Balsamic Chicken

This easy chicken recipe can also be referred to as one-pot chicken, it’s that simple! It has a delicious and thick balsamic sauce with pungent smell mixed with garlic. Enjoy with a side of brussel sprouts, green beans, or other vegetable side of your choice!

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The chicken I decided to use for this recipe was chicken thighs, not only because I personally like dark meat over white, since it is darker, it is usually moister, and boneless thighs are usually thinner than boneless chicken breast.

I also am going to start posting a poem per post from now on, so here’s the next one: (if you hate poetry, skip to recipe below)

This poem is actually food related in some sense, as it is an unrealistic and humorous account of the ‘danger’ of microwaves:

 

Microwaves Are Harmful POEM

By Michael Metzler Jr.

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Microwaves are harmful,

Don’t let anyone fool you,

They are full of electricity,

And worst of all; the flu

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But more than anything else

Microwaves are inactive

In good consumer reports

And also radioactive

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So if you dare put food

In this hazardous box of metal

You may as well try something different

Perhaps munch on a rose petal

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For if you use this thing

And from it hot food eat,

You are as good as dead

As an unused brown golf cleat.

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So if you own a microwave

If you bought it from a store

Please just throw it away at once

And we won’t bug you more.

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So for your information,

In case you want to clap,

Please try our new product:

A brand new Food-o-Zap!

 

End.

 

Recipe below:

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Protein Sandwich

Hello all, thanks for tuning in on today’s recipe! This one is a really really awesome sandwich that you can make at home–it is full of healthy good protein and offers a healthy lunch.

You also have the option to make-ahead if that’s how you like doing things. The protein in here is simple: Boiled eggs and meat. (In this recipe I use pastrami, but you can use whatever meat you so desire.)

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This method of eating is important for those of you who, admittedly, rarely eat wholesome foods because (like me) you are picky, or are constantly on the go and simply grab whatever is within reach.

A tip for those who like throwing things together quickly: Boil lots of eggs and slice them ahead of time. This way, you can simply throw everything on your sandwich when it’s time to consume.

OK, now for a bit of NEWS. As you might know, not only do I like making food, but I like writing, so I decided to shake things up a bit on my food blog and and start including not only a recipe but also a poem I wrote before I give the recipe (below):

Ok here it goes: (if you hate poetry you can skip down to my recipe)

 

The Seasons by Michael Metzler JR

 

Spring grows most plants in rocky soil,

It takes new life to withered things.

Death defying through turmoil,

And to new life it spreads and clings.

 

Summer swathes the world in heat

It drapes the land around in glow

It bakes the clay and warms the feet

It is not spring and is not snow.

 

Autumn brings a yellow air,

It scatters orange like the sand.

Sprinkling leaves as though to share.

It is most glorious and grand.

 

Winter veers around the bow

With clutching hands and stale breath

It swarms the earth in clear-white snow

It brings no warmth and sometimes death.

End.


 

Here’s the recipe for my PROTEIN SANDWICH:

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Breakfast Quiche

​Looking for a quick, healthy, and easy make-ahead breakfast recipe?

Among other things, eggs are an awesome way to go, and if you are tired of simply making scrambled or fried or poached eggs every single morning, then quiche is an amazing use of eggs. Quiche is easy to whip up, and works great as a make-ahead breakfast. This means you can freeze it at least a month ahead of time. Because of this, you have the option of making a few quiches and storing them in the freezer, bringing one out each time you need one. Plus, it tastes delicious!

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This particular quiche recipe isn’t anything fancy; merely a whipping up of eggs, milk and spices, and then poured over a couple essentials: ham and cheese. But this recipe can give you a base to build off of. You can improvise and add spinach and/or broccoli, and certainly bacon, or turkey, you name it. There are countless ways to tweak quiche to your taste.

So try this quiche recipe and let me know how you like it!

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Breakfast Egg Muffins

These Egg Muffins are an awesome way to have a quick and healthy breakfast. You can also make these ahead of time, and plan out a few mornings worth.

They are relatively easy and quick to make and require basic ingredients like hash browns, lots of eggs, cheese, and sausage.

Enjoy!

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Overnight Soaked Flour Sandwich Bread

This Soaked Flour Sandwich bread is healthier than regular bread, in that the flour soaks overnight before baking. This has numerous health benefits, even though it is time consuming. But even though it is ‘time consuming,’ you don’t have to spend a relatively long amount of time in the kitchen; and you can eat healthier. The time is worth it.

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Sally Fallon, author of the book “Nourishing Traditions” explains some of the reasons why soaking your flour before baking is healthier:

-activates the enzyme phytase, which breaks down phytic acid (phytic acid inhibits the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc)

-provides lactic acid and lactobacilli, helping to break down complex starches and proteins

-increases vitamin content

-makes the nutrients in grains more readily available

-softens whole grain flour, making it more palatable

 


 

Ingredients (makes 2 loaves):

2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

2 ¾ cup whole wheat flour

1 cup buttermilk (or make your own, see directions)

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

½ cup room-temp water (or more if too dry)

½ cup oil

¼ cup warm water

2 ½ teaspoons active-dry yeast

2 ½ tablespoons coconut sugar (or honey)

2 teaspoon salt

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

If you don’t have 1 cup of buttermilk, then you can make some; in a 1 cup liquid measuring dish, pour 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Then fill the rest of the cup up with milk. Let rest for a few minutes, or until curdled.

In a large bowl, or stand mixer, combine flours. Then add buttermilk, apple cider vinegar, ½ cup water, and oil. Mix and stir until thick, tough, and homogeneous. Plastic wrap the bowl, and let rest on counter overnight. (12-24 hours).

The dough, after sitting overnight, will be slightly larger, browner, and less tough.

When ready to complete bread, place the dough in a warm oven (170 degrees) to warm up, for 10 minutes.

In a small dish, combine very warm water (¼ cup) and active-dry yeast, and coconut sugar. Mix, and let rest for 5 minutes, or until yeast has bloomed.

Pour yeast mixture into soaked flour dough mixture, and mix/knead in until fully combined. Let rest for 30-45 minutes, in a warm place.

On a floured surface, turn dough out. Sprinkle over with all the salt, and knead and knead for a few minutes, until all the salt is mixed in, and dough is smooth. Separate dough into two smooth logs. Place each of these logs in two greased loaf pans.

Set pans atop the warm oven, and let rise for another half hour.

When you are about ten minutes away from being done with rise time, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

When dough is done rising, place in oven to bake for about 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

Take out of oven, and let cool a bit. Take loaves out of pans, and let them cool some more before cutting into slices and serving.

Once loaf is entirely cool, you can store it in a Ziploc plastic bag.


 

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Egg Omelettes Recipe

Omelettes make the perfect healthy breakfast, as they contain protein in the form of eggs, and nutritious fillings of your choice, wrapped inside.

Omelettes are actually not as hard to make as many think. In this post, I’ll be presenting a simple recipe and method for making omelettes.

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Ingredients: (serves 2)

4 eggs

Sprinkle of Salt

Sprinkle of Pepper

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon cold cubed butter (optional)

1/4 cup diced ham (optional)

1/4 cup shredded cheese

2 tablespoons diced bell-pepper (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

First, dice your slices of ham into thin little bits.

Then shred your cheese.

And lastly, dice the (frozen, or really cold) butter.

First, dump your eggs into a medium sized bowl. Sprinkle in the salt and pepper, and pour in the tablespoon of water.

Melt butter over medium heat on a nonstick pan.

Beat your eggs thoroughly, about 10 seconds.

Add the cubed butter to the egg mixture, and whip for another 15 seconds on high.

Pour the egg butter mixture into the heated pan, and let it spread across the pan, and cook for 10 seconds.

Then push a bit of the side of the circle towards the center, and let raw mixture fill it’s place. Use a nonstick spatula for this.

Keep going around the circumference of the egg mixture in the pan, pushing towards the center, and letting the uncooked egg slid into its place. Soon you’ll have a mostly cooked circle of egg.

Sprinkle the ham, shredded cheese, and optional bell pepper over one half of the egg circle.

Carefully fold the unfilled layer over your fillings, as shown.

Grasp the handle of the skillet, and flip the omelette out onto a plate to serve.

Serve fresh and warm.

For step by step pictures, see my original recipe post on instructables.

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Sprinkle on the filling.