Lemon Herb Pork Tenderloin & Sautéed Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Another easy dinner to make in the slow cooker that takes very little prep time. We marinated the pork tenderloin with all the ingredients overnight in a ziplock bag, but it’s not necessary.  The brussels sprouts are great because I buy them at Trader Joe’s pre-shaved so they are ready to eat right out of the bag. 8-10 minutes and a little olive oil in a pan is all they need. Enjoy!

Lemon Herb Pork Tenderloin & Sautéed Shaved Brussels Sprouts
Lemon Herb Pork Tenderloin & Sautéed Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Shopping List

  • 2 lbs. of pork tenderloin (I get mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 lemon (or 2 if you want a little stronger lemon flavor)
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil (for the tenderloin)
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 bag of shaved brussels sprouts (I get the 10 oz. bag from Trader Joe’s and use about 70% of the bag for 2 people)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (for the brussels sprouts)
  • Camp Mix Original Seasoning (you can purchase here. You can also just use salt, pepper, and garlic salt)

Brussels Sprouts:

  • Preheat pan on stovetop on medium heat
  • Add 1 TBSP of olive oil to pan, making sure the entire bottom of the pan is coated
  • Add brussels sprouts and sprinkle with Camp Mix seasoning
  • Stir every few minutes to cook evenly
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned

Pork Tenderloin:

  • In a small bowl, zest the lemon (if you do not have a lemon zester I recommend this one HERE). Once the lemon is zested, cut in half and juice the lemon in the same bowl
  • Combine pork tenderloin, olive oil, lemon zest & juice, and rosemary in a large ziplock bag
  • Refrigerate and marinate overnight (If you are not marinating overnight, you can skip the ziplock bag and combine the ingredients directly in the slow cooker)
  • Place all the ingredients from the ziplock bag in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours

Chicken Cacciatore & Roasted Broccoli

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for awhile… hopefully this post is the first of many in 2017. This is the latest recipe my husband and I have tried, and we LOVED it.  My mom got us a new slow cooker for christmas and it did not disappoint (you can purchase HERE).  You’ll notice I left out the onions, garlic, mushrooms, and peppers that are in the traditional chicken cacciatore recipe, but they can easily be added in for flavor (I am a very picky eater so between my husband and I those are the ingredients one or both of us do not like). As always, this recipe is both gluten and dairy free. Enjoy!

Chicken Cacciatore & Roasted Broccoli
Chicken Cacciatore & Roasted Broccoli

Shopping List

  • 2 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (I get the Trader Joe’s organic 14.5 oz. can)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (I get the Trader Joe’s organic 15 oz. can)
  • 2 teaspoons oregano, diced (you can use fresh oregano, but I use the dried oregano found in the Trader Joe’s spice  section)
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil, diced (again, you can use fresh or dried)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (I used a Sauvignon Blanc from Trader Joe’s)
  • 12 oz. bag of organic broccoli florets (I get mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Camp Mix Original Seasoning (you can purchase here. You can also just use salt, pepper, and garlic salt)


  • Preheat oven to 415°
  • Line a cookie sheet with foil
  • In a large Ziploc bag, combine broccoli and 2 TBSP of olive oil. Close the bags and shake until oil is evenly distributed
  • Lay the broccoli on the cookie sheet and sprinkle camp mix evenly over all the florets
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes then serve

Chicken Cacciatore:

  • Place the chicken in the slow cooker. Cover with diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, white wine, oregano, basil, and bay leaf
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours (I cooked mine for 7 hours)



Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

This is one of the newer recipes we’ve tried. We originally made this dish on the stovetop with ground turkey, but I like the idea of cooking the meat in the crockpot to reduce the prep time. The recipe below serves 2-4 people (2-3 tacos each), but I’ve also doubled the recipe so we have leftover chicken to make tacos for our lunches throughout the week.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos & Homemade Guacamole
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos & Homemade Guacamole

Shopping List

  • 1 LB. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 3 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning (I get Trader Joe’s Taco Seasoning Mix)
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Chopped Tomato
  • Soft Corn Tortillas (I get Trader Joe’s Corn Tortillas that only have 3 ingredients; corn, lime and water)
  • Guacamole (you can find my homemade recipe HERE)
  • Salsa (optional) Recommendations are Trader Joe’s Salsa Autentica or Salsa Verde
  • Cheese (optional)
  • Chopped Cilantro (optional)
  • And… anything else you want to add to your taco!


  • Combine chicken broth and taco seasoning in a bowl and mix. Place the chicken in the slow cooker and pour the mixture over the chicken.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours
  • Using a fork, shred the chicken and place in serving bowl
  • Start with the soft corn tortilla and create your taco using your favorite ingredients! I like to add the chicken first, then top with lettuce, tomato, and guacamole. If you don’t care about going Dairy Free, you can add cheese too.

EASY Homemade Guacamole

The recipe below serves 2-3 people.  It’s very easy to double, triple, etc. to accommodate the number of servings needed.  This is a great recipe to make as a snack or to serve with other dishes (I’ll post great dishes to serve the guacamole with soon!).

Homemade Guacamole
Homemade Guacamole

Shopping List

  • 3 Ripe Avocados
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 large Tomato (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro (chopped)
  • Camp Mix seasoning (you can purchase here. You can also just use salt, pepper, and garlic salt… just use even quantities/shakes of each)


  • In a large bowl, combine the juice of 1 Lime, the chopped Tomato, 1/4 cup Cilantro, and about 5 shakes of Camp Mix
  • Slice the 3 Avocados in half and remove the seed from each.  With a fork, scoop the avocado out of the skin and put in the bowl.
  • Using the fork, smash up the avocado in the bowl while stirring it with the lime, tomato, and cilantro.  Sprinkle Camp Mix in (to taste) and stir.
  • Serve by itself with tortilla chips, on the side of a salad, or with tacos!

Putting Together a Formal Dining Room

When we bought our house in 2014, I was overwhelmed with the amount of time and money it was going to take to furnish our newly acquired 3,100 square feet. Before I started on the decor, I had the entire downstairs painted to fit my neutral color palette taste (I was not a fan of the red kitchen, purple living room, and green dining room). Once the paint dried I started work on our formal dining room. While it still needs a few more pieces to be completely finished, I’m happy with the progress so far. When starting with nothing, putting together a room can get very expensive and overwhelming. I spent hours on Pinterest, Houzzz, and home-furnishing websites (my favorites being West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, World Market, and Marshalls/TJMaxx/Home Goods). I decided on what pieces were worth the investment and which ones were okay with the inexpensive versions. I wish I had a better “Before” picture (this was from the realtor listing – it was from the previous owners but gives you an idea of the paint color and light fixture I started with)…

Dining Room - Before
Dining Room – Before

But I’m very pleased with the “After”…

Formal Dining Room


Kate Spade Table Runner, Anthropologie Lanterns, & World Market Candles
Kate Spade Table Runner, Anthropologie Lanterns, & World Market Candles


West Elm Expandable Dining Table, West Elm Overlapping Mirror, & Target Wingback Dining Chairs
West Elm Expandable Dining Table, West Elm Overlapping Mirror, & Target Wingback Dining Chairs


Formal Dining Room Picture Frames
Michael’s Gallery Float Wall Frames & Hampton Bay Crystal Chandelier

Paint Color – Sherwin Williams SW7650 Ellie Gray – Information HERE

Picking the paint color was easy… because I had help.  One of our friends told us about an in-home color consultant service Sherwin Williams offers and I loved the idea. You call your local Sherwin Williams store and schedule a 90-minute visit with one of their consultants.  It costs $95 but after the session you receive a $50 Sherwin Williams gift card to use on their paint; bringing the consulting service down to $45 (well worth the price considering picking out paint colors is very difficult if you’ve never done it before). Since I knew I would use the $50 gift card to buy Sherwin Williams paint anyway, that was an easy decision.  The lady came to our house and spent over an hour with me picking out the different colors to use in each room so they were complimentary and worked with the current lighting, floors, cabinets, etc.  She was very informative and by the end of the session we had a color palette for our entire house! You can find additional information about the service HERE.

West Elm Angled-Leg Expandable Dining Table – Purchase HERE

I probably spent the most time looking for this table.  It is the largest piece in the room and I wanted to make sure it was exactly what I wanted to make shopping for the rest of the room easier. I looked EVERYWHERE for my perfect table.  I looked at price and style, but also had an image in my head of exactly what I wanted.  I wanted one that was expandable so I had the option to sit up to 8-10 people.  I also wanted one that wasn’t too modern or too traditional; I like clean lines and simple.  At $699 I thought it was a great price but I also used a 15% off coupon which helped with the cost of tax and delivery.

Target Charlie Modern Wingback Dining Chair in Beige (Set of 2) – Purchase HERE

When I found the dining table at West Elm, I fell in love with how they styled the room around it.  I loved the look they did below, but purchasing these chairs was going to cost more than not only the table, but the entire room!  I wanted to have seating for 8 and I wanted the leather version of the chairs for durabilty purposes so that put the price tag of 8 chairs at $3200 (they are sold for $398 for a set of 2).  I do have to note that I’ve seen these chairs in store and they are much nicer than the ones I’ve bought, but for the price I couldn’t justify the purchase.  I ended up finding VERY similar chairs at Target for MUCH cheaper.  A set of 2 of the Charlie Modern Wingback Chair is only $199 and Target is always having sales on top of that incredible price. If you use the Target REDCard you get an additional 5% off your purchase making them an even better deal!  Target also offers free shipping on orders of $25+ and free returns to stores.



Home Depot Hampton Bay Crystal Chandelier – Purchase HERE

I knew the light was going to make a huge difference to the look of the room.  I wish I could tell you I put a lot of thought into it, but this was probably the easiest purchase I made.  Long story short… I was looking at getting a very simple pendent light, nothing fancy.  I took my sisters and nieces to Home Depot to show them one similar I saw at Crate & Barrel and my 4 year old niece saw the crystal chandelier and said “get that one”.  We laughed at first but then actually took her seriously.  I never considered a crystal chandelier because I didn’t think it fit with the decor I was going for, but it has ended up being one of my favorite pieces in the room!  The price was $199, which after looking at others I found to be a very good deal, but I was also able to get an additional 10% off.  I had a Lowe’s 10% off moving coupon and since Home Depot accepts competitor’s coupons, I was able to save an additional $20 and got it for $180+ tax.

West Elm Overlapping Square Mirrors – Purchase HERE

I’ve been looking at this mirror for over a year now, but at $399 I couldn’t justify the purchase.  I shop at Home Goods weekly and saw mirrors in the $100-$200 range that I thought were okay, but never saw one I liked as much as this one.  West Elm had a one-day flash sale a few weeks ago and this mirror was marked down to $199 just for the day.  It was still a little more than I wanted to spend for a wall piece, but I took a chance and purchased it anyway. I knew I would regret not getting it and figured it was worth spending a little bit more to get exactly what I wanted.  BONUS… it was VERY easy to hang with the hardware they provided!

Kate Spade “In the Loop French” Table Runner – Purchase HERE

I wanted something very simple for the centerpiece.  I don’t like unneccessary decor, but I needed something to soften the giant brown table in the middle of the room.  I also wanted something that could be used year round. When I found this Kate Spade table runner at Home Goods for $14.99 (it’s also available on Amazon), I knew it was a good place to start. I loved the color and print… and it’s also reversible!

Anthropologie Banded Lanterns  – Purchase HERE

I had the same thought with these lanterns as I did with the table runner when I saw them. They were simple, functional, and could be used year round so I thought they were perfect.  I purchased 3 of them when Anthropologie was offering an additional 40% sale items, so my total cost was less than $25.  Anthropologie can be pricey, but their quality and decor is great, so I was very pleased when I found these treasures.

World Market Peruvian White Tuberose Pillar Candle (I got the 3×3 size) – Purchase HERE

These candles are the perfect size for the lanterns I purchased.  I’m using the light pink ones right now but i’ll probably buy different colors for the different seasons.  They also smell fabulous!

Michael’s Champagne Gallery Float Wall Frames (I got one 11 x 14 matted to 8 x 10 and two 10 x 16 matted to 5 x 7)- Purchase HERE

I loved these frames!  The champagne color goes perfectly with both brushed nickel and antique brass (both of which I have in my house).  Plus, Michael’s frames are very reasonably priced and they are always having sales and coupons.  I got the 11×14 frame for $10 and the 10×16 frame for $12!  Regularly $24.99 and $29.99, they were 50% off ($12.49 and $14.99) and I had a coupon for an additional 20% off my purchase!   You can find Michael’s coupons directly on their website HERE.

Frontgate Freestanding Mesh Pet Gate – Purchase HERE

I actually bought 2 of these pet gates before we moved in because I have 2 long-haired Chihuahuas and didn’t want them to escape out the front door. When we lived in our apartment I always used the plastic baby gates to block off the dogs, but I didn’t like the look of them and hated that they had to be connected to the wall. The opening to the dining room is very wide and it would be hard to find something that blocked off the entire space.  The gate fits the functionality I was looking for without having to ruin the freshly painted walls.


It took about a year to put the dining room together this far, but I’m really happy with the results!  It is the first room I’ve put together from scratch and loved the process.  I have so much fun walking around Home Goods on the weekend trying to find pieces to complete the room.  Right now, I’ve moved on to our Home Office and I’m excited with how it is progressing. Once I have that room finished I’ll post the final result!

Ground Turkey Marinara & Baked Broccoli and Sugar Snap Peas

Another easy weekday meal to make! The recipe below serves two, but you can easily double the recipe if you have guests.  We sometimes add “toppings” to this meal; my husband like to sprinkle his with cheese (he puts the cheese in between the meat and the sauce so it melts nicely) and I like to sprinkle red pepper flakes on mine to add some spice.  Enjoy!

Ground Turkey with Marinara & Baked Broccoli and Sugar Snap Peas
Ground Turkey Marinara & Baked Broccoli and Sugar Snap Peas


Shopping List

  • 1 LB. Ground Turkey (I get Trader Joe’s All Natural Ground Turkey)
  • 2-3 Cups of Marinara Sauce (I get Trader Joe’s Organic No Salt Added Marinara Sauce)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups Broccoli Florets
  • 2 Cups Sugar Snap Peas
  • Oregano (to taste)
  • Camp Mix Original Seasoning (you can purchase here. You can also just use salt, pepper, and garlic salt)

Broccoli and Sugar Snap Peas:

  • Preheat oven to 415°
  • Line a cookie sheet with foil
  • In a large Ziploc bag, combine broccoli, sugar snap peas, and 2 TBSP of olive oil. Close the bag and shake until oil is evenly distributed
  • Lay the broccoli and peas on the cookie sheet and sprinkle camp mix evenly over all the vegetables
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes then serve

Ground Turkey Marinara:

To cook the turkey,

  • Preheat large pan on stovetop on medium heat (I use this pan HERE).
  • Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray (I get the Trader Joe’s Olive Oil Spray) and put meat in pan
  • Using spatula, chop up the meat into small “ground up” pieces, stirring occasionally
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes to get browned and cooked evenly

To heat the marinara sauce,

  • Put a small sauce pan on stovetop on med-low heat
  • Put the 2-3 cups of marinara sauce in the pan and cover (as it gets hotter it will “pop” making the sauce splatter)
  • Sprinkle in Oregano and Camp Mix to taste (I usually do 4-5 shakes of each) and stir occasionally until hot

Gluten Free Vegetable Pasta Salad

This is a great dish to make for a party or to use as a side throughout the week. I make a large bowl on Sunday and eat it with lunch throughout the week.  It’s a great side to eat with burgers, salads, sandwiches, or even by itself!  The recipe below lists out the vegetables I regularly use, but you can easily swap out or add any of your favorite vegetables (I think asparagus and/or sugar snap peas would be great additions). Try mixing it up with different vegetables each time you make it.

Gluten Free Vegetable Pasta Salad
Gluten Free Vegetable Pasta Salad

Shopping List

  • 1 lb. (16 oz.) Rice Pasta (I use Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice Penne Pasta)
  • 1 English Cucumber (chopped)
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Broccoli (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Carrots (shredded or chopped)
  • 1 bottle (8 oz.) Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add bag of rice pasta and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally for 8-10 minutes (until al dente)
  • Pour pasta & water in colander over the sink to drain (I use this one HERE)
  • Add 1 TBSP Olive Oil to the drained pasta and stir (rice pasta can get sticky and clump together so I’ve found that the olive oil helps it from sticking together)
  • Once the pasta is cooled, combine/stir in a large bowl with the tomatoes, chopped cucumber, broccoli, and carrots
  • Add about 1/2 of the bottle of dressing and stir until mixed evenly (if you are serving immediately you can add the entire bottle of dressing but if not, I like to wait to add the rest of the dressing until right before it is served)
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve



Gluten Free Bacon, Egg, Tomato, & Arugula Breakfast Sandwich

This sandwich is perfect for a weekend breakfast. It’s also great to make when you have guests. It is easy to make one or several depending on the occasion.  And I love that I can make it Gluten and Dairy Free!  When I make this for others I give the option to add melted cheese, but I always omit it from mine to keep it dairy free.  I’ve also used smashed up avocado as the spread instead of the mayo if you’d like to try that version.  Enjoy!

Bacon, Egg, Tomato & Arugula Breakfast Sandwich
Bacon, Egg, Tomato & Arugula Breakfast Sandwich


Shopping List

  • Udi’s Gluten Free Sandwich Bread (I buy the large loaf at either Costco or in the frozen section at Target… that is where I have found it the cheapest)
  • 1 Egg (per sandwich)
  • 2 pieces of bacon (per sandwich)
  • 1 Roma Tomato sliced (I use 1/2 a tomato per sandwich so if you are making 4 sandwiches you’ll need 2 tomatoes)
  • Arugula
  • Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo (you can purchase on Amazon HERE or directly on their website HERE)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Any slice or shredded Cheese (omit if you want to keep it Dairy Free)


To cook the bacon,

  • Preheat oven to 415º (I like to make my bacon in the oven to avoid the splatter mess and the extra work it takes to monitor on the stovetop)
  • Line a baking sheet (with sides) with aluminum foil and put a single layer of bacon on the foil (I cook 2 pieces of bacon per sandwich)
  • Bake the bacon for 10 minutes and then flip.  Put back in the oven for an additional 6-8 minutes (until crispy).
  • Remove bacon from foil and put on a plate covered with paper towels to absorb the grease

To cook the egg,

  • Preheat small pan on stovetop on medium heat
  • Spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray (I use Trader Joe’s Olive Oil Spray)
  • Crack egg into small bowl and scramble. Pour scrambled egg into pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side
  • If you are going to add cheese to the sandwich, add the cheese on top of the egg after it’s flip the first time so it melts nicely

Now that the bacon and egg are cooked you can assemble the sandwich…

  • Lightly toast the Udi’s bread
  • Spread Chipotle Lime Mayo (or smashed avocado) on both pieces of toast
  • On one piece of toast, layer egg, bacon (I split each piece of bacon in half so it fits on the bread), arugula, and tomato (I put cracked pepper on top of the tomato for flavor)
  • Top with second piece of toast and enjoy!

Hot Kale Recipe

This is one of my favorite things to make (and eat).  Growing up, my grandma would make different versions of this (Hot Lettuce, Endive, Dandelion, etc.) and it was always one of my favorite dishes. Basically, you can make this recipe with any leafy green, but the reason I use Kale is because it doesn’t get as soggy once the hot dressing is poured over it (and I can buy a bag already pre-cut at Trader Joe’s). AND… it is naturally Gluten and Dairy Free!  In my grandma’s original recipe, she would chop up a small white onion to add, but since I don’t eat onion I omit that from mine.  If you like onion, it will only add to the flavor!

Hot Kale

Shopping List

  • 10 oz. Kale (I buy the 10 oz. Trader Joe’s bag pre-cut)
  • 6 pieces of Bacon (chopped)
  • 1 small Russet Potato
  • 3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup Potato Water (I’ll explain below…)



  • Put pre-cut Kale into large mixing/serving bowl
  • Fill medium pot with water and turn on high heat to boil on stovetop
  • Peel potato and cut into small pieces. Once the water is boiling, put the potato into the water and boil for 10-12 minutes
  • Remove the potato from the pot using a skimmer spoon (I use this one HERE).  KEEP THE WATER in the pot that cooked the potato (this will be used later to make the dressing), just move to the side
  • Using a fork, mash the potato up into fine pieces. Put mashed potato on top of the Kale in the large bowl
  • Chop 6 pieces of bacon into thin pieces and cook on stovetop on medium heat (stirring occasionally)
  • Once the bacon is done cooking, using the skimmer spoon to remove bacon from pan. Leave the pan on the stove WITH the bacon grease it in (this will be used later to make the dressing)
  • In the pan used to cook the bacon, combine 3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 1/4 cup Potato Water to the existing bacon grease. Turn on high heat to boil, stirring with skimmer spoon occasionally
  • Once boiling, pour over kale and potato in the large bowl and stir until mixed together
  • Sprinkle bacon pieces on top and serve (this recipe serves 4-6 people)




Crockpot BBQ Chicken & Sautéed Cabbage

This is one of the easiest meals we make! It uses very few ingredients and the prep time is very little because the chicken is cooked in the crockpot.

Crockpot BBQ Chicken & Sautéed Cabbage
Crockpot BBQ Chicken & Sautéed Cabbage


Shopping List

  • 1-2lbs. of Boneless Skinless Chicken (this depends on how many people you are feeding or if you want leftovers. To give you an idea, 1lb. of chicken feeds myself and husband with 2 leftover meals).
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 cup Water
  • BBQ Sauce (I buy the Stubbs Original BBQ Sauce- we use this sauce because it only has 4g of sugar per serving).
  • 1 bag (10oz.) of shredded Cabbage (I get the bag at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Camp Mix

Sautéed Cabbage:

  • Preheat pan on stovetop on medium heat
  • Add 1 1/2 TBSP Olive Oil to pan, making sure the entire bottom of the pan is coated
  • Add shredded Cabbage to the pan and sprinkle with Camp Mix for seasoning
  • Using cooking tongs, stir cabbage every few minutes
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes (until cabbage is soft and slightly browned)

BBQ Chicken:

  • Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup vinegar in crockpot.  I use this crockpot HERE.
  • Add the chicken to the crockpot and turn on low heat
    (If you are using the same crockpot as mine, set it for 10 hours… which is the lowest heat. It doesn’t take the full 10 hours to cook, it’s done after about 5 hours, but it doesn’t hurt to cook for up to 10.  You can put it on in the morning or before work and have it ready when you get home. Personally, I am able to go home for lunch so I put the chicken on at 12:00 and eat around 5:45. The nice thing about this crockpot is that it turns to “warm” after the 10 hours so it stays hot until you are ready to serve).
  • Once cooked, remove all liquid from the crockpot, leaving only the chicken (which should be very tender)
  • Using a fork, shred the chicken until it is pulled apart into stringy pieces
  • Add BBQ sauce and stir until mixed evenly and all the chicken is coated (for every 1lb. of chicken I use a 1/2 a bottle of BBQ sauce)