Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Chicken Melts #MemorableMelts

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Chicken Melts

A couple of weeks ago, I saw the most delicious looking recipe for Best Ever Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts while cruising through posts on my favourite blogs. Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Chicken Melts As soon as I learned that Kraft Creamy Mexicana Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia had hit the shelves in grocery stores, I knew the perfect dish to create! My very own Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Chicken Melts! Kraft has specially blended their Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia to deliver a soft and creamy melt that was a perfect fit for creating my Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Chicken Melts! I could have used any of the three flavours including Creamy Mozza, Creamy Heard & Garlic and Creamy Mexicana, but for this particular dish, I chose to use the Creamy Mexicana. Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Chicken Wraps

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Chicken Melts #MemorableMelts
 
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These easy to prepare Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Chicken Melts are moist and delicious.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 8 strips of bacon
  • ½ bag of Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia
Instructions
  1. Flatten chicken using a meat hammer.
  2. Sprinkle some Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia on chicken.
  3. Roll up chicken as tightly as possible.
  4. Wrap 2 bacon strips around chicken breast, ensuring that all of the chicken is tightly wrapped.
  5. Repeat this process with each chicken breast.
  6. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  7. Cook on low for approximately 6 hours or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degress F.
Notes
To hammer chicken with little mess, cover chicken with plastic wrap or place chicken in a re-sealable plastic bag.

For added taste, sprinkle some Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia on top of chicken for approximately 15 minutes to enjoy melted cheese on top of your chicken.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Cheesy Melts Kitchen Tip: Cover your chicken with plastic wrap prior to hammering.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Cheesy Melts

Bacon Wrapped Chicken CheesyMelts Place a generous amount of shredded cheese on the flattened chicken breast.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Cheesy Melts I was SO excited to make this recipe, I might have purchased a few more than 4 chicken breasts!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Cheesy Melts

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The benefits of cooking with Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia are:

  • Convenience – no more shredding
  • taste
  • the creamy melt

While making dinner, I just might have gotten a wee bit hungry, so I made a little snack for myself.  Melted cheese on crackers is my son’s favourite after school snack and it is absolutely delicious with Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia!  It’s always important for a Mommy to taste test snacks BEFORE she serves them to her kids, isn’t it?

Melted Cheesy Snacks

For more scrumptious recipe ideas that include Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia, feel free to visit the Kraft Canada website. You will most certainly not forget the melt that this cheese creates in your yummy dishes. Touch of Philly Disclosure: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Kraft Canada, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Kraft Canada.

Smoothies with a @Vitamix Blender #LoveVitamix {GIVEAWAY}

Vitamix Blender

Vitamix Blender
It’s been no secret that I love my smoothies! I have been making smoothies for a number of years now ever since I discovered that my kids would eat spinach if I included it in a smoothie. I often ask my children to help me make smoothies so that they know exactly what is in them, they understand how healthy they are AND if they make them, there is a bigger chance that they will consume them.

My Basic Guildelines When Making a Vitamix Blender Smoothie:

  • I start with my liquid (which 99% of the time is Unsweetened Vanilla Flavoured Almond Milk) and fill the pitcher until the blades are fully submerged.
  • I add 1-2 handfuls of leafy greens (usually spinach or kale).
  • I usually add a scoop of protein powder.
  • If I don’t add protein powder, I add a couple of spoonfuls of plain, Greek yogurt.
  • I add whatever mixture of frozen berries I feel like (usually 1-2 cups).
  • I add a whole banana.
  • I work my way up to full speed on my Vitamix blender for 30 seconds.


Using a Vitamix Blender has made making smoothies even more enjoyable!

Berry Smoothie
(Almond milk, banana, spinach, frozen blueberries, frozen raspberries protein powder)

Blueberry Coconut Smoothie (coconut water, banana, protein powder, frozen blueberries, spinach)

Mixed Berry Smoothies(almond milk, banana, plain greek yogurt, frozen mixed berries and dark cherries, kale)

On the weekend, I used a Vitamix Blender to make a Gluten Free Chocolate Cake for my daughter’s 9th birthday. I was VERY impressed with how smooth the cake batter was (made with Quinoa) after blending with the Vitamix blender.
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake 1c

I have used the Vitamix Blender to make a variety of smoothies, homemade waffle batter, Yorkshire Pudding and tomato sauce. Stay tuned for some recipes in the weeks to come. Please also visit MommyMoment.ca for a Homemade LARABAR Recipe using a Vitamix Blender.

Why I LOVE the Vitamix Blender:

Vitamix Blender

  1. The Vitamix purees my smoothies SMOOTH with no seeds or lumps.
  2. The Vitamix does the job quickly.
  3. The Vitamix is versatile.
  4. The Vitamix is SUPER easy and quick to clean!

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Let's Get Real

No Bake Healthy Oatmeal Granola Bars

Healthy Oatmeal Granola Bars

no bake healthy oatmeal granola bars


I’m always on the hunt for recipes for healthy granola bars.


I love baking my own muffins, cookies and bars for snacks. The fact that recipe is a no bake healthy oatmeal granola bars recipe is an added bonus.
My kids LOVE to eat granola bars and often they don’t want to stop at just one. Knowing exactly what ingredients are in the bars that they eat make me feel much better about what they are consuming for snacks.

I found this recipe for No Bake Healthy Oatmeal Power Cookies that I have changed slightly to create No Bake Healthy Oatmeal Granola Bars! I have made a few changes to this recipe and am very pleased with the results.

These bars are so simple to make and take hardly any time.
The most challenging part is waiting for them to set in the refrigerator!
No Bake Healthy Oatmeal Granola Bars

Healthy Oatmeal Granola Bars
 
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These healthy oatmeal granola bars are filled with protein to keep you feeling full throughout your day.
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Recipe type: snacks
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Melt peanut butter, honey and coconut oil in a pot on medium heat until fully melted and combined.
  2. Add oats, coconut flakes, chia seeds and cinnamon and stir well.
  3. Pour into a square pan (8×8) and refrigerate for approximately an hour until hardened.
Notes
It is very easy to cut this type of bar with a pastry scraper. I use one of those for cutting brownies and all types of dessert squares.

You could always add other seeds or dried fruit to this mixture to make a different version.

Two of our other favourite snacks to make are:
No Sugar Added Granola BarsEasy Pretzel Bites

Valentine Ice Cream Sandwiches

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8 Amazing and EASY Homemade Bread and Biscuit Recipes {Foodie Friday}

Bread Recipes

I love to make bread and biscuits!

I love it even more when I find EASY bread and biscuit recipes!

Homemade bread and biscuits can make a wonderful addition to any meal, whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner. I even love to add some protein like peanut butter or cream cheese and have a piece of homemade bread or a biscuit for a snack. The kids love this snack too!

One of my favourite ways to enjoy homemade bread is to have it along with my hubby’s famous Cheddar Potato Soup!

Here are some EASY Homemade Bread and Biscuit Recipes that I have tried over the past year or two. Each one of them have been a hit with my family.

No Knead Overnight Bread
EASY No Knead Overnight Bread

This bread is my all time favourite to make! It is so EASY! It literally takes less than 5 minutes to prepare before you go to bed and requires NO KNEADING at all. You cannot go wrong with this recipe. I make this often to bring to a friend’s house when we go for dinner as it is easy and makes a nice hostess gift, wrapped in a decorative tea towel.

One hour rolls
1 Hour Rolls

Copy Cat Pizza Hut Cheesy Bread
Copy Cat Pizza Hut Cheesy Bread

Soft Pretzels
Soft Pretzels

Homemade Bread
Homemade Bread

Homemade English Muffins
Homemade English Muffins

Banana Blueberry Oat Bread
Banana Blueberry Oat Bread

Blueberrylicious Slightly Sweet Biscuits
“Blueberrylicious” Slightly Sweet Biscuits
– We are super excited that these biscuits are featured over at ThreeFarmers.ca!

A special thanks to my partner in crime over at Canadian Moms Cook, Stacey who also blogs at Did You Know Canada. Without her, I wouldn’t have been introduced to some of these recipes!

Healthy Granola Bar Recipe {Friday Food Feature}

As many of you know, I have committed to a healthier lifestyle for myself starting in 2014. I have been on the look out for a healthy granola bar option for a long time now. I finally took a few ideas from here and there and came up with my own recipe.

This recipe is easy and simply with NO added sugars, eggs or flour!

Feel free to PIN THE RECIPE FOR LATER!

The ingredients are oats, cinnamon, banana, almond milk (or milk), applesauce, vanilla and raisins (or other dried fruit or chocolate chips). These bars whip up in less than 5 minutes, bake for 15 and voila, they are done!

The Family Cookbook from @DKCanada is the Only Cookbook You’ll Ever Need

As a devout meal-planner and someone who loves to cook, finding new recipes to keep my family menu interesting is really important. In recent months I’ve turned to Pinterest to collect recipes because I don’t have any one cookbook that can provide me with healthy, easy and a variety of recipes that I want. I have hundreds of meal ideas pinned to various boards on Pinterest, but because my collection has become so vast it is getting very difficult to comb through them and find recipes.

When I was given the opportunity to review a cookbook and choose which book I wanted from DK Publishing’s site, I was very excited to choose and receive Family Cookbook by Caroline Bretherton.

Family Cook Book

One of the most important things to me in a cookbook is photos. I want to see how a dish is supposed to look and I want a photo that will entice me to make it! Family Cookbook does not disappoint when it comes to photos. There is a beautiful picture of absolutely every recipe in the book.






Family Cookbook is laid out in a host of useful sections. Family Meals, for example, is subdivided into Fish, Poultry, Meat, Vegetables, Pasta, Rice and Eggs and Cheese. Easy Entertaining includes sections on Sunday Dinner, Kids’ Parties and Brunch, to name a few. There is also a fabulous section on foods for Babies and Toddlers; simple, wholesome recipes that will ensure your little one is eating nutritious, real food (along with some great ways to sneak veggies into their meals!).

Another thing I loved about this cookbook is that it not only provides recipes, but also has a ton of useful information. There’s a section on batching and freezing (I LOVE having ready-made meals in the freezer) and coping with allergies and meals for a week. The recipes are easy to follow and include cooking and prep times (I love this), and any special equipment you might need (think Dutch oven, food processor, etc.).

At the beginning of the book there is a chapter called Recipe Choosers that is then divided into sections such as Pantry Meals, Quick Meals and Cheap Eats. These sections simply showcase photos of recipes and their title and then reference what page to find it on. This is a great way to choose meals that look delicious without having to flip through all 700 recipes.

Family Cookbook is probably the first cookbook that I’ve ever picked up that I marked more than 20 recipes to try right away. Usually I’m lucky to find one or two in a cookbook that seem worthy of my time and effort. During the first week alone that I had the book I added four meals from it to my weekly menu plan!

Most of the recipes are for the regular every day cook and aren’t too “fancy”. Of course, there are some more time consuming and challenging recipes within, but what I liked most were that the meals were along the lines of what I usually cook, but gave me some great new ideas to keep our menu fresh. I had no trouble finding recipes with ingredients that I would normally buy or stock (I’m not a fan of buying an obscure ingredient that I’ll use a ¼ of a teaspoon of and the rest will sit in my pantry forever…), that could be prepared in 30 minutes or less (a HUGE win for me) and that are healthy (read: no processed ingredients or canned soups!).

I tried many recipes in this cookbook and there wasn’t a single one that disappointed. There was even a meal that was so good I made it twice in less than three weeks! There are several meals that will definitely become part of our regular menu rotation. Although I have tried over a dozen of the recipes so far, I’ve barely even scratched the surface of this book. I haven’t ventured into the Baking section or the Food to Go chapter yet but they are on my list to try.

Do you want to know what I did cook from this book? Here is a list with a few photos and some brief notes:

Pork Tenderloin in Apple Gravy
Pork Tenderloin with Apple Gravy (page 130)
This is the recipe that I made twice. It is so simple but absolutely delicious. It’s a meal that you can serve to guests and they’ll think you’ve slaved all day, but really, it was quick and easy. Highly recommend.

One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice
One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice (page 109)
A little bit more time consuming so save this one for a Sunday. It was absolutely delicious and a great one-pot meal. Good quality chorizo is important.

Baked Feta
Baked Feta (page 242)
This was phenomenal. Feta cheese baked with orange zest, fresh oregano (recipe called for mint, but I prefer oregano), honey and a few other ingredients looks and tastes like something you’d get in a restaurant, but again, is super easy. Impress your guests with this delicious appetizer!

Chicken and Chickpea Pilaf
Chicken and Chickpea Pilaf (page 231)
If you’ve never cooked with saffron, you should start. It adds the most aromatic and delicious flavour to any dish. It’s worth the money and this dish was a huge winner at the dinner table. I omitted the raisins as I’m in the “raisins ruin everything” camp.

British Breakfast Frittata
British Breakfast Frittata (page 258)
This would make a fabulous brunch dish but we ate it for dinner. It’s like an all-in-one breakfast buffet in a pan – eggs, bacon, tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese. Everyone loved it!

If you’re looking for an all-in-one cookbook that is not dissimilar to the Joy of Cooking style “kitchen bible”, then this is the one for you. I know that it is a book that I will refer to again and again and would highly recommend to all.


About Jennifer Alger Morse:
Jennifer is a married mom of two sons born 15 years apart (yes, you read that right!) living in Hamilton, Ontario. A lover of cupcakes, reading good (and not-so-good) books and all things food, she also spends her days working in the marketing department for a well-known franchise restaurant corporation. Jennifer loves to cook, is a firm believer in the importance of meal planning and likes to try at least two or three new recipes a week. Jennifer is also a member of the National Posts’ Gastropost weekend feature section where you can read about her completed food “missions”. You can also follow her on Twitter @pennesthoughts or on her blog at A Penne For Your Thoughts.

Back to Basics with @ChefMichaelSmth and #Cascade #PGMom {#GIVEAWAY}

As some of you may know, I am a very messy chef!

Here is the sad proof:

Specifically, when I bake, it is a very messy scene, as you can see above, when I was baking my son’s 5th birthday party cupcakes.


Thank goodness for Cascade Platinum!

It helps get my dishes clean without any extra work on my part, which I like. As much as I love to bake (and sometimes cook), I absolutely detest the clean up!

I recently received a copy of Food Network Canada’s Michael Smith, host of Chef Michael’s Kitchen, recipe book called Back to Basics. I love how simple many of his recipes are! Most of the time, he uses every day ingredients that I have at home, which always makes trying out new recipes appealing for me.

I need to add in here that my 8 year old daughter and I love watch cooking shows together and Michael Smith’s show is no exception! My favourite part of his show is when he walks you into his pantry…….oh to have a pantry like his…..

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Canada Day Sugar Cookies {RECIPE}

Sugar cookies are one of the easiest recipes to bake! They are also excellent for special occasions as there are so many different ways to decorate them according to themes and colours. This is also a great way to get the kids involved, when it comes to the decorating.

For Canada Day, why not make up some Maple Leaf shaped Sugar Cookies? My neighbour made these to welcome some friends that were moving to Canada, sweet eh?!

Sugar Cookies
Canada Day Sugar Cookies


Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (unsalted then add the salt OR salted and omit the extra salt)
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla (can use almond extract if you wish)
  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt (omit IF you used salted butter)
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Directions

  1. In electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
  3. Add flour, salt (if you used unsalted butter) and baking powder and beat until smooth.
  4. Place dough in the fridge for 10 minutes (this makes it easier to roll and transfer onto baking sheets).
  5. Roll out dough and use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes.
  6. Place on cookie sheets and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Decorating the Cookies:
For these Canada Day cookies, store bought fondant was purchased, rolled out and cut out with the same cookie cutter that was used for the cookies. To help the fondant stick, simply make an edible “paste” with water and icing sugar and brush it on the top of the cookie before placing the fondant.

Tip:
Use icing sugar to cover your working surface when rolling out the dough. This prevents sticking and doesn’t make the cookies tough like flour can if you add too much.

Don’t forget to read my post where I share 3 More Tips When Baking Sugar Cookies!

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Friday Recipe Round Up – May 3rd

I cannot believe that we are already in May! Where does time go?

May brings nicer weather and good days to BBQ but there can also be some super hot days where we may not want to use our oven and heat up the kitchen. This is where we will be turning to our crockpots! Check out this week’s action on Canadian Moms Cook as one of our reviewers, Alison, has shared some great crockpot recipe ideas with us!

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Recipe Round Up


Broccoli and Cheese Soup in the Crockpot


Pizza in the Crockpot


Crockpot Pork Tenderloin


Cinnamon Streusel Loaf


Tips and Tricks: Mess Free Kitchen When Using a Mixer


Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese


2 Ingredient Crab Dip


What have you been cooking up in your kitchen?


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