Readers Featured Recipe: Chicken Hoagies

Today I’m excited to share my first Mommy of a Monster recipe feature! Kristin works over at Ro*tel, one of my favorite brands and always a staple in my house…I actually specifically recommend using Ro*tel in my warm bean dip recipe. I hope you enjoy her recipe for Chicken Hoagies…we can’t wait to make it here!

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Hello readers, Kristin from Ro*Tel here.  I am excited to be writing for Natalie today!  Let me introduce myself. I live in Chicago with my Bichon Frise, Joey.  It’s a great city because there’s always something to do: grab drinks at a dive bar, walk around Navy Pier, admire work at one of the museums on a Free Day, ride around on a Divvy bike and so much more. When I am not indulging in Netflix shows or running around the neighborhood, I am cooking one of my favorite recipes or something new I found on Pinterest.

You can never go wrong with avocado and chicken—it’s the perfect combination (next to chocolate and peanut butter). When I made this sandwich, I died and went to heaven. I can’t tell you what’s my favorite part, the Pepper Jack cheese melting on the spicy chicken breast or the tomato-mayo spread (heavily) on the toasted hoagie roll. Regardless, this is a must-try sandwich!

Chicken Hoagies with Avocado and Spicy Mayo

A delicious and easy recipe for Chicken Hoagies containing chicken, cheese, avocado, spicy mayo and Ro*tel tomatoes and chilies. Includes other recipes too.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts, remove skin and cut in 1/2 horizontally
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 can (10 oz.) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 6 soft hoagie rolls, sliced in half
  • cooking spray
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, sliced thin
  • 6 slices Pepper Jack cheese

A delicious and easy recipe for Chicken Hoagies containing chicken, cheese, avocado, spicy mayo and Ro*tel tomatoes and chilies. Includes other recipes too.
Directions

1. Add chicken breast, canola oil, garlic and black pepper in large sealable storage bag; zip to close and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

A delicious and easy recipe for Chicken Hoagies containing chicken, cheese, avocado, spicy mayo and Ro*tel tomatoes and chilies. Includes other recipes too.
2. Add drained tomatoes and mayo to food processor; pulse until mixture appears smooth. Scoop out into a bowl and set aside.

3. Spray skillet with cooking spray; heat skillet over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from bag and cook for five minutes, turn over once.

4. Spread 1 tablespoon tomato-mayo mixture on each hoagie half. Place chicken, avocado slices and cheese on one half*.

*Toast hoagie rolls ahead of time, if desired.

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts, remove skin and cut in 1/2 horizontally
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 can (10 oz.) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 6 soft hoagie rolls, sliced in half
  • cooking spray
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, sliced thin
  • 6 slices Pepper Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Add chicken breast, canola oil, garlic and black pepper in large sealable storage bag; zip to close and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  2. Add drained tomatoes and mayo to food processor; pulse until mixture appears smooth. Scoop out into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Spray skillet with cooking spray; heat skillet over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from bag and cook for five minutes, turn over once.
  4. Spread 1 tablespoon tomato-mayo mixture on each hoagie half. Place chicken, avocado slices and cheese on one half*.
  5. *Toast hoagie rolls ahead of time, if desired.
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I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Check out Ro*Tel’s website for more easy recipes and dinner ideas.

A delicious and easy recipe for Chicken Hoagies containing chicken, cheese, avocado, spicy mayo and Ro*tel tomatoes and chilies. Includes other recipes too.

Sounds yummy, right? Thanks for sharing your Chicken Hoagies recipe, Kristin! You can find more great chicken recipes and sandwich recipes here and on my Pinterest boards.

If you would like to get a recipe featured at Mommy of a Monster, find how how to do it here.

Sandwich Ideas: Ham & Swiss Rolls

Since the holidays are here, you know I’ve been doing a lot of cooking. I have lots of new recipes to share! Here’s the thing about recipes: you start with one and then you use it to create new ones. Or just get creative and put spins on them. You find a recipe that you love, and then use it to make variations of the same depending on who you are making it for and what you have on hand. That is where these sandwich ideas came from…from a recipe for Ham & Swiss Sliders from King’s Hawaiian.

A recipe for Ham & Swiss rolls that can be made ahead of time and kept warm in a crock pot for hours. Includes links to other sandwich ideas too.

Sandwich Ideas: Ham & Swiss Rolls

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Ingredients

  • 12 Slices of deli honey ham
  • 6 Slices of swiss cheese, halved
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise or horseradish
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 package (12 count) King's Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls

Instructions

  1. Spread mayo or horseradish onto 1 side of roll. Place a slice or two of ham and a slice of swiss cheese in roll. Replace the top of the rolls and bunch them closely together into a baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together poppy seeds, dijon mustard, melted butter, onion powder and worcestershire sauce.
  3. Pour sauce over the rolls, just covering the tops. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for additional 2 minutes until tops are slightly browned and crisp. Serve warm.

Notes

If you are serving these at a party, here's how to keep them warm. After baking, place the sliders into a crock pot. Adjust crock pot temperature to keep warm and they stay good for hours!

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Now I used horseradish when I made them and it gave them quite a kick. I loved it, as did most of the adults; the kids however did not.

I made them again for the kids for lunch one day. I halved the recipe, used mayo, and baked them without the sauce on top. The kids LOVED them.

Next I want to try them with turkey and provolone. Oh yum! I can’t wait to try these with a variety of cheeses and meats.

See? One recipe that can be made several different ways! If you are looking for more sandwich ideas, try my Grilled Cheese with Apples and Bacon or  my recipe for the Best Grilled Cheese EVER. Ialso have a recipe for a Feta Aioli sandwich spread that  will make you want to eat it right out of the bowl and a recipe for a Gouda and Green Onion sandwich spread that is really good-a! Still want more sandwich ideas? Check out my board for Sandwiches on Pinterest.

Hoppin John: Bring Good Luck To Your New Year By Eating This Traditional Dish

Have you ever heard of the tradition of eating Hoppin John on New Year’s? Do you know what Hoppin John is? I had never even heard of it until last year when I made it for the first time. It was delicious and it’s now going to be our New Year’s Day traditional meal! Hoppin John is a New Year's Day traditional meal; it's thought to bring good luck and prosperity in the new year. Try this recipe; it's yummy!

The Story of Hoppin John

In the southern states of the US, eating Hoppin John on New Year’s Day is supposed to bring those who eat it a year of good luck and prosperity. I know I can use that!  The black-eyed peas are thought to symbolize pennies or coins, and a coin is sometimes left under the bowls of peas. You’re supposed to also eat Hoppin John with collard (or mustard or turnip) greens, chard, kale, cabbage…basically any greens. Why? Because they add to the wealth since they are the color of money! You can also serve with cornbread since it is the color of gold. 

What is Hoppin John?

Hoppin John is full of black-eyed peas, rice, onion, bacon, and depending on where you are from, other yumminess. Some use sausage instead of bacon or ham hocks. Some people put bell peppers in, others include vinegar. There are many variations to this dish.

Hoppin John: Bring Good Luck To Your New Year By Eating This Traditional Dish
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. cajun, kielbasa or andouille sausage (or substitute 1/2 lb. bacon, cut in pieces)
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 pound dried black-eyed peas, about 2 cups
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (if you like heat)
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 cups of water or chicken broth
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • Scallions or green onions for garnish

Instructions

  1. Slowly cook the sausage or bacon until crispy in a medium pot over medium-low heat.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the celery, onion, and green pepper and sauté until they begin to brown, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the black-eyed peas, bay leaf, and seasonings. Cover with 4 cups of water. Cook for 30 minutes to an hour, or longer if needed, until the peas are tender.
  4. While the peas are cooking, cook the rice separately according to package instructions.
  5. When the peas are done, drain out the remaining cooking water. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Taste the peas for salt and add more if needed. Add in the rice.
  6. Serve along side greens (collard greens, kale, or spinach). Garnish with chopped green onions.
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Sounds great right? It’s easy to make and can feed an army by doubling or tripling the recipe. As I mentioned, there are many variations to this dish. I think this year I might do half sausage and half bacon. She Wears Many Hats has a Hoppin John recipe with ham hock and baconOnce a Month Meals’ shares a Hoppin John crock pot recipe. And betsylife shares a really cool twist on the recipe by making Hoppin John with quinoa. Remember when I told you all about the White Trash Cooking cookbook? There’s a recipe in there for Hoppin’ John, and it couldn’t be simpler:

Hoppin John is a New Year's Day traditional meal; it's thought to bring good luck and prosperity in the new year. Try this recipe; it's yummy!

Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Recipes Roundup!

I LOVE pumpkin…like everybody else does I guess during the fall season. From pumpkin spice chai and lattes to sweet treats, I can’t get enough of it during this time of the year. Which is why I thought having a pumpkin recipes roundup would be fun!

Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Recipes Roundup

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Sweet Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin muffins are one of my favorite things in the world, in fact I’ll be sharing a recipe for mine soon! Ashley over at It’s Fitting feels the same way. She is sharing a recipe for mini pumpkin muffins that I’m pretty sure I could eat them all in one sitting.

Tracy at Sellabit Mum also shares a pumpkin muffins recipe that I can’t wait to try…and I bet the story she shares with the muffins recipe will crack you up!

And my friend Greta at G*Funk*ified shares a recipe for gluten free pumpkin muffins.

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

And while they’re not muffins, these Pumpkin Bars with Cranberries are delicious too. But Elaine’s at The Miss Elaine-ous Life has a recipe for Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting that will be on our table this Thanksgiving!

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Is there anything better than pumpkin bread? I don’t think so. Anna at In the Next 30 Days shares her super moist pumpkin bread recipe.

Kristin over at Two Cannoli shares her pumpkin cake with frosting. Yum!

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Jennifer the lovely lady behind Jennifer P. Williams is hosting  31 Days of Cookies, and these pumpkin snickerdoodles sound simply AMAZING!

If you are looking for quick and easy, this recipe for Simple Pumpkin Cookies couldn’t be any easier. There are only two ingredients. In the time it takes you to mix a can of pumpkin with a box of cake mix, you’re done.

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Or what about Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies? YUM! You’ll find the recipe at my friend Laura’s place Mommy Miracles.

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

I’ve told you before that Once a Month Meals (formerly Once a Month Mom) is my go-to site for finding awesome recipes. And what pumpkin recipes roundup would be complete without a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

And for a sweet ending, over at Leah’s Thoughts Leah shares a bounty of pumpkin desserts.

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

I couldn’t have a roundup without one of my favorite recipes in the whole world…my recipe for Upside Down Pumpkin Cake. It’s so easy to make and you will never eat pumpkin pie again. Scary Mommy even featured it in her Guide to Surviving the Holidays e-book!

Savory Pumpkin Recipes

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Nothing says comfort food better than soup. Jennie at A Lady in France shares her honey-mustard pumpkin soup recipe. Definitely on my list to make soon!

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Ashley at Fiddle Dee Me shares a recipe for Pumpkin and Shrimp Alfredo that I can’t wait to try!

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

A cup of chili con carne with coriander

And this Pumpkin Chili looks and sounds delicious!

Still want more pumpkin recipes? Tonya from Letters for Lucas sent me this pin she found from SkinnyTaste for 50 more pumpkin recipes! These will keep me busy all fall!

And for even more pumpkin, check out my For the Love of Pumpkin board on Pinterest.

If you have a one or two favorite pumpkin recipes to share (especially savory recipes!), feel free to leave a link in the comment section.

Best Sandwich Spreads: Dress Up A Boring Sandwich With These Yummy Recipes!

I eat a lot of sandwiches. It’s not a secret that I love me a good grilled cheese (like Grilled Cheese with Apples and Bacon or the Best Grilled Cheese EVER), but sometimes I don’t have time to go through the trouble of making them. Sometimes I’ve just got some bread, turkey, spinach, and tomatoes to eat and that gets old. That’s when I bust out one of these yummy spreads. They will turn a boring sandwich into the best sandwich ever!

Best Sandwich Spread #1: Feta Aioli

emeals_how_it_worksThis first recipe I found through eMeals. I love eMeals and their recipes are all simple, easy, and really good. To learn more about eMeals, you can read my post Why I Love eMeals or head over and check out eMeals for yourself!

This sandwich spread is creamy and full of flavor. But beware! It’s very garlicky!

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Feta Aioli Gouda & Green Onion Sandwich Spread

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup canola mayonnaise (regular works just fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons mayonaise
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and combine until smooth. Spread mixture over bread slices.
  2. In a small bowl combine all ingredients. Use the spread on two slices of toasted bread and top with your favorite sandwich fixings. This one is really good on sourdough bread with turkey, tomatoes, romaine leaves, and avocado!
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Did you know you can regrow green onions and garlic in your own backyard? You can read my post How To Regrow Celery, Garlic, and Green Onions for easy to follow instructions.

Both of these spreads could easily be enjoyed in a wrap, on toasted or regular breads of any kind, and maybe even with crackers! Do you have any favorite sandwich recipes or spreads to share? I’m always looking for new ones!