Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip
It’s my 2nd recipe for SRC this week. What? There’s two? Yes. It’s a long story. Short version, Jane contacted me and asked if I could take on another blog, I said yes and the rest as they say, is history. See, it didn’t take me even a second to think about taking this blog. This is my friend Wendy’s blog. She blogs at The Weekend Gourmet. We are part of another close knit group together and I have many a time wandered through her blog, and made notes about what I wanted to make. When given the chance to make something from her blog for Secret Recipe Club, I needed only to go into my folder and see what I’d kept from her – which was quite a bit. I actually didn’t go very far back to choose a recipe though.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip

A couple of weeks ago Wendy posted this Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip and I knew as soon as I saw it, I wanted to try it. This weekend provided just the chance. We have company staying with us, and I am a firm believer of keeping my company well fed, which means lots of snacks and options throughout the day. This was a fantastic before our late lunch and after lunch into dinner dip. In fact, something we sort of figured out on accident. It makes a great Sandwich Spread too. Just saying. But as a dip, Wendy has come up with a great recipe!

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip
 
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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces light sour cream
  • 1 7-ounce container of fat-free Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2-3 slices of crumbled bacon
  • 2 sliced green onions
  • half a finely diced shallot
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1 package of ranch dip mix
Instructions
  1. Dump every single thing in a bowl and combine well. Yep, that’s essentially it.
  2. Wendy suggested refrigerating for a half hour. We let it sit in the fridge for the initial half hour. But later that day it went back in covered until we were ready for a little more.
  3. The flavor just got better as the day went on. So if you can handle not eating it for an hour or two… I definitely recommend it.
  4. That’s it! Serve with some crusty bread, veggies, crackers and pretzel sticks.

 

 

Cheddar Bacon Ranch DipThank you so much Wendy for such a fabulous, fun and very easy recipe! We all loved it so much!

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Spicy Ranch Bacon Avocado Quesadilla #SundaySupper

Spicy Ranch Bacon Avocado Quesadilla

Spicy Ranch Bacon Avocado Quesadilla

Who doesn’t love Quesadilla’s? One of the things I love about them is how versatile they are. You can change the ingredients to suit anyone’s taste. Even picky eaters will eat Quesadilla’s if you put the right ingredients inside. My children all happen to love this Spicy Ranch Bacon Avocado Quesadilla, but a few don’t want the Avocado, so I just take it out for them. Voila! Easy!

Today we are celebrating #SundaySupper with Katie Workman for the second time. Last month she joined our team on twitter to have a fun, action packed hour of Q&A with Katie. So fun! We shared a whole bunch of recipes from her very awesome cookbook The Mom 100 Cookbook.

This month our challenge was a little different. We were asked to show off different versions of the last group of recipes. We were also given the option of putting our own spin on Katie’s Quesadillas or Grilled Pizza. As you can see I chose the Quesadillas and came up with a Spicy Ranch Bacon Avocado Quesadilla. It was fantastic in case you were wondering. Really. In fact, we’ve had three times since the original creation. Don’t judge. We like bacon. And Avocado. And Spicy Ranch.

Moving on, I bet you want to know how to make your own Spicy Ranch Bacon Avocado Quesadilla, right?

It’s ridiculously easy, actually.

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Spicy Ranch Bacon Avocado Quesadilla #SundaySupper
 
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These delicious quesadillas are the perfect summertime meal or snack and keep the kitchen nice and cool.
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Serves: 1 Quesadilla
Ingredients
  • 2 Flour Tortillas per Quesadilla
  • Spicy Ranch (we make our own from scratch but you can use the Spicy Ranch mix packets found in the salad dressing aisle)
  • 1 c. chopped or thinly sliced avocado
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and cut into pieces
  • 1 c. cheese, we use Monterrey Jack or pepper jack for an extra kick
  • cooking spray
Instructions
  1. I’ll be honest, we use our George Foreman 360 Grill because it has a Quesadilla plate and it’s easy for the kids to help. But you can do this on the stovetop.
  2. Basically we spread a layer of spicy ranch across the top of one of the tortillas.
  3. Add the cheese and spread it outward towards the edges but not all the way to the edge or you’ll make a huge mess when it melts.
  4. Add the bacon pieces. I’m not gonna lie, we use a lot of bacon. I really don’t remember how many pieces we used, mostly because we cut it all up and then pile it on after it’s cut up. So I have no clue. It was at least 4 pcs. We like bacon.
  5. Top with the avocado.
  6. Take the other Quesadilla and spread some spicy ranch dressing on that one too. Now put the spicy ranch face down on the avocado layer.
  7. Put the whole thing in a frying pan on the stove, use a griddle or play with the george foreman. Obviously each of these, the cooking times will differ. Mine took less than 5 minutes in the George Foreman on high.
  8. Serve with a side of spicy ranch dipping sauce. Enjoy!

 

 

I added some chopped onion, black olives and herbs to mine, but my kids ate theirs as is. So good, so easy and one of our new favorites – our Spicy Ranch Bacon Avocado Quesadilla.

Make sure you stop by the rest of the team and check out their awesome recipes for this #SundaySupper!

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Ranch BLT Sandwich

This Ranch BLT Sandwich is AMAZING! It’s like a Salad in a Sandwich!

Ranch BLT Sandwich

Ranch BLT Sandwich

Who’s hungry? Sometimes you just need an easy recipe for lunch. This Ranch BLT sandwich is a wonderful summer lunch – doesn’t require a ton of heat and is delicious and loaded with great veggies. The other thing I love about this, is that you can change it up and make it what you want. Perfect for us!

It’s hot. I mean, it’s really hot. It’s not even comfortable just going from the car to a location. It’s miserable. And the midwest is in the middle of a drought. I’ve never really cared whether it rained or not, but here I am hoping and wishing for some of that wet stuff to fall from the sky. It would cool it off, the farmers maybe wouldn’t lose their crops and perhaps we could come out of this declared disaster situation. It’s been fun. Not.

My garden hasn’t suffered much, because I am out there daily, sometimes twice a day watering it. And I will keep doing that. In fact, I don’t normally flood my garden, but I’ve been doing that lately. My tomatoes are thrilled. I however, am not.

We’ve been making these sandwiches for years, but until yesterday I  hadn’t ever considered putting it on  my blog. Why? Well – who doesn’t know how to make a BLT sandwich right? But then I got to thinking – we don’t make them like a normal BLT sandwich, which makes it shareworthy in my book. So you’re seeing it, in all it’s glory.

Ranch BLT Sandwich
 
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This BLT sandwich isn’t like all the rest. Loaded with veggies and topped with ranch, you’ve got yourself a salad in a sandwich.
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Ingredients
  • 2 pcs. of bread, your choice and toasted
  • 1-2 Tbs. ranch dressing (we use the homemade kind)
  • 2 strips of bacon (or if you’re like me, you add all the broken pieces too!)
  • 1-2 Tbs. shredded cheese
  • 2 pcs. of lettuce
  • 1 slice of tomato (or more if you can fit it!)
  • 1 whole slice of onion, cut into strips
  • 1 slice of green pepper
  • 2-3 pcs. of baby spinach
Instructions
  1. Toast up your bread. Microwave the bacon (I do this because I’m not heating anything extra in the summer). TIP: If you want to keep the bacon straight and flat, when you put the bacon on the plate, cover with a paper towel and then place another plate on top to press down on it. Yes it works, usually requiring no extra time.
  2. Once your bread is toasted, layer the ingredients on the bread, starting with the ranch dressing. I spread the ranch on both sides and usually sprinkle a little pepper on each side also.
  3. Top with the remaining ingredients, smoosh down a little and eat! Yum!

 

 

See, I told you it wasn’t the typical BLT sandwich and my friend Jen is probably laughing since I added Ranch (because I add Ranch to everything) but I added Ranch because I really truly wanted to make this BLT sandwich more like a salad on a sandwich and I think I did!

Ranch BLT sandwich

Ranch BLT Sandwich or Salad in a Sandwich