Slow-Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken

Slow-Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken | Cinco de Mayo Recipes | ApplestoZiti.com

On Cinco de Mayo I posted a Vanilla Bean Banana Muffin recipe that is to die for. But the thing is… banana muffins are not what you would call ‘festive’ for this holiday. Therefore, even though I didn’t have time to get step-by-step photos ready, I thought I should at least post one recipe this week in honor of Cinco de Mayo. {I will try to get a step-by-step for this recipe up soon though!}

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Mini Ham & Cheese Frittatas with Candied Bacon

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Most mornings I am an oatmeal girl. It’s easy to make. It’s good for me. It’s yummy and satisfying. It’s part of my routine. And I like routine. I do well with routine. But… Morning after morning of oatmeal can get a bit repetitive.

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Carbonara with a Twist

Carbonara with Leeks, Bacon, & Goat Cheese

As I write this post my sink is full. There is flour spread haphazardly on my countertops. There are toys everywhere. There are at least two loads of laundry that need folding. Maybe three. But who’s counting? Weeds need pulling outside. Our carpets need vacuuming. The bathrooms need cleaning. And our realtor could text me at any moment to say someone wants to see our house in an hour.

But I’m ignoring all that because… well… I have been wanting to share this recipe and I cannot wait any longer!

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Sweet Potato Egg Nests with Maple-Bacon & Goat Cheese

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These are the perfect egg recipe for your Christmas morning brunch. Or perhaps you’re more the New Year’s Brunch type. Or possibly Easter brunch is your groove. Or Mother’s Day brunch. Or heck… just have brunch tomorrow.

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Onion Stuff

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Okay, so I’m not sure what to call this recipe, but it’s amazing and you MUST try it!

The closest thing I can think of is jelly… no, more like preserves because it’s not smooth… so I guess “jam” is a good name for it. There you go, this post should have been called, “Onion Jam”. At least your handy RECIPE printable will no longer be titled “Onion Stuff”… “JAM” it is!!

I am smokin’ hot.

NO really, I’m serious.

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G is for Goat Cheese!!

I thought long and hard about this one…

Choosing something with the word “goat” in it tends to scare people off. I’m not sure why “cow” cheese sounds any better to anyone, but there are numerous people we’ve encountered who are reluctant to try goat cheese simply because it sounds “weird” or “gross”. They have no idea what they’re missing.

Choosing another cheese right after doing ‘Feta’ seemed a bit repetitive… or NOT… because they are COMPLETELY different tastes and textures. As different as a potato chips and pudding… at least in my opinion. The feta is salty and crumbly, while the goat cheese is soft and creamy with a hint of sweetness somewhere in there.

Choosing something a bit on the expensive side seemed the final barrier to choosing this ingredients. Garlic… Ginger… Garbanzo Beans… Greek Yogurt… all these options seemed they might be less expensive to add to any given recipe…

In the end, the goat cheese won out. It may not be the most budget-friendly ingredient, but we seem to find a place for it in our budget each month so I decided to go for it. We love it too much to pass up the letter “G” with anything else!

My first recipe…

Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs with Bacon

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And YES…

They were as good as they look… oh my goodness, I think I could eat this everyday…

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E is for Easy Quiche

Easy, DELICIOUS quiche that is… 🙂

I thought about titling this post “E is for Egg Quiche”, but a quiche by definition is made with eggs, so I decided the “egg” part was obvious.

This recipe is my own. I only had one meat, one cheese and one type of herb on hand so that is what was added. I read through over 50 quiche recipes to see how other people made their quiche (ratios, ingredients, etc.) They ranged from fairly simple and a few ingredients to very involved and heavy with ingredients. Since I was going for a budget-friendly recipe, I needed something simple with just a few ingredients. This made TWO meals for my little family, but we are about the equivalent of 3 people (almost). You may easily be able to finish it off in one sitting! I would say it feeds four adults. Possibly more if it is served with a salad and/ or fruit on the side.

I love to get my stomach rumbling and my mouth watering to jump start menu planning, so here’s the shot of the final product:

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So eggy…. so creamy… a little crunch from that crust on top… DELICIOUS

Is your mouth watering?? If not, it will be when you see how easy this is to make…

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B is for Blue Cheese-Stuffed Chicken with Bacon & Pecans

This recipe is not one I would call quick or simple, but it makes you feel like a real chef and challenges your abilities in the kitchen. Or at least it challenged mine!

Here’s a small shot of the final result:

SO worth the time and work!

You can click here to see how to make the green beans I served along with the chicken. It’s another blue cheese recipe!

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B is for Blue Cheese Green Beans with Pecans

We served these green beans with Blue Cheese Bacon-wrapped Chicken. They required similar ingredients and they paired well together. I was worried it would  be too much bacon and blue cheese on the plate at first… but then I realized… the more the merrier, right? Well, I hoped so and it turned out to be a delicious pairing!

The green beans are super simple and super delicious (my favorite combo). Even if you don’t use them as a side for the chicken, you MUST try them!

 

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B is for Blue Cheese Burgers with Bacon

Another recipe of my own!! Two in one week!

I found several recipes for blue cheese burgers. There were aspects of many of them that I liked but also some that I didn’t like. In the end, since I decidedly wanted to have a burger be part of the ‘Blue Cheese’ saga, I ventured to make a blue cheese burger recipe to call my own.

Click here: Blue Cheese Burgers with Bacon for my recipe. 🙂 …it’s so fun to say that. I love writing recipes. A much more difficult and involved process than I imagined, but I love it all the same.

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