Foodie Friday – Cucumber Salad

Fabulous Friday foodie friends! Are you looking for a refreshing salad that can be a wonderful side-dish or could be a whole meal on it’s own? Sometimes, for lunch I just like something simple. So I found a recipe for Cucumber Salad and thought, well I have to try it!

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This is so simple to put together:

1/2 of a red onion

2 cucumbers

4 Roma Tomatoes

Feta Cheese

Cucumber Dill Salad Dressing

I diced the onions fine, cut the cucumber and tomatoes into equal size chunks. You put it all in a bowl and sprinkle in the amount of feta that appeals to you, I used an entire container. I think it was 6 oz. Then I used a jar of cucumber dill salad dressing. It was not a large jar, but I did use the whole thing. That’s it stir it all together and put it in the fridge. If you are planning to eat it the same day, I would suggest letting it “marry flavors” in the fridge for at least 2 hours. I usually try to make it the day before.

This salad is fantastic on it’s own. You could also add Tuna or Chicken to this and it would be a fantastic full meal. There are many recipes out there for this type of salad and I hope you will give one a try. This is a very refreshing dish and it makes plenty to share, you can also make it for yourself and just eat on it all week long!

Give it a shot my friends!

This is a ย ๐Ÿฝย ๐Ÿฝย ๐Ÿฝย ๐Ÿฝย ๐Ÿฝย out of 5 dish for sure!

Love and ย ๐Ÿฝ,

Becky

Friday Foodie Recipe Review – Taco Chicken

Fabulous Friday Foodie Friends,

Today I am going to share a recipe with you. This is something that I started doing for my family and well, I can tell you it’s on the regular rotation for a reason. We like to eat a lot of taco meat in our house. We make a large amount and we can eat it multiple days in a row without being boring after the first day or two.

To shake things up a little bit we decided to make some a crock pot recipe for taco chicken. I started with a recipe I found on pinterest and modified slightly. Check out my Food Reviews board hereย for the original recipe.

So you start with about 2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken. You can use breast, I prefer thigh. You add one packet of taco seasoning mix. I use the Taco Bell brand mix. If you are concerned about sodium or ingredients and make your own, use about 3 tablespoons. Then you use a jar of salsa. I use Pace medium. You can use any brand and any heat level you like. Spray your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Put your chicken in the bottom. Cover the chicken with the seasoning and then top that with the salsa. Put on the lid and cook the chicken on high for 2.5 hours or on low for approximately 4 hours. I have also done this in the crock pot with frozen chicken and the best method I have found for that is high setting for 4 hours.

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The above is how it looks cooking. It makes the house smell so good. You will want to eat this all the time. After the cooking is done, I like to pull the chicken out carefully (it will fall apart) and shred it.

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After it is all shredded, I put it in a container and add the sauce from the crock pot.

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You can use this in tacos like you would any taco meat. We love it over chips for nachos. The salsa keeps the chicken so moist and delicious. It adds a great spice to the meat and keeps taco night new and exciting all the time. I believe this recipe would also work very well with a pork tenderloin. You might have to adjust the cooking time in the crock pot but the ingredients would work great.

Overall, this recipe for my family is a ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฝย out of 5 every time! I hope that you will give it a try and if you do, please let me know what you think. How does your family do taco night?

Mangia my friends!

Love and ๐Ÿฝ,

Becky

Friday Food Review – Sweet Cinnamon Vanilla Biscuits

Fabulous Friday Foodie Friends,

How’s that for some alliteration? When searching for low carb recipes, I often look for things that are a low carb version of something that I would normally like in a full carb version. Biscuits are something that when I am trying to be low carb, I definitely miss. I like breakfast biscuits, dinner biscuits, sweet biscuits, savory buttery biscuits, basically all of the biscuits.

During my search I came across this recipe for Sweet Cinnamon Vanilla Biscuits. I was very excited to try it. The ingredients were very simple and I had them on hand.

It’s similar to any biscuit recipe, you mix together the wet ingredients and then you add the dry.

This is a drop biscuit recipe, not a cut out type style. So I just scooped them onto the cookie pan and baked. The result was a little underwhelming.

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These biscuits were a decent flavor. They fell apart. There was no crusty outside with a warm soft center. These are the things that I need out of a good biscuit. I would say this could possibly be a good recipe if you were looking for something to be a top for a cobbler type recipe. The flavor was mild enough that it would taste good next to apples, peaches or even strawberries. As a stand alone biscuit this was a little disappointing.

I am going to say overall, this was a ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰ out of 5 recipe. The ingredients are definitely easy, and if you are low carb eating items you would already have on hand. It was a simple recipe to put together. The final result left a bit to be desired.

I’ll keep searching for that good low carb biscuit my friends.

Love and Mangia,

Becky

 

Friday Foodie Review – Keto Lasagna

Happy Friday Friends!

When I got married, I quickly discovered that my husband’s favorite food was lasagna. I decided that I would do everything in my power to make the absolute best lasagna in the world. So the search began. I tried many different recipes and they were all OK. Then I had to go gluten free for a while and chose to go low carb/Keto. I feared I would never find a lasagna that we could both enjoy.

Then I came across a recipe on Pinterest. Keto Lasagna with Noodles.ย I have been making this recipe for months and months now. My husband truly thinks this is the best lasagna ever. I will also include the link to my Pinterest page for you guys!ย Nailed It Board

Here are some pics of the process and final product!

The “noodles” might be the best part of this dish. I don’t know how but they cook up and taste just like regular lasagna noodles. The first pic you will see, I have set out all of my ingredients. The second pic is the finished baked noodle. This will be cut into three loaf pan sized noodles. The flavor is very mild you add the seasoning you like.

Here are the ingredients for the filling. It is so easy. I usually end up using too much spaghetti sauce which makes my lasagna super super full and heavy. If you stick with the actual requirements in the recipe, you will be fine and it will fit great in your loaf pan.

Layering is so much fun. I use a slightly larger casserole dish than a standard loaf pan. This is because I like to fill my lasagna way more full than the recipe recommends and if I don’t use a larger container, then I will have a huge mess on my hands. I say this from honest experience. I can’t help it guys, we like a lot of meat and cheese around here. Also, you will note in the recipe that she uses cottage cheese. I have tried this recipe with both cottage cheese and ricotta, both work fabulously and are very very tasty. Use what your family likes and what works best with your diet. You will not be disappointed either way.

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I love this last picture. It is so messy but it shows those beautiful layers. Thank you to Mouthwatering Motivation website for this amazing recipe. It brings my family together. I never feel like I am missing out or like I am eating something that is a substitute. This is the lasagna my family now prefers. I hope that you and yours will enjoy it as much as we do. Oh and you should know, just like regular lasagna this is even better the next day!

I am sure that I don’t have to say this but this recipe earns ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฝ out of 5!

Love and Mangia my friends,

Becky

Friday Foodie Review – Chicken Adobo

Happy Friday friends! Are you looking for something super easy for your weekend? My slow-cooker always saves the day when I am in need of something flavorful and I don’t want to put in a lot of effort. I know that sounds terrible. We that cook should always want to spend hours in the kitchen making each ingredient sing like it’s the star. No, people. This is not the truth. Even if we love food and love cooking, sometimes we have other things to do. Sometimes those things may be binge watching a TV show with our husbands but trust me there are important things to do!

In walks this fabulous slow-cooker recipe. My husband and I went to an event a couple of years ago and they served Chicken Adobo. I didn’t know what it was, I had never had it before and I quickly discovered it was tasty! I found thisย recipeย a couple of years ago and well it sat. It was saved on my Pillsbury page and that is where it stayed. Until, the other day. I thought this sounds soooo yummy! So I made it.

You do brown the chicken first, but please know you are not cooking the chicken you are simply getting a good crust on the skin. Now you will also notice that I used skinless thighs. Well the browning still had a nice effect and, while I try to stay true to a recipe at the least the first time I try it. I also like to stay true to my wallet and use what I have on hand.

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I made Mexican rice packets from Knorr to go with the chicken and it was soooo good. We did pick the peppercorns off of our plates because I forgot to strain it, a slight kitchen fail on my part. I took the roasted garlic and spread it on my some buttered toast for an amazing garlic bread to go with our fantastic dinner.

Overall, this was a ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—out of 5 recipe. We will definitely be making it again. the flavor is very different from anything I have made before. Traditionally, it is served with white rice but I really enjoyed the flavor of the Mexican rice with it. I am so glad that I finally tried this recipe. I hope you don’t want as long as I did.

Remember, if you are interested in what I am cooking and what will be featured on the blog soon, check out myย Pinterest Boardย for all the recipes and things we are trying on the blog.

Love and ๐Ÿ—

Becky

Friday Foodie Review – BLT Mac & Cheese

Happy Friday! TGIF to say the least! I was ready for the weekend this morning and I am sure that you are too. I was originally going to post a different recipe today but when I made this mac and cheese it was just too good to wait to post.

I like to browse through the Pillsbury recipes on their website. This was a recipe I found and I just couldn’t resist trying. BLT Mac and Cheese. This is a link to the recipe directly on the Pillsbury site.ย BLT Mac and Cheese

I have also created a new Pinterest Board for my reviews. If you are interested in other recipes, etc. please feel free to check it out.ย RealGirlReviews Pinterest

Now on to the recipe! So this recipe is very straightforward. You could easily make this recipe gluten free by replacing the macaroni and panko with gluten friendly versions. For this particular use, I did not. I wanted to try the recipe exactly as it was listed.

Here are some pics of how to get started!

The one thing that took the longest time was boiling the noodles and of course, cooking the bacon. I did it in my cast iron and had to do in batches so it took a little while to cook the whole package. I will say though, I never regret making all the bacon because my house smells good for days afterwards.

Now here is how it looked all done!

This is definitely a recipe to be made again and again. The hubs loved it. He has taken to calling it Crackeroni and Cheese or Crack and Cheese for short. I think he might be addicted. I took it to work and shared with a few folks there and they loved it.

My opinion is that the tomato was a fun bright touch. The bacon added a slight crunch along with the panko, that made this one of those mac and cheese recipes you can’t wait to try again. This recipe is a crowd size recipe so I would definitely make sure you have a lot of folks around to eat it or you might burn out on it before you have finished the dish.

All in all this is a ๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿฅ“ out of 5 recipe!!! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Love and ๐Ÿฅ“

Becky

Try-It Tuesday Cloud Breadย 

If you are on Pinterest you have seen cloud bread. You have been curious about cloud bread. If you haven’t well let me tell you about cloud bread. Haha! I found this link Cloud Bread and decided that I should try it for something a little different than my normal 3 hour bread baking weekend ritual. It seemed like an easy enough task. 


I had all the ingredients ready to go! 

The one thing I didn’t do was pull out the hand mixer and well my results will tell you that I shouldn’t have been lazy! 


I think I did those egg whites some justice with my elbow grease though. Haha! Stuck them in the oven and well magic happened. 


They actually looked the way I thought they kind of should. They aren’t quite as fluffy as I was hoping hence I needed the hand mixer. 


But upon escape from the oven and a proper cooling phase I was very happy with the taste and thus I will definitely be trying this recipe again! I wish I could describe it properly it tastes like bread just a super light version. Nothing heavy about it at all. These didn’t last long in my house at all. 

Thanks Becca for an amazing recipe! 

Are you guys actually trying these things you find on Pinterest? May change these posts to “nailed it” type posts in the future. 

Until next time mangia my loves,