Pork Recipes

Dijon Chicken Club Wraps

Chicken club sandwiches are delicious. This, I cannot deny! The bread, however, is replaceable. I use Romaine lettuce leaves as “boats” or wraps for this recipe and they work perfectly. Plus, they give this recipe the clean, crisp crunch that toasted bread or lettuce would give the conventional sandwich.


I use bacon ends in this recipe because they are often thicker than bacon slices. Since you’ll be baking the bacon with the chicken thighs, you don’t want to use thin bacon (it will overcook!) Plus, bacon ends are usually less expensive in both a grocery store or at you local farm.


2 lbs chicken thighs (boneless works best)
Few pieces of bacon ends, cut into chunks
Approximately 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1 large tomato, sliced
2 heads of Romaine lettuce

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F
Lay the chicken thighs on a baking sheet, single layer


Spread the Dijon mustard over the chicken


Top with bacon chunks


Bake at 400 for approximately 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly


Spread mayo on Romaine lettuce leaves, then add tomato



Slice the chicken and add strips to the wraps
Add a couple of bacon pieces




Zucchini Pizza Boats

This recipe is similar to others I have posted, like Zucchini Pizza Bites or Eggplant Pizza Boats. The point is, even with the same ingredients, you can change up the recipes to make them “new!” I happened to get these zucchini at a farmer’s market here in Maine this week, and my first thought was “pizza!” Since I was making this for another family, and it would be kept in their refrigerator until they were ready to eat it, I decided to make boats rather than the bites that I usually do.

2 thick zucchini (pick ones that are relatively straight, so they cut easier!)
1 cup tomato sauce (or pesto, if you’d prefer a pesto sauce pizza. Recipe for pesto HERE– just cut the oil in 1/2 for pizza sauce)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
Any toppings you like- this recipe contained nitrate-free, local pepperoni slices

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Cut the zucchini in half, as pictured
Take a spoon and hallow-out the middle of the zucchini, leaving the ends in tact
(See picture, below)

* Keep both ends in tact, or your sauce and cheese will ooze out of your pizza boat as it cooks! *

Top with sauce
(I also like to put my toppings under the cheese, so my cheese gets nice and brown and the veggies/spices/meat flavors the sauce!)


Top with cheese and any other toppings you choose


Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until your cheese is golden brown


Enjoy! 🙂

Chicken Pizza Casserole

For me, the best part about pizza is the sauce, cheese and pepperoni! So why not just make a meal with those three ingredients, and throw in some organic pastured chicken thighs for some added protein? Kids love this dish, especially if you call it “Chicken Pizza Casserole!”

2 lbs. pastured chicken thighs (boneless are easier to use)
2 cups organic tomato sauce
(Any additional seasoning to add to tomato sauce- I used Italian seasonings and garlic powder)
A handful or so of sliced/chunked nitrate-free pepperoni
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 F
Place chicken in a casserole dish large enough for single-layers of chicken thighs

Raw Chicken Keirsten's Kitchen

Add pepperoni slices/chunks evenly over the chicken

Raw chicken and pepperoni Keirsten's Kitchen

Mix spices and tomato sauce together and pour over the chicken and pepperoni

tomato sauce, Italian seasonings and garlic for chicken pizza casserole

Ingredients for chicken pizza casserole

Spread the shredded mozzarella over the sauce

covered in cheese

Bake at 400 for approximately 45 minutes


Keirsten's Kitchen Chicken Pizza Casserole

Bacon, Burger and Eggs

Bacon, burgers and eggs, all in one pan! Sometimes I just don’t feel like doing the dishes… so I have learned to either wait until my boyfriend gets home to do them (hey, I cook, he cleans, right?) or I cook it all in one pan. This one was easy and delicious! And a quick clean-up! You’ll need a big pan…

6 strips of bacon
1 lb ground beef made into burgers
2 eggs
1/2 onion, cut
1 avocado
herbs/spices you prefer (I used everything in my refrigerator at the time, basically- sage, cilantro, parsley)

Cook the bacon and onions over medium heat for a couple of minutes before adding the burgers to the pan (no need to add oil or butter, but you can if you prefer)


Flip the burgers once cooked to desired wellness, continue to cook for a couple of minutes before adding anything else to the pan

Push the bacon and burgers to one side, leaving some fat in the other half of the pan

Crack the eggs and cook in the bacon/burger fat, adding any spices to the entire pan

Cover and let cook for a minute or two


Remove from the pan

Add avocado to your plate


*Pictured: added hot sauce


Eat and enjoy!

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Bacon-Wrapped Dates

8 slices of bacon, cut in half
5-6 dates
2-3 oz goat cheese
3 sprigs fresh rosemary


Preheat the oven to 375
Remove the pits from the dates
Separate the dates into 3 pieces


Put a few pieces of rosemary in each date, as pictured

dates and rosemary

Add goat cheese, as pictured

dates rosemary goat cheese

Cut the 8 bacon slices in half
Wrap each goat cheese-filled date with 1/2 slice bacon
Hold together with a toothpick

raw ready to bake

Bake at 375 for 17-20 minutes, depending on how well you like your bacon cooked
Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan

cooked dates 3

Serve and enjoy!


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