Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Recipe Round Up - Start with a Rotisserie Chicken

Some of you may remember that learning new recipes and how to cook is one of our resolutions for this year. We noticed we were eating out way too much, and all that saturated fat was going right to my stomach. We also want to teach our daughter good eating habits and not just how to ask for fries with her happy meal. Cooking is really challenging for us, we've been making the same few stand bys over and over and over...hence the tendancy to just avoid it all and eat out. Thank you to everyone who responded to my begging and sent us something new to try!

Here are two simple and quick recipes that both start with a rotisserie chicken so they are good after a long day at work. We were able to make two recipes with one chicken because there's only the two of us and ER, who doesn't eat a lot at one time. With recipes like this we may not have to resort to the drive through for dinner.

Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Anna over at k e household gave us this fun recipe for Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps. She's one of my blogging buddies who's blog I enjoy reading because we're going through a lot of the same things as our little girls are both about the same age. I enjoy seeing little snippets into her life and getting her opinion on things. It's fun to see that even though we live in different countries, albeit neighboring ones, toddlers do, say, and are interested in the same things. I love how blogging breaks down the distance barriers and has introduced me to wonderful women I'd never have met otherwise.

I was really looking forward to trying this one because I love getting lettuce wraps out as an appetizer. The ones at PF Changs are especially good. Unfortunately we didn't have any dry steam friend noodles this time, but they tasted great even without them. Next time I'm going to go to the bigger grocery store instead of the smaller one just across the street from our subdivision. We needed a quick meal and didn't have time to make multiple stops to get all the ingredients today.

I love that this can start with a rotisserie chicken and cut out a whole step. Plus Anna was right our little one will eat the various components so we only have to make one meal. Ours really liked the carrots and chicken. I can't wait to see what she makes of the noodles, as they're a type we haven't made at home before.

Chicken Cobb Salad
The second recipe we made with the other half of the rotisserie chicken was a cobb salad from my Everyday Food cookbook, page 36 if you have it and also on Martha Stewart's site here. That version is made with turkey, but we used our leftover chicken and it came out great. I really like this recipe because of the simple dressing. It's very light and tasty; normally I do not like Dijon mustard but this is a winner. I used to eat cobb salad's with Ranch dressing so this is a lot healthier. Hey even baby steps to a healthier eating count, right?

Question: Does any one have kiddos that will eat lettuce? Our won't touch it and won't eat the rest of her food, even if she want it, if lettuce is even on her plate!

These recipes and many more tips and meal plans are part of the following weekly blog linky parties!
Kitchen Tip Tuesday at Tammy's Recipes
Tasty Tuesday at Forever Wherever
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace
Tackle it Tuesday at Five Minutes for Mom

11 Friends Said:

Susie said...

Yummy tackles!!

newlyweds said...

Love rotisserie chickens, these look so good!

Brenda said...

Those lettuce wraps look a lot like something I make and its really good

FromThe Creek said...

Great tackle!

Lisa said...

These look fantastic! Thank you!

Jerralea said...

The Cobb Salad looks so pretty! I do love rotisserie chickens!

Michelle said...

Oooo those lettuce wraps look good. And ummm, no my wee ones don't eat lettuce. Well ok Little Miss will take a bite, but that's about it. My husband's brother had to be shamed into it at 15 before he'd eat lettuce :) Just keep trying!

Good luck with the cooking. It really isn't too hard. You just need the confidence to do it.

Lisa said...

Both recipes look delicious. Thanks for the ideas.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

This looks delicious!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Thanks for participating, this week. Great recipes.

Anonymous said...

I am being lazy and not signing in....
Your food photos are really good. Go back and look at my recipe photo - horrid!
Did ER eat the other parts of the cobb salad? I am wondering about avocado in particular.
Anna.

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