Healthy & Yummy Zucchini Stir Fry

Healthy & Yummy Zucchini Stir Fry

Veggie Stir Fry

In my effort to change our eating habits to something a bit healthier than meat and potatoes I make a meatless meal at least once a week.  One of my favorites is this Zucchini Stir Fry.

It’s amazing how filling and tasty a simple meal of healthy veggies can be.  This week I made this dinner of zucchini, spinach, and tomatoes.  It was delicious, my husband loved it.  You can serve it with a piece of whole grain bread if you wish; the bread is great for dipping in the juices.

You can also serve this dish as an appetizer or side dish.  It’s so good!  It goes great with barbecued and roasted meats.

Ingredients:

1 large organic zucchini, cut into 2″- 3″ strips

1 cup fresh organic spinach

1/2 cup organic cherry tomatoes, halved

1 tbls. organic coconut oil

1 tbls. minced garlic

1 tsp. cayenne red pepper

Sea Salt to taste

Directions:

1.  Heat oil over medium heat

2.  Add garlic, sauté until it turns golden, stir constantly

3.  Add zucchini, cook until it starts to soften about 5-6 minutes, stir constantly

4.  Add tomatoes, cook until juices start to come out, stir constantly

5.  Add spinach, cook until leaves wilt and turn bright green, stir contantly

6.  Add pepper and salt

Serve while warm.

Healthy & Yummy Veggie Stir Fry
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Healthy & Yummy Veggie Stir Fry
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4 Servings 15 Minutes
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15 Minutes
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4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium heat
  2. Add garlic, sautee until it turns golden, stir constantly
  3. Add zucchini, cook until it starts to soften about 5-6 minutes, stir constantly
  4. Add tomatoes, cook until juices start to come out, stir constantly
  5. Add spinach, cook until leaves wilt and turn bright green, stir contantly
  6. Add pepper and salt
  7. Serve while warm.
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Hawaiian Chicken Long Rice

Hawaiian Chicken Long Rice

Chicken Long Rice is a staple at most Hawaiian Luaus where it is served as a side dish.  It’s a favorite island comfort food, something in between Chicken Noodle Soup and Chicken Stew, and usually eaten with steamed white rice.

Chicken long rice uses clear bean thread noodles.  Those are noodles made with mung bean starch and are thin and clear.  They’re also called Chinese Vermicelli, Cellophane Noodles, or Glass Noodles.  You can buy them at any Asian Market.

The dish is pretty much the same as its Filipino counterpart called Sotanghon.  Both originated in China and was brought over to the Hawaiian islands by Chinese and Filipino immigrants. Whatever its origins it’s one of my favorite go to comfort food.  Best of all it’s super simple to make.  It’s great on chilly or rainy days and wonderful when you have a slight cold.  Try it out next time you’ve a yen for Chicken Soup!

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Chicken Long Rice

Ingredients:

5-6 Chicken thighs with bone and skin

Water

1 Tbs. Oil

1 Tbs. Fresh grated ginger root

1 Tbs. minced garlic

1 Cup Chicken Stock

1 Tsp. Salt

2 Tbs. Soy Sauce

1 Package Bean Thread Noodles

1/4 Cup chopped green onions

2 cloves garlic thinly sliced (optional)

1/2 Tbs. Oil (optional)

Directions:

Heat oil in a stock pot.

Saute garlic and chicken thighs until thighs start to turn yellow.

Add enough water in the pot to cover the chicken with water.

Add chicken stock, ginger, and salt.

Simmer until chicken is very well cooked and falling off the bone.

Remove chicken skin and bones.  Discard skin and bone.  Shred chicken meat into large pieces and return to pot.

Add noodles, soy sauce, and 3/4 of the chopped green onions.

Stir and cook until noodles are soft and transparent.

*Optional – fry garlic slices in 1/2 tbs. oil until they turn brown.  Drain on paper towels.

Remove from heat and garnish with remaining with remaining green onion. Garnish with fried garlic.

 

 

 


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Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce

I love Mexican food but Enchiladas were never one of my favorites.  I tried to love it, but something about it just wasn’t working for me.  It took me a while, but I finally realized what wasn’t working was the canned Enchilada Sauces I found at the grocery store.

Sure there are several brands out there, in fact it got quite confusing.  But no matter which sauce I bought it simply didn’t taste good to me or for that matter the rest of the family didn’t find them that great either.  They much preferred the Enchilada Sauce they would order from the Mexican restaurant.  There aren’t that many really good Mexican restaurants in Honolulu so I had to find a way to make homemade Enchiladas just as good as the ones we found at the few restaurants we like.  And since we didn’t care for the canned sauce then clearly the only option was homemade sauce.

So I started trying to figure out just how to make Enchilada Sauce and the first thing I learned is that there are not tomatoes in any way shape or form in Enchilada Sauce.  I  was surprised and so was everyone in the family!  That’s right no tomatoes in Enchilada Sauce!  Of course I’m talking about the RED Enchilada Sauce, I’ve yet to make the green variety.  But I will and once I get it right I’ll share that too!

So what’s in Enchilada Sauce you ask?  Chicken or Veggie Stock (the veggie stock is great if you want a vegan version), Roux, and spices.  That’s it!  And to make it even better it’s super easy to make, it takes less than half an hour!  I make a pot of it and store the sauce in jars in the fridge.  The longer it sits in the fridge the better the sauce tastes.  So now my fridge is always stocked with homemade Enchilada Sauce along with my  Marinara Sauce!  I spend a morning once a month to re-stock, that way I’ll always have my favorite 2 sauces on hand.

You can use this Enchilada Sauce on anything you want.  Pour it over your favorite meats and roll in tortillas for delicious enchiladas or use it in a casserole.  I use it on my Keto friendly Chicken or Steak Enchiladas, they come out great.  Whatever you use it on it will turn out delicious!

Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients:

4 Tbs. Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Flour

1/2 Cup Chili Powder

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 Tbs. Cumin Powder

1 Tbs. Dried Oregano

1 Quart Chicken or Vegetable Stock

Salt to taste

Directions:

Heat Olive Oil in a medium saucepan

Whisk in flour to make a blond roux, be careful not to burn the flour

Whisk in the spices except the salt

Slowly pour in the stock while whisking to blend the spices and roux in to it

Add salt to taste

Simmer for about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened

Use with your favorite meats or veggies or pour into jars and store in the fridge.

This recipe will make enough to fill 1 quart jar and almost 1 pint jar.  If storing sauce pour into jars and cool before covering with a tight lid and placing in the fridge.

 

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5 Pints 20 Minutes
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Servings: Pints
Instructions
  1. Heat Olive Oil in a medium saucepan
  2. Whisk in flour to make a blond roux, be careful not to burn the flour
  3. Whisk in the spices except the salt
  4. Slowly pour in the stock while whisking to blend the spices and roux in to it
  5. Add salt to taste
  6. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened
  7. Use with your favorite meats or veggies or pour into jars and store in the fridge.
Recipe Notes

This recipe will make about 5 pints.  That's enough to fill 1 Quart size jar and almost 1 pint size jar.  Cool before covering tightly and storing in the fridge.

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SILLY APPLE BITES

SILLY APPLE BITES

They’re silly. They’re easy to make. And best of all, they’re allergen-free. No nuts, no gluten, no soy…nada. Just green apples, sunflower butter, sunflower seeds, a strawberry tongue, and a batch of homemade googly eyes (this is always optional but 100% recommended). The great part about making these eyes is that you will have a ton leftover and with Halloween approaching shortly, these babies preserve rather well and get you through the holiday season better than you ever imagined! Just store them in an air-tight container and they are good to go. They boost these simple apple snacks into silly apple bites. I’ll have seconds!

Make snacking fun by turning regular apples into silly apple bites. Your kids will be begging for more and you won’t help but smile at that fun creation you just made with your two hands!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 green apples, each quartered
  • sunflower butter
  • 32 sunflower seeds
  • 23 strawberries, sliced
  • 12 homemade googly eyes per apple bite

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the middles out of each quarter of the apple to create a mouth. Don’t worry about perfection, you are filling this gap with sunbutter anyway so if you cut too deep, you can always just cover it up and no one will know.
  2. Coat the inside of the cut gap with a filling of sunflower butter.
  3. Place 4 sunflower seeds on the top of the “mouth” for the teeth.
  4. Place 1 sliced strawberry inside the mouth for the tongue.
  5. “Glue” each eye above the mouth with a dab of sunbutter to stick.
  6. Serve with a smile.


NUTRITION

  • Serving Size: 1 Apple Bite (with no googly eyes)
  • Calories: 40
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Protein: 1g

 

Bring the kid back out of you and indulge in a bite or two with your children. Be careful though, they might not want to share so I recommend, “Hey what’s that?!” tactic and as they look away, grab a silly apple bite and run as fast as you can before they figure out what hit them.


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Grilled Cheeseburgers

Grilled Cheeseburgers

Level: Easy

Total: 25 min

Active: 25 min

Yield: 6

Ingredients

2 1/2 pounds ground beef

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable oil, for the grill grates and buns

6 slices American or Cheddar cheese

 

6 seeded hamburger buns, split

Lettuce leaves, tomato slices, red onion slices, ketchup and mustard, for serving

Directions

1. Prepare a grill for medium heat. Divide the ground beef into 6 even pieces and shape each into a 1-inch-thick patty. Press in the center of each patty so it is slightly thinner than the edges. Sprinkle generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Lightly oil the grill grates.

2. Grill the burgers, flipping once, until well browned and medium rare, 6 to 7 minutes per side, topping with a slice of cheese in the last few minutes of grilling. Lightly brush the buns with oil and grill until lightly toasted. Put the burgers on the bottom buns and top with the lettuce, tomato, onions and top buns. Serve with ketchup and mustard on the side.


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Pickled Green Tomatoes

Pickled Green Tomatoes

My husband always talks about how his mother used to pickle green tomatoes when he was growing up in the Middle East.  He said pickled green tomatoes are delicious.

I’m sure they.  It’s also a great way to use the loads of tomatoes we grown in our backyard.  So here’s how we pickle green tomatoes.  First off you’ll want to make sure you pick them while they’re green.  It doesn’t really matter what type of tomato, we use cherry tomatoes as well as the large varieties, just as long as they’re still green and not ripe.

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Pickled Green Tomatoes

Supplies:

Mason Jars with Lids – I use the 64 oz. jars but you can use any size you like

Large Stock Pot – I use my Le Creuset 20 Qt. Stock Pot

Tongs or Jar Lifters

Baking Sheet

Ingredients:

Green Tomatoes – cut cherry tomatoes in half, large tomatoes can be cut in half or quarters

2 Large Jalapeno Peppers cut in half  (optional)

4 Small hot peppers whole (optional)

1 Lemon – quartered

2 Cups White Vinegar

2 Cups Water

1/4 Cup Salt

Procedure:

Wash and dry Green tomatoes and peppers – set aside.

Wash jars and lids with soap and water.

Boil a large pot of water.

Submerge jars and lids in boiling water for 5 minutes.

Remove jars and lids from water and drain.

Place jars upside down on paper towels and let dry.

When jars are dry place them right side up on baking sheet.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place jars in oven for 10 minutes. (Not lids).

Turn off oven but leave jars inside.

Boil water, vinegar, and salt in pot and boil until salt dissolves.  Turn off heat.

Remove jar or jars from oven and arrange tomatoes, peppers, and lemon inside quickly.  Jars and water mixture must both be  hot.

Pour liquid over tomatoes.

Cover with plastic wrap and let cool down.

When they have cooled down put lids on and store in a cool dark place for about 6 weeks for tomatoes to pickle.

Once you’ve opened the jar store in the fridge.  I will keep for about 2 months.

Use them however you use pickles.

 


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