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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Green Chili Chicken Sliders

These really look good (and interesting combo of flavors) for just about any time, but well its now football season so I can see these being made on many a Sunday while the "boys" are glued to the TV or maybe taken as part of the tailgate fare.


Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 4.5 oz. can green chilies, drained well
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp. minced chive or green onion
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh lime juice

Instructions
  1. Add water to the Tupperware® SmartSteamer water tray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together chicken, chilies, cilantro, garlic, and salt until well combined. 
  3. Divide mixture evenly into 6 mini patties.
  4. Arrange 3 patties in a single layer in the casserole tray of the Tupperware® SmartSteamer
  5. Place casserole tray on top of the water tray. 
  6. Arrange 3 remaining patties in a single layer in the steamer tray and place steamer tray on top of casserole tray.
  7. Cover and microwave 10 minutes or until the patties register 165° F on an instant read thermometer inserted into the center of a patty. 
  8. Remove from microwave.
  9. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together sour cream, chive, and lime juice. 
  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Serve with sour cream mixture and slider buns.

I keep telling you that Tupperware has the answer to so many of our dining questions.  I hope this is just another one of these you will try very soon.
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Pasta Fagioli

I don't know about you, but when it starts to get cool, I think soup.
I know we still haven't gotten "cool" yet, but I have to believe it will be soon, I mean it is the end of September!

This one is pretty easy and tasty to boot!



Yield: 8
Serving Size: ¾ cup

Ingredients

  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 28 oz. can whole tomatoes
  • 3¼ cups fat-free low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 15 oz. cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp. Italian Herb Seasoning Blend
  • 4 oz. ditalini or other small pasta
  • 4 cups kale or Swiss chard, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated using Grate ’N Measure® Grater
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley

Instructions
  1. In base of Quick Chef® Pro System, process onion and garlic until finely chopped. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Preheat a 6-Qt. pot over medium-high heat.
  3. Add olive oil and sauté onion and garlic until translucent and fragrant.
  4. Chop tomatoes in base of Quick Chef® Pro System.
  5. Add tomatoes, chicken stock, beans and seasoning blend to onions and garlic.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes.
  7. Cook ditalini in Microwave Pasta Maker  for 8 minutes. Drain.
  8. Add kale and cooked pasta to pot.
  9. Reduce heat and simmer 5-10 minutes until kale is wilted.
  10. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and parsley before serving.
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pasta with brown butter and walnuts

When I saw this on my Tupperware site's back office, I thought this was an interesting combination and elevates a simple pasta dish to an interesting level as a side dish, or week night dinner.  


Yield: 6
Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 16-oz. box angel hair pasta
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. coarse kosher salt
  • 1½ stick butter
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced with Zest ’N Press® Gadget
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped in Chop ’N Prep™ Chef
Optional for serving
  • 8–10 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 ripe pears, peeled and sliced thin, using Mandoline

Instructions
  1. Place pasta, water and salt in base of Microwave Pasta Maker
  2. Microwave on high, uncovered, for 10–12 minutes or until al dente.
  3. Place Chef Series II 11" Fry Pan over medium high heat and add butter. 
  4. Melt butter and then wait for it to start to brown. 
  5. Once it begins to take on a brown color and smells nutty, about 2 minutes after melting, remove from heat.
  6. Whisk lemon zest and juice into warm butter.
  7. Strain cooked pasta and place in large bowl. Toss with browned butter sauce and chopped walnuts. 
  8. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve topped with fresh basil and sliced pears, if desired.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Positive Thinking - its time now

I know I keep telling myself that I need to be more positive.
I need to have more positive thinking.

It's not yet a "done deal" so to speak.  
I try but I'm not quite there yet.

Sometimes I, and I believe you, need a visual to drive that message home.



What do you think?
Is this a visual that will help drive the message home for you?

Let's start making this our morning mantra that we continue thinking and believing in during the day.
And share with our kids and their friends and our neighbors.


Who knows, we could unleash a slew of Positive Thinkers!
And then we could become this huge force that can be rallied behind and really get things done.

Thanks Rachel for the second reminder.  We ARE a wonderful group of positive people who WILL make a difference!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Apple Coffee Cake

It is definitely getting to be apple picking time and this recipe for an Apple Coffee Cake is perfect.  Easy to make and have for any time of day ... share with a friend or loved ones with a nice big mug of coffee.  Oh YUMMMM


Yield: 9
Serving Size: 1 piece

Ingredients

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ tsp. Simple Indulgence Cinnamon-Vanilla Seasoning Blend
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk, any type
  • ¼ tsp. table salt
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
Topping
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 apple, cored & quartered
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Whisk together sugars, Simple Indulgence Cinnamon-Vanilla Seasoning, and softened butter until combined, should look like wet sand.
  3. Whisk in eggs, vanilla, and milk.
  4. Stir in flour and baking powder.
  5. Pour into Ultra Pro 2-Qt. Square Pan and spread until even with spatula.
  6. Top with apple topping and bake for 40-50 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
Topping
  1. Stir together melted butter, oats, flour, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Assemble Grate Master with slicing cone. Place a small bowl underneath. 
  3. Place apple quarters one at a time into the hopper and turn handle to slice. 
  4. Repeat until apple is sliced. 
  5. Toss with oat mixture and sprinkle onto the top of batter.
Now I would probably dust the top of this with powdered sugar, just to "accent" the nooks and crannies that occur, but that's a personal preference.

Now if you made the caramel or chocolate sauce I talked about here, you could also drizzle each serving with that too!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Help your children Fly!

One of the things I have always told my kids was to try.
I think it was probably the number 2 thing I "harped" on, as they would tell me.  
(The first being that I loved them and always would, forever and always.)
I think this is part of what gave them the confidence to go out and try or should I say fly?


I would say it in "different" ways and not just a "why don't you try" comment.

Sometimes it would be "You can do it".
Sometimes it would be my "infamous" ... "Don't let anyone tell you that you can't because you are not "capable".  
Just smile sweetly and say "watch me".  
Then go out and DO it".

I think knowing that I would always be there to catch them if they fell, made them more willing to test their wings.

Now don't get me wrong, it has led to a few "mom moments" where I really wished I didn't give them so much confidence.  But they have always made me proud.

And not just when they succeeded in something that they wanted to do but also when they failed.  
The failing part was sometimes difficult to take, but they did make me proud in just the fact that they tried, that they were willing to take that chance to do something that they thought they could do, even if no one else thought they could.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Potatoes au Gratin

We eat a lot of potatoes in this house.
My hubby is a meat and potato kind of guy so lots and lots of potatoes.  So when I saw this one, in my Tupperware site, I thought it would be a definite must try/make.


Yield: 8 
Serving Size: 1 cup 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup reduced-fat (2%) milk 
  • 2 cups heavy cream 
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tsp. coarse kosher salt 
  • ½ tsp. black pepper 
  • 2–3 cloves garlic, crushed using Garlic Wonder® Gadget 
  • 3 lbs./1.3 kg potatoes, peeled 
  • 2 cups grated cheese; cheddar, parmesan, or gruyere 


Instructions:  

  1. In base of Mix-N-Stor® Pitcher, whisk together milk, heavy cream, flour, salt, black pepper, and crushed garlic. 
  2. Assemble Mandoline with straight blade and set circular knob to #2. Attach a peeled potato to food guard and slide down Mandoline to slice. 
  3. Cut large potatoes in half, if necessary, before attaching to a food guard for easier slicing. 
  4. In base of Chef Series II 4.3-Qt Sauteuse, spread an even layer of sliced potatoes. 
  5. Pour approximately 1 cup of milk mixture over potatoes. 
  6. Repeat layering potatoes and milk until ingredients are used. 
  7. Preheat oven to 350° F. 
  8. Place cover on pan and put on stove over medium–high heat. 
  9. Bring milk mixture to a boil, about 8–10 minutes. 
  10. Transfer pan with cover to the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove cover and add cheese. 
  11. Bake uncovered for an additional 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender and cheese has browned. 
  12. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Yes Tupperware has some awesome cookware, that is professional grade, that I love.  I try to pick up a piece or two for me when I can.  You should check that out as well.  They would make awesome gifts. 

Tupperware makes fabulous bridal shower gifts (they wouldn't need to replace those pans after a few years of marriage), holiday gifts or even housewarming gifts!

If there are Tupperware pieces that you are looking for, please check out my Tupperware site, where you can order at any time, day or night ... even in your PJs.