Honey Grilled Chicken

There are very few things in the culinary world that are greater than a perfectly grilled piece of meat. For this dish we are going to grill chicken with a sweet twist, Honey! We are using Fundraising Zoo Organic Honey to add a nice sweet and savory crisp to the grilled chicken. Add to your plate some seasoned green beans and grilled texas toast and you have yourself a perfect summer meal!

What you will need:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts cut into tenders
  • 1 Jar Fundraising Zoo Honey
  • Garlic Powder
  • 1 Can Blue Lake Green Beans
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 1 diced small red onion
  • Texas Toast

How it’s made:

  First and foremost make sure your chicken breasts are cut into tenders so they can grill faster. Season the chicken tenders with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Throw the chicken onto the grill. Generously apply Fundraising Zoo Honey over top both sides of the chicken and close the grill top until each side of the tenders have dark brown grill marks. On the side, fill a small pot with the green beans, diced onions, salt, and pepper. Let the green beans simmer for 10 minutes under medium high heat. Add a crispy piece of grilled Texas toast to top off this tasteful dish! Eat up and Enjoy!

Feeds: 2

Costs: $6

Prep/Cook time: 25 minutes

Featured Organic Honey: https://fundraisingzoo.com/our-product

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Grilled Pineapple Guacamole

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This recipe calls for simple ingredients and a small budget to work with. The dish is great to eat at dinner parties, cookouts, and healthy late night snacks. The dish pairs well with margaritas and or red wine. The combination of these things will have you feeling coastal!

What you will need:

  • 5-6 Avocados peeled and cored
  • 1 diced red tomato
  • 1 diced shallot
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • Freshly chopped cilantro
  • Grilled Pineapple diced
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 bag of blue corn chips

How to make it: First, take the avocados and use a knife to cut through the skin. Cut the avocado in half and use a spoon to take out the core seed. Then, scoop the avocado out of the skin using a spoon and place into a mixing bowl. Use a fork or large wooden spoon to mash the avocado into a thick paste. Once that is completed, add all of the above ingredients. Note: Add the diced grilled pineapple last. Lastly, find a mixing spoon and combine all of the ingredients well. Sprinkle the mixture with salt and cover bowl in plastic. Place the bowl in a refrigerator for about a half hour in order for the flavors to become one and the mixture to cool. Take bowl out and place freshly made guacamole into a serving dish and circle with blue corn chips. Eat up and enjoy!

Prep Time: 20-25 minutes

Costs: $10

Feeds:  6-8 people

Note: If you want to add an additional flavor profile to the dish, precook some bacon, dice it finely, and add it to the guacamole! BOOM!

Baked Cod with Sauteed Summer Veggies

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Cod fish is a great source of B vitamins with very few calories. The white fish is a great food to help boost and maintain a healthy metabolism. For this dish, we are going to lightly batter the fish with panko bread crumbs and various spices. Alongside the fish we will make some sauteed summer vegetables and a mango peach dipping sauce. Let’s get to business!

What you will need:

Fresh Atlantic Cod Filet

1 cup Panko bread crumbs

1 egg

Asparagus

1 Diced yellow squash

1 Diced zuchinni

1 diced shallot

Store bought mango salsa

salt/pepper

Fresh garlic

Diced chives

Paprika

2 tsp of margarine

 

Instructions:  First, make an egg wash by stirring together the egg yolk and a drop of cream or milk. Then, place the cod fish into the wash and make sure it is completely covered. Then, take the fish and place it atop a plate of Panko bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and paprika. Make sure the fish is all the way covered in breading . Place in an oven at 400 degrees on a cooking sheet for 10-15 minutes or until the fish is breaking apart (indicating it is cooked through) While that cooks, place a 12″ skillet on the stove-top at medium heat. Add fresh veggies, margarine, fresh garlic, salt, pepper, and a drop of water. Place a lid over the veggies and let them steam for about 7 minutes while occasionally stirring the veggies. Take the cod out of the oven and dab with a fork. If the fish breaks apart and the edges of the crust are beginning to brown, then it is finished. Plate the fish with the steamed veggies on the side. Add a scoop of mango salsa on the side as well to be used as a sweet and tangy dipping sauce for the fish. Top with diced chives to add a finishing touch of flavor. All done! Eat and Enjoy.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 Minutes

Feeds: 2

Costs: $7

Baked Chicken Mozzarella

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This dish is a healthy chicken dinner with a laundry list of bold flavors and textures. The cheesy baked chicken painted with fresh chives makes for one yummy meal to remember!

What you will need

2 beat chicken breasts
Fresh ball of mozzarella cheese
Fresh chives diced thin
Garlic powder
Red bell peppers
Fresh asparagus
Brown rice
1/2 cup green peas
1 egg
Salt/pepper
Veggie oil
Unsalted butter

Instructions: Begin by seasoning chicken with salt, pepper and garlic. Place the chicken in an oven at 425 degrees for about 8 minutes. While that is cooking heat a 12″ fry pan (medium heat) with veggie oil and 2 tsp of butter. Add the asparagus and red bell peppers. Place lid over top the veggies and them let simmer and cook down for about 10 minutes while occasionally stirring. After the 8 minutes is up in the oven, take the chicken out and top with thick slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and diced chives. Place back in the oven for additional 5 minutes. Once veggies have cooked down turn the heat completely off and let them sit. In a pot, boil the rice until al dente. Drain. And keep the heat on low. Add salt pepper, egg, and peas. Stir consistently until egg is cooked through and everything is mixed together. Take chicken out of the oven once the cheese begins to bubble. Place the chicken aside the rice and veggies. Add a sprinkle of garlic powder to the rice. That’s it! Eat up and enjoy.

Feeds: 2-3
Costs: $15
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

The Perfect Gumbo

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Gumbo is the godfather of Louisiana cuisine and has long been a favorite in southern cuisine. The unique spice and hearty flavors of Gumbo make this dish a must try in creole cooking and for a good reason. The combination of cajun spices, shrimp, sausage, tomatoes,okra and rice makes for one savory and filling soup. Do not fear! Gumbo is easier than it looks to make. Just gather the plethora of ingredients, a big pot, and a strong wrist for stirring is all you really need. Lets get started.

What you will need:

1 diced yellow onion

2 cups white or wheat rice

1/2 cup flower

1 stick of unsalted butter

1 diced green bell pepper

1 diced red bell pepper

1 cup of okra

1 cup diced celery

1 smoked sausage link diced

1/2 LB large shrimp-uncooked and de-veined

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp garlic

2 tsp granulated sugar

1/2 bottle franks red hot

salt/pepper

 

 

 

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Country Baked Veggies

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Coloring a plate is the most important part of a healthy diet so why not make it both healthy and appetizing? This serves as a great side dish or appetizer for any meal. Fresh. Hearty. Fast.

What you will need:

  • 2 squash diced thin
  • 2 zucchini diced thin
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 jar chopped banana peppers
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • Salt/Pepper

First, find a skillet that can also be put in the oven. Drizzle a few teaspoons of olive oil onto the pan. Turn heat to medium. Once the oil starts to simmer add the vegetables. All of them. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed well in the pan. Place a lid on the pan and let the veggies cook for 5-7 minutes while occasionally stirring them. Then, set the oven to 400 degrees on bake. Generously sprinkle both cheeses over the mixture. Add salt and Pepper. Place the skillet in the oven for another 5-7 minutes or until the cheese on top the veggies is bubbling and speckled brown. That is it! A simple recipe with dynamite flavors you have to try!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Cost: $5

Feeds: 4-5 

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Grilled Chicken Bacon Alfredo

Who doesn’t love pasta? A true take on Italian cuisine that’s both easy to make and easy on your pocket. Pasta has endless potential when it comes to ingredients! Anything and everything goes. This recipe will focus on a favorite of mine. Grilled seasoned chicken topped with bacon, seasoned tomatoes, garlic and basil.

What you will need:

1 chicken breast cut into cubes
Minced garlic or 1tsp garlic powder
1 Red tomato diced
Fresh basil leaves finely chopped
Penne Noodles
Parmesan cheese
Store bought choice of Alfredo sauce
Salt/pepper
Light olive oil
Cooked and crumbled bacon
Diced avocado

The steps:

First, drizzle olive oil into a pan on medium-high heat. Place chicken into pan and cook until light brown color. Add salt, pepper, and garlic while it cooks. On the side, bring a pot of water to a boil and place penne noodles into boiling water for 5-7 minutes until al dente. (Soft & cooked through) Once chicken has cooked through, add tomatoes and fresh basil and crumbled bacon. Sautée mixture and then add Alfredo sauce. Let simmer for a few minutes. Drain cooked noodles and then place into pan with the chicken mixture. Stir all the ingredients together until sauce and noodles become one. Generously scoop chicken pasta onto a plate. Top with fresh avocado to add some color and texture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and salt/pepper. That’s it! Eat up and enjoy.

Cook and prep time: 25 minutes

Feeds: 2 hungry people

Expenses: $10

Bacon: The Happy Food

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Bacon….what is not to love? It’s crispy, meaty, and can fill an entire room with an invigorating smell. There is no better way to rev up your taste buds then to consume bacon. It can be devoured by itself or used to make not so good foods amazing. Why else do you think Kevin Bacon is famous? Think about it. Bacon is also the saving grace in the culinary world. Why? Because it can be applied to any food for any meal of the day. It turns smiles upside down and turns nonbelievers into believers.

Here is a little hint of knowledge about this wonderful meat. Bacon comes from a pig…not from heaven, sometimes I get those two confused. Now, what most people don’t know is that it comes from the belly of a pig. The belly of a pig contains the most fat, but it can also come from the loin which is more popular in Canada and is known as a “side cut”. Bacon is also “cured” which means it is given medication to heal it’s disease. I’m, kidding. It’s cured meaning the Bacon is preserved with salt and often smoked using applewood or hickory to keep in moisture and preserve the meat as well as it’s distinguished flavor.

Bacon can be grilled, boiled, smoked, fried, or even baked. It can be used to flavor dishes or just completely be the dish. Now, keep in mind bacon is not necessarily the healthiest food on the planet. But, if you apply it with healthy foods it is still possible to keep it in your diet by maintaining this balance. For example, Bacon can be great additions to salads, wraps, and other health friendly dishes. There are many ways to make bacon a apart of your diet with a few simple steps. Step 1: Buy unsalted or low-sodium bacon. It can be found in most grocery stores and markets. Sodium content is very high in regular Bacon which makes it very unhealthy. Step 2: Bake your Bacon. By doing this the fat within the Bacon is reduced significantly but the flavor and crunch is still maintained. Step 3: Be creative. Wrap Bacon around green beans or add it to an avocado and grilled cheese (or baked) sandwich. Sprinkle it on your salads. Add it to turkey burgers or lunch wraps. Step 4: Love Bacon. If you love Bacon, it will love you back and that’s a promise. Step 5: The most important Bacon step of them all. Never eat burnt bacon. It will ruin your day and potentially cause Bacon trust issues.

Bacon is just another reason to be excited about food. Just remember…with bacon anything is possible. Thanks for taking time out of your day to read about Bacon. For you gentlemen out there, here is a piece of advice. Girls dont want flowers for Valentines Day. They want bacon shaped like flowers.

Thanks for reading! 

For the love of Food

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Food is an incredible thing. It brings us together and it keeps us alive. Food can be made in limitless ways and in endless variations. There’s something very special about simmering bacon on a flattop stove or the sweet smells of an apple pie coming out of the oven. Whatever it may be, it’s true. It’s something we use to define us as people, as a culture, and as individuals. To me, cooking is an expression of self. When I cook, I always put a little of me into every meal. It’s something very special that allows you to express who you are and to be able to share that with others especially the ones you love.
I’m writing this blog as a reminder to never take things such as food for granted. We are lucky to have food at our disposal and we are lucky to have the equipment to prepare food for ourselves. Sometimes we see past the blessing of having food on the table and people to share that food with. Today, make a meal and share it with someone. Express yourself through your food and you will be quite happy with the results. Cooking begins with you and it begins with the ability to put love into what you are making. Share that love with someone today. Happy Hump Day, Ben.

Grilled Chicken and buttered asparagus

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Grilled chicken is great for any occasion not to mention when it’s covered in savory spices and complimented with buttered asparagus. Mmm… This recipe is very easy for those of you who are new to the cooking sphere. Let’s get started!

What you will need:

2 fresh chicken breasts
Salt/pepper
1/2 stick unsalted butter
Paprika
1 chopped yellow onion
1 diced yellow bell pepper
White or wheat bread for toast
1 cup brown rice
1 bottle of franks red hot chili sauce (optional)

The steps: Cut the chicken breasts into tenders and place in a large fry pan on medium-high heat. Add butter and asparagus to pan. Season chicken with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Flip chicken constantly until skin is a dark brown- this indicates chicken has cooked through. The asparagus will cook at the same pace as the chicken so therefore they can be cooked together at the same temperature for the same amount of time. The asparagus will soften as it cooks in the butter. After 5-6 minutes the chicken should be done. Turn heat to low in order to keep food warm but also halt the cooking process. Add diced orange bell pepper and onion in pan so it can warm in order to mix with rice. On the side, place the cup of brown rice in a small pot with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil until rice has cooked through. (Until rice is soft)

It’s time to plate! Place rice on plate first, add peppers/onions on top. Then, lay grilled chicken over top rice and the asparagus on the side. If there is remaining cooked butter in the pan, pour it over top the plate. (The butter will be full of spices and remaining flavor that was left behind.)

Easy as that. A healthy meal that includes protein, greens, and bit of spice.

Feeds: 2-3
Prep and cook time: 25 minutes
Cost: $ 8-12

Thanks for reading! Enjoy

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