Friday, May 29, 2015

Chicken Lazone



Jana here with a simple, delicious chicken meal!  I found inspiration for this on www.plainchicken.com . I served ours over basmati rice, but you could also use your preference in rice or noodles!  I also think this recipe has great flexibility with the type of chicken you can use. I had bone in chicken breast in my freezer, so I opted for those. But you could easily use chicken tenders, chicken breast, leg quarters, etc.

Chicken Lazone

2 pounds chicken, cooked to your liking (I roasted ours for an hour in the oven at 400 degrees)
1/4 cup butter
2 cups half and half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme

1. Melt butter in a small skillet or saucepan. Once melted, add the half and half, and heat on medium heat.

2. Add the spices, and stir to combine.  Continue heating on medium heat until it nears boiling. At that point, turn to low and simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Once sauce has thickened, combine with your rice or noodles, and serve with chicken.

Enjoy!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Avocado Ranch Dressing



Jana here with a dressing that is delicious on a salad, and could also be used as a dip for vegetables. We have a lot of leaf lettuce growing in our garden right now, so salads have been on the menu more often!  My husband and I were talking about different types of salad we could make, and we came up with this Avocado Ranch dressing.

Avocado Ranch Dressing

1 medium size avocado (ripe)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons ranch dressing
salt and cayenne pepper to taste

1. Remove the avocado from the peel and pit. Combine with other ingredients, and use an immersion blender to blend well.

Enjoy!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Kale Chips

Jana here with a super easy recipe!  We are probably the last ones to jump on the kale bandwagon...I've heard a lot about it in the last few years, and know that it is really healthy. It is loaded with antioxidants, and a great source of vitamin C, A, and K.


When my son picked this much kale from our garden recently, I knew it was the time to try kale chips!


The prep is so easy, and a great recipe for kids to help with!


The finished kale chips! These are SO light and crispy...it's hard to just eat a few!

Kale Chips

1 head of kale, or kale leaves from your garden
olive oil
salt

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

2. Remove the leaves from the thick stems, and tear the leaves into bite size pieces.

3. Lightly brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt.

4. Bake for 15 minutes, turning once halfway through.

Enjoy!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Garden Fun


My husband and I enjoy growing a garden each year! We started about 6 years ago, and do our best to learn as we go.  When deciding what to grow, we think about several factors: 

1. Can the vegetable be preserved?  (canned, frozen, etc)
2. What return will we get for the space planted?  
3. How expensive is the vegetable to buy at the store?  
4. Is the vegetable hardy/fairly easy to grow?

In our region (we live in Northwest Arkansas), it is currently the right time of year to be planting most Summer crops. Cold weather crops (lettuce, peas, etc) are being harvested.  The only cold weather crops we planted this year were leaf lettuce and kale. We have planted corn, zucchini, okra, tomatoes, jalapenos, cucumbers, green beans, and wax beans for our summer crop!


The leaf lettuce is ready to pick!


Gardening is such a great activity to involve the whole family in!  Even my youngest, Silas, is a great helper!  He is only 2.5 years old, but with some basic instructions is very good at planting, watering, and harvesting!
 My oldest, Caleb, is 6.5 years old. He wrote out some labels to help remind us where we planted which seeds!


Our lettuce has really taken off!  We are enjoying lots of fresh salad with dinner, and will probably be giving lettuce away soon too! :)

Do you grow a garden? I would love to hear where you live, and the types of things you grow!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Coconut Milk Baked Chicken




Jana here with a new recipe we loved!  We eat chicken a couple times a week, and are always looking for new ways to try it. I love roasting chicken, and this was my first time to use my cast iron skillet in the oven. The chicken was moist and so flavorful!  This chicken would pair well with any veggies, and some rice or quinoa! I found inspiration for this recipe here.

Coconut Milk Baked Chicken

6 tablespoons canned coconut milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 pounds bone in chicken (skin on)

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. Whisk together all ingredients (excluding chicken) until well combined. Toss chicken in mixture to coat.  Arrange in oven proof skillet or glass 9x13 dish.

3. Bake uncovered 30 minutes, or until chicken is done.

Enjoy!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry



Jana here with a new recipe that my family really enjoyed!  I am trying to expand my culinary horizons, so I am challenging myself to cook one 'ethnic' meal per week. (this doesn't include Italian or Mexican, as I already cook plenty of that!)  After eating at an Indian restaurant recently, I discovered that I really enjoyed the flavors of the food we ordered!  This recipe is so delicious, and you can make it as spicy (or not!) as you prefer!   I found the recipe here, and followed it fairly closely.  I hope you'll give this a try, even if it's different from what you normally cook!

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or tenders)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup chicken broth
15 ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
cayenne powder (to taste)

1. In the bottom of the slow cooker, mix together the coconut milk, broth, tomato sauce, curry powder, salt, and cayenne.

2. Add chicken breasts, onion, chickpeas, and sweet potatoes. Gently toss ingredients to evenly coat.

3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Serve over rice. (I found Basmati rice at my local store, and it was delicious!)

Enjoy!

Friday, April 10, 2015

EASY Way to Cook/Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Jana here to talk about boiled eggs. I recently read a magazine article about the best way to boil eggs. I told my husband that there seemed to be so many methods (cooking times, when to add the eggs in the water, etc) for cooking the perfect boiled egg!  Then I came across a post on The Prairie Homestead blog (a blog I highly recommend!) with a completely different method. And she said it would be easy to peel the eggs after they were boiled. I have tried some of the other suggested methods for this in the past (adding baking soda to the water, etc), without much success.  

The method is to steam the eggs!  The first time I tried it, and every time after, it has made me so happy to peel each egg in a matter of seconds!  The eggs look beautiful...no big chunks of the white of the egg taken off when it was hard to peel. The yolks are cooked perfectly and a pretty yellow color. I am SO pleased with this method!  It's my 'go to' now!


If you have a steamer basket, great!  But if not, you can set a metal colander in a larger pot for the same effect.  Fill the pot below your steamer basket about halfway with water. Set the steamer basket on top, and add the eggs. Cover with a lid, and get the water started boiling. Once it is boiling, you will want to steam the eggs for 20-22 minutes.

And this is what the results will look like!!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Giveaway Winners!

After using www.random.org, I have generated the 6 winners of the Silicone Designs giveaway!







1. 12 Cup Muffin Pan - Cheryl Davis




2. Tongs with Stand - Diane Salter Shearer




3. Silicone Lids - Joyce Ging




4. Ice Cube Trays with Bonus Tong - Madeline B




5. Silicone Ice Pop Molds, Color - Donna Barton




6. Silicone Ice Pop Molds, Clear - Jordan Sowers


If you are one of the winners, please send your mailing address to: thricethespice@yahoo.com and Silicone Designs will mail your product to you!  Winners have 48 hours to respond. After that time frame, another winner will be chosen. 


Thank you for participating! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Silicone Designs Review & GIVEAWAY!!

Jana here with an exciting post!  I have discovered a company that I am very happy to have found!  I received a silicone muffin pan and loaf pan as a gift for Christmas. I have owned a silicone muffin pan for awhile, but wanted a second one for double batches of muffins. The new one I got was from the company Silicone Designs. They sell their products through Amazon, which is how I discovered them!  After using the muffin pan, along with the national brand one I already owned, it was very obvious that the Silicone Designs product was far superior!  The silicone is much sturdier, making it less likely that your muffin batter will overflow as you are putting it in the oven. I also really like how easily silicone cleans after you have baked in it. I don't even have to use non stick spray or grease the muffin pans, and nothing ever sticks at all!  The muffins just pop right out of the pan and are good to go!


I contacted Silicone Designs to let them know how much I loved their product, and they sent me the above products to review. Not only that, but they offered a giveaway of 6 of their products!!  So 6 of you will get to try out these awesome products!

The blue ice cube trays you see above are really great. They are larger than a standard ice cube, so they are very versatile!  The packaging gives other ideas for use, such as baking cheesecake bites, or even making soap!


These silicone lids are so useful!  They are great for putting on bowls, pots, and pans. They are flexible, and suction onto the container you are using them on. They are also great to put over things when you are microwaving to keep them from splattering!


These kitchen tongs are great, and the feature I like the most is the stand!  This keeps the tongs from touching the surface they are on, which keeps everything cleaner. They are also very durable, and look great too!

The items included in the giveaway are as follows:

A.      12 Cup Muffin Pan
B.      Tongs with Stand
C.      Silicone Lids


The giveaway will be open until Monday, April 6th at 8 pm (CST).  I will use random.org to go down the product list, and pick a winner for each item!  To enter, leave a comment telling us if you have used silicone bake ware before, and your email address so we can contact you if you win (mandatory). For additional entries, 'like' the Thrice the Spice Facebook page, share the giveaway on your Facebook page, and/or on Pinterest. Please leave a comment for each entry.
*If you are looking at our blog on your phone, and having trouble leaving comments, don't worry! This seems to be a common issue. If you are able to comment from a computer instead, that will be good!  If not, write me a message on Facebook and I will enter your comment on the blog! :)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Stovetop Popcorn


Jana here with one of my family's favorite snacks!  Making popcorn on the stovetop is so fast (just as quick as the microwave variety), and is much healthier!  In my opinion, it also tastes MUCH better!  This is so simple, but I thought some of you might be interested in how to make popcorn this way!

Stovetop Popcorn

2-3 tablespoons oil (we use coconut, but other types may be used)
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
seasonings

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet on high.  Place 2 kernels in the oil during this time, and listen for them to pop.  When they do, you're ready to put the other kernels in the pan!

2. Put the remaining popcorn kernels in the pan, and cover with a lid!

3. Allow the kernels to pop, listening carefully for when the popping slows. Remove from the heat once the popping is spaced out by a few seconds between each pop.

Season however you would like!  (season salt is good!)

Enjoy!