Broccoli, Cheddar and Chicken Calzones

When I was in college, I pretty much survived on freezer meals and eating at the dining hall between classes and working. I know..not the best for me, but since then I’ve learned to appreciate more what I’m putting into my body. These calzones remind me so much of the Lean Pockets I used to eat as a quick lunch….but these much more tasty and filling.

I cheated and used premade whole wheat pizza dough to make these during the week, but next time I’ll definitely make my own dough. I also roasted a chicken over the weekend to have for dinner one night and the leftovers were used to make this recipe. Plus, they’re so versatile – you could make them with pasta sauce instead of the buttermilk ranch and even change out the chicken to shredded pork or beef.

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1 portion of whole wheat pizza dough
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 Tbsp minced fresh chives
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp chopped fresh dill
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
dash of salt
2 garlic cloves, grated
2 cups small broccoli florets
1 1/2 cups shredded chicken
1 cup colby-jack cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Divide the dough into four equal portions and let rest at room temperature for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, mayonnaise, herbs and garlic. Steam the broccoli for 1 minute and then rinse under cold water, drain. In a large bowl, mix together the broccoli, chicken, cheese and buttermilk mixture.

Roll the dough balls into a 6 1/2 inch circle and then place about 1 cup of filling. Fold over one side of the circle and press the seams to seal completely. Bake for 10 minutes and then brush each top with a little beaten egg and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before cutting them in half.

Source: Cooking Light, June 2016

Pepperoni and Cheese Dip – Secret Recipe Club

If you’re looking for an appetizer to take to your next party, this dip is for you! I’m excited to share today’s recipe from my Secret Recipe Club reveal, Our Table for Seven. Erin’s blog is all about her experience in cooking and baking. We have very similar styles and I found so many recipes that my family would enjoy – including Cheesy Chicken & Rice Soup, Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps and Pumpkin Scones.

Back to the dip, it tastes just like pepperoni pizza! It was the perfect snack while watching football yesterday (yes, I waited to make this recipe the day before I had to post it). Unfortunately, the Eagles lost….but we lifted our spirits by devouring this dip. Erin made this in a slow cooker, but I decided to whip it up on the stove top and worked out perfectly.

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Smoothie #Choctoberfest

Another one of my favorite flavor combinations is cherry and chocolate and this smoothie definitely delivered that! I’m really enjoying participating in #Choctoberfest and getting to try a bunch of new recipes and my family is sure enjoying all the treats we’ve had this week. I have two more recipes that I’ll be sharing next week – it’s been a busy week! Today’s recipe features a product from one of our sponsors, Barlean’s. Barlean’s is focused on paving a “Pathway to a Better Life,” which resolves around creating prosperity for people in a variety of meaningful ways. Not only are they creating nutritional supplements, they help support many outreach programs throughout the world. I love being able to support companies that give back and I know I’ll be adding more of Barlean’s products in my life.

This smoothie was the perfect way to start my day. It was a little sweet and full of chocolate flavor. Plus, it was packed full of antioxidants from pure cocoa and a variety of fruits and veggies from the Barlean’s Chocolate Silk Greens I used.

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Chocolate Coffee Brownies #Choctoberfest

Drumroll please…’s my second recipe for #Choctoberfest!! I love chocolate and coffee together and these brownies were the perfect combination of both. Today’s recipe features coffee from one of our sponsors, Caveman Coffee Co. Caveman Coffee Co. is a leader in the third wave specialty coffee market. Their coffee is hand-picked, wet processed and roasted in small batches in New Mexico. I received a bag of their Blacklisted coffee and I immediately knew I was going to love it! It’s a bold dark roast that is full of body and low acidity – the perfect type of coffee to combine with chocolate.

These brownies were really good. They’re more cake-like than fudge, but you can’t go wrong with any type of brownies! My husband raved about them and said they were so perfect warmed up with a glass of milk.

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Oil Fudge #Choctoberfest

I’m kicking off #Choctoberfest with bite-sized pieces of delicious fudge! I figured I would start with the “healthiest” recipe and then it’s all downhill from here. It’s the perfect sweet treat when you’re craving chocolate. I could only eat one piece – it’s a very rich treat. One of things I liked with this recipe is that it is naturally sweetened with local honey, it’s dairy-free, vegan and packed with healthy fats from the coconut oil.

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#ChoctoberFest Begins Today!


Today is one of my favorite days of the year… because it is the first day of #Choctoberfest 2016!

#Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What’s not to love?

Thank you to the sponsors who make #Choctoberfest possible! This year, Imperial Sugar is back as our Gold Sponsor. They have been a trusted name in kitchens since 1843, and their website is home to thousands of sweet recipes tested in the Imperial Sugar Kitchen. You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube, or join their Sweet Community so you can share your own recipes, save recipes to a virtual inbox, print Imperial Sugar coupons, and connect with other sugar lovers. Continue reading

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Bars – #FilltheCookieJar

It’s the first Thursday of the month and that means it’s time to Fill the Cookie Jar! This month’s theme is fall or halloween. Fall for me usually means pumpkin, apple and comfort food, but lately it’s been running here, running there, and running everywhere. So, when I decided on a recipe, I needed something that my kids could eat on the go. These chocolate peanut butter chia bars were perfect for that!

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Three Bean Chuck Roast Chili

The weather has finally started to turn here in Southeastern PA and I had to break out the slow cooker to make this chili. Plus, chuck roast was on sale and I was able to get a good deal on a two pound roast. The chili was really good and I like the combination of three different types of beans, plus it stretched out this to make a good amount of leftovers. There’s nothing better than a leftover bowl of chili for lunch. I served it with warm honey cornbread muffins.

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Apple Fritter Bread – Secret Recipe Club

I’m excited to share today’s recipe with you! It’s a really, really good one and it’s also extra special because I was able to help with a Secret Recipe Club rescue. I jumped at the opportunity since I knew I had some time before this recipe had to be posted. The blog, I was assigned was Cooking with Sara. Sara lives in the Midwest and loves to cook and bake old and new recipes. She also uses every day ingredients and most of her recipes are family-friendly…perfect fro me! I started looking for recipes and immediately knew what I was going to make – Apple Fritter Bread! I had plans to stop at the orchard to pick up apples and knew this would be the perfect recipe to feature them. What was even better – we had new neighbors move in over the weekend and I was able to give them the extra loaf as a welcome gift!

The bread is so good. It’s packed full of apple and the glaze makes it! Seriously, go get some apples and make this today!

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Pasta

Evenings have been a little crazy around our house the past couple of weeks, so I’m always looking for ways to get dinner on the table quickly. This recipe definitely did that…except I was the only one who enjoyed it. Everyone else in my family was just blah on it. Oh well, you can’t always please everyone🙂 I still wanted to share it with you all! I liked the hint of barbecue sauce with the shredded chicken. I served it with a green salad and dinner was ready in no time at all.

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