Your favorite Chicken Parmesan dish is now available in sandwich form with Chicken Parmesan Sloppy Joe’s.  These Sloppy Joe’s are a delectable mixture of chicken, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and breadcrumbs.  It’s a very family / kid friendly meal and tastes amazing!  Plus, it’s ready in under 30 minutes. The recipe can be found here. Start by adding the breadcrumbs to a small skillet.  Heat over medium heat until lightly toasted.  Stir occasionally so they don’t burn!  Remove the breadcrumbs to a plate or bowl to cool and set aside.  Do not leave them in the skillet at they will continue to toast in the hot pan! Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the ground chicken and onion.  Cook until the meat is cooked through, and the onions are soft and translucent.  Break apart the chicken into small chunks as it cooks. Add the Italian seasoning and stir to combine. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste and … Continue reading

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Step up your Sloppy Joe game with Chicken Bacon Ranch Sloppy Joe’s!  Ready in under 30 minutes, these Sloppy Joe’s are a yummy mixture of chicken, bacon, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, and ranch seasoning all sandwiched between a bun.  If you’ve ever had anything chicken-bacon-ranch flavored before, you know what I’m talking about 😊  This recipe is a win! The recipe can be found here. Start by heating a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the bacon and cook according to package instructions.  Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain some of the grease.  Do not drain the grease from the pan – you will be cooking the other ingredients in the bacon grease. Reduce the heat to medium and add the chopped onion.  Cook until soft and translucent.  This shouldn’t take long because the bacon grease will already be plenty hot! Add the ground chicken to the skillet and cook until … Continue reading

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Sheet pan meals are becoming more frequent at our house.  They are easy to assemble and quick to cleanup because all the cooking happens on…you guessed it…a sheet pan.  We have a 2-person household as well, so the sheet pan meals are often enough to have for 2 meals.  Depending on how busy we are during the week, this is either 2 dinners or 1 dinner and 1 lunch for us.  The combinations are endless as well!  We primarily make chicken with a vegetable on the side, but you could try turkey breasts, pork chops, etc. with any vegetable (or vegetables) of your choosing. My favorite recipe is for Sheet Pan Pretzel Encrusted Honey Mustard Chicken with Potatoes.  I think coating to the chicken adds a fun element to the dish because you had added texture and flavor instead of just plain chicken.  So, you get tender chicken in each bite with a little crunch.  The combination of … Continue reading

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We don’t use our air fryer often but every now and again it’s fun to try a new recipe.  This time we tried an Air Fryer Blooming Onion.  A blooming onion is essentially a large onion that is sliced to resemble a flower, battered, deep fried, and served as an appetizer.  My recipe removes the deep-frying step and has you air fry it instead. The batter creates this lovely crust that is crispy, the onion is tender, and the dipping sauce adds a nice tang to each bite. The recipe can be found here. Start by preparing the onion.  Peel the onion and slice off the stem.  Do not remove the base on the other side of the onion – only remove the stem or end of one side.  Otherwise the onion will fall apart!   Turn the onion so the cut side is down.  Cut an inch from the … Continue reading

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Oven Baked Cajun Salmon is a great weeknight meal!  It’s a one pan meal that is easy to assemble and will leave you perfectly satisfied.  The salmon is tender and not too filling, and the veggies are roasted to perfection.  The Cajun seasoning gives off a bold, spicy flavor with a slight earthiness.  It’s an all-purpose seasoning that I use on a regular basis. The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the salmon on the baking sheet.  If you did not have the skin remove from the salmon at the grocery store that is just fine!  Place the skin side down on the baking sheet and it will effortlessly fall off when done baking so no need to worry about removing it yourself.  If you did have the skin removed at the grocery store, … Continue reading

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Beer Can Whole Grilled Chicken is a fun way to cook chicken.  You need a beer can chicken stand to do this.  The stand along with the can of beer and chicken legs helps support the chicken on the grill, and the beer helps keep the chicken moist while grilling.  I don’t taste a lot of beer flavor in the chicken but if this is a concern of yours, you could easily swap out the beer for a can of pop – any cola flavor will work well.  Coca Cola or Dr Pepper seem to be the most popular, but I bet you could get a hint of citrus flavor if you used Mountain Dew. The recipe can be found here. Preheat the grill to 350 – 375 degrees F.  If you have an upper rack in your grill, remove it before preheating because the chicken will not fit with … Continue reading

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If you read my last blog, you know how much we love sandwiches (or sliders) at our house.  Another food we are obsessed with is chicken wings.  They are so easy to make and can be pair with tons of different sauces to create different flavor combinations.  I want to share with you 3 new chicken wing recipes that are inspired by Asian and Mexican dishes. Orange Chicken Wings Asian Zing Chicken Wings Taco Chicken Wings   All 3 recipes are pretty simply to whip up and have amazing flavor! First up is Orange Chicken Wings.  Think of the orange chicken dish you order at a Chinese restaurant – these chicken wings have a very similar flavor and are bursting with an orangey-citrus taste.  So good! The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the … Continue reading

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Who doesn’t love a good sandwich?  I’m always looking for new sandwich recipes, or slider recipes, in this case.  They make for a great tasty little bite, work well as appetizers, or can be packed for a light lunch.  My favorite thing to do is make a 9×13 pan of sandwiches that can be portioned out, wrapped in foil, and grabbed each morning on my way to work. Today I want to share with you 4 different recipes for sliders.  These are all simple recipes and are something the whole family will enjoy.  I like to keep these recipes in my back pocket for holiday weekends (like the 4th of July) or you could make a pan to serve at a sleepover when the kids have the late-night munchies! First up is Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders.  Think traditional Chicken Cordon Bleu but in sandwich form.  You get the savory ham, tender … Continue reading

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Are you ever hosting a party or having a few guests over for dinner but don’t know what to serve?  I always struggle with what to cook because I want my guests to enjoy the meal but also want time to socialize and not be stuck in the kitchen.  Pulled chicken or pulled pork is always a good option.  You can prepare it in the slow cooker so it’s no fuss, it feeds a crowd, and is great to serve for a build-your-own-sandwich bar.  Or you can make it for yourself to enjoy for meals through the week or to freeze for later. Today, I want to share my 2 recipes for pulled chicken.  I haven’t tried these recipes with pork, but I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t substitute the chicken for pork to make pulled pork sandwiches.  If you do try this, let me know how it … Continue reading

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I consider myself to be a cookie connoisseur… or a cookie lover of sorts… so I will never turn down the option to sample a new cookie or try a new cookie recipe.  One of my favorite desserts is a warm cookie a la mode.  I could easily skip dinner and go right to dessert if I know this is on my menu, so I thought I would try my hand at making a homemade version.  Something I didn’t need to be at a restaurant to enjoy.  The result is a Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie. The recipe can be found here. The cookie is hot right out of the oven with perfectly melted chocolate chips and wonderful ooey-gooeyness in every bite.  It’s big enough to share but you might not want to 😊 Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Add the butter to a saucepan.  … Continue reading

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