Happy football season and almost fall! If your family is anything like mine, one of the highlights of the season involves gathering round on the weekends and watching your favorite team's game (or games if you are rooting for more than one team!). In preparation for all of the football festivities, I've rounded up a few healthy spins on classic tailgating recipes that your family and friends are sure to enjoy. So whether you are tailgating at the stadium or gathering around the TV in your home, these quick and easy tailgating recipes will help you please your hungry football-watching crowd.
I debated whether or not it was "too late" to post these summery energy bites. I debated it so much that I looked at the monthly weather forecast for our area and that was all the confirmation I needed to know it's okay to still post these... with highs in the 100s and 90s for several more weeks, summery snacks are more than appropriate.
The inspiration for these bites came from an adorable coffee shop in Corpus Christi, Texas. We went on a little family vacay to the beach earlier in the summer and on our final day we visited a little coffee shop on the way out of town. We loved everything about it (minus not having a high chair)! They had an incredible menu and these A-M-A-Z-I-N-G energy bites at the register. They were unlike anything I've ever tried- SO chewy and luscious. I really wanted to re-create these and I think we came close!
They had Nutella bites, chocolate espresso bites, peanut butter vanilla bites and these cranberry lemon ones! I'm hopeful to recreate some of the others ones also, but first things first- tart and sweet cranberries with a bold lemon flavor and lots of chewiness from coconut, make these ones an incredible snack or slightly sweet treat.
KISS Tip: Swap out your favorite dried fruit for the cranberries! Dried cherries or blueberries would be a great substitute.
You usually want to store energy bites in the fridge, unless you're enjoying them that day and eating the entire batch (which I wouldn't judge you for)! Just know that when they go in the fridge, you can expect a denser version after being stored.
Can't wait for cooler weather soon and plenty of fall and winter recipes coming y'all's way!
KISS Cranberry Lemon Energy Bites
Time: 5 minutes
Makes: About 16 energy bites
1/2 cups + 1 Tbsp almond butter
1 1/2 cups coconut
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp dried cranberries
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp oats
3 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp flaxseed
1 1/2 tsp chia seeds
3 Tbsp lemon juice
3 tsp lemon zest
1.) Mix all ingredients together in a food processor.
2.) Roll into balls about 1 inch in size.
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I'm excited to partner with Monterey Mushrooms, the largest fresh mushroom grower in North America, for this post. As always, all opinions are my own, and I only partner with brands and products I genuinely love using in my own kitchen.
We all tend to love salads for different reasons. Whether it's health benefits, how easy they are to make or just wanting a crisp refreshing meal when the Texas heat is killing us all slowly, salads are the perfect lunch or dinner. To keep my salad rotation new and exciting, I try to make simple twists on classic favorites. The addition of these Monterey Mushroom salad toppers takes a basic chicken Caesar salad to a whole new level of flavor (and nutrition!).
If you're feeding big eaters like growing teens or husbands/dads, I know they can be the first to balk at salad. Trust me- if you serve up this flavorful salad, they'll ask for it again and again. Hearty chicken, seasoned and sautéed mushrooms with crisp lettuce, creamy cheese and delicious dressing come together for the perfect salad.
We're big mushroom fans here at KISS in the Kitchen. You'd be hard pressed to find a crop more sustainable and nutritious than mushrooms. Did you know that one million pounds of mushrooms can grow in the space of just one acre while requiring minimal water and are ready to harvest in just a matter of days?!
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I love these Monterey Mushroom Salad Toppers- they're super convenient since they're already sliced and perfect to toss on any salad. I chose to sauté these for a few minutes to give a deeper flavor, and there's time while the chicken is cooking in the oven!
KISS Tip: Substitute sliced baby bellas or your other favorite mushroom if your grocery store doesn't carry this specific variety!
KISS Tip: Make your own dressing to cut down on unnecessary ingredients OR grab a dressing like Tessemae's (my favorite!) that uses quality ingredients. You can find it in the refrigerated section close to where the mushrooms are in most H-E-B's!
I hope this Texas heat cools down really soon, but I'll be enjoying this salad recipe all year long!
KISS Chicken and Mushroom Caesar Salad
Time: 50 minutes (40 minutes cook time, 10 minutes hands-on)
3 chicken breasts
3 Romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
2 packages Monterey Mushrooms Salad Toppers
1 Tbsp avocado oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Shaved parmesan cheese for topping
Caesar dressing of choice (I used Tessemae's Creamy Caesar)
1.) Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place chicken breasts on baking sheet. Brush avocado oil over chicken breasts and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake chicken for 40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165° F.
2.) While the chicken is baking, you can prepare the mushrooms. Add 1 Tbsp avocado oil to a stovetop pan heated on medium heat and toss in the mushrooms. Add salt and pepper, and sauté for about 5 minutes.
3.) Remove mushrooms from heat and allow to cool while the chicken finishes baking.
4.) Roughly chop the Romaine lettuce and place in a bowl.
5.)Once the chicken is done, slice it into strips and place it along with the mushrooms on top of the salad.
6.) Top salad with shaved parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing. Enjoy!
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Welcome to KISS in the Kitchen! I'm Shannon, and my dad always told me "Keep it simple, Shannon". And that's what you'll find here- simple recipes and simple ideas to help you get healthier and happier.