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Chicken Tortellini Crock Pot Soup
October 28, 2017 – 5:46 pm | No Comment
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So easy to make, so filling to serve as lunch or dinner!

1 bag of frozen chopped spinach
2 cans of diced fire roasted tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
4 cups chicken broth
2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
1 bag of frozen cheese tortellini

Place all ingredients except tortellini in slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or 4 hours on high. Add tortellini and cook for 30-45 minutes longer.

Dish up and enjoy!

Brian’s Pumpkin Mini-Muffins with Spiced Icing
October 28, 2017 – 10:10 am | No Comment
Brian’s Pumpkin Mini-Muffins with Spiced Icing

Halloween season brings forth the pumpkin-lovers in most people. Brian created these mini-muffins with a pumpkin spiced buttercream frosting, guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!

(Note: You can use any size muffin tin and adjust baking …

Holiday Prime Rib
February 6, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment
Holiday Prime Rib

Sorry for the lateness of this recipe — we celebrated the Christmas Holiday with it, along with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry congeal, and of course, horseradish.

(Must remember to NOT use the small plates …

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken with Rice
February 5, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken with Rice

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup rice vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 teaspoon ginger paste (or 1 teaspoon ground, dried ginger)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup scallions, …

Broccoli Cheddar Soup
November 23, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment
Broccoli Cheddar Soup

2 sticks unsalted butter
2 medium onions, finely diced
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 pounds broccoli florets
2 quarts reduced fat, low sodium/organic chicken broth (can be made with vegetable stock as well)
1/2 cup all …

Chicken Asparagus Roll-Ups
September 18, 2015 – 6:45 am | No Comment
Chicken Asparagus Roll-Ups

 

An All-In-One dish, perfect served with fresh baked bread and a mandarin orange spinach salad .
4 six ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 lb lightly steamed asparagus
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 medium onion, minced
dried spices of …

A Return To Form
September 13, 2015 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

Hello to all you gentle readers. Silver Blue, Jonathan Everyday, The Wannabe Gourmet…all in one wrapper, John Barker. After a far-too-long sabbatical, I have returned…hoping to share lower fat, taste enhanced recipes with you.

Creamy, Cheesy Shrimp Florentine Linguine
September 13, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment
Creamy, Cheesy Shrimp Florentine Linguine

 
You can use fat-free half and half, and reduced fat Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses. Serve with a green salad and/or garlic bread. – Wannabe Gourmet Jonathan
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.5 pounds fresh shrimp without shells or tails, …

Cranberry Citrus Fig Sauce for Pork and Chicken
September 12, 2015 – 8:16 pm | No Comment
Cranberry Citrus Fig Sauce for Pork and Chicken

Finally! A return to cooking and new recipes! – Jonathan (The Wannabe Gourmet)
1 1/2 cups of dried cranberries (divided)
2 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
4 slices naval orange (including rind)
4 slices lemon (deseeded but including rind)
4 tbsp …

After much headache…
March 7, 2014 – 8:47 am | No Comment

I’m finally able to log back in as an administrator and take control of the system again. That being said, it’s time to continue on our path of interesting recipes, lighter fare, and more. There’s …

New Ventures, New Recipes Coming Soon.
July 27, 2012 – 10:22 pm | No Comment

I’ve opened up Silver Blue Photography ( http://silverbluephotography.com ) for those who asked to purchase some of the photos of the food I post here. Getting all that set up, however, has taken me away …

I’ve not forgotten you, gentle readers
February 11, 2012 – 9:04 am | No Comment

It’s just been a whirlwind of activity for The Wannabe Gourmet. Dealing with this winter flu (strange, we’ve not seemed to have HAD a winter), learning a new camera, filing for domains to be discontinued …

“Welcome Autumn” Soup!
October 1, 2011 – 1:55 pm | No Comment
“Welcome Autumn” Soup!

You can control the heat of this soup by reducing (or eliminating) the cayenne and/or black pepper, and reducing the amount of fresh ginger. I just happen to like it very hot, and hate it …

Eating Lighter – even with dessert!
July 7, 2011 – 10:31 am | No Comment
Eating Lighter – even with dessert!

Swap out your “French Fries” for oven roasted sweet potatoes, steam up some carrots, asparagus, zucchini and squash, grill a London Broil to perfect pinky medium rare, slice fresh tomatoes and cucumbers for a refreshingly …

An easy Sunday dinner…
April 17, 2011 – 5:35 pm | No Comment
An easy Sunday dinner…

Easy, peasy, and so delicious.
2 Albacore tuna steaks
8 ounces Bastamti rice
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tbsp butter
8 ounces sliced mushrooms, sauteed
Heat oven to 425F. Place tuna steaks in a baking dish and add 2 cups of …

Coconut Curry Shrimp & Scallop Soup
April 5, 2011 – 12:46 pm | One Comment
Coconut Curry Shrimp & Scallop Soup

Coconut Curry Shrimp & Scallop Soup (with Baby Bok Chop and Butternut Squash). (Recipe modified from Nigella Bites “Pumpkin & Seafood Curry)
Made out of necessity because I had no pumpkin, lime leaves, lemon grass, nor …

Chicken Chorizo…Caliente!
March 18, 2011 – 8:29 pm | No Comment
Chicken Chorizo…Caliente!

Easy, peasy, tasty, and even better the second day!
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 links of skinless chorizo sausage
2 lbs fingerling potatoes, scrubbed and dried
1 large red onion cut into wedges
zest of 1 unwaxed orange
1 tsp …

Lemon Chicken with Mushrooms and Angel Hair Pasta
January 23, 2011 – 6:59 pm | No Comment
Lemon Chicken with Mushrooms and Angel Hair Pasta

Who says you have to have high fat or even high sodium to have huge flavour? This dish goes to show that the addition of spices, and minimal oil help keep everything down to quite …

2011 in the kitchen
January 19, 2011 – 8:36 am | No Comment
2011 in the kitchen

Jonathan Everyday here — it’s been a little over a month since my last post, but I’ve not stepped back from cooking. I’m retooling some recipes to make them lighter, tastier, lower in sodium, etc.
Like …

Hot Virginia Dip
December 12, 2010 – 3:14 pm | No Comment
Hot Virginia Dip

Hot Virginia Dip (Courtesy of the Virginia Hospitality Cookbook and the Junior League of Hampton Roads)
Original recipe:
1 cup pecans, chopped
2 tbsp butter (Unsalted)
16 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tbsp milk
5 oz dried beef, minced
1 tbsp garlic …

Chicken Picatta with Lemon and Pickled Peppercorns
November 15, 2010 – 9:08 am | One Comment
Chicken Picatta with Lemon and Pickled Peppercorns

A little bit of a change from your traditional chicken picatta, using pickled peppercorns instead of capers (find them in your supermarket in the same area — normally next to the olives). They give a …