3 Things That Work in the Kitchen This Week – November 17

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3 Things that work in the kitchen

1.  New Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken Recipe

On Sunday I decided to try a new recipe for our lunch after church.  I had a chopped salad in the fridge (more on that below) and wanted to build the meal around that.

I decided to grab the apricot jam that I was planning to use for Apricot Oat Bars (like these Cherry Oat Bars, only apricot instead) and use it for the chicken instead.  It turned out great and I’ll share the recipe with you on Wednesday.  It works equally well in the oven or slow cooker, so you can match it to your day.

2.  Adapting a recipe for slow cooker so that it’s ready after church.

I really wanted Butternut Squash Skillet with that chicken recipe, but I didn’t want to have to fix it after we got home from church.

butternut squash skillet


So I started it in the skillet, but instead of finishing it in the oven like the recipe calls for, I transferred it to the slow cooker.  I do prefer the oven version better, but the slow cooker worked fine.  Having the food ready to eat when we came in from church was wonderful.

If you’re looking for more ideas for after church, here’s a list of easy meals that work especially well for Sundays.

3.  Chopped Salad Mixes

chopped salad mix


Recently I’ve been buying chopped salad mixes.  The one above is from Costco.  It has brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, cranberries and more.  We’ve also tried an Asian Chopped Salad and a Southwestern mix from Kroger.

The chopped salads seem to hold up better than bagged lettuce salads.  And we like them better too.  Even the boys have been known to eat them.  They don’t go for lettuce salads so much.

The other thing I like about them is I don’t have to make it.  For some reason, I hate making salad.  It’s not hard, of course, but I don’t like doing it.  This way we can get a big serving of raw veggies that we wouldn’t normally eat.  I mean, I’m probably not going to chop brussels sprouts or broccoli stems up for a salad.  But we’ll eat them if I buy the mix.

Am I lazy?  Probably so, but these salad mixes are working for us right now!

What’s working in your kitchen this week?

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  1. I LOVE that Kale salad! I’ve been buying it at Sam’s Club for a while now. I also buy two other chopped salads that I’m sure are similar to the ones you get at Costo. One is an Asian salad, with an awesome sesame-type dressing, and the other is just chopped veggies, heavy on the broccoli, with a sweet dressing, and a packet of sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and bacon bits. Yum!

  2. I love chopped salad! I have tried and liked the one from Costco. We recently had company and the menu I planned was Thai food. But everything was soft and we needed some crunch. I found a recipe for a salad made from Napa Cabbage it was amazing! And cabbage keeps so much better than soft lettuce.

  3. Miriam Kearney says:

    I love that Kale salad we get from Costco but I made the mistake one day of looking at the nutritional label- that salad dressing has a whopper of a lot of calories. Since I am health conscious now I can no longer bring myself to buy it. Instead every week or so I buy some brussel sprouts, a head of kale and a cabbage – I shred and chop every thing up (yes it is a bit of work); it keeps fairly well in the fridge for well more than a week and I can make a healthier salad dressing (read little sugar, less oil) and we seem to enjoy it as much as we did the one from Costco albeit my kale doesn’t seem to stay quite as crispy (probably don’t spray it with whatever they do!)

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