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! Surströmming und meety bolls forr eveeryvan!"
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 jalapeño, 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.
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.
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!
Good Day Sparkville