Sandwiches & Snacks

Oven Fries – Date Night Vol. 5

I’ve never been able to master the art of “baking” fries. I won’t fry them because I’d rather just order take out fries. I’ve tried baking them at all different temperatures, time lengths, I just couldn’t see how everyone else got them to be anything but mush. I love fries, rather they are mush or now because, well they are potatoes and I love all kinds of potatoes, every which way! I’ve followed numerous amounts of recipes to a T and they still wouldn’t come out the way I wanted them to. Sooooooo I reached out to my Facebook Foodies and there was a suggestion of soaking the fries (all cut up) an hour before you bake them. Genius! Why didn’t I think of that!! I always jacked up the temperature in hopes of crisping them but then they would just burn and get soggier!

Now I’ll be honest, this failed when I did the sweet potatoes, however I believe it’s because of the size I cut the potatoes. I have a special blade in my new food processor that is specially made for cutting french fries, I had to try it. How ever they came out really small like McDonald’s style (or as Madison would say Old McDonald’s) sooooo with that being said I do believe if I had cut them into large chunks like my other ones this would have been a success. I’m sharing because, well I’m a sharer, but also because the seasoning on them were awesome! For the Parmesan seasoning, I used a seasoning that came in one of those jars I got as a gift awhile back, it has 4 different kinds of spice blend, well one of them was a Parmesan and Garlic blend, it was soooooooooo good, so good that I’m going to try make my own, I was wondering if you combined the ingredients below and just pulsed some parmesan cheese in a blender if that would give me the texture I need for seasoning. Or of course the kind you sprinkle on your pasta! I’ll let you know how it turns out when I do it, but use your favorite seasonings for your fries if you don’t want to try it!  For the sweet potatoes, I used Dixie Crystals Sugar and Cinnamon shaker! Love that thing! You can just use sugar and cinnamon of course.

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Baked Parmesan Potato Fries

4 baking potatoes ( I used just plain brown ones, not thick skinned but not thin either)
Olive Oil
Plastic Zip Lock Bag (call me crazy but trust me)
Water
Seasoning Blend:
Parmesan Cheese (grated, the kind you sprinkle on your pasta!)
Garlic Powder
Salt
Parsley

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Baked Sweet Yet Spicy Fries

3 large sweet potatoes
Olive Oil
Plastic Bag
Water
Seasoning Blend:
Cinnamon
Sugar
Pepper
Red pepper flakes
Dip:
Dip these babies in an amazing new creation. Mix together some BBQ sauce a little dijon mustard!! Holy yummy! Sprinkle some more red pepper flakes for more of a kick!

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What to do with both recipes:

Cut the fries in large strips, you want them in the size of steak fries. Place your fries in a bowl of water for an hour before baking.

Preheat oven to 425F. Drain your fries. Add them to a zip lock bag, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the seasoning, I go heavy because go heavy or go home! Use your judgement their is no right or wrong.

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Shake them up, make it fun, dance around the kitchen! :) Once they are all coated let them sit while the oven finishes preheating. Dump on a baking sheet and spread them out, no piling high on these babies. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn fries once and bake another 20 minutes.

I’m going to experiment with other seasonings but the Parmesan one was awesome and the crispiness of the fries were awesome! Now if your wondering what those meatballish things are from our date night it was my Southwest Meatballs I made a few months ago and froze. Nothing like taking out a bag and throwing together a meatball sub for a date night in!! I highly recommend it. That’s the beauty of Date Night In. Sometimes it’s takeout, sometimes it’s pulled out of the freezer like this one, sometimes I go all out, sometimes we go out! Though the last 3 times we’ve made plans to go out for a nice evening, a place I’ve been dying to get to since we moved here a year ago, they’ve gotten cancelled due to some kind of illness running rapid! So yes I stopped making plans because then maybe we won’t get sick anymore this season! HA! This night we enjoyed these subs, a glass of champagne and a movie. I don’t even remember what movie it was so I can’t even give you a review! Sorry!!

However Volume Six of Date Night is happening tonight as I practice my dish for the Gallo Event I’ll be taking part in next month!!! How exciting, I get to drink….uchhm…I mean cook with wine again!!!! Stay tuned!!

 

Pear & Cottage Cheese Breakfast

I found this recipe in a new cookbook I got for Christmas this year. I have to admit it sounded a bit “weird” when I first read the ingredients but then I realized……hey I like everything in it so why wouldn’t it work! I was looking for a change up, something light to have for breakfast, and then I realized it could also be for lunch or a snack too! So when I made it, I originally had it for breakfast, then I had it for lunch the next day, then I had it as a snack the following day! That is a Win-Win-Win in my book! The celery and walnuts gives it just the bit of crunch you need!

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What you’ll need:

2 Pears, diced
1 cup of low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup of glazed walnuts or pecans, chopped
1/2 cup of red grapes, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped

How to make it:

Mix the above ingredients leaving a few of the pecans out. Refrigerate and sprinkle with remaining pecans when ready to serve.

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The Blonde Can Cook – Featured Friday

Happy Friday Folks! Another one upon us! Another Friday closer to my favorite holiday of all time! Christmas is my favorite holiday because it means being with family and that’s my favorite thing to do. Sit, chat, and eat! Now that we have three babes in the family it’s even more fun! That’s one thing that this weeks Co-Host has in common with this Momma! Mallory from The Blonde Can Cook loves being with her family in and out of the kitchen!

IMG_9463_zpsf3cabd39 Let’s welcome Mallory to Momma’s kitchen! Also lets congratulate her and her husband on the newest addition to their family this past October! They had their first babe but not sure if it was a boy or a girl, Mallory’s site is ALL ABOUT food!! Don’t read too much of my site Mallory being a first time mom and all I may scare you away teeheee….Just kidding, all joking aside, congrats, becoming a mother is a blessing for any woman. Reading a bit about Mallory made me see she shares the same passion in the kitchen as I do, she also has the same feelings about family as I do. Nothing like gathering with family, cooking and eating together! Mallory is also a Nanny for two different families, I think it’s just beautiful that you can dedicate your days to care for other people’s children, I think it takes a special person to give them the very best that you have to offer since the parents of those kiddo’s trust you with their lives! I’ve always thought that way about being Nanny. What a fascinating profession!

Now talk food!! I’ve made two of Mallory’s dish, but before I share them with you let’s talk about some that stood out to me, I’m actually going to try her Simple Chicken (well I’m using leftover turkey) Pot Pie! I’ve never made it with turkey and always wanted to so I’m giving it a go this week actually! Stay tuned! And excuse my language but HOLY CRAP you have to check out her Ultimate Bacon Sandwich, yes she had me bacon I’ll tell you! I’m destined to try this, maybe I’ll change it a bit so I won’t feel so guilty eating it however it does have avocado on it…..that helps! :)  I also wish I cam across her appetizer list before I planned my party this weekend because her Spinach Cheese Pockets really spoke to me………holy yummy!! And I would NOT feel guilty having a few of these babies. Actually now that I’m poking around her site I may may her Ranch and Ham Pinwheels they seem similar to my Salsa Roll Ups, Mallory you have to give them a shot!

OK OK now on to what I made. I wanted something to serve the night before Thanksgiving that wasn’t too crazy, yummy but good, and I’ll warn you, there is nothing healthy about either of these dishes however I tried my best to make them a little bit better, my mom, sis, husband and my daughter enjoyed both of these dishes! First Up……

Hawaiian  Ham & Cheese Sliders

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I made the onion mixture ahead of time believe it or not. I put it aside along with the slider buns, ham and cheese and when I was ready to put it all together I just whipped it up and popped it in the oven, my daughter goes to pre-school on Mon, Wed and Fri so on those days I can prepare dinner ahead of time and just pop it in the oven before her and my husband get home, this was perfect, glad that I was able to make the mixture ahead of time because it made the whole thing easier! I didn’t have dijon mustard so I used regular then I realized it was a little to “mustardy” if that is even a word so I balanced it by putting a squirt of BBQ sauce in it HA! Always improvising here! I also used half the butter, though I could have used olive oil or something healthier I could tell that the butter really gave it some taste and I was right!

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I served it with Mallory’s Crack Potatoes. Can I just say I know where the name for this dish came from because it was seriously addicting! I had a huge helping the next day for lunch! I did end up finding the cream of onion soup I didn’t have any sour cream so I had no choice, I left that out, I also used cream of celery instead of cream of chicken, not much of a difference there and I just realized……..I never even added the crunchy topping! OMG Now I have to make it again LOL, I fully planned on using the crushed corn flakes because I had them on hand. I didn’t use as much cheddar cheese, I did buy the reduced fat, and for the shredded potato I used Simply Potato from Crystal Farms. With the pan I used I used a package and a half. Just think if I thought it was so good and addicting before can you imagine how much MORE addicting it would be with the crunchiness added to it! WOW!

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So go and check out Mallory at The Blonde Can Cook and make sure you tell her this Momma sent you. Mallory thank you so much for allowing me to feature you and your blog! It’s been fun getting to know you and your cooking styles. I hope your enjoying your new little one and that you have a wonderful holiday season! Here are some more ways to connect with Ms. Mallory! Facebook**Twitter**Pinterest.

So Very Blessed – Featured Friday

 

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Friday Friday Friday!!! Hello Hello!! Another Friday upon us friends! Some of the time I have to really think about how I came across the blog that I’m featuring each week. Well this is one of those weeks. Becky joins us today from So Very Blessed! Welcome Becky! Like me Becky loves and adores food, feels drawn to take pictures of it and yes her kitchen is her happy place too!! She is a married lady, her other half is Daniel and they share two adorable pups called Roxy and Boots, too cute! Becky lives in Arizona and spends her day as a Sign Language interpreter, she finds her hands constantly signing away even if you don’t know it, so she sits on them often HA! She hopes once her husband finishes school they will get to move back home where her family resides in Colorado. I honestly have never met another person who dislikes soda! So when I got to know Becky better from her blog I couldn’t believe it!! I’m not a big fan of carbonation either!! I bet if we hung out we’d get along pretty well because Becky is planner too!!! However not so much since the kiddo’s came along, can only plan so much without a poopy diaper or tantrum to throw us all off LOL…..Anyhow I’m so glad to be featuring this lovely little blog today because she’s got some great recipes and yes I tried two, and I had a friend eat both of them too so Becky gets two reviews today!

Another thing about Becky’s blog I love too is she talks about her weight loss journey and I really really enjoyed her latest post called, “I’ll always be the fat kid.” That one was touching. She’s also got some great Party idea’s too, like her last minute Ranch Party her family through together, how super cute is that and OMG I’m so making her BBQ Sliders she made for this party oh my yumminess, she was actually an inspiration to me this week because this recipe gave me the idea to have a “Sliders” bar at my very first annual Cookie Swap I’m holding for some close friends next month, thanks girl!

OK so lets talk Recipes. This girl had my mouth watering before I even got past the Appetizer & Sides section! I’m actually making her Loaded Baked Potato Casserole tonight with my Ham however I won’t have time to write and take pictures of it so I’ll just update you all on it later! I just wish I had bacon……..oh sweet bacon. I’d like to try her Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes and Chicken Sausage, we love sweet potatoes and I’m always looking for a new way to serve chicken sausage, plus something about rosemary that is just awesome! Her Turkey Spinach Meatloaves. Great way to add some veggies in there for my picky one!

Now onto what I did make :) I had a play date scheduled with a friend of mine to get together and catch up, our sons are only a few months a part so it makes for a cute morning together. I wanted to bring lunch so I chose two dishes of Becky’s that I could make a head of time.

First was her Creamy Egg Salad. Mmmmmmmm I haven’t had egg salad in ages, I did substitute light mayo for the miracle whip which I thought may take away from the taste (but it didn’t) and I took 4 yolks out to make it a little healthier and I used green onions instead of chives because it’s what I had on hand. OMG!! The sweet pickle relish……it made the dish! We have a farm down the street from here that sells homemade stuff and my mom had bought my husband some sweet pickle relish because he loves it, well it was the perfect addition to this dish.

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Serve it over a salad, make yourself a sandwich or eat it whole like I did when my sandwich was finished and some had fallen out of it!! Mine made 4 large sandwiches. This. Will. Be. Made. Again.

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My friend asked if it was on my website and I said it would be Friday, well she texted me later that night asking for it early because she wanted to make it for her and her husband! I’d say that’s a great review Becky!! And I got to send someone over to your site ;) Bonus!!

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Now that is a sandwich! I use the Arnold’s Whole Wheat Sandwich buns 100 calories each! Beware……it will fall out! :)

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The other dish I made to go with this very sandwich was her Greek Quinoa Salad. Love Quinoa, love the amount of protein in it and I can make it in the microwave with my Pampered Chef Steamer in 10 min! We had a little on the side (hey better than chips!) and then the next night I had a bigger bowl and had it for dinner as is!!

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I will be making this again as one of make ahead dishes I make for my lunches for the week. So simple, my friend is so intimidating by cooking but I told her if I can cook, anyone can cook LOL!! I waited to add the feta until the end so it wouldn’t get soggy but I bet it would have been just as good if I had premixed it!!

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So that wraps up our usual Friday over here at Momma’s Meals. Thank you Becky for letting me feature you and your site, I’ll be back to whip up some more goodies of yours! Now go check out these recipes and many more and tell Becky this Momma sent you!

Frozen “Boo” Nana Pops for #SundaySupper

Well it’s Sunday and it’s almost Halloween so you know what that means right??!!! Yes a Halloween Party for #SundaySupper! Thought Halloween was never a favorite holiday of mine,  now that I have kids I have to admit I actually like it now!! Kathia over at Basic N Delicious is hosting this fabulous party this week! I can’t wait to see what everyone has made!

I have a great little treat you can whip up with your little one before Halloween at the end of next week! Or heck if you like banana’s and white chocolate this little treat is meant for you!! Happy Sunday folks!

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Next time I’ll use actual white baking chocolate, I used white chocolate chips and melted them because that’s what the recipe called for but I found they got lumpy the more I kept microwaving them to melt them more. Actual baking chocolate I think melts better, but it didn’t matter they were still delish and my little cutie pie loved them!! It’s quick and easy and something to do with your little one!

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Recipe From: Skinnytaste

What you need:

Banana’s
White chocolate
Mini chocolate chips
Popsicle sticks

What to do:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take a banana and slice them in half length wise placing them on the parchment paper. Stick a popsicle stick into the bottom of the banana, make sure you don’t push too much or it’ll break the banana. Place in the freezer for a few hours.

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Melt the chocolate in a microwavable safe dish in 30 min intervals stirring in between each on melting the chocolate as you stir.

Swirl the frozen banana stick into the white chocolate coating the whole piece. Scrape the melted chocolate off from the back so it doesn’t show on the front. Place back on the parchment paper and immediately place two mini chocolate chips into the chocolate for the eyes.

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Repeat with each banana and freeze until the chocolate molds. Then. Enjoy!

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Here are the goodies from the rest of the party!!! It’s not too late to make one of these dishes for Halloween! :)

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Chicken & White Bean Salad Wraps & CoreBody Reformer

2013-08-08 15.42.04 I got this recipe from the little recipe book that came with the workout machine I bought awhile back. I actually bought it to use while I was pregnant because I thought it was a good way to stay in shape but be safe. However pregnancy had other plans for me……dead crazy sleepy exhausting days for me so by 7pm when I put my daughter to bed, my bed found me instead of this awesome machine I wanted to use so badly. However, I dusted it off and pulled it out from underneath the bed a few weeks ago and I’m in love with this machine! Think of doing sets of bicep curls, squats and all the other weights you do BUT……..doing it balancing on this baby! Yep it’s like doing those reps on a balance beam. It actually took me a week to really get used to it, meaning it took me 3 different times to actually not fall off with every rep I did! Then the next week I was able to do the reps with the actual form I was supposed to be doing them. Then my son had other plans for me and turned into a colic baby and I had to put it back under the bed again for a month or so. It’s back out now and I’m ready to pull out the video and start some cardio sessions with it. The reason why I love it is because you are forced to use your whole core when doing each exercise, even though you are doing bicep curls your forced to stand on the machine so your using your core. I don’t know about the rest of you Momma’s out there but this Momma lost her core when I was pregnant the first time around. I’m just looking to tone it up and stregnthen it a bit. It was expensive but it was worth it to me and I also have a recipe book with easy healthy recipes and I also have a DVD and cards for all different workouts that are designed for any busy person. Some of 15 min some are 40 min, plus there are other DVD’s that I can by some time down the road, you know when I’m a pro!! :)

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So lets talk about this awesome lunch recipe I tried. I wanted something that I could make on a Monday and eat throughout the week, I’m often find myself getting off track and not eating so healthy because I have 15 min to grab lunch sometimes. So I find if I make something a head of time, It’s easy to grab and eat! I ate it all week and DID NOT get sick of it! Here is the nutritional info:

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Calories: 170
Fat: 5g
Carbs: 12g
Fiber: 4g
Protein: 8g

This is the nutritional info if you were to use the tuna, I can’t imagine it being too much off by using the chicken but I had the chicken in my pantry and decided to go with it, it even added flavor since it was sun dried tomato and herb!! Yummy!

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Ingredients:

10 oz of sundried tomato and herb chicken (in a can by the tuna)
15 oz can of cannellini beans, rinced and drained
2 tbsp. of red wine vinegar
1/2 cup of red onion
2 stalks of celery, chopped
Pepper
2 tbsp. fresh parsley (I used dried)
2 tbsp. of olive oil
Romaine lettuce leaves
1/2 tomato, chopped

What to do:

Combine chicken, beans, vinegar, onion, celery, pepper, parsley and olive oil in a medium bowl and mix well. (I used a fork to mix the chicken up first because I’m picky and don’t like a lot of chunks.) Place the mixture on a lettuce leave top with tomatoes and more parsley if desired. Wrap and eat! I also had this on bread, the Flat Outs by the Hungry Girl, 100 calories each…….awesome! Then the rest of the week I had it over a bed of lettuce, no dressing! Awesome!!!

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Mama’s Blissful Bites – Featured Friday

Happy Friday!!! Guess what??? Psst………Featured Friday is baaaaaaack!!! I’m a little nervous this time around because I can’t seem to get as many blogs on board :( Sad face, I’m not really sure why, maybe I just need to keep reaching out but I have a few lined up and I’ll just keep on trucking for now and share with you what I do have. I can’t believe how much I’ve missed this Feature, and I’m so happy to kick it back off with one of my favorite Mama’s!!!

I featured this blog back in August of 2012. Wow can you believe I’ve known this Mama for a year??!!! Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites so graciously wanted to be Featured again!! Thank you Amber! Can you believe we’ve known each other a year? Yes me and this girl will text each other at all hours of the night asking technical/blogging questions to each other, well we used to, until my pregnancy and little guy came along, but it’s OK, I still have your number Mama!! Amber is one of the great relationships I’ve picked up through the blogging world. She is a sweet sweet person and one of the best Mother’s I’ve ever known, maybe we should meet one of these days! :)

Mama’s Blissful BitesWell let me fill you in on what’s been going on over at Amber’s blog because a lot has changed for her too. She has recently decided to homeschool her two kiddo’s. You can read about why she made this big decision here. God bless this Mama, I think it’s hard work and must take a lot of dedication but she is the girl to do it, one because she loves her kids more than anything and two because she’s constantly bored, (yes Amber you admitted that on your page teeheee) though bored, she loves to learn new ways to educate herself and her children using the everyday things around her. You can even check out the cute room she put together in her home for a classroom her kids will be in everyday. She introduced me to Sensory Bins, yup you did girl. Check out some of the great idea’s she has, I need to get over my “sense of messiness” and let my baby girl dive into this madness you call Sensory bins, don’t worry guys, I don’t let my need for “clean” get in the way of teaching my kids, I do give in and my daughter does go to Pre-School three times a week too! I’ve always been a big fan of doing crafts with my daughter because she does love them, I used to just do them on holidays and special occasions like birthdays and such but now that she’s almost three she is learning a whole lot so my brain is reeling on things I can do with her. I’m on Pinterest daily looking for crafts that will teach her, the other day we made leaves, snowmen, flowers and suns to learn the 4 seasons together (we are still working on it LOL). Amber has some great crafts on her page, I’m going to try the Play Dough recipe  (Maddie LOVES LOVES LOVES play dough) and I love the homemade colored pasta sorting idea, what a great way to play with colors with your kiddos. Bonus you get to even make pasta jewelry with them! Love it. Amber also has a few homemade products you can check out too, they make great gifts!So Amber and I were talking not to long ago and one of things I love about this girl is she goes to great lengths to make her blog Mama's Blissfulsuccessful too, she even started running and blogging about that, she said she got a lot of audience that way, maybe I should think about that to get this leftover baby weight to go bye-bye! She is a lot like me, loves her family, loves to cook (not so much bake) and loves loves loves staying home with her kids no matter how difficult some days can be, because let’s face it, everyday is a challenge however like me, Amber faces each day with a smile and a new attitude of how she can make that very day as special as she can for her kids, plus have you seen her kiddo’s, they are super cute!! She’s also done a lot of reviews too all different kinds of products and foods!! I remember when I first found Amber’s blog she did a few video’s talking about “Mama” things, challenges we face as mothers, those kinds of things, I remember thinking WOW, she just sits on her couch (sweats and slippers) and talks to the public……..and looks fantastic while doing it!!! I miss those video’s! So check out her review on her local TV program. Oh Amber your daughter doesn’t look like you at all (no no no!) LOL.

Ok so what did I cook up from the list of yummy Recipes that Amber has over on her blog, well believe it or not I chose a sandwich LOL, don’t laugh because I’ve always wanted to make Guacamole and when I saw this sandwich it made ME WANT TO TRY IT!! I actually ended up making two things from Amber’s list of healthy goodies because my funny story for this week is I bought my Avocado’s and everything I needed and when I tried to make it for it lunch on Monday my Avocado’s were rock hard :( I never realized how much I liked Guacamole until recently, actually I never realized how much I like Avocado’s until I really started to cook healthier. I finally found the trick to getting the Avocado perfect for “mashing” Monday was such a disaster that I went to a different recipe of Amber’s, however I left the one Avocado I had left out on my counter, I just happened to squeeze it this morning and it was nice and soft!! It was PERFECT, it was finally time to make this yummy lunch!!

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She calls it her Loco Guaca Grilled Cheese Sandwich, how yummy does that even sound before you look at my pictures!

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It was everything I thought it was going to be. Actually the only thing it needed was MORE cheese! I didn’t have sliced Colby-Jack cheese, I had shredded Monterey Jack Cheese, I just should have used more!!! Tomorrow I will be, yes I took her recipe and cut it in half since I only had one Avocado, however it was enough for two sandwiches so guess what I’m having for lunch!!

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The other recipe I made was her Banana Nut Breakfast. I chose this one because I always wanted to try “rice” for breakfast, call me crazy but I have. Not only that but I was looking for something filling to last me the afternoon and it had “Fall” written all over it! I wasn’t disappointed AT ALL. I never really had rice cold before, well I warmed it up for like 20 seconds just to get it to unstick a little but other than that it’s the simplest dish you could make, I always make brown rice or quinoa at the beginning of the week so I always have something like this on hand!! Thanks for a delicious breakfast Mama!! The only thing I did differently with this one was the pecan’s. I didn’t have any on hand however I did have a bag of Maple-Pecan granola on hand so I used a bit of that, which was perfect!!

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Well I hope you enjoyed Featured Friday this week, I’m so glad to be back at it again because I had no idea how much I missed it until this week! Stay tuned because I have some pretty awesome blogs lined up for the next few months! Now go visit Mama Amber over at Mama’s Blissful Bites, don’t forget to tell her I sent you!

Homemade Chicken Patties

So with a pound of ground chicken in the fridge and no other meat in the house I was on the search for a new dish that involved this such ground chicken! I love experimenting, and as my husband says, I hate cooking the same things more than once, LOL. It’s true. When other food bloggers ask me how many new recipes I photograph a week my answer is at least 3 or 4 between dinners and some snacks and lunches. I know I’m insane, I have a folder on my laptop of unposted recipes that just keeps building and building! However that didn’t stop me I still wanted something different.

Then I found this baby. I think back to the chicken patties my sister and I used to eat back when we were kids. Yup, frozen. From the package. Hey back then they were good and we didn’t care what the sodium level or fat content was. Well now I do, I try my hardest to not feed too much processed foods to my family. Sometimes it’s a convienence factor and I reach for the bag of frozen potato puffs in the freezer but tonight, I wanted FRESH! Well fresh you got and I’ll never go back to a processed chicken patty again, actually I wish I had leftovers because my sister would have died and went to heaven! I promise sis, I’ll make them again and invite you for dinner!

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OK……….now this wasn’t easy, they are messy and hard to handle but if you go slow and pay attention to my directions you’ll get a slice of heaven on a bun or in my case 2 slices of heaven over rice! You can also make your own homemade Teriyaki Sauce as well, normally I would but I was being lazy and had some in the fridge so I said the heck with it!

Recipe Adapted by: The Cookbook Junkie
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 pound ground chicken
1 large egg
1/2 onion, diced small
1 ½ teaspoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoons soy sauce
Cornstarch or flour, for coating
2 tablespoon oil
3/4 Cup of Teriyaki Sauce

Instructions:

In a bowl mix ground chicken, onion, sugar, soy sauce and egg until it becomes wet and heavy. Or sticky as some cooks call it. As long as the ingredients are mixed together your good and you can stop (you don’t want to over mix)

I then took a plate and poured about a cup of flour on a plate and flattened it out. I was able to make 5 medium sized patties and one smaller one (that one was for boo, but don’t worry she didn’t eat them!) I took the first ball flattened it on top of the flour, took some excess flour and coated the top and then placed it on a separate plate, this is where you have to be careful, they will start to fall apart but when putting them on an empty plate reform them into a patty with your fingers along the outer side. After this you’ll be using a spatula so your golden if you get them onto that plate in one piece!

For the rest of the patties coating them with the flour and getting them ready to fry. Put the oil in a saute pan and place the patty’s in a single layer inside. Do in batches if you need to, luckily I have a big enough saute pan that I could cook them all together. Cook for 5 minutes and flip. Cook for another 5 minutes and then pour the teriyaki sauce over the tops swirling the pan around to coat all of the sides and all of the patty’s. Let it sit for a minute or two, remove and place on a bun for a sandwich or on top of some rice and beans like we did! Soooooo good, so healthy and the best part is your not left with that “processed/fried/full” feeling after you eat! Win-Win in my book! Next time I make some I’m going to freeze some for lunches or a busy night!!

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches #SundaySupper

Happy Sunday Everyone!!!! I can’t believe I’m finally back from a three month hiatus! In one breath it was a VERY quick three months, a vision of grilled food and cocktails on the deck, then in the next it was a VERY long three months as my little (big) guy went from a cranky baby to finally a baby who anyone would melt over. Don’t worry Sunday is still my favorite day of the week! I’ve missed my #SundaySupper crew, I’ve missed their delicious creations and their wonderful sense of style, creativity and the way they make me smile every week! This week Lane over at Supper for a Steal is hosting this fabulous Sunday event! Yes that name sounds familiar to some of you because her and her blog were Featured Here and I cooked two of her yummy recipes! Thanks for hosting Lane!

8387592742_f6164fd5a8_oSooooo what is today’s theme you ask?? Well the Fall is upon us, yes leaves are already falling, sports are changing over so what else besides tailgating season! What is your favorite tailgating food? Well anyone that knows me knows that me and football don’t get along. I’ve tried over and over again to like it, even to enjoy it, but I can’t. So instead, I enjoy that my husband loves it and I like to cook him and my sister snacks all through the season while they watch the games. Have I ever been tailgating? Well yes, but for concerts, so I guess that still counts. When I think about tailgating foods I know the yummies usually consist of awesomely marinated steak tip kabobs, Chicken skewers and maybe potato skins and some fabulous grilled veggies. Well how about for those of you that love to enjoy a good ol fashion tailgating food but would like to keep the calories down to a minimum? Well then this sandwich is for you. It doesn’t just have to be a girly sandwich! Guys don’t be intimidated you can dig in too! Throw it on a hamburger roll if you must!

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I love Chicken Caesar Salads, but who wants to truck along all the ingredients that go with it? Not me!! So let your chicken marinate in Caesar Dressing, throw it on the grill and slap it onto a sandwich with pre-cut tomatoes, and pieces of lettuce! Wala…….instant mouth watering sandwich without the hassle!

Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of chicken tenderloins or thin breasts
  • 1/2 cup of low fat caesar dressing (or make your own!)
  • 4-6 small sub rolls
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in large zip lock bag. Add all but a few tablespoons of the dressing to the bag and mix well. Make sure all of the chicken is coated well (I used the thin breasts here)
  2. Marinate for a few hours (or over night!)
  3. Slice tomatoes, lettuce and shredded cheese into a separate zip-lock bag.
  4. Throw the bag of chicken and the pre-cut veggies/cheese into your tailgating cooler and off you go!
  5. Grill the chicken for 5-7 minutes, flip and grill on the other side until no longer pink in the middle.
  6. Meanwhile toast the buns for that crouton crunch of a caesar salad, layer with lettuce and tomato, add your cooked chicken, sprinkle with cheese and dab with a little extra dressing!
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Let’s see what else the #SundaySupper crew has brought tailgating with us this weekend!!

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Warm Ups (Appetizers):

Bacon and Onion Dip by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chicken Fajita Dip and Quesadillas by Chocolate Moosey
Crab Rangoons by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Double Cheese Dill Scones by Vintage Kitchen Notes
Fried Yucca With Pink Sauce by Basic N Delicious
Grilled Corn Dip by Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Grilled Gameday Nachos by Supper for a Steal
Homemade Potato Chips w/ Blue Cheese Sauce by girlichef
Liptauer Cheese Spread by Magnolia Days
Mahogany Baked Chicken Wings by The Dinner-Mom
Mexican Corn Dip by Growing Up Gabel
Pizza Dip by Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Posh Pigs In a Blanket by The Weekend Gourmet
Pretzel Nuggets by I Run For Wine
Roasted Garlic & Tomatillo Salsa Verde by Killer Bunnies, Inc
Savory Baked Pinwheel’s by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Sesame Glazed Cauliflower “Wings” by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites by Daily Dish Recipes
Sweet Potato Hummus by Alida’s Kitchen
Sweet Potato Skins by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
VJ Catch-erole by My Other City By The Bay

Game Time (Main Dishes and Sides):

1,2,3,4,5 Chinese Spareribs by The Urban Mrs
Bacon Burger Sliders by Peanut Butter and Peppers
Beef on Weck by Healthy. Delicious.
Carrot Slawby The Foodie Army Wife
Cheerwine BBQ Pulled Pork by Nik Snacks
Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Quesadillas by Cookin’ Mimi
Chicken, Brie and Apple Turnovers by Shockingly Delicious
Easy Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches by Momma’s Meals
French Onion Chicken Sandwiches by Foxes Love Lemons
Frito Olé by Home Cooking Memories
Gomoku Treasure Rice by NinjaBaking.com
Grilled Fajita Kebabs by CuriousCuisiniere
Hatch Chile Pimento Cheese Burgers by Juanita’s Cocina
Italian Tuna and Shells Salad by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Pressed Brick Sandwich by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Pulled Lamb Barbecue Sandwiches by The Texan New Yorker
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup by Neighborfood
Smoky Turkey Burgers by Webicurean
Snorker and Spicy Slaw Sandwiches by Food Lust People Love
Tandoori BBQ Chicken by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Tortilla Hot Dogs by La Cocina de Leslie

Overtime (Drinks and Desserts):

Coconut Funfetti Ice Cream Cake by What Smells So Good?
Funfetti Sugar Cookies by Pies and Plots
Individual Elvis Pies by Treats & Trinkets
Portuguese Sangria by Family Foodie

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Stuffed Burgers

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I thought it was only appropriate to share this recipe with you since it’s summer time, we all have our grills fired up almost on a daily basis, and well…………it’s just that darn good!!! I remember when Tara, a blogger friend of mine, posted this recipe back in April, I thought to myself WE MUST TRY these! Sure enough the first nice weekend we had in April, these puppies were whipped up! The only thing I changed in it was swapping out the group beef for ground turkey. I still used the ground pork though! Oh and I also used fake bacon, it’s less fat and calories and it’s way easier to cook (or microwave in this case) than regular bacon!

Stuffed Burgers

If your having some friends over for the weekend and your thinking of making burgers and your looking to change up the same ol’ thing………this is your next experiment!! TRUST ME!! All the flavor is IN the burger, I didn’t even use toppings besides some of the chopped pickles because…….well I was pregnant and YES I craved pickles! Impress your friends and try it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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Recipe Adapted From: Tara at Noshing at The Nolands

Serves: 6

Stuffed Burgers

Stuffed Burgers

Ingredients

  • Hamburger:
  • 1 lbs. lean ground turkey
  • ½ lbs. lean ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. Montreal Steak Spice
  • ½ Tbsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. BBQ sauce
  • 6 Hamburg buns
  • Stuffing:
  • 2 pickles finely diced
  • ? cup shredded mozzarella
  • 5 strips of precooked bacon

Instructions

  1. Mix the stuffing ingredients together in a bowl and put aside.
  2. Mix the hamburg ingredients in a bowl being sure to not over mix. Divide into 6 portions and then divide each portion in half. Place 2-3 tsp. of the stuffing in the middle of one of the burgers and top with the second half. Pinch the edge together to seal. Repeat for the other 5 burgers.
  3. BBQ on medium until cooked through. Top with your favorite cheese. Serve on the hamburg bun with your favorite toppings.
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This is how I stored them in my fridge until I was ready to cook them later on that evening! I heart parchment paper!

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