Asian Chicken Bowls

Nine times out of ten, I will choose Asian food over any other type of cuisine. If we are going out for a nice-ish dinner, hibachi is where it’s at. Take out? Chinese. Any day, anytime, anywhere? Sushi or Thai.

I’m always experimenting with different Asian recipes, but this one was exceptionally good. Even my pickiest eater devoured it! It doesn’t hurt that dinner was on the table in about 25 minutes (and only that long because of the rice!).

Asian Chicken Bowls

Ingredients:
2 tsp sesame oil
1 lb ground chicken
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
sesame seeds, for garnish

Directions:
Heat sesame oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned. Add soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and sweet chili sauce. Stir until the chicken is well coated. Serve in bowls over rice (I served over basmati rice).

Chicken Piccata

I never actually tried chicken piccata until planning our wedding. We went to a meeting with a potential caterer to do a taste test and they prepared samples of their most popular foods for us to try. We ended up using them to cater our wedding, mostly because of that chicken piccata. I wondered why I waited 20-something years to try this dish. Honestly, I don’t think anyone’s rendition could ever measure up to the one at our wedding, but this one comes pretty darn close.

I have been making this since right after we got married on a pretty regular basis. It’s not a super quick recipe, but it is simple. I serve this with pasta to make a full meal.

Chicken Piccata


Ingredients:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butterflied then cut in half
salt and pepper
1/4 c. flour + 2 tbsp. flour, separated
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. butter, separated
1/2 c. chicken broth
splash of white wine
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. capers, drained and rinsed

Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Dredge in 1/4 c. flour. Heat olive oil and 1 tbsp. butter over medium high heat. Add chicken breasts to the pan and cook about 6 minutes on each side, or until browned. Set chicken breasts aside.

Add 2 tbsp. flour, 1 tbsp. butter, chicken broth, wine, lemon juice, and capers, and deglaze the pan. Cook until sauce starts to bubble. Add chicken breasts back to the pan and cook for about 2 minutes on each side. Serve immediately over pasta.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

I am pretty sure we’ve all seen some variation of this recipe floating around the internet recently. Eggr Roll in a Bowl, Deconstructed Egg Roll, Undone Egg Roll, Egg Roll Stir-fry…whatever floats your boat. I prefer Egg Roll in a Bowl, so that’s what I stick with! 😉

I’ve made this several times in the past month or so and every time, it’s been a pretty big hit, even with my littlest girl who is an extremely picky eater. It comes together super easily and I generally have everything I need in my pantry except the ground turkey and coleslaw mix. It’s definitely not much to look at, but it is so delicious and perfect for a simple weeknight meal.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Photo Jun 05

Ingredients:
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 lb. ground turkey (or beef)
3 tbsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
3/4 c. beef broth
1 bag of coleslaw mix
3 tbsp. soy sauce

Directions:

Heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned.

Reduce heat to medium; add sesame oil, ginger, pepper, garlic powder, salt, sugar, and beef broth to the pan and mix well. Add the coleslaw mix and stir well.

Stirring frequently, cook until the cabbage starts to wilt. Add soy sauce and stir to coat mixture. Serve over basmati rice.

Dr. Suess Birthday Party

I have a love/hate relationship with throwing birthday parties for my kids. On the one hand, I usually host them at our house, and feel like everything has to be sparkling clean in order to be acceptable. Obviously, the junk drawer (everyone has one of those, right?!) and our closets have to be 100% organized before people come over. I mean, what if someone randomly needs a paper clip or gets chilly (in the middle of summer in Florida…) and needs to borrow a sweater? Hey, it could happen.

I’ve always been a crazy lady in the week or so leading up to any sort of event at our house, making sure everything is in it’s place, every speck of dust is gone, and every window is squeaky clean. That’s my biggest gripe about throwing birthday parties, but also, it’s just a lot of work planning the party itself.

For me, it starts out months in advance, getting both kids to agree on a theme (the girls’ birthdays are only a couple weeks apart and so far, we’ve done joint parties), which is pretty close to impossible. Then, I’m that mom…I can’t ever seem to find the perfect invitation, so I end up designing them myself on Photoshop. Next is deciding on the guest list, food, decor, cake, games, party favors…that list is never ending. In the week leading up to the party, there are at least 57 trips to the store, even though I swear every single time I’ve gotten every last thing we need. Throw in a few hours for the actual party, then we get back to work cleaning up the mess that 20+ kids just made running around our house. Fun!
But actually, believe it or not, despite all that…I think I love throwing my girls parties more than I hate it. They always have so much fun and the happiness on their faces always makes it 100% worth every minute and dollar spent.

One of my favorite parties we’ve thrown for the girls was Dr. Suess themed and I loved the end result!

Invitations

The invitations, I made on Photoshop. I searched Google and Pinterest, and combined and reworked several of my favorites to create one that worked for us.


Food

I always try to make the food work with the theme of the party. Again, Pinterest came to my rescue. We served party subs as the main course and mostly other snack-y foods.

  • Build Your Own Suess Salads– lettuce and a bunch of toppings for everyone to make their own
  • Poodle’s Noodles– pasta salad
  • Green Eggs and Ham– rolled up deli ham and deviled eggs with dyed green filling
  • Cat’s Hats– skewers of grape tomatoes and chunks of string cheese
  • Truffula Fruit Kabobs– rainbow fruit skewers with strawberries, cantaloupe, green grapes, blueberries, and red grapes
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish– Goldfish crackers (we found red, white, and blue 4th of July themed ones, which worked perfectly!)
  • Hop on Pop(corn)– plain ol’ popcorn

Other

We did have too many decorations. We used Dr. Suess books everywhere as the majority of our decorations, and used red, white, and blue as our main colors.

We made a “sweets” table with treat bags for everyone to take some home with them. The treats table included Nutter Butters (Loraxes), Rolo Pretzel Turtles (Yertle’s Turtles), M&Ms (Truffula Seeds), Swedish Fish/Gummy Sharks (One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish), Orange Slices (in a glass jar, decorated with a Lorax face), Twizzlers, and gum balls.

In lieu of a cake, we had mini cupcakes. I printed off small Dr. Suess related pictures and made them into cupcake toppers by gluing a toothpick in between two of them.

This party was a super simple one to bring together, especially since decoration-wise, we used mostly books we already had and red, white, and blue colored decorations. But I loved the way it came together and we got so many compliments on it! Stay tuned in a couple weeks to see what the girls’ birthday party will be this year!