Then Ian came home from hosting a luncheon at a medical office and he had leftover containers of sauces from Viva Chicken. If you know Viva Chicken, then you know that their sauces are basically liquid gold. It was my first time trying them even though I'd heard so many great things!
And BAM -- I was completely reenergized for dinner!
I ended up doing a simple oven-baked chicken entree, coating the chicken in an egg wash first and then dipping them in a mixture of bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. They were simple but so delicious topped with the sauces.
So, this morning between 2 and 4 when I was wiiiiiiide awake from this cold again, and I was thinking of blog post ideas, I thought -- why not pass along some ideas that may reenergize you in the kitchen, too. We all need a little boost sometime!
IF YOU HAVE CHICKEN BREASTS:
+ Put them in the crockpot for 6-8 hours on low or until they shred apart with a fork. Stir in cream cheese. Use this creamy chicken to make soft tacos, or pair with an enchilada kit for a delicious dinner. Serve with refried black beans.
+ Bread them, bake or pan-fry then, and make this copycat Chick-fil-A sauce. Serve with a fruit salad and slaw.
+ Marinate in a vinaigrette dressing of your choice, grill them, slice them and buy an Asian chopped salad kit. Toss all together. Add in some broken up raw ramen noodles (yep, the $.19/pack kind) to toss in for crunch.
IF YOU HAVE A PORK TENDERLOIN:
+ Put it in the crockpot for 6-8 hours on low or until it shreds apart with a fork. Stir in your favorite barbecue sauce. Serve with Southern sides like coleslaw, baked beans, mac and cheese, or cornbread. Delicious pulled pork.
+ Bake it in the oven, slice it, lay it on a platter, and drizzle with easy homemade tomato jam.
+ Grill it and then make these delicious looking Cuban sliders.
IF YOU HAVE GROUND BEEF:
+ Brown in a saucepan and make baked tacos. Serve with cilantro lime rice. Extra lime wedges for me!
+ Make this meatloaf and sub out the preserves for orange marmelade (trust me). Mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower as a side.
+ Make homemade pizzas and top them with browned ground beef, pepperjack or mozzarella cheese, yellow pepper slices, and caramelized onions.
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I hope this post helps spur some new ideas for you in the kitchen!
Please let me know if you like this type of post. :)