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Easy Eats: Sweet & Sour Glazed Pork Chops

May 15, 2016

Easy Eats: Sweet & Sour Glazed Pork Chops

Grilling season is well under way folks! After the first few outside meals of burgers and grilled chicken, we felt it was time to provide our Easy Eats followers with a tasty Pork Chop recipe. What is especially unique about this Sweet & Sour glaze is that prior to brushing the glaze ingredients together onto the Pork Chops they are marinated in a dry rub. This dry rub gives it the just the right amount of kick and it perfectly compliments the glaze that is used while they chops are grilling.

This recipe is extremely versatile and there are many different side dishes that will taste delightful when paired with the pork chops. We tried cooked carrots, but are confident that cheesy asparagus, Spanish rice or grilled pineapple would all taste fantastic as well (to name a few off the top of our list!) Enjoy this Easy Eats Recipe and rest assured that just because the school year is winding down and your days are busy you can still enjoy a home cooked meal with your family. Happy grilling Easy Eaters!

Sweet & Sour Glazed Pork Chops
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat gas or charcoal grill.
  2. In small saucepan, combine all glaze ingredients.
  3. Cook over low heat for 3 to 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Sprinkle both sides of each pork chop with garlic-pepper blend, paprika and salt.
  5. When grill is heated, place pork chops on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6" from medium coals.
  6. Cook 10 to 15 minutes, until internal temperature of pork reaches at least 145 degrees F.
  7. During the last 5 minutes turn pork chops once or twice and brush with glaze.

 

Easy Eats: Blueberry Stuffed French Toast with Blueberry Syrup

May 8, 2016

Easy Eats: Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

Here’s an Easy Eats Recipe that is perfect for Mother’s Day brunch! These mini “sandwich style” french toast are stuffed with cream cheese, blueberry preserves and a whole load of deliciousness. Experience french toast like you never have before and make mom’s day!

To begin, cut the baguettes into 1 inch slices. Put two slices together to make miniature sandwiches and then place them in the clean baking dish to be certain you have enough prepared to fill the dish. Next prepare the sandwiches by putting cream cheese on one of the halves and blueberry preserves on the other. Stick the sandwiches together and get ready to prep the baking dish!

This part is simple. To prepare the dish all you need to do is line the bottom of the tin with brown sugar and then coat the brown sugar with butter. Prepare the egg and milk mixture according to the directions and then dip your sandwiches in the mixture. Place them in the baking dish, coat the rest of the sandwiches with the leftover milk and egg mixture and then place your dish in the refrigerator for at least one hour. I let mine stay in the fridge over night and it was delicious!

When you’re ready to serve your meal simply remove the dish from the fridge, top it with blueberries and place it in the oven for about a half an hour. As the dish is baking prepare the homemade blueberry syrup. Can you say delicious?

Don’t have time to make this meal for mom today? Surprise her next weekend with breakfast and show her she’s special every day of the year with this Easy Eats Recipe!

Blueberry Stuffed French Toast with Blueberry Syrup
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Slice baguettes into equal 1" slices. (You will need enough slices to make sandwiches to fill a 9 X 13 baking dish.)
  2. Spread cream cheese evenly over the bottom slices of the sandwiches.
  3. Spread blueberry preserves evenly over the top slices of the sandwiches.
  4. Combine the cream cheese slice with the blueberry preserve slice to make a sandwich.
  5. Continue with the previous steps until you have enough "sandwiches" to fill the baking dish.
  6. Sprinkle brown sugar in the bottom of a 9 X 13 baking dish.
  7. Pour melted butter over the brown sugar.
  8. Beat eggs and milk in a bowl, whip until smooth.
  9. Dip each sandwich into the egg mixture and place in the baking dish.
  10. Top with the remaining egg mixture and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (can ask be left overnight!)
  11. Before baking, sprinkle 1 package of blueberries over the entire dish.
  12. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.
  13. Add 1 bottle of pure maple syrup and 1 package of blueberries to a small sauce pan.
  14. Cook syrup and berries approximately 3-5 minutes over medium heat until the berries burst.
  15. Pour the syrup through a sieve into a heat proof container.
  16. Serve french toast warm and with warm homemade blueberry syrup.
  17. Enjoy!

 

Easy Eats: Grilled Mexican Chicken Burgers

May 1, 2016

Easy Eats: Grilled Mexican Chicken Burgers

This week’s Easy Eats features a meal that is great for a wide variety of taste buds and flavor preferences. Somewhere between grilled chicken breasts and tacos lies this meal planning creation and we’re so glad we get to share it with you!

Grilled Mexican Chicken Burgers are delightfully tasty and perfect for enjoying on a patio or deck on one of the first nice evening of the season. To make these burgers, simply mix ground chicken with a package of taco seasoning. When it is thoroughly mixed, press the chicken into patties. We made four 1/4 Lb. patties with the 1 Lb. of chicken, but it is simple to double a recipe and make eight or make three 1/3 Lb. patties instead of 1/4 Lb.

Next, add your patties to a warm grill, flipping after several minutes. When the internal temperature of the chicken reaches at least 165 degrees F, add a slice or two of pepper jack cheese to each of the patties and close the grill for a minute or two.

Now comes the fun part. Remove the warm chicken patties from the grill, and add to the buns. Then complete the meal with tasty guacamole, salsa, lettuce and any other type of burger necessity you can imagine (think onion, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc.)

There you have it! A delicious Easy Eats recipe that will be fun to make and great to eat all summer long! Happy Grilling Easy Eaters!

Easy Eats: Grilled Mexican Chicken Burgers

Easy Eats: Grilled Mexican Chicken Burgers
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Serves: 4
 
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill.
  2. In large bowl, mix chicken and taco seasoning mix.
  3. Shape mixture into 4 patties, about ¾ inch thick.
  4. Place patties on grill over medium heat.
  5. Cover grill; cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, turning once.
  6. Top each patty with cheese slice for last 2 minutes of cooking.
  7. Place patties on bottoms of buns.
  8. Top with guacamole, salsa and tops of buns.

 

Easy Eats: Sweet Mustard Chops

April 24, 2016

Easy Eats: Sweet Mustard Chops

These Sweet Mustard Chops are INCREDIBLE. Not only are they easy as can be they taste delightful and are a fun way to spin up your grilling night with a bunch of ingredients I’m sure you already have on hand.

Another reason this recipe is wonderful is because the pork chops can simply marinate overnight. That means when it’s dinner time or when your guests arrive you don’t have to be scrambling to finish the marinade. Instead, you can simply grab your spiced pork chops from the fridge, add them to the grill and looking like a professional cook.

No need to head to the grocery store for this recipe, simply make sure you have enough of these staple pantry items and your meal for four is completed. Enjoy Easy Eaters!

Sweet Mustard Chops
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, brown sugar, mustard and seasoned salt.
  2. Whisk in vinegar.
  3. Pour into a large resealable plastic bag and add pork.
  4. Seal and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Discard marinade.
  6. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145 degrees.
  7. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

 

Easy Eats: Great Northern Chicken Salad

April 17, 2016

Easy Eats: Great Northern Chicken Salad

When people think of food from the great northern region they think of some delicious and home-grown favorites such as wild rice, sweet cranberries, yams and other great tasting produce. This Great Northern Chicken Salad is a great way to combine all your great northern favorites in one dish.

With wild rice, sweet-tart cranberries, the optional addition of yams or your favorite squash and tender mixed greens this makes a truly memorable chicken salad. Try it and let us know what you think!

Great Northern Chicken Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
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  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon pepper and the salt.
  3. Cook, turning occasionally, for about 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned and thoroughly cooked.
  4. Transfer chicken to plate to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, in a seperate medium skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  6. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until caramelized.
  7. Add garlic, stir for about 1 minute.
  8. Transfer to plate to cool.
  9. Stir together rice, onions and garlic, cranberries, mayonnaise, and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper in medium bowl.
  10. Cut cooked chicken into 1-inch strips.
  11. To assemble salads, spread a layer of greens on 4 salad plates.
  12. Top with rice mixture; arrange chicken strips over the top.
Notes
Optional: Add yams, sweet potatoes or another yummy great northern classic to mix up the flavor!

 

Easy Eats: Classic Tuna Melt

April 10, 2016

Easy Eats: Classic Tuna Melt

There’s nothing quite like a delicious tuna sandwich pressed between your favorite type of whole grain bread for a healthy and hearty lunch! Until recently I wasn’t a big fan of tuna. I think it was because I wasn’t having tuna in the right way.

Basically this recipe is like a tuna salad with some added flavor from onions, a crunch from celery and some cheese to accompany the flavor. To make simply mix together your tuna with mayo, diced onions and minced celery. Add some salt and pepper for extra flavor and then put your sandwich together with cheese and toasted bread. If you’ve never tried it I suggest trying Four Brothers Wholesome Harvest Bread. Not only is it the best bread in the business, but it is extremely healthy and a great companion to your tuna salad! Simply toast your bread by adding a touch of butter to each side, add a little bit of your favorite sandwich veggies such as lettuce or tomatoes and just like that your meal is ready to go!

Add a soup or salad and enjoy this delicious meal Easy Eaters!

Classic Tuna Melt
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
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  1. Mix tuna with desired amounts of mayo, finely diced onion and celery.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Butter one side of each slice of bread and place butter side down on a skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  4. Top each slice of bread with a slice of cheese, desired amount of tuna salad and a second slice of buttered bread (butter side out).
  5. Grill on each side until bread is golden brown.
  6. Serve with your favorite salad or fresh fruit.

 

Easy Eats: Fettuccine Primavera

April 3, 2016

Easy Eats: Fettuccine Primavera

Never have we tasted such a quick and easy pasta that tastes so delightful! This dinner cooks quickly, freezes great for lunches, and reheats wonderfully for leftovers – it’s truly a treat!

In this dish, a creamy alfredo white sauce is tossed with prepared fettuccine noodles completed to al dente. Once you have your sauce to noodle ratio complete, simply add in a variety of mixed vegetables and stir to your liking to create a flavorful pasta delight. Garnish your meal with cracked pepper for an extra kick and top with parmesan cheese, because let’s face it you can never have too much cheese in a pasta dish!

To make this meal even better pair it with a caesar salad, fresh fruit or with your favorite variety of grilled chicken for a delicious and flavorful meal!

Enjoy Easy Eaters!

Fettuccine Primavera
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Serves: 4
 
Instructions
  1. Bring 2 quarts water to boil in large saucepan.
  2. Prepare fettuccine according to package directions (this recipe asks for 8 oz, so if you have a pound box, remember to only use half).
  3. Keep warm.
  4. Heat alfredo sauce in large skillet over medium heat, 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Add frozen vegetables; heat through.
  6. Add cooked fettuccine and mix thoroughly.
  7. Pepper to taste.
  8. Serve warm and garnish with Parmesan cheese.
Notes
Serve with a Caesar salad and fresh fruit! If you'd like to add some meat - try Grilled Chicken Breasts.

 

Easy Eats: Easy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

March 27, 2016

Easy Eats: Easy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps and healthy eating are the new craze, so of course it had to be featured in this week’s Easy Eats Recipe! These Easy Asian Turkey Wraps were oh-so-simple. I’d personally love to bring them for a packed lunch at work because the hoisin/turkey mix would be easy to reheat and place atop fresh lettuce. Mmmm… How refreshing!

Some tips for this recipe:

I hope you enjoy this Easy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wrap Easy Eats Recipe! Happy meal planning!

Easy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
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  1. Mix hoisin sauce, peanut butter, dressing and crushed red pepper until well blended; set aside.
  2. Cook turkey in hot oil in large skillet on medium-high heat until turkey is no longer pink, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat to medium.
  4. Stir in hoisin sauce mixture and onions until well blended.
  5. Cook 3 min. or until heated through, stirring frequently.
  6. Spoon evenly down centers of lettuce leaves; roll up.
  7. Serve immediately.

 

Easy Eats: White Chicken Pizza

March 20, 2016

Easy Eats: White Chicken Pizza

Everyone knows homemade is better than frozen… And this White Chicken Pizza is no different! Try this week’s Easy Eats Recipe out for yourself and marvel at the deliciousness of it!

We made a few alterations to the original Easy Eats Recipe, so feel free to add a touch of whatever you feel will make your tastebuds smile! Instead of using a boxed mix for the pizza dough, we used a Pillsbury roll-out dough. This simple pizza crust solution saved us time and cooked to perfection after nearly 20 minutes in the oven. Additionally, we loved our sauce and toppings, so we added a full cup of Alfredo Sauce to this pizza as well as two full chicken breasts as toppings so we could get a taste of chicken in each and every bite.

We hope you love the deliciousness of this White Chicken Pizza Easy Eats Recipe and you consider it to make for your next night in!

Easy Eats: White Chicken Pizza
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pepare the pizza dough as directed on the package.
  2. When the dough is ready, roll or spread it onto a cookie sheet or if using a pizza stone, roll or spread the dough onto a piece of parchment or waxed paper.
  3. Preheat the pizza stone in a 400 degree oven.
  4. Top the dough with a thin layer of alfredo sauce.
  5. Top with diced chicken breast, sliced Roma tomatoes, finely sliced green onions, and mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake in a 400 oven for approximately 15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted.
  7. Add optional toppings if needed.

Easy Eats: White Chicken Pizza

Easy Eats: Fried Cabbage and Sausage

March 13, 2016

Easy Eats: Fried Cabbage and Sausage

Happy week of St. Patrick’s! This festive dish is sure to delight all cabbage and sausage lovers out there! If you really want to mix up the flavor, add some sauerkraut on top and the Irish folks will be sure to applaud!

My favorite part about this dish is that once the chopping and other prep work is done, the stove really does all the rest. Be sure you cover your meal once it is ready to cook in the skillet for 20-25 minutes, otherwise it will boil over and is sure to be messy!

I hope you enjoyed this delicious Fried Cabbage and Sausage Easy Eats Recipe and you have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Fried Cabbage and Sausage
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
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  1. Melt butter in large skillet.
  2. Add cabbage and onions and cook on medium high heat for about 5 minutes stirring to keep the cabbage from sticking to the pan.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Serve warm!