Garlic Parmesan Baked Green Beans


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound (500 g) green beans, washed and pat dry
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic (6 cloves garlic)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F). Lightly spray a baking sheet or tray with cooking oil spray.
  • Arrange the green beans in one layer on baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and season with salt, pepper, garlic and parmesan. Toss beans to evenly coat.
  • Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking time, until fork tender. 
  • Remove from oven, season with extra salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle over with parsley and serve.

Alfredo Sauce


Ingredients

Thank you recipecritic.com for this one

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream 2 cups
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan add butter, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese. Cook over medium heat and whisk until melted.  

  2. Add the minced garlic, garlic powder, italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk until smooth. Add the grated parmesan cheese.

  3. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes or until it starts to thicken. Toss it with your pasta or zoodles

Baked Sesame Chicken


Ingredients

  • 3-4 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup corn starch

Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • sesame seeds, for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients, set aside.

  3. Add chicken and 1 cup corn starch to a large ziplock bag. Seal and shake to coat chicken. Transfer chicken to a large pan or skillet drizzled with oil. Saute chicken over medium high heat until browned (2-4 minutes).

  4. Toss chicken in the prepared sauce. Transfer to baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Serve with sesame seeds and green onions for garnish if desired. Enjoy!

     

    Courtesy of Creme de la Crumb https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thigh
  •  lemongrass stalk shredded
  •  piece (1 inch/25 cm) fresh ginger peeled and sliced
  •  green onions thickly sliced
  •  cloves garlic
  •  1 tablespoon liquid honey
  •  1 tablespoon lime juice
  •  2 teaspoons fish sauce
  •  2 teaspoons sodium-reduced soy sauce
  •  2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  •  1/4 teaspoon pepper

In food processor or using immersion blender, purée lemongrass, ginger, green onions, garlic, honey, lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, oil, pepper and 3 tbsp water. In bowl, pour lemongrass mixture over chicken; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Chunky Mashed Potatoes with Buttermilk and Chives


Ingredients

  • 680 grams uncooked Yukon gold potato(es), cut into 2.5-cm (1-inch) chunks

  • 34 cup(s) low-fat buttermilk, warmed

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

  • 1tsp kosher salt, or to taste

  • 12 tsp black pepper, or to taste

  • 14 cup(s)chives, fresh, chopped

Instructions

  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan and fill with enough water to cover them; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes; drain.

  • Return potatoes to same saucepan; add buttermilk and butter. Coarsely mash potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper; fold in chives. Yields about 125 ml (1/2 cup) per serving.

Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps


ABOUT:

This is a great spicy recipe.  You will need to adjust the curry to your liking.  Original recipe was 2 tablespoons and it was found to be exceedingly spicy hot.  Courtesy of https://www.averiecooks.com 

It makes between 6-8 servings at
6 weight watchers points per serving (206 calories per serving)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken (I’ve also used ground turkey with good results)
  • 1 medium/large sweet Vidalia or yellow onion, diced small
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Asian chili garlic sauce, or to taste (sriracha may be substituted)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger or 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger, or to taste
  • one 8-ounce can water chestnut, drained and diced small
  • 2 to 3 green onions, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • butter lettuce leaves, for serving

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To a large skillet, add the oils, chicken, and cook over medium-high heat until chicken is cooked through; stir intermittently to crumbly while cooking.
  2. Add the onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, chili garlic sauce, stir to combine, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until onion is soft and translucent and most of the liquid has been absorbed; stir intermittently.
  3. Add the garlic, ginger, stir to combine, and cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  4. Add the water chestnuts, green onions, salt and pepper to taste, and cook for about 2 minutes, or until tender. Taste filling and make any necessary flavor adjustments, i.e. more soy sauce, hoisin, pepper, etc.
  5. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the mixture into the lettuce leaves to serve. Recipe is best warm and fresh but filling will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days

Summer Corn, Bacon and Potato Chowder


Ingredients

  • medium uncooked Yukon gold potato(es)

  • spray(s) cooking spray (5 one-second sprays per serving)

  • 1cup(s) uncooked celery, chopped

  • 1cup(s) uncooked onion(s), chopped (or 1 large shallot)

  • piece(s) corn, kernels removed with a knife

  • cup(s) sweet red pepper(s), diced

  • oz uncooked Canadian bacon, diced

  • cup(s) fat free skim milk

  • 1tsp table salt

  • 1tsp black pepper

  • 1tsp hot pepper sauce, or to taste

Instructions

  • Puncture potato in several places with a fork; microwave on high power until tender, turning over once, about 8 minutes. Allow to cool; peel and mash.

  • Meanwhile, coat a large saucepan with cooking spray. Add celery, onion, corn and red pepper; sauté over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. (Note: Feel free to substitute your favourite fresh vegetables like asparagus and broccoli for the red pepper. Or to save time, substitute 2 cups of frozen corn and 1 cup of frozen, diced bell pepper for the fresh corn and red pepper.)

  • Stir bacon and milk into saucepan; stir in mashed potato and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce; stir to combine. Cover and simmer 10 minutes (do not allow to boil). Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving. 6 points per serving

Easiest and Tastiest Dill Pickles


This one to Bev Romane from my Credit Union days.

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​You will need a number of 1 quart jars, lids and rings.

  • 3 large cloves of garlic per jar.
  • 1 large head of dill (the size of the palm of your hand) per jar

Put the above items in each jar then pack each jar loosely with pickling cukes

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  • 1/2 cup pickling vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of pickling salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

Fill each jar with water leaving 1/4 inch at top of the jar.  Put on lids.

Put jars in canner.  Fill canner with luke warm water to cover jars.

Put on high heat until water in the canner just comes to a boil.

Once water boils remove jars, tighten lids & shake to ensure salt & sugar are dissolved.

Leave 6 weeks then enjoy.

Auntie Peggy ‘ s Peach Cobler


Made with fresh Okanagan Peaches

I show my appreciation to my love slave by preparing desserts for him made from his favourite fruit, PEACHES!!! And it just so happened that with our hot hot summer, peach season is Peach Cobbler Finished Productabout a month early.  So I needed to dust off my recipe folder and find my Aunt Peg ‘s Peach Cobbler recipe.  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

Peach Filling

  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cups sliced peaches
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions for Peach Filling

  1. Combine cornstarch, cinnamon/nutmeg, brown sugar and water in saucepanFresh Peaches from the Tree
  2. Cook and stir until thickened
  3. Add peaches, lemon juice and butter
  4. Cook until peaches are hot (about 5 minutes)

Topping

  •  1 cup sifted all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg (beaten)

Directions for Topping

  1. Sift together all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
  2. Cut butter into mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs
  3. Combine mile and beaten egg in a bowl
  4. Add to dry mixture, stir until just moistened

Putting It All Together

  1. Pour peach filling into 8 & 1/4 x 1 & 3/4 inch round baking dish.
  2. Immediately spoon on biscuit topping in 6 mounds.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 -25 minutes.  (topping should be golden brown)

Enjoy

Tuna Tataki with Citrus Ginger Sauce


I tried this recipe recently and it was fantastic!  I need to give kudos to http://www.grouprecipes.com/people/luisascatering for sharing!

Ingredients

  • 3 very fresh albacore tuna fillets
  • 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper
  • canola oil for searing

Citrus-ginger Sauce :

  • 2 tablespoons honey (or more to taste)
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • a few drops of sesame oil
  • juice of one orange
  • juice of half a lemon
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons saké (or mirin)
  • 2 thin slices of ginger

Salad Garnish:
shaved cucumber, sliced avocado, frisee lettuce, thinly sliced green onions (I used red onion)

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients for the sauce; set aside (the sliced ginger will infuse the sauce).
  • On a shallow plate, pour the sesame seeds. Season the tuna with cracked black pepper and salt. Coat the tuna in the sesame seeds, pressing lightly so they stick to the tuna.
  • Place a saute pan over high heat. Add the oil and sear the tuna on both sides, about 1 minute per side.
  • In a bowl combine the cucumber, green onions and frisee. Toss with some of the citrus-ginger sauce.
  • Slice the chilled tuna across the grain, faning it out into 3-4 pieces per plate. Place some of the dressed greens on 4 plates. Top with sliced tuna, garnish with avocado and drizzle with some more of the citrus-ginger sauce