Baked Honey Chipotle Wings

Baked Honey Chipotle Wings

I don’t know why, but the thought of making chicken wings used to totally intimidate me. The very first time I bought them many years ago, I accidentally bought some that were not broken down. I seriously spent a good hour trying to break them apart before giving up and vowing to never again attempt to make them myself. I think I talked to my mom on the phone about it and she was just like, “What the heck did you buy? They come separated!”

Whatever. I still decided to just forget them for years until she finally made them with me and I was like, okay, wow, I’m an idiot. Seriously, making your own wings at home is SO SO easy. Of course, as long as you buy the the wings already broken down ;)

So now that I’ve gotten over my fear of making my own wings, I’ve been whipping them up all the time because they are my husband’s favorite game day snack and they are perfection for pizza nights at home! I made these honey chipotle wings last weekend and they were gone in minutes!

Baked Honey Chipotle Wings

To make these, I simply just bake the wings onto a baking sheet tossed with a little bit of olive oil and salt and pepper. The sauce just requires you to throw everything in the food processor and then brush it on the wings at the end! Bam, you are done! I love the spicy/sweet combo in this sauce. They have a little kick, but it’s not too much and you can always adjust it by adding more or less of the chipotle peppers or honey. I love these for game day because they are really simple and a definite crowd-pleaser!

Baked Honey Chipotle Wings

Avocado Ranch Dip

Avocado Ranch Dip

It’s almost time for that big game where there is a football and a bunch of dudes. You know, that one day where most of us are more excited about the food instead of the actual game, right? Yeah, that’s me.

Who doesn’t love a bunch of delicious eats loaded with cheese, chips, and all other kinds of indulgences? I know I certainly do, but who says everything in your game day spread has to be really heavy? I like to have a mix of things for guests and this Avocado Ranch Dip is my new favorite dip to serve!

Avocado Ranch Dip

This dip is good alternative to guacamole. You got your creamy avocado going on, but this dip also has the awesome kick of ranch seasoning mixed in! I also mixed in nonfat Greek yogurt which helps lend to the creamy texture of the dip and adds some tang that pairs perfectly with the ranch flavors!

The other great thing about this dip is it really couldn’t be easier to make because you literally just toss everything into a food processor until smooth and then transfer it to a bowl to serve! You can double it or triple it if needed. This dip is perfect for a veggie tray, but is also really yummy with pita chips!

Avocado Ranch Dip

Immunity Smoothie

Immunity Smoothie

It has been a couple of REALLY bad weeks in my house. The cold from hell is still around and I can’t believe how long this thing is lasting. We’ve been cooped up in the house and are really starting to go a little nuts, especially the girls. We’ve made a few trips out of the house, but not for very long and I’ve missed so much work.

You’ve probably already heard the flu shot this year was only 10% effective and there are a record number of sick people this winter. I’ve been making these Immunity smoothies on repeat over the past week because I need ALL of the Vitamin C I can get!

Immunity Smoothie

This immunity-boosting smoothie is packed with oranges and believe it or not, even some carrots! Both of these are super high in Vitamin C! I also tossed in a frozen banana which gives the smoothie a dreamy ice cream-like texture, some strawberries, and some Greek yogurt for some protein. I actually didn’t feel the need to add any sweetener, but of course you can add honey, agave, or whatever your sweetener of choice would be!

One quick note about the carrots, I added raw grated baby carrots. The raw carrots do add a pulp-like texture to the smoothie. If you don’t want that, you can steam your carrots first before adding them to the blender and that should help them blend up more smoothly. It’s totally up to you though! I also added about a cup of liquid to the smoothie to thin it. I used a splash of apple juice and milk. You can use water, any kind of milk, or fruit juice for this and just add more until the smoothie reaches your desired thickness!

Immunity Smoothie

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting much since the new year. That is because my family and I have been battling what can only be described as the cold from hell for two weeks now. It’s been so awful and exhausting with all of us being sick, especially the baby, she’s up so much lately in the night and is so uncomfortable.

I honestly haven’t been doing much cooking, but I did manage to make this soup last weekend and I was pretty happy with how it turned out so I snapped a few photos so I could share it. This Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup is perfect for when you want a soup that’s a little more exciting than plain chicken noodle, but still has all of the comforts of the traditional version!

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

I used a lot of shortcuts for this recipe by using premade broth and rotisserie chicken. If you want something more homemade, feel free to use your own broth and your own roasted chicken. I call this soup creamy, but it is really not that thick at all. With us being sick, I didn’t want something too heavy and this soup is a great in-between soup I’d say. It has slightly more thickness than a regular broth-based soup and then I stirred in some fat free half and half at the end which gives it it’s creaminess. Again, you can be flexible here and use fat-free half and half, full fat half and half, heavy cream, or any kind of milk. Obviously, more fat will make the soup creamier so it’s up to you!

To finish it off, I squeezed some fresh lemon juice in my bowl which I highly recommend doing! It’s a nice twist and cuts some of the creaminess. And like the Italian girl I am, I always sprinkle some Parm on my chicken noodle soup!

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Baked Veggie Nuggets

Baked Veggie Nuggets

I resolve in 2018 to continue to work my butt off to convince my 3-year old that veggies rock. I mean, seriously, I sit there and wonder almost daily how the heck this kid is still alive. She barely eats anything, yet she somehow keeps growing? I’ve had a number of people assure me that she will eat someday, but until then, I’m going to keep making these baked veggie nuggets.

Baked Veggie Nuggets

I love these little guys so much! I made these with kiddos in mind, but I found myself wolfing them down too! First, they are loaded with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots! I add some cheddar cheese for good measure because cheese makes everything better! These are so simple to make too. All you need is a food processor and your oven. I use raw vegetables in this. Once you finely chop them up in the food processor and mix them with everything else, they cook in the oven. If you’d rather though, you can always steam them a bit first. I prefer to dip them in some ranch dressing, but ketchup is also a great option.

Another great thing about these nuggets? They freeze beautifully which means you can make them in bigger batches and freeze for quick meals or after-school snacks when needed. These veggie nuggets are the perfect way to work in some veggies for your kids or even yourself!

Baked Veggie Nuggets

Almond Crusted Goat Cheese Salad

Almond Crusted Goat Cheese Salad

I know, a salad for the first recipe of the new year. It may be cliche, but I’m all about the salads this week because I have been feeling so gross from all of the holiday indulgences and I’m SO ready to get back on track ASAP! If I see any more ham, roast beef, pasta, or pizza, I might just lose it.

I had a bit of a craving for goat cheese the other day and decided to use it on a nice winter salad. To make things a little fancier though, I sliced the goat cheese and rolled it in some crushed almonds and lightly toasted them. I tossed some packaged sliced almonds into the food processor for a minute or so until it was broken down into chunky crumbs and rolled the goat cheese in it and toasted them on the stove for a few minutes. It’s really super simple, but seems more elevated which is great if you are having any dinner parties coming up!

Almond Crusted Goat Cheese Salad

I saw a huge display of mandarin oranges outside my store and bought a ton of them. They are so perfect right now and along with those pretty pomegranate seeds, makes this the perfect winter salad! I mixed up an even simpler lemon dressing. If you want to make this more of a meal on its own, you can add grilled chicken and certainly other toppings like tomatoes or sliced avocados.

Almond Crusted Goat Cheese Salad