Dinner · Dressings & Marinades

CrockPot Pork tenderloin and Cranberry Stuffing

You’ll need:
1 2-3 Pound Pork tenderloin
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1 cup fresh cranberries
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 cup Organe juice
3 tbsp honey
3 garlic cloves crushed and minced
1 tbsp corn starch
1 tbsp water
orange slices for garnish
1 box stuffing
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced onions
1 lb green beans (if you would like a veggie to serve also)

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the pork with salt and pepper and brown all sides. About 5 minutes total. Transfer pork to slow cooker.
Add cranberries, orange juice, honey, garlic and 2 sprigs fresh thyme to slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 3 hours or until reaches 145 degrees.
Remove pork and let stand 5 minutes before cutting so all the juice doesn’t run out.
Meanwhile, strain the liquid from the slow cooker and add to a medium saucepan. In a cup mix the water and corn starch and then slowly add into liquid to thicken. Bring to a boil and boil until thick.
Make the stuffing as directed on stove top. Then add in the cranberries from the crockpot and stir.
For green beans wash. cut off ends and steam them for 6-8 minutes add a little butter and serve on side.
To serve place stuffing on plate and top with Sliced pork. Enjoy! Can serve with green beans or side salad. 

Appetizers · Dressings & Marinades · Low Carb Dish · Lunch · Side Dishes · Uncategorized · Veggies

Quick Pickled Veggies

You’ll need:

2 cups apple cider or white vinegar

2 cups water

2 tbsp kosher salt

1 tsp red pepper flakes

4 garlic cloves

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp peppercorns

3 sprigs dill

In pot heat the vinegar and water. Add in salt and sugar after boiling and stir. Remove from heat and place in peppercorns, smashed garlic and dill.

Slice veggies of your choice. I did carrots, red onion and cucumbers. Pour hot liquid over veggies and let cool. Once cool place in fridge and ready to go! They are really yummy at 6-8 hours after making but you can have as soon as chilled. Keep in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks in mason jar! Put in salads, sandwiches and relish trays! So stinking good!!

Enjoy

Appetizers · Dinner · Dressings & Marinades · Lunch

Salad Dressings & Marinades

Avocado cilantro:

1 avocado

1 garlic clove

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

1 tbsp lime juice

A pinch of salt (1/4 tsp)

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt

2 tbsp water (more if needs more thinning)

Put all ingredients into food processor or blender and blend until creamy smooth. Keep in air tight container for up to 4 days in refrigerator.

Red wine vinaigrette:

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp honey or guava

Put all ingredients into mason jar and shake shake shake! Put over table salads!

Balsamic Vinaigrette:

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tsp sugar

Put ingredients Into mason jar and shake shake shake! Enjoy!!

Appetizers · Dressings & Marinades · Lunch · Salads & Blossom Bowls · Side Dishes

Roasted Garlic Hummus

You’ll need:

1 can 12oz garbanzo beans or chick peas

4 tbsp of olive oil

2 tbsp water

4 roasted garlic cloves

1 tsp garlic salt

Parsley for garnish

First you will need to drain the garbanzo beans and rinse. Then pour into a food processor (or bowl if mixing by hand) pour in olive oil. (I use the oil that I keep my roasted garlic in, in the refrigerator) add in 4 cloves garlic, garlic salt and pulse. With a spatula push down and keep pulsing until all mixed. While pulsing add in 2-4 tbsp of water. Start with 2 it should help become a smooth texture. That’s is! Serve on a sandwich use as a dip with pita chips or if your like me just eat by the spoonful!! 😊 Enjoy!

Appetizers · Dinner · Dressings & Marinades · SeaFood

BlackBerry Salmon with chard kale over sticky rice

You’ll need:

For sauce: 1/2 cup frozen blackberries 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, 1/3 cup lime juice, 1 tsp red pepper flakes. 1 tsp fresh grated ginger

2- 4oz salmon fillets (one for each person if serving as a meal) you decide on size to slice them in. If doing as an appetizer cut into 2 inch cubes. Then sear, if you don’t cute prior when you go to cut it will fall apart and you won’t have nice cubes to top each sticky rice cube.

4 cups fresh kale (if serving dinner size portion 2 cups if serving as appetizer)

4 cloves chopped garlic

2 tbsp butter

1 1/2 cup sushi sticky rice (or brown rice)

Garlic salt to taste

Fresh blackberries for garnish

First cook your rice as directed. Planning for 1/2 cup of rice per person if doing a meal or a table soon of rice for an appetizer.

In a pot bring blackberries and all other ingredients “for sauce” to a boil and stir continuously. In a medium heat boil for about 4-6 minutes until sauce begins to reduce and you can see sauce thickening. Turn to low and let simmer another 4-5 minutes then remove from heat and let sit.

In a cast iron pan drizzle bottom with olive oil. Salt and pepper each salmon fillet well then drop flesh side down into pan and sear for about a minute and a half until a nice golden sear is appearing. Flip over and sear the skin side down for another 2 minutes until skin is nice and crispy. Remove from pan and set into plate. In same pan you cooked salmon add 2 tbsp butter and a little more olive oil. Drop garlic into hot pan and let began to soften about 30 seconds, then drop in fresh kale sprinkle with salt and cover. Let char for about 45 seconds on high heat, stir and let cook another 15-30 seconds then remove and set into plate, remove as much garlic with it as you can.

To assemble first put down a dollop of sauce then add rice. You will want to have a round or cylinder measuring cup to pack the rice to hold its mold. If doing a half cup use half cup measuring spoon (meal potion) If doing appetizer size use a tbsp measuring spoon. Once you have rice set onto serving plate sprinkle with a little garlic salt (not much) then top with kale and garlic then seared salmon and last a tbsp of sauce. Serve with either charred Brussels or broccoli! Enjoy!

Appetizers · Chicken · Dinner · Dressings & Marinades · PASTA · SeaFood · Side Dishes

Roasted garlic & thyme

You’ll need:

Garlic heads (as many as you want to bake) 😉

1 tbsp olive oil (per garlic head)

2-3 thyme sprigs per garlic head

Salt for sprinkling

Roasted garlic there is nothing like it! Here is a simple way to get amazing flavor and add to many dishes or sides!

Take tin foil (enough to wrap around garlic heads) Cut tips of garlic bulbs off so that each piece of garlic is expose on top. Place thyme down on foil and garlic on top. Drizzle with olive oil so that the oil runs into all the garlic clove pieces. Salt the tops and drizzle a little more oil on side into foil. Wrap and place into a pre heated oven @350 degrees. Bake for 35 minutes, if you want a sweeter garlic bulb continue to roast an additional 15 minutes allowing to Caramelize. Remove and squeeze the ends of each garlic piece and it will pop out. I like to add the garlic to hummus, mix into butter and spread into a baguette or keep in olive oil to use when I need. I will take and each the heads plain. (I know I know you have to be a garlic LOVER for that and I am) 🤗

Check out my roasted hummus garlic recipe.

Or to store garlic in olive oil place garlic into a glass mason jar fill so garlic is covered and put on lid. Make sure you keep in refrigerator as it can cause botulism if left on the counter. (No one wants any of that) Take out when needed end as always, Enjoy! 😊

Appetizers · Chicken · Dinner · Dressings & Marinades · Low Carb Dish

Crispy baked wings

You’ll need:

4 lbs chicken wings and drummies

1 bottle franks red hot

1 stick salted butter

Celery stalks

Carrots

Ranch dressing

For crispy baked chicken this is the way to go! Make sure chicken is thawed. In a stock pot bring 8 cups water to a boil. Drop in chicken and boil for 8 minutes drain and then pay dry each chicken wing. It’s important to remove as much water as possible to get nice crispy chicken. Heat oven to 450 degrees and on a non stick pan stay well with cooking spray. Place chicken in single row into pan and then bake for 15-2″ minutes in middle rack. Make sure the chicken is looking nice and golden brown then remove from oven flip each piece and cook another 5-7 minutes until both sides are a nice golden brown. Remove and place into bowl. In a measuring cup pour 1 1-/2 cups hot sauce and add stick of butter place into microwave and heat, stir until butter is melted and smooth with hot sauce. Pour over top of chicken wings and coat each one. Slice celery and carrot sticks and put ranch into serving bowl. Pour chicken into serving tray and arrange celery and carrots and place ranch. Enjoy!

Appetizers · Dressings & Marinades

Queso Dip

You’ll need (4-6 people)

1 pound processed cheese (Velveeta)

4 oz cream cheese

1-10oz can Rotel mild tomatoes & green chili’s

1/2 medium red onion diced (1/2 cup)

1 red pepper diced (1/2 cup)

1 large jalapeño diced (seeds and all)

4 tbsp butter

1 tbsp Mexican chili powder (regular will work also)

1 tsp garlic salt

1/2 tsp cumin

In cast iron skillet melt butter then add chopped veggies. (Onion, peppers and jalapeño) sauté for 3-4 minutes until onions become soft. Then add in diced tomatoes, cubed processed cheese and cream cheese. Continue to stir until melted. Add in seasoning and let simmer in low for a few minutes to allow all flavors to melt together. Put into serving dish is serving right away. To keep warm keep in warm in crock pot for people to dish up. You can top with green onions or cilantro for garnish! Use as a chip dip or top tacos and nachos! Enjoy!

Appetizers · Breakfast · Dinner · Dressings & Marinades · Low Carb Dish · Lunch · Salads & Blossom Bowls

Sheet Pan Eggs Benedict

You’ll need:

Bread (I used sour dough bread today) 5 slices to get my family fed! 😉

Olive oil for drizzling

1 tsp oregano 🌿

1 tsp basil

5 eggs

5 slices of ham

4 1/2 cups arugula

1 medium vine rip tomato sliced

1 avocado seeded and sliced

Salt to taste

To make sauce:

1 stick of unsalted butter (melted)

4 egg yolks

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

Whisk the egg yolks and lemon juice together in a stainless steel bowl and until the mixture is thickened and doubled in volume. Place the bowl over a saucepan containing barely simmering water (or use a double boiler,) the water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Continue to whisk. Be careful not to let the eggs get too hot or they will scramble. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter and continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened. Remove from heat, and add salt. Cover and place in a warm spot until ready to use for the eggs benedict. If the sauce gets too thick, whisk in a few drops of warm water before serving.

Heat oven to 425 degrees place sour dough onto pan and drizzle each slice with olive oil, oregano and basil. Add ham to pan and drizzle with olive oil. Crack 5 eggs into pan being carful not to break the yolks. Sprinkle eggs with salt. Place pan into pre heated oven for 3 minutes then flip the sour dough over so it gets crispy on both sides. Leave in until eggs are cooked to liking. I did another two minutes after I flipped then removed from oven.

For the California style eggs Benedict I washed my avocado then cut in half. Removed meat from inside with a spoon then sliced lengthwise. I also washed and sliced a vine ripe tomato.

To assemble take 1 slice of sour dough toast and place on to a plate. Then add arugula, tomatoes (add a little salt at this time to tomatoes if you would like) then add ham, egg and avocado! Top with hollandaise sauce and serve! Enjoy!!!