Thursday, August 28, 2014

BBQ Chicken Salad w/ Cilantro Lime Ranch Recipe

We had this for lunch today.  I thought it was quite delicious . . . the sweetness of the barbecue blended with the flavor of the dressing was perfect!  And Rachel said she thought it was the best salad I've made . . . so I guess, success! :) 

BBQ Chicken Salad w/ Cilantro Lime Ranch: AJcrazies by AJK

BBQ Chicken Salad w/ Cilantro Lime Ranch

1 1/2 lbs chicken breast tenderloins, thawed
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup barbecue sauce (I used a mixture of regular and honey)
1 large head romaine lettuce, chopped
1-2 avocados, peeled & diced
2-3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 1/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 green onions, chopped
1 - 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese

1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup mayo
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ranch seasoning mix
1/3 cup cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lime
2 - 3 pinches cayenne pepper

Preheat grill to medium heat.  Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Spray grill with Pam and cook chicken, flipping once.  Brush both sides of chicken with barbecue sauce in the last minute or two of grilling.  Transfer chicken to a plate, cover with foil, and let sit for 10 minutes before slicing into thin strips.

To make the salad, you can either toss all ingredients together in a large bowl or layer individually on 4 - 6 plates.  Serve and top with Cilantro Lime Ranch.

To make dressing, combine all ingredients in a blender and process until cilantro is finely chopped.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Southwest Chopped Chicken Salad Recipe

A simple and scrumptious salad!
Southwest Chopped Chicken Salad: AJcrazies by AJK

Southwest Chopped Chicken Salad

1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
2 cups sliced grilled chicken
1/2 green bell pepper
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
4 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 ripe avocados, diced
tortilla chips (If desired - I don't use them but some of the others do)

1/2 cup mayo
2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Prepare all ingredients.  In a very large bowl, combine all ingredients for salad.  Toss together with tongs or large spoon.  Top salad with dressing before eating.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Day Trip to Long Beach

With a group of lovely girls!

We took two big vans . . . I drove ours with these girls and more not pictured.

A lovely day!

Sitting and relaxing

Pulling down the volleyball net when the tide came in to where we were.

Building a sand castle or some such . . .I wasn't around to see the finished product. :)

Tara & Katrina

Tara, Katrina, & I went to Dooger's for supper . . . Yummm!

Everyone else eating supper . . . hot dogs and chicken nuggets over the campfire.

It was a wonderful day!  Hope you all have a great day!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Huckleberry Picking - 7/30/14

Huckleberry picking.  For the adventure.  The fun.  And of course, the huckleberries.  Because what would we do without huckleberries for our pancakes, anyways?!

The kids on the way up.

Huckleberries . . . oh, yum! 

Well, hello, cutie! 

Golden sunshine in the evening.  What could be lovelier?  It is so gorgeous!  

Mountain & Flowers 

Gorgeous wildflowers! 

Dad & Tanner 

Lovely . . . 

Beautiful sunset! 

The pink glow above the mountain. 

And the kids before we left.  For some reason, they apparently all needed to be holding something! 

And then we headed home down the bumpy road towards home, where we then enjoyed some fresh huckleberry milkshakes!

Have a wonderful day!