Simply Creamy Chicken Risotto

This cheesy skillet rice dish doesn’t require hours standing over the stove, constantly stirring, the way traditional Italian recipes do, but the result is just as rich, satisfying but most of all – delicious. Adding tender chunks of white meat chicken and asparagus make it a balanced meal that’s ready in under one hour and only uses a single pan, so you won’t waste time on cleanup. Mushroom and roasted garlic flavors enhance the savory Parmesan cream sauce that coats every grain of rice in this Simple Creamy Chicken Risotto, and a sprinkling of fresh basil on top makes the meal really pop.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 can Condensed Cream of Mushroom
  • 2 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup asparagus
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Heat half the butter in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and cook until well browned and done.  Remove the chicken from the skillet, cover and keep warm.
  • Reduce the heat to medium.  Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the remaining butter and heat until melted.  Add the rice and cook and stir for 2 minutes or until the rice is lightly browned.
  • Stir in the soup and broth and heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook for 25 minutes or until the rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Return the chicken to the skillet. Stir in the asparagus, 2 tablespoons basil and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is hot, stirring often.  Season to taste.  Sprinkle with the remaining basil and cheese before serving.

Enjoy – see you in the Kitchen!

Graveyard Chicken Dip

This is a great meal for a Halloween party or get-together. It’s spooky, funny, and delicious at the same time. Made with melty Monterey Jack Cheese and spicy enchilada sauce, it’s definitely addictive.

Grab your chips and get to dippin’!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 oz can green chiles
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine pepper jack, enchilada sauce, rotisserie chicken, cream cheese, green chilis, and taco seasoning.
  • Transfer dip to a cast-iron skillet and bake until warmed through and bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make tortilla graves: Cut tortillas into grave shapes and place on a baking sheet. Bake until sturdy, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Top dip with shredded lettuce and insert graves. Serve with tortilla chips.

Enjoy – see you in the Kitchen!

Chopped Thai Chicken Salad

The flavors in this dreamboat Thai chicken salad are going to rock your face off.

Lime, peanuts, cilantro, green onions, vinegar, chicken, soy sauce, chili pepper, garlic, all packed together in a highly textured salad bowl? Yummy!!

Simple to assemble – this chopped Thai chicken salad has BIG flavors – peanut, lime, soy, chili, cilantro. Topped with a homemade peanut dressing! Healthy and fresh.

Ingredients:

Thai Chicken Salad

  • 3–4 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 head of green and purple cabbage, chopped
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, crushed
  • 1/2 cup wonton strips
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
  • salt and lime juice to taste

Peanut Dressing

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup sesame oil (toasted or dark)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chili paste (sriracha works, too)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • a small knob of fresh ginger, peeled
  • a clove of fresh garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup water to thin to desired consistency

Directions:

  • Chop: Put on some good music, pour a drink, and start choppin’!
  • Dressing: Pulse all ingredients in the food processor or blender. Adjust consistency with water (if desired).
  • Thai Chicken Salad Assembly: Toss the salad ingredients in a big bowl with a drizzle of peanut dressing so everything gets coated. Season with salt and lime juice. Serve chilled.

Enjoy – see you in the Kitchen!

Tater Tot Breakfast Skillet

Start the day off in a fun way with this bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast skillet. In this dish, the tots substitute nicely for hash browns and jazz up a breakfast skillet into a treat the entire family will love on Sunday morning.

The tater tots are a nice surprise in this dish. Using frozen tots makes this a simple dish to make during a crazy morning or a slow and lazy one. It’s quick and simple but so delicious!

And once again my friends, YOU NAILED BRUNCH! Now if only the weekend could be another day longer or you could nail folding a fitted sheet…….

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. bacon, chopped
  • 8 oz. cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 1/2 lb. Frozen Tater Tots
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 8 large eggs
  • pinch of salt and pepper 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain half the fat.
  • To skillet add frozen tater tots, cooked bacon, tomatoes, cheddar, garlic, and chives and toss until combined.
  • Baked together for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and add eggs to the top of the tater tot mixture and cook until eggs are cooked through, another 15 minutes.

**you can easily split this recipe in half and make less or simply double it and make more**

Enjoy – see you in the Kitchen!

5 Ingredient Spicy Pork

Keeping this post quick today because what’s there to show you, really? You shake up 5 ingredients in a jar. That’s basically the recipe.

You will have no problem finding ways to eat this pork, but I recommend it in a fusion burrito with standard rice and bean combo as seen here. But you can use kimchi and rice for a breakfast bowl, with noodles and stir-fried veggies.

5 Ingredient Spicy Pork! A fancy-feeling dinner recipe that actually comes together in snap. Serve it in bowls, stir-fry it with some veggies, or add it to burritos!

Ingredients:

5 Ingredient Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp hot chili paste 
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated

Other Stuff:

  • 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, very thinly sliced
  • vegetable oil

Directions:

  • Shake all the sauce ingredients in a jar. Pour the sauce over the pork and allow it to rest for 20 minutes – 1 hour.
  • Heat a good searing skillet (such as cast iron) over high heat. Add just a little bit of vegetable oil.
  • When the oil is hot and shiny, add the pork in a single layer (you may need to do this in batches). Cook, undisturbed, for 1-2 minutes until you are getting that nice caramelized look. Flip and repeat to finish.

Enjoy – see you in the Kitchen!

Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is one of the fondest memories I have of my childhood. Classic, comforting, a cure-all for whatever ailed me, and I could taste all the love in it.

However, the version I remember from my childhood took hours and hours. Sometimes I don’t have time to watch a boiling pot for half the day and all the stirring……But this version is super easy, ready in 30-minutes, and has all the comforting qualities you want in classic chicken noodle soup.

To save time, I used store-bought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken that you have on hand. Of course you can roast or pan sauté chicken if you’re so inclined.

There are quite a few herbs used including thyme, oregano, bay leaves, and parsley. You can certainly use dried herbs, if you don’t have fresh on hand.

Egg noodles can be substituted and you can use whatever noodles are your favorite.

This soup is so classic and the flavors are so ‘homey’. I love that it is ready in a flash and makes enough to stash half in the freezer for a rainy day or for cold and flu season.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 cup celery, sliced thin
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced small 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 64 oz (8 cups) low-sodium chicken broth, plus more if desired
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 12 oz wide egg noodles (or your favorite noodles or pasta)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (I used store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time)
  • 4 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped

Directions:

  • To a large Dutch oven or stockpot, add the oil and heat over medium-high heat to warm.
  • Add the carrots, celery, onion, and sauté for about 7 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Stir intermittently.
  • Add the garlic and sauté for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth, bay leaves, thyme, oregano, pepper, and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil gently for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are fork-tender. Note – If you like brothier soup, add additional broth, possibly as much as an additional 64 ounces because as time passes the noodles will continue to absorb broth.
  • Add the egg noodles and boil mixture for about 10 minutes, or until noodles are soft and cooked through. At any time while making the soup, if the overall liquid level is lower than you like and you prefer more broth, adding a cup or two of water is okay. At the end you will adjust the salt level.
  • Add the chicken, parsley, optional lemon juice (brightens up the flavor), and boil 1 to 2 minutes, or until chicken is warmed through. Taste soup and add salt to taste. I added about 1 tablespoon but this will vary based on how salty the brand of chicken broth used is, how salty the rotisserie chicken is, and personal preference. Make any necessary seasoning adjustments (i.e. more salt, pepper, herbs, etc.), remove the bay leaves, and serve immediately. Soup will keep airtight in the fridge for 5 to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Enjoy – see you in the Kitchen!

Brunch is Breakfast without an Alarm Clock

A Sunday well spent brings a week of content!

So you love brunch, too? And you stand in support of cheddar cheese baked into creamy eggs topped with crispy golden toasted bread and salty crispy bacon. All you do is WIN!! Eggs, cheese, bacon and toasted crispy bread.

The BEST Brunch Bake! Cheese, bacon, baked into creamy eggs and topped with a crispy golden toasted bread topping. YUM. OH and don’t forget their friends; beautiful summer fruit and delicious homemade Blueberry Muffins made from those blueberries you just picked up from the farmer’s market.

First up – the Delicious Brunch Bake!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of bread (your favorite), cubed
  • 16 oz shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 2 cup milk (your favorite)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • dash of black pepper
  • Meat, optional; bacon, ham, sausage

Directions:

  • Spray 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray
  • Place 1/2 of the cubed bread in pan. Cover with 8 oz. of cheese. Top with remaining cubed bread. Cover with remaining 8 oz. of cheese. (Mix in meat, if desired)
  • In a bowl, combine eggs, garlic, onion salt and milk. Mix well. Pour over cheese and egg mixture
  • Melt butter. Pour over bread and cheese mixture
  • Dust top of casserole with black pepper
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, until top becomes brown and crispy

Make Ahead: Yes, you can make this ahead of time! I like to do steps 1 and 2 the night before, and then everything else day-of. The only part I would not recommend doing ahead of time is letting the croissant pieces soak in the egg mixture overnight.

Now onto the Homemade Blueberry Muffins!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 4 tsp stevia in the raw
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a large bowl, mix together banana, milk, vanilla, maple syrup, butter, stevia, baking soda and baking powder
  • Mix in flour until combined. Don’t over mix!! Fold in blueberries gently. Pour the batter into 12 lined muffin cups
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes

Enjoy – see you in the Kitchen!

I use this tool every time I slice fresh fruit. Super Easy!!

Chicken Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce

Sheet Pan Chicken Pitas that are salty-briney-crunchy in all the right ways! Marinated chicken, roasted peppers, feta cheese with an easy homemade tzatziki sauce. Other optional toppings that would be tasty, simply add fresh cucumber and kalamata olives.

It’s comforting, light, creamy and of course filling. But mostly crunchy and fresh.

Pile that on a plate and grab a fork – or grab a piece of warm, soft naan, or pita, or socca (YUM), and get to eating. You’ve got the crunch of the peppers, and the cool-creaminess of the cheese and the puckery-briney of the sauce all happening in one big joyful bite.

Ingredients:

Chicken:

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into very thin strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1–2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon each of cumin, smoked paprika, and kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • black pepper to taste

Peppers:

  • 2–3 bell peppers, sliced
  • olive oil and salt

Tzatziki:

  • 3/4 cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup grated cucumber (about one half of a large cucumber)
  • 1–2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1–2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated 
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pepper to taste

Other optional:

  • diced cucumbers
  • diced red onion
  • kalamata olives
  • feta cheese
  • some kind of flatbread (pita, naan, socca)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Mix chicken ingredients in a bowl. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Mix all tzatziki ingredients.
  • On a sheet pan, toss the peppers with olive oil and salt. On a second sheet pan, place the chicken pieces. Roast both for 10-15 minutes, until chicken is cooked and peppers are browned.
  • Serve chicken, peppers, sauce, and all the other fixings on a big platter and everyone can build their own pitas / bowls / salads.

Enjoy – see you in the Kitchen!

Guacamole Salsa

This Guacamole Salsa recipe combines salsa verde and guacamole to create an addicting appetizer and salsa for tacos! Made from tomatillos, jalapenos, avocados, cilantro and lime juice.

If salsa verde and guacamole had a baby, you’d get this Guacamole Salsa. It’s the best of both worlds! The tangy and zesty flavor from the tomatillos and the smooth and creamy texture from the avocados – there’s seriously nothing better.

Ingredients:

  • 8 tomatillos, husked and washed
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and deveined
  • 2 avocados, pitted
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (about 1/2 a large lime)
  • salt, to taste

Directions:

  • Fill medium pot with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add in tomatillos and jalapenos. Cook for 10 minutes, until tomatillos and jalapenos have softened.
  • Drain water and place tomatillos and jalapenos in a large blender. Add avocados, cilantro, garlic, onions and lime juice. Blend until smooth.
  • Taste and season with salt.
  • Serve immediately or transfer to an air-tight container to chill in the refrigerator.

Enjoy – see you in the Kitchen!

Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce

Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Mango Dipping Sauce – juicy jumbo shrimp butterflied and breaded in sweetened shredded coconut, fried to a delicious crisp and served with an incredible spicy mango dipping sauce.

This coconut shrimp recipe is a keeper, trust me. The shrimp is juicy with a crispy coconut crust and is the perfect addition to a big appy spread or a pot luck. If you feel the urge to just make these and snack on them all by yourself I certainly won’t try to stop you!

Ingredients:

For Shrimp:
  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp tails on
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sweetened coconut shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooked the Shrimp in this AirFryer

For Spicy Mango Dipping Sauce:
  • 1 mango cubed
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro

Directions:

  • Make the dipping sauce first by adding all the ingredients to a blender and blend for 1 minute or 2 until the sauce is smooth. Refrigerate the sauce until shrimp is ready for serving.
  • Butterfly your shrimp; slicing them down the center. Add the breadcrumbs to one plate, beat the eggs with salt and pepper in another plate and place the shredded coconut in the 3rd plate.
  • Dredge the shrimp through the breadcrumbs first, then dip them in the egg mixture, then finally dredge them through the coconut, making sure enough coconut sticks to them.
  • Place the shrimp on the wire rack of your AirFryer and cook until cooked through.
  • Serve the shrimp along with the spicy mango sauce together.

Enjoy – see you in the Kitchen!