Chorizo Jambalaya

I typically serve in a bowl, and have yogurt or labneh available to add as it is quite hot.  The recipe is flexible, add or remove veggies and meat as desired. What makes it ‘this’ jambalaya recipe is the chorizo, wine, and lots of garlic.

Chorizo Jambalaya
 
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Serves: 6 to 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 package of chorizo sausage, removed from casings {Mexican not Portuguese}
  • Half a dozen cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ~1-2 tsp of sweet smoked paprika (or 1tsp each of sweet and smoked if that’s what you have)
  • Chicken breast or tenders
  • Shrimp
  • 2 cups Rice
  • 4 cups Chicken broth
  • 1 cup white wine
Instructions
  1. Brown the chorizo in a dutch oven.  Remove meat from pan; leaving grease.
  2. Sautee garlic in the grease.  Remove w/sausage to prevent scorching.
  3. Lightly cook chicken in the grease.
  4. Deglaze the pan with white wine and add back the chorizo and garlic
  5. Optionally add a handful of cherry tomatoes or a chopped tomato, or a can of crushed tomatoes.
  6. Optionally add any stray meat leftovers that you want to use up (not heavily sauced ones though).
  7. Add rice, chicken broth, and paprika.  If you have fresh parsley add some of that too.
  8. Cover and bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer – cook as you would your rice, so ~25 minutes for white, ~45 minutes for brown.
  9. Turn off heat, add shrimp, replace cover and let sit ~10 minutes or so to heat the shrimp through and continue absorbing water.  Note that it will still be wet when done!

 

Java Roast


Java Roast
 
Originally from A Year of Slow Cooking, I've revised it a little
Recipe type: Main
Ingredients
  • --~3 lb beef  roast, trimmed of fat
  • --3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • --8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • -- 4-5 chopped garlic cloves
  • --1/2 tsp salt
  • --1/4 black pepper
  • --1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • --3 T red wine vinegar
  • -- a cup of sour cream
  • --~1 cup Marsala wine
Instructions
  1. Trim the fat, and use some of the fat to sautee the garlic and mushrooms, then add to crockpot
  2. Brown the roast in the remaining drippings (add olive oil if needed).
  3. Remove and add to crockpot along with salt/pepper
  4. Use a mix of the coffee, Worcestershire,and red wine vinegar to deglaze the pan.
  5. Add liquid and scrapings to the crockpot.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 4-5.
  7. Carefully remove the meat/mushrooms from the pot, and stir in the sour cream.
  8. Move to pan and reduce on stove, stirring frequently.
  9. Add a cup or so of Marsala at this point.
  10. Pour sauce over the meat and serve with rice.

 

Harvest Pork – Revised for IPot

Harvest Pork - Revised for IPot
 
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A classic fall flavor combo.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • Pork Tenderloin or roast, trimmed of fat
  • 1 cup Orange Juice or concentrate
  • ½ cup Dark brown sugar
  • 2 apples, peeled and sliced (Courtland or Granny Smith)
  • 1 cup Cranberries or Craisens
  • 1 cup Fresh/dried plums (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp galganal
  • Handful of whole cloves
Instructions
  1. Set the IPot to Saute and allow to come up to heat
  2. Trim the roast/loin of fat
  3. Brown on all sides in the IPot
  4. Remove the roast and degalze the pot using a small amount of wine if available
  5. Set the IPot to slow cook on low for 6 to 8 hours
  6. Place the fruit and orange juice into the bottom of the pot
  7. Mix the ground spices and brown sugar together
  8. Rub the mixture all over the roast, toss any extra onto the fruit in the pot
  9. Push the whole cloves into the roast all over and place it in the pot resting on the fruit.

 

 

Crustless Quiche Lorraine

Start to Finish: 60 Minutes Makes: 2 9 inch pies

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups sour cream (24 oz.)
  • 1/4 tsp. Allspice
  • pinch ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups of assorted cheeses (we us feta, jarlsberg and mozzarella)

Add any fresh veggies you like. We’ve used spinach lightly wilted and steamed asparagus.

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wilt spinach or steam veggies and set aside.
  3. Whisk eggs in large mixing bowl.
  4. Add sour cream and whisk until smooth.
  5. Add allspice, ginger and pepper then mix in throughly.
  6. Stir in cheeses and veggies.
  7. Pour half of mixture into each 9 inch pie plate that has been lightly coated with cooking spray.

Cook in 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Allow to cool before cutting.

Down-Home Chicken and Greens

Start to Finish: 40 Minutes     Makes: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 to 1 1/4 lbs. total)
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
  • Nonstick olive oil cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 to 8 cloves garlic, minced (3 to 4 tsp. minced)
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. fresh greens (such as mustard, Swiss chard, chicory, beet, kohlrabi, kale, collard, and/or turnip greens), torn
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Red bell pepper slices (optional)

Directions:

  1. Season chicken with 1/4 tsp. black pepper and the kosher salt. coat and unheated very large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat over medium heat. Add chicken; cook until browned, turning to brown evenly. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink (170° F). Remove chicken from skillet. Cover to keep warm.
  2. Add, broth, garlic, crushed red pepper and 1/4 tsp. black pepper to the same skillet. Bring to boiling. Stir in greens; reduce heat. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes or just until greens are tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Sppon greens and their juices onto four dinner plates. If desired slice chicken. Place chicken on top of greens. Drizzle lightly with balsamic vinegar. If desired, garnish with bell pepper slices.

Nutrition facts per serving: 161 cal., 2 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 66 mg chol., 351 mg sodium, 7 g carbo., 3 g fiber, 30 g pro.

Exchanges: 1 1/2 Vegetable, 4 Very Lean Meat

For Wave 1, serve with cooked quinoa. For waves 2 and 3, serve with cooked quinoa and fresh apple slices.

Wine Paring: Pinot Grigio

Feta-Stuffed Chicken

Start to Finish: 30 minutes Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce basil and tomato feta cheese (1/4 cup)*
  • 2 tbs. light tub-style cream cheese (1 ounce)
  • 1 tbs. chopped fresh mint
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lbs. total)
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash kosher salt
  • 1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 10-ounce package prewashed fresh spinach
  • 2 tbs. walnut or pecan pieces toasted
  • 1 tbs. lemon juice
  • Lemon slices, halved (optional)

* Note: If you can’t find basil and tomato feta cheese, stir 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh basil and 1 tsp. snipped oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained, into 1 ounce (1/4 cup crumbled) plain feta cheese.

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl combine feta cheese, cream cheese, and mint; set aside. Using a sharp knife cut a 1 1/2 inch horizontal slit through the thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket that is about 1 inch deep. Stuff pockets with cheese mixture. Secure openings with wooden toothpicks. Season chicken with pepper and kosher salt.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until tender and no longer pink (170° F), turning occasionally to brown evenly (reduce heat to medium if chicken browns to quickly). Remove chicken from skillet. Cover and keep warm.
  3. Remove skillet from heat for 1 minute. Carefully add chicken broth to skillet. Return to heat; bring to boiling. Gradually add spinach to skillet, cooking and tossing with tongs just until spinach is wilted (should take 2 to 3 minutes total). Stir in the nuts and lemon juice.
  4. To serve, divide spinach mixture among four dinner plates. Top with chicken breasts. If desired garnish with lemon slices.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 266 cal., 11 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 92 mg chol., 345 mg sodium, 4 g carbo., 2 g fiber, 37 g pro.

Exchanges: 1 Vegetable, 5 Very Lean Meat, 1 1/2 Fat

For Wave 1, serve with cooked quinoa and cooked zucchini. For waves 2 and 3, serve with cooked quinoa and fresh berries.

Wine Paring: Sauvignon Blanc

Vegetable Quiches

Prep: 25 minutes     Bake: 25 minutes     Stand: 5 minutes     Oven: 375°F     Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick olive oil cooking spray
  • 3 7- or 8-inch whole wheat flour tortillas
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat Swiss, cheddar or mozzarella cheese, shredded (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 of a small red bell pepper, cut into thing bite-size strips
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Thin strips red bell pepper (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat six 6- to 7-inch individual round baking dishes or pans* with nonstick cooking spray. Carefully press tortillas into dishes or pans. Sprinkle with cheese.
  2. In a small covered saucepan cook the broccoli and bell pepper strips in a small amount of boiling water about 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain well. Sprinkle cooked vegetables over cheese in baking dishes.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, evaporated fat-free milk, thyme, kosher salt, and black pepper until well mixed. Pour egg mixture over vegetables in baking dishes. Place on baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until puffed and a knife inserted near the center of each comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. If desired, garnish with additional strips of bell pepper.

Nutrition facts per serving: 185 cal., 8 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 151 mg chol., 314 mg sodium, 13 g carbo., 6 g fiber, 15 g pro.

Exchanges: 1/2 Vegetable, 1/2 Starch, 2 Medium-Fat Meat

*Note: Or coat six 6-ounce custard cups with nonstick cooking spray. Cut each tortilla into 6 wedges. To form crust, press 3 tortilla wedges into each custard cup with the points toward center. Tortillas do not have to cover cups completely. Continue as directed

Crustless Feta and Cheddar Quiche

Prep: 25 minutes     Bake: 40 minutes     Oven: 350°F     Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp minced)
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh dillweed, thyme, or mint
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat cottage cheese (12 ounces)
  • 1 10-ounce packages frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, pastry flour, garlic, dillweed, pepper and kosher salt. Stir in cottage cheese, broccoli, feta, and cheddar. Spoon into the prepared pie plate.
  3. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

For Waves 1, 2, and 3, serve with whole grain toast

Nutrition facts per serving: 188 cal., 10 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 134 mg chol., 575 mg sodium, 9 g carbo., 2 g fiber, 16 g pro.

Exchanges: 1/2 Vegetable, 1/2 Starch, 2 Lean Meat, 1/2 Fat.

Harvest Pork

1 Pork Tenderloin, trimmed of fat (note: we’ve used two tenderloins without doubling the remainder of the ingredients, it was fine).

2 cups orange juice1 cup brown sugar (leveled)

1 cup peeled and sliced apples; Courtland is good.  Basically want a spicy or tart apple, not a sweet one.

1 cup whole cranberries, fresh or frozen

1 heaping teaspoon each: ginger, cloves, allspice

Cook all together at 375-400 degrees for aprox one hour, or until internal temperature is 160 degrees.  Let sit 5 to 10 minutes, during which internal temp. will approach 170.