Organic veggies

The idea of organic foods has become very popular. Maybe they do or maybe they don’t contain more nutrients than our typical grocery store fare. But one thing is certain they are definitely more yummy. Many communities have the availability of ordering organic vegetables from local farmers, And I like the idea of supporting our local farmers!  I live near Chicago so I order vegetables from a place called Irv and Shelly’s fresh pics… All the vegetables are from local farmers and I order eggs that are organic from free range chickens that have run around the grass living happy lives. Surprisingly the cost is very reasonable. So I would encourage anyone to check out what is available in their locale.

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Shrimp ceviche

I really adore eating ceviche so I decided I would try to make some. Ceviche is a dish that originated in south America, traditionally using raw fish. The addition of lemon or lime juice would serve to kind of cook the fish. I just cannot bring myself to use raw fish in a recipe, so I got some raw shrimp, cleaned, deveined, head and tails removed. I boiled them for a few minutes with a little seasoned salt, drained them and added the other ingredients. It is chilling in my fridge now and will be ready for a cool dinner on a hot summer night.

Ingredients:
2 pounds cooked shrimp
Juice of two fresh lemons
Two diced tomatoes
One half diced green pepper
Four green onions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
One half teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients allow to chill for a couple of hours. It’s good to serve with tortilla chips.

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BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

two large chicken breasts, sauteed or grilled, seasoned with whatever you want. I used Pappy’s seasoning. Cut into cubes.

half of a medium red onion, diced

half of a medium green bell pepper, diced

one stalk of celery, diced

one 15 oz can corn niblets, drained

one 15 oz can black beans, drained

1 8 oz container cherry tomatoes, halved

one lb elbow macaroni, cooked and drained

Dressing:

one cup low fat mayo

1/4 – 1/2 cup bbq sauce of your choice… i used Winger’s Amazing Sauce

1/2 tsp chipotle powder

juice from one lime

Instructions:

combine all ingredients and allow to chill at least one hour. Adjust seasonings to taste.

I kind of threw this together after after looking at a few similar recipes that did not include pasta. It turned out wonderful!

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Broiled tomatoes, anyone?

Do you like cooked tomatoes or do you think they are yucky? I tried this recipe for Cheesy tomatoes tonight. I changed a couple things… For instance I used chipotle jack cheese instead of provalone, and since I had no cooking spray, I used olive oil. They were very good! Some day when I am not on a low carb diet I think I may try adding some Italian bread crumbs to the cheese mixture.

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