Category: Entrees

Chipotle Chicken Corn Chowder

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Nothing soothes on a crisp fall day quite like a bowl of rich and creamy soup. This spicy chipotle chicken corn chowder is one that delivers everything you would want in a soup–a rich broth dancing with chipotle flavor, hearty potato, corn and shredded chicken all coming together for a soup that eats like a meal.

I recommend adding the chipotle in a little at a time to adjust the spiciness to your liking. Chipotle peppers can quickly go from spicy to blazing inferno in a matter of an extra tablespoon.

Top your bowl with crushed tortilla chips, cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime.

Chipotle Chicken Corn Chowder

Chipotle Chicken Corn Chowder

Ingredients

  • 2-6 ounce chicken breasts
  • 2 Idaho potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 cups corn
  • 1 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet white onion, diced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup chipotle in adobo sauce, sauce only.
  • 1-4 ounce can hatched green chiles
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, lime wedges, tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Begin by melting 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan over medium heat. Allow pan to get nice and hot. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  2. Place chicken breast on pan and cook 6-7 minutes each side. Place on a cutting board and finely chop chicken. Set aside.
  3. In a Dutch oven, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add green pepper, onion, potato, garlic, oregano, cumin and sea salt. Place lid on and cook until onion begin to soften about 10 minutes.
  4. Add hatched green chiles, chipotle sauce and flour. Stir to combine. Pour in chicken stock and whole milk. Stir regularly until flour is dissolved.
  5. Allow chowder to come to a boil. Reduce heat and add chicken and corn. Simmer uncovered 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with lime wedges, cilantro and tortilla chips.
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Mexican Style Veggie Pizza featuring Better Bean Co. Beans

Mexican Style Veggie Pizza Featuring Better Bean

Pizza is hands down one of my favorite foods to eat. I always try to make my homemade pizza full of wholesome ingredients and piled high with veggies. This way I can calm my craving with the satisfaction of knowing I am getting an abundance of nutrients.

I was especially excited when Better Bean Co. asked me to create a special recipe using their beans. I knew pizza would be the perfect pairing for their beans. Better Bean Co. makes a variety of beans that are small batch, packed in BPA free containers, low in sodium and best of all, family owned. I opted for the Cuban style beans to spread over my pizza. I really like the flavors of Better Bean Co. beans because they add a touch of seasoning while letting the other flavors in the dish shine. Better Bean Co.’s beans can be added to tacos, nachos, soups or whatever your heart desires. Check out their website for more great recipes and to locate a store near you.

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This meatless Mexican style veggie pizza gets topped with fresh ingredients like avocado, tomato, onion and cilantro. I used a shredded Chihuahua cheese–the kind you find in quesadillas, but mozzarella works just as well. Forget the takeout and make this uber healthy vegetable based pizza tonight!

Mexican Style Pizza Featuring Better Bean Co.

Mexican Style Pizza Featuring Better Bean Co.

Ingredients

  • 1 pizza crust of your choice
  • 1/2 cup ranchero salsa
  • 14 oz. Better Bean Co. Cuban black beans
  • 1 cup shredded chihuahua cheese
  • 1/2 cup avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 1 handful of cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread ranchero salsa on pizza crust.
  2. Top with Better Bean Co. Cuban black beans. Spread with a spoon. Sprinkle cheese. Place in oven. Bake 12-14 minutes, until pizza crust is crispy and cheese is bubbly.
  3. Top with avocado, tomato, red onion, jalapeño and cilantro. Slice and enjoy!
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Lemon Walnut Pesto Grilled Salmon

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Fresh pesto is one of those recipes that can be smothered on just about anything to create a fresh bright flavor. I often make pesto to put on pasta, zucchini noodles, pizza and chicken. I think it would even be delicious on grilled steak as a chimichurri alternative. Today I am spreading it on salmon just before grilling. You can make pesto out of any nuts you prefer, I used walnuts. The addition of fresh basil adds a hint of anise flavor to any dish and a beautiful bright green color. A squeeze of lemon juice adds a little tang, perfect for fish dishes. Try this lemon walnut pesto on your next recipe!

Lemon Walnut Pesto Grilled Salmon

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Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 5 ounce piece of salmon

Lemon Walnut Pesto Grilled Salmon

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. salmon filet
  • For Pesto:
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 c walnut pieces
  • 6 large basil leaves
  • 1/3 c grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves

Instructions

  1. Heat grill to 425. While grill heats, prepare ingredients for pesto in a food processor or blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to make the salmon.
  4. Lay salmon on a large piece of foil. Spoon pesto over salmon.
  5. Fold foil over salmon so that it is completely enclosed in foil.
  6. Place on grill. Cook 15 minutes. Slice salmon and serve.
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Cheesy Jalapeño Corn Burgers

Cheesy Jalapeno Grit Burger

Creating fresh takes on burger recipes is one of my favorite things to do during the warmer months. I often see a variety of burger options at the grocery store in the meat department. Those are great in a pinch, but when I have a little extra time, I like to create my own hand crafted burgers. This one came to me when I was trying to think of new ways to use corn meal. I found it to be the perfect binder in this recipe for cheesy jalapeño corn burgers.

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The corn meal creates an almost crispy outside to the burger, which I loved. The meat in this recipe is sort of an afterthought. I wanted the other ingredients to be the stars of the show, so instead of using beef, I used ground chicken. These burgers are delicious on their own with a little spicy mayonnaise (I use mayo mixed with a little chipotle in adobo sauce) on top served alongside grilled hearts of  romaine or your choice of veggie.

Cheesy Jalapeño Corn Burger

Yield: 4-6 burgers

Cheesy Jalapeño Corn Burger

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 c corn kernels, thawed
  • 1/2 c cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp jalapeño, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic, pressed into a paste
  • 1/3 c red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to 400 degrees. Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well to combine.
  2. Form into patties.
  3. Place on grill. Cook 10 minutes, flip and cook ten minutes longer.
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