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It's Not Easy Being Green ~ Chicken and Broccoli Poppers

"It's not easy being green" ~ Kermit the Frog










I have a little confession to make. I am not really a big fan of broccoli.Neither is my husband. Which is funny because we are definitely veggie lovers. Brussels Sprouts, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, green beans - you name it, we love them all. So, maybe you could tell me why a person who is not crazy about broccoli cannot stop buying it! Just take a peek into my fridge at any given time and you are sure to find a gigantic bag of broccoli.  Taunting me.

Chicken and Broccoli Poppers
serves:2

1 8 oz. boneless chicken breast( uncooked ) chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 1/4 cups chopped broccoli, cooked until tender
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup grated cheese, optional
salt and pepper
about 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 425 F. In a food processor pulse the cooked broccoli. Remove and scoop into a medium size bowl. Pulse the chicken pieces just until coarsely ground. Add to the bowl with the broccoli. Add chee…

Chicken Curry Pot Pie

The other day I was wracking my brain trying to think of something to make for dinner. I had a bunch of leftover rotisserie chicken in the fridge so it had to be some kind of chicken dish. After doing some serious chicken thinkin', I finally settled on my all-time favorite comfort food - chicken pot pie. For a change of pace, I decided to make a chicken curry filling and I topped the whole thing with a biscuit crust. Chicken + Biscuits = YUMMY!  The biscuit topping was absolutely incredible!  See all those nooks and crannies? Those are like little pockets of deliciousness!



Chicken Curry Pot Pie - If lovin' you is wrong, I don't want to be right
recipe source: Beer.Butter.Bacon
serves: 6

1 yellow onion, diced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
4 oz.trimmed green beans, cut into thirds and blanched for one minute
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. canola oil
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cups heavy cre…

Spicy Turkey Chili

Hearty, filling and satisfying - it will warm your belly on a chilly (ha) day.









Spicy Turkey Chili

recipe source: Beer. Butter. Bacon. original recipe
servings: at least 6


1/2 cup dehydrated Roma tomatoes
1/4 cup dried Chile de arbol, stems cut off

1 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey
1 onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 carrot, finely grated
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. ground cumin
3 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. dry mustard
3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 small can tomato paste
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 bay leaf
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. oregano leaves
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 14 oz. can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 14 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
season with salt, pepper and hot sauce

Toppings:
sour cream, chopped cilantro, sliced scallions, grated cheese, diced red onions, diced avocado, corn chips or tortilla chips

1. Soak the dehydrated tomatoes and dried chilies in a small bowl with 1 cup o…

Spaghetti Squash alla Carbonara

I have recently discovered how much I looove spaghetti squash. If it is cooked well, I think it is just as good as regular pasta (maybe even better). It is a great low- carb, gluten-free, lower calorie alternative to wheat pasta.





Toss some cooked spaghetti squash in some browned butter and a bit of grated Parmesan and it is INSANELY delicious. You won't believe how good it is! I have also made spaghetti squash with a classic bolognese sauce and it was also really good. So, I started thinking of other classic pasta dishes and decided to make a Spaghetti Squash alla Carbonara.

 Spaghetti alla Carbonara (literally: Coal Miner's Wife Spaghetti in Italian) is a classic Italian pasta dish that usually contains Pecorino Romano, cured fatty pork, raw eggs and freshly cracked black pepper. The hot pasta is tossed vigorously with the raw eggs and a bit of the starchy pasta water and it makes a creamy sauce without using any cream. The starch from the pasta  is the key to a successful car…