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Tara’s Kitchen’s Top 10 Valentine dishes
What does Valentine’s day really mean? Do you know? Find out here: Valentine’s Day This is not one of my favorite days to be honest. Maybe one day when I actually have a valentine on this day will I think differently. *smiles* However, I do love any excuse to bake up some treats for friends and family. And they do have so many lil yummy, decadent and delicious lil desserts out there.
Here are my Top 10 Favorite Valentine worthy Recipes for this year to bake for your Valentine or treat for yourself….
Need more ideas try these:
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/chocolate_fondue.html_0 -blog article
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Weird combination right? Sounds so but I found this concoction to be oh so delicious!
This weekend I wanted to make a dish with some veggies that I had in the fridge. The veggies were just about to head into that state where its saggy and sad-looking. It was a busy and tiring week that by the time I got home, I was just not in the mood to cook. So the veggies sat all week. I had a chicken breast and so I decided it a stir-fry would be quick and easy. Initially, I wanted just the chicken and veggies but then I thought it would be even better over polenta and so it started my adventure.
I had not paired this combo before but I can tell you I was most pleased with the results.
The chicken had tons of minced garlic, cooked in a wok over high heat and near the end I added the peppers and onions. For some reason I wanted to make it saucy so I added some Redd’s Apple beer while cooking. I just happen to be having some while I was cooking so in it went.
I am definitely one of those home cooks who like throwing together whatever is in my fridge and combining this and that to see how it works out. I am always so very lucky that the results work in my favor. I sooo hate to waste food.
If you try it let me know what you think.
Garlic Chicken Stir Fry
- 2 tbsp oil (I used olive but peanut would work well)
- 1 heaping tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp salt or garlic Mrs. Dash
- 1 lb boneless skin less chicken breasts cut into cubes
- 1 medium white onion thinly sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper sliced
- 1 red bell pepper sliced
- 1/2 cup of Redd’s Apple Ale
- Parmesan Polenta recipe
Heat oil in a wok or large skillet. I used an electric wok. When oil begins to smoke, quickly stir in 1/2 of minced garlic, onions and salt. Stir fry until the onion becomes translucent, about 2 minutes. Add chicken and stir until opaque, about 3 minutes.
Add remaining minced garlic and stir. Add bell peppers, stir a bit and cover for about 3 minutes.
Add apple ale to wok/skillet and stir until chicken and vegetables are coated with the thickened sauce about 5 minutes. Serve over Parmesan Polenta.
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This recipe is literally the basic recipe from the dry Polenta package with a couple of additions from my pantry. I made this to go with tonight’s dinner of Garlic Chicken Stir-fry, with polenta instead of rice.
This made a bit so I put the remainder in a round container so when it sets in the fridge, I can take it out and slice it to use in the next recipe. Maybe I will use it for breakfast, sliced polenta, pan fried with an egg over medium on top with a possible side of bacon. Ummm Yum, I am already looking forward to it and the next post!
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup polenta or yellow cornmeal
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 bouillon cube (veggie or chicken)
- 1/4 cup Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Bring the water, bouillon cube and salt to a boil in a large saucepan.
Gradually whisk in polenta stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring often, until thick and creamy about 15 minutes.
Add more water if too thick, about 15 minutes.
Remove from heat; stir in pepper and cheese. Serve immediately.
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5 days of Smoothie Recipes: Oatmeal Smoothie
Another day for a smoothie!
Today’s oatmeal smoothie was super thick but I did leave out the cup of ice in mine. It was super filling and great tasting.
I think I will try mangoes in place of raspberries the next time I blend this up.
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup plain lowfat yogurt
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup coconut water (or other liquid, such as juice)
Place ice and raspberries in the bottom of blender, and all other ingredients on top.
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5 days of Smoothie Recipes: Mango and Yogurt Smoothie
Mangoes!! My favorite fruit ever. Its just so sweet and delicious. Must be the island blood that makes me love it so. In this smoothie recipe, its just mangoes and yogurt mainly. I found this recipe to be a lil on the sweet side so I left out the (1tsp) honey it called for originally, as it doesn’t need it. This might be good with greek yogurt, although I must admit I am not a fan of the greek yogurt but I would try it.
This recipe makes a lot so I would try the making half to recipe to see if you like it.
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups low-fat plain yogurt
- 2 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
- 1 tsp honey
- Juice from half lime
Toss into blender.
Nutty Idea Top with 1/4 cup chopped nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, for a more filling meal.
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5 days of Smoothie Recipes: Blueberry Smoothie
Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits when fresh. When I need a sweet treat, I just grab a handful of them and I am all set.
My favorite ways to use them are in desserts, scones, jams, on top of oatmeal and of course smoothies.
When in season, I am a very happy girl. When they are out of season, I buy the Costco frozen bag so that I can have them year round.
Today’s recipe is simple but yummy which is perfect to help get me out of the door on-time in the mornings!
This recipe makes approximately 2 1/4 cups depending on ingredients. I had 1 cup in the morning for breakfast and the rest in the afternoon for ”a-pick-me-up-during-the-I-am-so-about-to-crash-time-at-work”. It got me through the crash time! Try it and let me know what you think.
- 1/2 cup 2% lowfat milk
- 1/2 cup non fat vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup frozen blueberries (unsweetened)
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
To see the best berries for your health, read more here: Best Berries for You.
To read more on healthy blueberry recipes and tips, read more here: Healthy Blueberries Recipes.
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