The DC "Chopped Chalenge"

By Nick1962 Latest Reply 2012-07-23 14:34:35 -0500
Started 2012-06-13 19:52:31 -0500

Most of us have seen these cooking competition shows like “Chopped” or “Hell’s Kitchen” or “Top Chef” where the contestants are given the basics of a meal and given an hour to create a meal. Well, a few of us had strayed off topic in a different thread, and thought it might be fun to try it here on DC.

For our little version of “Chopped”, I wouldn’t make it a competition and you won’t get sent home (unless you put up something like a liver smoothie). The whole idea would be to see how creative we can get with food.

Now you don’t have to actually create a recipe with the ingredients, just put together something you think would be good using them. Heck, you could use the ingredients from your last meal to see if we could recreate it as your challenge. Assume you only need to make one meal for one person, and it may or may not include a dessert. It should be as balanced as possible, and of course D friendly as much as possible.

What I’m thinking is that each week (if it turns out to be fun) you all can take turns and present a “mystery box” in which you have 4 or 5 ingredients we need to use in a meal, and the rest of us have to figure out how to use them. I’m not going to monitor/moderate the thread, so after I’m done, it’s your turn.

Now, to add a twist and keep things interesting, we can put a limit on things. For example, if I say you have apples in your box, you could make apple pie. But if I said you have ONE apple in your box, you wouldn’t have enough for a whole pie obviously, so it may be a baked apple or apple sauce (and hint hint, apples aren’t just for dessert).

So, some simple ground rules (which we can always add to).
A fully stocked pantry is a given, so you’re free to use spices, water, milk, lemon or lime juice, broth, flour, sugar, bread crumbs, vinegar,….you get the idea.
It should contain some form of protein (beef, chicken, fish, etc.)
We should be able to make it in the home kitchen (or grill).
They should be ingredients we can all get (no Hungarian sheep lips).

For example, if someone put out a “box” with: chicken wings, fresh spinach, bacon, feta cheese, and a banana, I might do Grilled chicken wings with buffalo sauce, a spinach salad with a hot bacon dressing sprinkled with feta, then just peel and cut the banana in half and throw it on the grill for a grilled banana dessert. Get it?

So I’ll start. Get ready…open your boxes. You have:

1 chicken breast (with bone and skin)
1 ear of corn
1 can of black beans
1 orange


99 replies

Nana_anna 2012-07-20 13:06:54 -0500 Report

Okay, I have to go to the store! I am low this week. I have left overs mostly, beans, of assorted, all ready cooked, one tomato, one onion, and cucumbers galor! Raisin cookies. Two apples.

janet ann
janet ann 2012-07-19 14:58:38 -0500 Report

I saw Chopped for the first time last night loved the idea behind it even though wev'e never heard some ingredients, going to try it with my family, i must find something unusual for the basket first.

janet ann
janet ann 2012-07-20 03:01:11 -0500 Report

Ok This is the list my sister just came up with for me to try.
In your basket you have
Salmon fillet
1 mango
Diced fresh coconut
1 red chilli
Onion seeds

I would heat a grill pan, lightly season and oil the salmon and place skin side down to get it crispy. chop the mango put in a dish with the coconut, half teaspoon of onion seeds and finely chopped red chiili (seeds optional) i would use half the chilli, squeeze in the juice of half a lime and mix. I would serve this with the salmon on top sprinkled with coriander. Anyone going to try this basket?

Nick1962 2012-07-20 07:39:41 -0500 Report

Ooooh a good challenge. I've never worked with onion seed before.
Why not start this as a new discussion like "DC Chopped Challenge week 5". That way more people will see it and get a chance to respond.

Tony5657 2012-07-13 04:31:51 -0500 Report

OK, back to the future (the Chopped Challenge thread) … I ran out of salad dressing for my humongous salad and hate the sweet stuff my son had on hand. I had a large jar of dill pickles with lots of juice in it and some crumbled goat cheese lurking in the back of the frig. So, to my salad I added about 4 tablespoons of the pickle juice and the same amount of the crumbled goat cheese and WOW, it blew my socks off with great flavor! Hey, never throw away old pickle juice or goat cheese, just send it to me. :o)
Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-15 15:33:43 -0500 Report

Sounds good, but I imagine the sodium would be really high and I have to watch mine due to BP. Doesn't mean I wouldn't be up for a taste though:)

Tony5657 2012-07-17 04:18:41 -0500 Report

Hi Red Flower Lady, yes, I really enjoyed that mixture of ingredients. About 2 years ago I had elevated blood pressure and read somewhere that exercise might help. I started taking "power walks" daily - walking as fast as I can for exercise for 50 minutes. Now my blood pressure is normal. If you are able, you might try that - it's just a suggestion that worked for me.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-17 18:14:28 -0500 Report

Would love to, but for one I have a back injury (surgery soon) and leg issues that prevent me from doing so, not to mention balance issues. Also, the drs can not figure out what is causing the BP problems as it isn't from the normal causes and I don't need to drop weight, but the good news is that I have gone from 7 BP meds to 5. I have very high numbers and in fact if it said 165/95 That is a good day for me.

It is now believed the cause maybe from the back injury. I can walk short distances only if walking slow and with someone. I'm really hoping this will change though:)

judy makowski
judy makowski 2012-07-22 16:10:56 -0500 Report

The pain from your back injury could responsible for the increase in bp, as well as the stress from the upcoming surgery. Does it to me all the time. Went to have an ingrown toenail removed and pressure shot up to 173/87

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-22 17:08:18 -0500 Report

It isn't the surgery stress, well maybe the stress of getting the ok, but the pain I agree with. I wanted it done before my cancer surgery and was told no it had to wait. I have been dealing with the high BP since 09. Your BP of 173/87 is still low for me on a daily basis:( The drs have given me a permanent disability parking tag to keep me from walking too much as it goes up higher with just a small amount of walking. The drs even thought it was what they call "the white coat syndrome" and took off their lab coats before seeing me since it is normal for people to feel stress at the drs. That didn't make a difference, and no they didn't tell me they were doing it. That was in the begining. I explained to them later that I don't get bothered by that or procedures and worked in the medical field.

Tony5657 2012-07-17 19:06:53 -0500 Report

That is good news, regarding your being able to stop 2 blood pressure meds. I do wish you the best and, just like you said, just do what you can do. That's about all any of us can do. Yes, sometimes an injury or malfunction in one area can cause some other problem somewhere else. Especially if it involves pain, which can elevate blood pressure.

Sometimes I have to "whip" myself into doing some things but after it's over, I'm happy I did it. For instance, one of our tenants (I have 6 rent houses - always something to do) had a leaking bathroom sink drain. I've been under that $%#! lavatory for 2 days replacing old metal pipes that were rusted into place, almost like welded joints. BUT, and this is a big BUT, I did it! A plumber would have probably charged $300 or more so I'm happy I saved that. I tend to tackle jobs that I have no expertice in and I learn as I go, however this time it worked for me & it made my day. I hope you have had a good day also. Thanks for your note!!!!!
Ol' Tony5657 in New Braunfels, Tx

Nick1962 2012-07-18 07:49:40 -0500 Report

I'm with you there Tony. I judge most projects by the number of trips to the hardware store. Inevitably, I'll get what i need but have to go back for a hose, a clamp, a screw, what have you. Just put a handicapped toilet in my neighbor's house. Took almost all day, but he called that night to tell me how happy he was he didn't have to use his cane to get off the crapper for once.

Tony5657 2012-07-18 18:32:54 -0500 Report

Wellll, how timely. I just returned from my "day care" place - Home Depot. I had to buy some wood filler to repair some damage to a wood floor. I'm happy I can do that sort of thing. I'm sure I've saved millions of $$, … well, almost. :o) Yes, commode work isn't my favorite thing - they're a bit heavy & awkward to handle. I'm glad you could help your neighbor that way. By the way, what's the 1962 after your name? That's when I graduated from high school, FIFTY years ago. We had a senior class of about 32 students - small south TX town.

Nick1962 2012-07-18 20:10:57 -0500 Report

Yeah, if I'm not at Home Depot once a week they send someone to check on me :) Got a great deal a few years back - a kid knocked a benchtop drill press off the shelf, so I talked the manager into selling it to me for $50 as damaged. Only broke the top pulley housing - who needs that anyway.
My neighbor's a cool old guy and full of stories. Also an amazing pencil artist and has done things like covers for magazines like the New Yorker. He has a pencil drawing of his mother in her 20's hanging in his "studio" that is just stunning. I wish women looked like that today. He's promised me that drawing in his will.
1962 is my birth year. Funny you should mention reunions, i never went to any, but they do have pics of ours posted online (wow, technology huh?). Nice to know all the jocks and cheerleaders haven't aged any better than I have. Mine is from a small eastern WI town.
I think I was in your area 2 years back visiting a friend in Austin. Took me to a place called Faust hotel and brewery. That place still there?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-07-19 15:10:45 -0500 Report

WOW, you had great timing. Are you sure you didn't "help" with the whole "knocking off the shelf" process? Like bribe the kid…supply the kid…
Since we are apartment dwellers now I spend a little less time at "day care". Hubby still gets worried when I eye the power tools.

Nick1962 2012-07-19 15:32:24 -0500 Report

Nope, he did it with a forklift, I had no part in it, although it does give me some thoughts. They often have damaged stock and are willing to sell it if you ask.
And yes, they do ask whenever i buy anything sharp or motorized if I've visited the rag aisle to catch the blood that is sure to ensue.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-17 19:48:11 -0500 Report

That's awsome you were able to fix it yourself. My husband is very good at fixing and building as this is what his grandfather did for a living and he learned from him. He enjoys the work, well playing as he calls it and said he loves the satisfaction he fells when completed and even more if he saves money, which isn't always the case:)

GabbyPA 2012-07-13 15:45:25 -0500 Report

Oh yum! I make my own and will have to try it. I always save the sweet pickle juice for things, but I never thought of using the dill pickle juice.

Nick1962 2012-07-13 07:52:17 -0500 Report

Nice Tony! We do that a lot with the pickle juice, so sorry, we rarely have leftover juice. I have a reaction to rice starch, which is in a lot of the low fat/fat free dressings, so I make a goat cheese dressing like this one:
It's got a ton less sodium and because its so very basic, you can add little touches of stuff (like dill, poppyseed or fresh cracked pepper) for many different flavors.

Tony5657 2012-07-11 06:18:47 -0500 Report

When I saw the title, "Chopped Challenge" on my TV remote, I thought they had a show about building "chopper motorcyles" so I tuned in quickly. I used to ride those things in the 50s through the 70s. Boy was I in for a surprise! Sorry, I'm not much of a chef, unless you consider my "dried bean recipe" that I posted awhile back places me iin that category. LOL Most likely, NOT!! :o) Hey, I also make corn bread & pancakes from scratch, but those are not diabetic friendly to me anymore. :o( Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Nick1962 2012-07-11 07:48:50 -0500 Report

Funny Tony, now that you mention it the word "chopped" has seemed to take on a new meaning lately. I remember during our weight loss class we were discussing the nutritional info for pancake mix. My wife and I had puzzled looks on our faces and the instructor asked why. We said "what's pancake mix?". Seems neiter one of us grew up in a houeshold that used the stuff and even at our age never really looked at that aisle in the store.
I missed that dried bean recipe, so hey, if you can feed yourself you can cook! Take a shot at it Tony!

jimmuel 2012-06-16 08:58:57 -0500 Report

I would skin the chicken an debone,then cut a slite in the chicken breast an stuff with freash mozzarella cheese that I make,put a cup of peacons an a half a cup of breadcrums in a food prosesor abb garlic an onion powder salt an pepper to taste then grind till peacons a a fine consistentsy,then roll chicken in bread an peacon mix,heat over medium two or three table spoons of olive oil an brown on both sides,then place in oven on 350 till done,heat water an boil corn till done,cut of cob rinse the black beans an put in a bowl with corn get a jare of salsa add half of jar cut up a small onion an put in zest the onange slice of the rind of the onange an get the sections large chop then an put in salsa,a little hot sauce an garlic ,salt an pepper
then Id slice an saute zuccini an yellow squash an mushrooms in olive oil

tealady3 2012-07-13 01:43:01 -0500 Report

Sounds yummy! How does one make their own mozzarella?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-16 15:39:10 -0500 Report

Can I come to your house for dinner?

jimmuel 2012-06-16 16:22:18 -0500 Report

shure if you live close you can,Im having two bean an blackeyed pea soup with diced tomatoes an onions,baby carrots,diced sweet potatoe's leftover smoked ham pieces from the volinteer fire department sell,Its delicious,been cooking since 10 pm last night in my slow cooker

jimmuel 2012-06-16 22:32:20 -0500 Report

no I cant have really spicy food,just enough to let you no its there not set you on fire,just the right amount

jimmuel 2012-06-16 19:00:10 -0500 Report

there's always planty in my house for guest,an my great grand mother an grand mother taught me how to servive an eat well,just had to ajust the meal planing for my diabetus

jimmuel 2012-06-16 19:27:44 -0500 Report

well in my family if you leave the table hungry its your own fault there was always planty an a varity to,I dont have the varity but theres always planty,I cook to much all the time,so I eat on it a cuppple of days an invite friends an family over to play bags or horseshoe's,poker an a bonefire,whatever we decide

Nick1962 2012-06-16 19:37:47 -0500 Report

By "bags" I'm thinking you mean bean bags. Down here it's called corn hole.
That's what i miss about the midwest. Down here it's usually too hot for a bonfire.

jimmuel 2012-06-16 22:29:33 -0500 Report

its probly the same,but its a wood fram with a plywood top an a 6inch hole cut in the top an you throw a 4inch square bean bag through the whole an you get points for it,we have bonefires all summer long even when it get in the 90 an reel high himidity,we just had a really bad storm come through theres tree's down,theres a tree on my garage dont no the extint of the damage yet but it dont look to bad just alote of chain saw work in the morning,

jimmuel 2012-06-17 11:04:54 -0500 Report

noone was hurt that I no of from the storm,galsburg,IL got a tornado but minor damage was done,noone hurt,my garage is ok just a bunch of branches on it,think god we wherent playing cards in there last night,have a safe an good day

jimmuel 2012-06-17 17:15:37 -0500 Report

yep there the same as bags,we just make are own,to cheep to buy anything around hear,why buy when you can build it your self.never herd of it called cornhole,we use that saying as another term,but cant say on hear,Im going to call it that tonight at a friends house for a weinie roast an birthday party,just to see how maney know what im talking about

re1ndeer 2012-06-16 10:04:00 -0500 Report

Wow, that sounds delicous, the mixture of pecans and breadcrumbs, and then stuffing it with mozzerella, Yum…

jimmuel 2012-06-16 10:50:08 -0500 Report

its really good an simple to make

jayabee52 2012-06-16 11:56:21 -0500 Report

Howdy Debbie, WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

There is not a personalized recipe box on DC per se, but there is a recipe section. See the link toward the top left of the page. you can search for recpes there.

GabbyPA 2012-06-16 08:07:23 -0500 Report

I do something very similar already, so here goes.

Boil chicken breast (as is) in 2 cups of water until meat is cooked thru
Par boil the ear of corn for about 2-4 minutes, then put on the grill to char
Drain and rinse the black beans
Zest the orange then juice it

From the Pantry:
1 medium vidalia onion, thinly sliced
2-3 T cumin
1T coriander
1T cinnamon
2-3 T lime juice (Key lime if you have it)
Salt, pepper
Garlic infused olive oil

After your breast has cooled (no jokes here) remove skin and shred meat off the bones and set aside.

Cut grilled corn off the cob and set aside

Use the chicken broth from the meat, adding orange juice and enough water to make 2 cups again.(you loose some in the cooking of the chicken) Add 1/2 t salt (or to taste) and about 1T garlic infused olive oil and 1 cup of Quinoia. Bring to boil and let simmer for approx 15-20 minutes or until quinoia is fluffy. Stir in 1/2 of the orange zest and let rest.

In a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray, add approx 1T garlic infused olive oil add the shredded chicken breast and onion. Saute until chicken is brown and onions are tender. Mix in the spices, Lime juice, beans and corn, toss until incorporated. Salt and pepper to taste. Add a Table spoon of water or so to keep food from sticking if required. Cook for appox 5-10 minutes.

Scoop 1/2 cup of quinoia onto plate. Scoop 1 cup of chicken mixture over quinoia and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro, a lime wedge and a sprinkle of salt and orange zest on top.

Add a nice mix of chopped yellow pear and red grape tomatoes, banana pepper and green onion tossed in a light vinaigrette.

There you have it, Time UP! Hands in the air! LOL

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-16 21:09:41 -0500 Report

Sounds good, but I would cut back on the salt adding for me and sub with another choice if needed:) Don't get me wrong, I love salt, but have BP issues that drs can't figure out.

Nick1962 2012-06-16 18:42:47 -0500 Report

Sounds crazy tasty! This is real close to my southwestern chicken soup.

GabbyPA 2012-06-17 09:31:26 -0500 Report

The recipe I based it on is one of my kitchen experiments. Can't get enough lime in it for me, but the family will protest too much.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-16 15:37:18 -0500 Report

Sounds very good. But due to spice pickiness I would steal your recipe and modify it to avoid the cumin, coriander, & cilantro. Might keep the lime as I am trying to learn to like it. Probably by the time I'm finished changing out the spices it would be more a Sesame Chicken than your recipe. Then I could complain when/if it didn't turn out as good as yours "But I followed your recipe exactly!"

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-14 07:45:09 -0500 Report

Make a marinade of 2parts oyster sauce to 1 part soy sauce, seasoned to tste with garlic powder, ginger, onion powder red pepper, garlic, black pepper and sweetened to taste with either Splenda or honey or a blend. Remove skin and debone chicken breast. Place chicken in a microwave safe container with a lid, pour marinade over chicken, cover and place in fridge. Let chicken marinade overnight or for several hours.
Microwave the chicken, covered, at 50% power until cooked through, turn the chicken over when it is halfway cooked through.. (I don't know the precise amount of time because it will vary based on size of chicken breast and I usually make a large batch so it takes longer and since moving I haven't located my recipe file that tells me the time it takes)
While the chicken is microwaving, Thinly slice 1 medium onion, and set aside. If fresh mushrooms happen to be allowed in the pantry, gently wipe off any dirt and slice, set aside. If no fresh mushrooms are available subsitute drained canned mushrooms. Also, if there are any red or yellow peppers, wash, deseed, and slice
(Warning in my case the following steps are usually done by hubby due to kitchen ban being strictly enforce at this time)
Heat a few Tbsp of oil of choice in a Wok or skillet. Add a handful of cashews or peanuts. Sprinkle with onion powder, garlic powder, and red pepper. Saute the nuts, stirring constantly, until heated through, about 4 minutes. Remove the nuts and set them aside on a paper towel.
Put onion in Wok. Add another clove of minced garlic, optional. Stir in some of the peper slices (reserve extra for another meal or munch a few raw slices as an appetizer along with some of the raw fresh mushrooms). Let the vegies cook for a coupe of minutes. Drain the black beans (I hope they are no salt added as they have the best flavor). Optional step - rinse beans. Add to Wok, season with red pepper and ginger. Saute until hot. Toss in mushrooms and continue to saute until everything is the texture you like.
Leave corn sitting on counter and remember how good it used to taste nuked 30 seconds in the pre D days.
To serve: Slop some bean mixture onto plate. Top with chicken. Sprinkle seasoned nuts over the top.
Save orange for dessert, savor 2 to 3 segments due to double whammy - allergies and BG spike if more than that is ingested.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-14 21:35:00 -0500 Report

Sounds good, except for me not the oyster sauce or microwave. I try to limit nuking to 1-2 min if using it, and the other, just yuk never liked it.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-15 00:51:06 -0500 Report

On 50% power I find chcken is much more to my liking than if I saute, oven bake, slow cook, or pressure cook. Chicken can get a "squeaky" mouth feel to me with any method other than 50% power in the nuke machine. Found through many batches of custard when I worked in my old place that it makes a better custard than using the oven and a water bath method. Just used 30% power and a longer cooking time. Taste was richer and creamier from the microwave. Tested several different recipes for custard by dividing the batch in half after mixing ingredients and used the two methods. Microwave beat every time.
Several times the oven at work was non functioning and I learned through neccesity how to make a whole lot of items with the microwave. Results varied from better, just as good, or OMG hope I have time to whip up something else.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-15 02:01:10 -0500 Report

I'm glad it works out for you, just personal preference about not using the microwave if possible. I don't really like the texture of most foods cooked in it, so I'm the opposite. I don't do much cooking as my husband does it, he is a professional chef so I luck out:P

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