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Guest Post – Recipe Chatter

I am pleased to share my latest guest blog post with Recipe Chatter. Take a cruise on over to their site to check out my recipe for Weeknight Chicken Broccoli Casserole. Let me know what you think!

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Guest Post – Recipe Chatter

I was offered the opportunity to guest post for Recipe Chatter. I encourage you to check out their site…its an incredible resource and definitely bookmark worthy. My post, Gluten Free Baked Cauliflower Fritters was published today. Hope you enjoy & share.

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3 Quick Weeknight Chicken Dinners

Its time to start thinking of dinner and I am tired of leftovers. I have boneless, skinless chicken breast and want to try something new. Where do I turn for inspiration? Pinterest of course!

The first one I came across is this carb loaded masterpiece from Singing Through The Rain. Loaded chicken & potatoes…I mean come on! Excuse me while I drool.

Loaded Chicken & Potatoes

Another casserole option (notice a pattern here?) is this parmesan chicken bake from My Kitchen Escapades. If your mouth isnt watering, it will be…just look at this deliciousness!

Parmesan Chicken Bake

We may have found the winner winner chicken dinner option! OH MY GOODNESS! This recipe is from Pinch Of Yum and they deliver more than a pinch. I may have to make His & Hers trays…not sure I would share.

Chicken Broccoli

I dont have quinoa on hand (gasp!) but after reading the recipe, I can swap it out for brown rice to keep the fiber content high and the calories limited to about 400 per serving.

To amp up the veggie percentage, I want to try out these cauliflower tater tots. Dont they look like you can eat loads of them? No? Just me then. Ok…moving on. Well I cant take credit for these. I found these at Farm Fresh To You.

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So…what are you making for dinner?

Ore-Ida® Totchos Recipe

I was allowed to participate in an opportunity that included complimentary Ore-Ida® Tater Tots and thought I would share a yummy recipe with you. As a big fan of biscuits and gravy, I thought I would step it up with the tater tots and make Ore-Ida® Totchos & Gravy with bacon.

*DROOL*

Take your tots and either pan fry or bake, whichever you prefer since they are good both ways. In a saucepan, add 2-3 tablespoons butter and 2-3 tablespoons flour. Its the start of a rue so dont worry when it clumps. It thins out as you slowly add the milk…about 1 cup give or take a tablespoon. Season with salt & pepper and stir til it thickens. Pour over the prepared tots and top with crumbled bacon.

*DROOL AGAIN*

There are lots more recipes on the Kraft site but of course mine is your favorite, right? *wink

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30 Quick Meals Using Rotisserie Chicken

Its a weeknight, after a long day at work or keeping busy dealing with life, you are tired but its dinnertime. Tired of tearing a leg off the deli chicken and calling it a meal? How about looking like a rockstar using that same chicken? Print this…keep it in a safe place. You are gonna love me for finding this gem from Tablespoon…30 meals you can whip up using a rotisserie chicken!

I stumbled upon this list as I was pinning (go figure!) and I can see myself making many of these delish combos. Unlike other lists, these are hearty yet common dishes with a comfort food kick. Nothing too gourmet so its not intimidating. Looking at some of these, you would think they took hours when they dont take long at all. I mean look at these…mouth watering!

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Want a pasta dish? Try the tetrazzini or the ziti. Looking for something more like a casserole? Bake the chicken noodle casserole or the chicken pot pie. How about the quick veggie bake or even the breakfast option frittata? Everyone likes pinwheels…imagine a fun chicken pinwheel meal.

With the last days of 2015 wrapping up quickly, these meals will help ease the stress at meal time. Check out Tablespoon for all the yummy recipes and enjoy!

25 Party Appetizers You Can Make In 20 Minutes

Tis the season to either host or attend holiday parties! The tough part is finding the right recipes to share with your loved ones. There are so many traditional items we tend to expect on our gathering table, but what if we strayed a bit from the norm? What if we decide to try something new to mix it up? With time slipping away, I have found a treasure trove of simple and quick recipes you can add to your table or bring with you as you join your loved ones.

I give all the credit to BuzzFeed for this amazing list. They included 25 recipes you can make in about 20 minutes, often in less time. Let me share a few of my favorites with you.

A unique take on a nut based dip, this red pepper, walnut & tahini dip is mouthwatering! The consistency is hearty and is best (in my opinion) on a heavier chip, pita crisps or toast points.

red pepper walnut tahini dip

Another interesting combo is the edamame & avocado dip. Both have great flavor and they blend well. The consistency is much more dense and would best be served with thicker corn chips, pita crisps or toast points much like the tahini.

edamame avocado dip

Now if you seek a sweet option but dont want to succumb to all things pumpkin spice, try the pineapple black bean guacamole. I know you are thinking that is an odd combo…and it is but I have to tell you, its making my mouth water just thinking of scooping some up! Its so good you can put a dollop on your plate as garnish for your meal.

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Lastly, a dessert style dip that grabs an honorable mention. Its not from the BuzzFeed list…its actually from The Cookie Rookie and its divine! A skinny caramel apple dip that allows you to indulge without so much guilt! It does pack a few calories so dont dive into a bowl of your own, but you can certainly enjoy a helping with some freshly sliced tart apples. *Drool*

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Whether you are hosting or traveling, I hope you all enjoy the holidays at a gathering table filled with love, laughter and delicious food!

Citrus Marinated Chicken

In keeping with all of the yummy goodness I received from Chef Merito, I wanted to try out a new marinade. I was planning on making baked chicken with veggies so I grabbed the chicken marinade and some lemon pepper seasoning and got to work.

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I got a tray and added 8 chicken thighs, poured the chicken marinade over the top. I tossed each piece to coat evenly & let it marinate for about 90 minutes.

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As I waited for the yumminess to marinate, I chopped celery, onion, potatoes and added baby carrots to another tray, poured in some grapeseed oil and seasoned with salt and lemon pepper.

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I popped both in the oven at 350 for an hour. I took the chicken out, turned each piece over and put back in the oven. I took the veggies out, tossed them around and put them back in too. About 45 minutes later, I took the chicken out and moved the veggies to the top rack and let them toast for about 20 minutes longer.

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I served both with brown rice and the hubby enjoyed it so much, he took it to work for lunch. Now I know where the term ‘winner winner chicken dinner’ started!

 

Meal Planning for Beginners

Lately I have been pinning a lot of meal planning tips because its been something I have wanted to try for years. The problem is it can be so overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. Thankfully, there are so many bloggers out there who are already experts. One of which I pinned and absolutely love. Hearth & Holm is a gem on my Meal Planning boards.

The reason why I profile Hearth & Holm is because they not only show pics of all the delicious meals they prepped, but they also provide a shopping list. Yup…you can download the list to take with you while you shop!

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I look at this pic of a fully stocked freezer and I have big ambitions. Thinking about making 40 meals in one day so meal time is quick & easy is appealing but I am also fully aware, this is a lot of work. The task is daunting but I imagine I would work up to this level. To start, I will probably do a week at a time.

There is a great (and kinda OCD) pic of my goal for a week of meal planning on Instagram. I would probably swap out the drinks and modify the meals but that looks like success right there!

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All in all, meal planning is one of my resolutions for 2016. For those of you who have done a variation of this, please share your tips!

Cilantro Cream Chicken & Veggies

Ok people, I have a new favorite dish and I have all of you to thank! Hosting a poll for dish choices, the winner was a main course and a suggestion was made to try this out. Its easy to do and can be converted to stove top as well but I used my slow cooker and it was deliciousness!

I made cilantro cream chicken & veggies and the hardest part was adding ingredients to the food processor so this is super simple and soooo yummy.

1 brick cream cheese
1 16 oz container sour cream
1 bunch cilantro
4 medium chicken breasts (frozen is fine)
1 cup water (chicken broth can be substituted
1 Bag frozen vegetables (any kind you prefer)
Salt, pepper & dried minced onion to taste

Blend the cream cheese, sour cream & cilantro in a food processor til smooth. Add salt, pepper & minced onion to taste. Pour into slow cooker and add water. Stir well to blend and add chicken breasts. Cook on high for 4 hours stirring occasionally. Turn down to low and add frozen veggies. Let cook for another hour. Stir before serving over white or brown rice.

*Note – If using more chicken, add more water, cream cheese & sour cream accordingly.

If you try this out, let me know what you think!

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