Shopping List created with Ease

I use the List Ease app to help keep me organized in a simple to use format. Once you scan or manually add an item, you can send it to your grocery list or back to your pantry list with just one click. No need to re-enter items as they go back and forth between the two lists.

You can also create your own lists, categories and so forth so it’s not just for groceries.

I have included the link below. Check it out!

Shopping List Ease – Grocery by inMarket Media, LLC

Addicted to this tea!

My very good friend drinks a cup of black tea whenever he is not feeling well. I am currently dealing with a nasty cold and self medicating with Vitamin C, cough drops, chicken soup, etc. Not a fan of black tea and desperate to feel better, I found an intriguing tea by Celestial Seasonings, Vermont Maple Ginger.

Caffeine free with just a slight hint of maple and ginger, it’s delicious.  Two cups in and I am feeling better already.

Yummy!

 

Avocado Chicken Salad

For a healthy refreshing take on traditional chicken salad, check this out.

Ingredients:

(1) medium to large chicken breast

(2) avocados (ripe and ready)

(2) hard boiled eggs, optional

(1) cup of red onion, diced

(1) corn on the cob, fresh, cooked and remove corn kernels from cob

(1/4) cup fresh Dill

(1/4) cup fresh chives or green onion

(3) tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

(1) fresh lemon

Sea salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, add chicken, diced avocado, eggs, onion, corn, dill, chives, bacon and toss lightly.

In a small bowl, mix olive oil, juice of one half lemon, pepper and salt to taste. I omit the salt in this step as I find it’s too much for me. Pour over contents and toss.

The creaminess of the avocado along with the fresh herbs will not have you missing the mayo!

Enjoy!

Also, the egg can be omit but it does add a lot of good flavor.

Watermelon and Berry Salad

The trick to the most delicious watermelon is to add lime juice!

Ingredients:

(2) cups watermelon- cubes

(1) cup of blueberries

(1/2) cup blackberries

The juice of one lime (freshly squeezed)

Fresh mint

In a glass bowl, add watermelon and berries. Any type of berries will work. I don’t usually cook with strawberries as my good friend is allergic. If you prefer, the salad is just as tasty with our without the berries. It’s purely preference.

Add the juice of one freshly squeezed lime and a handful or so of fresh mint. Toss and enjoy!

Never Fail Roasted Chicken

This is a simple, no fail chicken recipe so good that you will rethink the way you roast chicken.

Ingredients:

  • (2) Organic, boneless chicken breast (I prefer Trader Joe’s brand)
  • (2) tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Fresh cracked pepper (to taste)
  • Fresh sea salt (to taste)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

  • In a glass baking dish, add EVOO, cracked pepper and salt.  Add chicken.  Coat chicken on both sides
  • Bake for 27-30 minutes depending upon thickness
  • Let stand for five minutes before slicing

BBQ Chicken Flat Bread

I am always looking for a way to save on calories and not necessarily taste. Therefore, I am sharing my version of a BBQ Chicken Flat Bread which is just as delicious but less in calories.

For this recipe I use, a Flatout or Foldit slice of flatbread.  You can find either of these two in the grocery store.  Walmart sells them in a 6 pack for $2.98.  It’s two points on the Weight Watchers diet and 90 calories for one.

Ingredients:

  • (1) Flatout or Foldit
  • Favorite BBQ sauce
  • (1) one cup of grilled chicken (Trader Joe’s organic chicken is a favorite)
  • (1/4) cup of soy based or vegan cheese (any cheese you prefer will work but will add more calories)
  • (1/4) cup of diced red onion
  • (1/4) cup button mushrooms – raw
  • (2) tablespoons of fresh cilantro – chopped

 Serving Size: (1)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

  • Take one Flatout (Italian Flavored) and add BBQ sauce. I prefer the Trader Joe’s BBQ sauce but any favorite will work.
  • Using a pastry brush swirl around the sauce.
  • Next I add a soy based or vegan cheese ever so slightly.  Just enoughcheese for taste and texture.  For me, cheese adds weight almost immediately to my hips so I use it sparingly.  
  • Add chicken that had previously been roasted 
  • Sprinkle red onion
  • Add mushrooms
  • Sprinkle fresh chopped cilantro 
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 8-12 minutes depending how crispy you might like your pizza.  

Cooking 101

I have been learning to cook these last few months and while some of my food has been tasty others have been downright disasters.

For most of my life, I did not have the patience or enjoy cooking so never took the time and effortto understand just how to cook simple things. In fact, it was only seven short years ago when I had to callmy mother to ask how to cook a baked potato.  As a kid, we were not allowed to be in the kitchen.  When my sister and I would ask, “what’s for dinner”?, the standard response would be, “you will see it when it’s ready”.  Therefore, understanding the basics was foreign.  Fast forward to 2017 and me, living on my own for the first time in my life.  Crazy, right?  At least that’s how I see it.

Yikes, I might starve if I hadn’t figured something out quick.  My first thought was to get a crockpot.  I mean how hard could it be, right?  Well for me, it wasn’t easy.  Everything I tried, I over cooked.  

I had to start from the beginning and learn the basics.  And when I say basics, I mean basics. How do I cook steak or chicken? What is the best way to cook vegetables?  What does sauté mean?  These are just some of the thoughts that ran through my mind when trying to teach myself.  I focused on a few basic items and was able to build from there.  For example, my roasted chicken is simple and so easy, it’s foolproof. Therefore, I make a couple of chicken breasts and use for two or three different dishes.  Easy right?  I will include my recipe for the best chicken ever!  It’s so good, my mother has now called and asked me how to make it.  Hehe!  

All I can say is thank goodness for Pinterest. Yikes, I am not sure my food would have qualified as edible if I had not had this amazing resource.  You use!  If you struggle with cooking, it will be your best friend.  Don’t try and become an overnight French chef or Italian guru.  Stick to the basics and you will be great!