Monthly Archives: February 2014

Top Healthy Chicken Recipes

Teena in Toronto: Book ~ “125 Best Chicken Recipes” (2014) Rose … Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:33:00 GMT

With “125 Best Chicken Recipe,” there are dozens of different ways to prepare delicious and inspired chicken dishes – all in record time. Whether using a skillet, frying pan, oven or grill, most of these recipes can be prepared 

The recipes include:

  • Woks, Wings and Wraps – Burmese Chicken Thighs, Tex-Mex Wings, Roasted Chicken Fajitas
  • Substantial Soups – Chicken Cheese Chowder, Hot and Sour Soup
  • Satisfying Salads – Curried Chicken and Pasta Salad, Thai Chicken Noodle Salad, Chicken Caesar
  • Oven Roasting and Broiling – Orange-Rosemary Glazed Chicken Breasts
  • Sautées and Skillet Suppers – Quick Coq au Vin, Braised Chicken with New Potatoes and Peas
  • Pasta and Rice – Mediterranean Pasta, Penne with Herbed Chicken Sauce
  • Great Grills – Gremolata Grilled Chicken, Chicken and Summer Fruit Kabobs

Read more …


Chicken can be made into a thousand and one dishes, any time of the day, throughout the year. Chicken recipes do not have to be the same old thing everyday. This protein-rich white meat can be grilled, braised, stewed, roasted, and deep-fried. It can be ground and formed into meatballs, burger patties, spring roll filling, meatloaf, sprinkled on salads and pasta, mixed with vegetables, and other delicious healthy chicken recipes.

The Best Super Bowl Chicken Wing Recipe Ever – ABC News (blog) Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:15:41 GMT

Slate Magazine (blog)The Best Super Bowl Chicken Wing Recipe EverABC News (blog)Chicken wings are by far the most popular food for Super Bowl Sunday. According to the National Chicken Council’s 2014 Wing Report- Americans will eat over 1.25 billion w …


Read more …

Nutritive Chicken Recipes via  @Gourmandia #gourmandia #recipes #chicken

Read more …


Easy Desserts To Try!

Do you always prepare the same old desserts, meal after meal? Have you ever wondered about making scrumptious, gourmet recipe desserts? Making gourmet easy desserts is not nearly as complicated as some persons think. All that is needed is just a little specialized knowledge and some creativity. No matter what the occasion, presenting an unusual dessert in any form will be sure to add a spark to your meal times.

Worldwide, cheesecakes are always a favorite among guests, and with just a few variations to this timeless dessert you can create a gourmet masterpiece. Though naturally rich, a few adjustments can be easily made to accommodate persons who would prefer something with less sugar or calories. For instance, cream cheese is readily available in low-fat or non-fat options, as well as fruit topping can be made with sugar substitutes.

You may also consider another favorite in the form of Baked Alaska. This dessert is extremely rich and though it is not difficult to create, it does require that extra time be spent on its preparation. Because the Baked Alaska incorporates the use of ice cream, you can begin its preparation from the day before you plan on serving it. Bear in mind, however, that once it is heated it is highly recommended that it is served immediately.

Crumble is a tasty dessert which has its humble begins fully entrenched in British culture. It is basically fresh fruit topped with a mixture of butter, sugar and flour, which is then baked until golden brown and crispy. It is simple and can be a fun dessert to make and is a perfect accompaniment to custards and ice cream recipes.


IngredientsPanacotta by Charles Caruso

2 pints heavy cream
7 tablespoons granulated sugar
7 tablespoons powdered sugar
4 gelatin leaves
3 1/2 tablespoons red currants
3 ½ tablespoons wild strawberries
6 kiwi

Preparation Instructions:

1. Soak the gelatin in cold water for 1 liter of liquid fresh cream.Pour the cream in a deep frying pan.Add the granulated sugar, stir, and bring to a boil.As soon as the cream starts to boil add the sheets of gelatin. Stir nicely.

2. Choose molds you would want the cream to be molded into then pour the cream into them.Refrigerate for 24 hours to make panacotta.

3. After 24 hours, make the coulis. Peel then slice the kiwi into small pieces. Put them in a mixer, add ½ cup of water, and then puree with the powdered sugar.

4. Turn each panacotta out of the mold into a serving dish. Pour the coulisaround it. Surround the whole dish with small peaks of Chantilly or whipped cream (leave wide gaps),some topped with red currants and some topped with berries. Halve the strawberries then place a half on each gap of the peaks. Finish the presentation with a slice of kiwi on top the panacotta. Serve while chill. Bon appétit!


Selecting scrumptious desserts to serve at special occasion is not quite the herculean task as many may have thought. There are tremendous amount of varieties that one may choose from available both online and in cookbooks. Even if you are not necessarily blessed with lots of creativity, you can still be able to choose to create a special dessert for a multiplicity of occasions, without resorting to serving the same dessert over and over again.


Easy Dessert Recipes With Few Ingredients

This is a great dessert recipe to make quickly and easily with leftover double chocolate cookies. Naturally, you’ll need to make the cookies first, and then manage to hold off eating enough of them to turn them into a dessert.

Easy Cookie Recipe

To make simple double-choc cookies, you will need:

  • 1.5 cups chocolate chips (or a bar of chocolate smashed to pieces with a rolling pin)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • One third of a cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional – it’s nice but not critical if you don’t have any)
  • 2 eggs

Mix all of the ingredients together, making sure everything is well combined. Pre-heat the oven to 320 degrees. Grease a baking tray, then spoon the cookie mixture onto it.

The cookies should be done within about 15 minutes, but check them at regular intervals and turn the tray if they are cooking unevenly. Once they are done, leave them to cool for a few minutes on the tray and then remove them with a spatula and place them on a rack to cool properly. The cookies will be at their most tasty at this point, warm and slightly soft, with melted chocolate in the middle – perfect with a cup of good coffee.

Easy Desserts

If you have a few of these cookies left over, you can make a quick and extremely easy dessert recipe with them. There are many variations on this, so check what you have in the cupboards and fridge. You won’t need all of the ingredients here – this is just a suggestion, and you can change it according to taste and availability.

You’ll need some or all of the following:

  • Cookies
  • Plain yoghurt
  • Custard
  • Ice cream (any flavor, but vanilla or chocolate is probably best)
  • Mixed berries – these can be bought frozen
  • Cream
  • Chocolate shavings

Start by crumbling the cookies into a small bowl or, better still, the bottom of a wine glass. Heat the berries in a pan or the microwave, and pour them over the cookies while still hot. Spoon yoghurt, custard or ice cream – or any combination of these – over the cookies and berries. Top with cream and chocolate shavings.

Maintaining A Healthy Diet While At Work

A great way to save on some money is to bring your own food to the office.  It’s kind of fun if one has the time to do so but for  lot of office workers, especially those that have so much other things to do and worry about, buying food to eat at work is more practical.

If it cannot be helped that food has to be purchased rather than prepared at home, rather than be tempted for the most convenient things to eat like junk food, instant noodles, burgers and heavily salty fatty foods, why not go for healthier options instead?  Purchased food need not even be expensive.  Budget conscious office workers can order vegetarian dishes which usually cost even less than meals with meat.  Consider portion sizes regardless if you bring or purchase food to eat at work.  Portion sizes of food taken out from restaurants are usually large and can be split with a friend or saved for a future meal if there’s a proper place to store leftovers without the risk of spoilage.

The way one eats also plays a role aside from what is eaten.  Chew food slowly rather than wolfing down a meal in a flash.  Chewing thoroughly makes digestion more efficient and nutrients are absorbed more efficiently.  Whether eating at lunch at the pantry or canteen, or munching a light snack at one’s desk, bear in mind the fundamentals of a healthy diet.

It isn’t recommended to eating while working.  Better take a short break and enjoy your snack rather than munch at work as it confuses your body on what task to focus on.

By all means, it is not necessary to totally avoid meat and even fried foods and soft drinks.  The key is to incorporate even what we know as unhealthy into a sustainable diet that prioritizes more wholesome food choices.  In this way, one still enjoys his food and benefits in many ways from the diet.

Another way to boost nutrition in the office is to keep smarter snack options such as dried fruits, nuts, trail mixes and whole grain biscuits as opposed to sodium laden chips and candy bars.  If the workplace has a refrigerator or chiller, stock up on fresh fruit and yoghurt.  Very health conscious individuals even take more potent probiotic drinks like kefir and kombucha (fermented milk and tea) which help promote healthy digestion.

Lastly, why not consider involving colleagues at work in bringing healthy foods to share.  Bringing in a healthy potluck is sure to get you some positive comments especially if the food tastes as good as it is healthy.  Hopefully it will start a positive trend of healthy meals in the office in the long run.


Banana Chocolate Crepes

For all you busy cooks who want to have a homecooked meal including dessert ready in a matter of minutes, here is a simple easy dessert you can make in a matter of minutes.  These Shortcut Warm Banana Chocolate Crepes are not only quick, they taste good, too.  Bananas are a great health food and should be included in your diet often.


1 small pkg (4-serving size) Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix
1 1/2 cups milk
6 tbsps butter
6 tbsps brown sugar
3 med bananas, sliced
3 large burrito-style flour tortillas
6 tbsps frozen whipped topping, thawed


In a medium bowl, with a wire whisk, beat the dry pudding mix into the milk. Whisk 2 minutes to thicken; set aside.

In a large skillet, place the butter and brown sugar. Cook mixture over medium heat until butter is melted and the mixture is well blended, stirring occasionally. Add banana slices; cook while stirring for a couple of minutes until heated through. Transfer banana mixture to a bowl and cover to keep warm.

Heat the tortillas, one at a time, in the same pan used above. Remove heat tortilla from pan and spoon about 1/2 cup of the pudding mixture evenly down the center of each tortilla. Top the pudding mixture evenly with the banana mixture. Fold in both ends of the tortilla, then rollup. Cut each tortilla, crosswise, in half to make 6 tortilla “crepes”.

Place each half, seam side down on a serving plate. Top each half with approximately 1 tablespoon whipped topping before serving immediately.

NOTE: You can also buy ready-to-use crepes if you don’t like tortillas.


How to Make Your Desserts Healthy

Fabulous desserts that are super healthy and that only take minutes to prepare are entirely possible. Fancy a chocolate mousse after your dinner? Or perhaps a thick and gooey strawberry coconut ice cream sounds more to your liking? You can even get your kids involved: they’ll love my homemade banana pudding.

In fact, healthy and easy desserts are something I even enjoy for breakfast, because they’re entirely guilt-free. Yes, you can start off your day with some fat free mango ice cream. I encourage you! Make a batch of my chocolate mousse parfait and take it to the office with you for an afternoon snack: you can say goodbye to the mid-afternoon slump.

My secret, which I am now going to share with you, is all about the ingredients. When you use real foods (i.e. whole and unprocessed, and therefore full of flavor) you can toss the unnecessary junk that makes most desserts so hopelessly bad for you: refined sugar, preservatives, pasteurized dairy products.

On any given day you can see beautiful fruit ripening in my kitchen. I let it ripen to completion, because only then are the flavors and nutrients released and ready to be utilized by our bodies. And once it’s ripe and ready, I use it to create all kinds of super healthy and easy desserts.

Did you know that simple frozen bananas, blended until they’re creamy and smooth, make the most delicious ice cream? It’s true! Try adding in some fresh coconut water and medjool dates when you’reblending them up, and you’ve really got a treat.

I last ate refined sugar in 2008, and in the years since then I have really watched my taste buds bloom. I no longer have the slightest craving for artificially sweetened foods, and am completely and totally satisfied by the natural sweetness found in fruits.

Creating a collection of dessert gourmet recipes based around simple, sweet and wonderful fruits has been so rewarding, because it has enabled me to share with you my discovery that life without refined sugar is pretty darn sweet!

Not all of my easy desserts utilize fruit. I highly recommend my chocolate mousses – yep, I’ve got two, both made with completely healthy ingredients that won’t spike your blood sugar or make your doctor frown.

In fact, there is not a thing wrong with having a sweet tooth, so stop fighting it! Our sweet tooth is Nature’s way of guiding us to eat delectable and juicy fruits as part of a balanced diet. Doctors have been hammering home for quite some time now that we need fresh fruits and vegetables, and lots of ‘em, to keep our bodies healthy and strong. The occasional banana or apple isn’t going to cut it.

Eat many servings of fruit, every day. They are loaded with antioxidants and are some of our most powerful weapons against cancer and other scary life-threatening diseases. Honestly, the more fruit I eat, the more I can feel my energy levels affected in the most positive, nourishing way. Fruit is truly nature’s dessert.

My easy desserts make eating lots of fresh fruit so simple. All you need is a good blender or food processor. Anyone can do this, and that includes YOU! Give up refined sugar and embrace your sweet tooth with my super healthy, easy desserts designed around fresh, whole, unprocessed ingredients. Get ready to seriously dazzle your taste buds!

Make Desserts with Whipped Cream

We all like to taste desserts with whipped cream. These delicious creams fit with any type of dessert no matter it is fruit, ice cream recipes, drink or puddings. When every people use whipped cream to improve the tastes of their desserts, how can we make our desserts tastier than them? You can do it by using same whipped cream. What you should do is making cream in your home by using cream chargers and test some new cream flavors.

We can buy whipped cream cans from the market. However, those creams are mass scale productions and provide only few different flavors. Also, they are not fresh.

Therefore, the taste and the freshness are low in commercially made whipped cream. Homemade cream is a great substitute for ready-made whipped cream. You can try for different cream such as traditional cream, full-bodied and non-fat cream. It is very easy to make whatever cream you need by using cream chargers and dispensers. So, why do you need to bother about ready-made cream? You can use homemade cream for any dessert you take and improve their tastes.

Making whipped cream at home is very beneficial when we consider about a party or a gathering. If we are going to buy cream from the market for a party or a function, it will cost more. However, if we can make cream by ourselves, we can save more money we spend on ready made cream. Also, whipped creams available in the market are not fresh. But we can make fresh cream for desserts at home. No one knows how commercially made cream are being made. Also, we do not know anything about their nutrition levels. But we can decide the nutritious levels and other health factors when we make cream in our kitchens.

Making whipped cream at home is easy as 1-2-3 with cream chargers and dispensers. Busy mothers use these items in their kitchens because they help to make delicious creamy foods within few minutes. Whipped cream chargers are very useful for our day-today food preparation activities. Therefore, keeping a cream dispenser along with cream chargers is a wise idea

Sugar-Free Desserts

For many people, eating sugar free foods is a part of life. Contrary to what some believe, diabetics, and other people indulging in a sugar-free diet for their health, do not have to give up easy desserts completely. There are many healthy, sugar-free dessert items available those who can not enjoy sweet treats made with sugar. Even better, sugar substitutes such as Splenda granulated sugar make it easy to convert all of your favorite recipes into sugar free versions that taste every bit as delicious. If you want to stock a sugar-free shelf in your pantry, below are some popular sugar-less dessert items that should be on the top of your shopping list.

Knox Unflavored Gelatin

A packet of unflavored gelatin can easily turn a cup of fruit juice into a sparkling after dinner treat. Knox Gelatin was a mainstay in many pantries post-World War II, when housewives all over the country used it to make delicious desserts and salads. Knox became a lost ingredient with the advent of Jell-o and other flavored gelatins. Try mixing two cups of unsweetened fruit juice with a packet of unflavored gelatin and Splenda sweetener to taste, then chilling until it is firm. Top with sugar-free dessert topping and you have created a light, sweet end to a delicious meal.

Sugar-Free Puddings

While sugar-free puddings can make a quick and delicious dessert on their own, it has much more potential. A box of sugar-free pudding can add moisture to a cake recipe, serve as a pie filling, or add color, flavor and texture to a sugar-free cookie recipe. Keep a box or two of chocolate and vanilla pudding on hand at all times so that you always have a quick and easy sugar-free dessert to make.

Sugar-Free Gelatin Desserts

Sugar-free Jell-o, and other gelatin desserts, are yet another handy and healthy dessert item to keep your pantry stocked with. Similar to sugar-free puddings, these gelatin’s are an easy-to-make dessert on their own, but they also serve as main ingredients in other sweet treats. For a unique treat, try using sugar-free gelatin whipping the mix at high speed until it is frothy and foamy before chilling. The foam will settle and separate into its own layer, creating a rich flavored topping for your sugar-free dessert.

In addition to sugar-free desserts, there are some other items to keep on hand that can help you soothe the sometimes uncontrollable cravings for sweets. Sugar-free hard candies have been around for a while, continuously offering a healthy substitute. Today’s most popular sugarless candies are sweetened with Splenda, which is roughly six hundred times sweeter than sugar. If you enjoy baking, you can easily substitute crushed sugarless hard candies for colored sugar crystals to top sugar cookies or dust on cupcakes.

Sugarless cookies are another dessert item that you should keep on your baking shelf in your cupboard. Sugar-free versions of graham crackers and vanilla wafers can be used just like their sugared counterparts to make pie crusts, fillings for pudding parfaits, or toppings for fruited yogurt. You can also buy sugarless chocolate chips, and unsweetened cocoa to add extra flavor to your baking.

While it is not strictly sugar-free, Dream Whip has only one gram of sugar per serving and is another ingredient to keep on hand if you are cooking sugar free. The powdered dessert topping can be prepared with a half of a cup of cold milk and used as is, or it can also be added to recipes to add moisture and help sugar-free cakes to brown properly.

Keeping a variety of sugarless ingredients and sugar-free dessert items on hand will make it a lot easier to come up with something for your sweet tooth at a moment’s notice. Once you get into the habit of making desserts without white sugar, you will find that it is surprisingly easy to get all the sweetness you want. In fact, you will find yourself improvising and combining ingredients to come up with your own delicious sugar-free desserts in no time.

Famous Restaurant Recipes

I have a confession to make. I miss the good old days. Three years ago we were not in a recession. The worst recession since the Great Depression. You could shop until you dropped. Dine at your favorite restaurant. A friend would tell you about the newest restaurant rage. You would go just to tell people you ate there. Even if the food was not that good. But not all is lost. Now you can cook famous recipes from famous chefs. The 2009 Inaugural Luncheon is provided by America’s Secret Recipes

Secret recipes revealed!

Famous Restaurant Recipes
2009 Inaugural Luncheon Recipe
Copycat Recipe

Herb Roasted Pheasant Recipe with Wild Rice Stuffing
Copycat Recipe
Yield: 10 portions


10 Pheasant breast, boneless, remove tenders and reserve for stuffing, cut small pocket in side of breast for stuffing
½ cup Olive oil with chopped rosemary, thyme and sage
1 lb. Wild rice, long grain
2 quarts Chicken stock or canned chicken broth
2 Carrots, diced
½ Onion, diced
½ cup Dried apricot, small diced
1 Tablespoon Salt and pepper mix
2 Tablespoons Garlic, roasted


1. Boil the rice with the chicken stock, cook until soft and most of the liquid is gone.
2. Add the onion, carrot, garlic and apricot. Cook until the vegetables are soft and all liquid has been absorbed. Refrigerate rice mixture until cold.
3. In a food processor, puree pheasant tenders to a paste consistency to use as a binder for rice mix.
4. When rice is cool, add the pheasant puree to the rice until well mixed. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and return to refrigerator until ready to stuff.
5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
6. Make 10 small football shaped patties of the rice mix, stuff inside the pheasant, being careful not to overstuff the pheasant. Rub herb/oil mixture on top and bottom of the pheasant, season with salt and pepper. Place the pheasant on a heavy gauge roasting pan and then in a preheated oven for approximately 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and cover with lid or foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Serve over sauté of spinach.

*Pheasant can be substituted with chicken.

Easy Holiday Buffets

If you are planning to entertain this holiday season, consider preparing a buffet dinner. There are many holiday cooking recipes that work well on a buffet table and if you plan ahead, it can be fairly easy on the cook.

A buffet dinner works especially well if you are hosting a larger group and don’t have room for them all around the dining room table.

The key to a really successful holiday dinner buffet is to offer a variety of foods for your guests to choose from. That way if guests don’t like a particular food, there is always something else for them to try.

If people will have plates on their laps, make sure that none of the food you serve requires them to cut with a knife, as that is just too awkward. The better alternative is to offer a selection of both finger foods and foods that only require a fork. Roast beef or steak, for example, can be difficult meats to eat with the plate on your lap. Instead choose something like meatballs in a great tasting sauce or very thinly sliced meats.

When you are planning your holiday buffet menu, take into consideration the colors of the food you will be serving. A buffet table, especially during the holidays, is much more appealing when it includes a variety of colors in the food served. A few colorful salads will often do the trick. So will a dessert table that has a mix of colorful and appealing sweets.

During the holidays, cookies with red and green cherries and a variety of squares and tarts studded with nuts, fruit and caramel really add color to your dinner buffet, even without decorating the table.

One of the most important things to consider for your holiday buffet is how to get it all cooked and ready to be served at the same time. The tip here is to plan as many foods as possible that can be prepared ahead. That way you can spread the preparation over several days (or weeks if you can freeze some of the recipes) instead of having to prepare everything on the one day.

Many meat recipes such as the one for meatballs below can be made a day or two ahead then reheated just before you serve them. Mix in a few recipes for salads that can be made ahead and need no cooking at all and life will be much easier on the cook.

Meat Balls in Cranberry Sauce

2 pounds ground beef
1 cup cornflake crumbs
1/3 cup parsley
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons soya sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
garlic powder to taste
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons chopped onion

Mix together and form into small balls and place in roasting pan.

1 can jellied cranberry sauce (large)
12 ounce bottle chili sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix and heat the sauce ingredients in a saucepan until the cranberry sauce is melted. Pour over uncooked meat balls and bake at 350°F for approximately 40 minutes.

With a bit of pre planning and a few easy holiday recipes, your holiday dinner buffet will be a big hit.