Apricot Glazed Chicken

apricot glazed chicken

Only the leftovers are shown! We were all too excited to start eating to take pictures

 

 

This recipe came from HelloFresh meal delivery. We decided to use this service every four weeks. So after three weeks of slow cooked meals, the fourth week will provide us with some new recipes and flavors!

HELLO FRESH apricot glazed chicken

This was a big hit! Three meals at $35 each…$8.75 per person for four people.

Even though the directions said to use my oven, I opted for my toaster oven and stove top in a cast iron skillet…and it still came out EXCELLENT!

Wonder if I can make this into a slow cooked meal???? 

PROS:

  • variety of meals
  • portion sizes are healthier
  • only get ingredients you need, so you are not stuck with unwanted ingredients that you will never use.

 

CONS:

  • more prep than I am used to
  • more money per person than I usually spend on a meal
  • leftovers only for one person, unable to spread out meals for the week.

 

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts 24 oz
  • Carrots 24 oz
  • Yukon Potatoes 24 oz
  • Apricot Jam 2 T
  • Chili Flakes 1t   I did not use the chili flakes  
  • Thyme 1/2 oz
  • Chicken Stock Concentrates 2
  • Shallots 2
  • Lemon 1
  • Olive Oil  not provided 
  • water  not provided 

 

Directions

  • Prep: Wash and dry all produce. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut the potatoes into ¼-inch wedges. Peel and cut the carrots into ½ inch coins. Strip half the thyme leaves off the sprigs; set the remaining sprigs aside
  • Roast the carrots and potatoes: Toss the potatoes and carrots on separate baking sheets, each with a large drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss the potatoes and carrots with the thyme leaves. Place both sheets in the oven for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking until golden brown. 
  • Sear the chicken: Heat a large drizzle of olive oil in a large ovenproof pan over medium-high heat. Pat dry the chicken with a paper towel. Season the chicken breasts on all sides with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the pan, skin-side down, and cook for 6-8 minutes, reducing the heat if necessary, until golden brown and crispy. Flip over and place the chicken onto the baking sheet with the carrots. I cut the chicken in half so I had four pieces-two with a bone and two without. Finish cooking in the oven for 7-10 minutes, or until the juices run clear when pierced with a knife. Set aside to rest for about 5 minutes.
  • Prep the remaining ingredients: While the chicken cooks, halve, peel, and thinly slice the shallots. Cut the lemon into wedges.
  • Make the glaze: Heat the same pan you used for the chicken over medium-high heat. Add the shallot to the pan and cook, tossing for 2-3 minutes, until soft. Add 1 cup water and the chicken stock concentrates, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer, then add the thyme sprigs and 2 Tablespoons apricot jam; stir to thoroughly combine. Simmer until thickened to a glaze consistency, for about 3-4 minutes. Taste and season with salt, pepper, and the juice of two lemon wedges. 
  • Plate and serve: Serve the apricot-glazed chicken on a bed of thyme-roasted potatoes and carrots, then drizzle with the apricot glaze. Serve with a wedge of lemon and enjoy!

Reviews:

AJ: ate the chicken right off the bone! loved it that way. He ate most of the carrots and potatoes. TWO THUMBS UP! 

Mommy:I I loved it! So tasty and really felt like I was sitting down to a meal at a restaurant.

Daddy: Ate everything off this plate!

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Ginger Peach Chicken

 ginger peach meal

I got the recipe from  HELLO GLOW http://helloglow.co/slow-cooker-freezer-meals/

With the warm weather I try not to use my apartment oven as it heats our tiny kitchen. Now the darn thing is acting up, but at least the stove top works. Between the toaster oven, microwave, stove top, and slow cooker, I don’t need the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinnless chicken thighs
  • 12 ounce bag of frozen peach slices
  • 1 sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablesppoon grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons coriander 

Serve with rice and veggies

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Directions:

  • mix all ingredients in bag and freeze for later
  • put in slow cooker and cook 4-5 hours on high
  • Serve with rice and veggies

 

Reviews:

AJ: did not like it at all. He said it had no flavor and was too soft and mushy. I guess he was referring to the peaches. He opted for leftover meatballs covered in cheese. (2 thumbs down)

leftover meatballsMommy:I liked it and loved the flavor, but think I would only add a few peaches or maybe add pears instead. I plan to make this again, but mixed with rice and add with more onions, some pears and peppers.

At least the leftovers will make for a great quesadilla, which I know AJ will eat.

Daddy: I know he won’t even think about taking it, but maybe he might consider it when I mix it all up with rice.

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Tater Tot Casserole

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Ingredients:
~ ground beef
~ diced onions and garlic
~ tater tots
~ shredded cheese
~ peas
~ seasoning of choice

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Directions:
~ cook ground beef with onions, garlic, and seasoning of your choice (cook mostly done)
~ layer ground beef in pan, then add peas on top
~ sprinkle with shredded cheese
~ layer tater tots and cook at 350 for 40 minutes
~ remove from onion and put a layer of shredded cheese on top

TOTALLY FLEXIBLE: ADD ANY VEGGIES and CHEESE YOU WANT

What an amazing and easy dinner. AJ said this was one of his favorites.  

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Crockpot Creamy Mushroom Chicken

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Ingredients:
~ cream of mushroom soup
~ frozen sliced mushroom
~ sliced garlic and onion
~ broccoli and cauliflower (or any veggie of your choice)
~ chicken tenderloins
~ shredded cheese
~ rice

Directions:
~ in a crockpot, add MOST cream of mushroom soup with some water (Save some for later)
~ add chicken, then top with mushrooms, diced onions, and garlic
~ top with the remaining cream of mushroom soup/water mixture
~ cover and cook on low for 7 hours
~ after 6 1/2 hours, add rice and mix everything to make sure rice is coated in mixture.
~  let cook for another half hour
~ top with shredded cheese and serve

TOTALLY FLEXIBLE: ADD ANY VEGGIES and CHEESE YOU WANT

What a tasty and hearty meal it was. AJ devoured it. I think we can even use the leftovers to make mini chicken pot pies. 

 

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Loaded Meatballs

Loaded Meatballs

Loaded Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow, red, and green peppers
  • 3 diced garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons of seasoning of your choice
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 jars of pasta sauce

Instructions

  1. Saute the garlic, onions, and peppers in olive oil. Then add spinach after it browns
  2. mix into ground beef with breadcrumbs, egg, and seasoning
  3. Form into the size you want and place in cast iron skillet (or pan of your choice)
  4. Bake at 350 for twenty minutes
  5. Then add to sauce in slow cooker, put on low for five hours
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  7. Serve with pasta of your choice
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*****As you have seen from my recipes, not all the items are organic. While I still believe organic and NON-GMO is the best for us, it really ate up all our money. I still buy mostly organic, but have to make tough choices to buy some foods that are not organic. I do see the difference with certain reactions, but now have the money for other important items. It’s really sad that the food industry is treating us all like science experiments and creating crap for us to eat. In the end shopping at Stop and Shop, buying their organic foods, and earning gas points is vital.

Yes, there are ways to save, but with a tiny apartment, limited storage space, and limited gardening areas I can not do as much as I wanted. Do not take this as we are eating unhealthy foods. We are still eating nutrition packed foods and I still believe in probiotics, essential oils, and homeopathic treatments first over typical drugs.*****

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Flavorful Chicken and Potatoes

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Ingredients:
~ skinless boneless chicken thighs
~ potatoes cut into small pieces
~ onions diced
~ peppers diced
~ turmeric
~ garlic and herb seasoning
~ honey
~ Parmesan cheese
~ olive oil

Directions:
~ marinate chicken thighs with honey, turmeric, garlic and herb seasoning, and honey. Then set aside.
~ cut and dice peppers, onions, and potatoes and mix together
~ then add olive oil, turmeric, and other seasoning to potato mix
~ place in cast iron skillet, cover and cook at 350 degrees until cooked
~ place chicken in cast iron skillet, top with shredded Parmesan and bake until cooked

Serve chicken and potatoes together for a flavorful meal

I really LOVED the way the way the potatoes came out. AJ loved how juicy the chicken was. He ate every bite of his dinner! 

*****As you have seen from my recipes, not all the items are organic. While I still believe organic and NON-GMO is the best for us, it really ate up all our money. I still buy mostly organic, but have to make tough choices to buy some foods that are not organic. I do see the difference with certain reactions, but now have the money for other important items. It’s really sad that the food industry is treating us all like science experiments and creating crap for us to eat. In the end shopping at Stop and Shop, buying their organic foods, and earning gas points is vital.

Yes, there are ways to save, but with a tiny apartment, limited storage space, and limited gardening areas I can not do as much as I wanted. Do not take this as we are eating unhealthy foods. We are still eating nutrition packed foods and I still believe in probiotics, essential oils, and homeopathic treatments first over typical drugs.*****

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Kielbasa, Rice, and Veggies

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Ingredients:
~ One kielbasa
~ rice
~ frozen carrots
~ frozen cauliflower
~ olive oil
~ tumeric
~ parsley
~ basil
~ lots of butter

Directions:
~ cook rice and add lots of butter. We LOVE buttered rice in our family!
~ place frozen veggies in a cast iron skillet and cover with olive oil and seasonings, bake at 350 degrees until mostly cooked.
~ Then add cut kielbasa and mix in with veggies, bake for an additional 15 minutes
~ Serve kielbasa and veggies over rice

A SUPER QUICK AND TASTY MEAL

AJ loved it and asked for seconds. Even hubby ate it all up and wanted to take some for work the next day.

*****As you have seen from my recipes, not all the items are organic. While I still believe organic and NON-GMO is the best for us, it really ate up all our money. I still buy mostly organic, but have to make tough choices to buy some foods that are not organic. I do see the difference with certain reactions, but now have the money for other important items. It’s really sad that the food industry is treating us all like science experiments and creating crap for us to eat. In the end shopping at Stop and Shop, buying their organic foods, and earning gas points is vital.

Yes, there are ways to save, but with a tiny apartment, limited storage space, and limited gardening areas I can not do as much as I wanted. Do not take this as we are eating unhealthy foods. We are still eating nutrition packed foods and I still believe in probiotics, essential oils, and homeopathic treatments first over typical drugs.*****

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Split Pea and Ham Soup

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Split Pea and Ham Soup

Ingredients:
~ Ham Bone with lots of ham still attached (from my parents )
~ split peas
~ barley
~ carrots
~ potatoes
~ celery
~ diced onions
~ cut garlic
~ turmeric and Italian seasoning
~ rosemary and parsley
~ water

Directions:
~ place ham bone on bottom
~ layer all ingredients on top
~ pour in amount of water of your choice.
~ cook on low for 7 hours

ENJOY! 

I’m trying to get AJ to dunk bread in his soup, but that is a losing battle. He just doesn’t get it or like it. He is missing out for sure.

There is nothing better than a quick and easy meal. Love when I can just throw in all my ingredients and let the slow cooker do all the work.

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Slow Cooker Lasagna

All recipes and meals are made with organic, real food and/or NON-GMO products.

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Slow Cooker Lasagna

found the delicious recipe here 

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Ingredients
:
~ lasagna noodles (uncooked)
~ water
~ ricotta
~ shredded cheese (Save some for the top of the lasagna)
~ spinach
~ ground beef cooked with garlic and onion
~ sauce

Make sure to cook ground beef before hand..I sauteed garlic and onion, then added the ground beef

Directions:
~ FIRST mix ricotta, spinach, and shredded cheese
~ add a bit of sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker
~ add noodles (will have to break them to make it all fit and cover the entire span of the slow cooker)
~ add small scoops of the cheese mixture (don’t worry about spreading it evenly. It will spread out when you add more layers on top)
~ Spread scoops of the cooked ground beef
~ Scoop sauce on top
~ REPEAT with noodles, cheese mixture, ground beef, then sauce until you have the desired layers.
~ On top of final layer of noodles, layer sauce evenly and add remaining shredded cheese.
~  add some water to the bottom of the slow cooker to ensure it does not dry out.
~ Cover and put it on low for 3-4 hours. 

I learned that I can add more layers since the lasagna becomes heavy and weights itself down. When it’s all done it looks like only half a lasagna.  

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

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Honey Rosemary Chicken

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Crock Pot Honey Rosemary Chicken

found the delicious recipe here 

rosemary honey chicken plate2Ingredients:
~ full chicken breasts
~ broccoli
~ 1/3 cup honey
~ 1/2 cup olive oil
~ 1/2 cup of Italian balsamic dressing
~ 4 tbs of rosemary
~ 1 tsp salt
~ 3 garlic cut finely
~ tin foil
~ 3/4 cup water

Directions:
~ roll about ten balls of aluminum foil into crock pot
~ mix honey, dressing, water, rosemary, salt, garlic, and olive oil.
~ place chicken on tin foil, then broccoli on top
~ pour mixture on top of chicken and broccoli
~ set on low for 7-8 hours

PERFECTLY PAIRED with overly buttered couscous. 

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rosemary honey chicken anthony

AJ loved it, Hubby loved and went for seconds! This from a man who ‘hates” couscous! This might be one of my new favorites!

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/ http://foodbabe.com/

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

Want to see who I’m linking up with…check out my link party page HERE