Bacon wrapped Chicken breast

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These are one of my children’s favorites dishes! And so easy to prepare…..

All you will need is:

  • Chicken breast (the recipe uses 1 breast cut in half)
  • sliced Bacon ( I use a 10 oz package)
  • EVO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • Salt or an herbed salt     find some herbed salt recipes here
  • Herbs (optional)

Cut the chicken breast in half and cut out any bone or cartilage in the chicken breast keeping the halves intact.

Cut each half chicken breast almost in half from the back, the side that is least smooth.

Sprinkle the opened half chicken breast with salt, or an herb salt of choice and/or you can add herbs, rosemary, sage, thyme, fresh or dried if you like.

IMG_1356*I use only uncured, no sugar, no additive containing bacon and buy over the counter chicken breasts, I try to avoid as much processed, packaged products possible.

Cut a strip of bacon in half and place on top of the salted area and fold the breast back together.

Wrap each half chicken breast with as many slices of bacon needed to cover, 4 or 5 usually.

Sprinkle with a little more salt and a little EVO.

Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish and cook in preheated oven, 350°F for 40-50 mins.

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Turn the breast halves a couple times while cooking so the bacon crisps on all sides.

When they are done cooking let stand for 5 minutes to cool before cutting.

I usually cut the chicken breasts while still in the baking dish so the meat soaks up some of the juices.

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This is great with any side dish, mashed cauliflower, roasted carrots, salad, applesauce, you name it, we love it!

 

Buon Appetito!

Boots Bubbles & Bling

The Tower Club Dallas held a ALS Charity Event,  “BOOTS, BUBBLES & BLING”.  A special evening above the lights of the city featuring Live Music, Dancing, and other Special Entertainment, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and tempting sampler dishes, premium bar, poker and silent auction & raffles!!

~”Polish your boots, throw on your best denim and don’t forget those diamonds because Tower Club promises a night of fun while benefiting a worthy cause.”~

Tickets for the event were pre-purchased at $45 per person or $80 per couple. (Sponsorship opportunities were also available.)

Thanksgiving Tower, 48th Floor 1601 Elm Street

The event was a lot of fun! As always the view of the city, spectacular!

*A special Thanks to Valerie and Tom! <3

 

Taverna @DineTaverna

TAVERNA ~ Dallas, TX

I really enjoyed my brunch at Taverna. First off, I appreciate the “fresh squeezed” Orange Juice, immensely! Yes $6 might be a high price but when you are used to real orange juice, you squeeze your own oranges at home, you hate concentrate or any bottled so called orange juices not only for their awful taste but for all the junk they are made of and how bad they are for you, it is so nice to go out for Brunch and enjoy a freshly squeezed orange juice! So here you see, I really appreciate a restaurant that uses real – fresh -ingredients and serves freshly squeezed orange juice, thank you Taverna!

The atmosphere at Taverna is allegra, the inside dining area showed tables of Saturday morning Brunchers, a couple tables with balloons noticeably celebrating birthdays, the room was full but cozy. The brick walls, the open kitchen and bar give the atmosphere a warm feeling, typically Italian :) The waiters are very polite, professional and friendly. The front of the restaurant opens in a very European style where customers can enjoy eating alfresco and furry friends are comfortable.

I ordered the Chef’s (oven baked ) Frittata; shrimp, arugula, white onion, toasted baby heirloom tomatoes with avocado a delicately delicious combination! Jeff ordered “Eggs Any Style”, scrambled with ham and breakfast potatoes and was very happy with his meal also.

We were delighted to have been offered a few slices of their San Daniele, Prosciutto Crudo, it was delicious, I was impressed :)

All of the ingredients in the food were very fresh and natural tasting. The Lunch and Dinner Menus are inviting, typical Italian plates and a nice variety to choose from, including Gluten Free Menus :)  Which leaves me with the intention of coming back again!

Buon Appetito!

Chicken salad

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I love roasted chicken and when I wind up with left overs I make Chicken Salad!
I really don’t measure my ingredients, depending on how much chicken I have I toss it all together,

Ingredients:

  • Chicken, skinned, boned and chopped into cubes or small pieces.
  • Celery, chopped, I like my salad loaded with celery!
  • Onion, white, yellow, red, use what you have!
  • Green Onion, gives a great taste, yes, use it along with another onion above!
  • Mayonnaise , this is my recipe, it is super easy and quick and there is NO comparison to the store bought junk!
  • Dijon Mustard, use just a little to give a twist of flavor, (optional).
  • Salt & Pepper, I usually season the chicken before i mix the ingredients together, just a dash or two.

*It’s as easy as that! It only needs a few hours to settle and cool in the fridge.

I love my Chicken Salad topped with hemp seeds or a little gommasio, on greens such as spinach, kale or served in endive leaves.

*In my cover photo, fresh spinach and steamed baby broccoli.

Buon Appetito!

Dulce de Moka

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I’ve had a sore throat for a few weeks now, during these few weeks I was prescribed an antibiotic which didn’t do the trick. I am gargling with lemon juice in the morning now and talk about sting!

Drinking soothes my throat. I was in poor me mode, my throat hurts, my ears hurt and I really wanted something soothing…. and sweet. I don’t do juices or other “drinks”, smoothies too are meals for me not beverages. Water and green tea are my daily hydration and thirst quenchers. I enjoy my morning espresso macchiato from my Bialetti Moka with almond or hemp milk. After my morning ritual of oil pulling, lemon juice gargling and my aloe & maca powder water concoction, this is where my day starts and my espresso need ends.

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Back in Italy caffè is a tradition. Cappuccino or caffè latte for breakfast, un caffè after lunch and one after dinner, macchiato, with milk, cream or even ice cream! Corretto, with a drop or 2 (or 3) of liquor or wine, sometimes used as an amaro or digestive. Un caffè, which means “un espresso”, can also be and for most Italians is, a break time, luxury, sport, appointment date, spiritual moment of relax, late night study caffeine boost,  a sort of scape goat from anxiety, a daily ritual by many believed a wholesome addiction, coffee is healthy right? Habits that can take to an outstanding number of espressos a day!  Below are some fun reads, explanations and examples of Italian caffè syndrome.

An Italian Family Tradition

My Coffee Hell

So, getting back to poor me, my sore throat and sweet tooth, I had an idea!

I’d tried Starbuck’s Frapuccino, once with my son and sincerely, it didn’t really turn me on. At first that sweet chocolatey moka flavor….. but there was a terrible aftertaste, plus knowing what they are made of, their cost AND the brain and chest freeze I got from it.No thanks.

5 Ways To Get Sabotaged at Starbucks

To sum it up this was my excuse to a sweet tooth that led to the making of my,

“Dulce de Moka”.

Recipe

In a blender crush;

  • 4 cubes ice,

add the following and blend.

  • 1 Moka of caffe’ (da 1 tazza/small size Moka, 1 espresso)
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted, halved and soaked until soft
  • 3/4 c  organic coconut mylk (I use this brand)

Joe, you will love it!! XO

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Cin Cin!

 

 

 

 

Smoked, raw & toasted

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Usually I have a title for my blog. I mean, I know what I am going to write about, what I want to share, what I have cooked, learned, enjoyed and all of this comes together as some sort of label or explanation or description, but this time it took me a moment or maybe I had a moment! It was probably due to the thought of posting a the photo of my dinner on Instagram and thinking of how to label it or describe it in few words. At the time smoked, raw & toasted didn’t come to mind, rather, the five ingredient dressing was giving me hashtag anxiety so to make it all a little easier (?) let me just blog it, (since its been awhile) …..this is a description of my dinner.

“Smoked”, a favorite, “Raw” a curiosity  and  “Toasted”, the perfect ending.

“Smoked”

       I really like Whole Foods Smoked Chicken. I usually go to Whole Foods to do my grocery shopping every couple weeks. Sometimes I will even just go for lunch on a Saturday or just for an ingredient, but it seems that every time I go lately I pick up some of their Smoked Chicken.

Below is the 1/2 Smoked Chicken I bought today.

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“Raw”

My salad, spinach and frisse’ leaves topped with a  super special dressing I have been so curious to try! I watched FullyRawKristina’s 9 year Birthday video and discovered her world. FullyRawKristina’s salad dressings sounded delicious, she describes them so well, she  got me curious and hungry enough to try them out!

link here; http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rawfully+organics+9+yr+

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I tried Kristina’s Peach, tomato, bell pepper, avocado & basil dressing.  I halved the recipe and it made 3/4 pint of dressing, enough for a few salads this week. This dressing would be a perfect sauce or cream for cold cuts, lettuce wraps etc. The others in her 5 FullyRaw Salad Dressings video sound delicious also!

Check them out; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_z9xhwjOOw

 

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“Toasted”

Chickpeas!  You can find all sorts of recipes online on how to toast them.

I used a can of organic chickpeas, rinsed them well, let them dry in a colander while I prepared the dressing, lined a baking sheet with parchment paper and tossed the dry chickpeas on the lined baking sheet with a little evo and a mix of salt and spices I bought at a Midwestern Meats, a Butcher & Deli in Mesa, Arizona.

You can use whichever spices you have in your home and prefer to.

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I baked them for  approximately 30 mins at 400*F, I took the pan out of the oven twice to roll the chickpeas around. They were the perfect topping to my dinner salad!

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My dinner was smoked, raw, toasted & delicious :)

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Buon Appetito!

Brown O’s

My father sent me this photo text a week or so ago, the text read “Made these yesterday…” (photo below)

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“Brown E’s”  He said he made them to take to a Church meeting.

(don’t worry it took me a minute to get it too!)

So I sent him back a photo of my Brown O’s!  :)

 

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I’d seen dozens of real food, healthy donut recipes on Pinterest this winter and one of my favorite bloggers, Leafparade, was on a donut frenzy, constantly pinning and blogging all sorts of delicious looking donuts!

I finally decided to pick a recipe for homemade, real food donuts and try them out myself!

 

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I picked a recipe I found on Pinterest and hit the jackpot, they were awesome!

Recipe here; http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2013/08/coconut-flour-cake-donuts/

 

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I wrote a review on the Tasty Kitchen’s website, these are delicious and the recipe is perfect, accurate and very easy to follow :)

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Buon Appetito!

Hunger Games

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On the way home during my lunch hour or after my work out I think of the last few leftovers and what ever else I have in the fridge. The creativity that comes over me has a certain way of satisfying my hunger. Strangely even when the fridge is nearly bare I am able to throw together some pretty tasty meals, I love the way they turn out! These are my hunger games. Meal planning isn’t all about fixing 6 lunches and dinners during the weekend, not for me anyway. Its about utilizing the food I buy and preparing it with the time I have. I use some time on the weekends to make something that takes a lot of time or even just poach some chicken breast and clean some greens. In the mornings before work, I  steam or prepare my vegetables or thaw something from the freezer, soup, meat sauce, meat or fish and then my hunger and creativity take over each day.  For example throwing a potato In the oven for an hour in the morning and using leftovers to make a meal is fast, healthy and delicious….

Baked potatoes make awesome lunches & dinners and are a healthy carbohydrate and starch.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/506461-carbohydrates-in-potato-starch/

Scrub the potato, rub it with a little EVO, prick with a fork and throw it in the oven for about an hour at 350F.

I use half of a baked potato per meal.

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Half a baked potato w/butter, salt & pepper, pulled pork w/ a tbsp or two of Annie’s BBQ sauce,

a dollop

of sour cream and lunch is ready!

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I tried out Annie’s Organic BBQ sauce and everyone seemed to like it.

 This BBQ sauce is a tangy, spicy mustard flavor, less sweet tasting.

(I personally will try making my own sauce in the future, I prefer a slightly sweeter taste.)

I read a few reviews on the sauce, pros and cons, here are a couple;

http://voices.yahoo.com/organic-food-review-annies-naturals-smokey-maple-bbq-876807.html?cat=22

http://www.bbqsaucereviews.com/annies-smokey-maple-bbq-sauce-35/

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The other half of the baked potato,

I mashed it on my plate with a dab of butter, salt and pepper,

I added some poached chicken breast, steamed broccoli and cauliflower,

grated aged cheddar and a drizzle of EVO.

A delicious, quick, nutritious, easy to fix, meal.

Buon Appetito!

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A baked sweet potato, quinoa, stewed lentils, parmiggiano, EVO, salt & pepper – judifood:)