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Adventures of Chef Boyar 'B' In The Kitchen


Tuesday, February 12, 2013


The Swedish Chef - My Culinary Hero

I know that it may be a party foul to gloss yourself with a nickname, but with my recent exploits in the kitchen, I am going to roll with it! Chef Boyardee has nothing on Chef Boyar 'B'! Plus, it goes without saying that Boyar 'B' makes food that is much healthier than that delish mini ravioli in a can. As my culinary hero, The Swedish Chef would say, "Jaaa!! FlaggPunsch ees on me! Surstr÷mming und meety bolls forr eveeryvan!"

Huh?

I have no idea what that actually means. But I do know, there were not meety bolls forr eveeryvan being produced in my kitchen this past weekend. After last weeks success of Egg Beaters Muffins and Oatmeal Berry Smoothies, I decided to spread my wings a bit and dive into new chicken and turkey recipes in my continued attempt to spice my menu!

First, I made my own homemade taco seasoning (not pictured). It is 1T of chili powder, 1T ground cumin, 1T garlic powder, 1T onion powder, 1/4T crushed red pepper.

It turned out well. It may not be quite as good as the store brand, but at no sodium and no preservatives, it is clean eating!

I then made homemade salsa. In a blender, I put 2 cans diced tomatoes, 1 jalape˝o, 1 small onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, juice of 1 lime.

I then made Greek Yogurt Salsa Dip. 1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt, 1/4 cup homemade salsa, 1 tsp of ranch mix, 1 tsp of homemade taco seasoning


Homemade Salsa & Greek Yogurt Salsa Dip

Both turned out really well with good flavor. I made those two things to go along with my next cooking adventure, Fiesta Wraps.


Fiesta Wraps

I am calling them fiesta wraps. Why? I don't know, it just sounds good. 1 small onion chopped, 1 tbs olive oil, 1 cup canned black beans (drained, rinsed, and mashed slightly), 1 cup cooked brown rice, 2 tsp homemade taco seasoning, 2 T homemade salsa, 1 lb ground lean turkey. Preheat oven to 300. In a heavy skillet, cook the onion in olive oil until soft. Stir in beans, rice, seasoning, salsa, and turkey. Spread out on Tomato-Basil flatbread and enjoy!

These turned out really well! They are even better when you add some of the homemade salsa on top or the greek yogurt salsa dip. I am really happy with how these turned out!

After the success of my Fiesta Wraps, I turned my attention to chicken. I have grown a bit tired of plain old chicken with rice or chicken with potatoes. I found a new recipe to try that sounded really good, Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken.

24 oz of chicken tenderloin, 1 cup plain greek yogurt, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Preheat oven 375, combine yogurt, parm cheese, garlic powder, seasoned salt, and pepper in a bowl. Coat each chicken breast in yogurt mix and place in baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes and enjoy!

The chicken turned out great! It is tender and full of flavor!


Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken

That pretty much wrapped up my new cooking for the weekend. I also made some more smoothies and egg muffins. I figured I would also share what I have everyday when I wake up before I eat my egg muffins. I start with 1 capsule flaxseed oil, 1 capsule fish oil, and 1 Mega Men Multi-vitamin. I have two different kinds and rotate them by days.


Vitamins

I also have a cup of green tea with a pinch of honey and a cinnamon stick.


Honey, Green Tea, & Cinnamon Sticks

Well, that was the weekend in the kitchen of Chef Boyar 'B'! I spent a lot of time on cooking on Sunday so I would have some good options that are healthy and quick for the week ahead. It wasn't easy, but it is worth it! Embrace the possibilities!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KETTLEBURN 2/14/2013 8:37AM

    hahahahahaha the fact that the first picture everyone sees is of the Swedish Chef tells me that you're awesome! Love the Swedish Chef. Also, your tasty food looks great! I'll have to try a couple things that you made since you so kindly put your instructions in the blog! Hope your food is treating you well! emoticon

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 2/12/2013 4:58PM

    What a cute reference. Sending a Chef's hat and sparkling white apron your way! I'll have to try the salsa recipe. I love homemade salsa, but haven't found a recipe I liked when I made it.

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EMMAEKAY 2/12/2013 12:02PM

    I eat SO MUCH CHICKEN. Thanks for sharing that recipe - it looks super interesting, and of course I love all the ingredients. You're awesome, Brad!

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HAPPYERIN 2/12/2013 11:15AM

    Look at you going nuts in the kitchen! That's so great! I am a big fan of homemade salsa for both flavor and health, but really, it's just dang good!

I'm eyeing up that chicken recipe. We eat a LOT of chicken and it's always good to find new ways to prepare it, especially when it's easy!

P.S. -- the Swedish Chef ROCKS! (Have your kids seen the Muppet Family Christmas special? It has the Muppets, the Sesame Street gang, and the Fraggles in it. The Swedish Chef thinks Big Bird is the Christmas turkey, and guess what he tries to do!)

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CHRISBEM 2/12/2013 10:51AM

    I might try that greek yogurt dip

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LISAMG1220 2/12/2013 9:27AM

    Those wraps look AMAZING! Thanks for the ideas. I am going to try the yogurt instead of sour cream now! I make a similar sauce for my wraps, it is yummo!

I made a couple of spark recipes this weekend in the crockpot! It freed up so much of my time and I did not spend all weekend eating junk!

You rock by the way!! :)

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BRADIA 2/12/2013 9:26AM

    Good for you.
I am very lazy eating vegetables, so I make a big pot of vegetable soup, say one gallon of water with chicken bouillion and to that add whatever I want, one couliflower, one cabbage, some brocolli, suchinni, chayote, carrots, lots of spinash, onion, tomatoes, celery, et. etc. I boil it totally to soften everything, and then with an immersing blender puree everithing and there you have a delicious vegetable cream. I make 8 or 12 ounce bags and freeze them. Then I have over twenty portions for a whole month. That is my solution to eating vegetables.
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SPARKLINGHOPE 2/12/2013 9:00AM

    Awesome!!

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DIANA3BANANA 2/12/2013 6:59AM

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