Welcome to the April 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Recipes
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants are sharing their recipes, their stories, their pictures, and their memories.
Prep time: 5 minutes — Cook time: 20 Minutes — Total Time: 25 minutes
Stovetop BBQ Chicken (Serves 4-6)
I seriously LOVE Stovetop BBQ Chicken. It’s a relatively new addition to my cooking repertoire, but it’s fast becoming one of our family’s favorites, and a recipe I will for sure pass to my son and daughter as they grow! A new family recipe!
I originally cooked this at a friend’s house when we had a playdate/eat-over. She had been wanting BBQ chicken but it was the middle of winter and using the grill was out of the question. So, she googled and found a youtube video for how to make BBQ chicken on the stovetop. When we made it, we served it with whole grain rice, and it was delicious! So, I took the idea home with me and tweaked it a bit to my tastes, adding mushrooms and changing quantities of ingredients somewhat to fit my preferences. Our family LOVES this recipe, and I hope you will, too!
Olive oil for cooking
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs OR 6 thinly sliced breast pieces
1/2 onion, chopped
2 heaping tbsp chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped bell peppers
3 roma tomatos coarsly chopped
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro
1 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tbsp BBQ sauce (I like to use a honey flavored one)
In a large skillet, on high heat, sauté the onion, garlic, and bell peppers in the olive oil. When onions have started to soften, lower heat to medium-high and add chicken, cooking 2-5 minutes on each side to brown each side.
Lower heat to medium and add tomatoes, mushrooms, and chopped cilantro. Turn chicken a few times to incorporate all the vegetables and cilantro.
When all the vegetables are soft, add 1 tbsp tomato sauce and a splash of water if needed to create a sauce (you should have about 1/3 cup liquid in your pan at this point – most of which comes from cooking the tomatoes and the olive oil you started with, but add water if needed).
Then add 1 tbsp (or more or less depending on your preference) BBQ sauce and lower heat to low, simmering covered for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Salt and pepper to taste (I usually don’t add any salt) and serve with whole grain rice or potatoes, sweet potatoes, and your favorite vegetable!
The whole family LOVES stovetop BBQ chicken, and I’m sure your family will, too. It’s a great meal for any time of year and only takes 25 minutes to prep and to cook. The kids also like to help me cook by adding in the vegetables to the pan as needed. And Joseph loves to stir.
Have fun getting your family active in the kitchen and trying out new recipes!!!!!
What’s YOUR favorite go-to recipe?
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- German Red Cabbage: A Family Tradition — At Living Peacefully with Children, Mandy shares her favorite dish and a part of her family’s history.
- Rotisserie Chicken Recipes for Meal Planning — Becky at Crafty Garden Mama shares a new recipe that is in her family’s meal-planning rotation. Check out how she uses a rotisserie chicken to get through the week.
- Grandma Wicken’s Sugar Cookies — Jana Falls at Jananas talks about how special her Grandma’s sugar cookies made her feel.
- Recipe: Seed and Bean Burgers — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings shares one of her favourite frugal recipes that is also super-healthy and totally delicious.
- PULLING Dinner Together For the Kids – Crockpot Pulled Pork — Lisa at The Squishable Baby PULLS dinner together for the kids.
- The Best Banana Muffin Recipe (Gluten Free & Vegan) — Dionna of Code Name: Mama’s adventures in gluten free baking have not been 100% successful. But today she is guest posting at Fine and Fair to share a banana muffin recipe that will knock your socks off!
- The Pierogie Mama Whips Up Strawberry Pierogies! — Bianca at The Pierogie Mama shares her family’s recipe for strawberry pierogies…a sweet, summery version of the Polish dumplings that she affectionately named her daughter after.
- Mom’s Cookbook — Tree at Mom Grooves digs into the big book her mom created for her six daughters and shares a favorite family recipe.
- Crispy Duck Confit — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama takes the liberty of starting a family recipe tradition with this super simple, totally delicious crispy duck confit.
- Stovetop BBQ Chicken — Amy at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work shares a yummy BBQ chicken recipe that you can make on the stovetop in less than 25 minutes, fridge to table!
- Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Casserole w/Bacon — Martine at Whey Beyond the Naked Truth shares a naked food twist on an old family favorite!
- Strawberry Panna Cotta — KerryAnn at CookingTF.com shows you her favorite dessert, a quick and easy Strawberry Panna Cotta that she enjoys so much, she had it instead of a birthday cake this year.
- Special crepes for a special day — Mikko at Hobo Mama is learning to cook his grandma’s signature holiday meal alongside his dad.
- Three Favorite Family Recipes: To Eat, To Wash, To Play — Kristin at Intrepid Murmurings is back with three family favorites: gluten-free vanilla orange sugar cookies, DIY powdered laundry detergent, and something fun for the kids: homemade “Flubber”!
- Black Bean Soup Forever — Mercedes at Project Procrastinot shares a soup recipe that’s been around forever.
- Do you want to know a secret? — SRB at Little Chicken Nuggets lets go of her mac and cheese recipe, a comfort food favourite for friends and family for years.
- Creating Our Own Family Recipes — Emily at S.A.H.M. i AM shares how she’s trying to create meals that her girls will want to pass down to their own children some day.
- Vranameer Chicken: A Family Recipe — Luschka at Diary of a First Child shares a recipe that reminds her of childhood and more specifically, of her mother. It’s a South African take on sweet and sour chicken and what it lacks in healthy it makes up for in tantalising to the taste buds.
- One Recipe, Three Uses: Dishwasher Liquid Detergent, Dish Soap, and Hand Soap — If you love saving money and time, you’ll love this green recipe from Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama, guest posting at Natural Parents Network.
- Our Family’s Favorite Pies — Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter shares recipes and tutorials for the quintessential American dessert.
- Deliciously Easy Crock Pot Chili — Lactating Girl shares her crock pot chili that is not only quick and easy, but awesome.
- All-Purpose Crock Pot Pork — Crunchy Con Mommy‘s simple “recipe” for cooking perfect pork in the crock pot is for whatever mood her family is in!
- Family Rules: A Recipe for Harmony — Cooped-up kids + winter weather + frazzled parents can all blend together into a recipe for disaster. Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares what brought back the peace in her house.
- Favorite Healthy Family Recipes — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares her family’s healthy eating experiences along with links to free printable vegetarian recipes that her family has created with love.
- Grandma’s Banana Bread — Megan at The Boho Mama has early and fond memories of her grandma’s banana bread. It’s love in a loaf!
- Family Comfort Food — Jorje of Momma Jorje shares a recipe handed down that moms have made for their kids, for regular meals as well as to comfort.