Category Archives: Chicken

Dijon & Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken

Chicken dishes aren’t a frequent occurrence around here. In my mind, chicken is kind of boring and when thinking of what to make for dinner, it’s never my go-to protein. But sometimes… sometimes… (like when it’s not overcooked into a dry, crispy, pulp) chicken can be a shining star!

Dijon & Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken in an Oven-Ready Skillet

Dijon & Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken in an Oven-Ready Skillet

The chicken breast here is quick, juicy and delicious!

Enjoy!

Dijon and Brown Sugar Crusted Chicken

Dijon and Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken 

Dijon & Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken

Makes 4 breasts

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 chicken breasts
4 tablespoons dijon mustard, divided
4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
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Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. In an oven-ready skillet, on medium high, heat olive oil.
2. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken breast.
3. Place chicken breast into hot skillet. Let cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip over and let cook for another 4-5 minutes.
4. Flip so that the “smooth” side of the breast is up. Smother 1 tablespoon of dijon onto each chicken breast. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of brown sugar onto each breast and gently pat it down.
5. Place skillet into the oven, about 7-10 minutes until cooked through (an internal thermometer should read 165 degrees).
6. Be careful not to over-bake the chicken, otherwise it will be dry and rubbery…
7. Enjoy!!
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School Lunches, Take 13 (2013/2014 10 lunch photos)

Here are 10 more lunch ideas! Are you keeping track? These are 131-140 photos/ideas of my entire list of makemealsmama school lunch photos and ideas.

Packing lunch (almost) every day for three school aged kids is an adventure! I photograph the lunches and share them with my ah-mazing Facebook food group and I’m now sharing last years school lunches with my blogger friends. During the 2013-2014 school year, the kids were in 5th grade, 3rd grade and Pre-K. It was the only year where I had three kids attending the same school. What a treat for drop-offs and pick-ups!

Sometimes we gave them leftovers, sometimes sandwiches, sometimes random foods thrown together, sometimes thoughtfully put together… always with an effort to keep them fun, yet healthful. Hope that these lunches give you ideas for your own kids lunches.

**How to keep food in thermoses hot: Pour boiling water into an empty thermos and cover. While you are preparing the lunch, this will “pre-heat” the thermos. When you’re read to fill the thermos, spill out the boiling water and fill it with the lunch.**

 

1. Panini thins with ham, mayo & mesculin greens. Strawberries & English cucumber “chips” 2013lunch71

2. Soft multigrain with hummus, bologna and romaine. Sugar snap peas, cheese stick, yogurt and bosc pear 2013lunch72

3. Fussili with basil pesto (pesto purchased from fairway), watermelon, some crunchy salty snack mix thing and a fruit leather 2013lunch73

4. Raisin bagel with goat cheese, sugar snap peas and yogurt 2013lunch74

5.  Pita with hummus and cucumber slices, grape tomatoes, cheez-it’s & a leftover pink peep 2013lunch75

6. BLT on white whole wheat bread. Cucumber spears, gum balls to share with friends and popcorn – camera shy 2013lunch76

7. Trader Joe’s clam chowder, goldfish, carrots and dates (LO got a cream cheese and fig jam sandwich for a bag lunch school trip) 2013lunch77

8. Honey roasted turkey, cucumber slices and mayo on sandwich thins. Muscat grapes and sugar snap peas 2013lunch78

9. Peanut Butter and Jelly on white whole wheat, applesauce pack & edamame 2013lunch79

10. Challah roll with cream cheese, salami and thinly sliced tomatoes. English peas with garlic salt, cherries & yogurt 2013lunch80

 

Enjoy!

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School Lunches, Take 12 (2013/2014 10 lunch photos)

Here are 10 more lunch ideas! If you’re keeping count… these are 121-130 photos/ideas of my entire list of makemealsmama school lunch photos and ideas.

Packing lunch (almost) every day for three school aged kids is an adventure! I photograph the lunches and share them with my ah-mazing Facebook food group and I’m now sharing last years school lunches with my blogger friends. During the 2013-2014 school year, the kids were in 5th grade, 3rd grade and Pre-K. It was the only year where I had three kids attending the same school. What a treat for drop-offs and pick-ups!

Sometimes we gave them leftovers, sometimes sandwiches, sometimes random foods thrown together, sometimes thoughtfully put together… always with an effort to keep them fun, yet healthful. Hope that these lunches give you ideas for your own kids lunches.

**How to keep food in thermoses hot: Pour boiling water into an empty thermos and cover. While you are preparing the lunch, this will “pre-heat” the thermos. When you’re read to fill the thermos, spill out the boiling water and fill it with the lunch.**

 

1. Egg salad with scallions and shallots, cucumber slices, pita chips, strawberry banana kefir & small chocolate wafer. 2013lunch61

2. Gluten Free white bread tea sandwich with laughing cow garlic herb and Genoa salami. Sugar snap peas and red grapes. Shamrock cookie from Whole Foods. 2013lunch62

3. Everything bagel thins with ham and romaine. Sliced radish and cucumbers. Star fruit. Trader Joe’s chocolate yogurt 2013lunch63

4. Trader Joe’s pork gyoza and mini chicken cilantro dumplings with soyaki dipping sauce. Edamame and Asian pear. (Asian theme was accidental) 2013lunch64

5. Sourdough with turkey, brie and granny smith apple or romaine for DD1. Salad with corn, edamame and cannellini beans (dressed with a white wine vinaigrette). Plum 2013lunch65


 6. Everything flagel with hummus and turkey, shredded carrots, korean rice krispy, box of raisins and 2 pieces of Tteok (filled with sesame honey paste) 2013lunch66

7.  Quick lunch: sourdough with cream cheese and jelly, cucumber spears and snap pea crisps 2013lunch67

8. Homemade lunchables! Bologna, smoked turkey, havarti, laughing cow wedge, babybel, cucumber, crackers and galia melon (oh yeah, my kitchen was post-it bombed as an April Fool’s prank… but I still made the kids lunch. LOL) 2013lunch68

9. Flour tortilla wraps with turkey, hummus and spinach. Carrots, d’anjou pears, two homemade cookies and yogurt 2013lunch69

10. Potato bread with goat cheese, turkey, havarti and lettuce (dinosaur sandwich cutter). Hard boiled eggs and granny smith apple or banana 2013lunch70

Enjoy!

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School Lunches, Take 11 (2013/2014 10 lunch photos)

Here are 10 more lunch ideas! If you’re keeping count… these are 111-120 of my entire list of makemealsmama school lunch photos and ideas.

Packing lunch (almost) every day for three school aged kids is an adventure! I photograph the lunches and share them with my ah-mazing Facebook food group and I’m now sharing last years school lunches with my blogger friends. During the 2013-2014 school year, the kids were in 5th grade, 3rd grade and Pre-K. It was the only year where I had three kids attending the same school. What a treat for drop-offs and pick-ups!

Sometimes we gave them leftovers, sometimes sandwiches, sometimes random foods thrown together, sometimes thoughtfully put together… always with an effort to keep them fun, yet healthful. Hope that these lunches give you ideas for your own kids lunches.

**How to keep food in thermoses hot: Pour boiling water into an empty thermos and cover. While you are preparing the lunch, this will “pre-heat” the thermos. When you’re read to fill the thermos, spill out the boiling water and fill it with the lunch.**

 

1. Minestrone, cucumber, gala apple & KIND bar. 2013lunch51

2. Rolled up wraps with Trader Joe’s chocolate cookie swirl cream stuff and baby bananas. Cauliflower salad (truffle oil, s&p). Seaweed snacks and kiwi. 2013lunch52

3. Popcorn rice cake with goat cheese (pastrami on the side for the olders). Sugar snap peas, pear, babybel cheese and lemon yogurt. 2013lunch53

4. Valentine’s Day School lunch: leftover kasha varnishke, grape tomatoes and papaya with blood oranges. (Assuming they’re going to eat a ton of candy goodness for Valentine’s Day) 2013lunch54

5. Tortellini with olive oil and Parmesan, anjou pear, carrot spears and conversation hearts. 2013lunch55 

6. Hotdogs, tomatoes and cucumbers, mini rice cakes, banana and homemade biscotti 2013lunch56

7. Leftover tomato corn gouda soup, apple/pear and seaweed snack. 2013lunch57

8. Salami, cream cheese and tomato whole wheat rollup. Tomatoes, grapes and sirok. 2013lunch58

9. Canadian bacon on Trader Joe’s Canadian white with mayo & lettuce. Sugar snap peas, cornichons and sugar cookie favor from baby shower. 2013lunch59

 

 

10. Everything bagel thins with turkey & cheese. Cucumber spears, plum and corn chips. 2013lunch60

Enjoy!

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School Lunches, Take 10 (2013/2014 10 MORE lunch photos)

Here are 10 more lunch ideas! If you’re keeping count… these are 101-110(!!) of my entire list of makemealsmama school lunch photos and ideas.

Packing lunch (almost) every day for three school aged kids is an adventure! I photograph the lunches and share them with my ah-mazing Facebook food group and I’m now sharing last years school lunches with my blogger friends. During the 2013-2014 school year, the kids were in 5th grade, 3rd grade and Pre-K. It was the only year where I had three kids attending the same school. What a treat for drop-offs and pick-ups!

Sometimes we gave them leftovers, sometimes sandwiches, sometimes random foods thrown together, sometimes thoughtfully put together… always with an effort to keep them fun, yet healthful. Hope that these lunches give you ideas for your own kids lunches.

**How to keep food in thermoses hot: Pour boiling water into an empty thermos and cover. While you are preparing the lunch, this will “pre-heat” the thermos. When you’re read to fill the thermos, spill out the boiling water and fill it with the lunch.**

 

1. Multigrain with Canadian bacon and romaine. Blueberries and cucumbers. 2013lunch41

2. Leftover stuffing (with sausage, carrots, apples, celery), grapes and gogurt simple. 2013lunch42

3. Hummus with carrot, red peppers, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and rice crackers. Green grapes on the side. 2013lunch43

 

4. Bagel (everything or plain) with cream cheese, edamame and tomatoes, yocrunch yogurt 2013lunch44 

5. Tuna salad with rice crackers and mini sweet peppers. Pear slices and Trader Joe’s mini peanut butter cups. 2013lunch45

 

6. Leftover tortilla soup (tortillas and sour cream on the side), yellow squash spears with thousand island dressing and a Trader Joe’s applesauce. 2013lunch46

7. Raisin bread with cream cheese. Hard boiled eggs, cucumbers and yogurt. 2013lunch47

 

8. Leftover Israeli couscous salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, shallots and mint (LO has a deconstructed salad with carrots). Strawberries, blueberry kefir and nuts. Peanuts and orange craisins for DD 1&2 and wasabi almonds for DS. 2013lunch48

9. Sunflower butter & grape jelly on Martin’s potato bread. Fresh mozzarella with tomatoes (two got balsamic vinegar, one got balsamic glaze) and pepitas. 2013lunch49

10. Turkey, goat cheese and spinach on multigrain sandwich thins. Cherries & grape tomatoes. Summer squash, orange and cranberry mini cakes (LO ate hers for breakfast) 2013lunch50


Enjoy!

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School Lunches, Take 9 (2013/2014 10 lunch photos)

Here are 10 more lunch ideas! If you’re keeping count… these are 91-100(!!) of my entire list of makemealsmama school lunch photos and ideas.

Packing lunch (almost) every day for three school aged kids is an adventure! I photograph the lunches and share them with my ah-mazing Facebook food group and I’m now sharing last years school lunches with my blogger friends. During the 2013-2014 school year, the kids were in 5th grade, 3rd grade and Pre-K. It was the only year where I had three kids attending the same school. What a treat for drop-offs and pick-ups!

Sometimes we gave them leftovers, sometimes sandwiches, sometimes random foods thrown together, sometimes thoughtfully put together… always with an effort to keep them fun, yet healthful. Hope that these lunches give you ideas for your own kids lunches.

**How to keep food in thermoses hot: Pour boiling water into an empty thermos and cover. While you are preparing the lunch, this will “pre-heat” the thermos. When you’re read to fill the thermos, spill out the boiling water and fill it with the lunch.**

 

1. Spouse-packed school lunch: peanut butter and fluff on whole wheat. Champagne grapes and apple sauce squeezer. 

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2. Cheese and cracker assortment (asiago, manchego, unexpected cheddar, mozzarella stick, cambozola) with red grapes. Quince paste for the older kids. Thanks Igal2013lunch32

3. Spouse packed school lunch: whole wheat with goat cheese and sliced cucumbers. Hard boiled eggs and apple sauce. Thanks Igal2013lunch33

4. Tomato soup with grilled cheese and a granny smith apple 2013lunch34

5. Multigrain bread with goat cheese, Canadian bacon and cucumber slices. Cucumber spears on the side with Bamba (peanut and chocolate) and frozen gogurt. 2013lunch35

6. Mini break-apart rolls with Russian thick cut Bologna, spinach and mayo. Shredded carrots, cantaloupe with hot sauce on the side, mandel bread, and a cheese stick (sandwich inspiration from my friend Vlada’s lunch a couple of weeks ago) 2013lunch36

 

7. Whole wheat bread with goat cheese and creamed honey. Hard boiled eggs (salt on the side) and sweet potato pudding cake with raisins and dried cranberries. 2013lunch37

8. Leftover cauliflower mac & cheese, sliced gala apple, snap pea crisps. 2013lunch38

9. School lunch: sausage and scrambled eggs, sugar snap peas, blueberries and a graham cracker. 2013lunch39

10. Turkey, tomato and avocado sandwich on 10 grain bread. Sugar snap peas & clementines. 2013lunch40

Enjoy!

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School Lunches, Take 8 (2013/2014 10 lunch photos)

Here are 10 more lunch ideas!! If you’re keeping count… these are 81-90 of my entire list of makemealsmama school lunch photos and ideas.

Packing lunch (almost) every day for three school aged kids is an adventure! I photograph the lunches and share them with my ah-mazing Facebook food group and I’m now sharing last years school lunches with my blogger friends. During the 2013-2014 school year, the kids were in 5th grade, 3rd grade and Pre-K. It was the only year where I had three kids attending the same school. What a treat for drop-offs and pick-ups!

Sometimes we gave them leftovers, sometimes sandwiches, sometimes random foods thrown together, sometimes thoughtfully put together… always with an effort to keep them fun, yet healthful. Hope that these lunches give you ideas for your own kids lunches.

**How to keep food in thermoses hot: Pour boiling water into an empty thermos and cover. While you are preparing the lunch, this will “pre-heat” the thermos. When you’re read to fill the thermos, spill out the boiling water and fill it with the lunch.**

 

1. Salad greens with carrot “spaghetti”, diced grilled chicken, chick peas and tomatoes. Dressing. LO doesn’t get salad greens. A slice of sweet potato pie went into a small container for all of the kids. 2013lunch21

2. Leftover turkey breast with mayo, lettuce and bacon with grape tomatoes and mango (pineapple for the first kid). Packed by spouse!2013lunch22

3. Quick school lunch: multigrain with hummus, ham and romaine. Cucumbers and clementines.2013lunch23

4. Spouse-packed school lunch: sandwich on multigrain with sliced pear, turkey & mayo. Tomatoes, pumpkin cheesecake cookies (to stop me from eating them) & gogurt 2013lunch24

5. Its that time again… cheese plate school lunch! Everyone got prosciutto, crackers and apples. Mix of cheeses: goat, manchego, white and yellow cheddar, gruyere, havarti. 2013lunch25

6. Trader Joe’s hobo bread with peanut butter, cucumbers and drinkable yogurt. 2013lunch26

 

7. Ham and havarti on everything bagel slims with mayo. Sugar snap peas and yogurt. Thanks to spouse for making and photographing!! 2013lunch27

8. Sliced hard boiled eggs with cucumbers, mayo and truffle salt on wonder bread (yes! Wonder bread!) Grape tomatoes and pear spears. Gogurt-camera shy. 2013lunch28

 

9. Bacon, lettuce & mayo on whole wheat bread, grape tomatoes and mandarins 2013lunch29

10. Whole wheat with brie, turkey and green apple. Cucumber spears, more apple slices and homemade peanut butter cookies 2013lunch30

 

Enjoy!

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