Lemon Garlic Marinade (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, Whole30)

When I went grocery shopping last Sunday, I got some boneless pork ribs.  I almost bought a bottle of lemon garlic marinade for the ribs but decided not to get it.

I decided to make my own lemon garlic marinade for the ribs instead of buying that bottle.

When I served dinner last night, Hubby was delighted with the ribs.  Since there were a couple left over, he claimed them as his own for our left over night.  So I think this marinade is a winner.

This marinade would be good on pork chops, boneless pork ribs, pork roast, or even chicken breast.

Bonus:  It’s Whole30 friendly.

Oh, and I finally figured out how to make my recipes printer friendly.  That’s been a big problem during the 7 years I’ve had this blog.

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Lemon Garlic Marinade

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Ingredients

-1 lemon, zest and juiced

-1 clove of garlic, minced or 1 Tbsp. minced garlic

-2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

-1 tsp. Salt

-1 tsp. Pepper

-2 tsp. oregano

Directions

  1. In a gallon sized ziploc bag, add the ingredients. Close the bag. Knead the bag until the ingredients are combined.
  2. Add either boneless ribs, pork chops, or chicken breast.
  3. Allow meat to marinade for 4 to 12 hours or freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place meat in a baking dish.
  5. Cook the pork or chicken for 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

The pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees and chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Happy eating,
Traci

Get Well Chicken Soup (Gluten Free)

Since I’ve been sick with a bad cough for the past week, I wanted to find a soup that would help me feel better.  This soup really hit the spot.   Continue reading “Get Well Chicken Soup (Gluten Free)”

Forgotten Chicken

I’ve made this dish twice.  The first time, we ate it but didn’t quite enjoy it.  After we had it the second time, the Wee One thanked me for cooking it.  The next day, he ran out to my car after I pulled up in the driveway after work.  He wanted to eat the left overs for dinner that night.

Continue reading “Forgotten Chicken”

Cashew Chicken (Day 22)

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Welcome to Day 22 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

Your pets least likable character trait.

It’s thundering outside.  The rain is pouring.  Suddenly lightening lit up the sky.

No one’s home but the dog.  He needs comfort from the scary storm outside.  So what he does he do?

Does he run and hide in the bedrooms of the family members?

No, he decides to run through the doggy door into the backyard where it’s wet, loud, and dark and then bright when lightening lights up the sky.

He goes to his secret hole in the fence that no one can find.to patch up.

Then he runs to grandma’s house.

Either he finds a little hole in the fence and runs into her backyard to her doggy dog.  He escapes the bad storm.

Or he stands at the side door whimpering until someone lets him.

Meanwhile, his owners get a call from grandma telling them that their dog is at her house.

This is one of our dog’s least likable trait.  We can’t believe that he doesn’t run and hide during thunderstorms.  Instead he will run over to my mother-in-law’s house.

When we leave for the day, we have to check the weather before leaving.  If the weather calls for rain, the doggy door will be shut so he doesn’t run to grandma’s house.

 

It’s early in the morning.  People are trying to sleep.  All of the sudden you start to hear squawking coming from the living room.Or you hear “Nich-o-las,” “”Get off the Computer,” and “Beak Bump.”

You can not sleep because the bird is insistent someone come and pay attention to him.

Then there is the mess all around the stand.  He thinks there are imaginary birds sitting on the ground.  So he throws food to those imaginary birds.

This is my son’s bird’s least likable trait.  He likes people to pay attention to him.  If they don’t, he will either start squawking or talking up a storm until someone pays attention to him.

 

What is your pet(s)’s least likable traits?

 

Click here for the recipe for Cashew Chicken.

Cranberry Chicken (Day 20)

Welcome to Day 20 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking!

 

I decided to Google a writing prompt for today because I was coming up blank on what I should write.  I found a website called Massive Sway that had writing prompts for each day in October.  So I’m using today’s writing prompt.

What do you like to do on a dark and stormy day?

Last night as soon as the Wee One had soon left for his acrobatic lesson with his grandma, the dog decided he was going to jump on me.  He was breathing on me and shaking like crazy.  Why was he doing that?  It was getting ready to storm.

I was working on progress reports at that time so I finished working on them.  Then I took a bath and just relaxed.

The rest of the night was stormy.  It made for good sleeping weather.  However I kept getting interrupted by the dog walking into my room, jumping onto my bed (something he’s not suppose to do), walking around my head, and then jumping off the bed.  He did that a few times before finally settling down for the night.

It continued raining throughout today while the temperature was dropping.  I wish I wasn’t at work because it would be a good day to just relax, read a book, and cook some cookies or brownies.  On a rainy day, it’s nice to make soup in the slow cooker.

In fact, I had made taco soup last night.  We had more of the soup for dinner tonight.

What do you like to do on a dark and stormy day?

Click here for the recipe for Cranberry Chicken.

Cafe’ Rio Chicken (Day 16)

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Welcome to Day 16 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Ohio.  I had a hair appointment.  Afterwards we went to the Air Force Museum.  Then we went shopping at Fresh Thyme and Barnes and Nobles.  Later we had a family birthday party.

All in all, it was a great day.

Click here for the recipe for Cafe’ Rio Chicken.

Chicken Corn Soup (Day 8)

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Welcome to Day 8 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking!

Today we decided to make it a family day.  Unfortunately the Wee One refused to wake up so he stayed home with grandma instead of having fun with us.

We did half of the Donut Trail in a county to the south of us.  While we were on the Donut Trail, we did some other things.

Today I’m going to share some of the photographs that I took while we on the donut trail.

We went to see Stan the Donut Man.  Hubby gave me this expression when his photo was taken.

Yummy donuts at Jupiter’s Donuts – The lady working was so nice.

The Imaginative One posing with the sign in Jupiter’s Donuts – I don’t know what he decided to make that face.

Cool flowers at Jupiter’s Donut Shop

We then went to Jungle Jim’s because we couldn’t travel that far without a Jungle Jim‘s run.

The next photos are from Jungle Jim’s.

Tomorrow I’ll share a few more photos from the Donut Trail.

Please continue onto the next page for the recipe for the Chicken Corn Soup.

Chicken Ranch Tacos (Day 7)

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Welcome to Day 7 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.  I’m featuring ranch chicken tacos today.

As you know I’ve been talking about whatever pops into my brain these last few days.  Today is a plea to God.

Dear God,

I know Hurricane Matthew is a given to hit the United States.  I’m just anxious about my friends and family that might be affected by this historic storm.  I’m anxious about the devastation to the area.  Orlando is my “home” and it might be hit.  Charleston, SC is another “home” of mine and it is supposed to be hit.  Please protect those cities and all of the other cities.  Please place your healing hand over the southeast coast.  Please protect over the residents.

In Jesus name,
Traci

Please continue onto the next page for the recipe of ranch chicken tacos.

Coca Cola Barbecue Ranch Wraps (Day 5)

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Welcome to Day 5 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking!

Yesterday I was talking another co-worker about my first year of teaching.  Somehow one of the other special education teachers got permission for the students on my caseload to go on their swimming field trips and community field trips.  That’s never happened since that first year.

One of my favorite of the field trips was the one where we went swimming, Cub Foods, McDonald’s, and then to see Emperor’s New Groove.  I don’t know how we got by with that kind of field trip.  We certainly could not do that now.

When we were at Cub Foods, we were suppose to be given a tour of the grocery store.  That didn’t happen so we divided the students into groups and walked them around ourselves.  I was not familiar with the layout of the store and ended up taking my group of students down the alcohol aisle.  To be honest it was drinks with a small section of alcohol in the middle of the aisle.  One of the students pipped up “My dad drinks that stuff.”  At that point I walked even quicker down the aisle.

On that day I was mortified but now I can laugh about it 16 years later.

Continue to page 2 for the today’s recipe.

Oven “Fried” Chicken (Gluten Free Option)

My family loves fried chicken especially Kentucky Fried Chicken.  It’s not healthy to eat KFC though.  So when I found this recipe back in February, I was super excited.  It’s a little bit healthier because you bake the chicken instead of frying it in oil.   Continue reading “Oven “Fried” Chicken (Gluten Free Option)”

Crockpot Chicken (Revised)

The beginning of July was quiet in our house.  Maybe that was because I was sick from the Fourth of July until that Friday.  I was housebound for two of those days because I had a fever.  On the Fourth of July, the only relief I got from my fever was laying in front of a fan. Continue reading “Crockpot Chicken (Revised)”

Yummy Chicken Marinade

As I was cooking this chicken, the Wee One walked into the kitchen.  He asked me what smelled so good.  I showed him the chicken that was already cooked.  The Wee One wanted to eat the chicken right then and there.

Once I told him dinner was ready to be eaten, he began to eat one of the pieces of chicken as he was loading up his plate.  He ended up eating two pieces of chicken.  For him, that is a big deal.  He has a small appetite.

The Wee One kept talking about how delicious the chicken tasted.  I think that means this marinade is a keeper. Continue reading “Yummy Chicken Marinade”

Orange Chicken

This post was originally posted in February 2011.  There was no photograph of the dish so I remedied that when we ate the meal last night.

The Wee One decided to help me make the dish.  I’m so happy that he is willing to help with the cooking of dinner.  I helped him with getting the popcorn chicken out of the oven and the temperature and time on the oven.  He helped with the majority of the rest of the dinner.  The Wee One was so proud of himself once the dinner was finished cooking.  He wanted everyone to try his rice. Continue reading “Orange Chicken”

Sundried Tomato, Chicken, & Feta Cheese – One Pot Pasta Dish

Last weekend I found a blog that gave the exact portions to make a one pot pasta dish.  I decided to attempt to use the guidelines to make my own dish.

I’ve been loving sundried tomatoes lately.  So it was only logical that I used sundried tomatoes in this recipe.  Yum!

This dish would be good topped with Kalamata olives.  Or your favorite type of olive.  The rest of the family does not like olives so I didn’t top it with olives

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One Pot Pasta Dish

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. chicken breast, diced into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 c. small pasta (I used bow tie pasta.)
  • 1/2 c. sundried tomatoes, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 c. Feta cheese
  • 1/4 c. sliced Kalamata olives
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Steps:

  1. Heat up a large skillet.  Add the extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Add the chicken breast.  Brown the chicken for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic.  Cook for a minute.
  4. Add the milk, chicken broth, and pasta.  Turn up the heat up to high.  Allow to boil.
  5. Turn heat to medium low.  Cover.
  6. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes.  Remove the lid.
  7. Add the sundried tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper, and olives.
  8. Serve!
  9. Enjoy!

The blog I found out the correct portions for one dish pasta dishes.  Recipe Rebel

Happy eating,
Traci

Lime Cashew Chicken

 

Instead of ordering Chinese food from our local restaurant, I decided to make us homemade Chinese food.  Whenever I do, Hubby tells me it’s better than the mall’s food court Chinese food.  He loves to go get lunch there on occasion.

It’s super easy to put together.  The flavor is phenomenal!  Hubby and the Wee One really enjoyed the dish.  In fact, in the middle of dinner, the Wee One announced dinner was “yummy.”  I’ll take that compliment.

I found frozen ginger cubes at Walmart a few weeks ago.  Each cube is worth 1 tsp. of minced ginger.  I used the minced ginger in this dish.  It made getting dinner on the table so much easier.

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I also use the already minced garlic.  We get a huge container at Sam’s Club.  As I said, it makes getting dinner on the table quicker.

Here’s another tip to help you with dinner:  I bought a big bag of frozen chicken tenderloins.  The frozen chicken tenderloins were cheaper than buying fresh chicken.  On the day I was going to use the chicken, I pulled out the amount of chicken needed for dinner.  I then put it into the fridge to thaw out for dinner.  Since it was not completely thawed out when I went to use it, it was so much easier to cut.

Lime Cashew Chicken

Lime Cashew Chicken

adapted from Robin Miller’s Quick Fix Meals

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 2 tsp. minced ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 lbs. chicken breasts or tenderloins, cubed (about 1 to 1-1/2 inches pieces)
  • 1/2 c. Hoisin sauce
  • 1-1/2 c. chicken broth
  • 1 lime zested and juiced (I put my lime in the microwave for 10 secs. before juicing it.)
  • 1 c. salted cashew halves
  • 1/2 c. green onions

Steps:

  1. In a medium skillet, heat the oil.
  2. Add the ginger and garlic.  Heat for 1 minute.
  3. Add the chicken.  Cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is browned.
  4. Add the Hoisin sauce, chicken broth, lime zest, and lime juice to the chicken.
  5. Turn the heat up to high.  Allow the mixture to boil.
  6. Turn the heat to medium low.  Allow to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked.
  7. Add the cashews and green onions.
  8. Serve!
  9. Enjoy over rice!

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Happy eating,
Traci

Aunt Missy’s Easy Skillet Chicken Parmesan

A few years ago, my aunt sent me a little stand up photo album with family favorite recipes.  When I was menu planning this week, I decided to check out those recipes.  I ended up choosing to make her chicken Parmesan.  It’s a one skillet recipe and done in less than 30 minutes.  Score!

I was so excited about the recipe that I’m already putting it on the blog!

Hubby loved it!  In fact, he had seconds.

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Aunt Missy’s Easy Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch. cubes
  • 1 (14 oz.) can or 1 & 3/4 c. chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 c. spaghetti sauce (Hubby suggests a spaghetti sauce that is cheesy flavored.)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 c. dried small cut pasta such as penne
  • 1 c. grated Parmesan (& more for serving)

Steps:

  1. Heat a skillet to medium high heat.
  2. Melt the butter in the skillet.
  3. Add the chicken.
  4. Cook until pink.
  5. Add the chicken broth, spaghetti sauce, basil, and oregano.
  6. Turn up heat to high.  Allow the spaghetti sauce and chicken broth to boil.
  7. Add the pasta.  Stirring until pasta is coated.
  8. Turn down heat to medium low.  Cover and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.  Stirring occasionally.
  9. Sprinkle cheese over the pasta.
  10. Enjoy!  Add more cheese to the pasta when serving if desired.

Thank you Aunt Missy for the recipe!

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Happy eating,
Traci

Fruity Chicken Salad

I’ve had this recipe in my files but hadn’t shared it with you.  If you make the crockpot chicken or buy a rotisserie chicken, you can use the left over chicken to make this delicious chicken salad.

When I made this chicken salad, I shared some with my mother-in-law.  She also loved this chicken salad.  She especially loved the addition of the dried cherries.

It’s good as on a bun or eaten with crackers.  It would also be good just eaten with a fork.

Fruity Chicken Salad

Fruity Chicken Salad

Adapted from Add a Pinch

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 pound or 2 c. cooked chicken chopped or shredded
  • 1 c. chopped celery
  • 1 c. red grapes, halved or quartered depending on the size of the grapes
  • 1/2 c. dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecan pieces
  • 1 c. mayo (I use an olive oil based mayo.)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Steps:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl.
  2. Mix to combine.
  3. Enjoy with crackers or on a bun!.

Happy eating,
Traci

 

Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken Wings

During January, I was sick for half of the month.  During the time I was sick, I was not hungry for any food.  Towards the end of my sickness, I ended up craving BBQ chicken wings.  I sent Hubby out to get me some frozen chicken wings so I could cook them up in the pressure cooker.  They were delicious!  I ended up eating a whole bunch of the chicken.

We still had a few of the frozen chicken wings leftover so I cooked up some more last Saturday when our boys were with their grandma.  Hubby gave me some tips to make them even better.  I’m sharing the improved recipe.

Continue reading “Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken Wings”

Balsamic Chicken and Potatoes (Sheet Pan Meal)

This sheet pan was so yummy!  The leftovers were even better the next day.

These past few weeks have been off and on with great meals.  I’ve been so busy writing Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs), teaching, and being sick that I’ve cooked meals that haven’t been stellar.

Last Wednesday, I left work on time and got home in time to make a more involved meal.  Actually this was very involved.  The rolls I made were more involved then this dish.

This meal is easy to put together.  I think it took me 10 minutes tops to get it into the oven once I got home.  It takes 30 – 40 minutes to bake.

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Balsamic Chicken and Potatoes (Sheet Pan Meal)

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 pound of chicken breasts or tenders (The chicken I used was a huge breast.  I cut it into smaller pieces.)
  • 1 pound of potatoes, cubed (I peeled mine)
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning (Add if desired.)
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, place the cubed potatoes.  Pour EVOO over the potatoes.  Sprinkle with Italian seasoning.  Mix until all the potatoes are coated.  Place the potatoes on half of the cookie sheet.
  3. On the other half of the cookie sheet, place the chicken.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour the balsamic vinegar over the chicken.  Turn to coat both sides of the chicken.
  4. Cook at 425 for 15 minutes.  Flip the chicken and potatoes.
  5. Cook for an additional 15 to 25 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees and the potatoes are fork tender.
  6. Remove from oven and allow the chicken to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Happy eating,
Traci