Absolutely Simple Honey Garlic Roasted Chicken

For real. Whole chickens are the best ever. They’re so cheap. Why did no one ever tell me how cheap a whole chicken is?!  And it will last for many meals!  AND THEY ARE SO EASY!!  This one literally has 4 ingredients.  5 if you count salt and pepper, baha!

Not to mention that it is delicious.  My mother in law kinda freaked out when she tasted it!  So…I will share it with you!  Here we go!

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • 6 Tbsp Grass Fed Butter, Melted
  • 3-4 T Raw Honey, Melted
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 425*
  2. Rinse your chicken and make sure there are no goodies in the cavity.  Pat dry.
  3. Salt and pepper your chicken generously.
  4. Mix together butter, honey, and garlic.
  5. Baste/pour butter sauce all over (and in) the chicken.
  6. Put in your oven and roast for about an hour and a half…it will depend on the size of your chicken!  Keep an eye on it because honey does burn…but you do want a little bit of darkness!  Just not a burn taste.  🙂

 

And BAM!  You’re done!  Easy peasy!!

 

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Smokey Bacon Asparagus Wraps

Yeah. Isn’t that title enough to make you drool already?! I’m drooling. Really. Two of my favorite things in the world? Asparagus. And bacon. Hallelujah!

This is a little gem from Abel James! The spice rub gives it a “barbecue” feel, the bacon adds that smokey flavor, and of course the asparagus gives you your greens! Not to mention it is probably the best vegetable. Ever. Can I get an amen?!

Whoo. Calm down Rodgers. Apparently this recipe makes me go gospel. PRAISE THE LORD! For bacon is delicious and His love never fails!! 😀

ANYWAYS! Back to the recipe! I used turkey bacon, because I am still up in arms about pork. I love pork. But does it love me? I just don’t know.

So, here’s what you need:

 

  • 1 lb Asparagus, tough ends popped off
  • 8 to 10 Slices Turkey Bacon
  • 1/2 tsp each of: sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika (optional, add a dash of chipotle chile powder for a kick!)

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and cover a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Combine spice mixture in a small bowl.
  3. After your asparagus is trimmed, separate it into 8 to 10 even piles, with 4-5 pieces each.  Obviously this will depend on the size of your spears ;).
  4. Wrap the bacon around each bundle, taking care to not overlap too much, as you don’t want the bacon to be too thick or the bottom layer will not cook all the way.
  5. Lay your bundles on the baking sheet, with seam down.  Sprinkle each bundle generously with your spice rub.
  6. Slide into your preheated oven and cook for 20 or more minutes, until asparagus is tender crisp and the bacon is cooked through.
  7. Serve along side a protein and be happy!  This is most definitely a man pleaser!  Even for a man that loves vegetables like my Mr. Rodgers…they always look more alluring when wrapped in bacon, haha!!  Let me know how you like it!

 

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Here’s my little bundles, all wrapped up and ready to go!

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Then they got their spices!

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And cooked…oh yummy!

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Is your mouth watering yet?

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It surprised me how much the spice rub acgtually did taste like barbecue!

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And serve with your protein!  This was with a lovely roasted chicken!  And we actually got to sit down at the dinner table together and eat!  It was amazing!!  And then Mr. Rodgers did the cutest thing!  His computer was sitting on the table, and he pulled up a video of a crackling fire place while we finished our dinner…it was so romantic!!  I hope you guys have a memory just as sweet to go with this asparagus, hehe!

Spaghetti Squash with Spaghetti Sauce – Kirkwood Style!

Now you may be wondering why I did not simply call this “Spaghetti Squash.” Or “Spaghetti with Squash.” Or something along those lines. There is a very specific reason.

You see, when you start eating healthy, or trying to eliminate things such as carbs or gluten…people will tell you about all these great substitutions…that you won’t be able to tell a difference, blah blah blah.  Here’s my take.  There are indeed tons of great substitutions.  I am passionate about discovering them.  However…you are going to be able to taste a difference, and that is okay.  Because when you change your diet, you aren’t trying to trick yourself, you are trying to change your life.  So trying new things is going to have to be part of your every day most likely.

Also…dear, sweet Mr. Rodgers.  The first time I made spaghetti squash I told him that it was supposed to be like noodles, so he expected noodles.  Because of that, he was disappointed when there were no noodles to be found, then declared that he “hates Spaghetti Squash.”  Unwilling to lose this amazing ingredient to cook with, I wisened up.  Instead of claiming to make pasta dishes with healthy noodles…I now claim to make squash dishes with yummy sauces.  So this is NOT Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti!  It is simply Spaghetti Squash with my mom’s Spaghetti Sauce on top.  And now, Mr. Rodgers is coming around to the wonderful squash, and all is well.  I seriously LOVED this recipe!  So without further ado…here it is!!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 Lg Spaghetti Squash, Baked, Microwaved, or cooked in a crock pot
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Diced (Optional)
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 3-5 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3-4 Stalks Celery, Diced
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Italian Seasoning (and/or Oregano and Basil)
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1/4 C – 2 C Cheddar, Shredded (Originally my mom uses like 2 C, I was trying to make it more healthy so I cut it back to 1/4 C)
  • About 2 Cans Tomato Sauce (To preference…I like mine super thick and chunky…you can add more to stretch it if you desire)

And here is how you do it:

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First, get your squash cooking because it will most likely take a while.  If I remember right, mine baked for almost 2 hours!

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Now to start your sauce!  I would first get all of your ingredients together and prep your veggies.  (Normally I would have another color of pepper in there too but we were out of groceries haha!)

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Now brown your beef and drain, then set aside!

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Put butter or coconut oil in the bottom of a pan, add your veggies, and saute until tender.  Add beef, stir together, and cook another minute or so.

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Add in enough tomato paste to get it to your desired consistency.  Add seasonings to taste, stir in, and adjust.  Let simmer, even for hours, until ready.  The longer it simmers, the better it tastes.

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Remove squash from heat, and when cool enough to handle without burning yourself, cut in half.

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Scoop out seeds with a large spoon and discard.  Fluff out the noodles with a fork and scoop them out of the squash into your serving dish of choice (or just leave it in the half so it looks fancy!)

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Right before you serve, stir cheese into sauce.

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Pour sauce on top of squash, sprinkle some parm, and devour this wonderfully meaty, satisfying, low carb, healthy meal!!

Curry Carrot Soup

This was so much fun.  It was definitely an exciting recipe for me, because it was very much outside of my comfort zone.  Curry…and carrots…in a soup?!  But I am so glad I decided to try, Mr. Rodgers and I both loved it and it was a fun, creative way to have a veggie side to our Mediterranean Steak Roll Ups!

I found this recipe because I was going through my fridge and shelves, taking stock of what I have that I need to use up.  I found I still had tons of Miso, which was quite expensive so I wanted to make sure I used it to it’s full potential.  I also had curry powder, so I wanted to use that too!  Off to Google I went, to figure out what could be created with these two ingredients!

I stumbled upon misorecipes.com, and found this lovely idea that I ever so slightly adapted.  The creaminess was so comforting, the color was vibrant, the amount of heat was just perfect (just a tiny warmth on your tongue after you slurped it down!), and of course the flavor was lovely.  Mr. Rodgers is pretty crazy about curry.

So, let’s get down to business.  Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Butter
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 4 Med-Lg Carrots, Sliced
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 1/2 C Water
  • 1 Can Coconut Milk
  • 2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Miso Paste
  • Pepper
  • Tiny Pinch of Cayenne Powder (Or to taste, depending on how much heat you like!)
  • 2 Tbsp Grated Carrot (Optional, I didn’t use this but it’s in the original)

 

And here’s how you do it!!

  1. Melt your coconut oil or butter in your soup pot.  Add your onion and cook about 3 minutes, until beginning to become translucent.  Add garlic and stir in, cooking for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add Carrots and salt and continue to saute for about 2 more minutes.
  3. Dump in the water and coconut milk and stir.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat.  Simmer for 20 minutes, until everything is tender.
  4. Add Pepper, Curry Powder, Miso, and Cayenne.  Simmer for a couple more minutes.
  5. CAREFULLY transfer soup (in batches, it should only be about half full.) to a blender and blend until creamy.  Pour into a large bowl until all is blended.
  6. Pour back into pot and cook until heated through.  If you want, stir in the grated carrot, or use it as a garnish.

 

And you’re done!!  Serve warm and enjoy!

Peectures:

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Chop all your veggies.  Melt your coconut oil or butter in your soup pot, and add the onions.  Cook about 3 minutes, until translucent.  Add garlic, stir, and cook about 30 seconds.  Add carrots and salt, stir, and cook about 2 more minutes.

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Pour in water and coconut milk and stir.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.

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Add Pepper, Curry Powder, Miso, and Cayenne.  Simmer for a couple more minutes.

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Yummmmmm.

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Ladle into a pretty bowl or cup and serve!!  Here it is with our Mediterranean Stuffed Steak Rolls.

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Yummy.

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I hope you enjoy this!

 

Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

YUMMYYYY!  I made this on the same night as a salmon main dish.  After Mr. Rodgers had cleared his plate, he asked for seconds.  Of the Brussels Sprouts.  Yeah.  You know you made something special when the husband asks for more of the Brussels Sprouts instead of the salmon.  Seriously.  That’s cray cray.

I loved this too, because it was so super healthy, with the perfect twist of smoky, sweet, and acidic!  Yummy!  I love it when eating well tastes super delicious!  You all know my theory on veggies…if you don’t like them, it’s probably because you don’t know how to make them shine!!!  In one of my former Brussels Sprouts posts I had a whole paragraph about how Brussels Sprouts are like women.  It was comical.  And really deep.  😛

So, here’s what you need:

  • 4 Pints Brussels Sprouts (1 Carton)
  • 3-4 Pieces Turkey Bacon
  • 1 Apple, Chopped into cubes
  • Fresh Ground Sea Salt and Black Pepper
  • Red Wine Vinegar

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 425*
  2. Rinse, trim, and chop Brussels in half.
  3. Chop bacon into small strips.  Lay them out on a cookie sheet and slide into the oven.  Cook until just starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove bacon from cookie sheet and set aside.  Spread Brussels sprouts out on the same cookie sheet, salt and pepper, and slide back into the oven.  Cook until starting to brown, about 15 minutes.
  5. Add apple and toss a bit, slide back into the oven.  Cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle bacon back on, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, sprinkle with red wine vinegar, and toss.  Taste and adjust to your preference.  🙂
  8. Enjoy!!

What do you think?!  Brussels sprouts with bacon?!  Worth a try?  You won’t regret it! 🙂

Preheat oven to 425*  Cut bacon into small strips.  Spread out in a single layer and cook until browned, about 10 minutes.  Remove from pan and set aside.

Apple Bacon Brussels 1Lay Brussels out on same cookie sheet.  Salt and pepper.  Roast Brussels until starting to brown.  About 10 minutes.

Apple Cabbage Brussels 2Add apple and toss.  Cook until tender, about 10 minutes.

Apple Cabbage Brussels 3Sprinkle bacon back on, and cook for about 5 more minutes.  Everything should be browned and tender!

Apple Cabbage Brussels 4Yummy!!!  Remove to a bowl, sprinkle with red wine vinegar and stir.  Taste and adjust.

Now, serve!!

Apple Cabbage Brussels 5Hallelujah!

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Chronicles of a Chipotle Pepper; Entry 2: Chipotle Turkey Burgers

The beauty of a can of chipotle peppers!!!  As I discussed in my Black Bean Chicken Tacos post, I have recently started using chipotle peppers more often!  And as I have done so, a few revelations came along with it:  1) Chipotle peppers are potent, and you usually only need one for a whole recipe.  2) If you only need one chipotle pepper for a whole recipe…then a tiny little can of these beasts can be the inspiration for four, five, maybe even six meals!!!  How crazy is that?!  And they’re like…what…a dollar per can?!  Yowza!!  So I am on a mission to help you discover what meals you can use your little can of chipotle peppers on!!!  Here’s number two…ready, go!!!

These burgers had a fantastic flavor.  A nice kick of heat, with the smoky flavor of the peppers, the sweet crunch of the grilled corn, and the classic feel of the black beans.  It’s just…wonderful!  So, enough talking about it, let’s get down to it!!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 C Red Onion, Minced
  • 1/4 C Grilled Corn
  • 1/2 C Black Beans, Rinsed (Soaked and cooked if you are using dry)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Chipotle Pepper, Minced
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

And here’s how you do it!!!!

  1. So…for my corn, I had left over ears that we had grilled for a friend’s birthday party a few days before.  I just sliced it off the ear.  It was a great flavor addition, but you can use any other kind of corn if you want!!  Chop and mince all your veggies!
  2. Combine it all in a bowl!!
  3. Combine it with your hands, and form into four patties.  Make an indentation in the middle of each.
  4. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.  Melt a small amount of butter or coconut oil in the bottom, and gently drop the patties into it.
  5. Cook about 7 minutes, and flip.  Cook for another 5 to 7 minutes, until cooked through and browned.
  6. Serve on a bed of lettuce, or a nice whole grain roll.  Great with salsa and/or guacamole!! Enjoy!

Chipotle Turkey Burgers 1Prep your veggies!!

Chipotle Turkey Burgers 2Toss it all in a bowl!!!

Chipotle Turkey Burgers 3Use your hands to combine, and form into four patties.  Make an indent in the middle of each patty.

Chipotle Turkey Burgers 4Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat and melt a small amount of butter or coconut oil in the bottom.  Carefully drop in your patties.  Cook 5 to 7 minutes per side, so that patties are cooked through and browned.

Chipotle Turkey Burgers 5See?

Chipotle Turkey Burgers 6Serve hot on a bed of lettuce or a nice whole grain roll…with a side of salsa or guacamole!!