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Chicken Taco Burgers #BurgerMonth

Chicken Taco Burgers - combine 2 favorites (tacos and burgers) into one summer time dinner!

Chicken Taco Burgers - combine 2 favorites (tacos and burgers) into one summer time dinner!

Do you have your kids do “school” work during the summer?  My son is really good at math and reading, and he likes both of them.  So we have him do some math each day, and he reads each day as well.  No matter what, he reads for awhile before bed each night, to help him calm down so he can go to sleep.  But the math, that is starting to prove to be a challenge.  He loves math, and during the school year he loves the website we have him working on.  But now… it is “boring”.  It is getting to be more of a struggle each day.  Who knew summer was supposed to be so entertaining :)

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Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad - great summer dinner

Chicken Caesar Salad - lightened up by using yogurt in the dressing

I think that once summer comes, even the most meat eating man out there, is ok with a salad every once in awhile. Especially if it means they get to fire up the grill to cook the meat for the salad.  For my husband, the only reason he will eat a salad is because of the dressing.  If it were socially acceptable, he would probably just drink the salad dressing, or maybe he would use a spoon :)  But seeing as how that is frowned upon, he will suffer through some lettuce in order to get the dressing.  His favorite dressing ever…..Caesar.  Followed closely by Thousand Island.

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Pesto Chicken Burgers

Pesto Chicken Burgers - perfect summer grilling meal!

Pesto Chicken Burgers - perfect summer grilling meal!

I hope that everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend, and were able to get out and enjoy the weather.  We went up to the mountains on Sunday, and it was amazing to see how much snow there still was.  The rivers and waterfalls were so full of water, it was incredible.  On Monday we ventured out for a bike ride on the trails around town.  Our favorite trail was flooded, so we had to come up with a plan B.  We ended up on about a 20 mile ride in gorgeous weather.  I can’t wait to get out there more this summer.  I think our goal is to work up to a 50 mile ride one day.  We will see if we can get there by the end of the summer.  Last year our long was about 30 miles.

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Brazilian Chicken Turnovers w/ Avocado Yogurt Dip

Brazilian Chicken Turnovers with a Cool Avocado Yogurt Dipping Sauce {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Brazilian Chicken Turnovers with a Cool Avocado Yogurt Dipping Sauce {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

As you may remember I was in New York last week to attend an event.  I got to visit the Pepperidge Farm headquarters, as the winner of a contest hosted on Recipe Girl.  I will share some of my trip tomorrow as part of Thursday Things, but I have to share this recipe with you first.  As part of the event, they had a small cooking competition.  Lori and I were the winners, and were crowned the Puff Pastry Queens for the day.  After sharing on Instagram, lots of people requested the recipe, so as soon as I got home, I recreated it.  Our dessert was amazing too, Lori posted the Raspberry Mango Dessert Bruschetta recipe here!

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Chicken Sausage Sandwich on a Pretzel Roll

Chicken Sausage Sandwich on a Pretzel Roll

Chicken Sausage Sandwich on a Pretzel Roll

I think one of the best parts of vacation, in my opinion, is getting to try new restaurants and different foods.  We don’t go out to eat a lot at home, so it is a special treat when we are traveling.  Especially when you go to a new area, that is known for good food.  I hope to share a post on Thursday Things about the food we had on our trip to California, but in the meantime I made a homemade version of something that we had on our trip!

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Chicken Parmesan Panini

Chicken Parmesan Panini

Chicken Parmesan Panini

Are you a big fan of Italian food?  I think I saw a study recently that said Italian food (pizza, pasta, etc) is the most cooked cuisine in American households.  So chances are you answered yes, to the first question.  Good news, I have a fun recipe for you today.  Chicken Parmesan is a classic Italian meal, this is a fun twist on a tradition.

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Barbeque Chicken Nachos

Barbeque Chicken Nachos

Barbeque Chicken Nachos

Do you remember when I made Chicken Fajita Pizza using Kraft Recipe Makers? Well I am back to share another fun recipe using a new Kraft Recipe Makers product. This time I am using the Hickory Barbeque Beef, and totally mixing things up! Nachos are always a hit – doesn’t really matter who you are. Combine that with tangy barbeque sauce, and you have a non-traditional snack or dinner everyone will love.

Barbeque Chicken Nachos

Kraft Recipe Makers is a new product that packages two complementary sauces together, so you can create a quick and easy meal the whole family will enjoy. The sauces create layers of flavor, that you can’t always get in a quick weeknight dish. All you have to do is add the fresh ingredients (protein, grains, and veggies). The box comes with three recipes ideas for you, or you can create your own. There are nine varieties to pick from, so there is sure to be something for everyone.

Barbeque Chicken Nachos
 

To show you just how easy it is to use Kraft Recipe Makers I made a little video for you! This is my first time shooting a video, so be nice :)

Barbeque chicken nachos are perfect for a game day party, a weeknight dinner, or an afternoon snack. The chicken could be cooked in the crockpot, so all you have to do is assemble when you get home from a busy day. A beef roast would also be a great option for these nachos.

 
Serves: 4
 
Tangy hickory barbeque sauce is a great twist for nachos
Ingredients
  • 2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Kraft Recipe Makers Hickory Barbeque Beef
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Cheddar Cheese
Toppings
  • Red onion, diced
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Jalapenos, sliced
Serving Suggestions
Instructions
  1. Place 2 pounds of chicken into a slow cooker. Top with the bottle of Brown Sugar & Cider Vinegar Simmer Sauce. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for about 4. Once cooked, shred the chicken.
  2. To assemble the nachos, place a layer of tortilla chips on a microwave safe plate or a baking sheet. Top with a layer of cheese, red onion, chicken, and tomatoes. Pour a layer of Sweet Hickory Bbq Finishing Sauce over the cheese. Repeat with another layer. Microwave or broil the nachos until the cheese is melted.
  3. Serve garnished with cilantro and jalapeno slices. Guacamole and sour cream are great for dipping.
Notes
Mix the leftover chicken with the leftover Sweet Hickory Bbq Finishing Sauce for quick BBQ chicken sandwiches. You could also use a beef roast in place of the chicken.

 

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Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap

Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sargento Foods, Inc.. All opinions are 100% mine.

Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap

What do you normally do for lunch?  Do you go out everyday?  Do you bring leftovers?  Do you skip it?  According to a survey by Right Management, only a third of American workers say they actually take a lunch break and another third spend lunch at their desks.  I will admit, even though I work from my home, I am guilty of eating at my desk.  I have a kitchen full of food in the next room, but sometimes I just grab a quick protein bar, or microwave a frozen meal.

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Sargento is trying to encourage people to take a real lunch, to savor natural foods and recipes the way they were meant to be enjoyed.  Did you know that Sargento Natural Sliced Cheeses are cut from real block cheese.  Such an easy way to add great flavor to your sandwiches and salads.  You even have choices when it comes to buying Sargento.  They come in traditional or Ultra thin cut.  A few of the flavors include: Deli Style Medium Cheddar and Provolone Cheeses, Ultra Thin Swiss Cheese and Natural Blends Cheddar-Mozzarella Cheese.

Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap

To encourage you to take back your lunch hour, I made a quick and easy wrap.  Traditionally chicken salad is made with mayo.  I am not a fan of the stuff, and there are much healthier and tasty options out there!  I used mashed avocado, for a heart healthy fat, and so much great flavor.  Sargento sliced Pepper Jack cheese was the perfect compliment to this wrap; creamy with a little heat.  I did add a little bacon to the mix, because let’s face it, everything is better with bacon.  If you are in a hurry, or don’t have any on hand, feel free to skip it!

Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap

 

Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap
 
Serves: 1
Prep time:
Total time:
 
Ingredients
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 small chicken breast, cooked and shredded or diced
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 2 slices Sargento Pepper Jack Cheese
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 large tortilla
Instructions
  1. Using a fork mash the avocado in a bowl. Add chicken, bacon, tomato, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Lay tortilla on a flat surface. Place 2 slices of cheese in the center of the tortilla. Spoon on the avocado mixture. Fold in the sides of the tortilla and roll up.
  2. To bring to work: Wrap in plastic wrap, parchment paper, or place in an air tight container. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

 

 

Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap

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Baja Chicken Sandwich

Baja Chicken Sandwich square

As I type this, I am sitting with my feet propped up.  We had a family football game on Thanksgiving, and it didn’t end well for me.  My brother and I got our feet tangled up, and he ended up stepping on my foot pretty bad.  We took a trip to urgent care the next morning to find out it wasn’t broken, but with orders to rest, not put weight on it, and ice it.  So I have been on crutches for a couple days.  Today was the first day I hobbled around without them!  Really not sure what this is going to mean for my running, but I am not thrilled :(

So, on to the food!  My husband was watching football, and saw a commercial for a Baja Chicken Sandwich from Quiznos, and asked if I could make that at home.  After checking out their menu, this is what I came up with.  I have no idea if it is even close, but it sure is good.  I made a chipotle mayo, and a southwestern style barbeque sauce for this sandwich.  Add chicken, bacon and cheddar cheese, and you are done.  Comes together very quickly, so it is great for a quick weeknight meal.

My husband was very happy with how this turned out.  I skipped the chipotle mayo for my 7 year old, due to the heat.  I was a little nervous about him eating it, but he loved it.  Once he saw the bacon, I am not sure he cared too much about what else was there.   I love having sandwich night for dinner, and this is great because you can customize them for everyone without extra work.  Someone doesn’t like mayo, leave it off that one.  Husband likes extra cheese, just add more.  Plus, this would be great for leftover chicken (or even turkey).

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Turkey Tamale Pie #SundaySupper

Tamale Pie 4

Thanksgiving is this week, are you ready?  Are you ready for all the leftovers?  Well this year the #SundaySupper team is here to help.  We have about 50 recipes to help you use up those leftovers.  And not just turkey sandwiches :)

I have had this recipe bookmarked forever!  Originally it was made with chicken, but it works great for leftover turkey.  It puts a whole new spin on your Thanksgiving dinner.  The base of this pie is a box corn bread mix.  You mix in a can of cream style corn.  This would be another great opportunity to use up some leftovers.  If you have any kind of corn left from your dinner, just mix that in.  My family makes a creamy, cheesey corn dish for the holidays.  I would use that in a heart beat instead of having to have a can of corn on hand.

This came together very quickly.  In my head I thought it was going to be more work than it was.  After about 10 minutes of work it was baking in the oven, and we were waiting for ooey, gooey, sauce, cheesey goodness.  A little heat from the enchilada sauce, cornbread, and spiced turkey make for a great dinner.  This was a hit in my house, and will be made again and again (with turkey or chicken.

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