Bacon Ranch Cheesy Bread

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I have been doing a cleanse/detox, and its amazing how much better I feel. I usually eat pretty well, but I still feel better when every now and then I rid my body of some of those toxins that are part of our world now.

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That being said, some days a girl just needs some comfort. No comfort was ever found in a salad or green smoothie, and that’s where cheesy carbs come into play. Its all about balance I say! I served this bread with homemade tomato soup and didn’t feel the least bit bad about eating it.

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Cheesy bacon covered carbs are where it’s at! I used a loaf of Homemade French Bread, but store bought is perfect for this recipe. This bread makes a perfect side dish, is delicious paired with a salad, and is a great snack for football watching.

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Recipe adapted from: Mom On Time Out

Bacon Ranch Cheesy Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of French bread
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp ranch dressing mix
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used a mixture of cheddar and jack)
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tbsp sliced green onion

Instructions

  • Preheat the broiler, and line a baking sheet with foil. Cut the loaf of bread in half lengthwise.
  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, butter, ranch, shredded cheese, bacon and green onion.
  • Spread the cheese mixture on each half of the bread. Place under the broiler until golden brown, about 7 to 9 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly before cutting into pieces and serving.
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    LIGHT RANCH BLT CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH

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    I love cooking and would do it all day every day if I could. That much is obvious. But even a foodie like me draws the line at being in the kitchen when its as hot as it is right now. I don’t have AC, so I can only stand to be in the kitchen long enough to throw something quick together.

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    This sandwich makes the perfect lunch or dinner. I like it so much better than traditional chicken salad, and we all know bacon and ranch makes everything better! This makes a wonderful sandwich, but would be great with crackers, on a croissant or over a bed of greens.

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    Light Ranch BLT Chicken Sandwich

    Ingredients

    • ¼ c. light mayo
    • ¼ c. non-fat plain Greek yogurt
    • 1 Tbsp. djjon
    • 1 Tbsp. ranch seasoning
    • 1.5 c. chicken cooked and cubed
    • ¾ c. tomato, seeded and chopped
    • ⅓ c. bacon pieces cooked
    • ½ c. green onions diced
    • 8 slices wheat bread
    • lettuce for garnish

    Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayo, yogurt, dijon and ranch seasoning until well combined. To that add the chicken, tomatoes, bacon and green onion. Stir until evenly coated. Store refrigerated for 1-2 hours before serving for the best flavors.
  • Arrange salad and lettuce on bread, serve immediately
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    The Crispiest Oven Baked Wings

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    Lets talk about man food. I categorize “man food” as the following: Food that’s messy, meaty, spicy, saucy and impossible to eat in a lady-like manner. Aka: burgers, steaks, and of course, wings! My wings are the perfect example of man food. Saucy, spicy, and messy. No matter how you may try, no one looks like a dainty princess while gnawing on a chicken wing cave-man style.

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    If the ladies out there feel like they need an excuse to eat these babies here it is: They are baked ! Diet Food! I’ve created a recipe that will create the most crispy wing every time, without bothering with the mess and danger of hot oil. There are just a few key points to follow:

    1. DRY THOSE WINGS!! I cannot express how important it is to pat the wings dry. Use a kitchen towel or lots of paper towels, but dry them until there is no remaining moisture on the skin.
    2. A HOT oven. 450 degrees hot. And for the love of all things holy, please be careful. I obtained a nasty burn on my hand taking these out of the oven.
    3. A light flour dredge. The flour is just another measure to help remove the moisture from the wings. These aren’t meant to be “battered” so make sure you shake off the excess flour thoroughly.

    Follow these steps and I promise you will have the crispiest baked wings that will please any one! I’ve included recipes for wings two ways, so there is a sauce for everyone.

    The Crispiest Oven Baked Wings

    Ingredients

    • 40-50 Chicken wings
    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • Non stick cooking spray
      Honey BBQ Sauce
    • 1 1/2 cup barbeque sauce (any variety sauce of your choice will work)
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
      Traditional Hot Sauce
    • 1/2 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
    • 1/4 cup melted butter

    Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheets with foil and place a oven rack on top. This is important so the air can circulate around the wings. Spray the rack with cooking spray. Set aside
  • Pat the chicken wings dry with a kitchen towel or paper towels, making sure they are thoroughly dry. If using frozen wings, make sure they are completely thawed before baking, or there will be too much excess moisture.
  • evenly spaced wings so the air can circulate
  • In a large zipper bag mix the flour dredge ingredients. Drop wings into flour mixture, shake off any excess flour. Place wings on baking rack, making sure not to over-crowd the pan Spray all of the wings with cooking spray. This will help to ensure a crisp skin. Place in oven and bake in 15 minute intervals, switching from top to bottom rack every 15 minutes, as well as flipping the wings over.
  • My wings cooked for 40 minutes, but cook for longer if they are not golden brown yet. While wings are baking mix sauce ingredients in a large bowl. After wings have cooked immediately toss with sauce until well coated. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.
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