Caprese Pasta Salad

Caprese Pasta Salad – turn classic caprese salad into a quick pasta salad. Great for summer get togethers, quick lunches, or a light dinner!

Caprese Pasta Salad - turn classic caprese salad into a quick pasta salad. Great for summer get togethers, quick lunches, or a light dinner!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!!  The unofficial kick off to summer. I hope you get to enjoy an extra day off, and spend the time with family and friends.  Break out the grill and invite friends over!  Kick back and just have fun! Make sure you take a little time out of your day on Monday to remember all of those who lost their lives while serving our country.  Without them, we would not live the lives we do today!  I have lots of family, friends, and friends children who are or have been in the military.  It is a selfless job, and I am beyond thankful they are interested in doing it.

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Baja Chicken Sandwich

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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BLT Salad

My cooking club is back!  We took a break over the summer since it would be nearly impossible for us to meet with kids home.  We met last Friday, and it was great to just relax, and have a wonderful lunch.  This month the theme was Tomatoes!  Oh the possibilities…..

I almost made Bruschetta.  But I saw this salad, and had to find a reason to make it.  It has tomatoes, so I figured it would work.  I am not normally a salad girl.  I mean, I like a good salad, it doesn’t even have to have all the fatty stuff on there.  But they are just never the same when I make them at home, so I am usually disappointed.  But I am glad to say, this one did not disappoint one bit!

I had tons of fresh tomatoes to put in this, and it really made them pop.  Lots of great flavor, and such a bright color.  The dressing is mayo based, so I was really nervous (I don’t like mayo at all), but it was really good.  It worked so well with the salad.  And, you know you can never go wrong when bacon is involved.  I had the leftovers for dinner the next day, and it was still wonderful.  I served the dressing on the side, so it wouldn’t get soggy.

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