Deck your Holiday Kitchen with Style

 

 

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The holidays are quickly approaching. Does your heart race fast with anticipation or perhaps a little bit of dread? Especially if you are hosting family and friends for the holidays, now is the time to get that holiday kitchen ready for entertaining.

(Hopefully yours doesn’t need as much updating as this simple antique kitchen, though it is adorable in its own right.)

antique dining table in kitchen

So much excitement coming soon – preparing food and decorating and enjoying time together. As I think about hosting family and friends, I’m busily planning menus, looking for new recipe and decor ideas, and thoroughly enjoying the anticipation.

Then I look around the kitchen and – gasp!

Is my roaster big enough for the meal I’m making?

Do I have enough serving platters or plates to go around?

I think it might be time to invest in some better cookware or baking supplies to get me through the season.

Oh, and I haven’t even decided how I’m going to decorate the tables – one large centerpiece or a long row of several small pieces spread along the middle of the table?

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Whew! Thankfully, Groupon Goods has almost anything and everything I could possibly want to stock up and deck out the kitchen (and dining room) in style for the holidays.  Better yet, the prices are amazing, so I won’t have to worry about breaking the budget on these purchases.

With everything from tableware to cookware to small appliances, gadgets, table decor, aprons, towels, and food storage – it’s almost a one-stop shop for the holiday season kitchen.

Hmm – maybe that new set of Rachel Ray cookware is in my near future, after all.

How will you use Groupon Goods to prepare your kitchen for the holidays and save money?

Apple Crisp + Other Must-Have Apple Recipes

28 Must Have Apple Recipes plus Apple CrispApple recipes are definitely a staple for the fall season every year.  Usually we think of desserts first – like apple crisp, apple pie, apple cake.

But there are so many different ways to prepare apples and enjoy them as a snack, in a main dish, beverage, or salad, too.

Today we are going to start off with an apple crisp recipe since it’s always fun to try dessert first! And this apple crisp recipe only has 8 ingredients between the filling and the topping, so it’s easy to put together and have ready to throw in the oven in about 15 or 20 minutes.

One of the tricks to easy apple recipes is having good kitchen utensils for prepping apples – apple slicer, apple peeler, corer, and good knives for easy dicing.

Apple Peeler, Corer, Slicer

For the apple crisp, I like to use crisp granny smith or honeycrisp apples for a good texture after baking.  To make an 8-x-8-inch dish of apple crisp, we’ll use 3 to 4 apples (or a little more – as you prefer).  After peeling, coring, and slicing the apples, lay them into the baking dish and sprinkle with a little bit of cinnamon and sugar.

Next, in a small saucepan, melt some butter; then remove from heat and stir in brown sugar, sugar, oats, flour, and a little milk or cream until all is thoroughly combined.

Apple Crisp Recipe

Scoop this topping onto the apples in the baking dish (it may not completely cover all the slices).  Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 45 minutes or until topping is lightly browned.  Serve warm with some ice cream or cold milk and enjoy!  (See entire detailed, printable apple crisp recipe.)

As mentioned earlier, there are many other ways to enjoy apples in recipes, so here are a few we hope your family will enjoy.

Salad Apple Recipes

Chopped Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

 

Chopped Salad with Apples and Blue Cheese

Apple Avocado Salad

Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries

Quinoa Salad with Apples, Almonds and Cranberries

 

Main Dish Apple Recipes

Roasted Cabbage and Apples with Italian Sausage Recipe

 

Roasted Cabbage and Apples with Italian Sausage

Sausage Apple Sweet Potato Hash

Apple and Sage Pork Chops

Dairy Free Almond Apple Pancakes

Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

Apple, Cheese and Arugula Panini

 

Snack Apple Recipes

Apple Raisin Sandwich

 

Apple Raisin Sandwich

Apple Caramel Crunch Balls

Pineapple Apple Salsa

Apple Boats with Peanut Butter Filling

Baked Brie with Apple and Caramelized Onions

Apple Berry Streusel Bars

Apple Pear Pecan Butter

 

Dessert Apple Recipes

Apple Pie Deluxe, apple pie recipe

 

Apple Pie Deluxe

Apple Cake

Apple Turnover

Apple Crostata (inspired by Maggiano’s)

Berry Baked Apples or Crockpot Baked Apples

Pear Apple Peach Pandowdy

Apple Streusel Bread

Apple Crumb Pie

 

Beverage Apple Recipes

Apple and Pear White Wine Sangria

 

Fall Apple and Pear White Wine Sangria

Sparkling Apple Punch

Cranberry Apple Cooler

 

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Easy Baked Jalapeno Popper Chicken Recipe

Baked Jalapeno Popper Chicken RecipeDon’t you just love Jalapeno Poppers or Jalapeno Popper Dip, or even better – bacon wrapped Jalapeno Poppers?  Yum!

I love those flavors and wanted to bake up a chicken dish with that creamy jalapeno goodness, but I didn’t want to have to stuff the chicken pieces -it just seemed like too much work!

Voila!

This baked chicken dish is so simple and even though it looks like a lot of ingredients, they’re quick to pull together for an easy weeknight dinner (while also unique enough to thrill dinner guests). (See detailed Jalapeno Popper Chicken Recipe).

I started off by seasoning some chicken tenderloins with fajita seasoning and pounding them a little bit thin before browning in a skillet.

Jalapeno popper chicken recipe - browning chicken

While they were browning, in a small skillet, I sauteed some diced jalapeno with finely minced onion and chopped bacon pieces (you could cook up the bacon slices with the jalapeno and onion and then chop afterwards or however you prefer – I actually used pre-packaged bacon pieces for ease).

Bacon, Jalapeno and onion for Jalapeno popper chicken recipe

In a small bowl, for the creamy jalapeno topping,  I stirred together softened cream cheese, light sour cream, shredded cheese, and Parmesan; to which I then added my cooked jalapeno, onion and bacon pieces.  Whew – that’s going to taste good!

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Recipe - Creamy Topping

Next, so there would be a crunchy part to the dish – I mixed together some Parmesan, panko crumbs (I used Italian seasoned Panko) and melted butter.

In a greased baking dish, I placed the browned chicken pieces, topped each piece with a portion of the creamy jalapeno topping, then sprinkled Panko topping over all.  After baking at 375 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until Panko started to brown (I turned on the broiler for 3-5 minutes to finish browning it, in the end).

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Recipe

That’s it!  Serve it with a salad or some sauteed veggies and your favorite muffins or rolls for a delish dinner.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken on plate

If you enjoyed this recipe, you might also like:

Grilled Chicken and Corn with Jalapeno-Lime Dressing

Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Spicy Chicken Spaghetti

 

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17 Packable Lunch Ideas and Recipes

17 packable, portable lunch ideas and recipesLunch and Dinner Ideas For On the Go

If your schedule is tight around meal times either because of school or work or other commitments that keep you running, it is difficult to eat healthy and not succumb to the temptation of running by the drive-thru.

The key? Like many other things — having a plan.

Make a list of meals you could take and keep cold, if needed, or bring and reheat, if that’s an option.

Nobody likes to eat the same thing every day, right? So, we are sharing some creative lunch ideas with you (click on highlighted text below to view recipes).

Keep Lunch Cool

If you don’t have the option to reheat your meal, there is still no need to be stuck with sandwiches all the time.

waldorf chicken salad lunch idea

• If you like sandwiches, wrap the sandwich ingredients up in a tortilla or a leaf of lettuce to change things up a bit.

• Layer salad dressing in bottom of mason jar or other container, topped with favorite salad ingredients. Then turn upside down and shake briefly before opening to eat.

• Have a chilled rice bowl – fill container with rice or quinoa topped with grilled chicken, black beans, corn, avocado, grated cheese, and tomatoes. (If desired, bring along a container of ranch or southwest dressing for topping when ready to eat.)

• Mix up a quick tuna salad, chicken salad, pasta salad, or bean salad to enjoy one day.

• Pack some hummus with pita chips and veggies.

Lunch in a Thermos

If you don’t have a way to reheat food, consider investing in a container that will keep your meal hot enough until you’re ready to eat.  Then you could enjoy taking one of the following.

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• Spaghetti

• Chili or your favorite soup

• Scrambled eggs with sautéed veggies

• Hot rice bowl – rice with chopped chicken, black beans, corn, salsa, cheese, etc.

• Shredded or chopped cooked seasoned chicken in BBQ sauce, buffalo sauce or chipotle sauce; enjoy on small sandwich buns, tortillas or in pita bread.

• Macaroni and cheese – be creative; there are all sorts of fun add-ins and variations

Lunch Heated Up

For those who can refrigerate a meal and heat it up when ready to eat, in addition to any of the above, try one of the following lunch ideas:

roast with potatoes and carrots, lunch ideas

• Leftovers from any meal at home

• Crockpot meal divided up into smaller portion – chicken and potatoes, lasagna, roast beef and veggies

• Homemade pizza

• Baked or roasted meat with veggies or rice

Stir-fry

As you can see, there are so many more options than sandwiches or snack bars, no matter your situation. So come up with a plan, pick out your favorites, and enjoy some real food this week as you run from school to work and activities.

We would love to hear your ideas and suggestions, too, in the comments below.

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