Taste Testing Tuesday #30 – Shredded Chicken

Do you ever feel super rushed at meal time and you need something really fast, but tasty enough for the pickiest eaters? (Does that sound like every day at your house?!) Today’s Taste Testing Tuesday can give you some mouthwatering quick ideas using shredded chicken. Sure, you can buy chicken and cook it up and then shred it yourself, but for some super easy ideas we’re going to use a can of cooked chicken. Easy peasy!

For today’s suggestions, just open the can, drain the broth and shred the chicken with a couple of forks.

We’re going to talk about some ideas where you are just adding a topping to the chicken, not adding it to a casserole or dish. Ready, set, GO!

#1.) Italian Dressing Chicken. This one is great with just Italian dressing drizzled over the top. It would be great to add to a salad too. Can use it cold or hot.

#2.) Gravy over Chicken. Open a premade jar of gravy for this one. You could also heat up some Bob Evans premade mashed potatoes to go under this kind of chicken. Or break up a piece of toast and top it with the chicken and gravy. Much better when heated.

#3.) Ranch Dressing Chicken. This one would also be great added to a salad or put it in a bun and add a slice of swiss cheese for a quick sandwich. You could also chop up some hard boiled eggs to add in and have some ranch chicken salad. Good warm or cold. (I prefer cold.)

#4.) Chicken with Marinara Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese. Open a jar of your favorite pasta sauce and sprinkle on some mozzarella or Italian blend cheese. You could also put this on top of spaghetti. Best when heated.

#5.) Chicken with Honey Mustard. Do your kids like dipping chicken nuggets in Honey Mustard sauce? This will taste similar to that. You could add this on top of half of a toasted English muffin. Can be eaten hot or cold.

#6.) BBQ Chicken. Top your chicken with your favorite barbeque sauce or stir the sauce into the chicken, heat and add it to a bun. It’s finger-lickin’ good! Can be used cold, but is scrumptious when heated!

There are lots of other ways to fix shredded chicken that I haven’t shown here. Like adding taco seasoning, salsa or sauce to the chicken and rolling it up in a soft tortilla with some cheese and lettuce. Or how about mixing it with some soy sauce or teriyaki sauce and using it to top some cooked rice? I hope you’ll make yourselves a chart and keep track of who likes which kind of shredded chicken the best. And I hope it’s sparked some ideas in your mind for some quick and simple meals. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #29 Cauliflower

Yep, you read that right! Today we are tackling cauliflower! I think you will be pleasantly surprised by some of these ideas. I was! Now I am addicted and think I need to run to the grocery store for more cauliflower! Let’s start with…

#1.) Raw cut-up cauliflower.

If you are really lucky, you and your kids will like raw cauliflower just like it is…plain. But if you aren’t so lucky, try using some kind of dip that will add to the raw cauliflower taste. Like Ranch dressing, hummus or guacamole.

#2.) Cauliflower with dip

#3.) Here’s a popular way of eating cauliflower…cooked with cheese melted in it! This was my favorite way to eat cauliflower when I was a kid.

A really cool thing I discovered a little while ago is that you can “rice” cauliflower. Which just means it’s chopped up into very small pieces. You can rice the raw cauliflower yourself or you can buy it already riced and frozen in your local grocery store. To rice cauliflower at home, you put it in a food processor and pulse for just a few seconds at a time until it’s in fine pieces.

#4.) Stir Fried “Rice”. (Riced cauliflower) This turned out so good!! You can make this about any way you like stir fried rice, but this is what I did. I also “riced” a carrot while I was doing the cauliflower. I mixed the 2 together in a bowl.

Heat some oil or butter in a skillet and add the cauliflower/carrot mixture. Cook on a medium to medium high heat, being careful not to let it stick or burn. You might need to add more oil as it cooks. Throw in a few frozen peas and some soy sauce to taste. Beat an egg and pour it over the mixture in the skillet. Continue stirring until the egg has cooked in.

I was a little surprised at how much I liked this dish. If your kids will eat rice, but not veggies, you might try mixing some rice into this too and they will hardly be able to tell it has cauliflower in it. Some stir fried meat added in would be great too.

#5.) Cauliflower Fritters. This was another pleasant surprise that I think I could eat a lot more of! Starting again with the riced cauliflower in a bowl, add in a beaten egg, a little bit of flour, and tiny bit of baking powder, some Italian cheese (or Parmesan or Mozzarella) and some of the dry mix from an Italian salad dressing packet. Mix together and drop by large tablespoons into a heated skillet to which oil or butter have been added and melted. Smash it down a little with the spoon and cook around 2-3 minutes before flipping it over and cooking 2-3 minutes longer on the second side.

Serve with warmed Marinara sauce while the fritters are still hot. YUM!!

These are soooo good! I hope you will find some of these suggestions to your family’s liking! Thanks for joining me today! Happy Taste Testing Tuesday! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday – #28 Valentine Candy

It’s Taste Testing Tuesday again and what’s the one thing that a lot of us probably have on hand right now, right after Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s candy, I bet! Today let’s be silly and have some fun taste testing our candy stash! I’m guessing you have a favorite and a not so favorite, so let’s see what you think! We’re going to take a look at 2 little plates of candy. Here’s the first one:

Oh yum! It’s chocolate! I love chocolate! But there are many, many kinds of chocolate and many things that can be mixed with chocolate. First off we have…

#1.) Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate. I know I said I love chocolate, but this first one is a “no thanks, not so much!” for me. My husband loves dark chocolate, but I am more of a milk chocolate fan. What about you?

#2.) Hershey’s Mr. Goodbar. NOW you’re talking! This one is one of my favorite kinds of chocolate. I like the peanuts that are mixed in a Mr. Goodbar.

#3.) Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. Yep, this is a good one too! πŸ™‚

#4.) Hershey’s Krackel bar. Another yes, for me! I love the little rice krispies inside.

#5.) Andes Mint Candy. Maybe you don’t think of Andes Mints being available for Valentine’s Day, but we found a small bag of them. Mmmm! Chocolate and mint definitely go together!

On our 2nd little plate of Valentine’s candy, we’ll sample 3 kinds of candy.

#6.) Conversation Hearts candy. I think these are the kind of candy you either really like a lot or you really can’t stand them. I am not too fond of these, though I do think its alot of fun to read the little message on each piece.

#7.) Valentine M&M’s candy. Oooohhhh yea! M&M’s are great! My favorite kind is the peanut M&M’s. This batch is just the plain milk chocolate M&M’s.

#8.) Kinder Joy. These are relatively new to me, but I suspect they are pretty popular with kids.

The egg shaped container splits into 2 halves. One half contains 2 little balls of cocoa wafer bits nestled in layers of a light creamy soft candy and soft chocolate.

The other half contains a toy surprise that you can put together. Which is the reason I think kids probably like these. πŸ˜‰

This one makes a bird. (An eagle maybe?)

But back to taste testing our Valentine’s candy. I think my favorite would be the Mr. Goodbar candy bar. What kind of fun candy did you get for Valentine’s Day? Which one is your favorite and which one is your least favorite? I hope whatever kind of candy you use for your Taste Testing Tuesday, you have fun sampling each one! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #27- Crackers

Hi everyone! How’s your Tuesday going? Kids going bonkers? Here’s a fun way to get them to sit still for a few minutes! Today’s Taste Testing Tuesday is all about crackers! So round the kids up for a quick silly snack and let’s get started! You can use whatever crackers you have on hand. Here are the 5 we taste tested.

#1.) Chicken in a Biskit

#2.) Almond Nut-Thins Cheddar Cheese

#3.) Honey Maid Graham

#4.) Cheez-It – there are many kinds of Cheez-It crackers but I love the Extra Toasty ones.

#5.) Ritz

For added fun, draw a quick chart…nothing fancy…with a place for each person’s name and across from their name a place to draw a face for each kind of cracker. Something like this maybe:

After they taste each cracker, let them draw in a face that describes what they think of it. A smile means yummy! A straight mouth means it’s ok, but not amazing. And a frown means no thank-you!

Did you notice that Rusty liked ALL of the crackers? Wow! Oh, yea, Rusty is a dog so that might explain it. Haha! πŸ˜‰ I hope you have fun with our latest Taste Testing Tuesday and you find some crackers that you really like!

Taste Testing Tuesday #26 English Muffin Pizzas

Does your family love eating pizza but its hard to buy one because everyone likes different toppings? I hear you! Enter English Muffin Individual Pizzas! This is the fastest way you will ever make pizza at home and everyone can have the toppings they want! Let’s take a look at what you need for today’s Taste Testing Tuesday: some English muffins, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and your favorite pizza toppings like pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, peppers, ham, pineapple, black olives, etc.

Start by cutting an English muffin in half.

Spread each half with pizza sauce. (Or some people use spaghetti or pasta sauce.)

Top with mozzarella cheese.

And now for the toppings! Let each person add whatever toppings they like to their personal little pizza. Here’s one with mini pepperoni slices…

One with pineapple tidbits…

One with pepperoni and mushrooms…

And one with extra cheese.

Now your pizzas are ready for the oven. Special tip: cover your cookie sheet or pan with aluminum foil and cleanup afterwards will be a breeze! πŸ˜‰

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes until the cheese melts and begins to brown just a little. Remember, ovens differ so keep an eye on your pizzas.

Don’t they look scrumptious?! They are! πŸ™‚

Except for cutting the English muffins in half, this meal is a great one for even really young kids to make. Even teenagers can have fun making their own pizzas. Have fun and I hope your bellies are smiling when you finish! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday – #25 Cornbread

What’s your favorite way to eat cornbread? It’s one of the most versatile dishes there is! Some people like cornbread with a little sweetener added in and some think it’s ruined if you add sugar! I like my cornbread a little on the sweet side. It can be added to other dishes for great combinations…like bean soup and cornbread or chili and cornbread or even vegetable soup and cornbread. Some people make their stuffing for Thanksgiving using cornbread. Whatever your favorite way is, maybe you can find another way to enjoy cornbread today. Let’s look at 6 different suggestions.

The first way we’ll look at is maybe the most popular way to eat cornbread…

#1.) Maple syrup…and milk. This is the way I usually eat cornbread. But I may find a new favorite today.

#2.) Topped with an egg. I actually hadn’t tried this way before but it’s very tasty together!

#3.) Butter and Jam. Pretty good together on cornbread!

#4.) Butter and Molasses. This is probably my hubby’s favorite way to eat cornbread. But not so much for me… πŸ˜‰

#5.) With some cheese melted on top. Quite tasty!

#6.) Butter, Honey and Cinnamon. This is really good! It might be contending for first place in my book!

If you google ways to eat cornbread, you might see putting chipped beef gravy over it. That sounds wonderful! I also saw a recipe for cornbread pizza, using cornbread for the crust. I’m betting taco ingredients would go great too! However you try it, I hope you enjoy taste testing some cornbread! Let me know your favorite! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday – #24 Sandwiches

Let’s taste test some sandwiches! I’m guessing probably everyone likes at least one kind of sandwich. But there are SO MANY that I thought it might be a great thing to do a taste test on. πŸ™‚ Have you heard the story of how the sandwich was invented? Let me share it with you here:

Shared from Quora.com.

Elisa Perret,Β Student in English and German answered…

Did the Earl of Sandwich really create sandwiches? How?

The Earl of Sandwich did create the concept of sandwich, and it’s actually a funny story.

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich was an 18th-century English aristocrat who was very fond of card plays, he could spend the day at a table playing with fellow aristocrats.

Once, he asked his valet to bring him a piece of meat tucked between two pieces of bread in order to play and eat without putting grease on his fingers and cards.

It is commonly said that Lord Sandwich was fond of this form of food because it allowed him to continue playing cards, particularly cribbage,Β while eating, without using a fork, and without getting his cards greasy from eating meat with his bare hand!”

And now you know! Haha! No more losing sleep over not knowing where the sandwich originated! πŸ˜‰ Let’s get on with our taste test! Here are 6 sandwich suggestions you might try on your kids: (or for yourself!)

#1.) Peanut Butter and Jelly, of course! Most kids love this one already! Though many don’t care for the crust on the bread. You can vary the kind of jam or jelly, honey, apple butter, etc that you use.

#2.) Grilled Cheese. Another favorite that can be switched up by using different types of cheese together. I like Swiss and American cheeses in my grilled cheese sandwich.

#3.) Bacon, Egg and Cheese. Mmm! I add a little mayo to this tasty combo.

#4.) Peanut Butter and Banana slices. A little sweet with the sticky. πŸ˜‰

#5.) Grilled Lunchmeat and Cheese. I like to add mayonnaise and honey mustard to mine and use 2 kinds of cheese with turkey or ham. Scrumptious!

#6.) Egg Salad. This is one of my favorites! Hardboiled eggs, peeled and chopped up with some mayo and salt added…mmmm!

I wonder how many of these sandwiches you’ve had before? And how many have your kids tried? Which ones get a smiley face beside them? Thanks for stopping by for another Taste Testing Tuesday! I hope you found something that will make your kids say “Yummy! May I have some more please?” πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday – #23 Toast

This week we’re bringing you ways to taste test toast! First of all, there are MANY kinds of bread you can use for toast – white, wheat, rye, oatmeal, raisin, cinnamon, Italian, French, etc, etc. And then there are bagels…but today we’re going to talk about what you can put on your toast so pick your favorite bread and let’s get started! I toasted 2 slices of bread.

Then I spread them with butter…which is a great way to eat toast! Just butter!

I cut each slice into 4 pieces so each sample will be fairly small.

Here are the 8 things I put on my samples of toast:

#1.) Butter and Honey.

#2.) Butter and Peanut Butter

#3.) Butter and jam or jelly. I used my favorite – strawberry! But of course, there are many kinds of jam/jelly.

#4.) Butter and Yogurt. This is Coconut Greek Yogurt but you can use whatever type and flavor you like.

#5.) Butter and Apple Butter. Apple Butter is great on toast and so is applesauce. Try both!

#6.) Butter, Sugar and Cinnamon. I know this version isn’t as healthy as some of the other suggestions, but it is very tasty! I loved having this when I was growing up. πŸ™‚

#7.) Butter and Cheese. Use your favorite cheese or whatever cheese you have on hand. I used Co-Jack or Marble cheese.

#8.) Butter and a Fried Egg. Or whatever is your favorite way to cook an egg. Scrambled eggs could be cooked like an omelette and folded over to fit the toast. A hard-boiled egg could be sliced and placed on the toast.

And there you go! Those are my suggestions for our Taste Testing Tuesday #23! What do you think? Make a chart for each person doing that taste testing and make a box for each type of toast. What’s your favorite way to eat toast? Which one would you rather feed to your dog? haha! πŸ˜‰

Hope you found some ideas that taste yummy to you! Have a great Taste Testing Tuesday! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday – #22 Baked Potato Toppings

Here we are again with another Taste Testing Tuesday! Today we’ll look at yummy things to add to baked potatoes. Do you bake yours in the oven wrapped in aluminum foil? That’s how I’ve always done mine and I learned it from my mom who learned it from her mom… πŸ™‚

After baking your potatoes, remove the peel (unless you like to eat it) and mash the potato with a fork. Separate it into small sections for however many different toppings you will be trying.

Add your toppings while the potato is still warm (or reheat in the microwave). Here’s what my plateful looked like:

Let’s look at each topping I used:

#1.) Butter, salt and pepper. This is an old stand-by but still very tasty.

#2.) Butter and cheese. Mmm! I used cheddar cheese but feel free to use whatever type of cheese you have on hand.

#3.) Butter and sour cream. This is another old favorite but very popular!

#4.) Sour cream and bits of bacon.

#5.) Ranch dressing. A family-favorite! Some of the grandkids love baked potatoes with Ranch dressing and it’s probably my favorite too.

#6.) Gravy. Of course, right?! I often think about gravy going with mashed potatoes but my son suggested gravy for baked potatoes when I asked him his favorite way to eat baked potatoes. (Thanks, Josh!)

Of course, there are many more ways to enjoy a baked potato. Like adding chili on top. Do you have a child that loves ketchup? Yep, put it on a baked potato! After all, it’s not much different than putting salt and ketchup on French fries, right? πŸ˜‰ How about broccoli and cheese?

I hope you’ve gotten some good tips to try on your kid’s baked potatoes! Make a chart and draw a face showing what you think of each topping you try. Have a great day! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday – #21- Oatmeal Toppings

We’re back for the latest episode of Taste Testing Tuesday! Are you ready to see what we’re taste testing this time? It’s oatmeal! Ok, ok, I know oatmeal can be REALLY bland and boring, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many, many ways to liven it up and please your taste buds! We’re going to look at 5 toppings you can try adding to your cooked oatmeal and I’ll mention several other ways you might try it.

Mmmm! Now don’t those look worthy of a taste test?! πŸ˜‰

#1.) Oatmeal with butter and maple syrup. Those are two of the best ingredients ever, right? I’m guessing you’ve eaten them on pancakes or French toast, so why not on oatmeal?

#2.) Oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon. These are two more top ranking foods, am I right?? They are scrumptious on oatmeal!

#3.) Oatmeal with raisins and honey. This is probably my husband’s favorite way to eat oatmeal. If you don’t care too much for raisins, try some other kind of fruit. Think about other dried fruit like blueberries, cranberries, cherries, etc. Or even fresh, frozen or canned fruit. Do your kids have a favorite fruit? Try adding it to oatmeal.

#4.) Oatmeal with your favorite type of jam. This is strawberry jam and it was very tasty!

Do your kids love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Add some peanut butter to the jam on the oatmeal. πŸ™‚

#5.) Oatmeal with a dollop of yogurt on top. Try your kids favorite yogurt flavor. This one is greek yogurt with peaches. (Though you can’t even see the peaches.)

There you have the taste tests that we did at our house to find some yummy ways to liven up oatmeal. Some other things you can add to oatmeal are nuts or seeds, applesauce, apple butter, chai tea, granola, etc. I read some suggestions to add vegetables to your oatmeal, like pumpkin, butternut squash and carrots. I was surprised to see some suggestions that I’ve never thought of using before like salmon, a fried egg or a soft-boiled egg, avocado, feta cheese or sausage and onions. Oatmeal is so versatile that I hope you’ll give some of these ideas a try and find something new to go in/on your oatmeal. πŸ™‚ Happy Taste Testing!