Tag Archive | capers

Sweet and Tangy Chicken with Potato Strings and Mashed Potatoes

As you can tell I have been on a mini vacation from my Blog. I have been doing so many things that my blog has been the last thing on my mind. I have been on a chicken, balsamic and honey kick and would love to share this recipe that I found but as always I add things to make it my own and I don’t want to take someone’s recipe and says it’s mine. So I add and change things to make it mine. 

 

Ingredients: 

2 Chicken Breasts ( sliced to make 2 pcs of chicken ) Making 4 pcs just thinner and faster to cook 

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 

1/2 cup honey 

1/4 to 1/2 cup capers 

6-8 fresh okra 

3-6 fresh garlic 

2-3 stalks of celery

8 ounces of fresh mushrooms 

2 tsp – 3 tsp Oregano  or basil 

2 tsp thyme 

2 tsp paprika 

2 tsp pepper 

Potatoes ( I am cooking for a family of 5 so you know I have to make a lot 

 

Instructions: 

Pre heat oven to 350; in the mean time cut fat off of chicken and slice chicken into 2 pieces creating 4 pcs. In a small bowl put in paprika, oregano, thyme, pepper and mix well and sprinkle on both sides of chicken. Place chicken in a bashing dish covered in foil for less of a mess.  Next combined honey, vinegar, garlic,celery, capers, okra, mushrooms and blend. Once blended pour over chicken and place in the oven for 20 minutes. After 20 pull out flip and place in oven for another 2 minutes. 

In the mean time, peel your potatoes and  grab 2 or 3 potatoes and a Julianne Peeler and peel those potatoes and rinse well and place on a paper towel to remove as mush of the water and once done place in a pan with hot oil and cook until done. Sprinkle with what ever seasoning that you desire. 

Cut the remaining potatoes and place in water and cook until done. 

Once potatoes and chicken are done. Place a scoop of potatoes on your place a piece of chicken and scrap some veggies and sauce and the final touch would be those lovely potato strings that you created and enjoy.  

I will have to say that this is one of my favorite recipes. 

 

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Homemade Fennal Italian Sausage and Vegatable Pizza

I am not a huge pizza fan because two things. Too much pizza sauce and so greasy. Even though I tell them lite sauce it’s not lite sauce and it’s just way to greasy. 

So I decided that I would make the kids their pepporoni pizza, hubby his pizza with pepperoni, mild peppers and mushrooms and I wanted something unique but also healthy as you can get with pizza. 

 

Ingredients: 

half a green pepper 

half a onion

half bottle of capers 

handful of mild peppers 

8 ounces of sliced mushrooms 

4-6 slices of low sodium deli ham 

1 cup pizza sauce ( I like mine with light sauce )

2-3 Fennel Italian Sausage ( peeled the skin off ) 

2-3 pcs of fresh Kale leaves

5-6 pcs of fresh Spinach leaves 

2-3 tsp crushed red peppers 

8 ouns mozzarella cheese 

2 pkgs pizza dough ( I would have used whole wheat but where I went didn’t have it) 

 

Instructions: 

Preheat the oven to 450. In the meantime prepare pizza dough if you didn’t buy the pre made pizza crust. Cook per instructions. Once the crust is ready add on the toppings the way you prefer and over in cheese and bake for 20 minutes or longer pending if you want it crisper.  Let cool and enjoy. 

I hope you all enjoy as much as I did. 

 

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I am happy to share this and have fun creating your next pizza. 

Chicken and Asparagus with Chia Seeds

You are probably thinking why the heck is there chia seeds in this dish. Well once answer because they don’t have much flavor and you can add in more fiber and vitamins to your dish. Why not? They don’t have any flavor and you would never know they are in there. So why no and give it a try?  I am always trying to find ways to compile ingredients together and hope they taste good. I know that I am on a asparagus and vinegar kick lately but I try and incorporate different ingredients to these dishes.  Story is eat lots and lots of veggies but you don’t always want them the same way. So if you are interested in some crazy flavors here is a recipe for you to try.  

 

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast ( cut into strips)

3 stalks celery

10 fresh spinach leaves

1 pkg of sliced mushrooms 

3-4 garlic cloves 

1 med onion

1 bundle of asparagus 

2-3 tsps balsamic capers ( I cannot find fresh capers) 

1-2 tsp chia seeds 

2-4 tbls balsamic vinegar 

1/3 cup white wine 

1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth 

1/2 tsp coriander seed 

1-2 tsps crushed red peppers 

1/4-1/2 tsp tarragon leaves

Instructions:

In a med pan add water and heat until hot for blanched asparagus.

In a med pan cook chicken strips in oil of your choice ( I prefer coconut oil ). While chicken is cooking on med heat; in a separate pan add oil with minced garlic and onion and cook until golden brown.

Once golden brown; add in celery,crushed red peppers, tarragon leaves, coriander seed and white wine. While that is cooking add  some crushed red peppers and tarragon leaves to the chicken.

Once chicken is golden brown turn heat off and set aside. Back to the onions and garlic pan; add in mushrooms, spinach leaves, chia seeds, capers and saute for a few minutes. In the meantime check the water to see if boiling, if so add the asparagus to the water and blanch for 2-3 mins. Once they are cooked to your liking turn heat off and set aside.

Now back to the main dish; you will add the balsamic vinegar and chicken broth and chicken. Cook for about 5 mins and then add in the asparagus and cook for another 5-8 mins until most of the fluid has evaporated.  Once the fluid is evaporated turn off heat and enjoy. 

I enjoyed this dish without anything to go under it but if you are feeling that you want more to this dish you can add rice or potatoes of your choice. 

I hope you enjoy. If you have any questions please let me know and I will help you along the way.  Happy New Year Everyone!!

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