Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Homemade Applesauce





I have been eating applesauce ever since I was a baby. There used to be a time where it was the only dessert I would eat! For some reason, I never had the urge to make applesauce homemade. Well, at least until now…
 


I wanted to put a little spin on your traditional applesauce recipe. I decided to add a little caramel sauce to the mix to deliver a unique source of sweetness. It’s delicious! Enjoy!




Homemade Applesauce


Ingredients

4 Granny Smith Apples – peeled, cored and chopped into large chunks
½ cup water
Juice of ½ Lemon
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
2 Tablespoons Caramel Sauce
1 Teaspoon Butter
Pinch of Salt


Directions

1.     In a large pot, combine the apples, water, lemon, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel sauce, butter and salt.
2.     Cook over medium heat, covered for 25 minutes. Apples should be very tender.
3.     Remove from the heat and break down the apples with a fork.
4.     Transfer the mix into a food processor and pulse until you have reached your desired consistency.
5.     Serve hot or store in the fridge for later!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Baked Herb Potato Chips




As a man who constantly has the urge to snack on something, finding a healthy alternative to the items I crave can be interesting. Sometimes I want a snack in the form of chicken nuggets, while other times I just need a bag of chips to sustain me for another hour.

The amount of variations on the common potato chip seems endless! I decided to join in on the fun and combine a lot of my favorite spices and herbs to create a potato chip bursting with flavor. To top it all off, its baked! So it’s healthier than frying the potatoes. Enjoy!



Baked Herb Potato Chips

Ingredients

2 Yellow Potatoes – peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick
½ Teaspoon Sriracha
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
½ Tablespoon Onion Powder
1 Teaspoon Basil
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper


Directions

1.     Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.     In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and Sriracha.
3.     Toss the potatoes with the olive oil and Sriracha in a large bowl.
4.     Sprinkle the potatoes with the garlic powder, onion powder basil, salt and pepper.

5.     Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Stuffed Pepper




It’s great when you have a recipe that can lend itself to so many variations. Stuffing peppers is a prime example. Besides the fact that it is sort of fun to stuff peppers, the outcome is extremely delicious.


I decided to take the approach of a turkey burger with an Asian influence. The recipe itself is somewhat healthy! So dig in and enjoy!



Stuffed Peppers


Ingredients

6 Green Bell Peppers – tops removed, seeds and membrane discarded
1 LB Ground Turkey
½ cup Red Onions - Sautéed
½ cup Brown Rice - Cooked
3 Cloves Garlic – finely chopped
½  cup Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
2 Tablespoon Ground Ginger
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Pepper
1 Tablespoon Parsley - chopped
1/8 cup Scallion - chopped
1/8 cup Worcestershire Sauce
½ cup Teriyaki Sauce
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions

1.     Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
2.     Add the green bell peppers and boil for 5 minutes.
3.     In a large sauté pan, heat up the olive oil over medium heat.
4.     Sauté the red onions for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté for 6 more minutes.
5.     Add the ground turkey, ground ginger, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and teriyaki sauce. Cook until the meat is browned. Remove from the heat.
6.     In a large bowl, add the meat mixture, shredded pepper jack cheese, brown rice and parsley. Combine.
7.     Preheat the oven to 350 and place the green bell peppers in a large baking dish.
8.     Fill the green bell peppers with the mix.
9.     Cover and bake for 15 minutes.
10. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with scallions.