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January 16, 2019

CHICKEN PINEAPPLE AND RICE

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This rice bowl with tender chicken breast chunks, sweet pineapple, and supple veggies in a savory sauce is cozy and comforting. Easy to make, it is perfect for a weeknight meal.

Chicken Pineapple and Rice
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I'm not a huge outdoor adventure kind of person. Growing up, my family camped every summer. We did it the old-fashioned way: pitched a tent, cooked by fire or propane, weathered through downpours, the whole nine yards. We camped in the woods, down by the seashore, in the plains, and up in the mountains. I was never fond of it and still am not. I don't like germs and I don't like creepy crawlies.
 
So it's a wonder to me why I like to watch survival shows—but not just any. I love Bear Gryll's old series, Man vs. Wild, where he got dropped into the wild (rain forests, desserts, mountain tops, and more) to demonstrate survival skills. In his current show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, he takes a celebrity along on a 2-day journey through various terrains and teaches his partner hands on skills as well as encourages him/her to face his/her fears. Often times, it is inspiring.


Chicken Pineapple and Rice

Perhaps on some level, I'm hoping some of the techniques and tips would come in handy in the future. Who knows? I might find mysylf stuck on a desolate part of the highway while going to the shopping mall one day. But no worries! I'll know that I can harvest cattails from the side of the road and use the fluffy inside of the head as tinder to start a fire to keep warm if my car runs out of gas. No lie, I have a flint at all times in my car. And I can eat the roots of the plant to keep me nourished while I wait for AAA to come to the rescue! 😂  Keep this tip in mind. It might come in handy for you someday, even if it's just for trivia on game night. (teehee!)




I also like the living off the grid shows, specifically Alaska the Last Frontier and Alaskan Bush People. These shows chronicle families who live WAAAAY outside of civilization, who build their own homes, farm the land, keep livestocks, and hunt for their existence. I never wish to be placed in any of the situations these people are in, but I find it fascinating!

Chicken Pineapple and Rice

Speaking of nights, this Chicken Pineapple and Rice is perfect for any night of the week when a stress-free dinner is in order. The tender chicken and veggies coupled with the sweetness of the pineapple bring lightness to the dish. The sauce is gingery, with saltiness from soy sauce and a hint of sweetness from pineapple juice, ketchup, and brown sugar. It is a perfect compliment to the lighter chicken and pineapple component. Served with rice, this meal is simple goodness!

Enjoy the rest of your week! 





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CHICKEN PINEAPPLE AND RICE 

Chicken Pineapple and Rice


INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 - 2 pounds chicken breast, cut into small 3/4-inch chunks
1/2 teaspoon salt
14 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups shredded carrots
1 1/2 heaping cup onion slices, 1/4-inch thick
2 cloves garlic, chopped 
2 tablespoons minced ginger
1 (20 oz) can pineapple slice or chunks, juice drained and reserved*
1 cup 1-inch strips of scallion, greens only
2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

For the Rice:
2 cups uncooked rice
3 cups water

For the Sauce:
1 cup less sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup reserved pineapple juice (see *)
1/4 cup ketchup
5 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch

INSTRUCTIONS:

To cook the rice: boil water in a medium saucepan. Once boil reduce heat to just slightly above low. Immediately add rice. Stir for 30 seconds. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Shut off heat. Fluff with fork just before serving.

While the rice cooks, prep the rest of the meal. Drain pineapple and reserve 1/2 cup of the juice to use in the sauce. If using sliced pineapple, cut into chunks. 

In a medium bowl, combine all sauce ingredients. Whisk until combined and set aside.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Preheat a large 12-inch skillet on medium heat. Add oil. Add chicken in a single layer.  Cook for 3 minutes to brown. Turn pieces over and cook for 3 additional minutes or until chicken is opaque throughout. Remove chicken to a platter. They may not be completely cooked through at this point.

Drain any excess liquid, leaving 2 tablespoons in skillet. If there is no liquid, add 2 tablespoons water. Add carrots in an even layer. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in ginger, garlic, and onion. Cover and cook for 2 additional minutes. 

Whisk the sauce mixture. Add to skillet and stir until bubbly and slightly thicken. Return the chicken to the skillet, submerging into the sauce. Top with drained pineapple and scallion. Cover and simmer for 7-8 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Serve with rice.

Makes 4 servings.


*Drain pineapple juice. Reserve half cup for the gravy. Discard the remaining or save it for other uses.





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January 09, 2019

4-INGREDIENT DORITOS CHICKEN MEATBALLS

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Can you believe these adorable chicken meatballs are made with only four simple ingredients? And with the flavor of cool ranch and zesty Doritos, they make a crowd pleasing appetizer for any occasion.

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So, it's the beginning of a new year and my resolution to rededicate to a healthy diet is getting off to a slow start. I'm not eating as much colorful, vibrant fruits and veggies as I should. Nor I am incorporating more grains into my diet as I should. What it comes down to is that I'm easily distracted by other things; an open bag of chips, a container of popcorn, or a box of the best candy in the world (Ferrero Raffaello Almond Coconut ♥︎). It's not entirely my fault; there are excess snacks from the holidays in the house. The temptation is too much, and I am in a losing battle of the snacking kind.

January 02, 2019

QUICK SAUSAGE KALE AND GNOCCHI STEW

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Pan seared Italian sausage chunks, tender gnocchi, and nutrition packed kale make this stew hearty and comforting. With less than 30 minutes cook time, it is perfect for a weeknight family meal.

QUICK SAUSAGE KALE AND GNOCCHI STEW
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Happy New year!!! I hope you all had a great start to 2019! My husband and I spent it at home with an intimate party of five. We ate lots, drank some, watched a movie, and called it a night. Both of us are happy to see the end of 2018. The latter half of the year has been trying, especially so for my husband, as we were faced with both of his parents' failing health and managing all of their affairs. I'm hoping that 2019 will provide a smoother road to navigate and less complications.

December 20, 2018

BACON CREAM CHEESE PRETZEL BUNS

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Bacon Cream Cheese Pretzel Buns are ideal for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Made with store bought dough, these savory and cheesy bundles of goodness are irresistible and easy to make.

Bacon Cream Cheese Pretzel Buns
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Hi there friends! As promised last week, I won't be sharing sweets with you today. However, the inspiration for this recipe came from something sweet—cinnamon buns! Like cinnamon buns, these are made with a sheet of dough that is topped with a simple add-ons, rolled into a log, cut into smaller portions, then baked. The similarity stops there.