Spicy Blistered Green Olives

The humble green olive, you gotta love them!  Olives and eating them have been around for thousands of years.  Evidence of its cultivation and consumption dates back almost 6000 years to the Levant area in countries such as Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Crete.  Olive oil has been traded since pre-Christian times.  And I believe olives have been cooked and eaten in some way or another since then.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they made Spicy Blistered Green Olives in a fire pit back in the day!

In fact my husband who was born in the Middle East in what is today known as the West Bank has many childhood memories of eating freshly roasted olives prepared by his grandmother during the olive picking season.  To hear his stories one is led to believe that his grandmother prepared it in the centuries old way of roasting them over an open fire in the yard, the same place she made her flat breads.

Actually today we still eat olives prepared the same way pretty much as they were prepared way back then because you really can’t eat the fruit picked straight from the tree.  Yes, olives are fruit not veggies, but fresh from the tree they are basically inedible.  They’re bitter and have an unappetizing texture.  To make olives edible they must be brined, roasted, or cooked in some way.  Most of us in the US know only the brined or pickled olives that we find in cans and jars in the supermarket, or floating in a martini, rarely do we find fresh olives that we must prepare at home.

We’ve also “discovered” or really “re-discovered” that olives are healthy for us.  A fact which was known thousands of years ago.  Olives are packed with nutrients that have many benefits.  Olives are heart healthy and has been shown to prevent heart disease; studies have shown that green olives can prevent osteoporosis; olives contain large amounts of antioxidants which help prevent certain types of cancers; they can help reduce Arthritis inflammation and pain; and they are believed to be natural treatments for ulcers.  The list actually goes on so I think it’s safe to say that including olives and olive oil in your diet has positive health benefits.

Having said all that I know that not everyone is overly found of olives and I doubt there’ll be a mad rush to buy barrels of brined olives.  So here’s a recipe inspired by my husband’s stories about his grandma’s roasted olives that might help you like olives enough to include them in your diet.  I call them Spicy Blistered Green Olives, but unlike the grandma I cook them on my stove and not outside in an open fire; although if you have a fire pit you might want to give it a go!

Spicy Blistered Green Olives are delicious!  You can eat them hot or cold, they make awesome appetizers, and terrific snacks.  I usually leave a bowl of Spicy Blistered Green Olives on the table and everyone who walks by can’t help but pop an olive or two in his mouth each time they walk by.

Aside from the fact that they’re simply yummy and have positive health benefits these Spicy Blistered Green Olives are super easy to make.  They are a healthier alternative to chips, cookies, and other carbohydrate laden snacks out there.  So here’s the recipe!

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Spicy Blistered Green Olives

Ingredients:

1  10oz. Jar of Garlic Stuffed Green Olives

2 Tbs Olive Oil

2 Tbs Minced Garlic

1 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt

1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper

1 Tbl Crushed Red Pepper

1 Tbl Fresh Lemon Juice

Directions:

Heat olive oil in sauté pan

Drain Olives and add contents of jar including garlic pieces to the hot oil

Cook until all sides start to turn brown and the olive sort of starts to get wrinkles

Add minced garlic and cook until it starts to brown

Add salt and peppers and mix well

Remove from heat and drizzle lemon juice over all

Toss a bit and serve

 


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Tasty green olives that are a great healthy alternative to carb laden snacks.
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Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in sauté pan
  2. Drain Olives and add contents of jar including garlic pieces to the hot oil
  3. Cook until all sides start to turn brown and the olive sort of starts to get wrinkles
  4. Add minced garlic and cook until it starts to brown
  5. Add salt and peppers and mix well
  6. Remove from heat and drizzle lemon juice over all
  7. Toss a bit and serve
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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled eggsIf you look on Pinterest you’ll see that just about all Instant Pot lovers are raving about Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs.  They talk about how perfect and easy to peel these eggs are and how you’ll never eat hard boiled eggs cooked any other way.

Seriously?  Even I can’t work up enough excitement about hard boiled eggs regardless how they’re made.  I mean I like hard boiled eggs well enough.  I like them for egg salads and deviled eggs mostly.  I can’t really thing how else I use them except perhaps for breakfast or snack on some days; and of course for coloring during Easter.  But I felt obliged to add my two cents in to this Instant Pot Hard Boiled Egg conversation.  So here goes!

Let me begin by saying that intimidating as it had first appeared to be, I love my Instant Pot!  An Instant Pot is an electric pot that is like a crockpot on steroids.  It does just about everything your regular crockpot can do, it just does it faster because it’s really a pressure cooker.  Now this does have it’s benefits like veggies don’t get mushy like they can do in a crockpot because they’ve been cooking for 8 hours, and of course you can make your favorite crockpot recipes in less than an hour.

Now what does this have to do with hard boiled eggs?  Well Instant Port Hard Boiled Eggs aren’t really boiled, they’re pressure cooked in just about 7 minutes.  Wow right?  Well I guess it’s pretty amazing because in 7 minutes you actually do end up with perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs that are very easy to peel.  So no frustrating and wasteful egg shells with some of the whites stubbornly stuck on them; no weirdly shaped eggs with sides gouged out because the whites stuck to the shells.  In short perfect eggs for coloring and making deviled eggs.

How do you make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs?  Easy peasy!  Here’s how!

Place trivet onto the bottom of your Instant Pot.

Add 1 cup of water.

Arrange as many eggs as you can on the trivet, I have a model Lux80 and can fit about 16 large eggs.

Lock lid in place making sure valve is in sealing position.

Turn Instant Pot on to Manual and adjust time to 7 Minutes.

When Pot beeps let it depressurize naturally for 5 minutes – watch the timer on the pot.

When it reaches 5 minutes carefully turn valve to venting for quick pressure release.

Prepare a large bowl with ice water.

Once pot is completely depressurized open lid and using tongs or slotted spoon lift eggs out of pot and place in bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

Leave eggs in ice bath for 5 minutes then use or store as needed.

You’ll see what I mean when you peel those eggs, the shell seems to literally just fall off!  And of course the egg is cooked perfectly too!


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Chinese New Year Dinner Ideas

chinese new yearGung Hei Fat Choy!  Chinese New Year falls on February 5th. this year.  Why not ring in Year of the Pig with a Chinese themed dinner for your friends and family?

Chinese New Year also called the Lunar New Year or the Chinese Spring Festival is the most important Chinese festival of the year; it’s a time for merry making and also a time to go to temple to pray to the deities and honor the ancestors.  It’s a 15 day celebration filled with parades, lion and dragon dances, family reunions and parties, firecrackers and fireworks, gifts of money stuffed in red envelopes, wishes for a new year filled with joy, prosperity, and good fortune, and lots of wonderful Chinese food.

During Chinese New Year many of my friends head off to the Chinese restaurants for extravagant feasts of huge prawns, lobsters, dim sum, roast duck and pork, and other Chinese specialties.  I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to some of these gatherings and believe me you walk away pleasantly stuffed!

2019’s Chinese New Year ushers in The Year of the Pig.  The Pig symbolizes wealth and affluence in Chinese astrology so what better way to celebrate Chinese New Year than sharing a Chinese themed meal with your loved ones.  You don’t have to be Chinese to honor this very important festival nor do you have to splurge on a 9 Course Meal at a fancy Chinese restaurant, although that would be a great treat!  You can celebrate Chinese New Year at home with a bit of creativity and preparations in the kitchen.

chinese new yearFirst off you can decorate with red the traditional color for Chinese New Year decorations.

Red paper lanterns are the least expensive way to go.  You can order a set from Amazon or buy some at your local party store.

Add in some paper fans and you’re good to go!

You can set the table with red lacquer rice bowls and bamboo chopsticks.

To complete the look set us a nice centerpiece that includes red flowers!

But the most important thing is the food!  So here are some of our favorite recipes that you can try for your Chinese New Year celebration dinner!

chinese new yearAsian Fried Chicken

 

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Salt & Pepper Shrimp

 

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Beef Broccoli 

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chinese new yearHoney Sesame Seed Shrimp

 

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chinese new yearSpicy Eggplant with Minced Pork

 

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chinese new yearSesame Tofu Side Dish

 

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chinese new yearSweet & Sour Fish

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Peking Duck

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Lobster Cantonese

 

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Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat)

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat)

Mixed greens tossed with juicy chicken, crispy apple slices, red onions, blue cheese and crunchy pecans. A fresh and healthy Fuji Apple Chicken Salad inspired by the famous Panera Bread version.

I’ve been holding off on you. After we were in Washington D.C. in Sep we tend to Greek deity at Panera Bread and that i tried their fuji apple salad. Therefore GOOD! So, naturally, I make it after we got home and it absolutely was unimaginable. I like that I don’t need to head bent notice a Panera whenever I purchase the longing for this dish.

But why on earth did I wait farewell to share this recipe?? Well it appears like Sep would are excellent temporal arrangement, what with apple season and every one, however I got all bound up in sweet potato casseroles, glazed hams and homespun candy that I quite forgot regarding it for a unit of time and next factor I knew it absolutely was three days till Christmas and every one I wished to try and do was stuff my face with cookies. However currently it’s January! Dish season! Therefore I do know it’s terrible that I’ve been holding out for thus long but… better late than never right?

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Ingredients

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to half inch thickness
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
6-8 cups mixed greens
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup pecan halves (such as Diamond of California)
1/2 cup gorgonzola or blue cheese crumbles
2 cups apple chips (store-bought or go [url:1]here[/url] for a great homemade version)
1 cup fuji apple salad dressing store-bought (I prefer the one by Lighthouse, it's my fav!) or homemade (click [url:2]here[/url] for a recipe)

Instructions

  1. Season chicken breasts with seasoning salt and cook on both sides for 3-4 minutes each in a greased skillet or pan over medium heat. Cut into pieces and set aside.

   2. In a large bowl toss together mixed greens, tomatoes, sliced onions, and chicken. Sprinkle pecans,         cheese crumbles, and apple chips on top. Serve with fuji apple dressing.


 

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LITHUANIAN VEGETABLE SALAD (DARZOVIU MISRAINE)

LITHUANIAN VEGETABLE SALAD (DARZOVIU MISRAINE)

 

Lithuanian vegetable dish is incredibly like a salad. It’s one amongst the simplest salad’s of its kind, we’ve had. it’s known as darzoviu misraine the manner we tend to created it or it’s referred to as balta misraine if you are doing not embody the beets. You’ll add or calculate vegetables consistent with your style, however, the 2 ingredients that have to be enclosed ar cream and salt.

This Lithuanian vegetable salad dish is often served at temperature or cold aboard any range of main dishes. We tend to enjoyed it with kugela and cabbage rolls as a part of our Lithuanian feast. Enjoy!


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INGREDIENTS

2 medium potatoes, cooked, peeled and diced, about 2 cups
1 medium beet, roasted, peeled and diced, about ½ cup
1 carrots, peeled, cooked and diced, about ½ cup
½ cup peas, cooked
1 small onion, chopped
1 small pickle, finely chopped
1 hard-boiled egg, chopped
1⁄4 cup minced fresh dill
½ cup sour cream
½ teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cook the vegetables first, the potatoes, beets,carrots and peas but make sure to just cook until tender, you don’t want to overcook any of them.
2. Once cool enough to handle, chop the potato, carrots and beets into bite size pieces.
3. All vegetables should be at room temperature when you start mixing them together.
4. Place vegetables, egg and pickle in a large bowl.
5. Sprinkle half the salt and half the dill on the vegetables.
6. Add some freshly ground pepper.
7. Add half the sour cream and stir carefully, taking care not to mash the vegetables.
8. Repeat with remaining salt, pepper, and sour cream.
9. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

 

These elegant smoked salmon pinwheels are perfect if you want to enjoy lox without the bagels for a low-carb, keto appetizer.

I love smoked salmon, especially Nova Lox with cream cheese so this appetizer has my name all over it! This recipe is from the Everyday Ketogenic Cookbook by Carolyn Ketchum. A fabulous cookbook and a great resource for anyone wanting to live a Ketogenic lifestyle.

This recipe Smoked Salmon Pinwheels is perfect to make ahead for a party, keep them refrigerated until ready to serve as they hold up best when chilled. You can make them a day ahead, I think they would also be wonderful with fresh dill.

 

Try this Smoked Salmon Pinwheel Recipe. Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS:

8 ounces thinly sliced cold smoked salmon (I like Nova Lox)

4 ounces 1/3 less fat cream cheese

1/4 medium cucumber, cut into matchsticks

2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion

2 tablespoons capers, drained

1/2 lemon, sliced thin

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on a work surface.
  2. Arrange the slices of salmon in an overlapping fashion to create a rectangle about 6 inches wide by 12 inches long, with one of the longest sides facing you.
  3. Gently spread the cream cheese over the salmon trying not to dislodge any of the pieces. Lay the cucumber along one side of the rectangle about 1/2 inch from the edge.
  4. Using the plastic wrap to guide you, roll the salmon up tightly around the cucumber sticks. Refrigerate until firm at least 30 minutes.
  5. Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into 16 1/2-inch thick slices.
  6. Sprinkle with red onion and capers and serve with lemon slices.

 

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