Monday, July 21, 2014

Southwest Mesquite Grille Chicken Salad

This is a sponsored post.  I received free product and compensation in exchange for recipe development using Perdue Perfect Portions® Mesquite Grille Chicken Breasts.  The recipes, recipe photos, and all opinions are 100% mine.

Southwest Mesquite Grille Chicken Salad: Quick and easy dinner option featuring  Perdue® Perfect Portions® Mesquite Grille Chicken Breasts #chicken #perfectportions

Summer is the perfect time for salads!!  I often make salads with lots of veggies and a protein in the summetime for a quick and easy dinner option when the temperatures are soring.  This Southwest Mesquite Chicken Salad is super easy to put together with the help of Perdue® Perfect Portions® Mesquite Grille Chicken Breasts.  The fresh skinless, boneless chicken breasts are individually portioned and packaged with a delicious mesquite grille flavor marinade and there is absolutely no need for any other seasoning!  Cook up one chicken breast and store the rest in the easy-close resealable zipper bag for another time or make the entire bag, you decide!   Since they are perfectly portioned, they are ready when you are!

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This Southwest Mesquite Chicken Salad starts with a veggie-bean mixture which can be made when you are ready to assemble the salads or ahead of time and kept in the fridge until you are ready to use it.  It's flavors complement the flavor of the Mesquite Grille marinade of the chicken perfectly.

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The Perdue® Perfect Portions® Mesquite Grille chicken breasts grill up in about 10 minutes stove top or on the outdoor grill.  The rest is just assembling the salads.  It's DINNER DONE EASY!

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Southwest Mesquite Grille Chicken Salad

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Southwest Mesquite Grille Chicken Salad
A quick and easy salad made with Perdue® Perfect Portions® Mesquite Grille Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Ingredients

  • 4 Perdue® Perfect Portions® Mesquite Grille Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 12 cups butter lettuce mix or green of your choice
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • For veggie-bean mixture:
  • 1 ripe tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup corn (canned or cooked and cooled frozen)
  • 1/2 cup diced English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced (remove rib and seeds for milder flavor)
  • 2 green onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 4 ounces bottled ranch dressing (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the veggie-bean mixture by combining diced tomato, corn, cucumber, red onion, black beans, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, green onion and cilantro to a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat large nonstick skillet or grill pan on med-high. Grill chicken breasts until done. About 5 minutes per side. Slice and and keep warm.
  3. Evenly divide lettuce between 4 plates. Divide veggie-bean mixture between 4 plates and put on top of the lettuce.
  4. Divide cheese between 4 plates and sprinkle over the lettuce.
  5. Top the cheese with chicken and avocado slices evenly between all 4 plates.
  6. Drizzle each salad evenly with ranch dressing, if desired.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Total time: 25 mins.
Tags: salad, chicken, avocado, dinner, cheese, southwest

An original recipe developed for Perdue® by Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Servings - 4   Serving Size - 1/4th of recipe   Points Plus Per Serving - 9 Points+
Calories -372.9,   Total Fat - 14.2g,   Carb. - 22.2g,   Protein - 40.5g,   Fiber - 8.6g

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Birthday Cake Krispie Treats {and a Special KitchenAid Giveaway!}

Nope.  It's not Renee's Kitchen Adventures birthday...but it's my good friend Michele's blog, Flavor Mosiac, 1st blogiversary and to celebrate, I've made this yummy birthday cake flavored treat. 

 How can it get more special than that?  Michele has invited several blog friends, including myself, to offer a wonderful giveaway to all of our readers!  I met Michele through the Allrecipes Allstar program and last week she was kind enough to do a guest post for me when I was busy with life!  I am truly honored to celebrate this milestone with her. 

Birthday Cake Krispie Treats: Easy no-bake way to enjoy the popular flavor of birthday cake!  #dessert #cookie

These Birthday Cake Krispie Treats could not be any easier to make!  No preheating of the oven required for this fun cake flavored treat dotted with sprinkles and topped with a touch of white chocolate. They are the perfect birthday treat for the hot days of July!  Or really, anytime of the year!

Birthday Cake Krispie Treats: Easy no-bake way to enjoy the popular flavor of birthday cake!  #dessert #cookie

Who knew celebrating could be so easy and yummy?!!  You will want to whip up a batch of these treats even if it's not your birthday! I like to make these in an 8"x8" pan because I like them thick, but if you like your krispie treats less tall, you could make them in a 9"x13" pan instead!

Birthday Cake Krispie Treats: Easy no-bake way to enjoy the popular flavor of birthday cake!  #dessert #cookie

And don't forget to enter for a chance to win a KitchenAid Mixer below!!



Birthday Cake Krispie Treats

Birthday Cake Krispie Treats

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1-10.5 oz. package of mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup dry Funfetti® cake mix
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 6 cups toasted rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup colored sprinkles, divided
  • 2 oz. white chocolate, melted

Instructions

  1. In large pan, melt butter. Add in marshmallows and allow to melt completely over med heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add in the cake mix and vanilla extract. Stir until fully incorporated into the marshmallow.
  3. Add the cereal and stir until coated. Add in 1/4 cup of sprinkles. Stir just until they are mixed in. Press mixture into a 8"x8" baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Press down with hands or silicon spatula that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Drizzle the top with the melted chocolate and then top with the remaining sprinkles.
  5. Put in refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow the treats and chocolate to set up. Cut into 16 squares.
Yield: 16 squares
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 30 mins. (Chill time) 
Total time: 40 mins.
Tags: cookies, treats, snacks, cake, sprinkles, sweets

Adapted from Allrecipes 

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Whoohoo! Let's Party! Why? It Flavor Mosaic's 1st Blogiversary this month!


To say thank you to our wonderful readers we are giving you the chance to win a beautiful KitchenAid Mixer! It has been one of the most popular prizes in past giveaways. It is probably one of the most essential kitchen appliances you can have. Plus it will look fabulous on your kitchen counter!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Red, White, and Blue Frozen Yogurt Bars

Red, White, and Blue Frozen Yogurt Bars are super easy, healthy, make ahead frozen desserts that are perfect for summer and for your whole family.

Red, White, and Blue Frozen Yogurt Bars:  Easy, healthy dessert or snack you can enjoy anytime! #frozen #fruit

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Grilled Greek Chicken Thighs w/Lemon Parmesan Orzo

This is a sponsored post.  I received free product and compensation in exchange for recipe development using Perdue Perfect Portions® Chicken Thigh Filets.  The recipes, recipe photos, and all opinions are 100% mine.

Grilled Greek Chicken Thighs w/Lemon Parmesan Orzo:  Dinner Done Easy.  Company worthy meal in about 30 minutes! #perfectportions #chicken

Would you be surprised that you can have this gorgeous dish on your table in about 30 minutes or so?  That's right!  I'm talking EASY, TASTY AND QUICK thanks to Perdue Perfect Portions® Boneless, Skinless Thigh Filets.  

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tropical Green Smoothie

Given a choice I will, more often than not, choose to "chew" my calories, rather then "drink" them. But the other day, I had green smoothies on my mind.  I did a quick survey to see what kind of ingredients I had on hand:  ripe banana...check...fresh pineapple...check...fresh baby spinach...check...and last but not least, coconut water.  I whirled them all up in my magic bullet, not sure what to expect, but was rewarded with a delicious, healthy, and refreshing afternoon snack.  Thus...the Tropical Green Smoothie was born! 

Tropical Green Smoothie: a healthy and refreshing drink!  #glutenfree #dairyfree #smoothie

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Easy Gazpacho

This month, for Allrecipes, my assignment was to create a unique gluten-free recipe using Classico® Tomato & Basil pasta sauce.  One of the recipes I came up with was for this Easy Gazpacho!  A gazpacho is a soup made from raw vegetables and served cold.  It usually has a tomato base (the pasta sauce in this instance!) and is a great option for the hot days of summer because it is so refreshing! It is also VERY figure friendly!  And did I mention, it tastes great too??

Easy Gazpacho:  Quick and easy cold soup perfect for an appetizer or light lunch! Gluten-free! #soup #gazpacho

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Pineapple Rice Pilaf

Pineapple Rice Pilaf is a tasty side dish that compliments just about anything!  Pineapple and pineapple juice give it a slight sweetness that makes it a nice change from your ordinary rice side dish.  It could not be any easier to make either, and since it's made from scratch, it is much lower in sodium than any of those boxed rice side dishes on the market.   

Pineapple Rice Pilaf:  A step above your ordinary rice pilaf and so easy to make!  #rice #side

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Chicken Saltimbocca

This is possibly my very favorite dish to order when eating out at my favorite Italian restaurant. Who knew it was so easy to make at home?  Chicken cutlets, seasoned with salt and pepper, wrapped with fresh sage and salty prosciutto, dusted with a little flour and sauteed until golden brown.  Then finished with a white wine pan sauce.  So delicious!  So easy!  You'll want to give this one a try!

Chicken Saltimbocca: Prosciutto and Sage wrapped chicken cutlets served with a wine pan sauce!  Easy and delicious! #chicken #proscuitto

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Maple Walnut Granola

When Michele from Flavor Mosaic asked me to do a guest post for her this week, I was thrilled and honored.  I have been a big fan of Flavor mosaic for some time now and really enjoy all her delicious, flavorful recipes and gorgeous photos.  I have made several recipes from her blog and loved every one of them.  I brought her one of my reworked, diet-friendly, no refined sugar, gluten-free and absolutely delicious recipes:  Maple Walnut Granola.

Maple Walnut Granola:  Delicious homemade granola could not be any easier or healthier!  #glutenfree #breakfast #granola

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dilled Cucumber and Radish Salad

It's no secret I love a good cucumber salad...Easy Pickled Cucumber Salad and Lemony Cucumber Salad being two of my favorites.   But make room for the new kid on the block:  Dilled Cucumber and Radish Salad.  Crisp cucumbers meet crunchy radishes and dill in this delightful salad that makes a great accompaniment to just about anything!

Dilled Cucumber and Radish Salad: Crisp cucumbers meet crunchy radishes  and dill in this refreshing salad!  #dill #radishes #cucumber

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