Beef Stew

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This beef stew recipe is one of mine and my husband’s absolute favorites this time of year because it warms you right up when it’s chilly outside. It’s easy and it will get your house smelling soooo sooooo good! Here is how you make it:

Serves 4-6 happy bellies

Ingredients:

-4 tablespoons olive oil

-1 tablespoon butter

-2 pounds of beef stew meat

-1 white onion, diced

-4 garlic cloves

-1 can or bottle of beer

-4 cups of beef broth

-3 tablespoons worcestershire

-3 tablespoons tomato paste

-2 teaspoons paprika (for a little extra kick)

-salt and pepper to taste, I tend to use lots because of the potoatoes

-2 teaspoons of sugar

-4-6 small new potatoes, diced

-4-6 whole carrots, unpeeled and diced

Recipe:

  1. Start by heating the pot you are going to use for the soup with the olive oil and butter.
  2. Throw in the meat just long enough to sear it. You do not want to thoroughly cook it, as that is what the simmering is for later on. Remove from pot.
  3. Throw in the onion and garlic cloves and cook for a few minutes until the onion and garlic are tender.
  4. Pour in the can of beer.
  5. Pour in the beef broth.
  6. Worcestershire sauce.
  7. Tomato paste.
  8. Paprika.
  9. Salt and Pepper.
  10. Sugar.
  11. Then, return the meat to the pot and simmer for 1.5-2 hours on low heat. Until the meat is very tender.
  12. Add the potatoes and carrots to the pot after the 1.5-2 hours of simmering, and simmer for another 30 minutes or an hour until the veggies and potatoes become tender.
  13. If you like your stew thicker, you can add a couple of tablespoons of flour to thicken it up.
  14. Grab some bread and enjoy your delicious beef stew

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Oat Ball Delite

If you haven’t tried these delicious oatmeal balls, then you are missing out!! They are healthy, sweet, and give you ENERGY! Cut out the coffee and caffeine, and trade it in for one of these instead. Your body will thank you later! 

YOU WILL NEED:

-1 cup of dried oatmeal

-1/2 cup dried coconut flakes

-2 tablespoons of chia seeds

-1/2 cup of dried flaxseed

-1/2 cup of chocolate chips

-1/2 cup of peanut butter

-1/3 cup of honey

  
Stir everything together in a bowl. Side note: these things are STICKY! You pretty much have to get into with your bare hands. Throw in some extra chocolate chips, and it’ll be worth it. 

Roll them into little balls as big or little as you’d like. Whatever tickles your fancy. Before eating, store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes so they will harden a bit, then enjoy!

You can store in the fridge up to five days, or freeze them! I freeze mine in individual bags so they are easy to grab on the go for breakfast every morning!  Quite frankly, they are a pretty nice sweet treat at night while I am relaxing and watching tv! 

  
Trust me, they ARE as delicious as they look! I am looking forward to enjoying them over the 3 hour season finale of the Bachelorette tonight! Who wins?! Are they still together? Can’t wait to find out! 
Happy Monday!!
Love Always,

Alyson ūüėė

Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry

It’s the season of Winter, which can only mean ONE thing..You feel like you have gained weight and have been eating too much comfort food. The holidays are over, the new year has begun, and you are ready to make a change in the kitchen. You just don’t really know where to begin, but I am here to tell you to try this easy and delicious stir-fry.

Can you really ask for a quicker meal..15 minutes? I think you can put aside that amount of time for a quick and healthy meal. It beats running through a drive-thru on your way home from work. Just do it and you will be proud.

Some health nuts might laugh and laugh, but I am calling this dish healthy. It’s healthy for my husband and I anyway and we feel better about ourselves.

Cast of Characters:¬†squash, zucchini, red bell pepper, carrot, chicken, brown rice or noodles, thyme, cavender’s greek seasoning. salt, pepper, worcestershire, liquid smoke, and olive oil.

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To begin, pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a wok. If you do not own a wok, any pot/pan will work.

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Rinse, dice, and pat your chicken dry so your seasoning will stick better.

You don’t have to rinse your chicken, but chicken freaks me out.

Throw your chicken into the wok with the olive oil.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add cavender’s greek seasoning.

Add 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke.

Add 1 tablespoon of worcestershire.

Turn on high.

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While your chicken is cooking, chop your vegetables up.

I dice the bell pepper, squash, and zucchini..I grate the carrot with the cheese grater (my husband won’t eat carrots any other way).

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Once your chicken looks like this (about 3 minutes on high) you know it’s time.

Time for what? Time to throw in the good stuff.

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Throw in your veggies.

Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Add 1 teaspoon of thyme.

Stir around and let the heat remain on high until cooked.

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Once your veggies are cooked to your liking (we like our’s extra soft-about 10 minutes) turn the heat off.

It’s time to dish up your easy and delicious meal.

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Serve by itself, or over rice.

Last night we ate it over brown rice, but you could serve over noodles as well.

I love this recipe because you can totally change it up however you’d like. Different veggies. Different seasoning.

You name it.

I hope you enjoy and feel proud of yourself for both cooking and eating healthy!

With Love,

AO


2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

3 Whole Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

1 Yellow Squash

1 Zuchinni

1 Whole Carrot, Grated

1 Red Bell Pepper

Salt and Pepper to Taste

1 Teaspoon Thyme

Cavender’s Greek Seasoning to Taste

 1 Tablespoon of Liquid Smoke

1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire

Brown Rice or Noodles

Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables

There’s not a lot of dinners much simpler than roasting a chicken. Am I right, or am I right? To me, it is one of the easiest and delicious meals out there. It’s good for when you have a lot to do around the house and need something easy for dinner, it is easy for Sunday lunch, and it is even easy if you just want to eat it because it’s delicious.

You can use this recipe and change it however you’d like: different spices, herbs, and vegetables..they pretty much all taste great.

The Cast of Characters: whole chicken, sweet potato, russet potato, carrots, onion, salt, pepper, olive oil, worcestershire, liquid smoke , rosemary, and basil.

Roasted Chicken 1

To begin, go ahead rinse, pat dry, pull the bag out of the cavity and butterfly your whole chicken by cutting the backbone out. If you don’t know exactly how to butterfly a chicken, you can watch that here on this Youtube video.

After you cut the backbone out and have it flattened out, you can add your seasoning: salt and pepper to taste, basil (1 tablespoon), and rosemary (sprinkle until covered about 2-3 tablespoons).

Roasted Chicken 2

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pot (I use cast iron because it makes the chicken taste better. I BELIVE!!!) and throw the chicken in skin side DOWN. In the picture this is skin side UP. Sear it on high for 6 minutes, then flip it over to skin side UP.

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Now, dice up your vegetables.

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Throw them into a plastic bag and add: 1-2 tablespoons olive oil (just enough for the herbs and spices to stick), 2 teaspoons of salt, 2 tablespoons of pepper, 1 teaspoon rosemary, and 1 teaspoon of basil. Seal the bag and shake, shake, shake until combined.

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Throw your veggies into the same pot as your chicken. Now for the good stuff: add 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke and one tablespoon of worcestershire. Stir the veggies around.

Roasted Chicken 6

Put into a 350 degree oven for 1 hour 10 minutes, uncovered.

Then, COVER with a lid for 30-45 minutes until veggies are soft.

You can cut up the chicken afterwards, or serve it whole. I serve it whole because it literally falls off the bone. It is soooo delicious and flavorful. My mouth is watering as I type this!

Roasted Chicken Final

Again, this is so easy! Your family will love it and it’s healthy!

ENJOY!

With Love,

AO


1 Whole Chicken, Rinsed and Patted Dry

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Basil, 1 Tablespoon

Rosemary, 2 Tablespoons

Liquid Smoke, 2 Tablespoons

Worcestershire, 1 Tablespoon

Olive Oil, 2 Tablespoons

Veggetables:

1 Sweet Potato, diced

1 Russet Potato, diced

1 Yellow Onion, Sliced

2 Carrots, Quartered

Olive Oil, 1-2 Tablespoons

Salt, 2 Teaspoons

Pepper, 2 Tablespoons

Rosemary, 1 Teaspoon

Basil, 1 Teaspoon

Fiesta Chicken Salad

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My husband and I have a new favorite food, and it definitely isn’t what you think. Well, if you saw my above picture, then it was probably a spoiler alert. It’s a salad that will forever change your food palette. Yes, a salad. Here’s the recipe:


   Fiesta Chicken Salad

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Grab one ear of corn per person.

Since it is just my husband & me eating, I gathered 2 ears.

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Go ahead and slice the corn off the cob before cooking.

When the corn is hot it REALLY burns and makes it more like a Science Fair project.

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Throw your corn into the pan with one tablespoon olive oil. Also, throw some salt and pepper in the mix.

Do not turn the heat on yet, there are other things to be processed first.

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Gather a bunch of green onions (we like a lot).

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Chop them bad boys up.

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Grab a purple onion.

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Slice it if you desire.

You may also dice it, but we like to slice it.

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Go ahead and put your chicken on the stove (or grill).

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan, then add the chicken.

Salt and pepper the chicken to your likings.

Grilling the chicken is a great idea, but if you have a cast iron skillet with the grill in it, then it’s just as delicious.

Once your chicken is turned on, then go ahead and turn the corn on High.

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In the meantime, rinse and dry your lettuce.

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Once your corn is browning, then it is time to remove from the heat.

We love when our corn is slightly brown..it gives it a whole new flavor.

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When your chicken is fully cooked (about 10 minutes on each side) remove from heat.

Chop into strips or cubes.

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Assemble your salad with the chicken, corn, purple and green onion.

Add cheese (we use pepperjack for a nice kick).

Add salsa ranch (1 tablespoon salsa per 1/4 cup ranch).