Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites – Perfectly spiced chicken wrapped in bacon and brushed with sweet honey goodness.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites. Deliciously seasoned chicken wrapped in bacon and brushed with tangy honey.

Are you looking for something delicious to serve at your next tailgate or football party? Look no further than these sweet and spicy bacon wrapped chicken bites.

The chicken is coated in a tasty seasoning. I’m talking totally coated.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken. Deliciously seasoned chicken wrapped in bacon and brushed with tangy honey.

Then, you wrap it in a strip of delicious bacon.

wrap in bacon

This is where I tell you that the bacon is optional.

Yes, you can make a perfectly delicious chicken bite without the bacon. Your bite will still be sweet and spicy. So if you are someone who hasn’t subscribed to the bacon-makes-it-better way of thinking, try these without it. You won’t be disappointed.

If you are worried about the extra grease from the bacon, I pop these chicken bites onto a broiling pan so they don’t sit in the grease while they bake.

Once you’ve wrapped chicken in the bacon, you will brush on a sweet and tangy layer of honey. The honey makes it sweet, the apple cider vinegar provides the tang. It’s a delicious combination.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken. Deliciously seasoned chicken wrapped in bacon and brushed with tangy honey.

That’s all there is to this easy appetizer perfect for serving at any football viewing party.

I’ve made a quick video of the recipe so you can see just how easily this recipe can be made.

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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 10 - 12 strips of bacon
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • dash red pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a broiling pan by greasing the top.
  2. Cut chicken into 2-3 inch bite sized pieces.
  3. Cut strips of bacon into thirds.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and red pepper until well coated.
  5. Wrap each chicken bite in a piece of bacon and place cut side down on the broiling pan.
  6. Brush each chicken bite with some of the honey mixture.
  7. Bake chicken for 35-40 minutes, or until bacon gets crispy.
  8. Serve!
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These bacon wrapped chicken bites are also easily transportable if your weekend takes you on a tailgate or picnic. You can serve these at room temperature and they will still be a total hit.

Of course, a party isn’t the only reason to serve these. The day I made this video, I served them for a quick and easy lunch. They were gone in seconds!

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Guilt-Free Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies: Paleo Recipe

Guilt Free Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Paleo Recipe has no added sugar and no flour

Odds are you already have everything in your pantry needed to make these guilt-free three ingredient peanut butter cookies.

Having all the ingredients on hand, you’ll find it’s so easy to whip up a batch of these cookies, you can have fresh, piping hot cookies whenever a craving strikes.

They are perfect when you need something sweet and satisfying but don’t want the guilt of a sugary, fat-laden and refined flour cookie.

The absence of any flour or sugar makes these a perfect Paleo, Whole30 or Sugar Detox cookie. (Remember when I did the 30 Day Sugar Detox?)

By the way, no flour = naturally gluten-free. Yay!

The key to this recipe is making sure your bananas are the perfect ripeness. Your bananas should be speckled brown all over. This ensures a high level of sweetness for your cookies.

three ingredient peanut butter cookies paleo recipe

If you are truly looking to cut back on sugar and transfats, make sure the peanut butter you use is 100% ground peanuts with no added oils or sugars.

I tend to buy this brand.

three ingredient peanut butter cookies

It’s almost impossible to screw this recipe up. Which makes it a perfect recipe to bake with your kids.

What kid doesn’t want to smash up bananas???

You’ll know your cookies are done when they are evenly browned.

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Guilt-Free Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies: Paleo Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mash the bananas.
  3. Add egg and peanut butter. Stir well.
  4. Drop by tablespoon onto greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until baked through.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
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To see just how easy it is to make these cookies, you can watch the 30 second video.

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What’s your favorite guilt-free indulgence?

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Healthy Chocolate Turtles Recipe Made With Just 3 Ingredients

Healthy Chocolate Turtles Recipe

When I first made this healthy chocolate turtles recipe for my daughters, neither one suspected they were made without caramel!

Now turtle lovers, please don’t be discouraged by the lack of caramel. I promise you plenty of sweet chewy goodness. It’s just that this recipe skips the refined sugars and relies on whole food in it’s place.

So what do you use in place of the caramel? Dates.

If you’ve never compared the flavor of dates to caramel, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much dates really do have a caramel flavor.

Using dates instead of caramel also makes this a super simple project in the kitchen.

I enlisted the help of my girls.

Easy to make healthy chocolate turtles recipe

They were responsible for ripping the dates in half (no knife needed) and stuffing each half with a pecan.

I bought the dates in a huge tub from Costco, and they come already pitted.

I also bought my pecans from Costco. (Nuts are definitely one of the 5 Things To Buy From Costco).

Using dark chocolate for this recipe means less refined sugars. I enjoy a deep, dark 85% chocolate, but if you don’t, try going for the 65% instead.

Healthy Chocolate Turtles

16 ounces dark chocolate
Pitted dates
Pecan halves
Optional: Sea Salt

In a double boiler, melt your dark chocolate. Split the date in half. Stuff date with a pecan half. Cover each turtle with a huge spoonful of dark chocolate. If using, sprinkle with just a grain or two of sea salt.

Allow chocolate to cool and set.

That’s it!

This healthy chocolate turtles recipe is easy enough that even little ones can help. Which is quite useful if you want to make these for a large gathering or to give away at the holidays.

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Quick and Easy Apple Prosciutto Appetizers

Quick and Easy Apple Prosciutto Appetizer Recipe. (Includes complete how-to VIDEO) These appetizers satisfy both the sweet and the salty.

These sweet and savory apple prosciutto appetizers are unbelievably quick and easy to make.

In fact, they are so quick to make, you can learn how to make them in just 30 seconds:

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For those of you who may want to print the recipe, here it is:

Quick and Easy Apple Prosciutto Appetizers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup grated organic apple
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • baguette thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a bowl mix together apple, cheese, prosciutto, and oregano.
  3. Place baguette slices on a baking tray. Top with apple mixture.
  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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The next time you need an appetizer that will satisfy both the sweet and the salty as well as the gooey from the cheese, whip up a batch of these and watch how fast they are devoured.

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This is the Best Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread

The Best Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread

I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the best whole grain pumpkin bread recipe.

No one who eats this will believe it is 100% whole grain.

The bread bakes up unbelievably moist. Then it’s topped with a crunchy streusel topping that is so tasty you will want to eat it all on its on.

Make sure you buy white whole wheat flour. It is a whole wheat flour but it bakes like an all purpose flour.

In addition to the whole grains, I’ve replaced some of the refined sugar with honey.

There is still sugar in this recipe, but if you’ll look for organic evaporated cane sugar, it has more minerals than refined sugar.

whole grain pumpkin bread

I got the idea to use pepitas in my streusel topping from a restaurant in Seattle. My niece and nephew ordered squash bread and it came with a pepita topping. I’m not sure why we traditionally use pecans or walnuts in streusels when pepitas + pumpkin bread makes so much sense!

Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons organic evaporated cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup expeller pressed canola oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Struesel
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x5 bread pan.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, oatmeal, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together sugar, oil, honey, milk, pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  5. Pour batter into bread pan.
  6. For the streusel
  7. In a small bowl combine all streusel ingredients. Butter should be cut it to resemble small peas.
  8. Top bread with streusel. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  9. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before attempting to remove from pan.
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Happy pumpkin bread baking!

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Easy Apple Cider Pie Recipe

Easy Apple Cider Pie Recipe

On a chilly autumn day, nothing makes me happier than the smell of an apple pie baking. 

It makes me want to light a fire and gather friends and family around the table.

This easy apple cider pie combines all the goodness of the season: apple cider, crisp apples and cinnamon-y apple pie spice.

Then, in another tribute to fall, it’s sweetened with maple syrup.

If pie baking isn’t something you do on a regular basis, this easy recipe results in a 5 star dessert that will make you feel like a pie master.

The key to a good pie is a good crust. My go-to crust is a homemade whole wheat pie crust. Flaky and delicious, I promise no one will suspect it is whole wheat.

Homemade Whole Wheat Pie Crust

Next, you want to peel your apples. I always buy granny smith apples for my pies. They stand up great to cooking and the slightly sour taste is the perfect foil to the maple syrup.

Peeling apples for homemade apple cider pie

The apples cook in a mixture of apple cider and maple syrup and this is where magic happens. It’s what sets this pie apart from an ordinary apple pie.

Apples cooking for homemade apple cider pie

Please read the directions carefully because you’ll need to drain the apples but save all the syrupy goodness.

After the apples have cooked down, you assemble the pie and bake.

The smells wafting from your oven will make the next 45 minutes agonizing while you wait for your pie to come out of the oven.

I’d advise you to have the vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream ready!

For years I have had requests to share this recipe, so here it finally is:

Homemade Apple Cider Pie Recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Roll out 1/2 pie crust on a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/8 inch thickness. Place in a 9 inch pie plate and set aside.
  2. Combine cider and syrup in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Add apples and cook uncovered for 8 minutes.
  4. Drain the apples but reserve the syrup. You need 1 1/3 cups of liquid. You can add water if you don't have the complete 1 1/3 cups.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water. Pour your reserved liquid back into the saucepan and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Add the apples and apple pie spice to the saucepan. Continue to cook stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  7. Spoon mixture into pie shell.
  8. Roll out remaining pie dough and transfer to top of pie. Cut slits in top of crust.
  9. Bake at 375 for 45 to 50 minutes.
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I hope your family enjoys this homemade easy apple cider pie as much as ours does.

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How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa

How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa

Follow this recipe for how to make homemade mango salsa, and you can’t go wrong. Pretty much, if you can chop, you can make this recipe!

This recipe is excellent on it’s own. However, if you have any of the following at home, don’t be shy about adding:

1 diced peach
1 cup diced fresh pineapple
1 diced avocado (or 2 if you have ’em!)
1 diced red pepper

Or perhaps you are the type that wants to add them all? I say go for it!

Now I know that every family has a least one cilantro hater. (Is that you?)

If you want, you can leave out the cilantro and replace it with flat leafed parsley.

Mango Salsa Recipe

I love to serve this salsa with chips. But it’s also tasty on grilled chicken or broiled tilapia. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm

How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 mangos
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 sprigs cilantro, stem removed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and viens removed
  • 1 lime
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Remove seeds from the tomato and finely chop.
  2. Finely chop mangos, onion and jalapeno.
  3. In a small bowl, gently stir together tomatoes, mangos, onion and jalapeno.
  4. Chop cilantro, toss into the salsa, and stir.
  5. Squeeze juice from the lime over the mixture. Sprinkle with salt.
  6. Enjoy!
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How will you be serving your homemade mango salsa?

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