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7 Kick Ass Salad Dressings

I thought I'd mix it up a bit and instead of offering a recipe for a meal this week, I'll give you seven kick ass salad dressings that you can make at home. These are perfect for the mason jar salads you meal prep to make life easier.

So here they are, compliments of Honest Cooking.

7 Kick Ass Salad Dressings

1. Spicy Garlic Salad Dressing

2. Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing

3. Cilantro and Lime Salad Dressing

4. Citrus Shallot Salad Dressing

5. Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing

6. Lemon Dijon Salad Dressing

7. Maple Balsamic Dressing

Which one will be your new favourite salad dressing?

1. Spicy Garlic Salad Dressing  Photo Credit:  ThisSillyGirlsLife.com

1. Spicy Garlic Salad Dressing
Photo Credit: ThisSillyGirlsLife.com

2.  Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing Photo Credit:  BunsInMyOven.com

2. Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing
Photo Credit: BunsInMyOven.com

3.  Cilantro and Lime Salad Dressing Photo Credit:  SimpleAwesomeCooking.com

3. Cilantro and Lime Salad Dressing
Photo Credit: SimpleAwesomeCooking.com

 

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Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

Bruschetta is one of my favourite appetizers, and it's one of the few things I can actually contribute to our home-cooked meals (even though my husband typically makes it himself anyway - but hey, at least I know HOW to make it, right?! Hehe...).

So when I found this delicious Grilled Chicken Bruschetta recipe from Skinny Taste, I was excited - it takes all the flavourful elements we love about bruschetta bread, and instead has them as toppings on grilled chicken - switching the carbs to protein, and the portion from appetizer to actual meal-sized.

All while showcasing fresh tomatoes, garlic, onion, and basil! 

Photo source:  skinnytaste.com

Photo source: skinnytaste.com

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 medium vine ripe tomatoes
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 3 oz part skim mozzarella, diced (omit for whole30, paleo)
  • 1.25 lbs (8 thin sliced) chicken cutlets

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine onion, olive oil, balsamic, 1/4 tsp kosher salt and pepper. Set aside a few minutes.
  2. Chop tomatoes and place in a large bowl. Combine with garlic, basil, onion-balsamic combo and additional 1/8 tsp salt and pepper to taste. Set aside and let it sit at least 10 minutes or as long as overnight.
  3. Toss in the cheese when ready to serve. 
  4. Season chicken with salt and fresh pepper.
  5. Preheat the grill to medium-high, clean and oil the grates to prevent sticking.
  6. Grill the chicken 2 minutes on each side, set aside on a platter and top with bruschetta and serve.


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18 Hot Chocolate Combinations

If you're anything like me, you've already had a cup of hot chocolate at least once to warm you up on these chilly fall nights. For some reason, my husband doesn't like the foam that gathers on top of the surface (are you kidding me?! Those tiny chocolate bubbles are delicious!), so when I make our hot chocolate at home, I spoon the foam off his and add it to mine! He also doesn't like marshmallows (but loves Rice Krispie squares...) in his hot chocolate, so I only indulge in those a couple times throughout the fall and winter because we don't usually just have a bag of marshmallows laying around in the cupboard.

Photo by  Alisa Anton

Photo by Alisa Anton

Occasionally, we'll slip some Baileys in our hot chocolate (making our insides extra toasty, hehe). Then I got thinking, why not mix it up a bit, by trying some of these freakin' awesome sounding hot chocolate combinations (and yes, some even have booze in them) from a list I found on Buzzfeed. Which ones will you try?

  1. Melted Hot Chocolate with Sea Salt Whipped Cream

  2. Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate

  3. Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

  4. Lemongrass-Lavendar White Hot Chocolate

  5. Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

  6. 2-Ingredient Nutella Hot Chocolate

  7. Peppermint Hot Chocolate

  8. The Hot Choc-Colada

  9. Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate

  10. Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate

  11. White Fudge Oreo Hot Cocoa

  12. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

  13. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

  14. Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate

  15. Eggnog Mexican Hot Chocolate

  16. Aztec Hot Chocolate

  17. Whipped Vanilla White Hot Chocolate

  18. Fluffer Nutter Hot Chocolate

 

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