Simply Delicious

Beginners guide to preparing simply delicious meals.


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Three easy ways to turn leftover takeout into a full meal for your family!

1. Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

 I do this sometimes if I have a little leftover of chicken and broccoli along with a bag of Steamers Asian Medley. Cook the steamers Asian medley in the bag for 5 minutes in the microwave while you set the stove to medium-high heat with a tbsp of sesame oil and 1 clove of chopped garlic. Wait until the garlic is sauteed and then add in the chicken and broccoli along with the Asian medley. Add some light soy sauce and stir. Allow the stir fry to simmer for a few minutes and enjoy! If you need a bit more add in some of the leftover white or fried rice! 

2. Italian Greek/Side Salad 

Sometimes I will order a salad from the pizza parlor while my friends and I are also ordering pizza just for another meal the next day. Grill a chicken breast or two and season it the way you like. I like to keep it simple and just use salt, pepper, and fresh lemon juice. While that cooks I like to add spinach to the already existing salad. Usually however much lettuce already exists in the salad I add that much of spinach plus some (nothing wrong with a little extra iron)! Slice up the chicken, throw in some fresh grape tomatoes and add some garlic bread to the side and you’ve got yourself a meal! 

3. Chinese Fried Rice 

I’m sure we have all been in that situation where we order Chinese take out and are given a quart of white rice that we just end up throwing out! Instead of the normal white rice that comes with the food I always make sure to ask for fried rice instead, which is still measly compared to the regular fried rice HOWEVER, it’s very easy to jazz up. Heat up about 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a wok or large skillet. Chop up either half or a whole white onion (depending on how much you need) and a package of peas and carrots frozen. Cook until the vegetables turn a light brown color, not too dark else it will taste bitter. Pour another tablespoon of sesame oil into the wok and crack two eggs into it as well, swirling immediately with a spoon (I prefer to use large chopsticks). Add any type of uncooked sliced chicken, pork, or beef to the wok and cook until meat is done. Add the fried rice along with some butter and 2 tbsp of light soy sauce. Enjoy! 

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

&& remember,

Live Life Deliciously.

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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.

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

&& remember,

Live Life Deliciously.


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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.

&& remember,

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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!