Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Have I mentioned I hate dieting? Not allowing myself to eat whatever I want whenever I want just sort of ruins everything. I find that I’m just sort of angry all the time. So really, it’s not fun for anyone. 

But I’m supposed to want a hot body. And I kinda do. I want to look in the mirror and like what I see. I don’t want to feel gross. But I also want mac and cheese. And cake. So much cake. I want to read books and watch Lord of the Rings for the hundredth time. I definitely don’t want to run or do push ups. So you can see my dilemma. 

Well, here’s one more mac and cheese for the road, I guess. Well who am I kidding? We all know that I won’t be able to keep up any sort of non-cheese regime. Instead, let’s make it special.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta is flavored with rosemary, and it elevates mac and cheese to something almost sophisticated. The flavors are subtle and oh so right. It’s a creamy, cheesy dream.

I used transformer chicken in my pasta, but you can use  rotisserie chicken or whatever you prefer. I also discovered that this pasta isn’t as good reheated as it was the first time around, so if you’re only serving a few people, you might consider halving the recipe.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s all eat and be happy. Maybe we eat a little less, but there’s no reason not to make it special. Just go ahead and make the Chicken and Goat Cheese Pasta and enjoy your life.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta
Serves 8
Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta is a sophisticated take on mac and cheese.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound rigatoni
  2. 1 quart cream
  3. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  4. 1 clove garlic, crushed and peeled
  5. 8 ounces goat cheese, chopped into cubes
  6. 2 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Once it's boiling, add plenty of salt, and drop your pasta in, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick together. Boil for 10 minutes, then drain and return to the pot.
  2. While your pasta is doing its thing, add the cream to a sauce pan over medium low heat. Add in the rosemary and garlic clove, and bring the cream to a simmer. Be careful not to let it boil. Let it simmer for a few minutes to reduce and thicken. Add in the goat cheese and stir until it melts.
  3. Once your sauce and pasta are both ready, add the sauce and the chicken to the pasta, and toss it all together to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and happy.
Adapted from My Baking Addiction
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Barbecue Chicken Dip

Barbecue Chicken Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Guys, there’s something to be said for a little external validation. While I certainly wouldn’t recommend anyone relying on it, I’m not gonna lie; when someone tells me they like what I’m doing, I eat it up.

Real talk. I’ve been struggling with a desire to let this blog die for well over a year now. Since settling in Glasgow, I’ve struggled with finding the time and energy to create quality posts. I’ve watched my page views plummet as Pinterest became pay to play and stopped showing my followers my pins unless I gave them my money. And we all know I don’t have a lot of that. I mean, that’s kind of the whole concept of this blog. It’s been so disheartening to see a project I love really floundering and knowing it was at least partly my fault. 

My default mode is to assume that I suck. Normally when people try to compliment me, my urge is to punch them in the face and then crawl under the table and die. Last night, I got to hear some really kind words about this blog, and they are giving me life. 

Barbecue Chicken Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

What does all of that have to do with Barbecue Chicken Dip? You guessed it. Absolutely nothing. Except that this is a totally awesome recipe, and so are all of you. We’ve got creamy, cheesy, sweet, and smoky all playing together in this delicious hot dip. You could serve this in a party spread, but if you want to have it for dinner, I won’t tell.

I use some Transformer Chicken chopped up super small for this. Basically, you just dump everything into a bowl, smoosh it all together, spread it into a baking dish, heat it up, and then scoop it into your face with some tortilla chips. I held back a little bit of the barbecue sauce for some artistic drizzling. That’s totally optional, but it’s as close as I get to being artsy.

Barbecue Chicken Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Thanks for making me feel awesome, friends. I’m going to try harder to deliver cool posts for you guys because I love you.

Barbecue Chicken Dip
Serves 6
Barbecue Chicken Dip definitely deserves a sweet and smoky place on your next party table.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 12 ounces cooked chicken, chopped small
  2. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened\
  3. 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  4. 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  5. 1/4 cup sour cream
  6. 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar
  7. 1 green onion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, sour cream, and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese.
  3. Transfer your mixture to your baking pan and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the last half cup of cheese over the top, along with your chopped green onion. I just cut it with scissors it right over the baking pan.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes until hot and bubbly. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes before scooping it up with your favorite chips.
Adapted from Plain Chicken
Adapted from Plain Chicken
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10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

August is National Sandwich Month, and as someone who is desperately in love with bread, I’m all for this. Here are 10 totally awesome sandwiches for you to sink your teeth into.

Feed a bunch of hungry faces all at once with these Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches. Little is awesome.

The British will put just about anything on a sandwich. Don’t believe me? Check out Things British People Put Between Two Slices of Bread.

Everybody loves a grilled cheese. Make it fancy with a Fig Jam & Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese.

Perfect for parking yourself in the living room on game day, Cheesy Meatball Sliders are completely outrageous.

Maybe I’ll eat a vegetable if it’s in a gooey grilled cheese. Try this Calzone Grilled Cheese

Have a Bacon Egg Salad Sandwich because bacon, duh.

A Cholesterol Sandwich is life.

Apple and cheddar is a classic combination. Bring them together in an Apple Butter & Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese.

I love a sandwich at breakfast, especially when it’s as indulgent as this Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast.

I might eat glass if it had Buffalo sauce on it. This Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese is much better than that.

What’s your favorite sandwich?

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