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Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

November 27, 2018

Yumm. These tenders have all sorts of things that I love: honey, mustard, chicken. They are full of flavor from the marinade and can be prepped in advance. That makes them great for a weeknight.

You will need:

  • 1/3 c whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 c honey
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t onion powder
  • 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 lb chicken tenders
  • 2 c panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt

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Then you will…

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mustard, honey, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  2. In a large ziploc bag, combine the chicken tenders with the honey-mustard marinade. Ensure the chicken is coated, remove the excess air from the bag, and allow to marinate in the fridge for at least a half hour.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then place an ovenproof wire rack on top of it. Lightly grease the rack with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. On a plate, mix together the panko with the salt and pepper.
  6. Dredge the chicken in the panko and place on the rack on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

 

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Sticky Asian Chicken Thighs

November 9, 2018

I have been playing with chicken thighs recently since they tend to be packed with flavor. We served these sticky chicken thighs with some steamed rice and roasted broccoli…all of which made phenomenal leftovers.

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You will need:

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 T hoisin sauce
  • 2 T low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 T sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 t sambal oelek
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 T olive oil

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, combine everything but the chicken. Mix well.
  2. Put the chicken in a gallon ziploc bag.
  3. Pour the sauce into the bag. Seal and toss to coat the chicken.
  4. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Add the chicken (hold onto the marinade for later) and pan fry for 6 minutes on one side.
  7. Flip and continue cooking another 4 minutes.
  8. Pour the marinade into the skillet and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  9. Continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through and the marinade is reduced to almost a glaze, about 5 minutes.
  10. Serve with rice and your favorite veggies.
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Spicy Tomato Glazed Pork Tenderloin

November 5, 2018

Pork tenderloins are a great protein: you can grill, roast or sear it, and it deliciously handles glazes. This glaze is quick to put together and can be made a couple of days in advance and stored in the fridge. Sambal oelek is an Indonesian chile paste made from crushed raw red chiles, vinegar, and salt. Most grocery stores carry it in the international foods section.

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You will need:

  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 6 oz (1 can) tomato paste
  • 5 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 t sesame oil
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t cracked pepper
  • 1/2 t sambal oelek
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line an edged baking sheet with nonstick foil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar, honey, tomato paste, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, sesame oil, salt, pepper, and sambal oelek.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Sear the pork until golden on each side, about 5-6 minutes all together.
  5. Brush half of the glaze on the pork and transfer the tenderloin to the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Roast in the oven for 7 minutes.
  7. Brush more glaze on the pork as needed and flip over.
  8. Roast for another 7-10 minutes, or until a thermometer in the middle reaches 145 degrees.

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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

October 18, 2018

Casseroles are particularly lovely when you are busy, because you can prep them when you have a quiet moment. Then all you have to do is pop them in the oven when you need them. This one brings together some of our favorite flavors: cheese, chicken, and broccoli.

You will need:

  • 4 T unsalted butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 T flour
  • 1 1/4 c unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 c light cream
  • 1 t paprika
  • 2 c shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 lb chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • oz frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
  • 1 box stuffing mix, prepared according to instructions (I used a cornbread version)
  • 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 T fresh chives, minced

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In small sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and saute until starting to soften, about 4 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the flour and allow to cook for 2 minutes (keep whisking!).
  5. Whisk in the stock, milk, cream and paprika until well combined.
  6. Bring to a simmer and allow to thicken, stirring frequently, about 8-10 minutes.
  7. Stir in the Gruyere until melted.
  8. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken with the cheese sauce and broccoli.
  10. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the prepared stuffing with the cheddar and chives.
  11. Spread the chicken mixture in the prepared baking dish.
  12. Top with the stuffing mixture.
  13. Bake until bubbly and the stuffing starts to turn a bit more golden, about 30-40 minutes.
  14. Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
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One Pot Mac n Cheese

October 4, 2018

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Easy, cheesy and perfectly comforting. This simple mac n cheese comes together in one pot on your stovetop. If you want a cheesier taste, you could omit the pureed veg.

You will need:

  • 1 lb elbow or pipette noodles
  • 5 c milk
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 8 oz pureed carrot baby food
  • 4 oz pureed pumpkin baby food
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 4 c freshly shredded cheddar
  • Optional: crispy fried onions, roughly chopped (like you put on a green bean casserole)

Then you will…

  1. In a large saucepan, combine pasta with the milk, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  2. Bring to a light boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Allow to cook until the pasta is just tender, another 5-6 minutes.
  4. Stir in the butter, carrot and pumpkin purees, mustard and cheddar until everything is mixed well and the cheese is melted.
  5. Serve hot with crispy fried onions sprinkled on top!
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Island Pulled Pork with Red Cabbage Slaw

October 1, 2018

We went on a long weekend to the beach and wanted some easy meals while we were there. This was a great main dish! I loved that we could make it in advance in the crockpot; it was very portable and, most importantly, it was very moist and packed full of flavor from the sauce.

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You will need:

  • 3 lb pork butt (or shoulder), excess fat trimmed
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple
  • 1/3 c hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 c pineapple juice
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 4 T soy sauce
  • 3 T honey
  • 2 t sesame oil
  • 2 T sambal oelek
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1/2 t Chinese five spice
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c shredded red cabbage
  • 1 small bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 3 T apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T olive oil

Then you will…

  1. Place the pork butt in the crockpot.
  2. Pour the crushed pineapple on top of the pork.
  3. In a small bowl, combine all of the remaining ingredients.
  4. Pour 2/3rds of the sauce on top of the pork.
  5. Slow cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.
  6. Remove the pork from the crockpot and shred.
  7. Put the pork in a large bowl with the last third of the sauce.
  8. Add 1/2 – 3/4 cup of the sauce from the crockpot to the pulled pork until moist and juicy. I recommend using a gravy separator to pour the juices into the pork, since it will help remove the excess fat.
  9. Allow to rest in the sauce at least 10 minutes to soak up some of the juices.
  10. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss together the red cabbage with the scallion, vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Serve the pulled pork topped with the slaw on toasted Hawaiian rolls.

 

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Bacon and Tomato Gnocchi

September 17, 2018

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Just a few ingredients make this a simple pasta dinner. However the bacon packs lots of flavor alongside the fresh tomatoes.

You will need:

  • 1/2 lb thick cut bacon
  • 1 lb fresh gnocchi
  • 2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c shredded pecorino romano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c fresh baby arugula

Then you will…

  1. In a large nonsticket skillet, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel. Reserve the bacon fat.
  2. In a small sauce pan, warm 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat over medium heat.
  3. Add the the tomatoes and garlic to the sauce pan and allow to saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the gnocchi according to the package. Drain and reserve 1/4 c of the cooking water.
  5. Add the pecorino romano and reserved cooking water to the sauce pan. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  7. In the large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat over medium-high heat.
  8. Add the cooked gnocchi to the skillet and allow to crisp up on each side, about 3-5 minutes all together.
  9. Add the sauce to the skillet and toss the gnocchi to coat.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in the baby arugula.
  11. Chop the bacon and top the gnocchi with bacon pieces before serving.
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