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Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce

Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce

Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce

Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce

 Chicken and Mushrooms in Herb Sauce

This recipe is great for those evenings you are running  behind in the schedule. There is the entree of chicken breasts with a mushroom her b sauce to put over rice, pasta or potatoes. Just add a green veggie such as green beans and a salad of cabbage apple slaw, and ending with the family’s favorite dessert.  May I suggesr peach up-side down cake for the dessert.  

Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce
 
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Mushrooms and chicken breasts in a creamy and herb flavored sauce to enhance rice, pasta or potatoes. Comfort food at its best.
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Recipe type: Poultry
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 large chicken breasts,skinless, boned and halved
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon rubbed sage
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup cream *
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup large fresh white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ¼ cup chicken broth or more as needed
Instructions
  1. Butterfly ** the chicken breasts and pound to make them equal thickness.
  2. Mix the bread crumbs, thyme, sage, black pepper and sea salt in a plastic bag.
  3. Pour the cream into a bowl.
  4. Heat the olive oil and butter in a skillet.
  5. Dip each of the chicken pieces into the cream then in bag of seasoned bread crumbs, shake to coat the chicken with crumbs.
  6. Lay the chicken pieces into the hot oil/butter mixture.
  7. Brown the chicken on both sides.
  8. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
  9. Pour the broth in the skillet, breaking loose any crumbs in the skillet*** with a whisk.
  10. Add the flour and stir to blend; add more chicken broth if too thick.
  11. Return the chicken to the skillet and layer the sliced mushrooms over the chicken.
  12. Heat chicken and mushrooms in the sauce until cooked through.
  13. Serve over rice, pasta or mashed potatoes.
Notes
*Undiluted evaporated milk can be used as cream substitute.
**Remove the fat from chicken breast; to butterfly, cut horizontally through the thickest part of the breast until it opens up as a book. do not cut through or off. Pound the piece of breast between wax paper, to get it equal in thickness.
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 √ Benefits of Mushrooms:

  • They are low in calories and sodium
  • They  are fat-free, cholesterol free, gluten-free.
  • They are a good source of B vitamins, i.e. riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid.
  • They have vitamin D, copper, copper, potassium and selenium.
  • They provide antioxidants to protect inflammation from disease and strengthen the immune system.

√ For more Benefits of Mushroom information go to www. mushroominfo.com/benefits.

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Chicken Breasts in Mushroom Sauce

This recipe is adapted from cookbookinabox’s recipe: Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce

 

Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce

Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce

The following recipe is for a quantity of 10-12 pieces of chicken in a thick creamy mushroom sauce to be eaten over risotto, rice, pasta or mashed potatoes.

Chicken Breasts in Mushroom Sauce
 
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A company dinner of tender chicken breasts in a creamy mushroom sauce to be served with risotto, rice, pasta or mashed potatoes.
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Recipe type: Poultry, Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 large chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
  • 1½ cup seasoned Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried whole sage
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black papper
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups fresh, white button mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1-1/2 cup chicken broth, more as needed.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Remove the fat from the chicken breasts.
  3. Cut horizontally though the thickest part of the breast, cut in half for equal size. Pound between wax paper if need to get equal thickness.
  4. Mix the bread crumbs and seasonings in a plastic bag.
  5. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large heavy skillet.
  6. Dip each piece of chicken in the cream, then shake in the bag of crumbs to cover. Remove any excess crumbs.
  7. Lay the chicken in the hot skillet, just to brown, do not overcook.
  8. Remove the chicken to a oven-proof pan.
  9. Brown the remaining pieces of chicken, layer in the over-proof pan.
  10. Deglaze the skillet with a small amount of broth, loosen the residue bits of chicken loose to be come part of the sauce.
  11. Add the flour, whisk, stir to blend adding broth to make a smooth sauce.
  12. Pour in the sliced mushrooms, just to moisten and heat slightly.
  13. Pour sauce and mushrooms over the pan of browned chicken.
  14. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and put in oven 1 hour.
Notes
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 This is the Menu was served with

Chicken Breasts in Mushroom Sauce

Risotto with Peas and Parmesan Cheese

Steamed Cauliflower with Sweet Red Peppers and Garlic

Steamed Green Beans sauteed in Olive Oil, topped with Lemon Zest and Toasted Almonds

Cranberry Sauce, Crushed pineapple , Diced Apple, and Chopped Walnuts in Cherry Gelatin.

Cranberry Apple Salad

Cranberry Sauce, Pineapple, Apple, Walnut Cherry Gelatin Salad

Baked Honey Wheat Bread

Baked Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Baked Honey Whole Wheat Bread

 

 Pumpkin Roll with Whip Cream

Serving of Pumpkin Roll with Whip Cream

Serving of Pumpkin Roll with Whip Cream

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Chicken Schnitzel

Chicken Schnitzel

Chicken Schnitzel:  A fresh change from comfort foods.

Chicken Schnitzel

Chicken Schnitzel

We have been having  soups, creamy casseroles, breads and desserts to comfort us in the cold of winter.  I decided we needed something crispy and fried.  Fried food is a rarity at our house, we bake, broil, steam, lightly saute or braise.   I remembered Chicken Schnitzel.

Chicken Schnitzel

Chicken Schnitzel

 It tasted so good, crispy, tender pieces of breasts of chicken with a crispy coating.  It was a nice change.

We look for comfort in foods, in the cold weather we look for comfortable clothes by wearing layers of  tee shirts, sweatshirts, big sweaters, and warm pants.    

 

Related imageThen comes spring and the unveiling!  Will that be a shock to you?  Have you found all your comfort foods around your middle? Are your scales a forbidden place to step?  Does it sound like a  lead into for a low calorie meal?  It wasn’t that at all. Really just changed the flavor of comfort foods to foods cooked in olive oil.  

 

 

Frying Chicken Schnitzel

Frying Chicken Schnitzel

I cut the chicken breasts into thin layers, 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  I did not flatten the pieces, as in true schnitzel. I mixed an egg with 1 tablespoon water and prepared a pan of flour, cayenne pepper and   a seasoning blend and black pepper.  I dipped the chicken cutlets in the flour, then into the egg mixture and again into the seasoned flour.  When the oil was hot in the skillet, I added the chicken cutlets to brown under a reduced heat, until crispy on both sides, about 4-6 minutes each sides to 170 F.  This recipe was inspired by Winemonger.com.

Roasted Mixed Vegetables

Roasted Mixed Vegetables

The side dish was roasted mixed vegetables, coated with olive oil, dried Italian Seasonings and black pepper.  The vegetables are those on hand, this time we had potato, zucchini, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, cabbage and cauliflower.  These were roasted at 525 F to tender and somewhat browned, 20-25 minutes.  They were a nice balance with the Chicken Schnitzel.

We still had some sweet, warm, creamy, comfort food:  Creamy Rice Pudding.  This is a favorite recipe adapted from Chef Ron Lock’s Creamy Rice Pudding. I used long grain white rice, 1 cup vanilla soy milk, 1/2 cup Carnation Milk and 1/2 cup water. 

Creamy Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding

Chicken Schnitzel
 
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Fried crispy chicken cutlets with a thick crust over the tender white chicken breasts.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 pieces
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Flavour-Enhancer Spice Blend
  • ½ cup Flour
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground black pepper
  • 4-5 tablespoons olive oil or less if desired
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken breasts in half, lengthwise or about ¼ to ½ inch to get about 4 cutlets
  2. Mix the egg and water.
  3. Lightly season the chicken cutlets with cayenne and Flavour-Enhancer Spice Blend.
  4. Mix the measured amount of seasonings in the flour.
  5. Roll the chicken cutlets in the seasoned flour.
  6. Dip in the egg to coat on both sides.
  7. Again dip in the seasoned flour, set aside while seasoning the rest of chicken.
  8. Heat the olive oil, hot, in a heavy skillet, the oil will sizzle when chicken is added.
  9. Place the chicken cutlets in the skillet to brown about 4 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle more black pepper is desired.
  11. Turn the pieces over to brown the other side for about 4-6 minutes.
  12. The temperature of the chicken should be 170 F when done.
  13. Lay the crispy chicken cutlets on a meat platter lined with toweling to drain excess oil.
Notes
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Chuckwagon Turkey Stew

Chuckwagon Stew

There is a long history behind the Chuckwagon.  They were used by the cowboys working on the Texas cattle drives as early as 1867.  Each had their own cook, often called “Cookie” and was king of his chuckwagon.  The chuckwagon was the social center for the cowboys out on a drive.  He determined when, what to eat and sometimes, how much. 

Turkey Chuckwagon Stew  Chuckwagon Turkey Stew

Not much different than the  home “Cookies”   However, I doubt turkey was very the main meat in the stew, not when moving beef across the land.  There are some very interesting stories of the chuckwagon history.

Every ready baked potatoes.

My real intention of taking about this stew was the use of prebaked potatoes to have in the refrigerator to add to soups, stews, or for stir frying without the waiting for the potato to bake.  I bake four russet potatoes, wrapped in foil for 1 hour at 400 F.  They are cooled to room temperature in the foil, and stored until ready for addition to a recipe.  That was the beginning of the Chuckwagon Turkey Stew.


Chuckwagon Turkey Stew
 
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A savory stew to enjoy around a camp fire or picnic. Just as great to have for a quick evening week day dinner.
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Recipe type: Stew
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons of jalapeno pepper, diced (more if preferred hotter)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½-3/4 cup cooked or canned navy beans, drained (other canned beans if preferred)
  • 14.5 ounces of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1-2 cups baked potatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • ¼ cup of ketchup
  • Netta Belle's Choice Sea Salt
  • Netta Belle's Choice Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground turkey in the olive oil, drain on paper towels, set aside.
  2. Brown the onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper in olive oil until soft.
  3. Add the browned turkey to the skillet.
  4. Sprinkle the flour over the turkey, stir to blend. This is to thicken the juices.
  5. Add beans, tomatoes and potatoes.
  6. Stir to blend together.
  7. Add the seasonings.
  8. Simmer for 25 minutes.
Notes
This recipe is versatile to prepare to your family's taste. Ground beef or sausage could be used in place of the turkey, as well as your choice of beans and seasonings. Enjoy for a quick supper/dinner.-----------------------------------
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Chuckwagon Turkey Stew

Stone Ground Corn Bread

Stone Ground Corn Bread                                                                                                       

 

Enjoy Stone Ground Cornbread
with Chuckwagon Turkey Stew.

 

 

 

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Turkey Salisbury Steak and Mushrooms

Turkey Salisbury Steaks with Mushrooms

Turkey Salisbury Steaks with Mushrooms

Let’s Talk Turkey!

 Turkey Salisbury Steak and Mushrooms

Browned Turkey Patties

Browned Turkey Patties

Making the gravy

Making the gravy

Thickened Brown Gravy

Thickened Brown Gravy

Turkey Salisbury Steaks with Mushrooms

Turkey Salisbury Steaks with Mushrooms

 I adapted this recipe from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

Turkey Salisbury Steak and Mushrooms
 
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Ground turkey patties smothered in mushroom gravy to make a distinctively different Salisbury Steak satisfying dinner.
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Recipe type: Meats
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • ½ cup fine ground whole wheat saltines
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • seasalt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • spice or herb blend to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon rubbed thyme
  • ½ teaspoon whole dried thyme
  • ¼ cup flour for coating the patties
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 4 oz. can mushroom slices, drained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together from the turkey to the thyme.
  2. Make 4 thick patties with the turkey mixture.
  3. Dredge in flour, set in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  4. Melt the oil and butter.
  5. Brown the patties on both sides with moderate heat.
  6. Remove to plate and keep warm while making the gravy.
  7. Add the remaining flour to the fat in the skillet, brown.
  8. Add the chicken broth and milk.
  9. With wire whisk stir to a smooth and thickened gravy.
  10. Add more broth or milk as needed for right consistency.
  11. Fold in the mushrooms.
  12. Add the turkey patties and cover with gravy.
  13. Heat through.
  14. Serve with mashed potatoes, brown rice or noodles.
Notes
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Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart

Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart

Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart

On a recent trip to Nienaber’s Farm Market in southern Indiana, the butternut squash and acorn squash were abundant.  The beauty of the fall season is something to behold when the sun is shining. They also had gourds of many shapes and sizes.

Nienaber'sFarm Market

At Nienaber’s Farm Market

This trip I did not get any pumpkins.  I have to admit I prefer my pumpkin out of a can, already cooked, scraped and puree.  Now when the children were little, we had our pumpkins to carve.  Now they carve for their children.  Pumpkins are also nice for home decorations this time of the year.

Acorn and Butternut Squash

Acorn and Butternut Squash

The  butternut squash beauty on the right was selected for the autumn tart.  The wonderful thing about this entree tart it is as tasty as  eating dessert.  In this  particular tart I used shredded chicken from chicken drumsticks previously cooked in the slow cooker.  Drumsticks were tried as a means of trying to be economical.  Chicken breasts are also very nice to use with this tart. Chicken was used this time as ham is not a part of this household’s diet anymore due to the high sodium.

12 inch Squash, Chicken and Pecan Tart

Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart baked in a 12-inch tart pan.

 

Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart

This make a wonderful tart with the ginger pastry.  It will fill a 11-12 inch tart pan giving it a thick filling.  This was a  perfect tart, it did not crumble when the tart pan rim was removed or crumble when it was cut.   Just add a green salad or vegetable with fruit for dessert and lunch is served.

Butternut Squash, Chicken, Pecan Tart with steamed broccoli

Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart with steamed broccoli

Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart
 
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This recipe combines a favorite autumn vegetable with chicken, pecans and apples for a dessert like entree to become a Thanksgiving favorite.
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • GINGER PASTRY
  • 1½ cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup cold butter
  • ¼ cup cold vegetable shortening
  • 4-5 tablespoons ice water
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  • TART FILLING
  • 3 cups butternut squash, parboiled, cut in ½ inch cubes
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, diced in ½ inch cubes
  • ½ cup finely diced apple (Gala)
  • ¾ cup coarsely broken pecans.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350 F. Grease a 12-inch tart pan or 12 inch pie plate.
  2. PASTRY
  3. Combine flour, sugar, ginger and Sea Salt in bowl.
  4. Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter and shortening until dough is the size of peas.
  5. Add ice water, tablespoon at a time.
  6. Mix with a fork until dough holds together.
  7. Shape into flat disc, wrap in wax paper and chill 30 minutes.
  8. Lightly flour bread board and roll out into a 13-inch circle.
  9. Fit into the tart pan or pie pan, trim the edge.
  10. Cover with damp cloth while assembling the filling.
  11. FILLING
  12. Peel and parboil butternut squash until tender but not mushy. Drain
  13. Cut squash into ½ inch cubes, set aside.
  14. In a large bowl, combine honey, sugar, melted butter and eggs.
  15. Add cinnamon and nutmeg, stir until blended.
  16. Add diced chicken, squash, apple and pecans.
  17. Fold into batter until ingredients are coated.
  18. Pour into prepared pastry.
  19. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until filling is set.
  20. Cool on rack slightly before removing rim of tart pan.
  21. Serve while hot.
Notes
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Macaroni, Chicken and Cheese Casserole

Netta Belle’s Choice for a budget meal.

Macaroni, chicken and cheese casserole

Macaroni, Chicken and Cheese Casserole, the ultimate comfort food.

Have you ever had a week longer than your food in the house or the money in your wallet and pay day isn’t here yet?  I thought I was through with those times forever.  However!  I am now retired.  The pay isn’t as good as it was when I worked 40+ hrs a week for someone else.

Well, this has been the dilemma in our house of two this week.  It is amazing what new things can be cooked up with the same foods.  I use leftovers and create new dishes which means I usually end up with more leftovers.  You may not relate, but I am sure many of your parents or grandparents can relate to using everything you have before getting new.  Well, food does not really fall in that category – just left overs.

I like to cook up several boneless, skinless chicken breasts with seasoned low-fat chicken broth or water in the slow cooker.  They can be bagged in freezer bags and pulled out only what is needed for a meal for two.  Of course, I save the broth for soups in glass cans stored in the refrigerator.

This time I had some ricotta cheese, some Colby Jack cheese and a green bell pepper. Oh yes, the cornbread from the day before. Luck would have it, I did not have an onion, hey, that is why the onion powder is on the shelf.

Talk about need for comfort food!   Well, here comes the macaroni, chicken and cheese.  It was tasty, filling with a gelatin fruit salad and green beans and budget casserole.  Not feeling too deprived, we had chocolate chip cookies and sherbet.

For those budget strapped beginners in the world, couples, families,  the retiree or just tightening the budget belt out of need, look at your leftovers and get creative.  Here is one of my solutions.

Macaroni, Chicken and Cheese Casserole
 
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An easy on your pocketbook comfort dish for the family. It is one of those recipes, having leftovers is a good dilemma.
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup whole wheat elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Sea Salt
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup chicken breast, cooked and diced in ½ inch pieces.
  • ½ cup green bell peppers, diced in ½ inch pieces.
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese (or your choice)
  • ½ cup crumbed cornbread
  • ¼ cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • Dill weed to sprinkle on top
  • Paprika to sprinkle on top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350 F.
  2. Grease a 9 x 9 casserole dish.
  3. Cook the macaroni in the water according to package directions.
  4. Drain the macaroni, do not rinse. Set aside.
  5. Warm the milk in microwave for 2 minutes, let set until ready to use.
  6. Use a large sauce pan to melt the butter to bubbling.
  7. Sprinkle in flour; use a whisk to blend the roux (thickening paste.)
  8. Cook over low heat.
  9. Add seasonings, chicken breast and green pepper.
  10. Stir with a wooden spoon to blend together.
  11. Remove from heat, stir in the ricotta cheese and shredded Colby Jack cheese.
  12. Stir until the cheese has melted and sauce blended.
  13. Pour the cooked and drained macaroni into the cheese sauce, stir gently.
  14. Pour into greased casserole dish.
  15. Spread the crumbled cornbread evenly over the top.
  16. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the cornbread.
  17. Sprinkle the dill week and paprika to your taste on top.
  18. Bake 30-35 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted.
  19. Let set about 5 minutes before serving
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Macaroni, Chicken and Cheese Casserole

Macaroni, Chicken and Cheese Casserole – a budget comfort food dish.

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This was inspired by a recipe from Food.com Recipe #454932.

Netta Belle's Choice Sea Salt  Purified, Granular White Crystalline Pacific Ocean Salt and Pure Granulated Black Pepper

Netta Belle’s Choice Sea Salt Purified, Granular White Crystalline Pacific Ocean Salt and Pure Granulated Black Pepper

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Lemon Bar-B-Que Chicken Breasts

 

Lemon Bar-B-Que Chicken Breasts

Lemon Bar-B-Que Chicken Breasts

There is so much attention to what is healthy and best for us to eat. With vegan and vegetarian recipes available in magazines, on the internet, in old and new cookbooks, one gets to feel guilty to even consider poultry.  Of course, poultry is still recommended as a good choice.  Lemon-Bar-B-Que Chicken is my attempt to slim down a chicken entrée.

Of course the primary ingredient is 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 3-4 strips.

2  Skinless,  boneless chicken breasts cut into 3-4 strips.

2 Skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into 3-4 strips.

Ingredients for the Lemon Bar-B-Que Marinade

Ingredients for the Lemon Bar-B-Que Marinade.

Marinades are to tenderize and flavor the meat.  Use containers of glass, stainless steel or plastic bags to marinate, as most marinades contain some acid such as lemon juice, wine, vinegar or fruit juice.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, some recipes will give longer marinating time depending on the cut and size of the meat.  Turn or stir the meat in the process of marinating.  Some recipes do not use the marinade over the meat while cooking.

Combining the marinade ingredients.

Combining the marinade ingredients.                                                                                                                                                       

Adding the marinade to the chicken to refrigerate

Adding the marinade to the chicken to refrigerate.                                     

Netta Belles' Choice Lemon Bar-B-Que Chicken Breasts
 
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A tantalizing barbecue chicken without the heavy sweet sauce; lemon zest and juice with the dried crushed red pepper flakes give is a tangy and spicy flavor.
Author:
Recipe type: Poultry
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon zest (grated lemon rind)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Whole Rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon or to taste Netta Belle's Choice Flavour-Enhancer Spice Blend
  • Fresh parsley or rosemary sprigs to garnish.
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken breasts into 3-4 strips.
  2. Place in a shallow glass bowl.
  3. Make the marinade also referred to as the barbecue sauce.
  4. Mix the oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and spices in small glass mixing bowl.
  5. Whisk to thoroughly blend.
  6. Pour the marinade over the chicken strips.
  7. Cover bowl and marinate in refrigerator at least 1 to 4 hours.
  8. Preheat the oven broiler or grill.
  9. Place chicken strips on broiler pan which has been covered with aluminum foil.
  10. Broil or grill for 6-8 minutes, until the juices run clear or 170 F
Notes
Recipe inspired by "Italian: The definitive professional guide to Italian ingredients and cooking techniques, including 300 step-by-step recipes" by Carla Capalbo, Kate Whiteman, Jeni Wright and Angela Boggiano, 2003. ---------cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience.
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Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken

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Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Enjoy a new, sweet and tart taste to sauteed chicken.  One of the ‘fads’  in food additions in the last couple of years has been the dried cranberries.  While they are good in cereals, trail mixes and breads, they are delicious in chicken and pork recipes. They do provide  20 mg potassium, 3 g fiber and 33 g of carbohydrate in 1/4 cup serving per Ocean Spray

Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken
 
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Cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving, add dried cranberries to sauteed chicken breast to give it a sweet and tart flavor
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Cranberry Balsamic Glaze
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken breasts across into equal sizes.
  2. Roll the chicken pieces in flour seasoned with Sea Salt and Black Pepper.
  3. Lay on rack to allow the flour absorb into the chicken.
  4. Roll pieces into bread crumbs.
  5. Heat the olive oil and butter in skillet.
  6. Add the chicken to hot oil to sear and brown.
  7. When done, remove to a platter to keep pieces warm while fixing glaze.
  8. Pour out the grease and wipe the skillet with toweling.
  9. Into the skillet, add the glaze ingredients and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Return the chicken to the skillet to coat with glaze and heat through.
  11. Serve the cranberry glaze with the chicken.
Notes
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Fourth of July Lunch Menu with Apple Pie Recipe

Fourth of July Lunch Menu with Apple Pie Recipe

Menus do not have to be elaborate to be tasty or for it to be a party or picnic. Lemon Bar-B-Que Chicken Breasts  pieces, served with baked beans, Summer Time Cole Slaw and American Apple Pie tops off an easy holiday lunch or picnic.

Fourth of July Lunch

                               Fourth of July Lunch

The zesty Lemon-Bar-B-Que recipe is in the cookbookinabox® Menu 101.  The Netta Belle’s Choice® Summer Time Cole Slaw is given in previous post for the recipe in this blog.  Use your favorite baked beans recipe or purchase sweet and spicy flavored baked beans. style American Apple Pie recipe follows.

American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie
 
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Celebrate July 4th with a Golden Delicious Apple Pie.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • DOUBLE 9-INCH PIE CRUST
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup cold vegetable shortening
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5-6 tablespoons ice water
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  • APPLE PIE FILLING
  • 5-6 medium Gold Delicious apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 tablespoons instant tapioca
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 5-6 medium
Instructions
  1. PIE CRUST
  2. Combine flour, cold butter and cold shortening in large bowl.
  3. Use mixer to blend to corn meal texture.
  4. Add water by tablespoons just until dough begins to stick together.
  5. Gather into a large ball.
  6. Divide into two, flatten and wrap in plastic wrap to refrigerate 30 to 60 minutes.
  7. Roll out between wax paper or generously floured board.
  8. Line the bottom of 9-inch pie plate.
  9. Roll out second ball of dough for the top crust.
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  11. APPLE PIE FILLING
  12. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  13. Slice apples into lemon juice, stir to coat. (Prevents apples from browning.)
  14. Mix sugars, tapioca and spices in large bowl.
  15. Drain apples.
  16. Pour apples into sugar mixture, blend to coat apples with sugar mixture.
  17. Pour filling in prepared pie plate.
  18. Dot top with butter,
  19. Cover with second pie crust.
  20. Make small holes to allow steam escape while baking.
  21. Bake 15 minutes at 425 F.
  22. Reduce heat to 350 F, bake 35 to 45 minutes more.
  23. Cover with aluminum foil if top browns too fast.
Notes
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                      Enjoy your American Apple Pie with your Fourth of July Lunch Menu.

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