Kickin Jalapeño Game Day Dip

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Recipe Created By: Cari Schofield 2015©

With the Superbowl upon us, we are all searching for delicious foods and dips to serve our friends at Super Bowl parties.   Many of us also have healthy resolutions this year and it can be hard to find alternatives that don’t use fatty sour creams or things loaded with carbs. So I decided to try using Chobani’s Plain Greek Yogurt as a base for this recipe. Stay with me here. I promise that no one will be able to tell it is made with yogurt.

Keeping with the spirit of my blog this year, I decided to get creative and come up with something that has a little ‘kick’ to it! (Pun intended) This dip can be served with crackers, chips, vegetables or used as a sandwich spread. We even used it the other night on our tacos and burritos and it was fabulous!!

canvasIngredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Chobani Plain Yogurt
  • 3/4 cup light Mayo
  • 5 tablespoons of the prepared dried spice mix, (see below)
  • 1/2 cup pickled jalapeños, drained (To tone it down a little try using 1/4 cup.)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 MINI sweet red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro tops, no stems

dry mixDry spice mix Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup dry buttermilk, often found next to the powdered milk at Wal-Mart.
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

Directions:

  1. Start by mixing together all of the ingredients listed above for the dry spice mix in a bowl, set aside.                                            dry mix 2
  2. Wash, pat dry and chop your cilantro. Remember to only use the leaves, not the stems for this recipe.
  3. Finely chop your mini sweet red bell pepper.
  4. Add the Chobani Yogurt, light mayo, jalapeños, your sweet mini red bell pepper, lime juice, 5 tablespoons of the dried spice mix and  chopped cilantro in your blender.
  5. Pulse at high-speed until blended. You may have to scrape some of it down so that it mixes well.
  6. Pour into bowl and serve immediately or refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.

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We serve this amazingly easy to prepare dip with roasted garlic and tomato crackers and summer sausage. There are so many possibilities with this dip. Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below.

Keepin It Spicy,

Jalapeño Gal

(Note: Store your leftover dry mix in the refrigerator for up to 3 months so you can use it again or just double up the recipe and make a huge bowl)

 

 

 

 

 

Amish Broccoli Salad

P1090036-001I love broccoli Salad!! It is one of my favorite things to make at parties or church pot lucks and is always a huge hit. I have my own recipe I use of course, but I came across this wonderful delight on Facebook and decided to share it with  you all because it tasted so good. I hope you enjoy and please feel free to leave a comment or tip in the comment section below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chopped broccoli
  • 1 lb chopped cauliflower (chopped into very small chunks)
  • 1/lb bacon, fried and crumbled  (about 7 slices) This can be optional if you don;t like meat.
  • 2 cups grated Smoked Gouda or Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar OR to make it diabetic friendly you can use Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 1/cup sugar
    (this is optional…but the sweet taste is popular in this)
  • 1/tsp salt, OR to taste

Directions:

  1. In large salad bowl, combine broccoli, cauliflower, bacon and 11/cups Smoked Gouda or Cheddar cheese.
  2. In medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar or liquid sweetener and salt.
  3. Stir the creamy mixture into the broccoli salad.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
  5. Cover the salad bowl with plastic wrap and chill before serving.

Variations:

  • Leave out the cauliflower and use only broccoli.
  • Add some chopped or sliced red onions.
  • Replace the cauliflower with diced cooked chicken.
  • Maybe add in some chopped, hard boiled eggs.

It really is that simple….no cooking!!

Yield:  12 servings

  • 1 serving
  • 302.9 calories
  • 25.7 g protein
  • 25.7 g fat
  • 1.6 g fiber

4.1 g net carbs 

Source: Low Carb News

Baked Cheesy Spinach Tortellini

Pic Source: Thrive Home

Pic Source: Thrive Home

Another HUGE hit in my home created by Thrive Home!!

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 oz.) cheese tortellini, cooked al dente (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce (approximately 28 oz.; I like Newman’s Own Marinara)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped (or 1/2 cup frozen spinach, defrosted, drained and chopped)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese and/or Italian mix cheese

Instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray.

2) Boil cheese tortellini until al dente (about 2 minutes), according to package directions.

3) Spread thin layer of sauce into bottom of baking dish. Arrange half of the cooked tortellini over the sauce. Top tortellini with 1/2 of sauce, spinach, mozzarella cheese, and Italian cheese.

4) Repeat layers again, ending with the last of the cheese on top.

5) Bake for uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until edges are bubbly and top is golden brown.

Freezer Meal Instructions:
After step #4 (before baking), freeze the casserole in airtight freezable container. When ready to bake, thaw 24-48 hours in the fridge or using the defrost setting in the microwave. Bake according to directions (step #5). If casserole is still somewhat frozen, you will have to bake it 10-15 minutes longer. If it starts to get too brown on top, cover with foil.

Broccoli Salad

broccoli-salad-2Broccoli Salad is such a refreshing dish all year around but we especially love it for cook outs and church pot luck dinners. I never bring any back home with me so I keep a cup or two at home. 🙂 Below I have given you three options. A recipe for 5, 10, or 15 people. All recipes require the same preparations. If you need to stretch it a little further or want a new twist, you can add some small bits of cauliflower as well. Just make another batch of sauce and slowly add it until it taste right for you and your family.

I serve cherry tomatoes on the side for those who love them in their salads.

Directions:

  1. Fry the bacon in a skillet and cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Dab all grease off bacon strips. Cool and crumble. (I like it slightly crispy, its your choice on how you like it.)
  2. Cut the broccoli into bite-size pieces and cut the onion into thin bite-size bits. Combine with the bacon, raisins, and your favorite nuts and mix well.
  3. To prepare the dressing, mix the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar together until smooth. Stir into the salad, let chill and serve with in a few hours. I usually make it the morning I am going to serve it.

Ingredients for 15 people

  • 3-1/4 heads fresh broccoli
  • 1-3/4 red onion
  • 13 ounces bacon
  • 1-1/4 cups raisins (optional)
  • 1-1/4 cups sliced almonds (optional). An alternative I use is sun flower seeds.
  • 1-2/3 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 – 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, optional
  • 3/4 cup and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon red OR white wine vinegar

Ingredients for 10 people

  • 2 heads fresh broccoli
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 3/4 cup raisins, optional
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds, optional. An alternative I use is sun flower seeds.
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, optional
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

For 5 people

  • 1 heads fresh broccoli
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/4 pound bacon
  • 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon raisins, optional.
  • 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon sliced almonds, optional. An alternative I use is sun flower seeds.
  • 1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, optional
  • 1/4 cup and 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon and 1/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar

I hope you, your family and friends enjoy this amazing dish as much as I do. 🙂

Keepin It Spicy,

Jalapeño Gal

 

Minestrone Soup In a Jar

minetrone soupI use to hear Minestrone Soup and think “Oh jeeze, what all goes in that?”  Well, unknown to me, the reason all minestrone soup seems to be different is because it is generally a soup that is created out of this and that around the kitchen. Now that I know that….it is much easier to make.

This particular recipe is going to be another pre-made, meal in a jar recipe that you can grab, add water and let cook for dinner. I firmly believe in food storage for multiple reasons and this is another great recipe that can be added to that pantry. 🙂

The key to a good Minestrone soup is the tomato base. In any meal in a jar you create, it is a good idea to put the powders in the bottom so you do not clog your food saver.

General tomato base recipe for all minestrone soup in a jar that I create: (Note: This tomato base recipe I got from Perbain.)

Ingredients:

Some alternative ingredients can be Lima beans, chick peas, potatoes, green beans, diced tomatoes, celery, spinach, lentil beans, the possibilities are endless.

(Note: I want to stress that you can make this mix with any vegetables you want to add as long as you have your tomato base recipe in the bottom. You do not have to follow this to a tee, however, you might have to play with your recipe until it fits in your quart jar accordingly. Should you come up with a successful recipe you would like posted, feel free to email it to me at jalapenogal77@gmail.com. You will receive full credit.)

Directions:

After adding all your ingredients to the jar and pressing down so it will fit. Place Oxygen absorber on top and seal with your vacuum sealer. Voila!! All done and will last years on your shelf.

(Writers note: When vacuum sealing your jars, you do not HAVE to add an Oxygen absorber as the vacuum seal sucks all the air out. I do it just to be safe and for my peace of mind.)

Ready to cook instructions: (Tape these directions to outside of jar with date of creation.)

Pour contents of jar into a large pot with 8 cups of boiling water. Cook for approximately 20 minutes or until noodles and beans are done.

Tips:

  • You can add more pasta, salt or bullion if you so desire.
  • If I have a beef, vegetable or chicken broth I will substitute a cup of water with a can of these just for added flavor.
  • If I am adding more pasta I will add more broth or water.

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Note: Reseal leftover absorbers in a jar to keep them good.

Note: Reseal leftover absorbers in a jar to keep them good.

Eggs Columbian

BX0605H_eggs-columbian_s4x3_lgIngredients

  • 12 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 scallions, white and green parts
  • Plum tomato or 1/2 of a large tomato
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 12-inch whole wheat tortillas
  • Jalapeño, diced (optional, this is my add on)

Directions:

  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and add some salt and pepper. Beat with a whisk or fork until well mixed.
  2. Trim the ends from scallions and slice thin. You should have about 1/2 cup.
  3. Cut the tomato into 1/2-inch dice. You should have about 1/2 cup.
  4. Using a non-stick pan or a cast iron skillet, heat the oil until hot over a high heat. Add the scallion and tomato and a bit of salt and pepper. Saute until the tomato is broken down, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and scramble. Cook until just set.
  5. Lay the tortillas on a flat surface. Divide the eggs evenly between tortillas laying them in a strip from one side of the tortilla to the other, about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom.
  6. Pull the bottom of the tortilla up over the eggs, tuck the tortilla into the egg until it feels snug and roll it up, like making a nori roll. Cut the rolls into halves or thirds. Serve immediately or reheat on a panini press before serving.

Source: Food Network

Cracker Barrel Dumplings

1013890_10200863318699054_1458301716_nIngredients:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 cup butterMilk, A Bit Less Than A Full Cup (you can use regular milk if needed)
  • 2 quarts Chicken Broth
  • 3 cups Cooked Chicken

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry blender. Stir in the milk, mixing with a fork until the dough forms a ball.
  2. Heavily flour a work surface. You’ll need a rolling-pin and something to cut the dumplings with. I like to use a pizza cutter. I also like to use a small spatula to lift the dumplings off the cutting surface.
  3. Roll the dough out thin with a heavily floured rolling-pin. Dip your cutter in flour and cut the dumplings in squares about 2″x2″. It’s okay for them not to be exact. Just eye-ball it. Some will be bigger, some smaller, some shaped funny.
  4. Use the floured spatula to put them on a heavily floured plate. Just keep flouring between the layers of dumplings.
  5. To cook them, bring the broth to a boil. Drop the dumplings in one at a time, stirring while you add them. The extra flour on them will help thicken the broth. Cook them for about 15-20 minutes or until they not doughy tasting. Add the cooked chicken to the pot and you’re done!

Zucchini Lasagna

zuchinni lasagnaA good friend of mine from church turned me onto this recipe posted by Skinnytaste.com. I have made this before and it is absolutely delicious!! I lost the recipe and until now I haven’t made it so I decided to share it with you all like I do many other recipes I find online. (some are altered to our taste or liking)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb 93% lean beef
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 3 medium zucchini, sliced 1/8″ thick
  • 15 oz part-skim ricotta
  • 16 oz part-skin mozzarella cheese, shredded (Sargent’o)
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 large egg
  • Madeline slicer, optional but makes it much easier. 🙂

Directions:

1. In a medium sauce pan, brown meat and season with salt. When cooked drain in colander to remove any fat. Add olive oil to the pan and saute garlic and onions about 2 minutes. Return the meat to the pan, add tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer on low for at least 30-40 minutes, covered. Do not add extra water, the sauce should be thick.

2. Meanwhile, slice zucchini into 1/8″ thick slices, add lightly salt and set aside or 10 minutes. (JG’s note: I personally use a Madeline Slicer for recipes like this to make sure the food is slices in uniform slices and everything cooks evenly.) Zucchini has a lot of water when cooked, salting it takes out a lot of moisture. After 10 minutes, blot excess moisture with a paper towel.

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3. On a gas grill or grill pan, grill zucchini on each side, until cooked, about 1-2 minutes per side. Place on paper towels to soak any excess moisture.

4. Preheat oven to 350°.

5. In a medium bowl mix ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and egg. Stir well.

6. In a 9×12 casserole spread some sauce on the bottom and layer the zucchini to cover. Then place some of the ricotta cheese mixture, then top with the mozzarella cheese and repeat the process until all your ingredients are used up. Top with sauce and mozzarella and cover with foil.

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7. Bake 45 minutes covered at 375°, then uncovered 15 minutes. Let stand about 5 – 10 minutes before serving.