Stuffed Sweet Potatoes + Grace and Frankie Season 6

I LOVE the Netflix original series, “Grace and Frankie.” Last year I started the tradition of hosting an annual season premier party and girls night. My mom and some of the ladies in our family come for dinner, snacks and quality time on the couch. Hopefully it’s a tradition we keep up for years to come.

At the time I am writing this, I have already finished watching season 6 and if I’m being honest, I was a little disappointed in this season! I didn’t care for the continual tension between Grace and Frankie. Did anyone else feel like the writers toned down the funny factor and bumped up the drama? Why can’t a funny show just stay funny? My favorite scene of the season was probably the piece about Mallory’s daughter’s school art project; too funny!

Anywho, today I wanted to share the dinner that I have been making for this get-together. For the last few months I have really been enjoying making all different types of stuffed sweet potatoes. I have also found a great use for slow cooker shredded chicken. If you have read some of my prior posts, or follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I have a love-hate {mostly hate} relationship with the slow cooker. But, for the past couple of months, I have been finding so many uses for slow cooker shredded chicken, and this recipe is one of them. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken
-Place about 1 1/2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast in the slow cooker, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder, then add no more than 1/2 cup of chicken broth.
-Cook for 4 hours on high then shred with two forks.

Stuffed Sweet Potato Ingredients

1 1/5 lbs. Shredded Chicken Breast
1 Medium Sweet Onion
4 Cloves of Fresh Garlic
8oz Frozen Artichoke Hearts (thawed)
1-2 Cups of Mushrooms
1/2 Cup Crumbled Feta
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
6 Medium Sweet Potatoes
2 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Pepper
3 TBSP EVOO

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Directions
-Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
-Pierce each sweet potato a few times then wrap in tin foil. Bake all sweet potatoes for 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when they’re tender to the touch.
-Sautee onion in 2 TBSP EVOO then add mushrooms and garlic. Add another tablespoon of EVOO if needed.
-Add in artichoke hearts, salt and pepper then add feta and cranberries.
-Add the flesh of 1 sweet potato and shredded chicken to the veggies
-Slice each of the sweet potatoes length wise, but not all the way through.
-Using kitchen tongs, stuff each potatoes with the veggie mixture then brown under broiler for no more than 5 minutes.

Chorizo Breakfast Skillet | Inspired by The Vig Chicago

Earlier this year I visited family in Chicago. I was so happy to finally make it out there to spend some time with them and check out the place they currently call home. The trip was extra special because I met their sweet baby girl for the first time. One restaurant we went to for lunch was The Vig.  You can read my review of their restaurant on their press page {ahh – so cool!}. The restaurant is on the large side with makes it a great choice for special occasions. On the day we were there, I noticed a few groups celebrating birthdays and bachelorette parties. I ordered the mini chorizo breakfast skillet with potatoes, a fried egg, pico and a habanero sauce. IT WAS AWESOME. Since this trip, I have been thinking about this dish on repeat. A few weeks ago I finally pulled the trigger and bought the ingredients. I think my remake was just as good as the original. I whipped up this skillet for a special breakfast when one of our friends from college visited for a weekend.

I think what really appealed to be about this dish was that the sausage was crumbled. It was packed with flavor and I got a taste of spicy sausage with every bite. My local grocery store {btw I actually call it the food store} didn’t have fresh chorizo sausage, so I opted for organic pre-cooked chicken chorizo breakfast sausage. Full disclosure, I did not realize it was pre-cooked until I got home.

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I cut mini potatoes into quarters and seasoned them with olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika. I love well salted, crisp baked potatoes that you can just pop in your mouth. The potatoes baked at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes. I warmed up the sausage in the skillet then diced it into very small pieces. Next, I returned the sausage to the skillet to try to get it a bit crisp while the potatoes continued baking. Once the potatoes and sausage were done, I combined them in the skillet and mixed well.

Next, up – the eggs! I cracked five organic eggs over the top of the potato-chorizo mixture and placed a lid over the top to cook them through. I love breakfast food; especially perfectly cooked eggs with a thick runny yolk.

To finish up the dish,  garnished it with fresh pico, green onions and put a bottle of Chulula’s on the table. I totally forgot about he habanero sauce, but this dish turned out delicious without it.

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Gluten-Free Italian Chicken Meatballs

Good morning blog friends! Have you all recovered from this last snow storm? I still can’t believe how much snow we woke up to on Thursday. I would imagine the weathermen were thanking their lucky stars that the storm actually happened and their predictions weren’t a total flop. Although the last snow fall did make our neighborhood look like a winter wonder land, I am definitely ready for spring. Bring on the backyard BBQs and grilling for dinner!

Today I wanted to share a recipe that goes perfect with last week’s post. Along with knowing a basic sauce recipe I think you all should know how to make tasty meatballs. This isn’t quite a traditional recipe as most are made with beef. My mom usually makes hers with a combination of ground beef, pork and veal. My recipe is a little lighter made with ground chicken. If you are gluten-free make sure to always check the ingredients in your meat and poultry. It is not uncommon for gluten to be hidden in the ingredients.

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This recipe is so easy to put together {even on busy week nights} because there is not much to it. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, form meatballs and bake! Don’t forget that when you’re cooking poultry it’s super important to make sure it is cooked to a safe temperature, so be sure to use a cooking thermometer to check before serving. I have this one and the cover lists the required cooking temperatures for meat, pork and poultry which comes in handy.

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Chicken Meatballs

  • Servings: 2-4
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb Chicken Chop Meat
  • 1/4 cup Gluten-Free Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Small Shallot or Onion
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients, but do not over mix. Over mixing the ingredients can cause the meatballs to be tough. If the mixture seems very wet, add an additional 1/8-1/4 cup of bread crumbs.
  • Form the mixture into balls (again, don’t over work the meat) and place on baking sheet
  • The size of your meatballs will alter the cooking time. Plan to bake for 25-30 minutes on convection (if your oven doesn’t have that setting, bake for longer) then broil on high for about 5 minutes.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check temperature to ensure chicken is cooked to a safe temperature.

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