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Posts from April 2014

Quick Fish Soup

Great weeknight soup option, it comes together fast!  And you can use your favorite white fish, instead of the halibut, no problem.  It is a small recipe so double up if needed.

2 shallots, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
1-1/2 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup frozen mixed veggies
1/2 cup frozen cubed hash browns
1 tsp seafood seasoning
1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp ground allspice
Dash (or two!) cayenne pepper
2 bay leaves
1 halibut fillet (6 oz), cut into bite-size pieces

In a large saucepan coated with cooking spray, saute shallots and garlic until tender.  Add the tomatoes, broth, mixed veggies, hash browns, seasonings and bay leaves.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Add halibut; simmer 2-3 minutes longer or until fish turns opaque.  Just before serving, discard bay leaves.

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Brain Strain Weds 30

New survey from Fitness Magazine says more than a quarter of people prefer never to do THIS while they're at the gym.

Incorrect Guesses:  shower, go to the bathroom, work out, talk to others

Correct Answer:  sweat
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Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Short on time but need to deliver a satifying meal?  Try this sandwich!  Serve with a side of celery and carrots, of course.

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 oz each)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp each garlic powder and pepper
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
4 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp vegetable oil
4 slices mozzarella cheese
6 tbsp butter
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 to 1 tsp hot pepper sauce
4 sandwich buns, split
Blue cheese or ranch salad dressing
Carrot/celery sticks

Sprinkle chicken with salt, garlic powder and pepper.  In a large resealable plastic bag, combine bread crumbs and flour.  Add chicken and shake to coat.  In a skillet over medium heat, brown chicken in oil.  Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10 minutes or until juices run clear.

Place cheese over chicken; cover and cook for 1 minute or until cheese is melted.  In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter; whisk in cornstarch and hot pepper sauce until smooth.  Bring to a gentle boil, whicking constantly for 1 minute or until thickened.  Drizzle over chicken.  Serve on buns with blue cheese or ranch salad dressing with carrots and celery sticks on the side.

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Brain Strain Tuesday 29

When asked what will you never change, 14% of people said THIS.

Incorrect Guesses:  the way you think, their name

Correct Answer:  brand of coffee
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Veggie Primavera

Here is a delicious dish for another Meat-Free Monday!

8 oz uncooked fettuccine
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
1 medium carrot, sliced
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup sliced celery
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup V8 juice
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook fettuccine according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute broccoli, red pepper, carrot, mushrooms, celery and garlic in oil for 3 minutes.  Add the V8 juice and basil; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 3 minutes.  Stir in the peas, salt and pepper; simmer 2 minutes more until peas are tender.

Drain fettuccine; add to vegetables mixture and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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Brain Strain Monday 28

A recent survey from OKCupid shows one in ten couples admit to having arguments over THIS petty issue.

Incorrect Guesses:  putting the cap back on the toothpaste, the children, money, which way to put the toilet paper roll on, doing the dishes, what tv shows to watch

Correct Answer:  amount of time spent in the shower
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Breakfast Praline Bread Pudding

Make this dish the night before to let the bread really soak up all the tasty goodness!

8 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups half-and-half cream
1 cup 2% milk
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 loaf (1 lb.) French bread, cut into cubes
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted

In a large bowl, whisk the first eight ingredients until blended.  Stir in bread.  Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.  Sprinkle with pecans and brown sugar; drizzle with butter.  Refrigerate, covered, several hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350.  Remove bread pudding from refrigerator; uncover and let stand while oven heats.  Bake 40-50 minutes or until puffed, golden and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.  Serve warm.

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Brain Strain Friday 25

Shockingly, 99% of men say that they still do THIS at least 3 times a week.

Incorrect Guesses:  check out the menu, go out drinking, call Mom

Correct Answer:  hold a door open for a woman
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Peanut Chicken Pitas

There is nothing I love more than a quick and easy pita sandwich! 

2 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 celery ribs, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup bean sprouts
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 green onions, chopped
1 tbsp minced parsley
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt 
1/4 tsp pepper
4 pita breads (6 inches), halved
8 lettuce leaves
8 tomato slices

In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients.  Line the pita halves with lettuce and tomato.  Spoon chicken mixture into pitas and enjoy!

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Brain Strain Thursday 24

Relationship experts from YourTango say you'll have an easier time getting over a breakup if you do THIS.

Incorrect Guesses:  get into a new relationship right away, go to counselling

Correct Answer:  change your ringtone
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