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Ajeen Jerk BBQ Lamb Ribs

Ajeen Jerk BBQ Lamb Ribs

Ajeen Jerk BBQ Lamb Ribs    Smoked and BBQed Lamb Ribs  lamb ribs (230x230)

Prep Time: 15 mins  Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins  Serves: 10, Yield: 8 pieces

About This Recipe

“The finest ingredients of the Caribbean prepared beautifully and complement the perfect lamb”

Ingredients

5 lbs. lamb ribs

Lamb Marinade

1 tablespoon red chili pepper flakes

3 garlic cloves

1 ounce grated ginger

2 ounces chopped onions

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 ounce spring fresh basil

1/4 teaspoon salt & pepper, to taste

1 ounce spring thyme Sauce

3 ounces chopped onions

3 cloves garlic cloves

1/2 cup tomato ketchup

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

8 ounces hot sauce ( sambol oelek)

8 ounces brown sugar

2 ounces lemon juice

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon soya sauce

1/4 cup pineapple juice

1 tablespoon Jamaican jerk spice

Directions

1.Wash and season lamb with salt and pepper, combine marinade seasoning and marinate lamb for an hour or more.

2.In a thick pot bring lamb to a boil with marinate and water. Add more salt and pepper if necessary to water. Allow lamb rib to cook for 45 min or until tender.

Directions

3.In a mixing bowl combine of the sauce recipe and mix until sugar is fully dissolve.

4.Dip marinated lamb in sauce and place lamb on BBQ grill and allow to cook for 5-8 min or until lightly brown. Or place on oven proof baking sheet and cook for 15- 20 min and base heavily while cooking.

 

Remaining sauce may be poured in a sauce pan and cook slowly for 5 min and serve on the side with lamb.

 

 

Roasted Mexican Fish Dinner

Roasted Mexican Fish Dinner

 

 fish

(Picture representation only, see below for actual image)

 

Ingredients

Spice Blend

1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder

1 teaspoon granulated onion or onion powder

1 teaspoon Mexican oregano

1 teaspoon ancho (mild) or chipotle (hot) chile powder

salt and pepper

Chicken or Fish

4 pieces (6-8 oz each)  thick whitefish fillet (such as cod or Pollock)

EVOO for liberal drizzling

2 tomatoes, thinly sliced

1 small red onion, ,thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 jalapeno chile peppers, thinly sliced

Queso fresco crumbles and a handful of cilantro leaves for garnishing

Avocado Salad

2 avocados, diced

1/2 of a ripe mango sliced in thin wedges

1 blood orange peeled and sectioned (you can sub ruby grapefruit for the orange)

1 lime, juiced

2 cups baby arugula

Directions

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees . Combine the ingredients for the spice blend (use salt and pepper to taste).

On a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish, drizzle the chicken or fish with EVOO, then rub all over with the spice blend. Top each piece with a shingled layer of the tomatoes and onion. Scatter the garlic and jalapenos on top; drizzle with more EVOO. Roast until cooked through, about 15 minutes for the fish.

Top the fish with queso fresco and cilantro. Dress the avocados with the lime juice, salt and pepper. Toss with the arugula and drizzle with EVOO.  Arrange the mango in a circular pattern with the salad mix on top placing the piece of fish in the center offset just a bit.  (see photo)

 roasted mexican fish

Salt Substitutes

Salt Substitutes

Salt runs rampant through our diets these days due to an abundance of processed foods. I am a big fan of cooking with salt unless absolutely not necessary. That being said, I have used this mix for years and have never had any complaints.  Many people are suffering from high blood pressure and are trying to reduce their sodium intake.

I love salt.  I mean I really love salt to the point that if the food isn’t salted it isn’t worth eating.  Did I tell you I LOVE salt.
I am trying to season my food with herbs and spices to give it more flavor so I discovered these recipes for a homemade herbal salt substitute–no, lets call it a homemade flavor enhancer!

BUT,  There is more to seasoning food than adding salt. Sodium chloride or salt has an important function in our bodies, however many of us consume more than we need. The recommended daily value of sodium is about 2400 mg and for reference, one level teaspoon of salt has 2300 mg of sodium.  Sodium’s purpose in our bodies is to regulate fluids, muscle contraction, nerve impulses, and blood pressure. If you consume too much sodium, your body will retain too much fluid around your cells increasing blood pressure. High blood pressure is a contributing factor to heart attack and stroke.

no salt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flavorful Salt Substitute

1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon powdered orange peel
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons celery seed
2 tablespoons onion powder
4-½ teaspoons cream of tartar
1 ½ teaspoons citric acid powder
1 teaspoon ground dill weed
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon powdered lemon peel
½ teaspoon dried cayenne pepper

Place all ingredients in an electric blender, and grind them until they turn into fine powder. Store this flavorful salt substitute in a spice container with appropriate size holes, and keep it tightly sealed in a dark, cool location. With this tasty blend, those on a salt-free diet won’t miss regular table salt.

Spicy Salt Substitute

6 teaspoons onion powder
3 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons poultry seasoning
2 teaspoons ground oregano
2 teaspoons white pepper
2 tablespoons mustard powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder

Combine these ingredients in spice shaker, and store it in a cool dry location. Use it to enhance the flavor of foods in place of regular table salt.

Zesty Salt Substitute

3 tablespoons dried oregano
3 tablespoons garlic powder
1 ½ tablespoons paprika
1 ½ tablespoons mustard powder
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon ground dill

Place all ingredients in a blender, and grind them until they turn to fine powder. Place this zesty salt substitute in a spice shaker, and those who must eat salt-free foods can use it on their favorite fare to enhance the flavor without adding sodium to their diet.

 

Barbecue Eye Round on Mashed Turnips and Potatoes with Roasted Brussels sprouts

Barbecue Eye Round on Mashed Turnips and Potatoes with Roasted Brussels sprouts

 The lean eye of round simmers in bottled barbecue sauce, giving it plenty of time to absorb the flavor. Potatoes and Brussels sprouts added to the beef make this a low-fat, yet satisfying, meal.  Perfectly seasoned, potato and turnips and roasted sprouts add nothing but taste and texture to this dish.  Tender, full layers of exotic flavor to guide your dining experience to new levels.  Accompanied by a side salad, a meal definitely worth making!

 

Ingredients

1 (3-lb.) eye round beef roast, fat trimmed

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 tablespoons olive oil

2-1/2 pounds onions, cut into 1/3-inch-thick slices

2 celery ribs, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 bottle (18 oz.) chipotle or regular barbecue sauce

2 pounds turnips, peeled, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes

3/4 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes

1/4 cup milk

1 tablespoon horseradish sauce

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1-1/4 pounds Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch thick slices

 

 

Directions

1 Rinse beef and pat dry. Sprinkle with cumin. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy 6- to 8-quart pot over moderately high heat, until hot but not smoking. Add beef and brown, turning, until golden brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

2 Add onion and celery to same pot; cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until onion is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring 1 minute. Transfer half of onion mixture to a bowl; reserve. Add half of barbecue sauce and 1 cup water to onion mixture in pot; stir, scraping up any browned bits on bottom of pot.

3 Return beef to pot; cover with reserved onion mixture and remaining barbecue sauce. Bring to a simmer and cover. Simmer, stirring occasionally, adding 1/2 cup water toward end of cooking time if sauce begins to stick to bottom of pot, until meat is very tender, about 3 hours.

4 Meanwhile, place turnips and potatoes in a 4-quart saucepan, cover with cold water by 2 inches and bring to a boil over moderately high heat; add salt. Simmer until very tender, about 20 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid and drain vegetables in a colander. Return to pot with reserved cooking liquid and the milk. Mash with a handheld potato masher until smooth. Stir in horseradish sauce and parsley. Keep warm, covered.

5 While vegetables are cooking, preheat oven to 425 degree F and arrange rack in lower third. Toss together Brussels sprouts and remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large shallow baking pan; season with pepper. Roast, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and keep warm, covered.

6 Remove beef from sauce and cut into thin slices. Spoon some onion mixture onto serving plates, top with a mound of mashed turnips and potatoes, then slices of beef and more onion mixture. Serve Brussels sprouts on the side. Makes 10 servings.

 

 

City Chicken

City Chicken

city chicken

City chicken is an entrée consisting of cubes of meat (usually pork), which have been placed on a wooden skewer (approximately 4-5 inches long), then fried and/or baked. Depending on the recipe, they may be breaded.  The dish is popular in cities throughout the eastern Great Lakes region of Ohio and Michigan as well as the northeastern Appalachian regions of Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, and at least as far south and west as Louisville, Kentucky. City chicken is commonly found in the metropolitan areas of Binghamton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Erie, Pittsburgh and Scranton, hence, the dish’s ‘urban’ title.

Pork is the base meat in the common versions of the dish, although recipes vary regionally. For example, Pittsburgh-area preparations are almost always breaded and usually baked, while in Binghamton, the meat is usually marinated, battered and then deep fried.  The Cleveland version is generally baked without breading, but the meat is dredged in flour, browned in a pan, then finished in the oven, and served with gravy.  My personal favorite is the way my Mom would make it, alternating beef and pork cubes on the skewers.   Grocery stores in both in the Greater Cleveland area as well as those in the Pittsburgh metro area include wooden skewers with pork cubes specifically packaged as city chicken. In Ottawa, Canada, at least one variation involves skewers of three kinds of meat: pork, veal and beef.   Another Canadian variation, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was composed entirely of veal.

9 servings

18 5 inch wood skewers

Cut into 1 X 1 1/2 inch pieces:

1 pound top sirloin steak

1 pound veal steak

1 pound pork steak

Sprinkle them with salt, pepper

Arrange the veal and pork, and beef  cubes alternately on 9 skewers. Roll the meat in flour.

Melt in a skillet 1/4 cup shortening (I like bacon fat here.  It just tastes better)

Add 1 tablespoon minced onion (optional)

Brown meat well. Cover the bottom of the skillet with heated stock. Put a lid on the skillet and braise the meat over mdeium heat until it is tender. Thicken the gravy with flour ( four tablespoons to one cup of stock.) If preferred, the skillet may be covered and placed in a slow oven 325 degrees F. Until the meat is tender.  Serve as shown or with wide egg noodles, or rice.

Serving Suggestion:

city chicken 2

Crock Pot Yankee Pot Roast

crock pot roast

Crock pot pot roast

2 pounds boneless beef roast
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, quartered
16 baby carrots
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

4 russet potatoes peeled, and quartered
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Directions

1.In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute the roast in the oil for 15 minutes, or until all sides are well browned. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside. (optional, Not neccessary to do, or may be done at night and just added to the crock pot in the morning with all the other ingredients)
2.Place the onion, carrots, garlic, potaotes and parsley in the bottom of a six quart slow cooker. Place the roast on top of the vegetables and pour the soup over the roast and the vegetables.
3.Cover the slow cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.
4.Transfer roast to a serving platter and place the vegetables around it. Pour the roast gravy from the slow cooker into a gravy boat.

Chicken with Mozzarella Diabetic Friendly!

Chicken with Mozzarella Diabetic Friendly!

Smoked mozzarella and spinach are rolled into chicken breasts that are coated in bread crumbs for this main dish recipe, which is perfect for entertaining.  I’ve included the Nutritional facts for you to see how healthy this really is for everybody!

YIELD: 6 chicken rolls

 

chicken with mozz

 

Nutrition Facts per Serving:

CARB GRAMS PER SERVING: 6

Calories: 274

Protein(gm): 35

Carbohydrate(gm): 6

Fat, total(gm): 11

Cholesterol(mg): 77

Saturated fat(gm): 3

Dietary Fiber, total(gm): 1

Vitamin A(IU): 1895

Vitamin C(mg): 4

Sodium(mg): 368

Calcium(DV %): 182

Iron(DV %): 1

Diabetic Exchanges

Vegetables(d.e): 2

Very Lean Meat(d.e): 5

Fat(d.e): 1

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 1/2 pounds)

Salt

Black pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped shallots or onions

1 clove garlic, minced

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

3 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts, toasted

3/4 cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese (3 ounces)

1/4 cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon olive oil

1. Place 1 chicken breast half between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound lightly with the flat side of a meat mallet into a rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. Remove plastic wrap. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat with all chicken breasts.

2. For filling, in a medium skillet cook shallots and garlic in the 2 teaspoons hot oil until tender. Remove from heat; stir in spinach, nuts, and smoked mozzarella. In a shallow bowl combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.

3. Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of filling on each chicken breast. Fold in the bottom and sides; then roll up. Secure with wooden toothpicks.

4. Lightly brush each roll with the 1 tablespoon olive oil; coat with bread crumb mixture. Place rolls seam side down in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, in a 400 degrees F; oven about 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (170 degrees F). Remove toothpicks before serving. Makes 6 chicken rolls.

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