Easy and Healthy Split Pea Soup Recipe

The weather is starting to get colder as winter approaches and there is nothing more comforting and satisfying than a hot bowl of homemade soup.  One of my favorite kinds of soups to make at home is split pea soup.  It is easy, healthy and delicious.  The best part about making is that it won’t cost much to cook this for your family….

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Healthy Baked Italian Style Tilapia

Healthy Baked Italian Style Tilapia Recipe

This is one of the most delicious and you will ever make. Not only is this recipe easy and tasty, but it is also quite healthy.

My Mother In Law made this dish for me when she came to visit not too long ago and ever since, I have been in love with it.  It is quite often the simple dishes that have the most flavor in my opinion.

INGREDIENTS

The secret to this dish is using fresh quality ingredients.

4 Roma or Plum Tomatoes Diced

2 Tilapia Filets

1 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil plus a few drizzles.

Salt and Pepper to Taste

2 Cloves of Garlic Chopped

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Basil

DIRECTIONS

This recipe really works best using a cast iron pan.  There is just something about food cooked in a cast iron pan that makes it taste better.  If you don’t have a cast iron pan, an alternate set of instructions follows….

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Grilled Tilapia Recipes

Tilapia has become one of the most popular types of seafood consumed in the U.S.   Who doesn’t love Tilapia?  It is a delicious fish and one of the more affordable options for seafood lovers.  It is high in protein, low in fat and sodium and can be cooked a variety of different ways.  One of the more healthy and tasty methods for cooking Tilapia is to grill them.  Below are several ….

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Learn how to Make your Own Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Making your own is really quite easy and is definitely recommended if you like to barbecue on a regular basis.  Let’s face it, not only is store bought bbq sauce expensive, but it is usually loaded with artificial preservatives and flavors and good old high fructose corn syrup. Stop wasting your money and jeopardizing your health and make your own homemade barbecue sauce from scratch.  I spent some time on YouTube the other day and found five excellent videos that teach you about the art of making your own homemade bbq sauce.  After you watch the following videos, you will never buy another store bought barbeque sauce again….

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Delicious Moist Carrot Cake Recipe

Learn how to make the worlds best carrot cake with this free video recipe from YouTube.  This recipe creates a moist and delicious carrot cake and also includes instructions for creating an awesome cream cheese frosting to top the cake….

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The Perfect Grilled Burgers

Want to make the most delicious and for dinner tonight?  Then read on…. It really isn’t difficult to grill the perfect burger.  It’s all about the ingredients and technique.  The problem that most people run into when grilling burgers is they tend to over think things and put far too much work into something that is actually quite easy.  It is best to keep things pure and simple.

The following recipe and instructions will serve 4 people.

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Canola oil
4 hamburger buns

Step 1 – Choose The Beef

The very first step is to choose the right kind of ground beef.  As indicated in the ingredients above, I recommend ground chuck.  I have tried a variety of different ground meats and the one that I find produces the tastiest burgers is good old ground chuck with a ratio of 80/20 (80 % lean, 20 % fat).

I know that isn’t the healthiest ratio you can use, but it sure is the tastiest.  You are welcome to go for the 93 % lean, but I warn you….you will have a very dry and tasteless burger.  The leaner burgers also tend to fall apart easier in my experience.

Step 2 – Shape the Burgers

Divide the ground chuck into 4 equal portions (about 6 to 7 ounces) and gently shape them into patties roughly 1/2 inch thick or so.  Now using your thumb, push down into the center of the burger forming a well.  Why the well you ask?  Ever notice when you cook burgers, they sometimes swell up and lose their form?  Usually when this happens, the first instinct is to push down on the burger with a spatula and their goes all that juicy flavor!  The well in the center of the burger, will prevent this from happening….

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Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Looking for a delicious and healthy summer recipe? You are going to love this. My inspiration for making this salad came after eating a very similar dish at a popular restaurant that I frequently visit. Actually, this is something my Wife and I like to do every once in a while. After we eat a dish that we are particularly fond of, we like to go home and try and re-create the recipe without knowing the ingredients. Try it… It’s a fun way to see just how sensitive those taste buds really are….

FARMERS MARKET

I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful farmers market not too far from my home. There is just something special about shopping for produce in a farmers market. The variety and quality of the produce found in my local farmers market is far superior to the boring old supermarket. I know I am getting as close to organic as possible when I shop there, so if you have one near you, I highly recommend you visit and see what they have to offer. Usually the folks there are very helpful and knowledgeable about their products so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

INGREDIENTS

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this wonderful :

– 1 Pound of Chicken Cutlets Grilled and Cut Into Strips – I like to use the thin sliced chicken as it cooks really fast and is easy to cut into strips.

– Southwestern Spice Rub:

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons paprika

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon dried oregano

– 8 Ounces of Mixed Salad Greens – I like to use a mix of Baby Romaine, Radicchio and Tango. If you can’t find fresh greens, I recommend buying a bag of Fresh Express brand mixed salad greens. I have sampled a handful of salad brands and Fresh Express is by far the best in my opinion. The vegetable are always fresh, crisp and delicious. Everything is pre-washed and there are no preservatives.

2 Ripe Avocados Cut Into Small Chunks – It is very important that you choose ripened avocados. When looking for ripe avocados, do not choose them based on color. The best way to determine if they are ripe is by the squeeze test. Ripe avocados will have a firm flesh but will give slightly when squeezed. Unripened avocados are hard and will not give. You should be able to tell the difference. It may take a bit of practice though. If you are unsure, ask for help. A ripe avocado should slice like butter.

1 Large Green Bell Pepper Cut Into Squares

2 Ears of Roasted Corn (Instructions Below)

Half of a Red Onion Sliced

A Healthy Bunch of Fresh Cilantro Chopped

1/2 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Ranch Dressing

Step 1 – Soak the Corn, husks and all, in cold water for 30 minutes.

Step 2 – While corn is soaking, prepare the chicken cutlets. Lightly coat the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle some southwestern spice rub on both sides. Rub the spices into the chicken. Refrigerate and allow the chicken to marinate while the corn is soaking.

Step 3 – After corn is done soaking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Place corn directly on oven rack and roast for approximately 30 minutes or until the corn is relatively soft. Remove from oven and let the corn cool.

Step 4 – Preheat indoor or outdoor grill. Get the grill nice and hot. Grill chicken cutlets for about 2 minutes on each side, or until done. Remove from grill and allow to cool.

Step 5 – While the chicken and corn is cooling, add the remaining ingredients into a large bowl.

Step 6 – Remove corn from cob. Hold corn upright over a cutting board. Using a knife, gently cut the corn from the cob in a downward motion. Be careful!

Step 7 – Slice the chicken into thin strips.

Step 8 – Add the corn and chicken to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.

Step 9 – Add the ranch dressing and toss the salad. The amount of ranch dressing you add is really up to you. It depends on your personal preference. I like to add about 1/4 cup.

Your done! Serve and enjoy!

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