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Super Bowl Sunday Funday

28 Jan

NFL SHIRT

Hi Everyone…

This years Super Bowl is a little bittersweet. Actually, no it’s not bittersweet, it’s just bitter. Since we’re not celebrating the Superbowl this year in our house I haven’t added to the recipes and fun that I did last year. But if you and yours are planning on hosting or attending a Super Bowl party this weekend… Please check out this link from Mrs. Training Last year here Super Bowl Extravaganza. You can also just go to the different food recipes if that’s what you’re looking for here:

Kosher Corn Dog Bites

Baked & Loaded Jalapeño Poppers

Steak Sliders On Garlic Toast

Homemade Pizza & Dough

Baked Buffalo Wings

Macaroni & Cheese Bites

Veggie Chili & Cornbread Waffles

Cheesy Lasagna Cupcakes

Super Bowl Squares Template here 

Hope you all enjoy the game this weekend!

-Mrs. Training

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Mushroom & Pesto Spaghetti Squash

4 Nov

Happy Monday Readers! I could eat Pasta everyday, but then, well… I’d look like I eat pasta everyday. Spaghetti Squash is what they serve in Carb Rehab. You can cook it and eat with EVOO & Parmesan or with Meatballs & Marinara. It’s truly amazing and takes on the flavor of whatever it is topped with. You can also cook a few ahead of time and refrigerate them to make dinner time quick and easy. I hope you love my Fall Favorite as much as I do!

MUSHROOM & PESTO SPAGHETTI SQUASH

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt & Pepper
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Alfredo OR Mashed Avocado
  • 1 Cup Basil Pesto
  • 8 Oz Sliced Crimini Mushrooms
  • 1/4 Cup Low Fat Mozzarella (Optional)
  • Fresh Cut Basil

DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.  Using a baking sheet either lay down aluminum foil or your Silpat, mine is from Martha Stewart for $24.99. (You can really find these anywhere that baking/kitchen gadgets are sold, they are awesome and every kitchen should have one.)

Cut your Spaghetti Squash horizontally in half. Using a large spoon scoop out all the seeds and stringy flesh. Drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil OR spray with your Misto. Sprinkle Salt & Pepper all over, then turn them over so the inside is faced down. Cook for 35-40 Minutes.

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Turn them  “Spaghetti Side” up and let them cool for 5 Minutes. While it’s cooling turn your oven to BROIL.

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Using a fork, flake up all the Spaghetti.

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In a Medium sized skillet, over Medium High heat add 1 TBSP of EVOO, Minced Garlic and your Sliced Mushrooms. I prefer to slice by hand so that I can make sure they’re thin and cook quickly. Sauté for 4-5 Minutes.

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Then add your Pesto Sauce. You can add Alfredo Sauce or Avocado to make creamy. Cook for 3 Minutes.

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Divide the Mushroom/Pesto Mix on the 2 Squash halves.

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You can  top with Mozzarella or not, either way is delicious. Place in the Broiler for 4-5 Minutes.

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Top with your Fresh Basil. You can either cut in half…

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…or scoop out to plate either way is great.

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This spaghetti squash can be topped with anything that you would put on regular spaghetti. Red sauce, meatballs, sausage, other vegetables… Anything you want, without the carb guilt 🙂

Happy Meatless Monday!

-Mrs. Training

The Cheaper Chicken… Piccata

25 Oct

Full Plate

I can’t believe HOW long it’s been since I’ve blogged… I was in wedding hell… I mean bliss for so many months. 🙂 Working 3 jobs, planning a destination wedding and at home reception is apparently enough to keep you busy. Then, when I thought I was going to be bored with all my extra time after the wedding, my husband got a job that required a move in 4 days. Now, I’m finally bored again. Thank you Jesus! And now I can share with you all things wedding/planning/moving to a studio… ETC. YAY!

I love to entertain for any amount of people, but it can be quite expensive once you and your friends make the leap from Coors Light with pizza to good wine and 5 star restaurants. I love the movie Father Of The Bride, one of my favorite quotes ever is while picking the wedding menu and going over budget Steve Martin yells out, “We’ll take the cheaper chicken!” Chicken is always the best go to when budgeting. However, flavor should NEVER be a compromise. I would cancel a dinner party before I ever served mediocre food and wine. Chicken Piccata has amazing flavor, easy crowd pleaser. It’s not spicy and it’s not overwhelming. The squash is sooooo yummy and easy to find at Trader Joe’s.

While making this dinner last night I realized that I got so many great new kitchen gadgets as wedding gifts that I need to put together a post entirely about essentials to ask for on your registry or from Santa.

Lets get started…

ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS buy your chicken in bulk, wait until it’s on sale and stock up. Immediately separate into smaller Ziploc bags and freeze.

CHICKEN PICCATA

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable/Canola Oil
  • 5 Cloves of Peeled Garlic
  • 3 Boneless/ Skinless Chicken Breasts (Cage-Free Organic Recommended)
  • Kosher Salt & Freshly Cracked Pepper
  • 1/3 Cup, 1 TBSP All-Purpose Flour Divided
  • 1/3 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1-2 Lemons Sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Chardonnay
  • 1/3 Cup Rinsed Capers

DIRECTIONS

Prep- In a large skillet add your Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Peeled Garlic. If you don’t have a Garlic Peeler… Get one NOW! This one is from Crate & Barrel for $6.95. It’s a kitchen must have. Also, Slice your lemons into 1/8″ thick slices. Then using a Reamer juice your lemons. This is my favorite Reamer from Crate & Barrel for $3.95.

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Now, grab your chicken friendly cutting mat (Yes, if you have one kosher element to your kitchen it should be cutting mats) my favorite are the Martha Stewart Set of 4 Color Coded with Pictures 🙂 on SALE now $11.99. You need to cut off any extra fat or cartilage. A bite of either will ruin your meal, take the extra minute. Make a horizontal cut through the middle of the width. Salt and pepper each side. These can be done a day or two in advanced and kept in the refrigerator to make meal time faster. Mix the 1/3 Cup of All-Purpose Flour with your Bread Crumbs. Cover both sides of the breast and tap off excess. (NOTE: If you leave too much flour or bread crumbs they will burn in your oil.)

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Next, heat your Oil over Medium High heat. Add your garlic cloves, this helps to add flavor to the oil and garnish to your serving platter later. Cook each side of the chicken breasts for 4 Minutes. Set the cooked breasts on a plate. DO NOT clean out your skillet, leave the goodness in there 🙂 Add the 1 TBSP of All-Purpose Flour, Lemon Slices, Lemon Juice, Chardonnay and Capers. Mix over heat for about 2-3 Minutes when it starts to bubble, add your Chicken Breasts and continue to heat for 2-3 more Minutes.

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Lastly, plate your meal. I usually use tongs to plate all the chicken and then pour everything in the pan on top.

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You can add a wide variety of side dishes to this meal. You should always pick your sides by what is on sale. I love all the different squash you find everywhere this time of year. When I walked into Trader Joe’s they had Delicata Squash for 99 Cents… DONE & DONE. This is another one that can be completely prepped the day before and refrigerated until you’re ready to cook.

DELICATA SQUASH

INGREDIENTS

  • Delicata Squash (Washed & Dried)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt & Pepper

Delicata Step 1

Pre Heat your oven at 375 Degrees. Then using your Vegetable Mat Slice the Squash horizontally. Using a spoon scoop out all the seeds and stringy stuff (technical term). 🙂 Lightly drizzle the EVOO, I used my favorite little Martha Stewart Misto. Then, sprinkle with Salt & Pepper. You can add cheese or stuff with meat. Place them face down in a Pyrex or other Oven Safe dish, cover with Aluminum Foil and bake for 35 Minutes.

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It has a buttery corn-like flavor. The peel is soft enough to eat as well.

Delicata Step 6

I threw together a little Simple Salad to keep more Vegetables on the plate than meat 🙂 Organic Baby Greens (Costco has the best prices), Red onion, Avocado, Salt & Pepper, Oil & Balsamic.

Simple Salad

As a recovering Carb-oholic I know my limits. I never buy bread to just have in the house. But for special meals like this I buy EXACTLY how much I need. Since this dinner was just for my husband and I… I got a sandwich size roll for 50 Cents, sliced it and had EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar for dipping. This way I can’t “Over Do It” 🙂

Bread EVOO & Balsamic

Lastly, October always brings the new release of my favorite cheap Red Wine to Trader Joe’s… . It’s a blend of different Reds each year the percentages always change but it includes Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel. It’s WONDERFUL!

Chariot Gypsy Wine

So there you have it another meal that I hoped to have broken down to make a quick and easy dinner for 2 or 20. Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions at all.

Mangia,

-Mrs. Training

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