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BBQ Chicken Kabobs | Recipe

A summer favorite recipe is BBQ chicken kabobs and it’s easy to make!

We love making it as much as we love eating it.¬† ūüėČ Here is our recipe.

 

BBQ Chicken Kabobs

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 large chicken breasts (feeds up to 6 people)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • Wine
  • Water
  • Vegetables (peppers, onion and zucchini)

DIRECTIONS

  • Wash the chicekn breasts thoroughly and cut them into pieces to insert on the kabob skewers later.
  • Once all cut, marinate the chicken. You can season it based on your liking. We used salt, black pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Then half a cup of red wine and half a cup of water. Mix and place in fridge until you are ready to BBQ.

  • Time to cut the veggies that you want on your kabobs. We did peppers, onions and zucchini. This time we seasoned our veggies to add more taste to our kabobs
    • Salt
    • Black Pepper
    • Olive Oil

  • Once everything is cut and seasoned, you are ready to create your kabobs.
  • This is the fun part as you can construct your kabobs any way that you please. For these ones, I did 3 veggies, chicken and then 2 veggies as my pattern (We used metal skewers and prior to using them, we soaked them in water).
  • Once all your skewers are ready, time to place them on your BBQ on medium heat. Remember to keep turning them as it can cook quickly.

  • After about 30 to 40 minutes, it was ready to serve.
  • We added some sides to our dish such as salad and rice.

And there you have it, Momma Braga’s BBQ Chicken Kabobs! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

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Tomato Soup | Recipe

A soup that my mom would make for us is tomato soup but it isn’t exactly what you think as we don’t actually use tomatoes. ūüėČ

If you are looking for a simple and hearty soup recipe then this may be the one for you.

INGREDIENTS

  • Water
  • Tomato Paste
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Knorr of Chicken
  • Onions
  • Pasta (we usually use small pasta)
  • Potatoes
  • Boiled Chicken Breast (marinated with salt, black pepper and garlic powder)

DIRECTIONS

  • First clean the chicken breast and marinate it with some salt, black pepper and garlic powder. Once completed, boil it first until it is fully cooked.
  • Once chicken breast is cooked, remove it from the water. Shred the chicken breast into pieces to add into the soup afterwards.
  • In a new pot, add water for the soup. It is always best to almost fill to the top as water does decrease when boiled. Add a teaspoon of tomato paste, some salt, a dash of olive oil and knorr of chicken.
  • Clean and cut 2 onions into quarters and add to pot of water.
  • We also peel potatoes and cut them into small pieces to add into the soup.
  • Once all ingredients are added, turn the heat onto medium.
  • Stir as necessary and once potatoes are almost fully cooked, add the pasta and shredded chicken. Take a quick taste to see if additional salt needs to be added.
  • Once pasta is cooked, the soup is ready.

That is it! A simple recipe that is hearty and delicious! Enjoy!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

Fillet Sole Recipe

It is always a compliment when I get requests from loyal readers of Momma Braga and today’s recipe post is inspired by one of them.

A recipe that I love doing and is also one of my favorite dishes is fillet of sole. Growing up in a Portuguese household, fish was consumed at least one to two times a week. One popular dish is the fillet of sole.

Now many prepare and cook it differently which makes recipe sharing a delight. You can always try something new on a tradition.

Here is my simple recipe on a classic Portuguese dish.

INGREDIENTS

  • Fillet soles
  • Salt
  • Lemon
  • Olive Oil
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Eggs

DIRECTIONS

  • First clean the fillet soles in water (I usually grab a package of fillets at my local grocery store which are frozen. Once unfrozen, I wash them.)
  • Once cleaned marinate them with a little salt and squeeze lemon over all the fish.
  • While it sits in the juices, prep your work station.
  • First spread all-purpose flour on a flat plate.
  • Secondly, crack two eggs in a bowl (placing the shells in the compost). Scramble the eggs in the bowl.
  • Thirdly, add olive oil to a frying pan. Place the pan on the oven for frying. Start the heat on low to get the olive oil warm.
  • Then the frying fish process begins. First take a fillet and dip it into the egg bowl to cover the fish in egg. Once completed place it on the plate with the all-purpose flour. Cover the fish on both sides with the flour. Then place the fish in the frying pan. Let it fry one side and then flip it to the other side. I usually let it cook until it is golden crispy.
  • Repeat the above step until all the fish is cooked.

That is it! A simple recipe that will have your guests raving. For side dishes you can do anything like salad, veggies, rice and potatoes. One of our favorite is the Portuguese Style Rice. Either way many sides would make this dish delish!

Would love to hear what you like as a side with fish.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

–Momma Braga

 

 

Canja Da Galinha (Portuguese Chicken Soup) Recipe

The beauty of recipes is the variations that can be done with them. This is why I love sharing the way my family makes some traditional Portuguese dishes as every family does it a little different but all still so great.

One of my favorite soups growing up is Canja da Galinha which is Chicken Soup. It is perfect for a cold winter’s day and it is just so very yummy! My mom just made this recently and it made me remember some great childhood memories. So I asked her to share her recipe and she was delighted to share it with all of you.

As I was writing my mom’s instructions I realized how simple this soup was to make and will be giving it a try myself very soon.

Canja Da Galinha (Portuguese Chicken Soup) Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • Water
  • Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Salt
  • 1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
  • Onion (Chopped into quarters)
  • Olive Oil
  • Long Grain Rice (usually 1 – 2 cups, depending on how much you want to make)

DIRECTIONS

  • Fill a pot with water and add the boneless and skinless chicken breasts.
  • Once the chicken is cooked. Remove from the water and with a knife cut up the chicken breasts into shredded pieces.
  • In a new pot, fill it with at least 3 cups of water.
  • Add some salt, onion (in quarters), 1 chicken bouillon cube, olive oil and the long grain rice.
  • Stir the ingredients in the pot under medium heat.
  • Once the rice is expanded and tender, add the cooked chicken breast.
  • Stir one last time and close the heat.
  • Optional: There are other ingredients that you can add into the soup and to each their own. ūüėČ We have added some chicken giblets and gizzards into the soup as well and it has been delish!

And there you have it, Portuguese Chicken Soup! Such a quick and simple way to a nice soup for those cold crisp days. Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

 

 

 

 

 

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Adventures In Veggieland Takes Us On A Taste Bud Adventure

Melanie Potock is no stranger to the Momma Braga audience as we have featured her and her amazing books a few times and we just love her!

Therefore, I am delighted to say that Melanie is back but with a new and exciting book called Adventures in Veggieland. This new book is designed to help your kids learn to love vegetables with 100 easy activities and recipes.

We were excited for this book ever since we got a sneak peek of it!

Now I get to introduce all of you to this great book! Adventures in Veggieland takes us on a trip to healthy eating and it is done in such a colourful and fun way.

The book is divided into four parts: Winter Vegetables, Spring Vegetables, Summer Vegetables and Autumn Vegetables. This was very creative and makes the book flow nicely.

Throughout the book, Melanie gives parents a great resource and tool to be successful in making vegetables part of your family meal. Melanie states to just follow the “Three E’s”:

  • Expose¬†your child to new vegetables with sensory, hands-on, educational activities. Such as create Beet Tattoos and play Cabbage Bingo!
  • Explore¬†the characteristics of each veggie (texture, taste, temperature, and more) with delectable but oh-so-easy recipes such as Parsnip-Carrot Mac’n’Cheese and Pepper Shish Kebabs!
  • Expand¬†your family’s repertoire with more inventive vegetable dishes – including a “sweet treat” in ever chapter. Enjoy Pears and Parsnips in Puff Pastry and Tropical Carrot Confetti Cookies!


Even though this book is around getting your children to enjoy vegetables, it is also great for us as adults too. Recently, we have started to make better eating choices for ourselves so the timing of this book was perfect!

Now we couldn’t do a review on an activity and recipe book without trying any of them. So we did! We of course are ready for Spring and Summer weather so we picked Asparagus (Spring) and Bell Peppers (Summer) to try out.

We first tried the¬†Asparagus Logs which were a lot of fun to do.¬†The beauty of each activity and recipe is the wealth of skills that each one provides to you and your little one.¬† For example in the Asparagus Logs provides a description, benefits and how to use the vegetable. Then you have your list of what you need and instructions on how to complete the activity and it is neatly divided on who’s responsibility it falls under (love that!). Then there are some tips and there is a brief description of how your child benefits from this activity – genius!

Nikki and I loved this activity and Nikki loved the feel and texture of the asparagus as she was building. It was a great activity to introduce her to this new vegetable.

“Always celebrate each tiny step and focus on the fun.” – Melanie Potock

The next one we tried involved one of our favorite vegetables, Bell Peppers! So we combined that with another love of ours which is kebabs. This one was a recipe and so simple to follow. Nikki loved helping put the bell peppers onto the skewers and it was delish!

I am sure we will be trying a lot more in the days, weeks and months to come. It is a great addition to our kitchen and our health thanks Melanie Potock for putting together another great resource for families to thrive.

So what do we give Adventures in Veggieland? We give it 5 veggies out of 5! It truly makes veggies fun and not so scary after all. If you would like to purchase this lovely book, please click here.

‚ÄúMelanie Potock truly takes us on a taste bud adventure with this book! She offers amazing tips, activities, and recipes to make eating vegetables so much more fun for the entire family. A great resource for all parents.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒMelanie Braga, owner of Momma Braga, 2017 Blogger of the Year, and assignment editor at The Baby Spot

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

“How To Cake It” Makes A Delicious Read

Yolanda Gampp is a self-taught cake artist who started out baking novelty cakes in her mother’s kitchen and is now one of the forces behind¬†How To Cake It, a hugely successful, Webby Award-winning YouTube channel and online community of over six million cake enthusiasts from around the world.

Yolanda and her work have been featured on the Today Show, and in Buzzfeed, Daily Mail, and Cosmopolitan, while Yolanda has served as a guest judge on popular Food Network shows such as Cake Wars and Sugar Showdown.

Inspired by her father, who worked as a baker, Yolanda graduated from chef’s school and discovered that her true passion was working with sweets. Yolanda lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband (Mr. Cake) and young son.

We at Momma Braga had the pleasure of reading, How to Cake It by Yolanda Gampp and it was a delicious read to say the least. The book reflects on Yolanda’s own experience going from a beginner baker to a cake artist. It is designed to grow your skills whether you are just starting out or perfecting your cake skills.

In this beautiful book you will get detailed recipes, tips, designs and so much more. We love the way the book is divided into different sections. You begin at the “Bake It” section and “Yo’s Recipe Box”, where Yolanda lays out the foundation by sharing the recipes for the cakes that you will need to carry out her magnificent designs. Then there is “Yo Knows” where she shares her tips, tricks, and fundamental skills for success in caking. After the real fun begins when the art begins in “Cake It.”

What I love is that in this section it is broken down a bit further depending on the level you are comfortable with. Beginners can start with, “Caking Your First Steps,” then as you progress you can do “Cake It Up A Notch” and finish off with “Cake It To The Limit.” There are just so many amazing skills that you can learn through this great book. I only touched the icing on the cake. ūüėČ

So how easy are the recipes in the book? I put it to the test and I am a perfect example as I am not great at following recipes. I was so nervous about trying it out that I had to call in for some back up which was my sister who loves to bake. We set up a date for our cake day and of course my three year old daughter was excited to join in the fun too.

Since I am a chocolate lover it was only natural to pick, Yo’s Ultimate Chocolate Cake recipe. After reading the recipe, it appeared to be much simpler than I was anticipating. I got all the ingredients listed and was ready to start!

We went through each step to make the batter for our Ultimate Chocolate Cake. I have to note that the instructions were very simple and easy to follow especially for me as I don’t follow recipes well but this one made sense to me.

We got our batter into a pan and placed into the pre-heated oven. We waited patiently and it was smelling great. Before we knew it, it was all ready. We removed it from the oven and waited for it to cool down before we did our taste test.

Now it was the moment that I was waiting for since we started putting the ingredients together – eating it! We cut a piece and of course we made sure to have our glass of milk ready to wash it down with. We took a bite and it was delicious! I couldn’t believe that I actually baked something from scratch and it tasted amazing. We couldn’t help but notice how moist it was (even on the next day) and the chocolate taste was perfection. We now had dessert to offer to our weekend guests and it was loved by all.

This #MelandNikkiReview was really fun to do as we got to try a yummy recipe. For this review we give,¬†How to Cake It,¬†5 Yo’s out of 5. Yolanda beautifully articulates recipes, trick and tips in this must have cake book.

This Cake book is not just a book full of recipes, it is an opportunity to create memories with your family. It is a book that can be opened up in your kitchen and followed at your finger tips. It can be passed on to your children and then their children. They hold those memories that are made with each page turn especially if you accidentally let batter hit the pages. Those are all precious moments that can not be obtained through an online recipe but one that is forever shared in a book. This book is definitely one that can be used for a lifetime and just think of all the wonderful cakes that can be shared at the dinner table with all your loved ones.

To get your copy of How to Cake It, you can click here. Make sure to follow Yolanda on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see what other remarkable creations she does.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

Portuguese Potato Salad With Tuna

A few weeks ago I was chatting with one of my uncles about my blog and the feature of recipes. We went through a different list of some of our favorite dishes and then he asked if I shared the Portuguese Potato Salad with Tuna recipe…I haven’t! So thank you Uncle John for inspiring this share!

Growing up this was a dish that my mom often made and it was so yummy but I think families will appreciate how quick and easy it is to make.

Portuguese Potato Salad With Tuna

INGREDIENTS

  • Water
  • Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder or a Clove of Garlic
  • Tuna
  • Olive Oil
  • Optional: Eggs, Onion and Chickpeas

DIRECTIONS

  • Peel the potatoes, chop them into pieces and wash them in water.
  • Fill a pot with water and add the chopped potatoes.
  • In the pot add some salt and a dash of garlic powder or a clove of garlic (This is a great added taste). You can also use this time to boil eggs if you would like to add this to the dish.
  • Boil the potatoes until they get soft to eat. You may want to taste them during the process to see if you need to add some more salt for taste.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the water.
  • Open up a can of tuna and drain out the oil. Break up the tuna to place over the potatoes.
  • Take your plate and add the desired potatoes that you would like to eat, then add the tuna that you would like on top.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the food and mix it all together.
  • Optional: Chop up some onions to add on top and slice up some boiled eggs. You can even add chickpeas to the dish and it will be just as great and filling!


And there you have it, Portuguese Potato Salad with Tuna! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

Momma Braga’s Mini Pizza Recipe

This recipe is one of my favorites and super easy to do especially for your family. I remember my mom making this for us to eat when we went away to our trailer many years ago. Get ready to learn how to make mini pizzas and enjoy them at your next family dinner.

INGREDIENTS

– English Muffins (6 pk)
– Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
– Tomato Sauce
– Toppings (e.g. pepperoni, green peppers, mushroom, etc.)

DIRECTIONS

– Cut the English muffins in half (the 6 muffins will then become 12).
– Spread tomato sauce on each muffin using a spoon.
– Drizzle mozzarella cheese on each muffin and use as much cheese as you desire.
– Add your favorite toppings (the ones mention above are my favorite but I use turkey pepperoni instead).
– Once each muffin has it’s ingredients place them on a baking sheet and place them in the oven at 400.
– Time may vary but usually 30 minutes later you have yourself some mini pizzas to eat.
– Let them cool down before consuming.


There you have an easy and fast mini pizza recipe to try out and feel free to share if you try it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

Momma Braga’s Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna is a popular dish and one that originated in Italy. Even though I am not Italian and do not claim to be a lasagna expert, but I do enjoy making this dish for my family and friends to eat.

Since this is one of the dishes that my friends¬†request¬†when I¬†host a dinner party,¬†I decided to share Momma Braga’s lasagna recipe with all my readers and fans! Enjoy!

Lasagna

INGREDIENTS

  • Ground Chicken (or Ground Turkey or Ground Beef)
  • 1 Onion
  • Half of a tomato
  • Olive Oil
  • Lasagna Pasta
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • 4 Tablespoons of red wine

DIRECTIONS

  • Marinate your meat (which ever one you prefer to do. We love the ground chicken as it tastes much lighter) prior to cooking. I usually do this the night before to have the¬†meat soak in the juices for more flavor.
    • Wash meat well.
    • Place¬†meat in a bowl and add the following ingredients; salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, 4 teaspoons of red wine (the wine added is what sets this recipe apart from many). Measurements for the ingredients are based on what you normally use in your meat marinating.
    • Leave the¬†meat covered and in the fridge for the next day cooking.
  • The following day you can start cutting up your onions and¬†tomato.

  • Once the onions and tomato are cut, place them in a pan with some olive oil. On low heat cook the onion and tomato until the onions are a golden color. Then add your meat.
  • With ground meat you will need to keep breaking it apart and stirring it to ensure it gets cooked. Once the meat is cooked remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon to ensure that the olive oil is drained.
  • Place the ground meat in a bowl and mix some tomato sauce.
  • In another pot, fill it with water and add a drizzle of olive oil and the add your lasagna pasta. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water and fill it with cold water to cool down the pasta.
  • Then the layering begins. Start with some tomato sauce and spread to cover the bottom of the lasagna tray. Layer with lasagna pasta, tomato sauce,¬†ground meat and¬†mozzarella cheese. Continue layering until all ingredients are used, reserve 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese for the top of the lasagna. *Tip: Use cheese¬†on the first layer and¬†the layer before the very top.

  • Bake in preheated oven for approx. 45 minutes (or until the cheese is melted to your liking). Remove from oven, and let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

And there you have it,¬†Momma Braga’s lasagna! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

Bifanas (Beef Sandwich) Recipe

Bifanas is a popular dish in the Portuguese community and I learned how to make it recently with my mom. To my surprise it was really simple¬†and didn’t take too long to make. Normally this dish is done using pork but we use beef instead.

I know that simple and easy to do dishes is always ideal for families and hopefully you will all enjoy this as much as we do.

BIFANAS

INGREDIENTS

  • Beef (Thin cut is best)
  • 3 onions
  • Red Pepper (or Green or Yellow)
  • Tablespoon of butter
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • Half cup of wine
  • Half cup of water
  • Buns

DIRECTIONS

  • Marinate your beef prior to cooking. I usually do this the night before to have the beef soak in the juices for more flavor.
    • Wash beefs well.
    • Place beefs in a bowl and add the following ingredients; salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, half cup of wine and half cup of water. Measurements for the ingredients are based on what you normally use in your meat marinating.
    • Leave the beef covered and in the fridge for the next day cooking.
  • The following day you can start cutting up your onions and bell peppers to be cooked which will be used in the sandwiches.
  • In a pot add the onions, bell peppers and the beef (without the sauce that it was in). Also add a tablespoon of butter.

  • Let it cook and stir as its cooking.
  • Once it is cooked, add your favourite tomato sauce and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • After the 5 minutes, it is ready to be served.
  • Take buns and place the beef, onions and bell peppers in them.

And there you have it, bifanas in the simplest way! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga