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Pistachio Cranberry Energy Bars

Pistachio Cranberry Energy Bars | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Pistachio Cranberry Energy Bars | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Yesterday was a busy day!  I found out that I get to travel to NYC as a winner of a contest.  I am super excited, as I have always wanted to go to NYC.  It is during the week, in just a couple weeks time.  So yesterday was spent trying to organize child care for my 8 year old.  I work from home, so I am always able to get him to and from school each day.  Luckily, I had a great friend who is willing to help out for the 3 days I am gone.  Then I am gone the next week for a conference, and my son doesn’t have school.  We found cheap flights, and my mom is going to fly here to help out.  So nice to be surrounded by such wonderful people!

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Pretzel Dogs

Pretzel Dogs

 

Pretzel Dogs

Hot dogs are kind of a classic sporting event staple.  Whether you go to a football game or a baseball game, there are always hot dogs.  Another thing that is always there?  Big soft pretzels.  So why not combine the two, and have them at your game day event.  Or even just a fun dinner on any Sunday.

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Roasted Shallot & Garlic Dip

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Dip

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Dip

We are only a week away from the Super Bowl.  I know there are lots of people who don’t really care about the game itself.  But having good and yummy snacks while watching the commercials are necessary.  Even when it is just our family watching the game, we like to have a few fun snacks around.  If at anytime the rest of the year we decide to just do snacks for dinner, my 8 year old always calls it a “Super Bowl dinner”.  So at the very least we are making memories!  This year I think we are going to a friends house for the game, but my husband promised I would bring a few snacks.  We will have to see what I can come up with!

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Sugar Cookie Chex Mix

Sugar Cookie Chex Mix

Sugar Cookie Chex Mix

Christmas is only a few days away.  Are you ready?  Do you still have a couple people you need to finish getting gifts for?  Well, today I have exactly what you need.  Something sweet, pretty, and ready in 15 minutes.  You really can’t ask for anything else, can you?

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Roasted Garlic Guacamole (12 Days of Christmas)

Roasted Garlic Guacamole

Roasted Garlic Guacamole

Are you ready for another giveaway? Yeah, figured you would be.  I think I have made my love for Mexican food and avocados pretty clear on here.  If you are a new reader, be sure to search the recipe index.  Avocados make an appearance quite often.  And there is no shortage of Mexican inspired recipes.  So to say I was excited for The New Southwest from Meagan Micozzi from Scarletta Bakes is a little bit of an understatement.  If you are not familiar with her, be sure to check out her blog as well.

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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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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Fresh Tomatoes and Basil make the perfect Bruschetta.  Great for snacking, light dinner, or an appetizer. 

Bruschetta

Is your garden exploding with tomatoes right now?  Mine is going crazy!  We got back from a couple days away, and I picked a big mixing bowl full of tomatoes.  There are still tons out there that are almost ready to be picked.  Last year when we had lots of tomatoes I made a bruschetta one night, and my husband loved it!  I have had bruschetta many times before, and the key is fresh ripe tomatoes.

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Patriotic Pretzels

Patriotic Pretzels

Patriotic Pretzels

The 4th of July is next week! Do you have your menu planned? Do you go with the red/white/blue theme, or something else? I am trying to convince my husband that we should have come people over this year, but I am not sure I am winning that battle. We would have to get a new grill, since the old one died.    I am not sure he thinks having people over is a good enough reason to rush into spending that much money on a new grill.  So we will have to see.

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Milky Way Puppy Chow

Milky Way Puppy Chow #recipe | @dinnersdishesanddesserts

Milky Way Puppy Chow #recipe | @dinnersdishesanddesserts

It is hard for me to pick a favorite candy bar.  I love peanut butter cups, but for some reason if given the choice at the check out, I would never pick it.  Not sure why.  9 times of out 10 I would pick a Milky Way.  The other time would be a Peppermint Patty or maybe a 3 Musketeers.  This happens probably 2 times a year, so it is always a great debate for me :)   What about you?

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Super Bowl Round Up

Super Bowl Round Up

Super Bowl Round Up

The Super Bowl is on Sunday, and I have quite the line up for you today!  I am having a party, and I am still not sure what I am making.  Is that a problem?

So here is the line up: (corresponds to the numbers it the picture above)
1 – Avocado Bruschetta; this is a favorite at my house. Put out a bowl of the avocado mixture, a plate of toasted bread, and let your guests make their own!
2 – Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies; every party needs dessert!  These are super fudgy brownies topped with egg free peanut butter cookie dough!
3 – Barbeque Pulled Pork; great thing to put in the crock pot in the morning, and it will be ready when your guests arrive
4 – Spicy Chili-Lime Yogurt Dip; a healthy alternative to other dips.  Great with veggies or chips
5 – Fire Roasted Salsa; I can’t watch a big game without salsa!  I love the flavor the fire roasted tomatoes give to this quick salsa.
6 – Chicken, Bacon, Avocado Quesadillas; you can make these just before your guest arrive, and leave them in the oven at a low temp so they stay warm.  Great for with the salsa.
7 – Artichoke Dip; a warm and guilt free artichoke dip.  Dip with veggies or crackers.
8 – Fudgy Brownies; I think that any occasion is a good time for brownies!
9 – Chili; have a big pot of this simmering a way on the stove for people to help them selves.  Set up a toppings bar, and you are done!
10 – Philly Cheesesteaks; fun idea to have as a make your own station at your party
11 – M&M Cookies; quick, easy, portable, and fun!
12 – Chicken Club Eggrolls; great finger food, and they are a healthier alternative, because they are baked.
13 – Chipotle Bacon Ranch Dip; spicy ranch dip with bacon, made with Greek yogurt.
14 – Peanut Butter Bars; a quick no bake dessert that is a huge crowd pleaser.
15 – Avocado Hummus; hummus is a great snack, and adding avocado is such a great flavor combination.  Plus it is good for you!
16 – Italian Chicken Meatballs; tender, chicken meatballs that you can have in the crock pot during the game.

There are so many other great ideas out there too.  Here are some of my favorites!

Dips
White Pizza Dip from How Sweet It Is
Hot Gruyere, bacon and jalapeno dip from FabFoods
Buffalo Cauliflower Dip from Mother of Thyme
Guacamole Tostada Towers from Scarletta Bakes
Lighter French Onion Dip from Gimme Some Oven
Cheesy Baked Jalapeno Popper Dip from Savory Simple
Spicy Sausage Dip from Climbing Grier Mountain

Appetizers/Mains
Cheeseburger Meatballs from Bake Your Day
Buffalo Chicken Potstickers from Add A Pinch
Buffalo Chicken Sliders from Wanna Be A Country Cleaver
Slow Cooker Barbeque Nachos from Pass The Sushi
Buffalo Chicken Flatbread from Simply Scratch
Jalapeno Poppers in-a-Blanket from The Little Kitchen
Carne Asada Nachos from Foodness Gracious
Crispy Baked Asian Chicken Wings from Just A Taste
Nacho Loaded Potato Skins from What’s Gaby Cooking
Grilled Cheese Guacamole and Bacon Bruschetta from Recipe Girl
Buffalo Chicken Bites from A Spicy Perspective
Hoisin Asian Meatballs from Damn Delicious

Sweet Treats
Cookies & Cream Popcorn from Erica’s Sweet Tooth
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip from Shugary Sweets
Rice Krispie Football Treats by Cheerios and Lattes
Milky Way Muddy Buddies by Chef In Training
Cookie Butter Pretzels by Crazy for Crust
Peanut Butter Cheese Ball by Buns In My Oven
Super Bowl Cookies by Lizy B

I think you should be ready for one killer Super Bowl party!  Now, if I could only decide what I am going to make….