Regardless of how clean you eat, and how great it makes you feel, sometimes we all need a cheat meal. Timbercreek Communities has 5 cheat meal recipes that taste great which you can make at home.
Buffalo Chicken Nachos
Nachos are probably one of the most-craved cheat meals in North America. They tick so many boxes -- crunchy, cheesy, gooey and spicy. We love this nachos recipe because it's a mashup of two cheat meal favourites -- nachos and buffalo chicken! To make this delicious version, start by preheating your oven to 400F. Mix 2 shredded chicken breasts with bbq sauce and 2 teaspoons of powdered ranch seasoning, then set aside. In a saucepan, heat 1 cup of heavy cream, adding 1lb of white American cheese and 8oz of Monterey cheese. Stir until everything is melted and add 1-2 tablespoons of ranch seasoning. Next, put a layer of tortilla chips in a cast iron skillet and top with half of the buffalo chicken. Drizzle the cheese on top. Add a second layer of chips and repeat. If you have some cheese left over, serve it as a dipping sauce. Finally, add jalapeno peppers, green onions and blue cheese. To finish it off, bake the buffalo chicken nachos in the oven for a few minutes, until the blue cheese melts.
Mozzarella and Goat Cheese Pizza
If youâ€™re looking for a great pizza recipe, look no further. This four-cheese pizza might become your new favourite cheat meal! Start off by making the dough from scratch. Add 1 pack of instant yeast to Â½ cup of warm water and wait for 5 minutes. Once it gets bubbly, add 1 Â¼ cup of room-temperature water to the water/yeast mixture. In your mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Set your mixer to low speed and start pouring the yeast mixture and the olive oil into the flour mixture. Keep mixing it until the dough forms a mass. Once the dough is elastic and soft, pour it in an oiled bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 2 hours. Once it has doubled in size, deflate the dough and transfer it to a lightly floured flat surface. Divide it into two equal portions and freeze one if you like. The next step is actually making the pizza. Set the oven to 450F and roll out the dough to your desired shape. Glaze it with the olive oil mixture (3 tablespoons of olive oil and garlic) and cover it with mozzarella, goat cheese, ricotta and parmesan. Let it bake for 18 minutes or until the crust turns golden brown. Finish it off by adding fresh basil.
Chicken Pad Thai with Zoodles
Everyone needs a healthy pad thai recipe! Try this Chicken Pad Thai for a healthier, low-carb dish thatâ€™s full of flavour. Season 1 pound of chicken breast with fresh pepper. Heat olive oil in a saucepan and cook the chicken until fully cooked. Set it aside and cut it into pieces once it cools. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 teaspoons of chilli garlic sauce and soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and Â¼ cup of water. Next, youâ€™re going to add 1 cup of spiralized zucchini in a pan and pre-cooked rice noodles, topping it off with chicken, pad thai sauce and 1 cup of bean sprouts and chopped cabbage. Once the zucchini has softened, the dish should be done. Sprinkle the meal with crushed peanuts, fresh cilantro and a lime wedge. Enjoy!
Creamy Tomato Soup with Cheese and Toast Croutons
Everyone loves a good soup, especially in the winter. Try this yummy Creamy Tomato Soup that's perfect for lunch and dinner. To begin, heat olive oil in a sauce pan and add 1 chopped onion. Cook until the onion is soft and add 2 cloves of garlic and 1 medium sweet potato. Next, add in 2 cups of vegetable stock, 3 cans of canned tomatoes in juice, 1 tablespoon of tomato puree and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. While you wait for the soup, heat a griddle pan on high heat. Divide the cheese between two slices of bread and top with the other two slices, then brush with olive oil and fry in the griddle. Cook for about 5 minutes and slice them into cubes. Once the soup is done, youâ€™re going to pour it into a blender and mix until it's smooth.Â Add the salt, pepper and 4 tablespoons of cream. That's it! To serve, divide the soup into 6 bowls and top with croutons. Voila!
Fried Chicken and Waffles
Can you ever go wrong with waffles? We don't think so! These waffles are far from ordinary and they might just leave your mouth watering for days. It all starts with a basic buttermilk pancake batter, but a little less sweet. Begin by combining 2 cups of flour, 1 Â¼Â tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, salt, Â¼ cup of brown sugar and black pepper in a large bowl. In a different bowl, whisk 3 eggs and pour them into the flour mix with melted butter. Chop 6 pieces of cooked bacon, 1 cup of cheddar cheese and some chopped scallions and add it all to the batter. Once your waffle iron is heated and ready to go, grease the bottom and cook the waffles for 4-6 minutes. Set the waffles aside and get ready to make the fried chicken! Start by mixing 1 pound of chicken in 1 Â½ cups of buttermilk and some hot sauce. In a separate dish, mix in flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Grab the chicken and dip it into the flour mixture you just made, making sure to coat both sides. If the oil is nice and hot, fry the chicken until itâ€™s golden and crispy. Now that the hardest part is done, you can make the sauce. Just mix maple syrup, spicy brown mustard and yellow mustard together. Now youâ€™re ready to assemble the sandwiches. Top each waffle with a few slices of tomato and avocado, a bit of greens and the maple mustard sauce. You can have it as an open-face sandwich, or a full sandwich by adding the other waffle on top. Enjoy alone or with friends!
Finding a good cheat meal recipe isnâ€™t always easy. Timbercreek Communities hopes you enjoyed these 5 recipes that are both easy and delicious.
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