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Baked Chicken Wings

These wings will knock your socks off! It’s hard to believe they are not fried because they taste so good. Since they are broiled, they get nice and crispy. They look like they just came off the grill!

12 or more Chicken Wings

1 Tbs Garlic Powder

1 Tbs Onion Powder

1/2 Tbs Salt

1/2 Tbs Pepper

 

Sauce

1/8 Cup Siracha

1/2 Cup BBQ Sauce

1/8 Cup Agave

1 tsp Smoked Paprika

Take the chicken and cut apart into drums and wings (discard the tip). This requires a sharp knife and a strong arm, but you can have your butcher do this step for you if you like. Transfer the chicken pieces onto a baking sheet lined with foil.

Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Then sprinkle both sides with seasoning. Do not oil the chicken at all, since we are putting these under the broiler the oil would smoke up your whole house (not a good time to test your smoke detector 😉 ). Place the chicken in the oven and turn your oven on broil.  Set a timer for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven (it will be very hot). Using tongs, flip the wings over and cook for another 10 minutes.

**If your oven runs too hot, try cooking the chicken at 450° for 10-15 minutes each side, then finish under the broiler for the last few minutes.**

Meanwhile, place all of the ingredients for the sauce in medium sized bowl. You can use your favorite buffalo sauce or barbecue sauce instead, but I love the mixture of FLAVORS in this sauce (a little sweet and spicy, like me 😉 ). Take the wings out of the oven and while they are still hot, toss a few at a time into the sauce. Once they are coated well, transfer to a serving dish. Continue saucing the rest of the wings with this finger lickin’ good sauce (hmm…has that slogan already been used?)

Take a look at the masterpiece you just created, those charred edges and delicious sauce…I’m getting hungry just looking at them. Now get in there and get messy!

Happy Flavoring!

Light Spinach Artichoke Dip

Time to throw away that tired old spinach artichoke dip recipe, and spruce it up with this revamped dip. By making a few swap outs, this recipe is much healthier without losing any of the FLAVOR. My husband was so surprised when I told him that I changed it up after he tried it (I’m so sneaky). I actually surprised myself when I created this recipe (trust me you will be amazed after the first bite). Such a delicious dip without any of the guilt…count me in!

2  14 oz. Cans of Artichokes

1  10 oz Bag of Fresh Spinach

1  15 oz. Container of Ricotta Cheese

1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt

1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella

2 Tbs Canola Oil

1/2 Tbs Nutmeg

2 Tbs Garlic Powder

1/2 Tbs Cayenne (optional)

1/2 Tbs Salt

Preheat the oven to 365°. I love using fresh greens so I use fresh spinach, but you can use frozen if you’d prefer. Add the canola oil to a large skillet and add the fresh spinach. If your skillet is not big enough, just add a little at a time. It will look like a lot, but it will all wilt down (it’s so crazy how you start with a big bag of spinach and it cooks down to about a cup, I guess that is the magic of it). Add the nutmeg and half of the garlic powder. The nutmeg is a perfect seasoning to add to greens. It really enhances their FLAVOR! Add more oil as needed. Once they have finished cooking put aside.

Drain the artichokes into a strainer and rinse them with water (this will rinse off the salty brine that they are packed with). Squeeze out the water of each artichoke and place on your cutting board. Cut the artichokes into a rough chop (watch those fingers!)

Time to put it all together (here is where we add the secret ingredients 😉 ). In a large bowl combine the artichokes, ricotta cheese, and Greek yogurt. Mix together, then add in the rest of the seasoning along with the spinach mixture and half of the mozzarella.  Spread into a greased casserole dish and top with the remaining  mozzarella cheese. Cook for 30-35 minutes until lightly browned. Serve once it has cooled for 5-10 minutes. This dip goes great with tortilla chips, crackers, or pita chips.

Try out his recipe for your family or at your next dinner party, then you can tell them how healthy it really is, or you can keep it our little secret (don’t worry, I won’t tell 😉 ).

Happy Flavoring!