Hey Feisty Foodies! I know it’s been a while since I’ve shared a few recipes with y’all. I’ve been doing a lot of ground work for the launch of #FeistySpices this Summer. There’s still so much work to do, but I’m extremely excited!!
So I’ve decided take a quick break to clear my head and share some yummy goodies and a little insight with y’all.
As you know, a lot of my recipe inspiration channels my “feisty” mentality. I believe all food should be vibrant, lively, and bold in flavor. Diverse in texture and satisfy all the taste buds of the human palette. So what better way to channel all those things, then with BACON! I mean come on… crispy salty bacon, savory tender chicken, sweet and spicy dipping sauce. I think we have a winner folks!!
Don’t let the flavor complexity intimidate you – this is a fairly simple recipe. I’m all for the simple things.
…Let’s get a little deep on this subject for a second..
What if life only seemed complex – but was simple? What would we really do with our time? Do you even believe in a simple life? Desire it? I do. I think a lot of us like to complicate things when it could all be so simple.
I’m intrigued by the first glance impression of complexity, then I break it down to a more simplistic view. For instance, when I dissect recipes I’ll read it first – then break it down into simpler steps. I do the same when creating them as well. Often times when we see something that looks complicated, instead of taking a minute to understand what is in our grasps – we tend to just drop it and walk away. Then begins this avoidable journey for the simple things in life.
We could easily just make the obstacles we face more simple.
HOW TO KEEP A SIMPLE LIFE:
- Miss someone:
instead of wondering what they are doing or assuming they are too busy for you or why they haven’t called……JUST CALL THEM.
- Want to Meet/Hang Out:
don’t question your value by assuming people don’t want to hang with, don’t try to force “friendships” with people based on their stage in life. Don’t get discouraged if your friends are too busy or vice versa.Just set some time aside and invite someone out with you, even if you have to MAKE THE PLANS.
- Feeling Misunderstood:
stop getting frustrated or assuming no one will get it.Take the time out and EXPLAIN YOURSELF
- Have Some Questions:
instead of holding them in and creating anxiety or miscommunication,SIMPLY ASK QUESTIONS
- Don’t Like Something:
don’t negatively express your disdain, or allow your emotions to dictate your reaction. Address it maturely from a positive perspective, and SAY IT NICELY.
- Like Something:
don’t hold it in. We need more positive feedback in this world. EXPRESS IT.
- Want Something: whether its change, material, or an experience.
Don’t obsess over itPUT IN THE WORK or ASK FOR IT.
stop holding it in. Release those feelings. TALK TO SOMEONE whether it’s God, a friend, family, specialist, or you just write it out.
- Love Someone:
why keep it to yourself.TELL THEM
The world is complex – it doesn’t mean our lives have to be. #MakeItSimple
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Fingers
– 1 lb Bacon
– 2 lb Chicken Tenders (16-20 tenders)
– 1 tsp. Onion Powder
– 1 tsp. Parsley
– 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
– 1 tsp. Paprika
– Salt & Pepper, to taste
– 1 – 7oz can San Marcos Chipotle Salsa
– 1 cup Raspberry Preserves
– 1 cup Water
Preheat grill to 375ºF or oven to 425ºF
In a food processor, blend water, raspberry preserves, and chipotle salsa. Strain. Transfer to a sauce pot and and simmer for about 1-2 mins. Set Aside.
Season chicken with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and parsley. Next, wrap a piece of bacon around each tender. Be sure to tuck in the ends to secure it.
for Grill: Place chicken fingers on grill rack, start with direct het for about 1 min on each side. Then transfer to indirect heat for about 2-3 mins on each side or until bacon is crispy and chicken is cooked through. Baste chicken with raspberry chipotle sauce, once transferred to indirect heat.
for Oven: Place chicken on a baking rack over a pan, and bake in oven for about 30 mins or until bacon is crispy, brush with raspberry chipotle sauce and bake for an additional 5 mins.
Serve Additional sauce for dipping.