New Ways with Chicken: 20 Minutes to Easy Chicken with Olive Tapenade

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One of my Birmingham friends, Adelaide, made my day on Sunday when she told me that she cooks her way through my blog every week. I appreciate that more than I can say, and I know since she is a mother of 4 girls, it’s not always easy to get dinner on the table. This simple recipe for Chicken with Olive Tapenade is so good and only 20 minutes start to finish. If you don’t feel like going outside to grill, use a grill pan or large skillet over the stove. My youngest son, Zachary loves olives, so this is one of his favorites. Use the leftover tapenade to top crostini, a salad or on shrimp, pork or a burger.

Light and Delicious Spiced Nuts for Super Bowl Sunday

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I had so much fun on “Talk of the Town” yesterday in Nashville. I thank my Nashville friends, Lisa and Rob, News Channel 5 and all of the Nashville subscribers and facebook fans for tuning in to watch me. One of the recipes I shared was this Spiced Nuts mix which I posted before Thanksgiving. It was very popular and is perfect for Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a lower-fat nut recipe and is ideal for a Super Bowl Party, holidays, or you can enjoy them as a snack or also tossed in a salad. Feel free to use any type of nuts that you want. These are worth every bite, and there’s no oil or butter in the recipe.

 

Spiced Almonds and Pecans 

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Yield: 41/2 cups

Ingredients

2 (6-ounce) packages pecan halves

1  (6 ounce) can whole natural almonds

1/3  cup  packed brown sugar

11/2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon

1/2  teaspoon  ground cumin

2  large egg whites, lightly beaten

Cooking spray

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. Combine pecans, almonds and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in egg whites. Spread mixture evenly onto a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Stir mixture; bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp. Transfer foil to a wire rack; cool almond mixture. Break almond mixture into small pieces.

Note: Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week.

Super Bowl Favorite-Tomato-Basil Sliders

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Okay, I am having a slightly busy week…all because of these Tomato-Basil Sliders. I am in Nashville to be on WTVF News Channel 5 “Talk of the Town” on Friday, and I will be in Birmingham on WBRC Fox 6 TV on Saturday morning preparing this recipe and a few others for Super Bowl Sunday that I will post in the coming days.


Sliders are very popular this year, and this recipe is very special. Using marinara, fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes create such a flavorful burger that you won’t even need any toppings. And, they’re low-fat, and you can substitute ground turkey or pork if you wish. Adults and kids love them, and I hope you will too! Wish me luck, Alison


Sun-Dried Tomato Sliders

These proportions also work perfectly as a meatloaf in a 71/2- x 4-inch pan.

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef

3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (or regular is fine)

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

1/2 cup marinara sauce

1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes

2 egg whites

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

8 (1-ounce) Parker House rolls

Ketchup, lettuce leaves

Preparation

1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Divide dough into 8 equal portions, shaping into a 1/4-inch patty. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Place patties in a grill pan and grill 3 to 5 minutes each side or until done. Serve on cut sides of rolls and top with marinara, ketchup and lettuce, if desired.