March 20, 2017

White Chicken Chili

If you live anywhere near me here in South Carolina, you already know that the weather has lost its dang mind. I didn’t put on my big coat all winter and now that we’ve spent a ton of time getting the yard ready, it’s finally time for the kids to start baseball and softball (WHOOP! WHOOP!), and I’ve officially done my spring cleaning, winter has decided to make an appearance! We went from running the A/C to firing up the fireplace! I didn’t have to defrost my windshield one single morning all winter and have had to do it the last two weeks. Lawzamercy, I don’t know what to do with this weather but I DO know what to fix for supper when it’s cold like this! CHILI!

Chili is sort of a hobby of mine (see below for a list of different recipes I’ve tried!). I love to experiment with new recipes so this weekend I made a white chicken chili. I cooked ‘er low and slow and served it all with a hot skillet of cornbread. It took the chill right off my bones AND I had enough left over to pop in the freezer for the next time I need to get warm and cozy.

If you can’t find Hurst’s Great Northern HamBeens in your local grocery store, ask for them! My grocery store now carries all sorts of products they didn’t have before simply because I asked for them. Just ask the cashier who to talk to to request a product and s/he will point you in the right direction. My store has a list at the Customer Service desk where they notate products their customers' request.

White Chicken Chili! Slow-cooked creamy great northern beans, tender chicken and tons of southwest flavor!


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February 27, 2017

Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Oh my goodness, I do love me some lentils. They’re my new favorite play-thing when it comes to experimenting in the kitchen. We’ve been eating them instead of rice or potatoes as side dishes with supper because they’re soooooo much better for you (high fiber, high protein) and they cook up just as fast.

I usually cook up a big batch of something on Sunday that I can pack for lunches during the week and my all-time favorite is my Italian Lentil Soup with Sausage (seriously, if you haven’t made that one yet, put it on your bucket list). But since the weather’s been warming up and, again, I’m obsessed with lentils right now, I thought I’d try to make a lentil salad!

And I did!

And it was awesome!!

I figured I’d treat the lentils like pasta and make something similar to a pasta salad. And since I wanted to use my Hurst’s Garlic & Herb Lentils I decided to head in a Mediterranean direction which I’m so glad I did! I can’t wait to make this over the summer for pool parties and potlucks!

If you can’t find Hurst’s Garlic & Herb Lentils in your local grocery store, ask for them! My grocery store now carries all sorts of products they didn’t have before simply because I asked for them. Just ask the cashier who to talk to to request a product and s/he will point you in the right direction. My store has a list at the Customer Service desk where they notate products their customers' request.

Mediterranean Lentil Salad with an easy homemade vinaigrette (or use prepared) and fresh, crisp vegetables.


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February 15, 2017

Chicken Salad 3 Ways

Guess what?!

IT’S BASEBALL SEASON!!

And for this baseball loving family, that means we are SUPER-DEE-DOOPER excited!

New spring uniforms picked out – check!
New helmets ordered – check!
FUNDRAISER! FUNDRAISER! FUNDRAISER! – check! check! check!
Practices & games scheduled for the next 4 months – check!
Super cute embroidered baseball mom bags done – check!
Family vacation carefully planned around team schedule – check!
Color coordinated soft coolers, cleaned and ready – check!
Swamp butt from now until the end of summer - check!
Matching folding chairs permanently resided in SUV – check!
Sunflower seeds in EVERYTHING - check!

Life switches into a new gear for our family during baseball season and one thing that means for this baseball mom is carefully planning, preparing and packing food for the two-day tournaments that we play in. It doesn’t take long for everyone to get sick of soggy sandwiches and punky hot dogs so that means I have to step up my game.

My favorite thing to do is make a variety of chicken salads. I cook one big batch of chicken then divide it up between my three favorite recipes (from top to bottom):

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
Classic Chicken Salad
Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad 3 Ways! Make all three: Cranberry Pecan, Classic and Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad all from one batch of chicken. Perfect for game day and picnics!


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