Friday, July 31, 2015

store bought favorite: green pan









I was at Costco the other day and noticed these pans were on sale ($7 off!).  I've been disappointed with the Calphalon set we got years ago for our wedding (talk about disappointing- they are pricey and we'd heard they're the best!) so I decided to try these.  It's Costco- you can return anything that doesn't work for you so what's the worry?!  My daughter wanted to make herself an omelet this afternoon for a snack.  She sang its praises like nobody's business.  No butter or oil in the pan, nothing!  And the omelet was cooked to perfection.  It really is a "healthy ceramic non-stick"!  I'd have to double check my receipt but you can get this two pan set right now at Costco for about $32.  If you need new pans, go for it!
(This same set is at Amazon for 56.48 plus 7.49 shipping.)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

store bought favorite: 3 citrus garlic marinade with fresh cilantro










Am I lazy?  Nope.  Just realistic.  I love these pouches.  Super easy, inexpensive and tasty.  This one is great, like the others!

frontera 3 citrus garlic marinade with fresh garlic
marinate chicken for 30 or more minutes then fire up the grill!
serve with warm tortillas, chopped onion, cilantro and salsa
or serve with warm rice 

all natural, no preservatives, no gluten ingredients used
2.5 grams fat per serving, 2 carbs, less than 1 gram sugar

Monday, July 27, 2015

store bought favorite: frontera roasted garlic chicken skillet sauce with chipotle+lime










You really must try this simmer sauce.  It's delicious and super flavorful.  It's hard to even think of a dish that tastes like it because the flavor is so original, at least to my taste buds.  I've tried this brand of sauces before and have enjoyed them so I was excited to see this particular kind at Market of Choice when I stopped in for an assortment of curry pastes.  I think this packet cost about $2.39 on sale.  A bargain!  Roast some asparagus, summer squash and onions and you have yourself a mighty fine meal.

store bought favorite: frontera roasted garlic chicken skillet sauce with chipotle + lime
Ready in 15 minutes!
You'll need 1 pouch Frontera Roasted Garlic Chicken Skillet Sauce
4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 1 1/2 pounds (I filleted mine)
olive oil

Season chicken with Pappy's herbed garlic or salt.  Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chicken in a single layer.  Cook, turning, until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.  Pour sauce over chicken.  Simmer 2-5 minutes.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

thai green curry chicken













My husband requested thai green curry chicken for dinner this week so I hopped to it.  We went out for Thai food last week so I was excited to give it a try.  It was great!

thai green curry chicken (adapted from allrecipes.com)
3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 tablespoons green curry paste
2 green onions with tops, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1/2 container fresh stir fry veggies from Trader Joe's (or chop your favorites)
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
2 cups coconut milk (I used light)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons white sugar (I used 1 tablespoon Splenda)
1/2 cup cilantro leaves

Toss chicken first in 1 tablespoon soy sauce then in flour, coating pieces evenly.  Heat oil in a large wok over medium high heat.  Place chicken in the wok, cook and stir chicken until browned, about 5 minutes.  Remove chicken.
Reduce heat to medium and stir in curry paste.  Cook for 1 minute until fragrant then stir in green onions, garlic and ginger; cook 2 minutes.  Return chicken to the skillet and add the vegetables stirring to cat with the curry mixture.  Stir the coconut milk, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and sugar into the mixture.  Allow to simmer for 20 minutes until the chicken is tender.  Serve with cilantro leaves or cook them in the mixture.

Monday, July 13, 2015

orange julius













A couple weeks ago I pulled up to my friend Shonda's house to pick up my kids and all of our kids were lined up on the top step of the front porch sitting and sipping orange julius's out of canning jars with striped straws.  The whole scene could've made the cover of Country Living.  Our orange julius's that I made last night weren't as cute and we slurped them around the kitchen table.  BUT,  they were a huge hit especially with my husband who hadn't had one in years.  He raved about this recipe.  What I love is that the ingredients are simple and I usually have them on hand.  An easy way to please a family!!

orange julius (my friend Shonda)
6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1-2 cups ice (I used 2 cups)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Blend and serve!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

stuffed peppers with shredded chicken and green chiles

















Oh how my photography skills just do not exist.  Since you can't tell from these photos, let me just tell you that these stuffed peppers are beautiful and just what I wanted for dinner tonight.  I love the simplicity of this dish.  I wondered the peppers would be flavorful enough and if I'd have to top them with lots of salsa but I enjoyed the simplicity and natural flavors of this dish.  It was perfect.

stuffed peppers with shredded chicken and green chiles (adapted from Muy Bueno Cookbook)
1 tablespoon olive oil (I used water)
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 (4.5 ounce) chopped green chiles
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
4 bell peppers, your choice of color
1/2 cup shredded cheese
guacamole, for garnish, optional

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat oil in a large skillet (I used a little water instead).  Add onions and cook about 2 minutes.  Add green chile and tomato and stir for another 2 minutes.  Add shredded chicken and stir until ingredients are well combined and warm.  Set aside.Rinse the peppers.  Cut them in half and remove the white flesh and seeds.  Pour 1/4 inch water into 9x13 baking dish.  Stuff each pepper with chicken filling, top with cheese and place in the baking dish.  Bake for about 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let rest for about 5 minutes.  Plate 1 pepper per plate (I ate two!) and top with fresh guacamole if desired.




white chocolate dipped waffle cones









For not having big plans leading up to the 4th of July, it turned out to be super fun thanks to some great friends who invited us over for fireworks and vanilla bean ice cream served in these festive waffle cones that they dip every year.  What a great tradition!  This would be a great alternative to birthday cake at birthday parties- oh the crumbs and all the little feet that step on them!!

white chocolate dipped waffle cones (my friend Shonda)
waffle cones
white chocolate, melted
sprinkles

Dip the edges of the waffle cones into melted white chocolate.  Decorate with sprinkles!  Let set on wax paper.