drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with black pepper, Himalayan pink salt, and garlic salt.

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Ta da!!! It was so good, especially those Okinawan sweet potatoes!

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Ready to bake! Let’s do it!

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Ooh, mouthwatering!

You can use any kind of chicken. I decided to use small wings and drumsticks. I drizzled the chicken with olive oil, seasoned them with black pepper, Himalayan pink salt, and garlic salt. Then, the beer was poured. You can use any beer of your choice. I used Bud Light Platinum (one pint because I made two trays of the dish). I mixed it with some chicken broth. Topped the marinade with orange slices and rosemary.

The dish turned out great! Got to make it again, with just the beer, haha!

Have a great week, y’all!

 

 

Breakfast of champions!

Yay for the weekend! I don’t always cook breakfast (cuz I don’t always eat breakfast, even though it’s the most important meal of the day- I know…), but I was in the mood to whip some some good ol’ hash browns, over-easy eggs, Canadian bacon, and toast some blueberry bagels for my family. Yum!

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These hash browns were bomb and so easy to make!

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I haven’t had Canadian bacon is so long. It was so good! Brings back memories of when I ate them growing up. Forgot to capture a snapshot of those bad boys. Shucks!

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Another food item I wanted to share since we’re on the topic of breakfast, is this sausage biscuit sandwich from Wendy’s. It was so, so good! I didn’t know Wendy’s had a breakfast menu until recently. There were so many yummy items to choose from, but I went with this and have no regrets! The biscuits is what makes this sandwich hearty!

Happy weekend!

FS~

My fave kind of stir-fry

Happy Sunday! Is the weekend over already? Where did it go? Hope y’all had a great one!

I made my favorite stir-fry tonight, with ground turkey breast. It’s very simple and oh-so-good! I can’t get enough of it! Once I start eating it, I can’t stop. It’s THAT addicting!

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These are the seasonings I used: Mrs. Dash salt-free garlic and herb seasoning, fresh black pepper, garlic powder, and Himalayan pink salt (just a dash- get it? Haha!)

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The ingredients: udon, ground turkey breast, soft tofu, onions, won bok (Chinese cabbage), mixed frozen veggies, and the Kikkoman stir-fry sauce (the magic sauce).

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Ta-da!!! So delicious, and very healthy!

Mmm, slow cookers are one of the best inventions ever!

Mama mia! Why haven’t I taken advantage of slow cookers more often in the past? I absolutely love it! My dad would occasionally make dinners in the Crock Pot and it would be soo delicious!

So, one weekend, I decided to make one of my dad’s Crock Pot dishes- chicken with Cream of Mushroom soup sauce. I added frozen mixed veggies, carrots, potatoes, and onions. Yum! I wanted to test out the slow cooker. Before I started my busy afternoon of errands, I put all of the ingredients in the Crock Pot and set the cooker to low for eight hours.  I started with the vegetables first. Chopped them up and put them in the pot. Then added chicken thighs and breasts, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with thyme, pepper, garlic and pepper seasoning, and Hawaiian salt. Finally, I added the Cream of Mushroom soup and diluted it with a little bit of water, so it wouldn’t be so thick. Stirred it to get the sauce evenly in the pot, covered it, set the timer, and left for the long day ahead.

When I returned home in the evening- violà! The chicken came out so tender and the dish amazing! This was served with egg noodles. Yummy! It was such a simple and easy dish. Just typing this and reminiscing at these pictures are making me hungry. I gotta go! Haha!

Have a great week!

~FS