This recipe for Spicy Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken was inspired by Fit Slow Cooker Queen’s Instagram post for Slow Cooker Cilantro-Lime Chicken. My recipe is just for the chicken because I wanted to make a big batch to be able to freeze. You could certainly add corn and black beans like she does if you like. I like the idea of adding some onion and bell peppers to bump up the low carb vegetables. For now though, this recipe is just for the chicken.
The other day I made Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms as a side dish for dinner. Truly a match made in heaven. Healthy, earthy satisfying and quick. And, I said to make extra. One reason is so that you can make this Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Frittata.
Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms is the easiest of side dishes. You will want to make extra, trust me. The nice thing about this is you can really pack a bunch on a sheet pan and it enhances the flavor. Usually when you roast veggies, you want to allow space in between so that you get nice caramelization. But, this is not the case with asparagus and mushrooms. Packing a bunch sort of lets everything mingle. The combination is what makes this dish so good.
I had a popsicle for breakfast this morning. YUM. A homemade Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Popsicle. The grocery store had these huge cartons of blueberries on sale. How could I pass them up? I love fresh blueberries with yogurt. One of my favorite breakfasts in the winter is oatmeal with blueberries, honey and cinnamon but it’s too hot for that right now. So, I made popsicles. So simple.
I created this Hummingbird Nectar Recipe and Conversion Chart, ’cause, out here in the hinterlands of New Mexico you have to get your entertainment where you can. I like to have my morning tea on the front porch and watch the hummingbirds, little fighter pilots of the Audubon world. Their speed and agility is unmatched anywhere in nature in my humble opinion. We have two feeders set up about 10 feet off the porch. There are a couple of trees that allow the birds to check out the situation before they come down to feed, so it’s a great set up. Hummingbirds eat 1.5 to 3 times their body weight a day. If they spent less time running each other off and just shared the feeder, they might not have to eat so much. They wouldn’t be nearly as interesting to watch though. Aerial battles and all, it is a great way to start the day.
It has been crazy hot for the last several days. If I could get away with ice cream for every meal I would. So as an alternative, there is this Olive Bar Salad. It has only one cooked ingredient. That would be the brown rice. I made a double batch the other night for dinner. So today when I put this salad together, I just took everything out of the fridge.
I love potato salad. You know the kind with a creamy dressing and a little zing from some mustard. But, I am trying to cut some of the starchy carbs in my life. Isn’t everyone? I also love raw cauliflower dipped in ranch dressing. I love it almost as much as Pringles. I could sit and eat cauliflower dipped in ranch dressing until I need to be carted off in a wheelbarrow. So, here is a salad that merges the good things from both. This Creamy Cauliflower Salad has the flavors and dressing from my favorite potato salad, but not the potatoes. It has cauliflower instead. You know what? You are not going to miss the potatoes one bit. Nope, really.
This past weekend The Accidental Cowboy (my better half) and I made a day trip to Madrid, New Mexico. It was their annual CrawDaddy Blues Fest. Having lived in Houston for many years, we do miss good crawfish now and again so we jumped at the chance to try some. The food and live music was well worth the drive but for me, the best part was discovering the best chocolate in New Mexico. Really, some of the best chocolate I have had here in the states, at Shurgarman’s Little Chocolate Shop. It’s just off Highway 14, the main street that runs through Madrid.
Memorial Day is just around the corner and that means that Summer Grilling Season is here. As with anything, you need the right tools. At least that’s what my dad used to say. The Accidental Cowboy (my husband) says that too. I think it’s true but, it could be an excuse to acquire more tools. Anyway, here are seven grilling tools to make your grilling a breeze.