Thursday, January 5, 2012

Chicken, Not Just For The Birds!

The birds may have flown south for the winter, but the chickens are still plentiful and plenty full!  If you are short on ideas for dinner this week, or wanting to spruce up your staple go-to meals, try out one of our fresh and fun chicken recipes.

Chicken Broccoli Bake

Do yourself a favor this year, and investigate recipes and meals that are quick to prepare, easy on your budget, and crazy tasty.  Casseroles, crock pots (aka slow cookers), and freezer meals are three great ideas for feeding your family healthy stuff that doesn't overtake your evening hours to prepare.

Baked Ranch Chicken

Get back to basics too.  Baking does not equal boring.  Baked chicken is very nutritious and can be very simple to prepare.  But how to make it worth tasting?  Revisit your spice rack, pantry, and salad dressing shelf in the refrigerator for some clever ideas for pleasing your family's taste buds.  Ranch dressing, seasonings, BBQ sauce and even jams/jellies can be refreshing ingredients for taste bud wake up.

Chicken & Orzo Skillet

Often a staple in Greek and Turkish cuisine, Orzo is a "big rice" way of rounding off a Chicken dinner.  Branch out in 2012.  Leave your old rice, pasta, and potatoes for another day; and dig into a new side dish that could also be better for you (think whole grains vs. white starch).

That's all I can say for Chicken at the moment and it's probably plenty for now.  I don't want to cause Chicken overload.  Enjoy trying some new recipes in 2012 and be adventurous!  Remember, we love feedback and photos!

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