Diva Tasting-Roasted Chicken with Cauliflower Casserole; Dessert

Chicken Krispy Roasted

Ingredients

  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 Roaster Chicken Cut Into Pieces
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Onion Salt  
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Thyme
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Stick Butter Melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Arrange chicken on prepared baking sheet skin side up. Brush all sides with butter.
  3. Combine garlic salt, onion salt, oregano, thyme, paprika, and pepper together in a small container with a lid. Close the lid and shake container until spices are thoroughly mixed. Sprinkle spice mixture liberally over chicken to coat.
  4. Bake chicken in the preheated oven until skin is crispy and no longer pink at the bone, and the juices run clear, (about 1 hour). An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F.

Serve with Cauliflower Casserole and salad

CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE

Oven to 375° 9×13 Pan

1 Head Of Cauliflower

1 8oz Cream Cheese

1 Cup Monetary Jack Shredded (Reserve ¼ cup)

1 Cup Cheddar Shredded (Reserve ¼ cup)

1/2 Cup Diced Green Onions

1/2 Cup Butter Melted

1 Cup Crispy Bacon Chopped

2 Teaspoons Garlic Minced

  • Steam Cauliflower Florets until tender (about 6 minutes) drain and set aside
  • Cream together cheeses, cream cheese, melted butter, garlic fold in onions, and bacon. Fold in cauliflower. Taste for seasoning. If you wish a smoother texture mash with a potato masher.
  • Pour into a greased 9×13 Pan and sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake covered with foil for 25 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until cheese is brown and bubbly (approximately 8-10 minutes).

Fresh Raspberry Upside Down Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 cups crushed fresh raspberries
  • 1 (6 ounce) package raspberry flavored Jell-O(R) mix
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (18 ounce) package white cake mix, batter prepared as directed on package

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread crushed raspberry on the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan. Evenly sprinkle raspberry with the dry gelatin powder, and top with mini marshmallows.
  3. Prepare the cake mix as directed on the package, and pour on top of the marshmallows. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the pan to loosen the sides, and turn the cake out onto a serving tray. Store cake in the refrigerator.
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Diva Tasting-Sticky Chicken with Roasted Vegetable Toss…

Sticky Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • ¼ Cup White Rice or White Vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger root
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs – cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts – cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions

  • Mix together brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, vinegar and hot sauce and corn starch in a small bowl; whisk completely until blended.
  • Lightly salt and pepper the chicken strips toss again.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken strips and brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium, Pour the remaining sauce over the chicken. Simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Toss in Roasted Vegetables below and serve over jasmine rice.

Oven Roasted Onions, Potatoes and Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Fingerling Potatoes, Cut Into Half

  • 1 Bag Pearl Onions

  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 Lemon Juiced And Zested

  • 8 Cloves Garlic, Minced

  • 4 Teaspoons Dried Rosemary

  • 4 Teaspoons Dried Thyme

  • 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt

  • 1 lb green beans chopped in half

  • Ground Black Pepper To Taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. In a large plastic zip bag, toss the potatoes, onions and asparagus with the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and the kosher salt. Shake the bag to coat. Place in a baking dish and Cover with aluminum foil.

  3. Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F Remove foil, and continue cooking 5 to 10 minutes, until potatoes are lightly browned. Season with pepper to serve.

Diva Tasting-Glazed Chicken and Roasted Vegetables….

Chicken Glazed Balsamic

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon of Shredded Fresh Ginger

1/4 Cup Raw Honey

1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme

1 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary

3 Pounds Bone-In Chicken Thighs, Or More To Taste

Salt And Pepper To Taste

Directions

  • Beat balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, brown sugar, thyme, and rosemary together in a bowl until smooth; pour marinade into a resealable plastic bag.
  • Season chicken thighs with salt and black pepper; add to marinade in plastic bag. Squeeze bag to remove air and seal. Marinate chicken in refrigerator for 2 to 8 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Pour chicken and marinade into a greased baking dish.
  • Bake chicken in preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 35 to 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F.

Oven Roasted Onions, Potatoes and Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Fingerling Potatoes, Cut Into Half

  • 1 Bag Pearl Onions

  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 Lemon Juiced And Zested

  • 8 Cloves Garlic, Minced

  • 4 Teaspoons Dried Rosemary

  • 4 Teaspoons Dried Thyme

  • 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt

  • 1 Bunch Fresh Asparagus, Trimmed And Cut Into 1 Inch Pieces

  • Ground Black Pepper To Taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. In a large plastic zip bag, toss the potatoes, onions and asparagus with the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and the kosher salt. Shake the bag to coat. Place in a baking dish and Cover with aluminum foil.

  3. Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F Remove foil, and continue cooking 5 to 10 minutes, until potatoes are lightly browned. Season with pepper to serve.

Diva Musing-Ponder this…..

Bring It On!
The Dalai Lama once said; “your enemy is your greatest teacher.” I have personally changed a lot of unhealthy patterns in my own life using this philosophy. I believe that the Universe sends us / we attract / create “challenges” for the sake of learning and evolving.

I wanted to dive into a variety of different ways we can use this philosophy in our daily lives:

As you pick the “wrong” line in the grocery – instead of getting irritated, isn´t it a good opportunity to train your patience muscle? Stuck in traffic – an opportunity to practice patience and acceptance…Or just simply observe…Breathe! When someone has a behaviour that you don´t resonate with, could that be a good time to practice non-judgement or sending that person some love? Or would practicing detachment be a better alternative?

When someone says “no” to you in some shape or form; is that a brilliant opportunity to train your brain to detach from the situation and integrate the knowing that it is only a two-letter word – it says nothing about you. If you get asked by some friends to go out and party, but you don´t feel like it – instead of making up a story (lie) about why you can´t come – would this be a great opportunity to practice honesty? To be honest and sincere in your response? Maybe you have noticed how easy it is to “make up” an excuse? We think it sounds better than the truth. Or maybe we are afraid of what they will think of us if we just say “today I just don´t feel like it.”. They will think something of you either way. We cannot escape the opinions of others.

Others opinion about you is not your business. Your opinion about you is your business. 

Next time you are in a social setting and someone starts talking negative about other people. Instead of listening, nodding, smiling or involving yourself in this self destructive act; what if this is the perfect moment to set boundaries and tell the truth about what you really feel about talking behind other people´s back? Are you afraid of what they will think of you if you do? Don´t worry, they are already talking about you behind your back. The tendency of people who have that hobby talk about those who are not there. People need to hear the truth.

Next time you blame a circumstance or a person for your negative thoughts and feelings – what would happen if you used these moments as an opportunity to connect to your higher truth; “I am the Master of my thoughts and emotions”. Connect to the warrior within and break your pattern of blaming. Jump up and down. Do push-ups. Put your hands in the air like you are celebrating victoriously and hold them there for one minute. This will definitely create an abrupt change in your vibration! Raise it! Raise your standard of living! Why tolerate anything less than what you really want?

We get what we tolerate” – Anthony Robbins

Next time a person yells at you…Instead of reacting, why not observe. Observe your emotions, your breathing, your thoughts. Take conscious control of them. Let go of the need to react instantly. What if this was a golden opportunity to adopt a really powerful way to handle criticism or any other “negative” situation for that matter; Straighten your back, hold your head up and put your hands on your hips. This will put you in a power mode. Or what I refer to as “BRING IT ON” mode. Don´t let them touch you.

Detach. Things only have the amount of power over us that we allow them to have. Let go. Is it possible to be detached while standing up for what´s important? Yes! Use your power only when it is important. Use your energy wisely. What other daily life situations in your life could be used as golden opportunities for transcending to higher states of consciousness and resourceful behaviour? We can´t escape what the Universe wants to teach us. Acceptance, Curiosity and Love will remove the vail that blocks the true purpose of a “negative” situation.

As I was about to send article newsletter I received a text from one of my brothers. He asked me a favour. I don´t like to say no, but in this case I had to because for me that was the right thing to do. I laughed, as the Universe served me this challenge to check if I practice what I preach. I had to be honest with myself and him. How he reacts and responds to it, I cannot control that. I know that. Thank you Universe for serving me the opportunity to practice Honesty and Self Love. Bring it on!

You are a powerful Soul in a human body. Your are Love. You are the Universe expressing itself as a human for a little while in eternity. Make the most out of it! Love fully, Live fully and Shine Your Beautiful Light. 

Posted by Kenneth Soares on Jan 28, 2017

http://www.powerthoughtsmeditationclub.com/bring-it-on/

Diva Tasting-Brasied Corned Beef and Vegetables

Just in time for St. Patricks Day-Braised Corned Beef and vegetables in Dutch Oven

Ingredients

  • 1 (5 Pound) Flat-Cut Corned Beef Brisket

  • 1 Tablespoon Season Salt

  • 2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil

  • 2 Sm Onion, Sliced

  • 6 Cloves Garlic, Minced

  • 1/3 Cup Water

  • 1 Lg Head of Cabbage Chopped

  • 1 Sm Bag Baby Carrots

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F

  • Discard any flavoring packet from corned beef. Brush brisket with season salt on both sides. Heat all vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown brisket on both sides in the hot oil, 5 to 8 minutes per side.

  • Place sauteed vegetables in a large Dutch Oven

  • Scatter onion and garlic slices over brisket

  • Place brisket Over the remaining vegetables and add water to roasting pan. Cover pan tightly with lid of Dutch Oven

  • Roast in the preheated oven until meat is tender, about 6-7 hours.

  • Serve with Texas Toast

Diva Musing-Great Women….

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I salute all the mothers, sisters, grandmothers and divas who are caregivers in the home to the future of our world.  I particularly salute my Daughter-in-Law, Jenni, who is an amazing mother and teacher to my 2 grandsons.  Every day is a family event and every day is a positive learning experience for them.  May your little ones grow in peace and love and make this world a better place.  We love you MOMS!

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista