Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Chili Cheese Dog Egg Rolls

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Happy Halloween!! 
I think I did it. I think I made something tempting enough to eliminate the pre- Trick or Treating dinner struggle. If your kids are anything like mine, they are going to be way too excited about Trick or Treating to willingly sit still long enough to eat anything before the bag load of sugar they're about to get tonight. So my plan of attack was to make something so tempting, they won't be able to say no. My Chili Cheese Dog Egg Rolls are crispy, cheesy and absolutely delicious. I've never met a kid that didn't like hot dogs, mine are no exception, but to wrap up all the cheesy meaty goodness in a crispy egg roll wrapper? They're going to gobble them up!
I suggest serving them with mustard, pickles and if you're spicy like me, pickled jalapeno slices!
Chili Cheese Dog Egg Rolls
6 cups vegetable oil
3 all natural, all beef hot dogs
1 ¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
¼ cup finely diced white onion
¾ cup good quality canned or leftover homemade chili
8 Twin Dragon Egg Roll Wrappers
½ cup yellow mustard
½ cup pickles (optional)

In an electric fryer or large high sided skillet fitted with a candy thermometer, bring the oil up to 375 degrees over medium high heat.
Roughly chop the hot dogs into bite sized pieces. Add the chopped hot dogs, cheese, onion and chili to a small mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Lay an egg roll wrapper on a large cutting board with one corner of the wrapper pointing toward you and lightly moisten all 4 edges with water. Place ¼ to 1/3 cup of the filling just below the center of the wrapper.  Fold bottom corner over mixture, fold sides in, and roll up tightly.
Fry egg rolls for 3 minutes, or until golden and crisp.
Serve with mustard for dipping, and pickles if desired
Makes 8 egg rolls
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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Crispy Chicken Parm Egg Rolls

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I'm so excited to be taking part in JSL Foods Fortune Noodle Blogger Recipe Challenge  to create some delicious Egg Rolls, Wontons and Gyoza! Naturally, I am putting a spin on each of these and I hope you enjoy them. First up is an Italian spin on egg rolls. My Crispy Chicken Parm Egg Rolls combine crispy fried chicken chunks and melty mozzarella cheese in a perfectly crispy egg roll shell! These come together so quickly and really are a show stopper
Crispy Chicken Parm Egg Rolls
6 cups vegetable oil
2 cups frozen breaded chicken nuggets, thawed
1 ¼ cup diced fresh mozzarella cheese
4 ounces parmesan cheese, divided
12 Twin Dragon Egg Roll Wrappers
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 ½ cups warmed marinara sauce
In an electric fryer or large high sided skillet fitted with a candy thermometer, bring the oil up to 375 degrees over medium high heat.
Roughly chop the thawed chicken nuggets into small pieces. Add the chopped chicken, mozzarella and 3 ounces of the parmesan cheese to a small mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Lay an egg roll wrapper on a large cutting board with one corner of the wrapper pointing toward you and lightly moisten all 4 edges with water. Place ¼ to 1/3 cup of the filling just below the center of the wrapper.  Fold bottom corner over mixture, fold sides in, and roll up tightly.
Fry egg rolls for 3-5 minutes, or until golden and crisp.

Sprinkle with basil, remaining parmesan cheese and serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Little's Lunches

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Happy Friday! I can't believe Halloween is right around the corner. October literally flew by, right?!
Hopefully this week's post will get you through the sugar filled late night next week!
On days like Halloween, Christmas and Valentines when the kids are having class parties and treats all day long I really try to boost the protein in their lunch and breakfast to offset all the junk I know they'll get when they're celebrating. I also waited until today to buy Halloween candy so it wouldn't sit there tempting me this past week. What's the first thing you steal from your kiddos Trick or Treat bags? I don't have a big sweet tooth, but Heath Bars and Caramel M&Ms get me every time!

 Monday: Sliced Deli Ham, Babybel Gouda Cheese, shredded carrots, wheat thins, Moon Cheese, Coleslaw, dried cranberries, watermelon
 Tuesday: Triscuits, baby tomatoes, yogurt tube, edemame, cubed roasted turkey, blackberries
 Wednesday: cubed roasted turkey, pretzels, BBQ sauce, roasted broccoli, baby carrots, fruit to go bar, yogurt tube
 Thursday: Pretzels, Green Chile Ham Hush Puppies, celery and carrot slices with black olives, blackberries, apple slices, Meunster cheese squares
 Friday: Turkey and meunster cheese flatbread sandwiches, raisins, blackberries, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes





Friday, October 19, 2018

Green Chile Ham Hush Puppies with Chipotle Honey Mustard

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I really think you're going to love my Southwest twist on a Southern favorite! Who doesn't love hush puppies?! Crispy fried on the outside, fluffy cornbread on the inside loaded with chunks of ham and green chiles. The only thing that could make that situation better is the Chipotle Honey Mustard sauce they're dunked in
Look at how golden and delicious! I bet you can't eat just one.

Green Chile Ham Hush Puppies with Chipotle Honey Mustard 

6 cups vegetable oil for frying
1/2 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup honey
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons pureed chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
2 cups flour
½ cup cornmeal
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
6 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 Tablespoons sliced green onion
½ cup chopped canned green chiles
In an electric fryer or large high sided skillet fitted with a candy thermometer, bring the oil up to 375 degrees over medium high heat.

In a small mixing bowl whisk together the yellow mustard, honey, mayonnaise and pureed chipotles. Place in the fridge to chill.

In a small mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, garlic salt and baking soda. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and eggs. Add the sliced green onion, diced ham, chopped green chiles and the flour mixture and stir until just combined. 

Once the oil is hot, using a small cookie scoop carefully drop balls of batter into the oil. Fry for about 4 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel lined cookie sheet and allow to drain. Serve immediately with the chilled dip.

Makes 28 hush puppies
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Little's Lunches

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Hey there and Happy Friday!! This week has been super rainy and freezing cold, so I'm looking forward to relaxing, reading and staying warm with this nugget while she snores on my lap. Beignet hates the rain, so I'm sure she won't willingly go outside the entire weekend. 
I hope these lunchbox ideas make next week easier for you! Some things I've noticed through the years of packing school lunches: dips make a difference! BBQ sauce, ranch, honey mustard, my kids love 'em all and are definitely more willing to eat new foods when they come with a dip. Also, cutting something in a new way can also make them seem more appealing. Carrot coins are just baby carrots cut into rounds, cucumbers cut into long sticks are easier to dip and look different than the typical circles - mix it up and I bet your kids will love it! 
 Monday: deli ham slices, cucumber sticks, wheat thin crackers, ranch, shredded carrots, dried cranberries, mango chunks
 Tuesday: deli ham and cream cheese tortilla roll up, raisins, coleslaw, moon cheese, kiwi
Wednesday: beef jerkey, applesauce, roasted broccoli, carrot coins, pasta salad, blackberries
Thursday: sliced apple gouda chicken sausages, pretzels, barbecue sauce, roasted broccoli and cherry tomatoes, blackberries, yogurt tube
Friday: orange wedges, fig bar, pepperoni and meunster cheese squares, green bell pepper cubes, black olives and cherry tomatoes, pretzels

Friday, October 12, 2018

Little's Lunches

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Whenever I had posted Little's Lunches in the past, it was on a Monday to have fresh ideas of what to pack in lunchboxes throughout the week. This past weekend though, we were crazy busy, the kids had off of school for Columbus Day on Monday and then my daughter was home sick on Tuesday. Typical busy family life situation, right? Which is exactly why planning lunchboxes can be so difficult sometimes.....so I'm going to start posting lunchbox ideas on Friday so that by the time Monday rolls around, there's already a set of menus to pull from! Hope this helps!! 
 Monday: Harissa Honey Grilled Ham Skewers, Hawaiian Bread Roll, green beans, moon cheese, kiwi and pineapple
Tuesday: Bow Tie Pasta Salad, moon cheese, delic sliced ham, blackberries
Wednesday: cucumber sticks, breadstick, salami, Baybybel Gouda, pineapple, ranch dip
Thursday: salad, ranch, Babybel Gouda cheese, wheat thins, kiwi
Friday: Chicken Spinach Sausage slices, wheat thins, BBQ sauce, cucumber and orange bell pepper slices, pineapple, strawberries


Monday, October 1, 2018

Crock Pot Turkey Carnitas Burrito Bowls with Cilantro Lime Zoodles

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My son's first pick at any fair or carnival or Thanksgiving has been, and will always be the humongous roasted turkey legs. I don't know whether it's the caveman feeling of walking around with that thing in his hand or the crazy cost that you're typically charged for one when at a festival, but he truly loves them. I don't know why it never occurred to me to buy them and make them at home, and now that I have, I can tell you it was WAY easier than I ever expected. Something seemed familiar in my mind as we were chowing down on them - something about the crispy outer edges and the tender fall off the bone meat in the middle.....
Carnitas! Of course! It reminded me of one of our favorite Mexican dishes and I knew turkey carnitas needed to happen soon. 
I'm taking part in Frick's Quality Meats Recipe Challenge and when they sent me their gorgeous Smoked Turkey Drums I was so excited to turn them into this fully loaded carnitas bowl. Instead of Cilantro Lime Rice, like the typical taco joints are serving, I used zucchini noodles. So bonus points for being gluten free, right?

Crock Pot Turkey Carnitas Burrito Bowls with Cilantro Lime Zoodles

Crock Pot Turkey Carnitas
1 cup diced onion
4 cloves garlic
1 cup pineapple orange juice
½ teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon cumin
½ cup water

Cilantro Lime Zucchini Noodles
1 ½ Tablespoons olive oil
9 cups spiralized zucchini noodles
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ Tablespoon lime juice
1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Toppings
3/4 cup pico de gallo
1/3 cup crumbled queso fresco
¼ cup sliced pickled jalapenos
1/3 cup julienned radish
1 large lime, cut into wedges
Place the onion, garlic, pineapple orange juice, oregano, cumin, water and Smoked Turkey Drumsticks in a slow cooker on low heat for 6 hours, or until the meat is tender and easily falls of the bone.

Once the drumsticks are ready, set broiler to high heat. Remove the turkey from the crockpot and shred the meat, discarding any bone or skin. Place on a large cookie sheet and broil, just until the edges are crispy, about 2-3 minutes watching closely to prevent burning.

Add the olive oil to a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Cook the zucchini noodles for 3-5 minutes, or until just tender. Add the salt, lime juice and chopped cilantro. Divide the noodles into 6 serving bowls. Top each bowl with turkey carnitas, pico de gallo, crumbled queso fresco, pickled jalapenos, radishes and lime wedges.

Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

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