All recipes have been tried and tested by Kristen Vandevender (and her family). A wife, mother & career woman with a passion for farm to table organic cooking and baking. She also manages to find time to run Honest to Goodness Baking. Find her and more of her amazing recipes on Instagram @honesttogoodnessbaking
Back to School!
I love recipes that are not only healthy and delicious but that adhere to my crazy mom life as we get home from work, in a rush to get it all done so we can get up and do it all over again—Y’all know what I’m talking about! So when we cook we like to be able to do it in a timely manner yet enjoy the fruit of our labor! And now that school and fall are closely approaching (I have a first-time Kindergartner, a first-time preschooler who both play soccer and my daughter also takes dance) the answer to your questions of fantastic recipes that incorporate our favorite and perfectly flavored Just Chili Sauce. Follow me on Instagram @honesttogoodnessbaking to keep up with recipes throughout the fall and you’ll be amazed and what you can whip up! Xoxo Kristen
Fajita Bowls with Just Chili Sauce:
Marinate skirt or flank steak overnight with olive oil rubbed on and add a fajita seasoning blend, ground black pepper, 1 tbsp garlic and just chili sauce. Grill or sauté in a cast iron to your desired liking and add to a brown rice, cilantro, lime mix with a pinch of salt and topped with grilled corn, grilled onions and peppers, sliced avocados and tomatoes and raw jalapeños. Top with just chili sauce and you cannot go wrong, these fajita bowls will impress anyone. When in a pinch for time you can also sauté the corn on the stove and achieve the same grilled flavor for the bowls.
Anytime of the Day Breakfast Croissants:
These are literally incredible for any meal. Go to your local bakery or grocery store and purchase croissants and prepare for a memorable meal. I layer these sandos with an avocado mash on the bottom, topped with 1-2 over easy eggs, peppered bacon, lightly sautéed red and green bell peppers and topped with fresh spinach layered with Just Chili Sauce. This one is a true winner and will impress even your picky eaters!
Thai Chicken Noodle Bowls:
This one is one of my favorites as it seems by appearance to be an unlikely recipient for Just Chili Sauce but little do you know, it sure does pack the punch in the sauce! While using brown organic rice noodles, sautéed chicken seasoned with salt and pepper, I top these bowls with lots of healthy veggies such a Cremini mushrooms and broccoli, edamame and raw red bell peppers, carrots and purple cabbage. So where is the Just Chili sauce?? Well, it’s in the sauce of course! In a separate bowl combine ½ cup of organic creamy peanut butter, 2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 whole squeezed lime, ¼ cup of warm water, 2-3 table spoons of organic honey, 1 teaspoon chili paste and 1-2 table spoons of Just Chili (depending on how spicy you like it). Whisk it together ( feel free to add another ¼ cup of warm water to help break down the peanut butter) and taste test. Pour liberally over your noodles, top with crushed peanuts and you are in business… now isn’t that a unique way to use the sauce!
Just Chili Black Bean Sweet Potato Fries-Nachos:
We love to buy the big bag or organic sweet potato fries from Costco and make black bean nachos. Topped with lots of fresh grated Colby Jack cheese blend and baked with organic drained black beans and raw jalapenos. Once out of the oven for 8-10 minutes after the sweet potato fries are cooked the best things you can do it top with raw veggies such a red bell peppers, avocado, and tomato and we love to throw on grilled corn. And no dish would be complete without Just Chili Sauce, a twist on traditional nachos that is not only healthy but quick and easy!
Green Chili and Chicken Soup:
This has to be not only mine but my whole family’s all-time favorite recipe and it lasts for a couple of days. Good even on a hot day for some reason, but a dish to make in the crockpot the night before a cold day and you will be set. With fall rolling around you can thank me later! Get out your crock pot, and put the following canned items in (all organic): Black beans, Pinto beans, unsalted corn, 2 cans of chicken broth, 2 cans of green enchilada sauce, 1 cup of water and either 3 cans of green chilies or we roast 4-5 green chilies and dice and throw in with a couple of roasted and diced jalapenos as well. I also buy a Costco rotisserie chicken and pull apart and layer in with my veggies in the crock pot. Add 1.5 tablespoons of cumin, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of onion and garlic powder and 3-4 tablespoons of Just Chili Sauce. Stir well and put on high overnight in the crockpot. When I wake up I put on low as we head out for the day and try to get it on warm about an hour before dinner time. This is truly a dish that the longer it sits the better it gets so get excited to enjoy for a couple of days. When put into a bowl we top with fresh avocados and Roma tomatoes and I add my own baked corn tortilla strips that I cut into thin strips, placed in a zip lock bag and shake with salt and a little bit of olive oil. Then placed on a baking sheet sprayed with organic canola spray and baked at 375 for 10-12 minutes—they come out for the perfect addition to the final product. The Just Chili Sauce give this the perfect flavor and spice that has marinated with the chicken and beans and I promise this is one you will not only make one!
Spice Up Your Life!
Happy Valentine’s Day! This is such a fun day and not in the sense that I (as a woman) expect gifts or a surprise but that my husband and I can cook a beautiful meal together for the whole family to enjoy and spend some quality time together. We find that cooking together has become a passion and a common interest and together we would like to share a few of our favorite meals that will Spice up your life (or day anyway!)
Valentine’s Day Breakfast:
This is one of my all time favorites and if you make this little treat for your sweetheart for breakfast on Love day they are absolutely going to love you right back!
I personally love to use Dave’s Killer Bread but any type of toast will do topped smashed avocado on the bottom, layered with 1-2 scrambled eggs (or over easy if you prefer) and finalized with fresh spinach and tomatoes. And of course, the Just Chili Sauce will steal the show… Happy Valentine’s Day Breakfast!
When you know you are going big for dinner we are all about the light and protein packed lunch to get us through the afternoon. One of my husband’s favorite things is salmon and his plating skills are always impeccable! But on this big day to break up your amazing dinner the following is always tasty…
Baked Salmon at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes for a 5-6 ounce filet topped with olive oil, squeezed fresh lemon, lemon pepper, salt, pepper, red chili flakes and sliced jalapeno. Of course, we always add our Just Chili Sauce on top to give it the extra kick that it needs. Serve with white or brown rice and steamed broccoli or even a light kale salad topped with a vinaigrette and candied pecans and you won't disappoint anyone with this spiced up meal!
Valentine’s Day Dinner:
This is always my favorite meal on Valentine’s Day because it is so elegant and can be a variety of different things but I am a sucker for a good filet or prime rib. Prime rib is easier than you would think and is something that doesn’t have to be super expensive either. You can actually go and get just the amount you need sliced and it is cheaper than going out! I cook my prime rib on 400 for the first 30-45 minutes to get a good crust on the outside since I rubbed olive oil, salt and coarse pepper on top. Then I let is go low and slow for another 2 hours (mine is usually no more than 2 lbs) and I let the juice rest in the bottom until it comes out and I can re-baste or use it as Aus jus sauce. I then take my homemade whipped horseradish sauce and add a touch of the Just Chili Sauce to give it an extra kick and you won't regret it! Pairs really nicely with the Prime Rib…
I serve this with my buttermilk mashed potatoes and a veggie of your choice but my favorite is broccolini… I steam my organic broccolini (2-3 bunches trimmed) and place it in a nice dish topped with toasted chopped pecans, craisins or pomegranate seeds and a light vinaigrette that offers a sweet and sour kick to the beautiful vegetable. I put the following into a mason jar and let is sit in the fridge until I am ready, give it a good shake and lightly pour over the broccolini:
2/3 Cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 ½ tbsp cup cane syrup
1tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
And what Valentine’s Day meal isn’t complete without some homemade chocolate covered strawberries. I always go and buy the largest berries I can find and the rest is simple. Heat up over the stove (with a little heavy cream) in a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water and continuously stir until melted or place your semi-sweet chips in the microwave for 3-4 minutes as you continue to stir throughout the process. Lay out your wax paper flat or on several paper plates and begin to dip your strawberries and twist them as you pull up and lay them flat on your paper. I usually let my berries sit out a good 20 minutes or so before I dip them because the chocolate tends to stick better that way. Also, make sure they are completely dry before you dip them as the water will repel the chocolate…and that is not what we want to happen!
Place in the freezer for a quick harden or in the fridge overnight for the big day and you won't be disappointed!
1 Rotisserie Chicken-pulled apart
1 Can of organic black beans
1 Can of organic pinto beans
1 Can of organic corn
2 cans of organic chicken broth
2 cans of Hatch organic green chili sauce medium or hot
2 big cans of diced green chilies
2/3 cup of water
Put all into your trusty crock pot overnight on low (or on high in the am) and it will be perfect for lunch or dinner the next day! I also take my pizza cutter and cut out tortilla strips from corn tortillas and put into a Ziploc bag with olive oil and salt to taste. Bake at 375-400 degrees for 15 minutes and voila! Your own tortilla strips. Also, pairs well with sliced avocado. This is a trusty recipe and is GREAT for a rowdy crowd!