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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Almond Turkey Stir-Fry

I found this recipe in the cookbook Busy Family Favorites. It is an easy and yummy spin on chicken or beef stir-fry.

Serves 4 to 6

1 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 lb turkey breast (cubed or chopped up deli slices)
4 tsp canola oil
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped or shredded carrot
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup slice mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (8 oz) sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 cups (after cooked it will be 4 cups) of white rice, cooked

 Combine corn starch, chicken broth, water, soy sauce, sugar, and some salt and pepper in a bowl. Set aside for later.
In a skillet, heat canola oil. Stir fry celery, carot, onion, mushrooms, and green onions until crisp-tender, about 5 or 6 minutes.
 Add garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Add water chestnuts and reserved turkey, heat through.  Stir in broth mixture and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened.
 Stir in rice and heat through.
Sprinkle with almonds and serve.

From one newbie to another, enjoy!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pork with Cucumber-Peach Salad

I found this recipe in Real Simple magazine a long time ago. It is just a normal pork tenderloin, but the real thing I wanted to post is the Cucumber-Peach salad. It is delicious!

Serves 4

 1 lb pork tenderloin
2 peaches
2 cucumbers
Bunch of green onions, chopped
1/4 cup dried cilantro
1/2 cup finely chopped mint
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp lime juice
2-3 tsp salt

 Peel and dice cucumbers. Dice peaches. Set aside in a bowl.

 Season pork tenderloin with the seasoning of your choice. I use an all-blend spice from a local farmers market vendor, Grateful Bread.
 Whisk olive oil, lime juice, and salt. Set aside.
 Cook pork tenderloin with green onions in a skillet until barely pink in the middle, about 15-20 min.
 Slice pork tenderloin.
Combine the lime juice mixture, cilantro, mint, peach, and cucumber.

I served the two with some plain greek yogurt and naan bread. The combination of all these flavors was delicious!

From one newbie to another, enjoy!

Friday, June 6, 2014

BBQ Apple Bacon Chicken

I have not had a chance to bog in a long time. Work got really busy and we traveled a bit. Finally I was able to make a new meal worthy of sharing! This honestly might be my new favorite way to prepare chicken. It was absolutely delicious. It had a little bit more prep than some of the other meals I have made in the slow cooker, but it really was easy. It is one of those meals that is really easy to adjust quantity of ingredients according to how many people will be enjoying it! I found the recipe through Pinterest on

Serves 2

2 small red apples
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/8 cup lemon juice
1/8 cup brown sugar
2 chicken breasts
6-8 slices of bacon

Peel and chop both apples into small bite-sized pieces.
 Combine all the ingredients except the bacon and chicken in a bowl.
 Wrap the chicken in bacon. I didn't need to fasten the bacon on in any. Place the chicken in the slow cooker and pour the apple mixture over top. Cook on low for 6 hours.
I served mine with brown rice pilaf and steamed corn. It really was absolutely delicious!

From one newbie to another, enjoy!