Friday, April 19, 2019

Foodie Friday ~ Recipe Ideas From An Awesome Teen Chef

Okay, look. I know that we haven't been able to get on the blog as often as we usually do. Not only am I trying to get three books out on the shelves, but I am also trying to finish my double degree in Psychology and Criminology. Why, people, am I doing this to myself?

At any rate, my wonderful children have offered to help me with my blog (with pay, of course) so that I can focus on a few other things. Today, we have my 14-year-old Jordy doing her contribution to our Foodie Friday segment and I think she did a great job.

She shares three great recipes for young people who want to get cooking but who may not be quite sure about their culinary skills. Jordy's attitude has always been, "Ah, well. You don't know until you try."

I love that about her.

So, without further ado, I introduce Jordy and her FABulous ideas. I think we may have this kid on here more often. ;)

Bon Appetit!
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Welcome to Friday’s segment! As a student, I am glad for the free time that (usually) comes with the week’s end. You have more time to go out, shop, and of course, make well thought out meals. Because don’t we all get bored with bagged sandwiches and leftovers that come with a work week?

But not all of us out there can be Master Chefs. I know that I alone have managed to overcook pasta and turn cookies into bread. In other words, it’s hard to find recipes that are considerate to the lesser experienced. Ones that don’t include words like ‘confit’ or ‘chiffonade’. So for us today, I have compiled the three perfect recipes for an afternoon of eating.

The first obviously has to be a nice snack. Though chips may be one’s go-to, I think something such as a peanut butter dip is way tastier. As well as being way healthier. I first saw a recipe for this on the Buzzfeed website a few months ago, and cannot express enough how much I loved it. I should mention that the recipe I’m about to give is going to be adapted from the original one. Enough about me though, here’s how you make it:


Ingredients:




  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt

  • 3 or 4 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter (or any other food spread that you like best, like pea butter or almond butter)

  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey

  • Any amount of fruit of your choice (I like apples best!)

           
            Directions:

  1. Combine the yogurt, food spread, and honey into a smaller bowl until completely combined.
2.            Peel and cut your fruit (if need be) in a manner you enjoy.

And that’s it! It’s truly that simple and is full of enough good nutrients to keep you decently full until your next meal. Speaking of the next big meal, dinner can also be uncomplicated. Especially if one wants to make something edible.  There are a wide variety of items that are simple enough to make, but something that is perfect for any time is rice. Because I truly don’t believe that there is a person out there who can say they don’t like a good rice dish! Anything can be paired with it, vegetables, meat and all! As you may be able to infer, the next meal I’m going to propose is stir fry rice.


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of white rice

  • 2/3 cup of peas

  • 2/3 cup of sliced bell peppers (any colour)

  • 1/2 cup of finely sliced white onion

  • 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms

  • 2 chicken breasts

  • 2 tablespoons of olive or sunflower oil

  • 1 1/2 cups of water

  • Soy sauce

  • Preferred spices

Directions:

1.         In a medium-sized pan, put 1 tablespoon of oil and cook the chicken for approximately twenty minutes, or until it is fully cooked. Cover the chicken and place the chicken to the side once it is done.

2.            Put 1 tablespoon of oil in a separate, larger pan, and wait for it to heat up. At the same time, put on a smaller pot of water at the max temperature to boil it.

3.            At the time the water is boiling, the oil in the pan should be heated too. Add the rice to the water and cover. Also, put in the vegetables in order of longest to cook to least in the pan.

4.            While the other ingredients are cooking, cut your chicken into thicker strips.

5.            In 10 to 15 minutes, both the vegetables and the rice should be done cooking. Turn off the burner for the rice, and combine the chicken and the rice into the pan with the vegetables. Heat for about two minutes.

6.            Serve with a light soy sauce, and the spices of your choice!

            Of course, any ingredient can be substituted, added, or taken away at the cooker’s will. This is just a basic recipe that I usually stick to. I don’t know about you, but dessert is truly a perfect way to finish the day. So save some room, because this milkshake recipe is the absolute best!


            Ingredients:


  • 2 cups of mango (frozen or fresh)

  • 1 cup of milk

  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

  • 1 cup of vanilla ice cream

  • 2 or 3 ice cubes (if you like thicker shakes)



Directions:

1.         Peel and remove the pits of the mangoes if you are using fresh mangoes.

2.            Place the ice in the blender first, then the mangoes.

3.            Put the ice cream and sugar next, then finally, the milk.

4.            Plug in the blender and blend for 1 minute, or until it is at the consistency you want it. The longer you blend it, the thinner it is!

            And there you have it! I hope you enjoy it all these GRATE recipes as much as I do. Haha, I’ll stop before it gets bad. Have a safe weekend, and eat lots!

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