Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Print Recipe
Mexican Hot Chocolate
hot chocoate in a much with a cinnamon stick on a heavily cocoa-dusted wooden surface
Course Drinks
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Drinks
Servings
servings
Ingredients
hot chocoate in a much with a cinnamon stick on a heavily cocoa-dusted wooden surface
Instructions
  1. Combine first 6 ingredients (cocoa through vanilla bean) in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add half the marshmallows, the cayenne, milk, and half and half.
  3. Heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is simmering.
  4. Remove vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks before serving.
  5. Garnish with remaining miniature marshmallows.
Garlic Chili Kale Chips

Garlic Chili Kale Chips

Print Recipe
Garlic Chili Kale Chips
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl toss all the ingredients well.
  3. Pour kale mixture onto a large baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until kale is crispy.
  5. Serve warm.
Cinnamon-Spice Chicken

Cinnamon-Spice Chicken

Print Recipe
Cinnamon-Spice Chicken
Course Main Dish
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper; add to the skillet and brown on both sides.
  3. Add wine (or broth) and water to the skillet and sprinkle the chicken with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
  4. Reduce skillet heat, cover and simmer 5 to 6 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Serve chicken topped with pan sauce.
Butternut Bisque

Butternut Bisque

Print Recipe
Butternut Bisque
Course Soups & Stews
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Soups & Stews
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Prepare squash by cutting in half and baking for 90 minutes OR by microwaving for 10 to 15 minutes or until softened.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat; sauté onion, garlic and apple until onion is translucent.
  3. Add flour, curry powder and nutmeg and continue to cook until apple is tender.
  4. Place squash in a food processor or blender along with skillet ingredients; add 1 cup of broth and puree until smooth.
  5. Pour contents into a large saucepan or Dutch oven.
  6. Add remaining broth, tomato paste, evaporated milk and sage.
  7. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

NUTRITION per serving: 224 Calories; 2g Fat; 13g Protein; 45g Carbohydrate; 9g Dietary Fiber; 4mg Cholesterol; 416mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Grain (Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat. Points: 4

Turkey Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Turkey Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Print Recipe
Turkey Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Course Salads
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Salads
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Portion spinach leaves evenly on dinner plates.
  2. Alternately arrange orange and grapefruit sections, in a wagon-wheel fashion, on top of spinach.
  3. Place 1/2 cup of chopped turkey in the center of each fruit wheel.
Prepare dressing:
  1. In a small bowl, combine reserved orange juice with enough of the grapefruit juice to equal 1/4 cup.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend thoroughly.
  3. Pour equally over each salad.
Recipe Notes

NUTRITION per serving: 288 Calories; 5g Fat; 32g Protein; 29g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 78mg Cholesterol; 164mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fruit; 1 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates. Points: 7

Christmas Morning Breakfast

Christmas Morning Breakfast

The countdown has started and now is the time to get the food ready for the Christmas holiday. I know not everyone celebrates Christmas, but everyone enjoys the festivities of a celebration and that’s what this Food for Thought is about: celebratory food. We can all relate to that!

Here’s a Christmas Morning Menu that’s a big hit at my house year after year. Something simple, easy and doable that you get ready in a snap the night before the big day. Here you go:

  • Christmas Eve Shortcut Cinnamon Buns
  • Christmas Morning Strata
  • Chilled Tangerines

Christmas Eve Shortcut Cinnamon Buns

Makes 20 buns

These are made the night before and popped in the oven Christmas morning when the kids are attacking their stockings!

20 unbaked frozen dinner rolls (Bridgeport is a brand I have used)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, melted

Lightly grease a 10 inch bundt cake pan. Place frozen rolls into the pan and sprinkle with brown sugar, the pudding mix, and cinnamon. Pour melted butter over the top. If you don’t have a bundt pan, you can use a muffin tin, but they turn out better in a bundt pan.

Cover with a clean, damp cloth and leave overnight at room temperature to rise.

In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls for 25 minutes, until golden brown. Turn rolls out onto a serving plate and dig in!

 

Christmas Morning Strata

Serves 6-8 depending on how hungry you are!

1 loaf French bread, cubed (either by hand or with a knife)
2 (10-oz.) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
3/4 pound Provolone, chopped
14 large eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons dry mustard (optional, but adds a nice little bite)
3/4 pound shredded Cheddar cheese

Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

Make a single layer of bread cubes in the bottom of the baking dish. Cover the bread evenly with the spinach. Then add the chopped Provolone cheese. Top with another layer of bread cubes.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and seasonings. Pour over the layers evenly making sure that all of the top layer of bread is moistened. At this point, you have two options: refrigerate it overnight or bake for 1 hour (350 degree preheated oven)

When you bake it, watch it starting at about 50 minutes. It shouldn’t be ready to pull until its puffed up a bit and just starting to get golden brown (you don’t want it too brown).

If you want to test it, a knife inserted in the center should come out clean. While it is cooling, top with the cheddar cheese and allow it to melt by itself. You might need to return itto the oven for just a minute to finish melting.

Pin It on Pinterest