Dinner is a challenge for us during the week. Heck, it can be a challenge anytime. But, with school, work, dance classes, Girl Scouts and the like, I need something that I can get on the table within 30 minutes from start to finish. This week’s #SundaySupper is all about quick and easy meals that sizzle!
Having a plan is the first step in making a dinner, especially a quick dinner, a success. Do you have all of the ingredients? Protein, veggie, starch… and how are you cooking them? What seasonings are you going to use? What is your prep going to be like?
Sometimes the prep takes as long as the actual cooking portion of a meal. You’ve got to drag out pans, ingredients, your spices, etc. Things need to be chopped, diced, preheated. It’s easy to lose valuable time. I often try to do as much a head as I can, but some days that just doesn’t happen. Enter Land O Lakes® and their new Sauté Express® Sauté Starters.
These are simply ingenious! You’ve got your fat, your herbs and your spices all in one convenient little package. You can use as few or as many of the prepackaged cubes as you need (I used 3 for the recipe below) and they come in a package of 6 cubes, so you will have at least enough in one box for 2 meals, maybe more!
Sauté Express® Sauté Starters are currently available in 4 great flavors and are very reasonably priced (they were $2.99 per package – again, you get 2 – 3 meals out of that).
Garlic & Herb, Italian Herb, Savory Butter & Olive Oil and Lemon Pepper
(I’ve got a coupon for a free package of your choice for one lucky reader to try! Just comment to enter!)
I’m sure at least one of those tickles your fancy… all four tickle mine. I can attest to the powerful flavor in these little packages. The Garlic & Herb had the perfect amount of garlic and made for a very savory dish that was quick and guilt free. One of my favorite things about the product (aside from ease of use and the incredible flavor) was that I could actual read, pronounce and understand all of the ingredients on the side of the package! That’s a big thing for me.
I like to know what’s in my food, don’t you?
I’m always straight with you guys, so while I love, love, love the Sauté Express® Sauté Starters, there were two things I’d like to see done differently/changed. First, these are ‘fat’ based, so they leave your hands a little icky if you can’t get them to release from the wrapper without touching them. Same as with butter. I’d love to see them explore some other package options to make it less necessary to actually touch the product. Second, I’d love to see a variety pack offered. How awesome would it be to pick up a pack of 3 cubes of two different flavors or some such combination. I would very much love to see that become a reality! (You guys could help a girl out here by sharing your enthusiasm for the variety pack idea by touching base with the lovely people at Land O Lakes®. I’ll help you out by sharing their contact info below!)
All-in-all, this is a fantastic product! I’m very much looking forward to using the Lemon Pepper on chicken to toss with pasta and maybe the Italian Herb on some breaded cutlets for some chicken sandwiches with yummy melting cheese!
And, now for what I made… this simple, though flavorful stir-fry is quick, healthy and sure to please. Serve it with the Almond Cilantro Rice as I did, or simply add your own favorite side!
- 3 cubes Garlic and Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starters, divided
- 1-1/2 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Cut Into Cubes
- 12 oz package ‘Fancy’ Green Beans, Thawed and Drained
- In a non-stick skillet, heat 2 cubes Garlic and Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starters over medium heat.
- Once bubbling, add chicken breast cubes and stir to coat. Increase heat to medium-high and cook chicken, stirring constantly, until the chicken is cooked through 7-10 minutes.
- Add the thawed, drained green beans and toss.
- Add the remaining cube of Garlic and Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starters to the pan.
- Continue to stir the mixture until the green beans are heated through, but remain crispy.
- 2 Cups Water
- 2 Cups Minute Instant Rice
- ¼ Sliced Almonds
- ¼ Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Stir in rice and almonds.
- Cover and remove from the heat.
- Allow to stand 5 minutes.
- Add cilantro and stir to incorporate.
- Serve immediately.
#SundaySupper has teamed up with Land O Lakes® to bring you simple weekday meals that sizzle all month long! We have a special Pinterest Board to showcase #WeekdaySupper with Sauté Express® Sauté Starter where we will feature a new recipe every day for the next month. Today, we get it started with a bang! Check out all of these easy weeknight meals from our #SundaySupper contributors…
Sauté Express® Chicken Recipes:
Chicken Florentine Pasta by Supper for a Steal
Creamy Lemon-Chicken w/ Artichokes by girlichef
Chicken Parm Tenders over Spinach & Orzo by Momma’s Meals
Sizzling Chicken and Green Bean Stir-Fry with Almond Cilantro Rice by Mama.Mommy.Mom
Garlic and Herb Chicken Fettuccine by in the Kitchen with KP
Italian Chicken Pasta Wrap by Big Bears Wife
Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Chicken & Mushrooms by The Messy Baker
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas by That Skinny Chick can bake
Shells with Chicken and Pancetta by The Foodie Army Wife
Capellini Pomodoro with Italian Herb Chicken by Mom’s Test Kitchen
Garlic and Herb Chicken Pasta Toss by Ruffles & Truffles
Sauté Express® Fish and Seafood Recipes:
Easy Italian Herb Shrimp Pilaf by Daily Dish Recipes
Crabmeat stuffed Flounder Roulades by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Cod Fillet with Lemon Pepper Ginger Sauce by Kimchi Mom
Herb Lemon Butter Tilapia with Sauted Veggies by Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends
Blackened Tilapia Po’ Boys by Juanita’s Cocina
Tomato-Basil Shrimp with Orzo and Feta by The Weekend Gourmet
Sauté Express® Ham and Pork Recipes:
Ham and Vegetable Frittata by Magnolia Days
Savory Butter and Olive Oil Pork Chops by In the Kitchen with Audrey
Skillet Lemon Pepper Pork and Orzo by Family Foodie
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Disclosure: The author received a full-value coupon redeemable for Sauté Express® Sauté Starter for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.