May, 2013

May 30, 2013

Easy Thighs and Fries

ThighsAndFries_9313_600How often do you get to cook a complete dinner with NO cleanup? This easy chicken thighs and fries recipe is an all-in-one healthy meal that takes almost no work and will probably become a family favorite. I love it! It’s super easy, super healthy, and tastes fantastic. What’s not to love?

The whole thing cooks in the oven on a large baking sheet lined with foil. The skinless chicken thighs cook on a disposable foil broiler pan that’s placed inside the baking pan. The reason for the broiler pan is to contain the fat drippings from the chicken which is saturated fat and we don’t need that. I tried cooking everything on the flat pan but the potatoes came out soggy. So be sure to use the broiler pan for the chicken and I’ve included a picture to show my pan ready for the oven…

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And here’s how you add the vegetables…

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The chicken is always tender and the potatoes are crispy and golden.  And as for the green vegetables, I’ve done this dish with either green beans, asparagus, broccolini, or broccoli rabe. The spices I use in this dinner recipe make it very tasty but you can certainly make the spice mix your own. Let me know if you try it! Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

May 28, 2013

My Colorful Bowls

Shirley asks…What are those lightweight bowls you use?  They look so handy and pretty colors.

My Response…

The colorful bowls you see in my videos are an inexpensive plastic set (6 bowls) that I bought at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $20. I have also seen them at Target.

May 27, 2013

Oatmeal Snack Cake

OatCake_0003 copyI forgot how much I love this cake! Sometimes I’m in the mood for something just a little sweet and my Oatmeal Snack Cake was just what I needed. It’s still plenty sweet enough for a healthy dessert but I have to admit I like it with breakfast. And why not? It’s made with oats and whole wheat pastry flour and it has no butter. The crispy broiled coconut-pecan topping (my favorite part!) can be made with either butter or Canola Harvest, and I used Canola Harvest so there’s no need for butter in this recipe. I did toast the pecans first and it makes a huge difference in taste.

This morning I had a boiled egg, toast, melon, a slice of Oatmeal Snacking Cake, and a glass of milk.  Maybe I should change the name… how about Oatmeal Breakfast Cake? After all, granola has oats, pecans, and coconut so why not have it in a slice? With breakfast. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

May 24, 2013

Fondant

Jonnah asks… Hi, do you have a simple fondant recipe? 🙂

My Response…

I’m sorry I do not. Perhaps one of my readers can help out. – Jenny Jones

May 23, 2013

Easy Chocolate Brownies

QuickandEasy Brownies_9875_600 copyYou don’t need butter to make delicious and healthy, chewy, fudgey brownies.  This is another one of my popular one-bowl quick & easy recipes and this is the only chocolate brownie I will ever make. It tastes like it’s bad for you but it’s not. This is by far one of my best dessert recipes… for being healthy and for being so easy to make! You only have to wash one bowl.  The baking pan is lined with foil so you can just put it away when you’re done.

There is no butter here. My healthy recipe uses extra light olive oil which has a very mild flavor and is perfect for baking with rich flavors like chocolate. Olive oil is proven to be heart-healthy. The nuts (toast them first!) add protein while dark chocolate chunks have benefits, too. Wait, there’s more: these easy brownies are 100% whole wheat – you gotta love that!

Here’s a time-saving trick when lining your plan with foil. Lay the foil flat and place the 9 x 9-inch baking pan on top of the foil. Press up around all four sides to create a “mold” which then fits nicely inside the pan. You’re welcome!

If you’re looking for an easy healthy brownie, try this recipe. You can call them whatever you want: Easy Brownies, Healthy Brownies, Olive Oil Brownies, Whole Wheat Brownies, or you can just call them what I do… The Best Brownies Ever!  Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

May 19, 2013

Quick Balsamic Peppers

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If I had to choose one vegetable side dish with the most health benefits, it would be balsamic peppers and onions. The vegetables with the deepest colors have the most antioxidants so you can imagine what this stunning combination can do for your health. It looks fancy but this is a simple, easy recipe that cooks in just ten minutes and oh, the fabulous taste. The first time I made it, I wanted to eat only these delicious peppers for my whole meal.

In this quick and healthy recipe, I add just a pinch of sugar to enhance the sweetness of the peppers and if I could have found a sweet Vidalia onion, I would have used that, so if you can find a sweet onion, it would make this dish even better. You can even add a jalapeno if you like things hot. This easy recipe is the perfect side dish for chicken or fish, added to a pita sandwich, on top of a steak, or even part of a healthy breakfast.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should try these green, red, orange, and yellow quick balsamic peppers: Brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, which keep the immune system strong. Green vegetables are high in vitamin C (good for bones, teeth, muscles, and skin), red vegetables are high in vitamin A (for eye health) and lycopene (supports prostate health), while yellow & orange ones are high in carotenoids (protect the heart, lungs, and eyes).

Overall, these combined colored peppers may help protect against heart disease, cancer, memory loss, macular degeneration, and by boosting your immune system, might even help prevents colds and flu. Wait, there’s more. Onions have antibacterial properties, help the liver eliminate toxins, and may be better for your heart than red wine!

Whew! There’s your proof that a simple recipe like this can help you live longer! Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

May 18, 2013

Where are you from?

I hope you’ll take a moment to say hello and send a greeting from your country. I never expected that my website would have so many visitors from all over the world. Where are you from? To extend a greeting from your country just click “Leave a Comment.”

May 17, 2013

Complex Carbs

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May 17, 2013

Stuffed Mushrooms

Viesta asks… Jenny I hate to bother you, but what do you have in the way of a good recipe for stuffed mushrooms?

My Response…

I haven’t tried them yet but I have two great, healthy recipes on my “Healthy Snacks & Appetizers” Board on Pinterest. One is Pizza-Stuffed Mushrooms and the other one is stuffed with spinach, feta, sundried tomatoes, parm, onion, garlic, etc. Both sound delicious! – Jenny Jones

May 15, 2013

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

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Lemon and blueberries go together like Peaches & Herb or Martin & Lewis… the perfect match! With blueberries in season, it’s the best time to try this dessert recipe for a light, delicious lemon cake with lots of fresh blueberries. A lot of cakes like this start with two sticks of butter but mine uses only 1/3 cup. And bundt cakes make a dramatic presentation. Remember My Big Fat Greek Wedding, when the groom’s mom brought a bundt to meet the bride’s Greek family?  “A boont? A boont?”  I love that scene!  Did you know that blueberries are called “brain food?” They help your memory so you can remember to make this cake! Click here for my healthy recipe. – Jenny Jones

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