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Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

If you like sweet potato fries, then you’ll love Grilled Sweet Potatoes! I’ve always been a sweet potato fan whether they’re fried, baked or all dolled up in a holiday casserole, but grilling them puts it on a whole new level for me. Grilling not […]

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Move over beer brats there’s a new kid in town! Root Beer Brats are not only delicious but they are so easy to prepare. And since they’re made with root beer rather than beer, they’re family friendly too. Slow-cooking in a sweet root beer marinade […]

One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

What’s for dinner tonight? Let’s take it nice and easy and whip up a batch of One-Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo! You’re gonna love this recipe for SO many reasons. First off it’s fast and easy to make which means it’s perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. It’s loaded with wholesome ingredients that you can feel good about like whole wheat orzo, spinach, tomatoes, lemon, and basil. They’re also simple and fresh ingredients that you can find just about anywhere right now. And then there’s my favorite part…this recipe is one-pot….meaning everything cooks in the same skillet. Being home more lately means my dishwasher is packed full like every single day. So the fact that this recipe uses only a single skillet is a major bonus in my book!

Here’s all you’ll need: flour, garlic powder, boneless skinless chicken breasts, salt and pepper, olive oil, reduced-sodium chicken broth, whole wheat orzo pasta, fresh spinach, grape tomatoes, lemon juice, fresh basil, lemon wedges (for serving).

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First things first let’s prep that chicken! Pound the chicken with a mallet to 1/4-inch thickness. If you don’t have a mallet handy, you can use a heavy rolling pin, the back of a skillet, or even a thick cookbook. Pounding not only tenderizes the meat but it also helps to keep each piece even in size which results in a more even cooking rate. This simple trick can be used in just about any recipe and will makes your chicken breasts taste so much better! I always pound in a ziploc bag to keep the mess to a minimum. Not sure about your mallet skills? Buy chicken cutlets instead which are cut thin in size.

Chicken breast pounded with a mallet to 1/4-inch thickness. #lemonchicken #orzorecipes #quickdinnerrecipes #easydinnerideas #chickenbreastrecipes #healthyrecipes #wholesomerecipes #onepotdinnerrecipes #skilletdinnerrecipes

Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Next combine the flour and the garlic powder in a small shallow bowl. Cut the chicken into small pieces and dredge in the flour mixture. Dredging simply means to coat an item in flour (or sometimes breadcrumbs) before cooking. Lightly shake off any excess flour.

Small chicken pieces dredged in flour in a shallow bowl. #lemonchicken #orzorecipes #quickdinnerrecipes #easydinnerideas #chickenbreastrecipes #healthyrecipes #wholesomerecipes #onepotdinnerrecipes #skilletdinnerrecipes

Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken to the hot skillet and cook about 3-4 minutes per side or until the chicken is no longer pink. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Small chunks of chicken cooking on the stovetop in a large skillet. #lemonchicken #orzorecipes #quickdinnerrecipes #easydinnerideas #chickenbreastrecipes #healthyrecipes #wholesomerecipes #onepotdinnerrecipes #skilletdinnerrecipes

Add the chicken broth to the same skillet and bring to a boil. Scrape the bottom and sides of the pan to loosen the brown bits and boost flavor. Stir in the orzo and return to a boil. Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cover the skillet and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the orzo is tender.

The key to this part is the simmer. The goal here is to cook out the liquid over the course of 8-10 minutes. If the liquid cooks out before then, the heat is too high and you’ll need to add more broth. If after 10 minutes you’re still left with a bunch of liquid, the heat is too low and you’ll need to continue cooking until the broth has absorbed into the orzo mixture.

Orzo cooking in chicken broth in a large skillet. #lemonchicken #orzorecipes #quickdinnerrecipes #easydinnerideas #chickenbreastrecipes #healthyrecipes #wholesomerecipes #onepotdinnerrecipes #skilletdinnerrecipes

Stir the spinach, tomatoes, lemon juice, basil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into the orzo. Return the chicken to the pan and lightly warm if needed. Gently toss to combine.

Spinach, tomatoes, lemon juice, basil and salt are stirred into the orzo skillet.

And dinner is served! Garnish with additional lemon slices if you wish. Or just go to town and gobble it down! Lemon Chicken with Orzo is a meal you can really feel good about. In need or more dinner ideas? Try our Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa or our Bruschetta Chicken next!

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One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

May 2, 2020
: 4
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/4 cups uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 2 cups roughly chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • Lemon wedges, optional
Directions
  • Step 1 Pound the chicken with a mallet to 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Combine the flour and the garlic powder in a small shallow bowl. Cut the chicken into small pieces and dredge in the flour mixture. Lightly shake off any excess flour.
  • Step 2 Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken to the hot skillet and cook about 3-4 minutes per side or until the chicken is no longer pink. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  • Step 3 Add the chicken broth to the same skillet and bring to a boil. Scrape the bottom and sides of the pan to loosen the brown bits. Stir in the orzo and return to a boil. When the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cover the skillet and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the orzo is tender.
  • Step 4 Stir the spinach, tomatoes, lemon juice, basil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into the orzo. Return the chicken to the pan and lightly warm if needed. Gently toss to combine. Garnish with additional lemon slices if you wish. Enjoy!

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Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs

Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs

Hi! My name’s Lisa and I’m starting to become addicted to pressure cooking. It hasn’t always been that way though. I had always wanted to try pressure cooking but didn’t really know how to get started. I had no knowledge or experience using this type […]

Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs

I’m loving my pressure cooker right now in case you haven’t noticed. It’s perfect for weeknight meals because it gets dinner on the table SO fast and with very little fuss. Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs are proof positive! The pressure quickly tenderizes the meat […]

Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

The days are getting shorter….and colder! You know what that means right??? COMFORT FOOD!!! Pressure cooking used to be outside of my comfort zone, that is until Cosori sent me their 6-Quart Premium Pressure Cooker to try. Now with a dinner recipe under my belt I’m starting to feel like I’m becoming a real pro! Pressure Cooker Beef Tips are satisfying, filling and a cinch to make. Say goodbye to hours and hours of cooking time in the crockpot. Pressure Cooker Beef Tips are ready in under an hour (and that’s including pressurizing time too!). The beef cooks up melt in your mouth, tender and tasty, smothered in a rich mushroom gravy. I would just go ahead and double this one right now!

Here’s all you’ll need: olive oil, beef top sirloin steak, salt, pepper, beef broth, sliced mushrooms, onion, Worcestershire sauce, corn starch, and parsley to garnish.

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First select the saute setting on your pressure cooker and adjust the temp to high heat (300 degrees should do the trick). Next add one tablespoons of olive oil right to the pan. The most comforting part of Pressure Cooker Beef Tips is that it’s prepared in just a single pot. And you can let this pot soak a little. I’m in no rush to do the dishes!

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Chop up the beef into 1-inch chunks and season with salt and pepper. Pre chunked Beef Stew meat will make your life even easier! Just sayin.

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Add the meat to the pressure cooker and brown (in batches if necessary). You can add a little more oil if you need to. Browning the beef gives this recipe even more added flavor. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and set aside. Mix in 1/3 cup of beef broth or a dry red wine if you’re feeling fancy and stir to loosen the brown bits. You know you’re going to have a flavorful sauce when browned bits are involved! You can go ahead and turn off the heat too. We’ll be switching heat settings in a second.

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Next return the beef to the pot. Add in the sliced mushrooms, onions, 2 cups beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Toss to coat. The most important part of pressure cooking is the liquid. You always, Always, ALWAYS have to add liquid when pressure cooking because that’s what creates the pressure and steam. If you can remember that then you really can’t mess anything up. Secure the lid, making sure the pressure vent is closed. Now select the manual setting, adjust the pressure to high heat and set the timer for 15 minutes.

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Meanwhile as the beef tips are cooking, we can go ahead and mix up our thickening agent for the gravy. 3 Tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup of water should do the trick! Stir it up until its nice and smooth.

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When cooking has finished, use the quick-release pressure valve and release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions. Select the saute setting once again and adjust the temperature to high heat. Bring the liquid to a boil, then pour in the cornstarch mixture. Cook and stir until the sauce has thickened. This will only take a minute or two.

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For a hearty meal, serve Pressure Cooker Beef Tips over rice, egg noodles, or mashed potatoes and garnish with a little parsleyAnd if by some crazy chance you end up with any leftovers, stir a little heavy cream into the sauce and serve over pasta. It’s the meal that keeps on giving! And don’t forget to try our Pressure Cooker Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip too!

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Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

November 6, 2018
: 4
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 beef top sirloin steak (1 pound), cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • parsley to garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 Select the saute setting on your pressure cooker and adjust the temp to high heat (about 300 degrees). Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pot.
  • Step 2 Chop up the beef into 1-inch chunks and season with salt and pepper. Add the meat to the pressure cooker and brown (in batches if necessary). You can add a little more oil if you need to.
  • Step 3 Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and set aside. Mix in 1/3 cup of beef broth or a dry red wine and stir to loosen the brown bits.
  • Step 4 Return the beef to the pot. Add in the sliced mushrooms, onions, 2 cups beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Secure the lid, making sure the pressure vent is closed. Now select the manual setting, adjust the pressure to high heat and set the timer for 15 minutes. When cooking has finished, use the quick-release pressure valve and release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Step 5 Mix 3 tablespoons with 1/4 cup of water and stir until smooth. Select the saute setting once again and adjust the temperature to high heat. Bring the liquid to a boil, then pour in the cornstarch mixture. Cook and stir until the sauce has thickened.
  • Step 6 Serve over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

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Pear & Sausage Rigatoni

Pear & Sausage Rigatoni

If ever there were a dish that tastes like Fall, this is it! Pear & Sausage Rigatoni is a truly unique combination of flavors and textures. A delicious mix of sweet, savory, creamy and even crunchy make this rustic pasta dish an instant hit. There’s […]

Bruschetta Chicken

Bruschetta Chicken

It’s that time of the year when tomatoes taste best so you’re gonna wanna add this next recipe into your dinner rotation right away! Bruschetta Chicken is an end of summer staple in my house. This relatively simple dish is a spectacular way to fancy […]

Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus

Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus

Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus is not only the perfect Spring side dish, but also one of our favorite recipes to make year round! Oven roasted and flavored with lemon and garlic this family friendly vegetable is something that everyone can agree on. This simply irresistible side dish is easy to make and cooks up perfectly crisp tender asparagus every time. Pair this quick fix with steak, chicken or fish to instantly give your menu a gourmet feel. Fresh veggies are always a hit in my house!!

Here’s all you’ll need: asparagus, lemon, cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, salt and pepper. Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus ingredients list #asparagus #roastedasparagus #sidedish #vegetablesidedish #springveggiesOk so you’re not gonna believe how quick and easy this recipe is to prepare. We’re talking minimal effort! First let’s prepare the vegetables. That means we need to trim the ends off the asparagus and cut the tomatoes in halves. Easy enough! Layer onto a aluminum foil lined baking sheet that’s been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle with pine nuts. I really hate saying the “C” word this time of the year but I LOVE preparing this dish at Christmas because of all the pretty red and green!  Trim the asparagus. Slice the tomatoes in half. Layer on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Top with pine nuts. #asparagus #roastedasparagus #sidedish #vegetablesidedish #springveggiesNext add 1 tablespoon of oil, garlic, salt and pepper to a shake-able Tupperware container with a tight lid. Secure lid and shake it up to combine. Shake it! Shake it like a Polaroid picture!! (if you don’t know what that mean we can no longer be friends). Drizzle over the asparagus and tomatoes and toss to coat. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until asparagus is crisp tender. Combine oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle over veggies. #asparagus #roastedasparagus #sidedish #vegetablesidedish #springveggiesRemove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter. Whatever the cooking method, you can always tell when asparagus is ready because the green becomes so much more bright and intense. Grab that Tupperware container again cause pffft!!! Dishes!! Combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Shake to combine. I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake shake, shake. Shake it up!! Shake it up!! Ooh ooh OOHH!! I’m pretty sure Tay Tay wrote that song for this moment! Drizzle the mixture over the veggies. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Combine the oil and lemon juice. Drizzle over asparagus. #asparagus #roastedasparagus #sidedish #vegetablesidedish #springveggiesSprinkle with Parmesan cheese and grated lemon peel to garnish. I love that asparagus can be served warm or cold and still be absolutely delicious!!! So whatever tickles your fancy!! Grab a plate and dig in!! Pair with our How To Cook The Best Steak Ever and Perfect Baked Potato posts for a truly fabulous meal!! Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus by Happylifeblogspot.com #asparagus #roastedasparagus #sidedish #vegetablesidedish #springveggies

Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus

May 19, 2018
: 6
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Directions
  • Step 1 Trim the ends off the asparagus and cut the tomatoes into halves. Place onto an aluminum foil covered baking sheet that’s been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Top with pine nuts.
  • Step 2 Add 1 tablespoon of oil, garlic, salt and pepper to a with a lid. Secure lid and shake to combine. Drizzle over vegetables. Toss to coat.
  • Step 3 Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until asparagus is crisp tender.Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter.
  • Step 4 Combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a container with a lid. Secure lid and shake to combine. Drizzle over asparagus.
  • Step 5 Top with grated Parmesan cheese and grated lemon peel. Enjoy!!

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Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken

Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken

There’s something about a good pasta dish that just can’t be beat! Bring on the carbs!! Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken has that fancy Italian restaurant feel but I’ll let you in on a little secret…..it actually comes together in a snap! Besides boiling the pasta, […]