Slow Cooker “Gumbo”

Slow Cooker “Gumbo”

Okay, so I am going to start this post with the caveat that this is not a true gumbo. Being from the American south, with family roots in Louisiana, I cannot, in good conscience, call this a gumbo because I did not start with a traditional rue. I will, however, say that it was gumbo inspired, with ingredients and flavor profiles pulled from the delicious dish!

I decided to make this meal because it is a simple way to bring some comfort food to your weeknight. With the crock pot, it is truly a dump it and forget it until it is time to enjoy! Here is the recipe!

Recipe

Ingredients and Equipment

  • Chicken Thighs 4
  • Shrimp 1 bag frozen uncooked
  • Okra 12 oz cut and frozen
  • Diced Sundried Tomatoes 1 Jar
  • Tomato Sauce 1 can 15 oz
  • Diced Tomatoes 1 can 14.5 oz
  • Minced Garlic 2 tbs
  • Paprika 1/2 tsp
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Cayenne adjust depending on spice tolerance
  • Oregano 1 tsp
  • Thyme 1 tsp
  • Bay Leaves 3

  • Slow Cooker

Step 1: Put Everything in the Slow Cooker

Put everything in the slow cooker EXCEPT the shrimp! The only thing that matters is that you put the chicken in first and pile everything on the top. Sausage is also an option if you would like to add it.

Step 2: Cook

Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for 6 hours. After 6 hours, put the shrimp in and cook for another 30 minutes. Your chicken’s internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit (73.9 degrees Celsius).

Step 3: Enjoy

Yes, I promise, it is that easy! Now you get to eat it! I like to put mine over rice!

Thank you!!

As usual, I would like to extend my thanks! I feel truly honored that you invited me into your kitchen and your life! Don’t forget to love yourself and make Everydaylicious!

Eating Well in a Hurry!

Eating Well in a Hurry!

This is a different kind of post for my blog, but I want to share more content that will be valuable to you and your journey to make Everydaylicious! If you did not know, my day job is teaching! I teach high school English in the Dallas, Tx area. During my career, I have coached basketball and cross country, sponsored multiple clubs, and worked with organizations to develop curriculum on top of all the responsibilities that come with the charge of teaching 120 nineth graders! All things considered; I understand the busy struggle.

Regardless of how busy you are, prioritizing your health is a nonnegotiable. Not only can you not pour from an empty cup, but you also can’t fill a broken one. Even though planning is key, I learned early on that meal prepping every week is not realistic or sustainable for me. If you are like me, spending countless hours every Sunday to cook and pack food for the week was draining; I missed having my Sundays to myself; I got tired of eating the same meal halfway through the week; finally, if I didn’t meal prep, I was screwed and off to the closest fast-food restaurant I went.

For all of these reasons, I decided to find a better way. Here are my quick tips and favorite go-to’s for when I am short on time but want to eat well!

My Favorite Pre-Seasoned Raw Meals

One of the most valuable eating tips I’ve learned is to utilize pre-seasoned meals. They usually don’t take long to cook, and it’s so simple that it’s nothing to throw them in the oven or pop them in a skillet after a long day’s work. It is usually cheaper than ordering food, and it is usually better for you! Here are some of my favorites!

  • Aldi’s Atlantic Salmon with Mediterranean Herbs: This is delicious! I throw the salmon filet’s in the oven or, if I’m really in a hurry, a cast iron skillet. I like to pair it with asparagus or microwavable steamed vegetables. You can also ustilize boil in bag rice and your favorite dressing!
  • Aldi’s Cilantro Lime and Tomato Basil Chicken: These are some of my favorite go to pre-seasoned chicken! You can use them in recipes for a quick protein without the hassle of seasoning and marinading!
  • HEB Meal Simple Meals: I will say that this is Texas specific, but if you are lucky enough to live near an HEB market, their meal simple meals are basically a meal prep you can just pick up! They have oven and microwave options. Most of the meals can be baked or microwaved in the containers they come in, so you can also save time on washing dishes!
  • Trader Joe’s Salads: Okay, so these aren’t “pre-seasoned” But I included it in this section because it serves the same purpose! I love to keep a couple of these salads in the fridge for when I am in a pinch. They come with pre-packaged and pre-portioned salad dressing and toppings.

Pre-Cooked Protein

Another thing I like to buy while grocery shopping is pre-cooked protein. This makes it easy to throw a meal together without much thought or prep! Here are some of my favorites and how I have used them in the past!

  • Good and Gather Grilled Chicken Strips and Shredded Chicken: You can find this brand in Target! You can really use this hack for almost any quick meal that requires chicken. I used it to make a taco bowl by adding canned black beans, green chilies, canned tomatoes, spices and boil in bag rice. It took 10 minutes to make and it was delicious!
  • Rotisserie Chicken: You can find rotisserie chicken in different stores, but my favorite is from Walmart! You can either eat it as is and pair it with a quick side, or you can use it to create quick recipes! The recipes are simple to find on Pinterest or a quick google search!
  • Pre-cooked Frozen Shrimp: This is another one that you can find all over the place! I love this because even though they are frozen, shrimp thaws very quickly if you put them in water! Similar to the chicken, you can eat them by themselves with cocktail sauce, use it on a quick salad, or add them into a recipe!
  • Aldi’s Fully Cooked and Seasoned Turkey Breast: If chicken isn’t your vibe, Aldi also has fully cooked turkey to add to quick recipes and salads!
Aldi’s fully cooked pre-seasoned turkey breast

Better Fast-Food Options

Let’s face it. There will come a time when you are going to eat fast food. In today’s society, it’s inevitable. Here is a list of specific meals that I like to eat. I will also include general tips when eating out, so you don’t need a recovery from your meal!

Specific Meals
  • Chipotle’s Burrito Bowls: This is great because it is fully customizable, and they have multiple options for protein and starches! They even offer cauliflower rice!
  • Panda Express Plate with Super Greens: I love that panda express has a super greens option! I try to avoid the classic orange chicken, even though it is my favorite, and go for black pepper angus steak or mushroom chicken.
  • Starbucks Protein Boxes: These are a little more on the pricier side, but they are my favorite when I am in a pinch or on a road trip. I like the eggs and cheese protein box, but they have a variety of options!
  • 7 eleven’s Salad and Wraps: Again, not a gourmet meal, but it is an understatement to say that these meals have saved my stomach on several occasions. They are awesome when I realized that I forgot to prep lunch. I can stop and grab a salad or a wrap, 2 bananas, some trail mix, and a sparkling water, and I am set!
Eating Out Tips
  • Look for grilled options: Many restaurants have grilled versions of your favorites. It’s a great way to avoid the breading that can cause the “itis” (the sleepiness that occurs after eating a carb heavy meal)
  • Choose veggies when possible: Many restaurants, including fast food, have options where you can choose fruit or vegetables for a side! This is an easy way to make fast food a little less taxing on your body!
  • Bring your own tortillas: This might seem silly, but my dad gave me this idea and I’ve since regarded it to be genius. He would bring his own low carb tortillas to a restaurant and order fajita’s! My favorite is Siete Food Grain Free Tortillas. You can find them at Walmart!
  • Bring your own condiments: There are so so many options for condiments today to fit your food lifestyle. It’s a simple way to customize your fast-food meal to fit your needs! (Even Beyonce brings hot sauce in her bag!)

The Frozen Meal

When all else fails for me, I reach for a frozen meal. However, today’s market has so many options, you can still make choices that fit your food lifestyle and treat your body with love! Here are some of my favorite brands that have a variety of options!

  • Healthy Choice Power Bowls: You can find these in almost any grocery store, and I love them because they come with a wide range of dietary options. Whether you are carb free, meat free, dairy free, or none of the above, you can find a bowl that fits your lifestyle!
  • Evol Frozen Meals: These bowls also come with vegetarian options. They also have gluten free bowls! My all-time favorite is their Fire Grilled Steak Bowl.
  • Amy’s Kitchen Meals: You can find these bowls in Whole Foods. These meals come with plant-based options, and they use organic ingredients. In addition to microwave meals, they also have oven meals in lager portions!

Thank you!

As usual, I would like to express my graditude for your support and time! I hope that this adds value to your life, and don’t forget to make Everydaylicious!

Lobster Grilled Cheese

Lobster Grilled Cheese

My goal when eating is to not require a recovery after each meal. For me, that means my usual diet doesn’t include dairy or bread, but the occasional indulgence is a must! This is why, on Valentine’s day, I decided to splurge and make this lobster grilled cheese. It was AMAZING. My fiancé took one bite and said, “I knew you loved me.” That is when I knew I had to share it with you. Whether your occasion is a birthday, anniversary, or just making it through the day (because sometimes it be like that). Here is the perfect recipe for celebrating and making dinner extra special!

Recipe

Ingredients and Equipment

  • Lobster tails (the amount varies on size of both the lobster and portion of grilled cheese)
  • Sour dough bread or a baguette
  • Gruyere cheese
  • Gouda Cheese
  • Salted butter
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Minced Garlic
  • Salt

Making the Grilled Cheese

Step 1: Boil the Lobster

  • Add water to a medium/ large pot. The amount of water and size of the pot will depend on the size and amount of your lobster tails. You want to make sure that the water completely covers the lobster.
  • Salt the water and bring it to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add your lobster tail(s)
  • You will know that the lobster tail is done when the internal temperature is between 135-140 degrees Fahrenheit (57-60 degrees Celsius). The lobster will turn red as a hint!
  • Take the lobster out and let it cool!

Step 2: Assemble the Sandwich

  • Remove the lobster meat by cutting down the middle of the lobster tail with kitchen sheers. Roughly chop the lobster meat do your desired size. I like mine to be thiccc!
  • Place the lobster meat, gruyere cheese, and gouda cheese between two slices of bread. I used Trader Joe’s baguette, but you can also use any sour dough bread you please.

Step 3: Grill the grilled cheese!

  • Option 1
    • in a small bowl or ramekin, soften a couple table spoons of butter (the amount of butter does not need to be exact).
    • Next combine the softened butter with thyme, oregano, and minced garlic.
    • Then, spread the now garlic butter on each side of your sandwich.
    • Finally, Place the sandwich in a skillet on low-medium heat and cook until the bread has browned and cheese is melty goodness!
  • Option 2
    • Melt a couple of table spoons of butter in a medium saucepan on low heat.
    • Add thyme, oregano, and minced garlic to the skillet. Wait to add the minced garlic until the last possible second. Garlic will burn easily!
    • Finally, Place the sandwich in a skillet on low-medium heat and cook until the bread has browned and cheese is melty goodness!

Thank you!

There you go! A decadent, yet approachable, fancy pants celebration meal! I absolutely loved making and eating this dish. It helped to make my Valentine’s day special and I hope it can bring something special to your next celebration, even if that celebration is simply being alive because you are a gift and worth celebrating!


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Garlic Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Garlic Bacon Brussels Sprouts

This is a decadent way for you to prepare your brussels sprouts. A perfect addition to any meal to make it feel special and fancy pantsy! These were inspired by the brussels sprouts I got at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. I wanted to bring that luxury to my dinner table, and I think that I succeeded! Here is the recipe, so you can bring some deliciousness to yours!

Recipe

Ingredients and Equipment

  • Brussels Sprouts (I used 1 16 oz bag from Walmart)
  • 1 lemon
  • Butter 1 stick (salted or unsalted)
  • Olive oil
  • Minced Garlic 2 tbs
  • Bacon 4 strips
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste (optional)
  • Baking pan
  • Skillet
  • Cast Iron Skillet

Making the Brussels Sprouts

Step 1: Bake the Brussels Sprouts

  • First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit..
  • While the oven is heating, cut each brussels sprout in half, and spread them out on a metal baking sheet. Next, drizzle olive oil onto the brussels sprouts and make sure they are evenly coated. Then season the brussels sprouts with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. The garlic power is optional. I like garlic an awful lot, so the extra seasoning is my jam!
  • After seasoning, place in the oven for about 15 minutes. They do not have to be cooked all the way through because we are going to finish them off in the skillet!

Step 2: Create the Sauce

  • In a regular skillet, cook 4 slices of bacon until crispy then set them aside on a paper towel to drain. I used 4 slices, but if you would like more bacon in your brussel sprouts, you can adjust it to your desired bacon level. I mean, who doesn’t like more bacon?
  • In a separate cast iron skillet, melt butter, on low heat, until the bottom of the skillet is evenly covered. The amount of butter you use will depend on the width and depth of your skillet. I used about half a stick.
  • Once your butter is melted, add 2 tbs of minced garlic

Step 3: Combine

  • By now, your brussels sprouts should be ready to come out of the oven. Place them into your cast iron skillet.
  • Chop the bacon into small pieces and add them to the skillet. You can use a knife, but I tore off the pieces with my hands!
  • Next, cover and cook on low-medium heat until the brussel sprouts soften and begin to brown! (tip, if your butter starts to smoke, you have the heat too high. Also, you can always add more butter to the pan while cooking to make sure your mixture doesn’t burn.)
  • Lastly, squeeze lemon juice onto the brussels sprouts at the last minute before taking the brussels sprouts out of the pan. This is very important! The acidity brings brightness to the rich buttery flavor. I used about half a lemon, but it is really to taste!

Thank you!

And there you go! A delicious and easy way to cook brussels sprouts. I paired my brussels sprouts with lamb chops and mashed potatoes for a delicious Christmas dinner! As usual, thank you so much for reading. It means so much to me that people take the time to read and try my recipes. Don’t forget to make Everydaylicious!

Honey Soy Chicken Lettuce Wraps!

Honey Soy Chicken Lettuce Wraps!

With a Soy Alternative Option!

Week night meals remain the conundrum that is centerfront of my food life. How do I find time to make quick, healthy, delicious, and cost effective meals? Many a times I found myself at a loss and opening my uber eats app as a remedy lol. This is why I decided to share this recipe with you. It is quick and easy and maybe it can help you delay the call of take out for at least one night!

Recipe

Ingredients and Equipment

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 of a white onion
  • chives (optional)
  • minced garlic 2tbs
  • soy sauce (or coconut aminos) 1/3 cup
  • olive oil
  • iceberg lettuce head
  • salt
  • Pepper

Making the Chicken

This shredded chicken is great for all types of recipes! You can really use any sauce with it. I love to use BBQ sauce and make chicken sandwiches. The possibilities are endless!

Step 1: Boil the Chicken

  • In a large pot, add 4 cups of water, 2 tbs of salt, and a quarter of an onion and bring to a boil. The onion does not need to be minced. Just cut the half of an onion in half and add it to the water!
  • Carefully add the 3 chicken breasts to the water and let boil until the internal temp. of the chicken is at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.. The cook time may vary depending on the thickness of your breasts. It took mine about 10 minutes.

Step 2: Shred the Chicken

  • Using tongs, carefully take the chicken out of the water and place it on a cutting board or plate.
  • Using two forks, shred the chicken. Using the forks, pull the chicken in opposite directions, and it should begin to come apart!
  • Set aside for later!

Making the Sauce

Step 1: Create the Base

  • Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat
  • Mince the other 1/4 of your white onion and add it to the skillet
  • Cook on medium heat until the onions become translucent (if your olive oil begins to smoke, turn down the heat)

Step 2: Add the Flavor

  • Add 2 tbs of minced garlic, a handful of chopped green onions, 1/3 cup of soy sauce (or coconut aminos for extra healthyness) to the skillet. Cook on low to medium heat until it begins to simmer.
This picture is using coconut aminos!

Step 3: Assemble

  • Add the shredded chicken to the skillet. You don’t have to cook it, but just stir to make sure the chicken is fully coated in the sauce.
  • Fill one leaf of ice burg lettuce with as much of the honey soy chicken you want!

Thank you!

As always, I want to thank you for reading and supporting me! I love cooking and posting recipes. It has been my outlet, my way to express my creativity, and my gateway to communities. Let me know if you try it and what you think! And as always, don’t forget to make Everydaylicious!

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Pumpkin Spice Waffles!

Pumpkin Spice Waffles!

Fall is for pumpkins spice everything and brunch is for every time of year, so why not make pumpkin spice waffles?! I made these waffles for a stay at home, best friends brunch and it was a complete hit, so I am sharing the fall goodness with you! Here is the recipe so you can soak in the season and brunch with the best of them!

Recipe

Ingredients and Equipment
  • all-purpose flour 2 cups
  • Baking Powder 2tsp
  • butter milk 1/2 cup
  • whole milk 1 cup
  • unsalted butter 4tbs (melted, but not hot)
  • eggs 2 ( separate the whites and yolks. Make sure they are room temperature)
  • vanilla extract 1/2 tsp
  • salt 1 tsp
  • sugar 1/3 cup
  • cinnamon 1/2 tsp
  • ginger 1/8tsp
  • cloves1/8 tsp
  • allspice1/8 tsp
  • nutmeg 1/8 tsp

  • waffle maker
  • mixer (upright or hand)
  • hand whisk

Making the Waffles
Step 1: Make the Batter
  • Plug in your waffle iron and let it heat while you prepare the batter.
  • Whisk together 2 cups of flour, 2 tsp of baking powder, and 1tsp of salt in a large mixing bowl. Once evenly mixed, use your hands and push the mixture to the outer edges of the bowl, leaving a circular gap in the middle to pour your wet ingredients.
  • Pour 1 cup of whole milk, 1/2 cup of butter milk, 4 tbs of melted butter, and two egg yolks into the center of your dry ingredient mixture. Using a hand whisk, whisk together ingredients until they are evenly mixed.
Step 2: Make the Meringue
  • In a separate large, clean, mixing bowl, using an upright or hand mixer, whisk two room temperature egg whites until frothy (you should see bubbles and the mixture should just begin to turn white).
  • Once frothy, gradually mix in 1/3 cup of sugar. Whisk on high until you create a meringue with soft peeks. This means that the egg whites should be the consistency of shaving cream!
  • Make sure your bowl is big, your eggwhites are room temp, and all or your utensils are clean as can be or your meringue will not set up!
Step 3: Combine and Cook
  • Add the meringue to the batter, and gently fold until you do not see any white in the mixture.
  • Then add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/8 tsp of ginger, 1/8 tbs of cloves, 1/8 tsp of all spice, and 1/8 tsp of nutmeg.
  • fold until spices are evenly distributed.
  • Spray your waffle iron with cooking spray and pour your batter in! Follow the cooking instructions for your specific waffle iron! and there you go!

Thank You!

And there you go! Wonderful, seasonal waffles to share (or not lol that’s on you!) Happy fall, and don’t forget to make Everydaylicious!


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Garlic Bacon Brussels Sprouts

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Crunchy Baked Garlic Parm Wings!

Crunchy Baked Garlic Parm Wings!

In Texas, football is king! So, last week, when I was talking to my dad – a huge Dallas, Cowboys fan – he suggested that I start making tailgaiting food with a healthy spin! So, naturally, I went for wings! They are so quick to cook, easy to eat, and pack a bunch of flavor. So here is my recipe for delicious baked wings ready for any tailgate!


Recipe

Ingredients and Equipment

  • Chicken wings and drumettes 2 pounds
  • Butter 1 stick
  • Parmesan cheese about 1/2 cup
  • Lemon Juice 1 Lemon’s work
  • Hot Sauce 2tbs
  • Minced Garlic 4 cloves
  • Creole Seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Making the Wings

Step 1: Parboiling

First preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. So, the easiest way to get that signature crunch without frying the wings is a technique called parboiling. All means is to partially cook the wings by boiling them for 7 minutes before putting them in the oven. This renders off some of the fat in the wings, allowing for them to get crispy! So, the first step is boiling the wings in heavily salted water in a large pot for 7 minutes.

Step 2: Dry the wings

With a paper towel, dry each wing before placing them on a baking sheet with plenty of space between each wing. It is important that you dry the wings because water will prevent the wings from crisping! Season with Creole seasoning of choice!

Step 3: Bake the wings

Bake your wings in a 425 degrees oven for about 25 minutes, flipping them halfway through. You should see fat starting to caramelize on the pan beneath each wing! To make sure your chicken is completely done and safe to eat, use a food thermometer to make sure the internal temp. of the wings is at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Making the Sauce

This is a simple sauce, that is primed for customization! If you would like to start off with a base of caramelized onions, you can. Or, if you would like to sup out full butter with clarified butter or ghee for a healthy take, you definitely can. The possibilities are endless but bellow you will find the simplest and quickest version of my garlic butter sauce!

Step 1: Melt the butter

In a small pot, on low heat, melt 1 stick of butter!

Step 2: Combine

Add 4 cloves of minced garlic, 2 tbsns of hot sauce, the juice of 1 lemon, and salt and pepper to taste. Let it cook on low to medium heat for about 5 minutes. Make sure that the butter does not cook off and begin to burn!

Toss the Wings

In a large bowl, add the wings, sauce, and about 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (you can put more if you want extra cheesy wings!). Toss wings until each peach is completely coated with sauce and cheese!


Thank you!

And there you go! Crispy parm wings that you can share with your family and friends while you root for your favorite team! Thank you for reading and as always, remember to make Everydaylicious!

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Healthy Turkey Meatballs

Healthy Turkey Meatballs

September, I have decided, I am declaring, that September will be the month that I get my eating together! Which means, healthy recipes! My first meal of September is this delicious spread of turkey meatballs. They are one ingredient away from whole 30 approved! I enjoyed it, and I hope you do too! Here is the recipe!

Ingredients and Equipment

  • Ground Turkey 2 pounds
  • Lemon 1
  • Capers 1 tbs
  • Minced Garlic 2 tbs
  • Thyme 1 tbs
  • Oregano 1 tbs
  • Salt and Pepper 2 tsp each
  • Almond flour 2/3 cups
  • Eggs 2
  • Worcestershire sauce 1 tbs
  • Primal Kitchen Classic BBQ Sauce unsweetened (or regular bbq sauce if you are not making it super healthy!) 1 bottle
  • Baking Sheet
  • Foil


Recipe

Step 1: Season the Turkey

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground turkey, minced garlic, capers, thyme, Oregon, almond flour, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix the ingredients together using your hands or a mixing spoon until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. The Worcestershire sauce is what keeps these from being completely whole 30, so if you want to leave it out you can!

Step 2: Roll and Bake

Using your hands, roll out the turkey mixture into golf ball sized meat balls. Line a backing sheet with foil, and then place the meatballs on the baking sheet with about 1 inch space between each. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. It took my meatballs around 30 minutes to cook all the way through!

Step 3: Cover and Enjoy

Once your meatballs are done, let them cool for about 10 minutes and then place the meatballs in a bowl and cover them with the barbeque! I loved this one from primal kitchen because it is free of added sugars and it is whole 30 approved which means it is super healthy. If you are going for a cheat meal, just use any bbq sauce of your choice!


Thank you!

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Lemon Pepper Chicken

Lemon Pepper Chicken

If you want to dress something up, throw a lemon butter sauce on it and taste the magic! My lemon butter chicken is the best weeknight meal because it is easy and requires few ingredients, but it doesn’t cheat you on taste!

Ingredients and Equipment

  • butter 1 stick
  • minced garlic 2 tbsp
  • lemon juice 1 cup
  • thyme 1/2 tsp
  • oregno1/2 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • pepper 1/2 tsp
  • chicken breast fillets (or normal chicken breast)

  • 2 Skillets
  • A spatula

Recipe

Step 1: Create the Sauce

In a skillet, on low, melt 1 stick of butter. After the butter has melted completely, add 1/2 of a grilled onion to the skillet and cook on low until the union is translucent. Next, add 1/2 tsp of thyme, 1/2 tsp of oregano, 1/2 tsp of pepper, 2tbs of minced garlic, and 1 cup of lemon juice to the melted butter. Stir, and cook on low until the sauce has thickened and the onions begin to brown. You can turn the heat up to medium but be careful not to burn the butter. If you start to see smoke, turn the heat down.

Step 2: Brown the Chicken

Season you chicken as desired. I like to put salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Heat of 1 tbs of olive oil in a separate skillet and add the chicken breast. Cook thoroughly until there is no pink throughout the breast and it begins to brown. You always want to cook chicken well done to avoid food poisoning!

Step 3: Combine Chicken and (Optional)

If you want your chicken to take on some extra flavor, add your chicken to the lemon sauce and heat for 1-2 minutes for the sauce to begin to work its way into the chicken! Pair it with vegetables, potatoes, or rice. The possibilities are endless!


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Healthy Popcorn Balls!

Healthy Popcorn Balls!

Fun fact: my day job is teaching English to High School Freshmen. I will be returning to work soon which means healthy quick snacks are a must. This inspired my healthy popcorn balls! I used whole grain popcorn that is not prepackaged in a bag and replaced white sugar with coconut sugar to remove some of the unhealthy qualities of traditional popcorn balls. Here is the recipe and I hope you enjoy it!

Also, there are a lot of new challenges entering into the new school year, so trying, shooting, and writing recipes have been an outlet and a distraction from my growing anxiety of reentering the workforce. A special thank you to all of my readers for your support and love.


Ingredients and Equiptment.

  • Whole Grain popcorn (I used Orville Redenbackers Original Yellow Popcorn in a 45 Oz. Jar)
  • Coconut sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Raw unsalted peanuts
  • Cinnamon

  • Pot with lid
  • Small to medium pot
  • Mixing bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Plastic wrap

Recipe

Step 1: Pop the popcorn

In a large pot with a lid, pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil into the pot over a medium heat. Add 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels. Cover the pot with the lid. I like to leave my lid angled off the side a little for venting. Listen to the popping, you know when it is finished when the pops are far between. I would estimate about 15 seconds between kernel pops. Remove the popcorn from the heat, so the popcorn doesn’t burn.

Step 2: Make the Simple Syrup

In a small to medium pot, pour in 1/3 cup of coconut sugar and 1/3 cup of water. Stir the mixture then heat over medium heat. Let the mixture boil and stir frequently until the sugar is completely dissolved. You will know that the mixture is ready when you can put a popped piece of popcorn into the mixture without the popcorn melting.

Step 3: Combine and Form

In a large bowl, add the popped popcorn, 1/2 cup of peanuts, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and simple syrup. With a large spoon, stir together until the ingredients begin to stick together and are evenly distributed. Next, scoop out the desired amount onto a sheet of plastic wrap (how much popcorn mixture you use will depend on how big you want your popcorn balls). Using the plastic wrap as a barrier between your hands and the mixture, form a ball and tighten the plastic wrap around it. Make sure you put a lot of pressure on the ball slightly crushing the popcorn to make sure it stays together.

Step 4: Chill and Enjoy

Put your formed popcorn balls in the freezer for 15 minutes so the simple syrup hardens and bonds the mixture together.

And there you go! Next step is simply un-wrap and enjoy!


Thank you!

Thank you for reading, and again thank you so much for providing an outlet for me! I wish everyone happiness and health going into fall! Remember to make Everydaylicious!