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Pesto stuffed shells. Parmigiano Panko Herb Encrusted Chicken Breasts. Toasted Ravioli with Marinara Sauce. I'm not usually big on fried foods but I had a hankering for something crispy and cheesy.

Toasted Ravioli with Marinara Sauce

One Italian inspired appetizer I enjoy on occasion is toasted ravioli. Having this as an appetizer for my Pasta Party dinner was great since it featured how pasta doesn't always have to be the main course of a meal. Mozzarella Sticks. When I told my friends I was planning on making homemade mozzarella sticks for a guy’s weekend out of town the idea was met with a profound lack of enthusiasm.

Mozzarella Sticks

Everybody knows that I like to experiment in the kitchen, but somehow the idea of making a bar food staple like mozzarella sticks from scratch seemed like a complete waste of time to the group. After being lectured about the innumerable brands available in the freezer section at the grocery store and a heated debate about whether marinara or ranch is the better dipping accompaniment, I decided to risk further heckling and see if I couldn’t one-up T.G.I.

Friday’s in my own kitchen. It might have been the alcohol, but the first batch was gone within a matter of seconds. Simultaneously crispy and gooey, these mozzarella sticks seem to defy the laws of physics and flavor. With the question about whether or not it’s a waste of time to make mozzarella sticks at home answered, the question of the perfect dip remained. Serves 4. Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip. Honey spice chicken thighs. So, I got a really excellent deal on chicken thighs this week – $0.99 / lb.

honey spice chicken thighs

Ironically, the regular 2 lb. package was the same price as the large, 5 lb. “value pack.” No sale or anything! Sometimes you just need to look a little closer! Obviously not every store will have this fantastic deal on chicken thighs, but this recipe will probably be pretty inexpensive either way. I used 8 of the 10 chicken thighs in the package and froze the other two for later use. If you’re not into spicy, you can leave out the cayenne and this recipe will still be excellent! This recipe is super easy to prepare and requires little attention, so you can use the extra time to prepare a salad or whatever side dishes you want! Honey Spice Chicken Thighs. Cheesy Bacon Oven Chips with Chipotle Ranch Sauce. Ok so I can hardly contain my excitement for the Super Bowl tonight, and I decided that a special weekend like this deserves a double post!

Cheesy Bacon Oven Chips with Chipotle Ranch Sauce

Mr. Vittles and I had an appetizer similar to this at a restaurant recently, and I thought I might be able to replicate it at home. Well, all I can say is - sorry if you had any health-related New Years resolutions, because I'm pretty sure you will not be able to keep them with these puppies around. The dipping sauce really takes things to the next level. White Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Avocado and Tomato. Friday, March 23, 2012 White Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Avocado and Tomato.

White Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Avocado and Tomato

Chicken and Asparagus Rolls. Skinny Coconut Shrimp. Golden baked coconut encrusted shrimp with a sweet and spicy apricot dipping sauce.

Skinny Coconut Shrimp

Set these out on a platter in front of some hungry guests and I guarantee they will disappear!! "The best coconut shrimp I ever had" to quote my husband, that's how good these are, and he didn't even touch the dipping sauce! These will absolutely be making an appearance at my Christmas Eve dinner this year. I tried these using all egg whites but the crumbs stuck better with a whole egg, as for the flour, you will only use about 1 tbsp worth so that is what I calculated. Skinny Coconut ShrimpSkinnytaste.comServings: 8 • Serving Size: 3 shrimp, 1 tbsp sauce • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 ptsCalories: 161.6 • Fat: 3.4 g • Protein: 10.2 g • Carb: 22.2 g • Fiber: 1.8 g • Sugar: 15.7 gSodium: 164.3 (without salt) Ingredients: Preheat oven to 425°. Combine coconut flakes, panko crumbs and salt in a bowl. Lightly season shrimp with salt.

For the sauce, combine all the ingredients and place in a small bowl. Chipotle style Cilantro Lime Rice. Have you ever been a situation when you wanted to throw out all things complicated - be it from serious life to career issues to as simple as clearing out a crumpled up wardrobe to your bookshelf?

Chipotle style Cilantro Lime Rice

CREAMY BACON CARBONARA. When I die and go to heaven . . .

CREAMY BACON CARBONARA

I sure hope they’re serving this. If you want a fast but ultra delicious meal in just minutes, this is the dish. The sauce is creamy, cheesy and crazy good! You could easily add chicken, ham or any vegetable you would like. It’s soooooo simple, that I figured you didn’t need any pictures to make it. This recipe comes from The Kitchen Bitch Cookbook.

“That’s even worse than the name of this blog!” Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes Recipe. Hudson's Baked Tilapia with Dill Sauce Recipe. Creamy Cilantro Potato Salad - in a Wrap! Vegan Red Potato Cilantro Salad Wrap Not only does this creamy Cilantro Red Potato Salad taste delicious on its own – but try it in a healthy wrap for breakfast lunch or a light dinner.

Creamy Cilantro Potato Salad - in a Wrap!

Creamy cilantro, warm spices, bold flavors and crunchy veggies accent tender red potatoes. And this recipe is much healthier than you might think! Healthy Potatoes. Potatoes may be mostly water and starch – but they are indeed complex carbohydrates filled with fiber and potatoes (skin-on) are infused with nutrients. I guess sweet potatoes aren’t the only “good potato” to serve your family. Plus, potato salad is incredibly easy.

Salad Creamy Potato Salad Creamy Cilantro Red Potato Saladvegan 1 lb mini red potatoes, halved/quartered 1 Tbsp garlic powder 2-3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 4 Tbsp vegan mayo 2 Tbsp olive oil 3 Tbsp spicy/Dijon mustard 3/4 cup red onion 1 small green bell pepper, diced 2 cups fresh cilantro, chopped (stems and fronds) 1/4 tsp cayenne fresh black pepper and sea salt to taste. Glazed pork chops.