I came across this recipe known as “Buffalo Chicken Chili” by the group known as Tasty on Facebook. I’m sure you have seen many of their creations shared or liked by your friends and family on there. It seemed simple enough and tasty enough to give it a try (especially if you are looking for something to make for an upcoming Super Bowl party). It also included my favorite kitchen tool: the Crockpot. If you don’t own one or barely use yours, you are missing out! The original recipe is listed below but I added my comments on how I modified it.
We love pizza here at my house and I’m sure most of you do as well. I decided recently to start making my own pizza at home because the local place I normally order from has changed their recipe and it’s a bit gross. The other place I used as my number 2, I don’t like the way their crust tastes usually. It always tastes stale to me for some reason. It really isn’t hard to make pizza. It’s just a lot easier to dial a phone number and pay versus making it on your own. The convenience of it is the only reason I used to order it. Normally, I save my homemade pizza for Christmas Eve and have my son help me through the process. It’s our fun tradition I started a few years ago because I’m sentimental like that. I figured I would pull this out through the year because even though it may take some extra time to make, it’s well worth it in the end.
Who doesn’t love a good meatball? Many stores sell them for convenience but you can make these at home with a little time and patience. They are fun to make and easy for any kind of cook.
I grew up always hearing the argument of whether it was “sauce” or “gravy” – One being without meat (sauce), and the other with meat (gravy). As an adult, I have slowly been moving toward being 100% vegetarian. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a good cheeseburger, but it is healthier to cut most meat from your diet. I also find it hard to find fresh quality meats anymore. It’s a shame really. This week I wanted to feature what could be a hearty sauce to go along with your favorite kind of pasta, or eaten alone as an entree.
When it’s warm outside, I usually don’t like to eat hearty foods, or really hot dishes. This is a very easy, thrown together salad that I eat for lunch each day. (My Big Salad.) I rough chop ¼ green pepper, ¼ red pepper, ½ tomato, ½ small head of ice burg lettuce, ½ of an avocado, ¼ cucumber, some red onion finely chopped, and some black pepper. If I’m feeling up to it, I may add two Chik Patties from the MorningStar Farms line of veggie foods, or actual cooked chicken. I also add any dressing I feel like each day. The mixture will taste great regardless. It may seem like a lot to cut up, so feel free to cut a lot up at once and bag the mixture into smaller bags and keep in the fridge to eat through the week.
The one thing I don’t actively add is any kind of cheese to the salad. I know it’s tempting to pile on the cheese because cheese is amazing, but that can add an unreasonably amount of calories very quickly, and just about counter act any health benefit eating a salad does for your body. If I want a cheese taste, I’ll opt for a dressing with cheese in it. A favorite of mine is the feta dressing from Trader Joes, or a creamy Caesar dressing in full regular fat variety. I don’t bother with low calorie dressing. It usually tastes horrible. I’m not interested in suffering.
Feel free to add any of your favorites to your own mixtures: whether it’s fruit, seeds, olives, carrots – whatever, make it delicious, and make it yours.
I’ve heard quite a few times lately how “hard” macaroni and cheese is to make, or how “time consuming” the process is. I usually ask what kind of mac & cheese they are used to making or eating, and for the most part if it isn’t that heavily processed “easy mac,” it’s a variation of some southern recipe of mac & cheese. I can’t stomach either kind. The easy mac usually makes a not so easy and quick exit, as does the heavy, and greasy southern style option. >Shudder< I offer you a simple, anyone can do it, style that is cost effective, can be decreased or increased depending on your needs, and easy to customize to your preferences.
Now that we are getting back into the swing of things after a three day weekend, I’m sure some of us are feeling that post BBQ bloat. All the burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, booze, desserts, and steak in some cases made for a tasty weekend for most of us. What are we supposed to do when that indigestion creeps in, and we feel a bit sick this week? A healthy alternative to get you back on track is increasing your vegetable intake. There are numerous benefits to eating veggies healthily (not loaded with butter & salt). I know the trend is to make some kind of shake with the trendy veggie (kale at the moment) but I invite you to actually cook your vegetables, season them then eat them. You may end up enjoying them more.