Category Archives: For Carnivores

Chicken & Waffles

Chicken&WafflesEvery now and then, we throw healthy out the door! ¬†ūüėÄ ¬†We decided to do just that recently and I thought I would encourage you to do so as well! ¬†**little monkey on your shoulder says you should try it!** ¬†We figured, why not live it up every now and then! ¬†So, here is a great recipe for you to try out to shut that little monkey up! ¬†ūüėÄ

If you’ve never eaten chicken and waffles, this probably sounds crazy, but stack the chicken on a waffle then cover with your favorite syrup! ¬†Maple syrup is great on top! ¬†You can use whatever you like though!

To ensure little to no nutritional value was present, we had onion rings and potato wedges with it!  MMMmmmm!!!!!
Chicken and Waffles
For Chicken:
  • 2 tbsp lemon pepper, divided
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • (can use eggs if you don’t have it, but it’s better with buttermilk!)
  • 4 chicken thighs (I take off the skin!)
  • oil for frying
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c corn starch
  • Pepper, to taste
1.  Combine 1 tbsp lemon pepper with buttermilk.  Whisk and set aside.
2.  Heat oil to 375 degrees and oven to 350 degrees
3.  In separate bowel, combine flour, 1 tbsp lemon pepper, pepper and cornstarch.
4.  Dip chicken in flour, then buttermilk, then flour again
5. I recommend sitting it on a wire rack to help the mixture set into the chicken for a few minutes.
6.  Fry on each side for 8 minutes
7.  Roast in the oven for 5-7 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
**As I’m sure you can see, I used boneless chicken this time,
doesn’t need as much time if you do it this way!**
For Waffles:
  • 1 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 3 tbsp butter, or nonstick spray
1.  Mix dry ingredients in one bowel and wet in another.
2.  Pour wet into dry while stirring.
3.  Use waffle iron as directed!
****Chief Zoo Keeper doesn’t like these waffles,
the rest of the Zoo does.  You can use this and
try it or just use your favorite waffle recipe!
I’m sure pancakes would work fine too if
you don’t have a waffle iron! ¬†Enjoy!!!****
Hope you’ll give in to the loud little monkey on your shoulder and give it a try!
Let me know what you think and if you have any tips,
by all means share!!! ¬†I’ll make some of them part of the
Chick it Out comment section!

Originally posted 2016-02-16 05:22:00.

Oklahoma Indian Taco

IndianTacoCrystalSellersI recently reviewed an amazing book, Summer Under My Quilt.¬† This recipe was provided by the debut author, Crystal Sellars.¬† Being a fellow Oklahoman, I can tell you the book very much depicts the part of the state the author and I grew up in.¬† I hope you’ll check the my review and book out, then enjoy this recipe as you read!¬† Without further introduction, here is the author’s recipe.¬† Enjoy!

Growing up in Stilwell Oklahoma I was raised on Indian Tacos.
Since I’m sure not many have tried this yummy dinner, it seemed the perfect thing to make for you all.

Brown hamburger meat. (Amount depends on your family size) add onions to taste. Then add in a packet of taco seasoning.

Next you will need to make your fry bread. I do this the cheat way. I use can biscuits or crescent rolls. Smmer Under My Quilt
Add a little oil to the pan and your dough. Flatten and fry till cooked thoroughly.

In the mean time chop your veggies:
Tomatoes
Lettuce
Black olives
Onion
Other toppings:
Shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocados.
Heat a can of re-fried beans.

Once your finished pile beans, meat and vegetables all on top of your fry bread and enjoy!

Originally posted 2016-02-10 06:04:29.

Wild Mushroom Beef Stew

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It’s been so cold this winter that I’m trying out new soups left and right.¬† I’m also working on stepping out of my comfort zone.¬† That hasn’t always been my strong suit. So, as one of my new trial recipe I tried this out.¬† My husband thinks it will be even better if it was made in a dutch oven.¬† Modification instructions are below the crockpot recipe.¬† Hope you like it.

  • 1 1/2- 2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1/8 cup of flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 8 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 med carrots, sliced
  • 2 med potatoes, diced
  • 1 sm white onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  1. Put beef in crockpot.  Mix together flour, salt and pepper.  Pour over meat, stir to coat each piece of meat with flours mixture.  Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix well.
  2. Cover & cook on high for 4 hours or until done.  Stir stew before serving.

Dutch Oven Modification: Heat dutch oven over med-high heat.  Mix flour and seasoning (all but bay leaf) and toss the beef in it. Coat pan with 1-2 tbsp olive oil.  Brown beef in oil.  Add all ingredients, stir and cook until done.

**If you have any thoughts or modifications, I’d love to hear them!¬† Please share.

Originally posted 2016-01-29 06:30:39.

Super Simple Herbed Fish Fillets

HerbedFilletsPlatedBy now, everyone knows that fish should be a healthy addition to our diets but it doesn’t seem like there are very many great recipes.¬† The flavor

2 Tbsp butter

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/4 c onion, chopped

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp. parsley flakes

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp tarragon

1/8 tsp thyme

1 lb fish fillets

1/4 c. bread crumbs

  1. Melt butter.  Add garlic and onion until tender.
  2. Add lemon juice and spices.
  3. Lightly butter the bottom of a baking dish then arrange fish in baking dish.
  4. Pour bread crumbs over the fish then pour butter mixture on top.
  5. Bake at 350 until fish flakes easily with a fork.  (mine took about 10 minutes)

Originally posted 2015-10-19 06:26:22.

Broccoli, Tomato & Chicken Skillet: Super Easy Healthy Dinner!

This Tomato, Broccoli & Chicken Skillet is the perfect weeknight dinner!  One dish, healthy, & an easy cleanup! Just what we need for those busy days!

Broccoli Tomato Chicken Skillet: Quick, Easy & Healthy One Dish Weeknight MealI don’t know about you, but some nights I am just not in the mood to make a huge, time consuming meal.¬† I need something quick and simple that tastes great!

This recipe fits the bill perfectly!¬† Broccoli, Tomato & Chicken Skillet is the perfect recipe when you want to feed your family a healthy meal without a ton of time!¬† From prep to plate in 15 minutes!¬† It’s a recipe that’s a keeper in my book!

We do paleo (or try to), so we added cauliflower rice but you could use regular rice or none at all.  After making it, I realized it would have been perfectly fine without any additions at all.

If you know you are gonna have a night where you won’t have time to prep, (game nights, perhaps?) you could easily prep everything ahead of time.¬† It would cut your meal time on the day you cook it to less than fifteen minutes!

I like to cook it in my cast iron skillet, as with those you literally just have to wipe it out with a damp cloth when you are done!¬† I didn’t learn until I was grown that you aren’t supposed to completely wash cast iron!¬† Now we have well seasoned skillets!

Broccoli, Tomato and Chicken Skillet

Broccoli Tomato Chicken Skillet Quick and EasyIngredients:

2 boneless skinless breasts

1/4 c chopped onion

2 Tbsp butter

1 package frozen cut broccoli, thawed

1 tsp lemon juice

dash of salt (if you like salt)

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp oregano

3-4 med tomatoes, cut into wedges

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken breast in half, then slice them into 1/2 inch wide strips.
  2. In skillet, cook chicken and onions in butter til chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Stir in broccoli, lemon juice, salt (if using), thyme, oregano and pepper.
  4. Cover and simmer 6 minutes.
  5. Stir, then add tomato wedges.
  6. Cover and simmer 3-4 minutes more
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Obviously, this recipe is super simple and anyone could easily make it pretty quickly.  I love that cleanup is super easy too!

What are your favorite simple weeknight dinners? 

I’ll take all the suggestions I can get!

General Tso’s Chicken

Easy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

  • 1 lb boneless chicken, skinned and cubed
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c cornstarch, 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsps rice wine
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 sm onion, cut into squares
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into squares
  • Oil for deep frying

1.  Mix cornstarch and eggs in a large bowl, add in chicken and coat thoroughly.

2.  Prepare the sauce by combining 2 tsp cornstarch, wine, vinegar, sugar and soy sauce in a small bowl.

3.  Heat oil for frying.

4.  Fry chicken in batches so that chicken is just cooked.

5.  Remove chicken and let stand to drain off some grease.

6.  In only a couple of tbsp of oil, fry onion and bell pepper.  When they are almost done, add in chicken and stir fry until chicken reaches a crispy brown.

7.  Add the sauce in and continue to stir fry.  Toss around for a couple of minutes, until sauce becomes a glaze.

Serve over rice and enjoy!

*This recipe was modified from Food.com¬† There are modifications, but if you’d like to find the original, please search Mean Guy’s General Tso’s Chicken on food.com¬† Thanks and I hope you enjoy!

Originally posted 2014-09-13 20:54:54.

The Ultimate Classic Coney Sauce

Coneys are an awesome way to take hot dogs to a whole new level!  I hope you enjoy this as much as I do and I look forward to hearing all about your experiences with it!  Enjoy!

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When I was a kid, my Mom and step-dad took me to this place in Tulsa, OK called Coney Island.¬† It wasn’t an island, just a fast food joint, but it seemed magical.¬† A place where they MADE chili dogs right in front of you!¬† It was on special occasions that we went, like when I begged enough.¬† LOL.

I’m sure you probably realize there is an actual place more known than this silly little place in Tulsa, I had no idea until years later!¬† haha.¬† Ahh, to be a child again!

Anyway, this is the closest I’ve come to re-living it at home.¬† Just remember, the hot sauce you use makes a huge difference in the flavor.¬† We tried it with green hot sauce and I wasn’t a fan.¬† Chief Zoo Keeper liked it, I didn’t.¬† Let me know if you find a fabulous variation!

Coney Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c finely chopped (or even minced) white onion
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp worcestishire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 c ketchup
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder

Directions

  1. Saute onion and garlic.
  2. Add ground beef, brown, drain.  (You can also use ground turkey!)
  3. Combine other ingredients in a bowl, mix well, then add to ground beef mixture.
  4. Stir, heat, simmer, for 1 hour.  If it begins to dry out, add water and scrape the bottom of the pan.  Continue simmering for the entire hour.  Gets the flavor in so well!
  5. Enjoy with your favorite franks and sides!

Now, what’s for dessert….?

Originally posted 2014-02-19 09:42:44.

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! ¬†ūüėÄ ¬†The recipe still tastes great without the sear, just a thought. ¬†ūüėÄ

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

  • ¬Ĺ lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 package spaghetti
  • ¬ľ 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.