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Chicken with Bacon and Spinach in a Creamy White Wine Sauce

Chicken thighs with bacon and spinach in a creamy white wine sauceI combined some ideas from several recipes, and a delicious supper resulted tonight!!

Ingredients

Disclaimer: I don’t measure anything, so the amounts are approximate. Please adjust them according to your personal tastes.

5-6 chicken thighs

salt & pepper

2 Tbsp olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, smashed & minced

2 green onions, chopped

fresh, canned, or frozen spinach

8 slices bacon, cooked separately

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 cup white wine (or chicken broth)

1 cup heavy cream

Instructions:

Pat the chicken thighs dry and sprinkle generously with salt & pepper, including under the skin, as possible. Brown and cook the thighs, skin side down, with lid on, about 7 minutes, in the olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Check them occasionally, but do not turn them.

Remove the thighs to a plate. Cook the garlic and onions in the pan liquids about 1 minute. Then add already cooked & chopped bacon, spinach, lemon juice, & white wine and scrape (deglaze) the pan. Return the chicken to the pan, skin side up, cover and simmer about 20 minutes until the chicken is done.

Remove the chicken to a plate. Add the heavy cream to the skillet and reduce and thicken slightly by simmering.

Serve sauce with spinach over angel hair pasta. Place chicken thigh on top and spoon creamy sauce over all.

Serve with garlic bread.

 

 

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Delicious Healthy Breakfast

Bacon, Onion, Cheese, Spinach Omelet

Bacon, Onion, Cheese, Spinach Omelet

I’m not a nutritionist, so when I say it’s healthy, it’s because it seems healthy to me. You and your doctor decide for yourself. That’s my disclaimer for all the “diet” / “healthy eating” information and tips on this blog. It’s just my opinions based on the research I’ve done. Now, I can tell you with authority what is DELICIOUS to me. 🙂

I’ve been losing weight since July 4, 2015, and have lost 17-1/2 lbs. To lose weight is one of my goals, but it’s also a goal to eat healthier the rest of my life. I’ll talk more about all this in upcoming posts. For today, here’s the recipe for this morning’s delicious breakfast:

In a small skillet, I put less than a Tbsp of butter,

a little chopped green onion to taste, and

one piece leftover bacon torn.

After that cooked briefly, I added

2 eggs which had been briskly beaten with a dab of skim milk, and

salt and freshly ground black pepper.

On top, I added

1/8 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and

fresh spinach which I tore into small pieces.

I cooked it all over medium heat, shaking it occasionally to be sure it didn’t stick, and tilting it occasionally to let the uncooked egg run to the sides. (I gently scraped some liquid off the top to the sides so it would cook, too.

Then I turned it out onto a small plate, folding it over on itself as I let it slide out.

Easy and delicious!!

Omelet opened so you can see the delicious ingredients!!

Omelet opened so you can see the delicious ingredients!!

Cabbage Rolls

Supper’s experiment turned out good. I blanched the cabbage 5 minutes so the leaves would be pliable. I wanted to put rice in the stuffing, but all I had was a packet of quick Spanish rice. I cooked it in the microwave and then added it to hamburger meat, a little canned spaghetti sauce, onion, & salt. The rice had a lot of seasoning in it. Then I put the remainder of the spaghetti sauce over the top.

350 degrees for almost an hour.

Cabbage Rolls

I didn’t take a pretty picture — just the leftovers. I covered the cabbage rolls with some extra leaves to keep in moisture, so that’s the burnt looking ones. If I had ever made these before it was probably 20-30 years ago. They turned out good and hubby got seconds!

Preventing Waste Means Enjoying Creative Leftovers

I am blessed with a husband who doesn't mind eating leftovers the next day even if they are not creatively changed.

 

Last night we had chicken fried steak and white gravy, English peas with onions and butter, and garlic and onion mashed potatoes. Tonight he ate exactly the same thing and even heated his own plate of leftovers in the microwave. It happened that way because I got hungry before he did, we were just having leftovers anyway, and I decided I would eat the leftovers from two nights ago. By the way, because the chicken fried steak meal is one of hubby’s favorites, we’ll have leftovers from it again tomorrow night without any creative changing needed. We’ll just need to fix another can of English peas. Do you think maybe I cook enough food for more than one night on purpose?

I don’t like to waste food! The leftovers I ate tonight were a combination of black-eyed peas, ham, jalapeno deer sausage, one small new potato, and bits of onion and cabbage. If those leftovers were going to be eaten, they needed to be eaten tonight because part of that meal actually started 3 nights ago as boiled cabbage, onion, and ham served with cornbread. There was some left, but not enough for a meal,  so I got creative with the leftovers and added jalapeno deer sausage that I sauted, canned blackeyed peas (because I didn’t think ahead and cook any of our frozen ones from the garden), and canned new potatoes (again because it was spur-of-the-moment). Tonight, I took  the solid food, which I wanted, out of the soup/water which I did not want, and by the time I reheated it again, any cabbage and onions in there were little mushy bits — but good flavoring!!

Another way I don’t waste food is by feeding scraps to my dogs and cats…….there I admitted it and I don’t advocate doing that. But, I do take some care with what I don’t feed them. I don’t feed them onions, because I’ve read they’re not good for them. I don’t give them bones. And, I don’t give our black lab Buck flour products because he has a skin allergy to wheat. I don’t give them very spicy foods. We eat quite a bit of spicy foods.

One more recent example, hubby cooked a pot of homemade chili several days ago, and we ate it that day with cornbread. The next morning, I fixed scrambled eggs with some chili on top, refried beans, and corn tortillas — one of my all-time favorite breakfasts! I was born and raised the first 12 years of my life in San Antonio, Texas. I had been hungry for Mexican food, and now I had leftover refried beans, corn tortillas, and chili, so for supper that night I fixed cheddar cheese and onion enchiladas with chili on top, refried beans, Spanish rice, and chips and salsa. Hubby preferred and ate just the last of the chili and leftover cornbread. The next day I still had leftover refried beans, Spanish rice, and corn tortillas, so I had soft tacos with shredded cheddar cheese for lunch.

I mentioned white gravy in the first paragraph. A few days ago, in a “Cooking” post, I explained how I make gravy. I use a small, plastic coated whisk. I have only had one, and often it’s in the dishwasher when I want to use it, so I’ve been looking at stores but couldn’t find one….small and plastic coated. Today, I found one here>>>

http://www.amazon.com/Silicone-Whisk-Set-Miles-Kimball/dp/B008E05UMQ/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=molder-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=YZ4IQ3K32DLKLWRO&creativeASIN=B008E05UMQ  [This link is not supposed to be this long, but it works. I told you in the beginning I’m technology challenged. lol   But, I’ll learn.]

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, and English Peas

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, and English Peas

Boiled Cabbage, Ham, and Onions

Boiled Cabbage, Ham, and Onions

Creative Leftovers - Jalapeno Deer Sausage added to Cabbage

Creative Leftovers – Jalapeno Deer Sausage added to Cabbage

Homemade Chili

Homemade Chili

Eggs and Chili

Eggs and Chili

Cheese Enchiladas with Chili, Refried Beans, Spanish Rich, Chips and Salsa

Cheese Enchiladas with Chili, Refried Beans, Spanish Rice, Chips and Salsa

Soft Tacos with Leftover Rice and Beans

Soft Tacos with Leftover Rice and Beans

Oysters = Starting a New Category = Cooking

Oysters A part-time neighbor who lives in Louisiana brought us oysters this morning!! Hubby started shucking them and eating them raw and shucking some and putting on a cookie sheet on the half-shell for me to prepare to broil. I have baked them before but had never broiled them. They were good!! I made a paste of the ingredients listed below, put a little dollop on each oyster, preheated the broiler and placed the pan on the highest rack until the edges curled and the oyster was done to my liking (about 4 minutes). The buttery juice in the shell is good, too. I’m planning to make oyster stew tomorrow.

softened butter                                Worcestershire sauce

garlic                                                paprika

finely chopped parsley                        ground red pepper

finely grated parmesan                  hot sauce                                           salt to taste

Oysters Broiled and Crackers Oysters Broiled Oysters with Butter

Pages

Hello!!

I already have three followers! I’m excited!

I’m not tech savvy, which I’m sure will become obvious, but I want to learn, and I want to do this myself. So, it took me a long time to accomplish what I did the first day on this new site, and I was exhausted! 🙂

Tonight I want to think about some of the pages I’d like to have and pick at least one to add this evening. Possibilities will be:

City Yard (which will include demolition necessary for our move)

Moving to the Country (which will include clearing land and preparing our home site)

Cats & Dogs

Vegetable Gardening

Flower Gardening

Fowl Friends

Mosaics

Painting

Birdhouses

Crafts

Sewing

Cooking & Baking

Canning

I think I’ll start with adding the page for City Yard because it was pretty, and I’ll enjoy sharing the pictures. This will give you some ideas of what my yard in the country might be like or what I’m working toward.

I began this post in the evening of January 4, 2015, and am saving it at 1:06 a.m. January 5.