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Empanadas

17 Jan

 

 

Hey Loves! I know I have been MIA for a while but…. I’m baaaaaacckk and with some delicious Empanadas! What are Empanadas? A empanada is a Spanish or Latin American pastry turnover filled with a variety of savory ingredients baked or fried. I love love love empanadas. Whenever I go to get spanish food, I must have empanada. My Bestie’s dad makes some really good ones and I just realized he owes me some lol. The empanadas I made had less of that “spanish” taste to them because I added sweet chili sauce and sriracha to my filling but I still think it turned out pretty darn good! Plus I think that everyone at the Christmas gift exchange would agree. Especially my brother! He is still looking for more lol.

What you will need:

 

Ingredients:

l lb Ground Chicken

1 Red Bell Pepper

1/4 Cup Chopped Onion

1 Tbsp Minced Garlic

1/4 Cup Diced Manzanilla Olives

3 Tbsp Sriracha

4 Tbsp Frank’s Sweet Chili Sauce

2 Packets Sazon

2 Cups Vegetable or Canola Oil (if frying)

1 Tbsp EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

1 Packet Empanada Dicos Thawed (found in the freezer section of most grocery stores)

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Directions: 

1) Place ground chicken in a bowl, add salon, salt and pepper, mix well.

2) Heat olive oil in pan and sauté garlic until fragrant. About 20 Seconds.

3) Add in red pepper and onion and sauté until tender.

4) Add ground chicken to pan and cook through until no longer pink (make sure meat is chopped up into very small pieces)

5) Mix in sriracha and sweet chili sauce.

6) Take Empanada Disc and fill the middle of each disc with filling

7) Fold Disc over and pinch close

8) Heat oil in pan to 350 degrees

9) Fry empanadas on each side for about a minute.

10) Drain on paper towels to get off excess grease and then serve.

 

*These can also be baked and still taste delicious and healthier*

 

 

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Greek Chicken Feta Wraps

22 Dec

Hey Loves! I hope you all are ready for Christmas because we only have a few days left. If you haven’t done any shopping you better get on it! Between working my full time and part time job, plus getting ready for Christmas, I haven’t had much time for cooking. Here is a quick recipe for Greek Feta Chicken Wraps that you can throw together on any hectic night. There are no specific measurements for this recipe. Just eyeball it and put as much as you like. Well not so much where you can’t close the wrap. Enjoy! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Leftover Chicken Breast
  • Chopped Cucumbers
  • Kalamata Olives Pitted
  • Chopped Lettuce
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Greek Style Feta Dressing
  • Whole Grain Tortilla Wraps
Directions:
1. Arrange all ingredients on the tortilla wrap.
2. Roll and EAT! Enjoy 🙂

A Stormy Summer Night, Thinking of Chili

2 Aug

It has been thundering & lightning  here in MD and all I can think of is a warm bowl of my dad’s Chili. I know some people think that chili is just for the winter time but nothing else warms my soul on a night like tonight. Of course the air is on full blast in here. lol. All I can think about is the sound of my dad’s loud, affectionate voice as he teaches me how to make his yummy chili. I was just a little girl then, so I didn’t actually memorize or write down the actual recipe. I have a just of the recipe but not exact. I thought that he would always be around when I needed to ask him how to make things but tomorrow is never promised. My dad passed away when I was 15 years old. Even though it’s almost been ten years, it seems like yesterday. It still hurts till this day but when I think of all the memories I have, I can’t help but Smile 🙂 So even though I don’t have his exact chili recipe, I think if he had the chance to try mine, he would LOVE IT! 🙂