Oct 30

Fried Chicken in the Air Fryer

img_1371 img_1373A friend and I decided to try fried chicken in my air fryer. So far I had only made French fries – which hadn’t been too bad!  My son had tried donuts, but they had been a major fail.

Our first try didn’t come out very well with us following the instructions and the chicken sticking to the pan – with the breading coming off with each flip.

I decided to try it again today with much better results.  Today I totally skipped the instructions which I think were written by someone that doesn’t have a clue how to write recipe books.  – basically I totally ignored most of the instructions.

I decided to dip my chicken in buttermilk – making sure it was covered in buttermilk.  In a ziplock bag, I mixed flour, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, cumin, paprika, poultry seasoning, and anything else that was nearby and sounded good.  I then sprayed the bottom of my air fryer with oil.

Shaking the chicken in the ziplock with the flour mixture, I made sure and coated each piece of chicken before putting it into the pan.  Setting the fryer to chicken – 20 minutes I turned on the air fryer.  Every 5 minutes I would stop the fryer and flip the chicken.  At one point at about 1/2 way through I sprayed the chicken with a little olive oil.

 

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Sep 25

Blue Apron – Blackened Chicken and Veggies

We are still making our Blue Apron most weeks. I have run into issues with finding time to make our meals – and as time goes on I find that the menus seem to fall into the same categories more often. Personally I’m debating trying a few other services to see if we get more of a mix. We seem to get a lot of things with Indian, Asian, and Mexican inspiration. I don’t think I ever see anything with Italian style, definitely nothing with the cream based style cooking. Mashed potatoes never have gravy…. no egg noodles. Our meal last night included a seared steak and the steak was one large piece that was full of fat…. So once in a while it seems the ingredients aren’t quality checked as much as I would expect. We do still really enjoy a lot of the things we get though! It seems 90% include vinegar and a lot have something like kale included (or a form of something like it)

The boxes do show up every Wednesday just like they are expected and are left on our porch in a container with ice that is still very frozen. The meal below was one of the really good ones!

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Sep 16

Blue Apron

Blue Apron MealWe are still making our Blue Apron Meals…  At first it was super nice to know what we were having three nights a week!  Now we have the Kelly Autism Program (KAP)  on Wednesday, so that knocks that night out meaning our schedule is off a night.  Our meals arrive on Wednesday but we don’t get home until 6… then it’s a quick meal. We end up waiting for Thursday to make our first Blue Apron meal. Tonight being a Friday will be our second meal and then Saturday for the third.  Mondays we always have Subway with KAP also.  So we are down to Sunday and Tuesday left to figure out dinner.  This should make life easy but I have to admit, sometimes I’m just tired, and then there are nights like tonight where I’m thinking that my husband complaining about the fact that most of the meals from Blue Apron have included vinegar has started to wear me down.  He is right! I wouldn’t have noticed or cared if he hadn’t pointed out.  Now 2 of the three meals this week have vinegar….

Do we continue or do we try another service?  Now I’m debating, and I’m starting to get tired, tired of figuring out dinner each night, tired of cooking something that can’t just be thrown in a crockpot early in the day….. something that doesn’t just require a few minutes in either the oven or the microwave…..

What to do?

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Aug 28

Steak Pinwheels

I decided to try steak pinwheels the other day!  This was something I noticed on TV – probably Good Morning America or Mr Foods, but it was in the background and I wasn’t paying immense attention…. just thinking oh that sounds good! So I thought I can try that.  Here’s my try:

I first mixed ricotta cheese, green onions chopped up, salamiIMG_5510 cut up, garlic and a anything else that I could find in my refrigerator that looked like it would go with.   This time there wasn’t a lot extra to mix in.  I think I also added some swiss baby bell cheese that had herb and garlic included.  And of course more GARLIC.  I smeared the mixture all over the rolled out steak I had gotten. I had a thin cut of steak, but I’d swear that the one on the show was a thicker butterfly steak – which maybe where my first mistake came in…..

 

After Rolling, I tried to cut the pinwheels, but my steak just mushed together…. Not the best plan! So I ended up cooking the whole rolled steak together. Putting the roll in a casserole pan in the over at about 350 until it looked done.
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When taking the steak out of the over we tried to cut it again….  Hmmmm mush again. So we ended up eating torn meat mixed with the cheese mixture.  So for us it was a ‘fail’ as far as pinwheels, but it did taste all right.  I will definitely be worth another try with a thicker steak.

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Jul 12

More Blue Apron

IMG_4619IMG_4620IMG_4621IMG_4622IMG_4623IMG_4624IMG_4638IMG_0033We have continued having Blue Apron for the last few weeks.  So far it’s been a good choice and we’ve only had a couple meals that we wouldn’t choose again.  The meals I hear my family complain the most about are the ones that are meat free. My middle son prefers the items that are chicken or beef,  not fish.   I have been happy though to see him try each thing.

Each meal comes with a card that has a description, an ingredient list, and instructions.  The box also includes all the ingredients but salt, pepper, and olive oil.  (It even has the butter when needed!)  I’ve found that it seems to be rare for the meals to have dairy in them.  There have been a couple with butter and one with creme fraise.  We also have had a couple with eggs.

Most though have been vegetables, some that that I have never tried before – see the tomatillo below!  I’ve really been surprised at the things I’ve tried.

Each box has showed up before dinner on Wednesday, so we’ve been having Blue Apron for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday dinner….

 

 

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