Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Orange Sesame Chicken

*recipe & photo adapted from Melissa D'Arabian

i happened to catch a new cooking show, ten dollar dinners, on food network last week & fell in love with this recipe. melissa d'arabian made cooking sesame chicken seem so simple. and since i keep going back to try my hand at asian cooking, usually to toss it out, sometimes to try to soy-sauce it to death to enjoy it, this recipe seemed too easy to not try.

and i'm happy to report, it was great! tossed with edamame, broccoli, asian noodles & soy, it was the perfect meal in a bowl.

{orange sesame chicken}

ingredients {in order of use}
*serves 2-4
  • 6-8 chicken tenders
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmelade
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 {1/4 teaspoons} garlic powder, divided
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons low-calorie butter, melted

1. pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray & set aside.

2. cut the chicken tenders into 1-inch cubes & toss into a medium bowl. add orange marmalade, soy, white wine, red pepper flakes & 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. mix to coat evenly & set aside to marinate anywhere from 10 minutes to a few hours.

3. when ready to cook, add flour, other 1/4 teaspoon garlic & sesame seeds to a small bowl & mix. drain the chicken in a strainer to remove excess marinade & blot with a paper towel. loosely toss chicken in the flour {it doesn't have to be evenly coated} & place on greased baking sheet. drizzle with butter.

4. cook for 20 minutes, turning once, until chicken is crispy. enjoy over warm rice or veggies!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Easy Quinoa!

quinoa...it's what's for dinner! this little germ {think 7th grade science...} is touted around the world as a delicious source of protein, magnesium & fiber. i love these little seedlings as the base for any meal...quite the canvas these guys!

pick up a bag in the barley/couscous or organic section of your grocery & start making memories meals. cook in the basic method below & you have a great base to toss with leftover meat, veggies & cheese!

{easy quinoa}

ingredients {in order of use}

*serves 2-4

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

1. CRUCIAL STEP-do not skip or your quinoa will be bitter. using a mesh strainer, rinse quinoa until water runs clear.

2. add 1 cup of quinoa & 2 cups of chicken stock to a saucepan. bring to a boil & reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally. cook for 20-25 minutes, or until stock has been absorbed & quinoa have "popped" {or seem to have grown a tail}! enjoy!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Rosemary Rutabaga Fries


Noun: what the hell is it?!

yep, this is probably what you are thinking. i was too until i enjoyed this delicious veggie down south many years ago...and i've brought it back to the kitchen. sexy little veggie, it's actually a yellow turnip & also falls into the root veggie category. it can be prepared much like butternut squash but is a lot easier to work with. pick one up in your local grocery store & join this rutabaga journey with me...

{rosemary rutabaga fries}

ingredients {in order of use}
*serves 2-4
  • 1 large rutabaga
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary, minced
1. pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

2. using a veggie peeler, peel waxy, outer skin of rutabaga. slice into "fries" {or cubes} & toss in a large mixing bowl.
add olive oil, salt & pepper, garlic & rosemary; stir to coat evenly.

3. toss onto a baking sheet. cook for 25 minutes, toss & finish cooking until browned all over. enjoy!

Chicken in Mustard Cream Sauce

*picture compliments of pioneer woman

i have to brag on my hubs...when i mentioned we were having rosemary rutabaga fries, cabbage & chicken in mustard cream sauce for dinner, he didn't bat an eye or complain. then i remembered mcdonald's is .5 miles away & that was what he was thinking. i also learned that if you wait until the food is almost ready to serve, then mention what's for dinner, it goes down without a problem. marriage...just leaves you always learning. seriously.

now that i've really got you geared up for a delicious meal, let's venture in to what was on our plates last night!

i found this recipe on pioneer woman's blog & thought it sounded amazing.

{pause...i have a major blog crush on the pioneer woman. i mean, she lives in the middle of no where, started a blog, now has a cookbook & a show on food network. talk about making lemonade out of lemons! she also homeschools...and anyone who could sanely do that deserves an honor. a medal. a bottle of jack daniels.}

i made a few tweaks to her version am giving it to you below. behold...delicious, healthy chicken in mustard cream sauce.

{chicken in mustard cream sauce}

ingredients {in order of use}
*serves 2
  • 6-7 chicken tenderloins
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup white wine {or 1/2 cup white wine, 1/2 cup sherry}
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
1. spread chicken out on a plate & season with salt & pepper.

2. in a large skillet, add olive oil & bring to medium-high heat. cook chicken on both sides to a golden brown & cooked through. remove chicken, place on a plate & set aside.

3. bring skillet to low-medium heat & add in garlic, sautéing so it doesn't burn. add in wine & allow to cook for a few minutes, until it starts to reduce by half. add in mustards & stir, add in the cream & stir to mix evenly. add cornstarch & mix completely. reduce heat to low, add chicken back to skillet & allow to marinate for a few minutes. enjoy warm!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


friends, fellow bloggers...let's fly shall we?!

flywheel is the newest, latest workout craze to hit atlanta & it's quite amazing! i was introduced to flywheel when i was a new yorker & immediately fell in love with the intense workout, awesome music & time-frame {45 minutes to burn 500 calories...yes, please!}. in addition, if you don't have spinning shoes, they gladly reserve a pair for you {think, much cooler then germ-y bowling shoes} & have them waiting in a cubby for your arrival. there's really no excuse...give it a free try using the code below!

1. visit flywheel & set up an account
2. click to purchase 1 ride
3. enter code FLYCANDYATL
4. book a class & fly!

*check back tomorrow for a delicious, new recipe...chicken in mustard creme sauce!
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