Roasted Chicken Thighs w/Sweet Potatoes

It was going to be one #sheetpandinner of #chickenthighs & #sweetpotatoes aka #yams BUT it would’ve been WAY to crowded, so I did them separate; still  #sheetpanmeals though with a fresh delicious #salad 😋
The chicken marinated all day in yogurt w/seasonings…that included #turmeric & #paprika – I removed the skin but they’re bone in. And made a couple cuts across top of each thigh before putting in marinade 😉

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Recipe at link‼️ ➡️ https://dawns-ad-lib.com/2019/07/29/slow-cooker-chicken-tortilla-soup/

Just ignore the celery & carrots; I don’t usually use that, but hey…it tastes good so… optional 😉 ALSO, after blender…strain the pan with chile in it…straight into slow cooker.

Cucumber, Red Onion & Dill Salad

Now you know I’m not a follower (good thing I rarely bake), so taste throughout, adjusting to your preferences. If you don’t mind sugar, you can use that instead of honey (I think most do), and…I didn’t have anymore white wine vinegar so I used very HEALTHY Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar; I had red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegars, and rice vinegar…I personally just like the apple.
Don’t let what kind of vinegar you have stop you.
You can also adjust salt and pepper a “little”.  How “vinegar-y” you like it is up to you, but vinegar does go great with cucumbers. You can also add some (like 1/2 cup) water. Or…like I did…evoo. yes, I did that. Hey, it tastes delicious. I pour it into a DressingCruet, then shake before adding to salad.

INGREDIENTS

• 3 medium cucumbers

• 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill

• 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced

• 1/4 cup (white wine) vinegar

• 1/2 tsp honey

• 1 1/4 tsp sea salt

• 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

• Thinly slice cucumbers by hand or with a mandoline.

• Place cucumber slices, red onion slices, and dill in a large bowl.

• In a small bowl, mix together vinegar, honey, sea salt, and pepper.

• Pour liquid over vegetables and toss until evenly coated.

• Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

Easy baked chicken leg quarters

I put oven on 425° because I want mine more browned than what I’d get with lower temperatures. First I let them sit out about 30 minutes to get to room temperature; to cook more evenly. Then I seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder & smoked paprika on all sides. Place them skin side down on nonstick foil lined baking sheet. After 20 minutes flip chicken pieces over and bake additional 20 to 30 minutes, depending on size of chicken. Or when internal temperature reaches 170° … give or take; dark meat chicken is very forgiving. Chicken is safe at 165°. 😋 On this occasion I served with buttered pasta…with a little Hawaiian Red Sea Salt 😉

BBQ Ribs in Ninja Foodi Oven

AND Potato Salad 😋

I covered seasoned baby back ribs tightly with foil, baked at 300° for about 2 hours 🤔 ideally I like to go with an even lower oven for longer, but I tried this & it worked great 🙏 then I uncovered, basted with favorite BBQ sauce and changed oven to broil … 10 minutes on each side. Hallelujah…they were great! So was the potato salad 😉

More from the Ninja® Foodi Oven

Chicken breasts, Sweet Potatoes & Zucchini

NinjaDT251 Foodi 10-in-1 Smart Air Fry Digital Countertop Convection Toaster Oven with Thermometer XL Capacity and a Stainless Steel Finish

sheetpan dinner 

#ninjafoodioven® #chicken & #zucchini , seasoned breadcrumbs & parm (along w/S&P of course) #mccormicksmokehousemaple  on #sweetpotatoes although packed in…turned out damn delicious!
Obviously I 86’d the beans 😉

Meatloaf 😊 the basic recipe. I looked at a couple/few because I’ve always made Quaker Oats Prize Winning Meatloaf and I wanted to try one with breadcrumbs &/or crackers this time. Well, I got the basic idea, measurements, temps & times

Like The Best Meatloaf I’ve Ever Made from allrecipes

so I winged it; using a little seasoned breadcrumbs (that included a little Parmesan) AND some cracker. Along with onion (pulverized in food processor; no sauté needed) but no other veggies, and we love plain ketchup on top (& in…along with a little tomato sauce) of ours, from beginning to end. We’ve just always liked the ketchup baked on it. It didn’t crumble, although there was some cracks, but most importantly…it tasted damn delicious 😋

🤪 it was too hot for any more than a salad with it 🔥 thank God for #ninjafoodioven®‼️

I’m going to have to find a copycat recipe for chick-fil-a dressing‼️
My first try at taquitos. Chicken taquitos. 🐔 That I went old school & fried in cast iron skillet 🍳😉

It was my first try at #taquitos , #chickentaquitos 🌮 I’ll get the system/assembly line better next time… but they tasted damn delicious 😋
And no…I didn’t make a plate/platter for a photo shoot. 🤪
I know…I have air fryers & ninja ovens etc., but I needed to fry these old school for the results we like crispy goodness. I didn’t follow a recipe. I cooked well seasoned chicken in Ninja Foodi pressure cooker, chopped it up & put it in cast iron skillet with sautéed onions, roasted red peppers, roasted tomatoes, roasted Hatch green chile, garlic, cumin, adobo seasoning, chile powder, S&P…. yadda yadda yadda….; softened corn tortillas in small hot skillet & placed on paper towel lined plate. Then put a couple tbs of chicken mix along with Mexican cheeses, rolled, then placed (with tongs‼️ after first one!) In cast iron skillet of hot oil about an inch deep… turned to brown/crisp both sides. Placed on paper towel lined plate. NOW…I’m prepared for next go round 😉

By the way, 🤫 most recipes I looked at used only seasoned chicken in their taquitos with other options to go on top; the reason for the direction I went in was due to my wanting to show my granddaughter that homemade are SO much better than store bought frozen ones 🤭 so I read ingredients on her box. 😀 and winged it from there. It turned out great! My daughter even made quesadillas with leftovers the next couple days.

Still Enjoying Ninja Foodi Oven

In Arizona…it’s the only way to roll 😊 thank God for these countertop ovens! It’s been 118°. And at least 6 months a year at 100° or above; I even gave my daughter one. 🙌 hallelujah 🙏

Ham & Swiss 😉 🐖🧀

The second time worked better…on “toast” 😉

Crab Cakes with Macaroni and Cheese

Dungeness Crab Cakes

If Dungeness crab is unavailable, you can’t get to the sf pier, other crab meat will produce good results. Regular mayo with 1 tsp of lemon zest and a zip of lemon juice makes a great lemon mayo in a pinch.

2 Red bell peppers (diced)
6 Stalks scallions
1 Pinch Garlic
1 Tbsp Butter
15 Table crackers
1 Tbsp Mayo
1 Tbsp Old Bay Spice
1 Egg
1 lb Dungeness crab

Sauté bell pepper and scallions with garlic in butter until soft

Process crackers to consistency of kosher salt
Place cooked peppers, scallions in mixing bowl, add cracker crumbs and combine
Add egg, mayo, mustard, and old bay, fold together
Gently fold in the Dungeness crabmeat
Chill for 1 hour
Form into 2 oz cakes
*Pan sear in hot oil, flip and finish in 350 degree oven
*with NInja air fryer convection oven, I skip the pan sear & go right to 400° oven, for 25 to 30 minutes; 15 minutes, then flip, return to oven for additional 10 minutes.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

making #homemademacncheese using #sharpcheddar #mildcheddar #colbyjack #mozzarella  AND the top has, besides mix of above, #parmesan & #romano
So YES! I got carried away.
#makeitwork …it is what it is. Que será, será 🎼
#queserasera
As usual, I started out looking at a #recipe, so very 😜 loosely adapted from @phillyjaycooking ‘s “World’s Best Cheesy Baked Macaroni and Cheese”, along w/checking out the Culinary Fanatic’s “Ultimate Five Cheese Macaroni and Cheese”…on YouTube
I know…he warned of this ⚠️😳 BUT my plan was a SMALL dish.

SCORE! Thank you God 😊 the #macncheese turned out damn delicious 😋🙌 So did the #crabcakes 🦀 made in #ninjaairfryeroven
& it didn’t make a mess! #ninjasmartoven #ninjaDT251 hallelujah bc it’s 117° today! #ninjaappliances

#NinjaDT251 Foodi 10-in-1 Smart Air Fry Digital Countertop Convection Toaster Oven with Thermometer XL Capacity and a Stainless Steel Finish

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What I’ve Been Eating..

😜

Steak … again 😆 🥩 w/sweet potatoes 🍠 peas 🍃 & carrots 🥕😋

Chicken Parm w/Rigatoni

Fried chicken in cast iron skillet, then topped w/homemade marinara & CHEESE 🐔🍅 🧀

I didn’t go to the work of getting chicken crispy just to smother it with sauce…so I like to go a little light with that 😉

New toys …

And just burgers 🍔😋 ⤵️