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Being a guy, I don't know what a picatta is but I do know how to make chicken that taste good. I'm also lazy, so I don't measure anything, watch it boil, or do anything other than cook it. Here's my recipe that involves chicken and lemon, with the cooking directions done in a way that even guys can cook it.
I'm a pretty lazy guy and I don't like to wait on, for, or because of anything. I will take a turn on a red light and go a couple of blocks out of the way just so I don't have to wait for the light to change. So thinking that I'm going to wait for water to heat up just so I can add some sort of mealy tasting oat ANYthing to it didn't appeal to me. But the problem was I needed the oat to reduce my cholesterol and help in my weight loss. So I had to figure out a way to do this and make it somewhat interesting. This recipe is what I came up with.
According to the description "Tabouli recipe is a healthful and delicious Mediterranean food recipe prepared with cracked wheat, mint, garlic, tomatoes, green onions, olive oil and lemon. An excellent picnic food idea, it tastes great chilled or at room temperature. "
Most men aren't going to fool with it because it just LOOKS like it's going to be hard. Actually, nothing can be further from the truth. It's really easy, and it will get you some brownie points with all the women that heard you took the time to make it. The truth is… most of them haven't made it either. I'm sure there's a specific blend of herbs and spices that people really like, but that's not really my way of cooking. I usually just put stuff in until I like the way it taste. That being said, I'll give you the ingredients… but if it taste like it's missing something, by all means add it. If something you see doesn't sound good, or you just don't have it in your cupboard…by all means leave it out. I couldn't believe I had 'mint' when I made this… but I did.
As we all know, most guys don't eat hummus. Truth is, most of us don't even know what it is. The only reason we can even pronounce it is because it looks and sounds exactly like "Hummer', except with an 's'. The first time I saw it on a plate it reminded me the stuff my kids ate before they went on 'solids'...both before and AFTER they had eaten it. It just doesn't look that attractive as a food option.
But one day when my wife wasn't looking, I decided to throw some of it on a cracker. For the next couple of weeks my wife began accusing me of 'eating all HER hummus.' So I decided to learn how to make it. I've made peanut butter hummus, avocado hummus, red pepper hummus, garlic hummus, pine nut hummus, Italian hummus, black bean hummus and onion hummus just to name a few. I don't want to ramble on, but I reckon you could say I'm the Benjamin Buford Blue of hummus. Some people might say this isn't really hummus because it has other vegetables in it, but I don't care. My wife likes it, she calls it hummus, and that's what she says goes.
So here goes.. Hummus for himmus.
What you need:
â—‹ Some beans
â—‹ A crock pot.
â—‹ A blender.
â—‹ Olive Oil. (you can substitute if you want)
â—‹ Tahini (if you leave it out, very few people will notice)
â—‹ Lemon juice.
â—‹ Salt and pepper.
Yeah. I know. Sugar free, fat free Jello and fancy don't even sound good. But when you throw in 'that even a man can make' it sounds more interesting, or at least it sounds like something you can throw on the counter and give us guys something that you can 'reasonably' expect to come out right. So here's the dealio...
Whut ure gonna knead...
1 - box of your favorite flavor Sugar Free Jello stuff
1 - box of Fat Free Sugar Free Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 - container of whipped cream.. Fat free
Now.. fire up the grill and put a pan of water on it. When the water gets hot enough that it has those little bubbles popping up in it on a pretty regular basis, pour some of it in a bowl about the size of a mite league football helmet. If you like it weak, or if more people came to your SuperBowl party than you invited... pour a bunch of water. If you like it strong, or aren't planning on sharing any of it... pour less water. The more water...the weaker the flavor, but the bigger the number of servings.
Now add the Jello mix..( I know.. I know.. both boxes say Jello on 'em... use the one with the clear lookin' but colored stuff first.) After you get that mixed up pretty good... add the Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix. Stir that up until there ain't no streaks left. Now add the cool whip. Stir that in there pretty good, but it don't really matter if it gets all mixed up or not. For some the cool whip is sort of a 'reward' for putting up with the other jello-ee stuff. Anyway, when you get it stirred up...put the whole thing in the fridge to get firmed up. It takes longer if you open the fridge, plus the only way to test it is by sticking your finger in it and people will be able to see where you done that.
Other tips for the epicuriously challenged...
If you use a small box of jello, use a small box of pudding. If you use the big box of Jello, use the big box of Pudding. This ain't rocket scientist stuff. It's jello. You eat it. If you don't think it's creamy enough…then add another box of pudding or whipped cream. I use the sugar free stuff because I have diabetes. If I didn't have diabetes, I'd use the sugar stuff and probably add even more sugar. Then again.. That may be why I have DB in the first place.
If you get stuck making this recipe.. I don't know what to tell you. Boiling water ain't that hard.
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On 12/3/2010 I received the diabetic diagnosis. I am managing it with Diet and Exercise. I track everything with Sparks Phone Apps. Being a man, I can't always cook what these recipes describe, so I changed them That's what you'll find in this cookbook.