Oven Roasted Siracha Wings

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I highly recommend having a large glass of water or milk by you...oh boy do these babies make you sweat! OOOO WWWWEEE!

All you need for these six wings is a bowl with baking powder, butter, sriracha, plus some cilantro and jalapenos as a garnish. 

Rinse the wings and pat dry. Cover the wings in baking powder (I used a big ziplock bag and tossed the wings in the bag to completely coat the wings) and set aside for an hour to dry. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and bake the wings for 20 minutes. While the wings are baking put half a stick of butter plus 1 cup of sriracha in a hot skillet. Cook till all the ingredients are melted together - turn down the heat to low to keep the sauce warm. When the wings are done baking, put the sauce in a bowl and toss the wings in the bowl. Garnish with fresh jalapenos and cilantro...enjoy!!


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Homemade Olive Oil & Oregano Croutons

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To make croutons, all you need is some bread, olive oil and seasoning. What bread, oil and seasoning you choose will determine how your croutons taste and look. My favorite bread to use is a day old multi-grain bread. This bread looks awesome when you tear it into bite size pieces...by tearing the bread it makes it look more authentic vs. processed. You can use as many pieces of bread as you'd like..depending on if you want to save some for later or just make enough just for your specific meal.  If the bread is too hard to cut but is still good to use, just pop it in the microwave, wrapped in a damp paper towel, for about 10-15 seconds to soften it up.


Instructions:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Tear the bread up into bite size pieces. 
  • Use two tablespoons to 2 cups of bread pieces. Sprinkle seasoning onto bread mixture (you can use any other seasoning you like...for example, basil, thyme, rosemary, or garlic powder. Don't forget to sprinkle salt and pepper regardless of what additional spices you use).
  • Toss pieces onto baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crispy.

I like to use my croutons for a caesar salad but you can use it for any kind of salad..OH M GEEE!! So yummy. 



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Toasted Creamy Tomato Basil Sandwich

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Multigrain from your local bakery will work the best

Creamy swiss cheese and prosuitto with fresh basil from my garden

Layer all ingredients on top of bread and add a slice of tomato on top of the basil. Spread a thin layer of olive oil mayo on outside of the bread slices...this will crisp up the sandwich.

Place sandwich onto skillet or panini press for a couple minutes on each side...take off the skillet and cut in half. Enjoy!


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DIY: Mini Herb Garden Cage

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Mango Sriracha Baked Cauliflower Bites

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Oh man, I sure have been on a Sriracha kick...excuse me for those that can't handle their spice! I've actually heard adding more spice into your diet speeds up your metabolism....BRING ON THE SPICE!


Ingredients: (3 parts)

Batter:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp each of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • A very generous dash of black pepper and salt

Spicy Mango Jam (makes 1 cup):

  • Mango - 1 big (chopped roughly) - comes to 1.5 cups
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
  • 1 jalapeno; pitted and chopped

Mango Sriracha Glaze:

  • 1 cup spicy mango jam (listed above)
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha sauce
  • 1 Tbsp or more hot sauce or to taste (I used louisiana hot sauce)
  • a generous pinch of garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
Topping (optional):
  • sesame seeds

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Chop the cauliflower into 1.5 inch pieces. Mix everything under batter in a bowl until smooth and thick enough batter that can coat the cauliflower pieces well (add more flour if needed). Place cauliflower in the batter and place on parchment lined baking sheet (I used foil because I ran out of parchment paper). Bake for 20 minutes.
  • While cauliflower is baking, peel mango and throw into magic bullet with lemon juice, chopped/pitted jalapeno, and brown sugar. Blend till its basically smooth...expect for it to have a little bit of a textured consistency. 
  • Once jam is finished combine it with all the ingredients listed under mango Sriracha glaze in a pan. Heat on medium heat for 10-15 minutes; stirring frequently.
  • Take out baked cauliflower pieces and throw into a mixing bowl. Take mango Sriracha glaze and toss over cauliflower pieces. 
  • Once cauliflower pieces are covered with glaze, place pieces on a serving dish and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. 
  • Enjoy!



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Four Sandwiches Four Ways

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Hey y'all!

I saw this quote on instagram (ahem...you better follow me!) last night and had to repeat it because it seemed perfect for this post...work and play hard...but snack harder. Cute, no? Check out these little sandwiches for some energy boosting inspiration...these guys work for any meal of the day [O-m-g I'm excited].

The first sandwich has sliced Jamon Serrano, Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss Cheese, and chopped green onions. Jamon Serrano is a traditional spanish style dry-cured ham and with only 60 calories per slice it makes a yummy salty snack. 

The second sandwich is layered with Belgioioso Ricotta Con Latte, sliced cucumber, and radishes. This ricotta cheese is my favorite because it's made from fresh natural whey and a touch of part skim milk...rich in protein and ideal for vegetarians!

This third sandwich is smeared with Creme Fraiche then topped with sliced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes...I chopped up green onions because I loooovvee onions. Typically this french styled cultured cream is used to enrich soups or sauces but it's just as delicious on fresh bread.

This final sandwich also has Creme Fraiche and with the blackberries it becomes the best mix of savory sweet.



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Zesty Cucumber Salad

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Besides peeling the cucumber this was the yummiest and quickest salad I've ever made...I realize I've said that before but no joke this recipe took me less than five minutes!

A salad with a zing makes a perfect recipe to use as a side with a main course or simply by itself.



Ingredients:
  • Cucumber
  • 1/2 bunch of green onion
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:
  • Peel cucumber and slice cucumber into thin pieces.
  • Chop green onions 
  • Mix all ingredients all together and make sure spices, oil, and lemon cover cucumbers. 
  • Enjoy!
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