Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Italian Herb Chicken Bites #SauteExpress #WeekdaySupper

Italian Stir-Fry

Another week is moving by quickly and we have a full schedule. I have decided to run for our local school board and there are meetings often to get to know the people and talk about voter concerns. When we get home I still want to make sure my girls are getting healthy meals and into bed on time. This can only happen if meals are fast. We found another one everyone loves that is on the table in less than 30 minutes.


Italian Herb Chicken Bites (or Italian Stir Fry for the toddler crowd)

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cube Italian Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter
  • 1/2 cup dry brown rice
  • 1 cup frozen corn
Place rice and 1 cup water in a rice cooker or pan on the stovetop. Cook until tender. Melt the Italian Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter in a medium skillet. Add chicken and cook on medium heat until chicken cooked through, around 5-8 minutes. Get someone to stir while you do the dishes or surf the web. After chicken is cooked add corn to the pan and stir. Once rice is finished add it to the skillet as well. Stir until everything is coated in the yummy Italian Herbs. Serve in bowls with chop sticks. If this was an Asian stir-fry I would recommend a miso soup or egg-drop soup. As it is maybe an Minestrone?


This meal came together in 20 minutes because we used brown rice instead of white rice and it pushed the cooking time up a minute. We had food on the table and getting into the girls less than 30 minutes after walking into the door. 

Such an easy job.

Tomato 'stashe!

The girls have a lot of fun cooking these simple, tasty meals. They get to do so much and it is empowering. You should get a box for your family to save you on those nights when there is no time.

For more recipe ideas check out Family Foodie to see many other easy #WeekdaySupper meals.

Sauté Express® Sauté Starter is available in four delicious flavors:
  • Garlic & Herb – Families love the flavor combination of garlic and herb. The irresistible aroma will draw families to the table, while the mouth-watering taste will have them asking for seconds.
  • Italian Herb – The seasoning is an easy way to add Italian flavor to ordinary chicken, and it also turns everyday Italian into something special.
  • Savory Butter & Olive Oil – The combination of butter and olive oil is a simple and wholesome way to put a new twist on your family’s favorite meals.
  • Lemon Pepper – The splash of lemon and a hint of black pepper is perfect for fish or other light dishes.
Follow our #WeekdaySupper with Sauté Express® Sauté Starter Pinterest Board  and you will be inspired by our recipes!

Disclosure: I received a full-value coupon redeemable for Sauté Express® Sauté Starter for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.



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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Savory Butter and Olive Oil Pork Chops #SautéExpress #SundaySupper



How many of you need more ideas for fast, tasty weeknight meals? I know we do. With a part-time working mom, more than full-time working dad, and two young girls with a lot of activities we are a family on the go. That means dinners are either drive through or quick prep. I vote for the second. But our family is tired of the same bland meals each week. That is why I am happy to share that Land O Lakes® has created a simple and tasty product to help.

The product is called Sauté Express® Sauté Starter and it takes the work out of the main dish. We used Savory Butter and Olive Oil to make a tasty pork chop meal and had it on the table in 15 minutes.

Sauté Express® Savory Butter and Olive Oil Pork Chops
  • 4 thin cut boneless pork chops
  • 2 cubes Land O Lakes® Savory Butter and Olive Oil
  • 1 cup dry egg noodles
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Heat water for egg noodles on the stove. Place Savory Butter and Olive Oil cubes in a medium skillet to melt. Once melted add pork chops. Cook pork chops 4-6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink in the middle. Once water is boiling add egg noodles and cook for 8-10 minutes until done to your liking. Heat the peas on the stove or in the microwave. Remove pork chop from the skillet and place on a plate to serve. Drain noodles once cooked and then toss in the remaining sauce in the skillet. Serve pork chop whole or cut up for the younger set. Peas can be tossed in or on the side.

Add cubes.

Melt. Add meat.

Pour noodles in boiling water, stir.

Heat peas in microwave.

Yummy, home-cooked meal on the table in minutes.

Mom, I can't get the noodles on my fork. I'll eat pork instead.


This was such a simple meal that Audrey was able to perform most tasks involved. Ballerina outfit not required.

Audrey’s Tasks:
  1. Place cubes in skillet and melt
  2. Place pork in skillet
  3. Add noodles and stir
  4. Toss noodles in sauce
  5. Cook peas

Mom’s Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Turn on the stove
  3. Assist Audrey
  4. Turn pork chops
  5. Drain noodles

This simple product tasks all of the guess work out of what to make for dinner. There are four delicious flavors: Garlic & Herb, Italian Herb, Savory Butter & Olive Oil and Lemon Pepper so there is one that is perfect for your family. Simply melt the cube and add fresh chicken, fish, pork, or shrimp for a fast tasty meal.

Find more fabulous ideas here:

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We came home from Audrey’s ballet class at 6:30 PM and had to get dinner cooked and the girls in bed by 7:30 PM. The only way we were able to pull that off and still feed the family a health meal was with the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. Give it a try yourself and see what I am raving about.

Land O Lakes® is giving away coupons for free product so you can try and be as amazed as we are at how simple a tasty meal can be. Leave me a comment about your biggest challenge to getting the family around the table. Then you should visit all of the other #SundaySupper bloggers this week to check out their recipes and enter to win a coupon from them!



Sauté Express® Chicken Recipes:
Chicken Florentine Pasta by Supper for a Steal
Garlic and Herb Chicken Fettuccine by in the Kitchen with KP
Italian Chicken Pasta Wrap by Big Bears Wife
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas by That Skinny Chick can bake
Shells with Chicken and Pancetta by The Foodie Army Wife
Garlic and Herb Chicken Pasta Toss by Ruffles & Truffles

Sauté Express® Fish and Seafood Recipes:
Easy Cajun Shrimp Pilaf by Daily Dish Recipes
Crabmeat stuffed Flounder Roulades by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Blackened Tilapia Po’ Boys by Juanita’s Cocina

Sauté Express® Ham and Pork Recipes:
Ham and Vegetable Frittata by Magnolia Days
Savory Butter and Olive Oil Pork Chops by In the Kitchen with Audrey
We have a special Pinterest Board to Showcase #WeekdaySupper with Sauté Express® Sauté Starter we will feature a new recipe every day for the next month.

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.


Disclosure: I received a full-value coupon redeemable for Sauté Express® Sauté Starter for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.

  

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Oven Baked Chicken #SundaySupper #RetroRecipes

Chicken is a favorite in our home. My girls have never had an aversion to meat so, since I don't eat beef, chicken is our main protein source. We have a few favorite ways to eat it and one of them is our healthier answer to fried chicken. It has all of the flavor with much less fat.

One of the reasons we enjoy this recipe is that it cooks up fast. We use boneless thighs and most times cook in the microwave so our "Oven Fried Chicken" is neither friend nor cooked in the oven anymore. With glass baking dishes this is an easy meal. The girls also, love to use the food processor to make fresh bread crumbs for the coating.

Nothing more fun than the food processor.

This is also a versatile dish so we can use what we have on hand. Sometimes we add Parmesan cheese, others more dried herbs or wheat germ. Here is the basic recipe:

  • boneless chicken thighs (or breasts if you are wanting to reduce fat)
  • dried bread crumbs, stale bread, or crushed crackers
  •  Italian herbs
  • optional ingredients: Parmesan cheese or wheat germ
If you are using a leaner cut of meat you will need a fat as well such as butter or olive oil. We long since stopped using it because we like the thigh meat and it is higher in fat. To make this recipe gluten free you could also use ground up oats.

Place chicken in a large bowl with a lid or a zip-top bag. Add fat, if using and toss to coat. In a small bowl mix bread crumbs with a few teaspoons of your favorite herbs. We like basil, rosemary, and thyme. Also add in a dash of salt and fresh ground black pepper. Add any optional ingredients like cheese or wheat germ now. Pour bread crumb mixture over chicken and seal. Shake to coat. Place chicken in a glass baking dish and cook in the microwave on high for 10-15 minutes. You might need to add more time with larger cuts of meat such as breast. Use a meat thermometer.

Stir in that cheese!
We never follow an exact recipe and usually switch things up and this dish is always a hit. You can cut your chicken into bite-size pieces before coating to make it more kid friendly. 

Anyone can operate the microwave!

This is a great answer to the traditional fried-chicken dish. It tastes just a juicy without near the fat. Play with the recipe to make it your own and then enjoy it often as we do!

The #SundaySupper team is also bringing you retro-recipes this week. Check out what they are making!

Sunday Supper Retro Appetizers:
Sunday Supper Retro Salads:
Sunday Supper Retro Breads and Sandwiches:
SundaySupper Main Dishes:
Sunday Supper Retro Sides and Veggies:
Sunday Supper Retro Desserts and Cocktails:

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.
Speaking of Retro, I found this old photo of the girls sprinkling the bread crumb mixture on top of the chicken before baking. Even the shaking is optional, just coat the chicken and go!

Look how young they are!

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Oat Muffins #SundaySupper

Happy Birthday #SundaySupper! The team is celebrating the first anniversary of an amazing movement to get the family back around the dinner table at least once a week. It has been a fabulous year and to celebrate we are making a recipe from one of our favorite members, Sunithi, a Registered Dietitian and creator of all things yummy. Her site, Sue's Nutrition Buzz has tons of healthy and tasty recipes the entire family can enjoy. We know you will love what she is all about because we want to make all of the recipes on her site. 

Showing me she was done cracking the eggs!

This week we tackled her gluten free pumpkin muffins and could not be happier. The recipe is a little different because it does not use traditional flour and there is not rising agent. I had Maurene as  my assistant this time and she had so much fun cracking eggs and pouring ingredients into the mixer that it was time to scoop the muffins into the pan before I realized we did not put any baking powder in the mix. It was not missed. These muffins are so flavorful and moist that you will want to eat three (the girl's daddy did).

Helping add the yummy brown sugar.

Check out Sue's Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Oat Muffins with Craisins & Walnuts for the complete recipe. Her pictures are better than mine as well because I doubt she had a three year old filling the muffin tins. Our muffins were strange blobs in the tins because I did not go back after Maurene plopped them in to the tins to even out the batter. Since they have no rising agent and were a dense batter they stayed where she put them while baking. No matter, they were scrumptious.

Just a sprinkle of oats on top.

We invited friends over to share the #SundaySupper joy with us this week so you get rare pictures of me as well as Maurene this time.

Some of our blog friends decided to celebrate #SundaySupper turning one this week as well. They all selected a recipe by another member to make. Here are their choices:


Sunday Supper Appetizers:
 Sunday Supper Soups and Breads:
 Sunday Supper Main Dishes: 
Sunday Supper Veggies: 
Sunday Supper Desserts and Snacks: 
 Sunday Supper Breakfast Faves:
Sunday Supper Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.
Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here → Sunday Supper Movement.


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