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Mediterranean Cucumber Cups

I made this awesome appetizer for book club last night.  We all have dinner with our families before we meet for book club, so I like to have something light to nibble on. This recipe was perfect!

I will definitely make this recipe again and again.  It is super good and super easy.

Instead of a melon baller, I just used a teaspoon to scoop out the cucumber. I also cut up the scooped out cucumber and added it into the rest of the vegetables.

You could definietly make the filling and scoop the cucumbers out ahead of time and then assemble right before your guests arrive.

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YIELD: About 15 cucumber cups

2 cucumbers
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 vine ripe tomato, seeded and finely chopped
1/8 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 cup fresh feta, crumbled
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon plus 1/2 tablespoon zest
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper

1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the onion, bell pepper, tomato, olives, oregano, feta, parsley, lemon juice and zest, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

2. Peel the cucumbers partially, leaving thin strips of skin going down the entire length of the cucumber. Trim the ends of the cucumbers and cut each cucumber into 1-inch thick slices. Scoop out the center of each slice with a melon baller, leaving a shell of flesh.

3. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the Mediterranean salad into the cucumber cups. Garnish with additional parsley and feta, if desired.

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Chicken Meatloaf Layered with Monterey Jack Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper

This is not a boring old meatloaf recipe! The flavour combinations in this loaf are so delicious!

I took this recipe from one of my favourite cookbooks “The Best of Rose Reisman” by Rose Reisman.

I love a recipe that I can throw together in the morning to bake later that evening. It can also be made ahead, up to a day in advance.  Reheat in a 300F oven for 15 minutes.

Rose Reisman also states in her cookbook to try mini meatloaves by using either a muffin cup mould or mini loaf pan. Divide mixture into 12 servings.

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1 1/2 lb (750 g) ground chicken
1/2 cup (125 ml) seasoned dry breadcrumbs
1 1/2 tsp (7.5 ml) finely chopped garlic
1 large egg
1/4 cup (60 ml) finely chopped yellow onion
1/4 cup (60 ml) ketchup
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) dried basil
pinch of salt and pepper
1/3 cup (80 ml) finely diced green onions
2 oz (60 g) roasted red pepper, chopped (about 1/2 red bell pepper, roasted)
1/4 cup (60 ml) diced rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup (125 ml) shredded Monterey Jack cheese or white aged cheddar (2 1/4 oz/65 g)
2 Tbsp (30 ml) grated Parmesan cheese (1/2 oz/15 g)

1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Line the bottom and sides of a 9×5-inch (2 L) loaf pan with foil or parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, garlic, egg, onion, ketchup, dried basil and salt and pepper until well mixed. Pat half the chicken mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with the green onions, red pepper, and sun-dried tomatoes. Mix the Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheese and add all but 2 Tbsp (30 ml) of the cheese mixture to the loaf. Pat the remaining chicken mixture over the filling. Bake for 40 minutes or until the interior temperature reaches 165F (74C). Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for 2 minutes or until the cheese melts. Let stand for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Nutritional Information per serving:
Calories 280
Carbohydrates 13 g
Fibre 1.8 g
Protein 22 g
Total fat 14.3 g
Saturated fat 4.9 g
Cholesterol 130 mg
Sodium 420 mg

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Santa Fe Salad

I love this salad!  It was super good paired with Lime Grilled Chicken.  The next day I had leftovers of both.  I just cut the chicken up into the salad….perfect lunch!

I took this recipe from The Best of Bridge – The Best of The Best and more.

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CILANTRO LIME DRESSING
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp cumin
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

SALAD
19 oz can black beans (turtle beans), rinsed and drained
1 red bell pepper, diced
12 oz can kernel corn, drained
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

In medium bowl, whisk together oil and lime juice. Add cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper and mix well. Stir in salad ingredients and correct seasoning. Serve at room temperature. Serves 6

Turkey Chili with Kidney Beans

I just found my family’s favourite chili recipe!! I took this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated “The Best Light Recipe”. My kids really liked the little turkey balls hidden inside the chili. If you can’t find ground turkey, you can substitute with ground chicken. Garnishes, such as diced tomato, diced avocado, sliced scallions, shredded low-fat cheddar cheese, low-fat sour cream, and chopped cilantro, are a nice addition.

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2 medium onions, minced
1 medium red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 – 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Salt
2 pounds 93 percent lean ground turkey
2 (15-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 limes, cut into wedges (for serving)

1. Combine the onions, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, oregano, cayenne, oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large Dutch oven. Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes.
2. Add half the turkey and increase the heat to medium-high; cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink and just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in the beans, diced tomatoes with their juices, crushed tomatoes, broth, and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the chili has begun to thicken, about 1 hour.
3. Following the illustration, see below, pat the remaining 1 pound of turkey together into a ball, then pinch off teaspoon-size pieces of meat and stir them into the chili. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is tender and the chili is rich and slightly thickened, about 40 minutes longer (if the chili begins to stick to the bottom of the pot, stir in 1/2 cup water). Season with salt to taste. Serve with the lime wedges and garnishes if desired. (The chili can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to a month.)

SERVES 8
Per 1 1/2 cup serving: Cal 340; Fat 10g; Carb 34g; Protein 32g; Fiber 9g

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Chicken and Hoisin Fried Rice

We love this fried rice recipe.  It’s super easy to make.  You can also prepare this a day in advance and just reheat in a skillet over low heat to warm through.

I pounded my chicken flat and browned it in a skillet. I also cooked the rice according to package directions. I always use basmati rice for this recipe.

I took this recipe from my favorite cookbook, “The Complete Light Kitchen” by Rose Reisman.

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1 cup long-grain rice
2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1/3 cup chicken stock
3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
2/3 cup chopped carrots
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup diced red pepper
1 cup diced snow peas
1 1/2 tsp minced fresh garlic
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
2 green onions, chopped

1. Bring 1 1/4 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in the rice. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 12 minutes. Remove from the heat. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Cool.
2. While the rice is cooking, preheat the barbecue or a non- stick grill pan to medium-high and spray with cooking oil. Cook the chicken for 6 minutes per side, or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Dice and set aside.
3. Whisk the stock, soy sauce and hoisin sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
4. Cook the carrots in a pot of boiling water until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain.
5. Spray a non-stick wok or large skillet with cooking oil, add vegetable oil and place over high heat. Add the red peppers, snow peas, garlic, ginger and carrots; cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the cooled rice and cook, stirring for 2 minutes longer. Stir in the stock mixture and the chicken. Cook for 1 minute longer, until heated through.
6. Serve immediately, garnished with green onions.
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Marinated Vegetable and Chickpea Salad

This recipe was given to me about 15 years ago from my Mom. It was taken from a Homemakers magazine.

I love quick salads like this one. It’s easy to make and super fresh to have on hand for a quick lunch, or dinner side.

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3 cups cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces
2 cups thinly sliced carrots
2 small zucchini, sliced
1 each sweet red and green peppers, diced
1 can (19 oz) chickpeas, drained

Marinade:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp granulated sugar
salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook cauliflower and carrots in boiling water to tender crisp, about 2 minutes. Drain well and place in a large bowl.
2. Add zucchini, peppers and chickpeas.
3. Whisk together marinade ingredients
4. Pour over vegetables and toss. Cover. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 4 days.

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Pacific Rim Stir-Fry

This is a great stir-fry!! Next time I make this I would add more crushed red pepper as I found the taste a little bland. This recipe was taken from Better Homes and Gardens “New Cookbook”.

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3 ounces rice sticks or rice noodles or thin vermicelli, broken
12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breast halves
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon chile oil or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 medium carrots, cut into short strips or thinly sliced (1 cup)
2 cups broccoli florets
1 red or green sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch strips (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup cashew halves or peanuts

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1. In a saucepan cook rice sticks or rice noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes. (Or cook vermicelli according to package directions.) Drain; set aside and keep warm.
2. Cut chicken into thin, bite-size strips. For sauce, combine broth, soy sauce, dried basil (if using), cornstarch, chile oil, and turmeric; set aside.
3. Pour cooking oil into a wok or large skillet. (If necessary, add more oil during cooking.) Heat over medium-high heat. Add carrots to wok; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add broccoli; cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Add sweet pepper; cook and stir for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes more or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from wok. Add chicken to wok; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until no longer pink. Push chicken from centre of wok. Stir sauce; add to centre of wok. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Return vegetables to wok; add fresh basil (if using). Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until heated through. Serve over rice sticks; sprinkle with cashews.

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