Thursday, August 24, 2017

Baked Chicken Thighs

As I was looking for a quick reference online for baking chicken thighs I found several different recipes, each telling me different oven temperatures and cooking times. I considered all the recommendations and came up with my own formula. This is Seriously Simple Cooking. So, I made it simple... 400 degrees for 40 minutes. It's easy to remember and it works great.

This recipe is for bone in, skin on, chicken thighs. If you're cooking boneless and/or skinless thighs this will probably work just fine, but as always, make sure to check the internal temp. to be sure they're cooked sufficiently.

Ingredients:
Chicken thighs
Spices (Suggestions: basil & oregano; Cajun spice; salt & pepper; curry powder)

Equipment:
Baking dish: Use whatever size you need to fit the number of thighs you want to cook. I have found that 6 to 8 fit nicely in a 9"x14" baking dish.
Meat thermometer

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400 deg.
Place thighs in baking dish in a single layer. It's OK if there's a little overlap.
Sprinkle liberally with the spices of your choice
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes

Again, remember to use your meat thermometer to check the temperature to make sure the chicken is done (at least 165 deg.).

Friday, July 14, 2017

Chocolate Walnuts

This recipe is so simple I'm not even sure it qualifies as a "recipe". However, doing the low carb thing, this has become one of my favorite snacks. So, I thought I'd share in case any of my low carb/keto/paleo/whole30 friends out there are looking for a quick, easy, chocolaty snack idea.

It combines the crunch of the walnuts with a little chocolate. Good for curbing those chocolate cravings without all the sugar.

Ingredients
2 Tbsp. Chopped walnuts
1 tsp. Natural coco powder (Not Dutch processed)

Instructions
Add walnuts and coco powder to a bowl (a small Pyrex bowl works great)
Mix
Enjoy!

Also great with a few sliced strawberries and still low carb.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne

Hearty and delicious. A great lunch or dinner option in the colder months. You can use canned beans or make your own ahead of time by slow cooking half a 1lb bag each of pinto and black beans.

Ingredients
  • 1 Onion, medium, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1lb. Sirloin, cut into 1" cubes
  • 6 Plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp. Chili powder
  • 2 tsp. Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. Dried oregano
  • 1 Can (15 oz.) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Can (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 2 Cups Beef broth, low sodium
Equipment
  • Skillet
  • Slow cooker
Instructions
  1. Place the onion, garlic and beef in a skillet on medium-high heat
  2. Cook about 5 minutes, until beef is browned, stirring occasionally
  3. Add beef mixture and all remaining ingredients to slow cooker
  4. Cook on HIGH for 3 1/2 hours
  5. Uncover and cook on HIGH for another 30 minutes
  6. Serve and enjoy!