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Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi Fried Rice is a delicious Korean recipe made in just 15 minutes, serve as a vegetarian entree, or as a side dish with Korean BBQ Short Ribs!

Last week, I shared a recipe for melt-in-your-mouth Korean BBQ Short Ribs, in which I mentioned serving the short ribs with Kimchi Fried Rice, and here it is, the rice dish perfect for serving with your favorite Korean BBQ recipe!

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Naan Pizza Rolls

Mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and basil pesto are wrapped up in garlic naan and baked into delicious pizza rolls, perfect for a party appetizer or snack!

Naan Pizza Rolls

With holiday parties in full swing, I’ve got party apps on my mind, so I partnered up with my friends at Stonefire Naan to create a recipe that’s delicious, super easy to make and perfectly festive for the holiday season!

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Indian Butter Chicken

This 30 Minute Indian Butter Chicken recipe is a quick & easy twist on a classic Indian dish that's perfect served with cilantro rice & garlic naan!

Put your hands up if butter chicken is your go-to order at Indian restaurants 🙋🏼 you too? I’m seriously obsessed with it! Every time we go to our favorite Indian restaurant, my boyfriend and I order butter chicken and like 5 sides of Naan, because there’s garlic, onion, cilantro, and obvi we need one (or two) of each to sop up all of that scrumptious butter chicken sauce!

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Buffalo Chicken Bake

This Buffalo Chicken Bake Recipe is a recreation of the Costco Chicken Bake with a  buffalo sauce twist, it’s so easy to make & totally delicious!

This Buffalo Chicken Bake Recipe is a recreation of the Costco Chicken Bake with a buffalo sauce twist, it's so easy to make & totally delicious!

I didn’t grow up near Costco, so it wasn’t until a recent trip that I discovered the infamous Costco Chicken Bake.  This signature dish at the Costco food court is filled with chicken breast strips, mozzarella, provolone and parmesan cheeses, bacon, caesar dressing and green onions.

I took this dish and put my own “Buffalo Style” spin on it with blue cheese dressing, carrots, celery and of course, buffalo sauce!

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Easy Chicken Lo Mein

This Chicken Lo Mein recipe is easy to prepare in 30 minutes, which makes it the perfect alternative to ordering Chinese food take out!

Easy Chicken Lo Mein Recipe

There’s not much that makes me happier than grabbing a big ‘ol bowl of delicious noodles, a couple of chopsticks and posting up in front of the TV to watch some Netflix… and by Netflix, I mean every season of Gilmore Girls on repeat! 

This chicken lo mein recipe will have you in and out of the kitchen in under 30 minutes and watching Gilmore Girls (or insert your favorite binge-watching show here) in no time!

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20 Minute Kung Pao Chicken

In one skillet and 20 minutes, whip up this deliciously spicy Kung Pao Chicken recipe that’s so easy to make and gluten free!

20 Minute Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Oh hey y’all! I’m back in action after a week in Texas visiting family and attending the BlogHer Food conference, and I’m so excited to share this deliciously spicy recipe with you!

Making Kung Pao Chicken in your own kitchen is a simple way to eat the Chinese takeout favorite at home, in a healthier and gluten free way!

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One Pot Italian Sausage Shells and Cheese

In one pot and under 45 minutes, prepare this Italian style Shells and Cheese recipe, filled with flavorful sausage, tomato sauce, and three cheeses!

Italian Sausage Shells and Cheese Recipe

There’s not much I love more than a big ol’ bowl of pasta, but when said bowl of pasta is made in one pot, in under an hour and it’s super cheesy and flavorful, I love it even more!

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Kale Corn Succotash over Cheesy Chicken from Terra’s Kitchen

Kale, corn & tomatoes are combined into a tasty succotash, served over warm goat cheese & juicy chicken in this delicious recipe, brought to you by my friends at Terra’s Kitchen.

 Cheesy Chicken with Kale Corn Succotash Recipe

A couple of weeks ago, I received my first delivery from Terra’s Kitchen, a clever website where you choose your favorite innovative and healthy recipes from their selection, then they chop and deliver all of the ingredients for the recipes in a climate-controlled vessel.

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15 Minute Crispy Shrimp Tacos

This quick and easy recipe for Crispy Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle BBQ Sauce is made in only 15 minutes, perfect for a weeknight dinner in a hurry!

15 Minute Crispy Shrimp Taco Recipe

A couple of weeks ago, I joined the Foodbeast team for a “Foodie Day in San Diego”.  I was so excited to see that they had picked some of my favorite local spots to visit, like Basic Pizza and Puesto for tacos!

It was on that fateful Friday that I tried Puesto’s crispy shrimp tacos for the first time and fell in love!

I went home and immediately created a similar recipe that’s made in only 15 minutes!

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Grilled Vegetable Italian Panini

Grilled vegetables, pesto and cheese are pressed into a mouthwatering vegetarian Italian Panini recipe, made in only 20 minutes!

Vegetarian Italian Panini Recipe

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Six days of not posting a new recipe feels like FOREVER when you’re a food blogger, but don’t worry, I haven’t been slacking over here, I spent most of last week perfecting every square inch of the new WhitneyBond.com! So what do you think?

If you haven’t been to the beautiful new home page, you should check it out! It features consistently changing featured recipes that I have hand selected out of my personal favorites and fan favorites, below there, you’ll see the latest recipes from my kitchen, then keep scrolling down for delicious Quick & Easy Recipes, One Pot Meals, Slow Cooker Recipes and Fan Favorites!

There are also fun new sidebar features, which you can see over to the right if you’re on a desktop or laptop. If you’re on mobile or a tablet, you’ll find these side bar features at the bottom of this post! These features include a link to my latest news segment, a look at my Instagram feed, my Snapchat Snapcode and links to currently trending recipes on the blog!

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Grilled Tomato & Kale Salad

Grilling tomatoes & kale puts a totally new twist on a traditional kale salad, it’s vegetarian, gluten free & perfect as a summer side dish or entree!

Grilled Tomato & Kale Salad Recipe

Since it’s summertime and all I want to do is grill everything, that’s exactly what I did this week! From Caribbean Jerk Meatballs to Korean BBQ Grilled Salmon (I seriously can’t stop eating this dish!) to this Grilled Tomato & Kale Salad recipe, it was a grilling kind of week at my house!

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Watermelon Lime Sherbet Float

Fresh watermelon and mint are combined with lemon lime soda and poured over lime sherbet in this delicious twist on an ice cream float, perfect for summer!

Watermelon Lime Sherbet Float Recipe

Did you know that August 3rd is National Watermelon Day? I know, I know, who comes up with these national food holidays? My boyfriend (and I’m sure a few other people) think they’re totally ridiculous, but as a foodie, I love any excuse to celebrate my favorite foods like National Ice Cream Day, yes, please!

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General Tso’s Broccoli & Shrimp Recipe

General Tso's Broccoli & Shrimp Recipe

I love me some General Tso’s Chicken, and apparently so do a lot of other people! My recipe for Gluten Free General Tso’s Chicken is one of the most popular recipes on the blog! It’s quick and easy to make, really delicious and much healthier than take out, I totally get it’s popularity!

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Coconut Crab Cakes with Mango Arugula Salad

Coconut Crab Cakes

Over Memorial Day weekend, my boyfriend Kurt & I headed to Philadelphia for his cousins wedding. Since it was my first time in Philly, I had to check out the food scene!

Of course I tried several Philly Cheesesteaks (you can read all about that in my Food Bloggers Guide to Philadelphia!) but I also tried some local restaurants that were recommended by friends from the area.

One of these recommendations was Cuba Libre, a Cuban restaurant where we indulged in an unlimited tapas brunch!

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Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad

Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

BBQ’s, dinners on the patio, picnics on the beach, these are a few of the reasons I can’t stop smiling because it’s officially Summer and that means all of these things are happening on the regular!!!

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Sloppy Joe Tacos

Sloppy Joe Tacos Recipe

I’m totally a sucker for a fun new Taco Tuesday recipe, and today I’ve got a really good one for you!

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

A few weeks back, Mike Filbey, co-founder of ButcherBox, reached out to me about sharing a link to my Beef Ragu recipe with his e-mail subscribers.

Of course I was excited that he wanted to share the recipe, but as I looked into ButcherBox, I was equally as excited about his company!

At ButcherBox, they find the best 100% grass-fed beef, organic chicken and Heritage Breed pork in America and deliver it directly to your doorstep each month.

Growing up in Oklahoma, we had a “meat man” that would deliver beef to our house each week, so the idea of ButcherBox really rang true to my Oklahoma upbringing.

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Greek Zucchini Noodles

Greek Zucchini Noodles Recipe

Happy Meatless Monday everyone! I have a super quick and easy new vegetarian recipe to share with you today!

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Easy One Pot Beef Stroganoff

Easy One Pot Beef Stroganoff Recipe

My love for one pot meals runs deep!

I love the delicious flavors that develop from cooking everything together, and even more, I love the fact that you only have to wash one pot when the meal is over 😉

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12 Easy Chicken Breast Recipes

12 Easy Chicken Breast Recipes

Looking for new chicken breast recipes to switch up your weekly menu? You’ve come to the right place! These 12 chicken breast recipes are all easy to prepare and made in 30 minutes or less, making them perfect for weeknight dinners in a rush!

With everything from burgers to skewers, and Chinese to Mexican, as well as many gluten free options, this list will add tons of variety to your chicken recipe repertoire!

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Butternut Squash Tacos

Vegetarian Butternut Squash Tacos

To kick off the New Year, I hosted my first “Sunday Family Dinner” of 2014 this weekend. At the dinner I premiered three new recipes including Chipotle Pulled Pork Dip, Mexican Chicken Cheesy Penne and these delicious Butternut Squash Tacos I prepared for my favorite vegetarian, Miss Courtney!

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Hawaiian Host Whole Macadamia White Chocolate Crunch

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crunch

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White Chocolate, Macadamia Nuts and Peanut Butter all combined into one little treat that takes less than 10 minutes to make? Sounds like my kind of snack!

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Rosemary Steak Skewers

Rosemary Steak and Potato Skewers

This recipe is for all of my “meat and potatoes” people out there! Calling all my Oklahoma friends and family, I know you’re going to love this one!

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Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Mini Baja Tacos at Bailiwick San Diego

It’s Taco Tuesday and only two days away from Little Leopard Book’s 2nd Birthday Party where these delicious Mini Tacos will be served!

Fernanda Peimbert, the chef at Bailiwick where the party will be hosted, asked what kind of hors d’oeuvres I’d like served at the event.  I told her light, fresh and gluten free!

This is the first of four recipes she created for the party that I’ll be sharing with all of you!

Mini Baja Tacos at Bailiwick San Diego

I shot the images above during a tasting last week at Bailwick, then I came home and re-created the dish for my upcoming web series, Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl, and to share here on Little Leopard Book.

Check out the video here on how to make these delicious mini tacos:

While Fernanda used pickled red onions, I used raw red onions and pickled jalapeños instead. To be completely honest, I liked her pickled red onions better than my raw red onions, but I did like the addition of pickled jalapeños on mine!  For those of you making the dish at home, you can try either the raw or pickled red onions and decide for yourself which you like best!

Mini Beef and Bacon Taco Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon (approximately 4 slices)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups round corn tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (raw or pickled)
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños (diced)

Begin by adding the bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Depending how crispy you want the bacon cook for 2-5 minutes, then add the ground beef.

Beef and Bacon Taco Meat

While the meat is cooking prepare the avocado cream sauce by adding the avocado, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp parsley to a blender or food processor and puree.

Once the meat is cooked, drain the grease and get ready to prepare the mini tacos!

How to make mini tacos

Place the ground beef bacon mixture onto the corn tortilla chips then top with the chopped red onion, jalapeño, avocado cream sauce and a sprig of fresh parsley.

Mini Beef and Bacon Tacos

Voila “Mini Taco Tuesday” is born!

Baja Mini Tacos

There’s still time to get on the guest list for Little Leopard Book’s private 2 year birthday party this Thursday at Bailiwick, check out our Facebook page for more details!

And be sure to tune in to “Taco Tuesday” on Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl next month where I’ll be showing you how to make these mini tacos and so much more!

Mini Beef and Bacon Taco Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon and substitute veggie crumbles for the ground beef to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon (approximately 4 slices)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups round corn tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (raw or pickled)
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños (diced)

Instructions

  1. Add the bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Depending how crispy you want the bacon cook for 2-5 minutes, then add the ground beef.
  3. While the meat is cooking prepare the avocado cream sauce by adding the avocado, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp parsley to a blender or food processor and puree.
  4. Once the meat is cooked, drain the grease and get ready to prepare the mini tacos.
  5. Place the ground beef bacon mixture onto the corn tortilla chips then top with the chopped red onion, jalapeño, avocado cream sauce and a sprig of fresh parsley.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/08/20/mini-tacos-with-avocado-cream-sauce/

Italian Meatloaf

Italian Meatloaf

Sometimes the best dinners are the un-planned ones, the ones that come in times of  “staring in the refrigerator panic”!

Italian Style Meatloaf

My plans to make dinner for my friend Evelyn and I on Monday night went awry when I realized the chicken I was going to use to make stuffed chicken had gone bad!

Never fear, the Little Leopard Book fridge was fully stocked so there had to be something in there I could make! I had a pound of extra ground beef left over from the Loaded Calzone I made the night before, extra homemade tomato basil marinara and plenty of Italian cheeses, so Italian Meatloaf it was!

Italian Meatloaf Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Place the first 10 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Italian Meatloaf Recipe

Mix to combine then press into a loaf pan.

Italian Meatloaf Recipe

Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the meatloaf from the oven, drain any juices and spread the marinara sauce onto the meatloaf.

Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Italian Meatloaf with Homemade Marinara

Slice and serve!  I gobbled this dish up with an extra side of homemade marinara for dipping… because it’s just that good!

Italian Meatloaf with Homemade Marinara

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute a sleeve of veggie crumbles for the ground beef.

♦ Gluten Free Option:  Use gluten-free breadcrumbs to make this dish gluten-free.

Italian Meatloaf

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Italian Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Place the first 10 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix to combine then press into a loaf pan.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes.
  5. Remove the meatloaf from the oven, drain any juices and spread the marinara sauce onto the meatloaf.
  6. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/07/25/italian-meatloaf/

Greek Chicken Salad Sandwich

Greek Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

Round two of my Mezzetta “Make That Sandwich” Contest series of delicious, creative sandwich recipes is this incredibly flavorful Greek Chicken Salad Sandwich.

Greek Chicken Salad Pita Sandwich

When I think Mezzetta, my first thought is “olives and peppers”, which makes me think of Italian and Greek food.  Since I already went Italian in my Grilled Portobello Caprese Sandwich, I decided to “Go Greek” with this one!

Greek Chicken Pitas

For this recipe you can whip up the chicken salad in a jiffy and toss it in the fridge.  Use it throughout the week to fill up your pita bread for a delicious sandwich that will keep you counting down the minutes until lunch every day!

Greek Chicken Salad Sandwich Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken breasts (boneless, skinless, cooked and shredded*)
  • ¼ cup Mezzetta Garlic Stuffed Olives (chopped)
  • ¼ cup cucumber (chopped)
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes (quartered)
  • ½ cup Mezzetta Roasted Bell Peppers (chopped)
  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp Mezzetta Crushed Garlic
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 lemons (1 juiced – 1 sliced in wedges)
  • 4 slices pita bread
  • ½ cup feta cheese

*If you do not have cooked and shredded chicken ready to use, simply boil 1 lb. of chicken, drain and shred.

Prepare the salad by combining the shredded chicken, olives, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and bell peppers in a large bowl.

Greek Chicken Salad Recipe

In a small bowl, mix together the greek yogurt, crushed garlic, oregano, black pepper and 1 lemon juiced.

Greek Chicken Salad Dressing Recipe

Pour the dressing over the chicken salad.

Greek Chicken Salad Recipe

Toss well.

Greek Chicken Salad Recipe

Slice the pita bread in half, spoon the chicken salad into the pita and top with the feta cheese.

Greek Chicken Salad Pita Sandwich

Serve each pita sandwich with a lemon wedge. This is very important. I repeat, this is very important! That little extra lemon juice squeezed over the top really pulls all of the flavors together and gives it a nice citrus kick, this is definitely a must-have for this sandwich!

Greek Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute shredded tofu for shredded chicken to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten free pita bread to make this recipe gluten free.

Greek Chicken Salad Sandwich

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Greek Chicken Salad Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken breasts (boneless, skinless, cooked and shredded)
  • ¼ cup Mezzetta Garlic Stuffed Olives (chopped)
  • ¼ cup cucumber (chopped)
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes (quartered)
  • ½ cup Mezzetta Roasted Bell Peppers (chopped)
  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp Mezzetta Crushed Garlic
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 lemons (1 juiced – 1 sliced in wedges)
  • 4 slices pita bread
  • ½ cup feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Combine the shredded chicken, olives, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and bell peppers in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the greek yogurt, crushed garlic, oregano, black pepper and 1 lemon, juiced.
  3. Pour the dressing over the chicken salad.
  4. Toss well.
  5. Slice the pita bread in half, spoon the chicken salad into the pita and top with the feta cheese.
  6. Serve each pita sandwich with a lemon wedge for squeezing on top.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/07/18/greek-chicken-salad-sandwich/

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

The grilled cheese is a classic sandwich that has been enjoyed in the US for almost 100 years, but throw in some buffalo chicken and you have a new favorite version of the all American dish!

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Pepper jack cheese adds the perfect extra kick of spice and flavor to this delicious sandwich that can be tossed together in 10 minutes or less for a quick and easy lunch or weeknight dinner!

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 loaf french bread (cut into 12 slices)
  • 12 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 6 tbsp butter

Begin by combining the shredded chicken and buffalo sauce, next spread 1/2 tablespoon of butter on each slice of bread.

Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese Recipe

Flip the bread over and top each piece with a slice of pepper jack cheese.

Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese Recipe

Next, top half of the slices of cheese topped bread with a spoonful of buffalo chicken.

Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese Recipe

Place the other cheese topped slices of bread onto the buffalo chicken, then grill the sandwiches for 3-5 minutes per side.

Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese Recipe

Serve with veggies and blue cheese dressing for a complete meal of deliciousness!

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Recipe

This Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese holds a tie for best grilled cheese sandwich ever with my Caramelized Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese!

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute “veggie crumbles” for the shredded chicken.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Use gluten-free bread instead of a baguette.

Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6 sandwiches

Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 loaf french bread (cut into 12 slices)
  • 12 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 6 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Begin by combining the shredded chicken and buffalo sauce, next spread 1/2 tablespoon of butter on each slice of bread.
  2. Flip the bread over and top each piece with a slice of pepper jack cheese.
  3. Next, top half of the slices of cheese topped bread with a spoonful of buffalo chicken.
  4. Place the other cheese topped slices of bread onto the buffalo chicken, then grill the sandwiches for 3-5 minutes per side.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/05/30/buffalo-chicken-grilled-cheese/

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Buffalo Chicken Taco Recipe

Since I’ve put Buffalo Chicken in virtually everything else, I figured it was about time I put it in a taco 😉

Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Tacos

I also just received these adorable and amazingly practical Longaberger Taco Holders in the mail, I mean seriously, how cute are these? And they keep all that yummy buffalo chicken right in your taco instead of falling out on a plate!

Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Instead of using blue cheese traditionally served with buffalo chicken, I kicked these babies up a notch with some pepper jack cheese, then added a cool cilantro lime dip on top!

The result was one seriously delicious taco!

Buffalo Chicken Taco Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts (app 1 lb)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and diced)
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas (corn for gluten-free)
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup cilantro lime dip (click link for recipe)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime (sliced into 8 small wedges)

Begin by pressure cooking or boiling the 2 chicken breasts.  Once cooked through, shred the chicken with a knife and fork.

Next, add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Once heated, add the jalapeño and onion.

Cooked Jalapeno and Onion

Sauté for 5-7 minutes, then add the shredded chicken and buffalo sauce, mix together, turn the heat to low and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Taco Recipe

Add the chicken mixture to the tortillas, then top with pepper jack cheese, cilantro lime dip, fresh cilantro and one lime wedge to squeeze over the taco.

Buffalo Chicken Taco Recipe

The balance of spiciness from the buffalo chicken and creaminess from the cilantro lime dip is perfection!

Buffalo Chicken Taco Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute “veggie crumbles” or tofu for the shredded chicken to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free when corn tortillas are used.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 tacos

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts (app 1 lb)
  • 1 tsp Enzo Olive Oil
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and diced)
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas (corn for gluten-free)
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup cilantro lime dip (click link for recipe)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime (sliced into 8 small wedges)

Instructions

  1. Begin by pressure cooking or boiling the 2 chicken breasts.
  2. Once cooked through, shred the chicken with a knife and fork.
  3. Next, add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Once heated, add the jalapeño and onion.
  5. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, then add the shredded chicken.
  6. Next, add the buffalo sauce, mix together, turn the heat to low and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add the chicken mixture to the tortillas, then top with pepper jack cheese, cilantro lime dip, fresh cilantro and one lime wedge to squeeze over the taco.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/04/28/buffalo-chicken-tacos/

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

Dairy Free Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

For the third and final dish of my low-sodium series for the San Diego 6 Morning Show, I chose to make my famous tomato basil bruschetta recipe. I skipped the cheese and replaced the baguette it’s traditionally served on for fillo baskets!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe

One small slice of a baguette can cost you almost 400 mg of sodium, where as one fillo basket has only 10 mg, talk about a super swap!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Basket Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 15 fillo baskets

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Spoon the bruschetta into the fillo baskets and serve.

Yes, it’s really that easy!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

I love using fillo baskets for everything from these delicious Black Bean and Chorizo Appetizers to scrumptious Mini Dessert Cannoli’s!

They are healthy, vegan and perfect for parties!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian (and vegan!)

♦ Gluten Free Option: Replace the fillo baskets with strips of red bell pepper to make this recipe gluten-free.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 15 baskets

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Enzo Basil Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 15 fillo baskets

Instructions

  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Spoon the bruschetta into the fillo baskets and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/04/25/tomato-basil-bruschetta-baskets/

Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta

Buffalo Chicken Baked Ziti

You know when you find something so amazing that you have to share it with all of your friends immediately?

Something amazing: Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta

My friends: All of you!

Four Cheese Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta

After eating a delicious Baked Ziti dish on a Progressive Dinner, my friend and fellow Buffalo Chicken addict, PK, suggested that I make a Buffalo Chicken Baked Ziti.

Buffalo Chicken Baked Ziti

I was obviously on board with this idea and a couple weeks later, Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta was created!

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

I re-named it “baked pasta” instead of “baked ziti” because sometimes ziti is not available, like at Trader Joes, where I was purchasing my pasta for this dish 😉

Buffalo Chicken Baked Rigatoni Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 lb pasta (ziti, rigatoni or penne)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese dressing
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Begin by pressure cooking or boiling the chicken breasts and cooking the pasta.

Next, shred the chicken breasts, then combine the shredded chicken, cooked pasta, mozzarella, buffalo sauce, ricotta cheese and blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Mix all of the ingredients together then pour into an oven safe baking dish.

Buffalo Chicken Four Cheese Pasta Bake

Next, combine the parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.  I also added a little Italian seasoning.  Totally optional, but gives it a little extra flavor!

Parmesan Breadcrumb Crust for Pasta Bake

Sprinkle the mixture on top of the pasta dish.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake with Breadcrumb Parmesan Crust

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes, then turn the broiler on to high and brown up the crust for 3-5 minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Baked Rigatoni

Garnish with diced green onions if you would like!

Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta Recipe

I’m all about a little extra kick, so I sprinkled some crushed red pepper on top as well!

Four Cheese Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

Crispy crust, cheesy center, buffalo chicken spice, I couldn’t ask for anything more in a dish!

Easy Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta

Oh, and it’s easy to make and takes less than an hour to prepare and bake, yeah I’m totally on board!

Four Cheese Buffalo Chicken Pasta Dish

If simple dishes are your thing, be sure to check out our Pinterest board with “Quick and Easy Dinner Dishes”, all prepared in under an hour!

LLB Pinterest Quick and Easy Dishes

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the chicken for a vegetarian Cheesy Buffalo Baked Pasta dish.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Use gluten-free pasta and breadcrumbs to make this recipe gluten-free.

Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 lb pasta (ziti, rigatoni or penne)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese dressing
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Begin by pressure cooking or boiling the chicken breasts and cooking the pasta.
  2. Next, shred the chicken breasts, then combine the shredded chicken, cooked pasta, mozzarella, buffalo sauce, ricotta cheese and blue cheese dressing.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together then pour into an oven safe baking dish.
  4. Next, combine the parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.
  5. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the pasta dish.
  6. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes, then turn the broiler on to high and brown up the crust for 3-5 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/03/20/buffalo-chicken-baked-pasta/

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Soup

This flavorful Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Soup made with roasted chilies, tomatillos, fresh herbs & chicken is sure to be your new favorite soup recipe!

This flavorful Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Soup made with roasted chilies, tomatillos, fresh herbs & chicken is sure to be your new favorite soup recipe!

There’s nothing quite like warming up to a big bowl of flavorful, spicy soup on a cold winter day!

Read the full post here!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

In this simple, yet super fun recipe fresh pineapple, mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows are skewered to resemble the fun fall treat, Candy Corn!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Serve them with a delicious fruit dip at a Halloween party or fall get-together!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 pineapple (cubed)
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Skewer the pineapple, oranges and marshmallows.  Mix the yogurt and honey together in a small bowl for dipping.

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

A healthy alternative to all the candy and cookies that the fall holidays bring!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: app. 2 dozen skewers

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 pineapple (cubed)
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Skewer the pineapple, oranges and marshmallows.
  2. Mix the yogurt and honey together in a small bowl for dipping.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/10/31/whats-for-dessert-candy-corn-fruit-skewers/

Lemon Rosemary Basil Chicken

chicken, lemon, rosemary, basil, pasta, olive oil, herbs, recipe, food, dinnerThis chicken recipe is so easy, yet so delicious!  A 15-minute marinade of lemon and herbs packs this grilled chicken dish with tons of flavor and is ready start-to-finish in 30 minutes!

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Prep & Marinade Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp steak seasoning
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 2 lbs chicken

Begin by zesting one large lemon, then slicing the lemon open and squeezing the juice into a medium bowl. Next, add the olive oil and crushed garlic to the zest and juice.

Next, add the steak seasoning, basil and rosemary.  Combine well.

chicken, lemon, rosemary, basil, pasta, olive oil, herbs, recipe, food, dinnerAdd chicken to the marinade and coat well.

chicken, lemon, rosemary, basil, pasta, olive oil, herbs, recipe, food, dinnerPlace in the refrigerator for 15 minutes, remove and place on a pre-heated grill over medium heat.

chicken, lemon, rosemary, basil, pasta, olive oil, herbs, recipe, food, dinner, grillingGrill for 7-8 minutes, then flip. Grill for an additional 7-8 minutes, remove and place on top of pasta tossed in olive oil, garlic and tomatoes.

chicken, lemon, rosemary, basil, pasta, olive oil, herbs, recipe, food, dinnerThis is a perfect, easy weeknight dinner!

chicken, lemon, rosemary, basil, pasta, olive oil, herbs, recipe, food, dinnerThis chicken is also delicious sliced and placed on top of my Crisp Apple Salad!

chicken, lemon, rosemary, basil, pasta, olive oil, herbs, recipe, food, dinner, salad♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free and perfect when served on top of my favorite gluten-free corn pasta!

Single Sunday: Buffalo Salmon Burger Salad

Romaine lettuce, tomato, red onion, buffalo sauce, franks red hot buffalo sauce, blue cheese, blue cheese dressing, salmon burger, recipe, ingredientsOn the One Year Anniversary of Little Leopard Book I made the announcement that I would be adding “Chopped Challenge Thursdays” and “Single Sundays” to the site.

While “Chopped Challenge Thursdays” have been going strong, “Single Sundays” have yet to make an appearance on LLB.  I blame this on the fact that I cook like an Italian grandma (meals for 6 or more people!) and I’ve been busy, busy, busy!

But never fear, Single Sundays are here!

This week I whipped up a dish that was quick, delicious and easily prepared for one!

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Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 salmon burger
  • 2 tbsp buffalo sauce
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 sliced red onion
  • 1/2 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp blue cheese dressing

Place the salmon burger in a small skillet over medium heat and cook for 3-4 minutes.

buffalo sauce, franks red hot buffalo sauce, salmon burger, recipe, ingredients, food, salmonFlip the burger and brush with half of the buffalo sauce.

buffalo sauce, franks red hot buffalo sauce, salmon burger, recipe, ingredients, food, salmonCook for 3-4 minutes then flip again and brush with the remaining buffalo sauce.

Remove from the heat and prepare the salad by combining the lettuce, tomatoes and onion.

Romaine lettuce, tomato, red onion, buffalo sauce, franks red hot buffalo sauce, blue cheese, blue cheese dressing, salmon burger, recipe, saladToss with the blue cheese dressing then place the salad mixture on a plate.

Romaine lettuce, tomato, red onion, buffalo sauce, franks red hot buffalo sauce, blue cheese, blue cheese dressing, salmon burger, recipe, ingredientsTop with the salmon burger and dig in!

Romaine lettuce, tomato, red onion, buffalo sauce, franks red hot buffalo sauce, blue cheese, blue cheese dressing, salmon burger, recipe, ingredientsThis makes for the perfect lunch or dinner for one filled with Omega 3 “happy” fatty acids from the salmon!

Romaine lettuce, tomato, red onion, buffalo sauce, franks red hot buffalo sauce, blue cheese, blue cheese dressing, salmon burger, recipe, ingredientsSalmon burgers can be found fresh or frozen in most major grocery stores.

♣ Vegetarian Option: Replace the salmon burger with a veggie patty for a vegetarian meal.

♦ Gluten Free Option: The ingredients featured in this recipe are gluten-free as I used Trader Joe’s salmon burgers which do not contain gluten. Always read the label when purchasing salmon burgers to confirm that the item purchased is gluten-free.

White Chocolate Raspberry Phyllo Rolls

White Chocolate Raspberry Phyllo Rolls

Last week I took a night off from cooking dinner and was treated to a delicious meal at my friend Crystals house. Of course I couldn’t show up empty-handed so I offered to bring dessert!

I had phyllo dough in my fridge and white chocolate chips in my pantry so I decided to bring them together with tart raspberries.

White chocolate and raspberry are a perfect combination in this delicious dessert pastry.  Flakey phyllo dough encompasses the tasty pair for sweet perfection.

Raspberry White Chocolate Fillo Roll Ingredients

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (makes 10 phyllo rolls)

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 10 sheets phyllo dough
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips

Start by combining the raspberries, cornstarch, lemon juice and sugar in a small bowl.

Sweet Raspberries

Lay out the phyllo dough and spray the top sheet with cooking spray.

How to oil phyllo dough

Start from the top and fold the phyllo dough in half.

Phyllo Dough

Next, place the raspberries 1 inch from the edge.

Sweet Red Raspberries in Phyllo Dough

Place the white chocolate chips on top.

White Chocolate Raspberry Phyllo Rolls

Next, fold in the sides of the phyllo dough.

How to roll phyllo dough

Then roll the dough into a cylinder shape and spray the top with cooking spray. Repeat the above steps 9 times.

Phyllo Rolls

Place the phyllo rolls in a 400° oven for 10-12 minutes.

Baked Raspberry Chocolate Fillo Rolls

Remove from the baking stone and serve.

White Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Rolls

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

White Chocolate Chip Raspberry Fillo Rolls

These are a quick and simple dessert with minimal ingredients that are perfect for taking to parties or serving as a weeknight after-dinner dessert!

White Chocolate Raspberry Phyllo Rolls

Now it’s time to dig in!

Dessert Phyllo Rolls

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian and vegan.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Foodista has a recipe for gluten-free phyllo dough here.

Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce

white cheese sauce, spaghetti squash, recipe, healthy, alternative to mac and cheese, basil, food, fall, easyI asked and you responded, “what generally unhealthy dish would you like to see transformed into something healthy and delicious?”  The response was unanimous, Mac and Cheese.  So today I bring you the first ever “Transformation Tuesday”  where I turn a generally unhealthy dish into something healthy and yummy. Today I transformed Traditional Mac and Cheese into Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce.

The result was a delicious, gluten-free, vegetarian dish that packs way less calories, fat, carbs and sodium than any macaroni and cheese dish you will eat at a restaurant!

The Cheesecake Factory Macaroni and Cheese SIDE DISH packs 51 grams of fat, 1309 calories, 768 milligrams of sodium and 92 grams of carbs, and that’s just the side dish to the main course!!

My dinner portion of Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce comes in at 275 calories, 12 grams of fat, 335 milligrams of sodium and 10 grams of carbs for a 1 cup serving. Even if you double the serving size to 2 cups, you will still save 759 calories and 27 grams of fat!

Just to make the picture even more clear, if you are counting Weight Watcher points, one side of macaroni and cheese at The Cheesecake Factory counts for 25 points, while my dish weighs in at only 4 points!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup part-skim mozzarella (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shaved)
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (to garnish)

Start by cutting the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds and brush with the olive oil then sprinkle with the salt and pepper.  Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 400° for 45 minutes.

Spaghetti, Squash, Roasting, Oven, Food, Recipes, Cheesy Spaghetti SquashRemove from the oven and watch this how-to video on what to do next!

 

Once all of the spaghetti squash has been added to the sauce, separate into four bowls and top with the fresh basil to serve.

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white cheese sauce, spaghetti squash, recipe, healthy, alternative to mac and cheese, basil, food, fall, easy♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

 

Mini Turkey Meatloaves

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgivingWho doesn’t love Thanksgiving dinner? I know I love it and I’m pretty sure you do too.  That is why I created the (what was supposed to be) “Kicked Up 30-minute Thanksgiving dinner”, which I would now like to call the “Hour-or-so-but-still-well-worth-the-time-kicked-up-Thanksgiving dinner!”

I started off by turning the turkey portion of dinner into mini turkey meatloaves, “kicked up” by adding roasted jalapeños and Serrano chilies, a little chili powder and cumin, then topped off with a sriracha ketchup mixture. I then turned my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner, the stuffing, into little Spicy Stuffing Cakes!

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgiving, stuffing cakesThe result was so delicious I’ve already eaten the leftovers twice (and I made it yesterday!)

carrots, jalapeños, green pepper, bell pepper, cumin, chili powder, ketchup, sriracha, celery, garlic, sage, rice chexIngredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 3 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 serrano chilies (roasted, de-seeded and chopped)
  • 2 jalapeño peppers (roasted, de-seeded and chopped)
  • 1 tsp fresh sage (chopped)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Rice chex (crushed)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha

Start by adding the chopped onions, carrots, celery and bell pepper to a skillet over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, celery, onions, carrots, garlic, easy, food, recipes, thanksgivingSauté for 5-7 minutes, then add the minced garlic.  Sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes, then add the sage, chili powder, jalapeños, chilies and cumin.

chili powder, cumin, sage, jalapeños, serrano chilies,turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipesIf you like it spicy, leave the jalapeño and serrano seeds in, most of the heat cooks out after they are roasted anyway!  If spiciness scares you (ahhhh!) then go ahead and remove the seeds!

Next, remove the vegetable spice mixture from the heat and place in a large mixing bowl with the ground turkey. Add the crushed rice chex and egsg.  Use your hands (or a spoon, if you’re civilized like that) and combine the mixture.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, jalapeños, carrots, celery, onions, recipesPlace the mixture into a muffin pan (or if you have one, a muffin stone, my newest kitchen obsession!)

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turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, sriracha, ketchup, spicy sauce, easy, food, recipes,After 20 minutes, remove the mini meatloaves from the oven and top them with the sauce…. like this…

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, spicy topping, food, recipes, thanksgivingOnce all the muffins have been topped with the sauciness, place them back into the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, sriracha, spicy, recipes, thanksgivingI might have eaten one or two straight out of the pan… maybe… allegedly… probably.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgivingNew favorite dish?  Quite possibly!

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgiving, saladAdd the Spicy Stuffing Cakes and make a “however-long-it-takes-because-it’s-delicious” kicked up version of Thanksgiving dinner tonight!

♣ Vegetarian Option: Use veggie crumbles instead of ground turkey to make this dish vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Rice Chex is gluten-free, so that makes this dish gluten-free!

Tiramisu Tart

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This recipe was inspired by my original plan to make a layered Tiramisu dip for my Housewarming Party.  That never happened. I’ve learned after throwing dozens upon dozens of parties that sometimes I just have to throw in the towel on a couple planned menu items. Sometimes it all comes together and sometimes it doesn’t.

I always start with the party “must haves” and then leave the rest up to fate. As fate would have it, the Tiramisu dip was not made, but two days later this delicious Tiramisu Tart came into my life!

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I knew I had to use the Mascarpone and Ricotta Cheese before they went bad but I scratched my original dip recipe. I felt like a dip was more party dessert then “have a slice after work/school” kind of dessert. I decided on a Tart simply because I had an unused Longaberger tart dish sitting on a shelf begging to be used!  I had originally planned to use Ginger Snap cookies for dipping, so I simply ground them up in my food processor and made them into the crust, then filled it with the dip. This made for a great evening treat all week!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups ginger snap crumbs
  • 4 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coffee syrup
  • 2 tbsp marsala wine
  • 1 tsbp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp chocolate shavings

Start making the crust by combining the ginger snap crumbs, butter and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Next, press the mixture into a tart pan.

Tart, Crust, Ginger Snap, Crumbs, dessert, recipe,Place the crust in the refrigerator while making the filling.

Start the filling by creaming together the mascarpone, ricotta and sour cream.

Tiramisu, Tart, Ginger Snap Crust, Chocolate Shavings, torani, coffee syrup, ricotta, mascarpone, cheese, recipe, dessertNext, add in the brown sugar, coffee syrup and marsala wine.

Tiramisu, Tart, brown sugar,Torani, coffee syrup, ricotta, mascarpone, cheese, recipe, dessertBlend together well, 2-3 minutes, then place the mixture in the crust.

Tiramisu, Tart, Ginger Snap Crust, Chocolate Shavings, cocoa powder, torani, coffee syrup, ricotta, mascarpone, cheese, recipe, dessertDust the cocoa powder on top using a sifter (hopefully yours is less ghetto than mine, haha).

Tiramisu, Tart, Ginger Snap Crust, Chocolate Shavings, cocoa powder, torani, coffee syrup, ricotta, mascarpone, cheese, recipe, dessertThen, shave the chocolate on top. I used a vegetable peeler and it worked just fine!

Tiramisu, Tart, Ginger Snap Crust, Chocolate Shavings, cocoa powder, torani, coffee syrup, ricotta, mascarpone, cheese, recipe, dessertAnd voila, one delicious Tiramisu tart is complete!

Tiramisu, Tart, Ginger Snap Crust, Chocolate Shavings, cocoa powder, torani, coffee syrup, ricotta, mascarpone, cheese, recipe, dessertThis is a quick and simple dessert that can be made in 15 minutes or less with no need to bake!

Tiramisu, Tart, Ginger Snap Crust, Chocolate Shavings, cocoa powder, torani, coffee syrup, ricotta, mascarpone, cheese, recipe, dessertThere’s no excuse not to take this to your next dinner party! No one else will know how simple it is because it looks so decadent 🙂

Tiramisu, Tart, Ginger Snap Crust, Chocolate Shavings, cocoa powder, torani, coffee syrup, ricotta, mascarpone, cheese, recipe, dessertI love the combination of the rich cheese,  sweet chocolate and coffee flavor!

Tiramisu, Tart, Ginger Snap Crust, Chocolate Shavings, cocoa powder, torani, coffee syrup, ricotta, mascarpone, cheese

Torani Syrups can be purchased a lot of places such as World Market or Smart and Final.

If you prefer not to use the syrup, you can replace it with 2 shots of espresso.

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: My man Trader Joe sells delicious gluten free Ginger Snaps which

when used in this dish makes it gluten-free.

Farmers Market Mini Egg Omelets

When leaving the Caprino Royale goat farm, the owners handed me a half-dozen fresh eggs from their chickens. I knew I had to make these the star of a new dish, and what better time to make a new star dish than Fathers Day! I also visited the Farmers Market in my hometown of Edmond, OK before the big brunch.

While it was a bit smaller than the Los Angeles Farmers Markets I’m used to I did get some beautiful vegetables to use with my farm fresh eggs! I combined eggplant, red onions and green tomatoes for a miniature egg dish packed with flavor!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients (makes 9 mini omelets)

  • 1 large eggplant (peeled and diced)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and diced)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp black pepper (divided)
  • 1 tsp salt (divided)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)

Start by cooking the eggplant in olive oil, 1/2 tsp of pepper and 1/2 tsp salt.

After 3-4 minutes add the jalapeño and onion.

While the vegetables are cooking down prepare the egg mixture.

Those are some beautiful fresh eggs there!  Now add in the milk, parmesan cheese and additional salt and pepper.

Next add the chopped green tomatoes to the mixture.

At this time the vegetables should be cooked down.  Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray for easy removal of the mini omelets. Place a small amount of vegetable mixture in 9 spots of a muffin tin.

Fill approximately 1/3 full.

Next, add the egg mixture to each.

Place in the oven at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until egg is cooked through.

Use a small knife around the edges to remove the mini omelets and serve.

I served mine with cinnamon sugar crepes.

Click here for printer-friendly version: Farmers Market Mini Egg Omelets

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is Gluten-Free.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

These little “parties on a stick” first came into my world at Cafe Sevilla in San Diego.  I became beyond obsessed with them and started making them for every party, event, Monday, you know, whatever!

Blue Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

The kicker with these is, my Mom loves them!  When the certified pickiest eater in the world likes something, you know it’s good!  I’ve started making them every time I go home for a family event. They are quick, easy and make a great appetizer or party dish!

Bacon Wrapped Date Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 20 dates)

  • 20 dates
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 4 oz blue cheese

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Slice half way through the dates and remove the pits, then add the blue cheese.

Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

Slice the bacon in half then wrap a 1/2 slice around the date.

Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

Next, slide a toothpick through to secure the bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

Repeat 19 times.

Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

Place in the oven for 20 minutes, turn the dates over then continue to cook 10-15 minutes or until bacon is crispy.

Blue Cheese Bacon Wrapped Dates

Depending on the event (and how many new recipes I’m trying to conquer that day!) when I have time I add an Apple Cider glaze on top.

Apple Cider Glaze Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter (apple butter preferred)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp apple cider
  • 2 tbsp half and half
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

Start by melting the butter in a small saucepan, next combine the additional ingredients and whisk well.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring consistently. Remove from the heat and let stand 3 minutes.

Use a pastry brush to glaze the dates 3-5 minutes before removing them from the oven.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Replace the Bacon with Vegetarian Smart Bacon.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This Recipe is Gluten-Free.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 20 bacon wrapped dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Ingredients

  • 20 dates
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 4 oz blue cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Slice half way through the dates and remove the pits, then add the blue cheese.
  3. Slice the bacon in half then wrap a 1/2 slice around each date.
  4. Next, slide a toothpick through each date to secure the bacon.
  5. Place the bacon wrapped dates on a baking sheet.
  6. Place in the oven for 20 minutes, turn the dates over then continue to cook 10-15 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/06/10/whats-for-a-side-bacon-wrapped-dates/

BBQ Buffalo Baked Chicken

Baked BBQ Buffalo Chicken

This will probably be the simplest recipe I ever post on LLB!

BBQ Buffalo Sauce Chicken

I grew up eating the BBQ baked chicken version of this recipe, but you all keep asking for more and more buffalo chicken recipes and I love to eat them so I added the delicious buffalo sauce to make a delectable sweet and spicy chicken dish!

BBQ Buffalo Chicken Ingredients

Ingredients (serves four)

  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce

Place the chicken breasts in an oven-safe dish with lid, top with BBQ sauce.

Baked BBQ Chicken

Then add the buffalo sauce.

Mix the sauce’s together on top of the chicken breast.

Easy Recipe for Buffalo Chicken

Cover and place in the oven at 375° for one hour.

Baked Buffalo Chicken

That’s all! Just wait for it to cook and soak in all the sauces. After one hour, remove the lid and the sauce will be bubbling and chicken cooked through.

Easy BBQ Buffalo Chicken Recipe

Baked Buffalo Potato Wedges are the perfect side to throw in the oven along side the chicken!

BBQ Buffalo Chicken

Loaded Baked Potato Bread is also an awesome option as a side!

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Baked BBQ Buffalo Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Baked BBQ Buffalo Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in an oven-safe dish with lid, top with BBQ and buffalo sauce.
  2. Mix the sauce’s together on top of the chicken breast.
  3. Cover and place in the oven at 375° for one hour.
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Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

I don’t think I need to re-iterate my love for buffalo chicken, but just in case, I love it! And this recipe is so quick and easy to make, there is no excuse not to enjoy it yourself!

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

On Sunday I used the pressure cooker to cook 3 chicken breasts, I then shredded the chicken and placed it in a plastic storage container in the fridge.  By doing this I was able to make the wrap for lunch in 5 minutes and enjoy all its buffalo amazingness!

Buffalo Chicken Wrap Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 large flour tortilla
  • 2 tbsp blue cheese dressing
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 1 cup chicken breast (cooked and shredded)
  • 2 tbsp buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup carrots (shredded)
  • 1/4 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tbsp blue cheese crumbles

Start by pouring the blue cheese dressing in the center of a tortilla.

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Next, add the spinach on top of the blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Now mix the shredded chicken with the buffalo sauce.

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Add the buffalo chicken to the wrap.

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Next, top with the sliced onions, shredded carrot and blue cheese crumbles.

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Now you’re ready to wrap! Begin by folding in the sides.

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Then wrap the tortilla tightly around the filling, slice in half and dig in!

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Writing this post makes me want another one right now!  Good thing I have that extra chicken in the fridge 😉

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

You could even slice the wrap into quarters and serve them as appetizers at a party!

Buffalo Chicken Wrap Recipe

Or make a couple of wraps at the beginning of the week, toss them in the fridge and have a delicious lunch awaiting you during the week!

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute “veggie crumbles” for the shredded chicken.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Use gluten-free corn tortillas instead of flour.

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 wrap

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Ingredients

  • 1 large flour tortilla
  • 2 tbsp blue cheese dressing
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 1 cup chicken breast (cooked and shredded)
  • 2 tbsp buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup carrots (shredded)
  • 1/4 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tbsp blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Begin by pouring the blue cheese dressing in the center of a tortilla.
  2. Next, add the spinach on top of the blue cheese dressing.
  3. Now mix the shredded chicken with the buffalo sauce.
  4. Add the buffalo chicken to the wrap.
  5. Next, top with the sliced onions, shredded carrot and blue cheese crumbles.
  6. Begin wrapping by folding in the sides.
  7. Then wrap the tortilla tightly around the filling, slice in half and dig in!
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