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Pork Chili Verde

An oldie, but goodie. Was looking for something hearty, satisfying and healthy to serve at a large dinner and came across an old recipe my mother sent my way. If you’re intimidated by the fresh jalapeno for fear of spice, cut to just 1 (original recipe called for 3 to 4, was too much for me). The chili was a crowd favorite. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

3 lbs Boneless Pork Loin* (cubed)  *I prefer pork shoulder – the extra fat leads to a richer/soupier chili.

1 Cup Cilantro (chopped and lightly packed)

1 onion (chopped)

3 cloves garlic (minced)

2 Tbs black pepper

2 Large fresh jalapeno (diced)

1 4oz can diced jalapenos

1 4oz can diced green chilis

1 tea sea salt

Instructions:

Put all ingredients together in heavy pot/dutch oven. Bring to a boil, cover, lower heat to low and simmer for 2.5 hours. If using pork loin, may need to add water or chicken broth if looking dry.

Serve with tortillas, avocado, limes, extra jalapeno, sour cream, hot sauce – whatever you’d like! I also served with Cilantro-Lime Rice and a sweeter salad to take the heat off the chili.

Chimichurri, goes with EVERYTHING

I’m a sauce kind of girl. I was in search of a condiment that would work with different grilled/broiled proteins and discovered this recipe for Chimichurri. It is phenomenal on steak, chicken, halibut, shrimp and even scrambled eggs! Enjoy….

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of GOOD olive oil
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice
  • ½ cup cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of dry oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of red crushed pepper
  • Salt to taste (use good salt, and use a lot)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients. I put them all in a food processor – saves time. Best if refrigerated for at least an hour before serving, to let the flavors meld. Keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Found this Recipe at: 40 Aprons

Cooked carrots have MORE nutrients? What?

Tonight for dinner we ate Lemon Basil Chicken Speedies, red quinoa and cooked carrots. I was rather pleased with myself as I watched my family devour the meal – I had tweaked something slightly and given them more nutrients!

I’ve always believed, as I’m certain many of you have, that cooking carrots (or most veggies) would LOWER the nutritional content. Turns out, I was dead wrong. As a gift, a friend gave me the book “Eating on the Wild Side” by Jo Robinson (Eating on the Wild Side – Amazon.com) which I’m half-way through. This book is changing the way I shop for, store and cook fruits and veggies with slight tweaks, not a full overhaul on how we eat today.

So far, I’ve learned that canned artichoke hearts are super healthy (I’ve always assumed they were a “treat” vegetable), that cooked berries are better for you than raw (bring on the blackberry cobbler) and that if you cut garlic and then let it sit for 10 minutes you increase its cancer fighting capabilities.

I consider myself well-informed when it comes to healthy eating. Reading Robinson’s book has been refreshing, eye-opening and fun. Enjoy!

Whole Roasted Chicken

It may seem odd to post a recipe for a whole roasted chicken in the dog days of summer. However, my youngest wanted the chicken at the store and I wanted Green Chili Enchiladas (I use the left-over chicken the next day for my enchiladas, which will be posted tomorrow). So, it worked out.

Ingredients:

  1. Whole Free Range Roasting Chicken
  2. Olive Oil
  3. 3 T Garlic Salt
  4. 1.5 T Dried Rosemary
  5. 1.5 T Dried Thyme
  6. 1.5 T Dried Sage
  7. 1/3 cup dry vermouth

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove packet on inside of chicken, either set aside for making stock or throw away. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Using your hands, coat outside of chicken with Olive Oil. Then rub chicken all over with the garlic salt, rosemary, thyme and sage. I also rub the inside of the chicken cavity with the spices.

Place chicken spine up on a roasting pan and put in oven. Cook for 45 minutes, flip chicken over and drizzle dry vermouth over chicken breast. Put back in oven and cook another 45 minutes. Chicken is done when the liquid at the leg joint runs clear when cut with a knife. Let rest 10 minutes and then carve.

Enjoy.

Black Bean Chili

Great weeknight meal. It is healthy, quick and filling. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

I bag (16 oz) dried black beans, rinsed

2 Cups crushed tomatoes

1 Large Onion, chopped

1/2 bell pepper (any color), chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Cumin

1 Tablespoon Oregano

3/4 Tablespoon Paprika

1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1 teaspoon sea salt

*Optional chopped fresh jalapeno

Directions:

Boil beans in large pot with plenty of water for 1.5 hours (check on them to ensure there is enough water during the boiling process as it evaporates). Drain beans, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Saute onion, pepper, garlic and jalapeno in olive oil until just soft. Add everything else except beans and cook on low for 20 minutes. Add beans, stir and serve!  I serve with either cornbread or pan-fried Polenta.

Clean Living Pancakes

I am a parent that makes breakfast for their kids every morning. We don’t do a lot of cereal – we do omelets, pancakes, waffles, french toast. We tried crepes, they hated them. What has been interesting about this daily event in our kitchen; I have chosen a culinary life where I do not eat 99% of what the rest of the family consumes. In an effort to enjoy a Sunday morning breakfast, not smoothie, I went in search of a clean “pancake”. I found one, tweaked it, and now LOVE it. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 whole egg

2 egg whites

1/4 c uncooked rolled oats (if you used old-fashioned oats, soak them in the above egg mixture for 15 minutes before you cook)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 small ripe banana, mashed into a paste

1 teaspoon coconut oil

2 teaspoons organic pure maple syrup

Directions:

Combine egg, egg whites, oats, vanilla, cinnamon, bananas in a bowl and mix well. Melt coconut oil in non-stick pan, pour in egg/oat mixture. Cook on medium heat until pancake is able to be flipped (moves easily in pan as one unit). Serve with the syrup!

Cilantro-Lime Rice

I found this one on Pinterest. I changed a few ingredients to make it cleaner. It is amazing with fish tacos!

Ingredients:

2 Cups Vegetable Stock (I use “Better than Bouillon” Vegetable)

1 Cup Brown Rice (Quick cook brown rice by Trader Joes)

1 Large lime, zested and juiced

3 cloves garlic, crushed (use a garlic press)

2 Tbs Olive Oil

1 Pinch red pepper flakes

1 large handful fresh cilantro, finely chopped.

Directions:

Cook the rice with the chicken stock. While the rice is cooking, combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Once the rice is done cooking, let sit for 5 minutes, pour the bowl of goodies over the rice and mix well. Serve!