Quick and Easy Chicken and Vegetable Super Grain Bowls

 

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I pulled this recipe together one night from ingredients I had in the pantry and fridge.  I was after a healthy meal that would make use of what we had on hand.  These Chicken and Vegetable Super Grain Bowls did just that!

I happened to have a bag of Super Grains in the pantry that I’d picked up in Walmart once. If you don’t have super grains, use quinoa or rice or any other type grain you like.

We topped the grains with chicken, red peppers, tomatoes, fresh spinach and feta crumbles.  The chicken was already cooked and in the freezer, so it just needed a quick thaw in the microwave.

The feta we used was fat free and I wouldn’t recommend that.  I accidentally picked up the fat free version instead of regular.  It’s okay, but not great.  You could easily make this meal dairy free by leaving off the cheese.

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8 Easy Sheet Pan Dinners Your Family Will Love

You know I’m all about good food. But if I can make dinner time easier? I’m on it. That’s one of the reasons why I really love my slow cooker. I can let it do all of the time-consuming work and the flavors of slow-cooked food are usually incredible. I make dozens of slow cooker meals all time, and I also make it a point to keep my freezer well stocked with freezer friendly foods for all kinds of meals. But freezer cooking and slow cooker dinners aren’t the only ways to save time on dinner prep.

I’ve recently fallen in love with a new-to-me way to prepare delicious meals for my family: sheet pan dinners! Sheet pan dinners are sort of like the one pot meal of the oven. You put everything on one big sheet. Prep time is minimal, and clean up is a breeze! My family has loved the sheet pan meals I’ve tried out so far. And there are lots of ways you can vary what you put on the pan so it never gets boring.

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These are eight of the meals that I’ve made for my family in the past year or so. We keep coming back to them because sheet pan meals aren’t just easy, they’re really tasty! And no one minds having less dishes to clean up afterwards either.  In my book, it’s a win on every side.

There’s a basic formula for sheet pan dinners:   [Read more…]

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Eat at Home Tonight! Garlic Dijon Fish Sheet Pan Dinner Recipe and Quick Shopping List

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Eat at Home Tonight! Garlic Dijon Fish Sheet Pan Dinner Recipe and Quick Shopping List

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 6-8 frozen tilapia fillets
  • 4 Tbs. butter, melted
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1-2 tsp. dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 container butternut squash cubes
  • 1 bag fresh brussels sprouts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place thawed fillets on buttered baking sheet.
  3. Stir remaining ingredients together and pour over fish. Set in refrigerator till ready to cook.
  4. Brush olive oil on a second baking sheet. Toss butternut squash cubes with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, clean, stem and cut brussels sprouts in half. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Pull butternut squash from oven and add brussels sprouts that have stems removed, cut in half and drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place them on the baking sheet with the butternut squash.
  7. Place fish in oven at 400 degrees and bake for 20 minutes or until fish easily flakes with a fork. Fish and vegetables should be done at the same time.
Notes
If you prep this in the morning, you can place frozen fillets on a buttered baking sheet. Stir remaining ingredients together and pour over fish. Cover and store in fridge until you’re ready to bake that night.

 
Eat at Home Tonight! Garlic Dijon Fish Sheet Pan Dinner Recipe and Quick Shopping List

Serves: 3-4 servings

Ingredients
  • 3-4 frozen tilapia fillets
  • 2 Tbs. butter, melted
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • ¾ tsp. dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ container butternut squash cubes
  • 1 small bag fresh brussels sprouts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place thawed fillets on buttered baking sheet.
  3. Stir remaining ingredients together and pour over fish. Set in refrigerator till ready to cook.
  4. Brush olive oil on a second baking sheet. Toss butternut squash cubes with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, clean, stem and cut brussels sprouts in half. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Pull butternut squash from oven and add brussels sprouts that have stems removed, cut in half and drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place them on the baking sheet with the butternut squash.
  7. Place fish in oven at 400 degrees and bake for 20 minutes or until fish easily flakes with a fork. Fish and vegetables should be done at the same time.
Notes
If you prep this in the morning, you can place frozen fillets on a buttered baking sheet. Stir remaining ingredients together and pour over fish. Cover and store in fridge until you’re ready to bake that night.

 

 

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Harvest Apple Salad with Parmesan Pepper Chicken and Caramel Apple Cider Float recipe

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I’m excited to share these recipes with you as part of a sponsored post by Mirum Shopper.  All opinions are my own and my opinion is these recipes are delicious!

We are nearing the end of soccer season and we are worn out.  I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a great soccer mom, as far as having a ton of energy and lots of enthusiasm to see every minute of every game.  I like watching the kids play, but six games in one week, four of which were on the same day in a city two hours away has taken its toll.

The schedule has also done a number on family dinner and cooking.  On Monday Jim took Isaac to his game and the rest of us stayed home.  Mia and I didn’t have another hour and a half drive, plus game, plus driving home left in us.  She’s been battling bronchitis and a shoulder injury for a couple of weeks and just needed to rest.

We decided to celebrate our night at home with an easy dinner, a fantastic dessert and a dive into Netflix and a good book.  We’re both salad fans so we loved the idea of this salad chock full of apples, pecans, cranberries and topped with chicken.

The best part of this salad is the way the chicken is prepped and cooked.  The chicken gets slathered in Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, then dredged in seasoned bread crumbs before baking.  The process gives the outside a flavorful crunch, while keeping the inside very moist.  It’s quick and easy.  You can serve the chicken with a few side dishes or slice it thin and serve it on salad as we did.

Here’s the recipe for Harvest Apple Salad with Parmesan Pepper Chicken:
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50s Prime Time Burgers

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A couple of weeks ago I printed off an Eat at Home Meal Plan that included 50s Prime Time Meatloaf.  I love that meatloaf, but I really wanted to grill out instead.

Thankfully, I realized that the meatloaf recipe would make fantastic burgers!  I adapted it by skipping the bread crumbs and eggs, but using the rest of the ingredients.  It made wonderful burgers that had lots of flavor and were very moist.

I chose to top the burgers with white American cheese.  That was really good, but I think next time I’ll try cheddar instead.

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Beefy Penne Bake – Help Crush Hunger

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I have shared a lot of posts and recipes over the years, but this is one of the most important.  In a world that can seem a little (or a lot) out of control, with more bad news than we think we can handle, we also have the opportunity to join together for good.

This October, Red Gold is partnering with Feeding America for the #HelpCrushHunger campaign.  And we can easily join in to help!

For each Red Gold product purchased throughout the month of October, Red Gold will donate a meal to someone in need.  The goal is to donate 1.7 million meals to Feeding America food banks across the country.

You guys!  How easy is that?  All we need to do is buy Red Gold tomato products in October and a meal will be provided for people who need it!  Since every grocery list I’ve ever put together has canned tomatoes on it, this is a no-brainer, simple way for me to help.

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Our church has a small after school program for kids that live in a nearby neighborhood.  This year the organizers of the program committed to including dinner as part of the program.  Many of the kids don’t get enough to eat at home.

I made a big pan of Beefy Penne Bake to share with them last week.  They ate it up!  Another woman brought a watermelon from her garden.  The kids love fresh fruit.  One little guy is a true watermelon lover.  I lost count of how many pieces he ate.  I remember him loading up on watermelon during Vacation Bible School too.

I hope you’ll join me and #HelpCrushHunger during the month of October. When you show or tell about a family meal experience on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, use #HelpCrushHunger in the caption and you’ll be entered to win a Red Gold Family Meal Kit and $100 to donate to your local food bank.  Visit www.HelpCrushHunger.com for more info.

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Pasta Puttanesca – So easy to make, so amazing to eat!

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The first time I heard of Pasta Puttanesca, was in the book Belong to Me by Maria de los Santos.  (Fabulous book, by the way.)  Something triggered my memory of the dish the other day and I decided to make it.

Oh my!  This pasta is full of flavor!  Garlic, tomatoes, olives, basil, Parmesan and anchovies all come together in a burst of taste.  Please don’t leave because I said anchovies.  They add so much flavor and you’ll never even know they’re in there.  They disappear when cooked, leaving behind only a wonderful taste.  Even your kids won’t know about it if you don’t tell them.

This dish is so quick to make.  I pulled it together on a Sunday for lunch after church.  It’s ready in the time it takes to boil the pasta.

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Pressure Cooker Mediterranean Chicken

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This recipe for Pressure Cooker Mediterranean Chicken started out as a slow cooker recipe.  Then I created it as a skillet recipe.

Now I’ve turned it into a pressure cooker meal.  Every version tastes great, so how do you choose which to make?  It depends on the time you have available.  I know I probably sound like a broken record, but I really want to make this clear.

Even though many pressure cooker recipes call for 15 or less minutes of cook time, it takes much longer than that in total.  You have to factor in the time it takes to reach full pressure and to release the pressure.

For a recipe like this one, the total time is about 35-40 minutes.  That’s starting with frozen chicken tenders.  It’s very convenient and easy to put all the ingredients in the pressure cooker.  And once they’re in there, you can do other things while they cook.

If you have 30-40 minutes at home before dinner time, using the pressure cooker is the way to go.

If you have time in the morning to load a slow cooker, but will be coming in ravenous at the end of the day, use a slow cooker.

If you only have 15 or 20 minutes to fix dinner at the end of the day, use the skillet method.  Speed that up even more by using rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken from your freezer.

Here’s what you’ll need for the Pressure Cooker Mediterranean Chicken:   [Read more…]

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Sandwiches

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I’ve been trying to experiment with the pressure cooker more lately. As I’ve said before, the decision to use a pressure cooker or slow cooker is entirely dependent on your timing. If you would rather get your prep done early in the day and/or you want to eat as soon as you walk in the door in the evening, the slow cooker is the way to go.

On the other hand, if you have 30-40 minutes before dinner and/or you forgot to load the slow cooker in the morning, drag out the pressure cooker.

Recipes often state the cook time for the pressure cooker to be mere minutes. While this is true, it isn’t the whole truth. The cook time doesn’t take into account the amount of time for the cooker to reach full pressure or how long the pressure release takes.

This recipe for Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Sandwiches is based on the Slow Cooker version. Instead of serving it with pasta, I decided to make a sandwich out of it. We love hot sandwiches, and this was no exception. Sandwich meals are great if you need to eat in shifts or if you’re in a hurry. Sides can be kept simple and it’s easy to pile the filling on a bun.

The ingredients are all very basic, but I failed to snap a photo of them this time.

Chicken Cacciatore Sandwich

I started this with frozen chicken tenders and it worked great.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Sandwiches

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 lb. frozen chicken tenders
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup red wine, broth or water
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • ¾ tsp. basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Sandwich buns
  • Sliced mozzarella or provolone cheese
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in order listed in pressure cooker, except cheese and buns.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 14 minutes.
  3. Do a quick pressure release.
  4. Remove lid and shred chicken with two forks.
  5. Serve meat on buns topped with cheese.

 

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22 Ways to Cook Pork in the Slow Cooker

I don’t know why, but I feel like I get stuck in a rut a lot with pork. It’s not that there aren’t dozens of ways to cook it, it’s just that I draw a blank on what to make with it. Sometimes I see recipes that look so good, but so seem a bit complicated and time-consuming. But, thanks to the slow cooker, it’s really not that hard.

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I love the way that pork works with sweet, tangy flavors. As a sweeter meat, you can put sweeter sauces and fruits with it that you can’t with other kinds of protein. This makes it a great choice for sweet bbq style sandwiches, and sweet and sour Asian dishes. But Pork can hold its own with spicy flavors too.  Pulled pork is one of my favorite things. You can make it sweet or you can make it spicy. It’s good in a hot sandwich. It’s good in a taco. It’s amazing on top of sweet potatoes. But there are so many other pork dinners that we enjoy. From spicy tacos, to Mediterranean flair, to that delicious asian flavors. Making pork in the slow cooker is easy because you can cook it long and slow and get the meat tender and flavorful without drying it out. And with so many ways to make it, you are sure to find a meal that your family loves!

22 Ways to Cook Pork in the Slow Cooker

  1. Peach Pork BBQ Sliders
  2. Pork Gravy Sandwiches
  3. Teriyaki Pork Chops
  4. Tany Sweet Pork Chops
  5. BBQ Peach Pulled Pork
  6. Pork Carnitas
  7. Apple BBQ Pork Chops
  8. Honey Dijon Pork Chops &  Apples
  9. Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
  10. Pork Chops and Baked Beans
  11. Italian Herb Salt Pork Roast and Potatoes

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  1. Cumin Pork Roast and Beans
  2. Mediterranean Pork with Couscous
  3. Brazillian Feijoada Pork and Black Beans
  4. Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  5. Thai Style Pork
  6. Mexi Style Pulled Pork
  7. Shredded Pork Tostadas
  8. Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  9. Pulled Pork & Mexican Coleslaw Tacos
  10. Asian Pork Tenderloin
  11. Jerk Pork

 

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