I will be the first to admit I’m not the best when it comes to meal planning. However over the weekend my husband and I decided to plan out our monthly budget and realized we were spending way too much money on food delivery services and fast food. So, we made a goal to focus on meal planning for the week and sticking to eating at home. One of my favorite go to recipes is Ayesha Curry’s Brown Sugar Chicken from her cookbook The Seasoned Life.
My family loves this recipe even my 6 year old daughter whose main food groups currently includes: mac and cheese, cheese quesadilla, green beans, and jelly sandwiches. Can’t get
enough of this “sweet chicken”.
Ayesha Curry Brown Sugar Chicken
(courtesy of thereal.com)
4 Chicken Quarters
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped shallots
3 cloves chopped garlic
3/4 cup chicken stock/broth
1 cup low sodium soy
2 cups brown sugar
1 heaping tbsp freshly chopped ginger
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat a dutch pot on med high to high heat with your butter and olive oil.
3. Generously salt and pepper your chicken quarters. Brown the skin of your chicken in the pot for about 2 mins on each side until it’s crisp and golden brown.
4. Remove the chicken quarters and reduce the heat to medium. Add in the shallots and garlic.
5. Deglaze the pot with the chicken stock. Scrape down all of the sides to make sure you get all of the delicious seasonings and flavors into the broth.
6. Add in the soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger. Simmer the sauce for about 5-10 mins.
7. Add the chicken quarters back into the pot, place the lid on and bake for 45min to an hour.
8. The chicken will be flavorful and falling off the bone. Enjoy!
Since I’m on summer break I have had more time plan out yummy meals for my family. Pinterest is usually my go to for recipes but lately, I have been using my extra time to prepare recipes from my favorite cookbooks.
I’m a big fan of Chrissy she’s super goofy and loves to eat. So pretty much in my head, she is my foodie twin. I was eyeing this cookbook for a while, so when my husband got the book for me last Mother’s Day I was more than excited. One of my go-to recipes is John’s Chicken, try it you will thank me later.
Ayesha Curry:The Seasoned Life
I stumbled across Ayesha’s Youtube channel a few years back and fell in love with her cooking. Now I’m an avid watcher of her Food Network show and her cooking clips on Instagram. One of my favorite things about her cookbook is the kid friendly recipes. My little one loves the chicken tenders.
Tia Mowry:Whole New You
This is the newest book in my collection but I have been following Tia’s cook for the past 3 years on her cooking show. My goal since the beginning of summer has been to make healthier meals for me and my family. This book is a great way to jumpstart your healthy eating lifestyle.
Please tell me some of your favorite cookbooks in the comment section and don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for more amazing recipes.
I hit a parenting milestone: my once squishy, chubby face baby girl is now a 3 year old toddler. Even though she’s still a little body her eating habits have grown and grown each and every year. Between being more active at school (she’s in the big toddler’s room now, Yay!) and random growth spurts her appetite has increased to the size of a grown man. Lately I’ve noticed after school she has started asking for a snack to hold her over until dinner. In the past her post-daycare snack was gummy fruit snacks or crackers. However, incorporating healthier whole foods into my family’s diet has been a recent goal of mine so the junky food had to go. I always want to be the best role model for my daughter and one way I can do that is by making sure she starts learning healthy eating habits early.
Quick and easy are my favorite words when it comes to cooking, so today I wanted to share one of my go to delicious snacks with everyone. Pepperoni rolls were an absolute childhood favorite of mine, so I came up with a way to create my own yummy pepperoni rolls in under 15 minutes. My recipe below will help save you time while keeping your family full.
Quick & Easy Pepperoni Rolls
2 cans of Crescent rolls (Pillsbury Honey & Butter are my favorite)
2 bags of Pepperoni
1 Large bag of Mozzarella Cheese
Step 1: Open crescent rolls and section into triangles
Step 2: Sprinkle cheese and place pepperoni on each triangle and roll into crescent roll shape.
Step 3: Place pepperoni rolls on a baking sheet and follow baking direction time on crescent roll container.
Step 4: Let cool and Enjoy!
Remember to have fun and try adding various fillings to your crescent rolls for new tastes. I’d love to see your results by tagging your Instagram pictures with #beesosimple.