Lemon Basil Chicken

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This chicken is meant to be grilled. I don’t have a BBQ grill, so I just grilled on my Panini grill. You can also grill in a pan, or on a grill plate on your stove. This chicken was full of flavor. So yummy! Pretty much anything with basil and lemon goes on my recipe rotation. I have a big binder full of recipes that I want to try eventually. I am sure this recipe would be much better with fresh basil, but I only had dried on hand so that is what I used and it was still yummy! You can couple this with a variety of side dishes: salad, rice, broccoli, veggies, etc.   What you need: 1/4 cup olive or canola oil 2 TBS lemon juice 1 TBS red wine vinegar 1 TBS dried basil 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced 1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper…

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Slow Cooker Mango Chicken Tinga

Slow Cooker Mango Chicken Tinga

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This dish was on my “to make” rotation for a while. I was unsure how it would turn out, but it was a CrockPot meal and I wanted to try it. It actually was pretty tasty! I am always on the look out for easy recipes that are dairy-free for my husband. I found the recipe on the Better Homes and Gardens website. It didn’t have a picture with the recipe so I was unsure how it would turn out, but it doesn’t look too bad – perhaps a yellow plate was a poor choice.   What you need: 1 sweet onion, cut into small wedges 1 mango, seeded, peeled, and diced 2 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breast 3 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 – 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained 1 – 14.5 oz can reduced-sodium…

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Pasta with Broccoli Cream Pesto

Pasta with Broccoli Cream Pesto

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This sauce is yummy. It really does taste like broccoli, so if you are not fond of broccoli this recipe is not for you. The texture was nice and it came together easily. I found the original recipe on pinterest which was pinned from Smitten Kitchen by a lady I follow. What you need: 1/2 pound of broccoli 1/2 pound pasta (I chose spaghetti) 1 TBS unsalted butter 1 TBS olive oil 1/2 small onion, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon table salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 5 TBS heavy cream 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese What you do: Boil a large pot of water for your pasta. Meanwhile, chop broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Steam your broccoli for 5 to 6 minutes. You can do this over your pasta water, or use a steamer, or do so in the microwave. Whatever works. Drain and set aside. Cook pasta until…

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Tomato Pasta Soup

Tomato Pasta Soup

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I found this recipe originally from the July 2012 Rachel Ray Magazine. It was easy to make and fast. A must try. I am sure you could use any pasta you wanted, but I liked the texture and shape of the called for ditalini pasta. The flavor was good, you definitely taste the tomato which makes sense since the name of the recipe is Tomato Pasta Soup. What you need: 1 cup minced celery 1 cup minced carrot 1 cup minced onion 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil 4 cups vegetable broth 15-oz can tomato puree (I used Huntz brand found at Wal-Mart) 2 cups ditalini pasta (the little ones, they look like a straw cut into little pieces) salt and pepper 1/2 cup shredded/graded Parmesan cheese (to top) What you do: In a large pot, cook veggies in the olive oil until tender. (about 10 or so minutes) Add…

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Asian Sticky Chicken

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What you need: 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 3 cloves garlic, minced 1” fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1/2 teaspoon pepper 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless. (I was out of chicken breasts, so we used tenderloins) What you do: Combine all ingredients in a resealable bag and marinate at room temperature for about 20 minutes or all day in the refrigerator. (I did about 3 hours in the refrigerator and it was perfect) You can cook the chicken however you like. We grilled the chicken and it turned out great. We don’t have a BBQ grill, so we just used our electric griddle. But you can also cook it in a pan for about 4 minutes on each side until cooked through. It has an amazing flavor. We also made a little balsamic salad to eat on the side, which…

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Lasagna Crock Pot Soup

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This slow cooker meal is comfort food at its best. It calls for dried herbs which you probably already have in your cupboard. Have you tried freeze-dried herbs yet? You can use those in this recipe also, they are delicious. You can use leftover ground beef in this recipe really easily as well. This lasagna slow cooker soup can be made on either low or high in your Crock Pot and both turn out great. What You Need: 1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste 3 cups of beef broth 1/2 lb. ground beef 4-5 cloves of garlic 1 Tbs dried parsley 1 Tbs dried basil 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 cup V8 juice (or any other vegetable juice) 1/4 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp salt 2 cups uncooked pasta shells ( I used big ones, you can use mini or small) 1 cup water Optional:…

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