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Garden/Organic Party - Recipes & Pictures!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Happy Tuesday! I finally did Zumba last night! It was great. My shoulders and arms are a bit sore today though - but it is totally worth it =) After doing zumba, I really want to exercise more often. I feel really flabby lately, and I just need to push myself to do more exercise. Hopefully that will help me get to my healthy weight!

The party on Saturday night was really fun! I had the Garden Trivia and everyone was laughing at how hard it was. It was a good time. Someone bought chocolate covered strawberries which had a cheesecake/cream filling. YUM. I had two of them!! Someone else brought cucumber sandwiches - with creamcheese and dill. They were simple but really tasty! Someone else brought orange cake with white raspberry icing - I didn't try any, but it looked really good! Here are some pictures and some recipes of what I made. I didn't have the time to make everything. I didn't get to make the mini quiche, but I will add the recipe anyways because I do want to try it eventually!

Fruit Kabobs
Fruit on skewers - lots of prep work but it was cute! Purple Grapes, Blueberries, Kiwi, Pineapple, Orange, Raspberry

Zesty garlic wraps, tomato wrap, whole grain wrap. I made some with ham, some with turkey and some with chicken lunch meat. Some I added a layer of FF cream cheese and some I added hummus. I used spinach or green leaf lettuce. Some I added cucumbers and others I added red and green pepper strips.

Lime Cilantro Chicken
16oz jar salsa
2 cans black beans drained
1 lime - Cut into thick slices
Fresh cilantro
3 lbs boneless chicken halves
3 crushed garlic cloves
Low 6-8 hours in the crockpot. Shred chicken after cooked
Black Bean Rice on the side
You could use these as tacos

Margherita Pasta
3 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves chopped
2 tomatoes chopped
1/4 thin sliced basil
1/2 grated parm cheese
Penne Pasta - I used natural whole grain
Optional - 1/2 chopped mozz cheese
Cook the pasta normally (10 min) and then bake covered at 400 for 30 minutes

Garden Salad
spring mix
Spinach leaves
bell peppers

Lemon Garlic Shrimp
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt & Pepper
ground black pepper to taste
2 pounds cooked shrimp

Mince the garlic and add to oil and lemon in a big pan. I also added the parsley and set on Med-Low. Cook the shrimp just for a min or two on each side. Serve warm or chilled in fridge 1-2 hrs

Stuffed Mushrooms
1/2 cup Italian-style dried bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
28 large (2 1/2-inch-diameter) white mushrooms, stemmed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

400 preheat Mix all with 2 tbsp oil. Coat baking sheet with oil or nonstick spray. Fill mushrooms (I also filled some small sweet peppers). Drizzle remaining oil over the filling. Bake 25 min until mushrooms are tender

Potatoes and Onion
5 Small Red Potatoes
5 small white potatoes
1 vidalia onion
2 cloves garlic chopped

You could use just one type of potato if you wanted! Chop everything, combine and coat with olive oil. Add salt and pepper and any other herbs/spices you want. You could add the garlic, spices, and oil before hand and then put over the potatoes. Preheat oven to 425-450°F. Bake 20-30 minutes. Stir and bake 10 minutes more. Continue baking 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender and browned.

Chicken Sausage and Peppers
4 links chicken sausage sliced
Bell Peppers or Sweet Peppers

Slice the peppers and fry in some olive oil. Add the chicken sausage for a few minutes. Serve with Rice.

Mini Quiche recipe I wanted to try

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