Chicken Penne with Garlic & Basil

Hey everyone!

This dish was my experimental dish and I must say it came out perfect!

Dairy-Free Cream Sauce

This Chicken Penne with Garlic & Basil is dairy-free and will work for anyone that is lactose intolerant.

I have a son who is allergic to all dairy products so I have to get creative and be careful not to serve him anything with dairy in it.

He is 3 and absolutely love this meal I hope you and your family does too.

Flavorful Chicken

The chicken in this dish is very well seasoned. The poultry seasoning, fresh basil and salt really adds a nice touch when mixed with the

homemade cream sauce and pasta.

Thick Sauce

You’ll need to be careful to continuously stir your cream sauce while cooking until smooth to avoid lumps and remember if ever it gets too thick

simply add a little water to it and continue to stir until smooth and of the consistency and thickness you desire.

Easy P easy 

This dish is easy to make and doesn’t take a long time. Have fun with it and once you get the technique down you can be as creative as you like.

Make it spicy, make is more savory, make it your very own.

 

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Chicken Penne with Garlic & Basil
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8 servings
 
A dairy-free cream style penne pasta with garlic and fresh basil.
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups penne pasta
  • 6 chicken breast tenders
  • 1½ cups frozen peas
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil minced
  • 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
  • 2 cups pasta water
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 1 tsp Real salt or to taste
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Boil pasta according to box directions. Drain saving 2 cups of pasta water, set aside. Add bouillon cube to water as it sits.
  2. Coat skillet with olive oil. As olive oil heats, chop up chicken into chunks. Cover chicken in poultry seasoning; sprinkled with salt.
  3. When oil is hot add chicken and fully cook until meat turns completely white. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. Immediately add a bit more oil, coating the pan. Add flour, garlic and basil and whisk until flour is crumbly. Drizzle no more than a teaspoon of olive oil again. Keep stirring.
  5. Add pasta water and peas. Keep whisking until smooth. Let cook over low heat until bubbly and thick.
  6. Add chicken along with pasta into sauce. Toss to combine.
  7. Add a little more salt to taste Enjoy!
Notes
***tip if you can have cheese, Fresh Parmesan cheese or any white cheese would go perfect as a finishing touch. Can garnish with more fresh basil.

Whenever you try this recipe, please let me know what you think. ~Miranda

Southwestern Pepper Steak

Hey there!

It’s time for a nice hearty meal; Southwestern Pepper Steak.

Beef it right

Be sure to  get a high-quality steak for this recipe. I like to get farm-raised beef from our local farmers.

The Spices

The red chile sauce is what makes this dish unique coupled with the hoisin sauce and soy sauce. You can substitute the soy sauce for the natural alternative Bragg liquid aminos.

Finish it to perfection

Don’t skip a step. All the ingredients are essential to giving you an array of flavor even the pinch of salt is important.

Well, I hope you give this recipe a try and may your taste buds love ya! -Miranda

 

 

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Southwestern Pepper Steak
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Southwestern
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Serves: 8
 
Try this southwestern inspired dish with steak in red chile sauce. Let the thick sauce cover freshly steamed rice for a taste bud delight.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1 pound round steak
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ cup Red Chile Cooking Sauce
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1-1/2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 2 sliced bell peppers (of any color)
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • pinch of real salt
Instructions
  1. Pound steak to ¼" and cut into ¼" strips.
  2. Combine cornstarch, red chile sauce, garlic, hoisin sauce and soy sauce in a medium bowl. Add steak, mix to coat, cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  3. Remove the steak from the marinade, reserving marinade.
  4. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat and brown steak in the butter.
  5. Add the marinade and broth, reduce heat and simmer covered for 1 hour.
  6. Stir in the onion, pepper, tomatoes and mushrooms, pinch of real salt and simmer uncovered 10 minutes while occasionally stirring gently. Serve over cooked rice.

 

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Blackberry Pomegranate Smoothie

Hey!

This will probably be my shortest blog post ever. I just wanted to share this very simple smoothie recipe with you.

It’s basic and actually a great foundation to adding whatever you’d like to it. You can add yogurt for a smooth creamy texture or if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant you can add avocado for that creamy texture.

Either way, enjoy and please let me know what you think! -Miranda

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Blackberry Pomegranate Smoothie
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Recipe type: Vegan
Cuisine: Various
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Blackberries are full of beneficial nutrients and phytochemicals that helps maintain your health. They grow in the wild and have some of the highest antioxidant levels of any fruit. They are an excellent part of any weight-loss strategy and even help to keep your brain healthy.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • ½ cup apple juice
Instructions
  1. - Mix blackberries, apple juice and pomegranate juice for a minute or so until smooth
  2. - Filter through a strainer to get rid of the seeds in the blackberries. Pour in a glass and serve immediately.
Notes
Honey can be added as a sweetener
Naturally sweetened
Gluten-free
Vegan

 

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Pamper Me Chef Salad

Hey!

Sometimes something simple and beautiful is all you need for the ultimate satisfaction. This Pamper Me Chef Salad does just that. It’s quite simple and very filling.

Basic Salad foundation  

The basic ingredients you need for this Pamper Me Chef Salad is spinach leaves, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, turkey bacon, vinaigrette dressing and high-quality farm raised short ribs. Oh yeah, I say….pamper me!

Getting down to business

Now the focus for this recipe is not on the short ribs, but rather the salad; so you’ll need someone with some skills to give you that juicy,tender, flavorful short ribs. Maybe I’ll share a recipe on that another time. Let’s get down to business…shall we?

The Recipe

 

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Pamper Me Chef Salad
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Spinach leaves
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 avocado (ripe & pitted)
  • 2 strips Turkey bacon
  • 2 short ribs (fully cooked and tender)
  • **Vinaigrette dressing (instructions on how to make below)
Instructions
  1. Arrange your spinach leaves, eggs, avocado and turkey bacon neatly on a plate
  2. You can have your short ribs placed on the side or slice it to arrange on top of salad greens
  3. Prepare your vinaigrette dressing: 2 tbs Bragg's apple cider vinegar, 2 tbs olive oil, 2 tbs agave nectar or maple syrup, ¼ tsp real salt. Blend dressing well and pour over salad. Mix and serve
Notes
This is your basic recipe you can double-up on salad dressing as well as add other ingredients to your salad such as cucumber or julienne carrots. The possibilities are endless!

Wasn’t that super easy?

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Share your thoughts

What do you think about today’s recipe? Have you ever seen salads as a way to pamper yourself?

Talk to me ~Miranda

 

Pink Coconut Smoothie

Is it LOVE is it LOVE is it LOVE!!!!! (SINGING)

Hey!

So we meet again. This time over a Pink Coconut Smoothie. Ah, it’s only this sweet on vacation, but today let’s bring that vacation to YOUR house!

You will be quite surprised at how beautiful and tasty this beverage is. You just might NOT want to share, but please do. This recipe is for TWO!

Here’s to your best health friend…..enjoy the freshness of life on me. 🙂    -Miranda

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Pink Coconut Smoothie
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Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 servings
 
Refreshingly flavorful, vibrant and delicious. The perfect spring and summertime beverage.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 1½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup baby sweet carrots
  • 1 small beet, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • pinch real salt
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients into the blender beginning with liquids first, then beets, carrots, strawberries, raspberries and pinch of salt
  2. Blend all ingredients on high until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

 

Pan-Fried Cabbage & Sauteed Chicken

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This dish is absolutely delicious!!! Even if you don’t like cabbage, you MUST give this dish a try. I love how all the flavors mingle nicely together

with the heartiness of the chicken and the freshness of the cabbage. I topped it all off by putting this over some hot steaming Jasmine Rice. Whoa!! Your mouth

will be hum-ming. Let me know, how you like this meal in the comments section below. -Miranda

 

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Pan-Fried Cabbage & Sauteed Chicken
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 10 servings
 
Pan-fried cabbage coupled with sauteed chicken and mingled with an array of spices for a mouth-watering flavorful meal.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh chicken breast tenders
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 head green cabbage, shredded
  • ½ sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon real salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon liquid aminos
  • ½ cup water
  • *additional salt & black pepper for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken breast into strips
  2. Heat oil in frying pan.
  3. Add chicken strips sprinkled with salt and black pepper, sweet onions and stir fry over medium-high heat, turning constantly until done.
  4. Add cabbage and saute' 2 mins until cabbage is crisp-tender.
  5. Mix cornstarch and seasonings; add water and liquid aminos and mix until smooth
  6. Stir sauce into chicken/cabbage mixture
  7. Cook until sauce is well incorporated; coating chicken and cabbage, about 1 minute
  8. All done! Enjoy and refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours
  9. **tip: you may sprinkle with additional salt when done to bring out more of the flavor. Always use Real Salt for your best health.

 

Restaurant-style Turkey Sub

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Today I just want to share with you how to make a deliciously tasteful Restaurant-style Turkey Sub.

Can you believe that I just found out with the ‘sub’ stands for in the phrase Restaurant-style Turkey Sub?

It stands for submarine! Hahaha I so did NOT know that.

The sandwich is used with bread that reminds you of the shape of a submarine so yeah, I get it.

Anyway, on to our sandwich making. This sandwich is perfect for those on-the-go. You can make it in advance, wrap it in seran wrap

and store it in the refrigerator to take to work or whatever prior engagement you have. It taste just as great the next day as it does the first.

It is super easy to make, tasty and very colorful. Your eyes fall in love with it before you ever take a bite. If you’re a mom like me who cooks

for the family, your husband or significant other will absolutely love it and trust me, satisfaction is guaranteed. ~From my home to yours, enjoy! -Miranda S.

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Restaurant-style Turkey Sub
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
 
A flavorful oven-roasted turkey breast mingled with a colorful array of bell peppers and sweet onions sauteed to perfection and dressed with green leaf lettuce, beefsteak tomatoes, Gouda cheese and mayo on a toasted sub bun.
Ingredients
  • 1 Jennie O oven-roasted turkey breast sliced thin
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper sliced
  • 1 sweet onion roughly sliced
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil or oil of choice
  • ½ tsp real salt
  • Sprinkle of ground black pepper
  • 1 beefsteak tomato sliced
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce (washed & ready to use)
  • 1 packed sliced Gouda cheese
  • 2 (6 packs) sub style bread
  • condiments of choice: mayo, mustard etc.
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in frying pan; add peppers and onions first; along with salt, pepper and saute until onions are translucent.
  2. Add in sliced turkey breast and cook until heated through about 3 to 5 minutes; toast bread lightly during this time
  3. Build your sandwich; slice your bread on one side and start building with Gouda cheese, then condiments, lettuce, tomatoes and last your onion, bell pepper and turkey mixture
  4. Now Enjoy!
Notes
Jennie O Oven Roasted Turkey Breast is rubbed with Sugar,salt, paprika, parsley and turmeric. No Gluten
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 9 Calories: 60 Fat: 10 Saturated fat: 0g Unsaturated fat: 0g Trans fat: 0g Sugar: 1g Sodium: 480mg Fiber: 0g Protein: 12g Cholesterol: 25mg

 

Easy Orange Celery Smoothie

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As always, I like to keep it simple and to the point. This recipe, Easy Orange Celery Smoothie, is just that. Now, it doesn’t have any added sugar just the natural sweetness from the fruit and plants.

Like with any recipe, if you prefer to add a little honey or maple syrup then by all means, go right ahead. I like to try different combinations and allow my taste palette to adjust to new flavors; like the orange and the celery mingled with the ginger and basil.

Many times, if you add additional sweeteners to the natural sweetness of fruits and plants the palette will oftentimes not adjust so you never really get the full-flavor of the drink because it’s masked by the additional sweetness; just a little tip there. Also, adding just a pinch of Real-salt helps bring out the natural flavors too and offers even greater benefits like keeping your cells cancer-free when used regularly.

Remember, high-quality blenders work best when blending smoothies everyday so look to invest in one. Vita-mix is one of the best.

***If you have recipe tips and ideas to share just leave them in the comments section and if you love this recipe, tell me about it and share it with a friend!

Easy Orange Celery Smoothie
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Recipe type: Beverage
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Serves: 2 glasses
 
This smoothie has a lovely smooth texture and fresh taste, naturally sweetened with the sweetness coming from the plant-based ingredients. The celery adds an interesting element of flavor. Celery is rich in fiber and vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, folate and calcium
Ingredients
  • 2 oranges, the juice only
  • 2 celery sticks chopped coarsely
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 banana
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 2 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Squeeze out the juice of two oranges and pour into a blender.
  2. Wash and rinse celery sticks, cut in large pieces and add to the blender (leaves too!)
  3. Peel fresh ginger about the size of a thumb, grate it roughly. Gather one tablespoon and add to the blender.
  4. Add banana, basil leaves and ice cubes. Blend to a smooth drink and serve immediately.
Notes
vegan & gluten free

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Simple Strawberry Smoothie

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I love simple recipes. An easy no fuss kinda recipe; one that you can double, triple or quadruple in my case. Sometimes we just don’t have a lot of time to spend over the stove flipping pancakes, scrambling eggs and frying up breakfast sausage links. Oftentimes, getting in the kitchen and out the kitchen works wonders and what better way to do that than to make simple healthy smoothies for yourself and your family.

I personally recommend if you plan to make smoothies a daily part of your morning invest in a high-quality blender such as a Vita-mix. It is well worth the investment and will last you for many many years to come. I have one that I’ve been having for about 7 years now and it still works just as great as it did when I first bought it. They’re high-powered and easy-to-use. Before I bought the Vita-mix I was replacing blenders every few months because I was literally using it everyday so, again I highly recommend doing this if you want to make smoothies a lifestyle.

Well, enjoy your day everyone and enjoy making those deliciously awesome beverages! -Miranda

***If you have simple smoothie recipes you’d like to share feel free to do so in the comments section below. Great things are so much sweeter when you share. Also, tell me what you think about this recipe and don’t forget, if you think it’s great, share it with a friend.

Simple Strawberry Smoothie
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Recipe type: Beverage
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Serves: 2 glasses
 
This smoothie has a wonderful taste in all its simplicity. It's mildly sweet and reminds you of summer. Be sure to purchase a high-quality vanilla yogurt, not some light cheap version, but the real stuff and enjoy!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Blend strawberries, vanilla yogurt and vanilla extract inside blender until smooth. Drink immediately!
Notes
Gluten Free

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