How to Prepare a Casserole on the Grill or Smoker

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Casseroles are the perfect examples of comfort food we often crave. Being a one-dish meal, serving just a simple salad with it would suffice. You can make casseroles as cheesy as you want, so it’s equally delicious for those who prefer that and those who don’t. Casseroles can be dished up as easy appetizers, side dishes and main dishes, too.

While people often make casseroles in the oven, I decided to try something different. I was able to successfully make the perfect casserole with nothing but an electric smoker! If you are thinking that casseroles can only be baked in an oven, then I just proved you wrong!

Don’t worry, the process is not too different from the oven-baking process. With the correct mix of ingredients and grilling techniques, you can have the most delicious casserole you ever tasted. I have also given a casserole recipe that I did in the oven, in case you don’t feel like grilling or using the smoker.

BBQ Chicken Casserole

This is the awesome chicken casserole recipe I was talking about doing in the smoker. The process is not too complicated as you will see. Just grab a grill and the ingredients and work your grilling magic.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
one finely sliced onion
2.2 pounds of chicken pieces (including drumsticks and thighs)
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 carrots, chopped into small chunks
20 oz. (600 ml) of warmed chicken stock
1 pound of potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces
2 stalks of celery, sliced
2 leeks, chopped finely
1 tablespoon of leveled, plain flour
2 cups of water
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
a lemon, cut in half

Directions

Now that you have the ingredients all sorted out, it’s time to get grilling!

1. Set your grill smoker to its highest temperature setting. This is similar to preheating an oven. (In case you’re wondering if you might need the oven anytime soon — Well, you won’t!) Grilling expert, Dan Morrison, says that Masterbuilt smokers work best for making casseroles compared to average grills.

2. Take a pan and pour olive oil into it. Saute the onions in the oil for around 20 seconds. Take an aluminium foil container and place the sauteed onions into it. Add the chicken pieces, garlic, carrots, potatoes, celery, leeks, and chicken stock, and properly mix them together. Stir the flour into the water, and add to the mix. Finally, add rosemary sprigs. Squeeze the juice from one half of the lemon; place the other half piece of lemon inside the container as well. Do not cover the aluminium foil container. (The water is added to ensure that the risk of burning the ingredients is low.)

3. Check to see if the grilling temperature has reached 700 degrees F. Once the grill has reached this temperature, place the casserole inside the grill. Cover up the grill with a lid.

4. You don’t need to open the lid and check on how the food is doing. Resist that temptation, and just wait for approximately 20 minutes.

5. Remove the casserole from the grill / smoker. Your casserole will be smoking hot, ready for serving at your barbecue event.


Baked Potato Casserole Dish
 

If you’re not up for grilling and would rather stick to the traditional baking method, here is a recipe for you that combines yummy potatoes, turkey bacon and cheddar cheese to create the most perfect side dish.

Ingredients

8 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup of low-fat milk
1/2 cup of light sour cream
1 tsp. of salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
6 turkey bacon slices (cooked and crumbled into pieces)
Optional ingredient — use sliced green onions

Directions

1. First, place the potato chunks into a saucepan with enough water to cover the potatoes, and heat to a boil. Cook the potatoes until they appear to be tender (around 15-20 minutes). Drain the water from the pan.

2. Take a casserole dish and grease it. Then preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

3. Add milk, sour cream, pepper and salt to the saucepan containing potatoes and beat the mixture with a handheld mixer until it appears to be smooth.

4. Add 1.5 cups of cheddar cheese and half of the measured bacon into the saucepan. Mix well and then place the mixture in the greased casserole dish.

5. Place the casserole dish into the oven and bake for 25 minutes until the dish is heated through well. Then sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese over top; additionally, if desired use green onions and remaining bacon as extra toppings. Continue baking for another 3 minutes until the cheese melts.

You could assemble this casserole ahead of time and keep it refrigerated. If baking after refrigeration, you could cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes instead of 25 minutes. Uncover the dish and use toppings as before and again bake for 3 minutes.

Why Grill Instead Of Bake?

When I told my friends that I ended up grilling a casserole instead of baking one, they were surprised. However, they were even more shocked when they tasted that unique smoky flavor of the casserole. The next time we went outdoor camping, we grilled the casserole and made a few other dishes, having one of the best camping nights ever.

Casseroles are easy to make and don’t take much time to prepare, making them ideal for outdoor cooking or BBQ party grilling. If you’re looking for party grilling ideas, you can read more here.

So, the next time you go out to grill, try grilling different chicken casserole recipes and experiment.

Of course, baking also has its advantages. Baked casseroles can be refrigerated easily, and have lower risk of burning.  While it is possible to create a stew-like casserole in an oven, it’s harder to do the same with a grill.

 

One of the best things about a casserole is the ability to increase its nutritional value by adding more vegetables (particularly those high in vitamin A and C). The fiber and protein content in casseroles makes it a good dish for people who are regularly into fitness training.

Casseroles can also serve as main dishes, and kids often love having casseroles for lunch. Preparing a breakfast casserole before setting out to work would be an excellent way to kickstart your morning.

Whether you choose to bake or grill your chicken casserole, that’s completely up to you. You could even try preparing casseroles using a stove. It doesn’t have to be chicken; there are so many kinds of casseroles, including egg, fish, ground beef, mushrooms and vegetable casseroles. Add some variety to yours by experimenting with various herbs and spices to mix the flavors up.

Casseroles could be slow cooked to produce dishes that are similar to stews (just add a little more liquid). Experiment and create your own casserole any way you want — whether you choose to bake, grill or slow cook on a stove.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob {+ Recipes} by Stove, Microwave, or Grill

How to Cook Corn on the Cob with Recipes

If you didn’t grow up on a farm or in a family that cooked fresh food on a regular basis, perhaps looking at an ear of corn on the cob and wondering what in the world to do with it is quite perplexing.

While I had the opportunity to grow up intermittently living in a place where we grew some of our own food (including corn, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, green beans, peppers, and squash), my mom also could creatively make a meal out of just about anything; so I was able to learn early on about cooking fresh food in a variety of ways.

Cooking corn on the cob doesn’t have to be scary or complicated, though, and we’re going to break it down for you into simple steps – regardless of whether you prefer using the stove top, oven, microwave, or grill for getting the job done. (See nutrition facts, food safety, and storage tips for fresh corn.)

Picking the Best Corn on the Cob

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First steps first. When buying the corn at the farmers market or your local grocery store (assuming you didn’t pluck it right out of your own garden), be sure to look for these signs that you’re getting a good ear of corn.

1. Carefully check over the ear of corn to see if it feels plump and even all around (not squishy or too bumpy in areas).

2. The best ears of corn will have silks that are golden, a bit moist, or possibly just starting to turn brown (be sure not to pick any with blackening silks).

3. Lastly, the husk should still fit tightly around the ear of corn and not be pulling away from it.

 

How to Cook Corn on the Cob on the Stove

When I was growing up, this was the way we cooked our corn most of the time. Just keep in mind that leaving the corn in the water for too long can make it end up kind of tough and chewy, so be sure to set a timer and remove from heat before too long.

1. Shuck the corn ears, removing the husks and silks (just pull down from the top and strip them away all around the ear).

2. Rinse the ears and rub around the ear in a circular motion to finish removing as much of the silks as possible.

3. If desired, trim just a bit off the ends of the ear for easy areas in which to stick the corn cob holders. (BTW, having fun, colorful holders can be a great conversation starter or way to jazz up the conversation with family or dinner guests!)

4. Heat a large pot of water to boiling (depending on the sizes of the pot, this can take up to 10 minutes, so .. plan accordingly). Gently drop in the ears of corn and set a timer for 7 minutes.

5. Remove the pan from heat and allow the corn to sit in the hot water if you’re planning to serve soon; if you’ll be waiting a while, remove the corn from the water and wrap in aluminum foil to keep warm until ready to serve.

I love jazzing up simple corn on the cob with a seasoned butter, which always seems more festive than simple butter and salt (though that is delicious, too!). Try one of these seasoned butter recipes – Street Corn with 3 Flavored Butters or some Roasted Jalapeno Butter or Chipotle Butter.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

While this would not be my preferred way to cook corn on the cob, it is super easy and quick as well as virtually mess-free. (And if you only have a microwave, such as in a college dorm room, you could still enjoy some fresh corn on the cob!)

Leave the fresh ears of corn inside the husks and cook them on full heat for three minutes. Carefully (they will be hot) remove them from the microwave; gently remove the husks and silks and discard. Slather with some butter and sprinkle with salt to enjoy (with or without corn holders).

How to Cook Corn on the Cob on the Grill

I have to be honest, while I do enjoy the smoky grilled flavor of corn cooked on the grill, usually I’m not willing to plan for the invested extra time and energy it takes to pull that off. However, if you plan ahead and allow enough time to cook it this way, it’s a real treat! Basically, you can choose to cook the corn on the grill either with or without the husks (cooking without the husks will give your corn that charred look and flavor that’s especially nice for particular meals and recipes).

With Husks

Start by soaking the corn (in its husk) in water for 30 minutes (or more, if you prefer).

Place the soaked ears on the grill over medium heat and close the lid. Cook for about 20 minutes, turning once or twice throughout.

Without Husks

Charred option – Shuck the corn ears; spray or brush them with a little vegetable oil and place directly on grill grates, cooking over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Be sure to turn them every few minutes for even cooking.

If you don’t want the charred version – Shuck the ears and wrap them in a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place them on the grill over medium heat, closing the lid, and allow to cook for about 20 minutes, being sure to turn them once or twice during this time.

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Eating Corn on the Cob (Recipes)

In case you’re in doubt about how to “properly” eat your corn on the cob once it’s cooked, we have some suggestions – though we don’t at all guarantee these to be “proper”!

1. With holders or without holders? Slather the corn on the cob with your favorite plain or seasoned butter, sprinkle with some salt and have fun eating it just like that.

2. Get fancy with toppings for your corn – after spreading on the butter, top it with some crumbled cojita or feta cheese, a sprinkle of chili powder or red pepper flakes, or some chopped cilantro or green onions. Lots of fabulous options for going a little crazy with your corn. Happy experimenting!

3. Slice the corn kernels off of the cobs and throw them into your favorite salad, dip, soup or casserole, such as these fantastic recipes:

Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled Corn and Crab Dip

Tilapia with Black Beans and Corn

Black Beans and Corn Salsa

Chicken, Green Bean, Corn and Farro Salad

What are your favorite ways to cook up corn on the cob?

Do you have fun family memories around grilling or roasting ears of corn? We love hearing your stories in the comments below!

Diabetic Recipes and Tips for Creating Healthy Balanced Meals

Diabetic Friendly Recipes and Tips for Healthy Balanced Meals

Are you pre-diabetic, diabetic, or know someone who is struggling with Type 2 diabetes? Wondering what type of food you should or could eat and how to best manage or improve your condition?

For those who are pre-diabetic or know they have a diabetic family history and are looking for ways to make changes that are manageable, sustainable, and will help them create a healthy lifestyle to prevent or overcome diabetic health issues (such as high blood pressure or diabetic retinopathy), we wanted to share some recipes and suggestions for building daily balanced meals.

There can be so much information that’s overwhelming, so we’ll try to keep this simple and make things easy.

The American Diabetes Association (see their Create Your Plate guide) suggests creating a plate guide where half the plate is made up of vegetables (ones that are not starchy) – such as spinach, zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, celery, cauliflower, green beans, lettuce, mushrooms, and kale.

Create your Plate - American Diabetic Association

Next divide the other half of the plate in half again, and in one section put protein (fish, chicken, eggs, turkey, tuna, cheese, tofu, etc). And in the last small section place a helping of some grains or starchy foods — such as rice, potatoes, pasta, peas, beans, corn, quinoa, or tortillas.

In addition to this, one small serving of fruit or dairy is suggested to round out the meal, along with a low-calorie beverage like iced tea, coffee, or water. Healthy fats can also be added in small amounts (i.e. avocado, nuts, or seeds added to a salad).

If you are wanting to track carbs and calories for your chosen foods with each meal, check out the Carb Counting and Meal Planning booklet from Novo Nordisk.

Lisa Statzer of Prediabetic Support has a fabulous program that helps individuals who are pre-diabetic make the needed changes to their diet and lifestyle to avoid the many health issues of the full-blown diabetic condition. She is so encouraging, helpful, and knowledgeable on the topic, and you can download her free Eat This, Not That guide on her website.

Eat This Not That - Prediabetic Support

We have lots of diabetic friendly recipes right here on Dish Dish – which you can save to your own free recipe box account and use to create your grocery list each week – saving you time and sanity when planning meals.

Here are a few diabetic friendly breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, and even dessert recipes. Please be sure to comment below with which ones you’ve tried and let us know if you have other ideas and suggestions.

Arugula and Feta Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe

A simple salad made with arugula leaves, fresh strawberries and crumbled feta cheese; topped with a homemade strawberry vinaigrette (or use your favorite one from the store).

Vegetable Frittata Recipe

Sauteed onion and garlic are mixed with chopped broccoli, bell peppers, and seasonings with beaten eggs. Pour into a dish and bake for about 30 minutes for a nice, healthy brunch, lunch or dinner. Serve with some salsa and avocado for even more flavor.

Skinny Turkey and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Dish up this delicious soup with diced turkey, a little bit of whole wheat orzo (optional), carrots, onion, celery, sweet pepper, peas, broth and lots of seasoning. Though it will take a few minutes to do the prep (chopping and dicing ingredients), cooking time is only about 30 minutes, making it a relatively quick meal to get on the table.

And it’s freezer friendly – so make a large batch and freeze the extra for pulling out on a day when cooking sounds too onerous or time-consuming.

Tart Individual Blueberry Crisp Recipe

Fresh blueberries baked for about 20 minutes with a crumbled oat topping for a quick and easy dessert that’s already in small portions so you won’t be tempted to over-indulge. Enjoy!

Herb Dip Recipe

This yogurt-based dip with green onions, mint, red chili, and a dash of lemon is a refreshing dip with your favorite veggies – celery, cucumber, broccoli, grape tomatoes or asparagus. It also makes a nice “sauce” with your favorite grilled meat.

 

Additional resources:

Mayo Clinic Diabetic Recipes
Low Carb Maven
Ten Diabetic Diet, Recipe and Lifestyle Ideas Worth Sharing

 

How to Learn to Cook for Yourself when You’re Single

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People have lots of thoughts about being single; some think it’s amazing that they’re by themselves and independent, while others might think it’s a nightmare. Either way, a person needs to eat, and preferably healthy.

Many single adults will choose a delivery app for ordering food, rather than cooking for themselves. And it’s understandable – it’s definitely easier. And it takes you no time to prepare the meal; you’re just going to get to eat it. Though this route usually means you’ll be eating pasta and fast food. People tend to forget the healthy options of take-out food. Additionally, it will cost you lots of money to always eat this way. (You know it does.)

But it’s so easy to cook at home when you have somewhere to start.  Perhaps this article will give you a push from behind. You’ll learn how to cook for yourself! Anything other than omelettes and fries (though there isn’t anything wrong with a really good omelette, for sure).

Never Overshop

If you make a list before going to the store, you’ll know what to buy from the very start. Put on the list things that you usually eat.

Don’t forget to take a look at your schedule and see how many nights you’re going to spend at home. Then buy according to that. Never more, as it will go to waste.

Store your Items Smartly

Let’s say you have a bag full of groceries. Try to arrange them so that they’ll be easier to get to in the fridge. Put the most often used items together in one part of the fridge, such as milk and chicken. Then put all of the fruits together in one compartment, and the vegetables in another one. Make sure you always know what you’re going to prepare and which ingredients you need – you can also stock the items together by the recipe you’re planning to make.

Prepare What You Like to Eat

You don’t have to eat something you don’t like. If you love pizza, make your fridge full of pre-made dough, cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, pepperoni, chicken and anything else you want on your pizza.

Learn how to take advantage of the fact that you’re single; now you don’t have to consider what someone else would like to eat, but can make what you want and have as much as you’d like.

Also, take advantage of the opportunity to make portions for two or four, even if it’s just you. Make a dish on Sunday or Monday, then use the leftovers to do other dishes for the rest of the week. Don’t let leftovers go to waste.

Don’t be Afraid to Eat Healthily

Especially when you’re single, the tendency is to simply eat what you have in the fridge. So fill it with healthy food. Make a salad or roast some vegetables and have them with pasta or brown rice. Eat chopped greens with your usual sandwiches. Add some fish to your meals for the week, as it is one of the advisable things to eat when you want to eat healthily. At Mercato, you’ll get the best grocery delivery service for fresh and healthy food.

 

How Do You Like Your Ice? (Tips for Buying an Ice Maker)

 

 

Facts to Know Before Buying
an Ice Maker

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Learning about the utility and efficiency of an ice maker can greatly influence your purchasing decision. However, before making the purchase, it is important to learn a few things about an ice maker’s most prominent features. By taking into account a few factors, you will be closer to purchasing the perfect ice maker for your needs.

In a regular food service environment an ice maker machine can function well for about 5 to 8 years, but you could make yours last even longer. TopIceMakerReviews offers its readers advice to help them find the best ice makers on the market, in addition to sharing about similar tools, like the ice crusher. Be sure to read some ice maker reviews to find out which ones are the best on the market, and consider these tips and tricks before purchasing an ice making machine.

1. The Production Rate

This is a basic characteristic that any buyer should consider when shopping for an ice maker. Even if you use it only for summer parties, you do not want the device to produce too little ice and have to wait for a long time while guests are waiting impatiently for more ice. Thoroughly think about your ice requirements to know which device to choose. If buying such a machine for a family restaurant, then you need an ice maker with even higher production rates. However, for home use consider purchasing a device with medium production rate, depending on your particular use of the item.

2. The Condenser

There are three types of condensers, namely remote air-cooled, water-cooled and air-cooled. An air-cooled condenser is likely to be more efficient than water-cooled. They become more susceptible to production loss, when the incoming water temperatures and surrounding air temperature increase. Generally, water-cooled condensers allow the device to produce ice more consistently regardless of the temperatures. However, these condensers also tend to use a lot of water. On the other hand, the remote air-cooled condenser is famous for being allowed to operate on the roof of your building or outdoors (for larger units like those needed for a family restaurant or small business).

3. Energy Star Qualification

It is very important to purchase an ice maker that is qualified by ENERGY STAR. This way, you make sure the device conserves electricity and water. When purchasing an ice maker be aware that ENERGY STAR qualified appliances are better choices not only for the environment but also for your small restaurant, business or home.

4. Technology

Depending on the brand you choose, the ice machine will provide various technology options. Instead of simply making ice as they are developed to do, there are some machines which have a variety of different functions. There are certain ice machines that allow users to program the ice production while also monitoring the entire activity. This way, users will know whether something goes wrong during the ice making process, allowing them to fix the problem before it turns into an unpleasant incident.

5. The Size of the Ice Machine

Before ordering a device, make sure you have enough space to store it in your desired location. You should place it on your kitchen counter if there is sufficient space to efficiently operate. If you buy an upright or low profile unit, you will be able most likely to fit it in any corner of your kitchen. However, do not forget that certain ice machines will need more clearance on the sides, rear, and top, to allow them to work properly.

 

6. Ice Style

Did you know that some ice makers allow you to choose among various ice shapes? Users can make ice cubes, octagons, pearls, flakes, nuggets, gourmet ice and half cubes. Each type of ice may be more desirable for certain functions. Think about the utility of the ice to establish the ice style you need or prefer for each occasion. If you only purchase the device to cool the drinks at a family dinner or reunion with friends, then the ice style won’t really matter; however, for instance, if you use it to keep perishable food fresh, you would want to use ice flakes.

There are plenty of features and aspects to consider when purchasing an ice making machine. To make sure it is the right fit for your needs, pay attention to the size, ice production, filter, and condenser. This way you can be sure it will properly function, while improving your summer and allowing you to relax and enjoy your cool summer drinks, making you the best party organizer in the neighborhood.

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21 Refreshing Strawberry Recipes

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Strawberries – there is something about the bright red color, the anticipation of sweet, juicy goodness with that first bite, and the kid-like happiness of enjoying such a fruity delicious treat that leaves me wide-eyed and full of excitement about fresh strawberry season.

Strawberry Plants

When the kids were younger, we often spent time during the growing season visiting local berry farms to gather fresh strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries – tossing them into salads, muffins, breakfast treats, smoothies, and desserts until we’d had our fill, and then tossing the rest of them into the freezer for enjoying later in the year.

As a young teenager, we lived next door to a family who had a large field of strawberry plants, and in exchange for helping them with weeding, mulching, harvesting, our family enjoyed taking home baskets of fresh strawberries when they were ripe and ready for picking. Oh my! Such a treat, especially after having put in the hard work of cultivating and watching them struggle and grow.

(Start growing your own strawberry plants!)

Strawberry Plants - Grow your Own Strawberries

 

Strawberry Nutrition

While strawberries are so delicious, juicy and sweet, they are also really good for your health — full of antioxidants, vitamin C , manganese as well as other vitamins and minerals! Because of their fiber content and relatively low carb and sugar content, they are beneficial for heart and brain health and controlling blood sugar levels (good news for diabetics), as well as helpful in protecting our bodies against cancer and sun-damaged skin.

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One cup of fresh strawberries contains less than 50 calories, 3 grams of fiber, just under 12 grams of carbs, about 7 grams of sugar, and strawberries have a low glycemic index value of 40. So, let’s make sure we enjoy some of those strawberries regularly! (Pick up a bag of frozen or freeze-dried strawberries to enjoy when fresh ones are out of season).

Strawberry Recipes

Now let’s get to those amazing 21 everyday refreshing strawberry recipes that your whole family is sure to gobble up and enjoy!

Breakfast

Strawberry Banana French Toast
Diced french bread pieces baked with strawberries, bananas, eggs and milk for a sweet breakfast treat.

Overnight Strawberry Fridge Oatmeal 
Mix ingredients and store in the fridge overnight for a healthy breakfast in the morning.

Whole Grain Lemon Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberries

 

Breads

Oatmeal Strawberry Bread 
Quick oat bread made with applesauce and strawberries.

Strawberry Bread
Quick bread with strawberries (fresh or frozen) and chopped pecans.

Berry Cream Muffins 
Use strawberries or other favorite berries in these quick, easy muffins.

 

Smoothies

Strawberry Blast Smoothie
Full of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, spinach, and carrots.

Breakfast Berry Smoothie 
Feel free to add other types of berries into this delicious smoothie any time of day.

 

Snacks

Brandied Strawberry Freezer Jam 
Strawberries with a little lemon and brandy, frozen in glass jars (no heavy-duty canning skills needed).

Nutty Strawberry Chicken Drumsticks 
Braised chicken pieces baked with almond butter and strawberry preserves.

Cool Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips 
Cinnamon tortilla chips served with strawberry, kiwi, cucumber salsa.

 

Salads

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Toasted Almonds 
Texas 4H recipe with tricolor quinoa, strawberries and homemade citrus dressing.

Arugula and Feta Salad with Strawberries and Strawberry Vinaigrette 
Simple summer salad that’s refreshing and delicious.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad 
Strawberries, romaine, and red onion topped with homemade poppy seed dressing.

 

Beverages

Strawberry Basil Soda 
Mocktail made with strawberries, basil, lemon juice and sparkling water.

Strawberry Agua Fresca
Jazz up your water with strawberries, mint, and a little lime.

Strawberry Lemonade Cooler 
Fresh lemon juice with fresh strawberries make a refreshing treat.

 

Desserts

Strawberry Shortcake from Bonefish Grill 
Copycat recipe dessert of shortcake biscuits with strawberries and cream with a sprig of mint.

Easy Strawberry Pie (similar to Shoney’s)
Fill a pie shell with strawberries, strawberry jello, and cream for a cool treat.

Strawberry Balsamic Frozen Yogurt 
Strawberries, yogurt, honey and balsamic vinegar make a delicious frozen dish.

Strawberry Crisp 
Strawberries topped with oat crisp topping and baked to perfection.

 

Remember you can save and keep all your favorite recipes right here in your own digital recipe box and online cookbook at Dish Dish, so you can add ingredients to your grocery list, share recipes with friends and family, and always find the recipe when you need it! What are your favorite strawberry recipes or fun memories of picking strawberries as a family? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

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20 Favorite Chicken Recipes You Will Want to Try

 

 

20 Chicken Recipes You Want to Try

 

We eat lots of chicken at our house, and with these 20 amazing recipes, you and your  family can keep right on enjoying chicken, too, without getting bored eating the same types of dishes over and over again (which is often the challenge).

We have included options below that are not only delicious, but several that are also compatible with gluten-free, keto, paleo, and dairy-free diet restrictions. So there’s no excuse to save a couple of these that stand out to you and try them in the next week or so.

Chicken is a lean, protein-packed main ingredient that is quite versatile in so many different types of dishes and with a variety of seasonings and cooking methods. Let’s get started! (Click on recipe titles below to view full printable recipe.)

1. Penne with Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Loaded with chicken and broccoli mixed with pasta, and topped with a little shredded cheese, this casserole comes together quickly for a delicious meal.

2. Jamaican Chicken Curry

Chicken pieces are cooked with carrots and peas in a curry seasoned coconut milk sauce in this spicy Jamaican chicken recipe. (dairy-free, gluten-free)

3. Oven Baked Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken breasts coated in a thickened teriyaki sauce made with soy sauce, mirin, ginger, garlic, and red pepper; baked until cooked, moist, and ready to dish up over your favorite rice, noodles or salad ingredients.

4. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken breasts cooked in the crockpot with wing sauce and ranch seasoning, and a little butter and whipped cream cheese stirred in at the end before shredding and serving (as sandwiches or a topping for baked potatoes or salad).

5. Grilled Rosemary Chicken

Marinated in olive oil with garlic, mustard, rosemary, and lemon juice, tender chicken pieces are grilled to savory perfection. (keto, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free)

6. Chicken Enchilada Pasta Bake

Shell pasta baked with taco seasoned chicken, beans, peppers, onions, seasonings, and cheese in enchilada sauce; topped with sour cream and garnishes for serving.

7. Greek Style Chicken Paillard

Tenderized chicken pieces, flattened and braised, then served with Greek salad (greens, kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, mint, parsley, feta, and pepperoncini) on top.

8. Chicken, Green Bean, Corn and Farro Salad with Goat Cheese

Sauteed chicken mixed with blanched green beans, fresh corn and cooked farro, topped with a simple homemade dressing and crumbled goat cheese.

9. One Pan Roasted Balsamic Chicken with Vegetables

Chicken pieces marinated in balsamic vinaigrette and seasonings, roasted with broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and onion with some cherry or grape tomatoes tossed in at the end. A yummy terrific blend of flavors all cooked in one pan for easy prep and clean up! (Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo)

10. Easy Chicken Biryani

Chicken, basmati rice, and traditional Indian seasonings in a spicy, creamy yogurt sauce.

11. One Skillet Spinach Tomato Chicken

Braised chicken served in a creamy sauce with fresh spinach and sundried tomatoes; serve over your favorite rice or pasta for a more filling meal.

 

sweet BBQ chicken kabobs | Chicken Recipes12. Sweet BBQ Chicken Kabobs

Chicken pieces are threaded onto skewers with pineapple and sweet bell peppers, coated with a BBQ and orange juice sauce, then grilled to perfection. (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo)

 

 

13. Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries

Creamy chicken salad made with diced apples and dried cranberries for a crunchy sweet treat; serve with crackers, on crescents or buns, or on a bed of lettuce for lunch or dinner. Especially easy meal for a relaxing summer evening.

14. Waldorf Chicken Salad Bowl

Cooked chicken with celery, wheat berries, apple, grapes, and pecans served over a bed of butter lettuce with a drizzling of homemade yogurt vinaigrette.

Southwest Chicken Soup Recipe15. Southwest Chicken Soup

With diced chicken, green chilies, navy beans, spinach, and seasonings, topped off with a scattering of shredded cheese, this quick, easy soup is a hearty twist on regular old chicken soup.

 
 

16. Grilled Chicken Tacos

Grilled chicken served up on warmed corn tortillas with pepper jack cheese, onion, cilantro, lime and your favorite hot sauce or salsa.

17. Crockpot Chicken Stew

Diced chicken thighs cooked with celery, carrots, onions, and seasonings with fresh spinach and cream stirred in at the end for a creamy savory stew. (keto friendly)

spinach artichoke chicken recipe18. Spinach and Artichoke Chicken

Creamy casserole of chicken with artichoke, spinach, and cheeses; options for baking or making in the crock pot.

 
 

 

19. Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken

This spicy chicken dish is cooked up with a creamy spicy jalapeno and cilantro sauce.

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20. Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Chili

Spicy southwest chili made with chicken, black beans, tomatoes, corn, peppers, olives, and seasonings; serve topped with a dab of cheese and sour cream for a delicious evening meal.

 

 

What are your favorite chicken recipes, and which one of these looks like something you and your family will try soon? Leave us a comment with your thoughts and ideas; we love hearing from you!

 

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Healthy Potato Soup with Bacon Toppings

 

 

 

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Healthy Potato Soup with Bacon Toppings

Soups are side dishes that can certainly awaken your appetite. They are sumptuous delicacies that can perfectly blend cold weather and warm conversations. Savoring soup is always a pleasurable experience. You can consider it your comfort food because the delight it brings to your tummy is something else.

There are multiple variants of soups that you can prepare. Despite the wide spectrum that soups cover, their general preparation is pretty simple. Even an inexperienced person in the kitchen can create a rich and warm pot of soup. That’s how simple this recipe is.

Of course, people are new to this food would start looking at most common variants. You can say that corn soups and potato soups are on the top of the list. Between those two, many are quite fascinated by the taste and nutritional value of potato soups. Regardless where you look, potato soups are healthy and fulfilling.

If you want to learn a basic version of potato soup, then I will be your guide. I am going to show you how to create this recipe with minimal ingredients. Let’s start now!

Healthy Potato Soup Recipe

I personally love potato soups because they are sure crowd-pleasers. They can literally attract your entire family or friends to gather in your kitchen table just to experience the taste. Fortunately, such magic is quite achievable. But before that, you need to gather these following ingredients first:

Ingredients:

Bacon (3 slices)
Onion (1 cup; chopped)
Baking potatoes (3 pounds; peeled and sliced)
Water (1/2 cup)
Chicken broth (2 pieces; fat-free)
Salt (1/2 teaspoon)
Black pepper (1/2 teaspoon)
Low-fat milk (2 cups)
Cheddar cheese (4 ounces; shredded)
Sour cream (1/2 cup)
Chives (4 teaspoons; chopped)
Cooking spray


Instructions:

1. Put a skillet on the stove and heat it over medium-heat. Cook the bacon slices in the skillet until they turn crispy. Once done, remove bacon strips from the skillet and crumble them into small pieces.

2. Do not throw out the drippings in the pan yet. In the same pan, saute the onion for around 3 minutes or until the onions become tender.

3. Use a slow cooker and place all the potato slices in there along with the sauteed onion. Make sure that the potato slices have been spritzed with cooking spray. Add a half cup of water, pepper, chicken broth, and salt. Stir them for a couple of minutes before covering the slow cooker. The cooking should take 8 hours or until such time as the potatoes have softened.

4. After the said period, mash the mixture. Add the milk and cheese afterward. You should increase the heat of the slow cooker and continue to cook the mixture for another 20 minutes.

5. At this point, the mixture is already a bonafide potato soup. Serve it hot in small bowls. Sprinkle the shredded cheese and add a dollop of sour cream for toppings. You should also top with the chives and crumbled bacon for more texture and flavor. The soup should fulfill everyone’s cravings!

6. Keep running the slow cooker, remembering that the full flavor of any soup is seen when it is hot and steaming!

Conclusion

This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you dig further, you will found out that there are a lot of ways to create healthy potato soups. Once you can learn the basics of making this treat, you will be able to explore to other similar recipes. Of course, I recommend that you should do so.

By learning more and more recipes, your meal selection will widen. Therefore, you can prepare different dishes and cuisines for every occasion and gathering that you have! Don’t worry. Cooking is a fun thing to do!

 

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Helpful Tips for a Fun Wedding Gathering

 

 

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While your wedding event is both extraordinary and perhaps coming up quickly (I mean – you’re ready to get hitched, right?!), the gathering itself is presumably what you and your visitors are most anticipating—who doesn’t like to eat, drink and dance? The best party events consolidate individual fun and one-of-a-kind touches to keep visitors smiling and reminiscing long after the last moment.

Regardless of whether you’ve employed a band or a DJ, on the off chance that you need to keep the dance floor lively, design a playlist that will satisfy the entire group, not simply the two of you. For instance, even though you may love cloud non mainstream shake, now isn’t an ideal opportunity to flaunt your personal taste in music. Certainly, blend in a couple of your top choices, but don’t forget the traditional hits, as well, and keep guests moving on the dance floor.  Discuss with your DJ your “don’t play” list right away.

Share some encouraging, inspiring and fun wedding quotes with your guests; pick some funny or inspirational words to use in your decor and theme, too.

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Of course, don’t forget the significance of a strong seating game plan. Be sure to place visitors with individuals they’ll know and enjoy being seated with. It may seem like an incredible thought to play intermediary, or compel visitors to sit with outsiders to make new companions—yet at the end of the day, they’re here for you, and to enjoy getting up to speed with their own buddies. Put another way, a well-considered seating diagram prompts enjoyable discussion, which provides an awesome party and an exceptional night. So situate your tween cousins with different children their age and let school companions sit together.

Wedding favors ought to be the cherry on top of an outstanding gathering. Let your visitors know how much you appreciate having them there by offering a bring home treat (think: donuts, hot cocoa blend and marshmallows, a sack of your most loved espresso beans or jugs of nearby honey or nectar, an adorable succulent plant or a couple of mementos marked with your initials and wedding date).

 

Wedding toasts are about quality over time, so request that any individual who’s talking ensure their toasts are close to two minutes so as to not be too long. On the off chance that they have any more drawn out stories to tell, invite them to share those at the rehearsal dinner as another option.

To keep the little ones engaged for the duration of the night (and to give their folks a chance to hit the dance floor), give them their own assigned zone. In a different room, orchestrate a sitter to set up and supervise motion pictures, amusements, activities or a child driven dance party. You can likewise set up a couple of tables finished with coloring books, colored pencils, diversions and toys.

Awesome sustenance makes for an extraordinary festival, yet offering dishes that everybody can tweak to their preference is far and away superior. Intuitive sustenance stations, from a mac-and-cheese bar to a sushi setup, where visitors can make their own particular perfect nibbles will nourish your guests and prepare them to have a great time.

Rather than an average full menu serving of mixed greens, entrée and dessert, extend supper with four or five smaller courses (yet don’t extend it excessively so everyone can get on the dance floor sooner). Plan brief activities between dishes or courses, similar to a short toast from your amusing auntie, a sweet ballad from a deep rooted companion or an expert performance from a local vocalist or artist. It’ll give your visitors the experience of a fun night out, complete with supper and a show.

Gather recipes for the bride, creating a digital online cookbook for her full of favorite recipes from family and friends.

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The Best Fresh Strawberry Recipes for Your Summer

 

 

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What is the best thing about having fresh picked strawberries – either that your family freshly picked from a local “pick-your-own” farm or pleasantly packed home from the local farmers market? (See how to package, freeze, and best store extra strawberries for use later in the year).

There are so many super delicious strawberry recipes for using those fresh berries! And the bright, red cheery color makes it all the more thrilling to invigorate your palate with these tasty treats.

 

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So, what exactly are the best fresh strawberry recipes? Our favorites include easy recipes like strawberry bread, fresh strawberry muffins, cold refreshing strawberry chilled desserts, and fresh strawberry pie, strawberry salad, and strawberry agua, among others. Of course, it’s super easy to add diced or sliced strawberries to almost any breakfast dish, too, for some color, a burst of flavor, and some healthy antioxidants, too!

Overnight Oats with Strawberries

For breakfast, toss some sliced strawberries in to jazz up your favorite cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt; add them on top of pancakes, waffles, toasted bagel or muffin; or throw some into your favorite smoothie for a healthy strawberry recipe. (Above photo by Jeffrey Deng on Unsplash)

Today I’m highlighting one of my personal favorites, a fresh strawberry pie made with a base layer of creamy goodness topped with reduced strawberries followed by fresh sliced strawberries; of course, followed up with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, because …. why not?!?

Start with a pre-baked pie crust or make a single layer crust from scratch, and let it completely cool after baking.

 

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Next we’ll mash enough fresh strawberries to equal 1 cup, and mix it together in a saucepan with 1 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, and 1/2 cup of water.  After stirring that together over medium heat, we’ll keep stirring until it comes to a boil (which can take a little while!), and then let it boil for 1 minute before removing from heat.

We want that mixture to cool completely before adding it to our pie, so it’s best to place the mixture into another bowl or dish and place in the fridge to cool.

Next, in another bowl, we’ll stir together 3 ounces of softened cream cheese with 2 cups of Cool Whip (or homemade whipped cream).

 

Now smoothly spread the whipped cream mixture over the cooled baked pie crust for the first layer.

Then top that with 5 cups of sliced strawberries (or as many sliced strawberries as you can put on top and not overflow your pie pan).

 

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Now we pour the cooled strawberry mixture from earlier over the top of all this goodness and place the pie in the refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours before serving.

Top it with additional whipped cream, if desired, before cutting and dishing up for family and friends.  This treat is a sweet, cold, refreshing dessert for a summer evening.

 

What are your favorite ways to serve up fresh strawberries?  We love hearing about your family traditions and favorites in the comments below.

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