Sunday, March 12, 2017

Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos

Welcome, I made this recipe for a Papa and Nana night so it's good for a crowd.

Easy Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos
1 tablespoon of olive oil.
2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, shredded.
1 (1 ounce) packed Hot & Spicy Taco Seasoning.
1 Onion diced.
4 Roma Tomatoes diced (3 cups).
1/2 cup Jalapenos (optional)
20 Stand and stuff taco shells.
1 (16 ounce) Refried Beans (lowfat)
8 oz Mexican Blend Cheese, Shredded low fat.

Toppings such as jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, chopped cilantro, shredded lettuce or whatever you love.

Preheat oven to 400F. Spray baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside. Over olive oil on medium heat add onion until translucent. Stir in Chicken, seasoning, tomatoes, and everything but beans and cheese and simmer for 5-8 minutes.

Arrange shells in pan and line the bottoms with refried beans. Then add the rest of the mixture and generously top with cheese.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.

Top with sour cream, salsa or however you want and ENJOY!

Monday, March 6, 2017

RE-POST - Irish month Dinner

Two recipes today. Traditional Irish Sheppard's pie with an spicy twist. And also Boxty's with Bacon and Scallions.

Sheppard's Pie.
This really is two recipes in one. For the Christmas party I made two cake pans, one mild for the kids and one spicy for the adults. So in the recipe anything marked as optional is what went into the spicy pan. The amounts depend on how much you are making. AND also, some people like more veggies and some people want it more meaty. So take the ingredients and measure to your taste. Also, the meat can be anything ground from beef, sausage, bison, to lamb.
Ground Beef
Ground Sausage - spicy (optional)
Cook together and crumble into small pieces with spatula.
Roasted Peppers pealed and chopped (optional)
Chili powder (optional)
Carrots - sliced.
Onions - chopped.
Garlic - chopped.
Peas - frozen.
Corn - frozen.
Chicken or beef broth
Guinness Extra stout (Optional in place of broth)
Splash of red wine (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Potatoes cute into cubes boiled and mashed. Add cream, ranch dressing (optional), butter, and white cheddar (Dubliner optional)
Mix the veggies and meat together, spread into a pan and then spoon the potatoes over the top and smooth until it's even. Sprinkle some of the cheese on top and bake at 400 for 20 - 30 minutes.

Boxty with Bacon and Shallots.
2-3 potatoes skinned, cut into cubes and boiled for mashed potatoes. Add butter and cream to make them creamy. Put into a bowl and set aside.
3-4 strips bacon, cook while potatoes are cooking. Once done, let cool and then crumble into small pieces. Add to the bowl.
2-3 Yukon potatoes skinned (less waxy) then shred onto a clean towel. Once done, wrap in the towel and squeeze all the extra moisture out. Add to the bowl.
Scallions or green onions - 1 to 2 bunches. Cut and chop all of white and part of the light green. Add to the bowl
Add a bit of butter and cream to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Roll into balls about 2 inches in diameter and then mash into a round patty. Heat oil and fry for two to three minutes until done, or bake in the oven at 350 degrees until cooked through--about 30 to 40 minutes. Then broil to crisp on each side.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Amish Series - Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes

In Like a Bee to Honey, the third book in the Honeybee Sisters, Rose Christner, the youngest of the Honeybee sisters, is timid and cautious, but she’s not shy in the kitchen.

One of Rose’s favorite recipes is Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes, which she makes for Josiah Yoder and his energetic nephews in Like a Bee to Honey. This pancake recipe appears at the back of Like a Bee to Honey. It is my favorite breakfast recipe. You grind the wheat right in your blender for the freshest ground wheat ever!


Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes
Ingredients:
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 cup whole-wheat kernels
3 tablespoons cornmeal
2 eggs
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon Rumford baking powder (This brand makes a difference. Without it, add another tablespoon of cornmeal.)

Step 1: Have a hot griddle greased and ready.
Step 2: Put the buttermilk in the blender and turn the blender to the highest speed. Slowly pour the whole-wheat kernels into the blender. It will sound like popcorn popping. Blend until the popping sound is gone. Add cornmeal, eggs, honey, and salt.
Step 3: After mixing well, add baking soda and baking powder and blend for 20 seconds. The batter will rise fast! Pour dollops of batter onto hot griddle and brown on both sides.
Serves 4

Like a Bee to Honey
Ever since a traumatic childhood experience, Rose Christner has always been on the timid side, much happier quilting and painting than attending gatherings with the rest of die youngie. Josiah Yoder is enchanted by Rose’s gentle ways and loving heart and knows he’ll have to sort of grow on her if he ever hopes to win her affection without frightening her away. But when an disgruntled stranger bullies Rose, Josiah can’t be subtle anymore. Will skittish Rose open her heart to new possibilities, or will she forever shy away? Will Aunt Bitsy send her cats to obedience school?

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Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, was released summer of 2016 and has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten. 



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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Quick Chicken Curry

Yummy and low calorie Quick Chicken Curry!

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 Small onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
2 teaspoons curry powder
4 Roma Fresh Tomatoes
1 Jalapeno's chopped - optional
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt Non fat
1/2 cup milk 2% (you can use skim
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken chopped (you can use leftover)

Serves 4 people
Instructions
1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
2. Add onion and saute for 4-5 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and saute another 30 seconds.
3. Stir in curry powder, diced tomatoes, Greek yogurt and milk. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne, if using.
4. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, until slightly thickened.
5. Stir in chicken until warmed through, 1-2 minutes
6 Serve hot with fresh chopped parsley or cilantro and chopped peanuts. Serve over rice or noodles and it pairs well with a white bubbly wine.
Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5 g8 %
Saturated Fat 1 g6 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 45 mg15 %
Sodium 499 mg21 %
Potassium 620 mg18 %
Total Carbohydrate 12 g4 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g9 %
Sugars 8 g
Protein 24 g47 %
Vitamin A24 %
Vitamin C37 %
Calcium19 %
Iron7 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Turkey and White Bean Soup

Welcome! Today we have a nice healthy soup.

Turkey and White Bean Soup
3.25 cup (dry), Great Northern Beans (Dried)
48 oz, Roasted Turkey
1 clove, Garlic Clove Chopped
1 pepper,  jalapeno,
4 Roma Tomatoes
6 oz, Carrots (2 carrots sliced)
1 Stalk, Stalk sliced
1 Medium Green Bell Pepper
48 fluid ounce, reduced sodium Chicken Broth
1 small, Fresh Squeezed Lime
0.50 tsp, ground pepper, black
0.50 teaspoon, Sea Salt
1 tablespoon, Crushed Red Chili Pepper Flakes
1 tsp(s), Sage
1 tbsp, basil, dried

Soak beans over night. Roast Turkey and remove from bones and cube. Add everything to the crockpot sit back and relax. 5-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. It makes 6 quarts, 12 / 2 cup servings.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 12.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2 g3 %
Saturated Fat 0 g0 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 80 mg27 %
Sodium 2354 mg98 %
Potassium 113 mg3 %
Total Carbohydrate 36 g12 %
Dietary Fiber 15 g60 %
Sugars 9 g
Protein 47 g94 %
Vitamin A27 %
Vitamin C116 %
Calcium8 %
Iron20 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Hot Sausage Penne Pasta

Today we're cooking spicy!

Hot Sausage Penne Pasta 6 Servings
1 box Reduced Calorie Penne Rigate
2 links Louisiana Hot Links sliced
1/4 cup Celery sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
3 Roma (plump) tomatoes diced
1/2 jalapeno chopped
1/2 cup onion chopped
1/3 cup mushrooms
2 oz. Red Wine
1 tbsp Basil
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/4 tbsp oregano
1/2 tsp crushed chili

1 serving 305 Calories.
Brown sliced links in large skillet, add oil and veggies and stir until tender. Follow box instructions for penne mix with sauce and serve.
Pairs well with a crisp white wine.
Enjoy.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Welcome to Jennifer Beckstrand's Amish Recipe Series

Welcome everyone. I am starting a new series on The After Work Cook blog and I think all of you are going to be excited also. Jennifer Beckstrand has agreed to share her Honey recipes from some of her Amish books. Here is a little about Jennifer:

Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, was released summer of 2016 and has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.




Honey Glazed Pretzels

Dough:
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
2 ¼ teaspoons Saf instant yeast
1 cup warm water

Topping:
½ cup warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda
Coarse salt (optional)
2 tablespoons each butter and honey melted together, or 3 tablespoons butter, melted.

Mix the water, honey and yeast in a large bowl or mixer. Wait 5 minutes for the yeast to bloom. Add salt and 2 cups flour and mix until smooth. Add ¼ cup more flour at a time and knead until dough pulls away from the sides and bottom of the bowl. Turn on to a work surface and continue to knead the dough for about 5 minutes, until it is soft and smooth. The dough shouldn’t be sticky but shouldn’t be tough either. Spray a plastic bag with cooking spray and place the dough inside the bag and seal. Let rise 30-60 minutes.

Preheat oven to 500°F. (Yes! 500°) and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
Divide dough into 8 equal pieces and let rest for about 5 minutes. Combine baking soda and very warm water and place in a shallow bowl and stir until dissolved. Roll the dough into long ropes, about 12” long and twist into the shape of a pretzel. Dip in water and baking soda. (You will have to stir the water/soda mixture each time to keep it from separating.) Place on the baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt or coarse salt. Let rise for 10 minutes.

Bake the pretzels for 7 to 9 minutes or until they’re golden brown. While baking, melt the honey and butter together if desired.

Remove the pretzels from the oven and brush or drizzle with the honey butter or with butter. Best when eaten warm!
Makes 8 pretzels.

Thanks for sharing, Jennifer, wow I'm going to have to try these. As I'm watching calories I'm going to have to log the recipe into my Fitness Pal to check how many I need to count. LOL

Blurb
Lily, Poppy, and Rose Christner, known as the Honeybee Sisters in their Amish community, are smart, inseparable, and all grown up. Orphaned when they were very young, the girls were raised by their eccentric Aunt Bitsy, who doesn’t behave like a proper Amish spinster. The Honeybee Sisters have blossomed into rare beauties, and the boys in the community have begun to take notice. But Aunt Bitsy is determined to scare off all comers with her brusque manner and her handy shotgun. None but the most worthy will make it past Bitsy’s defenses. It’s going to be a rowdy and romantic summer—harvesting honey from their many beehives and fighting off the boys right and left.
Buy Links for the Honeybee Sisters here...

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Jennifer will be sharing her honey recipes with us every last Monday of the month!

Thank you for agreeing to share your honey recipes with us through a series. I'm really excited you agreed to do this!