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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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.
So on top of today being the start of Breast Cancer Awareness week around here, it is also Secret Recipe Club reveal day. So yes, this is my 2nd post for the day.
This month for Secret Recipe Club I was assigned the blog From Arepas to Zwetschgen. This truly is an International adventure. She is a mom of two, who really does cook food from all over the world. I love to experiment with different foods, so it was really hard to pick what to make. In the end I picked something based on what I had in my kitchen.
General Tso’s Chicken is something that I order 9 times out of 10 when we get takeout Chinese. This was different that what I am used to, but still very good. I did not fry the chicken, just sauteed in a small amount of oil, so it is much healthier than the take out version. The chicken is soaked in a soy sauce, cornstarch mixture before cooking. This leaves the chicken so tender and moist. I might have to use this trick in other dishes. I love making take out food at home. It is always healthier, and cheaper! Now I need to master hubby’s favorite take out, so he can be happy too.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and was able to enjoy a day off yesterday. We had a relaxing weekend at home, probably our first one since we have moved. We did a little around the house, but that was it. We did manage to go shopping and buy more stuff for our house though, can’t seem to go a day without that happening
The one bad thing about having a holiday on a Monday, means the week is shorter and busier. Stir fry’s are a great quick dinner to help get your week off right. In about 20 minutes you can have dinner on the table, and a happy family. The best thing about a stir fry is you can use whatever you have on hand, and whatever you like. The original recipe called for red bell peppers, I don’t like them, I left them out.
Cooking Light is one of my go to recipe sources, and this is another recipe that does not disappoint. It has a little heat, a little sweetness, and is a quick and easy dinner. I have some peas growing in my garden, so I know I will be making this again soon with fresh snap peas. To add more depth of flavor add in two teaspoons of sesame oil to your rice before serving. Makes it just a little extra special.
I am back with the talented #SundaySupper team today. This week the focus is back to school. School is back in session here, so our nights are busy again. Football practice, homework, and just playing leave little time for anything else. It is times like this when you need quick and easy recipes to get dinner on the table. If you are out of ideas just wait – there are so many great ideas at the end of this post.
Quesadillas are a favorite at our house. And they are so versatile, you can use whatever you have in your fridge. Leftover Chicken? Perfect. Leftover Taco Meat? Great. Just cheese and a few veggies? That works too. Really it is just a tortilla with cheese and whatever else you want to put in. It doesn’t always have to be Mexican either. You could use breaded chicken, Mozzarella cheese, and dip it in marinara sauce. Or maybe chicken, carrots, onions, and dip it in a peanut satay sauce. They take minutes to prepare, and you can change it up to meet everyone’s tastes.
This version is one of my favorites. Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado are perfect together. I like it on a sandwich, and I love it in this quesadilla. You can use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken to get this meal on the table quickly. Just crisp up some bacon, dice and avocado and you are done. If you have fresh tomatoes they would be wonderful in here too. Serve with this Red Onion Salsa for a wonderful dinner for the whole family.
It is time for another edition of Holiday Recipe Club. I am pretty sure you can guess what we are celebrating today ….. Cinco de Mayo! Gotta love the Americans, we will celebrate pretty much any holiday that involves food and drinks. Doesn’t really matter if we are from that country or not. Any excuse to eat, right?
This time our challenge ingredients were dulce de leche, tomatoes, or chorizo. I really wanted to do something with dulce de leche, but we are trying to eat better around here. Which means, I have cut back
out on my baking Sad, sad day. But a few pounds need to go.
This chicken is full of flavor, and good for you. Who wouldn’t love chicken with lots of lime flavor, and then covered in avocados and tomatoes. Perfect with my Mango Citrus Cooler, or a Skinny Girl Margarita.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Welcome to an International edition of Holiday Recipe Club. Food bloggers are all over the globe, so Holiday Recipe Club is branching out, and celebrating more than just the US holidays. Today we are recognizing Buddha’s Birthday. The challenge ingredients for today were garam masala, tofu, and sesame.
We eat a lot of Indian food at our house, so I was excited. I have tried Tikka Masala a couple times before. I love the blend of spices that are in restaurant versions, so I keeping trying home versions trying to match it. This comes close, but still needs more of a kick. I have written the recipe reflecting an increase in the spices.
I recommend trying the sauce and adjusting the seasonings as you go. Unfortunately my spice cabinet is in need of replenishing, so I couldn’t add anymore I love Naan bread with my Indian food, but due to time restraints and trying to eat better, I didn’t make any this time. Tikka Masala has tons of sauce though, so I really should have made it!
Happy Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? We don’t have much going on, but I am excited for it to get here! Did you miss my giveaway yesterday? You want to check it out, it is a pretty cool program to make your own cookbook, invitations, scrapbook, postcard etc. Trust me, it is easy and fun to play with
Also today, over at Steph’s Bite by Bite, Steph has a bake sale going on. She is raising money for Team in Training to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Go check out my Peanut Butter Bars that are up for bidding on.
It is the beginning of March, but most areas of the country are still cold. So today, I am bringing you a yummy, comforting soup. This is a popular chicken and rice soup in Greece. The recipe is from Cooking Light, and has only 269 calories per serving! It is very lemony, I cut down a little when I made it, and I thought it was the perfect amount. Add a small salad and you have a very healthy, well balanced meal. And you could even afford some bread! Or maybe Dessert!
Jordan Almonds are not just for weddings anymore. A few weeks ago, Oh! Nuts asked if I was interested in receiving some Jordan Almonds to develop a recipe. Sure why not?! I had never had a Jordan Almond before, so I was a little nervous. I figured Google would save me, and I could find something to build on. NOPE!! Not a single recipe could I find that used Jordan Almonds. Well, the package arrived and they were nothing like what I thought. In my head I was thinking M&M without the chocolate. Not so much. The candy coating is very thick, and they are full size almonds; so they are big. This is probably nothing you don’t already know, I seem to be the last one on the planet who didn’t know what Jordan Almonds were.
I came up with a couple ideas of what to do with them, and ran them by my husband. We both decided that Blondies were the way to go. So, I whipped up my normal Blondie recipe, adding in some chopped Jordan Almonds and a few chocolate chips. They came out of the oven, and they were fine. I mean if I was using regular almonds, I would say the recipe was a real winner. But the candy coating got completely lost. Back to the drawing board. How about almond bark, with other candy and Jordan Almonds? Too safe. How about a cupcake and using Jordan Almonds for decoration? Seemed like cheating. How about almond crusted chicken, with Jordan Almonds? Just might work!
This chicken was moist and actually really good. You get a little bit of sweetness from the candy coating, but not over powering. I made a Beurre Blanc sauce to go with it, and I would not recommend that. It had shallots in it, and it just added too much sweetness. It was must better on its own. Maybe a mustard cream sauce would be better, or even a little bit of cheese would be good. I am going to have to keep my husband out of the bag of almonds, so I can make this again!
It is Secret Recipe Club time again! It seems like forever since I have participated! I am excited to be back to the fun this month.
This month I was assigned Edesia’s Notebook. Lesa is a stay at home mom to 2 little girls. She has a very extensive list of yummy looking recipes on her site. I had a hard time picking what to make! Lemon Pepper Pappardelle with Roasted Garlic Sauce was very high on my list! Unfortunately we don’t have a Trader Joe’s, and I couldn’t find the right pasta I am still on the hunt though, and will make it soon!
We love Mexican food, and Lesa has plenty of Mexican food on her blog. I finally decided on Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas, and made her Guacamole Rice to go with it. The enchiladas were creamy and delicious! The rice wasn’t our favorite, but I don’t think that is any fault of the recipe. My husband is not a fan of cilantro. I cut back on the amount, but it was still a lot for him. I like avocado with rice though, so I think leaving the cilantro out would be good for us!