This is sure to spice things up on a cold winter night.
- 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1-1/2 teaspoon Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 cup Diced Onion
- 1/4 cup Diced Green Bell Pepper
- 1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Bay leaf
- 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1 can (10 Oz. Can) Rotel Tomatoes And Green Chilies
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 32 ounces, fluid Low Sodium Chicken Stock
- 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 4 cups Hot Water
- 2 cans (15 Oz. Can) Black Beans, Drained
- 3 Tablespoons Cornmeal Or Masa
- 5 whole Corn Tortillas, Cut Into Uniform Strips Around 2 To 3 Inches
- Sour Cream
- Diced Avocado
- Diced Red Onion
- Salsa Or Pico De Gallo
- Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix cumin, chili pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on chicken breasts, then sprinkle a small amount of spice mix on both sides. Set aside the rest of the spice mix.
- Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Use two forks to shred chicken. Set aside.
- Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in a pot over medium high heat. Add onions, red pepper, green pepper, and minced garlic. Stir and begin cooking, then add the rest of the spice mix. Stir to combine, then add shredded chicken and stir.
- Pour in Rotel, chicken stock, tomato paste, bay leaf, water, and black beans and corn. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes, uncovered.
- Mix cornmeal with a small amount of water. Pour into the soup, then simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Check seasonings, adding more if needed---add more chili powder if it needs more spice, and be sure not to undersalt. Turn off heat and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before serving. Five minutes before serving, gently stir in tortilla strips.
- Ladle into bowls, then top with sour cream, diced red onion, diced avocado, pico de gallo, and grated cheese
- To save time, use store bought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken that you have on hand. Of course you can roast your own chicken if you want.
OMG. Peaches Lennox came to Thanksgiving and brought a beautiful pot of Gumbo. Evilly, she cackled as she threw the live crab in the pot to be boiled alive. I wonder if it suffered? Anyhow, it was real tasty.
- 3 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves
- Salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons margarine
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 8 cloves garlic minced
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 3 stalks celery chopped
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley, stems and leaves, coarsely chopped, plus chopped leaves for garnish
- 4 cups hot water
- 5 beef bouillon cubes
- 1 (14-ounce can) stewed tomatoes with juice
- 2 cups frozen sliced okra
- 4 green onions, sliced, white and green parts
- 1/2 pound small shrimp, peeled, deveined and cooked
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until browned on both sides and remove. Add the sausage and cook until browned, then remove. Sprinkle the flour over the oil, add 2 tablespoons of margarine and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until brown, about 10 minutes. Let the roux cool.
- Return the Dutch oven to low heat and melt the remaining 3 tablespoons margarine. Add the onion, garlic, green pepper and celery and cook for 10 minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, to taste and the 1/4 bunch parsley. Cook, while stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Add 4 cups hot water and bouillon cubes, whisking constantly. Add the chicken and sausage. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. Add tomatoes and okra. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Just before serving add the green onions, shrimp and chopped parsley.
- Live or Dead Crab OPTIONAL!
- 3 tablespoons extra–virgin olive oil
- 2 cups chopped onions
- 1 cup chopped celery stalks plus chopped celery leaves for garnish
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 4 cups (or more) vegetable broth
- 1 1/4 cups lentils, rinsed, drained
- 1 14 1/2–ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Balsamic vinegar (optional)
- Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium–high heat. Add onions, celery, carrots, and garlic; sauté until vegetables begin to brown, about 12-13 minutes. Add cumin and cook another minute. Add 4 cups broth, lentils, and tomatoes with juice and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium–low, cover, and simmer until lentils are tender, about 35 minutes.
- Transfer 2 cups soup (mostly solids) to blender and puree until smooth. Return puree to soup in pan; thin soup with more broth by 1/4 cupfuls, if too thick. Season with salt, pepper, and a splash of vinegar, if desired. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with celery leaves.
Winter is officially here so warm yourself up with a nice big bowl of soup. Don’t be too surprised if we venture away from soup once or twice. I have some great chili and stew recipes as well.
Day 2 brings us a Creamy Mushroom Soup. Cream of mushroom soup is a simple type of soup. It is well known in North America as a common type of condensed canned soup, but this recipe is so much better.
Day 3, a fragrant Carrot Ginger Soup. Carrot soup has been described as a “classic” dish in French cuisine. The soup was eaten by King Edward VII every year on August 26th to commemorate the 1346 Battle of Crécy.
Day 5 Roasted Red Bell Pepper soup. I have made this many times for my catered dinner parties and it is always a favorite.
Day 6 Chicken and Rice Soup. This hearty meal in a bowl is sure to satisfy any hungry man.
Day 7 Pan Fusion Soup? I totally made this up, but it turned out really well. Similar to pho, with a different flare.
Day 9 Chicken Tortilla Soup. This zesty fiesta of flavor is so good. It makes enough that you could probably stash some away in the freezer for those nights when you just want to pull something out quick for dinner
Day 10 Salmon Bisque. An elegant, creamy soup, this recipe is sure to impress!
Day 12 Potato Leek Soup. Must try! This recipe is from the Queen of the Kitchen herself.
Day 13 Gumbo. Ewww weee. I love some good Cajun food. I still have nightmares Peaches!
Day 14 Of course everyone loves Tomato Soup with a nice grilled cheese sandwich. This recipe includes how to make Parmesan Crisps if you want a grown-up twist on the classic combo.
Day 15 Moroccan Beef Stew. I love making this for a dinner party. The exotic flavors you will taste remind me of the food I ate while in Egypt, during Desert Storm.
Day 16 A Hearty Winter Minestrone and some fresh Garlic Bruschetta is such a nice meal for a busy week night.
Day 17 Spicy Paleo Chili This recipe uses buffalo because it is high in protein and rich in flavor. Bison meat is also lower in calories and cholesterol than beef, pork, turkey, skinless chicken. It is more expensive, so feel free to use the other meats.
Day 18 Matzo Ball Soup Honestly, most of us have never tried this traditional Passover Soup, but a while back, one of my clients taught me how to make it.
Day 19 Cold Avocado Soup? Why not!
Day 20 Tortellini Soup This is an easy week night meal. Only takes 20 minute! How is easy is that?
Day 21 Cauliflower Kale Soup. Don’t say ewwww! You haven’t tried it yet
Day 22 Classic French Onion Soup. Onion soups have been popular at least as far back as Roman times. Throughout history, they were seen as food for poor people, as onions were plentiful and easy to grow. The modern version of this soup originates in Paris, France in the 18th century.
Day 23 Corn Chowder
Day 24 Sweet Potato, Coconut and Cardamom Soup. Here’s to my Paleo Peeps!
Day 25 Witch’s Purple Cabbage Soup. Great for Halloween!
Day 26 Egg Drop Soup. So easy to make.
Day 27 Bacon Beer Cheese Soup. Now this is a man’s soup!
Day 28 Split Pea Soup. Love it
Day 29 Vegetable Soup with Sriracha, Lemon Grass and Tofu. If you grow a garden, you can grow your own lemon grass all summer long.
Day 30 Pasole. I love hominy and mexican food. Enjoy.
Day 31 Beef Barley Soup
National Cookie Day is December 4th, and Mad Minis wants to help you make it a delicious day! To help celebrate, Channel 2 asked me to be on Sunday Brunch, where I demonstrated a Chocolate Peppermint Mad Mini Ice Cream Sundae.
History of Cookie Day
For those of you who may not know, National Cookie Day started as an “unofficial” national holiday in 1987 by the Blue Chip Cookie Company. On National Cookie Day, I like to celebrate by having a cookie with breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also for a snack!
The word “cookie” comes from the Dutch word “koekie” meaning little cake. There have been cookie-like hard wafers in existence for as long as baking has been documented. This is because they traveled well however, they were usually not sweet enough to be considered cookies by modern day standards. Cookies arrived in America in the 17th century. Macaroons and gingerbread cookies were among the popular early American cookies. Today, Chocolate Chip cookies are by far Americas favorite.
Mad Minis is a creative food company whose mission it is to revolutionize the dessert and snack industry by bringing together great taste, portion control, and the best ingredients.
Mad Minis promises:
- No preservatives. Freezing is our preservative
- No artificial colors or flavors
- No bleached flour
- Made with real ice cream
- No high fructose corn syrup
- No added junk
Be sure to pick some up the next time you are at Whole Foods.