dippin’ it

We had our first dinner guest in quite a while the other night, so I perused my recent Pinterest meals for the perfect dinner for two laid back, hard-working fellas. What did I choose? A dinner of dips. I tried a new, super easy crockpot fiesta chicken dip recipe. I modified the recipe found here to make it a little healthier. I also added lime juice to give it more flavor complement the Coronas. ­čśë

IMG_1976[1]Crockpot Fiesta Chicken
2 frozen chicken breasts
1 can Rotel tomatoes w/ green chiles
1 can corn kernels, do not drain
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 T ground cumin
1 t chili powder
1 t onion powder
1 t white pepper
1 8-oz pkg. fat free cream cheese
lime juice to taste

Put the chicken in the crock pot, then top with the tomatoes, corn, black beans, ranch dressing mix, white pepper (I use this to add a subtle spice), cumin, onion and chili powders, stir to combine. Top with the cream cheese. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring periodically to blend the cheese as it melts. About 5 hours in, add lime juice to taste. Use tortilla chips (yellow corn) to dip and enjoy!

For dessert, I made one of my favorite hand-me-down recipes from my mom – fruit salsa. ┬áMy mom used to make “elephant ears” (quartered tortillas spread with butter, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, then baked) to dip the salsa. I decided to experiment with homemade cinnamon pita chips. If you want to take the easy way out, I recommend Stacy’s cinnamon sugar pita chips. Be warned – it is easy to eat the entire bag and not even notice!

IMG_1978[1]Mama’s Fruit Salsa
1 jar strawberry or
blackberry preserves
5 kiwi, peeled and diced
3 bananas, peeled and diced
1 pint strawberries, capped and diced

Combine preserves and fruit. Refrigerate for 1 hour to release juices. Serve with cinnamon pita chips (recipe below).

Cinnamon Pita Chips
1 pkg. whole wheat pitas, cut in eighths (triangles)
Butter flavored cooking spray (I prefer Smart Balance)
2 T ground cinnamon
1 T light brown sugar

Once you’ve cut pitas, coat both sides with cooking spray. Combine cinnamon and brown sugar. Sprinkle mixture over pitas. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, or until crispy. Enjoy your pita and salsa with a nice chilled glass of your favorite white wine!

Bon appetit! ­čśŤ


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