Plan Meals for the Week with Meal Plan Bingo

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Announcements | August 3, 2015 | By

One of the hardest parts of cooking for a family is trying to figure out what to cook. When you experiment with various recipes so often and grow your repertoire, you just have so many choices, it’s hard to plan meals. We all need a bit of variety when it comes to our meals, after all, and lucky for us, a quick game of bingo with the family could actually help.

Bingo has been around for centuries, originating in Italy in a game called Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia. These days, it’s not just played for charity, but it’s also become one of the most popular pastimes in the UK. According to Free Bingo Hunter, there are now hundreds of bingo sites that are now giving players the chance to win everything from shopping cards to free home makeovers. Home chefs can also benefit from the versatility of the game, by creating a bingo card that can help them randomize their meals.

To play Meal Plan Bingo, all you need to do is come up with a list of 5 recipes for the following meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner and Dessert. These can be any number of different recipes you’ve experimented with over the years, and this is where you can invite your family to come help you out. At the start of the week, ask them what they feel like having, and once you’ve come up with your list, use a free bingo generator such as the one on Print-Bingo.com to create your bingo cards, keeping one row for each meal.

Label the items from 1-5, and get started playing the game! To get your meal plan together, you can then call your family and take turns rolling a die, taking note of the recipe that corresponds with the number you rolled. If you happen to roll a 6, you can pick any recipe you like. Mark off the recipes you rolled for until you have one recipe for each meal of the day, and then do that for the rest of the week. By the end of the game, you should have your whole meal plan put together.

Frozen’s Olaf Pizza with Gracie and Wyatt

My niece and nephew Gracie and Wyatt assist me in making this fun version of pizza. Olaf Pizza that is. Cooking with your kids is a special time that’s shared over an awesome meal together. And these days what brings you and the little closer together better that Frozen or at least the best characters ever…yep…Olaf himself! Happy cooking! Raising Chefs…not just good cooks.

Preparing For A Reinvention

It has been a long time since the last post to this website. I’m very aware how long it may take for me to rebuild this site and its purpose. I’m in a new place in my life which includes approaching the BIG 4.0. next June. So please stay tuned for new blog post, food photography and a new video series coming soon just to name a few of the new changes in the works.  I’ve been getting things in order. You know de-cluttering all my “Raising Chefs” files on my desktop and online.

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The process was very scary to me because I have alot of files. From images to brainstorming notes to recipes that need to be more organized. I’m so in love right now with EVERNOTE and CLOUDHQ. Evernote if you’re not familiar with it allows you to organize all your notes in one central location. You can also sync it with every device you have. AMAZING! I also have alot of files online through my Google Drive and needed a way to export/integrate those files to Evernote. With CloudHQ…Voilà its magic! This service allows me integrate all my files stored on my Google Drive to my Evernote all in one location and synced with all my devices…LOVING IT!!!

China Trice’s Orange Chicken

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Announcements | January 30, 2013 | By

I spend way too much of my time on pinterest these days.  I have over 70 boards, which isn’t alot compared so many of you out there I’m sure…  Anyhow as you may know I love to cook and cook things you normally would see out in different eateries.  We had or maybe it was all me, a taste for some Orange Chicken one night.  I knew it couldn’t be all that difficult to make so I surfed the trusted ole pinterest and came across a few recipes that I liked but not as much as the one I found here.

Some of the ingredients that were listed on that site I didn’t have on hand so I did what I do best…improvise.  When in doubt go another route…I hope no one else came up with that saying…it’s quite clever if I do say so myself…lol For the sauce I didn’t have rice vinegar but I did have apple cider vinegar so I used that instead.  I also didn’t have ginger root so that was omitted altogether and I used garlic cloves.  Foolish me…I didn’t take any pictures of the sauce by itself to post so please forgive me on that one…I’m slippin I know!

For the dry flour batter for the chicken I omitted a few things as well because of  course I didn’t have it on hand.  By doing that and working with what I had my version came out amazing.  Meseidy, from her The Noshery blog uses panko bread crumbs, cornstarch and eggs.  I didn’t want a heavy batter so I just used flour, salt and pepper on my chicken before frying.

After cutting the chicken into strips and then into cubes I added them to a large bowl with the flour, salt and pepper.  Making sure all the chicken was coated before frying.  In a medium fry pan I heated my oil and once hot enough I placed about 10-15 pieces of chicken in and allowed them to cook about a 1 minute on both sides.  (Cook for 1-2 minutes for medium to larger cubed pieces.)

After frying I placed the cooked pieces of chicken on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil and set aside.  Once all the chicken were cooked I made the sauce.  Once the sauce was done I tossed it with the chicken and made sure the them were completely coated.  Added some cooked fried rice to my bowl, topped it with the orange chicken and made a very happy plate!

 

Orange Chicken
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Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Chicken
  1. 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cubed)
  2. 2 1/2 cups flour
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp pepper
  5. Oil (for frying)
Orange Sauce
  1. 1 1/2 c water
  2. 1/2 can orange juice concentrate
  3. juice/zest of 1 orange (reserve 1/2 tsp of zest for garnish)
  4. 1/3 c apple cider vinegar
  5. 2 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  6. 1/3 teriyaki sauce (your favorite brand)
  7. 1 c brown sugar
  8. 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  9. 1/2 c green onion, chopped (reserve 1/4 c for garnish)
  10. red pepper flakes (to taste)
Chicken
  1. In a large bowl add all your cubed chicken pieces, salt and pepper and toss altogether. Add in the flour and coat all the chicken piece and preheat the oil on medium heat. Place about 10-15 pieces of chicken in and allowed them to cook about a 1 minute on both sides. (Cook for 1-2 minutes for medium to larger cubed pieces.) After frying place the cooked pieces of chicken on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil and set aside.
Orange Sauce
  1. In a medium saucepan on medium heat, add in all the above ingredients. Stirring occasionally to avoid sticking. Once you bring to a boil add in the thicken paste. Directions are at the bottom of this page.
Reserve to Thicken the Sauce
  1. 3 tbsp cornstarch
  2. 2 tbsp water
  3. In a small bowl add both cornstarch and water. Stir into a wet paste. Add to the sauce to thicken. Allow sauce to cook for an additional minute , remove from heat and toss with chicken pieces. Enjoy with fried rice , oriental noddle or your favorite side dish. Top with the reserve green onions, orange zest for garnish and enjoy!
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What Was Popeye Thinking?

Announcements | January 22, 2013 | By

pinach!  Yes, the green stuff.  You mean to tell me all this time this stuff is not only a super food that’s great for you but it actually tastes amazing.  “Popeye, what in the hell were you thinking, misleading children all around the world like that?”  I mean come on, you made the canned version look so yummy not to mention getting us all hyped up thinking we would be able to flex our muscles and retaliate against those kids at school who tripped us on the play ground.  You completely deceived us.  That ish in the can is all kinds of nasty to say the least and is the very reason I’ve hated eating spinach since my youth.

However, I’ve just recently had a change of heart with the fresh stuff.  For years I just figured it all tasted like the canned stuff and was completely fine with not ever eating it anymore.  Boy am I glad I gave it a try again.  Y-U-M-M-O!  I can’t stop eating it which is pretty funny to me.  The kids are loving it too which is not surprising if you know my kids…they eat just about anything…well, except squash and I really can’t blame em’ because I hate that stuff too. (…and I have no desire what-so-ever to eat that stuff… E-V-E-R!)

As for our new quest for fresh spinach, we’ve made some many new things and can’t get enough.

Black Bean and Spinach Fried Taco