Tagged: Southwest flavors

Get a taste of savory ground turkey & bacon sauteed with nutritious swiss chard in a flavorful blend of seasonings served on cheesy, pan-fried polenta. 0

Southwest Turkey & Bacon Polenta {Ninja Cooking System}

Have I mentioned the awesome-ness of the Ninja Cooking System lately? Cooking an entire, well-rounded meal in one cooking vessel rocks my kitchen. With as fancy as Southwest Turkey & Bacon Polenta appears, the minimal cleanup involved seems hard to believe. This dish is much different than most of the steam-infused recipes out there for the NCS. After a sauté and a simmer for the saucy ingredients, thick slices of creamy polenta get a quick crisp-up on the stove top setting (along with a melty cheese topping). This final step adds a unique texture that really makes this turkey &...

Wretched Menace Reaper Rub is a dreadfully spicy yet thrillingly flavorful dry rub {made from Carolina Reaper chiles} perfect for smoked & grilled meats. 0

Wretched Menace Reaper Rub {Carolina Reaper Recipe}

Each year, we make a day (or two) of firing up the smoker for our family and friends. We call it Williams Family Smokefest. I eagerly awaited this year’s first event knowing that I had something special in store with the dried Carolina Reaper chiles I had tucked away from last season’s harvest. I’ve used Carolina Reaper chiles a few times now, and each of my previous experiments (including Sweet & Spicy Reaper Smoked Turkey Breast) were most definitely on the conservative side of spicy. I wasn’t sure just how spicy these little fire nuggets were. I let that fear get the best...

Cut out pre-processed and preservative ingredients by making your own fresh, delicious chicken enchiladas from scratch in the Ninja Cooking System. 0

Chicken Enchiladas from Scratch 🍴 Ninja Cooking System

I’m a self-admitted control freak when it comes to ingredients in my family’s food. This need for knowing what’s in it boils down to health and flavor. Usually it’s more about clean eating—but in this case, I developed Chicken Enchiladas from Scratch for the superior taste. (Oh, and the ease of cooking it all in one pot using the Ninja Cooking System. Score!) I have yet to find a reasonably-priced store bought red enchilada sauce that isn’t the same old, same old thin, runny stuff in a can. Good Mexican restaurants serve enchiladas that boast flavorful, rich sauces, so I should be...

Smoky Chicken & Poblano Chili is Whole30 compliant, packed with delicious flavor, and loaded with healthy veggies. This is how to do Whole30 chili justice. 0

Smoky Chicken & Poblano Chili in the Ninja Cooking System

It dawned on me the other day that I’m becoming a serious poblano pepper pusher. Maybe I realized it as I scarfed down a second helping of Smoky Chicken & Poblano Chili, I dunno. But I’ve written quite a handful of recipes containing poblano lately. Probably because it’s just a solid, robust and delish flavor. I want to put poblanos in everything! The poblanos definitely worked their magic again in this chili. I originally developed it to be a Whole30 compliant chili recipe since beans and pasta may normally show up in a bowl at my house. At first, I thought these recipes would...

Poblano Joes is a fresh, clean-eating twist on the all-time classic favorite, Sloppy Joes! Use chiles from the garden for a special treat. 0

Poblano Joes ★ Clean-Eating Version of the Sloppy

I’ve been making a Biggest Loser recipe called Sexy Joes for a few years now. It’s delicious and lower on calories—mainly because it uses ground chicken in place of ground beef. It calls for chile sauce, though. And I can’t seem to find a decently-priced bottle of chile sauce that embodies my clean-eating ideals (i.e. isn’t loaded with high fructose corn syrup). I used ground beef in my Poblano Joes recipe to make it closer to the classic sloppy joes sandwich that everyone loves. However, you could easily switch the beef out for ground chicken. Then let’s call it Sexy...

This recipe for Chipotle Chicken Tacos from Dish-y.com is a spicy, tasty twist on a Tex Mex favorite. Add this quick and healthy dish to your lineup. 0

Chipotle Chicken Tacos

It all started when I used up the last of my stash of homemade taco seasoning. Although it’s pretty easy to throw together, I had some chipotle peppers on hand that I needed to use up and I thought I’d try something a little different. This is how the recipe for Chipotle Chicken Tacos was born. Taking the lead from a go-to Biggest Loser recipe for “Sexy Joes,” I decided to switch out the typical ground beef for ground chicken for a lower fat version of the taco. And since I wanted to incorporate more healthfu ingredients in my new Chipotle...

These quick and easy chicken fajita lettuce wraps are full of flavor, high on nutrition and protein, and perfect for low carb meal plans. 0

Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps

For the better part of the last month, I’ve been following a fairly low carb meal plan as part of the Metabolic Aftershock exercise program (more on that to come). Since I’ve not really ever followed a low carb diet much, I’ve been trying to think up creative recipes and ways to do low carb. I’ve always loved the gingery chicken lettuce wraps that are common in Asian restaurants, but wanted to try something a little different. Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps is the direction I went, and it’s definitely a keeper recipe! We love doing “Taco Tuesday” (even if it’s...

This recipe for Mixed Greens with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette from Dish-y.com is a light and refreshing way to use up fresh greens from the garden. 0

Mixed Greens With Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Gardening season is here. That means I’m about to have more lettuce than I know how to use up. I’ve been building my collection of recipes using spring greens all winter long. And this recipe for Mixed Greens with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette is one of the more delicious ways I’ve come up with to use the bounty of fresh spring greens coming my way. In the last few years, I’ve become pretty accustomed to making salads as side or main dishes anywhere from 1-4 times per week. They’re so easy, and I love having the salad ingredients on hand for quick...

This Slow Roasted Pork Tacos recipe from Dish-y.com is prepared in the Ninja Cooking System, combining the Stovetop and Slow Cooker functions. 0

Slow Roasted Pork Tacos

Pork shoulder is one of my favorite cuts of meat to use, because it’s flavorful and easy on the budget. We throw  a few Boston Butts in the smoker each year (that’s the name appointed to a grand ole pork shoulder roast), but sometimes I also make pulled pork in the slow cooker. When it’s not going on a bun, one of our favorite ways to eat shredded pork is in Slow Roasted Pork Tacos like this recipe. Before the Ninja Cooking System graced my kitchen, I followed Clifford Wright’s recipe for Soft Tacos of Smoky Shredded Pork from the...

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Rattlesnake Pasta in the Ninja Cooking System

I used to make Rattlesnake Pasta a lot. That was before I had kids. Rattlesnake Pasta is delicious. But from what I remember, it required me to get three pots dirty. One to boil the pasta, one to cook the chicken, and another to make the sauce. That kind of nonsense can only exist in my former life. I can’t be cleaning all of those pots. What a ridiculous time waste. Ha! I used to feel so rushed in the kitchen—like I had no time at all to be creative with food. I mean, after a full day’s work, I only had...