Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Dip {Old London Foods}

A few months ago, I was contacted by Old London Foods to test out some of their delicious products and create a unique recipe for their website.  

Who is Old London Foods?  They are the brilliant minds behind the products Melba Toast, Bagel Chips, and J J Flats Flatbread.  

When they asked me to pick out which product I wanted to review, I felt like a kid in a candy store.  Mainly because there were so many wonderful flavor combinations.  Do I go with Melba Toast Sesame?  Or do I try their J J Flats 7 Grain?  In the end, I ended up choosing their J J Flats Everything Flatbread.
I am so happy I chose this flavor.  It has sesame, caraway, and poppy seeds mixed together with the flavors of onion, garlic, and a hint of salt.  The perfect combination if you ask me! 

Something savory came to mind when I received the boxes and before I knew it, I was in the kitchen cooking up this cheesy chicken and broccoli dip.  The flatbreads are only 110 calories per 6 pieces, so I wanted to keep the recipe on somewhat of a healthy level, hence the broccoli part.  

I also decided to add a little comfort to the recipe because well…that's what I do best ;)
Shredded chicken and cheese are mixed with the broccoli and other comforting ingredients to produce this wonderful dip.  
Husband Man absolutely LOVED it…as did I!  My kids however, weren't big fans of it.  I suspect it may have something to do with how green the broccoli appeared to be.  No matter how much cheese we used to cover the green part, they still couldn't bring themselves to try it.  

Alas, kids will be kids.  Luckily this dip didn't last long enough for us to think of more convincing ways for them to eat their broccoli!  

So the next time you are in the cracker aisle of your grocery store, pick up a box of these yummy flatbreads (or any other product from Old London Foods) and whip a plate of this comforting and healthy dip.  

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Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Dip
(makes 28 pieces)
1 box of Old London J J Flats Flatbreads Everything
1 cup shredded cheese, an additional 1/4 cup for garnish
1 chicken breast, shredded and cooked
1 (10.75 oz.) can Cream of Mushroom soup, undiluted
1 and 1/2 cups chopped frozen broccoli, defrosted

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Process two pieces of Flatbread until they appear to look like find bread crumbs.
3.  In a non-stick baking dish, combine the processed Flatbread pieces, 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, the shredded chicken breast, the one can of Cream of Mushroom Soup, and the 1 and 1/2 cups of chopped broccoli. 
4.  Bake for 30 minutes.  
5.  Place a spoonful of dip onto each piece of Flatbread.  Use 1/4 cup of cheese for garnish on each piece if desired.  Serve hot.  

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I received monetary and product compensation from Old London Foods.  All opinions stated in this post are my own.  

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine Pretzel Buttons {Five Ingredient Friday}

Pssst…guess what?  
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day!  If you are reading this through e-mail, you are probably already celebrating it…so happy love day to you ;)  

These cute little treats are floating around Pinterest like crazy.  Truth be known, they have been on my boards for quite some time now.  Like most every recipe on my 'to try' boards, they have remained there until today.  Once you see how crazy easy these are to make though, you can see why they are making their rounds.  
10 minutes and 3 ingredients are all you need!
Had I known these weren't going to be time consuming, I would have made them for my children's classmates this year.  Due to my laziness however, everyone in their classes will be getting a bunch of pre-made/manufactured Valentine fruit snacks and Twizzlers.  I know, I'm such a bad mom!  However, it is what it is and now I know to definitely make these for next year.  

The ones you see in the pictures will be passed out to our neighbors tonight…unless Husband Man and my two children eat them first.  Hey…it's happened before.  
Word has it that these are also very versatile and can be made with any type of Hershey Kiss and any type of M&M.  Can you imagine the holiday possibilities?  Easter…Christmas…Thanksgiving…yummy!  I will definitely try them all!  

So if you are still undecided about what to make for Valentine's Day tomorrow, run to your grocery store, purchase these items, and make these.  You will not regret it.  Promise :)  

Valentine Pretzel Buttons
(makes 72 buttons)

1 bag of square shaped butter snap pretzels 
1 (11 oz.) bag of Hershey's Hugs Kisses 
1 bag of Valentine's Colored Milk Chocolate M&M's

1.  Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
2.  On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, place the pretzels in a row, about 1/2 inch apart.
3.  Place a Hershey Hugs on the top of each pretzel.
4.  Place cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
5.  Take cookie sheet out and while the pretzels are still warm, gently push an M&M into each one.  
6.  Transfer them to a plate line with parchment paper and place in the fridge to cool.  

**Libby's Notes: Don't leave these out at room temperature to solidify because they will end up a gooey mess.  Your best bet is to let them cool in the fridge until it's time to eat or serve. 

Recipe Source:  From the blog, g*rated.  Original recipe can be found here.  

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