Soups and Stews, Uncategorized

Ham and Bean Soup

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I woke up this morning and it went from 73 degree F yesterday to 40 degrees F today. Huge difference. I’ve been cold all day. I decided it’s a soup type day. I put some stuff in my bread machine to whip up some bread. Then I started my beans. I’ve pretty much decided I need some warm comfort food. I want to give you a few tips that you may or may not already know….First off. If you’re like me you may forget to put your beans in the water to sit for that 8 hours. If you do don’t worry, you can still do this. Here’s how:

First you want to put your beans in your stock pot and cover them in water (at least 2 inches above the beans). Put on high to bring to a rolling boil. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the head and cover. I usually let it sit for about 1 or 2 hours and it’s ready to go.

My next tip is adding salt. I encourage you not to add any salt in the beginning at all. Ham hocks can be salty sometimes. If you don’t use low sodium chicken broth you also have that salt content. You would want to let the soup be finished, taste it and then add your salt or it could be inedible. Enjoy this soup ya’ll!

1 1/2 cups dried great northern beans

4 meaty ham hocks

4 cups water

32 oz low sodium chicken broth

1 cup chopped onion

1 1/2 cups chopped carrot

3 cloves minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 bay leaf

Salt to taste

Separate beans to ensure no rocks or twigs, etc. Place into a bowl cover them with cool water. Check on them periodically so they have water in them always.  I let sit for at least 8 hours prior to cooking. Drain water. Place in a stockpot. Add ham hocks, water, celery, onion, carrot, garlic, thyme, pepper, and bay leaf to pot with beans. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer until ham hocks fall apart. Should be about 2 hours. Discard bay leaf and remove ham hocks from soup. Cut meat from bones and put into soup. Add salt as desired.

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Dessert, Uncategorized

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Here’s what I love about these cookies. First off they make like 4 dozen cookies. Secondly, you can freeze them after they are baked. You can pop them in the microwave 30-40 seconds and they taste like they came out of the oven.

Here’s what I hated about the original recipe. It actually calls for two cups of sugar. One cup each of them. Honestly…that’s way too much sugar. I cut it in half ages ago and it still tastes just as good. It’s pretty great to be able to do that.

 

1 cup butter, soften

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 cups quick cooking oats

1 1/4 cup raisins

In a bowl cream butter and sugars together. Beat in eggs. Stir in vanilla. Separately, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir into butter mixture. Stir in raisins. Preheat oven to 375. Using a cookie scoop (small) scoop cookies onto a greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Flatten each cookie with a fork. Using finger tips sprinkle a little sugar on top. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Let cook on wire rack.

Noodles, Uncategorized

Lo Mein

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My husband loves lo mein. Who am I kidding, all my boys love Asian food…lo mein. My idea is to make it healthier. I could have used some egg noodles, but when you don’t have them, you improvise. I used spaghetti noodles.

It’s been a day. I am actually a little upset. First off, we went to look at a house. I walked in and I knew right off I hated the whole house. The next thing Coop calls me at 1230 telling me he needs to come home. I thought he was just being dramatic and really wasn’t sick. I mean yeah, he’s coughing a lot….so I thought I’d tech him a lesson, but he taught me one….that leads us to the next thing. I took him to the doctor and come to find out he needed prednisone. I got him the meds and now I’m waiting for him to stay awake all night now…sigh. The last thing that I have a problem with is that I found out that his teacher made him sit in the hallway because he was coughing. I’m pretty upset, because all I can think of….if he is coughing that  much, CALL ME and let me deal with my child. You have no idea what’s going on with him. I knew he was coughing a lot at night, but I had no idea it was that bad during the day. I’m not sure what I’m going to say yet, but I have to address it.

I box spaghetti noodles or egg noodles

1 bag mixed veggies

1 bag frozen broccoli florets

Sauce:

4 tablespoons soy sauce

4 tablespoons honey (or sugar)

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 to 1 teaspoon sriracha

Cook spaghetti or egg noodles. Cook veggies according to the bag. Mix all the sauce ingredients together and pour with noodles and veggies. Serve.

Chicken, Uncategorized

Asian Chicken Marinade

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Sorry about the quality of the picture. Every where I took the plate, the sun would shine and make the picture look horrible. I eventually just gave up trying to get the picture the way I wanted it. Coop still has a nasty cough. He just sort of lays around, where ever. I feel horrible that he feels so badly still. Honestly, I think he feels fine, but it’s the cough that wears him out. He told me that his teacher made him leave the classroom because he coughed so much that it was bothering the other students who were trying to learn and pay attention.  It bothers me that this happened, because he just can’t help it. He’s so close to his max amount of days missed that he can’t stay home and rest and honestly, he doesn’t need to. He’s feeling fine really.

You really do want to let this marinade 2 to 3 hours. If you don’t it doesn’t have a lot of flavor.   If you baste it, it helps, but not as much as letting it soak in. Just a forewarning.

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoons ginger

4 cloves garlic

1 tablespoons sesame oil

Mix together. Marinade 2-3 hours. Grill.

 

Chicken, Uncategorized

Honey Lime Chicken

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Life Made Sweeter put this recipe on their blog and I really thought I might like to try it.

THANK YOU Life made sweeter! This recipe is AHHHMAZING. Hashimoto’s has caused so many health issues for me and caused me to put on a ton of weight since I had my son. I have been seeing a nutritionist to get myself back in working order so to speak. I’ve lost a little bit, but it really takes time. I like that I’m not restricted and can eat out or have a soda if I choose to. Honestly, I don’t drink any soda really. Every once in a while I do, but it keeps me up all night if I drink them now. I used to drink nothing but soda. Now things are different, but I’m still struggling with certain areas of my journey. I’ll get there, but it feels like it’s taking an eternity. I find it a huge struggle when we’re running to appointments, or driving 3 hours just to get to an appointment. I need to step my game up. In the last year I’ve taken care of everyone else, I really need to focus on me for just a short period…I just need to feel good again!

1 lb chicken breasts

salt and black pepper to taste

3 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 lime

1/3 cup honey

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1/2 Tablespoon finely chopped cilantro

 

Seasonings:

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon chili powder leave out if sensitive to spice

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Spray a large sturdy baking sheet with cooking spray or for easier clean-up, line with parchment paper or heavy-duty foil.

Place the chicken on the prepared baking sheet. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, lime juice, honey, sesame oil, and cilantro together. Drizzle 1/3 of the sauce over the chicken.

Bake for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the seasonings in a small bowl and set aside.

After 20 minutes, remove baking pan from the oven, flip the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with seasonings and drizzle sauce over chicken (reserve 1 teaspoon for the end).

Return the oven back to the pan and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or once the chicken is cooked through and has reached an internal temperature of 165ºF.
Drizzle the chicken with additional sauce and turn the oven to broil for 1-2 minutes, until the chicken has a nice brown color (watch closely so the chicken does not burn).
Sprinkle with chopped cilantro or parsley, if desired and serve hot.
Breakfast, Uncategorized

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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It’s a day over here. I’ve had a lot up my sleeve for the day. I made these muffins, I cleaned up a little, I have a paper due, I had to register for next semester, plus my little niece is in town. I got everything done. I’m pretty proud of that.

I was able to spend the day with my little niece on Monday. It was  a great surprise that she came up. I didn’t have any idea they were coming. I had bought her some little outfits. She wore one of them the day we went shopping. She looked so cute. I was really disappointed it rained, because we went to Cherokee. I wanted to get some pictures of her there, but well the rain ruined it. I found her some little moccasin’s. She has chubby little feet, so it’s been hard to find shoes she’d leave on or that actually will go on her feet. She’s worn them the last few days and seems to be leaving them alone. I am betting she probably just didn’t like the shoes they had been putting on her. They might be hurting her feet. We took the kids to lunch at Pizza Inn. Lord help us….it’s a dieters nightmare to go there. It was good though.

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup mashed bananas

3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl  mix eggs, oil, vanilla, buttermilk, and bananas. Add to flour mixture. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from muffin tins and let cool.