Southwestern Chicken and Rice

SW Chicken n Rice

  • 1 ½ cups brown Basmati Rice, uncooked
  • ¾ cup yellow corn
  • ¾ cup black beans, cooked
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup diced onions
  • ¼ cup diced green peppers
  • 2/3 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon hickory salt
  • 2 teaspoons mesquite powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breasts, cut into serving size pieces
  • additional salt, pepper, paprika, and cilantro

Layer uncooked rice, corn, beans, tomatoes, onions, and green peppers in a baking dish.  Blend together spices, broth, and water. Pour over rice/veggie mixture. Cover tightly. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Remove from oven. Lay chicken pieces on top of rice. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, and cilantro. Cover and place back into oven. Bake for an additional 45 minutes. Serves 6. This is a carb category fuel.

This can be serve with cheese and sour cream for a combined fuel for growing children and those who do not need to loose weight.

SW chick n rice


Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage THM-S Its Butchering Time!

My Husband grew up in a family that butchered every winter. This family tradition is still going strong with the 4th generation helping. We no longer kill the hogs on site but a butcher shop does it for us. They cuts them in halves which makes it much easier for us to work with. After the hogs are picked up and that is when the fun begins.

Everyone helps to cut the up the hogs. Ribs, roasts, boneless sirloin, and pork chops are laid aside in tubs waiting to be wrapped. Pork bellies are placed into brine, put into the cooler to cure for 1 week and then will be smoked in the smokehouse.

The fat is cut into cubes to be cooked into lard. A small amount of water is poured into a large cast iron kettle along with the pork fat. A propane burner is lit under the kettle and the heat is slowly turned adjusted higher as the lard begins to cook. This has always been my husband’s job and he does a great job with it. i love to use lard to make pie crust and to fry donuts.

And then its decisions —  how many different kinds of sausage do we want. Natural hog casing are rinsed of the protective salt solution and placed in fresh water until we are ready to stuff the sausage.  Green Pepper and Onion, Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese, and Sun-dried Tomato Basil are some of our favorite kinds to make. Each sausage is linked as it comes off of the stuffing horn. They are then placed into bags, vacuum sealed, and frozen. Breakfast patties, loose Italian Sausage, and Ham-loaf are also made.

Then its time to cook scrapple—a Pennsylvania Dutch Specialty. Pork and Beef Bones are placed in large cast iron kettles along with a few onions and garlic cloves. Water is added to cover all and the kettles are allowed to simmer for 3 hours. Organ meat is added the last hour of cooking. The bones and organs are removed from the kettle and the broth is strained. The meat is removed from the bones and is finely ground along with the organ meat. Lard is added to a kettle and the ground meat is browned slowly. When it has brown sufficiently, broth and water are added and brought to a boil.  Cornmeal and flour are whisk in until the desired thickness is reached. The scrapple is then allowed to cooked for 20 minutes while being stirred continuously. It is then m dipped into pans and allowed to cool. Then it is time for clean up, the freezers are full, and butchering day is over for another year.

Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Sausage

  • 10-pounds fresh pork
  • 5-pound skinless, boneless turkey thighs*
  • 10 jalapenos, cut in half and seeded
  • 1 ½ teaspoons red pepper
  • 6 tablespoons salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fennel cracked
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons caraway seed
  • 2 cups ice water
  • 1 ½ pounds High-temp cheddar cheese
  • Combine meats and grind. Mix spices and ice water together. Pour over meat and mix well. Just before stuffing mix in cheddar cheese. Stuff into large casings. Vacuum pack and freeze. Grill. * skinless, boneless chicken thighs may be instead of turkey thighs.Jalapeno Sausage

Yummy Pizza THM-S

When you are cleaning, you haven’t eaten since your morning coffee, your hungry for pizza, you don’t have any Lavish bread or low-carb tortillas, you don’t want a crossover by using sourdough bread, you know you have pepperonis and cheese in the fridge (S) — you begin brainstorming while your scrubbing. This is what I came up with—-delicious pizza that you can hold in your hand. There isn’t any cauliflower or cheese in the crust.

Yummy Pizza

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10-inch cast iron skillet with Pam coconut oil. Place on stove top over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. You want the skillet to sizzle when you put the crust in.
Beat together until soft peaks form:
4 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoons oat fiber
2 tablespoons whey protein powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Whisk well. Add:
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons water
Whisk again. Spread egg white mixture in hot skillet. Place in oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully spoon pizza sauce on. Add cheese and meat. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until crust is slightly browned. Remove from oven. Serves 3-4.