Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

Look.  There are several nights I’m scrambling to figure out what I’m going to make for dinner.  The day got busy, dinner time comes speeding up, and need something quick because people are starting to salivate (hungry tummies bring lots of grumpiness in my house).  Am I alone?  I’ll give you a couple tips so you can have all the ingredients to throw something together like this juicy and savory Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry.         There are some constants when you look in my freezer and refrigerator… a large bag of organic carrots, sweet onions (refrigerate to last longer), frozen organic sweet corn, frozen organic sweet baby peas, and frozen organic broccoli florets.   HIGHLY  recommend you adding them on your shopping list (I purchase mine from Costco).  When you’re in a rush, I have several quick and healthy recipes that will use at least one like my Chicken and Broccoli Pasta, Classic Spaghetti, or my Not-Yo-Mama’s Shepard’s Pie.     I got spoiled when living in Hong Kong and Taiwan.  The food is incredible… especially the rice, fresh fruits and vegetables.  Oh, how I miss it!  You wouldn’t think the rice would be so much different in the States, but rice is definitely not created equal.  I’ve tried lots of brands but love love Lundberg Farms Brown Rice.  It reminds me of rice from Taiwan.  Keep rice in a large airtight container which makes it handy to make recipes like this rice stir fry and my Yellow Chicken Coconut Curry.     Teriyaki sauce is also something not created equal.  Read the ingredients!  Whenever purchasing something prepackaged, read the...
Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie

“Mom, what’s for dinner?  Honey, what’s for dinner?  Self, what are we going to have for dinner?!?!”  On some days, this question can feel like a 50 lbs bag of stress.  Hopefully by now, you know I get you.  Although I love cooking (mostly eating), somedays I’m too tired and just don’t want to cook.  Take a deep breath with me and get ready for this ridiculously gorgeous, this-is-2015 healthy Shepard’s Pie casserole.  Pst… you can even double the batch and freeze one to eat on another crazy, busy, hectic day.     I have a problem.  I’m seriously addicted.  I love LOVE the bright, beautiful colors and flavors of vegetables.   Especially organic vegetables.  I know, I know, I’ve mentioned it before but I can totally taste the difference.  I was instantly converted when I had a horrible, chemical aftertaste when eating a carrot one day.  I only buy organic carrots from now on.   Costco makes it pretty easy to have large bags of frozen organic vegetables on hand.  Next trip, just stock up on organic frozen peas, frozen sweet corn, and a large bag of organic carrots.  I have plenty of go-to recipes that call for these tasty veggies.  Stick with me and I promise they won’t go to waste.       Just to make it even easier for you, here are ingredients I use.  My kitchen would feel naked without my large container of spices.  They last a long time (and store great) even though I’m using them constantly.  Spices punch out the natural flavors of the vegetables.  And it’s a much healthier option than to throw...
Simple Turkey Chili

Simple Turkey Chili

We all need some quick, under 30 minute dinner recipes.  Not only quick, but healthy and loved by the family.  This simple turkey chili in addition to my Baked Burritos have become one of my favorite go-to meals.  It’s the perfect comfort food full of flavor.  Definitely a hit each time.     I’m getting ready for baby #2… which means I have many sleep deprived days in my near future.  One goal I have before the baby gets here in 6 weeks (AHHH!) is to have 30 days of freezer meals prepared.  This turkey chili is on the top of that list.  It’s easy to make a double batch and throw it into some freezer containers.  I’ve been eyeing this 24 pack of freezable food containers.  I’ve also heard that using gallon freezer bags makes storing several freezer meals easier.  Any suggestions?       I have officially kissed traditional tortilla chips goodbye.  Food Should Taste Good Multigrain chips are completely addicting.  I may have bought 8 large bags recently from Costco while they were on sale.  You know I can’t resist tasty things that sneak in health and nutrition.  Don’t miss out on crumbling a few FSTG chips on top of this turkey chili.  You’re welcome. Print Simple Turkey Chili Ingredients 2 lbs ground turkey browned and drained 1 small onion diced 2 bell peppers diced 1 Tbs minced garlic 2 15 oz cans of organic tomato sauce 2 15 oz cans of organic diced tomatoes, drained 2 15 oz cans of organic red kidney beans, drained and rinsed well 1 jalapeño finely chopped (optional for additional spiciness) 2 Tbs...
Chili Chicken Skewers

Chili Chicken Skewers

The snow has finally melted and it’s time to break out the grill!  These are, hands down, one of my most favorite Spring and Summertime recipes.  Oh, my mouth just waters when I think about the spicy, tangy juicy chicken and crisp vegetables.  They’re crazy good fresh off the grill, but I’m infatuated with placing leftovers on top of mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado sprinkled with a little extra balsamic vinegar and lime juice.       Since these chicken skewers make a frequent debut at our home, my personal grill master (the handsome husband) and I have learned a few tricks along the way.  If you’re using regular wooden or bamboo skewers,  soak them in water for about 10 to 15 minutes prior to using.  It helps prevent them from completely catching on fire.  However, the tips will still get a little charred.  We bought these flexible wire skewers last year and have become fans.  Check them out!   Also, prior to grilling place some aluminum foil over the grill grates.  Once you’ve placed the skewers on the grill, pour the remaining marinade over the skewers.  This insane grilling/steaming combination makes the natural flavors of the chicken and vegetables pop while keeping everything oh so moist!         Okay, seriously you need to make these soon.  Squeeze them in this week’s menu and your mouth and stomach… and your family too… will be requesting them over and over this summer.  I can’t wait to hear if you love leftovers on a salad as much as I do!   Print Chili Chicken Kabobs Ingredients ½ cup...
Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

 Juicy chicken, sweet corn, tangy broth, with crisp bell peppers, onions, and celery make a quick and easy chicken tortilla soup.  It’s pretty perfect on it’s own, but adding an avocado and crunchy tortilla chips on top just overdoes it!  This classic recipe and it’s complimenting flavors and textures never gets old.         I really am infatuated the unique flavor of cumin and chili powder… especially when they’re united in recipes like this one and my Chicken Fiesta Soup.  I purchase a large container of McCormick’s Cumin and Chili Powder so I will always have some on hand for scrumptious dinners like these.  They’re two spices my kitchen does not go without.       Are you tired of me emphasizing the importance of reading ingredients?  I truly apologize.  I wish I could say this would be the last time.  I just want you to put good things into that body of yours!  I’ve read ingredients on lots of broths and keep coming back to the brand Pacific Natural.  Rich flavor, organic, and free from those unnecessary additives.       Well, friends, enjoy your dinner!  It’s a good one.   Print Chicken Tortilla Soup Ingredients 1 Tbs coconut oil or olive oil 1 large green bell pepper chopped 2 medium ribs of celery chopped 1 medium sweet onion chopped 2 tsp minced garlic 1 32 oz organic chicken broth/stock, low-sodium 2 cups water 2 large chicken breasts or 6 to 7 chicken tenders thawed and cut into 1 inch pieces 1 jalapeno remove seeds and finely chopped (optional... keep seeds to make it spicy!) 4 Roma...

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