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Showing posts with label Crazy Ingredient Challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crazy Ingredient Challenge. Show all posts

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spicy Porkchops with Pear Salsa

A spicy porkchop served with a salsa made with the crazy ingredient challenge - red pepper flakes and pears.


Made spicy porkchops with pear salsa with this month's crazy ingredient challenge - pears and red pepper flakes.







Monday, February 20, 2017

Banana Onion Beignets {CIC}

Crazy Ingredient Challenge Recipe with banana and onions that gives you a little sweet and savory in each bite.


Beignet don't have to be sweet do they? I used them in my Crazy Ingredient Challenge with ripe Bananas and Onions and they were awesome with a spicy sauce. Sweet and savory in each bite.






Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Southwestern Pasta Salad {CIC)

A pasta salad with a southwestern twist and just the right amount of heat.


This month's crazy ingredient challenge is black beans and mayonnaise.  Southwestern Pasta Salad uses both with a little heat in every beat.





Southwestern Pasta Salad

Each month our facebook group pick two ingredients to use in a recipe.  Sometimes the ingredients mesh together well, sometimes not so easy.  This month black beans and mayonnaise were the winners.  

Mayonnaise made me think of pasta salad and it was easy to add black beans to the mix.  I did want to have a little heat to my salad and BINGO, as I was shopping I found chipolte sauce.  This sauce worked perfectly and you could add as much as you want, depending on how much heat you want in each bite.  

A pasta salad with a southwestern twist and just the right amount of heat.

Ingredients:
1 lb Radiotore Pasta cooked
1 bag Bird's Eye Southwestern Corn
1 can 15 oz Black Beans
1 pint Grape Tomatoes
1 cup Shredded Cheese 

for dressing:
1/3 cup Mayonnaise
1/3 cup Sour Cream
3 tsp Chipotle Sauce (I used La Costena) *

Directions:
Cook pasta as directed and cool.
In small bowl mix mayonnaise, sour cream and chipotle sauce together.
Once pasta is cool, add Bird's Eye Southwestern Corn, Black Beans, Tomatoes.  Mix together.
Stir in dressing.
Mix in shredded Cheese.
Chill and Serve.

A pasta salad with a southwestern twist and just the right amount of heat.





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Monday, June 20, 2016

Blueberry Spinach Burgers - Crazy Ingredient Challenge


It's that time of the month again... NO! not that time but Crazy Ingredient Challenge time and I hope that you will like what I came up with using Blueberries and Spinach.







Friday, May 20, 2016

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Chocolate Cranberry Meringue Dessert - #CIC

December 20th already... Are you ready for Christmas?  Have you thought what you will be serving for  dessert or maybe a Christmas coffee?  This recipe would work perfect for either.  It is light and just the perfect amount of sweetness to work after a big dinner or have with your coffee or tea.

This month we picked Cranberries and Cocoa for our Crazy Ingredient Challenge and I thought a dessert would be perfect to make for this month's challenge.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sweet Potatoes Fries and Jalapeno Salmon Sauce #CIC


I have to tell you a secret.  I really don't like Sweet Potatoes.  So when I found out that Sweet Potatoes and Jalapenos was picked for our Crazy Ingredient Challenge I knew I would be going outside of my box.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Coconut Pesto Pasta with Chicken #CIC


Can you believe that it is just about the end of July already?  Where has the time and the summer gone?  This recipe is perfect for summer as it is easy to make, doesn't take to long and won't heat up your kitchen.... So to me, who doesn't have a/c that is perfect.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pineapple Rosemary Syrup - #CIC

It is the 20th of the month and time for Crazy Ingredient Challenge.  This month's ingredients didn't seem to crazy to me and ingredients that I use often, although not together.  So, what ingredients are they you ask --- Pineapple and Rosemary.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Crazy Ingredient Challenge - Mango Chipotle Chicken

Do you ever have weeks or even months that you feel that you are always behind the eight ball?  That has been me for the last few months.  I just can't seem to get everything done.  When I heard about the ingredients for this month's challenge I was excited.  I knew exactly what I was going to make but it wasn't until late last night that I got anything made, so was pretty excited that it turned out.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower Crackers - #CIC

Happy First Day of Spring!  Along with the first day of spring, today is also the day for our Crazy Ingredient Challenge.  This month's challenge is cauliflower and cheese which wasn't so much of a challenge or at least I didn't think so....

Friday, February 20, 2015

Lemon Basil Focaccio - #CIC

I am cutting this month's challenge to the last minute. I am not sure where the month went, before I knew it the 20th was just around the corner.  Our challenge this month is Basil and Lemon and as I had both, I thought I can do this.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Crazy Ingredient Challenge - Lemongrass and Quinoa

It is time to think outside of the box and use ingredients that you may not think go together or that you may not ever tried before.  This month's ingredients are Lemongrass and Quinoa, two ingredients that I use frequently, although the Lemongrass I usually only use for tea.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apple Basil Chicken Panini ~ CIC

Fall is in the air here in the UP.  We are seeing the leaves turning colours and falling quickly to the ground.  I love this time of year, the crispness in the morning, wearing hoodies, pumpkins and apples. Apple is one of the ingredients that we get to work with this month for our Crazy Ingredient Challenge.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Crazy Ingredient Challenge - Egg Beet Hashbrown Skillet


It is time to think out of the box and come up with a recipe for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge.  This month's challenge is beets and eggs.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Crazy Ingredient Challenge - Cauliflower and Chocolate

I have joined a new group called Crazy Ingredient Challenge.  This group was started up by Jutta from Hungry Little Girl.  This month's challenge was cauliflower and chocolate.  When I first head these two combination I thought.... WHAT???  I am not a big cauliflower fan, I can eat it raw occasionally but not cooked.  So, what was I going to do.  I had been to a Dove Chocolate Tasting Party and bought some Sweet 'N' Spicy Cocoa Rub and also Roasted Chipotle Chocolate Salsa so thought I could use this as my chocolate part of the recipe.  
My first idea was just to use the rub on the cauliflower.  I was BBQing and thought this would be perfect.  I sprinkled some EEVO and the rub on the cauliflower, placed it on the BBQ.  Well, although it wasn't awful, it wasn't so great either... So back to the drawing board I went.


I did some searching for recipes with these two ingredients.  I found lots of chocolate cake recipes with cauliflower... but they didn't interest me.  I found recipes that you make cooked cauliflower and add cocoa.. tried that and didn't really like it.  I am not sure how I even got onto some recipes for Quinoa Bites but I did and I had an Aha moment... I could do quinoa bites with cauliflower and the salsa and the recipe began.

Chocolate Cauliflower Quinoa Bites


Ingredients:
For Bites
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup cooked wild rice
1 cup cooked mashed cauliflower *(see note)
1/8 cup diced onions
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan Cheese

For Dip
1/4 cup greek yogurt - I used Chobani yogurt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix quinoa, wild rice, cauliflower, salsa, onions, egg, salt and pepper together.  Place in mini muffin tins or drop from small cookie scoop. Sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese.  Bake for 12 -15 minutes until golden brown.
For dip:  Mix yogurt and cocoa rub.

* Notes:  I cooked my cauliflower and then put it through the food processor. 

Enjoy.
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