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Watermelon Feta Salad

Hello Summer Time Weather!

I can’t believe how happy the sunshine makes me, it’s like I forgot how much I missed it!

Today I’m sharing my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SALAD.

It’s a Watermelon Feta Salad and I have been eating it twice a week for about a month now.

Guys, I just can’t stop. The sweetness of the watermelon mixed with the tanginess of the feta makes my tastebuds swoon!

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Watermelon Feta Salad
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Ingredients
  1. Watermelon, sliced into large chunks (about 4 cups)
  2. 10 ounces feta cheese, block
  3. 1/2 cup basil, sliced
  4. 1/4 of a red onion, thinly sliced
  5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Instructions
  1. Slice up the watermelon into chunks. Then slice up the feta or break it in your hand into chunks.
  2. Put all ingredients on a platter and mix together slightly. Pour a little bit of evoo over top and enjoy!
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

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Friday Finds Linky Party

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Grilled Chicken, Corn & Scallion Quesadilla’s

This recipe for Grilled Chicken, Corn & Scallion Quesadilla’s is phenomenal. 

It takes your normal quesadilla and sets it over the edge!

grilled chicken, corn & scallion quesadillas

The melty goodness of the monterey jack cheese mixed with shredded rotisserie chicken

and the powerful flavors of the scallions and corn are perfection!

Cooking it on the grill makes it melt quickly, but more importantly gives it that delicious crunch.

grilled chicken, corn & scallion quesadillas

I tried two different methods…placing the quesadillas in foil and then placing them straight on the grill.

I found that the ones without foil quickly burned and did not evenly cook and melt.

The foil seemed to give it the protection it needed to perfectly grill and melt.

grilled chicken, corn & scallion quesadillas

grilled chicken, corn & scallion quesadillas

Begin by cooking the corn on the grill.

grilled chicken, corn & scallion quesadillas

Once you have those lovely charred kernels, let them cool and cut them off the cob.

grilled chicken, corn & scallion quesadillas

Then slice up those aromatic scallions.

grilled chicken, corn & scallion quesadillas

Get your shredded monterey jack cheese ready.

grilled chicken, corn & scallion quesadillas

Then begin assembling your quesadilla!

grilled chicken, corn & scallion quesadillas

Place it in foil and set it on the grill to cook. Flip over after 3-5 minutes and let it cook and melt on the other side, then remove from grill and cool.

Grilled Chicken, corn & scallion Quesadilla's
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Ingredients
  1. 5 scallions, chopped
  2. 1 Tbsp evoo (extra virgin olive oil)
  3. 1 shredded rotisserie chicken
  4. Flour tortillas
  5. 6 ounces monterey jack cheese, shredded
  6. 2 ears of corn, grilled & kernels cut off
  7. 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  8. 1/2 tsp chili powder
  9. 1 lime, juice & zest
  10. aluminum foil
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to high setting and set corn on it and grill till grill marks occur. Then let cool & cut off cob.
  2. Place shredded rotisserie chicken in bowl and add lime juice and zest, chili powder, & paprika.
  3. Slice scallions.
  4. Lay one tortilla down and begin to assemble it. Add cheese, a handful of chicken, corn, scallions, and a little more cheese on top. Then place tortilla on top of it all.
  5. Make other quesadillas.Then place them inside aluminum foil packets and set on the grill and cook about 3-6 minutes, or until cheese melts.
  6. Then flip it to the other side and wait for 5-8 minutes. Then remove from grill and let cool before slicing into triangles.
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Remove from grill and after its all cooled, slice into triangles and enjoy!

 

 

 

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Friday Finds Linky Party

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Gooey Lemon Butter Cookies

These Lemon Cookies are just the right amount of cirus burst and heaven.
 
 
I am such a huge lover of lemon anything….chicken, pasta, fish….and now COOKIES!
 
Ever since I was a little girl, I would cut a lemon in half and proceed to just bite into it and eat it. 
I know, so strange right?!
Well, I’m still the same way and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Lemons. 
 
I add them to water, salads, marinades, guacamole, fish, pretty much most things. Kinda like people add salt….haha!
 
So, today I’m sharing these wonderful LEMON COOKIES with you. If you’re a lemon fan, then I think you’d really enjoy these. They are not too strong or powerful, just a great hint of lemon,
PLUS they’re yellow and totally cute for Spring!
 
 
Lemon Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  2. Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
  3. 1 (18 ounce) box lemon cake mix
  4. 1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, room temperature
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 stick of butter, room temperature
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg.
  3. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner’s sugar.
  5. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and gooey. Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners’ sugar, if desired.
Adapted from Paula Deen
Adapted from Paula Deen
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Avocado Enchiladas

I have a confession. I used to not like avocados. Yes, there- I said it. 

and I just shake my head thinking about it now. Because NOW I eat them weekly.

Like, I had NO IDEA what I was missing out on.

But then again there were a lot of foods I didn’t eat- yogurt, chickpea’s, chinese food, the list goes on and on. 

I know, I know, don’t beat me up over it.

So, not I make a quick Guacamole every single week and this week I decided to get creative and try them mixed with chicken and cheese. These Avocado Chicken Enchiladas are insanely addicting. 

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Begin by making the sauce- adding chicken stock, sour cream, salsa verde, and cilantro.

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Get it all mixed together.

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I used Sargento’s 4 cheese Mexican blend.

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Get your avocados peeled, pitted, & diced up.

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Lay the corn tortilla down and add all the yummies; chicken, cheese, & avocado.

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Roll them all together.  |Careful not to overfill|  avocado enchiladas+cookingwithcrystal

Spread cheese all over the top.

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Oh man…..look at that amazing cheesy goodness.

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There you have it!

You’ve made some amazing Rotisserie Chicken & Avocado Enchiladas!

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Rotisserie Chicken & Avocado Enchiladas
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Ingredients
  1. 1 rotisserie chicken, all meat taken off & shredded
  2. 2 cups cheese, shredded mexican blend
  3. 3 avocados, peeled & diced
  4. corn tortillas, approx. 10-12
  5. 2 tsp minced garlic
  6. 1 Tbsp butter
  7. 1 Tbsp flour
  8. 1 1/4 cup chicken stock
  9. 2 tsp cumin
  10. 1/2 cup sour cream
  11. 1 1/2 cups salsa verde
  12. 1/4-1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a saucepan, cook the garlic in the 1 Tbsp butter for just 45 seconds, then stir in 1 Tbsp flour and whisk together.
  3. Add in chicken broth and cumin. Let cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat and add salsa verde, sour cream, and cilantro and stir together.
  5. Spread about 1/2 cup of the sauce on the bottom of your baking pan and begin rolling the enchiladas.
  6. Lay a corn tortilla down and on one side add a little bit of chicken, cheese, and avocado, roll together. (Be careful not to overflow)
  7. Roll until entire pan in full and/or ingredients are gone.
  8. Then pour the sauce over top and add the rest of the cheese.
  9. Bake 15-20 minutes.
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Enjoy!

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