Monday, August 21, 2017

Chinese Pineapple Chicken



My family loves Chinese food! We only have it a few times a month but when we do they all have multiple servings and clear their plates! One of our family favorites is the Sweet and Sour Chicken which is one of the most popular recipes on the blog. This is a rendition for this recipe with a different sauce and add ins. I even did a youtube video showing the how to make the chicken breading. 

Chinese Pineapple Chicken

Chicken Breading:
3-5 chicken breast
salt and pepper
1 cup cornstarch
eggs, beaten
1/3 cup canola oil

Rinse chicken, trim off fat or extras and then cut into 1 inch cubes. season with salt and pepper. Dip chicken into cornstarch (the easiest way is by putting the cornstarch in a ziplock and shaking the chicken in it to get it fully coated) and then into beaten eggs. Heat oil in large skillet. Cook chicken until browned. Don't overcrowd the chicken. Once chicken is cooked place in a baking dish or plate. Repeat steps until all chicken is cooked. Then drain the oil from the pan and add the chicken back into the skillet. Mix up sauce below. Once sauce is done pour over chicken and add the diced pineapple and cashews. Cook for a minute in the skillet over medium heat or two until combined and sauce fully coats everything. Serve over sticky rice.



Sauce:
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup chicken stock
1/3 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 clove of garlic minced

Mix-Ins:
1 cup pineapple, diced
1/2 cup roasted, salted cashews

Rice



Whisk sauce ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat until smooth. Then pour evenly over chicken, pineapple, and cashews.









 






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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Organic Foods at Walmart



I have mentioned multiple times on my social media and blog how much I love Walmart Grocery To Go pick up. I have been doing it for months and it has made my life so much easier. Every Monday morning at 9 am I have my pick up scheduled. The lady that helps me always brings me out a cold water and a candy for my 2 girls that she knows are always with me! You should definitely find out if your Walmart by you has included the grocery pick up in their store yet. And if they have...jump on that band wagon!


My kids are out for summer vacation. I am always trying to plan activities to get them out of the house, off their iPad and out side being active. I also try to pack a lunch for us so that I don't end up stopping at fast food restaurants on my way to or from our activity.  



So the other day we were headed to the splash pad and I wanted to make sure I packed some good food and snacks for my entire family. So I hopped on the Walmart grocery app and ordered my groceries and scheduled to pick them up at noon.  I have been so impressed lately with how well Walmart has done with all of their organic food choices. And even better was that I was able to grab a picnic basket, pick up my Walmart groceries on our way to the park and splash pad, and I was able to feed my entire family with organic products!



Of course we are huge Stonyfield fans like I have mentioned on here many times before. And I was so happy that I can also pick up their products at Walmart too. So here are some pictures of some of the organic foods that I packed up for us to enjoy. I made my kids peanut butter and honey sandwiches while I enjoyed a salad! They had some organic bananas, snack mixes, and white cheddar popcorn! For my baby girl I grabbed some organic baby food pouches, some puffs, and of course she loves her blueberry Stonyfield yogurt! 









So next time you are at Walmart make sure to be on a look out for their Organic signs they have by their organic products that they have through out the entire store! 




*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Stonyfield Organic and Walmart. I have been compensated for writing this post. However all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Loaded Baked French Fries Hummus Style



I am a sucker for loaded fries and tots! I can eat them for an appetizer, snack, or a meal in itself! I created this recipe as an appetizer then my family ate it as their dinner! So this unofficial meal became a meal in itself! It is filling and can be enjoyed as a mid-afternoon, pre-dinner, or dinner! And bonus is that in all reality I was feeding my family a meal that was good for them! And for all of you vegan and vegetarians this meal fits right in to your lifestyle!



The day I was making these my kids had just walked in the door from school and I was preparing them. It was around 3:30 and I finished baking them, topping them, and photographing them just before 5:00. Right after I was done 3 of my 4 kids came in and began to DIG IN! The younger two opted for the roasted garlic hummus while myself and my oldest like a good kick and used the supremely spicy hummus for our fries. Just before the plate was licked clean my husband walked in from work and of course wanted to join in on the taste testing! By the end everyone was full and happy! And while I was there watching them all dig in while snapping a few photos I forgot what was even on the dinner menu for the night and These Loaded Baked French Fries became our dinner! And none of us were sad one bit about it!



Also wanted to throw it out there that National Hummus Day is coming up May 13th! Sabra is going to have a lot of social sharing going on throughout the week to celebrate! So make sure you are on the look out of ways to incorporate their deliciousness into meals at home! I always love to see what new things people come up with!



Baked French Fries
3 Large Russet Potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare the potatoes to be cut into fries by cutting off the ends of the potatoes and then cutting into even strips. Here is a handy tutorial video that I watched to learn how to best cut the potatoes into fries.

In a large bowl place the olive oil and spices. Whisk together. Toss in cut potatoes gradually while mixing until all potatoes are coated in the olive oil mixture.

Place on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 40 minutes. Keep an eye on the potatoes and depending on how thick or thin you cook them will depend on the baking time!

*I did not flip mine half way through like I sometimes do while baking fries so if you feel like yours need it then you can flip them or turn the oven onto broil the last 5 minutes to crisp them up*










Deluxe Baked Fries
Oven Baked Fries
Sabra Hummus (choose your favorite flavor: we did Roasted Garlic Hummus & Supremely Spicy Hummus
Tahini Sauce, store bought or homemade

Take the fries and top with a large scoop of Sabra Hummus and lightly drizzle the tahini sauce.





*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Sabra. I have been compensation for creating this recipe. However all thoughts and opinions are my own*


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Crockpot Beef & Broccoli



Lately my life has become a little crazy. The past year I have owned a food truck and with it out almost every night of the week and usually right around dinner time I have tried to up my crockpot/slow cooker game. Having dinner for my family is really important to me. And luckily recipes like this make that happen!

Ever since I have decided to add at least 2 crockpot meals to my menu each week I have tried to create as much variety in those dishes as possible! Years ago I thought crockpot meals were basically a roast or chicken and some type of cream of chicken type soup that you mixed together and look more like slop then anything else. And believe me those meals are still definitely a part of our home but they have become less and less common! Thankfully!!!



I made this beef and broccoli for dinner last night and it exceeded my expectations! I knew I needed to share it right away. Super super simple dinner! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!



Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

1 lb boneless beef chuck roast, cut into thin strips
salt & pepper
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 T sesame oil
3 T minced garlic
2 Tablespoons cornstarch (reserve for later)
broccoli florets
rice

Grab you crockpot and place beef strips at the bottom. Salt and Pepper beef. In a bowl combined broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and minced garlic. Stir to combined. Pour over beef and cook on low for 6-8 hours. When there is about an hour left remove beef and place on a plate. Keep sauce in crockpot. Grab the cornstarch and slowly add while whisking to prevent clumping. Turn the heat up to high add the beef back in and the broccoli. Cook the remaining hour on high. (if broccoli is small pieces it should only take about 30 minutes) Serve over rice!










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