Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hazelnut Chip Ice Cream

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This homemade ice cream is smooth, creamy, and wonderful!

Hazelnut Chip Ice Cream // This homemade ice cream is smooth, creamy, and wonderful! #recipe #dessert #icecream #hazelnut #chocolate

I received an ice cream maker attachment for my mixer almost 3 years ago for my birthday. Admittedly, I don't use it as often as I should or as often as I'd like. I have been pretty intrigued by recipes that use coffee creamer lately because of the versatile flavors you can put into whatever you're making. I decided I wanted to take a base recipe for ice cream and sub in some coffee creamer. My first thought was to go with hazelnut because I love hazelnut creamer and I had some in my fridge. I subbed some of my milk with the creamer and the end result was wonderful. I would definitely love to make this again and change the ratio to add more creamer and see how it turns out! I was light handed this go around because I wasn't sure what would happen and how the consistency would change. I loved how smooth and creamy this ice cream was...unreal, I tell you!

Hazelnut Chip Ice Cream // This homemade ice cream is smooth, creamy, and wonderful! #recipe #dessert #icecream #hazelnut #chocolate

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Skillet Bruschetta Chicken with Kale

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Most of this recipe is prepped early in the day or the night before, so it can be a quick dinner when you're in a bind!

Skillet Bruschetta Chicken with Kale // Most of this recipe is prepped early in the day or the night before, so it can be a quick dinner when you're in a bind! #recipe #chicken #bruschetta #kale

This bruschetta chicken recipe did not call for kale originally, but why not!? Kale makes everything better, plus I had some leftover kale that I did not use all of sitting in my fridge. I also did not have a spiralizer at the time I made this, so I replaced the zoodles with regular noodles. It was a wonderful and hearty meal with all the veggies and chicken and pasta. We really loved it. I got to use fresh basil from my Aerogarden and it made me really happy, especially since my basil has been crazy and I have to trim it constantly to keep it under control. I love that the chicken was marinated in Italian dressing because it reminded me of one of my favorite recipes, Italian Pineapple Chicken (I'll link it at the end of the post).

Skillet Bruschetta Chicken with Kale // Most of this recipe is prepped early in the day or the night before, so it can be a quick dinner when you're in a bind! #recipe #chicken #bruschetta #kale

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

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I could eat the Thai peanut salad dressing with a spoon, but alas I had to save it for this wonderful salad!

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad // I could eat the Thai peanut salad dressing with a spoon, but alas I had to save it for this wonderful salad! #recipe #chicken #thai #salad

You know how there's that thing where if you crave one thing, it means your body needs something else? I wonder what it means when you crave veggies. I have eaten a salad as a snack. I have no shame. Salads are just one of my favorite meals ever. I had a salad yesterday with no meat on it, but I do prefer chicken on my salad. I love the addition of cabbage to the lettuce and all the goodies that are in this particular salad before you even get to the dressing. I'm not kidding when I say I'd eat it with a spoon. The savory factor added by the peanut butter is straight up crazy! It's funny because years ago when I got the cookbook this recipe is from...I probably skipped past this recipe thinking it was crazy to have peanut butter in a savory dish...and even crazier to put it in salad dressing. But now, I am all for it! I wish I had been a fraction more willing to try new things back then.

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad // I could eat the Thai peanut salad dressing with a spoon, but alas I had to save it for this wonderful salad! #recipe #chicken #thai #salad

Monday, May 22, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - May 22, 2017

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Menu Plan Monday for May 22, 2017 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Our normal schedule is going to be a little thrown off because my pregnant sister-in-law is visiting from Texas and wants all the foods LOL. So we're going to have soup on Friday night instead of Wednesday and I am honestly not sure what we'll have Thursday and Saturday. We are having a repeat on Sunday of a recipe we had in the end of April because we loved it that much.

Monday - Cream Cheese Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins // Pesto Quinoa Zucchini Boats
Tuesday - So Bad, So Good Tacos
Wednesday - Schnitzel and Kamikaze Fries
Thursday - FAMILY IN TOWN
Friday - FAMILY IN TOWN
Saturday - FAMILY IN TOWN
Sunday - One Pan Crispy Garlic Parmesan Chicken with Veggies

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

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This delish Chinese-American recipe is slow cooked in a garlic sauce and crunchy cashews!

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken // This delish Chinese-American recipe is slow cooked in a garlic sauce and crunchy cashews! #recipe #chicken #slowcooker #crockpot #maindish

This cashew chicken is very easy to make and is a wonderful Chinese-American dish. I chose to add my cashews at serving, so they maintained their crunch. You can throw them into the slow cooker at any point during cooking though. It's totally up to you. I have tried a few cashew chicken recipes and this is definitely my favorite. If I could change one thing, it would be to top it with fresh green onions for serving. The other recipes I've tried had onions and I think that is the only thing missing.

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken // This delish Chinese-American recipe is slow cooked in a garlic sauce and crunchy cashews! #recipe #chicken #slowcooker #crockpot #maindish