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shredded pineapple chicken

This recipe was shared with me and originally called for drumettes. Chicken drummies are hard for me to find and usually gross me out when I do find them in the store so, I opted for organic chicken thighs.

Best served over a portion of brown rice (note: if you’re using the microwave rice cooker, the brown rice will take a while, 20-30 minutes, if you’re not using instant rice).

Serves 2-3 people

What you’ll need:

  • 5-6 chicken thighs
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup of crushed pineapple and the juice
  • salt
  • red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup of honey
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

In your 2.5 quart crock pot, place your chicken thighs at the bottom. In a small bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients, making sure to blend really well to incorporate the honey. Pour over the chicken thighs and cook on low for 6 hours. The chicken should easily fall apart to be shredded and served over brown rice.

**I used diced pineapple, but honestly it didn’t do anything for this recipe but make weird tasting pineapple. I think if you use crushed pineapple along with some extra pineapple juice, it’ll be much better!**

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Italian Turkey Meatballs + Pasta

I’m on a constant and what seems like a never-ending search to find the perfect meatball recipe. I don’t know what it is, but this challenge is one I don’t take lightly. Blame it on Oregano’s meatballs. I’ve come up with short-cut recipes, no-egg recipes, 100-ingredient recipes (almost an exaggeration) but, I’m still searching.

I had a ½ lb. of ground turkey left over from some turkey chili I made last week that needed to be used up. It was time to give the search another shot. I ran across Chef Huda’s Italian Turkey Meatball recipe. The ingredients were simple and so I gave it a swing using what I had available.

breadcrumbs

my makeshift breadcrumbs thanks to my Ninja food processor!

The recipe calls for breadcrumbs which isn’t something I always have on hand. I used my Ninja food processor (I link to a model similar to the one I own) and the ends of a loaf of wheat bread and pulsed them a few times until they looked like soft bread crumbs. Works for me!

The meatballs turned out tender, well seasoned and were perfect with marinara and pasta.

Next time I’ll make sure to dice my onion smaller and sauté with the garlic before adding to the rest of the mixture.
Makes about a dozen meatballs

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homemade dressing

Chicken thighs are my go-to lately when it’s time to try a crockpot chicken recipe and really only for the fact that they tend to be cheaper than chicken breasts. With only a few ingredients, 5-6 hours and your crock pot this dish is an awesome quick dinner you can put together. || Read more

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Shredded Chicken Taco

Love this quick recipe I found on Pinterest. Make sure you have the homemade taco seasoning on hand for this one. Since I didn’t have onion powder to add to the seasoning recipe, I placed 3 thick slices of onion on the bottom of my crockpot so I wouldn’t miss out on that flavor.

Three ingredients. That’s it. Throw it all in the crock pot, set on low before you go to work and when you get home you’ll have chicken that falls apart with the touch of a fork. I’ll definitely be doing this one again but will probably add some jalapeños to the crock pot next time. || Read more

Shrimp + orzo

Jan
2014
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shrimp and orzo

Happy New Year!

Orzo has become a favorite pasta of mine lately. This recipe is quick to put together and is perfect for 2-3 people. I had plenty leftover for a couple of lunches.

If you’re using frozen shrimp like I do, make sure and thaw out ahead of time. Here’s what I do: Put the dozen frozen shrimps into a bowl with cold water, grab a beer out of the fridge and relax while those little guys thaw out.

Cooking the orzo in something other than water does amazing things to do this dish. I used vegetarian broth but you can use whatever you have on hand. || Read more

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quick stir fried rice and veggies

This quick dish is perfect when you have just enough time and energy to throw together something to eat. Literally a few ingredients, your microwave rice cooker and you’re set, usually with leftovers that work great in a burrito. (Serves 2 + leftovers) || Read more

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adding the pasta to the dish

Another winner from Vegetarian Times magazine (November 2013). I’ve put together dishes similar to this one on a whim, but the roasted red peppers really make the difference. Also, shoot for fresh spinach, not frozen in this dish. || Read more

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