Simply Delicious

Beginners guide to preparing simply delicious meals.


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Grilled Shrimp with a Cilantro Lime Sauce

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Ingredients:

3 limes

4 teaspoons of heated coconut oil

2 cups of chopped fresh cilantro

3 scallions

2 teaspoons of fish sauce

1 teaspoon of white wine

1 pound of jumbo shrimp

Optional:

1 cup of chopped peanuts

Directions:

Roll the limes on the counter top to make sure that you get all the possible juice out of the lime before slicing them in half. Mix together the juice from two limes along with the fish sauce and white wine. Preheat your grill to high and brush the shrimp with coconut oil on both sides. (I prefer to peel the shrimp ahead of time so it makes less of a mess later on and then just put them on long skewers so they’re easy to flip). Place the shrimp on the grill and lightly season with freshly ground pepper and salt. Grill until shrimp is pink, usually 2 minutes per side. Once the shrimp is done toss it in the bowl that has the mixture you made previously along with cilantro, scallions, and peanuts if you choose. Squeeze the remaining lime over top of the shrimp and enjoy!


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Delicious and Simple Balsamic Portobello Burger (5 Weight Watchers Points!)

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The Ingredients:

1 large Portobello mushroom

1 whole wheat sandwich thin

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 slice fat free Swiss cheese

Crumbled tomato and basil goat cheese

Optional (I highly recommend you add both for extra flavor and texture):

Handful of spinach or arugula

Spicy mustard

Directions:

Heat a small fry pan on medium/high heat. After washing your Portobello mushroom and removing the stem pour 1/2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar in the cap place it in the pan bottom side down (the side that had the stem). While that grills wash your spinach and toast your whole wheat sandwich thin. Flip the Portobello cap and add 1/2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar in the pan after a few minutes. You can add more if you like but don’t go too heavy else the balsamic vinegar will completely over power the other ingredients. Add the Swiss cheese and place a top on the pan so the cheese will melt faster. Remove the sandwich thin from the toaster and spread spicy mustard on one or both sides depending on your preference. Remove the Portobello cap after a few minutes and place on the bread. Add the spinach or arugula and the crumbled goat cheese.

Side Note:

If you added more balsamic vinegar make sure you drain the vinegar as best you can before you place it on the sandwich thin else it will make the bread soggy. Make sure you grill the Portobello cap long enough; it’s better to have it crispier than not cooked enough. Don’t go overboard with the goat cheese, a little goes a long way and stay away from the mayo, you won’t even need it. Trust me! For a side I baked some asparagus and just sprinkled a lemon and balsamic mixture on top with some crushed salt and black pepper.

Comment below, I would love to hear your feedback and/or modifications you made to the recipe.

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Easy & Delicious BBQ Chicken + meal you can prepare with the leftovers (Easy BBQ Pizza)!

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The Ingredients: 

2 large chicken breasts (or more depending on how many people you are cooking for, this amount made enough for 3 people with a little leftover)

1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce

2 tbsp white vinegar

Optional:

Fresh sliced bread

Brown Sugar & Crushed Red Pepper to taste, PLEASE be careful when doing this. If you enjoy more sweet BBQ then add about 1tbsp of brown sugar, but NO more, you don’t want overly sweet BBQ. If you enjoy more spicy BBQ then add crushed red pepper but no more than half a tbsp. If you taste it once it’s cooked and decide it needs more spice then you can add more. Just remember you can always add more but you can never take it away. If you like both (like I do) then simply add a few shakes of crushed red pepper and half a tbsp of brown sugar.

Directions: 

Slice the chicken breast horizontally as shown below. This helps the chicken cook faster, cook more evenly, and helps it shred easier when in the crock pot.

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Place the chicken in the crock pot on high, along with the entire bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, vinegar, and your optional crushed red pepper and brown sugar. Allow the chicken to cook for 5 hours on high heat. Take a fork and a knife and shred the chicken apart inside the crock pot. Serve on a freshly sliced bun and enjoy!

 

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Ingredients: 

Any type of flour tortilla, I used whole wheat pocket pita’s

Shredded mozzarella or any type of shredded cheese you have available

Optional: 

I added a little bit of chopped onion on mine as well

Directions:

Preheat over to 400 degrees. Take a baking sheet and place the pita on it. Top the pita with the leftover BBQ chicken and chopped onions. Sprinkle your desired amount of cheese on top of the chicken. Heat in the oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Side Note: 

This BBQ chicken is a full proof recipe and your husband/boyfriend will love that you prepared some savory BBQ. I like to pair the BBQ with mashed potatoes and usually some type of vegetable such as corn or coleslaw. On top of that the BBQ pizza that I decided to make with the little bit of leftovers was absolutely delicious! Equally as delicious as the original meal. I don’t know about you guys but I get tired of eating the same type of food as leftovers and like to try to make something different with it and this pizza was an absolute slam dunk!

Comment below, I would love to hear your feedback and/or modifications you made to the recipe.

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The Easiest Crock Pot Chicken Tacos You Will EVER Make

Ingredients:

1 medium jar salsa (any type you prefer; I use pace) 

1 packet taco seasoning 

3-4 chicken breasts (2.5-3lbs) 

Optional Toppings:

1 chopped onion 

1 chopped tomato 

Sour Cream

Lettuce 

1 bag of Mexican shredded cheese 

Flour tortillas, corn tortillas, or taco shells 

Directions: 

Turn the crock pot on high and allow it to warm up as you prepare the chicken. Wash and then slice the chicken breasts vertically, this will allow the meat to pull apart more easily in the crock pot. Place the chicken, salsa, and taco seasoning in the crock pot. Check on it occasionally to shred the chicken with a fork. Allow the chicken to cook for 5-6 hours, the longer the better. Prepare the taco toppings however you like. 

Side Note: 

I prefer using small flour tortillas for chicken taco’s. For a little spice you can add some hot sauce to the crock pot (your choice) or even a can of diced jalapeno’s as a potential topping. This recipe is extremely simply and amazingly delicious. It is one of my favorite crock pot recipes because it’s impossible to screw up. I’m sorry I don’t have photos of this recipe but I made it a week before I started this blog. If you are curious to see what the chicken should look like inside the crock pot I will attach a link below. 

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Simple & Delicious Dessert EVER!

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Ingredients: 

1  20 oz cans, crushed pineapples

1 stick butter

1 box yellow cake mix

1 bag frozen blueberries

 

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350. In a glass pan layer the blueberries and crushed pineapples. Pour the cake mix on top  of the blueberries and pineapples. Melt the butter in the microwave. Pour the melted butter on top of the cake mix. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Enjoy!

Side Note: 

This dessert is simple and IMPOSSIBLE to mess up. My friend made this a few nights ago and it was absolutely delicious! If you’re in a rush or still learning how to bake, this is definitely the first recipe your should start off with.

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Delicious Slow-Cooker Chili

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Ingredients: 

2 lbs ground beef

1 can chili beans

2 cans of diced tomatoes  (with green peppers if available)

1 large yellow onion, chopped

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 packet chili seasoning mix

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and paprika to taste. (Do not go heavy on the salt, remember people can always add more to their own bowl of chili)

Optional:

2 teaspoons Tabasco

2 tablespoons bacon bits

2 teaspoons jalapeno, diced

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 stalk celery, minced

Garnish: 

1 pack shredded cheddar cheese

Onion, chopped

Tomato, diced

Sour Cream

Cook Time: 6 hours

Directions:

First things first, turn the crock pot on high. It takes awhile for the crock pot to heat up so don’t worry about rushing through the preparation of the ground beef.

Heat a skillet on high with a tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle oregano, basil, and paprika on both sides of the ground beef. Wait until the oil is warm and place half the minced garlic in the skillet. Add the ground beef a few seconds later, allow the ground beef to become a deep brown before flipping. Repeat the process with the second pound of ground beef.

Pour the chili beans, tomatoes, onions, seasoning mix, beef, and any other optional ingredients you chose to include into the crock pot. Cook on low for six hours and stir every once in awhile if possible.

Garnish with cheddar cheese, chopped onions, diced tomatoes and sour cream.

Side Note:

I personally enjoy covering the bottom of my bowl with Frito’s and then topping with the chili. I’ve eaten my chili that way ever since I was younger and definitely recommend it. However, you can also make cornbread. For this meal we made cheddar and jalapeno cornbread, it was delicious!

Comment below, I would love to hear your feedback and/or modifications you made to the recipe.

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From Beginner to Expert: A Cooking Adventure!

This blog began as a project for my Social Media Marketing class. I’m currently a senior at Radford University and was very excited when I learned about this project. “Finally!” I thought, “A chance for me to start a cooking blog!”. Initially I just wanted to make this blog the traditional cooking blog. However, after having several conversations with my somewhat-culinary-challenged roommate I realized that there are very few blogs out there that cater to the curious, yet fearful beginner. So, to give this blog a little bit of structure, there will be two posts every week. The first post will answer a basic cooking question that most beginners are curious about and the second post will be a beginner-friendly recipe. As the weeks progress the recipes will become slightly harder until you can confidently call yourself an expert chef!