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


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Pumpkin Pecan Crumb Topped Muffins


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Hot from the oven, bursting with the aromas of fall, these muffins will bring comfort to your soul! - Slice of Southern

Have extra cans of pumpkin?

I'll show you what to do with it.  I always seem to have either an open can or extra cans of pumpkins around.  One good way to save that pumpkin is to portion it into muffin tins and freeze them.  Then you can take out a couple, thaw them and use them all winter in recipes.  Pumpkin smoothie anyone?

Another way is to make my fabulous Pumpkin Pecan Crumb Topped Muffins.  Hot from the oven, bursting with the aromas of fall, these muffins will bring comfort to your soul!  Filled with pumpkin, and spices such cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, and topped with a sugary crumble, you will be dancing a jig when you bite into these tender muffins.  


Hot from the oven, bursting with the aromas of fall, these muffins will bring comfort to your soul! - Slice of Southern


PUMPKIN PECAN CRUMB TOPPED MUFFINS

Perfect for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning, or the day after! 


Hot from the oven, bursting with the aromas of fall, these muffins will bring comfort to your soul! - Slice of Southern

MAKE AHEAD!  You can make these ahead and just reheat them in the oven covered in foil, at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  How simple is that?  Or you can freeze any leftovers to pull out for a quick breakfast on the run during winter.

Any way you serve these up they are a winner!
Enjoy!








Pumpkin Pecan Crumb Topped Muffins
Makes 6
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup 2% milk
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Crumb topping:
3 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons finely chopped pecans
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons cold butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl add flour, sugars, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Whisk to blend.  Add the egg, pumpkin, milk, oil, and vanilla.  Stir together just until combined.  Fold in chopped nuts.

In a small bowl add all crumb topping ingredients. Cut in butter with 2 forks or using your hands until the mixture is crumbly.

Using a scoop, fill muffin tins, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, almost all the way full.  Top with crumb topping.

Bake 20 minutes until tops are golden brown.  Allow to cool in the pan 10 minutes, then remove from pan.  Serve warm.


Filled with pumpkin, and spices such cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, and topped with a sugary crumble, you will be dancing a jig when you bite into these tender muffins. - Slice of Southern

Filled with pumpkin, and spices such cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, and topped with a sugary crumble, you will be dancing a jig when you bite into these tender muffins. - Slice of Southern






                  



Friday, November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Side Dishes: 10 Exciting New Choices


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Need new exciting side dishes for your Thanksgiving Menu?  I've got 10 to share. - Slice of Southern


One of the things I love about Thanksgiving are the traditions.  Food being one of them we have family favorites that HAVE to be made every year otherwise it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving.  One of those dishes is only made that one time of year, so we all wait with baited breath for that one dish!


Another thing I love about Thanksgiving is the ability to try NEW side dishes.  Since there are so many side dishes included with this meal I take the opportunity to throw one or two new dishes along with our standards.  These can be rotated out each year with more new recipes, and this keeps our menu interesting and fresh.


THANKSGIVING SIDE DISHES: 10 EXCITING NEW CHOICES


I'm happy to share with you some of the new side dishes that I've made over the years that have been a hit with the family and guests.  Try out some of these this year in addition to your standard menu.  Who knows, you might find a new favorite tradition!


Happy Thanksgiving!








Need new exciting side dishes for your Thanksgiving Menu?  I've got 10 to share. - Slice of Southern


Stonefire Grill’s Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce




Need new exciting side dishes for your Thanksgiving Menu?  I've got 10 to share. - Slice of Southern




Orange Salad with Arugula and Spinach




Need new exciting side dishes for your Thanksgiving Menu?  I've got 10 to share. - Slice of Southern




Sautéed Zucchini with Mint, Basil & Pine Nuts




Need new exciting side dishes for your Thanksgiving Menu?  I've got 10 to share. - Slice of Southern


Sauteed Shredded Brussels Sprouts





Need new exciting side dishes for your Thanksgiving Menu?  I've got 10 to share. - Slice of Southern


Blood Orange and Pear Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette


Need new exciting side dishes for your Thanksgiving Menu?  I've got 10 to share. - Slice of Southern


Winter Slaw




Need new exciting side dishes for your Thanksgiving Menu?  I've got 10 to share. - Slice of Southern


Ginger Glazed Roasted Carrots & Green Beans




Need new exciting side dishes for your Thanksgiving Menu?  I've got 10 to share. - Slice of Southern


Seven-Grain Salad with Roasted Pepper, Feta, and a Mustard Dressing




Need new exciting side dishes for your Thanksgiving Menu?  I've got 10 to share. - Slice of Southern


Arugula Spinach Salad with Feta, Cranberries & Pecans






Need new exciting side dishes for your Thanksgiving Menu?  I've got 10 to share. - Slice of Southern


Risotto with Mushrooms and Sage










You may also like:


Thanksgiving Favorites: Side Dishes
Classic Thanksgiving Side Dish: Mashed Potatoes - Make Ahead Tips!
Thanksgiving Tips, Recipes, and Ideas





Need new exciting side dishes for your Thanksgiving Menu?  I've got 10 to share. - Slice of Southern




Friday, November 10, 2017

Quick and Decadent Apple Butter Crescent Rolls


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Only 2 ingredients! Tender crescent rolls fresh from the oven and bursting with hot apple butter. Yes please! - Slice of Southern

Let's talk breakfast.

Today I wanted to bring you a short but very informative post on a breakfast item that we adore!


Only 2 ingredients! Tender crescent rolls fresh from the oven and bursting with hot apple butter. Yes please! - Slice of Southern


QUICK AND DECADENT APPLE BUTTER CRESCENT ROLLS

This insanely easy dish will make your mouth water.  This fresh twist on the classic crescent roll has turned the basic into a breakfast extravaganza.  With nothing more that 2 ingredients you have luscious, hot pastries for your breakfast that will have everyone scrambling for seconds!


Only 2 ingredients! Tender crescent rolls fresh from the oven and bursting with hot apple butter. Yes please! - Slice of Southern

I've brought you several of these before such as these Pumpkin Citrus Crescent Rolls and Lemon Blueberry Crescent Rolls, but today we are focusing on fall flavors and bringing in apple butter to the mix. Tender crescent rolls fresh from the oven and bursting with hot apple butter.  Yes please!  These treats are the perfect breakfast pastry, snack, or even dessert.  Everyone will love the cinnamon apple flavor, and if you want to take it up a notch add some sautéed apples that have been finely diced!  Heaven in a can.

Enjoy!






Quick and Decadent Apple Butter Crescent Rolls

Makes 8

1 can of refrigerated crescent rolls (I used Pillsbury)
4 T of apple butter, homemade or jarred (I use this one


Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Unroll crescent rolls and separate each triangle.  Brush apple butter over each triangle.  You can use more or less to your taste. (Make sure not to use too much or it will ooze out!)  Roll up starting from the wide end and creating a crescent roll.

Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown.  Serve hot.



Only 2 ingredients! Tender crescent rolls fresh from the oven and bursting with hot apple butter. Yes please! - Slice of Southern

Only 2 ingredients! Tender crescent rolls fresh from the oven and bursting with hot apple butter. Yes please! - Slice of Southern



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Easy Country Blueberry Pancakes


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Fluffy, tender pancakes, bursting with hot blueberries and country flavor! A weekend breakfast staple.  Easy Country Blueberry Pancakes - Slice of Southern

Mom loved to gather recipes.  It was a hobby that she and all of her female relatives spent doing in their leisure time.  I remember mom talking with my aunt and grandma about a great recipe and writing them down on recipe cards.  I even remember mom getting recipe cards in the mail of treasured recipes from a distant relative like Aunt Grace who lived in Ponca, Oklahoma.


Fluffy, tender pancakes, bursting with hot blueberries and country flavor! A weekend breakfast staple.  Easy Country Blueberry Pancakes - Slice of Southern

I spent a lot of time with mom re-writing all of those heirloom family recipes and want to share one with you today.

It's Sunday morning and the sun is trying to peak out.  Time for something hearty like eggs and bacon, but let's throw in some pancakes for good measure.  So I'm in the mood for something simple to make, but one that has been passed down.  Off to the recipe box to pull out my mom's Aunt Grace's recipe for Easy Country Blueberry Pancakes.  


Fluffy, tender pancakes, bursting with hot blueberries and country flavor! A weekend breakfast staple.  Easy Country Blueberry Pancakes - Slice of Southern


EASY COUNTRY BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

The ingredients are basic and readily available from your pantry, but the end result is an outstanding, country fresh pancake that is light and fluffy and bursting with blueberries.


Fluffy, tender pancakes, bursting with hot blueberries and country flavor! A weekend breakfast staple.  Easy Country Blueberry Pancakes - Slice of Southern

Make sure to do yourself a favor and your family as well and make these this weekend.  One bite and you will be sold on the classic flavor and tender goodness this pancake has.  


Fluffy, tender pancakes, bursting with hot blueberries and country flavor! A weekend breakfast staple.  Easy Country Blueberry Pancakes - Slice of Southern

Thanks to mom's Aunt Grace for an excellent family recipe that I'm proud to share with all of you.

Enjoy!




Easy Country Blueberry Pancakes
by Aunt Grace


1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 eggs (use large) 
1 1/4 cups milk (use whole milk) 
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup blueberries 
butter for the pan


In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.  Whisk to combine.  Add the eggs, milk, and melted butter.  Stir together until just combined.  Add the blueberries, and lightly fold in.  

Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat until hot.  Add a dab of butter to the skillet and spread around.  Pour batter for pancakes and allow to cook until bubbles form and the bottom is golden brown.  Flip pancakes over and cook until cooked through and golden brown, about 1 minute.  Serve with syrup.

Fluffy, tender pancakes, bursting with hot blueberries and country flavor! A weekend breakfast staple.  Easy Country Blueberry Pancakes - Slice of Southern

Fluffy, tender pancakes, bursting with hot blueberries and country flavor! A weekend breakfast staple.  Easy Country Blueberry Pancakes - Slice of Southern




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