Rants From My Crazy Kitchen http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:32:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Beef Pot Roast Soup http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/29/beef-pot-roast-soup/ http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/29/beef-pot-roast-soup/#respond Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:32:46 +0000 http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/?p=3223 [read more]
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Tender beef, carrots, onions, and potatoes slow simmered in a low-sodium broth. This Beef Pot Roast Soup is just the thing to warm you up this winter!

Beef Pot Roast Soup

 

I haven’t been doing well at posting new recipes. Too be honest, I’m struggling a little bit with the change to a low-fat, low-salt, no red meat diet since my husbands heart attack a month ago. We have been eating a lot of fish, and pasta with low-sodium jarred sauces (I’ll make my own in the summer when we have fresh grown tomatoes), and of course chicken and turkey, but I haven’t made anything outstanding (except this soup of course) in over a week. I’ve also been slowly using up the red meat I already had frozen. Like less than once a week, that’s the most I’ll cheat on the diet.

In other news, on Sunday morning, January 25th, we found a dog in our front yard. I was able to get it (it was wearing the blue harness in the picture). It’s a boy, no tags. We took it to the SPCA to find out if he had a chip, and he doesn’t. I have posted in several Facebook groups, my personal page, my blog page, and it’s been shared hundreds of times, but no leads. My husband made up flyers and put them around the neighborhood, showed the flyers to several groomers, and the vets office, nothing. Now we are putting a notice in the newspaper. I have to admit after 4 days I’m getting attached! He’s adorable, well mannered, and cries when I leave his sight. Of course my daughter wants to keep him, so if we do find the owner I want it to be sooner rather than later. Feel free to share this photo:

 

Found Dog

 

I had a package of boneless chuck roast in my big freezer downstairs, and it’s been cold and snowing the past few days, so I thought soup sounded good. The problem was I didn’t really have time to defrost the meat, so I decided to just go ahead and start the soup with the beef still frozen. By simmering it for a few hours the beef becomes tender and delicious, even if started from frozen.

Beef Pot Roast Soup

I simmered the whole boneless chuck roast in low-sodium beef broth with nothing else added, then after a few hours removed it to a cutting board and chopped/shredded the meat, removing the fat almost entirely. Then I put the chopped vegetables in the pot, brought it to a boil, reduced the heat to a simmer while adding the beef back to the pot, and let it simmer until the vegetables and beef were tender.

Beef-Pot-Roast-Soup-Close-Up

 

I kept the vegetables simple, but if you want more, peas or chopped tomatoes would be a great addition.

Beef Pot Roast Soup
 
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Tender beef, slow simmered in a low sodium broth makes a delicious, warming soup great for cold winter days.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: Serves 6 or more
Ingredients
  • 2⅓ pounds boneless chuck roast
  • 2 32 ounce cartons no fat, low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped carrots
  • 1 large Russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, slivered
  • black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the beef in a large pot with the broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 1-2 hours (from frozen or fresh), until the beef is tender. Meanwhile, chop the vegetables.
  2. Once the beef is tender, turn off the heat, remove the beef to a cutting board and chop or shred the beef. Add the vegetables to the pot, bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to a simmer, add the beef back to the pot, and simmer until the vegetables and beef are tender. Serve with a salad for a complete meal.

 

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Low Sugar Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apples http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/19/low-sugar-slow-cooker-cinnamon-apples/ http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/19/low-sugar-slow-cooker-cinnamon-apples/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:30:26 +0000 http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/?p=3193 [read more]
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Low Sugar Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apples

I’m stuck in a perpetual winter. No, really, around here it seems like winter starts in October and doesn’t end until almost May. Since it’s only the middle of January, we have quite a bit to go before it starts getting warm and stays warm. During this time, I like to make soups from scratch, chili, and roast, but, more often than not I don’t have the hours it takes to do that. That’s when convenient, all ready put together meals like Marie Callender’s pot pies come in handy. I saw them on a recent trip to Walmart, and they looked good.

Marie Callender Walmart Aisle #ad

I wanted to make a complete meal using the pot pie as the entree, and with a salad to start, but what about dessert? Apples! Apples and chicken (the style of pot pie I chose) go together well, but I didn’t want to make an apple pie. With the golden flaky crust of the Marie Callender’s pot pie, I didn’t want to try to compete with that, and besides I wanted something a bit lighter to round out the meal.

Complete Meal with Marie Callender Pot Pie

 

“Baked Apples? What about in the slow cooker?” I was thinking to myself. It sounded good, but would it still be good using less sugar than would normally be in Cinnamon Apples? The answer is yes, they are! They are a bit more tart than normally, syrupy baked apples, but with an extra sprinkle of brown sugar on top after cooking, they are still sweet and delicious without being loaded with sugar!

I start by slicing up peeled and cored apples and placing them in my slow cooker:

Sliced Apples

 

then covering them in a mixture of apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.

Uncooked Cinnamon Apples

Cook on HIGH for only two hours. About twenty-five minutes after starting the cinnamon apples, I put the chicken pot pie in the oven. While the pot pie was cooking I put together a simple salad, and then just over an hour and a half later dinner was served!

Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie

 

You can find out more about Marie Callender on their Facebook page, visit http://www.mariecallendersmeals.com/ to learn more about their products, and visit http://potpieplease.com  for more great recipes. Marie Callender’s is participating in the Comforts From Home program to help support our troops, you can find out more about the program here http://www.mariecallendersmeals.com/comforts-from-home.

Low Sugar Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apples
 
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Delicious, low in sugar baked apples made in the slow cooker.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 6 Gala or other sweet red apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar, plus additional for sprinking
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Place sliced apples in a slow cooker. In a bowl whisk together apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg; pour over the apples.
  2. Set the slow cooker to HIGH and cook for two hours, or until the apples are soft. Serve in dessert bowls sprinkled with additional brown sugar, if desired.

 

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Victory Pig Sicilian Style Pizza for #SundaySupper http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/18/victory-pig-sicilian-style-pizza-for-sundaysupper/ http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/18/victory-pig-sicilian-style-pizza-for-sundaysupper/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:00:14 +0000 http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/?p=3176 [read more]
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If you’re from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pennsylvania area this copycat Victory Pig Sicilian Style Pizza will bring your back to your roots. If you’re not, read on to learn about one of my favorite Hometown Foods.

Victory Pig Sicilian Style Pizza

 

This weeks #SundaySupper is being hosted by Coleen from The Redhead Baker, and it’s all about Hometown Food! My hometown, Wilkes-Barre, is full of all different cultures, and as you go to the surrounding towns it becomes even more diverse. For this theme I wanted something that is unique to my area, and I thought of Old Forge Style Pizza. Old Forge is about 25 minutes from Wilkes-Barre and full of restaurants with their own style of Old Forge pizza. The problem with this idea was I never really made it to Old Forge all that often, and there weren’t very many recipes for it online. So I changed my plan just a bit.

Victory Pig Copycat Pizza

 

Victory Pig is a local family owned restaurant located in the city of Wyoming, about 20 minutes from me. It’s been there for decades, and everyone in this area knows about it. They are only open 3 days a week, so you know it’s good pizza when they can stay in business for decades with limited hours. This isn’t healthy pizza in any way, shape, or form. When I asked on Facebook what my local friends thought the cheese was and what in the sauce, the best description I got came from my sister, “That’s a hard question to answer. I honestly have no idea what the cheese & sause are because you taste nothing but onions & grease, even if you get the pizza w/out onions. The “essence” of the onions are there. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE THE PIZZA!!” This description is spot on! Sicilian pizza is oily, loaded with carbs, and amazingly delicious. It’s a once in awhile treat, and it’s worth the wait! I suppose I could have tried to make this healthier in some way, but then it wouldn’t be my hometown food. My sister tried my recipe, and said it was great and pretty identical to Victory Pig. The real recipe is well guarded, although there are other copycat recipes out there. 

Sicilian Style Pizza

First, I’ll give you the recipe I came up with, then check out all the other recipes the Sunday Supper Contributors made from their hometown!

Adapted from Parade’s Community Table

5.0 from 1 reviews
Victory Pig Sicilian Style Pizza
 
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Copycat recipe for Victory Pig Sicilian Style Pizza,
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian American
Serves: Serves 6
Ingredients
  • For the dough:
  • 2½ cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm (100-110 degrees) water
  • 2¼ ounce packages active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup olive oil plus additional for coating bowl and pizza
  • For the topping:
  • 1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced into very thin strips about 2 inches long
  • 1 teaspoon white granulated sugar
  • 6 ounces freshly shredded colby jack cheese
  • 4 ounces freshly shredded muenster cheese
  • dried oregano
  • black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add ½ cup of the warm water, then mix remaining ½ cup water with the yeast until foamy; stir into the flour mixture. Stir the flour mixture until moistened, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, adding more flour if needed to keep the dough from becoming sticky. Lightly oil the bowl you mixed the flour in, then place the dough back in the bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let rise for 1 hour.
  2. While the dough rises, prepare the sauce. Put the undrained tomatoes in a bowl and crush with your hands, then add the very thinly sliced onions and sugar and stir. Set aside.
  3. Coat a 17x11 inch or slightly larger baking sheet with the olive oil, adding more if necessary to thickly coat the sides and bottom.
  4. Punch the dough down and hand stretch it as much as possible. Place on the baking sheet and continue to press the dough down until it covers the sheet. The olive oil should have spilled over the top and covered the entire top of the dough, if it doesn't brush with additional. Let rise again for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  6. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the top of the dough, then spoon the sauce/onion mixture on top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, oregano, and black pepper.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
Notes

 

Breakfast

Drinks

Appetizers and Snacks

Main Dishes

Side Dishes

Desserts

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

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11 Delicious Low Fat Casseroles http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/12/11-delicious-low-fat-casseroles/ http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/12/11-delicious-low-fat-casseroles/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:38:38 +0000 http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/?p=3168 [read more]
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Last month I posted in the Facebook group I run asking what round up of recipes my friends and readers would like to see. My close friend Michelle said Casseroles, and I thought it sounded perfect for January. Casseroles are comfort food at it’s best, but let’s face it, they are usually full of fat, even if they are delicious, like my Chicken Pot Pie. What if you could still have that comfort, and have it still be delicious, but low in fat?

11 Delicious Low Fat Casseroles

The thing is, there isn’t really many low fat casseroles out there. I put together this list of recipes that was shared with me, but I also decided that I will have to come up with at least one this year that is low in fat, and yet delicious! I’ve never made a low fat casserole, as a matter of fact I don’t often make casseroles at all. I don’t like very many foods mixed together, and the few I do make are only every few months or so. I think I’ll be trying at least 3 of the recipes below soon, even though they are combined foods, they are my favorite foods, combined! Can you guess which ones?

Main Dishes

Chicken Fajita Quinoa Bake from Two Healthy Kitchens

Stuffed Pepper Casserole from Yummy Healthy Easy

Low Fat Turkey Pumpkin Pasta from It’s Yummi

Easy Mexican Ravioli Lasagna from Two Healthy Kitchens

Mexican Casserole from Life Currants

Skinny Chicken and Broccoli Casserole from Yummy Healthy Easy

Farmers’ Market Overnight Breakfast Egg Casserole from Two Healthy Kitchens

 

Of course, we could all use some new ideas for side dishes, and these are perfect. If you have a convection oven along with your regular oven, any of these can be made in the convection oven, reducing the temperature by 15 degrees and checking often.

 

Side Dishes

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole from Yummy Healthy Easy

Mexican Butternut Squash Casserole from Life Currants

Sweet Potato Casserole from Taste Love & Nourish

Zucchini Casserole from Yummy Healthy Easy

 

They do sound yummy, don’t they? What kind of casserole should I make first? If you would like to join me on my Facebook group, I along with some of my favorite food bloggers share recipes that you’re going to love. It’s open to food bloggers and recipe lovers alike!  Click here to request to be added: My Crazy Kitchen and Friends 

 

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Low Fat Turkey Meatballs http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/09/low-fat-turkey-meatballs/ http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/09/low-fat-turkey-meatballs/#respond Fri, 09 Jan 2015 20:10:17 +0000 http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/?p=3161 [read more]
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Keep all the flavor but lose the fat with these juicy, delicious meatballs that are simple to make and bake in 30 minutes.

Low Fat Turkey Meatballs

 

I really love homemade meatballs. I love meatballs so much someday I will be an Italian grandmother, only I’m not Italian! In all seriousness, I love Italian food so much more than the foods of my German ancestry, I know there has to be Italian in me somewhere. A few years ago I posted my recipe for ground beef/veal/pork meatballs and called it Perfect Meatballs ( and if you want to check them out you get to enjoy some really bad, early photography that I could swear I updated!). I really do love them, but since we are eating low fat these days, and I was making spaghetti, turkey meatballs were called for.

Turkey Meatballs

These are great with low-carb pasta, but would also be great as an appetizer, or as a meatball sub! Serve it with a salad, and you have a complete, balanced meal.

Low Fat Turkey Meatballs

 

I hope you are enjoying these healthier recipes! Next week I’ll be sharing a not so healthy one, cheating once in awhile isn’t all that bad, right?

Low Fat Turkey Meatballs
 
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Lean, flavorful, easy baked Turkey Meatballs
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Cuisine: Italian/American
Serves: 12 meatballs
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon chopped oregano
  • nonstick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl combine ground turkey, rolled oats, onion, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, and egg whites; mix well with your hands. Roll into 12 equal size balls 2-3 inches round. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, turning carefully with a spatula half-way through.

 

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Crunchy Baked Flounder http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/07/crunchy-baked-flounder/ http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/07/crunchy-baked-flounder/#respond Wed, 07 Jan 2015 19:46:32 +0000 http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/?p=3151 [read more]
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Simply seasoned and crunchy baked flounder perfect for weeknights. Serve with steamed vegetables or a healthy salad for a complete meal without a lot of calories.

Crunchy Baked Flounder

My daughter loved fish when she was between the ages of 2 to 4. I’m not talking about the store bought fish sticks most kids like, I’m talking baked flounder, cod, lemon-pepper fish, pretty much any kind except those fish sticks. Just in the past year has she refused to eat any kind, so I was really surprised when I gave her a few choices for dinner the one day and she chose the fish. Then she said “But it has to be crunchy!” Well, alright! I can’t fry fish in oil while watching our diet, but I knew panko breadcrumbs would give the fish a nice crunch even baked.

Crunchy Baked Flounder

I can’t really call this baked flounder “healthy” because I added Parmesan cheese to the panko, and Parmesan cheese has A LOT of saturated fat, but it’s still lower in calories and fat than fried fish. I simply dipped the fish fillets in egg whites, then coated them in panko mixed with parmesan, smoked paprika, parsley, and black pepper. That’s it, so simple, you can have dinner ready in less than 30 minutes.

Baked Crunchy Flounder

The recipe will work with any white fish like cod, haddock, or tilapia.

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Crunchy baked flounder simply coated with a seasoned panko breadcrumb mixture. Ready in less than 30 minutes, makes it perfect for busy weeknights!
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound thin flounder fillets
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup thinly shredded parmsean reggiano
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • ½ tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • nonstick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a shallow bowl, lightly beat the egg whites. In another shallow bowl, combine panko breadcrumbs, parmesan reggiano, smoked paprika, parsley flakes, and black pepper, mix well.
  2. Dip each fillet in the egg, coating both sides, Drip of excess egg, then coat in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the crumb mixture into both sides of the fish. Place the fillets in a large glass baking dish (you may need to use two dishes) sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven for 6-8 minutes per ½ inch thickness of fish, around 12 minutes, or until the flounder flakes easily with a fork.

 

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Light Eggs Benedict for #SundaySupper http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/04/light-eggs-benedict-for-sundaysupper/ http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2015/01/04/light-eggs-benedict-for-sundaysupper/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 11:00:07 +0000 http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/?p=3138 [read more]
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Starting off the new year by lightening up one of my favorite indulgences, Eggs Benedict. This Eggs Benedict recipe is made lighter by using egg whites instead of whole eggs, light English muffins, turkey bacon, and topped with shaved asparagus and a much lighter version of Hollandaise sauce. Enjoy your New Year’s diet!

Light-Eggs-Benedict

 

The first Sunday of the new year brings A Lighter New Year to #SundaySupper, hosted this week by TR of Gluten Free Crumbley. As you may know by now, my husband had a heart attack just a few days before Christmas. That has led to a change in diet for him, and since I’m the cook in the house more times than not, a change in diet and my cooking for all of us. He’s been off of work since, doing fine, but since he’s home he’s eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner here every day. I made these Eggs Benedict for dinner last night, since breakfast for dinner is common around here (I love it!).

Light Eggs Benedict

 

I thought since I was making Hollandaise sauce that some shaved asparagus would be a nice addition. To shave the asparagus, I held each spear flat on a cutting board and used my vegetable peeler to shave the asparagus from the bottom of the stalk up to the tip. Then I steamed the shavings over boiling water for 3 minutes right before assembling the Eggs Benedict.

Shaved Asparagus

 

I don’t like Canadian bacon, which is normally used in Eggs Benedict, so I chose turkey bacon instead. The hollandaise sauce is made with Greek yogurt and cholesterol free mayonnaise instead of typical egg yolks, cutting fat, cholesterol, and calories.  I may have forgotten the Dijon mustard in my hollandaise sauce so if you add it (I recommend it) your sauce will be a little more yellow than mine, but it will have a nice zing to it.

Light Eggs Benedict

 

Before we get to the recipe, let’s see what everyone else is sharing for A Lighter New Year. There is everything from drinks to desserts!

Bright Beverages

Blissful Breakfast Items

Appetizing Starters

Savory Soups and Sides

Marvelous Mains

Delightful Desserts

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.
Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Light Eggs Benedict for #SundaySupper
 
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Eggs Benedict made lighter with egg whites, turkey bacon, light English muffins, shaved asparagus, and a much lighter version of hollandaise sauce.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • For the Light Hollandaise:
  • ¼ cup lowfat (2% milkfat) plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup cholesterol free mayonnaise (made with canola oil)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • For the finished Eggs Benedict:
  • 4 slices cooked turkey bacon
  • 3 stalks asparagus, shaved
  • 2 light multi-grain English muffins
  • 1 cup egg whites or egg replacer
  • nonstick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Prepare the Hollandaise: In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and dill. Stir well and set aside to come to room temperature.
  2. Trim the bottom 2 inches of the asparagus, then shave on a cutting board, stalk laying down, from bottom to tip. Place in a steamer basket, but wait to steam until almost ready to assemble the Eggs Benedict. Bring water to boil in the steamer pot before placing steamer basket on top, cover, and steam for 3 minutes.
  3. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray, cook the turkey bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove to a plate lined with paper toweling, pat off excess grease.
  4. Meanwhile, spray another nonstick frying pan with cooking spray. Cook the egg whites over medium heat stirring often until scrambled and cooked through. Toast the English muffins.
  5. Assemble the Eggs Benedict: Place one half of an English muffin on each plate. Top with a piece of turkey bacon, broken in half, then the scrambled egg whites, shaved asparagus, and finish with a dollop of light hollandiase. Serve immediately.

 

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Top 14 Recipes of 2014 and Year In Review http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2014/12/28/top-14-recipes-of-2014-and-year-in-review/ http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2014/12/28/top-14-recipes-of-2014-and-year-in-review/#respond Mon, 29 Dec 2014 02:27:11 +0000 http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/?p=3131 [read more]
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Another great year of sharing my favorite recipes has come to an end, and wow, what a year it was! From Appetizer Week to Bacon Month, I certainly was busy in the kitchen! Today I would like to share the most viewed recipes of those I made this year. All you need to do to see the recipe is click on the highlighted recipe name. Might I suggest that you really want to check out my number 1 most viewed recipe of the year. Can you guess what it is? Okay, here is a hint, in picture form.

Top Recipes of 2014

The first recipe I shared in January was a Prime Rib Soup I made using the bones from the prime rib I had made for Christmas dinner. Prime Rib is so flavorful that this simple soup doesn’t require much seasoning to make it perfect!

Resized Prime Rib Soup

 

Then, I participated in both #AppetizerWeek and #CocktailDay, and both were so much fun to do. I love making delicious appetizers that everyone loves, and think I nailed it with Hot Crab Rangoon Dip with Sesame Wonton Crisps.  Everyone that tried it thought it was fabulous, with lump crab, cream cheese, and a touch of sriracha, served with crisp fried wontons. All I can say is YUM!

Crab Rangoon Dip with Sesame Wonton Crisps

 

Another great recipe from that week is Jalapeno Cheddar Bites. Like poppers, only with diced jalapenos, these bites are a sure hit (seriously, now I want some!). I may have eaten an entire plate, you know, testing for quality….

Jalapeno Cheddar Bites

 

For #CocktailDay I made what is by far my most favorite cocktail of all time, Bacon Jalapeno Bloody Mary! I tried using some bacon flavored vodka I had bought, but it sucked. It tasted like imitation bacon bits, not bacon, so I decided to make my own flavored vodka, and in one easy step finally perfected my Bloody Mary. To the tomato juice haters: Shh!

Bacon Jalapeno Bloody Mary

Another popular recipe in January was Pan-Seared Lemon Pepper Rainbow Trout. I love seafood, and am thrilled that one of my favorite seafood recipes made the top 14!

Lemon Pepper Trout

In February. I made a different kind of “Parmesan” recipe. Instead of chicken or veal Parmesan, I decided to see how Steak Parmesan would be. The answer is, fabulous! I’m not always a steak lover, but using thin sandwich steaks in the recipe made the steak nice and tender, not chewy, just the way I like it.

Steak Parmesan

 

One of the recipes I had made in January left me with little pieces of provolone cheese, which led to Bacon Provolone Penne Pasta Bake in February. This cheesy, bacon filled pasta is quick and easy to make, just don’t make it too often, or you will get fat!

Bacon Provolone Penne Pasta Bake
A few weeks later, I shared a recipe I’ve been making for years but forgot about over time, Spicy Southern Fried Chicken Strips.  Chicken strips dipped in yogurt then seasoned with a flavorful mixture of flour and spices, these are always a hit in my house.

Spicy Southern Fried Chicken

By March I was looking forward to summer, and thinking about meals that would be great to make during the busy summer days, so I put together a collection of 95 Easy Crock Pot Dinners, with something for everyone. Chicken, beef, pork, even vegetarian recipes are featured!

 95 Easy Crock Pot Dinners

In April I posted my most viewed recipe of 2014, Ham and Cheese Crescent “Roll” Stromboli, which I made for #SundaySupper and we all loved! I used refrigerated crescent rolls as the dough for this easy Stromboli that can be on your table in just over an hour and a half.

Ham and Cheese Stromboli

 

In May I posted the second recipe round-up to make the top 14 for the year, 50+ Quick Summer Dinners. Again, there is something for everyone in this list, including recipes like Veggie Tostadas, Avocados Stuffed with Tarragon Shrimp Salad, and Easy Taco Burgers. Many of these recipes would even be great in the winter!

Quick-Summer-Dinners

Another recipe I shared in May, Easy Garlic Fries, is one of two recipes to make the top 14 that isn’t my own recipe. It came from a cookbook I was sent to review, and sounded great, so I tried it and loved it!

Easy-Garlic-Fries

In June, my husband shared one of his favorite recipes, Polish Coal Miner Piggies (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls- Golabki) for a #SundaySupper Man Food post, and it appears lots of people love them!

Piggies-Stuffed-Cabbage-Rolls

The summer was full of family activities and guest posts from some of my favorite foodies, and then in late August my daughter started Kindergarten. Time flew by and before I knew it, it was November and I was sharing a recipe that would be great for New Year’s Eve, Sweet and Sour Pepper and Olive Dip. Trust me, the kids will love it!

Sweet and Sour Pepper and Olive Dip

I hope you enjoyed reviewing the year with me, and I’ll be back in January with a new focus on healthy recipes, though I’m sure there will be some indulgent recipes, too. Happy New Year everyone!

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Shrimp Scampi with Linguine #WeekdaySupper http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2014/12/23/shrimp-scampi-with-linguine-weekdaysupper/ http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2014/12/23/shrimp-scampi-with-linguine-weekdaysupper/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:00:08 +0000 http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/?p=3123 [read more]
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Quick and easy to make, using leftover cocktail shrimp, this Shrimp Scampi can be on your table in less than 30 minutes. Serve with a salad and crusty bread for a complete meal everyone will love!

Shrimp-Scampi-with-Linguine-Weekday-Supper

 

Sunday Supper Movement

 

Well, I have some news. Beginning in the new year, I’m going to be focusing a lot more on healthy recipes. My 46 year old husband had a heart attack on Saturday, and within an hour was having two stents insterted. The cardiologist is saying there is no damage to his heart, and no restrictions, except to watch his diet and lose weight. Yes, I still love bacon, and eggs, and cheese, and always will. I’m still underweight (and probably always will be), and so is my daughter. But, I do need to eat a lot healthier, too, so it’s going to be a change for the whole family.

Before this happened, I made my favorite Shrimp Scampi recipe. Actually, it was so good I made it twice in two weeks! I got the idea for this a few years ago after a holiday dinner at my house. We always serve cocktail shrimp for an appetizer, and one year we had a lot leftover, so I made shrimp scampi out of it. The trick is not overcooking the shrimp, since they are already cooked when you buy them. Just a minute in the pan of sauteed garlic and onion until they are heated through is all you need! Since it cooks so fast, it is perfect for #WeekdaySupper!

 

Square-Shrimp-Scampi

 

If you are already watching your cholesterol or weight, you can substitute the butter for margarine (I prefer Smart Balance when I use margarine now), use low-carb linguine, and low-sodium chicken broth in place of the wine.

Check out all the other #WeekdaySupper recipes being shared this week!

Monday – Vegetable Pot Pie Hand Pies by Feed Me, Seymour
Tuesday – Shrimp Scampi with Linguine by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Wednesday – White Wine Garlic Mussels by Noshing With The Nolands
Thursday – Hot Brown Pasta Bake by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Friday – Kielbasa Roll Ups by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

 

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Shrimp Scampi with Linguine #WeekdaySupper
 
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Shrimp, a few cloves of garlic, a little onion, good quality butter, and white wine turn simple cocktail shrimp into a savory dinner everyone will enjoy! Serve with whole grain linguine and crusty bread for a complete meal in less than 30 minutes.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound 71/90 count shrimp, tails removed (TIP: tails are easier to remove if shrimp is still partially frozen, finish thawing after removing tails)
  • 1 stick good quality butter
  • 1 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 8 ounces whole grain linguine
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • juice of one lemon
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the linguine for the lowest time indicated on the package directions, drain, and return to the pot, stirring in a few drops of olive oil to keep it from sticking. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Saute the onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute. Pour in the wine or chicken broth and lemon juice. Stir in the parsley and pepper, bring to a simmer. Stir in shrimp and linguine and cook until the shrimp is hot, about 1 minute.

 

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Heart Attack at 46 http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2014/12/20/heart-attack-at-46/ http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2014/12/20/heart-attack-at-46/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:06:24 +0000 http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/?p=3121 [read more]
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This is just a quick note about what’s happening and to be honest most of it is copied from my Facebook status. I just can’t write it out again. I don’t pray, so I wouldn’t dare ask any of you to, but I would appreciate your thoughts at this time.

My husband had a heart attack this morning. He’s 46 years old. He got out of the bathtub saying he didn’t feel good and was having a hard time breathing. Eventually we decided to call an ambulance. Within an hour they were performing a catheterization and inserted a stent. They say that with lifestyle changes he should be alright. He’s in the ICU until at least Monday. I have one more blog post I was scheduled to do before the end of the year, but I might not be able to finish what I had hoped before the new year. I know you all will say not to worry about it, and I’m not, really, but I wanted you to know in case I’m not around for awhile. 

Bernadette and Family

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