Chicken Mozzarella

I’m running a little behind in my posts but good things are usually worth waiting for and this dish is one of the good ones.? Foodbuzz and Tastemakers along with Newman’s Own sent me a couple of sauces to try with the hopes of my coming up with a recipe that is tasty, easy, family friendly and can be prepared within 30 minutes.? With my Chicken Mozzarella I nailed all of these plus.? Not only is this dish simple to make it’s a dish that can be prepared as individual servings cooking all at one time or as needed making it the perfect dish for a busy schedule family.? So here is all you do to make this tasty little dish. To make a serving for 4: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.? Cook 1/2 lb.? spaghetti according to package directions. Divide spaghetti into 4 individual dishes that are oven safe. Place 1 pre-cooked, breaded chicken breasts over top of spaghetti. Divide 1 jar of Newman’s Own pasta sauce over the chicken breasts making sure to cover the spaghetti. Top with shredded Mozzarella cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes or until cheese has melted and the dish is piping hot. Comments:? I used the Tomato & Basil Bombolina Pasta Sauce. When I make up a new dish and serve it to some of my lucky food testers, I tell them very little about the dish.? All 3 of my food testers that tried this dish remarked about it’s “clean” taste.? One thought it may have a touch of lemon added another wanted to know if I added a tiny bit of mint.? It was the Basil they were tasting and they all 3 loved it.? For my chicken I used a pre-cooked, all white meat product to cut down time.? When baking the assembled dish, watch your cheese.? You want

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Herb and Spice Tips

The information below is provided by McCormick. ? Oregano – 1/2 tsp. has as many antioxidants ad 3 cups of spinach – Sprinkle 1/4 tsp. onto grilled cheese. Garlic Powder – 1/2 tsp. has as many antioxidants as 1/3 cup zucchini – Stir 3/4 tsp. into 4 cups mashed potatoes. Black Pepper – 1/2 tsp. has as many antioxidants as 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes – sprinkle 1/4 tsp. onto scrambled eggs. Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp. has as many antioxidants as 1/4 cup blueberries – sprinkle 1/4 tsp. over anything from hot cocoa to oatmeal and fruit salad. Ginger – 1/2 tsp. has as many antioxidants as 1 cup cucumbers – sprinkle onto carrots, acorn or butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Cayenne Pepper – 1/2 tsp. has as many antioxidants as 1/4 cup honeydew melon – sprinkle 1/4 tsp. into hummus. Thyme – 1/2 tsp. has as many antioxidants as 1 med. carrot – sprinikle on steamed or sauteed asparagus along with a twist of fresh ground black pepper. Rosemary – 1/2 tsp. has as many antioxidants as 1/2 cup watermelon – sprinkle the tops of your favorite ready-to-bake rolls with olive oil, rosemary and sea salt before baking. Turmeric – 1/2 tsp. has as many antioxidants as 1 cup broccoli – Sprinkle onto steamed rice. Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp. has as many antioxidants as 1/2 cup cantaloupe – stir 2 Tbsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. ground cumin, 2 cans diced tomatoes and 1 can kidney beans into 1 lb. cooked ground beef for quick chili. Cloves – 1/2 tsp. has as many antioxidants as 1/2 cup sweet cherries – perk up applesauce by stiring 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. ground cloves into 2 cups applesauce. Cumin – 1/2 tsp. has as many antioxidants as 1/2 cup pineapple – sprinkle into soups, such as lentil, black bean and butternut squash.

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Sausage Quiche

2 refrigerated pie crusts 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese 1 Tbsp. flour 4 eggs 1 cup evaporated milk (not skim and not sweetened condensed) 1 lb. Lean sausage of your choice 1/2 small onion, chopped Preheat oven to 350 degrees.? Crumble and cook sausage.? Drain.? In a large bowl whisk eggs, cream and flour until well blended.? Stir in cheese, sausage and onions.? Pour evenly into pie shells.? Bake 40-45 minutes or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean.? Set stand about 5 minutes before slicing. Comments – This dish makes the perfect breakfast, brunch and even dinner.? Add some sliced tomatoes and you have a delicious meal.? For changes – you can make this without the crust and you can use ground beef instead of sausage.? If using ground beef you might want to add some chopped bell peppers, maybe a little garlic.? For your cheese, as my newest cookbook says “Think With Your Taste Buds.”? Use cheddar or blends.?

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Cauliflower Facts

I really like cauliflower but had no idea it was such a healthy food.? I found these “facts” and thought you might enjoy knowing them too. ? Cauliflower contains thecancer-fighting phytonutrient sulforaphane, as well as a good amount of folateand vitamin C, which may be helpful for weight loss.? Small heads of cauliflower are just as delicious as large ones, whether you eat them raw, steamed or in a delicious cauliflower recipe. The key is to buy clean, creamy-white heads with buds that haven’t separated. Avoid cauliflower with spots, dull colors or flowers. Store whole cauliflower heads in a paper or plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you buy pre-cut florets, cook them within a day or two. If you can’t use the fresh cauliflower in time, cut it into florets and blanch them before freezing. Look

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Sargento Cheese Tasting

Due to my participation with Foodbuzz Tastemaker’s program and Sargento, I was chosen to compare Sargento’s 100% natural cheese products to other brands on the market.? I gave it some thought and decided that several opinions was better than just 1 so I worked up a little cheese tasting party and invited some of my neighbor friends.? In preparation for this little tasting I bought 4 different Sargento cheese flavors – Cheddar, Swiss, Provolone and Cheddar Blend.? I also bought the same flavors in another brand.? Tastemaker had sent me a “Taste Test” fact sheet so I worked up voting vouchers for each of my guests.? They were to judge the different cheeses by look, texture, smell and taste. The cheeses were placed in separate dishes with their name, such as Cheddar, and either

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Chicken Brocoli Stir-Fry

My food testers loved this one.? The broccoli slaw simplified the recipe eliminating the need to cut up the broccoli and shred the carrots.? The mix I bought also had shredded purple cabbage adding another color and taste to the dish.? Now, what do you do with the leftovers, if you have any?? I wrapped them in flour tortilla, placed them in a baking dish, covered with cheese and baked on 350 until the cheese melted and the dish was piping hot.? Yum Yum! See the full recipe by going to Martha’s Recipe Cabinet

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Salt – Part 3

Saltiest “Healthy” Sandwich:? Subway Footlong Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki ? 2,290 milligrams sodium ? 770 calories ? 9 g fat (2.5 g saturated) ? 34 g sugars Sodium Equivalent = 6 Beef Franks (Hebrew National, 97% Fat Free) Also remember that the posted calorie counts at Subway doesn’t include adding cheese or any other condiments, so if you like to load up your stomach, expect to see the calorie count for this sandwich inch toward 1,000 calories.? Eat instead – Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast (6”) = 880 mg sodium, 320 calories, 5 g fat (1.5g saturated), 7 g sugars

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Salt – Part 2

Saltiest Drive-Thru Mexican Food – Taco Bell Grilled Stuft Beef Burrito ? 2,120 milligrams sodium ? 680 calories ? 30 g fat (10 g saturated) ? Sodium Equivalent – 20 cups of butter popcorn ? What’s better?? Order 2 grilled steak soft tacos (or any menu item) “fresco” style and they will replace cheese and sauces with chunky tomato salsa, cutting calories in half and trim the fat by at least 25%.? Two steak soft tacos = 1,100 mg sodium, 320 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated) ?

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Chili Wraps

I went to Taco Bell a few days ago and had a dish that I can’t even pronounce the name of.? It was beef, refried beans and onions wrapped in a tortilla, covered with cheese and baked.? It was delicious but I knew I could recreate it at home.? That’s when I came up with my Chili Wrap recipe.? I did substitute the refried beans for the chili with beans only because I thought I had a can of beans and didn’t but did have the chili.? Turns out this was even better.? And

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Chicken Delicious

This dish has a story.? Here is my co-author, Lillian Mort’s portion of the story. When our sister was ill, my sister, Lorretta, brought dinner to us (I was there

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