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.

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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Classic Marinara Sauce for Two!

Hi blog friends! Thanks for stopping by again. Today, I want to share a quick and simple recipe that I think everyone should know how to make — Marinara Sauce! This sauce can be served with pasta, meatballs, on pizza, eggplant parm, chicken parm and so much more. I use this recipe as a base to all red sauces I make too. Like many of the dishes I make, this one starts with olive oil, garlic and onions. I really believe that if you always have these three ingredients, you can whip up a tasty meal with whatever else you have in your kitchen.

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Tea Kettle / Stand Mixer / Spoon Rest (similar)/ Pot/ Mason Jar (similar)/ Backsplash

I first started making my own sauce my junior year of college. I could often be found making a pot of sauce and baked ziti before my 8am class. Although I didn’t do very much meal prep in college, I did find it easy to make a head some dinner here and there so I could heat them up quickly after late classes. A girls’ gotta eat, right?

One of my first blogs ever was about my homemade sauce {check it out here} and reading that blog now is kind of funny. In that post I mention that oregano was my least favorite dried seasoning, but now I would say that I love oregano and don’t care for parsley. Sometimes I even leave parsley out. I also find it really funny that I mentioned I was making Mike {who is now my husband} strawberry shortcakes with homemade whip cream. He was the pickiest eater in college! I totally forgot that there was a time he ‘hated’ strawberries until I re-read that blog. Boy have times changed!

Now that I’ve taken you on a trip down memory lane, let’s get back to my current recipe! Although I haven’t changed much since I first started making sauce there is one change that I think was for the better. I almost always add very finely chopped or grated carrots. Carrots really cut down on the acidity of red sauce. I am a bit prone to heartburn and acid reflux. I have found that when I add carrots to my sauce it is much less likely upset my stomach. If you’re in the same boat, I definitely suggest you give carrots a try!

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Classic Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely diced
2-3 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2-3 tbsp carrot, finely grated
14.5oz can petite diced tomatoes, unsalted*
8oz can tomato sauce, unsalted*
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp salt (more to taste)
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp black pepper
*Can substitute 1 28oz can of unsalted tomato sauce/puree

Directions

-Saute onions in olive oil over medium/low heat until they’re fragrant and translucent, about 5-7 minutes
-Add carrots and saute for another 5-7 minutes
-Add garlic and sautee for about 3 minutes
-Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste and seasonings
-Once sauce starts to bubble, bring down to a simmer for 30 minutes or up to two hours.

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