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My family loves my "go to" chicken marsala..... super easy 30 minute meal.

This is a serving for one...but of course you can double, triple, quadruple for your family dinner..... I eat just the chicken and serve it to my family over rice pilaf or egg noodles.

3 oz Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast - butterflied or pounded into a 1/2 inch thick piece
1 tsp AP flour
1 tsp EVOO
1 clove garlic
.25 cup mushrooms - sliced
2 Tbs Marsala Wine
.25 cup Low sodium chicken stock/broth
1 oz frozen peas
1 tsp Thyme
salt and pepper to taste

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Dust chicken with flour. Brown chicken breast in olive oil with garlic over low heat (so the garlic does not burn) for 3 minutes per side. Add stock, wine, mushrooms, thyme. Scrape up brown flavorful drippings off the bottom of the pan and simmer for 8 minutes until sauce reduces and thickens (add a small amount of cornstarch slurry to thicken sauce even more). Add peas, simmer for additional 2 minutes until tender.

Nutritional Info
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 219.5
Total Fat: 7.7 g
Cholesterol: 54.5 mg
Sodium: 344.3 mg
Total Carbs: 11.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
Protein: 23.0 g

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I made this tamale pie recipe last night and we liked it:

http://www.ivillage.com/individual-pinto
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It makes 8 servings so I made two containers (pie pans), froze one to cook later, and kept two of four servings for lunch today.



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I've made this Apple Cinnamon Cake a few times and want to work on lightening it up more. I've swapped some of the butter for yogurt and think I can cut back on the sugar. I'm going to play around with this and will post a review when I get it right:

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Made Mark Bittman's Cabbage, bean and ham soup for dinner last night (you can find it in the New York Times by seaching on "Bittman + cabbage") I can't help but modify.....made a stock with pork bones and let it chill to skim off most of the fat. Then sauteed the onions with added carrots and celery in a little of the stock. Added only 7 oz of ham and let it cook with the cabbage plus a 14 oz can of no salt added tomatoes. Brought it for lunch today.

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Looks like I dropped the ball on February ladies. Will pick back up in March.

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2/6/14 8:28 P

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Lightened up my favorite Chicken Tikka Masala recipe with great results. Here's a link to my recipe, comments and nutritional information:

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2/3/14 10:41 P

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Thanks Tina I am going to try your recipe.

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Oh, good, Tina! I don't know where I got the notion that it was only a username. emoticon

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2/3/14 9:58 P

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Thanks, Ruth, and my real name's Tina, by the way!

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TinaJane (sorry at the moment I'm blanking on your real name), your chicken tagine looks fabulous--my kind of food! Thanks for posting the recipe & review. I will try this version the next time I have chicken in the house.

I'm responding here because SP is doing the wonky thing it does sometimes, not letting me comment on your blog post even though I'm logged in properly.

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2/3/14 9:22 P

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Turkey soup.

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2/3/14 7:49 P

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I've also been making a variation of this Pumpkin Mac and Cheese recipe that's really good:

www.skinnytaste.com/2013/11/cheesy-b
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I've changed it around a bit and eliminated the baking (which I think dries everything out). The pumpkin really bulks it up without a lot of calories or added fat and the bacon, pecorino, rosemary combination is a winning one. I'll put everything in a blog once I type out my changes and will try to get some photos. So good!

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2/3/14 7:42 P

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Made Chicken Tagine last night and posted my feedback in a blog. You can check it out here if you're interested:
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Mandy, is there going to be a February edition? On Wednesday I leave on a 2.5-week trip to Colombia, so I won't be around until February 22. I could try out a new recipe that final week if need be. February is SHORT! emoticon

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Don't forget to pour a little soy sauce over in it. I forgot that part. Really good. My granddaughter loved it.

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Brown rice with olive oil. Cook the onion and garlic in a pan with olive oil until tender. Pour the rice in the frying pan with the onion and garlic and let it cook for 4 minutes.

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1/17/14 8:42 P

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SEWKOOLMOM2, here's my best recollection of the chili with cabbage:

1 lb grass-fed ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
1 28-oz can black beans (pinto or kidney would be fine too)
1/2 small head of cabbage, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, diced (include seeds if you like heat, omit them otherwise)
1-2 T chili powder
1 T cumin
2 t turmeric
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t cayenne pepper
2 t salt
generous shake black pepper

Brown meat with chopped onion, then combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low 6-8 hours, or overnight.

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@ MANDYCAT3
Just copied the recipe. Look forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing emoticon .

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Do you have exact measurements for this recipe? I would like to try it. @ RUTHXG

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Glad you enjoyed the dish.

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Here is our favorite slow cooker dish which I made yesterday, Texas Chili. The original recipe called for chuck roast cut into cubes; I use fajita (skirt) meat. The chili has such bold flavor that you won't need a lot to feel satisfied. Serve with romaine embellished with corn, black beans, green onions and (if you can find it) diced jicama, tossed with a lime-based dressing.

Combine:
3 pounds of beef
1 TBS minced garlic
1 TBS chili powder
2 TBS quick-cooking tapioca (yes, sounds goofy but this turns the liquid into rich tasting gravy without adding any fat)
1 TBS oregano
1 tsp cumin
2 cups beef broth (I use Swanson's low-sodium chicken broth with added Better Than Bouillon Beef stock mix)
1 medium onion, finely chopped

Stir and cook on LOW for eight hours. Don't try to hurry this on HIGH. It needs time to mellow out. It's actually better served the second day. I used this as the beef part of a make your own taco party before Christmas and everyone loved it.


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The crockpot cabbage & beans recipe is really a kind of chili! I made it the other night with a large can of black beans, half a head of cabbage, a large can of crushed tomatoes, onions browned with free-range ground beef, a jalapeno, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder (instead of minced garlic since I was in a hurry), a bit of cayenne, & salt/pepper. It cooked overnight in the slow cooker & was absolutely delicious when I had it for dinner. I put some in the freezer for later & will have the rest for dinner several nights this week.

I think I'll throw in cabbage every time I make chili from now on!

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It's really good. Like I said you can use hamburger meat or you can leave it out.

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Amanda, SP is being wonky & won't let me add a comment to your blog review. But thanks for posting it! That casserole looks like pure comfort food, & I'm definitely adding it to one of my collections to make later.

DellMel, the crockpot cabbage recipe sounds great too! I think I might make it tonight!

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Yes. That's my dinner for today. I love it.

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I just love cabbage. Have been eating it more lately just as a side.


Here is my review for Hamburger Noodle Casserole!

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CABBAGE WITH A KICK

Cabbage, green peppers, onion, stew tomatoes, pinto beans, little cumin and jalapenos. You can add hamburger meat with it. Put it all in the crock pot and let it go. Brown the hamburger meat before putting it in.

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Here's my review of the Indonesian soup!

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I will give it a try. Seem like it taste good.

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I made this recipe for Gingerbread Ice Cream: chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2013/12/08
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Does taste good, but be careful with the calories. I used Macademia nuts and discovered with the recipe calculator (after I ate it) one serving was like almost 300 calories and 23 grams of fat!! I was going by what she posted as the calories. Perhaps it is less if you make it with cashews.

Edited to add: yeah make it with cashews if you don't have the calories to spare. Looks like 90 calories less per serving and around what she quotes. Didn't realize there was such a difference!

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Cabbage with onion and green peppers cut up in it.

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Making a pork roast with root veggies and scallions today...I had a bunch of extra scallions from the scalloped potatoes I made last week, so I figured I'd roast them. When I got to the store they had all these nice root veggies, so I have parsnips, beets and rutebegas to throw in there. Then I saw the pork roasts on sale....I'm just going to throw them all together and roast away. I put a dry marinade on the pork from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I figure that classic must have some good stuff in it.

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I've been really grooving to Green Lentil Dahl lately.


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Have to check it out. Love mushroom.

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I found a gorgeous Maitake Mushroom today at Whole Foods, so I just had to come up with a soup recipe. Creamy Maitake Mushroom Soup (vegan).

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Sound good.

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I made a Chicken Cacciatore tonight that was really good, so I'll post a review on it in the next few days. I worked off of a Food Network recipe, but wound up making so many changes that I think I'll just type up what I wound up doing instead. It was a great comfort dish without being overly heavy.

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I made the Global Bean Stew on page 2 of this "cookbook". I made it because I have two visiting relatives following the McDougall eating plan. I was surprised how good it was. I would make it again, although since I'm not following McDougall, I can have oil and probably would want to add maybe 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. I did not take a picture of it. It was very good leftover. We had it by itself and on brown rice.

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Going to look at some of the one that is being posted.

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I've got another Cooking Light recipe in the oven... www.myrecipes.com/recipe/scalloped-p
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There are a lot of moving parts in this one, so I hope it turns out OK! I meant to cut up and add some bacon I had leftover from another recipe, but I forgot that part....hmmmm, maybe I'll fry it up and add it with the cheese?

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I have to find one that I would like to try.

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Oh yay! I got two new cookbooks for Christmas. One is Moroccan, which is super-exciting, but the one I browsed for this month's challenge is Love Soup by Anna Thomas. And . . . I found a recipe called "spicy Indonesian yam & peanut soup." Several food bloggers have posted it online (& everyone raves about it); here's one link:

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It calls for a HALF CUP of grated ginger! I've never used that much in a recipe before. emoticon Really looking forward to trying it. Btw, I won't be pureeing it; my mouth is much happier with chunky soups.

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1/1/14 5:14 P

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I've got this one on the menu for Friday. Going to make it into two 8x8 casseroles and put one in the freezer. It has cream cheese similar to the million dollar spaghetti, which is delicious, but pretty high in calories. This one is lighter, so I'm hoping it goes over well with the family.

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1/1/14 5:04 P

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This is a fun way to try new healthy recipes and to get ideas by seeing what everyone else tried. You are all welcome to participate (or lurk!).

Step 1 - Pick and post a recipe!
This can be a recipe from an online source, a cook book, or a magazine. Post the link here or if you are reproducing it from a paper source, do that here. The general idea is to try something new. Here are some great websites to browse...
www.sparkrecipes.com
ww-recipes.net/
www.3fatchicks.com/diet-recipes/
www.skinnytaste.com/
www.cookinglight.com/

Step 2 - Make recipe and EAT!! emoticon
My favorite step by far! This step will also include some prep work for your review. Ask your family (if applicable) what they thought of the recipe. Note any changes that you made or would make if you were to prepare the recipe again. Maybe even snap a pic of your delicious dish.

Step 3 - Review!
On your sparkpeople blog, review your recipe. Include a link to your recipe for folks who aren't playing the game. Post the picture if you took one. Describe any changes you made or would make if you made it again. Was it a hit with the kids? Would the leftovers make a great lunch? Maybe it was a flop and you ended up throwing it all out. You get the gist. Come back to this thread and post a link to your blog so we all can "Ooooh and Aaaah" over your recipe! If the website that you got the recipe from has reviews, comment there so that even more folks can benefit from your awesomeness.

Step 4 - Read and comment on others' blogs. A big part of this challenge is getting ideas from each other. "My family would devour that!" or "I've always been curious about quinoa, and that recipe looks amazing!" You never know, you might stumble across your new favorite recipe!


The idea is to post a recipe, make, and review in January. Then I will start a new thread for February and we will start all over! You may have so much fun that you do several recipes in January. Have at it!!

Let's have fun trying new recipes! If you have any questions, be sure to ask! You can ask here or sparkmail me.

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