October 17, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Crescent Bundles

Cheesy Chicken Crescent Bundles are golden baked crescent rolls that are stuffed with a rich and garlicky chicken, parmesan, and cream cheese filling.

Cheesy Chicken Crescent Bundles are golden baked crescent rolls that are stuffed with a rich and garlicky chicken, parmesan, and cream cheese filling.

I made some baked chicken this past week and intentionally made and extra piece so that I could use it for another recipe.  A while back, my step-mom had suggested a recipe like this one over on The Two Bite Club Facebook page and I decided it would be perfect for the leftover chicken!  (By the way, if you're not a Facebook fan yet, hop on over an give us a like so you can join the conversation!)

Because I was using cooked chicken, this recipe came together in no time at all and it was super easy to make.  It would be perfect for weeknights when you need to pull something together after a busy day.

The end result is a flaky crescent roll outside and a hot, rich, cheesy inside.  They're totally filling and the kids loved them, too!  My daughter especially.  I always love when she tells me her dinner is delicious.

If you're making these for more that three or four people, you'll want to double the recipe.  My kids split one and my husband and I each had one.  My husband is sick though, so his appetite is a little lacking.  I think he would have normally eaten two.  Either way, I think you'll love these.  Quick, easy, filling and delicious.  What's not to love?!
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October 15, 2014

Penne with Eggplant-Tomato Sauce

Penne with Eggplant-Tomato Sauce is vegetarian pasta dish that is topped with a hearty and nutrient-rich slow-cooked sauce that features flavorful eggplant and mushrooms.

Penne with Eggplant-Tomato Sauce | thetwobiteclub.com

I've never been one of those moms that hides vegetables in my kids' food.  Luckily, with a bit of persistence and determination, I never had to.  My husband and I have managed to get our lovely little lady (who's five) to eat almost any vegetable we put in front of her.  It's been a long road, but I can honestly say she loves her vegetables!

Would you believe me if I told you brussels sprouts are here fave?  Because they are.

I consider that a personal victory.

My (almost two year old) son, on the other hand, is like most toddlers I've met. Veggies are a no-go.  Actually, if I'm going to be accurate here, he's a little schizophrenic when it comes to eating vegetables.  One day he eats them right up and the next day he acts like I've served him a pile of dog poo.

I'm like, "You just ate all of the broccoli on your plate last week.  And now you throw it across the dinner table at your sister?  Seriously?"  Rationalizing with a two-year old is virtually impossible though.  If you are, or have been, the parent of a toddler, I'm sure you feel me.  Sooooo, like we did with our daughter, my husband and I will keep serving up the good stuff to our little dude, and we know eventually he'll give in.

Until then, I always get a little giddy when I find and make a recipe like this one that is full of all kinds of vegetables.  This one's got tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onion...so much good stuff!  My favorite part of my day yesterday? When I made this recipe and he scarfed it right down.  Happy momma right here!
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October 9, 2014

Roasted Jalapeño Hummus

Roasted Jalapeño Hummus is a healthy dip that features smoky and spicy roasted jalapeño peppers, fresh lime juice and earthy garlic.

Roasted Jalapeño Hummus | thetwobiteclub.com

I think I've died and gone to hummus heaven.  This hummus was some of the best I have ever made, no joke.  I was actually afraid that I might eat it all before I photographed it, which would have made for a pretty visually unappealing blog post. I refrained, though!  I waiting until after I got the shot and then devoured it.

I got the idea to make this version of a traditional hummus when I discovered a handful of jalapeños that I had harvested from our garden hanging out in the back of the fridge.  I had actually forgotten they were there.  Most of my jalapeños get pickled, but these last few spicy little guys were stragglers on the plant and were picked at the end of the summer.  I also had a bunch of chickpeas in the pantry that had been meaning to make some hummus with, but I was feeling a little uninspired about it so I just kept putting it off.
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October 7, 2014

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce is an easy to make version of store-bought enchilada sauce that comes together in just 15 minutes and has bold fresh flavor.  You'll never buy the pre-made stuff again!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce | thetwobiteclub.com

Lately I have become more and more intrigued by the idea of a "homemade pantry". When I look in my pantry, I see so many bottles, spice packets, and boxed products that I could easily replicate at home using far less chemicals just as much deliciousness.

I've been trying to practice more clean eating in our home, so recipes like this one really appeal to me.  We're by no means perfect, but as I see opportunities to make a better, healthier choices, I've been trying my best to take them.
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October 6, 2014

Ham, Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole

This Ham, Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole combines shredded potatoes, chopped ham, eggs, cheese and lots of vegetables to make a hearty and comforting breakfast or brunch.

Ham, Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole | thetwobiteclub.com

I have such a hard time naming recipes like this one.  I started with the basics.  This is a breakfast casserole.  That part was easy, but totally not descriptive enough.

There's ham, the protein, so that should be in the title.  And there's loads of potatoes in there, too.

Ham and Potato Breakfast Casserole!  Sounds good, no?  But I felt like I should mention the eggs.  They're the binder.  Yeah, got to mention the eggs.

But wait.  I can't not say that there's cheese.  'Cause I love me some cheese.  Cheesy anything is a winner.
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September 19, 2014

Grilled Seasoned Pork Roast

This Grilled Seasoned Pork Roast is rubbed with a simple combination of herbs and spices and is slow-cooked on the grill to juicy perfection.

Grilled Seasoned Pork Roast | thetwobiteclub.com

There was once a time when grilling was not particularly one of my favorite methods of cooking.  I'll be honest.  I was a high heat griller.  I can't really explain why.  Maybe it was a mental block.  Maybe it was simple ignorance.  I always just kind of thought that the grill should be good and hot to get the job done right.

It's okay, you can mock me.  I deserve it.  I mean, what was I thinking?

Needless to say, no matter what we did, burgers were usually charred little hockey pucks, chicken came out dry and black, and steaks were chewy and well done.  High heat'll do that.

Over time, I got a little tired of dreaming of juicy tender meat cooked at home.  I don't know why it took us so long to simply scale back the heat a little, but when we finally did it was like a whole new world of home grilling opened up for us.

I can honestly say that grilling is now something we look forward to!  Some of my favorites are Grilled Marinated London Broil, grilled chicken breasts using this marinade, and this pork roast recipe.  And would you believe I can't remember the last time I cooked a baked potato in the oven?  True story.  Grilled Baked Potatoes for life.

If you're looking for a simple, juicy, flavorful pork roast that the whole family will love, well, look no further my friend.  You'll love this one!
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September 15, 2014

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Bars

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Bars are a cross between an oatmeal cookie and a granola bar, featuring fun trail mix inspired ingredients like pretzels, chocolate chips, raisins and nuts.

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Bars made with pretzels, chocolate chips, raisins and nuts.

My daughter loves sweets.  Just about every night she asks me or her Dad if she can have "the D word" (code for dessert...so her 2 year old brother won't understand).  And she doesn't wait until after dinner to ask.  It's usually before we even sit down to eat.

The girl plans ahead.  She's pretty serious about her dessert.

We eat sweets in moderation in our house and lately when we want something sweet I've been trying to prepare homemade treats as opposed to buying chocolate donuts, candy bars, or ice cream, which are all my daughter's favorites.  While she'd love it if I did, I don't let her have all the chocolaty sugary stuff every night.  Sometimes it's yogurt, sometimes it's unsweetened applesauce and sometimes (insert my 5-year old's melodramatic sigh of disapproval here) we skip it altogether.
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September 8, 2014

Make Ahead Mason Jar Salads

Make Ahead Mason Jar Salads are a convenient way to prep salads ahead of time in glass mason jars, dressing and all, where the lettuce and vegetables stay fresh and crisp...even after days in the fridge!

Make Ahead Mason Jar Salads are a convenient way to prep salads ahead of time in glass mason jars, dressing and all, where the lettuce and vegetables stay fresh and crisp...even after days in the fridge!

I could eat a salad for lunch every day of my life.  I'll usually eat them at least 4 days a week.  The only drawback about eating a salad at home every day is the prep.  Washing, chopping, assembling...it takes a lot more time than PB&J, for sure.  Even if I prep the veggies ahead of time, taking out a bunch of tupperware containers of veggies and assembling it all is kind of a pain.

With these mason jar salads I can have my fave lunch every day without all of the work!  Well, there's the work of assembling them all in the first place, but then I can just grab one from the fridge and dump it all out of the jar and the salad is done in seconds.
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