Southwestern Chicken Salad

This is probably the BEST southwest salad I have ever eaten!!! And it’s so healthy and so easy to make!! Of course I found this recipe on Pinterest! 🙂

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WHAT YOU NEED:

For Salad:
-2 Cups shredded chicken
-1 Green pepper, chopped
-1 Can black beans, drained and rinsed
-1 Can yellow corn, drained and rinsed
-2 Roma tomatoes, diced
-2 Haas avocados, diced
-1 Head of lettuce, chopped
-1/4 Cup cilantro, chopped
-4 Green onions, chopped
-1 Cup crushed tortilla chips-Try my homemade tortilla chip recipe!

For Dressing:
-2/3 Cup plain greek yogurt
-1/2 Cup  mayonnaise
-1 Tablespoon ranch seasoning
-1 Tablespoon taco seasoning

Combine chicken, green pepper, black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocados, lettuce, cilantro and onions in a large bowl. For the dressing: combine the greek yogurt, mayonnaise, and seasonings. Mix well. Add the dressing to the salad (start by adding a little bit of the dressing and add more until desired dressing amount for salad is obtained). Mix everything well, so the salad is coated with the dressing. Top with the crushed tortilla chips and enjoy!

This makes a ton of salad that can feed a large group of people! Next time, I might try to cut the recipe in half.

Hope you enjoy! 🙂

Black Bean Tacos: Take 2

You guys remember a week or so ago when I made Black Bean Tacos and I was contemplating how to make these even healthier AKA not frying them up. I had thought about baking them on a cookie sheet and placing another cookie sheet on top until they were able to hold the “taco” shape.

Well……IT WORKED! I grabbed a cookie sheet and sprayed it with cooking spray. I plopped on 6 corn tortillas and put them in the oven while it pre-heated to 350 degrees. In the mean time I made the black bean part of the recipe. Then, after the tortillas had been in for about 5 minutes, I took them out, placed the black bean mixture on one side of each tortilla then folded the other half of the tortillas over. For the most part, they stayed, but a few I had to hold down while I placed the other cookie tray on top. Plop them in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Then take the tray(s) out. You can now take off the top tray. Flip the tacos and bake for another 10 minutes. And there you have it, baked black bean tacos!

Again, you can eat plain or top with your favorite taco item, such as salsa, sour cream, avocado, hot sauce….whatever you’d like!

Hope you enjoy! 🙂

Taquito Saturday?

Taco Tuesday. Taquito Saturday. Eh, it’ll do. Found a simple recipe for chicken taquitos on Pinterest here ! I loveeeeee Mexican food, so don’t be surprised if most of my food posts are of the mexi-tex nature. 😉

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WHAT YOU NEED:
-4 oz Cream cheese, softened
-2 Tablespoons sour cream
-1 Tablespoon lime juice
-1 Teaspoon chili powder
-1/2 Teaspoon cumin
-1/2 Cup salsa
-2 Cloves garlic, minced
-4 Green onions, chopped
-3 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
-1 Cup shredded cheese
-2 Cups shredded chicken
-12-14 Flour tortillas (6-8 inch)
-Cooking spray
-Salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Combine cream cheese, sour cream, lime juice, salsa, spices, garlic, cilantro, cheese and chicken. Mix well. ~Lesson learned: Make sure the cream cheese is softened all the way or it will be nearly impossible to mix!~ Put about 2 spoonfuls of mixture on tortilla, near one edge. Roll up tightly and place “seam” down on a greased pan. Repeat until mixture is gone. For me, it was easiest to spread the mixture with my fingers and roll them up tightly. It will get a little messy, but totally worth it! After they are all on the pan, spray with some cooking spray and sprinkle with some salt. Place in oven and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly brown. The last minute or so of cooking, I put some cheese on top and let that melt. Let them cool and enjoy!

As I Promised…

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This is the rice cup I was talking about. The package contains 2 cups of rice. It only needs one minute in the microwave, great for saving time over a stove or to take to work! There are different varieties such as white, brown, jasmine, yellow, and medley.

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This is the completed dish! Doesn’t it look scrumptious?! Here I used tilapia and seasoned it with Mrs.  Dash – Lemon pepper.

If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to comment 🙂