Friday, October 31, 2014

Honey & Soy Chicken Tenders with Spicy Satay Dip

Be careful what you wish for! I wanted these chicken strips to come out all caramelized and sticky after marinating for 4 hours and putting them in the oven to bake.

When I pulled them out of the oven, they were the most beautiful golden, sticky chicken strips I've ever made, and when I assembled them on a plate to photograph for this post, I couldn't hardly wait to take a taste. (I taste everything -- usually along the way and before I plate, but I was in a hurry this evening and they looked so good...)

Once I snapped the picture, I indulged in a taste. I then proceeded to eat the entire plate and took a few extra to boot! OMGoodness! These are really wonderful and SO easy to make!  Check it out:

Ingredients ~

1 1/2 - 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast tenders
⅓ cup honey
⅓ cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon freshly ground ginger
1 teaspoon garlic, minced- about 2 small cloves
1 T onion powder
1 t. orange rind, grated
½ t. smoked paprika
dash cayenne pepper
cilantro for garnish and lettuce leaves

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Pat dry all the tenders and align on a sprayed baking sheet (jelly roll pan). 

Mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk until incorporated.

Pour over strips and turn with tongs to coat. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for several hours --but no less than 1 hour if you need them sooner.

Meanwhile for the Satay Dip:

In a small sauce pan, heat on low 1/2 c creamy peanut butter, 1/2 c coconut milk, 3-4 T chili sauce, 1T soy sauce, 1 t. ground mustard, 2 t. curry powder, 1/2 t. turmeric, dash cayenne pepper and 2-3 T water to loosen. Heat just until warm. DO NOT boil or you will end up with a thick mess and have to start over like I did the first time around! Ughhh!!! 

About 30 minutes before dining, place chicken in preheated oven. Check after 20 minutes because ovens vary and you don't want to burn them. Turn the strips and put back in oven for 10-15. They should look golden and sticky when done. These could be served cold in lettuce wraps with the sauce for an easy lunch or picnic. :-) 

I loved them warm out of the oven with the sauce slightly warm... Enjoy! You won't stop at 1 or 2... You've been warned!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

#SundaySupper Lighten Up The Holidays (Preview)

Look for #SundaySupper #chat at 7:00pm est this Sunday, November 2, 2014 ~ So many wonderful and fresh ideas for the holidays! {No-Guilt!} 

Lighten Up The Holidays #SundaySupper

Light Recipes CollageThis week we have really easy, healthy, delicious recipes. With all the fabulous food the thanksgiving and Christmas bring us, it is very important to have a different alternative to the delicious sides, drinks, main dishes and desserts.
And of course thats what this Sunday is all about, light and “guilt free” food.
Check out the recipe list and I recommend to use a napkin because you are going to need it.
Hope to see you all on Sunday for are #SundaySupper.
Appetizer or starter
Main Dishes
Side Dishes
Sunday Supper Movement

#SundaySupper 50 Super Halloween Recipes #foodandmore

Creepy, Clever, and Fun Halloween Recipes

Halloween Recipe Round Up
Are you ready for Halloween? The week is upon us, and we know you are thinking about what to make for all of your Halloween celebrations. From savory to sweet, from scary to frightfully fun, today’s post has something for you! Today’s lineup includes fifty…yes – FIFTY Halloween inspired dishes from the Sunday Supper crew that are sure to be an absolute hit at your ghoulish get-togethers. The entire family is going to love assembling these fiendish food items in the kitchen! Now for the fun – scroll through our collection and pick out a few to try this weekend!
Creepy Clever and Fun Halloween Recipes
Baked Mummy Cheese Hot Dogs – Adorable and delicious! Melty, cheesy goodness oozes through little biscuit bandages.
Beef Stew with Ghost Dumplings – A filling and savory stew with adorable biscuit ghosts!
Blackened Chicken Legs with Red Beets and Potatoes – Sophisticated and ghoulish! Blood red beets and blackened chicken make for a spooky Halloween meal.
A Bowlful of Creepy Crawlies – Spooky potato worms will frighten your Halloween guests…and are sure to be gobbled up extremely fast!
Brain Cupcakes with Red Moscato Wine Shooters – It doesn’t get much scarier than these! Brain shaped cupcakes plunged with a syringe of wine jello shooters.
Broken Glass Cupcakes - Watch out for the shards of broken “glass” and dripping blood adorning these creepy cupcakes…
Creepy Clever and Fun Halloween Recipes
Candy Corn Bark – A quick holiday treat that is both salty and sweet!
Candy Corn and Chocolate Chip Cookies – Chocolate chips, candy corn, and a cornflake crunch make these cookies irresistible!
Candy Corn Cocktail – For an adult beverage, try this cocktail with candy corn infused vodka.
Candy Corn Sugar Cookies – Transform your sugar cookies to look like the beloved Halloween candy.
Candy Corn White Chocolate Pretzels – Easy to make, colorful, and tasty! These bites would be irresistible.
Candy Stuffed Rice Crispy Treat Pumpkins – There is a yummy pumpkin spice surprise on the inside of these crispy pumpkin treats!
Creepy Clever and Fun Halloween Recipes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Halloween Puppy Chow – A crunchy mixture of chocolate and peanut butter coated rice cereal squares. You’ll be addicted.
Chocolate Potato Skull Cake – An impressively creepy cake that is sure to be the hit of your Halloween party!
Chocolate Raspberry Ghoulash with Witch Fingers – Use these witch fingers to dip into a dreamy dessert dip.
Creepy Cerebrum Cocktail – A freaky frightening brain created with shrimp cocktail!
Devilish Potato Mummies – Spicy baked potatoes mummy wrapped in cheese; the black olive eyes peeking out are cute but scary!
Graveyard Parfaits – Classic dirt pudding gets a Halloween makeover with pumpkin and cookie tombstones.
Creepy Clever and Fun Halloween Recipes
Halloween Buffalo Ranch Pork Bites – Pulled pork, buffalo ranch, and cheese…topped with spider rings that can serve as Halloween party accessories!
Halloween Ghost Flatbread Pizzas – Break out the party pizza bar and put together some spooky ghost flatbreads for Halloween dinner
Headless Gingerbread Men – Traditional gingerbread men get a macabre makeover. Ah!!!
Homemade Butterfingers – Create your own version of a favorite candy bar.
Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers – Quite possibly the perfect dinner to eat before you trick or treat! Stuffed peppers in the shape of jack o’lanterns are a frightfully fun dish.
Loaded Mashed Potato Spider Web Casserole – A loaded potato pie that’s delicious at any time of the year, but extra spooky when adorned with a spiderweb pattern.
Creepy Clever and Fun Halloween Recipes
Marinated Mozzarella Eyeballs – Eyeball, anyone? These cheesy treats are frightening to look at but delicious to taste!
Mashed Potato Monsters – These little mashed potato monsters are not only creepy, but they are delicious to snack on as well!
Meat Head – Oddly cute and terrifying, this charcuterie adorned skull is a perfect (and edible) Halloween centerpiece.
Meringue Bones – A few broken meringue bones served over a coagulated pool of raspberry blood make for a ghoulish Halloween dessert.
Monster Bites – The most ugly and terrifying cake pops you’ve ever seen…but they’re seriously cute at the same time!
Monster Joes – Pasta shells oozing with sloppy Joe filling; fun for the family to assemble before trick or treating!
Creepy Clever and Fun Halloween Recipes
Monster Mouths – These sweet treats can be a healthy holiday snack option!
Monster and Mummy Cupcakes – Dress up your cupcakes for Halloween with candy corn spikes.
Pretzel Mummies – Adorable, easy to make, salty, and sweet! These pretzels hit every note.
Pumpkin Cookie Bars – Cookie bars specked with Halloween candy and piped with a spiderweb design!
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Biscoff Cream – These cookies are a perfect bite for the pumpkin filled season.
Red Moscato Candied Apples – Wine laced candied apples are an adult friendly Halloween treat!
Creepy Clever and Fun Halloween Recipes
Red Velvet Cake Eye Balls – Scattered among a grassy lawn splattered with blood; it’s all that’s left of the unfortunate humans who served as tonight’s Vampire feast…
Shrek’s Dirty Q-Tips – Green, gooey, and GROSS!!!
Shrunken Heads in Spiced Cider – Try not to be terrified when you find a shrunken head staring back at you from your mug.
Sloppy Worm Sandwiches – Sure to be a favorite Halloween dish with the family – pile up your sandwich with worms!
Smoked Trout Pate Spider Bites – Go ahead, wrap your lips around that Black Widow. You had better close your eyes first!
Spiderweb Cookie Cake – A favorite cookie cake laced with chocolate candy and a spider web design.
Creepy Clever and Fun Halloween Recipes
Spooky Circus Animal Cookies – Classic animal cookies get a spookified twist with deep, dark color.
Stuffed Potato Spiders – Large arachnids serve as a meal, and small ones are great for a Halloween party appetizer.
Sweet Intestines with Bloody Glass – The ultimate gory and “gutsy” dessert, complete with edible glass shards!
Twice Baked Potato Graves – Even though these Potato Graves may be cute (and a little spooky), make no BONES about it, they’re super tasty and especially kid friendly with all the flavors and ingredients they love.
Vampire Delight Martini – A deep red martini reminiscent of blood – the adult guests at your party will find this beverage hauntingly good!
Witches’ Digits – Raggedy, torn off finger cookies. Munch on these easy to make bloody stumps…
Witch Hats – Pizza gets a magical makeover. Fun and customizable!
Zombie Bite Red Moscato Cocktails – A fruity Moscato cocktail completely creepified with a bloody dripping rim!

Pumpkin Roasted Sweet Potato Soup #pumpkin #fallfood

Wondering what would be a nutritious, warm and satisfying meal before the little ones go out trick-or-treating? Want to have a simple but "amped up" light soup on a chilly evening? This one will please both children and adults alike!

This soup is very easy to make and can be made ahead and reheated if needed. The nutrition from the sweet potatoes and the pumpkin can't be beat! The flavors are seasonal, and fresh ingredients make this so comforting!

If you like sweet potatoes and pumpkin, this combination is a beautiful marriage!

Ingredients ~

1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 inch cubes
1 T. olive oil + more to drizzle later
1 t. sea salt + 1 t. for broth
1 t. thyme
1/2 t. smoked paprika
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1/4 t. cinnamon
1 c. pumpkin puree
1 T butter
1 large shallot, chopped
1/8 c. sherry
2 1/2 c vegetable stock + 1/2 c water
2/3 c fat free half-n-half
1/3 c crumbled gorgonzola
1/3 c toasted almond slivers

Directions ~

Put sweet potatoes on a large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Drizzle with EVOO, salt, cayenne, paprika, and cinnamon. Toss to coat. Place in preheated 375 degree oven and bake about 35 minutes until the cubes start to caramelize and are fork tender.

Meanwhile, heat butter in medium Dutch oven. Saute shallots for about 2 minutes over medium high heat. Add thyme and stir. Deglaze pan with sherry and cook down a minute. Add pumpkin and stir to mix. Add 2 c of the stock and stir. Bring to a low boil and then turn down.

When potatoes are done, place them in pot with the stock and pumpkin. Stir and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat. Using an emersion blender or working in small batches (2-3) blend until smooth. Return to pot and add half-n-half, gorgonzola, and remaining 1/2 c stock. Turn heat back on low. Stir. Check seasoning. Cover and simmer 10 minutes until cheese melts slightly. Add water and stir. Cover and keep on low heat another 10 minutes.

In a small dry skillet, toast almonds -- about 5 minutes on medium heat. When ready to serve, ladle soup in bowls and top with almonds and a drizzle of olive oil. It has a sweet and savory taste that the nuts compliment so well! This soup would be great with a pear and arugula salad and a glass of Chardonnay.