Mashed Potatoes with Asparagus soup and Spicy Broiled Chicken!

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What to do with asparagus that has been hanging out in the fridge for a while? Why, make asparagus soup, of course!

I cooked the asparagus with freshly grated peppercorns from Trader Joe’s, the fresh juice of one lemon and 3 garlic cloves.

In another pan went 1 cup of whipping cream and 1/3 cup of half and half and I put the asparagus and cooked it in the cream for about 5-10 minutes and then using a food processor, made it into soup that went right back into the pan and cooked for another 10 minutes.  ave it a dash of sea salt and grated some Asiago cheese and stirred. Yum.

At the same time I had placed two potatoes to cook in the oven, and decided to do a little creative spicy goodness on top – so I started with cayenne, one of my favorite spices, along with peppercorns, sea salt, a bit of ground cloves, smoked paprika and dried mustard.  The wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen perfumed my living area making me really hungry for lunch!

So after whipping the potatoes  and putting 1/3 cup of the asparagus soup into the potatoes and just a tablespoon of grated Asiago in them, I placed them back in the oven to cook for another 10 minutes.

The chicken was moist, tender and just absolutely so yummy, that when I was putting away the remainder, I couldn’t help myself from taking a little piece and munching….and no, I don’t feel bad about it since I did a 3 mile power walk this morning!!!

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This asparagus soup was just soooo good!

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The chicken and asparagus potatoes also turned out quite good! A healthy lunch…..so yummy. And the best part is that I have leftovers!

 

Olive Tapenade Mini Sliders with Dijon Mustard Potato Salad

Image I really love olives….in any way, shape and form!

First I made a simple green and black olive tapenade…with just a large spoonful of light sour cream….and Voila! a yummy tapenade made in the food processor in just seconds using pulse, which I spread on the bread for the mini sliders…

And yes, of course I included some green and black chopped olives in my lean hamburger meat….as well as 1/3 cup of Panko and one egg white to bind it all together….out of 1 lb. of meat, I made a dozen mini sliders…..super delish nice and hot on the cold olive tapenade….those amazing flavors coming all together….outrageously olivy! That’s all I can say….

But what about the potato salad, you ask?  I had a couple of red potatoes, which are softer than regular white baking potatoes and boiled them till they were cooked through but not falling apart. After taking them out of the boiling water, shocked them in an ice bath, while I prepared the yummy dressing.

Out came the Dijon mustard, low calorie mayonnaise, a dash of cayenne, cumin, a dash of turmeric, a dash of black pepper and 1/4 cup of crushed bacon.  Mixed this together, chopped the potatoes into bite size pieces, and mixed in cherry tomatoes…..let me tell you….this was amazingly flavorful and this plate was just right!

So sharing Psalm 128 is superbly apropos….

Psalm 128

How joyful are those who fear the Lord – all who follow his ways!

You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be!

Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home.

Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees (!!) as they sit around your table.

That is the Lord’s blessing for those who fear him.

May the Lord continually bless you from Zion.

May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live.

May you live to enjoy your grandchildren.

May Israel have peace!

Have a blessed evening!