Slice of…Chicken Burrito Bowls

We had lots of fun with our friends Caleb and Maya for dinner this week. Sharing a meal with friends is one of our very favorite things to do. I made burrito bowls and we enjoyed them with salad, chips and guac, and beer.

The key to a good burrito bowl, in my opinion, is good chicken. I marinated my chicken in lime juice for about an hour and then rubbed it with spices before cooking. I had bowls with the toppings of: of sautéed peppers and onions, pico de gallo (that I bought from Lowe’s foods), black beans (see recipe below), and cheese. We put everything over Spanish rice. I think it was a hit!

Henry had green beans. Things got messy 🙂

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Here are my recipes for the chicken and the black beans:

Burrito Bowl Chicken

Ingredients:

Chicken Breasts

Limes

2 Tbsp Chili Powder

1 Tbsp Garlic Salt

1 Tbsp Cumin

Dash Crushed Red Pepper (or more if you want to add a bit more heat to the chicken)

Directions:

  1. Marinate Chicken in limejuice for about an hour.
  2. Cut chicken into strips. You can use whole chicken breasts if you want to cook on the grill (this chicken is deeeelicious on the grill!)
  3. Combine spices and cover chicken.
  4. Sautee over medium heat in skillet until cooked (about 8-10 minutes).
  5. Enjoy!

 

Easy Black Beans

Ingredients:

15 ounce can Black Beans (undrained)

1 onion, diced

1 clove garlic

Dash Crushed Red Pepper

 Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to simmer, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes (or until onion is cooked).
  3. Enjoy!

 

We are headed out of town today for a week of relaxing and together-ness at the beach. I can’t wait!

This guy will officially be 5 months this week! I can’t believe it!

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Slice of…Apple Cake

I made the most delicious apple cake for our trip to Boone last week! I got the recipe from my mom, who got it from a coworker. I LOVE this cake because it is moist, it is a bundt cake, and it is “healthy” because one of the ingredients is apples (you know what they say: “an apple (cake) a day…”). My biggest tip for anyone making this cake is to  butter and flour the bundt pan really well…

It was all fun and games…

 

Until…oops!

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We were all upset, but only for a moment!

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May not be magazine-cover perfect, but it still tasted delicious! We may or may not have even consumed it as both a dessert and a breakfast food. Vacation is the best!

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Here is the recipe I used:

Ingredients for Cake:

1 ½ cups vegetable oil

1 ½ cups white sugar

½ cup packed brown sugar

3 eggs

3 cups flour

2-½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

3 ½ cups (about 4-5 medium) apple peeled and chopped (very small pieces)

1 cup walnuts, chopped

2 tsp vanilla

 

Ingredients for Caramel Icing:

½ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup heavy cream

¼ cup butter

1 cup powdered sugar

 

For the cake: preheat the oven to 325, then:

  1. Butter and flour your bundt pan (verrrry important!!!).
  2. Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Cream oil, white sugar, brown sugar, and eggs together in a large bowl.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients.
  5. Stir in chopped apples, walnuts, and vanilla.
  6. Pour into prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 1 ½ hours.
  8. Remove from oven, let rest for about 10 minutes, loosen with a knife, and transfer cake from the pan to the baking rack.

For the Icing:

  1. Heat brown sugar, heavy cream, and butter in a small saucepan until bubbling.
  2. Allow to cool.
  3. Stir in powdered sugar.
  4. Drizzle over cooled cake.
  5. Enjoy!

Slice of…Frittata!

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A couple of nights ago we had a delicious frittata for dinner. I love making frittatas for dinner because you can pack them full of yummy vegetables. They are quick and easy to make, and I personally think they are deeelicious. This one was particularly good, I’m attributing it to the sweet potatoes. We ate ours with a big salad. Such a great dinner!

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Healthy Veggie Frittata

Ingredients:
2 tsp olive oil
Brussels sprouts, halved
1 sweet potato chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 eggs
6 egg whites
1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350, then:
1. Heat oil and garlic in cast iron skillet.
2. Add sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts; sautée for 6-8 minutes
3. Add onions and bell peppers, sautée another 5 minutes.
4. While sautéeing vegetables beat eggs, egg whites, and milk together.
5. Add spinach to other vegetables.
6. Pour egg mixture over vegetables, cook in the skillet for 1-2 minutes.
7. Move skillet to preheated oven and bake for about 15 minutes.
8. Enjoy!