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Food on Friday ~ very easy dinners

Almost anyone can cook a great dinner inside half an hour.

When you’re working for a living it isn’t always so easy to find the time to cook a proper dinner, and sometimes we just don’t have the energy after a long day at work, (maybe with a stressful commute thrown in).  Ergo during the week what we really want is something very easy for dinner, and preferably pretty quick and requiring the minimum number of pans and dishes.

I firmly believe that the recipes I’m giving you in this week’s Food on Friday fit the bill as far as easy mid-week dinners go, and will also make a great lunch to take to work, or eat at the weekends.

Firstly this week, from San Diego girl Averie Sunshine from Averie cooks we have this really easy chicken stir fry with noodles.  Healthy, very easy, and ready in just 15 minutes, this is a great mid-week stand-by dinner.  There are lots of vegetables in this dish, miss out the chicken, maybe add cashew nuts, and you could have yourself a vegan stir fry,

Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles

Another brilliant stir fry, this time from Dana the Minimalist Baker, 30-minute cauliflower rice stir-fry.  This healthy, flavourful, quick and easy dish is vegan and gluten free, and if you like you could swap broccoli for the cauliflower.  What’s not to like.

30-Minute Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry

When it comes to easy mid-week dinners, there’s nothing easier than a pan of soup you already have in the refrigerator.  So while some soups may take a while to prepare, make a big pot and you have the basis of several lunches and dinners for the week to come.  From Joy the Baker we have a recipe for carrot coconut red curry soup.  To begin with, making the soup will take you about an hour, so maybe that’s best done at the weekend, but once it’s made, add some crusty sourdough bread, and you have a great mid-week dinner.  This is a vegan dish.

Carrot Coconut Red Curry Soup

Another soup, this time from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats; 30 minute Asian chicken soup.  As its says, you should be able to make this big bowl of health in a half-hour.  And best of all, this is a one-pot recipe.

30 Minute Asian Chicken Soup.

Now from Heather Christo we have a fast and easy bee pho, this isn’t really authentic because it’s a very shortcut recipe you can have ready in 45 minutes, a lot of which you can use to do other things ~ like find the show you want to watch on TV.

Fast and Easy Beef Pho

Even though it’s autumn, running into winter, and here in England it’s cold, damp, and grey, sometimes we still crave a salad.  San Francisco girl Andrea from Cooking with a wallflower has a good recipe for autumn apple salad with maple balsamic vinaigrette.  This great looking and very healthy fall salad should be ready in just 10 minutes.  Enjoy.

Autumn Apple Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Finally for this week, a collection for you from Good Housekeeping, midweek meal recipes, all of which should take less than a half hour and use no more than 10 ingredients.  I like the look of all the recipes in this collection, but especially I like this quick pan-fried salmon with sweet and sour leeks, (here in the North East of England we love our leeks).

Quick pan-Fried Salmon with Sweet and Sour Leeks

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Food on Friday ~ Fall Recipes

Fall, the year’s last and loveliest smile.

Except here in England we call it autumn, and in parts of America it’s more like high summer than fall.  In Orange County, Southern California, the temperature hit 100 degrees this week and the U.S. National Weather Service has an on-going Excessive Heat Warning for that part of the world.

Meanwhile, where I live in the North of England it’s about 55 degrees and distinctly autumnal, dull, grey and wet, so hot comfort food is a good idea for me.

First up this week is Joanne Schweitzer, from No Plate Like Home, who brings us this cheesy ham and turkey noodle casserole.  This is a brilliant dish if you have leftover ham or leftover turkey, or both….  you know what?  This is a brilliant dish whichever way you look at it.

Cheesy Ham and Turkey Noodle Casserole

If you are vegetarian, or perhaps vegan, then you will love the whole food recipes from Cookie + kate, (Cookie is the dog).  This week we have a hearty vegetable paella, which you should be able to make in an hour, but as most of that time is just leaving the dish alone in the oven, you can get on with other things while your paella is cooking.  (I’m pretty certain this is a vegan recipe.)

Vegetable Paella

Kitchen Gadget lover Diane, from Dianes Kitchen, has what I think is a fairly quick and delicious recipe for a chicken gnocchi soup, and if you think this doesn’t look like it’s a warming dish for a blustery fall evening, then there’s no pleasing some people… hahahahaha

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This is another great looking recipe for a really warming and hearty soup.  From Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have this one-pot chicken and rice soup.  (It should really be chicken, rice, and lots of vegetables.) I love one-pot dishes, and you should be able to make this fall recipe within the hour.

One-Pot Chicken and Rice Soup

One big thing about the fall, (autumn), is that it’s time to dig out your slow cooker / crockpot from the back of whatever cupboard it’s been in all summer long.  Tieghan, at Half Baked Harvest, has a brilliant vegetarian / vegan slow cooker dish; slow cooker potato and cauliflower curry.  This is perhaps a 5 hour cooking time dish, so you may want to have your slow cooker on while you are at work, (get a timer).

Slow Cooker Potato and Cauliflower Curry

In the autumn and winter I like roasted vegetables, (with whatever entree, or just with chopped bacon).  I have included this recipe from Dana at Minimalist Baker, just because I was so damn intrigued.  Dana says that these oil-free roasted vegetables totally work. I haven’t tried this recipe as yet, but I certainly will this weekend.  Obviously this is another vegan dish.

Oil-Free Roasted Vegetables

For those of us who like recipe collections, Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has her favorite fall inspired recipes 2017, including this delicious looking and sounding chicken pot pie with garlic cheddar biscuits.  My mouth is watering.

Chicken Pot Pie with Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

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Food on Friday ~ Gluten-Free

We may all be sensitive to gluten.

In yesterday’s post I wrote about how bad gluten can be for some people, and how bad modern American wheat is for everyone.  Ergo, today’s Food on Friday features gluten-free recipes for those of us who don’t want to consume wheat flour, and for those of us who may have some degree of non celiac gluten intolerance.

Heather Christo’s website holds all allergen free, and mostly gluten-free recipes.  Not only do they all sound delicious and nutritious, but all of Heather’s dishes look absolutely beautiful.  Recently, as well as featuring grilled nectarine balsamic chicken, blackberry coconut oatmeal muffins, (both vegan and gluten free), and telling us everything we need to know about gluten free beer, Heather has a great recipe for grilled salmon, strawberries, and nectarine kebabs.  Looks fantastic.

Grilled Salmon, Strawberries, and Nectarine Kebabs

San Diego cook Averie Sunshine has a great recipe for spicy baked eggs and hash brown casserole, a pumpkin and cheesy baked potato casserole, as well as this creamy and crispy hash browns frittata, and Averie says all of these are both vegetarian and gluten-free.

Creamy and Crispy Hash Browns Frittata

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has this really easy recipe for garlic shrimp spring rolls with tamarind vinaigrette, Vietnamese inspired and gluten-free.  This should be ready in 35 minutes and would make a fabulous midweek dinner.

Garlic Shrimp Spring Rolls with Tamarind Vinaigrette

Todd & Diane, the White on Rice Couple have a stack of vegetarian and gluten-free recipes. But being a meat-eater, I really like the look of this sriracha roast chicken with sriracha gravy.

Sriracha Roast Chicken with Sriracha Gravy

From Group SOI, purveyors of Italian Food Solutions, we have a quinoa salad with cardamom and coriander extra virgin olive oil.  Quinoa has become one of the most popular health foods, as it’s high in protein, has all nine essential amino acids, and is gluten-free.

Quinoa Salad with Cardamom and Coriander Extra Virgin Olive Oil

If you want to be gluten-free, but you must have noodles, then try Ramen Noodles.  Ramen Noodles should be gluten free, but it’s always worth checking the labels.  So, from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have these 15 minute garlic butter Ramen noodles.  What could be easier for a midweek dinner?

15 Minute Garlic Butter Ramen Noodles

For those of us who like recipe collections, Woman’s Day has 40 delicious dinner recipes you won’t even realize are gluten-free, including this fantastic looking balsamic chicken with apple, lentil, and spinach salad.  This very easy dinner should be ready in just 25 minutes.

Balsamic Chicken with Apple, Lentil and Spinach Salad

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Easy Weeknight Dinners

Nothing is better than going home to good food.

For some of us, midweek dinners can be a real chore, so we resort to take-out or pre-prepared meals bought from our local supermarket.  Yet we can do better than that.  These recipes are all delicious, easy, quick and healthy.  So why not try spending a half-hour cooking something, rather than buying an

The last thing you want to do after a long day at work is spend ages standing at the stove making dinner.  So, from Averie Cooks we have this baked ham and cheese omelette, and ham and cheese are such a great pairing.

Baked Ham and Cheese Omelette

A pasta bake is such an easy and versatile dish, and Amanda Wren-Grimwood, at Chez Le Rêve Français, has this great recipe for a chicken and broccoli pasta bake.  Most of us should be able to whip this up in a half-hour.  Looks delicious to me.

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

If you are having friends over, or you just want something more exotic, Petra at Food Eat Love has this onglet steak with loaded fries.  This will take you 10 to 15 minutes to prepare, and you can make yourself a great salad while it’s all cooking.

Onglet Steak with Loaded Fries

Talking of great salads, Tieghan Gerad at Half Baked Harvest has just posted this utterly beautiful Tuscan summer stone fruit, tomato, and burrata panzanella salad.  I love Tuscan and this is one recipe I am certainly going to put on my own regular diet.

Tuscan Summer Stone Fruit, Tomato and Burrata Panzanella Salad

If you are vegetarian, or vegan, then maybe try this fresh tomato spinach garlic pasta from San Francisco Lady Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower.  This dish has just a few ingredients and should be ready in 30 minutes.

Fresh Tomato Spinach Garlic Pasta 

Finally for this week, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have 10 weeknight chicken breast recipes ~ including this fabulous chicken lazone.  Always worth keeping some chicken breasts in your freezer, all you have to do is remember to take what you need out of the freezer in the morning and put it in the refrigerator.

Chicken Lazone

If you have a slow cooker, then try using that to make a weeknight dinner, which will last you a couple of days ~ and you can also take to work for lunch.  There are some slow cooker recipes on an earlier post of mine.

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Food on Friday ~ Salads

Early Summer Salad Days

The sky is bright blue, the breeze is warm, and the sea is as calm as it gets.  Even here in England it’s warm enough to be thinking salads for lunch and dinner, rather than something hot, filling, and comforting.

For the busy independent lady there are a lot of upsides to making a salad for dinner; it’s a healthy option, salads are usually quick and easy, and you can have some for dinner and take some to work for lunch the following day(s).  The major downside is that you may have to go to the store more often to stock up on really fresh ingredients ~ however, if you learn to shop fast and efficiently, (like a cool guy goes to the store), than that’s not such a big issue.

These dishes are mostly vegetarian, vegan, and maybe gluten-free.

Talking about sunshine; from Averie Cooks California girl Averie Sunshine has this pink and purple potato salad. This looks so ‘pretty’, and isn’t is so much nicer to have a visually attractive dish?  A really good potato salad is such a versatile dish, and this one looks so much better than an average, run-of-the-mill potato salad.

Pink and Purple Potato Salad

Averie also has a pina colada fruit salad for us for dessert.  Personally, if I was making this I’d eschew the idea on using n0n-alcoholic pina colada mix and splash in some booze.

Pina Colada Fruit Salad

Next, from Cookie and Kate, (Cookie is the dog), we have this quinoa broccoli slaw with honey-mustard dressing.  This is vegetarian, but I have no idea if quinoa or almonds are gluten-free.  I think this dish would be great alongside Averie Sunshine’s pink and purple potato salad.

Quinoa Broccoli Slaw with Honey-Mustard Dressing

I know you guys love recipe collections, and this week we have a collection from Cookie and Kate, 20 epic salad recipes ~ including this cool Thai mango salad with peanut dressing.

Thai Mango Salad with Peanut Dressing

From English girl Petra at Food Eat Love we have this most excellent and truly amazing Tasmanian olive leaf tea jelly tricolore salad.  This recipe isn’t vegan because we use mozzarella cheese, but I guess you could substitute that for a vegan cheese.

Tasmanian Olive Leaf Tea Jelly Tricolore Salad

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has spring green tossed with beets, avocado, tomato, blood oranges to give us roasted beet salad with blood orange balsamic vinaigrette.

Roasted Beet Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

From Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is, we have this dead easy and very tasty marinated mozzarella melon salad.  Remember, if you want to make a vegan dish there are plenty of vegan ‘cheeses’ to choose from.

Marinated Mozzarella melon Salad

Finally for this week, from Heather Christo, how about this gorgeous nectarine panzella salad.  You can make this in less than a half-hour, it’s vegan and gluten free.  What’s not to like.

Nectarine Panzella Salad

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Thank you to all the great cooks featured

in this week’s Food on Friday.

jack collier

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Food on Friday ~ Brunch

Brunch ~ because Mimosas go with Bacon.

Brunch ~ I was pretty certain that the word is an Americanism, until I looked up the etymology and found ‘Brunch’ first appeared in England in the late 19th Century.  However, I think brunch is a great idea, and I have a date for brunch aboard the Queen Mary at Long Beach.  You know what?  A meal taken in the later part of the morning, combining both breakfast and lunch, gives one a long afternoon in which to do lots of fun stuff before taking that lazy pre-dinner nap.

Strictly speaking, some of these recipes can be served for breakfast, a snack, lunch, or dinner, but I think all of them would be great at a classy brunch with a close friend.

First for this week, fresh from Cookie + Kate, we have 14 spring brunch recipes, including this arugula and cremini quiche with gluten-free almond meal crust.

Arugula and Cremini Quiche with Gluten-Free Almond Crust

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has found these fabulous Belgian Waffles with Mango Blueberry Compote, courtesy of the sweet and adventurous Rebecca at Sugar and Soul.

Belgian Waffles with Mango Blueberry Compote

Andrea also has this collection from May 2016; 10 Brunch Recipes Perfect for Mother’s Day ~  including this utterly fabulous roasted garlic asparagus and bacon eggs Benedict with basil avocado cream sauce.  How delightfully decadent.

Roasted Garlic Asparagus and Bacon Eggs Benedict with Basil Avocado Cream Sauce

Lovely Wine Country girl Averie Sunshine has her 15 Favourite Breakfast and Brunch recipes, which includes this sweet potato and mozzarella egg skillet, yummy comfort food ready in 15 minutes.

Sweet Potato and Mozzarella Egg Skillet

Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is also thinks it’s time for brunch with this strawberry citrus Easter punch ~ and then there are these toasted sesame sriracha devilled eggs.  I love devilled eggs, and devilled kidneys if it come to that.

Toasted Sesame Sriracha Devilled Eggs

You can’t have too many egg recipes for a really lavish brunch, and this is a fabulous suggestion from Cooking Up The Pantry; baked eggs in potato skins with chilli.  This gluten and dairy free recipe will make a fabulous snack too.

Baked Eggs in Potato Skins with Chilli

Here’s something delicious looking from Heather Christo; Meyer Lemon Coconut Scones, which are vegan and gluten free.  In a half hour or so you could have this perfect addition to your Easter brunch….

Meyer Lemon Coconut Scones

If you like recipe collections, then you are going to love this; 75 Easy & Delicious Brunch Recipes along with 40 Recipes for the Best-Ever Mother’s Day Brunch, both from Country Living Magazine.  These grab and go spinach and ham bakes are in both collections ~ but you can’t have too much of a good thing.

Grab and Go Spinach and Ham Bakes

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a great big thank you to all the super cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

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Food on Friday ~ interesting side dishes

You like your potatoes more interesting?

If you’re unlucky side dishes can be really boring, even when the rest of the meal is fabulous.  None of these sides are anything less than interesting, and some of them are good enough to make a tasty snack all on their own.  So, what’s not to like?

I love the look of this recipe from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest; crispy oregano smashed potatoes with feta and lemon ~ wow!  Such a fabulous side dish that you could just eat this as a super-filling snack, (and oregano is such a great herb).

Crispy Oregano Smashed Potatoes with Feta and Lemon

Chungah at Damn Delicious gives us these great slow cooker cheesy scalloped potatoes ~ she says this crockpot dish is so damn easy.  Well, it does look so damn good for something that only takes 20 minutes to prepare, and then can be left to cook while you’re doing something else ~ like going to work.  It would be a great accompaniment to Chungah’s bacon scallops too.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Another potato dish, this time from Amanda at Chez Le Réve Français; cheese and onion potato cakes.  This very, very easy 20 minute dish would make a tasty supper as well as a much more interesting side dish than ordinary mashed potatoes.

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes

Something different from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower; cheesy cauliflower mash.  Allegedly this tastes like mac and cheese but has the texture of mashed potatoes.  Weird but nice.  Looks good for a 20 minute dish that would be an interesting side, snack, or something to take to work the following day.

Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

Do you want something spectacular made with potatoes?  Then what about these Tahini whipped potatoes with cilantro chili sauce from Heather Christo?  I bet these are some spicy potatoes.  I’d like to choose Heather’s Peking cranberry lacquered turkey to go with this.

Tahini Whipped Potatoes with Cilantro Chili Sauce

This is a spectacular dish for a romantic dinner for two.  From the lovely Alina at Passion Cook we have salad tulips, (aka devilled cherry tomatoes).  Pretty, or what?

Salad Tulips, (aka Devilled Cherry Tomatoes)

If you like green beans, then you will love these loaded skillet toasted green beans from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It is.  Allegedly, these are the most unboring green beans you can get.  Not bad for a 30 minute dish.  Would go well with Jessica’s unboring bourbon fig + gorgonzola stuffed pork tenderloin.

Loaded Skillet Toasted Green Beans

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thanks ever so to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

all of these dishes be nice at a Champagne Sunday Brunch, say in Long Beach

jack collier

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Food on Friday ~ Easy Dinners

Life is so endlessly delicious.

I have a friend, (really… I do have a friend), who tells me that she doesn’t have time to cook and eat properly.  You know what?  Everybody has enough time in the day to cook a great evening meal, made with fresh and healthy ingredients, without spending hours in the kitchen.  Or maybe my friend is just crap at time management.

There are some rules / guidelines / suggestions for not spending hours and hours preparing your regular evening meal, and rule # one is, only use one pan.  If you can’t see the sense in that then go and sit in a darkened room for a couple of hours.

There are three basic variations on the one pan rule, the wok, the crockpot and the sheet pan.

From Chungah at Damn delicious we have sheet pan garlic butter tilapia.  This is a 30 minute recipe, and you can substitute any white fish for the tilapia.  Personally I like deep, cold water fish; cod, haddock, halibut…  and I’d add lots of fresh herbs, like basil and parsley.

Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia

Next, from the lovely Averie Sunshine we have sheet pan chili lime chicken and peppers.  This is another dead easy 30 minute dish, which you could start preparing the night before if you want to give the chicken longer to marinade.

Sheet Pan Chili Lime Chicken and Peppers

OK, so this dish is pushing the 30 minute rule by 15 minutes, but you can get ready-prepared quinoa.  Anyhow, like everything from Heather Christo this vegan roasted vegetable quinoa salad looks fabulous, and it’s also vegan and gluten free.

Vegan Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Now, from Serious Eats we have 21 stir fry recipes to prove that your wok is your best friend.  I like the look of this best Chinese orange chicken, brought to us hot and fresh from The Food Lab.

Best Chinese Orange Chicken

If you want something even more exotic than Chinese orange chicken, then the cute Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has found for us this Chicken Biryani as prepared by Sheryl Julian.

Chicken Biryani

And yet another wok dish, this time from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, asparagus and shiitaki mushroom stir fry.  This is a simple and very quick vegan and gluten free dinner after a busy working day. Now and again I might add shrimp to this…

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Finally for this week, from Country Living magazine, we have 40+ easy slow cooker recipes for busy nights.  This collection includes a fantastic red-eye brisket stew from Marian Cooper Cairns, you can put this in your crockpot in the morning and it will be ready to eat when you get home from work.

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If that’s not enough, then how about 201 quick and easy weeknight meals to get you to the weekend?

a great big thank you to all the cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Healthy Chicken

Our Bodies Are Our Gardens

Busy people who have aspirations towards being fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit have a problem.  Eating well, eating clean and healthy, almost always means one should cook for oneself because buying ready-made meals, buying takeout, eating out, or eating out of cans almost always means you’re eating a fair degree of unhealthy junk.  And, cooking for yourself takes up time and energy, which might be in short supply at the end of a busy day.

Ergo, busy people need fairly quick, easy, and healthy recipes. In last week’s Food on Friday we were talking about healthy salmon, which lends itself to eating well, and this week we’re doing chicken, which is also a good healthy staple.  But, buy decent fresh, uncooked, healthy chicken, (and salmon), not the cheapest crap your supermarket has on special offer.

I know some of you like links to recipe collections, (some of you even pay good money to have people send you recipe collections and shopping lists), so from Cooking Light we have 50 healthy chicken breast recipes, including this sauteed chicken with sage browned butter.

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Sautéed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter

And, from Chungah Rhee at Damn Delicious I can offer you 10 weeknight chicken breast recipes to use up all those nice pieces of chicken you have languishing in your refrigerator and freezer.  I like the look of this easy grilled chicken, especially as our chef says we’ll never need another grilled chicken recipe after this 25 minute dish.

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Easy Grilled Chicken

If all those ideas weren’t enough, Country Living has 64 of the most delicious things you can do with chicken for dinner.  Wow!  Originally from Jaclyn at Cooking Classy, one of the 64 dishes is this avocado caprese skillet chicken ~ so easy, and avocado is supposed to be very good for you.

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Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has some interesting dishes in her 5 easy chicken recipes for a weeknight dinner. I especially like her honey chipotle shredded chicken, because even though it takes a while to prepare, once it’s dome you can save the prepared chicken and use it in so many cool ways.

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Honey Chipotle Shredded Chicken

I have to remind myself that not everywhere in the world is suffering from an English winter.  Not everyone is feeling cold, grey, and miserable and in need of winter comfort food.  In that case Heather Christo offers us this gluten free fried chicken cobb salad ~ I may forget the drizzle and make this tonight.

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Gluten Free Fried Chicken Cobb Salad

Francophile English lady, Amanda, of Chez le Rêve Français has a recipe for a wonderfully warming chicken and broccoli pasta bake.  This looks quick, (30 minutes), easy, healthy, (broccoli is good).  And, I like a good pasta bake.

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Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

You probably won’t remember, (why should you?), but in Food on Friday #33 we had a whole lot of cool and sexy chicken dishes, among which was Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups from the White on Rice Couple.  As a slight change on the healthy lettuce cups theme, I can give you a recipe video for easy chicken lettuce cups from the Best Recipe Box.

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Easy Chicken Lettuce Cups

dscf0002thanks so much to all the great chefs featured in this week’s Food on Friday

enjoy your cooking and healthy eating

jack collier

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Food on Friday ~ 2017 Cleansing

How many of us overindulged a little over the Holiday Season?

In some parts of the world the holidays began with Thanksgiving, November 24th 2016, and in some other parts of the world the holidays continued until Epiphany, last Friday, January 6th 2017.  Most of the people I know partied and overindulged on food and booze right through December 2016 until January 1st this year.  A lot of the people I know put on a little weight, and have New Year’s Resolutions to eat better and exercise more.  Good Luck with that.

However, perhaps to help a little, here are some nutritious, simple, cleansing dishes to tempt our jaded palates.  As far as exercise goes, in addition to my usual long walks, this year I’m checking out something called PiYo, which is an amalgam of Pilates and Yoga ~ allegedly.  (There is no way I’m spending any money on video courses / programs ~ but take your choice.)

All of these easy, cleansing dishes would make a great light dinner and something fabulous to take to work for lunch.

First up this week, from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, we have a simple cilantro and lime rice, (please, it’s called coriander in England).  Andrea says this would go well in a burrito, but that’s really missing the point, isn’t it?

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Cilantro and Lime Rice

Found for us by Jessica at how sweet it is, I am seriously going to make this fabulous looking winter salmon salad.  I would strongly encourage my friend in SoCal to give this the once over as it also contains radishes and avocado, along with salmon another couple of her favourites.

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Winter Salmon Salad

A very healthy vegetarian recipe from Kate Taylor at Cookie + kate we have chickpea salad with carrots and dill.  This is crisp, fresh, sharp, and protein rich ~ if you want a change make it with cilantro instead of dill.

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Chickpea Salad with Carrots and Dill

And now, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have these wonderful looking spicy brown rice seared tuna roll bowls.  As well as tuna this dish uses lots of cleansing superfoods; mango, cilantro, garlic, radishes, and avocado.

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Spicy Brown Rice Seared Tuna Roll Bowl

Recovering pastry chef, the Bojon Gourmet, has a great recipe for a winter salad; beet citrus and chicory salad with ricotta salata and pistachios.  This is a seriously low calorie dish, (when it comes to the calories you can actually use), and beets are one of these superfoods we hear so much about.

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Beet Citrus and Chicory Salad with Ricotta Salata and Pistachios

Next from Heather Christo we have a 3 day soup cleanse, which looks a lot nicer than some ‘cleansing recipes I’ve seen.

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Three Day Soup Cleanse

Finally this week, another great collection, this time from Delicious; 50 fast recipes to kick start that winter cleanse.  One of the 50 featured recipes is this nice and easy sweet miso steak with ramen.  What’s not to like?

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Sweet Miso Steak with Ramen

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dscf0002a big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

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