Honey Almond Chicken

Honey Almond Chicken

September is National Honey Month and National Chicken Month

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My story today has no relation to the recipe.  Instead, I thought I would share with you these two photos from 1 year ago.

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Trail Mix Breakfast Cookies

Trail Mix Breakfast Cookies

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August 31 is National Trail Mix Day

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I’ll probably spend National Trail Mix Day (Friday) at work (like most of you, I assume).

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Rainbow Taco Salad

Rainbow Taco Salad

July is National Black Bean Month.

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Do you ever feel like you are in the Chopped Kitchen?  This salad came from such an experience.  After opening the cupboard below the sink, I realized that my sweet potatoes had to be used ASAP.  However, I desperately wanted a salad.

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Butterscotch Peanut Butter Brownies

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Brownies

July is National Black Bean Month!

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Last week I warned you that this recipe includes a weird ingredient, but there are just some risks you have to take when celebrating National Black Bean Month.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal Bars

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Is there a more classic combination in the USA than peanut butter and jelly?  Our children are raised on the sweet sandwich from an early age, and we have translated those flavors to many other treats.

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Coconut Straw-nana Chia Pudding

Coconut Straw-nana Chia Pudding

May is National Strawberry Month

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Here’s a little known fact about me (or maybe it is a well-known fact):  I love Veggie Tales.  I grew up on regular doses Esther, Jonah, and King George and the Rubber Ducky (on VHS of course).  I had the Madame Blueberry card game.  I often fell asleep while listening to the audio cassette tape of Daniel.  As time passed, my family had DVDs of Wizard of Ha’s, Lord of the Beans, and Sumo of the Opera.  We knew every lyric to every song on Veggie Rocks.  We even met Bob and Larry!

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This day was the highlight of my childhood…okay, not really…but it was a great day!

To this day, I regularly quote Veggie Tales.  This is one of the scenes I have perfected:

 

You can’t eat strawberries without bananas!

So if we are celebrating National Strawberry Month, we need to have some bananas, too!

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This chia pudding incorporates strawberries, bananas, and Coconut Macaroon Nut Butter!

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If you have never made chia pudding, there is something you need to know.  The chia seeds absorb a lot of the liquid, making the pudding thicker as it sets.  When you make this pudding at night and let it sit until morning, you will get a thick, creamy pudding.  If you don’t wait, you will basically be drinking milk with raw chia seeds.

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But trust me, this is worth the wait!

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Ingredients:

  • One overripe banana
  • One 5.3-oz container of coconut-flavored Greek yogurt
  • Four tablespoons coconut macaroon nut butter
  • One cup of milk (any milk will work.  I used 2%, but I am sure this would be amazing with coconut milk)
  • Eight or more strawberries
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • Extra banana slices and strawberries for topping

Directions

  • Using a fork, mash the banana and mix it with the Greek yogurt.  Try to make this mixture as smooth as possible.   Stir in nut butter and milk.  You may have to stir for several minutes to incorporate everything.  Alternately, you could use a blender.
  • Dice at least eight strawberries and stir them into the mixture.
  • Add chia seeds and mix until everything is well-combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least two hours, preferably overnight.
  • Top with additional strawberries and banana slices, if desired.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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P.S. – I am linking up with Angie and her cohost, Antonia @ Zoale.com, for Fiesta Friday.

Best Lazy Tamales

Best Lazy Tamales

In my mom’s hometown, there is a food stand called The Tamale King.  The owner, Ray, makes the BEST tamales in the United States.

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I am not even going to pretend that my skillet tamales compare to Ray’s real tamales.  These are the lazy version; you don’t have to…

  • Shred the meat
  • Make masa
  •  Soak corn husks
  • Assemble individuals tamales

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You just need a skillet and about 30 minutes to cook this delicious dinner.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 bell pepper (any color will work; I used yellow)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 4 oz. shredded cheese

Directions

  • Chop the pepper.  Cook the pepper and the meat in a skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Drain.
  • Return meat to skillet with cumin, chili powder, salsa, water, and corn.  Bring to a boil.
  • Cut tortillas in half and then into 1-inch strips.  Add the tortillas strips to the skillet.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 8 minutes.
  • Top with cheese before serving.

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P.S. I am linking up with Angie for Fiesta Friday.