Friday, February 22, 2013

Margarita Friday...

Not only is it Friday but it is officially Margarita Friday...why you may be asking, because February 22 is National Margarita Day!  Wow it really does not get much better than that when you stop and think about it.   So having said that how about you make a shopping list and grab some items for an amazing, easy dinner and drinks Friday night at home.  These black bean stuffed peppers will not only save you more time for enjoying that Margarita but it will satisfy those taste buds.

I encourage you to enjoy Margarita Friday in a big way but in a responsible way - don't eat too many black bean stuffed peppers!  Enjoy...

Friday Night Stuffed Peppers

4 Large Red Peppers (rinsed and cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed)
1 Can Black Beans (rinsed and drained)
1 Avocado (seeded with fruit removed from peel)
1 Small Onion (diced)
1 Jalapeno (diced)
2 Tablespoons Franks Red Hot
2 Teaspoons Cumin
Salt / Pepper
4 oz. Low Sodium Chicken Broth
Low Fat Sour Cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Arrange Peppers in a baking dish
In a medium size bowl add blacks beans, avocado, onion,
jalapeno, and Franks Red Hot Sauce
Toss to incorporate making sure avocado is well Incorporated into mixture
Season with cumin and salt/pepper
Adjust seasoning as desired (adding more Franks Red Hot for a spicier flavor)
Evenly stuff each pepper with mixture
Pour chicken broth around peppers
Bake for 40 minutes
Allow peppers to cool 5 minutes
Top with low fat sour cream
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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ain't Nothing But A Chicken Wing...

This phrase cracks me up every time I am really not sure why but it does!  It has nothing to do with chicken wings which is a good thing because I don't even like chicken wings.  The only person around here who is the chicken wing eater is my husband.  He is always on the quest for the wing with the best flavor.  If you live anywhere around Manahawkin, New Jersey where we do, check out Doyle's Pour House for wings.  According to my husband, the self proclaimed wing man, they have the best wings around because they put them "back on the grill".  Which is in his mind is the best thing you can do to a chicken wing...fry it then grill it.  I do not see the thrill but like I said I don't like the wing...not grilled, definitely not fried..I am not interested.

Having said all that this recipe is not my creation it is my wing eaters recipe.  He decided he wanted wings his way.  They are healthier for you since they are not fried and the offer up a very different take on the traditional hot wing.  So gather up the ingredients and make some chicken wings for the big game tomorrow night...Go 49er's!

Ant's Wing Sauce

10-12 Frozen Chicken Wings
1 Zip Lock Bag
3 Tablespoons Honey BBQ Sauce
3 Tablespoons Honey
3 1/2 Tablespoons Franks Red Hot
1/2 Teaspoon Vegetable Oil
3 Teaspoons Jalapeno Pepper (minced)
3 Teaspoons Garlic (minced)

Whisk all of the ingredients in a bowl
Place wings in the Zip Lock Bag
Pour marinade over chicken wings
Marinate 3 hours or overnight in the refrigerator

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Remove wings from refrigerator and place on a sheet pan
Cook 40 minutes turning once
Remove from oven to cool
Serve hot with paper towels for cleaning hands

***If you like to dip your wings - double the marinade recipe and use half for marinating the chicken and the other half for dipping the cooked chicken.  Do not consume any marinate that has been used on raw chicken***