Favorite Recipe – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 91

My Favorite Recipes

I love to cook.  Cooking is my way of showing my love for someone.  For me to choose just ONE favorite recipe is not possible.  I have many, but I will share 2 of my favorites that I like to make very often.

Gordon Ramsay’s Sticky Lemon Chicken

I first saw this recipe in 2008 on the Rachael Ray Show when Gordon was promoting his latest cookbook, “Fast Food.”  I loved the simplicity, the fact that the kids could help and that it involved chicken.

Ingredients
1 large chicken, cut into 8-10 pieces (I also use individual parts, breasts, thighs, etc. when I don’t have a whole chicken on hand)
Sea salt and black pepper
3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
1 head of garlic, halved horizontally
Few thyme sprigs 
Splash of sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce (I use low sodium)
3 tablespoons hone
1 lemon, finely sliced (ideally with a mandoline)
Bunch of Italian parsley, chopped

Preparation

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and heat the olive oil in a large saute pan.  Brown the chicken pieces (in batches if necessary) over high heat with the garlic and thyme for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.  Return all the chicken to the pan, add the sherry vinegar, and bubble until reduced by half.  Drizzle over the soy sauce and honey and shake the pan to mix.

Pour in a good splash of hot water and add the lemon slices.  Let the liquid bubble and reduce down until syrupy, which will take about 10 minutes or so.  By now the chicken should be cooked through.

Transfer the chicken to a platter and sprinkle over the chopped parsley.  Serve with the chomp and green beans or steamed sugar snap peas.

Makes 4 servings

This has been a staple in our house since I first saw it and each time I make it, it’s a hit with the family and guests who come over.  Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!!!

Gluten Free Muffin (or Cookie) Recipe

This recipe was introduced to me earlier this year, and I thought it was a great way to get started with gluten-free flour and other gluten-free items I use daily.

Ingredients
1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
3/4 cup ProFlex protein powder
2 packets Simply Fit Oatmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
6 ounces applesauce
2 egg whites
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
You can add 1/2 cup raisins or dried fruit

Preparation

The finished product

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, protein powder, oatmeal, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and dried fruit (if using.)  In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce, egg whites, brown sugar and vanilla extract.  Combine applesauce mixture with dry ingredients.  You may want to add some almond milk (about 1/2 cup to a cup) if too thick. 

Thumbs up from Justus

Roll out and flatten out to make cookies on parchment lined cookie sheet or spoon into muffin top pan.  Pat down gently with wet hands (so they won’t stick to your fingers.)  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-14 minutes.  Great to have after a workout, too.

Elijah taking a bite

I usually make the muffins, and the boys LOVE it.  I’ve made it for others, and they can’t get enough of it.  So tasty and good for you.  The boys always ask for it and they like to help out in the kitchen (when my over motherly instincts don’t take over.)

So, I’ve basically covered dinner and/or dessert/snack.  Perhaps you will add these to your menu one day.  Enjoy.

Advertisements