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Buffalo Chicken Bowls

Photo Credit: Pretty Providence

Photo Credit: Pretty Providence

This has quickly become one of my favorite healthy lunches. You have the spiciness of the chicken, the crunch of the sweet corn, black beans for extra protein, and the coolness of Greek yogurt ranch dressing. This is also great to have for a summer dinner.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

6 chicken breasts

1 cup Frank’s hot sauce

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

2 cans corn, rinsed and drained

2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained

Hidden Valley Greek yogurt ranch dressing

Optional:

sliced cherry tomatoes

sliced avocados

green onions

Directions:

1, Bake chicken with hot sauce and garlic for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. When done, shred chicken and set aside to cool.

2. Add rinsed and drained black beans and corn into a bowl, Add the optional cherry tomatoes and sliced avocado.

3. Scoop veggies in a bowl, top with chicken, and drizzle with Green yogurt ranch dressing.

Tips:

If the Greek ranch dressing isn’t available, add a packet of ranch to 1 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, and 3 tablespoons of milk. Mix together and serve on top of buffalo chicken bowls.

If it’s too hot to use the oven, bake chicken in the slow cooker for 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.

I like to serve this somewhat warm but not very hot. If you’re using chicken from the fridge, heat it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, if desired.

A quick shortcut I sometimes do is use the Perdue grilled chicken in the packages and shred that up for the bowls if I’m short on time.

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When You Go Out Of Your Way To Make A Nice Meal For Your Family And They Kind Of End Up Being A**holes About It.

1350591749695_7822193*I’m still sick and I have to say, I am the biggest pussy ever when it comes to having a cold. It definitely makes you see just how good you have it when you’re healthy.

Last week, when I was in my “pre-sick” stage, I wanted to make a nice dinner for my husband and the little hummingbird. It’s also the day that I made the incredibly orgasmic mini salted caramel apple pies.

Even though we’re a family of 3, it’s such a pain in the ass to get everyone on the same page when it comes to agreeing on what to make for a meal. Okay, actually I need to take that back. My husband will eat anything. Even some of the most horrible, OMG, what the fuck went wrong meals I’ve made over the years.

It’s my 5 year-old daughter who is picky, picky, picky.

Here’s where I have to say I for the most part ate pretty much everything my mom made. She was a single mom for many years and we had several meals of those cheap pot pies. She did the best that she could to feed us so I absolutely appreciate her efforts.

Come to think of it, I was probably more of a whiny little kid when it came to the food we had but I did my best to eat what she was able to afford.

Anyway, as a parent, there is probably at least one time, if not more, where you make a nice dinner for your family and go out of your way to cover all of the different tastes for them. It’s a pain in the ass but damn it, you want everyone to sit down, have a nice dinner, and not bitch and complain.

This particular night did not go as planned. Of course it didn’t. Fuckity fuck!

It may not seem like a fabulous dinner but I made buffalo macaroni and cheese. The perfect comfort food. So delicious and kid friendly. I even made a special casserole dish of it for the hummingbird.

I was running an hour behind though and everyone was bitchy by the time I was able to serve it up.

I was also bitchy and a total asshole to my husband because while preparing this meal, I realized that while I went to the store earlier, I forgot to get half and half. Fuck!

Then I flipped the hell out and sent my poor husband to the quick mart down the road. He was trying to be helpful and offer alternatives but I was all like NO! I FUCKING NEED THIS FUCKING HALF AND HALF, FUCKING FUCK!

Not one of my proudest moments… obviously.

I finally get this dinner in order and on the table. But did my family appreciate it? Hell no!

My hubby chowed down without breathing because he was so damn hungry and my daughter whined and said she didn’t like it. She wanted me to make Kraft mac n’ cheese instead.

And I had to get up multiple times for my daughter. “Can you please get me a napkin, mom? I wanted juice instead. I dropped my fork, can you get another one? My food is cold now, can you microwave it? Now my food is too hot and I can’t eat it. I don’t like this. Can I have something else?”

OMG! Really, people? REALLY?!

So, I sat there and cried. I totally lost it and cried while thinking fuck this shit.

I sat on the couch and cursed my family under my breath while my husband and daughter happily played together after dinner.

But then, I kinda sorta pulled it together and we had those delicious apple pies for dessert.

And all was finally good again.

Because mmmm, pie!

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Salmon With Brown Sugar Chili Powder Rub

Photo Credit: Pinch Of Yum

Photo Credit: Pinch Of Yum

I came across this recipe a few weeks ago and have made it for my husband and I twice already. It’s so easy as well as fast and delicious. I had never cooked fish before this but it was much easier than I thought. I only got 2 salmon steaks to cook since our daughter doesn’t like fish but you can easily double the recipe.

Ingredients:

2 salmon steaks (or filets)

1 lime

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon chili powder

dash of cayenne pepper

dash of salt

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

In a bowl, add brown sugar, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Mix together. Lay salmon on a cutting board. Cut lime in half and squeeze each half on salmon steaks on both sides. Take the rub and coat the salmon on each side with fingers.

In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the salmon steaks (if using filets, put them skin side up) and cook, undisturbed for 4 minutes. Flip the salmon on the other side and cook another 4 minutes until fish is firm and flaky.

I served this along with baked sweet potatoes and fresh steamed green beans. Delicious!

I hope you enjoy!

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Lemon Garlic Linguine

This is a very simple go to recipe when you don’t have much time to cook. I tried this last week and while my 3 year-old picky eater wouldn’t touch it, my husband and I loved it. I also love that I wasn’t stuck in the kitchen for too long. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

8 oz dry linguine

1/2 cup grated parmesan

4 tsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1 lemon

4 tbsp pine nuts

10 basil leaves, chiffonaded

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:

First, start to boil water for linguine and cook according to directions. Next, pour olive oil and chopped up garlic into a small frying pan and let it cook over low heat, until the garlic starts to brown on edges. Immediately remove from heat and reserve.

Chiffonade the basil leaves.

Take the cheese and pine nuts and put them into a large bowl along with the garlic oil, garlic chunks and basil. Squeeze in lemon juice. Throw in the linguine and toss until well combined. Plate and add black pepper.

Is there a simple and quick recipe you like making when you need dinner on the table fast?

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Baked Spaghetti That Will Me You Say Yes….Yes!

This baked spaghetti is to. die. for. It will definitely go into our dinner rotation. My picky eater actually ate about 4 bites of it so that’s saying something. My husband and I stared at her in amazement while she chowed down.  I like my spaghetti “saucy” so I added extra spaghetti sauce to the recipe.

The baked spaghetti was all gone by the next night. This is a must try recipe. Let me know how you like it!

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

8 ounces uncooked spaghetti

1 pound ground beef

1 large jar spaghetti sauce (24 oz) plus 1/2 cup

1 tablespoon butter

1/3 cup chopped onions

8 ounces cream cheese (I used low-fat)

2 tablespoons milk

Fresh grated Parmesan cheese

French Fried Onions (small can)

Directions:
Cook spaghetti according to directions on the package. Cook to al dente, drain and set aside.

Brown ground beef. Drain excess grease. Add spaghetti sauce to skillet and heat.

Combine onions and butter in small glass bowl. Cover and microwave 4 minutes on HIGH until soft.

Add cream cheese and milk to onions and stir well. (If cream cheese is not soft, nuke it for 20-30 seconds to make it easy to spread.)

Using a 10 x 6 dish, assemble in the following order:

Thin layer of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish.

Spaghetti

Cream cheese/onion mixture

Spaghetti sauce

Parmesan Cheese (to your personal taste)

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Top with French Fried onion and continue baking 5 more minutes.

*Tip: Make this ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze without the French Fried onions. Don’t forget to add them 5 minutes before casserole is finished cooking.

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