Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lighter Strawberry Crisp


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Let's make a Strawberry Crisp that bursting with juicy strawberries topped with a light crunchy topping.  It all but screams summer! - Slice of Southern

They've been saying that we've had so much rain here in Southern California that the strawberries have taken a hit this year, but I'm here to tell you "nuh uh!, this year's strawberries are super juicy and sweet!"

This leads me to pick up a pound of strawberries each time I go to the store, and I go to the store quite often, so the strawberries are starting to pile up!

Not to worry.  I have the perfect solution for that...


Let's make a Strawberry Crisp that bursting with juicy strawberries topped with a light crunchy topping.  It all but screams summer! - Slice of Southern


LIGHTER STRAWBERRY CRISP

Oh yes, please!  Let's make a Strawberry Crisp that bursting with juicy strawberries topped with a light crunchy topping.  It all but screams summer!  This dish is one of my go to desserts.  It will feed a crowd or a family (depending on how much you eat!).  We actually served this at out 4th of July party and it was the first item go.


Let's make a Strawberry Crisp that bursting with juicy strawberries topped with a light crunchy topping.  It all but screams summer! - Slice of Southern

Fruit is a wonderful item to create dessert from.  I've made this a little healthier by keeping the sugar content down as well as the butter.  It still has that homey, comforting feeling but is a much lighter and lower carb/calorie version.  Desserts don't have to be laden with fats and empty calories to taste good.  Just try this version for yourself and you'll definitely want 2nds or 3rds.  Go ahead...I won't tell!

Enjoy!










Strawberry Crisp


serves 6



6 c (about 1-1/2 pounds) strawberries, hulled and quartered

1 Tbls fresh lemon juice
2 Tbls all-purpose flour
3 Tbls light brown sugar, divided
1/3 c all purpose flour
1/3 c rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
3 Tbls cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Vanilla Ice Cream (optional topping)





Preheat oven to 375F.


Lightly grease an oval baking dish with cooking spray.

Add the strawberries to the bottom of the dish and toss with lemon juice. In a small bowl, combine the flour and 1 Tbls of brown sugar and mix until combined. Add this to the strawberries and mix to combine. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and remaining brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter or by rubbing with your fingers until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle crumb mixture over the strawberries. 

Place in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is golden brown and fruit is bubbling. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 10 minutes. Serve with ice cream if desired. 


Monday, July 8, 2019

Instant Pot: Spaghetti Marinara


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Get a delicious flavor packed meal on the table in no time with this comforting Instant Pot Spaghetti Marinara! - Slice of Southern

I hope everyone had a safe and fun filled 4th of July!

We had a big a pool party during the day and grilled all sorts of hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings and side dishes that go along with a typical Americana meal.  It really was a great day filled with good food and lots of fun and laughter.


But, I'll have to tell you I'm really tired after all of the party preparations and cooking.  The last thing I wanted to do the day after is cook another meal!  So I turned to my handy Instant Pot for some help.  This thing really is a life saver when you don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  It is virtually hands free cooking, which is perfect on a weeknight or the day after a holiday.


If you haven't jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet, I say it's time!  This is one of my most cherished kitchen appliances next to my slow cooker.  It just provides you with the option to get a delicious flavor packed meal on the table in no time and that is a lifesaver when I don't want to cook!



Get a delicious flavor packed meal on the table in no time with this comforting Instant Pot Spaghetti Marinara! - Slice of Southern



INSTANT POT:  SPAGHETTI MARINARA

When I want a quick meal I usually turn to either a stir fry or a pasta dish. Both cook up in 20 minutes or less.  Today it's all about making a simple yet tasty Spaghetti Marinara.  You know the one, a basic Italian tomato sauce over spaghetti.  One the kids will enjoy as well as the whole family. 



Get a delicious flavor packed meal on the table in no time with this comforting Instant Pot Spaghetti Marinara! - Slice of Southern

To make this even quicker we are going to use a good jarred marinara.  Use your favorite  so you get the flavors that you like.  The Instant Pot makes cooking this dish simple. It's only one pot to clean and done lickety split to boot all in 8 minutes.  That's a winner in my book!


Yes, I said 8 minutes!  After the Instant Pot comes to pressure the sauce and the pasta cook for just 8 minutes and then dinner is served!


Get a delicious flavor packed meal on the table in no time with this comforting Instant Pot Spaghetti Marinara! - Slice of Southern

KITCHEN TIPS:  There is a trick to cooking pasta in the pressure cooker so that it doesn't stick together.  You will want to break the spaghetti in half and layer it in the pot in two different overlapping directions.  It will look like and X in the pot.  Then you will add some additional liquid but "DO NOT STIR".  This will ensure the pasta stays intact and will not stick into a big clump. After the cooking is complete remove the lid and then give the pasta and the sauce a good stir.  Dinner is done!


This is a one pot - Instant Pot weeknight meal winner!  Enjoy!





Instant Pot: Spaghetti Marinara

2 cups water, divided
1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce
8 oz spaghetti
Parmesan cheese, optional topping


Instructions:


      Add 1/2 cup water, then the whole jar of marinara sauce to the pot. Break the spaghetti in half and layer in the pot in two layers, alternating directions like and X, over the sauce.

    Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups water over the pasta. Do not stir at this point.  Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the lever to seal.

    Press the Manual or Pressure Cook button and set the cook time for 8 minutes.  Once the cooking is complete do a quick release, open the lid once the valve had gone down and stir the spaghetti with the sauce.  Turn off the pressure cooker and remove the insert.  Serve immediately in bowls and top with Parmesan if desired.  

    Get a delicious flavor packed meal on the table in no time with this comforting Instant Pot Spaghetti Marinara! - Slice of Southern

    Get a delicious flavor packed meal on the table in no time with this comforting Instant Pot Spaghetti Marinara! - Slice of Southern

    Sunday, June 30, 2019

    Quick and Easy Watermelon Lemonade


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    Perfect for the 4th of July or any summer day, this watermelon lemonade will keep you cool on even the hottest of summer days. - Slice of Southern

    I just love summertime.  There is nothing like a great summer song, feeling that tingle on your skin from the hot sun, and a cold drink.

    I always used to associate summer with Sunkist soda pop.  Do you remember that commercial that played "Good Vibrations"?  To me that' was the epitome of summer when I was growing up.  These days I'm more of a lemonade kinda girl.  I just love the tartness of the lemons, and the thirst quenching flavor on a hot summer day.  

    Since the 4th of July is right around the corner I usually serve a pitcher of lemonade to have during our days activities and with whatever items we grill for our All-American dinner.  So let's change up the standard lemonade and give it a little pizzazz by adding some additional fruit infused flavor.

    Perfect for the 4th of July or any summer day, this watermelon lemonade will keep you cool on even the hottest of summer days. - Slice of Southern

    QUICK AND EASY WATERMELON LEMONADE

    To make this easier I use a pre-made pink lemonade.  Trader Joe's a wonderful one, but any brand will do.  Just make sure it's one you like.  Next we need to make the fruit puree.  This is where the watermelon comes in.  All you need is a blender to puree the watermelon and a fine mesh strainer to remove any solids so you are left with a nice pure watermelon juice.  Now that you have that, the rest is simple.  The concoction is about a 2/3 lemonade to 1/3 watermelon juice ratio.  Served over ice you will have a frosty piece of heaven in a drink.  One that screams summer!!!

    Perfect for the 4th of July or any summer day, this watermelon lemonade will keep you cool on even the hottest of summer days. - Slice of Southern

    Perfect for the 4th of July or any summer day, this watermelon lemonade will keep you cool on even the hottest of summer days.

    Enjoy!




    Quick and Easy Watermelon Lemonade


    serves 8


    8 cups of jarred Pink Lemonade (any brand)
    3 cups cubed watermelon
    1 tbls sugar (optional for sweetness)

    Pour ready made lemonade into a bottle or pitcher. In a blender puree the watermelon. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding the solids.  Pour watermelon puree into the pitcher with the lemonade. Stir to combine.  Fill glasses with ice and lemonade.  Enjoy. 
     


    Perfect for the 4th of July or any summer day, this watermelon lemonade will keep you cool on even the hottest of summer days. - Slice of Southern

    Perfect for the 4th of July or any summer day, this watermelon lemonade will keep you cool on even the hottest of summer days. - Slice of Southern


    Sunday, June 23, 2019

    Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce


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    Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce: Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling! - Slice of Southern

    Isn't food on a stick more fun to eat?  Well if you put any kind of meat and vegetable on a skewer we call them kabobs!

    Since is grilling season I think it's time to get out there and grill some delicious kabobs!  We love don't eat too much beef at our house although I totally love it.  So when we have it I want a great tasting steak.  So why not take my love for meat and potatoes and turn them into kabobs.


    Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce: Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling! - Slice of Southern

    These kabobs scream summer and call for dining alfresco.  Tender pieces of lean sirloin are cut into chunks and threaded on skewers.  Wonderful meaty chunks of beef that pack a lot of flavor and come out juicy and tender.  The potatoes are grilled right along side the beef and turn out tender and flavorful from grilling.  

    The kicker to the whole dish is a variation on a chimichurri sauce.  This is a uncooked green sauce from Argentina.  Typically made with parsley, garlic, red wine vinegar, and olive oil this version bumps it up a notch with the addition of mint and sumac.   Sumac is found in many Middle Eastern dishes and have a wonderfully tangy lemon flavor.  If you don't have sumac or can't find it you can substitute lemon zest in the sauce and have similar results.  What ever you do don't skip this sauce!!  The flavor is out of this world!!!!  You can make it easily in a food processor and it takes only minutes to pull together.

    Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce: Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling! - Slice of Southern

    Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling!  Perfect for a party or the upcoming 4th of July holiday.  


    Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce: Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling! - Slice of Southern

    Get outside and grill! This dinner will be on the table in under 30 minutes and is so easy to through together you'll wonder why you haven't made this before.








    Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce

    serves 4

    FOR THE CHIMICHURRI, PURÉE: 

    2 cups fresh mint leaves 
    1 cup fresh parsley leaves 
    ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 
    2 cloves garlic 
    2 Tbsp. each red wine vinegar and fresh lemon juice 
    1 ½ tsp. ground sumac 
    1 shallot 
    1 tsp. red pepper flakes 
    Salt and black pepper to taste

    FOR THE KABOBS: 

    6 yellow new potatoes, halved, and sliced into 1/2" disks
    4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided 
    1 ¼ lb. top sirloin, cut into 2-inch chunks

    Preheat grill for two-zone grilling, heating one side to medium and the other to medium-high. Brush grill grate with oil.

    For the chimichurri, purée mint, parsley, 1 ⁄2 cup oil, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, sumac, shallot, and pepper flakes in a food processor; season with salt and black pepper. 

    For the kebabs, toss potatoes with 2 Tbsp. oil; thread potato slices onto each of four skewers so potatoes lay flat. Toss beef with 2 Tbsp. oil. 

    Evenly divide and thread beef onto each of four skewers. Season kebabs with salt and black pepper. 

    Grill potatoes over medium heat, covered, until brown and soft, about 7 minutes per side. Add beef kebabs to grill; cook over medium-high heat, covered, to desired doneness (about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare). 

    Let kebabs rest 5 minutes. While resting, brush kabobs chimichurri sauce. Serve remaining chimichurri on the side.


    source:  Cuisine at home


    Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce: Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling! - Slice of Southern

    Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce: Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling! - Slice of Southern


    Monday, June 17, 2019

    Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot


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    Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot:  Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  - Slice of Southern

    Busy weeknight?  I've gotcha!

    Some nights I get home and cooking is the last thing I want to do after a long hard day at work.  We are all busy these days, running around doing errands, and a million other things that our days are full.  Getting a dinner that's healthy and tasty on the table just isn't always the easiest thing to do on weeknights.

    I have a wonderful solution to that...the INSTANT POT!  This gadget is going to be your new best friend.  If you haven't gotten one yet, let me tell you it has enhanced my life so much in the last year, that it's becoming one of my most used appliances to date.  This is the one I use, and it works perfectly for me.  


    Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot:  Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  - Slice of Southern

    The Instant Pot is the perfect tool to make soup, and on a weeknight soup and salad is just what the doctor ordered.  In 30 minutes you will have a filling and healthy dinner on the table!  The Instant Pot not only cooks your food faster it also concentrates the flavors, which makes for very delicious meals!


    Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot:  Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  - Slice of Southern

    Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  The soup has tender pieces of chicken, corn, black beans, tomatoes, onion, and Latin spices to create a mouthwatering soup.  


    Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot:  Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  - Slice of Southern

    So get yourself an Instant Pot and enjoy the freedom of cooking with a pressure cooker.  The dishes you can make are truly outstanding, just like this soup!

    Enjoy!




    Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot


    serves 6


    1 Tablespoon of olive oil
    1 yellow onion, diced
    1 red bell pepper, finely diced 
    1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
    1 quart chicken broth, low sodium 
    1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 
    1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, with their juice
    1 cup corn, frozen or fresh 
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1 lime
    1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 

    Turn on your instant pot to saute and allow to heat.  Add olive oil and heat for 1 minute.  Add onion and bell pepper and cook until softened slightly, about 3 minutes. 


    Add the remaining ingredients except the limes and the cilantro.  Cover the pot with the lid and set the dial to pressure.  Press the manual button and set the time to 10 minutes.  When it has finished do a quick release.



    Remove the chicken from the pot and shred.  Replace chicken in the pot.  Turn off Instant Pot.



    Squeeze in the juice of the lime and stir in the cilantro.  Serve.




    Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot:  Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  - Slice of Southern


    Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot:  Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  - Slice of Southern

    Sunday, June 9, 2019

    Effortless Apple Coffee Cake


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    Effortless Apple Coffee Cake:  An old-time coffee cake filled with cinnamonly tart apples and topped of with a delightful crumb topping. - Slice of Southern

    My love of apples is calling me.

    With the different varieties of apples I've been eating lately I'm on an apple kick.  I wanted to make something comforting and yummy, but I wanted something simple.  

    This dish has all the flavors of my mom's homemade coffee cake without all the effort!  

    The batter is quick to pull together and in no time you will have a house smelling delectable and a coffee cake just waiting to snack on!

    This is so good that you'll want to make this incredibly delicious dish for your next brunch.  


    Effortless Apple Coffee Cake:  An old-time coffee cake filled with cinnamonly tart apples and topped of with a delightful crumb topping. - Slice of Southern


    EFFORTLESS APPLE COFFEE CAKE

    An old-time coffee cake filled with cinnamonly tart apples and topped of with a delightful crumb topping. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or a snack with coffee.  This cake will remind you of your mom's and grandmothers coffee cakes, bring back the nostalgia of long ago!


    Effortless Apple Coffee Cake:  An old-time coffee cake filled with cinnamonly tart apples and topped of with a delightful crumb topping. - Slice of Southern

    A dish the whole family will love.  You'll want to make this over and over again!






    Effortless Apple Coffee Cake

    Topping:
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    3 tablespoons flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    1 tablespoon butter

    Cake:
    1 1/2 cups flour
    3/4 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    2 eggs
    3/4 cup milk
    1/2 to 3/4 can of a 14oz can apple pie filling
     Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    In a small bowl, Add topping ingredients. Cut in butter with flour, sugar, and cinnamon until crumbly. Set aside.

    In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with a stand or hand mixer. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix until blended. Add milk and eggs one at a time and mix until well combined.
    Pour 1/2 of the batter in to a greased 9x9" pan.  Top the batter with the apple pie filling.  Pour the remainder of the batter over the apple pie filling trying to cover as best as you can.  Sprinkle with the topping mixture.

    Bake for 45 - 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes, then slice and serve.



    Effortless Apple Coffee Cake:  An old-time coffee cake filled with cinnamonly tart apples and topped of with a delightful crumb topping. - Slice of Southern

    Effortless Apple Coffee Cake:  An old-time coffee cake filled with cinnamonly tart apples and topped of with a delightful crumb topping. - Slice of Southern

    Sunday, May 26, 2019

    Side Dish Galore: Asparagus and Avocado-Herb Dressing


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    Asparagus and Avocado-Herb Dressing:  Nice tender asparagus is blanched until bright green, cooled, and then doused with an amazing avocado-herb dressing and topped with fresh basil, and chives! - Slice of Southern

     Everyone needs a good side dish don't you think?

    When I was planning my menu this past Easter I came across a wonderful side dish that screams "Spring" is here!  I knew instantly from the recipe that this had to go on my Easter menu.  I tell you it truly is a wonderful vegetable side dish!  The main star is Asparagus.  What says spring more than asparagus?  maybe carrots, but asparagus always reminds me to light spring meals.

    Asparagus and Avocado-Herb Dressing:  Nice tender asparagus is blanched until bright green, cooled, and then doused with an amazing avocado-herb dressing and topped with fresh basil, and chives! - Slice of Southern

    This dish can be served at room temperature or made ahead and served cold.  Either way will do.  This is a good make ahead dish.  Nice tender asparagus is blanched until bright green, cooled, and then doused with an amazing avocado-herb dressing and topped with fresh basil, and chives!  Yum!!!!

    So the only regret with this dish is that it took me so long to get it to you.  It was outstanding!  The dressing really makes the dish so don't skip that part.  The dressing actually makes a ton but it will keep for a few days and can be used on salad or as a dip for veggies.  Dang that stuff is good!  The addition of  fresh torn basil and chopped chives takes this dish over the top.   We liked this dish so much that I've made it three times in the last 3 weeks.  Gotta get that good asparagus in my belly while it's in season!

    Asparagus and Avocado-Herb Dressing:  Nice tender asparagus is blanched until bright green, cooled, and then doused with an amazing avocado-herb dressing and topped with fresh basil, and chives! - Slice of Southern

    What do you eat this with?  This is the perfect side dish with Grilled Pork or Grilled Chicken or even a nice juicy Steak!  

    This is definitely a side dish you will want in your recipe box!  Make this soon and enjoy!







    Asparagus and Avocado-Herb Dressing

    serves 8


    2 lbs fresh asparagus, trimmed
    1 ripe avocado sliced
    1 c buttermilk
    1/4 c fresh basil, divided
    1/4 c fresh sliced chives, divided
    1 1/2 oz goat cheese
    1 Tbls white wine vinegar
    3/4 tsp pepper
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp sugar

    Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat.  Add asparagus and boil until crisp tender, about 3 minutes.  Drain, rinse under cool water and pat dry.  Set aside.

    In a blender combine avocado, buttermilk, half of the basil, half of the chives, the goat cheese, vinegar, pepper, salt, and sugar.  Blend until smooth.  

    Arrange asparagus on a platter.  Drizzle with dressing and top with the remaining basil leaves and chives.  Serve at room temperature.



    adapted from : Cooking Light


    Asparagus and Avocado-Herb Dressing:  Nice tender asparagus is blanched until bright green, cooled, and then doused with an amazing avocado-herb dressing and topped with fresh basil, and chives! - Slice of Southern

    Asparagus and Avocado-Herb Dressing:  Nice tender asparagus is blanched until bright green, cooled, and then doused with an amazing avocado-herb dressing and topped with fresh basil, and chives! - Slice of Southern


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