All posts filed under: veggies……

Chicken pot pie

The weather is getting colder and things you would never eat in the summer become a fixation, chicken and dumplings, pot roast, and of course chicken pot pie. You can prep this the day before and bake the next day. It is a dish packed with flavor and good stuff. The trick for this pie is chopping everything into small pieces. The chicken can be chopped into large bitesize pieces. You can use roll out dough or make your own pie crust. I make the chicken kale gravy to top it with….see previous post.  Pie crust you need a top and bottom  1 cup frozen peas 2 carrots 1 potato 2 celery 1/2 large onion 2 chicken boobs (no skin or bones) 1/2 cup sherry (optional, but taste better with it) 1 tablespoon flour 1 cup chicken stock or broth ( or the entire can)  Teaspoon salt Pepper….. Some, not too much Heat oven to 350, cut vegetables into small pieces and chicken into big bite hunks. Place into large bowl, add peas, sherry, flour, …

Lemon broccoli stir fry with basil

Man with a name like that it sounds complicated. This is one of those times I cheat…..rarely, but it does happen from time to time. The flavor is great and only takes a few minutes to prep and about fifteen to cook. Plus it has four ingrediants. Ready? Set……  1 bag frozen broccoli stir fry ( I used PicSweet) it should have celery, peppers, peas, onions and broccoli 1 small broccoli crown cut into florets  2 tablespoon lemon flavored olive oil 6 basil leaves chopped In a skillet heat lemon olive oil, add raw broccoli and stir a few minutes then add frozen package. Chop basil. Turn the heat up to medium high, stirring every so often. About ten minutes add basil and cook a few more minutes. If you want you can cover it to make softer vegetables. I like mine with some crunch. That is it!  This was a great, quick easy side dish packed with tons of flavor.  As always we hope you enjoy.

Zucchini stew

Oh my, it is summer garden time and that means tons of zucchini. Wether you have it or not someone you know has it. If it is your neighbor there will come a time you start to close the shades when you see that bulging bag heading your way; or not. Grilled, fried, baked, or boiled, breaded, made into bread, fried cakes, pickles, are just several ways to prepare the little green thing. I am always scratching my head to think of something new. And by George I found it. Hope you like it.  1 medium  zucchini or twosmall ones  1 can stewed tomatoes 1/2 medium onion 1 bell pepper Wash and cut the ends off of the squash, cut lengthwise in half and again one more time. Then cut across making large bite size pieces shaped like triangles……more or less. Cook squash in some boiling salted water until almost done. Drain water off and leave zucchini in that pan. Add stewed tomatoes, chopped onion and chopped bell pepper. Put a lid on it and …

Black bean salsa Texas style

Summer is here and salsa, any kind of salsa is a poolside, picnic, patio treat. I will post a few to add too or eat alone with vegetables or chips, even fish, chicken or pork. This recipe has a little twist to it adding flavor and a full vegetarian feeling. So much flavor you might even want to double the batch. This is a single recipe, good for a few folks. 1 can black beans drained 1 can whole kernel corn drained 1 can black eyed peas drained 1 bunch cilantro, washed and chopped: I use about 3/4 of the bunch 3 green onions finely chopped 1 jalapeño, viened and seeded chopped fine 1/2 bell pepper chopped 1-2 limes squeezed around  1/4 cup juice 1 package taco seasoning mix, or your favorite taco spices use 1 tablespoon to start then add more according to taste 2 Roma tomatoes chopped 1 cup of queso fresco cheese, broken up into pieces Maybe some salt In a large bowl mix everything together but the cheese and tomatoes. Place …

Stuffed peppers with ground turkey

Trying to eat healthy…… For the most part always. Ground turkey has fewer calories than beef and a good source of protein. I buy the ground turkey I can see, not in the sausage type packaging. That turkey is just weird. You can mix this with leftover rice, white or brown even quinoa for a more healthier meal. This meal takes about an hour to prep and bake but it is well worth it.  4 bell peppers tops cut off and seeds, membranes removed, (save one top, chopped into pieces) 1 pound ground turkey 1 cup leftover white or brown rice, quinoa or other cooked grain 1/2 onion chopped  1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 1 small can tomato sauce (I think 5 oz) Grated parimisian cheese to top  Water Cook turkey in large skillet, add chopped onion at some point and the chopped up part of one of the pepper tops. Add seasoning and salt. Place cored peppers in large cooking dish with high sides. Add enough water to come up half way …

Sausage and peppers

      We do potluck  from time to time at our church. This time they came up with an Italian theme…..what to make besides spaghetti and lasagna? Sausage and peppers……oh yeah. Very easy, not too much time and I made extra so we could have it for dinner as well. I will reduce to amounts so it feeds two to four…..so this picture is an illusion. Haha. You can omit the pasta if you are looking for a lower carb dinner, and or use vegetarian sausage or chicken for fewer calories. The amounts show 1-2 peppers of different colors, use any combination or all of one kind. The variety adds beautiful color to the meal. 1 package Italian sausage cut into hunks 1 tablespoon olive oil 1-2 green pepper 1-2 yellow pepper 1-2 orange pepper 1/2 large onion 1 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 4 Roma tomatoes Grated parmigiana cheese for top You can add pasta and some canned tomatoes if making for a crowd or you need more food for the family. Cut …

Greek style asparagus 

Spring is here and so is the grass…..we pick ours daily, forcing us to be creative with cooking methods. When making the Greek chicken I came up with this version of asparagus too. It is wonderful!  Grill pan Lemon flavored olive oil ( or lemons and olive oil)  A bunch of cleaned and trimmed asparagus 1-2 teaspoons Greek seasoning Plain Greek yogurt 1 cup 1/2 lemon squeezed 1/4 teaspoon dry mint crushed 1/4 teaspoon dry dill crushed Heat grill pan, place grass in a bag or a flat dish and toss with olive oil. Sprinkle 1/2 Greek seasoning, mint and dill on and toss. When pan is hot place grass on and cook, tossing once in awhile so it does not burn. In a bowl mix yogurt and the other half of Greek seasoning. Put in refrigerator and save for later. When grass is tender and cooked for your desired doneness, squeeze lemon juice over it. Serve on a plate with the yogurt sauce on the side.    As always we hope you enjoy If …

Greek style chicken with fennel and yellow squash

I love cooking with fennel, such a great vegetable that can be used in so many ways. It adds crunch and flavor to an already tasty dish.     1/2 cup olive oil 4 chicken boobs pounded  pretty flat 1-2 teaspoons Greek seasoning 1 fennel bulb, cleaned and sliced 2 yellow squash sliced thin 1/2 small purple onion sliced thin 1/2-1 cup Klamata olives Salt to taste 2 heads of garlic (do not peel) broken into cloves Juice of 1 lemon In a braising type pan heat up olive oil. Put cloves of garlic in, place lid on pan. Shake once in awhile to make sure they do not burn. Cook until garlic is tender and outside is slightly brown. Remove from oil and save for later. Place chicken breasts in hot oil and cook. Turning only once, add prepared vegetables, salt, seasoning and put the lid back on. Cook ten minutes or until fennel has soften. Remove lid and add olives flipping chicken over again at this time. Squeeze out the garlic from the cooked …

Broccoli beef 

Yep, I am a leftover queen……hey that should have been the name of my blog. I really dislike throwing food away so I come up with meals that do not taste like yesterday’s dinner. This was one of those recipes. Super easy, you just need to have all the stuff on hand. I served this with white rice, brown rice would work well too.     Left over steak, roast, venison, or buy a smaller lean steak and slice thin Broccoli washed and cut into larger than bit size pieces 1/2 small onion chopped finely Hoisin sauce 3 oz or half a 7 oz jar 2 tablespoons soy sauce aka bug juice 1 tablespoon corn starch 2 teaspoons fish sauce ( in oriental section of grocery store)  1/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger 1 teaspoon sugar 1 1/2 cup water 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil ( you can omit this if you want)  Toasted Sesame seeds for garnish In a skillet heat vegetable oil up and place chopped onion in hot oil. Cook …

Mom’s fried rice

Our mother has been gone for many years, however certain things she cooked and how she did it live on forever. Fried rice was a family favorite….I would say we had it several times a month. Mostly after a roast or some type of leftover meat.  She would take the left over meat and make an entire new meal out of the remaining meat….which was never enough to feed a family of five. This is a great healthy meal that the entire family should wolf down. Meat…..about 1-2 cups any kind of left over cooked meat. I have not used fish though. Cut into bit size pieces 4 pieces of bacon (more if you want) cut into pieces 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped celery   About 4 stalks sliced diagonally  1 cup sliced on the diagonal carrots or 3-4 carrots 2 cups cooked rice (leftover rice works perfect for a fast meal)  Soy sauce. Aka bug juice You can add frozen peas, hard boiled eggs, sesame seeds, bamboo shoots, watercress, or cabbage. This …