One Pan Garlic Crusted Chicken & Veggies

One Pan Garlic Crusted Chicken and Veggies

We had such a fun Valentines Day loving on each other & treating ourselves to some good heart shaped food (chicken biscuits, sandwiches, pizza) & a few sweets (cookie cake!). That means the rest of the week will be filled with healthier choices to make up for the damage. I know that healthy can sometimes be hard because a lot of the time healthy means more expensive and more time consuming, but I want to share with you a recipe today that debunks that thought! (This meal takes cost about $10 and took about 45 minutes start to finish!) I try to do these “one pan” meals at least once a week. It makes for easy cooking and quick clean up! I make sure and put at least one thing on the pan that I know the kids really enjoy so that even if they aren’t feeling the whole pan, what they choose to fill up on is still good for them. 

Cooked Chicken and Vegetables

This week we are eating garlic crusted chicken strips with sweet potatoes and green beans. Sprout can eat his weight in sweet potatoes and Chickadee is always up for chicken (I suppose it’s quite an appropriate nickname for her0. 

This recipe fed our family of four….we ate it all (probably had one extra chicken strip that could have been left over but III rarely lets food go unfinished unless it’s enough to be true leftovers)!

One Pan Chicken Dinner

You’ll need 1 package (about 6-8) of chicken strips, 1 sweet potato, and a solid double palm full of fresh green beans. You’ll need to peel, slice, and dice the sweet potato and snap the stringy ends off the green beans. For the chicken pour one bowl of olive oil and a tablespoon of minced garlic and in the other bowl add Italian bread crumbs.

Garlic Breadcrumb Dip

Dip the chicken in the olive oil/garlic mixture first, then coat in bread crumbs before placing on a pan covered with parchment paper. The sweet potatoes and green beans will go on the other half of the pan. Toss them in olive oil and garlic salt. 

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This chicken and veggie combination is packed with flavor. I love the taste and the ease of these one pan or one pot dinners! I am actually making another one later this week with pork tenderloin I’ll share with you soon. 

Delicious and Easy One Pan Chicken and Veggie Dinner

Garlic Crusted Chicken and Veggie Dinner
Serves 3
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 6-8 chicken strips
  2. Olive Oil
  3. 1 tbsp minced garlic
  4. 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  5. 1 sweet potato
  6. 1/3 lb of fresh green beans
  7. Garlic Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a shallow bowl pour about 1/4 cup of olive oil and add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic (2-3 cloves). In a second shallow bowl pour 1/2 cup of Italian breadcrumbs. Dip chicken strips first in oilve oil mixture and then in the breadcrumbs making sure to coat both sides well. Line down one side of the baking sheet. Sprinkle the top with extra basil if you would like!
  3. Peel, slice and dice the sweet potato and snap the ends off the green beans. Place on the other half of the baking sheet. Toss in oilve oil and sprinkle generously with garlic salt.
  4. Roast in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, turning the chicken and tossing the veggies about half way through until chicken is golden brown and veggies are roasted. Remove from the oven and serve warm!
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Simple One Pot Fettuccine Alfredo

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Yall, fettuccine is really hard to spell. Or is it just me? You know how you don’t spell it “f-e-t-t-i-c-h-i-n-n-i.” Fortunately for you and me, it’s a lot easier to make…I had no idea until my mother in law made it a few months ago. And I thought, “hey I think I can do that.” Perfect for a crazy weeknight or last minute meal, which let’s face it is really every night when you are a young family. And the best part of this recipe is, more than likely, you have everything you need already in you pantry/refrigerator. 

Are you an Italian fan? I definitely am! We try to use “healthy” alternatives to pasta often, zucchini noodles and spaghetti squash are two of my favorites, but sometimes you just need the real thing. And this recipe is just that. It’s rich, creamy, and absolutely delicious! You can keep it simple and serve it as is, with a salad or add chicken to the fettuccine to make it even heartier.

I didn’t take very many step-by-step pictures because, well, I was chasing Chickadee & Sprout, plus there aren’t really any “steps” since it’s a one pot meal. I told you it was easy! I’d love to hear if you are able to give it a try & if you find any additions to make this awesome dish even better! 

Have a great weekend…and if you are in Atlanta, let’s cheer on our Falcons this Super Bowl weekend, RISE UP! Happy Thursday everyone! 

Simple One Pan Fettuccine Alfredo
Serves 4
Simple, one pan, fettuccine alfredo. Perfect for crazy weeknights & last minute meals.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  2. 3-5 cloves of garlic
  3. 2 cups of chicken broth
  4. 1 cup of milk
  5. 2 tbsp butter
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1/2 tsp pepper
  8. 8 ounces of fettuccine noodles
  9. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (or any Italian cheese)
  10. Parsley
Instructions
  1. In a deep pot/pan oven medium/high heat drizzle in some EVOO and drop in your minced garlic.
  2. Once the garlic becomes fragrant pour in chicken broth, milk, butter, salt & pepper. Then add in fettuccine noodles.
  3. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Once it begins to boil, lower the heat to simmer, stirring occasionally, until noodles are cooked through and sauce thickens (20-25 minutes)
  4. Add in cheese & top with parsley.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If adding chicken, add cooked chicken with about 8 minutes to go giving it time to heat throughout.
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Monster Rice Krispie Treats

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I’ve got an easy recipe for you & it will make you super popular with your kids! Chickadee took them to preschool for her special birthday treat & according to her, everybody ate them all :) From the mouth of my three year old to your lips, they are good! And do you really need anymore confirmation??

I wanted to put a fun spin on rice krispie treats. We talked about adding sprinkles, using Fruity Pebbles instead, or dipping them in chocolate. She chose the chocolate. And since her birthday is in October I thought a little monster spin would be fun!

We started by following the basic Rice Krispie recipe. 6 cups of Rice Krispies, one 10 oz. bag of marshmallows and 3 tablespoons of butter. 

Melt butter in large saucepan on low heat. Add marshmallows; cook until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat. Add cereal; mix well. 

Press onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cool completely.

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After they cooled I cut them into rectangles and used half a decorative paper straw to create a rice krispie treat on a stick. 

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To create the “monster” we used white chocolate chips & candy eyes. 

Monster Rice Kripsie Treats
Yields 20
An easy and tasty halloween snack!
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Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 cups of Rice Krispies
  2. 3 tbsp of butter
  3. 10 ounce bag of marshmallows
  4. 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  5. Food coloring
  6. Candy eyes
Instructions
  1. Follow instructions on the back of the Rice Krispie Box to make Rice Krispies.
  2. For creating the monsters, we used about 3/4 a cup of  white chocolate chips.
  3. Melt in a microwave save bowl for 1 minute. Then stir until completely melted.
  4. If you want to dye the white chocolate use food coloring.
  5. In a shallow bowl dip the rice krispies. Then turn them right side up and let the chocolate drip down a little bit.
  6. Lay on parchment paper and add eyes.
  7. Give the chocolate time to harden.
  8. Enjoy!
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 You could really use all different colors and have so much fun with these little monsters. Chickadee LOVED helping me make them and dipping them in the white chocolate. I love that she was able to take ownership over her special treat. She was so excited to share them with her friends! I hope you create a few and share them too :)

Applesauce Muffins

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First & foremost…Happy Birthday III! We love you and are so lucky to journey through life with you by our side!

We make a lot of muffins around here. Mostly these banana bread ones because I always buy too many bananas and inevitably two start browning before we have a chance to eat them all. But all muffins are game to be made in my kitchen and few are turned down by my two littles. What I also love about muffins is that you can freeze them and then pull them out & microwave for a quick on the go breakfast or snack (perfect on Sunday mornings when you are running late for church!)

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These applesauce muffins are so moist (probably due to the applesauce) and the cinnamon sugar topping is hard to resist. Like most of my baking adventures Chickadee joined me in the kitchen which always makes the experience a mess fun!! This recipe is a quick and easy one and my bet is you already have everything you need. (assuming like us you always have a jar of applesauce in the fridge).

Applesauce Muffins
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Muffins
  1. ½ cup butter
  2. ½ cup sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. ¾ cups Natural Applesauce
  5. 1 ¾ cups flour
  6. 1 tbsp baking powder
  7. ½ tsp Salt
Topping
  1. ¼ cup butter, melted
  2. ½ cup sugar
  3. ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. 1. Cream together softened butter and sugar
  2. 2. Beat in eggs one at a time until fluffy
  3. 3. Add applesauce and mix together
  4. 4. Mix together the dry ingredients and then sift them into the wet mixture
  5. 5. Place in muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 min, or until toothpick comes out clean
  6. 6. While the muffins are still warm dip tops in melted butter and then in the cinnamon sugar mixture
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My best tip for making muffins (and cupcakes) is to use an ice cream scoop like this one to dip the batter into the muffin tins. Genius really. And it helps with the mess. If you do decide to freeze these muffins I suggest doing so without the cinnamon sugar topping. You can add it after you defrost them & they will be amazing!

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Rainbow Cupcakes

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St. Patty’s day has come and Easter is just around the corner, folks. Spring is here. And I am crossing my fingers that it is here to stay! Tonight we went for a walk after dinner and it was light out the entire time and a beautiful 67 degrees. It was glorious.

I am looking forward to a lot of Spring and Easter activities with Chickadee & Sprout. Easter Egg hunts with friends, egg decorating, Spring crafts, and a little baking as well.

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If you have been around A Step in the Journey for long you know my love for cooking with Chickadee. She absolutely loves baking as a family, mixing the ingredients together is always her favorite part. And it usually leads to a little bit of a mess, but I’ve learned to “Mix up the Moment” and silence my gut reaction, and instead embrace the fun. We are making memories here. I am so glad Pillsbury™ is around to help make things simple and easy.

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We decided to add a little bit of flair to our Pillsbury™ Funfetti cake mix by making rainbow, marbleized cupcakes. This is our first Easter treat and we plan to share with our neighbors. Funfetti was the perfect place to start. Last time I was at Walmart I picked up several boxes and tubs of Pillsbury’s™ cake mix and icing so I only had to go to the pantry when Chickadee and I started baking.

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I mixed the cake mix per the package directions. Then separated the batter equally into four bowls and used food coloring to dye the batter in each bowl. I used 4-5 drops, if you want your colors darker add more, lighter use less.

dying_cake_batterLine your cupcake pan with liners if you choose to do so, if not spray them generously with cooking spray. Then place about a tablespoon of each color into each individual tin. You will want to only focus on two or three cupcakes at a time. If you go through dropping in all pinks, then all greens, etc. for the entire pan the batter will spread to make an entire layer and you won’t get the marbleized effect we are going for!

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Cook according to Pillsbury’s™ directions.

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Make sure an allow them to cool completely before icing. I used Pillsbury™ Funfetti icing for the top.

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These cupcakes were so much fun for to make and enjoy as a family. We plan to deliver them to neighbors in the next few days in hopes to brighten their day.

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Want to know something else sweet? You can SAVE more on Pillsbury™ baking products with Ibotta. You should definitely grab it, and if you haven’t used Ibotta yet, you’ll definitely want to check it out. It’s a great way to save more money on some of your favorite products like Pillsbury™.

If you enjoyed this idea for how to mix up a simple and easy recipe, be sure to also check out how I used Pillsbury’s™ strawberry cake mix for this Strawberry trifle!  Discover more ways to #MixUpAMoment on the Pillsbury Mix Up A Moment Pinterest Page. There’s lots of sweet recipes you will want to check out!

 

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