Quick Breakfast – Smoothie Bowl

This smoothie bowl is my all time favorite quick breakfast.  Even better, it’s portable. You don’t have to put it in a bowl.  If you order this out, you typically have to wait ten minutes and it will cost you no less than six dollars. Just make it at home.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

1) Frozen mixed berries – I like a combination of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries.

2) Milk – I use almond milk.

3) Fresh banana

4) Coconut flakes 

5) Honey

I start by adding my frozen berries to my blender.  Then I add milk to the consistency I’d like.  (If I won’t be eating right away, I use less milk to create a thicker texture.). Next I spoon the mix into a bowl and top with the remaining ingredients.  That’s it!  I’m done in under two minutes.  My blender cleans effortlessly.  It’s a no brainer…a delicious no brainer.



Quick Breakfast – Blueberry French Toast

Most of the world is staying inside and as a result cooking more than usual.  I love to cook but even I sometimes just want something quick.  This mornings breakfast was perfect.  It was quick and delicious.  It was so good I may make it again for dinner.

My father in law introduced me to Oregon Trail breads.  Their bread slices are thick and dense.  Today I used their blueberry bread to make french toast.  The bread is full of flavor so all you need is egg and milk.  I used almond milk. I mixed my egg and milk, coated each slice, and fried.


Chicken and Pears

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The story:
I found myself with pears that were ripening before I could eat them. Once I got down to my last two I came up with a dinner idea. I would cook the pears with chicken breast.

I originally intended to use the chicken for masala but that could wait. I needed to cook the pears. I wanted to create something both sweet and savory. I started with bacon.

Two pears
Four boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 lb of bacon
Himalayan sea salt
Fresh ground pepper
Bleu cheese crumbles

I started by cutting a quarter pound of bacon into pieces and frying it down.

While the bacon was cooking, I peeled and chopped my pears. I also seasoned my chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.

Once the bacon was done, I removed the bacon from the pan. I then cooked the chicken in the bacon fat.

The chicken was thin and only took a few minutes on each side. I removed the cooked chicken from the pan and drained the fat.

Next I returned the chicken to the pan with the pears

The pears will make a syrup.

Lastly I add the bacon back into the pan along with thyme.

When ready to serve, I sprinkled with Bleu cheese crumbles. It was delicious 😋

You can find more of my home cooked meals on Instagram #ShirasKitchen

Cooking at Home

Bought myself a present. I haven’t bought or used a cookbook in over a decade. I thought it’d be nice to have one good cookbook to reference.  This will be my kitchen Bible.

Yes, I know it’s all on the internet but there is something nostalgic about a hard cover cookbook. This one is over 600 pages. I plan on reading it from cover to cover.

If you’re curious about what’s inside, check out my Instagram in the coming weeks for updates. I fully intend to post pics and videos of all the recipes I try from this book.

Stay tuned!

Seafood Soup

Some days I wake up with multiple meals on my mind. Those days make my week easy. Meal planning, done. On other days, I know I want to cook but have no idea what. Those are the days I wander the grocery store aimlessly waiting for something to jump out at me.  Well today a seafood medley jumped out at me.  It was in the frozen food section; a medley of shrimp, scallops, calamari, and mussels.  Instantly I thought, “soup!”

This would be my first attempt at a seafood soup that wasn’t Maryland Crab or cream of crab but really soups are easy.  As I headed towards checkout I made a mental list of what I would use for the base.  Well today is the day and below are the results.

I have to say, I wish I made a bigger batch.  This soup turned out perfectly.  I started with butter and flour.  Once blended I added my garlic and onion powder.  Next, i added vegetable broth and tomato paste.  I stirred until it was a smooth consistency.  Then I added a generous amount of old bay seasoning.  Lastly I added my defrosted seafood and let it simmer.  The result was a smooth and flavorful soup.  I will definitely be making this again.