Cucumber Watermelon Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and cut into cubes or small chunks
  • 8 cups of seedless (regular works too) watermelon, cubed
  • mint
  • salt and pepper
  • 6-7 tablespoons balsamic vinagrette, more or less

Directions:

  1. Peel, cut, and cube cucumbers. Cut seedless watermelon into cubes (or use a melon baller) and put both into a large bowl.
  2. Add salt, pepper, and vinagrette to bowl of cucumber and watermelon and stir so  that all seasonings are equally spread.
  3. Mince your mint and add to bowl. Toss complete salad and serve on a hot summer day. Enjoy!
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Pumpkin Bread

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can of pumpkin (15 oz.)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or cinnamon extract

Directions-

  1. Mix all ingredients together, cracking in the eggs in the bowl last.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  3. Grease a loaf pan with baking spray and pour in batter.
  4. Bake in oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes – 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into bread. Check about every 30 minutes, and don’t let the bread burn!
  5. When the bread is done cooking, take out the pan and let the bread cool thoroughly, about 10-15 minutes.

Plate and serve with vanilla or pumpkin ice cream and whipped cream. Enjoy!

Raspberry Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup seedless raspberry jam (if you can’t find seedless, regular still works)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4-6 chicken breasts, thawed and defrosted

Directions-

  1. In a pan, mix jam, red pepper, vinegar, and soy sauce. Heat on medium-low and stir constantly.
  2. Meanwhile, in another pan with oil, begin to cook your chicken until a meat thermometer reads 160-170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Add chicken to raspberry sauce and turn heat on again. Coat chicken with sauce throughly.
  4. Plate chicken and serve with veggies and rice. Enjoy!