Cheesy BBQ Chicken Bites

Cheesy BBQ Chicken Bites

Delicious and delectibly balanced. The perfect combination of Chicken, Cheese, BBQ Sauce and Sourdough. One bite and you are hooked.

Cheesy BBQ Chicken Bites

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!? I know I am! It seems as though the Big Game is further and further away each year and I can never keep the dates straight. This year I happen to be very aware of when it is, up to this point, as the play offs have afforded my team victory and they have a chance to be Bowl bound! I whipped up these Cheesy BBQ Chicken Bites last weekend during the games.  I ended up making 40 of these thinking I would have plenty.  Needless to say, they were gone in a heartbeat.  Note to self: make more next time.

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Black Rice Quinoa Grain Bowls

Black Rice Quinoa Grain Bowls…… DELICIOUS!

Black Rice Quinoa Grain Bowls

Black Rice Quinoa Grain Bowls

Happy New Year Everyone!  I hope 2016 is finding you well.  I know it’s that time of year when everyone is getting their healthy on. The Gym’s are being flooded with the masses and we are all set to take on the year! I know I am!

About a year ago I found a love for black rice. Pursuing the grocery stores looking for something “different” and always on the hunt for a nutritious something I can add to my family’s dinner, I came upon black rice.  What? What is this beautiful bag of goodness?  Why I have not ever seen it before?  Have I been blind?  These are the questions I asked myself when googling the ancient grain. Astonished at my lack of knowledge for something so ancient and very, very nutritious.  I mean, all the rage is brown rice, right?  I made the decision to purchase the elusive black rice and off I went home to figure out what to do with it.  These black rice quinoa grain bowls were a hit!

Make them. Make them often.

There are a few things that you can do to make these black rice quinoa grain bowls a quick and easy weeknight meal.  Everything in this dish can be prepared ahead of Continue reading

Kabocha Squash Soup | 3 Ways – 21 Day Fix

Kabocha Squash Soup

Kabocha Squash! You really do not want to miss this one. What a wonderful way to pack your dinner time full of vitamins and flavor at the same time!  You can even roast the Kabocha the night before, place in zip top baggies and prepare the next day!  Super simple soup that is sure to be a winner!

Kabocha Squash Soup

This little unforgotten jewel of the squash family has quickly become my favorite over the years.  Dubbed the Japanese Pumpkin, this sweet and versatile squash is a must have for fall and winter.

I first encountered this beauty known as Kabocha at my local farmers market.  In fact, I ended up talking to the proprietor for over an hour just about this particular squash! Easy to grow to boot! If you have the land, once you clean them out, take the scraps; seeds and all, and throw them in the dirt! Love, water and whisper to them.  You will have an abundant supply of these beauties weighing anywhere from 3 to 8 pounds!

It’s cold for where I am at the moment and that means soup! Soup is one of the easiest and most fascinating dishes to make.  Layering flavors and building the depth to the base is one thing that I absolutely love doing. A lot like butternut squash, Kabocha is a great natural thickener for stews as well as soups!  Bye bye cornstarch and flour! We don’t need you in this dish! Guess what?  That means this is gluten free as well! Woo hoo! Score one more for the Kabocha Squash!

Today I will present you not one, not two, but three different ways to make this soup with the simple base being the first one. The possibilities with this recipe are only limited by your imagination!

Stay tuned, you won’t be disappointed.

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Kalbi Ribs – Korean Beef Short-rib

Kalbi Ribs

Kalbi Ribs

Korean Beef Short-Rib – Kalbi Ribs (Galbi)

Kalbi Ribs! Ahhhhhh, the mere mention of this delightful, delectable dish makes my mouth water.  I am in pure foodie lust for this dish and have been for many, many years.

Being that our household consists of avid UNLV Rebel Football (and basketball) fans it is no surprise to anyone that we participate in the tailgates that take place pre-game.  The Hawaii game is my absolute favorite without a doubt. The only time I secretly cheer for the visiting team! (shhhh don’t tell the DH! )  UNLV alternates with Hawaii as to where the game is played. Every other year we host this game and the tailgates are INSANE. Our home city being dubbed the 9th Island brings a large array of the Hawaiian people and their culture and this means I am in heaven! Their is a loving, down home, next door neighbor vibe that occurs at this event.  Well, during the tailgate anyway.  The minute the fans step inside the stadium all bets are off.  Hawaii loves their football and are not shy about it.  The most fun in a college stadium I’ve ever experienced but then again, I’m biased.

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The American Cobb Salad

Classic and All American. Mixed greens, chicken, blue cheese, tomatoes, bacon, avacodo, chives, perfection.Cobb Salad – An American Classic

Hello everyone!  Sharing today a recipe originally posted for Lexi over at Lexibites I’m sharing here today for all of you.  Lexi is amazing, be sure to check her out!

Today I’m going to share with you a true American classic that hails from my home state. The Cobb Salad! Originating at The Brown Derby in Hollywood, California.  There are two stories that surround the origin of this dish however the most popular version goes like this:

One night in 1937, the owner of The Brown Derby, Bob Cobb, was very hungry. Rummaging through the kitchen, Bob opened the large refrigerator and began to grab random items to put together for his snack. Lettuce, romaine, watercress, chicory,  boiled chicken breast, cheese, eggs, avocado and some crisp bacon that he nabbed from a busy chef.  He began chopping and mixing things together, topped it off with old fashion french dressing and voila! The Cobb Salad was born.

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21 Day Fix – Juicy, Blackened Chicken Tenders

Juicy, Blackened Chicken Tenders

Juicy blackened chicken

 

Hello beautiful readers!  Happy Tuesday!

I know, I know, I’ve been away for awhile and I apologize for that however, I have been working on a lot of exciting things that hopefully you will see very, very soon!

One of these “things” I’ve been into is the 21 day fix.  Why, you ask?  Because I needed a reboot. A reminder if you will of what it is to prepare meals and eat nutritiously. All things I am fully aware of but tend to forget in the busy day to day thing we all call life.

With that being said, this is a super quick post on blackened chicken tenders.  This recipe is inspired by my husband, who on the second day of my 21 day fix reset came home and wanted Chicken from a certain establishment who shares the same name with that Continue reading

Red, White and Berry Pavlova

Red White Berry Pavlova

Red, White and Berry Pavlova

Ah, Summer! I love summer. Although it is rather hot in my neck of the woods, it’s 102 degrees outside as I type, it is still a great time of year. Produce is bright, beautiful and abundant. Pair that with the 4th of July and this girl is in heaven!

The fourth of July is an excellent day to celebrate the freedom and privilege we all have in our country. What better way to do that than through food, family, sunshine, fireworks and we can’t forget dessert!

Pavlova; a meringue dessert that is surrounded in controversy. It’s origin is a topic of Continue reading

Black Bean Quesadilla – Meatless Monday

Black Bean Quesadilla Meatless Monday

Black Bean Quesadilla – Meatless Monday

Well Hello Monday! How are you? That’s good! You know that many people do not like you much and for that I want to apologize. I’m not sure exactly who started meatless Monday, but I am glad that they did! For this, I thank them. It has inspired dishes such as this black bean quesadilla. This is my nod to the month I fed my family complete vegetarian meals and no one was the wiser.

I could of definitely kept this rouse going if it wasn’t for my own neglect. The shopping bag from my favorite mega mart with the Vegan cheese peeking out the top. My son and his Continue reading

Sweet ‘n Spicy Jicama Slaw + Giveaway

Sweet 'n Spicy Jicama Slaw

Sweet ‘n Spicy Jicama Slaw

Jica-who? Jicama! Pronounced hecema, I love it and you should too!  There are so many health benefits that are associated with this little taproot tuber that will blow your mind.

Let’s review…

  • Low calorie – 35 calories per 100 grams
  • Packed with high quality phytonutrients
  • It is said the carbs in these beauty’s do not metabolize in the body making them a sound decision for those who follow low carb plans
  • Rich in Vitamin C
  • Contains small amounts of trace minerals

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Banana and Almond Butter French Toast

Banana Almond Butter French Toast

Banana and Almond Butter French Toast

Yesterday, I took my daughter to lunch with the girls.  We ventured to the bustling hot spot known as Panera at our local district.  There we were, ordering our perfectly grilled Panini’s and broth bowls when I spotted it.  The last loaf of fresh Challah.  Sitting there on the top shelf of the bakery. So alone. So blended into the honey brown millwork of the store shelves.  It was calling to me. “Buy me!”. “Make me even more delicious than I already am!”.  Who am I to deny a lonely Challah.  I purchased the Challah thusly. I believe I saved it from the fate of the dumpster and delivered it perfectly into banana and almond butter French toast!

Ohhhhhhh my almond butter banana craziness! Rescued Challah: check. Almond butter: check. Bananas: check. French toast custard: CHECK!
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