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Feeding a family of 5 on 1 income without breaking the bank can be tricky. One of the things we do is buy a lot of our foods in bulk. Snacks, juice, you name it....If you can get a super-sized package, we do. However, heading out to the warehouse clubs can be a major pain at times, and you really need to compare prices to make sure you're actually getting a good deal. Not all warehouse club buys are as good as they seem, so it can be a full time job comparing circulars and making several trips to different stores to take advantage of savings. I don't know about you, but I don't always have time for that!
Recently, I had the pleasure of trying the delicious, boneless, skinless chicken breasts from Zaycon Foods. This is an entirely different shopping experience. Zaycon Foods can be ordered online, and all products are picked up at Zaycon Foods events. These are held in several different states, and usually take place in parking lots. The delivery drivers set up shop right there, with all orders ready to go. You simply drive up with your order receipt in hand, and BOOM! Your food is loaded into the trunk. Easy, peasy, right?
The best part? Zaycon Foods only deliver farm-fresh meats that have never been frozen. That's right....Farm. Fresh. That's not something you will find at the grocery store, and the difference in quality is amazing. These chicken breasts are big, juicy, and flavorful without any icky additives or preservatives. Here is how Zaycon Foods can help save your family some serious money:
Zaycon Foods is most famous for their Chicken Breast events, but they also carry other products such as ribs, ham and bacon, ground beef, even sausages and franks. (Perfect for grilling season, which isn't too far away! Heck, in my house, we have already started grilling!) Generally, events are for one type of food. For example, f you order a case of chicken and a case of franks, you will have to pick up at 2 different events. The savings and quality definitely make it worth the trip, though!
Recently, we picked up 2 40lb cases of boneless skinless chicken breast at the Akron, OH Chicken event. This was located in a church parking lot, and was very easy to find. When we arrived, the drivers were already there and ready to distribute orders. It was cold, it was rainy, and it was miserable. However, you'd never know it when talking with the Zaycon staff. They were bright and cheery, and you could tell they truly enjoyed their jobs. It was very refreshing!
Our chicken came packaged in durable cardboard boxes. Once we got home, we trimmed and bagged our chicken, and stuck it in the freezer. Have you ever seen 80lbs of chicken breast? Check it out below. These 2 shelves are jam-packed with nothing but chicken. It's a very tight fit, and these shelves are large and deep. I was actually pretty shocked that Dan was able to fit all 80lbs of meat into our freezer. He is a master at "Freezer Tetris", though, so I suppose I shouldn't have been at all surprised by his mad skills.
I couldn't wait to start cooking our fresh chicken breast from Zaycon Foods. We have bought their chicken several times, and the quality is always consistently amazing. The breasts are plump, juicy, wonderfully fresh, and about the size of my head. Seriously, folks. 2 breast halves will feed my family of 5 and then some. So the 2 40lb cases we got? Well, that will last us for months! Talk about a stellar value!
Lately, I have been on a global cuisine kick. I love experimenting with bold, vibrant flavors and different cooking methods. I decided I was in the mood for a nice, Chicken Curry. I wanted to create a recipe that would satisfy my craving, but be kid-friendly, too. (If you're not familiar with Indian food, many curries are super-spicy.)
After playing around with seasonings a bit, I hit the flavor jackpot. This dish is decadent, flavorful., and mild enough the the kiddos will be licking their plates clean. Yep. I think it's safe to say I won Mom of the Year Award for this meal! The best part? This dish is done in well under an hour. 30 minutes if you're a whiz in the kitchen. This would make a fabulous weeknight meal!
Let me walk you through the preparation of this Indian-inspired dinner. Don't worry, I will include a full list of ingredients and instructions at the bottom of the post. I know that some people, like me, benefit from seeing the visuals, and I aim to please.
My Maple Chicken Curry is incredibly simple to make, and chances are, you already have most of the ingredients. All you need is a pound or so of Zaycon chicken breasts, some assorted bell peppers, a little frozen spinach, plain yogurt, curry, tandoori masala, garlic, ginger, sugar, salt and pepper, butter, and the secret ingredient, maple syrup. (I know. It sounds weird. Trust me here.)
Heat some olive oil and butter in a deep skillet or wok. Then, add your chicken. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and about 1 tablespoon each of the curry and the tandoori masala. Allow this to cook on medium/high heat until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear. This should take about 5 minutes. Once your chicken is done, set it aside. Don't worry, you'll get back to it in just a few minutes.
Add your garlic and chopped bell peppers to the same skillet you cooked the chicken in. Add a little more oil if you need to. Stir-fry your peppers unti;l the skin starts to blister and the meat of the peppers is nice and tender. Your house should smell absolutely amazing by now, so resist the urge to devour these beautifully sauteed veggies.
Once the peppers are done, toss that chicken back into the pan and stir to combine. Season with another tablespoon of curry. Also, add a teaspoon of ginger paste. Yes, this sounds like a LOT of spice, but it truly isn't spicy. We're about to tone down the heat in just a minute. Now, sprinkle about a tablespoon of sugar onto the mixture, and add 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired.
Next, add 1/2 cup cream and 1/2 cup plain yogurt, stirring constantly. You want to make sure this is well incorporated together, since you don't want the yogurt or cream to curdle. Add some frozen spinach to the mix and stir to incorporate it. (This is a great way to get stubborn littles to eat their veggies, by the way!) Also, add a little pat of butter if you'd like, since it really does add a nice richness to the sauce.
Allow this mixture to simmer for a few minutes. If the sauce is too thin for your liking, simply thicken it up with a simple cornstarch slurry.
I like to serve my Maple Chicken Curry on a bed of fresh, hot rice. If you're truly wanting an authentic, Indian experience, I would recommend Basmati rice. Plain old white rice will do just fine, too.
I cannot even begin to tell you how quickly my family inhaled this dish. Even Sophie and Xander, who are super-picky eaters, gobbled this right up. The flavors were complex and interesting, and while it wasn't spicy, you could definitely enjoy the exotic curry flavor. The sauce is perfectly balanced, with the sweetness of the maple syrup and tanginess of the yogurt mingling beautifully with the bell peppers and savory spices. This curry dish is the perfect kid-friendly way to introduce your family to global foods! Give it a try and let me know how your family liked it!
Brandy's Kid-Friendly Maple Chicken Curry :
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud Mom of 3 amazing kids. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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