Monthly Archives: March 2012

Chicken Caprese

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Cook chicken breast(s) in a little olive oil. Season as wanted, I used a small amount of sea salt, fresh ground black pepper and garlic powder.

Roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar.

On medium-low heat start reducing your balsamic vinegar. I reduced 1/2 cup to use, and had a little leftover.

Fresh basil.

Coarsely chop fresh basil. You can leave whole, but smaller pieces are easier when eating finished product.

Remember to keep an eye on your balsamic vinegar as it reduces.

Roma tomato (or whatever your favorite kind of tomato is that you want to use).

Thinly slice your tomato.

Mmm, mozzarella!

Slice your mozzarella.

By this point your chicken breast(s) should be done cooking. Place them on broiler pan. Also, turn on your broiler (very helpful step that I almost forgot).

Chicken breasts waiting to be capresed.

Generously top your chicken breasts with your chopped basil.

Add a nice layer of tomato on top.

Top with mozzarella.

Sprinkle a little sea salt & garlic powder on top of mozzarella for added flavor.

Time to broil. Keep an eye on your Chicken Caprese as it is under the broiler as you want your cheese to melt, but not burn.

When your mozzarella cheese is melted, remove from broiler, carefully place your Chicken Caprese on plate and top with your reduced balsamic vinegar.

We had our Chicken Caprese with a side of whole wheat pasta that was dressed with a little olive oil, garlic, sea salt, fresh ground black pepper and green onions.

 

Hope that you enjoy my Chicken Caprese as much as we did…my husband literally licked his plate clean.  Total meal took me less than 20 minutes to prep & cook.  Fast, super easy and full of wonderful flavor!

 

 

 

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Orange Zest Sour Cream Ricotta Cookies

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Orange Zest Sour Cream Ricotta Cookies

1 cup unbleached white flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup low fat sour cream

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup organic sugar

orange zest (as much or as little as you like…I zested a medium-sized orange)

 

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand (that is what I did…helps incorporate everything a little more smoothly).  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Drop dough by teaspoon full onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Makes 2 dozen cookies.

 

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 18 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories

64
Calories from Fat

26
% Daily Value*
Total Fat

2.9g
4%
Saturated Fat

0.7g
4%
Cholesterol

2mg
1%
Sodium

44mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates

8.5g
3%
Sugars

4.2g
Protein

0.9g
Vitamin A   0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% Iron 2%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

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Today’s cookie experiment started out with the intentions of being cupcakes, but quickly became cookies instead (my current lack of eggs in the house assisted in my decision-making process).  Though each cookie is 64 calories (26 of which are from fat) remember that they are still much healthier for you than a Double Stuff Oreo cookie that comes in at a whopping 140 calories per cookie and almost half of those calories are from fat.  As I have said before, moderation, moderation, moderation 🙂  Enjoy.

A Walk Through the Sculpture Park

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Spring Awakening Photographs

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Today was a beautiful day…not only weather wise, but nature wise.  A friend and I went on a wonderful long walk and I was able to snap some great photos of spring awakenings along the way.  I love spring!

 

 

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie II

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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie II

Peel sweet potato and cut up. Place in pan with washed red potatoes and cook in salted water. Sweat onion.

Add ground turkey to your onion.

Once turkey is cooked almost all of the way through add carrots.

Add celery.

Add seasonings.

Add flour.

Turn heat off. Add raw asparagus.

Filling complete.

Already looks and smells wonderful.

By this point your potatoes will be ready. Drain, add oil and seasonings.

Mash.

Add Feta cheese.

Mash.

Spread potato mixture on top of Shepherd's pie filling.

Rough potato mixture up with a fork.

Once roughed up your Shepherd's pie is ready for the oven. Place in pre-heated oven at 400 degrees and bake for 25 minutes. Make sure your Shepherd's pie is sitting on a cookie sheet of some sort, if not you will have a mess.

Fresh out of the oven.

Notice the wonderful color/crust on the potatoes.

 

Let your Shepherd's pie rest for 15-20 minutes before digging in.

A wonderful serving of Shepherd's pie for supper.

Beautiful, tasty...all around darn good.

 

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie II

1 pound ground turkey

1 medium sweet potato

4 medium red potatoes (skin on)

1 medium yellow onion

3 medium carrots chopped

1 cup celery chopped

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp chives

2 tsp parsley

2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

2 tsp minced garlic

1 1/4 cups celery

2 tbsp unbleached white flour

1 cup raw chopped asparagus

Peel sweet potato and cube.  Wash red potatoes and cube.  Add sweet and red potatoes to a pan full of water with some salt.  While potatoes are cooking start Shepherd’s pie filling in another pan.  Place onion and olive oil in pan over medium heat, start sweating onions.  After a couple of minutes add ground turkey.  Cook until turkey is almost fully cooked,  add carrots and celery.  Add seasonings & Worcestershire sauce, stir well.  Add in carrots and celery.  Cook for a couple of minutes on medium heat then add flour stirring well.  Turn heat off and add in raw asparagus.  Place Shepherd’s pie filling into lightly greased casserole dish.  At this point your potatoes should be fully cooked and ready for mashing.  Drain water and add:

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp parsley 

1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese

Mash all ingredients together.  Once fully mashed spread potato mixture over Shepherd’s pie filling mixture.  Rough potatoes up with a fork after spreading.  Bake on a cookie sheet to prevent spillage all over in your oven.  Place prepared Shepherd’s pie in a pre-heated 400 degree oven and bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and let rest for 15-20 minutes before serving.  Makes 9 servings (or for the heartier appetite 6 servings….nutritional facts are based off of 9 servings)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 259 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories

305
Calories from Fat

133
% Daily Value*
Total Fat

14.8g
23%
Saturated Fat

3.9g
19%
TransFat

0.0g
Cholesterol

59mg
20%
Sodium

864mg
36%
Total Carbohydrates

25.3g
8%
Dietary Fiber

3.9g
15%
Sugars

5.2g
Protein

18.2g
Vitamin A   128% Vitamin C 27%
Calcium 10% Iron 14%
Nutrition Grade B+
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

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HOPE YOU ENJOY!  We sure did…and my husband will be enjoying again for lunch tomorrow 🙂

 

 

Chicken Breast, Sweet Potato & Flax Dog Biscuits

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Peel and cube one medium sweet potato.

Coat cubed sweet potato with 1 tsp olive oil.

Take one 5 ounce boneless skinless chicken breast and cut into large strips.

Coat chicken breast with 1 tsp olive oil.

Place coated sweet potato & chicken breast on a baking sheet. I chose to use a small broiling sheet for air circulation.

Bake/roast your sweet potato & chicken breast at 375 degrees for 30 minutes...this is what my finished product looked like.

Carefully (HOT) move your sweet potato & chicken breast into food processor.

Mix.

Add in 2 tbsp of milled flax-seed and mix.

Add 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt.

Mix.

Add 1/4 cup natural whole wheat flour.

Mix. Now your dog biscuit dough is ready for the next step...baking. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees (or if you are like me you just left if one from the roasting of the sweet potato & chicken breast).

Lightly spray a mini-cupcake pan and place dog biscuit dough in a teaspoon full at a time. Press dough down into the bottom of each mold. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Fresh dog biscuit right out of the oven. Carefully (HOT) remove dog biscuits and place on cooling rack. Biscuits are a little crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Once dog biscuits have cooled place in air-tight container or ziplock baggie and refrigerate. Should last for about 1 week. Biscuits freeze well. Recipe makes a total of healthy 36 dog biscuits.

Chicken Breast, Sweet Potato & Flax Dog Biscuits

1 medium sweet potato

1 5 oz chicken breast

2 tsp olive oil

2 tbsp milled flax-seed

1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup natural whole wheat flour

Peel & cube sweet potato and coat with 1 tsp olive oil.  Slice chicken breast and coat with 1 tsp olive oil.  Place sweet potato & chicken breast on pan and bake/roast at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  Once finished roasting place sweet potato & chicken breast into food processor and combine.  Add in milled flax-seed, mix.  Add in plain Greek yogurt, mix.  Add in natural whole wheat flour, mix.  Place by small spoon full into lightly oiled mini-cupcake pans/molds.  Flatten dog biscuit dough into bottom of each mold.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cool on rack.  Store in air-tight container in fridge for up to one week.  Biscuits freeze well.  Recipe makes 36 dog biscuits

NUTRITIONAL FACTS BASED OFF A HUMAN 2000 CALORIE DIET:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 10 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories

18
Calories from Fat

6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat

0.7g
1%
TransFat

0.0g
Cholesterol

4mg
1%
Sodium

5mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates

1.5g
0%
Protein

1.5g
Vitamin A   12% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 0% Iron 1%
Nutrition Grade B+
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

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Healthy Benefits taken from my Homemade Healthy Dog Treats recipe blog post (https://roxannesrandoms.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/homemade-dog-treats/)

“Flax:  Flax is not only great for humans, but it is also great for dogs.  Flax helps keep skin & coat healthy.  The natural oils (omega-3 fatty acids) in flax will help dogs who have dry skin and will make the coat shiny.  Flax is great for heart & kidney health.  Flax is also a natural anti-inflammatory, so if you have an older dog with sore joints they will benefit from having flax in their diets.

Plain Greek Yogurt:  Full of calcium, protein, probiotics and vitamins that our dogs need.  Calcium helps promote strong bones and teeth.  Probiotics help in regulating the digestive system and battling illnesses.  Vitamins are just good for your dogs overall health.  When giving your dog dairy make sure it is in small amounts because it can cause some unwanted side-effects in the #2 end of things for some dogs. ..in some cases if your dog is already having #2 issues, giving them a small amount of yogurt can help regulate them because of the probiotics helping their systems.   Make sure you are feeding them plain yogurt, because the flavored yogurts are full of sugar (real & fake) that are both bad for your furry loved ones.  Plain yogurt can also assist in reducing gas.

Whole Wheat Flour:  Wheat has been used for thousands of years and is considered a nutrient dense food.  Whole wheat flour is high in fiber, a great source of Vitamins B & E,  potassium, zinc and even selenium.  Whole wheat can help aid in heart health, good digestion and is even believed to help protected against cancer.”

other ingredients health benefits:

Sweet Potato:  High in beta-caratine, good source of  vitamins A, C, & B6, manganese, potassium, iron, copper and dietary fiber.  Good for your dogs eye sight, digestive function and overall health.

Olive Oil:  Not only is olive oil great for humans, but it is also great for our dogs.  Olive oil is high in essential fatty acids and is rich in antioxidants.  Olive oil has been known to help lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease.  Studies have also shown that olive oil can help reduce cancer rates.  Olive oil is high in vitamins A, D, E & K.  Olive oil can help keep your pets skin healthy and  fur shiny and soft, it can also help slow shedding.  Olive oil helps with digestive function.

My dogs as always were the Official Taste Testers for these dog biscuits…if you want to see what they thought of the biscuits please watch the video of their first taste at:  http://youtu.be/xJPIED2gQvo

P.S.—THEY LOVED THEM!!

 

Easy 3 Minute Lighting Fix

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