Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

I can’t wait to try this recipe from Kate.  She is fantastic at coming up with slow cooker recipes.  That works out great, because she’s also the one who puts together our Slow Cooker version of Weekly Meal Plans.

We’ve been in a huge take-out rut for most of the summer. There’s been so much going on that it’s been easier to grab something while we’re out and about than to try to work in time to cook. The Eat at Home Challenge was a great reminder that I can do better for my family – so I doubled-down my efforts to actually plan. One of the things I started playing with after the challenge were at-home versions of some of our take-out favorites.

Peanut chicken from our local Thai place is always a huge hit. It took me a few tries to get a sauce that was close but I finally hit on a version we love! And this takes even less effort than getting in the car and driving to the Thai place. Truly a win-win!

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Ready to make your own Thai take-out at home? Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

Serves: 6 serving

Ingredients
  • 2½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup teriyaki glaze
  • 2 Tbsp. champagne vinegar, rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • Brown rice, for serving
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken in the slow cooker. Top with the sliced peppers.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, coconut milk, teriyaki glaze, vinegar and red pepper. Pour over the chicken and toss to coat.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. Remove chicken to a cutting board and shred. Whisk peanut butter into the sauce remaining in the slow cooker, until smooth. Return chicken to the slow cooker and toss to coat. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  5. Serve chicken and peppers over rice.

Kate is a home cook and new mom  from New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

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Boneless Pork Chops and Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner

Chipotle pork chop sheet pan dinner

 

I really like using these thin cut boneless pork chops.  They’re relatively inexpensive (groceries are getting crazy high in price!), they’re versatile and easy to use.  I need to do a post with lots of different ways to cook with these chops.

I’ve made this sheet pan dinner several times now.  It’s easy and it cooks in just about 30 minutes or a bit less.

To keep the prep quick, I used very small potatoes that didn’t require any chopping.  The green beans took longer to prep.  Brussels sprouts would work well and might be quicker.  Or try slices of cabbage.

One benefit to using thin cut pork chops is that they cook in the same amount of time the vegetables need. With a thicker cut of meat, you would need to put the meat in first and then add the veggies to the pan later.  This way it all goes in at the same time.

I have a really big sheet pan that I bought at Walmart.  I love it, because it fits a whole meal for a family.  My sheet pan is similar to this one.  If you don’t have a large pan, use two regular sized ones.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this meal.  Keep in mind that the veggies and seasonings can be swapped for other things.

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This time I used McCormick’s Smokehouse Maple seasoning on the chops.  I love this stuff!  We flew through the first container of it and when I saw it in the store, I grabbed another.

I kept the seasoning on the veggies simple with kosher salt and black pepper.  Sometimes I like to sprinkle McCormick’s Montreal Steak seasoning over everything though.  That’s another favorite for my family.

Boneless Pork Chops and Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner

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Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
  • olive oil
  • 3-4 cups small potatoes or chopped potatoes
  • 3-4 cups green beans, trimmed and cleaned
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 lbs. boneless thin cut pork chops
  • Smokehouse Maple seasoning or other seasoning blend
Instructions
  1. Brush one large or two small rimmed baking sheets with olive oil.
  2. Toss potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Add them to a section of the pan.
  3. Toss green beans with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Add them to a section of the pan.
  4. Brush pork chops with olive oil and place in the remaining space on the pan. Sprinkle chops with seasoning.
  5. Place pan in a 425 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until meat is cooked through and potatoes are tender.

 

 

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No Heat Dinners

No Heat Dinners to keep the kitchen cool

When I was little, we didn’t have central air in our house. My parents had a window unit air conditioner in their bedroom window that cooled their room and the short hallway to a bedroom my sister and I shared. During one especially hot summer, we would set up the card table in the bedroom to eat. It was just too hot to eat in the kitchen.

And the meal of choice was Chef Salad. Cool iceburg lettuce, chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, lunch meat, sliced American cheese all topped with Seven Seas Green Goddess dressing or maybe Russian dressing.

Side note: Remember that Green Goddess Dressing from the 70s? I think it disappeared for a while, but now Kraft is selling it. I haven’t tried it since I was little.

Chef salad still makes a great dinner on a hot evening, but there are some other good no-heat meals too.  Here are a few that will keep you and the kitchen cool.

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Gazpacho

This cold soup is full of garden veggies.  It’s a great way to use all that zucchini!

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Tomato Sandwich

Admittedly, this is a pretty light meal for dinner.  But if you’ve got garden fresh tomatoes, what else do you really need in life?

Peach Chutney Chicken Salad

Peach Chutney Chicken Salad

This 15 minute recipe calls for using homemade peach chutney that you’ve already frozen.  You can skip that and use store-bought chutney instead.  Or go for this Chicken Salad recipe with grapes and pecans.  Use rotisserie chicken to keep it cool and quick.  (The photos on that post are old and not great, but the recipe is wonderful.)

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Summer Time Tuna Salad

There’s no mayo in this version.  Instead the tuna is served over sliced avocado with plenty of tomatoes and other goodies.  This is one of my favorites!  It’s quick and easy to make too.

What are your favorite no-heat dinners to beat the sweltering summer heat?

 

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Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pasta

The Eat at Home Challenge is off to a great start! Nearly 1800 people have joined.  I’m doing the challenge right along with everyone else, but last week I was sick all week.  Summer isn’t supposed to be for viruses, but this one sure did lay me flat!  It’s put me a little behind and made the Eat at Home Challenge a bit more challenging for my family.  We haven’t eaten perfectly planned meals, but we have eaten.  Fingers crossed that this week is better!

Today, we’ve got a recipe from Kate.  This one looks fantastic!

I know the summer stereotype is lazy days but my summers are always busy. The longer days always seem to keep us out and about later, which often means less time to make dinner. This pasta has been one of my favorites so far this summer. It’s a recreation of something I got at a local café and it comes together in about fifteen minutes. If you cook the pasta the night before, you can have it on the table in about five.

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I prefer to serve this cold – it feels more refreshing on a summer night, especially with fresh-from-the-garden corn and tomatoes – but you can heat it if you want to.

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Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pasta
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. mini penne
  • 1 lb. cooked chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ear of corn, grilled and cut off
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 8 oz. Colby Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 tsp. chipotle sauce, or more, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the ranch dressing and chipotle sauce.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, chicken, corn, tomato and onion. Pour the dressing over and toss to coat. Add the cheese and stir until evenly distributed.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Kate is a home cook and new mom  from New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

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Italian Sausage Sub Casserole

I love this recipe that Eat at Home writer, Kim brings us today!

I love Italian sausage, and use it in the place of, or in addition to, ground beef in many recipes. I also really like Italian sausage subs. You can usually substitute it in the place of meatballs on a meatball sub or chicken in a chicken parm sub. I can not tell you how many of these I ate during my first pregnancy! Maybe that’s why my oldest loves sausage. This recipe is basically a sub sandwich in casserole form, and comes together quickly and easily.

Sub Casserole Ingredients EAHI used a cheese bread loaf purchased from my grocery store’s deli, but any good thick bread will work. You can’t have too much cheese in my house! I also used turkey Italian sausage, reduced fat cream cheese and light mayo to cut the calories a little. You can use your favorites. Speaking of favorites, the sauce pictured – Newman’s Own Sockarooni, I highly recommend it!

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I usually cut this recipe in half, so pictured is an 8 x 8. The recipe below is for a 9 x 13 casserole dish. You could also add peppers and onions, but I have to pass on that to get my kids to eat it. I even have to puree my sauce so there are no chunks! Any one else have super picky eaters?

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Italian Sausage Sub Casserole
All the flavors of an Italian Sausage sub sandwich, in casserole form!
Ingredients
  • 1 package Italian Sausage links (4-5 links)
  • 1 (1 pound) loaf Italian bread
  • Olive oil, for coating bread
  • garlic powder, optional
  • 1 (8 ounce) brick Cream Cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook Italian sausage links according to package directions. Cut into 1 inch chunks.
  3. While sausage is cooking, slice bread into 1½ inch slices. Spray or brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Broil until lightly toasted on each side.
  4. Place toasted bread in a single layer in a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  5. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning and pepper.
  6. Spread cream cheese mixture over bread, and top with ½ the cheese.
  7. Place Italian sausage over cheese.
  8. Pour spaghetti sauce and water over the sausage and top with remaining cheese.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, uncovered.

I do love a casserole, and this one is a keeper!

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and lots of desserts!

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Ginger Peach Pork Tenderloin

Ginger Peach Pork Tenderloin

 

One of my goals for this summer is to increase my grilling skills.  I’ve been wanting a ceramic grill for a while, but now is not the time for us to buy.  So I’m committed to really learning to use the gas grill.

I’ve cooked on a gas grill for years, but I’ve never really tried to learn any techniques.  But this year, I’ve really been working on seeking out good grilling methods.

Enter this 7-6-5 Method for grilling pork tenderloins.  This is so easy and so full of flavor!  I’ve done this multiple times already.  The process involves brining the pork for about 45 minutes.  Brining just means pouring cool water mixed with kosher salt and sugar over the pork and letting it sit in the fridge.  It couldn’t be simpler.

After the brine, I pat the meat dry and usually give it a generous sprinkle of McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning or McCormick Maple Smokehouse Seasoning.  But this time I decided to give it an extra summery flare and use peaches.

I pureed a couple of peaches, added McCormick ground ginger and rubbed the meat down with the peach sauce.  The sugar in the peaches gave the pork a nice char on the outside.

To serve along with the meat, I added a teaspoon each of brown sugar and soy sauce to the remaining puree and warmed it in the microwave for a minute.  The ginger, peach and pork make a wonderful combination!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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15 Minute Creamy Chicken Florentine Quesadillas

Creamy Chicken Florentine Quesadillas

 

Quesadillas are a quick and easy favorite in our family.  I wanted to take the concept and give it a different spin.  Something other than Mexican.

We loved these Chicken Florentine Quesadillas!

They’re full of chicken (I used rotisserie chicken I had in the freezer), garlic cream cheese spread, spinach, tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Parmesan.

The great thing about quesadillas is they’re easy to make to order.  So if you’ve got someone in your house that turns their nose up at the good stuff, give them a plain chicken and cheese option.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

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This meal has been my go-to quick recipe for over 10 years

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I make a lot of new recipes.  We rarely repeat meals, because I’m always trying to create new recipes to share with you.

That said, there are a few go-to meals that are so well liked and so easy that they get repeated with some frequency.

Mexican Beans and Rice is one of these.

A friend gave me this recipe over 10 years ago.  I have no idea how many times we’ve had it since then.  It takes common, pantry ingredients that I almost always have on hand.  It’s cheap, nutritious and can be made in just 15 minutes.

I wrote the post with the recipe about a month after starting this blog.  The photos were pretty bad, so I shot new ones a few years ago.

And there are near endless substitutions and additions you can make, depending on what you’ve got on hand:

  • Use black beans or pinto beans instead of kidney beans, or use a combination of beans.
  • Use brown rice or instant brown rice instead of white (I like the flavor of brown better, but I’m always in a huge hurry when I make this so I stick with Jasmine rice, which cooks quickly.)
  • Add cooked ground beef or cooked chicken for added protein.
  • Top with cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Serve with guacamole or avocado slices.
  • Use a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies if you don’t have any salsa.
  • Serve in tortillas instead of over rice.
  • Cook the rice in chicken broth for extra flavor.

If you haven’t tried this one, I encourage you to make it soon.  It’s a great recipe to add to your arsenal of easy, weeknight meals.

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Quick & Easy Skillet Chicken Jambalaya – 15 minute meal

Quick and Easy Skillet Chicken Jambalaya

 

We love jambalaya, but it takes a while if you bake it in the oven.  I’ve tried making it in the slow cooker, but that didn’t turn out very well.

Then I realized that it could be made in a skillet, using a similar method that I use for fried rice.  The rice cooks separately, in chicken broth instead of water.  Once it’s added to the ingredients in the skillet, it all comes together similar to a traditional jambalaya.

The bonus, of course, is that it’s much faster to make on the stove top.  If you use jasmine rice, it will only take 15 minutes for the rice too cook and the whole dish is done in short order.  Jasmine is my favorite rice for this reason.  With other long grain rices, I’ve found it takes closer to 30 minutes for it to get tender.

Start the rice, then beginning chopping and cooking the other ingredients in the skillet.  To keep this in the 15-20 minute range, you’ll also need to use chicken that’s already cooked.  I keep rotisserie chicken in the freezer for quick meal prep.

If you want to cook the chicken from raw, you can still have a quick meal by following the instructions on Basic Chicken Skillet.  This recipe is a take on that basic recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need for Skillet Chicken Jambalaya:   [Read more…]

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15 Minute Chicken Fiesta Skillet

15 Minute Chicken Fiesta Skillet

 

This is one of those fall-back kind of recipes.  You can vary it in a million ways.  And as long as you have cooked chicken in the freezer, you can have this dish on the table in just 15 minutes.  If you have to cook the chicken it will take a bit longer, but it’s still a quick meal.  Use the Basic Chicken Skillet instructions to get started if you’re using raw chicken.  You could also go vegetarian and leave out the meat altogether.

I came up with this on the way home from church last Sunday.  I hadn’t made any kind of plan for lunch, so while we drove home I took a mental inventory of ingredients in the kitchen.  I do this on purpose sometimes, because it forces me to create easy recipes with common ingredients.

This skillet dish is an adaptation of Chicken Fiesta with Black Beans in the Slow Cooker.  That post is old – one of the first posts I ever wrote on this site over seven years ago!  The photo is terrible (I really need to snap some new ones).  The recipe is stellar though and  it’s one of our family favorites.

Unfortunately, on Sunday I didn’t have any black beans so I subbed kidney beans instead.  I don’t have an ingredient photo for you this time either.  We were in a big hurry to sit down and eat.  I didn’t think to take photos until a day or two later, after we’d eaten nearly all the leftovers.  You’d think after seven years that I’d be a better food blogger!

15 Minute Chicken Fiesta Skillet

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Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2-3 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbs. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, green pepper and garlic to skillet and cook until onion is soft.
  3. Add chicken, tomatoes, corn, beans and spices.
  4. Heat over medium heat until it's all hot through.
  5. Serve in tortillas, over cornbread or with tortilla chips.

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