Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs

Spicy grilled hot dogs smothered in roasted jalapeno and garlic bacon guacamole and topped with cotija cheese. These hot dogs take typical grilling to the next level with their spicy, bold flavors and perfectly contrasting textures.

Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs: Spicy grilled hot dogs smothered with roasted jalapeno & garlic bacon guacamole + cotija cheese

It’s not like you need a reason to make fancy, delicious, to-die-for guacamole. In fact hunger is reason enough for me, and a fork is a totally acceptable vehicle. However, a spicy sausage may be an even more delicious vehicle.

Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs: Spicy grilled hot dogs smothered with roasted jalapeno & garlic bacon guacamole + cotija cheese

For a while I was on the fence about hot dogs. Somewhere along the line they became one of those gross foods in my mind that you don’t eat past the age of 7. Ummm, that was a big mistake because for years I missed out on the amazingness that is hot dogs and sausages.

Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs: Spicy grilled hot dogs smothered with roasted jalapeno & garlic bacon guacamole + cotija cheese

I also believe that all things are better with guacamole. Even the most delicious things can become instantly more delicious when you add guacamole. Juicy burger? Add guac! Simple grilled chicken? Totally different when smothered with avocado-y goodness. A spoon the size of your face? I think you know the answer. ;)

Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs: Spicy grilled hot dogs smothered with roasted jalapeno & garlic bacon guacamole + cotija cheese

My friends from Fork in the Road happened to send me some of their products to try, and after absolutely loving them at BTP, I knew I was in for a treat! I ended up using the hot links which are perfect for this flavor combination, but you can  use any hot dog or sausage you like!

Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 hotdog/sausage

Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs

Spicy grilled hot dogs smothered in roasted jalapeno and garlic bacon guacamole and topped with cotija cheese. These hot dogs take typical grilling to the next level with their spicy, bold flavors and perfectly contrasting textures.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Grill hotdogs/sausages to desired doneness, about 5 minutes. Toast buns if desired. Place hotdogs/sausages in buns or on a plate, smother with guacamole, and top with a generous pinch of cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

Buns are totally optional. They look prettier, but I ate these bunless and they were absolutely delicious!

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was supplied with free sausages from Fork in the Road, but was not in any other way compensated for this post. Recipe and opinions are my own.

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad #glutenfree

Hi friends! Did you guys have a good 3 day weekend? I had to work a little bit this evening, but I had most of the day off, and we had a great time on Sunday having friends and family over, grilling, eating tons of food, and later on playing Cards Against Humanity. It was my first time ever playing, and now I’m pretty much in love with the game. Everyone had a great time, and I got lots of compliments on the 5 new recipes I created for our get together.

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad #glutenfree

But now I have to go back to real life, and it’s almost Tuesday, and Tuesday after a 3 day weekend is even worse than a regular Monday. But at least it’s a short week. And I do actually really enjoy my job, but I also really enjoy lounging around the house getting caught up on How I Met Your Mother.

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad #glutenfree

So, let’s talk about this salad. Whenever people ask me what my tips are for staying healthy, one thing I always say is to make lunch over the weekend that you can take to work 4 out of the 5 days of your work week. Pick a day and go out to lunch because it’s fun, and it will help you from getting sick of eating the same thing, but I find that just making a lunch for the week keeps me on track–I know exactly what I’m going to eat, and I create something healthy and delicious that I’m excited to eat multiple days in a row.

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad #glutenfree

That could not be more true about this salad. Sweet and spicy slow-cooked bbq chicken with plenty of veggies, creamy Greek yogurt, and bold cilantro make this salad absolutely irresistible. In fact, I found myself trying to eat it for lunch, dinner, and once even breakfast! It’s got tons of lean protein and healthy, whole grain carbs, with a good amount of veggies thrown in there too (and you can always add even more veggies!). You won’t even want to go rogue and hit up Subway if you have this stuff around!

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients

    For the bbq chicken:
  • 1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 lb low sugar bbq sauce
  • For the salad:
  • 2 cups dry whole grain penne (brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat, etc.)
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 red or orange bell peppers, chopped
  • handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Place chicken and bbq sauce in a slow cooker. Cook over low heat for 5 hours.
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse.
  3. Remove chicken from slow cooker and use to forks to shred. It will come apart very easily.
  4. Place shredded chicken, cooked pasta and all remaining ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine. If desired, spoon in a little extra bbq sauce from your slow cooker. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.

Notes

You may use rotisserie chicken or any cooked chicken breast and approx 1/3 cup bbq sauce if you don't want to use a slow cooker.

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Pesto Pizza {with roasted red pepper, tomato and roasted corn}

Pesto Pizza with roasted red pepper, tomato and roasted corn

If I had to choose one food to eat for the rest of my life and cilantro didn’t count, I would probably choose pizza. Goat cheese is right up there too, but I would just put the goat cheese ON the pizza. In fact, I kind of can’t believe I didn’t put it on this pizza. You could though. It would be delicious.

Pesto Pizza with roasted red pepper, tomato and roasted corn

I mean, you really can’t go wrong with carbs and cheese. My two favorite food groups. Add in some homemade ricotta pesto, and you’ve got yourself a ridiculously easy and impressive homemade pizza for any day of the week!

Pesto Pizza with roasted red pepper, tomato and roasted corn

The pesto and the corn are without a doubt my favorite part. I loved the pesto on it’s own, and on a pizza it got EVEN BETTER. Plus, I looooove roasted corn, especially in the summer. I seek it out on menus when I go out to eat, and put it in almost everything I make at home. Sweet and crisp–it takes almost any dish to the next level!

Pesto Pizza with roasted red pepper, tomato and roasted corn

Pesto Pizza {with roasted red pepper, tomato and roasted corn}

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 3-4 servings

Pesto Pizza {with roasted red pepper, tomato and roasted corn}

Ingredients

  • 1 lb whole wheat pizza dough (I used Trader Joe's brand), at room temperature
  • 1-2 tbsp cornmeal
  • 1 batch ricotta pesto
  • 6-8oz freshly shredded part skim mozzarella
  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted and chopped
  • kernels from 1 ear roasted corn
  • 2 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • heavy pinch oregano
  • pinch pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450. If using a pizza stone, leave it in the oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle cornmeal over a sheet of parchment paper. Place dough on parchment paper and roll into desired shape. Alternately, use your hands to stretch it out into desired shape, then place on parchment paper.Transfer to pizza stone or baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from oven and evenly spread pesto over the pizza. Top with cheese, corn and sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle oregano and pepper on top.
  3. Bake until crust is cooked throughout and cheese is bubbling, about an other 15-20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.
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Turkey Sloppy Joes

Turkey Sloppy Joes

The first time I ever heard of sloppy joes was when I was watching that movie with the Olsen twins. I think it’s called It Takes Two? With Kirstie Alley and they go to summer camp and find out that they were twins separated at birth, then they switch places? There’s a scene in the cafeteria where they have sloppy joes and then they have a food fight. Food fights always look fun in the movies, but the idea of being literally covered in food in real life is surprisingly unappealing to me. As much as I love food, I do not love it on my body instead of in it.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes were just never something my mom made, so when I did finally have one, it seemed like a special treat and I fell in love. I tried to make them once before with no ketchup (I used tomato sauce) and no sugar. It tasted like bad meat sauce. It was a total failure, and I’m pretty sure I threw a temper tantrum during the time Steve ate his entire serving and went back for seconds. Anyway, I knew I needed to try again.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

This time, I stuck to the simple and traditional, and ended up with a total treat that made me feel like a little kid again. It was totally messy, and got all over my face and clothes in the best way possible. It had that sweetness you imagine with a sloppy joe without any refined sugar, and the sriracha adds a little kick that I love. But then again, I put sriracha on just about everything.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

This is one of those perfect healthy meal for anyone who has kids (or lives with people that act like kids), or just likes simple, delicious foods. It’s healthy, nutritious, super filling and so easy to make that you will be making it over and over again!

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey (I used 93%)
  • 3/4 cup reduced sugar ketchup
  • 2-3 tsp molasses
  • pinch each salt and pepper
  • dash worcestershire sauce
  • dash sriracha or other hot sauce, optional
  • whole grain buns for serving (whole wheat, brown rice, etc.), optional

Instructions

  1. In a large pan over medium heat, saute onion, bell pepper and garlic in olive oil until tender and fragrant, about 7-10 minutes. Add ground turkey and brown until cooked throughout.
  2. Stir in ketchup, molasses, salt, pepper, worcestershire and sriracha. Bring to a light boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately on buns, or over a salad, or any way you like.
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Green Chile Guacamole Burgers


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Recipe and all opinions are my own.
Green Chile Guacamole Burger

You guys, it is hot. I’m in Portland and it’s supposed to be perfect weather all summer long, but instead there is a heat wave, and it’s in the 90s which wouldn’t even be bad except for the fact that we live upstairs and there is no ac. It is gross. I want to be swimming in a pool with a margarita in hand eating burgers for dinner. Can we make that happen?

Green Chile Guacamole Burger

Before I left for Portland, I’m pretty sure we ate at least 2 hamburgers a week for about a month. I wish I was kidding. I never got sick of them because there are 5 billion combinations so it always feels like something new!

Green Chile Guacamole Burger

I’m pretty bad about waiting to decide what to make until the last minute, then I have to bat my eyelashes and beg Steve to go to the store and pick up whatever we need. Luckily, there is a Fresh & Easy right around the corner that we can get to in no time, and makes it incredibly easy to pick up last minute items. Their store brand fresh&easy is all natural ingredients, and super affordable, so it’s a win, win. With the last minute idea to make the burgers, I sent Steve to the store to get fresh&easy buns and guacamole.

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The burgers came out AWESOME! Bold and spicy, and the fresh&easy guacamole was AWESOME!! The roasted green chiles and so much flavor and also help the burgers not to dry out (which can easily happen when using lower fat meat), and the grilled onions on top are like the icing on the cake!

Green Chile Guacamole Burger

Fresh & Easy has tons of options for summer grilling, and really is insanely easy to get in and out of quickly (think the oposite of going through Walmart, but still with great prices), and I even have a coupon for you! Click here to receive a $5 off coupon (expires 7/7/13).

Green Chile Guacamole Burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 burgers

Serving Size: 1 burger

Green Chile Guacamole Burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 green chiles, roasted, seeds removed
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic, finely minced
  • generous pinch cumin
  • pinch each salt and pepper
  • 4 fresh&easy whole wheat buns (gluten-free may be substituted)
  • Approximately 1 cup fresh&easy guacamole
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, sliced

Instructions

  1. Half roasted green chiles. Finely chop 1/2 of one of your chiles and slice the rest.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine finely chopped green chile, ground beef, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper until ingredients are just incorporated. Form into 4 equal-sized patties. Press your thumb down into the center of each patty to create a small indent.
  3. Grill over medium heat until burgers have reached desired doneness, about 5 minutes each side. Simultaneously grill the onion slices until browned. This will also take about 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Top buns with guacamole, cooked burgers and onions, reserved green chile slices and tomato. Serve immediately.
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