Saturday, December 9, 2017

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Stir Fry


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A sweet and spicy stir fry dish that will have you dreaming of Jamaica!  Jamaican Jerk Chicken Stir Fry - Slice of Southern

I have a friend that vacations in Jamaica every single year.  She loves the people, culture, beach, and of course the food.  She even got married there a few years back!  She had the perfect destination wedding.  I love to sit and listen to all her stories and adventures of Jamaica as I've never been there, but it's definitely on my bucket list.  


A sweet and spicy stir fry dish that will have you dreaming of Jamaica!  Jamaican Jerk Chicken Stir Fry - Slice of Southern

When she comes home she always brings me back something special.  I've gotten quite a bit of rum, which I totally LOVE! But I have to say that I'm extremely grateful that she brought me back some Jamaican jerk seasoning.  I love Jerk Chicken, and this spice blend is heaven, and it's what we are featuring today in my Jamaican Jerk Chicken Stir Fry.

The one that she brought me back is available here.  The Spice Hunter also make a good blend that you can find here.


A sweet and spicy stir fry dish that will have you dreaming of Jamaica!  Jamaican Jerk Chicken Stir Fry - Slice of Southern


JAMAICAN JERK CHICKEN STIR FRY

This recipe was adapted from my Caribbean Pork Stir Fry dish.  The basis is similar but I chose to use chicken instead of pork, and create a Jamaican jerk chicken flavored stir fry.  What a hit this was!  MGG practically inhaled this dish, having 2nds and wanting thirds!  This dish carries a little heat from the spices, but you can tone it down if you want by adding less seasoning.  It is also a little sweet from the plum sauce, so this brings you that sweet and spicy combination that everyone loves!


A sweet and spicy stir fry dish that will have you dreaming of Jamaica!  Jamaican Jerk Chicken Stir Fry - Slice of Southern

The combination of flavors, veggies, and spices is absolutely a winner In our books.  We will be making this dish often.  So why not add a little spice from Jamaica in your life.  This will be one dish the whole family will love.

Enjoy!




Jamaican Jerk Chicken Stir Fry

serves 4

2 tablespoon canola oil
3/4 lb of boneless chicken breasts, cut in to 1" pieces
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 - 3 teaspoons Jamaican jerk seasoning
3 of each color, red, yellow, and orange, mini bell peppers, cut into strips or chunks
1/2 medium onion, sliced
1 large zucchini, halved lengthwise, and sliced
1/4 cup of whole unsalted cashews (or peanuts)
1/2 cup bottled plum sauce
hot cooked rice 



In a wok or large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat.

In a pie pan add cornstarch and then dredge chicken pieces in the cornstarch until covered.  Add chicken to hot skillet and sprinkle with Jamaican jerk seasoning.  Cook for about 5 minutes or until no longer pink, stirring often.  Remove chicken from the skillet to a pan.  

Add the bell peppers, onion, and zucchini to the skillet.  Cook for 5-7 minutes until crisp tender.  (add additional canola oil if needed).  Add cashews to the skillet and stir until toasted, about 1 minute.  

Return chicken and any juices back to the skillet.  Add plum sauce to the skillet and toss to coat and sauce is heated through.  Serve over hot cooked rice.  




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A sweet and spicy stir fry dish that will dreaming of Jamaica!  Jamaican Jerk Chicken Stir Fry - Slice of Southern


A sweet and spicy stir fry dish that will dreaming of Jamaica!  Jamaican Jerk Chicken Stir Fry - Slice of Southern



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Quick Tortellini and Spinach Soup


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A fresh and tasty bowl of hot soup in under 30 minutes.  One that is bursting with Italian flavors!  Slice of Southern

In the aftermath of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, about day 3 I was ready to have something simple and with a little zip to it.  Don't get me wrong I love our turkey dinner and all the leftovers we have, but it tends to be a little bland after a while.

I wanted a dish that had some different flavor to it.  Since we eat Mexican, Asian, and Italian food so much I was missing the spices.  So out of that was born this "quick" soup.  And when I say quick I mean super quick!  It's done by the time you twirl around twice and snap your fingers!


A fresh and tasty bowl of hot soup in under 30 minutes.  One that is bursting with Italian flavors!  Slice of Southern

Now this is a simple soup.  Great flavors but not complex.  Most items you have in your pantry and freezer.  I always keep ravioli and tortellini in my freezer for quick meals, so it's perfect that this soup uses tortellini to give it some hearty substance.  You could substitute ravioli as well and it will be perfect.  Another pantry item that is essential is diced tomatoes.  I always have those on hand.  They lend flavor an body to the soup.  I used a can of petite diced tomatoes, but use what you have on hand.


A fresh and tasty bowl of hot soup in under 30 minutes.  One that is bursting with Italian flavors!  Slice of Southern

Throw in some garlic, onion, spices, and some fresh spinach. and wrap it up with some low sodium chicken broth and call it a day!  This soup is definitely on the go to list of quick and satisfying meals!  It reheats well the second day too, so save some for lunch.  Who can beat a fresh and tasty bowl of hot soup in under 30 minutes?  Especially one that is bursting with Italian flavors and is perfect during the cold weather with a piece of crusty bread and a side salad.

Enjoy!






Quick Tortellini and Spinach Soup

serves 4


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, including the juice 
1 (9 oz) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and black pepper
3 cups baby spinach, rough chop  


Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. 

Add chicken broth, water, diced tomatoes, tortellini, basil, oregano, thyme, and a bay leaf.  Stir to combine.  Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5-6 minutes , until tortellini is cooked. Add spinach and cook another 2 minutes until wilted.   

Serve hot. 

A fresh and tasty bowl of hot soup in under 30 minutes.  One that is bursting with Italian flavors!  Slice of Southern

A fresh and tasty bowl of hot soup in under 30 minutes.  One that is bursting with Italian flavors!  Slice of Southern




Sunday, December 3, 2017

Banana Oat Muffins




Banana Oat Muffins:  Imagine piping hot muffins filled with the aroma of bananas and cinnamon. Pure Heaven! - Slice of Southern

I've been slacking!  I know that I haven't posted anything in quite a while, but I'm back.

I decided to take a small break over the Thanksgiving holiday to recharge.  Boy did I need that!  It seems like work is in full swing more than usual now, plus being in a new home, and new routine, with the addition of all the holiday stuff to do I felt exhausted.  I'm sure you know the feeling.  So a much needed break was in order.


Banana Oat Muffins:  Imagine piping hot muffins filled with the aroma of bananas and cinnamon. Pure Heaven! - Slice of Southern

How was everyone's Thanksgiving?  Did you get enough turkey?  I've still been cooking up a storm.  I have so many dishes to bring you over the next couple of weeks.  All tasty and comforting.  So while I may have been slacking in my posts today's dish is not slacking on the flavor!


Banana Oat Muffins:  Imagine piping hot muffins filled with the aroma of bananas and cinnamon. Pure Heaven! - Slice of Southern


BANANA OAT MUFFINS

I've been cooking a lot of muffins lately.  My weakness, I know.  But don't you just love them?  This muffins uses your over-ripened banana that you have hanging around, plus I threw in some oats for a healthy dose.  What a great combination.  I found the idea on Pinterest (of course...) where they made mini muffins with the bananas and oat combination.  I knew I had to make them, but since I like big, sock-it-to-me muffins I adapted the recipe to suit my taste.

Imagine piping hot muffins filled with the aroma of bananas and cinnamon.  One bite and you notice the texture is a little more crumbly, with subtle hints of earthiness.  Pure Heaven!


Banana Oat Muffins:  Imagine piping hot muffins filled with the aroma of bananas and cinnamon. Pure Heaven! - Slice of Southern

Again these are easy to whip up on a weekend morning.  I made a small batch, enough for a family, but you can double this and have 12 muffins if you choose.  Remember they freeze perfectly and are great grab and go breakfasts!

So no more slacking for me....watch out for more exciting recipes to come!

Enjoy!





Banana Oat Muffins

serves 6

adapted from Aberdeen's Kitchen



3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 + 2 Tablespoons cup 2% milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1teaspoon vanilla extract 1 bananas, mashed



Preheat oven to 400 F and spray a 6 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.


In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Whisk to combine. In a medium bowl, add egg and whisk. Add milk, oil, and vanilla, and whisk together Add the mashed bananas to the egg mixture and stir until completely mixed.


Add the we ingredients to the dry and stir just until combined. Do not overmix.

Scoop the batter into the muffin tins filling most of the way to the top. Cook for 18-20 minutes or until done and golden brown. Remove pan from the oven and allow to cool 5 minutes. Remove muffins from the pan and place on a wire rack to cool.


Banana Oat Muffins:  Imagine piping hot muffins filled with the aroma of bananas and cinnamon. Pure Heaven! - Slice of Southern

Banana Oat Muffins:  Imagine piping hot muffins filled with the aroma of bananas and cinnamon. Pure Heaven! - Slice of Southern


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