Southwest Salad

Over the weekend it was surprisingly warm in Graz! I’m not used to cooking meals for warm days anymore but thankfully Jen over at Carlsbad Cravings had the perfect solution! A Southwest Salad.

Since this is not my recipe I did not take photos of everything, but it was so good I had to share! IMG_0012

Here is my version, which is only slightly different from Jen’s (mainly due to which ingredients I had on hand).

In my version I did not include cheese, bell peppers, or sunflower seeds & in the sauce I did not include Salsa. However one thing I did add was chicken pieces to add a bit of protein.

Original Recipe here.

I highly recommend this salad! Especially for a warm day, and it’s so customizable you can really make it how you’d like.

Quick and Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas


We finally found some shredded CHEDDAR CHEESE at the Austrian grocery store here! It’s often the small things you miss when you’re so far away from home. We thought what better way to use it than to make deliciously cheesy chicken quesadillas! This is just a super simple recipe and takes under 30 minutes to make.


  1. Chicken, cut into cubes and seasoned with taco seasoning
  2. Tortillas
  3. Bell peppers, sliced
  4. Onions, sliced
  5. Jalapeños
  6. Cheddar cheese, shredded
  7. Olive oil (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)

For the guacamole on the side:

  1. 1 avocado
  2. couple cherry tomatoes
  3. juice from half of a lime
  4. salt/pepper



  • First, sauté the onions in some olive oil for a few minutes
  • Add the seasoned chicken
  • (I made my own taco seasoning and it’s delicious, for the recipe click here
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • Once the chicken is almost cooked all the way, add the bell peppers
  • Cook until bell peppers are tender and chicken is cooked through
  • Set aside
  • In a separate pan, lay down one tortilla and sprinkle the shredded cheese on top, add the cooked chicken mixture, and some jalapeños (I tried to keep it as “healthy” as possible so I avoided using oil in this step)
  • Cover with the second tortilla, let cook until cheese is about melted, then flip over to the other side

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I always like to serve Quesadillas with a side of sour cream and guacamole. I didn’t go all out with the guacamole recipe this time. Instead I just used my chopper and put 1 avocado, a couple cherry tomatoes, juice of half of a lime, salt/pepper, and done!



Chicken rolls


These chicken rolls are a bit of a spinoff from All Kinds of Yumm. Normally I try and eat relatively clean and healthy but these are definitely a cheat meal! Taste AMAZING and can be easily frozen, which is convenient for busy weeknights, but I do suggest eating them in moderation.

First boil the chicken by placing the raw chicken in a pot of water and boiling it for 15 minutes.  – Make sure the chicken is cooked all the way through. Then shred the chicken. I find that it is easiest to use a hand mixer. I warn you that this can get messy but it is the fastest and easiest way to shred chicken.

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The next step is to add the “sauce” to the chicken. This includes Hot sauce (I used both Tabasco and Valentino hot sauce), Ranch mix (if you make the mix yourself it does make this dish slightly healthier), Mayonnaise (because I used the dried ranch – if you use regular ranch you don’t need this), and finally cheese (not pictured)- any kind. Again I don’t use measurements and just do it based on taste or feeling.

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Next roll the chicken in Spring roll pastries.


Place on a baking sheet (slightly coated with oil) and bake for 15 minutes on 200 C. I served it with a sour cream sauce (that includes italian seasoning and fresh garlic)