Introducing Creativity To The Alternative Diet: Many of us have segued from traditional dietary lifestyle to alternative dietary lifestyles, i.e. Gluten free, Vegan, Grain free, Real food, etc. What are we discovering?? These recipes are NOT mediocre!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ginger Orange cashew Chicken ~ Cahill

We made this last night for dinner and it was good! The contrast of spicy ginger with sweet orange juice was fabulous! The sauce was thick enough to stay on the dish and soak into a bit of rice without being to heavy. I made snow peas to serve with it and Katrina and I both ate it up. Next time I will probably cut the soy sauce in half and increase the broth a bit to see if that cuts down on the salt which was a bit over powering. It is definitely a keeper!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

BBQ Ribs (Severns)

OK, so here is my debut post (in Rachel's place of course), but luckily for me, Rachel had a function to go to and me and the kids got to enjoy this yumminess all by ourselves. The only variation I made was due to the fact that I had no garlic salt, thus I used 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp salt (which kind of doubled the amt called for, however no ill effects were noticed. I also thought it weird to only put in a half a cup of cola because with the amt of ribs, it seemed that not very much of the ribs surfaces were in contact with the cola, and I know that cola kind of tenderizes the meat in a way. all that to say I will probably double the cola amt the next time and see what happens. I only used 3/4 cup sauce as that was sufficient to coat the ribs. As far as tasty yumminess, two thumbs up. The kids were laughing at how messy my hands were as I was cutting meat off the bones for everyone, and they were eating it literally faster than I could cut. Very good. Definite repeat.

Cola BBQ Ribs - cahill

Finger lickin Good!!!! I did this recipe with my sisters family since 3 lbs of ribs for 2 people may be a bit ridiculous. Everyone enjoyed them! I would probably cut back a bit on the brown sugar as they were a bit sweet for my tastes. HOWEVER, my sister who typically avoids meat, went back for seconds. I love how simple this is and the little cola made ribs super tender! Yum!

Ginger Orange Cashew Chicken

First of all, I am so sorry to be posting this so late! I realized today that I was due to have posted a recipe on Sunday - yikes! But as they say, better late than never. This recipe accompanied my organic produce box that travels from Washington to Juneau every week to give us tasty, fresh fruits and veggies. I haven't tried it yet, but I think it sounds delicious! Happy cooking!

Ginger Orange Cashew Chicken

"A one pan dish, the sauce can easily be doubled and then used to cook and coat quartered baby bok choy, snap peas or wilted spinach or other greens as a bed for the chicken. Remember to get you pan hot before sautéing the chicken, heat the oil to just below smoking for good browning."

2 6-oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-size pieces

All-purpose flour for dredging

2 T olive oil

1 T finely minced ginger

1/2 cup roasted cashews (to roast, bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 10 min. at 375 degrees)

4 scallions (white and green parts), cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 orange for juicing, (blood oranges are wonderful for this but any will do)

1/2 cup chicken stock, or more as needed

Steamed white rice for serving

Pour the flour onto a plate or small bowl. Dredge the chicken in the flour and shake off the excess. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy sauté pan over high heat until hot but not yet smoking. Place the chicken pieces evenly distributed around the pan being careful to not splatter the hot oil. Let the chicken cook, without stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. When brown, flip and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, toss in ginger, scallions and cashews, agitating the pan quickly for 30 seconds until the ginger becomes acutely aromatic. Add the soy sauce and squeeze in the juice of the orange. Toss the pieces to coat all with the sauce. Pour in the chicken stock - add more, if necessary, to almost cover the chicken. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. Pour the chicken and sauce over rice and serve.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ham & Cheese Bake Review (Severns)

"Oh My Wonderful Goodness".
That was the comment that came out of Andy's mouth around the mass of food when he first bit into one of these sandwiches. I have to admit I was skeptical right up to the first bite. After that bite I lost the skepticism and liked this recipe. I made everything according to the recipe but will use less poppy seeds in the future; there were definitely too many. The kids all liked these too and we didn't have any leftovers! (I halved the batch) FIVE thumbs up!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Cola Barbecued Ribs

This is so tasty and I find my mouth watering as I'm writing about it. 'nuf said.

3 1/2 lb pork spareribs or loin back ribs

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon hickory smoked salt or garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup cola

1 1/4 cups barbecue sauce

Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray. Trim excess fat from ribs. In a small bowl mix brown sugar, hickory smoked salt, and pepper; rub mixture into ribs. Cut ribs into 2- or 3-rib portions. Place ribs into cooker and pour cola around ribs.

Cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours.

Remove ribs and place into shallow baking pan. Drain liquid from cooker and discard. Brush both sides of ribs with barbecue sauce. Return ribs to cooker. Pour any remaining sauce over ribs.

Cover and cook on low for another hour or until ribs are glazed and sauce is disired consistancy.

This is from a Betty Crocker Slow Cooker book.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Oh Boy.

This was so delicious. Nothing left to say. Well, ok I do have a few things to say, I guess. I wish that it wasn't drenched in butter so that I could eat it every day. It's perfect for parties! Take note of that, because they are small and so yummy and you could even make them into little appetizers by cutting them in quarters and sticking a toothpick in them. We had company and I served these and everyone loved them! I stuck to the recipe and I'm glad I did. I am so glad I have this recipe up my sleeve. YUMM!!