Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sweet and Tangy Chicken

I saw this recipe on one of the linky parties and just thought it sounded amazing!  You really have to check out Eating With Mimi for some great recipes and inspiration.  She really has some great stuff!  I did make mine a little different, but the original recipe can be found HERE.

Sweet & Tangy Chicken
4 - Chicken Thighs (with bone and skin)
1/2 in Fresh Ginger, grated
1/4 tsp Allspice
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
2 TBS Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Cider Vinegar
Juice from 20 oz can of pineapple (save the pineapple for later)
2 TBS Instant Potatoes (used to thicken because I didn't have tapioca)
1 TBS Sugar
  • Mix all the above ingredients except the chicken and place in crock pot
  • Add the chicken and turn to coat then cook on low for 5-6 hours occasionally giving it a quick stir
  • One hour before serving remove the skin and bones from the chicken (I just used a pair of tongs to pick the pieces out and the meat fell right off
  • The add the reserved pineapple (I used pineapple chunks), 2 green peppers cut into chunks and 1/2 red onion cut into chunks
Then serve with rice and enjoy!

I will tell you this was really good, but I think I will double the vinegar and soy sauce next time just to have some extra "juice" for the rice.  Everyone enjoyed it, but it was rather funny to watch everyone swap pineapple and green pepper because I do have some picky eaters.  Other than the swaps everyone really liked this.  So I will not complain too much about the swaps because at least it is getting eaten up :)

March Meal Plan

Wow!  I can't believe today is the end of the month.  February always seems to fly by, but this year seems to be going super fast...I totally said that in a Little Einstein ladies with young toddlers know what I'm talking  Our meal plan this month is going to be pretty flexible.  I know I have different activities to attend so we will move take out days and meals around a bit, but this is the general idea of how it will look :)  After seeing my meal plan you can see my monthly grocery list below.  Last month went well so I will attempt it again by shopping for the bulk of my items at once and then making smaller trips for produce and other perishable items.

There's the plan for the month.  We have some favorites in here and some new ones to try.  I have also moved some from February into March because I didn't get a chance to make them since we took a last minute mini vacation.  Anyway here's a look at what I need to get for the month.

Sorry this came out a little small this time, but if you click on the picture you should be able to view it better.  I may think of things or notice items I need and add them as I go.  But this weekend should produce a fridge packed with food :)

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chicken Burrito Bowls

This is a great, quick meal that can be customized to each persons taste.  I love meals like that because there is less complaining or whining about a certain ingredient.  You could make this with steak, ground beef, pork, tofu, or however else you like.  You can add corn or use a spicier chiles.  It is completely up to you!

Chicken Burrito Bowls
2 Chicken Breasts, diced small
1/4 Cup Taco Seasoning
1 Cup Rice
2 Tomatoes, diced small
1 Anaheim Chile, diced small
1/2 Red Onion, diced small
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 TBS Chicken Broth
1 can Black Beans
1-2 tsp Taco Seasoning
2-4 TBS Cilantro
1 TBS Butter
1 Lime
Salt and Pepper

I prepared the Pico De Gallo the night before to help blend all the flavors

  • Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, 1/2 cilantro, chile and then season with salt, pepper, and juice from 1/2 lime.  Cover and refrigerate
  • When ready to prepare the meal start by cooking the rice as directed on the package
  • Meanwhile coat chicken in taco seasoning and cook until no longer pink (I added 1/4 water as needed to the pan to prevent chicken from sticking and burning)
  • Drain beans and put in a microwave safe bowl
  • Add chicken broth and taco seasoning then cook 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until heated through
  • When rice is done add butter, juice from 1/2 lime, rest of cilantro, salt and pepper to taste.  Combine well
  • Layer rice, beans, chicken, and pico then enjoy!
You can top with hot sauce, sour cream, avocado, or whatever other toppings you like.  Easy peasy and delicious!  

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Creole Chicken & Sausage

My inspiration for this dish comes from Eating With MiMi and can be found HERE.  This is an easy (just dump everything in your crock pot) meal.  Let me tell you once this starts cooking your house smells AMAZING!  So if you are going to be sitting home while this cooks just be warned, it will make you hungry ;)

Creole Chicken & Sausage
1 lb Chicken, diced
1 Green Pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can Diced Tomatoes, undrained (14 oz)
1 can Tomato Sauce (15 oz)
Few shakes of hot pepper sauce (I did about 3 because my group doesn't like spicy, but add more if you like heat)
2 Green Onions, chopped
1 cup Water
1 Onion, diced
1 package Smoked Sausage, sliced (16 oz)
1-2 cups White Rice, cooked

  • Combine everything except sausage and rice in the crock pot and then cook on low for 5-6 hours
  • Add sausage 1 hour before serving
  • Add rice immediately before serving
Super easy and quick to make!  Can't get much easier than that!  Everyone loved this, but I needed more spice.  Nothing a few extra shakes of hot sauce can't fix :)  Yummy!  ENJOY!

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Honey Balsamic Chicken

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We were out much of the day yesterday and wanted something quick, easy, and satisfying for dinner.  That's not much to ask ;)  My husbands favorite dish is Balsamic Chicken.  Unfortunately I don't follow a recipe so it comes out different every time.  Never bad, but never the  So I decided I would write this recipe up because it was so good!

Honey Balsamic Chicken
3-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, washed and seasoned with salt and pepper
2 TBS Butter
2 TBS Olive Oil
1/2 cup Chicken Broth
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 TBS Lemon Juice
4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 tsp Honey

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and then chicken
  2. Cook chicken until browned crispy, about 7-9 minutes on each side (don't worry if chicken is not cooked it will continue to cook in  the sauce 
  3. Add chicken broth, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and honey to the skillet and mix well
  4. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center
  5. Flip chicken half way through to coat well in the sauce
  6. Plate chicken and spoon extra sauce over top of the chicken
The chicken takes on such a great flavor and the sauce is fantastic for dipping a nice crusty bread into.  Serve with some veggies and a side salad to round out the meal.  YUM!

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