Slumbo Gumbo

Let’s Celebrate our Journey with some good ole’ Slumbo Gumbo…by Sunny Anderson
slumbo gumboIngredients
5 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large Vidalia onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon file gumbo powder, plus extra for garnish
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for seasoning
1 (4.5-ounce) can tomato paste
5 cups seafood stock (or 2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice)
1 pound haddock, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 pound shrimp, shells removed, deveined
12 oysters
1 1/2 cups lump crabmeat, picked over
2 tablespoons hot sauce
4 cups cooked rice (brown)
Directions
Heat butter and oil in a 6 to 7-quart stock pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery, pepper, and garlic and saute for 5 minutes, until softened and slightly caramelized. Add gumbo powder, bay leaf, cayenne, paprika, salt, thyme, oregano and pepper and continue cooking, another minute. Add tomato paste and cook until it browns, another 4 minutes. Add seafood stock, bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Right before serving, add haddock and continue to simmer for 5 minutes, then add remaining seafood. Cook another 5 minutes. Add hot sauce, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve over rice and sprinkle with file powder.
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Healthy Meals

Penne Shrimp & BroccoliPenne Shrimp & Broccoli

Ingredients

1 lb frozen shrimp, thawed, peeled and deveined

1 (16 oz) package frozen broccoli florets

12 oz penne pasta, whole wheat

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup onion, chopped

2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. In large skillet, saute garlic and onion in butter, oil and salt until tender.
  3. Add broccoli and cook on medium heat until heated (approximately 6 minutes).
  4. Add shrimp and cook an additional 4-5 minutes, or until shrimp is pink and broccoli is tender.
  5. Stir in pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories:    620
  • Dietary Fiber: 10g
  • Protein: 37g
  • Cholesterol: 190g
  • Carbohydrates: 71g

Recipe courtesy of: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

Oven Baked Chicken

oven baked chicken

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2/3 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cut-up whole chicken (3 to 3 1/2 pounds)

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 425°F. Melt butter in rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches, in oven.
  • 2 Stir together Bisquick, paprika, salt and pepper; coat chicken. Place skin sides down in dish (dish and butter should be hot).
  • 3 Bake 35 minutes; turn chicken. Bake about 15 minutes longer or until juice is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.

Tip…..For Parmesan Oven-Fried Chicken, decrease Bisquick to 1/3 cup and salt to 1 teaspoon, and add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition tip

Serving Size: 1 Serving Calories 350 (Calories from Fat180 ),
Total Fat 20 g (Saturated Fat 5 g,), Cholesterol 100 mg
Sodium 940mg
Total Carbohydrate 10 g (Dietary Fiber 0),
Protein 33 g%

Recipe courtesy of: Betty Crocker

Dinner Made Easy

butter nut squashEasy Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 12 – ounce package refrigerated cubed butternut squash, such as Green Giant brand or Marketside (Walmart brand)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 14 1/2 – ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 12 – ounce can evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • Fresh thyme sprig (optional)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

Directions

  1. Pour contents of the butternut squash package into a 2-quart microwave-safe baking dish with a lid. Add 2 tablespoons water. Cover. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 3 minutes. Stir. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 3 minutes more. Stir again. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) about 2 minutes more or until squash is very tender. Using a pastry blender or potato masher, mash squash.
  2. Meanwhile, in a heavy medium saucepan cook onion in hot butter until tender, stirring frequently.
  3. In a food processor or blender combine cooked onions, mashed squash, broth, evaporated milk, brown sugar, salt, the 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and the white pepper. Cover and process or blend until smooth. Return soup to the saucepan. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until heated through. If desired, garnish with thyme and freshly grated nutmeg.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 4
PER SERVING: 189 cal., 6 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 15 mg chol., 606 mg sodium, 26 g

carb. (3 g fiber, 16 g sugars), 9 g pro.
Recipe courtesy of: DiabeticLiving.com

Grilled Clams with Chorizo by Michael Symon

steam clams and sausageingredients
  • 2 pounds Little Neck or Cherrystone Clams (cleaned)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil (for drizzling)
  • 1/2 pound Dried or Smoked Chorizo (slice into 1/4″ thick pieces)
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Jalapeno (sliced)
  • 4 Garlic cloves (sliced)
  • 12 ounces White Wine
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Parsley Leaves (roughly chopped)
  • good crusty Bread (for grilling)

Instructions:

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. ( the oven for 500 degrees)

Lay out 4 large pieces of foil, doubled up. On each piece of foil, place 1/2 pound Clams, some sliced Chorizo, Tomatoes, some Jalapeno (more or less to taste,) a clove’s worth of Garlic, 3 ounces White Wine, 1/2 tablespoon Butter and a good drizzle of Olive Oil. Season well with Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper. Seal the packages by bringing up all 4 corners then crimping and sealing together

Place all of the packets on the grill with the lid down for 8-10 minutes, or until all of the Clams have opened. Drizzle your Bread with Olive Oil and place it on the grill until it’s heavily marked then set aside. Tear open the packets and serve with the grilled Bread!

Banana Pudding Cake

IN HONOR OF MY MOTHERS 55TH BIRTHDAY…HER FAVORITE IS BANANA PUDDING SO WHY NOT MAKE IT IN A CAKE!!!!

banana pudding cakeCake:
2 sticks butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs + 2 egg whites
3 tsp vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
One 1.34oz box instant, sugar-free banana pudding mix
1 cup milk
Filling: Whisk together the following ingredients and refrigerate until assembling cake (~10minutes).
One 1.34oz box instant, sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
1 1/4 cups skim milk
1 cup Cool Whip (or whipped cream)
To brush on layers: Mix together the following:

1 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbsp skim milk
You’ll also need:

2-3 medium ripe bananas
3-4 cups Cool Whip for frosting
Step 1: Make the cake

Preheat oven to 350 F. Prep three 8″ round pans by lining the bottom only with parchment paper. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in eggs and egg whites, one at a time. Beat in vanilla until well combined.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and pudding mix. Add into wet ingredients in three separate additions, mixing until just combined. Don’t over mix!
Stir in milk until combined. Divide batter and pour into pans. Bake 22-25 minutes or until cake is golden and begins to pull away from sides of pans.
Allow cake to cool 15 minutes in pan. Loosen and remove from pan. Allow to cool another 1-2 hours on a wire rack.

Step 2: Begin layering

Level each cake. Place first layer on cake plate. Brush with a little milk mixture.

Line banana slices on top of cake. Spread 1/3-1/2 of the filling mix on top of bananas.

Place next cake layer on top of filling. Repeat with milk mix, filling, and final layer.

Step 3: Frost

This is the fun part. Frost with Cool Whip and decorate as you wish. I crushed some mini Nilla wafers and spread on top. Then used the wafers along the sides.

Whew! Sounds super complicated, but it was simple to make. You may also want to put some Nilla wafers in between the layers. You know, if you’re feeling extra fancy and decadent.

Very important!!: Store this cake in the fridge

Recipe courtesy of:http://littlebitsweet.co/2013/07/31/banana-pudding-cake/

Lemon Butter Chicken Breast

lemon battered chickenIngredients

6 medium boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
1/3 cup butter
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Hot cooked rice or pilaf (optional)

Directions

1. Place each chicken breast half between two pieces of plastic wrap. Pound lightly into a rectangle about 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick. Remove plastic wrap. In a shallow bowl, combine the flour and salt. Coat chicken breasts with flour mixture. Sprinkle chicken breasts with lemon pepper.

2. In a 12-inch skillet cook the chicken breasts in the hot butter, half at a time, over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes on each side or until brown and no longer pink. Return all of the chicken to the skillet, overlapping chicken breasts slightly. Drizzle lemon juice over the chicken breasts. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes more or until pan juices are slightly reduced. Serve chicken and pan juices over hot cooked rice or pilaf, if desired. Makes 6 servings