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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Smashed Red Potatoes

Smashed Red Potatoes with Sour Cream & Chives via applestoziti.com

Are you ready to get out some aggression?

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Buffalo Chicken Nachos

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If Buffalo chicken wings and Nachos had a baby… this is what you would get.

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Pork & Nectarine Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing

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Summer is in full swing here in Phoenix. You know this when the temperature breaks 115°F… funny enough, a 101°F day is mild and yes, you can tell the difference. In the midst of these weeks of extreme heat we stay inside more often than not, meaning that I can indulge in my official state of “nesting”.

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Italian Sausage Soft Tacos with Roasted Veggie Salsa & Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream

Yes, the “I” in our A to Z line up is for ITALIAN SAUSAGE!

I must admit, I’m a bit burned out on sausage for the time being, as we have been eating sausage recipes all week….

But you don’t have to make them all in the same week like I did… If you are a sausage-lovin’-family (as we are) you might be able to do 2-3 meals without hitting burnout! 🙂

First up….. nope, not an Italian dish…

TACO NIGHT!!

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Sausage Soft Tacos with Roasted Veggie Salsa and Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream

My mouth is officially watering…

Maybe I’m not as burned out on sausage as I thought!

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E is for Egg Burrito (Healthy Style)

Looking for something filling, delicious, and good for you? Look no further!

I discovered this recipe during my second pregnancy and have been making it ever since. If I’m making the recipe for just me (which is often the case), I will make a recipe for four and just add the eggs when ever I’m in the mood for eggs throughout the week. Making it for more than one person is simple too, AND, of course, it’s budget-friendly!

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The hot sauce is optional but I like a little kick now and again with my eggs 🙂

SHOPPING LIST: 1 red onion, 1 red bell pepper, 1 can black beans (low-sodium, if possible), 8 eggs, 1/3 cup pepper jack cheese (or cheddar if you don’t like it spicy), 1 large tomato (or two small ones), 1 small avocado, tortillas (recipe calls for 10-inch, burrito size)

Stapes to be sure you have: Canola oil, Chili flakes, Cooking Spray, Salt & Pepper

Some optional items: sour cream, salsa, hot sauce

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B is for Blue Cheese Dressing

We all need a good blue cheese dressing in our lives. I haven’t tried many recipes for making this yet, but this one was wonderful so I’m adding it to my favorites. Let me know if you have a version of blue cheese dressing that you love!

When I made this I made one mistake… I didn’t mash the blue cheese at the beginning. It was much harder to mash after I had added all the other ingredients. It was messy, to say the least. I wouldn’t recommend it.

You need 4 oz blue cheese (the recipe calls for Gorgonzola), 1/3 cup sour cream, 1/3 cup buttermilk, 1/4 cup mayo, 1 TBSP white wine vinegar, 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 tsp black pepper.

Mash the cheese well with a fork FIRST. Add in all the other ingredients. Whisk to combine. DONE! It makes a little over a cup of dressing so if you don’t need it all store it in an airtight container for up to a week. YUM!

Here’s the pictures:

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Click here for the official recipe from Alton Brown.

Use this dressing to top my Blue Cheese Burgers with Bacon! Click here for that post.

HAPPY EATING!

B is for Blue Cheese Quesadillas

It seems that the recipes of my own that turn out best are the ones that come from a need to make dinner without making a trip to the grocery store.

I wanted to do a ‘Blue Cheese’ quesadilla recipe, but all the ones I found had a LOT of ingredients and that’s just not in the budget for this month (or most months!) I decided to go for making my own ‘recipe’ again and added blue cheese to the mix. I got some ideas from chefs online: triple decker style instead of just two tortillas and grilling the quesadilla instead of cooking it in the pan. Both of these things are new favorites, and I think we’ll use them in ALL future quesadillas… especially the grilling them part!… SO delicious!

I really LOVE recipes that include a small amount of ingredients and BIG flavor! This recipe does just that. Here is everything you will need:

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Really… that’s it!… That is ALL you need!

The blue cheese is the most expensive item, but if you can find it on sale (I did!)… it’s worth trying.

Here’s my recipe: Blue Cheese Quesadillas

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