Jalapeno Pepper Jack Chicken

Jalapeno Pepper Jack
Photo Credit: Christopher Paquette

Eating spicy foods can help you live longer. A new study found that spicy foods affect gut bacteria, inflammation, and more, which helps against obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. According to an article in the Business Insider,

“Observing nearly half a million people in China, the BMJ study found that those who consumed spicy foods (mainly in a form of chili peppers) once or twice a week lowered their risk of death by 10 percent compared to those who consumed spicy food less than once a week.

People who ate spicy food three to seven times a week reduced their death risk by almost 15 percent. According to research, people who consumed more spicy food were also at a lower risk of getting cancer and ischemic heart disease.”

Now, we’re not saying that eating our Jalapeno Pepper Jack Dip will help you live longer, but why not give it a try? Use this Jalapeno Pepper Jack Chicken to give you a jumpstart to long life!

Jalapeno Pepper Jack Chicken

Ingredients

4 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breasts, trimmed

1 Cup Plain Panko Bread Crumbs

Salt

1 package Simply Savory Jalapeno Pepper Jack Dip Mix

1 cup Mayonnaise

1 cup Sour Cream

Directions:

  1. Mix dip mix, mayonnaise, and sour cream. Place in refrigerator for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  3. Cover a cooking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray for easy clean up.  Optional:  Use a rack to get the chicken crispy on all sides.
  4. Salt the chicken breasts.
  5. Dip the chicken breasts into the Jalapeno Pepper Jack prepared dip.
  6. Dip the chicken breasts into the panko bread crumbs.
  7. Arrange the chicken breasts on the prepared baking sheet or rack.
  8. Bake the chicken breasts until the internal temperature is 165°. This will vary depending on the size of the chicken breast. It will be about 40 minutes for large chicken breasts. Let the chicken rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Sicilian Goulash

Sicilian Goulash
Photo Credit: Jessica Spengler

Sicily has long been known for its delicious foods and bountiful crops. Prized for its wines, sun-ripened tomatoes, oils, seafood, and dishes, Sicily holds a culture that appreciates delicious food and fine cooking.

The island is considered an important piece of Mediterranean culture and this influence can be seen within its food as well. Pasta, basil, tomatoes — all inspire thoughts of Italy and the island that rests off its coast.

This slow-cooked pasta dish will burst with flavor and give your dinner a Mediterranean flair. Delizioso!

Ingredients

2 lbs. Round Steak, cut into ½ inch cubes

2 tbs. Flour

1 (28 oz.) can of Canned Tomatoes

1 package Simply Savory Taste of Sicily Dip Mix

1 (24 oz.) jar of Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce

1 cup Sour Cream

1 lb. Pasta of your choice, prepared

Directions:

  1. Place steak cubes in a crock pot, add flour and mix until the cubes are coated.
  2. Stir in canned tomatoes and dip mix.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.
  4. 30 minutes before serving, stir in marinara sauce and sour cream.
  5. Mix in hot, prepared pasta just before serving.

If you don’t have a crock pot, use these stove-top instructions for a slow-cooking alternative.

Apple Cheesecake Bars

Apple Cheesecake Bars
Photo Credit: Paul Hayday

Fall is right around the corner and apples are in season. For those who live in apple country, this means trips to the orchard and the joys of picking your own fruit straight from the tree.

For those (like us!) who still have to pick their apples from the selection in the produce section, fall doesn’t really change much in the fruit area.

There  is, however, one area that fall definitely affects: baked goods.

Pies, strudels, tarts, muffins, scones, and dumplings. Yum.

Pumpkin is often lauded as the fruit of fall, but apple dishes still fill many kitchens with the promise of flavor satisfaction.

Even though fall doesn’t start for a few more weeks, you can use these apple cheesecake bars to indulge in a pre-fall delight.

Ingredients

½ cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 medium to large apple, peeled, cored, and diced

1 cup flour

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese

1 egg

1 package Simply Savory Apple Pie Dip Mix

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray an 8×8 inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, one egg, and vanilla.  
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.  
  4. Stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture until blended. Fold in the apples.
  5. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking dish.
  6. Beat the cream cheese with a mixer until creamy. Mix in the Apple Pie dessert mix and one egg.
  7. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the apple cake layer.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes.