Diva Tasting:Sides for Chicken and Meat

Spicy Green Beans

Ingredients

  • 5 slices crisp bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 lg onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend

Directions

  1. Crisp the Bacon and set aside on paper towels
  2. Cook and stir the , onion, and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat until the bacon has just started to brown, about 8 minutes; mix in the balsamic vinegar, chicken broth, salt, black pepper, and green beans. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer the green beans until almost all the liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes. Stir in the bread crumbs. Remove the skillet from the heat, and sprinkle with Italian cheese blend and crumbled bacon fold in well.

Avocado Salad:

Ingredients

  • 4 Avocados Peeled, Pitted And Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Red Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 1/4 Cup Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the avocados, onion and cilantro. Pour the vinaigrette over everything, and toss lightly to coat.

VARIATION: You may add 1 pound grilled skinless, boneless chicken breast, diced and use as an entree. Serves 4

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Diva Tasting: Chicken Stuffed with Cheese and Wrapped in Prosciutto

Ingredients

  • 6 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
  • 3 Cup Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons Minced Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 4 Tablespoon Chopped Basil
  • 4 Tablespoons Minced Shallot
  • 4 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • 8 Thin Slices Of Prosciutto
  • 1 Teaspoon ea. Sea Salt And Ground Black Pepper To Taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F . Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut a slit into the thick side of each chicken breast about 3 inches long and 2 inches deep.
  3. Mash together the Gorgonzola cheese, and other spices/seasonings in a small bowl; season with sea salt and black pepper. Divide the filling and stuff each chicken breast with cheese filling. Wrap 2 slices of prosciutto around each breast, and secure with wooden toothpicks. Place the chicken breasts into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the bacon is browned and the chicken is no longer pink inside, about 40 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a breast should read about

Diva Rambling-How full is Your Tank?

I once ran out of fuel, it was on a busy 4 lane highway with cars going over the speed limit. I called 911 because I couldn’t fill the gas without standing on the highway. It was a major hiccup that could’ve been avoided if I had been more careful and aware.

Much the same, our spirit, can also get too low if we aren’t paying attention. Some of us may have inaccurate readouts on our dash that give us the impression that our faith tank is more than it really is. We think that meditating once in a blue moon is enough until disaster is upon us. Then we want to question our Spirit and wonder why we don’t have enough of the needed fuel to keep rolling.

We all have a spiritual tank that need to be filled regularly in this chaotic world in which we walk. When we neglect to keep our tanks full… discouragement, fear, stress and sickness are all ready to fill up the empty space. How can we keep our tanks full?

#1) Admit when we’ve neglected to keep it full. 

#2) Take action to fill it back up again.  The Universe is a never ending well if we only remember to tap into it.

 #3) Choose to be ready at all times. Filling our spiritual tank is a deliberate everyday choice we make.   We must slow down, tap into the eternal well of the True Source, available to all humans.

Am I down because I’ve neglected to tap in, tune in, turn on and fuel my power source?  Food for thought!

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting-Lamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction….

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • ½ Teaspoon Greek Seasoning
  • 8 Lamb Chops (3/4 Inch Thick)
  • 4 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ½ Cup Minced Shallots
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic Minced
  • ½ Cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 3 Tablespoon Butter

Directions

  1. In a small bowl or cup, mix together the rosemary, basil, thyme, Greek Seasoning. Rub this mixture onto the lamb chops on both sides. Place them on a plate, cover and set aside for 15 minutes to absorb the flavors.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place lamb chops in the skillet, and cook for about 3 1/2 minutes per side for medium rare, or continue to cook to your desired doneness. Remove from the skillet, and keep warm on a serving platter.
  3. Add shallots and garlic to the skillet, and cook for a few minutes, just until browned. Stir in vinegar, scraping any bits of lamb from the bottom of the skillet, then stir in the chicken broth. Continue to cook and stir over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until the sauce has reduced by half. If you don’t, the sauce will be runny and not good. Remove from heat, and whisk in the butter. Pour over the lamb chops, and serve.

Serve with Garlic Mash Potatoes, Grilled Lemon Asparagus and Crusty Bread.

Diva Musing- Today’s Quote….

As usual I was at my favorite breakfast watering hole this morning.  So many of my musings and rants come from my visits or going to and from in traffic. This morning the absolutely wonderful young manager asked me how I was and I him.  His response was all we need to ponder for the day!  ….” To blessed to be depressed and too anointed to be disappointed!”…

Good message for all….

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting-Pork Loin & Cheddar Garlic Drop Biscuits….

Pork Loin

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons Steak Seasoning Rub
  • ½ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup Pineapple Juice
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • 4 Pounds Boneless Pork Loin Roast

Directions

  1. Dissolve marinade ingredients in a small bowl and stir. Place pork into a resealable plastic bag and pour marinade over top. Squeeze out air and seal bag; marinate 2-3 hours to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. Place pork and marinade into a cooking bag and place in glass baking dish. Bake in preheated oven, until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, about 2-3 hours. Let the roast rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Garlic Cheddar Drop Biscuits:

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Cheddar Bisquick or other Cheddar Biscuit Mix
  • ½ Cup Good Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ Cup Mayonnaise
  • ½ Cup Finely Chopped Chives
  • 2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded

Directions

  1. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat; stir in the onion and butter, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Prepare Drop Biscuits to box directions. Add butter, Mayonnaise, Onions and Shredded Cheddar Cheese.
  3. Grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto baking sheet. Repeat to make about 10 -14 biscuits.
  4. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are browned and the cheese has melted, about 15 minutes.

Diva Musing-Good Energy

I am sick of seeing the riots, the hatred, the political unrest.  We need to be in unity. One with the Universe of peace and understanding.  You get back what you put out tenfold. Basic rule of Karma.  Why are we destroying the atmosphere with so much negative output?  

Don’t get me wrong…I’m a crotchety old crone with the temper of a saber tooth tiger and the patience of a gnat on a hot tin roof.  However,  I can put it all in check and wish unity and level headed-ness to myself, and all who control the energy of our world….(that being each of us)…me, you and the next two we see.  If we don’t get it under control we will cause it all to spin out of control (basic physics).  

It’s not just about me and my 4 and no more.  Its about our World and all the innocents who rely on our personal energy to help keep it unified and calm.  It means meditation and tapping into the Universal Source of all things for that power we need.  Help your world by changing our thoughts and  out of control emotions.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista