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Food on Friday ~ One Pot Meals

Cooking can be fun, washing up almost always isn’t.

In my view, one pot meals are the way to go, particularly if you’re busy with work and everything.  There’s nothing worse than taking your plate to the sink after dinner, and then realising you also have a mountain of dirty pots and pans to wash up in the aftermath.  I don’t know anyone who gets their kicks from tackling a mountain of washing up.

So, why not give some of these great one pot recipes a try.

This is a nice looking recipe for a dish I really like.  From No Plate Like Home we have one pot thick New England clam chowder.  This is also known as Boston Clam Chowder and it’s a perfect winter comfort food you can make in one pot in under an hour.

One Pot Thick New England Clam Chowder

Another fabulous one pot soup this time from Dana at Minimalist Baker.  This hearty chipotle black bean tortilla soup needs just 50 minutes and one pot to prepare, and Dana says it’s very ‘hands off’.  This Mexican-inspired soup is also vegan and gluten-free.  How cool is that?

Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup

This is a dish I must try, from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats we have this one pot chili cheese pasta.  Looks like a great recipe you can make in one pot in one hour, and while it’s cooking you can prepare some salad to go along with it.  Also what a great dish for taking leftovers to work for a nourishing lunch.

One Pot Chili Cheese Pasta

Not only is this a one pot meal from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, you should be able to prepare this one pot 30 minute creamy tomato basil pasta bake in less than a half-hour.  There are quite a few ingredients involved, but I think it would be well worth it.

One Pot 30 Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake

This is a more ambitious one pot meal from Simply Recipes, a Moroccan pot roast, originally posted by Sally Vargas.  This is going to take you some 3 hours to prepare, so it’s probably not an everyday meal ~ unless you use your slow cooker?  But for a one pot weekend dinner for you and your guests it looks fantastic.  The spice mixture should please everyone, (almost everyone).

Moroccan Pot Roast

This is a meal I wanted to feature; slow cooker beef stew with dumplings, just because it reminds me of my misspent youth.  I eventually found a recipe on the Good Housekeeping site ~ which is worth visiting anyway.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Dumplings.

For those of us who love recipe collections, we have this from Country Living; 33 quick and easy one-dish meals, and there are some great and some fabulous recipes in this collection.  Among all the dishes I would like to have featured is this cilantro lime chicken and rice, from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb.

One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice

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jack collier

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Food on Friday ~ Recipe Collections

To me, good recipes are priceless

Well, I don’t know about you but I like it when I find a recipe collection post.  It means that I can easily find a choice of ‘similar’ dishes to choose from.  These posts are like miniature on-line cook books.  How nifty is that?

Ergo, with that in mind all the posts featured this week are recipe collections.

To begin, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have 15 quick and easy healthy recipes.  What could be better, and I do like the recipes we get from Damn Delicious.  Among these 15 recipes is one for honey salmon in foil ~ and just how impressive is that for a quick and easy dish, (you should be able to make this in an half-hour).

Honey Salmon in Foil

Next, from San Diego girl Averie at Averie Cooks we have 15 skinny chicken dinners ready in 15 minutes… And these fast dishes are all healthy and gluten free. WOW! My pick from this collection is Averie’s easy 15-minute ranch chicken and vegetable skillet.

Easy Ranch Chicken and Vegetable Skillet

This is interesting from Heather Christo, who always gives us delicious allergen free recipes; healthy dinner ideas for dinner tonight!  There are 10 recipes in this collection, and I have chosen to feature Heather’s grilled steak with arugula and cherry tomato and basil salsa.  This should take about 35 minutes to make a fabulous dinner dish.

Grilled Steak with Arugula and Cherry Tomato and Basil Salsa

Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest has seven easy fall dinners, well we’re just out of autumn into winter but these are still great recipes, including the sheet pan sticky pomegranate chicken.

Sheet Pan Sticky Pomegranate Chicken

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has given us her 17 most popular recipes of 2017…  This includes her peaches and cream steel cut oatmeal, and if I was ever going to eat oatmeal I would choose this dish.

Peaches and Cream Steel Cut Oatmeal

Now here’s a big recipe collection from Jessica at How Sweet Eats; 18 weeks of healthier meal ideas!  126 of my favorite weeknight meals.  Fabulous!  From Jessca’s long list I just had to feature the rosemary chicken, bacon and avocado salad.  I know that in some parts of the world it may not feel quite warm enough to have a salad for dinner, but I know my friend in Orange County will like this dish.

Rosemary Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad

Finally for this week, from Country Living, we have 95+ easy dinners that can be made in 30 minutes or less.  Talk about a recipe collection!  I confess I almost didn’t make it past the first recipe for stovetop chicken pot pie before choosing a recipe to feature.  But, as a change from chicken we have 20 minute honey garlic shrimp from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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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

email ~  jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Food on Friday # 54 Party Drinks

Christmas Party Booze

‘Tis the season to be jolly.

Some people like parties, and some people like drinking.  For people who like a lot of both, here are some drinks that should probably go down well at Christmas Parties.  Good Grief!

Remember, anyone can make a really strong cocktail that will get people very drunk very fast ~ but how good a party does that make?  So here are some more tastefully interesting drinks.

First up this week is a great looking cocktail I found on Jessica Merchant’s site how sweet it is we have this great recipe for rose champagne mojitos.  I would serve these to my discerning guests.

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Rose Champagne Mojitos

For a different take on the mojito, Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest gives us this brilliant looking White Christmas Mojito.

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White Christmas Mojito

If your guests arrive cold and shivery, Tieghan also had a smashing recipe for hot maple apple cider in Food on Friday # 48, which was about apples.

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Maple Apple Cider

Here’s something for a Californian Christmas.  Recovering pastry chef, the bojon gourmet has these rosemary, pomegranate and grilled meyer lemon vodka sparklers.  Don’t try saying all that after drinking five or six of those things.

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Rosemary Pomegranate and Grilled Meyer Lemon Vodka Sparklers

From Chungah at Damn Delicious there’s a simple and easy strawberry pineapple mimosa, although in England we call champagne and orange juice Buck’s Fizz, and we make it a lot stronger.  Add a splash of brandy to that and you’ve got yourself a fresh juice Barbotage.  Consume that Barbotage very carefully.

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Strawberry Pinapple Mimosa

This recipe for holiday rum punch, by Tracy Shutterbean, (aka Tracy Benjamin), is straight from the San Francisco bay area.  I’ve drunk rum punch in San Francisco, and I know that if you’re not careful this punch could get you very drunk.  Nice.

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Holiday Rum Punch

At some time during your own party, you may want to retire to a quiet corner, perhaps with a special friend, and enjoy a glass of the water of life.  If you don’t know about whisky, here’s a post from Todd and Diane in LA, the White On Rice Couple, telling you all about the different types of whisk(e)y.  Back in the day I drank Laphroaig ~ too strong and too sophisticated for most ordinary men.

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If all that wasn’t enough, from Country Living magazine here are 28 Christmas cocktails that will make you forget all about the presents.  These are are pretty easy, including this winter wonderland cocktail, originally from Nicole at the Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie.

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Winter Wonderland Cocktail

How about some appetisers to go with all this booze?  Heather Christo has the ultimate vegan appetizer platter, Damn Delicious has cheesy garlic bread, and easy firecracker shrimp, Cooking up the Pantry has cheese and mustard puffs,  Half Baked Harvest has a cheese fondue boardor you can check out Food on Friday # 25 ~ Bar Snacks.

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Easy Firecracker Shrimp

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WAF Landscape Christmas Cards.qxdjust don’t be a crass American and serve beers in the bottle, give your guests a glass.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday # 52

Except this isn’t Friday, it’s the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  I wanted to post some ideas for Thanksgiving dishes before this Thursday, and give you time to go to the store.  These are mostly desserts and booze, with a few other interesting things thrown in.

As Thanksgiving falls in the Autumn, (hahahahaha, a little English humour there), apples feature quite heavily in these recipes.  Accordingly I’d like to remind you of Food on Friday # 48, which is all about apples and includes a few ideas I think could be super for Thanksgiving.  (What do I know, we don’t do Thanksgiving in England.)

So, first up this week is a great recipe for a desert, or for something to have in the evening, or on Friday.  From Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, we have this delicious looking apple pear pie.  And if that wasn’t tasty enough we have Andrea’s favourite Thanksgiving dishes for 2016.

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Apple Pear Pie

Also from Andrea, how about this fabulous autumn drink ~ apple pear cider.

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Apple Pear Cider

This is a decliciously cute recipe from Jacelyn Delk Adams at Grandbaby Cakes, a site I haven’t featured before, caramel apple cheesecake.  Doesn’t it look fabulous?

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

From Heather Christo, one of her gorgeous looking dishes, with one of her trademark very long names; pumpkin caramel and chocolate ganache tart with potato chip coconut crust.  Heather says this recipe is both vegan and gluten free.

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Pumpkin Caramel and Chocolate Ganache Tart

Also from Heather we have this collection of Thanksgiving cocktails for before the feast, including this autumn sangria with apples pomegranate and figs.

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Autumn Sangria with Apples Pomegranate and Figs

Another drink, this time from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest; pomegranate ginger paloma.  As well as tequila this recipe uses honey, fresh ginger, and mint leaves.  Nice, but make mine without the tequila.  If that wasn’t enough, from bon appetit we have a collection of 25 Thanksgiving cocktail and drink recipes.  Jeez.

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Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

Finally for this week, something that no Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner would be complete without; the stuffing.  From Elise at Simply Recipes we have a sausage, sage, and cornbread stuffing recipe, (we don’t get cornbread in England).

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Sausage Sage and Cornbread Stuffing

Elise also tells us how to make perfect mashed potatoes, sweet potato and pork Thanksgiving stuffing, make ahead mashed potatoes, and how to make gravy.  Cool.

If all that wasn’t enough, Country living has 37 recipes for your best Thanksgiving stuffing ever, including this slow cooker cranberry pecan stuffing from one of my favourite cooks, Chungah at Damn Delicious.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

flaga great big thank you to all of the cool cooks

featured in this Tuesday version of Food on Friday

Happy Thanksgiving

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday # 50

The sweet potato, also known as the yam in some parts of the world, is yet another thing we English have imported from the Americas.  I cannot say that this root vegetable is one of my favourite foods, but it seems to a Thanksgiving staple.  Thank goodness we English haven’t imported the Thanksgiving tradition from the Americas!

The sweet potato is supposed to be another of those superfoods, so I guess I should make more of an effort with this useful vegetable.  These recipes should be enough to tempt anyone to add sweet potatoes to their menu.

First up this week, something with a distinctly USA flavour, sweet potato and pumpkin soup, from the Flourishing Foodie.  If you want to make this it should take you about an hour and a half.

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Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup

This is such a gorgeous looking dish from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet it is, and it’s a snack / finger food / party food / side dish…  At least I think so.  And, Jesicca’s sweet potato galette with caramelised shallots looks so good that one can forgive the couple of hours it will take you to make one.

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Sweet Potato Galette with Caramelised Shallots

This loaded sweet potato dish from Chungah at Damn Delicious strikes me as being very American.  It’s ‘loaded’ with mini marshmallows, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla ~ is this a desert, finger food, or a side dish to go with the turkey?  This Englishman is confused by everything to do with Thanksgiving.

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Loaded Sweet Potato

From the lovely Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks we have this sweet potato casserole with butter pecan crumble topping.  Allegedly perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This is about a 90 minute dish, but a lot of it can be preassembled ready for final cooking on whichever holiday you like.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Butter Pecan Crumble Topping

Here’s a dish I really want to try; crispy roasted sweet potatoes with bourbon maple butter, from Half Baked Harvest.  Tiegan Gerard says this recipe should be ready in an hour.  Looks great.

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Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Maple Butter

If you want sweet potatoes as a side dish you couldn’t do much better than these caramelized onion whipped sweet potatoes from Heather Christo.  This vegan recipe should take you about 45 minutes all told, which isn’t bed for something as interesting as this dish.

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Caramelized Onion Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Finally for this week, from Country Living we have 32 delicious new ways to prepare sweet potatoes, including these loaded sweet potato skins courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction.  Sally uses grated cheese and bacon, and says these are great as a side dish or as a snack on game day.  I think I agree.

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Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

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dscf0002A great big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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