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Spicy Chicken Thighs Recipe

Since starting the Keto diet, I have learned to love chicken thighs. I know that sounds weird, but up until about a month ago, I never bought chicken thighs before. Honestly, I don’t know why…they are so much cheaper than chicken breasts AND they have a lot more flavor too! One of my favorite recipes that uses chicken thighs is this Chorizo Chicken Soup recipe. It’s delicious! The other day I picked up a package of chicken thighs and made one of the best dinners, even my son declared it a winner! This spicy chicken thighs recipe is also Keto friendly!! Not only is it Keto friendly, but it is also the best chicken thigh recipe EVER!

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Spicy Chicken Thighs Recipe

Ingredients

  • Package of Chicken Thighs w/Skin (I used a 5.5 lb package)
  • 6 TBS Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • Garlic and Pepper Seasoning (I used my favoritespicy chicken thighs blend)

Pro Tip…pick up this silicone baking mat. It really helps to crips up your chicken thighs. I use it ALL the time!

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Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Season your chicken thighs on both sides with your garlic and pepper seasoning.
  3. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Mix the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce in with the butter.
  4. Dip each chicken thigh into the butter and hot sauce mixture, allowing excess to drip off before placing it on your baking sheet with sides, skin side down (I like the Norpro Stainless Steel Baking Panspicy chicken thighs). For more even cooking, place a rack on top of the baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. After the time is up, take the chicken out of the oven, turn the oven to broil (on high), flip the chicken over so it is skin side up, and broil for 15 minutes to get the skin nice and crispy. You may want to rotate the pan halfway through. Don’t they look like the best roasted chicken thighs?

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If you are looking for recipes for chicken thighs, this is a must try recipe! I think next time I make them, I will use this spicy garlic seasoningspicy chicken thighs I picked up to add an extra kick! I know some people prefer boneless skinless chicken thighs and that’s OK. I’m sure you could use them in this recipe. You may want to reserve some of the butter/hot sauce mixture to brush on to the chicken periodically while they cook, but it should still turn out great. I haven’t made it this way, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t. Now I’m on the hunt for some good slow cooker chicken thighs recipes! I’m all about those chicken thighs!

What are your favorite spicy chicken thighs recipes?


Dessert Recipe: Springtime Muddy Buddies

Despite the fact that we just got dumped with a ton of snow, I can’t help thinking about spring coming soon and the Easter dinner I want to host. When I start thinking about hosting Easter, I then start thinking about what delicious dessert recipe I will make. Since my husband and I are following the Keto diet, I will probably make a cheesecake (no crust) for the adults and for the kids I was thinking about making this yummy Springtime Muddy Buddies recipe! Not only is it pretty with the springtime colors, but also a gluten free dessert recipe!

Springtime Muddy Buddies Dessert

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups Chex Cereal
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli White Chocolate Wafersdessert
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup+ Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Pastel Colored M&M Candy
  • 1 cup Pastel Mini-marshmallows

Directions

  1. Prep a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a large measuring cup, pour 3 cups of Chex cereal into a large bowl.
  3. Pour the white chocolate wafers into the top of a double broilerdessert (this can be used with any saucepan you have!!). Melt chocolate and stir often.
  4. Slowly pour the warm, melted chocolate over the Chex cereal. Using a wooden spoon, begin to gently mix the chocolate and the cereal.
  5. Make sure that all of the cereal is well coated with chocolate. Scoop the coated cereal into a large plastic bag. Add in the powdered sugar. With your hands, seal the bag closed and begin to shake the two together.
  6. Make sure that all of the pieces of chocolate coated cereal are covered with the powdered sugar.
  7. Gently pour the cereal onto the lined cookie sheet. Set aside to cool.
  8. Place the cereal back into the large bowl, once it has cooled. Measure out the M&M candy and the pastel mini-marshmallows to the mix.
  9. Store in a Ziplock bag or an airtight container. This is my favorite airtight containerdessert.

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Doesn’t it look so good?!? I love that this doesn’t have peanut butter in it like traditional Muddy Buddies do. This way more people can enjoy this dessert deliciousness! I have a lot of friends that enjoy camping. Coming up with other camping dessert recipes, besides roasting marshmallows and making s’mores can be difficult. However, this is Springtime Muddy Buddies recipes is great to take along with you camping!

Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe

For a little over a week now, I have been following the Keto Diet. If you aren’t familiar with the diet, Google it. I’m telling you, this is the first diet I have ever done that doesn’t feel like a diet at all. I’m never hungry; I have plenty of foods to eat; and most importantly, I’m losing weight and inches. Lots of weight! My first week I lost 7 lbs. I know I also lost inches too. A pair of jeans that couldn’t button two weeks ago, can now! I’ve also lost ALL cravings for food. Here’s a great book I found on Amazon about the Keto diet: Keto Diet for Beginners. Seriously…get the book and give this diet a try! One of the amazing foods I’m eating this week is Chorizo Chicken Soup.

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Chorizo Chicken Soup

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Ingredients

  • 4 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 lb Hot Chorizo
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 can Stewed Tomatoes with garlic
  • 2 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

For the rest of the recipe and directions, please visit Caveman Keto.


When I ran across this recipe, I knew I had to make it! It sounded (and looked) absolutely delicious to me. My recipe varies slightly from the original in that I chose to use hot chorizo instead of regular. We like spicy foods in our house! I also added 2 TBSP of shredded Parmesan Cheese when I ate it. If you are following the Keto Diet and you decide to make this soup, be sure to put all of your ingredients into a recipe on My Fitness Pal to get the correct calories/fat/protein/carbs for your ingredients. I scanned each of mine and came up with slightly different numbers than what is shown on the original site. Not a huge discrepancy, but definitely different!

Variations you can make with this recipe:

  • Use a precooked rotisserie chicken to cut down on time.
  • Regular Chorizo vs Hot Chorizo.
  • Fresh minced garlic vs. dried minced garlic (I used dried. My jar of fresh smelled funky).
  • There are a variety of different kinds of stewed tomatoes. I bought the can with garlic in it…we like garlic here!

If you are doing or decided to do the Keto Diet, let me know! I’d love to chat with you about it!

Buy the Keto Diet for Beginners book HERE!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: The Quest for Crystal Mickey on DVD

disclosure-imageWhen my son was little, we took him with us to AAA.  As soon as you walk in there is a huge Magic Kingdom display with the castle and characters.  My son looked at it, eyes super wide and says:

“What is this place?”

Um…what?  How does he not know?  I thought every kid knew about Disney World!  Apparently my child was the only kid who had no clue about Disney.  However, I think the second Bella was born, she knew about Disney and all of the Disney Princesses (especially Arial).  One of her favorite shows on TV was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  I really liked that I could put that show on for her and not have to worry about what she was watching.  I knew it was always appropriate.

For the first time, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse will be on Disney DVD on May 21, 2013, with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse:  The Quest for Crystal Mickey.

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Join Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and all their pals in the newest Clubhouse crusade.  When the legendary Crystal Mickey goes missing, Mickey and friends go on an adventure to save the Clubhouse from losing its magic.  Grab your hat, buckle your seatbelt, and get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure in “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse:  The Quest for the Crystal Mickey!

There’s no time to lose after greedy Plunderin’ Pete snatches the legendary Crystal Mickey statue from the Clubhouse.  Without this sparkly statue’s magic, the Clubhouse will disappear forever!  Can the world’s most extraordinary hero “Kansas City Mickey”, get the magical statue back in time?  Only with the help from young viewers at home…and the right Mouseketools can Mickey journey across the Sandy Desert, brave the Rushing River and make his way through the Hidden Jungle.  But watch out for Pete’s trickiest traps!

Episodes

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse:  Quest for the Crystal Mickey

Donald of the Desert

Donald the Genie

Goofy’s Coconutty Monkey

Goofy’s Giant Adventure

This DVD will be available on May 21, 2013.  It is approximately 120 minutes long and you can purchase it for $19.99 U.S. and $24.99 Canada.

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I’ve Dropped How Many Sizes?!?

I’ve posted quite a bit about my journey with Diabetes and my quest to lose 100lbs.  I am very proud of my accomplishment.  In fact, I was thinking about it today while I was taking a shower (I do my best thinking in the shower!) that if someone were to ask me what my greatest accomplishment in life is, I would have to say (besides my family and how well I coupon) my weight loss and essentially beating Diabetes (or at least keeping it away for now).

For those newcomers, I was diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic back in February…right before my 30th birthday (Happy Birthday to me right?).  At first I was totally angry at the world.  But now I really do see that diagnosis as a blessing in disguise.  How can I not?  I’ve lost 43lbs since February.  I look great…sure I have a ways to go (57lbs to be exact), but I know I can do it.  I have willpower that I never knew I had.  In fact, I went to dinner with my parents and kids today and for dessert my kids and parents each got donuts.  Me?  I simply sipped my diet coke (and drooled a bit), but I was perfectly fine.  I didn’t have donut-envy, well not too much, but it didn’t kill me.  7 months ago…I wouldn’t have been able to say no.

Update

Since writing this post, back in 2011, I gained all that weight back. I reached my breaking point in January of 2016. Reaching an all time high of 250 lbs, I was done being out of breath and tired all the time. While I was able to keep my Type 2 Diabetes under control, I wanted more. I wanted to lose the weight I had lost before, but this time, I wanted to keep it off. With the help of friends, I started the Keto diet.

Giving up sugar wasn’t easy, at first. However, after about a week, I no longer craved sugar or any foods, for that matter! It was the best feeling in the world. From January 2016 to now, the weight loss has been amazing. I have lost about 83 lbs. I’ve dropped many sizes (from a 22/24 to a 10/12). But best of all, I feel amazing. I have more energy than I’ve ever had; I sleep great; and ALL of my bloodwork is better than it’s ever been. All from eating FAT! See for yourself!

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If you take anything from this post, take this:  You can do this.  All you have to do is set your mind to it. It may have taken me a little longer to figure my weight loss journey out, but the bottom line is, you can do it! Read up on everything I’ve written on the Keto diet over the course of the last year. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask! I am not an expert, but I will help you in any way I can!