Healthy chip dip or sandwich spread

Ok, so my kiddos go back & forth between liking things then not liking them…for example:  chicken.  One day we love it, the next we don’t touch it.  Well, I have gotten tired of making the same old meals and decided to make myself a chicken salad sandwich…but “food processed” it a bit too much and it turned into a pate of sorts, so I decided to dip some Kettle chips into it for my lunch.  My kids (of course not knowing the ingredients) wanted to try it…AND LOVED IT!  So, here is the “hidden chicken” chip dip recipe (you could forgo the processing step and have a more traditional sandwich spread)…

1 C       Shredded chicken (I used some from a roasted chicken I’d made same day)

1 pkg   Cream Cheese

1 t         garlic, minced

1           celery, diced

2           green onion, diced

salt, to taste

milk to thin, if needed

Blend up in the food processor until pasty/dip texture…if traditional spread is desired, just stir ingredients together with a spoon.  I have eaten this dipped in chips, on rice cake, with rice crackers, on celery.  Yum.

Enjoy!

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Busy night Nachos

This is a staple meal at our home…made at least once a week.  We like to switch up the ingredients based on what we have on hand or from whatever leftovers are available.  To complete the meal, serve with a side salad and dish of pear sauce.  It is great for nights when sports/clubs/meetings/practices take over the schedule.

(The recipes we list work for OUR families and are suggestions for yours.  If there is an ingredient listed that you cannot tolerate, simply omit or modify it.)

1.  Base-

Kettle Chips (our favorite)

Fried Potato slices

2.  Cheese-

Farmer’s cheese

Mozzarella cheese

Cream cheese

*Any Mixture of the above (I like to add the cream cheese in little spoonfuls amidst the other cheese to make a creamier texture)

3.  Toppings-

Cooked hamburger (we like it with garlic cooked in)

Leftover cooked shredded chicken

Leftover cooked shredded beef roast

Green onion

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  On a large cookie sheet layer the base, then cheese, then topping.  Cook for about 10 mins or until cheese is melted.  Serve immediately.

Condiments…

Sour cream

“Ranch dressing” (sour cream, chopped green onion, garlic and salt…dilute with milk if needed to get consistency)

Green onion-raw