Posts tagged hot sauce

One of my favorite trips that my husband and I took together was to New Orleans. It was not only our first trip together but our first real "foodie" trip. We ate our way through New Orleans like Pac Man. Gumbo, Po-boys, Crayfish, Oysters, Beignets, Pralines, and of course Jambalaya :)

Jambalaya is like mom's chicken noodle soup. It has the basic common ingredients but they all taste so different. Everyone has an opinion on how it should be made and what specific ingredients are "required". 

I picked and pulled my recipe from various types I have had along the way. 

Recipe Serves 6


3 Medium Chicken Breasts, cubed

4 Chorizo Sausages (cooked) or Keilbasa ring, sliced

1 lb Raw Shrimp

1 Green Pepper, finely chopped

1/2 Large Yellow Onion, finely chopped

4 Stalks of Celery, finely chopped

4 Garlic Cloves, minced

2 C White Rice

4 C Chicken Stock

2 TB Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 Tsp Cayenne

2 TB Cajun/ Old Bay Seasoning

2 TB Olive Oil

Chopped Parsley for garnish


Heat large pot on medium. Add oil.

Saute chicken cubes for 3-4 minutes or until cooked. Remove from pan.

Add veggies and garlic, cook for another 3 minutes, until soft

Stir in chorizo and seasonings (cayenee, cajun, and worcestershire) 3 minutes.

Add chicken back into pot.

Add rice and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is cooked.

Stir shrimp into pot. Allow to cook for 5 minutes or until shrimp is cooked.

Serve into bowl and top with parsley. ENJOY!

*** This dish saves very well as leftovers. Like soup it tastes better the second day :)







Buffalo Chicken Potato Pockets

So I feel like it's time for me to change my site name to the "Sweet Potato Enthusiast".. ANOTHER sweet potato recipe. I just love them so much and they are easy to work with! 

This recipe is a healthy twist on the American classic, hot wings. This dish will satisfy that hot sauce craving while still helping you maintain a healthy diet. The second best thing about this recipe is how EASY it is! It's just 5 ingredients, 6 if you want garnish. This is a crockpot recipe so it's a set it and forget it kinda thing :)  Doesn't get much better than that! So let's dive in shall we??

(Below are links to crockpot and potato bags should you need them)

Recipe Serves 4


2 Large Chicken Breasts

4 Chicken Thighs

1 148 ml Franks Red Hot Wing Sauce

1 TB Corn Starch

4 Sweet Potatoes

1 c Blue Cheese Crumbles

Parsley for garnish



Place chicken and sauce in crockpot. Set on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.

One hour before chicken is done. Remove chicken from pot and shred with two forks

Whisk cornstarch into sauce until mixed. This will help sauce thicken and adhere to chicken.

Place shredded chicken back into crockpot for remaining hour.

In 30 minutes before chicken is done-

Wash potatoes

Place 2 potatoes in potato bag for approx. 5-6 min. Repeat with other two.

Remove potatoes and cut down middle. 

Place hot wing mixture into pocket of potatoe, Add additional sauce if desired.

Sprinkle with blue cheese and parsley.


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