Skillet BBQ Chicken Pasta – Winner Announced

UPDATE: I plugged the numbers into Random.org and a winner has been chosen! The winner is comment #14! Kate said, “I’ve tried a bunch of Nicole’s recipes – they’re always a hit. The baked blooming onion is one of my favorites! Her Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Tacos with Jicama Slaw are on my shortlist to try soon.” So check your email Kate! If the prize isn’t claimed within 5 days a new winner will be selected. Thank you for all of your entries! It was awesome celebrating Nicole’s new cookbook!

I know I say it all the time, but one of the best parts about blogging is creating connections and friendships with fellow bloggers. It’s so fun to be connected with so many people spread across the United States, people that would otherwise be complete strangers if it weren’t for this weird hobby I have making food and taking pictures of it. The coolest is part is that these people get me. They don’t bat an eye when we meet in “real life” for the first time and I take a picture of my grilled cheese sandwich. And I don’t bat an eye at them taking pictures of their food either.

Nicole is one of those friends. We first met in person at the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco and we instantly clicked. Like we had known each other for years! I was absolutely thrilled to get to see her again a few weekends ago when a group of awesome Chicago foodies and bloggers welcomed me to the area with a brunch and baby shower.

Needless to say, when Nicole announced that she was writing a cookbook, I was thrilled!! She has such an amazing vision when it comes to food and health. Her focus is on healthy eating without sacrificing taste and flavor. She’s a registered dietician that believes in balance and that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. I absolutely LOVE her blog, Prevention RD, and I knew I would love her cookbook just as much. And I was right. Each recipe has an awesome and large photo, easy to follow ingredients and directions, nutrition information, and a comment from Nicole herself! The cookbook is also packed full of recipes for everything from appetizers to main course dishes and even (healthy!) desserts! You must check it out!

I selected a recipe from the cookbook to make and share with my readers! I love this recipe because it uses ONE pot and it comes together super quickly. I have a week and half old baby and I was still able to whip together this dinner in no time. Thanks so much Nicole!

And here’s more good news! I have a copy of this awesome cookbook to giveaway to one lucky reader! Here’s the details!
Giveaway closed and winner announced!

How to enter:

Pay a visit to Nicole’s blog then head back here and leave a comment answering the question telling a recipe of Nicole’s that you would like to (or already have!) tried!
Sorry, only US residents please

Deadline & Winning Information:

The deadline for entry will be Saturday, September 21
Winner will be chosen using a random number generator and will be announced at the top of this post on Sunday, September 22
The winner will receive an email from me (so be sure to enter your correct email address!) and will have 5 days to respond. If no response is received, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure:

I was offered a copy to review and a copy to giveaway by Nicole’s publisher. However, the opinions and review are my own!

 

 

Barbeque Pork Tenderloin Wraps

Years and years ago my family would go to an annual wine festival in Ohio. I was a little too young to sample the wine, but there were other fun festival type things to keep my occupied. And there was the food. Not your typical FRY EVERYTHING festival food, but good food!

One of the wine festival foods that really stuck with my family were the pork tenderloin wraps. Sweet goodness these are filling and fresh. Juicy tender pork with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, barbeque sauce, and ranch dressing, all wrapped in a warm fresh tortilla. Yes, you read that right, barbeque sauce AND ranch dressing. Don’t be scared. It sounds weird, but it works.

My family loved these wraps so much that they became a regular at summertime family gatherings. In fact, these wraps were sort of a pork game changer for me. At one point in my life I didn’t think I liked pork. Then we started having these regularly and I couldn’t wait for my mom to say we were going to my aunt’s house for pork tenderloin wraps. I still love them and I hope you will too!

P.S. These tortillas were homemade, too! Recipe coming soon!

 

Here are a few of my other favorite pork recipes!

Island Pork Tenderloin
Garlic and Herb Crusted Pork Loin
Shanghai Stir-Fried Pork and Cabbage
Coffee Chipotle Pulled Pork

Shredded BBQ Chicken

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I’ve got a real thing for shredded or pulled BBQ sandwiches. Obviously using a fatty cut of pork is going to make for a moist flavor base for any BBQ sandwich. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to save a few a calories but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have sacrifice flavor (or have a dry sandwich).

That’s where this recipe comes in. Using boneless skinless chicken breasts means saving quite a few calories. Using a slow cooker, big onion chunks, and flavorful base sauce means you still get the flavor. Now, this is going to sound really weird, but cutting the onion into big chunks and leaving them in there with the sauce and shredded chicken, was *almost* like some of the bits of fat you would come across in traditional pulled pork. I realize that sounds weird, but the onions soak up a lot of flavor from the sauce and they stay moist and a little chewy. So the burst of flavor and melt-in-your-mouth feel I got when I bit into them with the chicken just reminded me of, well, fat. But you know, without all of the guilt associated with eating a fatty piece of pulled pork. Call me crazy I guess.

As for the sauce, it wasn’t exactly perfect when I first tasted it. It was missing some depth so I added 1/4 cup of brown sugar and slightly increased the tomato paste. I also upped the garlic because one clove seemed like way too little for my garlic loving self. That did the trick and really gave the sauce the flavor I was looking for. Below you’ll find the recipe exactly as I made it with all my final alterations.

Finally, that beautiful sandwich bun? Yeah I made that myself. Wheat Brioche Sandwich Buns coming your way Friday!


Shredded BBQ Chicken

Ingredients
1 8-ounce can reduced-sodium tomato sauce
1 4-ounce can chopped green chiles, drained
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp sweet paprika
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp ground chipotle chile powder
1 tsp Kosher salt (only use 1/2 if using regular table salt)
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 small onion, roughly chopped

Directions
Add all of the sauce ingredients to the bowl of a crockpot and stir to combine. Add the chicken and onion and use a spoon to coat with sauce. Cook on low for 5 hours. Remove the chicken from sauce and shred*. While shredding the chicken, increase the crockpot heat to high and let cook for another 20 minutes, with the lid off, to thicken the sauce. Return the shredded chicken to the sauce and stir to evenly coat with sauce.

*Have you seen the trick where you use a standing mixer to shred chicken? Genius and crazy easy all at the same time. Just put it in the bowl and use a paddle attachment and let your mixer do all the work. Alternatively, feel free to use 2 forks, 2 knives, or 2 caveman hands. Your call.

Adapted from EatingWell.com

BBQ Turkey Burgers

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Grilling is great. Living in Ohio there were only a few months out of the year that were ideal for grilling. Winter would be way too cold and summer could be brutally hot (I’m sure a lot of you know what I mean). But man we looked forward to those months. San Diego has grilling weather pretty much year round. So can you believe that we just now bought a grill? Crazy, right? As much as Jesse loves steak and I love experimenting with food, you would think that would have been one of our first purchases. But, I guess other things just got in the way. Regardless, we have one now and it’s awesome.

One of the first things I had to make were these burgers that I have had bookmarked for months. Lucky for me I had just enough left over pulled pork and BBQ sauce. And when I say lucky, I mean lucky. These burgers were awesome. I have a deep love for all things BBQ so I guess it’s not that surprising.

The few changes that I did make were because of what I had on hand, white onions instead of red and green onions, and ground turkey instead of ground chicken. Also, I didn’t plan ahead far enough (or I just missed it on the ingredient list, I’m not sure what happened) so I didn’t have cornbread made. I did however have a good ole stand-by box of Jiffy mix. So I just used a 1/4 cup of that. Worked perfectly. Oh, and I only needed 3 burgers so that’s all I made. Of course they were HUMONGOUS, so I recommend making 4.

BBQ Turkey Burgers

(Adapted from Pink Parsley)

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup crumbled cornbread or 1/4 cup cornmeal or 1/4 cup Jiffy cornbread mix
2 Tbsp minced onion
1 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp kosher salt
pinch cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 lb ground turkey (or chicken)
2/3 cup chopped pulled pork
5 Tbs BBQ sauce, divided
1/2 red onion, sliced into rings
4 slices colby-jack cheese or extra sharp cheddar
4 burger buns
Oil for grill grates

Directions

Prepare your grill.

In a small bowl, combine the cornbread/meal/mix with the minced onion, cilantro, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar. In a medium bowl, combine the ground turkey, pulled pork and 3 Tbsp of BBQ sauce. Then mix the two together until thoroughly combined.

Shape into 4 even burgers. Place burgers and onion rings on preheated grill. Cook on one side for 5 minutes then flip to the other side. Brush the cooked side with the some of the remaining 2 TBSP of BBQ sauce and cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip one more time and brush with the rest of BBQ sauce. Place the grilled onions on top of the burgers and then top with cheese. Close the grill lid and cook until the cheese is melted. If you like your buns toasted, now is a good time to throw them on the grill.