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It's Not Easy Being Green ~ Chicken and Broccoli Poppers

"It's not easy being green" ~ Kermit the Frog

I have a little confession to make. I am not really a big fan of broccoli.Neither is my husband. Which is funny because we are definitely veggie lovers. Brussels Sprouts, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, green beans - you name it, we love them all. So, maybe you could tell me why a person who is not crazy about broccoli cannot stop buying it! Just take a peek into my fridge at any given time and you are sure to find a gigantic bag of broccoli.  Taunting me.

Chicken and Broccoli Poppers

1 8 oz. boneless chicken breast( uncooked ) chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 1/4 cups chopped broccoli, cooked until tender
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup grated cheese, optional
salt and pepper
about 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 425 F. In a food processor pulse the cooked broccoli. Remove and scoop into a medium size bowl. Pulse the chicken pieces just until coarsely ground. Add to the bowl with the broccoli. Add chee…

Chicken Curry Pot Pie

The other day I was wracking my brain trying to think of something to make for dinner. I had a bunch of leftover rotisserie chicken in the fridge so it had to be some kind of chicken dish. After doing some serious chicken thinkin', I finally settled on my all-time favorite comfort food - chicken pot pie. For a change of pace, I decided to make a chicken curry filling and I topped the whole thing with a biscuit crust. Chicken + Biscuits = YUMMY!  The biscuit topping was absolutely incredible!  See all those nooks and crannies? Those are like little pockets of deliciousness!

Chicken Curry Pot Pie - If lovin' you is wrong, I don't want to be right
recipe source: Beer.Butter.Bacon
serves: 6

1 yellow onion, diced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
4 oz.trimmed green beans, cut into thirds and blanched for one minute
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. canola oil
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cups heavy cre…

Spicy Turkey Chili

Hearty, filling and satisfying - it will warm your belly on a chilly (ha) day.

Spicy Turkey Chili

recipe source: Beer. Butter. Bacon. original recipe
servings: at least 6

1/2 cup dehydrated Roma tomatoes
1/4 cup dried Chile de arbol, stems cut off

1 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey
1 onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 carrot, finely grated
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. ground cumin
3 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. dry mustard
3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 small can tomato paste
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 bay leaf
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. oregano leaves
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 14 oz. can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 14 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
season with salt, pepper and hot sauce

sour cream, chopped cilantro, sliced scallions, grated cheese, diced red onions, diced avocado, corn chips or tortilla chips

1. Soak the dehydrated tomatoes and dried chilies in a small bowl with 1 cup o…

Spaghetti Squash alla Carbonara

I have recently discovered how much I looove spaghetti squash. If it is cooked well, I think it is just as good as regular pasta (maybe even better). It is a great low- carb, gluten-free, lower calorie alternative to wheat pasta.

Toss some cooked spaghetti squash in some browned butter and a bit of grated Parmesan and it is INSANELY delicious. You won't believe how good it is! I have also made spaghetti squash with a classic bolognese sauce and it was also really good. So, I started thinking of other classic pasta dishes and decided to make a Spaghetti Squash alla Carbonara.

 Spaghetti alla Carbonara (literally: Coal Miner's Wife Spaghetti in Italian) is a classic Italian pasta dish that usually contains Pecorino Romano, cured fatty pork, raw eggs and freshly cracked black pepper. The hot pasta is tossed vigorously with the raw eggs and a bit of the starchy pasta water and it makes a creamy sauce without using any cream. The starch from the pasta  is the key to a successful car…