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Open Faced Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches will be your next go-to meal for a busy weeknight!  They are easy to make, hearty, and perfect for a cold winter night.  These open-faced sandwiches are packed with tender rotisserie chicken that’s coated in marinara sauce (or tomato sauce) flavored with garlic and added seasonings and are served open-faced on crispy garlic Texas toast with plenty of melted cheese.  They are delicious and come together in about 20 minutes (including prep and cook time). The recipe can be found here. Start by removing the rotisserie chicken from the bone.  Shred it and set aside.  You will only need about ½ the rotisserie chicken for this recipe.  The recipe makes enough for 4 open-faced sandwiches.  If you need more than 4, adjust the ingredients accordingly.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic and … Continue reading

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We were craving chili this week and decided to try making Chicken Jalapeno Popper Chili.  It’s incredibly flavorful without being too spicy.  It’s loaded with tender chicken, beans, salty bacon, and creamy/brothy goodness.  And it comes together so quickly!  No slow cooking all day or simmering on the stove.  You basically combine all ingredients in a large pot or Dutch oven, simmer for a short while, and dig in.  It’s perfect when you want a warm and hearty meal but don’t have a lot of time.  It also makes great leftovers to enjoy the next day or to freeze for a future meal. The recipe can be found here. Start by prepping your ingredients.  This makes cooking go much faster and you are prepared to add ingredients when the recipe calls for them.  Remove the rotisserie chicken from the bones and shred.  You should have about 4 cups of chicken, which is the perfect amount for this recipe.  Cook the bacon … Continue reading

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Open Faced BBQ Chicken Sandwich are a great addition to any weekly menu!  Simple to prepare, hearty, and comforting on a cold night.  These open-faced sandwiches are very flavorful; crispy toast, melted cheese, BBQ rotisserie chicken that’s piled high, what’s not to love?  They are yummy and come together in about 20 minutes (including prep and cook time). The recipe can be found here. Start by removing the rotisserie chicken from the bone.  Shred it and set aside.  You will only need about ½ the rotisserie chicken for this recipe.  The recipe makes enough for 4 open-faced sandwiches.  If you need more than 4, adjust the ingredients accordingly.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent.  Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the paprika and Worcestershire sauce.  Stir to combine.  Add the … Continue reading

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Bruschetta is a staple of summer meals.  I know it’s fall, and the days are getting colder, the sun is setting earlier, and you are probably thinking of warm, hearty meals…not fresh, summer sides.  BUT…bruschetta can be enjoyed in many ways.  Including being used as a pizza topping. If you have a vegetable garden in your backyard or perhaps like to visit your local Farmer’s Market, you can make bruschetta with some wonderfully fresh produce.  This time of year, you most likely have to purchase the ingredients at your local grocery store.  And that’s OK!  You’ll still have incredibly flavorful and fresh bruschetta to enjoy.  Now for this recipe, the bruschetta will be used as a pizza topping but you will have leftovers.  What to do with the leftovers you ask?  Add as a topping on a grilled chicken breast, serve as a salsa with tortilla chips, or serve with toasted baguette slices. This recipe combines the bruschetta with rotisserie chicken … Continue reading

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Flautas are a traditional Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla that is filled with meat and cheese and tightly rolled before frying.  The recipe I want to share with you today is for Baked Chicken Jalapeno Popper Flautas, which is a combination of jalapeno poppers and chicken flautas.  They are made with shredded rotisserie chicken, cream cheese, shredded cheese, jalapeno, and tortillas.  This recipe is very easy to make, doesn’t take a lot of time, and makes the perfect appetizer or meal, depending on how many people you are serving.  We ate these for dinner and had 2-3 each so there was plenty to go around, and we had leftovers. The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then generously spray with cooking spray. I like to use rotisserie chicken for this recipe, so I start by removing the chicken from … Continue reading

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Every now again we get a craving for some Cajun cuisine.  Something spicy (but not too spicy), hearty, and full of favor.  Chicken wings are an easy fit because they are simple to prepare and make a great meal when paired with a side, like Cajun Rice… We’re clearly getting our Cajun fix with this meal 😊 Cajun Baked Chicken Wings are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.  They are marinated in a dry rub and baked to perfection before being tossed in a yummy Cajun butter sauce. Cajun Rice is very similar to Dirty Rice (if you are familiar) but without any meat.  Hence the Cajun Baked Chicken Wings being the main course.  The Cajun Rice is perfectly seasoned and spiced and is packed with plenty of onions and peppers.  It’s an elevated rice that the whole family will love. Let’s walk through how to make each recipe. Cajun Baked Chicken Wings Start by making … Continue reading

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Chicken with Parmesan Garlic Rice is a phenomenal weeknight meal!  It combines pan seared chicken with a cheesy, garlic filled bed of rice.  The chicken is perfectly seasoned and tender, the rice is soft and pillowy with lots of fragrant garlic and parmesan cheese mixed in, and it’s topped with fresh, crisp parsley.  It’s delicious and I hope you give it a try! The recipe can be found here. Start by seasoning the chicken tenders with salt, pepper, and garlic powder on both sides.  I used chicken tenders but feel free to use boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs, if you prefer. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the chicken and cook for 6-8 minutes (per side) or until cooked through and an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.  Remove the chicken to a place and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.  Set aside. Using the same skillet, melt … Continue reading

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Spooky Season is upon us!  Now that it’s after October 1, we can gear up for Halloween and all things spooky 😊 Halloween is a month-long celebration at my house.  We watch all the classic movies and anything new we can find, gorge ourselves on candy, and decorate with probably too many pumpkins.  But it’s fun and helps us get in the holiday spirit! I like to try new Halloween themed recipes every year too.  It’s fun to have themed treats for a movie viewing party or to simply enjoy throughout the week.  This year, I have 3 recipes to share with you: Halloween Pizza Dip Candy Corn Quesadilla Candy Corn Cupcakes   Halloween Pizza Dip is the perfect appetizer!  It’s loaded with cheese, pizza sauce, and pepperoni, and is enjoyed with soft pizza dough bites that are baked around the dip.  It’s served hot, right from the oven, and won’t last long 😊 It’s easy to make and comes together in … Continue reading

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If you haven’t checked out the Meat Counter at your local Festival Foods, I highly recommend it!  You can find plenty of standard meat options; beef, chicken, seafood, etc. …things you would expect to see.  BUT you will also find some specialty items you might not be familiar with.  My favorite items to buy are the encrusted chicken breasts.  They come in a variety of flavors; pecan, parmesan, buffalo, and tortilla are the most common.  If you are lucky, you might find a different flavor from time to time.  They are sold individually or pre-packaged as a pack of 2, depending on the store location. You can typically find some of each in our freezer for a quick and easy weeknight meal.  Most commonly, I will bake the chicken breasts and serve them with a side salad or slice the chicken to eat on top of a bed of lettuce.  You can play around with different flavor combinations … Continue reading

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Kabobs are a simple 5 ingredient meal the whole family will love!  They are very flavorful and a combination most people are already familiar with.  Try them for a quick weeknight meal or serve at a summer BBQ.  The kabobs are packed with crispy bacon, tender chicken, and are marinated in a homemade ranch dressing. The recipe can be found here. Start by adding the wooden skewers to a drinking glass filled with water to soak before grilling.  This will prevent the wood from catching fire on the grill.  Set aside until ready to use.  I like to marinate mine for at least a few hours.  Alternately, you can use metal skewers and skip the soaking process.  My preference is to use 6” skewers but 10” skewers also work, you just won’t have as many skewers. Add the olive oil, black pepper, and ranch seasoning to a gallon size Ziploc bag.  Shake slightly to combine. Slice … Continue reading

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