Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chicken Lasagna

I recently came across a recipe for pasta shells stuffed with chicken and cheese. While that recipe sounded like too much work, to me, it got me thinking about another idea. Thus, unfolded the Chicken Lasagna recipe here! We loved this, and decided the recipe is definitely a keeper.

chicken, broccoli, cheese mixture

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cuban Tacos

We loved these tacos that I made last night, so I am sharing the recipe! I prepared them with pork since the recipe idea I started with called for pork; however, I think we will try white chicken breast next time--or, maybe fish!
some of the ingredients I started with




Ingredients - 2 to 3 servings

  • ⅓ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ¾ lb. boneless lean pork or chicken
  • 7 oz. black beans, rinsed and drained - I used half a can, then put the rest in a freezer container and froze them; if you want to use dry beans, soak about ⅓ cup in water overnight, then rinse and boil to desired doneness. 

Toppings:

  • Fresh jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • Pineapple tidbits - I use natural juice; no sugar added. Since I used a can of chunks, rather than tidbits, I cut them into smaller chunks.
  • Fresh arugula
  • Fresh tomato, diced
  • ¼ small red onion or 2 to 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Goat cheese
  • Avocado slices, optional - depending what you prefer (or, have on hand), I suggest avocado or goat cheese. I did not have any avocado, so I decided to try goat cheese; it was an excellent combination with the pineapple and arugula!
  • Soft whole-grain corn tortilla shells



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Easy Way to Cut Up an Avocado

I read this hint recently, and I tried it last night. It worked very well, so I am sharing the idea! If you dislike peeling and slicing avocados, you will probably appreciate this suggestion.



Step 1
Slice the avocado in half.


Step 2
Remove the pit. I did this by inserting a sharp knife into the pit, and then pulling it out.

Step 3
Make slices horizontally and vertically along both halves. Cut all the way through the avocado, although do not cut all the way through the skin. The cut pieces came out a bit larger than they looked, so I suggest making the cuts close together--unless you want big chunks. I made the cuts closer together when I cut the second half, and the pieces were still a good size.

photo of the first half I cut
Step 4
Use a spoon to gently scoop under the avocado meat and scoop the chunks out of the skin.

photo of the cut chunks from the second half
when I made the cuts closer together

Voila ~ Perfectly cut avocado pieces with no mess! I love this idea, and hope that you find it helpful, too.