Spicy Chipotle White Bean Dip

I recently made this spicy chipotle white bean dip from Damn Delicious for the NFC Championship game a few months back – when the Seattle Seahawks won!! Yeah!! Ok, that’s over now.

But I gotta admit: I omitted or substituted almost everything in this recipe, so it basically turned into a “Super Spicy Sriracha White Bean Dip” instead of the former. I omitted the 3 things that give the dish its name and spiciness (chili peppers in adobo sauce, cumin, and chili powder). However, I added in some red pepper flakes and lots of sriracha. So basically I made something entirely different. But whatever.

I’ll post the recipe as the original blogger created it – let me know if you make it and what you think of it!image

Spicy Chipotle White Bean Dip

serves a lot

Ingredients:
-1 (15oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
-1-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or more, to taste
-2 cloves garlic
-2tbsp lemon juice
-1tsp cumin
-1tsp chili powder
-1/4cu plus 2tbsp olive oil

Directions:
-In the bowl of a food processor, combine cannellini beans, chipotle peppers, garlic, lemon juice, cumin and chili powder.
-Add olive oil and process until blended.
-Serve with pita bread, tortilla chips, veggies, etc.

 

Chicken Pesto Pizza

I have been totally MIA lately, because I have been focusing on a new endeavor! I started my own business with Jamberry Nails! They are amazing vinyl nail wraps that are heat-activated and come in 300+ colours and styles. There are plain ones, wild ones, sparkly ones, striped ones, French manicured ones, and so forth. Feel free to click on the link above to browse online! My business name is also a play on my food blog – Never The Same Jams. The name is courtesy of my makeup guru friend Alysha.
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Speaking of food, I made this yummmmmmmy pesto chicken pizza from Six Sisters Stuff a few weeks ago, and I am excited to share it with you! It was so, so, so good! I used jarred pesto, which was actually a pesto made with quinoa from TJ’s. It was a great way to pump up normal pesto, and also made the pizza that much more filling.

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I actually omitted several ingredients from this pizza – like the mushrooms and tomatoes. I also put the bell pepper on my half of the pizza only (not that I ate half of it in one sitting – but I could have, it was so good!).
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I also didn’t make my own crust, and I used my go-to whole wheat dough from TJ’s also. Whenever I’m at TJ’s, I usually buy 2-3 extra bags of dough and freeze them, so that way they are ready to go whenever I want homemade pizza, since the nearest TJ’s is about 15-20 minutes out of the way to get to.
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Speaking of which, TJ’s is the *only* place I can find dough in the Seattle area! When I lived in upstate New York, pizza dough was super commonplace in every single grocery store, so it was quite a shock when I moved back here. Oh well, what can ya do…Washingtonians don’t like pizza the way New Yorkers (even from upstate) do!
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Pesto Chicken Pizza

serves about 4

Ingredients:
-1/2cu prepared pesto (I actually used a bit more, since the quinoa pesto was thicker and less liquidy)
-2cu shredded mozzarella cheese
-1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and diced (I cooked mine at 400F for about 30mins, then shredded it)
-1 small onion, thinly sliced
-1 green bell pepper, diced
-1/2cu sliced fresh mushrooms (I omitted)
-1 tomato, diced (I omitted)
-Pizza dough

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
-Roll out the dough and spread the pesto over the surface of the pizza. Sprinkle the cheese over the pesto and then add on all of the other toppings.
-Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crust is done.

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

I am prefacing this post to apologize for my sucky pictures. ;) I just couldn’t get a flattering one. If you want to see yummy looking pictures of this dish, then definitely click on the original blogger’s link!

Thai food is basically one of my favourite things in the entire world. I suppose I should really say that Phad Thai is one of my favourite things in the entire world. I love the other stuff too (showering rama, curry, anything smothered in peanut sauce, etc.), but Phad Thai is really where it’s at. That being said, I think I am testing out a new Thai restaurant on Sunday with a friend – can’t wait!

I had found a Thai chicken soup recipe awhile ago that I was excited to make, but also dreading, as it contained 50 bajillion ingredients, but when the time came that I planned to make it, apparently the site was marked as spam and disappeared. Such is life. In any case, I did find this close replica of Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup by Bev Cooks. This contains a lot (but not as many) ingredients, and can be done with the ease of a slow cooker. Win win!
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The downside of this recipe was that I was making it for my husband as well as a dear friend that adores Thai food like I do, but can’t have any corn products. I read the ingredient labels of everything super carefully and then dumped it all in the slow cooker. Right after doing so, I discovered that cornstarch was on the ingredient list for the chicken broth. After a minor freak out, I decided to still make the soup (obviously I wasn’t going to just dump a perfectly good meal), and then scrambled to make something else for dinner that evening.

The moral of the story is that my husband and I ended up with tons of leftovers of this yummy soup! I didn’t add in the rice noodles until the next day when we planned to actually eat it, because I didn’t want them to get soggy and gross. I also had about 3-4 days of leftovers for lunch. Speaking of rice noodles, mine NEVER, EVER turn out the way they do in Phad Thai dishes at restaurants, even though I follow the package instructions super closely. They don’t turn out badly (aka soggy and mushy), but they’re not as good as they are in restaurants. If anyone knows the secret of perfect rice noodles, pleaaaaaase let me know!

Some notes: I kept the red bell pepper chunks pretty large, so that my husband could pick them out. I also omitted the jalapenos, because my husband doesn’t like those either. The soup was so tasty and flavourful, and I think actually helped that we waited even longer than normal to eat it, to let the flavours come together more. Mine was much thinner and more brothy than the original blogger’s is (based on her pictures, it appears more creamy). I didn’t change any of the broth or coconut milk amounts, so I’m not sure what happened there. I also omitted the bean sprouts, but not on purpose. I went to two grocery stores that informed me that they do not sell bean sprouts (weird, I know), and so I bought canned bean sprouts. Well, I opened the can and then dumped them down the disposal because they looked and tasted nasty. They may have been fine, once added to the crockpot, but I didn’t want to risk turning the whole dish upside down because of it. Oh, and I added tons of sriracha to mine, of course. ;)image

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

serves 4+

Ingredients:
-3 frozen or thawed chicken breast halves
-3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced
-2tbsp freshly minced ginger
-2 (13.5oz) cans coconut milk (I used one lite and one regular can)
-4cu chicken stock
-3tbsp soy sauce
-4oz thin rice noodles
-2 red bell peppers, diced (I only used one)
-2cu fresh beans sprouts (I omitted)
-2 jalapenos, finely sliced (I also omitted)
-2 limes
-cilantro for garnish
-coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:
-In a slow cooker, add the coconut milk, broth, garlic, ginger, chicken, soy sauce, a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook on high for 3 hours.
-Remove the chicken from the crockpot and shred it with two forks; return to pot.
Add the rice noodles, bell pepper and sprouts, and cook for 30 more minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
-Serve each bowl garnished with sliced jalapeno, a good handful of cilantro and lime juice.

Greek-Style Chicken Pocket Sandwiches

I made this recipe soooooooo long ago it’s not even funny. I haven’t had a chance to post it, since it involves actually sitting down with the cookbook (and who has time for that?). Ha. In any case, the original recipe is for “Greek-Style Pork Pocket Sandwiches” from In The Kitchen The Costco Way, which I picked up at a garage sale last summer. It is a pretty great little book. It contains easy and simple recipes that are great to throw together for weeknight meals (or anytime meals, for that matter).

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I substituted chicken, as I didn’t have any pork on-hand, and it worked really well. For a recipe like this, you could really go either way! I also used my new favourite black bean and wheat blend tortillas, instead of pita pockets, as that is also what I had on-hand. I have no complaints with this recipe. Again, it was simple and tasty. Who can argue with that??

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In case you are wondering, I have no recollection for the potatoes I paired with it. I kind of just do my own thing with potatoes now and don’t really follow a recipe.

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Greek-Style Pork Chicken Pocket Sandwiches

serves 2

Ingredients:
-1 large chicken breast (or 2 small ones), cut into small pieces
-1/2cu Caesar dressing
-2 or more pita loaves or tortillas
-1/4cu cucumber dressing
-1 small red onion, thinly sliced

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 400.
-Combine chicken pieces with Caesar dressing. Spread out in a baking dish and roast for about 10-15 minutes, or until cooked through.
-Fill each pocket or tortilla with the chicken, then top with cucumber dressing and red onion.
-Done!!

Baked Sesame Chicken

It has been such a busy and eventful week, and I must admit that I am super excited for this weekend as well – but mostly because I get to finally meet my best friend’s baby! I am so excited to meet the sweet little bundle of joy. I have been basically chomping at the bit for the past two weeks to do so. ;)

In less exciting and non related news, my husband and I had our good friend over for dinner a few weeks ago and made this baked sesame chicken by Oh Sweet Basil.
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Originally I was going to make Thai Chicken Soup (which I still need to post on the blog), but after I dumped everything into the slow cooker, I realized that the chicken broth contained an ingredient that our friend can’t eat. So, after a momentary freak out, I whipped up the dish by Oh Sweet Basil, and my husband and I enjoyed the soup on a different night. I must admit, this whole “be flexible” thing is kinda hard, but I’m doing what I can.

I did have a few issues with this recipe. I had to substitute flour instead of cornstarch, due to my friend’s food restrictions, and it just was a big clump. When I mixed it into the saucepan, it just stayed clumpy, no matter how hard I whisked it, so I ended up just spooning out the flour clumps. I’m sure it would be better with cornstarch.

Also – please only use low sodium soy sauce! The original blogger specifies to not use regular soy sauce. I only have regular soy sauce (thanks to buying in bulk at Costco), so I combined 3 parts soy sauce and 1 part water (my mom has always sworn that low-sodium soy sauce is just watered down), and that worked out really well. Even so, it was almost to the border of “too salty.” I know I’m infamous for being a salt-hater, but even my salt-loving husband said that any more salt would have been unpleasant. I guess the blogger really knew what she was talking about!
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Baked Sesame Chicken

serves 4-6

Ingredients:
For the chicken:
-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
11.5cu panko breadcrumbs
-canola oil for drizzling
-Salt and pepper, to taste
For the sesame sauce:
-1tbsp sesame oil, divided
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-2tsp ground ginger
-1tsp chili paste, or 1tsp sweet chili sauce
-1 pinch red pepper flakes
-1/2cu chicken stock
-3/4cu low sodium soy sauce
-1/3cu honey
-1/4cu rice wine vinegar
-1/3cu brown sugar, packed
-2tbsp cornstarch
-2tbsp water
-sesame seeds, toasted for garnish

Directions:
-Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.
-Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Season the chicken with a little salt and pepper and then dredge in the panko bread crumbs until they are evenly coated. Place on the baking sheet, drizzle with a little oil and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until cooked through.
-Meanwhile, in a sauce pan over medium heat, add the sesame oil, ginger, chili paste, and pepper flakes and stir for a few seconds then quickly add the stock, soy sauce, honey, vinegar and brown sugar. Let it come to a boil while stirring frequently. In a small dish, whisk together the cornstarch and water. Once the saucepan mixture is boiling, slowly add the cornstarch mixture, stirring until thickened. Once thick, pour over chicken and top with sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Sloppy Joe Tacos

I have weird tastes. I am fully aware of this. So much so, that I had no shame while making (and devouring) these sloppy joe tacos by Gimme Some Oven.  I love sloppy joes and I love tacos and I love fusion! This happened because I was going through my Pinterest recipes one day, deciding what to make for dinner (I’ve been really bad at meal-planning ahead lately), and realized I had basically all of the ingredients at home already. I decided to forego the red bell pepper, because they were really expensive at the grocery store and my husband doesn’t like them anyway.
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This recipe is really good!!  You can basically make anything into a taco (or pizza, as I have done many times before, as well!) and the outcome is almost always fabulous. For my friends that don’t like sloppy joes (yes, I mean you, Alysha!), I highly recommend that you give it a shot and throw it into a taco! It has some normal fixings you’d find in tacos (ground beef, onion, etc.) plus the addition of the sauce that makes it a “sloppy joe” and topped with shredded cheese. Seriously – how does that sound bad? ;) ;)
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Sloppy Joe Tacos

serves about 6

Ingredients:
-1tbsp olive oil
-1lb lean ground beef
-1 small yellow onion, peeled and diced
-1 small red bell pepper, cored and diced
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-2cu tomato sauce
-2tbsp packed brown sugar
-1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
-1tsp chili powder
-pinch of salt and pepper, to taste
-hard crunchy taco shells
-optional toppings: shredded Mexican cheese, chopped fresh cilantro, sour cream, diced avocado, etc.

Directions:
-Heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, breaking up the beef and stirring occasionally. Drain off as much excess fat as you can and discard it.
-Return the skillet to the heat, and add the onion, red bell pepper and garlic to it. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent, stirring occasionally.
-Meanwhile, While the veggies are cooking, whisk together in a bowl, the tomato sauce, brown sugar, worcestershire, and chili powder until combined. Once the veggies are done, add the tomato sauce mixture to the ground beef and stir until combined. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes (you may need to cover the pan to avoid red sauce splattering the stove). Season with salt and pepper, then remove from heat.
-Place the sloppy joe filling inside the taco shells and top with your desired accompaniments.

Teriyaki Tuna Steaks w/ Wasabi Dipping Mayo

Tuna (unless it’s from a can) seems most indicative of a fancy restaurant menu, and less so of being seen on a plate at your own kitchen table, amirite? But seriously – who doesn’t love classy meals from the comfort of their own kitchen? And for a fraction of the cost!
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Not too long ago, I made these Teriyaki Tuna Steaks with Wasabi Mayo by Reel Flavor and it was AMAZING. It was such an easy and simple recipe, and aside from the marinating, it was so quick! I love that. I really do not have a single bone to pick with this recipe, as it was, like I said, amazing. Seriously. Well…I must admit that I did cook the tuna a bit longer than the original blogger recommends to do. I made seared ahi tuna awhile back, and it was, well, disgusting inside, so I had to cook it a few minutes longer, to the desired raw-ness (if that makes sense). I recalled that this time around, and instead of searing for 30-45 seconds on each side, I seared for about 1.5 minutes on each side (as an aside, Reel Flavor does not say what temperature to sear at, so I chose medium-medium high).
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As you can see in the pictures above and below, even cooking a few seconds longer kept it pink and somewhat raw in the center. Unless your stove varies heavily from mine (which could be the case), it will not overcook it. I also made sure the pan was already hot before setting the steaks into.

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Also, I would say it is perhaps just easier and cheaper to buy wasabi mayo, instead of making your own. In any case, I have basically an entire tube of wasabi paste in my fridge now…I should look up how long it takes to go bad…
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Teriyaki Tuna Steaks with Wasabi Mayo

serves 4

Ingredients:
For the tuna
-1cu teriyaki sauce
-4 green onions, chopped
-1/3cu olive oil
-3 cloves garlic, chopped
-1tsp ground ginger
-ground black pepper, to taste
-4 tuna steaks
For the wasabi mayo
-wasabi paste, to taste
-mayo, to taste

Directions:
-Mix together all ingredients in a bowl, then add tuna. Marinate for 30 minutes or more.
-Sear the tuna steaks in a skillet on medium to medium high heat for about 1.5 minutes on each side (more or fewer minutes to your liking). Pour sauce over the steaks as they are cooking.
-Mix together wasabi and mayo to your liking and set aside.
-Serve tuna hot, with the wasabi mayo for dipping.