Orange Balsamic Chicken Kabobs

Orange Balsamic Chicken Kabobs

Grilling season is almost done with. *Sigh   Although we grill here when it’s -25 degrees outside. How bout you? ;)

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I was browsing my pinterest boards and saw this recipe for orange basalmic glazed chicken, and then I thought it would be really fun to make chicken kabobs. It’s fun to put food on a stick. Food is better on a stick. Kabobs take no time to make on the grill. For chicken all it takes is 4 flips, with 2 two minutes per side. The chicken comes out really moist.  So, I used the glaze from that recipe, and made some kabobs. Kabobs is a fun word to say too. KAH BOBS. KAH BOBS on the BARBIE B Q. Ok, I sound like an idiot so I’ll stop now.

If you’re looking for ways to get rid of left over jam in your fridge this glaze is good for that. I want to try different jams like raspberry or apricot next time.


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Orange Balsamic Chicken Kabobs
  • ¾ cup orange marmalade or sugar free orange marmalade
  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ⅛ tsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ tbs cornstarch
  • 8-10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, thawed (can use skin-on chicken if you prefer it)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  1. Place chicken in a 9X13 in pan. Brush both sides with olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat grill to medium high and place chicken on the grill. Cook for 4-6 minutes, then flip and continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes (until chicken is cooked through).
  2. While chicken is on the grill, whisk orange marmalade, balsamic vinegar, honey, and crushed red pepper together over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Whisk in cornstarch and let simmer for several minutes (should thicken up).
  3. Remove chicken from grill and place in a large shallow dish (or baking pan). Drizzle orange-balsamic glaze all over the chicken. Season with more salt and pepper if needed. Serve
Recipe adapted from Sweet Treats and More

Weight Watcher's Points Plus: 5
Use sugar free jam and 1 tablespoon of honey
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 Calories: 188 Fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 23.82g Fiber: 9g Protein: 26.02g


Mexican Macaroni Salad


Mexican Macaroni Salad from Ree Drummond is going to be your next favorite pasta salad. This salad is packed full of black beans, tomatoes, corn, salsa, and cumin.  Add in whatever favorite Mexican toppings you like to this salad!


Mexican Macaroni Salad Ree Drummond


Did anyone follow the Next Food Network Star this season? I’m seriously ticked off about the winner this time. I never liked Lenny from the beginning, him and the Butcher Babe.  The first time I saw him, I thought, who is this annoying looking cowboy dude that they picked this time? Everybody else seems to love him though. My favorites were Emma and Lucca but Emma ended up getting eliminated and Luca had a really a good chance. REALLY GOOD chance. He was handsome and had that Italian accent.   I’d rather listen to him prounounce Italian food words than Giada. After they annouced the winner last night, I flicked off the tv screen, and then went outside to take pictures of the Super Moon.

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The last pasta salad recipe I made which was a BLT Pasta Salad recipe did really well, so I’m hoping this one does just the same. People seem to really like pasta salads.  This recipe came from Ree Drummond,   One of my favorite Food Network Stars and food bloggers. I’ve tried many of her recipes and have never had any problems with them, most of them are super easy to make to like this one.   This Mexican Macaroni salad is packed with all your favorite Mexican ingredients: Black Beans, Tomatoes, Corn, Salsa, and Cumin. The pasta salad sauce has salsa in it which is my favorite part. Just look at how colorful this pasta salad looks!

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Mexican Macaroni Salad
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • Vegetable oil, for oiling grill
  • 2 ears corn
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup finely chopped black olives
  • 6 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup jarred salsa
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black
  1. For the salad: Cook the macaroni according to the package directions. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Heat an indoor grill and brush with oil. Cook the ears of corn, turning, until browned and cooked through. Cut the kernels off the cobs.
  3. Put the corn in a big bowl with the black beans, olives, tomatoes, green onions and red onions and toss to combine.
  4. For the dressing: In a separate bowl, whisk together the salsa, sour cream, mayonnaise, cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the salad ingredients and fold together until everything is coated. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  5. Serve chilled.
Points Plus: 7
Used Light Mayo, and Light Sour Cream to figure out nutrition

Add some chicken to make it a whole meal!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 12 Calories: 268 Fat: 5.3g Carbohydrates: 45.7g Fiber: 5.9g Protein: 10.3g


Ramen Noodles with Spicy Korean Chili Dressing

Ramen Noodles with Spicy Korean Chili Dressing

If I was at Hu Hot Mongolian Grill, and had to rate this by flames on a hot scale, this would definitely be a 5 out of 5. These noodles were HOT, HOT, HOT.  But super good. My mouth was burning for a good 3 minutes and I’ll probably end up with heart burn tonight.  I’m going to add some more honey and soy sauce the next time I make these and maybe some vegetables and protein.

If you’ve never been to Hu Hot Mongolian Grill before, it’s this Asian noodle restaurant where you get to pick what type of noodles, protein, sauces, and veggies go into your dish. It’s fun to try their different kind of sauces they have there and normally I like to get the spicy ones. Then you can watch the chefs, cook your noodles, vegetables, and protein on this large grill.When I go there, I like to load my plate with ramen noodles, zucchini, carrots, bean sprouts, chicken, peanuts, green onions, and at least 5 different ladles of sauces. That is what the sign above the sauce has anyway and there’s so many to choose from. All of them have a flame rating depending on the scale of hotness it is. So good!



Ramen Noodles with Spicy Korean Chili Dressing

It’s definitely been awhile since I’ve cooked ramen noodles. The spice packets that they come with are good, but are so bad for you cause they’re loaded with sodium. Sorry to bother you with nutritionist info, but there is 875 mg of sodium just in one of those spice packets. Thatt is pretty much a whole days worth of sodium intake. Not good. It’s fun to make your own sauces for noodles though and cut back on the sodium. You can find Low Sodium soy sauce at the store, and that is what I normally get.

Ramen Noodles with Spicy Korean Chili Dressing

Ramen Noodles with Spicy Korean Chili Dressing
  • 1 brick of ramen noodles (discard the seasoning packet)
  • 1 Tbsp Spicy Korean Chili Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp honey or agave nectar
  • 1 green onion, green part only, chopped
  1. Cook the ramen noodles according to package instructions - usually, this means you need to boil them for about 3 minutes. Drain the noodles and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process.
  2. Combine the Spicy Korean Chili Seasoning, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and honey/agave. Whisk to mix thoroughly, then toss with the noodles.
Recipe adapted from I Believe I Can Fry


Shrimp Tacos with Mango Citrus Slaw

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This is a recipe inspired by a lot of recipes and combined into one. Bobby Flay wins for the longest recipe title ever: Grilled Fish Tacos with Avocado Relish, Smoky Tomato-Greek Yogurt Crema and Red Cabbage-Citrus Slaw.  If you want to see this title in action you can click here for the full recipe.   He made that on his show this weekend. I always end up wanting whatever he makes on his show, because everything looks SO GOOD. He is an iron chef after all.

What I ended up doing was making the red cabbage citrus slaw dressing and put that on top of bag of pre-shredded coleslaw with carrots at the grocery store. You HAVE to make this salad dressing and try that. I’m so lazy and I never feel like buying those big heads of cabbage for only 2 people. That would end up going to waste. I’ve never been a fan of coleslaw cause it was just a mayo based dressing on top of that. Not anymore with this dressing. Thai Peanut Dressing is also good on top of coleslaw.

I used the rub Bobby Flay made for his fish tacos and put that on some shrimp. Then, I toasted the flour tortillas in a skillet with a little oil and topped this off with some Sriracha mayo with lemon. Best tacos ever.

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Shrimp Tacos with Mango Citrus Slaw
  • For the Citrus Dressing:
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons clover honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 bag of preshredded coleslaw with carrots
  • 1 mango diced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • For the Shrimp Rub:
  • 3 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 25 Jumbo Shrimp
  • Canola Oil or Cooking Spray
  • 8 Flour Tortillas
  1. Put the lemon juice, orange juice, honey, mustard, basil and some salt and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, drizzle in the canola oil until emulsified. Toss on coleslaw with chopped mango and avocado. You do not need all dressing, just to your liking.
  2. Brush the top of the shrimp with canola oil, and sprinkle them with salt, pepper and about 3 tablespoons of the spice rub. Let stand for 5 minutes, then grill the shrimp, spice-side down, over direct heat until the fish is lightly charred and comes away from the grill easily, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook another 2 minutes to sear on the reverse side. Move the shrimp over indirect heat, cover the grill, and cook until the fish is just cooked through, another 3 to 4 minutes; the shrimp should be just firm when squeezed lightly on the sides. Remove the shrimp to a platter and let rest for a few minutes.
  3. Grill the flour tortillas on the until toasted.
  4. Assemble the tacos. Shrimp and then cabbage mango slaw on top. Use whatever kind of sauce you like on top.
Nutrition info figured out without Dressing.
7 PP per Taco
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 Calories: 269 Fat: 8.5 Carbohydrates: 42g Fiber: 5.2 Protein: 9


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Caprese Pasta Salad


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Caprese Pasta Salad is full of juicy and colorful heirloom tomatoes, Bocconcini mozzarella balls , and freshly hand picked basil. Use your favorite type of noodles for the pasta to make this a fun Summer time salad.

Went to the farmer’s market on Saturday morning before my gym class and picked up these beautiful heirloom tomatoes.

I also got some golden potatoes and made a hash with them which I should have taken a pic of but never did. That was delicious. Maybe next time.

I’ve got heirloom tomatoes growing in my garden, but those won’t be ready until probably Fall. The basil is ready but I noticed something or some tiny critter has been eating them. Don’t know if they’re bugs or rabbits. Stop eating my basil please! I couldn’t wait to make this salad until Fall, so bless those farmer’s markets for allowing me to make this early. If only they sold fresh mozzarella cheese. My farmer’s doesn’t, but maybe yours does?

Today was spent getting rid of clutter. I didn’t know how much kitchen crap I had until today. My closet in the dining room was chuck full of everything so I went through it all and got rid of stuff I’ve never used in a long time. There were lots of magazine cook books, tuperware containers, and jars that were tossed out or will eventually go to the boys ranch. There were a stack of plates in the closet that I never even knew were in there until today. Haven’t used them for a long time, and yes, I collect plates. Some people may collect other things like baseball cards, cds, legos, comic books, or action figures. Me, I collect plates. Pretty plates from all over place, and there’s quite a few of them. I could have a get together of about 40 people and each of them would have a different plate and napkin to go with it. I’m crazy I know.

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Caprese Pasta Salad
Serves: 4
  • 6oz Bowtie Pasta
  • 1 pint of heirloom tomatoes
  • ½ a package of boccini mozzarella balls
  • 6 large basil leaves, cut into strips
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  1. Cook the pasta for 8 minutes or until the pasta is al dente.
  2. In a bowl combine the the tomatoes, boccicini balls, basil, and salt and pepper.
  3. In a skillet, heat the two teaspoons of olive oil and garlic until fragrant.
  4. Add the olive oil and garlic into the tomato, mozzarella and basil. Then the cooked pasta. Enjoy.


Buffalo Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

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This pizza is all my favorite ingredients combined into one. Buffalo chicken + bacon + ranch + and pizza!  I didn’t want to use buffalo wing sauce as the pizza sauce, so I used ranch dressing instead.  What a good idea that was, it made the perfect sauce. Buffalo wing sauce would have been way too spicy for me. I like a little heat, but not that much.

I’m not really sure where my love for buffalo chicken anything started. It could be all those nights spent at Buffalo Wild Wings watching hockey games on the tv during college.  The internet just seems to love Buffalo Chicken ANYTHING too. You can’t go wrong. Whenever there’s a buffalo chicken recipe on foodgawker or pinterest, I automatically pin it to try it out for later. If you love all the ingredients listed above I guarantee you will love this pizza. Some tomatoes would be good on this as well. Didn’t think of that until writing this post. Making a mental note for later.

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Buffalo Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
  • 1 tube of Pillsbury Pizza Crust
  • 1 cup of shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup of Queso Shredded Cheese or Monterey Jack cheese
  • ½ cup of buffalo wing sauce
  • ½ cup of ranch dressing
  • 3 strips of bacon, cut into small strips
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • Optional Ingredients
  • Tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Place the pizza dough onto a cookie sheet or pizza pan.
  3. Spread the ranch dressing around, the pizza but leave enough room for the crust.
  4. In a bowl combine the shredded chicken and buffalo wing sauce.
  5. Layer the cheese on top of the ranch and then the buffalo chicken
  6. Top with the rest of the pizza toppings.
  7. Bake the pizza for 10-12 minutes or until the crust starts turning golden brown.
  8. Garnish the pizza with diced green onions or tomatoes.


Grilled Shrimp Skewers – Bobby Flay

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I made these Grilled Shrimp Skewers from Bobby Flay that were on his Saturday episode and they were fantastic! I didn’t grill them, I roasted the shrimp in the oven to save on time from heating up the grill.  Only 7 minutes at 450 and the shrimp are already done. These shrimp on top of the Greek Orzo Salad is the perfect Summer time meal. They’re both really simple recipes to make. The shrimp are kind of spicy with the garlic chile oil, and the Orzo Salad helps cool your mouth down after the heat. Bobby Flay has some really awesome recipes and now I want to try making different flavored oils like this for marinades and try using different spices. I like that cooking technique.

Let’s talk about the Next Food Network Star. Emma is my favorite by far. Like her appearance and personality. Lenny and Loreal can just go home already. Not really a big fan. I do have to give these people props for doing something crazy like this. If I was asked to go in front of an audience as big as they had to on Saturday’s Show, I would flip out and probably start running home. Could never do that! Presenting in front of a large audience like that is scary and nerve racking. The girl who’s point of view is Coastal Cuisine cooked pork for her dish and that was rather odd. At least add some seafood to your skewers or kabobs,  like these shrimp.  ;)


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Grilled Shrimp Skewers - Bobby Flay
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Calabrian chile flakes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, plus for garnish
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound extra-large (16 to 20 per pound) shrimp, shelled and deveined, tail-on
  1. Special equipment: 10-inch skewers, soaked 30 minutes
  2. Put the olive oil, garlic and chile flakes in a small skillet. Turn the heat to low and let the mixture heat for about 10 minutes; the oil should just barely simmer around the garlic in the last few minutes. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Transfer to a blender, add the 1 tablespoon oregano and some salt and pepper, and blend until the garlic and oregano are finely chopped. Set aside half of the chile-garlic oil for serving.
  3. Heat the grill to high. Thread the shrimp onto skewers, about 4 or 5 shrimp per skewer, threading so that the skewers goes through the tail and thick end of each shrimp. Brush the shrimp with some of the chile-garlic oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until lightly golden brown on both sides and opaque, 1 to 1½ minutes per side. Transfer the skewers to a platter and immediately drizzle with some of the reserved chile-garlic oil (not the oil you used for brushing the raw shrimp). Garnish with oregano, and serve with more of the reserved oil


Burgers with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Bang Bang Sauce

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For lunch I like to go to the grocery store and usually I’ll get a salad. Hornbacher’s has some pretty awesome egg salad and I’m pretty certain that they put pickle juice in it. It’s so good. They have this egg salad sandwich on top of a pretzel bun and it is to die for. I never knew the store had homemade pretzel buns and homemade pretzel hot dog buns. I freaking seriously love pretzel buns! I was so happy when the lady at the deli counter told me that you could buy these pretzel buns at  the bakery so I automatically got some for some burgers tonight.

There was a little Bang Bang sauce left over from the shrimp that I made last week. Bang Bang sauce on anything will make it twice as good. It’s just mayo, sriracha sauce, and chili sauce. Super easy to throw together in a bowl. On my pretzel bun burgers, I put Applewood smoked bacon, sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. Super tasty. It brought the bus to flavor town!

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Grilled Burgers with Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 2 tsp of garlic
  • 5 dashes of Sriracha Sauce
  • 3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 pretzel buns
  • 4 slices of Apple Wood Smoked Bacon
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • lettuce
  • Bang Bang Sauce (optional)
  1. Preheat Grill
  2. In a bowl combine the ground beef, garlic, Sriracha Sauce, and Worcestershire Sauce. Divide the ground beef evenly into 4 patties.
  3. Grill the burgers until done.
  4. Assemble the burgers. Top the burger with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon and spread the bang bang sauce on top of the bun. Enjoy!