March 30, 2011

Southwest BBQ Chicken Salad

Last year I was trying to recreate one of my favorite salads that I used to get at Cafe Rio when we lived in Phoenix, and it kind of morphed into a southwest bbq salad. This salad has now become one of my favorite meals. The key ingredient is the Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing. Talk about a yummy dressing!!

Here's what you do:

In a crockpot add-
Chicken breasts
Your favorite bbq sauce
A little bit of water
Sliced onions

Cook on low for 7-8 hours. Once done, shred chicken.

In true Cafe Rio style, I broil a tortilla with a little shredded cheese until melted and use this for the salad bowl.

Then start assembling your salad -

Romaine lettuce
Black beans
Cotija cheese

I promise there is lettuce under there somewhere. :)
Dig in and Enjoy!

Linked to: Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style, Foodie Friday, 
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday Parade of Food, Tasty Tuesday,
Home May'd @ Southern Hospitality Blog

March 21, 2011

Happy Spring!

Stanley's enjoying having the windows open just as much as I am.  Spring is finally here!!

Here's to a great week full of sunshine and beautiful weather...

March 14, 2011

Roasting Tomatoes {And a Yummy Sandwich!}

I've seen a lot of recipes for roasted tomatoes and have always wanted to give it a try.  I stocked up on tomatoes last week thinking I was going to make a big batch of yummy bruschetta but that never happened.  I didn't want them to go to waste so I decided to roast them.

Here's what you do:

Quarter each tomato and remove seeds
Drizzle with olive oil
Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Top with a few minced garlic cloves

Preheat oven to 450° and roast for about 20-25 minutes.

*I lined my baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up

After about 5 minutes in the oven, the tomatoes were smelling wonderful!

After the tomatoes came out of the oven I decided to make a roasted tomato and feta sandwich.  I toasted some french bread then piled on the tomatoes and topped with feta.  I stuck it under the broiler for a few minutes and then tried my first bite.  OH MY GOODNESS, these tomatoes are one of the tastiest things I've ever eaten!  My super simple sandwich tasted like something from a restaurant.

Don't wait as long as I did to try roasting tomatoes!

Linked to: Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table , Delectable Tuesday,
Tasty Tuesday, Foodie Friday

March 10, 2011

Nothing but Tulips

It's been a super busy week so I don't have any fun recipes or projects to share.  But I do have a lovely bouquet of pink tulips that I've been enjoying all week thanks to the husband. :)  I think tulips may be my favorite flower.  Every time I look at them I am reminded that spring is around the corner...

Happy Friday!!

Linked to: Show & Tell Friday

March 2, 2011

I {heart} My New Cookbook!

I received a fun package in the mail yesterday! My favorite food blog, Our Best Bites, just came out with their first cookbook. I have made so many of their recipes and everything always turns out delicious. The cookbook is everything I hoped it would be and more. In between the spiral-bound pages are wonderful photos, fun tutorials, and a helpful section with 'rollover' ingredients — a perfect place to find recipes with similar ingredients. 

Here's the link in case you want to order one for yourself. You won't be disappointed!