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Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

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My family loves kabobs. They are a fun, delicious way to cook meat and vegetables. You can easily customize them for each person. The possibilities are limitless as to what type of kabobs you can create. 

These teriyaki kabobs are fantastic. The marinade is the perfect balance of tangy, savory and spicy. Making your own teriyaki sauce takes just a few minutes, and the freshness and flavor can’t be beat. It’s better than any store-bought teriyaki sauce. 

I am not an expert on the grill, but my husband is. He has been grilling kabobs our entire marriage, which is a very long time. Well over a quarter of a century of cooking over open flame. This is his teriyaki recipe, and it’s a winner. So fire up that grill, and get ready to dig into a delightful meal.

Happy Eating!

For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

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Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs 

Ingredients

2 cups pineapple juice

2 cups low sodium soy sauce 

½ cup brown sugar

5 cloves crushed garlic

1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

¼ teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon red pepper flake

4 chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces

2 tablespoons cornstarch to thicken the sauce (do not add to the marinade)

1 tablespoon of water to mix with the cornstarch

Optional for the kabobs

pineapple chunks

yellow onion chopped

red onion chopped

sliced green onion for garnish

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, black pepper, and red pepper flake. You will have 4 cups total.
  2. Cut chicken breasts evenly into bite sized pieces.
  3. Place the cut up chicken in a large resealable bag. Add 1 cup of the teriyaki sauce. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight. 
  4. Keep the remaining 3 cups of marinade in the refrigerator. While the chicken is marinating, make the teriyaki sauce that will be used for dipping. 
  5. In a small saucepan take 2 cups of the remaining teriyaki sauce and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon of water with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Add the cornstarch mixture to the simmering sauce and whisk until smooth and thickened. Take it off the heat and let it cool. You can do this the night before and keep the thickened sauce in the refrigerator until you cook the kabobs or make it the same day.
  6. Keep the 1 cup of remaining sauce aside for basting while grilling. This is optional. You can use all remaining teriyaki marinade for sauce if you prefer. 
  7. Assemble the kabobs with pieces of chicken, onion, and pineapple.
  8. Leave prepared kabobs out at room temperature for 20 minutes before cooking.
  9. Heat the gas grill to medium. Spray the grill grates with cooking oil.
  10.  Grill kabobs for about 20 minutes until the chicken is done. Every 5 minutes turn the kabobs. Baste with teriyaki sauce 3 or 4 times throughout grilling. 
  11. Enjoy!

Notes

*You can use up to 6 chicken breasts with this recipe.

*Marinating overnight is ideal. 

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Dole Whip

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The name Dole Whip will be familiar to any Disney fans. Disneyland started serving this fantastic ice cream treat back in 1986 at the Tiki Juice Bar which is part of The Enchanted Tiki Room. The popularity has grown so much over the years it’s now considered an iconic refreshment at the Disney Parks. There’s even Dole Whip merchandise for super fans.

You don’t need to take a vacation to enjoy a Dole Whip. You can make this easy frozen treat at home. All you need is a blender and three simple ingredients. Pineapple juice, frozen pineapple, and vanilla ice cream combine to create a delectable flavorful dessert.

Pineapple soft serve is refreshingly cool and sweet on a hot day, or any day. This version of Dole Whip is absolutely delicious with the same wonderful texture and flavor as the original. Enjoy this delightful frosty treat.

Happy Eating!

For the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

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Dole Whip 

Ingredients

½ cup pineapple juice (4 oz.)

2 cups frozen pineapple chunks (10 oz.)

1 large scoop vanilla ice cream (approximately ¾ cup)

Yield: 2 large servings or 4 small servings 

Directions

  1. Put pineapple juice, and frozen pineapple chunks in a blender and pulse for a few minutes to chop the pineapple. Add vanilla ice cream and blend on medium high until combined. Stop every so often and give it a stir and keep blending until everything is smooth and creamy. 
  2. Place the finished mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Scoop into bowls and enjoy. If you want the iconic swirl, then use a piping bag with a star tip. Pipe into serving bowls just like soft serve.

Notes

  • After you fill your piping bag, place it in the freezer for a few minutes before making each serving. It’s very soft ice cream and melts quickly.
  • You can use fresh cut pineapple. Just freeze it before making the soft serve. 

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Overnight Oats

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If you want to change up your breakfast routine try these fantastic overnight oats. They are creamy, delicious, and nutritious. Make individual servings, or make a large batch for the whole week. A few minutes of prep the night before, and you’ve got a healthy meal for the morning. 

Instead of cooking oats on the stove or in the microwave, leaving them to sit for several hours in milk softens them up as if they were cooked. It’s just a non-cooking way to make old fashioned oats. And let me assure you, they are so good. If you love oatmeal then you will love overnight oats.

The sky’s the limit as to what type of toppings you can add. Once you make the base recipe add any fruits, seeds, or nuts of your choosing. The beauty of this nutrition packed breakfast is customizing it to your liking. 

I love the addition of chia seeds since they are loaded with good stuff. Chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods. They have plenty of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. Chia seeds are tiny but they do add some nice texture to the oats.

Overnight oats are beneficial to your health, and they taste really good too. That’s a winning combo. Have fun with this recipe.

Happy Eating!

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 

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Overnight Oats

Ingredients

½ cup old fashioned rolled oats

½ cup milk

¼ cup whole milk Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

Directions 

  1. In a small jar add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and maple syrup or honey. 
  2. Stir to combine the ingredients. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours up to overnight.
  4. Stir the oats before serving. Add the toppings. Enjoy!

Notes 

  • Old fashioned oats are ideal. Steel cut oats don’t soften up. Quick oats get soggy.
  • Milk. Use almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or any non-dairy milk as an alternative.
  • Yogurt. You can swap out dairy based yogurt for plant based. Or omit the yogurt.
  • Other add-ins. Add vanilla extract or almond extract. Add peanut butter, jams, dried fruits, protein powder, peanut butter powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, flax seed, or anything else you like. Be creative.
  • Add fresh fruit and toppings just before serving. The fruit and nuts will get mushy if they sit mixed in the oats overnight. 
  • Enjoy the oats cold or warm. Just heat them up for a minute or two in the microwave if you prefer warm oats. Both cold and warm are delicious.
  • Use any type of jar or glassware. Make sure to cover with plastic wrap or a lid.
  • You can make a large batch. If you don’t want to make individual servings just increase the ingredients and mix in a large bowl. Cover the bowl, refrigerate overnight, and scoop out the amount you want each morning. 
  • Overnight oats will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Strawberry:

Fresh strawberries chopped 

2 tablespoons strawberry fruit spread

2 tablespoon cashews chopped

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Banana:

Sliced banana 

2 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons peanuts chopped

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Raspberry:

Fresh raspberries

1 tablespoon slivered almonds

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Blueberry:

Fresh blueberries

2 tablespoons pistachios chopped 

 

 

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Fettuccine Alfredo

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Nothing says comfort food like pasta. When you add a rich creamy Alfredo sauce it’s like getting a warm hug from your Italian grandma. I don’t have an Italian grandma but I can just imagine one cooking all the best food with love. 

In Italy this same dish is just pasta with some butter and parmesan. The version we all know and love with heavy cream is an American take on ordinary Italian food. Both versions are equally delicious. 

This heavenly sauce comes together quickly, and beats anything store bought. If you love fresh ground black pepper like I do, then add a lot. The more pepper the better. I also tend to add extra garlic because why not. 

Fettuccine Alfredo is a simple delicious pasta dish that makes a great weeknight dinner. It’s worth the few extra minutes involved to make your own rich creamy sauce. This mouthwatering recipe will satisfy your hunger and make you smile.

Happy Eating!

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29 

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Fettuccine Alfredo 

Ingredients 

1 lb. fettuccine pasta

½ cup salted butter

2 cups heavy cream

4 crushed garlic cloves 

2 ¼ cups grated parmesan cheese

¼ cup fresh chopped parsley

fresh ground black pepper to taste 

Yield: 6 servings 

Directions

  1. Cook fettuccine pasta according to the package. 
  2. In a medium pot melt butter over low heat. Add the cream and simmer for 5 minutes. Keep stirring and don’t let it boil. Milk can curdle if it boils. 
  3. Add the cheese and garlic. Stir with a whisk over low heat until the cheese is melted and the sauce is thickened.
  4. Stir in the parsley and black pepper.
  5. Toss the pasta and sauce together. Enjoy!

Notes

*The key to this sauce is low heat. 

*You need low heat to prevent the milk from curdling and low heat to melt the cheese and not make it grainy. 

*Keep stirring while the milk and butter are simmering.

*Keep stirring while the cheese is melting.

*Be generous with the black pepper. 

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Parmesan and Panko Crusted Flounder

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Fish is a great lean protein. It’s high in omega-3 fatty acid which reduces inflammation, and helps protect your heart. Fish is also high in vitamin D which aids in calcium absorption that is necessary for bone health. Fish can boost your immune system, promote healthy brain function, and help your body produce new red blood cells. There are so many scientific studies showing the many benefits of regularly consuming fish.

You might appreciate the obvious health benefits of fish but you don’t enjoy eating it. This simple delicious recipe for white fish just might change your mind. I used wild caught flounder but you can use whatever white fish you like. Cod, tilapia or grouper would work well for this dish. 

This recipe comes together easily and cooks fast. It would make a great weeknight supper. Add some rice and vegetables, and you’ve got a nutritious dinner. Fish lovers will be pleased with this delightful dish, and new fish converts will be made, at least I hope. Make this moist, flaky, flavorful fish dish and add some variety to your cooking.

Happy Eating!

Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

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Parmesan and Panko Crusted Flounder

Ingredients

16 oz. wild caught flounder (5 fillets)

3 tablespoons salted butter (room temp)

2 crushed garlic cloves

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper

½ cup panko bread crumbs

½ cup grated parmesan cheese (powdered or fresh) 

zest of 1 lemon 

juice of 1 lemon

2 teaspoons of fresh chopped parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment. If you use aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl add panko, parmesan, and lemon zest. Stir to combine.
  4. In another small bowl mix softened butter and crushed garlic.
  5. Pat each fillet dry with a paper towel.
  6. Spread about a teaspoon of the garlic butter mixture evenly on top of each fillet. Sprinkle salt and pepper over all the fish.
  7. Place each buttered fillet in the panko/parmesan bowl one at a time, and press the bread crumb mixture evenly onto the top of each piece of fish. Then place the fillets on the baking sheet.
  8. Lightly spray the tops of the fish with cooking spray. This will help brown the panko.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Drizzle with lemon juice and fresh parsley before serving.

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