Composition books, pencils, and backpacks line the store aisles which means it's back to school time! The kids have all of their supplies ready to go, but what about breakfast? It is imperative for people, especially students, to eat this most important meal of the day so I wanted to give you an idea for a Breakfast Sandwich that can be made in just a couple minutes, has a great nutritional value, and is low in sugar and fat, unlike many other popular morning meals. It's great for kids and adults so enjoy one and have a great day!
I've been a little MIA, thanks to a combination of a busy schedule and laziness, but I'm back with a bang. The Amsterdam Sandwich is a replica of an incredible creation I ate a couple of months back in Amsterdam (I probably could have been a bit more clever with the name). My gal pal Gina and I shared the original for lunch at a Dutch outdoor cafe and we fell in love- with the sandwich that is. It was so good that we didn't shut up about it for weeks. We decided it was time for a reenactment. This replica was just as delicious, although we did miss the beautiful Amsterdam scenery that surrounded us. The men in our lives (who were left behind while we traveled abroad) also agreed that this sandwich was a blue ribbon winner and I know you will too!
I'm sure you can tell just by the name how good this dish is (it's so good, that we forgot to take pictures when it came out of the oven). We actually refer to this recipe as "The Dip" because whenever my best friend, the other Gina, asks what she should make, I typically respond with "the dip." I never knew the exact contents until I asked her to share it with me so I can pass it along to you. I was surprised to find out that there are only 4 ingredients to this wonderfully, delicious dip. The nice part is that the ingredients called for all have lower fat versions, so you can make as light or as heavy as you want it to be. We have had it as a pre meal appetizer, during many parties, and sometimes just hanging out and love it every time! Thanks Gina for sharing :)
The plan was to eat leftover grilled chicken for dinner, but in the back of my mind, I knew my husband wasn't so enthused about this. Fortunately for us, during an impromptu stroll through Walmart, I discovered uncooked pizza dough in their bakery section (I must admit the $.88 price intrigued me to pick up the packaged blob and toss it in the cart). My wheels started turning on how to use it- I knew I had that dreaded leftover chicken, mozzarella cheese, and tomatoes at home, along with a cabinet full of spices and goodies, so I grabbed a red onion and the rest was history...
This recipe was great because it gave me a chance to play with my Misto cans filled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar! (If you don't know what a misto can is, check them out here)
The other day my mom met me for lunch (@ Max's Grill), and as usual, brought me a couple of "gifts." She got me flowery photo clips since I love to display pictures and green avocados. A strange combo, but Mom knows what I like. I immediately started thinking of the possibilities, and thought "I'll make guacamole for a Mexican meal."
But, right before I went to defrost the chicken and get the fajita fixin' check list out, I had a change of heart. I wanted to do a fish dish and use up the rest of my veggies (see Ratatouille) but still wanted to get use out of these "alligator pears." So I opted to make an ideal for the summer, Avocado Salad. It is a refreshing dish with a bit of zest and of course tons of health benefits from lowering cholesterol to cancer prevention.
If you're looking for a great dip that's got some (white) meat to it, then the Buffalo Chicken Dip is the way to go. Why mess with bones and messy fingers when you can get the same flavor and then some from this very dish. The combination of chicken with hot sauce and dressing gives you that wingy taste while the addition of cheeses creates a creaminess making it that much better. You can prepare this in the crockpot or the oven- I've given directions for both!
Of course, I use light ingredients in my version including a calorie free Ranch (Walden Farms) and it still turns out delicious. I have yet to try the dip with Blue Cheese, but the next time I make the it, I will. And watch out, 'cause this dip definitely has a kick to it! So if you're not into spicy, take it down a notch by reducint the amount of hot sauce.
A fan posted a picture of some lovely Chapati on my Facebook page while I had some Chicken Curry cooking up in the crock pot. I thought it was too coincidental, so it inspired me to make some of my own to go with our curry dish (it must have been really inspiring considering I made it while the A/C was broken). The results turned out much better than the last time I made Roti. I was cramped for time (and cold air) so the shape of my Chapati were less than perfect, but they still tasted great! We enjoyed each piece for its light, fluffy, and warm texture and it made the Chicken Curry Quinoa meal complete!
I don't know about you, but I can never go past the stand in an amusement park or fair that is selling cinnamon roasted nuts without my nose telling my brain that I must have a helping of these heavenly smelling and tasting treats. Fortunately, they are so easy to make that you can enjoy them in your own home (and the roasting process fills the house with an amazing scent). My mom just made a batch for the family and I couldn't help but have this recipe skip to the front of the queue of recipes to post. The Cinnamon Roasted Almonds are the perfect snack for game day, or anyday for the matter!
By no means am I taking credit for this Classic Spinach Dip recipe -it's been made in houses all over for years. This dip is really one of my favorite things to munch on so I wanted to be sure that just in case you we unaware of this wonderful creamy dip or have had it and didn't know how it was made, you can now be in the know.
The original version of the recipe is on the back of the Lipton® Vegetable Soup Mix box, or you can use my recipe, which is lightened up- allowing me to feel a little less guilty as I hog most of it when I make it (I tend to make a double batch- a one for me, one for them kinda thing).
If you haven't taken a liking to avocados yet, now would be a good time. They are full of vitamins and benefits for your body- Dr. Oz says they help get rid of the belly fat, so I say, bring on the avocados! When made into guacamole, the avocado's creaminess and light texture are showcased, and the dip can be enjoyed for its refreshing qualities. Whether you eat it with tortilla chips or as a condiment on your favorite dish/sandwich (like we used the leftovers on our turkey burgers last night), this traditional Guacamole will taste delicious!