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Sticky Chicken Tenders

After coming acoss Perfect chicken tenders recipe | DearCrissy.com they looked so good I needed to try them.  Love any new chicken dish I can get my hands on.  The family loved these and they could accompany many side dishes.  I miss read the directions and over cooked the chicken slightly but will fix that next time. The flavor was wonderful though.

Sticky Chicken TendersSticky Chicken Tender:

  • 1 lb. chicken breast, sliced into chicken tenders
  • 1 cup italian dressing, your favorite
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4 tsp honey

Place all ingredients but chicken in a plastic bag, smash-up in bag to mix liquid.  Add in the chicken and place in the fridge to marinate for 1 hour.

Add liquid and chicken to a skillet over medium heat.  Continue to cook until sauce is reduced and brown, about 30 minutes.  Make sure they do not burn and stir often.  Toss the chicken in any remaining glaze before serving.

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Crock Pot Italian Chicken

Crock pot Italian chicken turned out so flavorful.  Thanks to Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Italian Chicken  I had a quick meal on a busy day.  Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the meat but I quickly put it in the crock pot and left the house.

When I returned home, I simple pulled the chicken out and shredded it then returned it to the pot.  I then gave my family the option of having it as a sandwich, quesadilla, or atop a salad.  We all tried it a different way.  I ate it on a salad for three days in a row it was so good.  This was not to spicy for the kids because there are no seeds left in the peppers.

I am still searching for a substitute for an Italian seasoning package.  I hate to use those packets of seasoning.  They do taste so good and are quick.  Need a healthier option will keep you posted.

Crock Pot Italian Chicken:

  • 2 lbs. of chicken, mixture of breasts and boneless skinless thighs works great
  • 1 package of italian seasoning/dressing mixture
  • up to a 12 oz. jar of mild pepper rings or seed and slice whole ones, plus 2-4 Tbs of juice from jar

Place chicken in slow cooker.

Sprinkle with seasoning and top with peppers.  Add a bit of juice from the pepper jar.

Turn the crock pot to low and cook on low for about 8 hours.  Around hour 7 you can remove the chicken shred and return to the pot.


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Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Came across this recipe from Recipes Straight from the Kowboys Home: “Big Mac” Meatloaf.  Big Mac meatloaf sounded right up Mr.Picky’s alley.  The recipe turned out nice and moist, not sure about tasting like a big mac.  It definitely tasted like a cheeseburger.  Cheeseburger meatloaf is not your average meatloaf and was a great change.

The technique was really interesting and I am going to run wild with it.  I can’t wait to stuff all kinds of fillings into meatloaf.  I would serve this as cheeseburgers to company by just slicing and serving on buns.

cheeseburger meatloafCheeseburger Meatloaf:

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup thousand island dressing
  • 2/3 cup cracker or bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sweet relish
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Combine all but the cheese and mix well until evenly combined.

Divide the meat mixture in half.  Spread each half flat in to a rectangle on a piece of wax paper.

Sprinkle the cheese even between the two flat rectangles.

cheeseburger meatloaf

Roll each sheet of meat as if making cinnamon rolls, from the long end to long end.

Place the rolls side by side in a 9 x 13″ baking dish.

cheeseburger meatloaf

Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes, remove from oven and top with a bit of ketchup and some more cheese if desired.

Continue to bake another 15 minutes or so.
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Curried Pork

Some of my favorite cookbooks are Cooking Light Annual Recipes, this recipe struck my eye out of the 2004 edition.  As a child my mother cooked a lot with curry and to be honest it burned me out on it.  Mr.Picky likes it so I thought I should give it a try and cook a curry dish.

This dish was great and easy.  Allow yourself at least an hour to cook though.  The only thing I would do differently is add some more spice for a fuller flavor.  I have adjusted the recipe to what I would do next time.  We served our curried pork over white rice with seasoned roasted cauliflower.

Curried PorkCurried Pork:

  • 1 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless pork loin, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can no salt added diced tomatoes, undrained

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large nonstick skillet lightly sprayed with cooking spray or olive oil saute onions and peppers over medium heat for about 3 minutes.

Add in mushrooms and cook another 2 minutes.

Curried Pork

Place vegetables in a 11 x 7″ baking dish that has been lightly greased.

Combine flour, curry powder,salt, and pepper in a bowl.  Add pork and toss to coat.

Curried Pork

In the same pan you used for vegetables, spray again with oil.  Over medium high heat add pork mixture and cook about 5 minutes until pork has browned on each side.

Pour pork mixture over vegetables in baking dish.  Now pour the can of tomatoes over the whole dish.

Curried Pork

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until tender.

Serve over rice.

Curried Pork

 

Slow Cooker Corned Beef Brisket

Slow Cooker Corned BeefI don’t care for beef to often but my exception to the rule is when I get to eat Corned Beef Brisket.  I usually prepare it a few times a year.  Using the same method as I usually do I kicked it up to another level this time.  We don’t eat corned beef as most do, we save ours and prepare reuben sandwiches or corned beef sandwiches until it is gone, sometimes we make it into corned beef hash.

With the few added ingredients my corned beef had a whole new level of flavor.  It was so good, Mr.Picky and the kids had a hard time keeping their fingers back as I was slicing it.

Be warned corned beef stinks when it is cooking.  In fact Mr.Picky walked in the door and asked if the dog pooped in the house.  But the smell is nothing like the flavor.  I can tell that is smells like corned beef and not something produced by the dog.  In fact I don’t think they smell anything alike but it is a strong odor.  My mother in-law can not cook it in her house because Mr.Picky’s father the Pickiest father in-law can not take the smell.  So maybe if preparing for guest light some good candles or put the slow cooker in the garage.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef Brisket:

  • 3-4 lb. corned beef brisket (juices included but fat trimmed off completely)
  • 2 cups Guinness stout beer
  • 2 whole cloves
  • package of pickling seasoning (all corned beef comes with this spice packet)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper or 5 peppercorns
  • water to cover

Place brisket with juices from the package in the slow cooker.  Slice and peel the fat layer off and discard.

Add the seasoning package that the corned beef comes with, the cloves, and peppercorns.

Pour in the Guinness stout and then enough water to cover the corned beef completely.

Turn slow cooker to high and cook for about 8 hours.

Remove the brisket and discard the juices cooked in.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef

Slice brisket on an angle against the grain.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef

Serve as desired.
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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Earlier that day I had been near the store when Mr.Picky messaged me to pick up a can of pineapple chucks.  I did as he asked but was confused because Mr.Picky does not like canned pineapple and I was curious to know what he was making.  I was headed to play my monthly game of Bunco.    Mr.Picky offered to prepare dinner for him and the kids.  I don’t usually leave until after dinner and I usually wait to eat until I get to Bunco.

He went on the faithful Allrecipes and found Waikiki Meatballs Recipe.  I was shocked and so was he that he was making sweet and sour meatballs.  He does not like hot pineapple or sweet and sour sauce.  Like a good dad he figured the kids would love it.  Well it turned out great and both Mr.Picky and the kids enjoyed it.  He was so proud of his homemade meatballs.  I ended up eating two dinners that night because of course I needed to sample Mr.Picky’s cooking.  This will continue into the dinner rotation of recipes.

We slightly altered the recipe because the bell peppers needed to be cooked just a bit more.  I would add a bit more vinegar as it was a bit sweet for me.  But it was still great and could be left as is.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs:

  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 2/3 cup saltine cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs corn starch
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pineapple chunks, juice drained and reserved
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce or amino acids
  • 1/3 cup green bell pepper, chopped (we chopped it large so the kids could pick it out)

In a bowl combine beef, crackers, onion, milk, egg, ginger, and salt mix until evenly incorporated.

Scoop meat into even size balls 1-2 Tbs of meat per ball.

Heat olive oil in a medium heat skillet and brown meatballs until cooked through.  Add the green peppers into cook the last few minutes of cooking on the meatballs.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Drain any fat if there is any.

In a small bowl combine cornstarch, sugar, pineapple juice, vinegar, and soy sauce until smooth.

Pour the sauce over the meatballs and continue to cook and stir about 5 minutes until sauce has thickened.

Add the pineapple chunks and continue to heat through.

Serve over white or brown rice.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Citrus Marinated Flank Steak

Rarely do I ever feel the need to prepare red meat or want to eat it.  Something inside of me was craving flank steak.  My grandparents had prepared us some wonderful marinated flank steak the last time we were visiting.  Mr.Picky was a fan of this great flank steak, even though he is often not a fan of this cut of meat.

Looking for my recipe I was given, I was having no luck.  I searched everywhere for my disc full of recipes and could not find it.  Somewhere in our move I lost it, well not lost but put it somewhere special.  I remember just before we moved I came across it in an odd spot and put it somewhere for safe keeping.  I don’t often misplace things and searched every logical place.  One day I will find it.

Until I find it I found this recipe for Citrus Marinated Flank Steak.  The flavors seemed similar to what we ate and I figured it would do until I can get my hands on the right recipe.  This recipe turned out great, not quite as much flavor as I was expecting even after I  marinated it longer.  Mr.Picky approved and said I could prepare it again.

Marinated Flank SteakMarinated Flank Steak:

  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic,crushed
  • 1 Tbs chipotle chili powder (I used regular so the kids could eat it)
  • 3 Tbs cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 lb. Flank steak

Score steak on both sides.

Place all ingredients besides the stead in a jar or blender, blend with an immersion blender until smooth.

Place steak in a plastic bag and pour in marinade.  Allow to marinade at room temperature for 2 hours.  Or overnight in the refrigerator.

Prepare the grill until high heat is reached and the coals are red hot.  Grill about 3-4 minutes on each side.  Move away from direct heat and cook another 10 minutes longer.  Meat should reach about 145 degrees.  This process took us a bit longer because we were cooking in the snow.

Remove meat to a cutting board, cover in foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.  Slice meat against the grain in thin strips to serve.

Marinated Flank Steak
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