Chicken Pita Fajita Tacos

Chicken Pita Fajita Tacos

Chicken Pita Fajita Tacos


Tonight I needed to make something easy. I love tacos and I grew up eating them all the time. I was always a fan of crunchy corn taco shells. We would always make our own, since we didn’t like any of the ones from the store. Homemade shells are always better. We would eat them the same way all the time. I wanted to give a new look and taste  There are so many ways to make them, and here is one of my new takes on the great taco.


Green leaf lettuce


abt. 1 1/4 lbs. chicken breast

1/2 small onion

8 mini sweet peppers

fat free sour cream

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 large lime

1 pkg. McCormick Fajitas Seasoning Mix

Kerrygold Reserved sharp cheddar cheese shredded

2 1/2 small Avocados 1/2 avocado per

1/4 cup water

5 Papa Pita Greek Pita Flat Bread Classic White 7 in.


Dice chicken small, dice tomatoes, slice peppers, slice onion 1/4 in. thick then quartered, cut lime in quarters, slice avocado, and slice lettuce.

Sauté chicken, peppers, onion, cumin, , and garlic in non stick pan covered on medium low stirring occasionally until chicken is done abt. 7 min.

Add the seasoning mix, water, a quarter of the lime squeeze well, mix well and let cook until liquid is almost gone stirring occasionally

Scoop into pita flat bread and add toppings as desired.


Grilled Cranberry Turkey Bacon Sandwich

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It can be great having so much food left over from the holidays or anytime for that matter. It provides meals for many days and you can take a break from cooking or come up with new meals with the leftovers. Tonight we had the last of the leftovers from Christmas. I put together a couple of Turkey bacon sandwiches that tasted great.


1 1/2 cups cubed turkey

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1/4 cup Best foods low fat mayo

1/2 tsp. McCormick Grill Mate Smokehouse Maple seasoning

1/8 tsp. fresh ground peppercorn

4 slices bacon

4 slices bread

My Cranberry Sauce 


1. Cut bacon strips in half and fry until extra crispy.

2. Slice green onions and cut turkey into 1/4″ cubes. Mix them together in a bowl with the pepper, mayo, and the McCormick Grill Mate Smokehouse Maple Seasoning.

3. Spread a thin layer of the cranberry sauce on each slice of bread.

4. Put turkey mix on two of the slices of bread. Then put 4 slices of bacon on top of that. Place other slice of bread on top.

5. Cook on George Foreman Grill or Panini press until lightly browned.

Cranberry sauce

Thomas' Cranberry Sauce

Christmas was wonderful and I made many of my own recipes. This year was my first time making homemade cranberry sauce. I wanted my first batch to be my own recipe. Aubrey loves cranberry sauce, any time of the year, canned or fresh. This one is more than good, it is wonderful. The spices and honey work great together and the apple juice gives a nice light flavor that really adds to the dish. This is a gluten free dish.


 24oz. Fresh cranberries

1 ½ cups white sugar

½ cup honey

½ tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

2 cups unfiltered, not from concentrate, no sugar added Apple juice + ¼ more


1. Dump everything into a pot and let simmer for 20 min  stirring occasionally uncovered.

2. When it begins to thicken and cranberries start falling apart turn down to low and cook for another 20 min stirring occasionally uncovered.

3. Take off stove and let stand 15 min before serving. Serve warm, it tastes the best right after making it

Note: If you are making it at the same time as dinner do not worry about the extra ¼ cup apple juice. If you are making it the day before add the extra ¼ cup apple juice when heating up the cranberry sauce.

Ginger Bread Houses

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This week Aubrey and I made gingerbread houses with friends. This is the second year I have made real ginger bread houses. I made them many times when I was younger, but I would always use graham crackers and plain frosting. It would take a long time and they never stayed up very well.  We found a fantastic recipe on that works great and tastes good as well that we used.

Recipe: Name the Sauce Contest

Name the Sauce Contest


I made this sauce on Tuesday night because my wife wasn’t going to be home for dinner. Finally, I could have a dish with olives and not have her say “EeWWWWW”. It is very simple and easy prep. It does take a couple hours to cook, but does not require constant attention.  You may try making it in the Crockpot for a couple hours, but it may not turn out the same way. Help me choose the perfect name for the sauce. This is a gluten free sauce.


  • 1 package (4 links) Isernio’s Hot Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup black olives cut in half
  • 1 1/4 cup red bell pepper, large dice
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 3 tsp. basil
  • 1 Tbsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp. oregano
  • 2 14.5 oz cans no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • Thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta (or substitute with your favorite gluten-free spaghetti or angel hair pasta)


  1. In blender, blend diced tomatoes until smooth.
  2. Dice peppers and onions about 1/2″-1″ in size.
  3. Cut sausage links into 1″ slices.
  4. Put everything in a pot, except the pasta and cook on low (2), covered, for about two hours. Stir occasionally.
  5. Cook pasta as directed.
  6. If desired, serve with additional Parmesan cheese on top.