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Super Easy Recipes with Chicken for Holidays

Tiffany and I connected on Twitter over Alcohol Infusions the week before Halloween including Cucumber Lemon Vodka and Candy Corn Moonshine cocktail ideas.  We share a priority of keeping out kitchen work EASY so that eating good, healthy food doesn’t seem like a chore.  When we started discussing the upcoming holidays, she offered up her home cook expertise on one of her favorite dinner mains: chicken!  I hope you enjoy the three recipes she shares below, and take the time to visit her site,  Dilesia, “where sweet treats and good eats meet.”

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Super Easy Recipes with Chicken for Holidays

Holidays are almost here and whether we do a small family gathering or a big celebration with friends it is always useful to have quick and easy recipes which you can count on in every moment.

Chicken is one of the most versatile meats you can experiment with. It is good for a quick stir-fry, slow-roast or a suitable add-on with sandwiches and wraps. Here are 3 ideas for super easy recipes with chicken that will amaze your family and guests. Both by their taste and their easy preparation!

1. Curry Chicken with Leafy Greens and GrapefruitCurry Chicken with Leafy Greens and Grapefruit

The first recipe is very quick to assemble because it involves almost only raw ingredients. Leafy greens especially dark leafy greens are one of the powerhouses in the plant kingdom. They are super nutrient-dense, meaning that they are packed with nutrients like antioxidants, minerals and other microelements in little quantity. If you steam or sauté them you can even triple the quantity because they lose lots of their volume. Here we use them raw and combine them with curry spiced chicken. You can easily sub or add other spices to your liking, but definitely try this easy to prepare balanced dish!

Ingredients for 2:
200 gr chicken breast
1 tsp each of cumin, coriander, turmeric, black pepper and smoked pepper
100 gr mixed leafy greens
1 grapefruit
salt, olive oil
crackers for serving

Instructions:
1. Cube chicken into 2 cm pieces. Season with all the spices and salt to taste.
2. Heat a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil and stir-fry the chicken for 2 minutes, tossing in every 20 seconds. Remove from the pan
3. In a serving dish spread the greens at the bottom. Slice the grapefruit and fillet the inner parts.
4. Arrange the meat and grapefruit fillets onto the greens and serve with some crackers. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle some salt.

2. Slow Roasted Chicken Thighs with Winter Veggies

Slow Roasted Chicken Thighs with Winter Veggies

Classics are classics for a reason. The slow roast techniques gives freedom to do all our other tasks while this beautiful dish is simmering in the oven. It assembles in 5 minutes, then you forget about it for 3 hours and in the middle of the evening – bam! You have a delicious golden chicken thighs to serve to your guests. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you feel like – broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, celery. They all taste divine because they get naturally flavored from the chicken fat. Yum!

Ingredients for 2:
2 chicken thighs
4 medium potatoes
2 carrots
1 onion
2 tbsp butter
salt, pepper

Instructions:
1. Rinse, peel and quarter the potatoes and onion. Rinse, peel and half the carrot in length.
2. Place in a heat proof pan.
3. Rub the chicken thighs in salt and pepper and place them on top of the vegetables.
4. Spread the butter evenly onto the thighs.
5. Place an aluminum foil over the pan and roast for 2 hours at 180C.
6. Remove the foil and roast for another 1 hour until golden and crispy.

3. Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos Dilesia

Finally, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love tacos. Tacos are a family favorite because of the all sharing and caring atmosphere that circles the table. We experiment, exchange ideas, combine flavors and enjoy a healthy home-made meal with our loved ones. What’s not to love about it? Tortillas are the center of this dish. You can buy it readymade are slightly heat it in your oven or on a pizza stone. Be brave with mixing your favorite add-ons and don’t be afraid to use the chicken left from that slow-roast the other evening. It goes perfect with a quick pumpkin chicken wrap!

Ingredients for 2:
200 gr cooked chicken meat
2 tortillas
1 avocado
1 cup pumpkin puree (recipe below)
1 sprig parsley
1 pinch hot smoked pepper

Pumpkin puree:
200 gr pumpkin or butternut squash
½ tsp each of cumin, turmeric, coriander, ginger, black pepper and salt
olive oil

Instructions:
1. To make the pumpkin puree heat a tablespoon of olive oil and lightly heat the spices. Add the pumpkin or squash, cubed into 2 cm pieces, and pour a cup of boiling water. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and puree until creamy.
2. Place the tortillas in the oven for a minute (you can use a pizza stone).
3. When slightly warm, spread a couple of tablespoons of the puree, avocado slices, shredded chicken and parsley. Sprinkle with smoked pepper and enjoy!

Whatever recipe you choose to delight your family it’s sure they will be grateful and pleased. Each of these recipes will save you much needed time with your loved ones, will spare on extra fuss in the kitchen and will leave you full of energy to enjoy your holiday evening. Which one do you start with?

 

Tiffany Watts at Dilesia.comTiffany Watts is the blogger behind Dilesia, a food blog curated for newbie and experienced cooking and baking enthusiasts, with the aim of bringing back the glamor and fashion in the kitchen. Dilesia, “where sweet treats and good eats meet,” provides a portal for everyone to discover delicious recipes, new and upcoming kitchen gadgets, and easy (and surprising) ways to upgrade culinary skills.

Cheers to Cucumber Lemon Vodka and the 10 Cocktails We’ll Clink Together

We watch A LOT of Good Eats at THS HQ.  Alton Brown has inspired us with our daily eats of course, but also with our adult beverages!  Have you seen the episode on Bloody Marys where Alton makes Tomato Vodka?  Nick and I have seen it several times and each viewing we note how simple the process is and mention that “we really need to try that soon!”

Thanks to a couple of generous gardeners in my life, I found myself with a pile of cucumbers on my kitchen table one weekend last month.  Determined to hold on to those summer feelings as long as possible, we decided it was time to try our hands at vodka infusion! 

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I can’t stress this enough: Infusing vodka is super simple.
I took slices of my garden cucumbers and placed them in a large ball jar. 
I added a few slices of lemon and poured triple distilled vodka to the top before sealing the jar tightly.
We stored the jar in a cool, dark spot and gave it a shake every few days.
About 3 days in I removed the lemons.
About 3 days later, I removed the cucumbers by straining through a mesh strainer.
Now the question is – how to use it?!

I did some internet hunting and found ten recipes I want to try using my Cucumber Lemon Vodka creation.

This Cucumber Vodka Soda recipe from How Sweet Eats uses actual Cucumber Juice [Jess includes how-to for those of us without a juicer in the kitchen – SCORE!] and regular vodka. I’m thinking upping the game with the Cucumber Lemon Vodka is simply the right thing to do.

Foodie Crush’s Cucumber Delight Cocktail is all about refreshment; even the melon ball and cucumber slice garnish look mega-refreshing. Mule-like with the inclusion of ginger beer with a bit of sweet and sour partnership found in lemon juice and simple syrup. Ahhhhhhhhhh!

Dear, A Bubbly Life – Thank you for teaching me the simplicity of How to Make a Cucumber Salty Dog Cocktail. After my summer of 2013 quest to “make grapefruit vodka and soda my drink” this is an obvious choice. Can you believe I’ve never known what a Salty Dog was before I started looking for recipes to make with my vodka creation? 

It’s important to remember that the most refreshing cocktails are often the most simple.  Pixels and Crumbs delivers the perfect easier-than-pie glass with this Cucumber Vodka Cocktail. I think this is the perfect beverage for chasing a happier hour after a hard day at the office.

I’ve decided that taking the time for homemade lemonade and stirring up some Cucumber Lemonade for Grown-Ups from Set the Table is a great way to savor summer into the start of fall. I have a sweet vintage lemonade set I was gifted years ago and I love using the pitcher for fancy cocktails on a whim.

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It wasn’t long ago that I declared limes my favorite fruit, making this Cucumber Lime Zinger from Kitchen Konfidence a no brainer for Cucumber Lemon Vodka consumption.  I think this cocktail would pair really well with shrimp tacos or beef fajitas

The Firecracker from Creative Culinary is a watermelon, lime and cucumber cocktail fit for celebration. This screams “serve me with finger sandwiches!” and “sip on the porch!”  Who wants to come over?

A cocktail named Garden in a Glass is clearly a check in the “healthy decision” box, right? My Life and Kids blends watermelon, lime, agave and vodka for a freggie-filled glass of adult deliciousness.

My sister, Melissa, first taught me of the wonders of Moscow Mules while visiting my parents at a few years back. Mules have been one of my go-to travel cocktails ever since; I love the blend of sweet and spice, along with the copper mug novelty.  Cucumber Moscow Mule from The Culinary Compass seems like a great way to enjoy the infusion. 

Fresh flavored and gorgeous to look at, this Cucumber Pineapple Mini Martini from I’m Bored, Let’s Go is totally on the list for the next at-home cocktail night!  That speckle! That flavor combo! I’m IN!

Do you have other suggestions for how to use my Cucumber Lime Vodka infusion?

15 Slow Cooker Recipes Using Lean Beef

15 slow cooker recipes featuring lean beef

I love using the slow cooker in these late summer, early autumn months.  When it remains hot in the mid-day sun, but thanks to early morning chill and late evening breezes starting to arrive we’re starting to look towards warm, comforting dinners more often.  Slow cookers and set-it-and-forget-it recipes are the perfect compromise to complete dinner laziness and working hard in the kitchen.  Tools to help you #make1healthydecision even on the days you’d much rather order in and stay planted in front of the TV.

The recipes below all use lean cuts of beef; Lean beef has 10 essential nutrients and is the #1 food source of protein, vitamin B12 and zinc. Beef is a great source of iron, which plays an important role in transporting oxygen through your body. This infographic does a great job of explaining the benefits of lean beef: Beef’s Big 10

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Crockpot Beef on Weck Slider from Healthy Delicious // This recipe is proof you can reach the ultimate medium-rare pot roast perfection with the help of your crockpot. Paired with a kitchen-hack for the ages: store bought Italian bread dough turned slider rolls. The semi-homemade way to up your party platter game, if you ask me.

Shredded Beef with Red Cabbage Slaw from Food Fash // A thick, flavorful stock reduction takes this shredded beef recipe to the next level. Paired with a beautiful red cabbage slaw for a picture-perfect plate of delicious.

Slow Cooker New England Pot Roast from Andie Mitchell //  A classic Dinner with a capital-D, pot roast dishes like this bring my taste buds back to the days of home cooked, leave the table full, kind of meals. You know those dinner plates – with meat, and apotato, and vegetable, and grain, and a glass of milk, too. Andie uses this as a favorite easy “throw-together” meal, and I can totally see myself making this to use up the root vegetables taking over my fridge come fall.

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Crockpot Sweet and Sour Hawaiian Beef from Cotter Crunch // Say “aloha” to this freezer-friendly crock pot dish full of flavor and nutrition-packed ingredients! Super simple, mixing the deliciousness of pineapple, apple cider vinegar, red pepper, red onion, honey and of course, tasty lean beef. This dish is PALEO friendly, too.

Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket from Real Mom Kitchen // After my 5-year stint in Texas during my twenties, I have an understandable love of BBQ brisket. I can still remember my first real smoke house experience; old picnic tables lending to cafeteria style seating, napkins piled high on each table, all the pickles and white bread you could ask for, and that dreamy, gritty, delicious smoky aroma. I try to grab a plate of BBQ at least once every time I’m in the South, comparing sauces from state to state. This simple slow cooker recipe from Laura reminds me that I can easily make myself a plate at home, too. I think we may need to have a sauce tasting contest to find our favorite for at-home BBQ nights. Any recommendations?

Slow-Cooked Whiskey-Molasses Shredded Beef from Beef It’s What’s for Dinner // A classic cowboy friendly shredded beef recipe tossed with a whiskey-molasses BBQ sauce and paired with a carrot apple slaw. Get inspired to level-up the freggie creativity in your slaw by substituting pears, celery, cabbage or bell peppers.

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Crockpot Shredded Beef Barbacoa from Uproot from Oregon via The Lean Green Bean //  A Chiptole Copy-Cat recipe perfect for your weekend meal prep. Turn a pot full of beef into a week of Bring Your Fiesta to Lunch Break deliciousness with a rotation of burrito bowls, nachos, and taco salads all featuring this Crockpot Shredded Beef.

Slow Cooked Pulled Mexican Beef from Bran Appetit // You can easily transform Brandi’s oven recipe to your favorite crock pot.  Simply brown the roast, onions and garlic as instructed, then transfer to your slow cooker along with the salsa, broth and beer.  Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours and you’ll be met with the same rich, tender beef as Brandi achieved from her oven roasting.

Slow Cooker Spicy Tex Mex Beef Fajitas from MJ and Hungryman // Another reminder of the deliciousness of Texas!  These spicy fajitas are the perfect fiesta for two, topped with onions, peppers, cheese and of course, GAUCAMOLE!

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Crockpot Taco Chili from Ari’s Menu // A Taco Tuesday approved twist on chili, this creamy pot of yum makes a terrific weeknight dinner. A bowl of this taco chili is warm and comforting while remaining healthy. This is a Food Prep win: make a batch for dinner one night, and gift yourself a few days of leftover lunches.

Scrumptious Slow Cooker Chili from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life // Courtney’s favorite chili recipes raises the bar by using trimmed lean top round in place of commonly used ground beef. This is a hearty slow cooker dish which can be served with your favorite bakery bread or corn muffins.

Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup from Mollie’s Sprinkles of Life // A traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner gets the soup treatment. Start the corned beef in the slow cooker overnight, then add all the veggies and herbs the next morning to meld together all day long. Now that’s serious slow cooking.

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Slow Cooker Korean Shredded Beef with Creamy Asian Broccoli Slaw Quesadilla Style from Heather’s Dish // A tasty Asian-fusion inspired recipe you can whip up in NO time at all. You can use the beef in a bunch of different ways, but Heather’s choice of going quesadilla style is totally up my ally.

Slow Cooker Steak Stuffed Collard Rolls from Amee’s Savory Dish // A Southern classic healthified with a collection of whole foods. Lean beef, greens, tasty tomatoes and whole grains make this quite the well rounded dinner dish.

Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli from Six Sister’s Stuff // Take a stab at DIY Take Out Night with this healthy version of a Chinese take-out staple: Beef and Broccoli. Going the slow cooker route makes it super simple without sacrificing the umami collaborative that this combo of flavors delivers. #Make1HealthyDecision by choosing reduced sodium products [like soy sauce and broth] whenever available.

 

If you are interested in learning more about using beef and raising your kitchen confidence:

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Beef Expert Bureau.  This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff.