Zucchini noodles are all the rage and a low carb way of enjoying pasta.  If you have a spiralizer you can easily make your own “zoodles” but if you don’t have a spiralizer you can find pre-spiraled noodles at your local Festival Foods.  I think zoodles are a light yet delicious substitution for traditional pasta noodles.  They will fill you up but without the heavy, overly-full feeling, if that makes sense. My new favorite recipe is Zucchini Noodles with Pesto Chicken.  It’s super easy to make and only takes a few ingredients! The recipe can be found here. Start by marinating the chicken.  Place the chicken in a Ziploc bag with some pesto, salt, and pepper.  Shake to combine and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.  I think this is the best method if you are going to grill or sauté the chicken.  I prefer to bake the chicken, … Continue reading

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Chicken Lo Mein is a quick and easy meal to satisfy your cravings.  It can be made in about 30 minutes so it’s perfect for a weeknight meal or when you need to whip something up on a busy weekend with little time.  Plus, it’s enough for 4 so the whole family can enjoy this dish…. or you can enjoy it by yourself with plenty of leftovers 🙂 The recipe can be found here. Start by boiling water and cooking your noodles.  I like to use angel hair noodles or thin spaghetti noodles, but you can use any long noodle.  I’ve also made this dish with whole wheat noodles and you can’t tell a difference (if you’re cooking for a picky eater). Next cut the chicken into cubes.  Then heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook through. While the chicken is cooking, work on chopping your veggies.  I … Continue reading

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It’s the time of year for all the pumpkin flavored lattes, pancakes, cookies, pasta, etc. starts popping up.  If you can eat it, I’m sure someone has tried adding pumpkin flavoring to it!  It’s a craze that I’m more than happy to participate in 🙂 But, another fall favorite I don’t think gets enough credit is apple cider. I thought it would be fun to do a taste test of pumpkin vs apple cider with breakfast foods to see which the fan favorite is.  I made the same two items with both flavors. Apple Cider French Toast Apple Cider Waffles Pumpkin French Toast Pumpkin Waffles   All recipes are made the traditional way, except you either add pumpkin or apple cider, or substitute it for another ingredient.  I chose to make french toast sticks and sliced the bread into 3 pieces, but you can leave the bread whole if you prefer.  I also used a … Continue reading

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Fall will be here before you know it.  The leaves are already starting to change colors, the weather is cooling down, and our appetites are changing from light and refreshing foods to warm and comforting foods.  One of my favorite recipes for fall (or winter, but I’m not ready for those cold temps yet) is Chicken Wild Rice Soup.  The recipe can be found here. This flavorful soup is hearty and delicious, and loaded with fresh vegetables, chicken, and wild rice.  It’s an incredibly satisfying meal on a cool fall day.  Here’s how you make it: Start by making the wild rice according to package instructions.  The rice can then be set aside until you are ready to use. Next, chop your veggies – onions, celery, leeks, mushrooms, carrots, parsley, and thyme.  This will help speed up the cooking process if all ingredients are ready to go.  I like to put each veggie in a bowl, so I … Continue reading

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Most Minnesotans are familiar with kabobs because we love to grill when the weather is warm.    However, if you aren’t familiar with kabobs you are in for a treat!  Kabobs are basically cubes of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and other foods placed on a skewer and grilled to perfection.  And with the MN State Fair recently ending all I can think of is food on a stick so blogging about kabobs seemed like the perfect fit! I have 4 different kabobs to share with you today. Chicken Breast Kabobs (available from the meat counter) Black Angus Beef Sirloin Kabobs (available from the meat counter) Salmon Kabobs with Rainbow Veggies Ham and Pineapple Kabobs   The Chicken Breast Kabobs and Black Angus Beef Sirloin Kabobs are available from the meat counter at your local Festival Foods.  The veggies are fresh, including green pepper, red pepper, and red onion, and the meat is thick cut.  Each skewer … Continue reading

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Eggplant Parmesan is a classic Italian dish with layers of breaded eggplant, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese, and is the perfect dish for Meatless Monday’s.  It’s delicious, healthy, and packed full of flavor.  Think hearty meal without the meat or a vegetarian version of Chicken Parmesan. The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven and preparing a baking sheet with a wire rack.  The wire rack will help with air flow and circulation for even baking. Slice the eggplant(s) into ¼ inch slices. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, melted butter, salt and pepper.  In another bowl, mix together breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese. Bread the eggplant by dipping in the egg/butter mixture and then coating in the breadcrumb/Parmesan mixture. Place on the wire rack.  Repeat this step until you have enough eggplant to make 2 layers in a baking dish.  The size of the eggplant will vary.  If you … Continue reading

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Labor Day Grilling It’s time to fire up the grill for your Labor Day celebration!  I plan to spend the day outside enjoying the weather with family and friends.  Whatever you plan to do, I hope you enjoy some delicious food and get good use of your grill before cooler weather hits.  It’s the perfect day for grilling and a picnic. I have a handful of grilling ideas and side dish suggestions for you to try to have the perfect spread.  Let’s start with the meat! Brats – there are so many brat varieties available, you are sure to find something for everyone on your guest list.  My favorite is the Chicken Fajita Brat found at the Chef’s Counter of your local Festival Foods.  Other varieties available include Philly Cheese Chicken, Octoberfest, Jalapeno Cheddar, Wild Rice, and more!  Don’t forget the fresh brat buns from the bakery! Burgers – probably the most popular food to grill.  Plus, burgers … Continue reading

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Orange Chicken is sure to be a hit at your dinner table.  The tender chicken is fried crisp and coated in a thick orange sauce.  There is no lack of flavor in this sweet and tangy dish.  It’s one of my favorite Asian dishes and will make you forget about takeout. The recipe can be found here. Start by cubing the chicken into small pieces.  Then add the chicken to the batter and toss to coat.  Let the chicken sit in the batter for about 10 minutes, then toss again. Heat about 2 cups of peanut oil in a wok or skillet.  I prefer to use a wok because it’s easier to stir and contains a lot of oil splatter, but you will get very similar results with a skillet.  Add the chicken and fry until crispy, making sure the chicken is also cooked through.  Remove the chicken to drain while you make the sauce, keeping the chicken … Continue reading

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We have been obsessed with flatbreads lately, specifically Naan flatbreads.  Naan is a leavened, oven-baked bread that is moist and tender.  And makes amazing flatbreads 🙂 One reason we love to make flatbreads is they are quick and easy, can be customized to any flavor preference, and taste great.  You simply buy a package of Naan bread, choose your toppings, bake, and enjoy.  The possibilities are endless! I have a few of our favorite recipes to share with you. Buffalo Chicken Naan Flatbread If you or your family likes spicy food, you’ll love this pizza.  It has the perfect amount of spice that is cut with celery chunks.  You can obviously make this as light or as spicy as you want by adding more hot sauce.  We usually make our own individual pizzas because Andrew likes his much spicier than I do.  Then the never-ending debate of Blue Cheese vs Ranch dressing starts…. but you can serve with … Continue reading

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What are potstickers?  My answer in one word: delicious. Potstickers are an Asian dumpling typically filled with meat and veggies, pan fried, and steamed to perfection.  They are crispy on the bottom, soft on the top, and worth the effort.  I’d like to share my favorite recipe for Chicken Potstickers with you. The recipe can be found here. Start by gathering all the ingredients you need to make the chicken “filling”.  Combine the chicken, scallions, bell pepper, egg, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a mixing bowl.  If you don’t mind getting your hand dirty, combine the ingredients by hand.  This really helps to blend everything together. It’s easiest to do all your prep work ahead of time.  Place 2 baking sheets on the counter.  Dampen paper towels and cover the bottom of one pan.  Dampen more paper towels to lay on top of the potstickers.  The potstickers will sit between the damp paper towels … Continue reading

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