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Creative ideas

So we go to Costco every couple months and stock up on the basics. Our past few visits we have been looking for these chips that Jim’s mom tried at his sister Lauren’s house, but we have been unlucky. However, with this trip we ended up finding them. 🙂 We decided to get a bag for ourselves since we had been looking for them for so long. These chips are awesome and you should definitely try them if you can get your hands on them.

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You may be wondering why I keep going on about these chips and it is because they were the inspiration for our next meal. Of course we went to Costco and bought a bunch of stuff, but not much that we could actually use to make a meal. This forced us to be creative. Jim had a wonderful idea of using the chips as a breading for our chicken breasts (I know, who actually thinks like this?). It sounded like a great idea so we put the chips in the food process and got started.

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This by itself seems a little boring so we decided to make a black bean sauce. The resort we used to work at in Arizona has a great black bean dip that Jim loves so much I got the recipe from the chefs. Much to my surprise they told me it is just canned black beans, sour cream, and salsa. So we threw all of that into food processor and had a great sauce and we had enough leftover to eat as a dip later.

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Of course we also needed a side dish, we had rice and broccoli so I took to Pinterest and got some ideas. I decided to go with this recipe, http://mommasmuffins.blogspot.com/2013/07/baked-cheddar-broccoli-rice-cups.html , because I have been a little obsessed with the muffin tin lately. We didn’t have any shredded cheese, but we had a bunch of provolone sandwich cheese left over so I cute that up using scissors. Yes I know this may sound a little odd, but kitchen scissors are very useful sometimes, try using them if you ever need small bacon pieces. Luckily it was a pretty easy recipe that required few tools because Jim was using most of the kitchen. For some reason when I mixed all of the ingredients together it seemed really soupy.

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However, I decided to go with it since the egg should help it thicken up with it is cooked. While putting it in the muffin tin I tried to make sure that each section had a good amount of sauce.

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Here is what they looked like when they came out of the oven:

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As you can see I saved some of the provolone and put it on top. I did this at the very end of the cooking and turned off the oven and left the tin in there so it would just melt on top. If you do it when the oven is still on the cheese will get crispy, which isn’t something we normally like. Here is what the final product looks like:

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As a whole it was a great meal. However, there are a few changes we would like to make. This frequently happens when you randomly put items together. In the future, we will pound the chicken to make it more tender and to increase the chip to chicken ratio. We still need to work on the ratios of the ingredients in the black bean dip, but that just comes with time. The broccoli rice muffins had good flavor, but they were definitely missing something. I will probably add garlic and herbs next time and something to fix the consistency. I will post about it on my next attempt.

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