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Summer is fast approaching and one thing I look forward to eating more of is salads.  There is something about a big bowl of leafy greens with all the fixings that screams summer.  It’s a healthy meal and is light and refreshing on a hot day.  You also don’t often feel like you overate with a salad, and you can customize the ingredients to match your tastes. I want to share 4 of my favorite salad recipes with you: BLT Chicken Chopped Salad Grilled Chicken Arugula Salad with Strawberries & Feta Doritos Taco Salad Spinach Salad with Fruit & Maple Dressing   All are simple to make, delicious, and large enough to feed a family of 4.  If you leave the dressing off, you can portion out the ingredients to have lunches prepared for the week or dinner a couple night during the week (just add the dressing when you are ready to serve). … Continue reading

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We were watching a cooking show recently where they made Sheet Pan Quesadillas.  They not only looked amazing but seemed very simple to make so we thought, let’s grab some of our favorite ingredients, play around with different seasonings, and give it a try!  The result is Sheet Pan Chicken Quesadillas. These are fabulous!  You get tender chicken and loads of beans and veggies in each bite, it’s perfectly seasoned, and has plenty of melted cheese.  We use onion, bell pepper, black beans, and corn for our recipe but you can easily customize the “filling” to your liking.  Add mushrooms, green onion, etc.  Substitute the chicken breast for ground beef or pulled pork, etc.  You can really make this meal your own and cater to individual tastes.  I mean, you do have an entire sheet pan of quesadillas, so go ahead and make one side to your liking and the other side to your kids liking. And don’t … Continue reading

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Slow cooker meals are great for any time of year.  Simply set it and forget it and you have a tasty meal that is hearty, filling, and will feed the whole family.  That’s what my recipe for Slow Cooker Shredded Thai Curry Chicken is…. simple but delicious.  The chicken is braised in a coconut-curry mixture and is moist and tender.  The coconut-curry is Thai style with a base of coconut milk, onions, peppers (spicy), sugar (sweet), fish sauce (tangy), and lime juice (citrus)…it’s like a flavor explosion in your mouth.  You then finish the dish with fresh herbs and serve it over a bed of rice. The recipe can be found here. Start by placing the chicken in the bowl of the slow cooker.  Top with the coconut milk, curry powder, fish sauce (or you can substitute soy sauce), lime juice, brown sugar, green onions, red onion, jalapeno, garlic, and ginger. Cover and cook on LOW … Continue reading

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Instant Pot Chicken & Vegetable Pad Thai is simple weeknight meal that is ready in no time!  It’s packed with tender chicken, lots of veggies, noodles, and a flavorful sauce.  Pad Thai sauce is a little salty, fairly nutty, and a little sweet in flavor.  I think it’s similar to peanut sauce, which tastes great on just about anything 😊 This is a one-pot meal your whole family will love! The recipe can be found here. Start by doing all your prep work.  Slice the chicken, zucchini, bell pepper, etc.  I like to buy matchstick carrots because they are already the needed size.  I also prefer to julienne (cut super thin) my zucchini but if you have a spiralizer, that also works well.  Set all the ingredients aside until ready to use. Next, make the Pad Thai sauce.  In a large bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients – brown sugar, chicken broth, rice vinegar, soy sauce, creamy peanut butter, … Continue reading

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Are you ready for the Kentucky Derby?  It’s usually held on the first Saturday in May, making it this upcoming Saturday, May 7, 2022.  A lot of people like to gather with friends and family to watch the races and enjoy some good food and drink.  I believe it’s known as “the greatest two minutes of sports” so why not spend all day in the kitchen for 2 minutes of cheering pleasure? 😊  Kidding…it’s a very fun horse race to watch! I will be preparing the following items to enjoy during our viewing pleasure, and you might notice a theme… Kentucky (where the derby is held) and whiskey/bourbon (sponsors of the event and heavily influenced in the south). Kentucky Hot Brown Dip Whiskey Spiced Chicken Wings Kentucky Oaks Cocktail Maple Bourbon Candied Pecans   Kentucky Hot Brown Dip is a rich a creamy dip that encompasses the wonderful ingredients and flavors of a … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Turkey Bowls with Lemon Rice are my new favorite “bowls” to eat and quite honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever make regular rice again – lemon rice is where it’s at!  These bowls are FULL of flavor.  You have a tomato salad that is incredibly fresh, a Tzatziki sauce that is creamy and tangy, ground turkey that is perfectly seasoned and tender, and fluffy rice that is infused with a wonderful citrus flavor. The recipe can be found here. I know this recipe looks really long and complicated but it’s actually quite easy!  We’re going to break it down into 4 categories: Tzatziki Sauce Tomato Salad Lemon Rice Mediterranean Turkey   Our first step is to prepare the Tzatziki Sauce.  In a medium bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, dill, garlic, and cucumber.  Stir to combine then taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Our … Continue reading

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The ultimate handheld slider sandwiches are Herbed Chicken Parmesan Sliders.  They are made with ground chicken, not traditional breaded chicken, and are perfect for a crowd or when you want a lighter dinner.  Top with melted mozzarella cheese, fresh marinara sauce, and crisp basil, and you have the perfect slider!  I think the sliders taste best on toasted ciabatta rolls (who doesn’t love ciabatta?) but slider buns will also work just fine.  The ciabatta makes the sliders feel more authentic and Italian. The recipe can be found here. My first step is to bake the ciabatta rolls.  I buy bake and serve rolls, so I always get that out of the way before I prep any of the other ingredients.  Then I set them aside to cool while working on the rest of the recipe.  You can skip this step depending on the type of rolls you are using. Next, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F … Continue reading

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Greek Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki Sauce are super easy to make, healthy, and refreshing.  They are packed with zesty chicken, cool cucumbers, crisp tomato and onion, and tangy tzatziki sauce.  It’s a burst of Mediterranean flavor!  For us, these are simple weeknight meal.  However, they would make great lunches because you can meal prep ahead of time and they are pretty light vs. filling. I recommend using bib lettuce, butter lettuce, or romaine hearts.  They bib and butter lettuce create these “cups” for the ingredients to sit in and the romaine lettuce wraps the ingredients together well without ripping.  If a lettuce wrap isn’t your thing, swap out the lettuce for a tortilla. The recipe can be found here. Start by making the Tzatziki Sauce.  Add the Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, dill, garlic powder, and salt to a mixing bowl.  Stir to combine.  Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. I’ve found that … Continue reading

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Everyone loves a good Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich, but have you ever tried Chicken Bacon Ranch Sheet Pan Nachos?  Let me tell you…they are yummy!  Super easy to make, super quick to make, super easy to cleanup, and they work well as an appetizer (or as a meal for 2…guilty as charged).  The chicken is juicy and tender, the bacon is salty and crisp, and melted cheese brings it all (or holds it all) together.  My favorite part is the ranch dressing that’s drizzled over the top.  It’s not just a bottle of ranch dressing but a homemade mixture that is rich and creamy, and you will want some in every bite! The recipe can be found here. Start by making the ranch dressing.  Combine the ranch dressing mix, mayonnaise, sour cream, and milk in a mixing bowl.  Whisk until well combined.  Then cover and refrigerate until ready to use. I like to let mine sit for about an … Continue reading

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We recently tried a recipe for Bacon Apple Chicken Burgers with Dijon Sauce, and it was amazing!  The burgers are a little sweet from the apples and a little salty from the crispy bacon.  Add the Dijon sauce and you have a little slice of heaven!  The Dijon sauce is a combination of Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and maple syrup so it is sweet yet tangy, and I could not get enough of it.  All the flavors in this burger pair well and your taste buds will be happy 😊 The ingredient list looks long but these burgers really are easy to make.  And you will most likely have most of the ingredients at home already, so give them a try! The recipe can be found here. Start by preparing the Dijon sauce.  Add the Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and maple syrup to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.  Give it a taste and adjust the ingredients, as necessary.  For … Continue reading

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