CUCUMBERS & SOUR CREAM

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CUCUMBERS & SOUR CREAM
 
Low carb!!!! If you like cucumbers, you will LOVE this!!!!
Ingredients
  • 3 large cucumbers peeled and sliced
  • 1 Container of Sour Cream
  • 3 Tbs of finely diced onion
  • 3 Tbs Rice Vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • I also use a little of Wildtree Dill Dip Blend
Instructions
  1. Peel and Slice cucumbers and mix together all ingredients in a large bowl (one large enough to be able to mix well). Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours. I personally make this early in the day and chill 6-8 hours.
  2. Enjoy!!

 

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Italian Cream Cake

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Italian Cream Cake
 
Italian Cream Cake recipes are basically the same, and true to form. Traditional Italian cream cake recipes often call for shortening in the batter. However, I prefer using all butter in my cream cake. I also like the depth of flavor you gain by adding brown sugar to the batter and a touch of almond extract. Take the time to toast the coconut to use as a garnish for the sides of the cake not only making it pretty, but adding spectacular flavor as well. It's a special cake for a special occasion.
Ingredients
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp pure almond extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole buttermilk
  • 14 oz package sweetened flaked coconut, divided
  • 1½ cup pecan pieces toasted, divided
  • Frosting:
  • 2 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 lb powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp pure almond extract
  • reserved coconut, toasted
  • ½ cup reserved toasted pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 3 9 inch round cake pans or spray with baking spray. Set aside. Sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder together. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, pure vanilla and almond extract. Beat until creamy and light beige in color, around 3-4 minutes Add the eggs 1 at a time beating well after each addition.
  2. Add the sifted dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk. After all has been added, increase the mixer speed and beat until fully combined.
  3. Mix in ½ of the coconut and 1 cup of toasted pecans by hand.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes back clean. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
  5. To make the frosting:
  6. Cream together the cream cheese and butter until light, fluffy and pale yellow in color. Add the vanilla. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until creamy and smooth.
  7. Line the edge of the cake plate with wax paper strips. Tip: If storing the cake, place onto a cake round to make it easier to move from fridge to cake plate for serving Frost the cake between the layers sprinkling each with reserved toasted pecan pieces.
  8. Add the final layer and frost the top and sides. Finish the sides with toasted coconut. Decorate the top as desired with the remaining chopped pecans. Store chilled. Yield: 12 pieces

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Natural Remedies For Anxiety And The Nerves

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Is it any surprise that in the hectic lives we lead today, that more and more people are becoming burnt out- both physically and mentally?
The incidence of depression, anxiety, and nervous breakdowns has increased significantly, proving that something must be wrong with our way of constant multi-tasking.
Now before you get all panicky and book an appointment with your Psychologist/Psychiatrist, did you know there are VERY effective natural remedies that can be employed in your quest for tranquility?

Whether it be to improve your quality of sleep following a hectic day, or when your nerves feel on edge- there is something for everyone.
As most of these natural remedies (which are primarily herbs) have been used for centuries in ayurvedic, oriental or traditional medicine, shouldn’t that prove utility, at least to some degree?
In no particular order, here are the best in natural remedies for anxiety and nerves.
Chamomile
One of nature’s most popular anxiety relieving remedies, chamomile can be supplemented in various ways, the most common ones being in the form of tea, or pills (extracts).
Have you ever felt nervous in the tummy? You know, the feeling we all get before a public speaking session or a big test! Chamomile has demonstrated its ability to ease bloating and promote digestion, being an effective two-pronged therapy wherever you feel the jitters.
Chamomile is capable of handling moderate levels of anxiety; if you feel yours is severe and inhibiting normal daily function, a specialist medical doctor is your best bet.
St. John’s Wort
On days when you feel especially down, St. John’s Wort can be just the thing for you. While it is only capable of combating low levels of anxiety, it is very well suited for depression, and extremely efficient at elevating your mood.
Moreover, since chances are anxiety and depression frequently occurs together as co-morbidities, it can quickly become one of your go-to remedies. St John’s Wort is available primarily in pill or liquid oral forms.
Valerian Root
If you find yourself staring at the ceiling for hours, unable to sleep with worry or anxiety on your mind, Valerian is the herb for you.
A very potent natural sedative, Valerian Root is the remedy of choice for people suffering from insomnia but not willing to go on prescription strength meds. It is so effective in “relaxing” the body, that it is in fact also used in the treatment of asthma (to relax the airways), muscular cramps, cough, and even menstrual pain. You’ll soon be counting sheep in your sleep following a dose of good ole’ valerian.
Passionflower
As the name implies, this herb will leave you feeling quite passionate love for it after trying it a few times. A study conducted by The University of Maryland (USA) found the passionflower to have comparative anxio-lytic effects to many prescription strength anxiety medications (such as Valium, Ativan, and Xanax).
Over the course of four weeks, its ability to induce relaxation was on par to the prescription strength medication, with a major advantage- very little or absolutely no drowsiness. This could be a major selling point to people who have to work, and simply cannot afford to be asleep on the job. It also successfully was able to manage irritability and depression in patients recovering from drug induced tolerance (such as when discontinuing strong sedatives)
Kava Kava
The extract from the root of this plant is quite possibly the most effective natural remedy for treating moderate to severe levels of anxiety and nervous disorder.it has a rather unique property- it can treat insomnia, without clouding mental clarity. Many believe that it can help result in very vivid dreams, and can even block the train of anxiety thought. However, Kava Kava is notorious for interacting with quite a few prescription meds, so be sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this one.
Conclusion
Many people that try these natural remedies will be happy they saved a trip to the doctor. However, if you notice the developmental of suicidal thoughts, or find yourself using it for more than 12 continuous weeks, a visit to your specialist is necessary, since deeper seated problems may be present.
Overall, nature has gifted us more than enough to take care of our bodies!

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies
 
They are soft and oh so good!!
Ingredients
  • 1 can seamless crescent rolls (or pinch together seams on a regular can, or make your own)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ C mixed peanut butter and chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Beat sugar, cream cheese and vanilla together until smooth and creamy.
  2. Unroll the crescent roll sheet onto lightly floured surface. . Stretch the dough out, I use a rolling pin to do this, then trim the edges to give it a good rectangular shape. A pizza cutter is great for trimming edges of dough.
  3. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of the crescent sheet, leaving a gap at the edge about ½ inch.
  4. Sprinkle your chips on top of cream cheese – press them in lightly to aid in rolling.
  5. Roll the crescent sheet up tightly and wrap in cling wrap.
  6. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours it won’t get really solid as the cream cheese mix won’t freeze hard.
  7. When chilled preheat oven to 350°.
  8. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (prevents sticking and helps in cleanup).
  9. Slice the crescent roll into ¼" slices. They won’t keep the precise round shape, but that is fine!
  10. Bake on prepared cookie sheet for 12 -14 minutes until crescent roll appears golden brown.
  11. Cool on the parchment paper or wire rack.
  12. Enjoy!

 

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Roasted Tomatoes with Pepper Jack Cheese

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Roasted Tomatoes with Pepper Jack Cheese
 
Ingredients
  • 2- Large Beef Steak Tomatoes
  • Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Basil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • We also used some garlic galore from Wildtree
Instructions
  1. Slice tomatoes put in pan salt, pepper and sprinkle basil on tomatoes.
  2. Put about ¼ of slice pepper jack cheese on each tomatoe.
  3. Put tomatoes in oven 350 degrees for 8 minutes, then put them up on the broiler for a few seconds until cheese turn brown.

 

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Cupcake Pizza

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Cupcake Pizza
 
Ingredients
  • Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Dough
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Cupcake Tin
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees (as the package directed) and grease the cupcake pan.
  2. Separate the dough into 4 equal parts.
  3. Push the dough into the molds and try to make the dough cover the sides.
  4. Cover dough with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni (what you like)
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

 

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Bacon Cheeseburger Loafs

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Bacon Cheeseburger Loafs
 
This one is WOW... GOOD!!
Ingredients
  • *Roll (can) of Refrigerator Biscuits... I used Grand's Home style Original
  • *1 cup of shredded cheddar/mozzarella blend cheese
  • *1 cup of browned hamburger
  • *1/4 cup of Real Bacon Bits
  • * Pepper and Garlic to taste
  • *1 Egg White Beaten
  • *Parmesan Cheese Grated
Instructions
  1. *Flatten your biscuit
  2. *Top with Pinch of Cheese, tsp. hamburger, small pinch of bacon bits and tiny bit more cheese... season... then fold your sides up and close it... I shaped mine like a loaf... seam side down in a greased 9 x 13 pan
  3. *Brush tops with beaten Egg White and Sprinkle with Parmesan
  4. * Bake at 350 for 30 min. or until golden brown
  5. Enjoy

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THE BEST CHEESE BALL EVER

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THE BEST CHEESE BALL EVER
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (1 oz. ) package ranch dressing mix(We use wildtree dressing)
  • 2½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese
  • 1½ - 2 cups of chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Mix dressing mix and Cheddar cheese into the cream cheese.
  2. Shape the mixture into a ball.
  3. Roll the ball in the chopped nuts.
  4. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve along with carrots, celery or your favorite crackers.

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OATMEAL SCOTCHIES

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OATMEAL SCOTCHIES
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats, or as needed
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips, or to taste
Instructions
  1. Beat the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Beat the first egg into the butter mixture until completely blended; beat the vanilla into the mixture with the last egg.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a separate bowl. Beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture about ½ cup at a time. Fold the rolled oats and butterscotch chips into the resulting dough. If the dough isn't firm enough, mix in more rolled oats, about ¼ cup at a time, until dough is of desired consistency.
  3. Refrigerate the dough for 1 to 2 hours before baking.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Scoop up dough by heaping tablespoonful and roll into balls. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until very lightly browned and cookies are set in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for about 5 minutes before removing from baking sheets to finish cooling on wire rack.

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Country Chicken Casserole

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Country Chicken Casserole
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Large Chicken Breasts (Grill or use Precooked)
  • 1 Medium Onion ( Chopped)
  • 5 Slices Bacon
  • 4 - 6 Medium - Large Potatoes (Cubed)
  • 1 Can Mushroom Pieces
  • 1 Can Cream of Celery Soup ( Can use Cream of Chicken)
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Mixed Vegetables
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Mrs Dash Seasoning
Instructions
  1. Slice and Cook Bacon, Drain and set aside.
  2. Cube Potatoes and Chop Onion then add to Bacon drippings and fry until soft.
  3. Add Mushrooms to the mixture and continue to cook. Season to taste.
  4. Once Potatoes are soft add Cream of Celery Soup and Chicken Broth. Turn to low and simmer.
  5. Season and Grill your Chicken. Once cooked cut it into cubes.
  6. In your Casserole Dish add Bacon, Chicken, and Potato Mixture.
  7. Stir in Mixed Vegetables.
  8. Cover with foil or lid and bake for 30 minutes at 425.

 

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Coleslaw

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Coleslaw
Serves: 7
 
This is not a "soupy" or heavily coated coleslaw. It gives you just enough of the sweet while still letting the taste of the vegetables come through. It's really tasty. If you wanted it to be heavier on the dressing you could double the last 4 ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups shredded fresh cabbage or ½ 16 oz bag of shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli florets
  • 2 stalks green onion (tops only)
  • ¼ c Miracle Whip
  • 2 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • ⅛ tsp dry mustard
  • dash of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix bottom 4 ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Place cabbage, broccoli and green onion in a medium serving bowl. Pour dressing over the top and toss lightly.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup

 

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Homemade Corn Nuts

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Homemade Corn Nuts
Serves: 3 servings
 
Get creative and use any spice you like. They would also be good tossed in some ranch seasoning mix.
Ingredients
  • 15 oz can chickpeas, drained
  • olive oil spray
  • ⅛ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp chili pepper powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp curry powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Drain chickpeas in a colander and let them dry completely. Pat dry with a paper towel if needed. Leave them on the counter an hour to make sure they are very dry.
  3. Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for about 35 to 45 minutes, shaking the pan every ten minutes.
  4. All ovens are different so make sure they don't burn. They will be golden brown and crunchy on the inside when done, not moist.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine all the spices. Remove chickpeas from oven when done and spray with olive oil.
  6. Immediately toss with spices while hot.
  7. Eat at room temperature.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅓ cup Calories: 144 Fat: 1 gm Carbohydrates: 26 gm Sugar: 1 gm Fiber: 6 gm Protein: 8 gm

 
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Homemade Granola

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Homemade Granola
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • ¼ c steel cut Oats
  • ¼ c sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame seeds
  • ½ c nuts, chopped (your choice)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ c coconut flakes
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • ¼ c coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup mixed dried fruit
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix first 9 ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Melt peanut butter with the honey in the microwave in a small bowl until a smooth mixture, approx. 20 seconds.
  4. Add oil to mixture, blend and pour over the dry ingredients.
  5. Spread on a cookie sheet pan in an even layer and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir gently and sprinkle the BROWN SUGAR over the top of the hot granola.
  7. Continue cooking for 10-15 more minutes or until desired brown color.
  8. Remove and sprinkle the dried fruit over the top, do not stir in.
  9. Allow to cool on sheetpan, the mix will harden as it cools.
  10. Store in an airtight container and will keep for up to 2 weeks.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic Vinaigrette

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I know, I know, I always say to use Wildtree.  That being said, sometimes, folks just want a recipe and make it themselves.  SO, Here ya go!

What you need
1/2 cup Olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 clove garlic minced
salt and pepper to taste


Directions
Combine all the ingredients into a jar with lid or salad dressing container. Shake well until mixed well.
Enjoy

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Importance Of Hydration

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Hydration is extremely important because your body depends on water to survive. Without water the body would not be able to work properly. There is water found in every part of the body, in fact the human adult body is up to 60% water.

Water is lost daily through sweat, elimination, and breathing. You are losing water without even realizing it is happening. Environmental surroundings and physical activities also affect the amount of water loss. For instance, a person running on a sunny afternoon will lose bodily water at a much faster rate than a person sitting in an air conditioned house will lose water.

How Food Can Keep You Hydrated?

You are expected to drink plenty of water throughout the course of the day, but what about eating in order to stay hydrated? People often overlook this concept. How much water should we be getting from our diet? Experts recommend that about 20% of our daily water intake should come from solid foods.

Typically, the solid foods that are most rich in water are fruits and vegetable. This is one of the many reasons why it is important to keep a clean and whole diet, and stay away from processed foods as much as possible.

Top Ten Hydrating Foods

1. Yogurt can range in water content from 85 to 88%, depending on the variety. Use yogurt as a good snack to get more hydration into your diet.

2. Iceberg lettuce is often dismissed as having little nutritional value, but this lettuce makes up for this defect in water content. With over 95% water, iceberg lettuce has plenty of hydration opportunities.

3. Celery is rich in vitamin A, C, and K—as well as fiber. Additionally, celery is very low in calories, with six calories per stalk. Celery has a large content of water.

4. Strawberries are a delicious treat made up of over 90% water. They are chocked full of vitamin C and fiber, so they make for a nutritious and delicious way to remain hydrated.

5. Butternut squash is a more substantial vegetable that still has a high content of water. Butternut squash hydrates and nourishes when consumed, with close to 90% water and it also has vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and more.

6. Spinach is another option for lettuce that still packs plenty of water, but also more nutrients than that of iceberg lettuce. Get your fill of essential antioxidants, fiber, folate, vitamin E, and more while hydrating with spinach.

7. Broccoli has over 90% of water, and it delivers valuable nutrition with high levels of the necessary fiber, potassium, and other vitamins for good health.

8. Watermelon is true to its name, it is a melon made up of mostly water. In addition to water, watermelons are rich in lycopene and vitamin C, too. This fruit is a refreshing way to hydrate, and especially on a hot summer day.

9. Cucumbers are composed almost entirely of water. They are a great veggie to add to any meal, salad or even as a healthy very low calorie snack in order to hydrate with solid food.

10. Tomatoes can be included as a great addition of water to a meal. They can be wedged between two pieces of bread, chopped on a salad, eaten as a snack or served any way you wish.

Dehydrating Foods To Avoid

• Cured meats
• Popcorn
• Asparagus
• Fried foods
• Caffeine
• Condiments high in sodium
• Other processed foods

Here are some signs you can look for when trying to determine whether or not you are dehydrated, but when in doubt—go ahead and drink some water!

• Decreased urination
• Lightheadedness
• Fatigue
• Disorientation
• Dry mouth
• Thirstiness

Final Thoughts

By paying attention to the signs of dehydration, we can help avoid dangerous situations due to loss of water. This is especially important during hot summer months, when it is much easier to become dehydrated.

You can also combat dehydration by taking the steps to understand the importance of hydration to your body and its functions, as well as how hydrating foods can be introduced into your diet.

Commit yourself to drinking plenty of liquid and eating a proper diet to ensure optimal hydration and health.

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Hot Wings

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Hot Wings
 
These are sure to be a big hit!!
Ingredients
  • 24-30 Chicken wings (may cut into 2 pieces each)
  • 1 bottles of Hot sauce (your choice)
  • 2-4 Tbsp. butter (NOT margarine)
  • 2-4 Tbsp. salt
  • enough water to cover all wings
  • season salt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder or garlic salt(We use wildtree garlic galore)
Instructions
  1. If you are not cutting your wings into pieces fold them so they stay folded.
  2. In a large bowl that has a lid, (big enough to hold all the wings) place your 2-4 tbsp of non iodized salt and pour in a little bit of water to dissolve the salt. Once salt is dissolved place all chicken wings in bowl and cover with cold water. Let soak in salt water in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. If you have cut them into 2 pieces each it should only take a couple of hours.
  3. Take wings out of water, and discard water. Rinse salt brine off of chicken and pat dry.
  4. Sprinkle chicken with spices of your choice and prepare the grill. Grill chicken until completely cooked through. Needs to reach an internal temperature of 160.
  5. While chicken is grilling you can prepare your sauce.
  6. Empty both bottles of hot sauce into a saucepan and add butter. Let sauce come to a boil. Turn off heat. (Tip: Do Not take a deep breath over this sauce it will choke you, I learned from experience ha)
  7. When your wings are cooked, turn sauce back on and bring to a boil. Start dipping your wings into the sauce, making sure they are coated very well. (My family likes a lot of sauce on wings so I let the wings sit in sauce for a couple of minutes)
  8. Repeat with all wings, the longer the sauce boils the thicker it will get.

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HEAVENLY CHILI CHICKEN!!!

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HEAVENLY CHILI CHICKEN!!!
 
Ingredients
  • 5 boneless chicken breasts
  • Chili Seasoning of your choice(I prefer Wildtree)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil(I use Wildtree)
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • ½ pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 ounce can chopped green chilies
  • 8 ounces pepper-jack cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Flatten and season the chicken breasts with chili seasoning of your choice.
  2. Let marinate for a few hours in refrigerator.
  3. Sauté in 1 tbsp. Coconut oil until no pink is visible and keep warm.
  4. Next, sauté the onions and mushrooms in coconut oil until the onions are tender.
  5. Stir in the can of chilies.
  6. Place the chicken pieces on a baking sheet.
  7. Top with the mushrooms mixture, then top with the cheese.
  8. Bake at 350º about 5-10 minutes until the cheese has melted!
  9. Enjoy !!

 

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