Date nights with Chrissy

I am obsessed with Chrissy Teigen.

Okay, now that we have gotten that out of the way, we can continue. I received the Cravings cook book for my birthday in March and although I have cracked it open a few times I hadn't given it a chance in the kitchen yet...until now. I knocked out three recipes in one week. 

First up - Chipotle Honey Chicken

First things first - make the chipotle sauce.  

  1. 1/2 can chipotle chiles in adobo
  2. 1 1/2 cups of bbq sauce
  3. 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  4. 1/4 cup whiskey (always wise to sample to make sure it's still good)
  5. 5 cloves garlic
  6. Juice of 1 lime

Mix up everything in a food processor - she called for more chiles and garlic, but I put less in for E & I's spicy sensitive mouths. Toss the 2 lbs of chicken thighs in it and marinade for 2 hours to overnight. 

The Steps
-Preheat oven to 375
-Place marinated chicken on a baking sheet with foil
-Bake for about 20 minutes
-Take out and top with more sauce & honey and cook until chicken is cooked through

Second Up - Zucchini Fritters

INGREDIENTS

  • zucchini
  • Panko
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Eggs

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Slice zucchini thinly
  3. Whisk 2 eggs together in a bowl, in a separate bowl mix together panko & parmesan cheese
  4. Dip the zucchini in eggs and then panko mixture
  5. Place on baking sheet (I lined with foil and the cooling rack)
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes

For convenience, I sliced mine in circles - they crisp up pretty quickly so make sure to keep your eye on them! For the sauce, I opted for a concoction of greek yogurt, cilantro and lemon juice. 

Different night/same cook book - Fish Tacos

The prep -

  1. Tilapia seasoned with garlic powder, salt, pepper, chili powder
  2. Sliced avocado
  3. Sliced limes
  4. Diced tomatoes
  5. Slaw
  6. Special Sauce*
  7. Corn Tortillas

Instead of Chrissy's green pepper sauce, I went for an avocado cream sauce (avocado, greek yogurt, lime, cilantro, seasoning all blended up). 

Corn tortillas - if you're usually not a fan for their flakiness then heat up the tortillas on a skillet for a few seconds each side. Not only gives them a little char but also toughens them up for all the goodness you want to put inside. 

Overall, my nights with Chrissy were a success - all that was missing was her! 

Pizza in a pinch

When you need pizza, you need it NOW.

Sometimes, you're really craving the 'za but there are just not enough hours in the day to let those perfect balls of dough rise. I mean nothing beats the real deal, but if you're in a pinch a flatbread works as a great ready to go base. 

BBQ and margherita were the lucky two - so I slapped our favorite barbecue sauce on one and olive oil on the other. 

Then it was time to pile toppings until there was no more space. This is a great opportunity to use up that produce about to go bad or some leftovers. I had a mozzarella ball that needed to be used up and some leftover chicken so I knew I wanted to use those up.  Cheese & shredded cheese on one / sliced tomatoes & mozza ball on the other. 

...Now the hardest part, the oven minutes. I swear those bad boys are longer than treadmill minutes (and those are long!). These guys were cooked at 350 for about 15 minutes. 

FLATBREAD PIZZAS
serving size - 1 (hungry person)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 flatbreads
  • "base coating"
    -olive oil
    -bbq sauce
  • cheese
    -mozzarella
    -shredded cheddar & provolone
  • toppings
    -tomato
    -basil
    -chicken
    -moreeee bbq

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Top flatbreads with base coating of your choice
  3. Main toppings & cooking
    • BBQ: top with cheese & diced chicken & place in oven for 15 minutes
    • Margherita: Place oiled flatbread in oven for 5 minutes, top with sliced cheese & tomatoes / back in the oven for 5-10 minutes
  4. After both pizzas are cheesy & bubbly top them off!
    • BBQ: drizzle bbq sauce
    • Margherita: basil, salt & pepper

Another perk of the flatbreads is that they are small(er) than the normal pizza, so you are able to have more than one!

I mean what's better than a personal pizza? TWO personal pizzas!