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Mexican Chicken Salad

Posted by terrepruitt on September 11, 2017

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1 can of chicken
1 can of corn
1/4 cup of chopped white onion
1/4 cup of chopped red onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin
Sprinkle of pepper
Half of a green bell pepper
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2 teaspoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons lime juice
Flour tortillas
Shredded cheese
Salsa

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Chop the bell pepper. Mix the chicken, corn, onion, garlic, garlic salt, coriander, cilantro, cumin, pepper, bell pepper vinegar, and lime juice together. Let it chill for at least an hour, to let the flavors meld together a bit.

Then spoon the mixture onto a flour tortilla and top with shredded cheese and salsa. Roll it up to eat it like a burrito.

As I said, if you have avocado and/or sour cream you could put that on top.

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I like this because it is chicken salad without mayonnaise. So this means we can have chicken salad twice as often because it won’t be the same ol’ same ol’ chicken salad.

This was even better two days later when the flavors REALLY had time to settle in. So you can make it a day or so before you want to eat it.

Do you like chicken salad? What do you put in your chicken salad?

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Hubby’s Moscow Mule Recipe

Posted by terrepruitt on August 30, 2017

Ever since we fell in love with Moscow Mules I have talked to a few friends and we were all under the same belief: Moscow Mules have a lot of ingredients and are complicated to make. But ever since we fell in love with Moscow Mules my husband did research so we could make them ourselves and they do not have a lot of ingredients and they are not complicated. They only have four ingredients and one of them is ice, so that could not even count! As with many things – maybe all recipes – you start with a basic and then figure out what works best for you. So with our 16 ounce mugs my husband as decided upon the following recipe.

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Moscow Mules

3 shots of COLD vodka
1 cup of cold ginger beer
1 ounce of lime juice
ice

 

Fill the shaker with ice.  Measure and pour all of the ingredients in a shaker. Then shake. Serve the cocktail in a chilled copper mug!*

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How you make it also depends on the ginger beer you buy. At first I bought Fevertree and loved it. When I bought Bundaberg, it was too spicy for me. But then, one time the store was out of Fevertree so I bought Bundaberg again and it was too sweet. I bought Fevertree again and it was not gingery enough. I really think that the ginger beer is not an exact science . . . . at least from the batches of beer I have bought because they are never consistent tasting. Regardless, my first choice is Fevertree. In my post about ginger beer not having alcohol Stoli’s ginger beer is pictured. I just tried that because they were out of Fevertree. I won’t be buying it again. I like the other choices better.

I was just having a conversation with a friend who thought they were complicated to make — I don’t know where we all got that idea — so I told her my hubby’s recipe. There you have it. Easy peasy. If you ever wanted to try making a Moscow Mule now you know how easy it is.

Very tasty and very refreshing in the heat.

*See hubby’s comment below.

 

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Strawberries

Posted by terrepruitt on August 14, 2017

I think I might have mentioned that I am not a strawberry fan. I will eat them, but I don’t go all gaga for them. Usually if they are in a fruit salad I will give them to my hubby. But we were invited to a Fourth of July party at the last minute and I didn’t know what to bring. I didn’t think about the Champagne Strawberries, but even if I had it was so last minute that would not have worked. I wanted to bring something cool since it had been hot and I wanted to bring something colorfully patriotic. And, of course, since it was the last minute I wanted to bring something easy. So I opted for strawberries, raspberries, yogurt, and blueberries. Red, white, and blue. Basically using the yogurt like a dip and dipping the fruit into it. Well, a little out of character (I’m usually running late), we arrived right on time. Which is always a bit shocking for hosts. There wasn’t much food out at the time because no one else was there. I thought I would try a strawberry in the yogurt (I like raspberries and blueberries even less than strawberries). Much to my surprise I liked it. I really liked it. The yogurt was Honey flavored Greek yogurt. Then this past weekend I was going to go to a friend’s so I bought some strawberries and yogurt thinking we could snack on that. But then I didn’t end up going. But, I did end up eating the strawberries and yogurt. So it got me thinking about the nutritional value of strawberries. I had thought I had heard something about them having a lot of fiber.

Of course one place I found information on strawberries was Wiki. Wiki says botanically the strawberry is not even a berry because the actual fruit (flesh) doesn’t come from a plant’s ovaries.

Several sources state that strawberries may help prevent heart disease. The World’s Healthiest Foods, says: “Research on the antioxidant content of strawberries is providing us with stronger and stronger evidence about their ability to lower risk of cardiovascular disease.” One website mentioned a study showed that young and middle-aged women’s risk of heart attack was reduced by 32 percent by regularly consuming one of the flavonoids found in strawberries. In animal studies, the anti-inflammatory flavonoid, quercetin, showed to “reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and protect against the damage caused by low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.”

They may also help lower blood pressure with their high potassium and polyphenol content. High potassium, might help lower the risk of strokes. Their antioxidants might help lower the risk of strokes and cancer. The anti-inflammatory flavonoid, quercetin – as mentioned before – might even help with some allergy symptoms.

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Nutritional breakdown of strawberries according to the United States Department of Agriculture

Serving Size: 1 cup halves fresh strawberries (152 grams)

Calories: 49
Protein: 1.02 gram
Carbohydrates: 11.67 grams
Sugar: 7.43 grams
Dietary fiber: 3 grams
Calcium: 24 milligrams
Iron: 0.62 milligrams
Magnesium: 20 milligrams
Phosphorus: 36 milligrams
Potassium: 233 milligrams
Vitamin C: 89.4 milligrams
Vitamin A: 44.82 international units

So many people love strawberries. And they can be eaten so many different ways. They can be eaten fresh and all by them selves or added to any variety of dishes. They can be cooked, canned, preserved . . . so many ways.  I normally don’t like fruit in my yogurt, but I liked dipping the strawberries in it.

Do you like strawberries? Were you aware of the many perceived health benefits of strawberries? How do you like to eat them?

 

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Cool Summer Salads

Posted by terrepruitt on August 2, 2017

We are in a little heat wave. I just don’t like it. If it is over 75° F, I am uncomfortable. Today it is in the high 90’s.  Maybe it is even hotter, it was in the 90’s the last I looked.  I wish I would have planned for it. The last time I was home and we had super high temps I decided that we would be eating salads. Something I think of as “Summer Salads” although I had never done it before. I have heard about a salad where you mix onions and watermelon but I have never done it. In my last produce box we got a watermelon so I thought I would put some watermelon on our salad greens and we would have a summer salad. I did this even though I know my hubby does not like watermelon. I don’t know many people who don’t like watermelon, but he does not. But I don’t know of many things he really DOES NOT LIKE. He just doesn’t like it. As in he doesn’t go ga-ga over it like I do, or many people I know. So, I figured he would eat it, but he might not love it. I didn’t do the salad that I had mentioned, because when I say watermelon and onions, I mean just watermelon and onions . . . maybe something else, I don’t know, I looked it up so long ago . . . because I couldn’t believe it when I first heard about it. But I don’t remember if it was something else too. I have never risked making it and “wasting” watermelon. But this time I was really wanting something cool and refreshing because it was soooo hot. So I used watermelon and made a summer salad.

Another fruit I used was peaches. Now, I am the odd man out here . . . I don’t like peaches. I am like my hubby. I can eat them. And sometimes I do, but I don’t go ga-ga over them. I don’t seek them out. I will avoid them for the most part. My husband loves them. So I used peaches in my next “Summer Salad”. They were very yummy salads.

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I think he enjoyed both salads. I know I did. Now here I am on this hot, hot, hot, hot day wishing I had salad greens and some yummy fruit to make a nice salad. I think I will be going to the store tomorrow. Here are two versions of summer salads.

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Watermelon With Greens Salad

Watermelon
Arugula
Onions
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper

Cut the watermelon into bite-sized pieces. Chop up some onion . . . you decide how much you want to put on each salad. Put a couple of handfuls of arugula in each bowl, then top with fruit, and chopped onions. Sprinkle with some parmesan, the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

 

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Peaches
Red Leaf Lettuce
Arugula
Onions
Balsamic Vinegar*
Olive Oil
Salt**
Pepper

Cut the peaches into bite-sized pieces. Chop up some onion . . . you decide how much you want to put on each salad. Chop up the leaf lettuce. Put some leaf lettuce and a handful of arugula in each bowl, then top with fruit, and chopped onions. Sprinkle with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

*I actually used Fig Vinegar with , but balsamic would be just as yummy

**I actually used lavender salt, but regular salt will do the trick

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How about you? Do you put fruit on your greens? What kind of fruit? Do you put dressing on?

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Turkey Hash

Posted by terrepruitt on May 29, 2017

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Turkey Hash

olive oil
1/4 of an onion
1 pound red skin potatoes
2 teaspoons basil
1 teaspoons parsley
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 C water
1 teaspoon powdered mustard
1 pound ground turkey
1 teaspoons salt
sprinkle of garlic salt
1 green bell pepper
black pepper (optional)

Pour some olive oil in a pan.  While the oil is heating chop the onion.  Put the onions in the pan, while they are heating cube the potatoes.  When the onions are translucent . . . or if you like them a little caramelized, add the potatoes.  Stir the potatoes. While they are cooking add the basil, let them cook.  Then add the parsley and bay leaf, let them cook some more.  Sprinkle the garlic salt on the potatoes.  Add the coriander.  Cook the potatoes until they start to brown.  Then add the water and powdered mustard.  Cook until the water evaporates.  Brown the potatoes some more, then add the turkey.  Add the salt . . . sprinkle on the garlic salt.  While all of this is cooking chop the bell pepper.  If you like your bell pepper cooked then add it well before the turkey is cooked.  If you are like me and you like it raw, then add it when the turkey is pretty much cooked.  If you like black pepper, add it.

Serve.

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So, I really liked this, but my hubby not so much.  But he is a good sport and he will eat it when I make it.  Thankfully he eats pretty much whatever I cook.  Whew!

The next night, I added corn to the left overs.  That was interesting . . . potatoes and corn.  Actually the potatoes were pretty much gone.   I liked the different flavor the corn added.  I don’t often cook with corn.

Do you like corn-beef hash?

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Adult Hot Chocolate

Posted by terrepruitt on May 17, 2017

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Caramel Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

8 to 10 ounces of water
3 teaspoons of hot water chocolate
1/2 shot of Frangelico Hazlenut Liqueur
1 shot caramel vodka
boiling water
splash of milk or cream
whipped cream

Heat the water in a teapot or pan.  While the water is coming to a boil put the powdered chocolate in the mug.  Then add the liqueur, vodka, and milk.  Stir it until it is all mixed and there are no lumps of chocolate powder.  When the water has boiled add it to the mug.  Stir until it is well mixed.  Add whipped cream if you want.

Ahhh, time to sit down and enjoy the tasty warmth!

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I didn’t have it with whipped cream, but that sound like a good addition to me.  It makes it sound more fancy and fun.  You could even sprinkle some chocolate on top of the whipped cream or maybe drizzle some caramel sauce.  Ya know, make it like a drink you would get in a restaurant.

Well, I think we might have a few more cool days left.  Perhaps you will have a chance to enjoy this before we move onto iced drinks.

Do you have a favorite hot adult beverage?  What is it?

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The Goodness Of Brussels Sprouts

Posted by terrepruitt on April 10, 2017

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RAW, Brussels Sprouts, according to United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service

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per 100g (about one cup)

Protein     3.38grams
Carbohydrate     8.95 grams
Dietary fiber     3.8 grams
Calcium     42mg
Iron,     1.40mg
Magnesium    23mg
Sodium     23mg
Zinc     .42mg
Vitamin C     85mg
Pantothenic acid     .309mg
Vitamin B-6     .219mg
Vitamin K     177.pg

Vegetables and food in general is cooked way differently then when I was a child.  There are many different ways — that are common – for things to be cooked.  I am a fan of roasting.  Probably not the best way to do some vegetables in order to get the most out of their nutrition, but it is supper yummy.  And so easy.  I just wash them, cut them, if necessary, them put them in the oven with a timer.  I don’t have to stir the pot or pan, or fuss over them . . . too much.

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According to The World’s Healthiest Foods website Brussels sprouts have been the focus of almost 100 studies published in the database at the National Library of Medicine in Washington, D.C.  And over half of the studies have to do with cancer prevention.  They are believed to help detox our bodies, as well as provide support to in the form of antioxidants.  They are thought to help with inflammation by helping with excessive inflammation and the prevention of it in the first place.

The World’s Healthiest Foods website does start out by saying that the best way to get the cardio vascular benefits of lowered cholesterol from Brussels sprouts is to steam them.  It has to do with compounds in the vegetable binding better to acids in your system when the veggies are steamed.

Brussels sprouts, a cruciferous vegetable, are a good source of fiber and that is often helpful.

So, it is good to eat your Brussels sprouts.  Do you have a favorite Brussels sprouts recipe?  How do you eat yours?

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Quiche Anyone?

Posted by terrepruitt on March 27, 2017

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I ordered the quiche thinking I could pop it in the oven and have a yummy meal.  The description said it was the perfect base for adding fresh herbs or sautéed veggies.  I bought some mushrooms in anticipation of added them atop the quiche.  When I saw the box with the quiche in it I was somewhat annoyed because it did not look like it could feed 4 to 6 people.  It was very small and not even close to be the size of an average pie.  Then I picked up the box and noticed it said DIY Quiche Kit.

SNAP!  I have to make the thing?!?!?  If I would have know that I would not have ordered it.  To me the price included it being made.  Anyway, I was stuck with it.  So what was I going to do but make the damn thing.

The produce box that week included fennel – and you know I love fennel.  So I sautéed the fennel and put it in the quiche.

One of the reasons I did not want to have to make the quiche myself is because I am no good with dough.  As you can see it did not matter that the dough was already made and all I had to do was roll it out.  Even rolling dough out proves to be a challenge for me.  The dough, however, was super-duper yummy!  I think they sell that dough local enough that we can get some.  It was so good.

So, I made the quiche.  And now that I have made a quiche, I do plan to make more.  I have been thinking I will even make my own crust.  I mean the recipes for crust I have seen seem easy enough (but, ya think rolling out dough would have been easy).  And the recipe for quiche is really easy, I mean, cheese, eggs, and half and half.  How easy is that?  Adding whatever veggies I want doesn’t make it that much more difficult.  So, that is the plan.  I am going to make quiche . . . .eventually, I have other stuff I am trying to deal with now first.

This one completely filled the dish.  I thought it was going to overflow.  Then it started getting too cooked on the edges but was not cooking in the middle.  So I put it in a foil wrap.  I didn’t want the bottom crust or the side crust to burn.  I ended up having to cook it much longer than instructed, about 20 minutes longer.

Here is the recipe and a bunch of pictures of the one I made.

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Do you like quiche?  Do you MAKE quiche?

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Posted by terrepruitt on March 22, 2017

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about 1 pound of Brussels sprouts
olive oil
garlic salt
garlic powder
pepper

Preheat the oven to 400° F.  Wash the Brussels sprouts.  Cut the end off of each Brussels sprout, the end where the sprout was growing from the stalk.  Then cut the Brussels sprouts in half.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Put the Brussels sprouts on the pan, spreading them out a bit.  Drizzle some olive oil on the Brussels sprouts.  Sprinkle with garlic salt, salt, and pepper if you’d like.  (I didn’t use pepper.)  Then put them in the oven for about 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes take them out and flip them over, moving them around.  If they seem a bit dry you can always put more olive oil on.  Sprinkling on more seasoning if you would like.  Then put them back in the oven for 15 minutes.  Take them out after the 15 minutes has passed and move them around again, flipping them over, if they are browned to your liking then serve them.  Or you can put them in for a few more minutes like I did.  I like them browned.

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We just ate them like that.  I didn’t add any bacon or cheese or sauce.  We rather enjoyed them.  I do remember having been afraid of Brussels sprouts because I had always heard how awful they were.  Well, they are not.  They are pretty good.  Some even have a little sweetness to them.  They are super easy to make — and I love that.

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Are you a fan of the Brussels sprout?  How do you cook them?

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Eureka! I’ve Got It!

Posted by terrepruitt on March 15, 2017

‘Tis the season, if you live in California it is citrus season. Everywhere you go someone is giving away oranges and/or lemons. I recently brought a bag of lemons to my Nia class to give to my students. One of my students asked me what kind of lemons they were and I said they were Meyer Lemons. Then she said, “Oh, I thought they (Meyers) had thin skin and tasted less lemony and more citrusy.” We talked a bit more because she had had lemons from my tree before so she was saying that they were not like Meyer Lemons she knew. She said that Meyers tasted more citrusy, like an orange. And I said, that Meyer lemons were a cross between and orange and lemon so that makes sense. She said our lemons didn’t taste like that. So, then I told her I didn’t know what they were. I had always thought they were Meyer lemons, but if she said Meyer lemons were different from these then they were not Meyers. But I did not know. So . . . . I had to come home and look it up. I think our lemons are Eureka Lemons.

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Our lemons have a very thick pith, sometimes about a fourth of an inch. Some of the lemons are really big. Some of them are so large that one of my friends asked me if they were pomellos. I didn’t know what a pomello was so I had to look that up. Not all of the lemons are as large as pomellos and they do not taste sweet nor like grapefruit. Our lemons DO taste pretty lemony, as in they are pretty sour.

 

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Both eureka lemons and Meyer lemons can be used in food and products interchangeable, but with the eureka lemon you will get a more sour taste than with the more sweet flavored Meyer lemon.  So you would use them accordingly, depending on what you wanted.

Which is your favorite lemon?

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