Sunday, June 1, 2014

Jalapeno Popper Chili

I loved this chili. It had so much flavor and cheesy goodness to it. I'll definitely be making it again-although likely not until the fall.

Jalapeno Popper Chili-adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe
Total Time: 7 1/2 hours
Serves 8

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 12 ounces dry great northern beans
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces light cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernals
Add all the ingredients except cream cheese and corn to a 5-quart slow cooker. Cook on low for 7-9 hours.

Remove the chicken and dice or shred into bite-sized pieces. Return the chicken to the slow cooker. Stir in cream cheese and corn. Cover and cook on low for 10-15 more minutes, or until cheese has melted. Add additional salt and pepper to taste and serve with cheese and sour cream.

Honey Garlic Chicken

A really easy slow cooker meal. I serve this with some white rice and egg rolls as it has a little Asian flair to it!

Honey Garlic Chicken-adapted from Hugs & Cookies XOXO
Total Time: 5 hours
Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup blackberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
Place chicken in a 5-quart slow cooker and top with honey, soy sauce, blackberry jam, olive oil and garlic. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours. Serve with rice and honey-soy sauce glaze.

Antipasto Salad

Happy June! My allergies are absolutely killing me today, so I'm holed up in my dark apartment working on posts. I love pasta salads. This is one of the best ones I've made. I took it on a trip to Wisconsin Dells that we go on every year around St. Patricks Day. It was a great hit, especially during the late hours!

Antipasto Salad-adapted from That's Some Good Cookin'
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Serves 4

  • 8 ounces spiral (or your choice) pasta
  • 16 ounces giardiniera
  • 1/4 pound pepperoni, diced
  • 1/4 pound mozzarella cheese, diced
  • 1/4 pound salami, diced
  • 1 cup kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup reserved giardiniera brine or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Cook and drain pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, drain the giardiniera, reserving 1/2 cup of the brine. Chop the larger pieces into bite-size, if needed.

In a large bowl, combine pasta, giardiniera, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, salami, kalamata olives, onion, artichokes, tomatoes and basil. 

In a small bowl, make the dressing by whisking olive oil, reserved brine, salt, sugar, garlic salt and red pepper flakes. Pour over pasta mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.


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