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Orange Glazed Pork Roast

You’ll really enjoy this delicious Orange Glazed Pork Roast, with dry rub spices, baked until tender, coated and served with a sweet citrus glaze.You'll really enjoy this delicious Orange Glazed Pork Roast, with dry rub spices, baked until tender, coated and served with a sweet citrus glaze.
Today’s recipe is for an Orange Glazed Pork Roast I made recently for the first time.  We loved the flavor the pork receives from the orange sauce… totally scrumptious!

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Why I Decided To Try This Recipe For Orange Glazed Pork Roast

So here’s the “back story”…  My husband and I shop at Costco occasionally when we feel the urge to buy a 20 pound jar of peanut butter or some other “can’t live without this” product.

This was the case recently when we decided to buy a 4 pack of pork roasts. The price was right, so even though it’s usually just the two of us here for dinner, we grabbed a package and threw it into the cart. Can you believe it? FOUR roasts for TWO people.

What On Earth Do You Make With FOUR Pork Roasts?

Then the fun of figuring out new ways to cook 4 pork roasts began for me. Hmmmm. Well, let’s see- the first one I threw in the crock pot with seasonings. This was used for shredding, for pork enchiladas. The next roast was used to make BBQ pork for sandwiches.

Now for the one I pulled out of the ol’ family freezer this morning. I’ve been sick for a week now and snowed in. Really snowed in. I needed to fix something that would taste good with food items we already had around the house. Dinner needed to be not too hard…not too fancy…but tasty. I searched online for recipes and came up with this one to try.

A Dry Rub And Orange Glaze Give This Pork Roast GREAT Flavor!

A dry rub on the pork (garlic, ginger, brown sugar, thyme, etc.) gives GREAT flavor to the roast. The real star is the the orange flavored glaze that is “brushed” onto the meat for the second half of cooking! Orange marmalade and juice in the citrus glaze is a perfect flavor addition for this orange glazed pork roast.

My husband and I totally enjoyed our dinner, and look forward to the leftovers! Hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as we did. My husband declared it “A KEEPER”! It is delicious!

Prepare The Pork Roast

A small pork roast is coated with a dry rub mix (including garlic!), then it is baked. The original recipe calls for a 4 pound roast, but I used a 2.5 pound roast, with no problem.

Pork Roast is covered with spice rub (including garlic).

While the pork roast is baking, a simple orange glaze is mixed together. The glaze is simmered on the stove top while the pork bakes.

Orange glaze for pork roast is cooked on stove.

Orange Glaze Is Added To Pork During Baking Time

After the first 2 hours of baking, the glaze is brushed onto the pork roast. The glaze is brushed on, in 15 minute intervals for the rest of the baking time. The slow baking time ensures this orange glazed pork roast is tender and juicy. Who wouldn’t want that, right?  As an added benefit, your kitchen will sure smell good while it bakes!

Here’s a photo of the first time the orange sauce was added to make this a true orange glazed pork roast!

The Pork Roast being brushed with orange glaze part way through baking time.

Continue to glaze the pork roast with the orange sauce every 15 minutes.  Think of it as adding layer upon layer of delicious orange flavor! The pork roast is ready when it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

Orange Glazed Pork Roast is ready when internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.

Orange Glazed Pork Roast Is Ready To Eat!

Here is the finished orange glazed pork roast! The roast is golden brown on the outside, and rests for a few minutes before being sliced.

Orange glazed pork roast is finished baking and rests for a few minutes before slicing.

To serve the orange glazed pork roast, place a couple thin slices of pork on plate. Spoon some of the orange glaze over the top. Once that is done, all that is left to do is dig in! I served the pork slices with mashed potatoes and garden peas on the side. It tasted so GOOD! the pork was very juicy, full of flavor, and quite tender!

Mashed potatoes and peas are served with orange glazed pork roast.

I really hope you enjoy this delicious recipe for orange glazed pork roast! We sure did! Hope you have a wonderful day, full of encouragement and good things!

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Orange Glazed Pork Roast
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins
 
You'll really enjoy this delicious Orange Glazed Pork Roast, with dry rub spices, baked until tender, coated and served with a sweet citrus glaze.
Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange glazed pork roast
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 358 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 lb. boneless pork roast
For the rub:
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme (dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger (dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
For the orange glaze:
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup orange juice (I use fresh squeezed)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard (I used Dijon - original recipe calls for spicy brown)
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce (I added this just because I thought it would be good.)
  • 2 Tablespoon orange marmalade ( I added this to original recipe)
Instructions
  1. Combine the rub ingredients in a small bowl. Rub this mixture over the entire pork roast; then place the roast in a baking pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 2 hours.
  2. While roast is cooking, make the orange glaze. In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar and cornstarch, then stir in the remaining glaze ingredients. Bring this mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for two minutes, then remove pan from the heat. The mixture should have thickened a little bit. Set aside 1/3 of the glaze to drizzle over the meat slices when you serve them.
  3. After the roast has cooked for the first two hours, remove it from oven. With a pastry brush, "paint" the rest of the glaze (the non-reserved) over the roast every 15 minutes for another 60-90 minutes, or until the roast reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees (check in the thickest part of the meat with a meat thermometer). Once the internal temperature of the roast has reached 160 degrees, remove it from oven. Let it stand for 10 minutes before slicing (if you cut into it too soon, all those great juices will run out...be patient).
  4. When meat has rested for 10 minutes, slice and serve, with additional glaze spooned over the slices of roast. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

NOTE: I used a smaller 2 1/2 lb. roast and adapted the baking times to match, but have kept the recipe as originally written for a 4 lb. roast. I also used the glaze and rub ingredients in the amounts as originally written.

Nutrition Facts
Orange Glazed Pork Roast
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 358 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 494mg21%
Potassium 919mg26%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 15.8mg19%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Fiesta Rice

Fiesta Rice is a totally EASY, hearty, and delicious side dish made with white rice, black beans, corn, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro and lime juice.Fiesta Rice is a totally EASY, hearty, and delicious side dish made with white rice, black beans, corn, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro and lime juice.
This fiesta rice just might be one of the easiest side dishes ever created. Really. It’s almost too easy to call it a “recipe”, but yet it is! Guess what? It is DELICIOUS!

I discovered the recipe on Pinterest, and found it to be a perfect accompaniment for Taco Night! The flavors in the fiesta rice are a refreshingly nice change from my recipe for Spanish Rice that I have made and served over the years.

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Fiesta Rice Is So Easy To Make

Basically to make fiesta rice, all you will need to do is cook rice, and then add the remaining ingredients and mix them all together. That’s it!

This rice is so good, I suppose you COULD just eat it right out of the bowl before it gets to the table. Not that I would ever do such a despicable thing (*cough, cough). Didn’t take photos other than the finished product, because, honestly, it’s SO EASY!

Fiesta rice is a great side dish, and it’s super easy if you already have leftover cooked rice to use. This would be delicious paired with chicken, pork, shrimp.

You could also morph it into a yummy burrito bowl, and add some barbacoa shredded beef, etc.! Hope you enjoy it!

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Fiesta Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Fiesta Rice is a totally EASY, hearty, and delicious side dish made with white rice, black beans, corn, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro and lime juice.

Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fiesta rice
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 295 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked , long-grain rice
  • 1 can black beans-rinsed and heated
  • 1 cup corn (canned or frozen), heated
  • 1 large tomato , diced
  • 1 large scallion , finely diced
  • 2-4 Tablespoons chopped cilantro (I used 4)
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice (I added an extra Tablespoon)
  • Salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice.
  2. In a large serving bowl, mix the hot rice with the remaining ingredients (salt to taste).
  3. Toss and Serve.
  4. The End. Wasn't that EASY? Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Fiesta Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 437mg12%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Olive Garden Toscana Soup

Olive Garden Toscana Soup is a delicious copycat recipe for a beloved, hearty soup with potatoes, Italian sausage and kale, in a seasoned broth!Olive Garden Toscana Soup is a delicious copycat recipe for a beloved, hearty soup with potatoes, Italian sausage and kale, in a seasoned broth!
I’m sitting in my office at home looking out the window at freshly fallen snow in our backyard. We had a crazy snowstorm yesterday (it gets crazy in Portland when we have significant snow). Today another 3-5 inches of snow is expected. Whoa! 

This is a great day for Olive Garden Toscana Soup! My husband and I have both been fighting pesky head colds for several days now, and we decided a big pot of soup was what we needed.

This way we can have soup made for 1) the snowstorm, and 2) leftovers (so I don’t have to cook much while sick). It was a really good idea (we occasionally have good ideas!).

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Where I Found The Recipe For Olive Garden Toscana Soup

Once my hubby and I settled on what KIND of soup it was easy: A big pot of Toscana Soup, a copycat version of the popular soup found at Olive Garden restaurants nationwide. It is also known as Zuppa Toscana.

I dug out my trusty cookbook called “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes”, by author Todd Wilbur, and got busy in the kitchen. Honestly, I can’t count how many times I’ve made this recipe over the years.

We find this soup wonderfully tasty, filling, and it’s ridiculously easy to make. The blended flavors of Italian sausage, potatoes and kale are enhanced by a light, creamy broth.

Olive Garden Toscana Soup is a seriously good soup to cozy up with on a cold, snowy day, or any time you want a great bowl of soup!

How To Make Olive Garden Toscana Soup

Place four Italian sausage links into a large skillet. Pan-sear the sausage links on medium heat until they are browned, and cooked through.

Cooking the sausage links will take between 10 and 15 minutes to cook the sausages all the way through.

Italian sausage links are pan-seared in skillet.

Once they are finished cooking, transfer the sausages out of the skillet, and let them cool for about 10 minutes before attempting to slice them..

Use a sharp knife to slice the cooked Italian sausage links into thin rounds. Set the sausage slices aside to rest while you add other ingredients to the soup.

The cooked Italian sausage links are cut in thin slices.

Time To Slice Those Potatoes!

Slice the cleaned, unpeeled potatoes into thin slices, and then cut them into quarters. The potato slices will cook more evenly if they are all cut about the same size.

Unpeeled russet potatoes are cut into thin slices, then cut into quarters.

Add Potatoes And Kale To The Toscana Soup

Add the sliced potatoes (make them “walk the plank”) to the Toscana soup base that is simmering in a large soup pot.

Potatoes being added to the Olive Garden Toscana Soup in pan.

Next into the soup pot goes the kale. Yes… this recipe calls for lots of fresh chopped kale (the HEALTHY veggie)! Stir to incorporate the potatoes and kale into the soup.

The kale will wilt and reduce in volume as it heats in the hot broth. Now your big ol’ pot of Olive Garden Toscana Soup is almost ready to eat! Are you getting excited? I know I am!

Chopped kale is added to the soup in pan.

Final Step, Then It’s Time To EAT!

Add the cooked and sliced Italian sausage to the soup, and stir, to combine. Continue to heat the soup, until it is very hot, and then get ready to serve it!

Ladle the hot Toscana Soup into individual serving bowls. Serve Olive Garden Toscana Soup with some crusty Italian bread on the side, and enjoy!

The sliced, cooked Italian sausage pieces are added to the pot of Olive Garden Toscana Soup.

Hope you will give this Olive Garden Toscana Soup a try and will discover (if you haven’t already), how delicious it really is!

It’s pretty easy to make a big pot of this soup to enjoy! Sure hope you like it!  If you enjoy the soups at The Olive Garden, be sure to check out my recipe for Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup! It is fantastic, and is one of my all-time favorites!

Thanks for stopping by today. Please come back soon for more family-friendly recipes. Take care, and have a great day.

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Recipe adapted from the cookbook: “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes”, by Todd Wilbur, (published 1977).
 

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Olive Garden Toscana Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 

Olive Garden Toscana Soup is a delicious copycat recipe for a beloved, hearty soup with potatoes, Italian sausage and kale, in a seasoned broth!

Category: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Toscana soup
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 396 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 Italian sausage links (mild or hot flavors are okay-I typically use mild)
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup milk (for an even creamier version, use heavy whipping cream, then omit the butter)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 3 small russet potatoes- unpeeled (or 1 1/2 large potatoes-unpeeled)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Grill or sauté the sausages till done (approx. 15 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool. Once sausage has cooled, slice the sausages at an angle into slices about 1/2 inch thick.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken stock and the milk/butter (or heavy cream) over medium heat. Add the grilled Italian sausage slices and kale to the soup. Slice the unpeeled potatoes into 1/4 inch slices, and then quarter each slice. Add the quartered potato slices to the soup.

  3. Add the spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes) to taste. Let the soup simmer on low, uncovered for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from the cookbook: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes", by Todd Wilbur, (published 1977).

Nutrition Facts
Olive Garden Toscana Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6 of total))
Calories 396 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 1245mg54%
Potassium 1000mg29%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 3560IU71%
Vitamin C 47mg57%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Orange Beef Stir Fry

Enjoy an Orange Beef Stir Fry, with marinated steak cooked with broccoli, carrots and red bell peppers, in an Asian-inspired soy and marmalade sauce!Enjoy an Orange Beef Stir Fry, with marinated steak cooked with broccoli, carrots and red bell peppers, in an Asian-inspired soy and marmalade sauce!

Last year I bought a cookbook called “Hungry Girl To the Max!” – The Ultimate Guilt-Free Cookbook”, by Lisa Lillien. I found this recipe for Orange Beef Stir Fry in the cookbook and enjoyed giving it a try. We ended up really enjoying this delicious meal.

I don’t eat very much beef, but this recipe sounded good to me (I’m a sucker for anything with orange in it), and I love the fact that the author has taken steps to cut the fat in a lot of her recipes.

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The Marinated Steak Is Full Of Flavor!

The steak marinades until time to cook, so it helps to tenderize it, and allows the wonderful, delicious combination of orange marmalade, soy sauce, ginger and garlic flavors to permeate it!  Add to that some good stir-fried veggies, and you’re in for a treat!

The orange sauce would be great just on the veggies alone, if you don’t eat meat…(just sayin’ that for all you vegetarians out there!) Or swap out the beef for chicken if you don’t like red meat. This is a very versatile recipe- the flavor is in the sauce!

My suggestion would be to get the beef marinating in the refrigerator early in the day…then the recipe will be a snap to throw together later, for a delicious dinner. Hope you enjoy it! Making the sauce is EASY! Simply whisk the ingredients together.

An Asian-inspired orange and soy sauce is mixed for the stir fry.

Slice the steak very thin. TIP: You will find it’s easiest to slice thin if the meat is partially frozen before cutting.

Steak is cut into thin strips for the orange beef stir fry.

Marinating The Steak Strips For FLAVOR!

The steak slices are marinated in a delicious soy and marmalade Asian-inspired sauce, before stir frying.

Steak marinates in orange and soy sauce before cooking.

While the steak marinates, I prep the veggies for the orange beef stir fry. The veggies are prepped and ready to go. I love the colors of the veggies in a good stir fry, don’t you?

Broccoli, bell peppers and carrots are chopped and prepped before stir frying.

Stir Fry The Veggies

The colorful veggies are stir-fried in some reserved delicious orange and soy sauce mixture.

Broccoli, bell peppers and carrots are stir-fried in orange sauce.

Finish Cooking The Orange Beef Stir Fry And Serve!

The marinated beef slices and the reserved sauce are then added to the veggies. The dish is cooked until the steak is cooked through, and the sauce has thickened. The finished orange beef stir fry is served on top of a bed of rice. Yum!

Orange Beef Stir Fry is served on top of white steamed rice.

Hope you will consider trying this yummy orange beef stir fry. It is really scrumptious! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will come back soon for more delicious recipes. Have a GREAT day!

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Orange Beef Stir Fry
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
1 hr 42 mins
 

Enjoy an Orange Beef Stir Fry, with marinated steak cooked with broccoli, carrots and red bell peppers, in an Asian-inspired soy and marmalade sauce!

Category: Entree
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: orange beef stir fry
Servings: 3 servings
Calories Per Serving: 243 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons orange marmalade (author recommends low-sugar)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons reduced sodium/light soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 8 oz. raw lean beefsteak fillet (I used a rib eye steak I found in the freezer...heh heh heh!)
  • 2 dashes Couple dashes of salt
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper (I used a combination of red and yellow peppers for color)
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • Optional seasonings to taste: additional salt , pepper, and red pepper flakes (I used all of them)
Instructions
  1. Make the sauce: In a medium bowl, mix the marmalade with the soy sauce until blended. Add the vinegar, cornstarch, ginger and garlic powder and mix well. Add 1 cup of water to this and whisk together until the cornstarch is completely dissolved.
  2. At this point, reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade in a separate bowl. Cover and refrigerate. This will be used later in the recipe.
  3. Thinly slice the beef (trimming the visible fat) and season with salt. (Hint: the easiest way to slice the beef thin is to slice while the beef is semi-thawed, but still firm. Trust me.) Add the beef to the bowl w/ the remaining marinade (NOT the 1/2 cup you reserved earlier) and coat well. Cover the bowl and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour (I recommend all day)
  4. Chop and grate the veggies. Spray a large skillet with non-stick spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add the broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, and the 1/2 cup of the marinade that you reserved earlier. Cook this on medium-high for approximately 5 minutes, stirring, until the veggies have slightly softened.
  5. Add the 1/2 cup of leftover marinade and the beef into the skillet. Cook on medium-high until the veggies are tender, the beef has cooked through, and the sauce has thickened (approx. 4-5 minutes). When done, remove from heat, and serve! We had rice on the side and it was a perfect accompaniment to the stir-fry. ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Orange Beef Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/3 of total))
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 871mg38%
Potassium 824mg24%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 8245IU165%
Vitamin C 179.2mg217%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tuscan Garlic Chicken

This easy, stove top Tuscan Garlic Chicken features lightly seasoned chicken, with a spinach, red pepper, garlic and Parmesan cheese sauce, on fettuccine pasta.
This easy, stove top Tuscan Garlic Chicken features lightly seasoned chicken, with a spinach, red pepper, garlic and Parmesan cheese sauce, on fettuccine pasta.
“Winner, Winner…Chicken Dinner”! I might have said these words after making this amazing recipe for Tuscan garlic chicken last night for dinner.
 
I love to search for new recipes and try them out for my husband and myself, and when I find a great one, like Tuscan garlic chicken, it’s a “Christmas miracle”, as I like to say!  I made a few small changes to the original recipe, utilizing ingredients I had on hand. The end result? We totally enjoyed this dish.
 
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About This Recipe For Tuscan Garlic Chicken

The Italian flavors of lightly seasoned chicken, spinach, red peppers, garlic and Parmesan cheese on a bed of fettuccine pasta are wonderful! As I made the sauce, I kept tasting it. Yes, it’s a tough job, but “someone” has to do quality control, right?
 
The original recipe calls for 4 chicken breasts, but I only used 2 for this recipe. After pounding them out thinner and cutting them in half (total of 4 pieces of chicken breast), my husband and I ended up having 1 half piece each (with 2 pieces leftover for “leftovers”).That portion size of chicken was more than enough, so that cut the already inexpensive price of this delicious meal way down!
 
I’m very glad I tried this recipe, and look forward to making it again. This would be a great meal to cook when company comes over for dinner! I hope you will give it a try – AND I hope you enjoy it! Here are a few pictures taken while cooking Tuscan garlic chicken:

Some Photos Of The Process

Pounding the chicken breasts between plastic wrap with a meat mallet is good, cheap therapy! Keep pounding until the chicken breasts are fairly flattened.
 
Pound the chicken breasts with a meat mallet, to flatten them.

You will cook red peppers and garlic together in a large skillet, before adding the rest of the ingredients needed to make a colorful, creamy sauce for the chicken.
 
Red bell peppers and garlic cook in skillet before adding more sauce ingredients.
 

The Sauce For Tuscan Garlic Chicken Is Very Colorful!

This is what the sauce for Tuscan garlic chicken will look like once all ingredients are added. It is very creamy and full of flavor.
 
The creamy sauce for Tuscan garlic chicken is very colorful in the skillet.

Serving Tuscan Garlic Chicken

And that’s it! The Tuscan garlic chicken is wonderful, served on top of fettucine pasta. Doesn’t it look good? Well, let me tell you, it IS absolutely DELICIOUS!

Tuscan Garlic Chicken, served on a bed of fettucine noodles.

This chicken dish really is a simple meal to prepare, and it tastes wonderful! Sure hope you will consider making this Tuscan garlic chicken! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will come back soon. Have a great day.

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Tuscan Garlic Chicken
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This easy, stove top Tuscan Garlic Chicken features lightly seasoned chicken, with a spinach, red pepper, garlic and Parmesan cheese sauce, on fettuccine pasta.

Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Tuscan garlic chicken
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 540 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
For the chicken coating:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
For the sauce:
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper , diced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 Tablespoon flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 small box frozen chopped spinach (cooked according to pkg. & drained well) You can also substitute 2 cups of chopped fresh baby spinach, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (I used the real stuff!)
For the pasta:
  • 1/2 lb. fettuccine noodles , cooked according to pkg. directions)
  • * Note: I'm sure any pasta would work great...the fettuccine noodles were fantastic though; they really handled the sauce well!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts in half. Place each piece between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet until much thinner (think of this as good therapy...pound, pound, pound!). You can also cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally, if desired. I pounded away!
  3. On a large plate, mix together the chicken coating ingredients (flour, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, onion powder and garlic powder). Dredge the chicken in the mixture, coating both sides.
  4. Heat 2 TBSP olive oil in a non-stick skillet on medium high. When the oil is really HOT, add the chicken. Brown the chicken on both sides (approx. 1-2 minutes per side-till golden brown), then remove chicken from skillet and place in a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes (or until fully cooked). Keep chicken warm.
  5. While the chicken is in the oven, whip up the sauce. (Easy so far, right?)
  6. To make the sauce, start by sauteing the diced red peppers in just a touch of olive oil for about 5 minutes. Then add the minced garlic and saute for another minute or two (being careful NOT to burn the garlic!). Once done, remove from skillet to a small plate and set aside.
  7. Add the 1 1/2 TBSP olive oil to the warm skillet. Add in the flour and whisk into the oil to blend. Add the chicken broth to this mixture and whisk until smooth. Slowly bring this sauce to a boil.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the milk and the cornstarch until dissolved. Add this to the boiling sauce, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  9. Stir in the cooked, well-drained spinach (or 2 cups fresh chopped baby spinach), the peppers and garlic mixture, the Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Season with a touch of salt and pepper (to taste).
  10. Simmer the sauce until it thickens, stirring occasionally. If sauce is too thick, you can always add in several tablespoons of the starchy hot pasta water. (I added 3-4 TBSP of pasta water)
  11. Place fettuccine noodles on plates, top with the sauce and then place the chicken on top. Garnish with a bit of fresh, chopped basil (optional) and some additional shredded Parmesan cheese. ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Tuscan Garlic Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 540 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 1000mg43%
Potassium 584mg17%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 2120IU42%
Vitamin C 26.6mg32%
Calcium 235mg24%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Honey Lime Chicken Skewers

Honey lime chicken skewers, with marinated chicken breast, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms and bell peppers are the perfect (yummy) kabobs for grilling!Honey lime chicken skewers, with marinated chicken breast, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms and bell peppers are the perfect (yummy) kabobs for grilling!

As I write this post for honey lime chicken skewers, it is the middle of winter in the Pacific Northwest…cold and overcast. Sigh. I find myself longing for more hours of sunlight, warm weather, and the smell of smoke coming from our hard-working BBQ grill, as another delicious chicken dinner is prepared.

We grill as soon as is it warm enough to hang around outside without getting frozen or pelted with rain; I can hardly wait for warm weather and Daylight Savings Time to arrive!

There’s nothing better than sitting outside, sipping iced tea on a warm evening and watching my husband (“The Grill Master”) help me cook dinner, armed with charcoal briquets, charcoal lighter, and kitchen tongs! Yay for BBQs and honey lime chicken skewers!

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Weber grill is fired up to cook honey lime chicken skewers!

This recipe for honey lime chicken skewers is one I found on Pinterest last year. I added skewers of summer veggies to the dish (grilled separately, but basted with the honey lime marinade), and we really loved it! Honey lime chicken skewers (with yummy grilled veggies) is definitely one of those “Perfect For Those Lazy Days Of Summer” meals.

How To Make These Chicken Skewers (it’s easy)

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are cut into chunks, then marinated, threaded onto skewers, and grilled. TIP: Marinade the chicken early in the day, throw it in the refrigerator before you head to work or go have some summer fun, then skewer and grill it later for an amazing dinner!

Chicken breasts are cut into chunks for honey lime chicken skewers.

I used zucchini, yellow squash, red and orange bell peppers and button mushrooms. If you want to add your own veggies (such as onions, tomatoes, etc.), please do! Make this honey lime chicken skewers recipe your own!

Zucchini squash and bell peppers, sliced for honey lime chicken skewers.

The chicken pieces are marinated in an amazing honey lime sauce. Marinated chicken cubes are then evenly divided between two skewers.

The veggies are cut, then threaded (alternating veggies), onto two additional skewers. Note: I used metal skewers. If you will be using wooden skewers, remember to soak them in water for approximately 15 minutes. This will help to prevent them from burning on the grill.

Marinated honey lime chicken skewers and veggies ready to grill.

Grilling Honey Lime Chicken Skewers

The kabobs (also known as skewers), are grilled (turning occasionally) until done. They are brushed with some of the reserved honey lime marinade, while they cook. When fully cooked through, the honey lime chicken skewers and grilled veggies are removed from the grill.

The chicken and veggies are slid off their skewers onto individual plates. We served the grilled chicken and veggies with a side of steamed rice. Honey lime chicken skewers (along with the veggies) are very quick, tasty meal. It’s a real “no-brainer” recipe that is easily doubled or tripled, if you’re feeding a few people. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Honey lime chicken skewers (kabobs), after grilling. Ready to eat!

Hope you will consider trying these honey lime chicken skewers! They have wonderful flavor! Have a great day, and remember… be kind to those you meet today. They may need a kind word from a stranger to make their day a little brighter.

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Honey Lime Chicken Skewers
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 
Honey lime chicken skewers, with marinated chicken breast, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms and bell peppers are the perfect (yummy) kabobs for grilling!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey lime chicken skewers
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 445 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts , (cut into large chunks)
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro , chopped (for garnish)
For Marinade:
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
  • teaspoon Red pepper flakes
For Veggie Skewers (alternate these on separate skewers):
  • 1 small zucchini , sliced
  • 1 small yellow squash , sliced
  • 6 button mushrooms , rinsed
  • 1/2 red / orange bell pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts into 1-2" chunks. Set aside while you make the honey lime marinade.

  2. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, honey, oil, lime juice, minced garlic, Sriracha sauce and red pepper flakes, to make the marinade. Mix thoroughly.
    NOTE: Measure out 3 Tablespoons of marinade and set aside for later. Pour the remaining marinade over the chicken chunks. Marinate the chicken (covered) in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour. The longer you let the chicken marinate, the better the flavor.

  3. Thread marinated chicken onto skewers, dividing evenly. It is BEST to thread the veggies onto separate skewers, since the meat and the veggies tend to cook through at slightly different times. It's easier to cook them on separate skewers.

  4. For veggie skewers: Alternate veggies onto 2 skewers. Place on grill and occasionally brush with the reserved honey lime chicken marinade. Cook veggies, turning skewers occasionally to cook all sides. They will probably take a bit less time to grill than the chicken. Plan accordingly.

  5. Grill chicken skewers on medium-high heat for 6-8 minutes per side, or until the juices run clear. Turn chicken skewers occasionally to ensure they get browned on all sides. Remove skewers from grill, remove skewers from chicken and veggies. Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The chicken skewers are best when served alongside grilled skewered vegetables like zucchini, onions, mushrooms and yellow squash. Use whatever veggies you enjoy!

*** I used metal skewers. If you will be using wooden skewers, remember to soak them in water for approximately 15 minutes (this will prevent them from burning on the grill...which would NOT be a good thing!)

Nutrition Facts
Honey Lime Chicken Skewers
Amount Per Serving (1 skewer (each-chicken and veggies))
Calories 445 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 1127mg49%
Potassium 1444mg41%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 53g106%
Vitamin A 1265IU25%
Vitamin C 69.5mg84%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Nothing is as comforting as a hot bowl of soup on a cool day. This delicious, creamy tomato basil soup will really hit the spot, and it’s simple to make!Nothing is as comforting as a hot bowl of soup on a cool day. This delicious, creamy tomato basil soup will really hit the spot, and it's simple to make!

Writing this post made me laugh…my entire life I have despised (I know, harsh words!) tomato soup. Really, really despised it. However, I am married to a guy who loves it. Go figure! But the truth is… I have come to love the taste of this Creamy Tomato Basil Soup!

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Tomato Soup Was NOT On The List Of Foods I Enjoyed… Originally!

Years ago I worked at a school where occasionally they would serve the students and staff grilled cheese sandwiches with a small cup of tomato soup.  Word on the street was the soup was good with a grilled cheese sandwich on the side, but I could never even bring myself to try the soup.

I grew up watching that gelatinous blob of tomato soup come out of canned tomato soup when my Dad would have it for lunch. No Thanks! I had such an “ugh” factor going on.

Then I married a guy who LOVES tomato soup, so through the years I would occasionally buy him a can of the stuff to make him happy. He sometimes even buys a carton of freshly made tomato basil soup from the grocery store deli to “heat and eat”.

Why I Ended Up LIKING Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Fast this story forward to this past summer –  our little garden was overflowing with fresh basil. I decided to combine my home-grown basil with my deep love of cooking and my love for that “tomato-soup-lovin’ husband of mine”. 

 I searched online to find a homemade tomato basil soup recipe he could enjoy.  This recipe for creamy tomato basil soup is the one I tried, and guess what? I had a tiny cup of it and it was absolutely delicious…who knew? Wait… now I like this soup? I was totally surprised!

Now I really enjoy this yummy tomato basil soup! That has to be some kind of miracle! Maybe my taste buds have changed as I’ve gotten older. Perhaps it is the fact that it didn’t come sliding (in one gelatinous blob) out of a little red and white labeled can?
 

How To Make Homemade Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

In a medium sized pan, sauté onions and garlic in butter over medium heat until they are fairly clear (about 4-5 minutes).  Don’t let the garlic burn!

Add the canned tomatoes (including juice) and the chicken stock to the saucepan. Bring the tomato mixture to a full boil.  Reduce the heat, and let it simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes.  Once the tomato mixture has cooked for 10 minutes, remove pan from heat.

 
Cooking the tomato soup before pureeing the tomatoes.
 
Use an immersion blender to puree. Be careful… the soup is HOT! NOTE: If you don’t have an immersion blender, no problem! Carefully transfer the “hot” tomato mixture to a blender or a food processor and puree. You may need to do this in batches.
 
 
Using an immersion blender to puree the tomato soup.
 
Creamy tomato basil soup, AFTER it has been pureed.
 

Add The Fresh Basil

Once the tomato mixture has been pureed, add in the fresh basil and pulse (or blend) a few more times to incorporate the basil into the soup.
 
Fresh, chopped basil is added to tomato soup, then blended in.
 
If you used a blender, return the hot soup carefully to the saucepan. Whisk in the heavy whipping cream, until blended.
 
Whipping cream is added to creamy tomato basil soup.
 
Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  Heat on low until the creamy tomato basil soup is fully heated through. Do NOT let the soup boil!
 
Creamy tomato basil soup, after whipping cream has been whisked in.
 

Serve This Delicious Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Ladle the hot soup into cups or bowls. Garnish each portion with croutons and fresh basil leaves, if desired. ENJOY!
 
Creamy tomato basil soup is served in white bowl, with croutons and basil leaves as garnish.
 
This creamy tomato basil soup is very EASY to make and it’s DELICIOUS. Hope you will give it a try!  Have a wonderful day!

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Nothing is as comforting as a hot bowl of soup on a cool day. This delicious, creamy tomato basil soup will really hit the spot, and it's simple to make!
Category: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy tomato basil soup
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 210 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 brown onions , chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans whole tomatoes
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil , chopped (plus additional leaves for garnish, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • Croutons and additional basil (for garnish, if desired)
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized pan, saute onions and garlic in butter over medium heat till they are fairly clear (about 4-5 minutes). Don't let the garlic burn!
  2. Add the canned tomatoes (including the juice) and the chicken stock to saucepan. Bring the tomato mixture to a full boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. When the tomato mixture has cooked for 10 minutes, remove from heat.

  3. Use an immersion blender to puree. NOTE: If you don't have an immersion blender, no problem! Carefully transfer the "hot" tomato mixture to a blender or a food processor and puree. You may need to do this in batches.

  4. Once the tomato mixture has been pureed, add in the fresh basil and pulse (or blend) a few times to incorporate the basil into the soup.
  5. If you used a blender, return the hot soup to saucepan. Whisk in the heavy whipping cream, till blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Heat on low until the creamy tomato basil soup is fully heated through. Do NOT let the soup boil!

  6. To serve: Ladle soup into cups or bowls. Garnish with croutons and fresh basil leaves, if desired. ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/8th of total))
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 447mg19%
Potassium 737mg21%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 900IU18%
Vitamin C 21.2mg26%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mexican Layer Dip

Mexican Layer Dip is the perfect party appetizer! Set out a platter of this easy, layered dip with tortilla chips, and let the feeding frenzy begin!Super Bowl 2014 is coming up in a week and a half. Are you looking for a delicious appetizer that will feed the football loving masses, and is a real crowd-pleaser? Well, this Mexican Layer Dip is your answer!!!
Super Bowl 2014 is coming up in a week and a half. Are you looking for a delicious appetizer that will feed the football loving masses, and is a real crowd-pleaser? Well, this Mexican Layer Dip is your answer for football games, parties, New Years celebrations, birthdays, etc.!

Mexican Layer Dip is layers of refried beans, green chilis, tomatoes, two cheeses, olives, avocados, and creamy spicy sour cream. I mean, how could this NOT taste fantastic! It’s got all the good stuff we LOVE to eat!

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We LOVE Mexican Layer Dip!

I’ve had this Mexican layer dip recipe on a little index card for over 30 years! Now I really don’t remember how or where I first received it, but I’ve made this countless times over the years. It is a family favorite!

This popular appetizer takes about 20 minutes to make, and then it’s refrigerated for about an hour OR until you’re ready to serve it!  It’s a winner recipe, and I’ve even made it the day before I want to serve it, with perfect results!

Our family loves this easy to assemble appetizer. Our oldest son even asked for a platter of this dip as part of his birthday present this past year.  What? Yes, that’s how good it is!

A pizza platter filled with the Mexican layer dip, ready to eat!

Prep the ingredients before you begin preparing the Mexican layer dip, then all you need to do is layer the ingredients in order! The dip is refrigerated for an hour after that! When you’re ready to serve, all that is left is to gobble it up with a handful of tortilla or corn chips! It’s so very easy – anyone can make this! Here’s how:

How To Prepare This Mexican Layer Dip, Step By Step

Spread a can of spicy (or regular) refried beans onto a large round serving platter or pizza pan, mashing it and spreading it out to cover almost the entire platter.

Refried beans are spread out onto a large round serving platter.

Stir together sour cream, mayonnaise and taco seasoning in a bowl until fully combined. Carefully spread this mixture out (using the back of a large spoon) to cover the refried bean layer. 

Sour cream, mayonnaise and taco seasoning are combined to make a spicy spread.The spicy sour cream mixture is spread over the top of the refried bean layer.

Now For The Creamy Avocado Layer

Peel and remove the seeds from three ripe avocados. Place the avocados in a bowl, and add fresh lemon juice. Mash with a fork until the avocados are fairly smooth in texture and the lemon juice has been incorporated. The lemon juice helps the avocados retain their pretty green color!

Dollop the avocado mixture over the sour cream layer, then carefully and gently spread the avocado layer to cover. Sprinkle the avocado layer evenly with sliced green onions.

Avocados mashed with lemon juice are spooned on top of sour cream mixture and spread out.Sliced green onions are sprinkled evenly on top of the avocado layer.

Okay… Let’s Layer The Remaining Ingredients!

Distribute the chopped tomatoes evenly on top of the green onions. After that, evenly add a layer of chopped green chilis.

Chopped tomatoes are layered on top of the green onion layer.Chopped green chilis are evenly sprinkled on top of the tomato layer.

Ready For The Final Layers

Sprinkle sliced black olives over the top of the tomatoes. The next layer to be added is grated Jack cheese, which is then followed by a final layer of grated Cheddar cheese. Be sure to evenly distribute the cheeses over the surface of the Mexican Layer Dip. If desired, add a garnish of fresh cilantro leaves, but that is totally OPTIONAL.

Cover the Mexican Layer Dip platter with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least one hour to let the flavors come together. You can also make this up the day before you want to serve it, too. How’s that for convenience?

Sliced black olives then grated jack cheese is sprinkled on top of the green chili layer..The final layer is grated cheddar cheese on top of the Mexican Layer Dip and a cilantro garnish.

Ready To Serve

I know you will love this Mexican Layer Dip. Isn’t it “pretty”? This is one appetizer that is perfect for scooping! Yum. Serve the Mexican Layer Dip with a big bag of tortilla chips (or corn chips), and watch how fast it disappears. Just wait till you TASTE it!

Mexican Layer Dip is always a family or party favorite appetizer, and it’s fun to watch everyone huddled around it, scooping this delicious dip up as fast as they can! It is wonderful!

Mexican Layer Dip is chilled and is ready to serve with tortilla chips for dipping!

I hope you enjoy this classic layered dip appetizer! We sure do. Thanks for taking time from your busy day to stop by this website today. Have a great day, and please come back again soon, for more family-friendly recipes.

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Mexican Layer Dip
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
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Refrigeration (inactive time)
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 

Mexican Layer Dip is the perfect party appetizer! Set out a platter of this easy, layered dip with tortilla chips, and let the feeding frenzy begin!

Category: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Mexican layer dip
Servings: 12
Calories Per Serving: 216 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces spicy fat-free refried beans (1 can) (can use regular, too)
  • 6 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 ounce taco seasoning mix (1 envelope pkg.) (or use your own mix ☺)
  • 3 medium avocados peeled/pits removed
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 stems green onions , chopped (green and white parts)
  • 4.5 ounces diced green chiles (small can), drained
  • 1 large tomato or 2 Roma tomatoes , chopped
  • 2.25 ounces chopped black olives (small can), drained
  • 1 cup jack cheese , grated
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese , grated
  • Tortilla chips (or corn chips), for serving
Instructions
  1. Spread entire can of refried beans onto a large round serving platter or pizza pan, mashing it down as you spread it out, to cover platter or pan.

  2. In separate bowl, stir together sour cream, mayonnaise and taco seasoning. Spread this mixture on top of refried beans, to cover.

  3. Mash avocados with lemon juice in a bowl until fairly smooth. Drop avocado mixture by large spoonfuls on top of sour cream layer. Gently spread to cover.

  4. Add layer of sliced green onions.

    Add layer of diced green chiles.

    Add layer of chopped tomatoes.

    Add layer of black olives.

    Add layer of grated jack cheese.

    Top with layer of grated cheddar cheese.

  5. Cover platter with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. Remove from refrigerator and DIG IN! Serve this with tortilla or corn chips!

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation does not include tortilla chips!

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Layer Dip
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/12th of total))
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 699mg30%
Potassium 324mg9%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 679IU14%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 172mg17%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Curried Zucchini Soup

Simple curried zucchini soup has a chicken stock base, is flavored with onion, zucchini, curry powder, and potato. It’s easy to make and very tasty!Simple curried zucchini soup has a chicken stock base, is flavored with onion, zucchini, curry powder, and potato. It's easy to make and very tasty!

“Oh, man…this is soooo good” were the first words I said after tasting this Curried Zucchini Soup for the first time. Once again I had a bumper crop of zucchini having babies growing in my vegetable garden and I was ready to try another new recipe for zucchini. I found a recipe for curried zucchini soup, thought it sounded interesting, and so I tried it!

Quick, easy to fix, and absolutely full of flavor, I give this recipe a two spoons up! If you like the flavor of curry OR you have approximately 3,000 lbs. of zucchini growing in your garden (note: this might be a slight over-exaggeration), then I anticipate you will like this recipe.

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What Is IN Curried Zucchini Soup?

Curried zucchini soup only has a few ingredients. It has a chicken stock base, but it is flavored with onion, zucchini, curry powder, salt, and is thickened with potato. For the potato called for in the recipe, you can use either small, diced potatoes or dried instant potatoes. It’s a VERY simple, but tasty soup!

Curried zucchini soup is easy to make. Once made, the soup is pureed slightly in a food processor or blender, which results in a creamy soup, with tiny pieces of zucchini still present to give it some “bite” in texture.

This curried zucchini soup recipe is also very easy on the budget ($), if that is a factor in your meal-planning. I grow zucchini in my garden, so I tend to have a lot of zucchini needing to be used each summer. This recipe is a great way to use up all those zucchini, by making curried zucchini soup!

Growing the zucchini used to make this curried zucchini soup.This recipe for curried zucchini soup serves 6 and is fantastic as a “leftover”, or “take to work” kind of soup. It reheats well in the microwave. The little pieces of zucchini give the soup a nice texture. 

Sure hope you enjoy this simple curried zucchini soup recipe. It is very unique and tastes great!  Have a wonderful day, and thank you for stopping by. I hope you come back again soon!

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Curried Zucchini Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Simple curried zucchini soup has a chicken stock base, is flavored with onion, zucchini, curry powder, and potato. It's easy to make and very tasty!
Category: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: curried zucchini soup
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 148 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large. brown onion , halved, then thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon curry powder
  • Salt , to taste
  • 4 small zucchini , halved length-wise, then cut into 1" slices
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup instant potatoes OR 2 small , cubed russet potatoes (To thicken soup- I add instant potatoes)
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Croutons (used as a garnish, if desired)
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Stir in the onions (and cubed russet potatoes, if using these). Season with curry powder, red pepper flakes, and salt. Cook and stir on medium heat until onion (and potatoes) are tender.

  2. Stir in the sliced zucchini, and cook till tender.

  3. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil, then add the instant potatoes (if using). Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes.

  4. Remove soup pot from heat. Use a hand mixer OR transfer in batches to a food processor or a blender, and blend till almost smooth. Transfer hot soup to serving bowls and garnish with croutons, if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Curried Zucchini Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 242mg11%
Potassium 603mg17%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 29.1mg35%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Thai Chicken Linguini

Thai Chicken Linguini (a Cheesecake Factory copycat recipe), with chicken breasts and pasta in a creamy Asian peanut sauce, is absolutely delicious!Thai Chicken Linguini (a Cheesecake Factory copycat recipe), with chicken breasts and pasta in a creamy Asian peanut sauce, is absolutely delicious!
I have always loved the Thai Chicken Linguini at The Cheesecake Factory, however I don’t love the (sometimes) 1-2 hour wait for a table. When you’re hungry, you’re hungry!

Let’s just say I was shocked to find out this entree has been removed from their menu as of 2014. Sadness prevailed… until I found this recipe, and began making it myself, at home!

I began a search to find a good copycat recipe and found a wonderful recipe posted by Amy, at “Sing For Your Supper” that was absolutely perfect.

Now I’ve made this dish many times since then, and love the smooth and creamy Thai peanut sauce that coats the pasta, and the crunchy peanut garnish. This is such a delicious dish! Here’s how to make it.

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Why NOT Make Thai Chicken Linguini At Home?

Seriously…why wait endlessly for a table when you can make Thai chicken linguini for much less $$, but with the same results at home? It’s really not that difficult at all!

You will need cooked chicken breasts, cooked linguini, julienned and blanched carrots, water chestnuts, cilantro and chopped peanuts (optional) for this dish.

These ingredients will be combined with a simple, flavor-packed peanut sauce before serving. Cilantro and chopped peanuts (optional) will garnish for each serving.

A portion of the Thai chicken linguini, garnished with cilantro and chopped peanuts.

Thai chicken linguini is very easy to make, the flavors and textures are magnificent, and any leftovers you may have are delicious when reheated.

Well, to be perfectly honest… you will ONLY have leftovers if you don’t polish all of it off in one sitting! Just sayin’.

Making The Creamy Peanut Sauce Is Easy!

The peanut sauce is made by combining the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. You simply stir the ingredients well, until the sauce becomes smooth and creamy.

Ingredients for the sauce are peanut butter, soy sauce, chili paste (or sriracha), brown sugar, lime juice, garlic, rice wine vinegar, ginger and sesame oil.

All ingredients for the peanut sauce are placed in a grey bowl and stirred to combine.Peanut sauce in grey bowl is beginning to become creamy by stirring ingredients.

Once the sauce is smooth and creamy, pour it over the hot cooked linguini, cooked chicken breast slices, julienned carrots, water chestnuts, and cilantro. Toss to combine.

The fully blended peanut sauce is smooth and creamy, in a grey bowl.

Grab some chopsticks or a fork and dig in! I really think you will love delicious Thai chicken linguini! It’s so good, and it’s hard to stop eating it, once you’ve started.

A dinner plate with Thai chicken linguini on it, ready to be eaten.

The creamy peanut sauce, chicken breast and the crunch of chopped peanuts, carrots and water chestnuts make this one wonderfully tasty meal.

I could spoon up the creamy peanut sauce and eat it all by itself, because it’s THAT good. Not that I’ve ever done that… wink, wink!

Hope you will give this Thai chicken linguini a try! The recipe makes 4 servings, and can easily be doubled, if necessary. Take care, may God bless you, and have a great day.

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Thai Chicken Linguini
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Thai Chicken Linguini (a Cheesecake Factory copycat recipe), with chicken breasts and pasta in a creamy Asian peanut sauce, is absolutely delicious!

Category: Dinner, Entree
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: thai chicken linguini
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 675 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For the peanut sauce
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tsp. chili paste (I usually substitute 2 tsp. Sriracha sauce)
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 2 limes , juiced
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 clove of garlic , minced
  • 1 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
For the pasta
  • 1/2 lb. linguini (or spaghetti or fettucine), fully cooked and drained
  • 2 boneless , skinless chicken breasts, (seasoned w/ salt/pepper, fully cooked, and sliced diagonally)
  • 2 carrots , julienned (matchstick cut)
  • 1 small can water chestnuts , drained
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro , chopped (stems discarded) Save small amount for garnish on top of dish.
  • 1 handful chopped peanuts (optional, but GOOD , for garnish (if desired)
Instructions
  1. Cook chicken. (I usually grill it, or boil it for 45 minutes in large saucepan of water). Season with salt and pepper, then slice it thinly on a diagonal.

  2. Make the sauce: Put all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk or mix until fully combined, smooth and creamy. Cover and store in the refrigerator until needed (can be made ahead).

  3. Blanch the julienned carrots (cut into matchstick sized slices) in boiling water for approximately 3 minutes, pulling them out while they are still bright and crisp.

  4. Cook linguini per package directions. Place drained, hot pasta in a large bowl with the carrots, sliced chicken, water chestnuts and cilantro (save a bit of cilantro for garnish!). Pour the peanut sauce over the pasta and toss to coat.

  5. Garnish dish with additional cilantro and chopped peanuts (if using). Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Note: Cook times for this recipe do not include time for cooking chicken breasts. Some may bake, boil, broil, etc. the chicken. It's up to you to choose the method you prefer.

Chopped peanut garnish is not included in caloric calculation, as this is an optional garnish.

Nutrition Facts
Thai Chicken Linguini
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 675 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 1017mg44%
Potassium 984mg28%
Carbohydrates 79g26%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 5144IU103%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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