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Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders


Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders are perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  Homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders - homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

I am actually in Ohio right now.  I am in Wooster visiting with Certified Angus Beef.  I get to spend today and tomorrow cooking beef with professional chefs.  You have no idea how excited I am about this.  I am hoping that I learn a ton (because honestly my beef knowledge is pretty limited), and that you will see more beef recipes here in the future.  Plus on Sunday, I get to hang out with one of my good friends Katrina.  You may know her from In Katrina’s Kitchen and her new Biscoff cookbook coming out soon.  Be ready, because as soon as I get my hands on her book I am sure I will go Biscoff crazy!

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Peanut Chicken with Rice


Peanut Chicken with Rice - quick and easy dinner for any night of the week

Peanut Chicken with Rice - quick and easy dinner for any night of the week

This week is supposed to finally start cooling down here in Colorado.  Most of September was in the mid to upper 80’s around here.  We did have a few days where it got pretty chilly, but the last couple weeks we have had to turn our air conditioner back on.  I have to admit, I am ready for the cooler weather.  I want to make soup and fresh bread, and not have to sweat while I am eating it :)  And somehow is just feels a little wrong to be breaking out the pumpkin when it is 80 degrees.  I do not know how you warm weather year round people do it!  I love my seasons.

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Pasta Milano (Copycat Macaroni Grill)


Pasta Milano - a copycat of a Macaroni Grill favorite

Pasta Milano - a copycat of a Macaroni Grill favorite

Have any of your kids ever done Lego Robotics?  Can we just talk for a second about how crazy it is!  My son’s school has always had quite a few teams in the past.  This year they did not get a teacher willing to take on all the work (I honestly don’t blame them).  My son had been looking forward to it for forever, and so had one of his good friends.  So we got talking, and after a few meetings we started a team with our son’s friends.  We have eight 4th grade boys on our team.  Fortunately, we have been able to meet at the school and use their supplies, or it wouldn’t have happened.  But holy cow, is it a lot of work!  My husband is the techy guy, so he is helping the kids with the technical and building side of things.  We are meeting 3 times a week, and there is so much more involved than just building a robot.  This will be an amazing experience for the kids, but I am a little over whelmed with how much we have to accomplish in just 2 months.

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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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