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Engagement Party Recipe Round Up: Caprese Salad Skewers

Welcome back loves!

As I promised on Tuesday, I am going to slowly but surely start sharing everything from our Engagement Party. Everything from the DIY decorations, the food recipes, the drink stations etc. I figured this morning I would kick it off with one of the biggest food hits from the party – Caprese Salad Skewers.

These took absolutely no time at all to assemble and I made about 80 of them. I actually assembled them the afternoon before with my sister-in-law to be and I kept them in an airtight container in the fridge. We kept some of the marinate oil from the cheese so we could drizzle them on top at the last minute as well as some fresh basil to sprinkle. These kept really well in the fridge and it was great to have one less thing to worry about the day of!

Ceprese Salad Skewers

I do wish I would have gotten some better pictures of the food set up before people arrived but in true Becca fashion- I was running around like a crazy woman trying to make everything as perfect as can be. One thought that I had when we were putting them together was that it would have been nice to add a basil leaf to the skewers but I was worried about it turning while being in the fridge overnight. Putting a skewer hole in it and having it next to oiled cheese may have been a recipe for disaster. I will make these again though for a party and will likely add the basil leaf since I won’t be doing them the day before. To make up for it, I sprinkled some basil on them before sending them out the kitchen door and onto the food table.

Here is what you will need:

Cherry tomatoes

♥ Mini Marinated Bocconcini or Mozzarella balls

♥ Fresh or dried basil

♥ Skewers

Here is what you will need to do:

There really is no right or wrong way to assemble these, go to town! I found that by putting the tomato on first it worked as a little barrier from any oil dripping from the cheese when someone goes to lift the skewer to their mouth but you can totally do cheese first if you prefer. The skewers that I used had enough room to do tomato, cheese, tomato and one last cheese but depending on the size you have, get creative! Again, because I did these in advance I reserved a bit of the marinate from the cheese and used it to drizzle on top once assembled and just before going out.

I arranged them in a shallow oval platter facing the center so the ends were easily picked up without touching the ones they didn’t want to grab.

You can also choose to drizzle a balsamic reduction on top of the skewers. I decided against this because I knew they would be served for a few hours and I didn’t want a hot and sticky balsamic reduction mess on my hands at the end of the day and I didn’t want the cheese to turn brown from coming into contact with the balsamic.

These were certainly a crowd favorite and all 80 of them were eaten in no time!

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XOXO.

B.

 

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Meal prep: one pan balsamic chicken and veggies.

Earlier this month I shared my meal prep plan and recipe for Turkey Taco Salad and keeping my promise to you, may I present: One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies.

Please, say hello to one of the EASIEST meals ever. This is perfect as a lunch or dinner making it the ideal meal prep recipe also. It’s low on prep time, has few ingredients, and is huge on flavor (while conveniently being super healthy)! There’s a 2-ingredient balsamic glaze which triples as first: a marinade, second: a sauce for cooking, and third: a dipping sauce. This is how I think every meal should be made. Whisk two ingredients together and use that base three times.

Then the veggies are like an empty-out-your-fridge kind of ordeal. Throw them all together on a pan, toss them with some olive oil , a little seasoning, roast them, and they too seep up some of that delicious balsamic glaze.

balsamic chicken 1

Honestly the only tricky thing about this dish is the timing! I wish I could give an exact time, but all ovens are different and the sizes of your chicken tenderloins won’t necessarily be the same size as mine. We’ve made this dish probably 7 times now (new favorite!), and each time the chicken has cooked a little differently.

I’ve had the chicken cook all the way through in 7-10 minutes and another time it took about 14 minutes. With timing the chicken, you’ll want to time the veggies slightly different. The veggies need about 20-25 minutes to get well roasted. At 20-25 minutes cooking time for the veggies, the carrots will still have a slight crunch (we love that) while the broccoli and tomatoes are perfectly roasted! **If you don’t like your tomatoes ultra tender, throw them in after about 5-10 minutes.**

balsamic chicken 3

If you have super small chicken breasts, I’d roast the veggies for 15 minutes, add the chicken and cook for another 7-10 minutes. Larger chicken breasts, roast the veggies for 10 minutes, add the chicken and cook for another 10-14 minutes. Just be prepared to check the chicken a few times (meat thermometer comes in handy here!) so you don’t overcook the chicken. No one likes dry chicken!

Here is what you will need:

6 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup zesty Italian seasoning (I use a fat free version)

1.25 pounds of chicken breasts

2 heads of broccoli

1 cup of baby carrots

1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

balsamic chicken 4

Here is what you will need to do:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray (line with parchment paper if you baking sheet isn’t already nonstick or the balsamic + Italian mixture will stick to it) and set aside.

Whisk together the balsamic vinegar and zesty Italian seasoning.

Trim the chicken breasts of fat and undesired parts.

Place 1/3 cup of the balsamic and Italian mixture in a large resealable bag and add the chicken breasts. Coat and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 6 hours

Chop the broccoli into bite sized prices and the carrots in half before placing on the prepared baking sheet along with the cherry tomatoes. Cover with the Italian seasoning, olive oil and garlic (you can add salt and pepper if you’d like) Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes

Remove the pan and flip the veggies over. Place the chicken breasts in a cleared area in the middle of the veggies. Brush with 1/3 cup of the balsamic and Italian mixture over the chicken

Cook for another 7-15 minutes depending on the size of your chicken. Be careful to monitor your chicken so it doesn’t overcook.

** Serve with the remaining balsamic and Italian mixture. This is great over rice of quinoa

Portion these up into your meal prep containers and away you go! Use the left over sauce by packaging them into these little containers and you can dip away while you eat or apply to the meal.

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XOXO.

B.

 

 

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Meal prep: Taco salad

Before you get the hang of it, the thought of meal prep might make you think of an entire day spent slaving away in the kitchen, using up every last pan and storage container you own. When you put it that way, ordering takeout sounds so much easier. But getting ready for the week doesn’t have to be such a process at all. As long as you find easy recipes and cook enough servings at once, you can be in and out of the kitchen in an hour. Seriously! Over the next couple of weeks I am going to share some of my easy meal prep recipes with you.. you’ll be fulfilling those New Year’s resolutions in no time.

First up…Turkey Taco Salad.

taco salad2

Up until recently, if you looked in my fridge you would never find ground turkey in there. Ever. I had never used it before and had absolutely no idea what to do with it and it never made its way on my shopping list. Today, that’s another story. I. am. obsessed. We hardly eat ground beef anymore and instead we substitute with turkey. Chili? No problem. Tacos? Absolutely! Meatballs? Hell ya!! Taco Salad? BRING IT ON! I started making this salad for dinner but my fiance and I were so in love, it got put on the meal prep rotation. It is so simple and quick to make and requires limited ingredients. I like to package everything separately when meal prepping so nothing gets soggy and mushy. during the week. Obviously, if you are making this and eating it right away you an toss everything together and enjoy.

Here is what you will need:

♥ 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey*

1 package (1.25oz) of taco seasoning

6 cups of sliced/shredded romaine lettuce

1/2 cup of pico de gallo (homemade of store bought)

6 tablespoons of Greek yogurt

6 tablespoons of shredded Mexican cheese blend

1 lime cut into wedges

taco salad

Here is what you will need to do:

Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot of dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned. This should take about 3-5 minutes. Make sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks. Stir in the taco seasoning and drain an excess fat.

♥ Place the romaine lettuce into resealable sandwich bags.

♥  Fill the pico de gallo, Greek yogurt and cheese into separate containers with lids. I personally like to use these shot cups but you can use anything you have as long as it seals.

♥ Place everything into your meal prep containers and enjoy!!

** You could substitute the ground turkey for ground pork or beef if you wanted to.

Are you a ground turkey newbie also? What do you use ground turkey for? What is your favorite meal prep?

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XOXO.

B.