Category Archives: For Carnivores

Lemon Chicken & Potatoes

 Herbed Lemon Chicken & Potatoes

Ingredients

2 lbs chicken

2 med potatoes, cut into chunks

1 lemon, sliced

1 cup water

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Garlic Herb Mix:

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp basil

 

Preheat oven to  375.

Combine herb mixture in small bowl, set aside.

**I didn’t do this, but having cooked the recipe I will do it next time.  Put a slight sear on the chicken before baking, it would greatly help with the visual appeal.  Just sear it on either side long enough to put a little color on!  😀  The recipe still tastes great without the sear, just a thought.  😀

Herbed Lemon Chicken and Potatoes Recipe

Place potatoes in bottom of baking dish, put sliced lemon on top.  Next mix water in with the herbs.  Pour into pan.  Make sure there is enough water to cover the bottom of pan.

Place chicken on top of potatoes/lemon.

Herbed Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

Cover with tin foil.

Bake for 50 minutes.

Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite healthy chicken recipe???  I’m on a health kick and would LOVE to hear some suggestions!  Mine are usually typical Southern food.  LOL

Originally posted 2013-08-16 12:09:20.

Coconut Lime Chicken Soup Recipe

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My Foodie Penpal outdid herself this month!  She sent me this recipe and almost everything to make it…  I’m not going to lie, normally this isn’t something I would make.   I’m not a coconut fan, I’d never had coconut milk, and honestly I would be intimidated by the name.  Sounds like something way too fancy for me to make!  However, since I had everything and HATE figuring out what to do for dinner, I went for it.  I am SO glad I did!!!

If you haven’t tried coconut milk, it’s really good!  Even though I don’t really like coconut…  Cheryl has officially made me believe that if I get stuck on an island I could indeed deal with the coconut milk!  Yay, I won’t starve!  (I’m not a big seafood fan, LOL)  Now I just have to figure out how to open them and remember!  LOL.

Cheryl pointed out that this recipe is very versatile, so feel free to modify it!  Also, I loved it so much that I ended up eating some of the leftovers for breakfast the next day.  I tried it cold—> still AMAZING!!!  So this soup really can be served hot OR cold!

Anyway, the recipe is courtesy of Miss Cheryl from Florida and her awesome July Foodie Penpal Box 2013.  A HUGE thank you, Mrs. Cheryl, because the soup is amazing and one of my new favorites!!!

Ingredients:

1/2 pkg dried flat rice noodles

3 1/2 cups GF chicken broth

1 1/2″ piece of ginger, sliced

1 (13oz) can coconut milk (full fat is better, but can use light)

2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced

6 Tbsp lime juice

3 Tbsp fish sauce

2 tsp brown sugar

1/2-1 jalapeno, thinly sliced OR 5-10 jarred jalapenos chopped

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped

Directions:

Break noodles into thirds (a little bigger than bite size), then prepare

noodles according to package. Drain and set aside.

In a large pot, bring broth and ginger to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and

simmer for 10 minutes then add coconut milk and chicken.

Once chicken is completely cooked (about 5 minutes), add the remaining

ingredients and simmer another 10 mintues. Season to taste with salt if

necessary.

Add noodles just before serving.

Originally posted 2013-07-27 08:00:01.

Tina’s Baked Spegetti

 Ingrediants

  • ½ lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 package spaghetti
  • ¼ of a smoked sausage, cut into small pieces
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Seasoned Salt
  • 3 small cans tomato sauce
  • 1 c shredded cheese.

Directions

  1. Cook spaghetti and set aside.
  2. Brown ground beef and smoked sausage with onion, bell pepper and celery.  Drain.
  3. Mix tomato sauce with meat in pan.  Add seasonings to taste.  Simmer.
  4. Mix spaghetti and sauce, place in casserole dish.
  5. Top with shredded cheese and pepperoni.
  6. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Originally posted 2013-07-20 08:00:56.

Game Night Dinner: Pita Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Game Night Dinner: Pita Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Made this the other night and HAD to share!!!!  They were super yummy, mostly healthy, and great for a few games of Uno!  All in all, a huge success!!!  Will be making them again for game nights!  The pita bread worked so much better than regular bread because the moisture didn’t soak through and make it soggy.  😀  What’s your fave homemade game night menu???

Ingredients
2 cans of cooked chicken (or 2 cups)
1 1/2 cups California seedless table grapes, rinsed and cut in half
1/4 cup celery, diced
1 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons basil, fresh, chopped
1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 tablespoon lemon Juice, fresh

Directions
Combine all salad ingredients in bowl and mix well.

Originally posted 2013-07-16 08:03:29.

Crispy Baked ‘Fried’ Chicken

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A.K.A. Cornflake Chicken

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Originally posted 2013-06-21 00:01:10.

Beef Pie Recipe Guest Post

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“Pheasant pie?” huffed a long-nosed young man, who had just arrived to their table, staggering under the weight of a huge pie.
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Originally posted 2013-05-20 00:01:45.

Chicken Fiesta Wrap with Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets

Fast Fixin' Refried Wrap
Recipe Courtesy of Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets
Created by by PhD nutritionist Kathy Mora

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Originally posted 2013-04-28 05:00:00.

Fast Fixin’ Chicken Verde Wrap Recipe

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Chicken Nugget Verde Wrap
As you may have read on my review before, Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets are really yummy!  They also have some benefits that many other companies can’t boast!  Such as 20% less fat and calories than the leading brand (Tyson) and they are made with the best and healthiest part: breast meat!  Best of all though, is the taste!  They are really good…  LOL.  Think I may have said that!
Recipe by PhD nutritionist Kathy Mora

Ingredients:
4-5 Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets
1 Spinach Tortilla (other tortilla of choice can be substituted)
Approximate portions:
2 Tbsp Guacamole with chopped tomatoes (store bought or homemade)
1 tsp chopped fresh red/purple onion (optional, can substitute red/green pepper)
1-2 Tbsp Shredded lettuce
1-2 tsp Shredded cheese (Mexican style, Monterey Jack, Cheddar,
Salsa verde to taste

Preparation*:
1. Using microwave- place Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets on microwave safe plate or
dish and heat according to package directions.

2. Wrap tortillas in damp paper towels, heat in microwave ~15-20 seconds until
warmed, but not stiff.

3. Spread guacamole in center of warmed tortilla. Add onions/peppers, lettuce,
cheese, chicken nuggets. Folding sides in, wrap contents into tortilla like a burrito.

6. Serve with side of salsa verde.

Chicken Verde Wrap + Salsa + Mango slices + Glass of Milk = Nutritious and
Complete Meal

Enjoy!

* Note- alternatively may heat tortillas and chicken nuggets in oven, wrap tortillas
in foil first. Ingredients can vary per taste and desired amount. Example, can add
chopped peppers, black olives, black bean refried beans, fruit salsa, hot sauce, etc.

Originally posted 2013-04-21 05:00:00.

Chicken Veggie Pita Recipe

Ingredients:

4-5 Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets
1 whole grain pita/flatbread
Approximate portions:
2 Tbsp Veggie Cream Cheese (store bought brand or homemade)
1 tsp chopped tomatoes
1 tsp chopped fresh red/purple onion (optional, can substitute red/green pepper)
1-2 Tbsp Shredded lettuce

Preparation*:
1. Using microwave- place Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets on microwave safe plate or
dish and heat according to package directions.

2. Toast or warm pita/flatbread before assembling.

3. Spread veggie cream cheese in center of warmed pita, layer with tomatoes,
onions/peppers, lettuce, and chicken nuggets. Fold pita in half to create a taco like
shape.

6. Serve with side of fruit salad.

Chicken Veggie Pita + Fruit Salad + Sweet Potato Chips + Glass of Milk = Nutritious
and Complete Meal

Enjoy!

* Note- alternatively may heat pita/flatbread and chicken nuggets in oven, wrap.
Ingredients can vary per taste and desired amount. Example, can add chopped
peppers, black olives, carrot slices, cucumber slices, sprouts, fresh spinach,
mushrooms, etc.

Originally posted 2013-04-21 02:58:00.

BBQ Baby Back Ribs, BBQ Sauce and What Do Aliens Eat? Story

What Do Aliens Eat?
–Story & Recipe–
I did lots of research on aliens to write Starseed, a novel about a sixteen-year-old girl raised on Earth who is half-human and half-extraterrestrial.  At school, Kaila falls in love with Jordyn, also a hybrid, but raised far from Earth.
When Jordyn and  the “hive,” a group of teen aliens, discover that Kaila was bred and mistakenly raised on Earth, they’re intrigued. They can learn about humans and Earth, all the while teaching Kaila about her alien heritage and powers.
In high school, Kaila witnesses and is a victim of bullying by the human students. But the aliens aren’t all beams of light either. As Kaila falls for Jordyn and becomes more enraged at human cruelty in school, she’s forced to make a choice—be with her star family or be with Earthlings.
Kaila invites her alien friends to her house for her 17th birthday party. Kaila lives in the country in Louisiana. The party includes a barbecue, cake, and riding horses. The aliens have never eaten barbecue or ridden horses. Though they don’t know it, this day proves a defining experience in being human.
Here is the scene where two members of the alien “hive” eat barbecue for the first time. The family doesn’t know they’re alien, just that they’re “strange.”
And because it’s springtime, following is a  recipe for barbecue ribs for us Earthlings.
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As Kaila’s mother cut the cake and handed out slices, Mike called to the hive, “Come on y’all. Eat some barbecue.” He pointed to the platters on the table. Antonia slid next to Pia and Toby sat next to Melissa.
“I’ll try it,” Antonia said. She picked up a rib, bit and tasted. She sat straighter.  “This is amazing.”
“It’s delicious,” Toby cried. “More!” He munched on the ribs, barbecue sauce on his small mouth. “I like it!”
“Take it easy,” Uncle John laughed. “Plenty enough to go around.”
“Did they starve them in New Mexico?” Aunt Jackie wondered. “These poor kids. Here, have some cake.” She slid some cake slices before Toby and Antonia.
Barbecue Baby Back Ribs
Start your ribs in the oven, then finish on the grill. That’s the secret to making them fall-off-the-bone-lickin’ good.
Sprinkle the ribs with seasoning. Here in Louisiana, we like a little spice, so I sprinkle a steak seasoning plus a Cajun seasoning called “Slap Ya Mama” on both sides. Put the ribs on a foil-lined baking pan and then wrap the ribs in several layers of foil so no steam escapes.
Bake at 250 degrees F for about 3 hours (single rack of ribs) or 3 ½ to 4 hours for two racks (rotate the pans about half way through).
When they’re falling off the bone, slather both sides of the ribs with
Barbecue Sauce: (this is homemade but of course you can use any brand).
1 cup vinegar
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. paprika
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp.brown sugar
½ cup ketchup
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/8 tsp. pepper
dash liquid smoke
(can double this recipe depending on amount of ribs)
Ensure grill is hot! Sear ribs on grill. Serve with potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, and corn on the cob. Sure to make any alien sit straight up.
So what do aliens eat? Well, barbecue in one scene. But normally? Sorry, you’ll have to read Starseed to find out. I can tell you it ain’t pretty, Kaila makes some difficult choices, and that the baby backs are ten times as tasty.
–Liz Gruder
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Starseed (available in print and eBook)
by Liz Gruder
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
ISBN: 978-1937178291
 
Starseed concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a starseed boy who reveals that she, too, is half extraterrestrial, and is forced to choose her allegiance between Earth or her star family.
Liz Gruder website: www.lizgruder.com
Liz Gruder twitter: https://twitter.com/LizGruder
Liz Gruder goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/LizGruder
WiDo Publishing: www.widopublishing.com
 
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Starseed
Author: Liz Gruder
ISBN: 978-1937178291
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Published: February 2013

SUMMARY


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Starseed concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a starseed boy who reveals that she, too, is half extraterrestrial, and is forced to choose her allegiance between Earth and her star family.
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Kaila Guidry has always known she is different. When she meets Jordyn Stryker at school, she finds out just how different.

Jordyn was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent to Louisiana’s Bush High to learn human ways. But Jordyn didn’t count on meeting someone like Kaila.

When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn awakens her to a new reality—and to love. But to prove herself, Kaila must look the other way as the real purposes of the starseeds unfold.

As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves inexorably forward, Kaila and Jordan, caught in an impossible love, must determine where their true loyalties lie.

Praise
“After reading Starseed, my faith in YA sci-fi has been restored! … I didn’t want to put it down … it had enough mystery and suspense to keep me going, page after page. Superb job 4.5 out of 5!”
— The Forbidden Library Book Reviews

“I would recommend this book to all sci-fi lovers and, to those who aren’t into it, take a chance. Who knows? You may love this book just as much as I did! Liz Gruder is definitely an author you should keep a look out for as she has great talent in writing and a huge imagination. Starseed was a wonderful read and very different from other books I’ve read. It was a very nice change from what I usually read and kept me enticed all the way.”
–Starlight Book Reviews

“Interesting read. A lot like Roswell, but different. Gruder does a great job building the dark mystery of what the aliens are really up to on earth.”
–Charity Bradford, sci-fi author, “The Magic Wakes”

“The story caught me off guard and won me over after the first chapter. The main conflict is a personal one for Kalia. Will she embrace her alien side or continue life as a human?”
–Pixie Dust Book Reviews

Starseed is a fun sci-fi read with romance. It brings light to the cliques of high school, and challenges the main character, Kaila, to be herself, instead of how others expect her to be.
–Kerri Cuevas, YA Author “Deadly Kisses”

“Liz Gruder’s characters come alive through youthful, spunky narrative, and her headstrong heroine, Kaila Guidry, elicits a reader’s encouragement from the first page. Fans of P.C. Cast will find themselves similarly transported into Gruder’s exploration of the dark sides of faith, love, higher dimensions, and, of course, high school.”
— Jadie Jones, YA author “Moonlit”

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Author Liz Gruder

As a youth, Liz Gruder saw a series of UFOs with her best friend while riding bikes. Ever since, she’s held a fascination for the stars. An avid reader, she used to hide under her covers and read with a flashlight. She has degrees in English and Psychology from Tulane University, a nursing license and a yoga certification. After going through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Liz realized how short life is and is now slowly fulfilling her bucket list: she’s been to the Egyptian pyramids (totally awesome and thought provoking) and is now teaching yoga and writing speculative fiction. Starseed is her debut novel.

 

 

Originally posted 2013-03-22 04:59:00.