Side Dishes

Creamy mashed potatoes

You’ll need:
10 pounds potatoes
2 cups 2% milk or heavy cream
3 sticks butter
1 cup sour cream
2 tbsp garlic salt

First peel potatoes and wash them. Slice in half length wise and place I to a pot filled with water so all potatoes are covered. Then bring to a boil and boil until fork tender, not falling apart. About 12-15 minutes for larger potatoes. The. Drain and place back into kettle. Have all ingredients ready to go. Soften 2 sticks of butter and add to pot along with 1 cup milk and 1/3 cup sour cream. With a mixer mix until it starts to form. Then add in the other cup of milk and the sour cream blend again until creamy. If you need a little more milk add in little increments until smooth. Taste and add another half a tsp in garlic salt if needed. Then place into a baking pan and spread even. Dice the other stick of butter up into pads of butter and place around in top of potatoes. Cover with cling wrap the. Tim foil and freeze. To bake thaw the day before then remove cling wrap. Bake at 350 for an hour or until hot and creamy again. Sprinkle with fresh parsley for garnish!!
Appetizers · Grilling · low carb · Lunch · SeaFood · Uncategorized · Veggies

Herby Pesto

You’ll need:
1 bunch fresh cilantro
2 bunches fresh flat leaf parsley
1 1/2 cup fresh basil
1 cup cherry tomatoes
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp water

Throw everything into a a food processor or blender and blend. It should be well blended and a little smooth. If it is t add a little more olive oil and water as needed until becomes a nice consistency. Top into fish or chicken or eat as a side on veggies or crackers! So yummy!!!
Dinner · Lunch · Soups

Black Bean & Butternut Squash Soup

You’ll need:
1 medium whiter yellow onion chopped
3 garlic cloves minced
2 green onions chopped
1 bell pepper diced
2 cups butter nut squash diced into 1/2 inch cubes
1 -15oz can black beans drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 kup chopped kale
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 pinch allspice (if you don’t have that okay, but it adds just a little extra warmth to soup)
olive oil
1 cup brown rice cooked
1 avocado for topping (if you would like) 

In dutch oven drizzle with olive oil and heat. Add in chopped onions and bell peppers and cook until tender. Then add in garlic and green onions and cook another minutes to soften garlic. Add in the squash, black beans, seasonings, coconut milk, stock, allspice and cayenne pepper. Stir and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn. Then stir in the kale and simmer another 5-7 minutes until kale is wilted. Serve over brown rice and slice avocado over top for extra creaminess! Enjoy 

Chicken · Dinner · Lunch · Salads & Blossom Bowls

Burrito Bowl

2 chicken breast diced into 1 inch cubes
1 small yellow onion diced
1 cup uncooked rice
1- 14.5 can diced tomatoes, drained
1- 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 cups shredded cheese
salt and pepper 

Toppings:
2 diced roma tomatoes
diced green onions
sour cream
salsa 

Directions:
Dice chicken into 1 inch cubes. In a saute pan began to saute diced onions. Then add chicken and began to brown drizzle a little olive oil on bottom of pan and add a little salt and pepper. You don’t need to cook clear through but began to brown about 4-6 minutes.
Then push to side of pan and add in uncooked rice. Brown for 2 minute. Don’t SKIP this step. This takes out some of the starch content so you dont end up with mooshy rice.
Add in black beans, canned tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic powder, chili powder and cumin.
Bring to a boil. Then cover and simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Chop veggies for topping options and serve with sour cream and salsa.
Enjoy! 

Chicken · low carb · Low Carb Dish · Lunch · Salads & Blossom Bowls

Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad

Ingredients:
4 chicken breast
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp basil
salt and pepper
olive oil (drizzling pan)
4-6 cups fresh spinach
1 pack strawberries 8-10 sliced
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup feta cheese
1 avocado diced
Raspberry or strawberry vinaigrette 

Chicken-
Season chicken evenly with oregano, basil and salt and pepper. Then heat a suate pan drizzled with olive oil and brown both sides about 4 minutes per side. Reduce heat and finish cooking chicken until it is cooked clear through. 

For salad wash spinach and place into serving dish.
Was hand cut tops off of strawberries and slice.
Dice avocados and add to dish.
Add almonds and feta cheese. 

When chicken is done let cook a few minutes then slice chicken and place on top of salad. When ready to serve pour dressing over salad and chicken then serve.
Enjoy! 

Appetizers · Lunch · Salads & Blossom Bowls · Side Dishes · Veggies

Roasted Butternut squash & cranberry

You’ll need:
1 medium butternut squash
2 cups fresh cranberries
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp giner
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Olive oil
Fresh thyme
1/4 c feta cheese

First cut squash into bite size pieces. Then place into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add all seasonings and toss well. Add in cranberries and toss again. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray. Pour everything into sheet pan and bake for 30-40 minutes @375 until squash is tender and cranberries have bursted. Remove and let cool a few k mi united and transfer to serving platter. Drizzle with a little more olive oil, Add the feta cheese and top with fresh thyme. Enjoy!!

Chicken · Dinner · low carb · Low Carb Dish · Meat · Uncategorized

5 Freezer meal chicken thighs and drumstick bags!

Honey Garlic Chicken drumsticks
8-10 chicken drumsticks
1 cup chopped onions
1/3 c. Honey
3 garlic cloves minced
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp olive oil
In a gallon freezer bag place chicken and drizzle with olive oil. Mix all seasoning in a bowl and pour over chicken. Seal bag and smoosh around until the seasoning is well distributed over each chicken. Remove all air from bag and seal well. Place into a baking sheet and freeze.

When ready to cook take out and place into baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes until chicken is cooked through. (You don’t need to thaw just throw in and bake! You can also do crock pot but this is best thawed. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 3-4. Serve with green beans and rice for the perfect dinner!

Sesame Chicken drumsticks

    8-10 chicken drumsticks
    2 inch piece ginger peeled and grated
    4 green onions chopped
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
    1 tsp toasted sesame oil
    1/2 tsp chili flakes
    1/2 tsp sesame seeds

In a gallon freezer bag place chicken and add in each ingredient. Then seal bag and smoosh until mixed well and evenly distributed. Freeze in baking sheet.

To cook in crockpot thaw and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4.

For baking place into baking dish and preheat oven to 400 degrees bake for 45-60 minutes until cooked through. Serve over rice with Asian veggies. Enjoy!

Cilantro lime chicken thighs

    6-8 chicken thighs
    4 garlic cloves minced
    1/4 c. Chopped cilantro
    3 tbsp lime juice
    1 tsp cumin
    1 tsp chili flakes
    Pinch of salt and pepper

In a gallon freezer bag place chicken and drizzle with olive oil. Add all ingredients into bag and seal. Mix until well distributed. Remove all air from bag and freeze.

To bake place into oven at 425 degrees 45-60 minutes until chicken is cooked through.

In crock pot place thawed chicken and cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 6-8 until chicken is cooked through.

Herb chicken thighs

  • 6-8 chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 6-8 garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

In a gallon freezer bag place chicken and drizzle with olive oil. In bowl mix all ingredients then pour into bag. Seal and smoosh chicken until seasoning is well distributed. Place into baking sheet and freeze. To cook place into baking dish and bake at 425 degrees for 45-60 minutes until chicken is cooked clear through. At 30 mins make sure to pull chicken apart so it cooks evenly.

To make in crockpot thaw and place into crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours until cooked clear through.

Sticky Orange Chicken

  • 8-10 drumsticks
  • 1/4 c. Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

To bake place into baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes. At the 30 min mark make sure to arrange ch Ike. So they cook evenly.

In crockpot thaw and place into cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4.

Dinner · Grilling

Chicken Kabobs

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1 red bell pepper 
1 yellow bell pepper
2 small zucchini 
1 red onion cut into 1 inch piece
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Dice chicken into 1 inch cubes.

Then cut peppers, red onion and zuccinnis into 1 inch pieces.
Then mix olive oil. soy sauce, honey, and garlic in bowl. Pour over chicken and veggies. Let marinade at least 30 minutes. 
Soak the skewers so they dont burn. 
Place chicken and peppers on skewer and grill on medium heat until chicken is cooked through. 
serve with side salad and rice if you would like. 

Chicken · Dinner · Grilling · low carb · Salads & Blossom Bowls

Strawberry Avocado Salsa and chicken

Ingredients: 
4 Chicken breast 
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil 
8 strawberries
2 roma tomatoes
Fresh cilantro 4 tbsp 
1 avocado 
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper
mixed greens (side salad)
1/2 balsamic dressing 
1 box couscous 

Chicken:
Place chicken into a pan to bake. Preheat oven to 375. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt, pepper, oregano and basil. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked clear through.

Chop strawberries, tomatoes, avocado and cilantro. Place into a bowl and squeeze a half a lemon over top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper mix well.

For balsamic dressing place into a pan and bring to a boil  reduce heat and let slowly boil and stir. Do not leave it will burn to pan and its not fun to clean (i have done a few times) Once it begins to reduce remove from pan and place into a serving bowl. 

Make 1 box cous cous 

To assemble place chicken onto plate and top with the strawberry mix. Drizzle the balsamic over the top. Serve with a side salad with cucumber, tomatoes and red onion. Drizzle with balsamic YUM! 
and couscous