Eating clean is not as hard as some think. Coming up with recipes that are excellent , and beautiful can be a challenge. Ever since my father became sick I have been trying to cook clean and simple. This is an excellent recipe for chicken leg quarters.
6 tbs deli mustard
6 tbs raw honey
2 garlic cloves pressed
4 tbs paprika
2 tbs Chia seeds
*honey water mixture
Wash and pat dry chicken. Combine all spices except chia seeds and rub chicken. Let marinade overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees line backing pan with foil and lay chicken pieces on top.
Bake at 375 degrees uncovered for minutes.
* make honey water by mixing 1tbs honey and 2 tbs waster.
Once chicken is golden brush with honey water mixture and sprinkle Chia seed over tops bake additional 5 minutes.
Everytime I see a funnel cake it reminds me of rides, fairs, humidity, crowds and heat. This is what a state fair is like in MN. Im not sure what ingredients vendors use but here is a recipe that I use for clean ingredients that you can understand and Enjoy. You probably have all of them in your cupboards.
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
1 tsp backing powder
1 1/5 cups milk
1 tbs Vanilla
oil for frying and powder sugar for dusting
Heat Oil to medium high in a frying pan about 2 inches deep.
( I used small pan and made them one at a time.) Mix all dry ingredients and then add milk, eggs and vanilla mix well.
Using a measuring cup with a spout pour slowly in a coil fry until golden, turn over and fry the other side also. drain on paper towels and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
some suggestions, serve with fresh strawberries, make them smaller for children.
The Best steak is if it has a pat of yummy butter on top. Grilled, Broiled, Fried, sautéed any way you like it a pat of herb butter brings out the flavors.
- 4 tbsp Butter
- Roasted garlic 4-5 cloves
- 1/4 cup parsley
- Juice of half lemon
- 1/4 Jalapeno
Roast garlic or when frying up your steak saute garlic until soft.
slice up jalapeno
put everything in a food processor. (butter, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, jalapeno and salt) and process until you like the consistency.
enjoy with steak or on bread.
Cod Liver is full of Vitamin A and D. and before you think yuck give it a try. A few months back I was watching Masterchef and each contestant was given a box with Russian ingredients. There was a verity of things in it and one of them was Cod Liver. Even the chefs did not know how to eat it. We were eating this as long as I can remember. This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it. It’s almost like a delicacy. A little bit is all you need. you can also top it on your stuffed eggs. But my carb loving self loves Crostini.
- French Bread
- Cod Liver Canned
- Hardboiled Eggs
- Black Pepper
- Tomato (optional)
- Slice up bread and lightly toast
- Spread butter lightly on one side of the toast and sprinkle with black pepper.
- Top with Half sliced cucumber, thin slice of egg, a nice small slice of Cod Liver and Tomato if you are using it.
- sprinkle lightly with salt
- top with a small sprig of dill.
one long french baguette will make about 14 canapes
When eating low carb it does not involve potatoes. Eating healthier would be so much easier. But unfortunately carbs are not your friend! last year I had way too many zucchini in my garden and running out of Ideas I decided to make some Zucchini hashborwns. If you peel them your kids won’t notice that they are eating zucchini. I make this often now and I actually enjoy it very much.
2-3 large Zucchini
1 small onion
salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
Wash and grate zucchini on the largest grater, sprinkle with salt and let it sit for a few minutes. Using your hands or cheese cloth squeeze as much water and you possibly can. You will have a lot less zucchini to work with.
Heat olive oil and add diced onion saute 4-5 minutes. Add Zucchini and fry for 7-8 minutes more
to have a nice crispy hash do not turn it over let it fry one side flip it over and repeat with other side.
Serve with Eggs.
Cabbage is one of the go to vegetables for me. You can cook such a varaity and this is one of them. they bacon infuses its flavor into cabbage with a bit of salt you have a perfect combination.
1 head of cabbage
8 slices bacon
Pre heat oven to 350
Remove outer layers of leaves from cabbage and slice in half. Sprinkle salt, Thyme, pepper and add sliced bacon on each side of bacon.
Wrap each half in foil and bake at 350 for one hour or until done. Check if done by poking cabbage with knife if it goes through easily then its done.
* You an also bake both halves wrapped together but the cooking time will be one hour and thirty minutes.
I accidentally stumbled upon a recipe that I as going to make. Well while making it, the ingredients were so off that I just got a pile of goo. Trying to save it I added this and that baked it and it was so good that since that day I was asked for this recipe more then once.
I was getting ready for a girls get together when I made these after I set them out my sister said that my mom used to make them and its called Vi-shi-van-ka except no almonds on top. I guess I have a bit of my mom in me. Or maybe just because im ukrainian.
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 sticks butter
1 large egg
1 cup sugar
1tbs Vanilla Extract
8 oz three berry jam
6 oz sliced almonds (optional)
Pre heat oven to 370. Melt butter. Mix butter, sugar, salt, baking soda, vanilla extract and egg with a wire whisk until well combined. Add flour a cup at a time until well incorporated. Set aside 1/4 of the dough and leave it in freezer until needed.
In a 8×11 baking dish spread dough using your fingers evenly. Spread jam on top of dough. Take the dough that is in the freezer and breaking into small chunks sprinkle all over the top. Top with Almond.
Bake for 40 -45 minutes or just so the top is golden and underneath is consistency of sand. cool and cut into squares.
They taste so good the next day they will be chewy.
This is one meal that I do make often because its easy and yet have to find someone who does not like it. it’s also good reheated the next day.
16 oz beef lean cut
1 medium onion
10 oz mushrooms
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper
4 cloves garlic
1 -2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup sour cream
1.5 cups heavy cream
pre heat frying pan and Slice up beef into one inch strips add butter and sear fry meat add sliced onion, bay leaf, pressed garlic and let is cook for 20 minutes add mushrooms and cook additional 10 minutes add seasoning per taste.
make your sauce by adding heavy cream and sour cream into beef and mix well. heat and enjoy. Serve over cooked Egg Noodles with a side of asparagus.
Fresh salsa is the best simple topping! It goes great with just about anything and healthy too. I try to cook as much from scratch as I can with out loosing the taste.
1 large tomato
1/2 Jalapeno seeds removed
2 tablespoons cilantro
3 tablespoons minced onion
1/2 lime squeezed juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper
Dice tomato, mince jalapeno (please use gloves when handling jalapeno and don’t rub your eyes) or you will be in for a surprise which you will not like. add onion, cilantro, onion and pepper. mix and enjoy.
If you let it sit out, it will turn watery. You can make ahead but but don’t add salt until you are about to serve.