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Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini

buffalo chicken stuffed zucchini

YUM! This is such a quick and easy dinner to make and even the kids liked it!

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 zucchini
  • 2 breaded chicken patties per zucchini or 1 lb shredded chicken
  • Your favorite buffalo hot sauce
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

Cut zucchini lengthwise and place in baking pan. Sprinkle with olive oil and salt/pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and scoop out the inside of the zucchini. Place insides of zucchini in a separate bowl, making sure you cut them into small pieces. Also, bake chicken patties per package directions or prepare your chicken and shred. Add chicken to bowl of zucchini. Cut up the chicken patties if using them.

Add breadcrumbs and hot sauce to bowl and mix well. Scoop mixture into zucchini boats and top with more hot sauce and breadcrumbs. Place back into the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes.

***Cooking times may vary for the zucchini depending on how big it is.

Zaycon Foods and Chicken Soup for the Soul’s new relationship gives you delicious, nutritious and economical food.

I had the wonderful opportunity to review Zaycon Foods and their chicken. All I can say is WOW. This chicken is delicious! We have prepared it a number of ways since we received it including grilling, baking and using a slow cooker.

Zaycon Foods and Chicken Soup for the Soul’s new relationship makes it easier for you to get fresh, wholesome food outside of the traditional retail channels.

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It was a very simple process to order from Zaycon. I did it all online HERE. (You will need to register first. Don’t worry, it’s free.)

Pick up was extremely simple. I picked my box up a a local and convenient location on my way home from an event. When I got home, we opened the box and began to sort the chicken into freezer bags. Check out how it came packaged and how much we got. The pieces were huge! Plenty to feed our family for a few months.

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With all this chicken, I needed some fresh ideas for recipes. I was fortunate enough to receive some Chicken Soup for the Soul products.

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I used Chicken Soup for the Soul Buffalo Barbeque Sauce along with my Homemade Season Salt for some tasty grilled chicken.

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If you need some ideas, check out some recipes at Chicken Soup for the Soul here.

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Copy Cat Fried Green Beans with Horseradish Sauce

I have recently become obsessed with the fried green beans from Applebee’s.  My mom and I decided to try and recreate the recipe when she saw fresh green beans at a local farmer’s market. I think we succeeded. They were quite yummy and I think the horseradish sauce topped it all off. The sauce is a combination of the two the restaurant serves so it’s like the best of both worlds.

This is what you will need:

  • 1 basket of fresh green beans, washed with ends clipped
  • 1/2 C. water
  • 1/2 C. rice flour
  • 2/3 C. Mayonnaise (you can use light Mayo)
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Homemade French Dressing

I love French dressing. I’m very picky about which brands I purchase and whether I get it at restaurants when I order a salad. Most of the time, I end up going with another dressing because I don’t like how the kind at the restaurant tastes.

Well, I have a homemade recipe that in my family we call “Shane’s French Dressing.” So there you go, bro, you got the credit for this awesome recipe. I made some tonight and felt giddy when I tested it. I’m lucky it was dinnertime because I couldn’t wait to eat it. I love it when I crave this dressing and realize I always have all the ingredients in my kitchen already.

Here is what you need:

  1. 1 & 1/4 C. vegetable oil
  2. 3/4 C. white vinegar
  3. 1 C. sugar
  4. 10 oz. can of condensed tomato soup (do not add water)
  5. 2 tsp. salt
  6. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  7. 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  8. 3 tsp. onion powder (I ran out one time and ended up using 1 tsp. of onion powder and 2 T. chopped sweet onion)
  9. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  10. 1 tsp. mustard (or dry mustard…I’ve used both before and the result is equally delicious)

Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and beat with a hand mixer or do what I do and add it all to a blender.

Makes approximately 32 servings (2 T. = 1 serving). Approximately 106 calories per serving.

ENJOY!

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Fried Bananas and Ice Cream

These were very easy to make, considering I’m not a fan of frying food due to the mess. There are many ways to serve the fried bananas. We chose to serve them with ice cream. You can also add peanuts to the ice cream or just sprinkle the fried bananas with confectioners sugar or drizzle with honey and cinnamon. Another thing to note about these fried bananas is that they are gluten free!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 C. rice flour
  • 1/2 C. tapioca flour
  • 3 T. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 – 3/4 C. almond/coconut milk (or you can use almond milk, coconut milk/water, or even plain water)
  • 3-4 bananas
  • oil for frying
  • ice cream
  • chocolate fudge

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Homemade Butterfingers

Butterfingers have such a unique taste to them but until I saw a recipe online, I never connected to what they also tasted like. You will be amazed at the 3 simple ingredients used to make these. I have to admit that they do not taste exactly like the Butterfingers we all know, but they got my husband’s stamp of approval. His only comment was that if it was crunchier, it would be just like the original. Butterfingers are tied with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for his favorite candy so I felt very successful with this recipe. Continue reading…

Pull Apart Crock Pot Pizza Rolls

I will quote my 6 year old when I tell you that “It’s delicious!”

I was trying to think of something to make for a family reunion and after seeing a bunch of ideas thrown around on the internet, I decided to combine them all and make these homemade pull apart pizza rolls in the crock pot.

They were fairly easy to make, just time consuming. I had no idea that it would take me 2 hours to prepare it. So, make sure you have enough time to prepare and don’t plan to do this right before you feed your kids lunch. Mine ate half the cheese and pepperoni behind my back. Of course, we made over 120 of these little rolls but you certainly do not need that many for a regular family meal. We ended up eating about 1/3 of it for dinner. The recipe below will make about 120 rolls which is a good number for a potluck or in my case, a family reunion.

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Strawberry Mint Lemonade Concentrate

This concentrate can be canned, refrigerated or frozen for later use. It is so refreshing to be able to use all your own ingredients. As a concentrate, you can store it and later, make as little or as much as you want.  This is perfect for me since I am the only one who drinks this in the house. None of it goes to waste!

This recipe yields 2 1/2 pints. This was a perfect amount because you know we just HAD to make some right away.

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Surprise Strawberry Jam

My family loves this jam! When I was about to take the jars into storage, my kids were yelling and pleading to keep one up in the kitchen for them to eat. It is a much cheaper way to make your own strawberry jam, especially if you grow your own zucchini.

Yes, zucchini. There are no strawberries in this recipe. So how do you go from zucchini to strawberry jam?

Here’s the recipe. Continue reading…

S’mores Bars

These were both fun to make and to eat. I have to admit that we couldn’t wait to eat them so we ate them warm. They were good. Then, after the kids were in bed, I sneaked a small bite and I have to say it is SO much better when it is cooled. That’s my opinion though. I felt there was more taste in it when it was cooled and you weren’t worried about burning your tongue.

My 6 year old helped me with this recipe and together, we tried to think of new and different ways to make it when compared to other versions out there. I like this version. Others call for marshmallow fluff but I wanted to keep the authentic taste of warmed, whole marshmallows.

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