March 27, 2012

Baked Chicken Caesar Chalupas

I got this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats and liked how different it was. We didn't have any romaine lettuce when I made these so we just topped the chalupas with tomatoes. I'll definitely be adding the lettuce next time though. And may I recommend the Brianna's Asiago Caesar dressing? Hadn't tried it until this recipe, but it's amazing!
Baked Chicken Caesar Chalupas
2 chicken breasts
non-stick cooking spray
4 burrito-sized flour tortillas (I used the uncooked La Flor tortillas)
Caesar dressing (Brianna's Asiago Caesar)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped into bite-sized pieces

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray both sides of the chicken breasts with non-stick spray, season with salt and pepper and saute in a skillet until no longer pink in the middle, about 4-5 minutes a side. Let cool slightly, then shred with a fork or your fingers. Set aside.
2. Cut flour tortillas into 8 wedges each. Line baking sheets with foil, then spray with non-stick spray. Lay down tortillas and spray tops with non-stick spray.
3. Bake for 3-5 minutes, or until wedges are slightly toasted and just starting to turn golden brown.
4. Spread about 1 teaspoon of Caesar dressing on each of the toasted tortilla wedges. Top with shredded chicken and mozzarella cheese. Bake for 4-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
4. Toss romaine lettuce with enough Caesar dressing to coat. Place in the middle of a plate, and surround with baked Caesar chicken wedges. Sprinkle with chopped tomato and serve.

March 26, 2012

Monterey Jack BBQ Burgers with In-N-Out Sauce

There's nothing better than being able to grill for the first time each year. I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to try them out. Jordan and I grilled these burgers up at my parent's house one night and they were delicious! Full of flavor and so yummy! We especially loved the "secret" In 'n Out sauce smothered on the bun. Give these a try! They won't disappoint.
Monterey Jack BBQ Burgers with In-N-Out Sauce
                  1 lb. ground beef
                  hamburger buns
                  1/2 cup grated Monterey jack cheese
                  1/4 cup BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s is great)
                  shake of season salt
                  shake of black pepper
                  shake of onion powder
                  toppings: cheese, lettuce, tomato, etc.
                  In ‘n Out Sauce
                  3/4 cup of mayo
                  1/4 cup ketchup
                  1/4 cup relish
                  2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
                  shake of season salt
                  1. Combine the ground beef, cheese, BBQ sauce and seasonings. Shape patties so they are about 1-inch thick. Push a ½-inch indent into the center of each patty to prevent them from forming a dome.
                  2. Heat up a grill and cook patties until done. Melt cheese on top if you’d like.
                  3. Butter the hamburger buns and grill for a minute or two until crispy.
                  4. For the sauce, combine all ingredients and whisk until well mixed.
                  5. Assemble the burgers and serve with sauce and various toppings.

March 23, 2012

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

So I have to admit, I've used my crockpot about three times since I've been married. It's not that I'm a complete crockpot meal hater, but it's not my favorite. However, I do love marinated chicken that's been cooking all day in a crockpot. I love how tender and flavorful it gets and how awesome it is when it's done when you get home from work, etc. I found this recipe on Pinterest and really like it. Even though the next time I make it I'll probably reduce the amount of honey, but I still think you'll enjoy it. (Oh and maybe I'll add some sesame seeds...whoops.)

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
1 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
4 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tbsp. of water
Sesame seeds

1.     Season both sides of chicken lightly with salt and pepper and put into crockpot.
2.     In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high for 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours or just until chicken is cooked through.
3.     Remove chicken from crockpot and leave sauce. Dissolve 4 tsp. of cornstarch in 6 Tbsp. of water and pour into crockpot. Stir to combine with sauce.
4.     Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.
5.     Cut chicken into bite size pieces, return to pot and toss with sauce before serving. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice.

March 16, 2012

Food Link Friday: Appetize It Up

Crunchy Oven Fried Cheese Ravioli
I'm thinking of these as bite-sized mozzarella sticks and that sounds fantastic!
Southwestern Egg Rolls
I love how these are baked and not fried. At least it makes me feel a little better about eating them.

Queso Blanco
Queso Blanco is my absolute favorite and this one looks so creamy and good!
Toasted Almond Parmesan Dip
I love cheese dips! I can't wait to try this one!
Baked Chicken Caesar Chalupas
These sounds so different, but so good. I love the idea of Caesar dressing as a sauce.

March 9, 2012

Food Link Friday: Potato Party

Crispy Yukon Gold Latkes
I love crispy potatoes of any kind so these are right up my alley!

Crash Hot Potatoes
Easy and look so tasty!
Oven Baked Parmesan Seasoned Fries
Fries + Parmesan = Pure Deliciousness
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
I love the idea of roasted garlic to mix up old fashioned mashed potatoes!
Crispy Parmesan Potato Puffs
Bite-sized potato bites? I couldn't ask for more.

March 6, 2012

Horchata Steamer

I don't know about you, but I am all about anything creamy. Oh and anything with cinnamon. For some reason it seems to bring me comfort. Who knows why? Anyway, I decided to make this one night when I was craving some horchata. Have you ever had the stuff? It's heavenly. And while I would love to have made my own, I didn't want to wait to soak rice, etc so I made this steamer instead. I adapted this from my Cocoa Latte maker recipe book and added cinnamon for kicks. It turned out great and I definitely recommend it!

Horchata Steamer
Serves 2
2 cups milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Cinnamon/sugar (optional)

If you have a Cocoa Latte, add the ingredients into the machine and turn "ON." Otherwise, warm as you would hot chocolate in the microwave or on the stove. Pour into mugs and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar. Enjoy!

March 3, 2012

Thai Peanut Noodles

I've never been a really Thai food connoisseur, but Jordan is a peanut sauce fanatic. He really wanted me to make these noodles ever since we spotted them in the Our Best Bites cookbook. I was surprised at how simple and filling these were even without meat added. They're sweet and a little tangy. Definitely a must try.

Thai Peanut Noodles
Adapted from Our Best Bites
1/2 cup chicken broth

3 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter

1-2 tsp. Sriracha chili sauce (1=mild with a bite, 1.5=medium, 2=hot)

         *I left this out and it tasted great.
1 1/2 Tbsp. honey

3 Tbsp. soy sauce

½ tsp. ginger

1 tsp. minced garlic

8 oz. Udon or linguine noodles

Chopped cilantro

Chopped peanuts
Lime juice

1.   Cook noodles in salted water. In the meantime, combine chicken broth, peanut butter, chili sauce, honey, soy sauce, ginger and garlic in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk until smooth and remove from heat.
2.   Toss cooked noodles with sauce and divide among 4 bowls. Sprinkle with cilantro and chopped peanuts.
3.   Before eating, squeeze lime juice over noodles and stir to combine.

*If desired, you can add meat to this dish by stir-frying very thinly-sliced chicken (partially freeze it first) in some olive oil with some garlic, ginger, soy sauce and a small squirt or two of Sriracha chili sauce.

March 2, 2012

Food Link Friday: Sweet Sweet Breakfast

Strawberry Almond Stuffed French Toast
Creamy, strawberry goodness right here folks.

Crunchy-Top Chocolate Chip Orange Muffins
I can't wait to bite into that crunchy top.

Breakfast Cookies
Breakfast in a cookie form? Count me in!
Banana Stuffed French Toast
I've never really had stuffed french toast so I think this is a great time to start.
Clementine Breakfast Cake
This cake looks so refreshing. Must try!