Two Sisters, One Kitchen

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Sweet & Salty Coffee Cottage Cheese Blend January 27, 2015

Jamie says: Mom is always right. My Mom recommended blending cottage cheese and prunes. Honestly, at first I thought the idea sounded a little wierd, but sure enough, she was right, and it was great! I went a step further and added coffee, which I’m adding to everything lately, and pretzels. I liked it so much I made it a few days in a row!

Sweet & Salty Coffee Cottage Cheese Blend

Sweet & Salty Coffee Cottage Cheese Blend

Prunes add natural sweetness. We can keep this our little secret…

Hidden prune love

Hidden prune love

I’m a fan of the contrasting combinations- sweet and salty; smooth and crunchy, chilled and room-temp. Yum!

Creamy blend with a crunchy topping

Creamy blend with a crunchy topping

Sweet & Salty Coffee Cottage Cheese Blend

Ingredients

  • 2% cottage cheese with live and active cultures (Breakstone’s)
  • 4 prunes (SunSweet Naturals D’Noir)
  • 3 Tbsp coffee (Starbucks)
  • 6 ultra thin pretzel stix (H.K. Anderson)

Directions:

  1. In a mini blender, add cottage cheese, prunes, and coffee. Pulse until well-blended, using a spatula to scrape down the sides as needed. Scoop into a bowl.
  2. Break pretzels into bite- sized pieces and pour on top. Enjoy!

Servings: 1

  • Nutrition note: Prunes, calcium, and vitamin D (the latter two are from the cottage cheese) have been associated with strong bones. Yes, you read that right. Prunes may improve bone health. Cool stuff!

 

 

Beer Bread January 25, 2015

Jamie says: I feel like this is a recipe most men will love.

Beer Bread

Beer Bread

 

It’s so simple and uses beer. Can’t go wrong, right?

So simple.

So simple.

It’s got stealth health written all over it, too. Sell it by the beer and taste, but know it also is 100% whole grain and has heart-healthy nuts, seeds, and fruit. Sounds like the perfect Men’s Health month recipe to me. (I just Googled it. It’s in June.)

Wow!

Wow!

I had beer bread for the first time this Christmas at my Uncle and Aunt’s house. It was so awesome. I asked for the recipe immediately.

Dense, moist, more, please

Dense, moist, more, please

Beer bread is dense, moist, and flavorful. Oh, and it’s filling, too.

Beer Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup fruit and nut mix-ins of choice (e.g. sunflower seeds, chopped walnuts, pistachios, thinly sliced dried apricots)
  • 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 12 oz stout (Guinness Extra Stout- purchased in the single bottle section from Publix)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a bread pan with cooking spray.
  2. Add all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together to mix well.
  3. Pour beer on top. Use a spatula to stir until combined. Transfer dough to bread pan. Use hands to evenly distribute dough in pan.
  4. Bake 1 hour. Remove from bread pan immediately. Slice. Enjoy!

Servings: 10

  • Nutrition note: Although beer bread sounds like bar food. It’s far from it. With 100% whole grain-content, heart-healthy nuts and seeds, and dried fruit, it’s practically a super food.
 

Chocolate Berry Parfait January 15, 2015

Jamie says: I love productive and fun-filled days! It’s that awesome feeling of accomplishment combined with fun that is the hallmark of a great one. I made this Chocolate Berry Parfait this weekend on one of those days I felt like an Energizer Bunny…a 2-part workout, 4 loads of laundry, dishwasher emptied, bills paid, groceries purchased, paper work submitted, awesome phone calls with family and friends, a birthday party… all in one-day. I was ready for this killer parfait…

Chocolate Berry Parfait

Chocolate Berry Parfait

The colors are naturally vibrant; the taste, sweet; and the texture, smooth.

A cup of goodness

A cup of goodness

Parfaits make me think of TCBY and the movie Shrek (onions have layers and so do parfaits).

Layering isn't only for the winter...

Layering isn’t only for the winter…

Dig in. It’s ready in a minute.

Just waiting for a spoon...

Just waiting for a spoon…

Chocolate Berry Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 4 strawberries
  • 8 blackberries
  • 4 oz cup of 2% live active cottage cheese (Breakstone’s)
  • 12 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate premium baking chips (Ghirardelli)

Directions:

  1. Wash berries. Slice strawberries.
  2. Place 2 oz (1/2 of portioned cup) of cottage cheese in a bowl. Top with half the strawberry slices, blackberries, and chocolate chips.
  3. Scoop the remaining cottage cheese on top. Add the remaining berries and chocolate chips. Enjoy!

Servings: 1

  • Nutrition note: Blur the lines a little sometimes between a dessert and a snack to prevent over-indulging. Use a few dark chocolate chocolate chips to make a healthy snack turn into a dessert.
 

Stove-Top Bourbon Chili January 14, 2015

Jamie says: Bourbon chili. It’s been my go-to, delicious meal of 2014. It freezes perfectly and, I swear, the leftovers taste even better than the amazing original batch. I’ve modified my 2012 recipe over the years and wanted to share the latest version of the recipe with you. So cheers to Stove-Top Bourbon Chili- and an awesome and delicious 2015!

Stove-Top Bourbon Chili

Stove-Top Bourbon Chili

Bourbon chili pairs perfectly with cornbread. Check out my Two Sisters One Kitchen’s Skillet Cornbread recipe for a great side. P.S. You can freeze the cornbread, too.

Pairs perfectly with Skillet Cornbread (recipe also on TSOK)

Pairs perfectly with Skillet Cornbread (recipe also on TSOK)

I’ve enjoyed sharing this meal and recipe with friends, and I hope you’ll absolutely love it, too.

Chili explosion!

Chili explosion!

Stove-Top Bourbon Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (Publix), divided
  • 1 lb ground chicken (Perdue)
  • 26.46 oz box petite cut tomatoes in light puree (Dei Fratelli, Truly)
  • 15 oz canned low sodium dark red kidney beans (Publix GreenWise Market organic)
  • 15.8 canned reduced sodium great Northern beans (Bush’s Best)
  • 1/4 cup chili powder (Badia)
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar (Publix)
  • 1/4 cup bourbon (Blanton’s The Original Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey, 93 proof)
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded 2% Mexican style four cheese (Kraft)
  • 12 oz (two 6-oz cups) fat free (0%) plain Greek yogurt (Fage or Chobani)
  • Directions
  1. Peel onion and chop. Heat a large pot on medium heat. Add chopped onion and 2 Tbsp canola oil. Cook for about 7 minutes or until soft and lightly brown, stirring frequently with a heat-proof spatula.
  2. Add ground chicken and remaining 2 Tbsp canola oil. Cook an additional 3 minutes or until cooked throughout, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Add entire package of tomatoes (including puree) to pot.
  4. Rinse and drain kidney and Northern beans. Add to pot along with chili powder, white vinegar, and bourbon. Stir well, cover with a lid, and increase heat to low/medium-low heat for a gentle simmer. Cook for about 1 hour 30 minutes. (You can really eat it right away since the meat is cooked, but the longer it cooks, the better it tastes.)
  5. Serve in bowls (or allow to cool slightly and freeze in jars) and top with a sprinkling of shredded cheese and a generous dollop of Greek yogurt. Enjoy!

Serves: 4-5

Serving suggestion: Serve with Two Sisters One Kitchen’s Skillet Cornbread.

  • Nutrition note: Recipe makeover! What makes this recipe better for you? Using ground chicken (instead of ground beef), reduced fat cheese (2%) instead of full fat cheese, fat free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream makes this recipe a better choice. Yup! The fat and sodium were cut and the probiotics, calcium, and protein amped up, while, in my opinion, the flavor was enhanced! Talk about a win-win situation!
 

Garlic Spinach Saute with Parm and Walnuts January 13, 2015

Jamie says: Quick and simply delicious. That was my mantra this week. I literally through this awesome side dish together in minutes before heading out the door. Like spinach? You’ll love Garlic Spinach Saute with Parm and Walnuts.

The perfect side. Enjoy hot or cold. At home or packed for a work or school lunch.

The perfect side. Enjoy hot or cold. At home or packed for a work or school lunch.

The gentle combination of flavors, textures, and colors made this side complete. (Completely perfect, that is.)

Not your average spinach... with crunchy walnuts, savory garlic, and salty cheese, it's worth writing home about

Not your average spinach… with crunchy walnuts, savory garlic, and salty cheese, it’s worth writing home about

Get your Mediterranean on!

Garlic Spinach Saute with Parm and Walnuts

Garlic Spinach Saute with Parm and Walnuts

Garlic Spinach Saute with Parm and Walnuts

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups spinach
  • dash sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 4 walnut halves, crushed

Directions:

  1. Peel and slice garlic. Pour olive oil in a medium pot on medium-low heat followed by sliced garlic. Heat until lightly brown, stirring occasionally, about 1 minute.
  2. Add spinach. Stir constantly until just wilted, about 45 seconds. Remove from heat. Pour into a bowl.
  3. Top with salt, Parmesan cheese, and crushed walnuts. Enjoy!
  •  Nutrition note: Olive oil, spinach, and garlic are plant-based foods on the Mediterranean Diet which is associated with multiple health benefits, including happiness.
 

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato January 12, 2015

Jamie says: New goal- embrace the slow cooker (aka Crock Pot). It’s a genius concept that, I’ll be the first to admit, I under utilize. I love a good sweet potato and thought I’d give the good ol’ classic sweet potato a shot- in the Crock Pot- to make a delicious and tender Slow Cooker Sweet Potato. It was awesome and ready for me when I was. Score.

I was so excited when I found this potato scrub brush for part of a gift that I had to buy one for myself. So adorable!

Check out my new little potato scrub brush dude. Too cool. Too cool.

Check out my new little potato scrub brush dude. Too cool. Too cool.

In the slow cooker you go, sweet potato! And 6 hours later… Out you come, perfectly done!

Sweet potato in the slow cooker- ready to eat

Sweet potato in the slow cooker- ready to eat

The potato was perfectly cooked and absorbed all the water in the bottom of the slow cooker- making it perfectly tender.

Hot potato!

Hot potato!

Vibrant orange. Chock full of vitamin A!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato

I drizzled extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top for an Italian variation. Delish!

Drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese... oh so good!

Drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese… oh so good!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato (organic)
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Scrub sweet potato under running water.
  2. Place wet sweet potato with water in a slow cooker on low heat.
  3. Place lid on top and cook for about 6 hours or until soft when pierced with a fork. Enjoy!

Serving suggestion: Top with extra virgin olive oil and Parmesan cheese.

  • Nutrition note: Cooking in a slow cooker allows the potato to absorb the small amount of water in the pot. Unlike boiling, which causes some water soluble nutrients to be leached from the potato into the water, the slow cooker better preserves the nutrients. With no water left in the pot, the nutrients stay within the potato.
 

Mocha Almond Butter January 11, 2015

Jamie says: I did it. I made my own nut (almond) butter. And it was super easy and honestly quite fascinating to do (perfect for kids to watch).

I had a fun afternoon with my new dietitian co-worker friends. It began with a walk, followed by lunch, and soon led to an impromptu DIY nut butter adventure. Earlier, I had found a recipe for inspiration in the Publix FamilyStyle magazine which led to the creation of Mocha Almond Butter.

Mocha Almond Butter

Mocha Almond Butter

It was really quite simple. And within a couple of minutes, we had a ball of almond butter.

Almond butter ball!

Almond butter ball!

I added coffee for a kick. It spread nicely, just like peanut butter except this one is made of cocoa-dusted almonds with a burst of coffee.

Perfectly blended

Perfectly blended

I put a heaping tablespoon in one of those little containers you’d use for a side of salad dressing and packed it for lunch.

Creamy mocha nutty goodness

Creamy mocha nutty goodness

It’s perfect for an apple or to make a Mocha Almond Butter and [banana, strawberry, (insert your favorite fruit here), blueberry, raspberry, and/or blackberry] whole wheat sandwich.

Mocha Almond Butter to go. Apple ready!

Mocha Almond Butter to go. Apple ready!

Mocha Almond Butter

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz dark chocolate flavor oven-roasted almonds (Blue Diamond)
  • one 0.07 oz packet instant coffee (Nescafe Clasico)

Directions:

  1. Pour almonds in a food processor to cover blades. Place lid on top and blend until the nuts become a ball, pausing occasionally to use a spatula to scrape down the sides. (Nuts will first become chopped. Then finely chopped. Next, they will start clumping. Then, they will form a ball.)
  2. Add coffee packet. Continue to blend until the ball finally forms a layer on the side of the food processor.
  3. Scrape down nut butter and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Servings: 5

Serving suggestion: Pack in a little reclosable container to spread on an apple.

  • Nutrition note: Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E. Peanuts have more protein. Both are great.
 

 
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