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30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

by Jennifer Wieland
30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders
This shop/post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ServeWithACoke #CollectiveBias #Jewel

I always think that during the summer I’m going to have so much more time to make spectacular dinners. It always fails to happen though. I sometimes think that it’s actually worse than during the school year. Since I work from home you think it’d be a snap but we are always doing something during the day. Whether it’s hanging at the pool, beach, park, or some other fun place with the kids trying to burn off some of their energy I’m always worn out when we’re done. That means dinner is the last thing I want to have to face. Luckily for me, I can hit one of the two Jewel-Osco stores in town and grab a chicken signature meal deal with a Coca-Cola™ product from the deli. Even better, you can currently complete the meal with a 64 oz. Gold Peak® Tea. After a hot day out with the kids an easy meal like my 30 minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders and some ice-cold Gold Peak Tea is the perfect way to refuel my family.

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Jewel-Osco offers up a variety of chicken signature meal deals. They make an easy and inexpensive meal to feed the whole crew. They also make great shortcuts to creating other meals at home.

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Being a tea drinker I am so happy that I can now add a 64 oz. Gold Peak Tea to my chicken meal. On a hot and humid day a nice cold iced tea hits the spot like nothing else in my opinion.

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

My favorite Jewel-Osco chicken signature meal deal to get is the family one with the rotisserie chicken. You get two sides, a four pack of rolls, a rotisserie chicken and a Coca-Cola product. Shred the chicken and you can turn it into so many easy meals. Meals like these 30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders.

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

With just a few extra ingredients you can have a delicious meal that’s quick, easy and most of all delicious and flavorful.

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

To make the sliders you just slice the dinner rolls in half.

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Top with the shredded chicken.

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Spoon your favorite marinara sauce on the chicken.

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese for some gooey goodness.

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Place the top of the dinner rolls back on.

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Whisk together your flavored butter goodness.

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Top the dinner rolls with the buttery concoction. You can just pour it over or brush it on if your neurotic like me. 

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Finally, you just cover with foil, let sit, bake, eat and enjoy your not so hard work.

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders

30 Minute Chicken Parmesan Sliders
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
388 calories
30 g
76 g
19 g
24 g
9 g
177 g
609 g
4 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
177g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 388
Calories from Fat 166
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
29%
Saturated Fat 9g
44%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 76mg
25%
Sodium 609mg
25%
Total Carbohydrates 30g
10%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A
14%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
21%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 12 ct. package of dinner rolls
  2. 2 c. chicken, shredded
  3. 1 c. mozzarella, shredded
  4. 1 c. marinara sauce
  5. 1 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  7. 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  8. 1/4 c. butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350°.
  2. Slice the dinner rolls in half and place into a 9"x13" pan.
  3. Top the bottom the rolls with the shredded chicken, marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese.
  4. Place the top of the rolls back on.
  5. Whisk together the olive oil, melted butter, parsley and garlic powder.
  6. Pour or brush the butter mixture over the top of the rolls in the pan.
  7. Cover the pan with foil and let sit for ten minutes.
  8. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for ten minutes or until the cheese is melted.
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fat
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protein
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carbs
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Kick Off Some Football Yum with Slow Cooker Pulled Chipotle Chicken Sliders

by Jennifer Wieland
Slow Cooker Pulled Chipotle Chicken Sliders #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

 

The best part of football season is in full swing now! The post season, especially the big game always make for a great time to spend with family and friends. Everyone hangs out, watches a game and of course they all eat! No football party would be complete without fabulous food that’s easy to hold in one hand while rooting for your favorite team. That’s why I am going to kick off some football yum with Slow Cooker Pulled Chipotle Chicken Sliders thanks to La Morena!

Kick Off Some Football Yum with Slow Cooker Pulled Chipotle Chicken Sliders #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

While I was out shopping at Pete’s Fresh Market one day I spotted La Morena Chipotle Sauce on the shelf. I then had the sudden idea to take that chipotle sauce and use it to make some Slow Cooker Pulled Chipotle Chicken Sliders for our Sunday afternoon football watching. 

Kick Off Some Football Yum with Slow Cooker Pulled Chipotle Chicken Sliders #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

My Hispanic heritage comes from my dad. My mom is Italian so I didn’t learn to cook Mexican dishes until I got older and finally asked my family members to teach me different things. I’ve taken what I’ve learned from them and branched out with Mexican flavors and combined them to create different types of food. These Slow Cooker Pulled Chipotle Chicken Sliders are a perfect example with a Mexican and BBQ pairing. Kick Off Some Football Yum with Slow Cooker Pulled Chipotle Chicken Sliders #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

To get this meal underway I first had to make the sauce. The sauce is packed full of so much flavor! 

Kick Off Some Football Yum with Slow Cooker Pulled Chipotle Chicken Sliders #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Once I got the sauce made I placed the chicken breast and sauce in the slow cooker. Turned it on and let it do its thing. 

Kick Off Some Football Yum with Slow Cooker Pulled Chipotle Chicken Sliders #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Once the meat was fork tender I took it out and shredded it. I then added it back into the sauce and served on slider rolls. 

Kick Off Some Football Yum with Slow Cooker Pulled Chipotle Chicken Sliders #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Since this was football party food I made sure to have a lot of topping options for my family and some sides to enjoy with the sliders. 

Kick Off Some Football Yum with Slow Cooker Pulled Chipotle Chicken Sliders #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Slow Cooker Pulled Chipotle Chicken Sliders
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2470 calories
46 g
1157 g
52 g
431 g
15 g
2118 g
7605 g
15 g
0 g
30 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2118g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2470
Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 52g
80%
Saturated Fat 15g
73%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 1157mg
386%
Sodium 7605mg
317%
Total Carbohydrates 46g
15%
Dietary Fiber 11g
43%
Sugars 15g
Protein 431g
Vitamin A
38%
Vitamin C
356%
Calcium
51%
Iron
126%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 7 oz. can La Morena Chipotle Sauce
  2. 7 oz. can tomato sauce (Spanish style)
  3. 2 tbsp. green chiles
  4. 1/4. c. onion, diced
  5. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 2 tsp. cumin
  7. 2 tbsp. Mexican oregano
  8. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  9. 1/2 tsp. salt
  10. 1 c. water
  11. 3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  12. dinner rolls or slider buns
Instructions
  1. In a blender or food processor combine the first ten ingredients and blend.
  2. In a slow cooker add the chicken breast. Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until fork tender. Shred the chicken and then add back into the sauce. Serve on rolls with toppings of choice.
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carbs
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For more delicious recipes, to learn more about La Morena products or where to buy them, head on over to the La Morena website.

 


Two Ingredient Pot Pies with a Progresso Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
Two Ingredient Pot Pies #ProgressoGameDay #ProgressoStew #ProgressoChili


   

Are you ready for some football? I know that I am . Football is a way of life in my family and we love to spend our weekends talking about and watching football. Our meals revolve around the game and have to be something that you can grab quickly during halftime or easy enough to devour in between plays. Since it was a weeknight today and Monday Night Football is on I decided I needed a quick easy meal that I could prep ahead of time and just pop in the oven at game time. Thankfully, Progresso Stew made the prep a breeze for my new, two ingredient pot pies.  Two Ingredient Pot Pies #ProgressoGameDay #ProgressoStew #ProgressoChili Progresso has some new additions to their already tasty family lineup. They now have a line of stew and chili varieties that come conveniently packaged in pouches to feed more than one person. 

  • Roasted Vegetable Chili with 3 Beans is a meat-free option 
  • Smokehouse Pork and Beef Chili with Beans
  • Southwest Style White Chicken Chili with Beans.
  • White Chicken Stew with Savory Herbs 
  • The Hearty Vegetable Stew with Beef 

Two Ingredient Pot Pies #ProgressoGameDay #ProgressoStew #ProgressoChili For my pot pies I used the chicken stew but you could definitely use the beef stew as well. You could easily make both with this recipe being such a breeze and freeze or refrigerate them before cooking so that you can prep them way ahead of time and just need to pop them in the oven on game day. Two Ingredient Pot Pies #ProgressoGameDay #ProgressoStew #ProgressoChili

Two Ingredient Pot Pies
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949 calories
86 g
0 g
62 g
12 g
16 g
180 g
976 g
0 g
0 g
43 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
180g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 949
Calories from Fat 561
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 62g
96%
Saturated Fat 16g
78%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 16g
Monounsaturated Fat 27g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 976mg
41%
Total Carbohydrates 86g
29%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 0g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 18 oz. Progresso Stew pouch
  2. 1 box refrigerated pie crust
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and get out a baking sheet and two mini pie tins.
  2. Unroll the refrigerated pie crust. Place a plate that is a few inches larger than the pie tins on the pie crust and cut around it. Do this twice. Place the two pie crust circles into the pie tins. Roll the remaining pie crust together and cut out two more circles. Fill the pie crusts in the tins with the Progresso Stew dividing it in half between the two. Top the pies with the other pie crust circles and pinch the the edges to seal and flute. Trim off any extra crust and cut slits in the top.
  3. Place the prepared pot pies on the baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes.
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fat
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protein
12g
carbs
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These wonderful, new products are perfect for the cooler weather not just on game day but any day of the week when you want a hearty, comforting meal after a long, hectic day. To get more ideas and inspiration on how to use Progresso products to make your meals amazing then check out the Progresso site and Facebook page.

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Turn your favorite football day into a #ProgressoGameDay with #ProgressoStew and #ProgressoChili

 


One Pan Chicken with Rice Meal Featuring Uncle Ben’s

by Jennifer Wieland
One Pan Chicken with Rice Meal Featuring Uncle Ben's®

 

 

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #justaddrice #CollectiveBias  

 

Fall is here, the kids are back in school and the sports and activities have started up again. Now with my husband busy with a roll out at work, my oldest working two jobs and starting a business, the other kids activities and me working, volunteering and traveling, everyone’s schedules are all over the place! So it’s not often that we can all manage to squeeze in a meal together. So when we are all in the right place at the right time I have to make sure my meal is fast. That’s why I love this one pan chicken with rice meal featuring Uncle Ben’s®

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While I adore baking, cooking is always a challenge because it’s a required job for my family to function. Since I’m the only one feeding my motley crew cooking can take on a life of it’s own with everyone’s hectic schedules.

One Pan Chicken with Rice Meal Featuring Uncle Ben's®

 

Luckily, while everyone is at work and school I can fit in a quick trip to my local Kroger family store, grab some Uncle Ben’s Long Grain & Wild Rice, rotisseries chicken, stock and veggies and I have a quick, easy one pan meal that covers all the main meal requirements. 

One Pan Chicken with Rice Meal Featuring Uncle Ben's®

I love recipes that I can pack with vegetables! The kids get a bunch without complaining about eating them since they are soft and flavorful. Eating with color is so good for you.

One Pan Chicken with Rice Meal Featuring Uncle Ben's®

One Pan Chicken with Rice
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2096 calories
300 g
271 g
33 g
144 g
9 g
1524 g
1334 g
25 g
0 g
20 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1524g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2096
Calories from Fat 298
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g
51%
Saturated Fat 9g
43%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 271mg
90%
Sodium 1334mg
56%
Total Carbohydrates 300g
100%
Dietary Fiber 20g
78%
Sugars 25g
Protein 144g
Vitamin A
130%
Vitamin C
123%
Calcium
18%
Iron
65%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 6 oz. box Uncle Ben's® Long Grain and Wild Rice
  2. 2 c. cooked chicken, cubed
  3. 1/4 c. shallot, diced
  4. 1/4 c. onion, diced
  5. 1/4 c. celery, chopped
  6. 1/4 c. carrot, sliced
  7. 1/3 c. bell pepper, chopped
  8. 3 c. low-sodium chicken stock
  9. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  10. 1/4 tsp. thyme
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine the chicken, vegetables, rice, seasoning packet, pepper, thyme and chicken stock in a 13 x 9" pan and stir to combine. Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake for 35-45 minutes. It will be done when there is only a little liquid left.
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One Pan Chicken with Rice Meal Featuring Uncle Ben's® 

I love quick, easy one pan/pot meals on busy nights and I love that I can use Uncle Ben’s® Flavored Grains to make the meal even easier and tastier than it already is. 

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Feel the Orange Chicken Love

by Jennifer Wieland
Feel the Orange Chicken love at Panda Express #OrangeChickenLove


 

 

I remember the first time that I tried Panda Express Orange Chicken. We had our first Panda Express open in the area and we went to try it out it. My oldest ordered the Orange Chicken and I ordered something else along with the rest of the family. My oldest son was immediately hooked and set about a journey to convert the rest of us in the house to his way of thinking by sharing his Orange Chicken Love. It took him numerous visits but I finally caved one day and popped my first piece of Orange Chicken into my mouth. It was Orange Chicken love at first bite!

Feel the Orange Chicken love at Panda Express #OrangeChickenLove

I love everything about the Panda Express Orange Chicken. From the fried batter to the sweet heat of the sauce. It is quite simply, perfection! This classic Chinese Dish is now my absolute favorite, must order food whenever I walk through the doors of a Panda Express. I’m such a fan in fact that when I order I get the noodles for my side and the two entrée dish and make both of my entrées Orange Chicken. 

Feel the Orange Chicken love at Panda Express #OrangeChickenLove

Right now Panda Express has a bit of fun and awesomeness happening with their Orange Chicken Love Truck Food Truck Tour that’s making its way across the country. I know I can’t wait to check out the Orange Chicken Love Truck when it rolls into Chicago next month. For more information on the Orange Chicken Love Truck and where and when it will be stopping be sure to check out the Orange Chicken Love site. 

Now it’s your turn to tell me. Are you a person who proudly professes there Orange Chicken Love to one and all? Have you ever tried Panda Express Orange Chicken? (I will shed a tear for those of you that said no.) Is it a must have whenever you visit Panda Express like it is for 50% of their customers?


Zesty Chicken and Refried Bean Tortas With La Morena Products

by Jennifer Wieland
Zesty Chicken and Refried Bean Tortas
This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena

My paternal grandma was Mexican and I lived for holidays as a kid because that meant we got to eat tamales, chicken mole and whatever other food creations she made for the entire family. She didn’t do this all the time because you see my dad was one of twelve children. Now add-on grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the numbers were staggering. This truly is one of the memories I love most from each year growing up. The problem I had though happened when my grandma passed away and I realized I had never asked her to teach me how to make everything. It broke my heart thinking that I had missed that connection to her. Luckily for me though her sister, my great-aunt known to all of us as Auntie was willing to teach those of us that wanted to learn. She taught us how to cook meats, make tamales, how to make homemade tortillas and I can never thank her enough for it. These last few years though I have enjoyed experimenting with Mexican ingredients to incorporate them into more meals for my family. One such recipe is my Zesty Chicken and Refried Bean Tortas that I make with La Morena products.

Zesty Chicken and Refried Bean Tortas

What’s a torta you ask? The word torta is a Spanish, Italian and Portuguese word that has many culinary meanings. In Mexico, tortas are a type of sandwich that come in many forms. For my version I make a zesty paste marinade and coat chicken with it and then grill it up. I then garnish the torta with La Morena Refried Beans and other toppings. This is a particular favorite with my family and truly makes a great dinner or is perfect for watching your favorite sports team with some guests. You can set up a torta bar and let them all top their tortas any way they like.

La Morena Products at Pete's Fresh Market

To get all the supplies I needed to make this dish I headed to my local Pete’s Fresh Market and found everything I would need including my La Morena Refried Beans and Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce.

Zesty, Mexican Chicken Marinade

Zesty Mexican Chicken Marinade
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583 calories
19 g
0 g
58 g
3 g
4 g
279 g
2860 g
4 g
0 g
50 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
279g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 583
Calories from Fat 509
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 58g
89%
Saturated Fat 4g
20%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 40g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2860mg
119%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
6%
Dietary Fiber 7g
29%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
46%
Vitamin C
52%
Calcium
16%
Iron
29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 7oz. can La Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  2. 1/2 of a 4oz. can fire roasted green chiles
  3. 1/4 of a large Spanish Onion, diced
  4. 4 cloves of garlic
  5. 2 tsp. cumin
  6. 1 tbsp. Mexican Oregano
  7. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  8. 1/4 tsp. salt
  9. 1/4 c. vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Remove the chipotle peppers from the adobo sauceand place the peppers in a bowl. Press the peppers to remove as much of the sauce as possible. Discard or save the peppers for another recipe.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor or in a blender pulse together the adobo sauce, green chiles, onion, garlic and all of the dry seasonings. With the blender or food processor running slowly pour in the oil. Mix just until the oil is incorporated. This will be a thick marinade.
  3. Marinate 2-3 lbs. of chicken with 1/2 cup of the marinade. The remainder of the marinade can be stored in a baggie and frozen for later use.
Notes
  1. This is spicy and you are working with peppers. Be sure to wear gloves to protect your skin and avoid touching your face and eyes.
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protein
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carbs
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Zesty Chicken and Refried Bean Tortas

Zesty Chicken and Refried Bean Torta
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2328 calories
79 g
964 g
49 g
368 g
14 g
1556 g
1987 g
9 g
0 g
28 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1556g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2328
Calories from Fat 444
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g
76%
Saturated Fat 14g
68%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 964mg
321%
Sodium 1987mg
83%
Total Carbohydrates 79g
26%
Dietary Fiber 8g
33%
Sugars 9g
Protein 368g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
22%
Calcium
46%
Iron
95%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  2. 1/2 c. Zesty, Mexican Chicken Marinade
  3. 4-6 Telera or Bolillo rolls
  4. La Morena Refried Beans
  5. Cilantro
  6. Spanish onion, diced
  7. Queso Fresco
Instructions
  1. In a large plastic baggie place the chicken and cover with the marinade. Seal the bag and be sure that all of the chicken is covered with the marinade. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  2. Preheat the grill or a grill pan. If using a grill pan spray with some olive oil. Cook the chicken until cooked completely through. Times will vary depending on the size of the pieces. While the chicken is cooking heat the refried beans. Dice the cooked chicken into cubes.
  3. Slice the rolls open and spread on some of the refried beans. Next add on your chicken and then top with cilantro, onion and queso fresco.
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protein
368g
carbs
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Mediterranean Chicken and Potatoes

by Jennifer Wieland
Mediterranean Chicken and Potatoes is the perfect meal for a family dinner or for feeding a crowd.

My absolute favorite meat to eat is chicken so even when trying to cook for a crowd I often skip the usual standards of turkey, ham or a pricey beef dish. Instead I opt for chicken and wow people with flavor. My family’s absolute favorite chicken dish I make is Mediterranean Chicken and Potatoes. It’s a great, hearty meal that will have your whole house smelling ah-mazing and the whole family drooling before the meal is even served. That’s one of the reasons I love serving this to guests. When they walk in the door they are greeted by a yummy aroma and know they are about to be served up a delicious meal that will make them think you worked super hard and spent a ton of money when in reality that couldn’t be further from the truth.

This is a dish that is easy to prepare and doesn’t keep you chained to the stove. Meaning, you put it in the oven and only need to go back a couple of times to add the chicken and check to see when it’s done. This allows you to work on preparing the rest of the edibles, doing any last-minute cleaning and getting yourself ready. While this dish may seem simple it is extremely flavorful with juicy, fork tender chicken and caramelized potatoes. You will definitely please even the pickiest of eaters. Honestly, the carmelized potatoes in this dish are one of my favorite foods to eat. The main recipe will serve 4-5 people but can easily be doubled or tripled for larger groups. I would make a bit extra though as this one will definitely have people asking for seconds and you will want to have some leftovers for lunch the next day.

Mediterranean Chicken and Potatoes is the perfect meal for a family dinner or for feeding a crowd.

Mediterranean Chicken and Potatoes
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3578 calories
258 g
771 g
142 g
312 g
25 g
2751 g
4310 g
13 g
0 g
109 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2751g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3578
Calories from Fat 1262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 142g
219%
Saturated Fat 25g
123%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 19g
Monounsaturated Fat 90g
Cholesterol 771mg
257%
Sodium 4310mg
180%
Total Carbohydrates 258g
86%
Dietary Fiber 36g
144%
Sugars 13g
Protein 312g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
530%
Calcium
44%
Iron
132%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lemon
  2. 1 ½ – 2 lbs. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  3. 1 tbsp oregano
  4. 1 ½ tsp. season salt
  5. ½ tsp. black pepper
  6. 1 ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  7. 1 tsp onion powder
  8. 1 tsp garlic powder
  9. 6-7 yukon gold medium sized potatoes
  10. ½ c. water
  11. ½ c. olive oil
  12. ½ c. water
Instructions
  1. Juice one lemon into a bowl and set aside. Combine all of the seasonings in a bowl and set aside. Trim the chicken if needed and then place in a bowl. Add half of the lemon juice and seasoning mix. Massage into chicken and then place the bowl into the refrigerator.
  2. Cut the potatoes into quarters lengthwise and place in a 9x13 baking dish. Combine the olive oil, water, remaining lemon juice and seasoning mix and then poor over the potatoes. Stir together to thoroughly coat the potatoes.
  3. Place pan into cold oven and turn the heat to 475°. Bake potatoes for 30-40 minutes. Give the potatoes a stir and push the potatoes to the sides of the pan to make room for the chicken in the center. Add another ½ c. water to the pan.
  4. Add the chicken to the pan, making sure the top side of the chicken breasts are down. Return pan to oven and roast chicken until the side facing down is golden brown, 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the chicken breasts. Then turn the chicken over, turn the potatoes and turn off the even. Let the pan rest in the hot oven for another 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and plate up the food on a serving platter. Pour pan juices over the the top and cover and let rest for a few minutes before serving.
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fat
142g
protein
312g
carbs
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Slow Cooker Chicken & Italian Sausage Cacciatore

by Jennifer Wieland

A few posts back I talked about how I needed to get into using my slow cooker more than I do. I like it but just don’t utilize it like I should be doing. I think I am coming along nicely though in trying to incorporate it into my life on a more regular basis. I have been using it once a week now which is a vast improvement over once a month or so like I was doing. Last night I decided that I would go with a recipe that I have made before and my family loves but I just don’t make it nearly as much as I should.

I came up with this recipe about two years ago. My mom’s birthday always falls on or around Mother’s Day and I decided to take her out to dinner and to see a musical as her gift for both. I picked a restaurant in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago since it was near the theater we would be heading to after we ate. When I decided on the restaurant I knew my mother would be pleased with my choice, it was Topo Gigio Ristorante. My mother is a big Topo Gigio fan and I remember her talking about it growing up. My grandfather was from Sicily and Topo Gigio was originally an Italian and Spanish TV series which starred an adorable little mouse. Little Topo Gigio became popular in the U.S. though after being on the Ed Sullivan show. So the decor of Topo Gigio, complete with the iconic mouse dolls, figurines and shirts brought a smile to her face. Then we sat down and looked at the menu. The selections were amazing and we both loved what we ordered but I knew my husband would love what my mom ordered, the POLLETTO con SALSICCIA alla CACCIATORA. So I set out to recreate a home version. That was how my Slow Cooker Chicken & Italian Sausage Cacciatore was born.

Many people have had chicken cacciatore but adding the Italian sausage just adds another layer of flavor to this dish and cooking it in the slow cooker allows the flavors to really come together. This is a very hearty meal and it makes a lot, like dinner party sized or my family. I have made this as one of the meat options at holidays and it is always a hit.

Slow Cooker Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken & Italian Sausage Cacciatore
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4445 calories
137 g
1095 g
268 g
344 g
88 g
2797 g
6622 g
77 g
0 g
163 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2797g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4445
Calories from Fat 2413
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 268g
413%
Saturated Fat 88g
441%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 37g
Monounsaturated Fat 126g
Cholesterol 1095mg
365%
Sodium 6622mg
276%
Total Carbohydrates 137g
46%
Dietary Fiber 30g
119%
Sugars 77g
Protein 344g
Vitamin A
169%
Vitamin C
398%
Calcium
60%
Iron
202%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs (your preference)
  2. 1 1/2 lbs. Italian sausage (I prefer hot but you can use mild.)
  3. 1 lg. onion sliced thin
  4. 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  5. 1 green bell pepper chopped into 1" pieces
  6. 3 6 oz. cans tomato paste
  7. 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1 tbsp. capers
  9. 2 tsp. oregano
  10. 1 tsp. basil
  11. 1 tsp. celery powder or flakes
  12. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  13. 1 c. chicken broth
  14. 3/4 c. dry white wine
  15. 2 tbsp. olive oil
Instructions
  1. Lightly brown the Italian sausage. I do this since the sausage can be greasy and can make the sauce greasy then too. Slice the sausage into 3-4" long pieces. Cut the chicken into smaller pieces. For breast cut into thirds and thighs cut in half.
  2. Place the onions in the bottom of the slow cooker and then top with the meats. Next add the mushrooms and greens pepper. Mix together the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and then pour over the meats and vegetables.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Serve over rice or pasta.
Notes
  1. I serve mine of orzo since it's a rice shaped pasta and I like the best of both worlds.
  2. This will make a lot of food. If you are trying to feed a family of two or three you can divide this in two and freeze half before cooking for a second slow cooker meal.
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End of the School Year and Cookouts

by Jennifer Wieland

I know I have been majorly slacking here on the blog. Don’t worry though, I have been slacking everywhere in my life as well. It’s truly not that I am being lazy. I have been trying. It has just been really hard with so many family birthdays, the end of the school year and well I have been sick. I have been hanging out a great deal in doctor’s offices, hospitals and labs. It sucks and whatever is wrong with me leaves me barely functioning half the time. Hopefully, they get it all pieced together soon though so the kids have a somewhat enjoyable summer. I am having a good week so far this week and have been working on some things to get posted. With the explanations out-of-the-way. Let’s jump into what this post is all about.

The Christmas holiday and the end of the school year cause me to panic. You see my three youngest need gifts for school staff. This year one needed seven, one needed five and last needed three. They all have teachers, aides, therapists and social workers that need a treat for all they do but this year I wanted to be able to give the kids a chance to hand out a little something to their friends in class as a farewell. So I needed to come up with an inexpensive gift for their friends that was not just candy or something similar. I wanted it to be something they could use this summer to be creative. I got a really great deal on cases of construction paper earlier in the school year. So I still had a full case that hadn’t even been opened yet. I also had pencils that I got on clearance at Target for 75% off and 4 packs of crayons that came in an 8 pack for $2. I had to get some curling ribbon to assemble and had to create a cute little tag that I could attach to all of the gifts. The tags I made came out nice.

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Now that the kids are out of school and summer is fully upon us, I am going to take a break today from baking and head into the land of cooking. I love baking. It is a true joy to me. Cooking however, not so much. You see cooking is a mandatory chore. Which makes it work which means it is automatically less fun. I do however cook though because I must. I thought I would share two of my favorite recipes. One is for a pasta salad from Kraft that I have been making for years. When I go somewhere and ask if I can bring anything people always ask for this pasta salad and desserts. It is really yummy and different from standard ones as it uses tortellini for the pasta. I usually make it at least 4-6 hours in advance because it tastes better when the flavors have time to marry. The recipe can be found here on the Kraft website.

The other recipe I want to share with you is for my Italian chicken burgers. These are a nice addition to any cookout as they are not your standard fare. This is a burger made with ground chicken and topped with fresh mozzarella, marinara sauce and basil. While this is just as filling as a beef burger it is a lighter alternative.

Pasta Salad and Italian Chicken Burger

Italian Chicken Burger
makes four 1/4 burgers

1 lb. ground chicken
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 tsp oregano
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
fresh mozzarella cheese
your favorite marinara sauce, heated
fresh basil, sliced into ribbons
4 buns/rolls, toasted

Preheat grill or grill pan.

In a large bowl combine the first six ingredients and mix using your hands. Form into four patties using your hands or a hamburger press. Cook burgers completely through, about 10-20 minutes. Cover them with a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese and allow to melt. Remove from grill or grill pan and place on bun. Top with marinara sauce and basil and enjoy.


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