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March 31, 2015

Chicken and Onion Cheesy Bread with GRAND CRU ORIGINAL

If it's one thing I'm certain of, it's that cheesy bread will always be a crowd pleaser. Whether you're making it for a party, for your kids, or even just for yourself - the options are truly endless in customizing it to your taste.

Over the weekend, I had some friends over for a bottle of wine and when I thought about what finger food I'd be serving along side, there was no better idea than cheesy bread. It's no secret that cheese and wine go together like the sun and the sky, so I took this opportunity to get a little creative with our newest sponsor, Roth Cheese.

March 30, 2015

Mixed Grain Salad With Chopped Lemon Chicken

If it's one thing that's been pretty difficult for me lately, it's trying to stay on track with a healthy diet. It's almost as if I was stretching out the winter days for as long as I could to use it as an excuse to indulge in the things I shouldn't take a second look at. I'm talking to you, bacon-wrapped pizza. (Yes it's a thing, btw)

These days, I've been jumping on the grain bandwagon, and giving my body some of that nutrition it needs. Not all carbs are bad, you guys. Brown rice, wild rice, they are all good in moderation. Top it with some lean protein, like we did here today, and you've got yourself a pretty dang healthy meal.

For todays post, and in collaboration with PAM, we're bringing you this mixed grain salad topped with lemony grilled chicken. If that doesn't scream spring then I don't know what will. Plus, because we love how easy the clean up is when using PAM vs. oil, this is a super quick meal to tidy up. Bonus!

Mixed Grain Chopped Lemon Chicken Salad

serves 2
1/4 cup brown rice
1/4 cup wild rice
1/4 cup quinoa
1 cup water
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast (pounded slightly for uniform thickness)
1/3 cup lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste
PAM non-stick spray

Place chicken breasts, salt/pepper and lemon juice in a ziploc bag and allow chicken to marinate for 1 hour or until ready to use.

Add 1 cup of water to a saucepan on medium-high heat and add in your 3 grains. Be sure to rinse quinoa beforehand to remove any bitterness. Cover, and bring this to a boil. Once boiled, lower the flame and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes. 

While grains are simmering, heat a grill pan that has been generously coated with PAM Grill and grill your chicken breasts for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Transfer breasts to a place and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before chopping on.

Add your mixed grains to a serving plate and top with the chopped chicken. Drizzle on some additional lemon juice if you'd like and enjoy!

Leaving up to *99% less residue, PAM is your ally in the kitchen and allows you to save time during prep and clean up. * vs. leading cooking sprays (except olive oil), after spraying on glass bake ware, baking at 400°F for 30 min, cooling, and then washing in standard home dishwasher with detergent and repeating 4 times.

Specially formulated for no-stick performance at higher temperatures, PAM® Grilling cooking spray helps makke all your grilled foods—and your family's backyard barbeque—simply turn out better.

Compensation was provided by ConAgra PAM via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are thoseof the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the sponsor.

March 23, 2015

10 Better Than Takeout Recipes

There's nothing I love more than recreating restaurant dishes at home. The tweaking, the experimenting, and not too mention much healthier ingredients, are what make better than takeout recipes the best.

Here are 10 of my favorite at-home versions (and twists!) of the good stuff you'd find on the menu of your local Chinese spot.

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March 12, 2015

8 Things To Make With Sriracha

Ever since I made this Sriracha Couscous not too long ago, I have been putting sriracha on everything. I think I already confessed my overly-obnoxious tendencies to use this Godsend of a sauce, but just incase, here are 8 more ways to incorporate sriracha into your diet.

Because, you know, it is a very important food group after all.

March 10, 2015

Banana Nut Granola

Making home granola is one of those things you never think to do, since buying the packaged stuff is so much more convenient. It's one of those thing that when you do finally get around to making, you wonder why it only happens every few months or so.

When NYC was threatened with a record breaking snowstorm last night, I set out and bought things to have on hand that would last incase monsters took over the world and I was stuck in my apartment for 6 months. Nuts, oats, lots of dry products. Part of me is convinced that's why we only got 5 inches of snow, because, you know, I was prepared. Anyway - I took a look at my snow stash and thought "what the heck can I make with all this stuff now?" Oh right.. GRANOLA.

Banana Nut Granola

yields 5 cups
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup dried banana chips
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 bananas, mashed

Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combined all of the ingredients in a bowl until oats and nuts are well coated.

Evenly spread out onto the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, flipped once. Allow granola to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container.

March 06, 2015

White Cheddar Popcorn

White cheddar popcorn is 1000% my snack weakness. 9 out of 10, no, 10 out of 10 times I cannot resist it if it's in front of my face. I have just about as much impulse as a 3 year old a birthday party, so it's no wonder that I had to try and make this glorious snack for myself at home.

This is so easy, and I'm not even sure if it qualifies as a recipe post, but just try it. Trust me.

White Cheddar Popcorn

1/2 cup popcorn kernels 
1 1/2 teaspoons white cheddar powder
1 or two pinches of salt/pepper

Place popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag then fold the flap down in half and then once more. Cook in the microwave for 2-3 minutes or until kernels are fully popped. Open bag, sprinkle in the white cheddar power and salt/pepper. Shake vigorously to combined and enjoy!