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Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I was searching for recipes to make for the Super Bowl and came across this amazing twist on Buffalo Wings. It’s a little healthier than the typical ‘chicken wing’ and it’s got that same crispy, wonderful flavor.

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:
1 lb boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce
2 cups plain Panko bread crumbs
4-6 large leaves of Boston lettuce
1 cup cooked white rice
Sliced black olives
Bleu cheese dressing
Scallions for garnish

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375º F.
  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Marinate the chicken in a container with the 1/2 cup Buffalo sauce, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Pour the Panko breadcrumbs into a shallow dish.
  5. Coat the chicken pieces evenly with the Panko and place them in the baking pan.
  6. Bake the chicken for 30 minutes.
  7. To assemble the wraps, fill each leaf of lettuce with the rice, chicken and top with black olives. Drizzle the Bleu Cheese dressing over the chicken. And then add the scallions.

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce WrapsThese lettuce wraps are fantastic for either lunch or dinner. Feel free to experiment with toppings. I saw one recipe that included avocados and another that added celery. So try some other options as well as the ones above and enjoy these fabulous lettuce wraps. I will be adding this to my regular rotation of meals, they were that good!

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French Bread Pizza

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French Bread Pizza

Are you looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal for the whole family? Well, here you go! Everybody loves pizza, right? I mean, really. Does anyone NOT like pizza? Well, this is not only simple and inexpensive, but everyone can create their own pizza to their own taste.

French Bread Pizza

Normally, I like a “less boring” pizza than cheese and pepperoni. One of my favorites is a garlic pizza with broccoli. I’m also a fan of black olives and sausage. All of these options would be fantastic on a french bread pizza. But tonight, we all had pepperoni. But that’s ok, it was delicious! I bought some fun “mini” pepperoni and loaded them on the pizza. (Which was a good thing, because they shrunk considerably during baking!) 

French Bread Pizza

All you need for this is some french bread (I got ours at Walmart for $1!), some shredded mozzarella cheese ($2.50 for the package), a small jar of pizza sauce ($1.50), and whatever other toppings you would like. I set the oven to 400 F and baked the pizza for about 15 minutes. (Maybe a few minutes more if you like it crispier, just keep an eye on it.) And that was it. A simple and fun weekday dinner for the entire family, for around $7.

Sh!t on a Shingle

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Sh!t on a Shingle

I blame my husband for this post. And his mother. (Although I love them both dearly!) This is a recipe that my husband loved growing up and on occasion requests that we have it for dinner. In a weak moment this weekend, and a need to use up the leftover ham, I agreed. It’s a fairly simple recipe, and gets its origin from the military. The military used chipped beef, because it was readily available. Often it was called “Chipped Beef on Toast,” and through time got its colorful name “Sh!t on a Shingle.” (Or S.O.S., or “Save Our Stomachs”, etc.)

Sh!t on a Shingle

We stayed close to the original recipe, although we substituted ham for the chipped beef and added chopped up hard boiled eggs. (Again, not my idea, I was just doing as was requested!) We also used buttermilk biscuits instead of toast. Just to add some nice buttery flavor. Here is our variation of the recipe:

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped ham
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 cup 2% Milk
Ground Pepper
Buttermilk biscuits

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Instructions:
Cook the biscuits as directed on package. While the biscuits bake, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, along with a few dashes of ground pepper. Don’t let the butter brown. As soon as it is melted, add the flour, and whisk it in. Let cook for a minute, then whisk in half of the milk. As soon as it has been absorbed, whisk in the remainder of the milk. Stir in the ham and eggs, then set the heat to low. Once the biscuits are finished, slice in half and place them on a plate. Spoon the ham/egg mixture over the top of the biscuits. Sprinkle with black pepper. Enjoy! Really, it isn’t that bad, but beware, it is very filling!

Bourbon Chicken

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Bourbon Chicken

One of my husbands favorite “Chinese” food dishes at the fast-food Chinese place at the mall is Bourbon Chicken. When I came across a recipe for it on Pinterest one day, I wanted to try it. I never thought to make it myself. And did you know, Bourbon chicken isn’t really of Chinese origin, it’s named for Bourbon Street in New Orleans. It’s most commonly found at Cajun-themed Chinese restaurants. Who knew?!

Bourbon Chicken

INGREDIENTS
Marinade
1/2 cup Bourbon
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tbsp white wine
1 tsp sesame oil
Chicken
4 chicken breasts, cubed
2 tbsp olive oil

Bourbon Chicken

INSTRUCTIONS
Mix the marinade ingredients together in a large container or bowl. Add the chicken pieces and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for about 4 hours. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until the meat is done. Drain excess oil and water. Add half the marinade to the chicken and continue cooking until the marinade thickens. (I added a little extra brown sugar to help thicken the sauce.) Serve over rice.

Bourbon Chicken

The restaurant at the mall uses dark meat chicken, and I imagine that would be excellent with this recipe as well. We prefer white meat in our house, so I used that. But honestly, you could use either. I added some green onions on top, they added a nice flavor.

* The inspiration for this recipe came from the Jo Cooks website. Please check out their site for more recipes! 

Turkey Enchiladas

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Turkey Enchiladas

We had a big turkey dinner this past weekend, which left us with a lot of leftovers. More than I thought there would be! I had scheduled a Mexican food night for New Years Eve, so I stuck with that, but added a twist with some leftover turkey. We had delicious Turkey Enchiladas.

Turkey Enchiladas

I pretty much just threw in whatever I had on hand. 1 can of enchilada sauce, a can of black beans, chopped up onion and the turkey. I used both white and dark meat, which made for interesting textures.

Turkey Enchiladas

I stuffed the flour tortillas with the meat mixture, rolled them up and covered them with shredded Mexican cheese.

Turkey Enchiladas

I baked the Enchiladas for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. They were amazing! I love to add hot sauce to everything, which I did, for a nice spicy twist. This was a super easy meal to make. I used up some of the leftovers and everyone enjoyed a fantastic home-cooked meal.

Ingredients:
1 cup cut-up turkey meat
1 can Enchilada sauce
1 onion, chopped
1/2 can black beans
1-2 cups Mexican shredded cheese
Flour tortillas

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the turkey meat, 3/4 can of Enchilada sauce, onion and black beans in a skillet, heat until boiling. Then let simmer on low for about 5-10 minutes. Stirring often. Grease a casserole dish. Place a cup of the meat mixture in a flour tortilla, add a handful of cheese. Roll up the tortilla and place in casserole dish. Repeat until dish is full and mixture is gone. A throw the extra meat mixture on top of the tortillas if there’s any left. Cover the tortillas with the rest of the Enchilada sauce. Cover with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, serve with some nice tortilla chips or refried beans. Enjoy!

Pizza Pull-Apart Bread

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Pizza Pull-Apart Bread

Here’s a fun and different way to have a family pizza night. It’s just 7 basic ingredients and a quick, easy dinner for everyone. The kids will even have fun helping put this one together!

Pizza Pull-Apart Bread

Ingredients:
  • 2 cans of biscuits
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 – 6 oz package of pepperoni
  • 1 small jar pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Pizza Pull-Apart Bread
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut biscuits into quarters
  3. Cut the pepperoni into quarters
  4. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and toss so that the oil is spread evenly on each piece of dough
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes  (TIP: If the middle is not cooked thoroughly leave it in another 5 minutes
    at a time until it is done)
  6. Flip over on to a plate while it’s still hot
  7. Serve with a small bowl of pizza sauce and enjoy!

Pizza Pull-Apart Bread

* You can add other ingredients, such as peppers, onions, mushrooms, sausage or whatever your favorite pizza toppings are! Play with different ideas, or even make a vegetarian pizza! Have fun and enjoy!

Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid

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Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid

This afternoon, my husband mentioned that we should find something to do with the 2 packages of crescent rolls we didn’t use for Thanksgiving. So I went to Pinterest and there it was. The Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid. It was fantastic and not as difficult to make as I thought it would be. I would definitely make this again! It’s rich and creamy and perfect for a winter evening.

Here is my version of the recipe:

Ingredients:
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup chopped peeled potatoes
3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. minced onion
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
4 oz. of cream cheese
2 packages (8 oz. each) of crescent rolls

Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid

Directions:
1. In a saucepan on medium high heat, combine the carrots and potatoes. Bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Drain and set aside.

2. In a saucepan over medium high heat, melt the butter Turn the heat to low and whisk in the flour, salt, pepper, and minced onion. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and milk. Simmer until the liquid becomes thick. Add in the cream cheese and stir until well combined.

3. Add the vegetable-chicken mixture with the sauce. Mix well.

4. Take the crescent rolls and arrange in a flat rectangle and roll it out on the surface on which you plan to bake. Make sure all of the seams have flattened and are no longer seems. With a knife, cut 1 inch slits across each side, making sure to leave at least 2-3 inches in the middle. (See photo above for visual.)

5. Take your filling and spread it up and down the center. Starting with the end closest to you, take the strips and place them over each other, like you are braiding them. Continue to do this with each strip until you reach the end.

6. Seal any edges that you may see to prevent the filling from leaking out.

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 or until the top is golden brown.

Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid

* The recipe that I got this from used crescent seamless dough sheets, I did not have those, so I adapted the recipe to the regular crescent rolls that I had on hand. They worked just fine.

Turkey Casserole

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I am always looking for a new recipe after Thanksgiving to help use up some of the leftover turkey. I found a Turkey Tetrazzini recipe that looked really good, but we were out later than expected and had a late dinner. I was too hungry to wait for something to bake for 45 minutes. So this was a bit of a knock-off on the Tetrazzini recipe. Plus, I didn’t have any spaghetti in the house, so I improvised with egg noodles.

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp butter
1 cup cut-up cooked turkey
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
salt & pepper to taste
Noodles or pasta of choice

DIrections:
Melt butter in pan. Add cooked turkey, stir until warmed up. Add mushroom soup, sour cream and milk. Mix well. Heat through. Add parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Heat until bubbly. Remove from heat. Add mozzarella cheese, mix well. Serve over noodles or pasta. Sprinkle cheese over the top. Enjoy!

French Onion Chicken Noodle Casserole

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French Onion Chicken Noodle Bake

Here is another perfect comfort food dish that everyone in the family will enjoy. My husband went back for seconds and took leftovers for lunch! That’s a sure sign it’s a winner in my house.

French Onion Chicken Noodle Bake
Ingredients and instructions:

  • 4 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 16 oz container French Onion Dip (I made my own with a dry mix and sour cream)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 12 oz egg noodles
  • 1 cup crushed French fried onions

Cook egg noodles according to package directions, drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Combine chicken, soup, dip, and cheese. Stir in cooked egg noodles. Pour mixture into casserole dish. Top with crushed french fried onions. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until heated through and until the onions are slightly browned. Serve with a nice vegetable on the side and enjoy!

Maple Apple Glazed Pork Medallions

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Maple Apple Glazed Pork Medallions

I found this recipe in a food magazine awhile back, but I didn’t save it. I created my own recipe out of what I could remember. I must be doing something right, my husband asks for it on a regular basis!

Glaze:
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/2 cup apple butter

1 Pork Tenderloin, cut into medallions

Mix the glaze well with a wire whisk. Set aside. Cook the medallions in a pan until almost done. Drain any excess water. Drizzle the glaze over the medallions and cook for a few more minutes, until the glaze is boiling. Serve immediately. Drizzle the extra glaze over the medallions for a sweeter taste. Serve with rice and your choice of vegetable.

Now isn’t that a nice simple recipe? Feel free to tweak as you like. Please post to the comments if you try it and let me know what you think!