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Buffalo chicken salad with blue cheese

This is a recipe I found online a long time ago and have made numerous times throughout the years. It satisfies my cravings for spicy chicken wings without having spicy chicken wings, perhaps saving me a few calories.

Ingredients:

Salad

2 chicken breasts, cut into chunks

¼ cup flour

Salt and pepper

¼ cup oil

1 batch Spicy Chicken Sauce (recipe from this episode)

1 head of romaine lettuce, washed and sliced

2 ribs celery, washed and cut into sticks

Juice of 1 lemon

8 oz blue cheese, crumbled

Spicy Chicken Sauce

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup Franks hot sauce

¼ cup ketchup

Directions:

Salad

1. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat.

2. Toss chicken with flour, salt and pepper until well coated.

3. Pour oil into pan and add the chicken.

4. Cook on one side until it’s golden brown and then flip and cook the other side until the chicken is cooked through.

5. Remove with tongs and place in a bowl.

6. Pour Spicy Chicken Sauce over hot chicken, toss well to coat.

7. Put lettuce, celery and chicken into a salad bowl. Drizzle any excess chicken sauce over the salad and add the lemon juice.

8. Toss well and garnish with crumbled blue cheese.

Spicy Chicken Sauce

1. Whisk together the butter, hot sauce and ketchup.

Read more at:

http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/buffalo-chicken-wing-salad-with-blue-cheese/7981/

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Chocolate Chili

I found this recipe yesterday and tried it out tonight. I made 1/2 because I didn’t want to waste 2lbs of ground beef in case it wasn’t good. But I can honestly say this is the best chili recipe I have ever tried. I’m generally just “okay” with chili. It’s something my husband loves, so I make it more often that I would like to keep him happy. I eat it once and then he gets all the leftovers. However with this recipe I will be happy to eat it the next day.

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef
2 onions, chopped
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cloves garlic,minced
2 jalapeno peppers chopped up
Two 15-ounce cans brown beans in tomatoe sauce, undrained
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Two 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes (I used chili style ones, they have some extra spice in them)
4 cups tomato sauce (I used the red hot chili one)
2 cups beef broth
Optional garnishes: Sour cream, shredded cheese, minced chives

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and cook for 2 minutes. Next, add the onions, chili powder and cumin, and stir together. Add the cocoa, garlic and jalapenos, mix together and cook for 2 minutes. Next, add in the brown beans, cayenne pepper and oregano, and cook for another minute. Add the black beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and broth, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheese and chives if desired.

I found this recipe here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/chocolate-chili-recipe-1972465

and just tweaked it a bit.

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Chocolate Chili

I found this recipe yesterday and tried it out tonight. I made 1/2 because I didn’t want to waste 2lbs of ground beef in case it wasn’t good. But I can honestly say this is the best chili recipe I have ever tried. I’m generally just “okay” with chili. It’s something my husband loves, so I make it more often that I would like to keep him happy. I eat it once and then he gets all the leftovers. However with this recipe I will be happy to eat it the next day.

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef
2 onions, chopped
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cloves garlic,minced
2 jalapeno peppers chopped up
Two 15-ounce cans brown beans in tomatoe sauce, undrained
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Two 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes (I used chili style ones, they have some extra spice in them)
4 cups tomato sauce (I used the red hot chili one)
2 cups beef broth
Optional garnishes: Sour cream, shredded cheese, minced chives

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and cook for 2 minutes. Next, add the onions, chili powder and cumin, and stir together. Add the cocoa, garlic and jalapenos, mix together and cook for 2 minutes. Next, add in the brown beans, cayenne pepper and oregano, and cook for another minute. Add the black beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and broth, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheese and chives if desired.

I found this recipe here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/chocolate-chili-recipe-1972465

and just tweaked it a bit.

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Spaghetti sauce

This an old recipe that I found in an Italian cookbook that I have tweaked over the years and is now something I think is fantastic.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper (I have used other colors of peppers and it turns out well)
1 clove garlic minced
2 10 3/4ox can of tomato soup
16 oz tomatoe sauce
1 can mushrooms
2 bay leafs (I have made without and it’s fine)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp thyme
pepper to taste

Directions:

Brown meat and drain excess fat. Add in all vegetables and saute until softened. Add rest of ingredients and simmer for 30min.

Serve over cooked spaghetti, spaghetti squash or quinoa.

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Tartar Sauce

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
2 pickles
4 shallots, peeled or 1/4 of normal onion
2 anchovy fillets or anchovy paste
1 tablespoon capers, drained
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon white or cider vinegar
sea salt, to taste
cracked black pepper (or white if available)

Cut the pickles into chunks and place in a blender or food processor bowl with shallots, anchovies and capers.
Pulse the machine for 2-3 seconds only to coarsely chop ingredients. In a bowl, combine the mixture with the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard and several drops of vinegar. Taste and season with salt and freshly cracked pepper; adjust seasonings to taste. Refrigerate before serving.

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Actifry apples with sugar and cinnamon

Apple crisp without the crust/topping, yum. I found this recipe on the actifry app, but it had some extras that I didn’t think it needed. So I tweaked it. And it turned out amazing.

Ingredients:

4 apples peeled and chopped into 8 pieces (I have a chopper that cores them and cuts them into 8 pieces)

1 actifry spoon of sugar sprinkled evenly over apples

1/2 actifry spoon of cinnamon sprinkled evenly over apples

1/2 actifry spoon of oil drizzled over apples.

Directions:

Turn on and let it do its thing for 20min. Serve with ice cream

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Greek pizza with spinach, sundried tomatoes and olives

This is a fantastic switch from our normal pepperoni and ham pizza. It is meatless as is, but it is also great with shredded chicken added to it. I add it in the first step when I do decide to add it.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup crumbled feta cheese, divided
1 (12 inch) pre-baked Italian pizza crust
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon oil from the sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1/2 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

Directions:

Adjust oven rack to lowest position, and heat oven to 450 degrees. Mix mayonnaise, garlic and 1/2 cup feta in a small bowl. Place pizza crust on a cookie sheet; spread mayonnaise mixture over pizza, then top with tomatoes, olives and oregano (and chicken if using). Bake until heated through and crisp, about 10 minutes.
Toss spinach and onion with the 1 Tbsp. sun-dried tomato oil. Top hot pizza with spinach mixture and remaining 1/2 cup feta cheese. Return to oven and bake until cheese melts, about 2 minutes longer. Cut into 6 slices and serve.