Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hot Turkey Sandwich

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
skinned turkey breast slices (about 1/4 in. thick)
Salt and pepper
About 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon oil

1 1/4 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons dry sherry
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 teaspoons cornstarch

2 slices (about 2 oz. total) white bread
3 to 4 tablespoons canned cranberry sauce

Rub thyme over turkey slices and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper, then coat with flour, shaking off excess.

Place a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat. When pan is hot, add oil and tilt to coat bottom. Add turkey, without crowding, and brown lightly, turning once, 3 to 4 minutes per batch. Meat should be white in center (cut to test). Transfer turkey to a platter as cooked and keep warm.

Mix broth, sherry, soy sauce, and cornstarch; add to frying pan. Stir over high heat until boiling, about 1 minute. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Prepare Mashed potatoes.

Place a slice of bread on each plate and top each slice with half the turkey. Mound potatoes equally on meat, pour gravy over the sandwich, and accompany with a dollop of the cranberry sauce.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chicken Sausage on Quinoa with Peppers

Chicken Chorizo on Quinoa with Peppers Recipe


For this month's Color Me Badd Diva theme, I randomly ended up with yellow. Several of the Divas are not curry fans (and it definitely smells up your house) so I went with a dish that used yellow peppers (and the Quinoa is "yellowy" I guess.)

Chicken Sausage on Quinoa with Peppers
1 Tbsp butter
¼ onion, diced
sea salt to taste
1 cup quinoa
2 Cups Chicken Broth

2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Chicken sausage links
½ onion, cut into thin strips
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tsp Spanish paprika
½ Tsp ground cumin
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup chicken stock
sea salt and pepper to taste

1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the diced onion and sea salt to taste; cook and stir until the onion has caramelized to a deep brown, about 15 minutes. Once caramelized, pour in 2 cups of chicken stock and the quinoa; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, 20ish minutes.
2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the sausages. Remove to drain on a paper towel lined plate, and keep warm.
3. Reduce the heat to medium, and stir the sliced onion into the remaining oil in the skillet (add a bit more if necessary.) Cook until the edges of the onions begin to turn a golden color, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Season with the paprika and cumin, then stir in the red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, and 1/2 cup of chicken stock. Bring to a simmer, then cook until the peppers soften, and the mixture reduces and thickens, 10 to 15 minutes. Return the sausage to the skillet, season to taste with salt and pepper, and continue cooking until the sausage is hot. Serve over a bed of quinoa.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Broccoli Grape Harvest Salad by The Big Cheese

April sort of snuck by the Divas this month. We are actually meeting on May 1st to complete April's "Color-Me-Diva" month. Each diva was given a color, and our meal has to (I guess) have that color in it? Either way, The Big Cheese was given PURPLE...I mean, come on...I thought about eggplant? A purple colored wine? However, I kept coming back to grapes. I love them, my family loves them, who doesn't love grapes? The only problem with grapes is the recipe probably can't be frozen. My bad fellow divas, my bad. You'll just have to enjoy this meal ASAP! We divas know how to NOT waste a good meal. So, I'll stop rambling and give you this fresh recipe that I found (via Pintrest) at Eat Yourself Skinny blog. Who doesn't want to EAT themselves SKINNY? For real.

Here are your ingredients:

1/2 (16 oz) box whole wheat farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
1 lb. fresh broccoli
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp. salt
2 cups seedless red grapes
6 cooked turkey bacon slices, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan for about 6 minutes until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Then prepare pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from stems and separate into small pieces using a paring knife. In a large bowl, whisk together mayo, yogurt, sugar, red onion, vinegar and salt and toss with broccoli, hot cooked pasta and grapes. Stir to coat. Cover and chill for up to 3 hours. Stir in bacon and toasted pecans just before serving, enjoy!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mini Cheesecakes

Well, since the theme for this month's Supper Club was based on our Diva name, I got to bring dessert! I turned to Pinterest, of course, and found these delicious little cheesecakes that were a cinch to make and perfect for sharing. Also, did I mention that they aren't too terribly bad for you either?!? You can't beat that!

3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (or Oreos, I suppose!)
2 tbsp. butter, melted
2/3 cup low fat cream cheese
6 tbsp. fat free cream cheese
3 tbsp. lemon juice
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup light fruit pie filling, any flavor you want

Place 12 cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter; mix well. Spoon 1 tbsp. of mixture into bottom of each cupcake liner and press down gently; refrigerate until ready to use.

In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat both types of cream cheese until fluffy. Add in lemon juice, egg whites, vanilla and sugar; beat until smooth.

Spoon cream cheese mixture evenly into cupcake liners; bake until set, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.


OK, I'm glad I got that off my chest. :)

Top each cheesecake with 1 tbsp. of pie filling. I used cherry and blueberry, but use whatever makes you happy here. They will be delicious...I promise! Enjoy!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chimichurri Sauce

What do you get when you combine cheese, wine, sauce, dessert, gourmet fanciness, and down home goodness? You get a group of awesome ladies going into their 4th year of monthly gatherings of meals, wine, and laughter. I can't imagine life without these girls!

Our theme this month is a meal inspired by our diva name. Since I am Saucy Diva, I am sharing a recipe for homemade chimichurri sauce. Chimichurri sauce is great because it can go on pretty much anything! I will be serving on top of grilled steaks, but you can also use it on chicken, salmon, in salads, on tacos, or just dip your chips in it.

1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves (about 1 cup before chopping)
1/2 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley leaves (about 1 cup before chopping)
2 T minced garlic
3 T fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. cayenne pepper (or less, if you're a wimp like me)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 cup olive oil

1. Finely chop the cilantro, parsley, and garlic, either by hand or in a food processor with steel blade. I HIGHLY recommend the food processor. It is a lot of chopping, especially if you're making a big batch. Which you should. Because this stuff is awesome!

2. Put ingredients into a bowl and add lemon juice, red wine vinegar, cayenne pepper and cumin and stir to combine. Then stir in olive oil until mixture is well blended.

3. Let sit at room temperature at least 15 minutes before serving. Store left over sauce in the fridge.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cheesy Chicken & Stuffing By: The BIG Cheese

Here I, The Big Cheese, sit at a local library...trying not to think of cheese. What's the use?!

Searching around for the healthiest/cheesiest recipe I could find. I found this recipe at

* I cut her recipe in half, just FYI *

4 thin boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets
3 slices 2% reduced fat Swiss cheese
1/4 cup milk
1/2 can of Campbell’s cream of chicken soup
1/2 box of chicken flavored stuffing mix (such as Stove Top)
1/4 stick of butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly mist your baking dish.
2. Place the chicken breasts in a single layer across the bottom of the baking dish. Tear the cheese slices into pieces and use them to cover the breasts.
3. In a medium bowl, mix together the milk and cream of chicken soup until combined. Pour over the tops of the chicken.
4. In a large bowl, stir together the stuffing mix and melted butter until stuffing is coated. Sprinkle the stuffing mix over the tops of the chicken.
5. Place in the oven and bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes.


Garlic Chicken with White Wine Sauce

Recipe adapted from

• 2 chicken breasts & 2 drumsticks (or whatever chicken pieces you prefer)
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 1 whole head of garlic, cloves separated but not peeled
• Olive oil
• About 1 cup white wine,
• Tarragon
• Thyme

Lightly smash the garlic cloves with the side of a heavy chef's knife, just enough to break the cloves. Leave peel on.**

Pat the chicken pieces dry and sprinkle pieces generously with salt and pepper.

Heat 3 Tbsp. olive oil in a Dutch oven (or a large thick-bottom pan with a tight fitting cover) on medium high. Brown the chicken pieces on all sides. Lay the chicken pieces on the hot oil, do not move until browned, then turn over to other side using tongs. Remove from pan when browned.

Add a little more olive oil to the pan if necessary. Add the garlic and sauté until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add the wine and the herbs. Bring to a boil. Add the chicken pieces. Reduce the heat to medium low. Cover the pan and simmer until the chicken is cooked through. Move the chicken pieces from top to bottom every 5 minutes for about 20 minutes. Chicken is done when a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part reads 180°F for thighs and 170°F for breasts.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer chicken pieces to a platter; spoon garlic sauce over the chicken.

Serve alone or with rice, noodles, baked or mashed potatoes.

**Leaving the peels on the garlic is traditional in Mexican cooking. The peels do have flavor, much like the shells of shrimp. You don’t eat them, but when the dish is done, the garlic just slips out of them.