Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Green Lentils & Bacon

Green Lentils & Bacon

1 Tbsp Wegmans Pure Olive Oil
2 pieces Food You Feel Good About Applewood Smoked Uncured Bacon, chopped
1 pkg (8 oz) Food You Feel Good About Mirepoix
1 carton (32 fl oz) Food You Feel Good About Thai Culinary Stock
1/2 of a 16 oz pkg Food You Feel Good About Organic Green Lentils
1 Tbsp Wegmans Basting Oil
Salt and pepper

You'll Need: Braising pan

Heat olive oil in pan on MEDIUM-LOW 1-2 min. Add bacon; cook 5 min.

Add mirepoix; cook, stirring, 5-7 min, until soft but not browned. Add stock; bring to simmer.

Stir in lentils; mix well. Cover. Simmer gently 50-60 min, until liquid has been absorbed and lentils are tender.

Season with basting oil, salt, and pepper.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Mustard Rosemary Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes (Martha Stewart)

***Susan's Note: Since the fall began, I've been craving roast chicken and I've made this recipe with boneless skinless chicken thighs, boneless skinless chicken breasts, and drumsticks too. Drumsticks take longer to cook (45 min.) than boneless / skinless thighs or breasts, which will only need about 25 - 30 min. I also use baby carrots - it's easier - and they are surprisingly delicious. This is EASY! Don't worry about the type of potatoes. I've used baby red potatoes, the Yukon Gold recommended, or a potato blend from Wegman's with red, blue, and white fingerling potatoes. All turned out well.

Mustard Rosemary Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes (Martha Stewart)
Martha Stewart Living October 2009

Mustard Rosemary Chicken with Carrots & Potatoes
Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2009
12 thin carrots, (or half a 16 oz. bag of baby carrots)
1 tbsp. plus one tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
4 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 tsp. garlic powder)
1 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary, plus 3 sprigs
4 skinless chicken thighs
4-6 skinless chicken drumsticks
6-8 baby Yukon gold or Red potatoes, halved or quartered
1 lemon
Freshly Ground Pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss together carrots, 1 tsp. olive oil, and 1/8 tsp. salt in a bowl. Spread out evenly on a baking sheet and bake until carrots begin to soften, about 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine mustard, garlic, chopped rosemary, 1/8 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper and 2 tsp. olive oil in a small bowl. Whisk together until well combined. Rub mixture over chicken thighs & legs to coat.

Toss together remaining tsp. oil, 1/8 tsp. salt and the potatoes in a bowl.

Remove baking sheet from oven and add chicken, potatoes, and rosemary sprigs to the carrots.

Bake until chicken is golden brown (or a instant read thermometer inserting into the thickest part registers 165 degrees) approximately 45 minutes. Squeeze lemon over top and sprinkle with pepper.

Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

***Susan's Note: I had a bunch of cans of beans and tomato sauces and stuff that I wanted to use up, so I found this recipe on allrecipes.com. It was easier to put together than the other turkey chili recipe on my blog. This recipe recieved 502 reviews, with an average of 4 1/2 stars. What makes me laugh, though, is that most of the reviewers modified the recipe. I did, too!!

My modifications:
- omitted allspice (I don't have this in my cupboard)
- used 1 can diced tomatoes in place of one can of tomato soup
- added 1 4 oz. can diced green chiles
- didn't cook the turkey in oil
- replaced the 2 cans regular kidney beans with 2 cans rinsed/drained chili beans

I cooked it on high for 4 hours and it was yummy!

Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound ground turkey
2 (10.75 ounce) cans low sodium tomato soup
2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch ground allspice
salt to taste


Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place turkey in the skillet, and cook until evenly brown; drain.
Coat the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray, and mix in turkey, tomato soup, kidney beans, black beans and onion. Season with chili powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, allspice and salt.
Cover, and cook 8 hours on Low or 4 hours on High.