Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

I’ve made a few versions of smashed chickpea avocado sandwiches. It’s been a try this with the recipe, try that with the recipe, using whatever’s at hand. I haven’t come up with an actual “recipe” that I wanted to share, though, until I hit upon a combination of Southwestern flavors. So here’s my Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich.

Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

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Zhoug, Zhug, Skhug - Spicy Herb Sauce

Zhoug, Zhug, Skhug – Spicy Herb Sauce

I made my Zhoug, Zhug, Skhug – Spicy Herb Sauce for the first time last week, and made it again the next day! Because of all the condiments that I served with my Home Style Chicken Shawarma, the Zhoug, Zhug, Skhug – Spicy Herb Sauce was my favorite. I don’t normally post multiple times in one day, but I don’t want you to have to wait days for the sauces that go with that Chicken Shawarma!

Zhoug, Zhug, Skhug - Spicy Herb Sauce

Zhoug, Zhug, Skhug – Spicy Herb Sauce

 

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Barbecue Chicken Chili

Barbecue Chicken Chili

I know it’s summer, mid-July, but I just had to do Barbecue Chicken Chili in the Instant Pot with some of the Honey Barbecue Pulled Pork I made the other day. No Instant Pot? No worries. The stovetop instructions for Barbecue Chicken Chili are here, too.

Barbecue Chicken Chili

Barbecue Chicken Chili

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Honey Barbecued Pulled Chicken

Honey Barbecue Pulled Chicken

I wish we all had time to stand in front of the barbecue and have parties on the deck (or by the pool if you’re so lucky) but man, sometimes we’re just busy and need to eat! That’s when this big batch of Honey Barbecue Pulled Chicken is a lifesaver.

Corn Fritter Pancakes.Honey Barbecued Pulled Chicken, Sweet Corn Salsa & Honey Lime Slaw

Corn Fritter Pancakes. Honey Barbecued Pulled Chicken, Sweet Corn Salsa & Honey Lime Slaw

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Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

Now that summer is just about here…we hope…it’s time to think about those snacks we’d like to have out on the deck on a balmy evening. Chips and Salsa, I’m thinking. And one of my favorite summer recipes is a Salsa Fresca, a classic Pico de Gallo. Particularly Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa. Maybe even with a cold, slushy Margarita. But that will have to be another post.

Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

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Refrigerator Pickled Jalapenos

Do yanno what’s a great little thing to have on hand? Just to perk up a little Mexican food. Maybe toss on some tacos or nachos? Refrigerator Pickled Jalapenos. And not only are the pickled jalapenos great, if you’re into a little heat, the brine is fantastic dribbled in or over dishes.

Refrigerator Pickled Jalapenos

Refrigerator Pickled Jalapenos

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Thai Chicken Burgers

Thai Chicken Burgers

I’m sitting in what seems to be the red meat capital of the world, folks. Right smack dab in the Midwest. At my folk’s in a small town outside of Sioux Falls. (We even went to see bull riding last winter!) So it might be considered a bit of a stretch to serve my fave octogenarians a chicken burger. And Thai Chicken Burgers, no less!

Thai Chicken Burgers

Thai Chicken Burgers

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Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos

Cowboy Candy (Sweet & Hot) Pickled Peppers

Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos - easy and no processing needed!

I love summer when the living is easy…gardening, grilling and maybe even a little light canning. I’m not about putting up quarts of tomatoes (although you should see how many plants we put in, lol!) but I do tinker with small batches of something special. Cowboy Candy (Sweet & Hot) Jalapenos fit the bill & bonus…they go right in the fridge and don’t have to be “processed.”

Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos

Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos

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Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso

Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso

We seem to be having Cinco de Mayo week rather than just a day here at the Frugal household! Really, the three previous posts are all leading up to this very special recipe, Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso. What can I say? This is a masterpiece. I wish I could have gotten this recipe to you before the holiday, but make it anytime or pin it for later!

Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso

Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso

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Famous Dave's Cornbread

Famous Dave’s Cornbread

If you want an incredible, moist, fluffy cornbread, you’ve got to try Famous Dave Anderson’s recipe for his Famous Dave’s Cornbread. He claims it’s even better than his corn muffins that are served at his Famous Dave’s restaurants. I agree!

Famous Dave's Cornbread

Famous Dave’s Cornbread with Jalapeno & Honey Glaze

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Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

The best stuffed mushroom, ever! I mean, bacon! Creamy, cheesy and so much flavor.

There’s something that’s very gratifying about cooking for my folks – I teasingly call them my victims because they get the brunt of my new recipes and various concoctions. You’d think at their age they’d be a little jaded about food so I love it when their eyes light up and I get the little happy noises when they eat.

Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

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Turkey Ramen from leftover turkey

Turkey Ramen

When the idea of making a Ramen with my Homemade Turkey Stock and a little leftover Thanksgiving Turkey entered my mind, I just couldn’t let it go. I mean seriously I was just under the grip of this cray cray idea. So of course, I started with google and I found the idea of Turkey Ramen is not without precedence. Is there nothing “new” in the world of cooking?

Homemade Turkey Ramen from leftover turkey

Home-made Turkey Ramen – delish!

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Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Raise your hand if you’ve had this happen: you pick up a lovely little Jalapeno Popper. What looks to be a perfect bit of deliciousness. And that first bite is crunchy raw jalapeno, then bacon pulls off in a chunk, and adding insult to injury, slaps you in the chin with some kind of random, greasy, molten cheesiness. Bummer. That’s not these Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers.

Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

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Smoky Jalapeno Bacon Dip

Smoky Jalapeno Bacon Dip

When an opportunity to party rolls around, I like to pull out all the stops, don’t you? I’ll be finding opportunities to make this Smoky Jalapeno Bacon Dip. It’s positively addictive, all smoky bacon flavor spiked with the hot peppers and just a touch of vinegar for a subtle tang.

Smoky Jalapeno Bacon Dip

Smoky Jalapeno Bacon Dip

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Tequila Spiked Pimento Cheese

So good - a dash of tequila, aged white cheddar & a bit of jalalpeno all in pimento cheese? Oh, yes, please!

If you’re looking for a killer appetizer for the Superbowl, a game day or any other casual get together, you’ve got to try this Pimento Cheese. It’s fancy schmancy, white cheddar spiked with tequila and boasting a multitude of pepper flavors accented with just a hint of a smokiness.

Tequila Spiked Pimento Cheese based on Chef John Sawyer's recipe.

Tequila Spiked Pimento Cheese based on Chef John Sawyer’s recipe.

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