June, 2018

Jun 30, 2018

Easy One Pot Chicken Veggie Pasta

Creamy Chicken Veggie PastaWhy boil and drain pasta when you can cook it right in your sauce? In fact, everything here, the chicken, all these healthy vegetables, the creamy sauce, they all cook in one pot. And get this… 1) easy cleanup… 2) four vegetables in every serving… 3) start-to-finish : 30 minutes!

It’s vital to eat vegetables every day and this easy dinner has broccoli, carrots, peppers, and peas. There are probably more veggies than pasta in this fast and easy dinner but that’s a good thing. The creamy sauce it made with whole milk and a little flour and the result is an awesome healthy dinner that tastes much richer than it is.

My husband calls it Chicken Pot Pie Pasta because it reminds him of my chicken pot pie. I find myself looking for even faster and even healthier meals to cook and this one is going on the top of my list.  To make this fast and healthy chicken veggie pasta, click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Jun 29, 2018

Roni Loves My Recipes

“Hi Jenny, Just wanted to tell you how much I love you and your recipes. You are so sweet and funny and I love watching your videos. Now I also know that we celebrate our b-days in the same month. I turned 49 in June 6. I’m from Israel and I married an American Jew and we live in NJ with our beautiful daughter who celebrated 10 years a few days ago. I wish you a Belated Happy Birthday! Hope you had fun. I love you so much and I’ll keep following you on You-tube. You are welcome to keep in touch with me :-)”

Happy 4th of July!

Regards,
Roni Turner

Roni, What a lovely gesture that you sent your photo. I often wonder who is making my recipes so it’s a real treat to see this photo of you and your beautiful family. Thank you so much for taking the time and if anyone else feels so inclined, I would be honored to received your personal photos so I can feel even more connected with everyone who visits. – jenny
Jun 22, 2018

Apple Pie Bars Without Butter

Apple Pie Bars RecipeI was too lazy to make apple pie today but I needed an apple pie fix, so I made some healthier and easier apple pie bars. My simple recipe uses an easy oil crust and two pounds of apples and bakes in an 8 by 8-inch square pan so it makes nine servings. These did not last nine days, or even four days. Somebody around here thinks it’s okay to have one with breakfast because it has… you know… fruit.

To me, Granny Smith are still the best baking apples but I also use them because they are available almost everywhere. I use extra light olive oil or non-GMO canola oil for the crust so this recipe has not butter. This time I lined the pan with parchment paper so I could lift the whole thing out and cut it into bars on a platter. You’ll never miss the butter with these easy apple bars. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Jun 14, 2018

My Recipes / Your Photos (June/July)

I appreciate receiving your photos and seeing how my recipes turn out in other kitchens, and it’s always nice if you say where you’re from. Please send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

LYNN MADE MY NO KNEAD RYE BREAD

“Happy Friday, Jenny. This is a phone-photo of your caraway rye loaf, made yesterday. I just wrote a reply to one of your followers who had trouble making this loaf — sticky center. I didn’t get that result, but I read all the comments carefully beforehand and was on the lookout to avoid the sticky center issue. Made a few suggestions from my experience and said I would post a photo on your site’s blog page. This loaf has big flavor, almost a little sour-sweetish, plus arromatic with caraway. Nice texture. Again, dziękuję bardzo, Jenny! D. Lynn C. SilVal, CA.”

~ Thanks for your photo and for your extra input to help others. ~ jenny

LYNN MADE MY MULTIGRAIN NO KNEAD BREAD

“Jenny, your multigrain loaf prepared the cold water way, after a 13-hour ‘germination’; still a bit too warm to slice. Wonderfully fragrant.Grazie, Maestra!”

~ I’m honored with your tea dedication and I love this bread too. Thank you. ~ jenny

“Teatime, dedicated to you, Jenny. I join with all your other fans in thanks & praise.”

“Exactly as you described this multigrain loaf, Jenny — crispy, chewy outside, soft interior, really nice, probably even tastier in the morning. (Blackberry/pomegranate fruit spread). Merci beaucoup!!”

ROXANNA MADE MY CRISPY APPLE TART

“Hi Jenny, Thank you again for another perfect recipe. The Apple Tart was amazingly delicious-just the right amount of sweetness. I feel extremely fortunate that I found your site. Best, Roxanna.”

~ That’s a nice swirl design with the ribbed apples. Thank you. ~ jenny

LYNN MADE MY LEMON BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

“Jenny, happy Saturday! What’s left of your lemon-blueberry muffins (half batch); did your suggested ww pastry flour, yogourt/milk subs, plus eggless — used Bob’s Red Mill “Egg Replacer.” Scrumptious & Beautiful, photo doesn’t do them justice … that gorgeous blueberry blue and the lemon-yellow speckles, real tea-time or coffee-break charmers!! Lynn, from Carmichael Silicon Valley, CA, by way of Ontario, Canada. “Bon Weekend,” Jenny! 🐦🐦🐦”

~ Thanks for the lovely photo. It’s a great time for baking with blueberries. ~ jenny

TRACEY MADE MY LEMON BLUEBERRY LOAF CAKE

“Hello Jenny, I am from Saratoga Springs N.Y. I was so happy to make this Blueberry bread. Thank you for the recipe! It came out great. I found your site from Googling Chrusciki. I used to watch you on T.V. years ago. I couldn’t believe this was you. I am glad you are well. Thank you for the recipes.”

~ It turned out perfectly. Thanks so much for your photo. ~ jenny

DALILA  MADE MY SPAGHETTI FRITTATA WITH SPINACH

“Hi Jenny! 🌷I had a taste for a meatless dinner, its just been too hot here lately. And I really didn’t want a heavy meal laying in my stomach all evening. So I made your SPAGHETTI FRITTATA WITH SPINACH. At first I was a bit leery about flipping from pan to plate back to pan….geez! But you know what…..it was soooo easy. I felt like a pro, it was easy-peasy, nothing landed on my kitchen floor….LOL!! Your frittata recipe is rather simple once I was in a right frame of mind ~ I can do this. And the taste…deeelish, thank you Ms. Jenny! I plan on making this dish more often. Happy Cooking! 🙂”

~ Thank you for sharing your photo and comments – it turned out perfect. ~ jenny

ROXANNA  MADE MY OVERNIGHT NO KNEAD BREAD

“Hi Jenny, I’ve been making no knead bread for a few years; however after recently finding your website and following your recipe, the bread is now perfect—both inside and outside. Thank You.”

~ I see you made it your own. Thank for the inspirational photo. ~ jenny

ANDI (from Florida) MADE MY HONEY WHEAT BREAD & ONE BOWL LEMON BROWNIES

“You are amazing Jenny. Look what I can do because of you! Love from Florida.”

~ It turned out great. Thank you for sharing. ~ jenny

“Lemon Heaven. We absolutely love you.❤️ Sent from my  Cabana on the beach😎”

~ This is the perfect summer dessert. Thank you for the photo. ~ jenny

MARG (from Canada) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Hi Jenny…I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your postings. This is my first attempt with a No Knead Bread using a Corning Wear dish. It tastes good so now I will look for a proper Dutch oven. Hopefully not the expensive ones unless it’s really cheap! I’m a Canadian from Victoria, BC. Cheers, Marg.”

~ Thank you for sharing this. It looks pretty darn good for a corning ware recipe. ~ jenny

KYLENE MADE MY FALL-OFF-THE-BONE RIBS

“OMG! These are the best ribs ever! I used your rub recipe which was amazing and I plan on making these several times a month. As always thanks for sharing your recipes!”

~ They look exactly like mine, right down to the foil. Thank you. ~ jenny

SITA (from the Netherlands) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Hi Jenny, I love your recipe for the no knead bread, I made the bread many times and it just gets better and better. Thank you so much for sharing your yummy recipes.”

~ Thank you so much for this lovely loaf… all the way from the Netherlands! ~ jenny

JOAN MADE MY NO KNEAD RYE BREAD

“Just made your No Knead Rye Bread. Absolutely love it! It rose beautifully. Lovely golden color. Perfection!!”

~ I really love this bread too. Isn’t no knead the best? Thanks so much for the photos. ~ jenny

RACHEL  (from Miami) MADE MY CABBAGE ROLLS

“Hi Jenny. Loved your stuffed cabbage. I hope you don’t mind that I substituted the rice for quinoa. They were a hit! Thank you!”

~ They look so good, and it’s helpful for others to know they can use quinoa. Thank you for sharing. ~ jenny

Jun 13, 2018

Favorite Veggies by State

Green Giant polled nearly 4,000 Americans to determine the most popular vegetable in each state.

  • Broccoli is the most popular vegetable in 47% of U.S. states
  • Corn is the second most popular vegetable, chosen as the favorite in nine U.S. states
  • Idaho, known for its potatoes, was the only state to choose peas as the favorite veggie
  • Onions, peppers, celery and spinach are noticeably absent from the list of favorites

Does your favorite vegetable match your state? Mine does. (click photo to enlarge)

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Jun 7, 2018

My Birthday Poem

Today is my birthday so I celebrated by writing a poem (and baking a cake!).

Well I finally made it to seventy two!
And I’ve learned a few things that might help you
I was scared at first about getting older, you know
Would my hair turn grey, would my nose really grow?

There are some things you simply can’t avoid
Like wrinkles, but they’re proof that your life was enjoyed
So you want to take a nap? Do it – it’s reviving
Nothing wrong with that, just not while you’re driving.

Don’t lie about your age, there’s no reason to miscount
Enjoy the benefits – get that senior discount.
So you need to wear glasses, that bothers you a bit
Truth is without reading glasses, I can’t see… a thing.

The serenity prayer is kind of my plan
Accept what you must, and change what you can
The list for accepting is not very long
Your eyes or your muscles may not be as strong.

But the list you can change… where should I begin?
Fix your bones and your heart and your hair and your skin
Diabetes & cancer & stroke can be prevented
It’s up to your lifestyle – you just reinvent it.

No sodas or fast food, no junk or diet drinks
What’s that you say? This really stinks!
And easy on the pizza & sweets & ice cream
Jenny, you’re killing me. This is a bad dream!

Instead of coffee, drink water or tea instead
And no booze except one glass of wine that’s red
Eat veggies, wear sunscreen, exercise must be done
I know what you’re thinking. Can’t I have any fun?

I’m not here to say that I never cheat
An occasional pizza and gelato I eat
But the next day I’m back on this plan of my making
I cook every day, and do all my own baking.

I know it’s a lot and I’m not saying it’s easy
But you can live without things in bags that are cheezy
Feed your body with the best fuel at every meal
Then see how fabulous you can look and feel.

~~ ❤️ ~~

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