Creamy Sun Dried Chicken Skillet

Are you ever looking for an easy meal to make with only one dish to clean?  If so, my Creamy Sun Dried Chicken Skillet is for you!  It’s easy to make and gets gobbled up in our house.  The key to this recipe is allowing the ingredients to simmer (step 8).  When we cook meals with chicken, we use dark meat.  This is because it is cheaper and also juicer.  However, you can make this recipe with breast meat and it will taste just as amazing!  Love when easy and yummy go hand in hand!  I’m also loving this meal because it does not heat up our house when it’s already HOT outside!  The less head I can provide, the better!!

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato

Ingredients

Yields: 6 servings

6 slices of bacon

1/2 cup chopped onions

3 cloves of garlic minced

1 lb chicken meat sliced into cubes

1 tsp dried basil

8 oz sun dried tomatoes

1 cup coconut milk (from can)

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1.  In a large skillet, pan fry bacon over medium heat until golden brown.
  2. Remove bacon from pan.
  3. Leave 2 tablespoons of bacon fat in the pan.
  4. Add in the onions, garlic and sun dried tomatoes.  Cook until onions become translucent, about 5-8 minutes.
  5. Add in the chicken cubes into the pot and cook until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit, about 5-8 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle the basil over the pan and allow the heat from the pan to start releasing the flavor for a minute, prior to mixing the basil into the dish.
  7. Pour the coconut milk into the pan and mix in.
  8. Allow flavors to mix over low heat for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Crumble up the bacon.
  10. Sprinkle the bacon on top of the dish and serve warm.

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Bacon Lollipops

It’s starting to get warm around Michigan!!  That said, I love cold fruit on a hot day.  Now take some cold fruit and add chocolate you get me excited BUT add bacon to it too and I’m jumping over the moon!  That’s how my dark chocolate pineapple bacon lollipops were created.  As though I’m not getting enough exercise lately walking the dog daily and cross-fitting, I decided to start jumping over the moon too!  This recipe needs to be refrigerated from when you assemble it until when you serve it.  However, if you have a short drive to your destination and the humidity is not too high, they will survive and your friends will be jumping to the moon with you…nothing like a buddy system to hold you accountable for your daily exercise.

This recipe works best if the pineapple squares have been refrigerated.  This helps the chocolate shell to form when rolling the bacon onto it and harden quicker.  I’ve only done this recipe with cold pineapple because it comes out perfect and I have not wanted to mess with perfection!

Chocolate Pineapple Bacon Lollipops

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Bacon Lollipops

Ingredients:

One pineapple cut into square pieces (refrigerate for one hour)

6 cooked bacon strips – crumbled

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Chocolate Sauce Ingredients:

¾ cup raw cocoa

¼ cup coconut oil

2 tbsp. maple syrup

½ tsp vanilla

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Pear and Pancetta Crostini

Life is crazy!  I just realized I’m behind on posting recipes.  However, I will am still getting into the grind after spring break.  I hope you follow along on Instagram because I’ve been posting pictures and providing recipes within the picture post.  With that said, below is a great appetizer to serve or enjoy it as a lunch!!

Pear and Pancetta Crostini’s will have your guests screaming for more!  The salt and sweet tastes from the pear and pancetta will have your taste buds content.  However, then you add in the neutral taste from the yucca dough and top it with mint and balsamic vinegar…taste buds will go into firework mode.  Have you had this experience?!?  The experience when you want seconds, thirds, fourths and then you realize the dish is gone and you ate more than your fair share and littley Johnny was too slow and only had one serving and is now having a melt down because his mom told him he had to clean his plate before he could have seconds…only to find out there are no more seconds present of his favorite dish because you ate them (#ithashappened).

If you are unfamiliar with yucca dough, please go visit read my quick way here.  I use this dough for several dish creations with endless options.  I love having a dough made of a root vegetable.

Pear and Proscuitto

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Pork Belly with Raspberry Chocolate Sauce

First off, I LOVE bacon!!  I could have bacon with every meal.  Pork belly is BACON!  This means, I’m in love with pork belly…although it does not sound as appetizing as bacon.  While shopping at Trader Joe’s last week, we stumbled upon fully cooked pork belly in the meat sections.  We only bought one box and now we are regretting it, with the closest Trader Joe’s being over an hour away.

I love mixing salty and sweet together.  This recipe does just that!  Pork belly is salty and the chocolate raspberry sauce is sweet, when those two merge together it’s a firework in your mouth.  You will be left wanting more and more and then all of a sudden…it is gone (true story)!!

The key to this recipe is time.  You can not rush the sauce because it will only burn and clump.

Pork Belly

Pork Belly with Raspberry Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients

12 oz pork belly

1 cup raspberries

1/3 cup ENJOY dark chocolate morsels

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Bacon Deviled Eggs

Life is crazy busy and I apologize for not doing this post on Sunday.  The school year is wrapping up and I’ve been crazy busy.  This said, I always have time for bacon!  We loved bacon deviled eggs because they are easy to make and a great crowd-pleaser.  OK, I’ll be honest…they please my belly any time they are gobbled down and sometimes do not make it in our house when the guests arrive.  Lucky for me, the guests never know they were a menu option!!  (Stacy -1 & Guests-0).

For making hard boil eggs, I place my uncooked eggs in a pot of water.  I bring the pot to boil, cover the pot and turn off the heat and allow them to cook for 10 minutes.  Then I remove from the water and submerge them in cold water and begin peeling the eggs after a few minutes under cold running water.  ENJOY!!bacon deviled eggs

Bacon Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

1 dozen peeled cooked eggs (see directions above)

4 strips of bacon, finely minced

4 tbsp mayo

1 tsp mustard

1 tbsp pickle relish

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Twice Baked Macaroni and Cheese

I shared this recipe with Paleo Parents and it was featured on their blog this week!  Paleo Parents is a blog written by Stacy and her husband Matt.  Stacy is someone I admire because she has been through a weightloss journey and understands the importance of fueling your body with all natural ingredients…oh and maybe because we share the same name.

When I started my Paleo lifestyle journey, I thought I would never have macaroni and cheese again.  Needless to say, my mother did tell me, “Never say never”.  For those who thought they too could never have Macaroni and Cheese again, welcome to my happy world of Paleo food!  I have made this dish for many group parties and people are amazed when they learn the dish is free of gluten and dairy.    This recipe does take some time and planning, but the end result will have your taste buds drooling and licking the spoon until the last bite!

My Twice Baked Macaroni and Cheese dish is easy to make!  For the noodles, spaghetti squash is baked in the oven and scraped to thin spaghetti shreds.  The cheese sauce is created through soaked cashews and nutritional yeast.  Soaking cashews can happen two different ways.  When on a time crunch and need it done quickly, cashews can soak in bowling water for 10 minutes.  I prefer soaking the cashews for a minimum of four hours in room temperature water.  Soaking the cashews breaks down the nut and allows it to become creamy when pureed in a blender.  The nutritional yeast is not your standard baking yeast.  Nutritional yeast is large yellow flakes packed full of vitamin B nutrients.  When you combine all the ingredients in a dish and bake them together, those consuming it will not believe it is an all-natural healthy dish!

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