How to: Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

Hard boiled eggs are so versatile.

You can use them to make Deviled Eggs or Egg Salad Sandwiches, use them as a salad topping, on avocado toast, in a breakfast bowl, or just eat them on their own.

I’ve seen many recipes on how to get perfectly hard boiled eggs, but each one that I’ve tried, thus far, has overcooked the egg.

Now your probably wondering how to tell if  a hard boiled egg is over cooked. You can tell when you slice the egg in half, so that you can see where the white part of the egg and the yolk touch. If there is green on the outer edge, that means its over cooked slightly (that isn’t a bad thing, but typically when your using the egg for presentation purposes it’s annoying).

After many trials and errors I think I’ve finally come up with the perfect timing and  cooking to cooling ratio, that’ll give you perfect eggs.

So here are the steps:

 

1.

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In a saucepan place 7 eggs (I chose this amount because it didn’t over crowd the pan, but also gave a decent amount of eggs for any recipe you make post making) over medium heat and bring to a boil.

 

2.

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Once the water begins to boil, turn off stove and remove from heat.

 

3.

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Set aside and let rest 12 minutes.

 

4.

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Once the 12 minutes is up, IMMEDIATELY remove from heat and place eggs into a bowl of iced water. Let cool completely. (this will stop the cooking process of the egg so it doesn’t over cook itself)

 

5.

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Lastly, place into storage container or use as ingredient for your recipe.

 

6.

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This is what the finished product should look like (no green around the edge of where the white and the yellow touch).

 

 

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Bacon Wrapped, Tomato and Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Yes, I realize that this title is a mouth full. But you will understand when you have a mouth full of this delicious goodness that consists of bacon and chicken. I mean how could you go wrong??

I know on social media a few years ago bacon was a huge craze. Bacon flavored everything. Bacon decals on everything from socks to key chains and of course bacon wrapped anything was a huge hit at the state fairs, local stores, and restaurants.

Recently I got inspired to try and come up with my own version of a bacon wrapped dish. I knew I wanted to pair it with chicken, but the question was, “what to stuff the chicken with?”

That’s where I got the idea to create a recipe that required only two other ingredients and also two common ingredients that most people already have on hand. Cream cheese and diced tomatoes.

So let’s get into my recipe:

 

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Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 chicken breasts ( make sure they are thick so you can butterfly them)
  • diced tomatoes (amount varies but plan for 1/2 tbsp per breast)
  • cream cheese (1/2 oz per chicken breast)
  • tooth picks (not for eating, just for holding the bacon secure while cooking)

 

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Start by butterflying your chicken breast. (This technique is done by laying your chicken down flat and slicing horizontally into the chicken, as if to cut the breast into two thin slices. But you don’t want to cut them all the way through. You want to cut as if to make a pocket in the chicken breast.)
  3. Next you will lay a thin slice of cream cheese on one half (one side of the butterfly) of the chicken.
  4. Then you’ll spoon about 1/2 a tbsp of the diced tomatoes on top of the cream cheese and fold the chicken over itself, to “pocket” the cream cheese and tomatoes.
  5. Lay out the two slices of bacon parallel to each other and place the chicken breast at one. Roll the chicken up in the bacon and secure ends with toothpicks.
  6. Repeat process for as many chicken breasts as you plan to make.
  7. Place on a baking sheet. and bake 25-30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, serve and enjoy.

 

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Meal Prep Mania- My Easy Sausage Jambalaya (2 of a 3 post series)

This is my version of a quick and easy Jambalaya that you can make with what you already have on hand.

I meal prepped a batch of this for my family on Sunday, that way we’d have it ready to warm up for any meal.

The traditional recipe of Jambalaya calls for several other ingredients, not mentioned in my version, but feel free to add those if you want.

Here’s what I used.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Onion (I used red because I already had that chopped up in my fridge)
  • 2 bell peppers (chopped into small chunks)
  • 5-pack of Sausage links
  • 1 can of Rotel ( I used the Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 cups white rice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

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Directions:

  1. In a large pan, over medium heat, heat up the olive oil.
  2. Add in onion and bell peppers and saute until peppers are soft (about 5 mins)
  3. Add in sliced sausages, stir and let that cook about 2 mins
  4. Next add the Rotel, salt, pepper, thyme, cayenne pepper, Cajun seasoning, 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of water. Stir, cover with lid and cook for about 20 mins. (remember to stir occasionally to keep ingredients from sticking to the pan)
  5. Once all liquid is absorbed remove pan from heat. Serve up a bowl to enjoy or let cool and place into food storage containers for later.

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Suggestions:

*Garnish with green onions if you have those one hand (sadly I didn’t)! They add flavor and beautiful color.

Meal Prep Mania- Teriyaki Turkey (1 of a 3 post series)

Now, I’m sure you’ve all heard of meal prepping. Whether you’ve seen it on social media, heard a friend mention it, or if you’ve done it yourself in the past.

Sometimes it’s easy to do and sometimes it’s hard, but that all depends on the recipe. That’s why I’ve come up with the perfect recipes that are simple, yet delicious and they won’t take too much time out of your day to prep.

The first recipe is my Teriyaki Turkey. Now some of you might say that ground turkey is boring or bland, but if you add these simple ingredients listed below, I’m sure your mind will be changed!

So here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs of ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 2 tbsp of teriyaki sauce
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This is the one I used.

 

Directions:

  1. Add turkey to large pan, over medium heat, and cook until almost all the turkey is fully cooked (about 5-6 minutes).
  2. Add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and teriyaki sauce and stir until combined.
  3. Let cook about 3 more minutes, remove from heat and disperse into individual storage meal containers.

 

Yes! It’s just that simple!

 

Serving suggestions:

* Serve with a side of mixed steamed veggies (or any veggies you like) and rice (you can also use brown rice, quinoa or any grain you please).

 

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