For parties I like to make buffalo chicken meatballs with blue cheese & ranch to dip. Everyone loves them & they always go quickly. I must say, my meatballs are more like triangles-the chicken is sometimes hard to work with & I don't want to toughen it by overworking it. So to make my life easier & to pass it off as dinner-the buffalo chicken meatloaf was born. Even the kids love this-they don't know its pretty healthy & I don't tell them! I saw a Food Network host making this the other day & I want to say, I think mine is healthier & that's why I love it so much!
Sorry-this is the only picture I got before they ate it all!
Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf
2 lbs. organic ground chicken breast
¼ cup Frank's Original Red Hot Sauce
¼ cup Bolthouse Farms Yogurt Blue Cheese dressing
2 large Eggs
½ cup Old Fashioned oats-ground in the VitaMix
Mix all ingredients together well. Put into a loaf pan, cover with
foil, bake at 350. Uncover halfway through & brush with more hot sauce if
desired. (I was trying to keep it low cal & low fat, but brushing this with hot sauce mixed with melted butter will definitely make this more amazing!) Bake 30 more minutes.
While we haven't officially started the vegan challenge, I have been trying to make better choices with my eating. I haven't been shopping or made up a meal plan yet, so I used what I had already in the house for tonight's dinner.
If you have a VitaMix or BlendTec, this really couldn't be easier. You can also do this in a pot & use an immersion blender, or dice everything, don't blend at all & have a chunky soup. It's very versatile.
If you have the VitaMix, it will heat it up in the blender. I added mine to a pan on the stove to make it a little warmer. You can also omit the tortilla chips blended in to make it healthier, I like the flavor & body they give it. I also top mine with them when I eat it-I like the crunch. Their recipe has other veggies in it which I would add if I had them on hand. I would think you can add pretty much anything as long as it doesn't have a strong flavor.
There is just not enough time in the day! I can't seem to get back here very often at all & its a shame. I refer back for recipes all the time & I've made some things I really wish I would have written down. But anyway, here's what's going on lately.
D is a vegetarian now. I'm glad I did it for those three years so I am able to help him out & cook some good food for him. Brian & I have gained some weight-him especially. We've fallen into some very bad habits & are looking to change things up. I do hate that its at the beginning of the year-so cliche. But that's how its ending up to be timing wise. The holidays are over & now we can focus on us. I feel very fat & bloated. And out of shape. And old. And tired.
So Brian suggested we do vegan for a bit. I had done it for a month a few years back & I remember it was pretty difficult if you wanted to eat outside of your home. I'm hoping its a little easier now. So for 2 weeks in January, we're gonna eat vegan. Me, Brian, D & BabyGirl. Although I anticipate she'll fall off the wagon at the first chicken nugget day at school. I'm very ready for this. So I hope to post often about our progress. Maybe even before & after pics. Which is horrifying, but might help. So check back to see our progress if you like!
We love a 3 day weekend around here-who doesn't! At the lake, there's a park party that the kids love. Its potluck style so there's always tons of delicious food. This year, I'm making an orzo salad with grilled shrimp-I think its gonna be a big hit! I haven't made it yet, so its only an idea in my head-I'll post the recipe when its made. For now, I've picked a few of my favorite summer dishes to share with you for your holiday cookout.
My recent favorite-Whipped Corn Dip. This is a great complement to any grilled meats & veggies. Or serve as an appetizer with veggies or cracker to dip.
Would it be a cookout without salsa? I'm not so sure. My Black Bean & Corn Salsa features sweet corn, which is the freshest at this time of year, making your salsa amazing.
Can you even believe its August already?! We've done very little summer fun things it seems and its almost over. Sunday was the first pool day this year. Lounging poolside with a food magazine makes me want to cook! In Food & Wine magazine I found a delicious sounding recipe for Whipped Corn Dip & knew I had to try it ASAP. I always have frozen organic sweet corn in the freezer, so I just picked up some ricotta, I had everything else & I was ready. Of course you know I didn't follow the recipe-I just don't have it in me.
In the pan:
Oil, some butter & 1/2 med. chopped onion. Saute for about 5 minutes, add in corn & SHS. Saute for about 10 minutes. Add to a food processor & pulse. Add in about 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese & turn speed to ON. While running stream in some lemon juice. Be sure to taste for additional ricotta or salt. Run till smooth.
That's it. Its simple & amazing. This picture cannot possibly convey how delicious it is!
I would serve this with pita chips, veggie, or just along side a protein. We had grilled salmon & it was delicious. It also keeps well. I stuffed zucchini with it the next night topped with grated romano cheese-possibly more amazing.
D & I made a large batch of red quinoa to have for the week as well. I added onions, green pepper, corn, cilantro, SHS, lime juice & EVOO. Another simple side dish
Deconstructed chicken shish kabobs. We bought these premade at the deli at the grocery store.
There's a huge seafood sale going on right now at my grocery store. These are called grilling shrimp-they are butterflied, then frozen. They are delicious simply grilled & served with melted butter with garlic & lemon juice.
We also grilled salmon and of course, Brian had to have meat & potatoes.
To wrap up the evening, we watched a little Criminal Minds outside in the dark. Creepy!
'Why sometimes I have believed as many as 6 impossible things before breakfast'
~Alice in Wonderland
SO, let's catch up a bit. I've been MIA for nearly a year! Not much has changed, the kids are older, one is a full blown vegetarian, one is trying (& seemingly failing) to be a pescatarian & one is all meat, all the time. Me? I'm eating meat-just trying to be healthy & taking things in moderation. Although the 10 extra pounds on me seem to prove otherwise. Work is very busy lately, so I'm trying to keep up with that & not lose my mind. School is out for summer, so any structure we did have is out the window. But I'm hoping to get back to blogging & creating delicious food!
So in that vein, this was today's breakfast.
Tennessee tomatoes are in! I look forward to them every year-they are so juicy & sweet. I put them with everything, so breakfast of course can't be left out. This reminds me of eggs benedict in a fresh, summery way.
Starting with a base of crunchy, warm toast (mine's a hamburger bun bottom), I added a thick slice of fresh mozzarella to start to melt just slightly. Then a thick slice of that delicious tomato, A generous spoonful of pesto (I use Costco or you can make your own) and a gently fried egg on top.
A sprinkle of sea salt & breakfast is served!
The contrast of textures & temperatures is amazing. The hot crispy toast with cold cheese & pesto & the warm, runny yolk-this is a winner! I personally think this dish is as pretty as it is tasty. The wow factor is huge, but it couldn't be easier to whip up.