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During the busy summer months I love to find quick delicious dinners. This Chicken Bruschetta is not only delicious but takes less than 15 minutes to prepare!Chicken Bruschetta

 

You can mix up the Bruschetta part of the recipe the day before and save yourself even more time. There is minimal cooking time in the oven so you don’t have to worry about heating up the kitchen on a hot summer night. I was so impressed by this Chicken Bruschetta that I am planning to serve it for our company next time they visit! The recipe is divided into three parts, the chicken, the salad and the bruschetta.Chicken Bruschetta

 

Chicken Bruschetta

 

Ingredients:

 

Chicken:

12 skinless, boneless, chicken tenders ( just under two pounds)

½ lemon, juiced

1 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese

½ tsp. black pepper

 

Salad:

 

24oz Quartered artichoke hearts in water, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup feta cheese

¼ cup fresh basil, thinly sliced

½ lemon, juiced

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp. red wine vinegar

1 tsp. oregano

¼ tsp. black pepper

4 tsp. pine nuts

 

Bruschetta:

 

3 plum tomatoes, diced

½ cup fresh basil, finely chopped

4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

¼ tsp. sea salt

 

Directions:

 

First prepare the Bruschetta. In a small bowl, combine all bruschetta ingredients. Cover and place in the refrigerator. Can be made the day before.

 

Prepare the salad. In a medium bowl coming all the salad ingredients except the pine nuts.

 

Prepare the chicken. Adjust your oven rack sop that it is about six inches below the broiler and preheat the broiler to high. Place the chicken on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle the cheese and pepper evenly over the chicken. Broil the chicken for six minutes. I found the chicken wasn’t quite done so I flipped it over and cooked form a few minutes on the second side until cooked through.

 

On a lower rack, while the chicken is cooking bake 1 1/3 ups of the bruschetta in an uncovered ovenproof dish, until warmed. Add the artichoke salad mixture as well and bake for 2-3 minutes or until warmed.

 

I found that by placing everything in the oven at the same time was perfect.

 

To serve layer the artichoke mixture, 2-3 chicken tenders and 1/3 of the bruschetta. Top with 1 tsp. pine nuts.Chicken Bruschetta

 

This Chicken Bruschetta serves four.Chicken Bruschetta

 

An added bonus for this recipe, use the leftover Bruschetta on your poached egg the next morning. Delicious!Bruschetta

 

This original recipe was adapted from Clean Eating.

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Yes the house is on the market and I’ve cut back on my gardening and I’m really not planning on doing any preserving this year. Except the raspberries are doing so well and I just love old-fashioned raspberry jam so I just couldn’t resist. Last week I made a small batch of simple and delicious raspberry jam. The intense raspberry flavor of this jam makes it a long-time favorite. Warming the sugar beforehand keeps the jam boiling evenly and ensures success.

 

I love the recipes that just make a small batch of jam. This raspberry jam only makes 4 cups. Perfect to spread out and enjoy over the course of the year.Raspberry Jam

 

Raspberry Jam

 

Ingredients:

 

4 cups raspberries

4 cups granulated sugar

 

Directions:

 

Place the sugar in an ovenproof shallow pan and warm in a 250-degree oven for 15 minutes. Warm sugar dissolves better which will help the jam to boil evenly and ensure that your raspberry jam is a success.

 

Place the berries in a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a full boil over high heart, mashing the berries with a potato masher as they heat. Boil hard for one minute, stirring constantly.Raspberry Jam

 

Add the warm sugar, return to a boil and boil until the mixture will form a gel, about 5 minutes.

 

Ladle into sterilized jars and process for ten minutes or as directed in your canning book.Raspberry Jam

 

Makes exactly four cups and the jars of raspberry jam will look so nice on your pantry shelf!Raspberry Jam

 

Are you growing raspberries in your garden? This is a relatively new raspberry bed for us but with all the rain the plants seem to be very happy and are producing a wonderful crop of raspberries this year. I will not be making anymore raspberry jam instead we will just have to enjoy the berries as we pick them!

 

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Stir fry noodles serve as a complete, one dish meal. Learn how to cook it in this post.

When you hear the words “stir fry”, what first comes to your mind? Some people would say vegetables. I’d say noodles. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods. Stir fry noodles are easy to prepare. You would also love the fact that it can be served almost any time of the day—whether in the morning or late at night.

You can stir fry any noodle, whether it’s rice noodles, soba noodles or udon noodles. You can also do it with fresh or dried noodles. In fact, it is also possible to stir fry regular Italian noodles.

What I like about rice noodles is that these are a lot firmer compared to other noodle types. Thus, it won’t turn mushy after you sauté them in the pan.

Rice noodles are also called pad thai noodles or rice sticks. They look like fettuccine and come in different packages.

Health benefits of rice noodles

Aside from being delicious and easy to cook, there’s another reason why I love to feast on stir fry noodles.

Rice noodles are very nutritious. It is packed with fiber, protein, zinc, and iron. And if you are looking to lose weight, rice noodles are a better alternative to cooked white rice. A cup of stir fry rice noodles has about 180 calories, while a cup of cooked white rice has 200 plus calories.

If you are looking for a gluten-free food, just consider stir-fried rice noodles. After all, rice is naturally gluten-free. Thus, rice noodles are also a good alternative to noodles made from wheat flour.

Rice noodles are rich in zinc which can promote a well-functioning immune system and iron, which helps the body in producing red blood cells.

These noodles are also packed with protein. A cup of cooked rice noodles contains about 2 grams of protein or nearly 3 percent of the daily protein needs of men. It also contains about 1.8 grams of fiber, representing 7 percent of the recommended daily requirement for men.

Tips in stir frying rice noodles

Aside from the noodles, a typical stir fry rice noodles recipe contains four to five ingredients. Chicken and beef are common ingredients as well as snow peas and bean sprouts. The said veggies are quick cooking so they should be added towards the end of the cooking.

It is also possible to add broccoli and carrots. But since the said vegetables are hard, I would recommend you steam them first so that you will have an easier time stir frying them.

You don’t need to visit an Asian grocery just to get a special kind of sauce or liquid seasoning for stir-frying noodles. You can simply season stir fry noodles with soy sauce or rice wine.

Some experts suggest using chili garlic sauce or oyster sauce to make the stir fry noodles richer and more flavorful.

In pushing and tossing food around the wok, using a wooden spatula or metal chan is highly recommended. The latter is particularly very useful in removing food from the wok.

Stir Fry Rice Noodles with Shrimp Recipe

Now let’s go to the stir fry rice noodles with shrimp recipe. This is one-dish meal because it has starch courtesy of the rice noodles, and lots of fresh veggies. Plus, the shrimp further makes this dish complete.

This recipe serves four people. It should take you around an hour to finish it.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 ounces of pad thai noodles
  • One tablespoon of peanut oil
  • One tablespoon of rice vinegar
  • Two and a half teaspoons of honey
  • One tablespoon of ground chile paste
  • One tablespoon of soy sauce
  • Two tablespoons of chopped unsalted cashews
  • One tablespoon of sliced garlic
  • Two teaspoons of fresh ginger, sliced
  • One green Thai chile
  • Three fourths cup of snow peas
  • Three fourths cup of fresh bean sprouts
  • One fourth teaspoon of salt
  • 12 sweet mini peppers
  • Three fourths cup of carrots, matchstick cut

Step by step guide

  1. Combine the vinegar, soy sauce, honey and ground chile paste in a medium bowl. Stir well then add the shrimp. Toss to coat. Cover this and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  2. Cook the noodles by following the package directions. Remove the salt and fat by rinsing the noodles with cold water and draining it.
  3. Heat a large wok over medium-high heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat.
  4. Add the cashews as well as ginger, garlic, and chile to the pan. Stir fry for a minute or until the garlic has turned brownish. Remove the cashew mixture from the pan and set aside.
  5. Increase the heat then add the carrot, sweet peppers and salt. Stir fry for two minutes. Add the shrimp mixture then stir fry for another two minutes.
  6. Stir in the noodles and peas. Cook for a minute. Toss to coat.
  7. Return the cashew mixture to the pan. Add the bean sprouts and cook for a minute. Toss frequently.

That’s it! You now have yummy stir fry rice noodles with shrimp that you can serve or enjoy any time of the day.

What do you think of this recipe? Let me know your thoughts by writing in the comments section below.

 

Hi friends, I’m Susan from http://www.cookthestone.com. I spent most of my time in the kitchen to make tasty meals for my family. The feeling when your husband and your kids are full with food cooked by you is amazing. I understand and want to share my experience with you. Hope they can help you in your daily life. I will very appreciate your encouragements in the comment section below. Thank you!

 

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For many people, the golden pinnacle to reach in your career is the moment when you can finally leave it behind. We spend years planning for it, and looking forward to it, but the truth is that many people find themselves at loose ends when it comes to actually enjoying retirement. The concept of retirement is so much more than just “not working” anymore. Retirement is about reaching financial independence and finding out what your life’s work will be when you don’t have to struggle for a paycheck anymore. When you are daydreaming about retirement, here are a few tips to having a retirement that is fulfilling and enriching…Retirement

 

Have retirement goals

 

First of all, you should have a plan for what you want to do before you get there. Having something to do every day and then suddenly being entirely open can be a big existential shift, and it’s something that you should think about before it comes, if you don’t want to waste it. For this reason, make sure that you and your partner discuss what exactly it is that you want to do in your retirement. Do you want to downsize and travel the world? Do you want to work on a project that you’ve had in mind for a while? Whatever your answer, make sure that you are already prepared for it when the day comes.

 

Keep your health in mind

 

When you reach the point of retirement, you want to enjoy it for as long as you can. Retirement will be a haul if you get sick early on, or become bedridden before you get to do the things that you always imagined you would. For this reason, it’s important to have an extra focus on your health as you get closer to your retirement age.

 

In addition, it’s important to keep an eye on your mental health. Sadly, many people often struggle with additional mental health problems once they finish working. Rates of depression and alcoholism start to climb the closer a demographic gets to the retirement age. Having goals and purpose can help.

 

Stay active

 

With the goal of staying healthy in mind, it is really easy to let a sedentary life consume you when you finally hit retirement. This doesn’t really sound all that fulfilling, though, does it? Try to find an exciting and enjoyable way to stay active in your retirement age. If you live by mountains, this could mean taking a daily hike. If you live by a lake or the coast, this could mean having a daily swim. Whichever you choose, try to find something that is low impact. This will have less wear and tear on your joints as you get older, and will allow you to enjoy your health and old age for longer.Retirement

 

Have a financial plan

 

How you reach retirement isn’t by saving up enough money to use until you think you might not need it anymore. This is an extremely risky retirement plan that is going to constantly have you worried about money when you should be enjoying the fruits of all your labor. Retirement is achieved by saving up enough money that your investments can produce a liveable and enjoyable income on their own without you having to take anything out of your savings unless you absolutely need it. You should have an idea of what your financial plan for retirement is going to be well before you get there, and should start investing as early as possible to make this possible. Take into account how much your 401k and Social Security are going to be able to help you in retirement.

 

Live where you want to

 

Usually, when people start to reach the retirement age, their kids have moved out and the amount of responsibilities that they have in life have reduced, dramatically. As such, most retirees usually move and downsize their home to something more manageable, or move to a location that they enjoy considerably more (we hear that Florida is nice this time of year). This isn’t a necessity, but when you reach retirement, consider whether you are where you want to live out the rest of your life, or whether you’d like to hire a moving company and establish yourself somewhere you actually want to be.Retirement

 

Some things to consider when you’re looking for a retirement home:

 

  • Studies have shown that seniors live longer and more active lives when they live close to green spaces, including parks and wild lands.
  • Being close to your family can be a major benefit during this time, as it allows you to nurture those relationships that mean the most.
  • Pick a home that will be easy to manage and maintain as you get older. Take into account the restrictions of limited mobility and whether your bedroom can be on the ground floor.
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