Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Presto Pesto Panko Chicken with a Green Salad and Roasted Potatoes and "Hello Fresh" Final Installment


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A SHEET PAN meal that both easy and quick to make for a weeknight meal that on the table in under 45 minutes!  Presto Pesto Panko Chicken with a Green Salad and Roasted Potatoes - Slice of Southern

It's hump day, and I'm posting the last installment of my Hello Fresh food delivery service series.

Another weekday meal is on the agenda for today and I dare say this was the easiest one to make.  I previously shared the Pineapple Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Jasmine Rice and the Lean Green Steak Machine with a Mint Chive Dressing and Veggie Succotash.  Both meals were tasty and simple to make.


A SHEET PAN meal that both easy and quick to make for a weeknight meal that on the table in under 45 minutes!  Presto Pesto Panko Chicken with a Green Salad and Roasted Potatoes - Slice of Southern

A SHEET PAN meal that both easy and quick to make for a weeknight meal that on the table in under 45 minutes!  Presto Pesto Panko Chicken with a Green Salad and Roasted Potatoes - Slice of Southern

Today's recipe is Presto Pesto Panko Chicken with a Green Salad and Roasted Potatoes.  As I said this was the easiest of the three to make as both the chicken and potatoes are baked in the oven.  So I took the liberty and turned this in to a "sheet pan" dish!  That made it even easier!! Don't you love that?  Both the chicken and the potatoes bake in the oven at the same temperature and for the same length of time, so why not?  Less dishes to clean, and in my book that is a bonus!


A SHEET PAN meal that both easy and quick to make for a weeknight meal that on the table in under 45 minutes!  Presto Pesto Panko Chicken with a Green Salad and Roasted Potatoes - Slice of Southern

The flavors of this were not quite as bold but this is a good solid dish to have in your repertoire when you need a quick meal that is quick and easy to put together.  The pesto gives the chicken flavor, while the panko crust creates a crunchy texture.  Paired with roasted potatoes (who doesn't love those?) and a simple salad and you have a weeknight wonder!

So let's talk about Hello Fresh food delivery subscription service. The Pros: The delivery service easy and convenient, and there is a variety of meal choices.  The produce was very fresh and I love that the meat is shrink wrapped.  


A SHEET PAN meal that both easy and quick to make for a weeknight meal that on the table in under 45 minutes!  Presto Pesto Panko Chicken with a Green Salad and Roasted Potatoes - Slice of Southern

The cons:  The portion size seemed to be a little small for us.  MGG is tall and slim but has a big appetite and I found that the meat potions were leaving him wanting more.  So I would say that should be a consideration.  Remember when you choose a two person meal there are no leftovers!


A SHEET PAN meal that both easy and quick to make for a weeknight meal that on the table in under 45 minutes!  Presto Pesto Panko Chicken with a Green Salad and Roasted Potatoes - Slice of Southern

Overall, being a blogger it's hard to stick to a pre-determined meal schedule.  Plus we blog about what we eat, so my blogging would mainly include their recipes instead of the ones I create or choose.  I think that a new cook would enjoy the ease and instructions.  I also think that you pay for the convenience of someone shopping for you. If you don't like to shop, it's perfect!  

Enjoy this most recent Hello Fresh recipe!    






Presto Pesto Panko Chicken with a Green Salad and Roasted Potatoes

12 oz Yukon potatoes
12 oz chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1/2 cup panko
2 Tbls fresh pesto
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 oz arugula
1 lemon
5 Tbls olive oil
salt and pepper

Wash and dry all produce. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut potatoes into ½-inch cubes.

Toss potatoes on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.   In a small bowl, combine panko, mozzarella, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Place chicken breasts on the same baking sheet. Brush 2 TBSP pesto onto tops. Press crust mixture into pesto to adhere. Roast in oven until chicken is no longer pink in center, about 20-25 minutes, tossing the potatoes halfway through

Halve lemon. In a large bowl, toss together arugula, a squeeze of lemon, and a large drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide potatoes and chicken between plates. Serve with salad on the side.

source:  Hello Fresh food delivery subscription service


A SHEET PAN meal that both easy and quick to make for a weeknight meal that on the table in under 45 minutes!  Presto Pesto Panko Chicken with a Green Salad and Roasted Potatoes - Slice of Southern

A SHEET PAN meal that both easy and quick to make for a weeknight meal that on the table in under 45 minutes!  Presto Pesto Panko Chicken with a Green Salad and Roasted Potatoes - Slice of Southern






Monday, July 17, 2017

Lean Green Steak Machine with a Mint Chive Dressing and Veggie Succotash and "Hello Fresh" #2


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Lean Green Steak Machine with a Mint Chive Dressing and Veggie Succotash.  This one just screams fresh and seasonal...a fantastic alfresco meal! - Slice of Southern

Hey there!

We're off and running with the start of another week.  Last week I talked about Hello Fresh, a food delivery service that I subscribed to, which satisfied my curiosity with all these subscription box services out there.  I showed you the first recipe I made, Pineapple Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Jasmine Rice which we really enjoyed and plan to make again, possibly with chicken this time!  (You can read more about Hello Fresh's packaging here.)


Hello Fresh Food Delivery Review and Recipe - Slice of Southern

Hello Fresh Food Delivery Review and Recipe - Slice of Southern

Hello Fresh Food Delivery Review and Recipe - Slice of Southern

Today I want to show you my favorite meal of the bunch, Lean Green Steak Machine with a Mint Chive Dressing and Veggie Succotash.  This one just screams fresh and seasonal...a fantastic alfresco meal!  Plus it's beef, and you know I love a good steak!

Hello Fresh described this as "decadent, mouthwatering juiciness of a nice piece of beef, but with seasonal veggies to balance it out and an herb pesto to keep things breezy—just the thing to eat on the patio".  I have to agree with this description wholeheartedly.  


Lean Green Steak Machine with a Mint Chive Dressing and Veggie Succotash.  This one just screams fresh and seasonal...a fantastic alfresco meal! - Slice of Southern


Lean Green Steak Machine with a Mint Chive Dressing and Veggie Succotash

Again, with this meal you get an easy to follow recipe instruction card with step by step pictures to help you along.  This was really easy to pull together and took about 30 minutes to cook plus prep time.  This is the perfect dish for a weeknight meal.


Hello Fresh Food Delivery Review and Recipe - Slice of Southern

Let's talk about flavor.  The steak came out nice and juicy.  We cooked to a medium doneness.  The steak was topped with a mint and chive dressing that gave the meat really good flavor.  The veggie succotash was crisp, and I love that it used seasonal fresh veggies.  Great meal!  Make sure to try this one, it's a summer must have!


Lean Green Steak Machine with a Mint Chive Dressing and Veggie Succotash.  This one just screams fresh and seasonal...a fantastic alfresco meal! - Slice of Southern

I have one more "Hello Fresh" dish to share with you, and will wrap up my review on this service as well with my overall thoughts.

Enjoy!




Lean Green Steak Machine with a Mint Chive Dressing and Veggie Succotash

serves 2


3/4 lb sirloin steak
1 red onion
4 oz peas (1/2 cup)
1 zucchini
6 oz asparagus 
1 1/2 tsp chives, minced, divided
1 1/2 tsp mint, chopped, divided
1 lemon
4 tsp olive oil
salt & pepper

Wash and dry all produce. Halve, peel, and dice onion. Cut zucchini into ½-inch cubes. Trim woody bottoms from asparagus, then cut into 1-inch pieces. Zest lemon until you have ½ tsp zest, then cut into halves. Mince half the chives. Pick half the mint leaves from stems and finely chop. TIP: Use the remaining herbs as a garnish, if desired.

In a small bowl, combine minced chives, chopped mint, a squeeze of lemon, a large drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Adjust to taste with more lemon, salt, and pepper.

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, 4-5 minutes. Toss in zucchini and cook until lightly browned and softened, 5-6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove pan from heat.

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in another large pan over medium-high heat. Pat steak dry with a paper towel, then season all over with salt and pepper. Add to pan and cook to desired doneness, 4-7 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside to rest.

Add peas and asparagus to pan with succotash. Return pan to stove over medium-high heat. Cook, tossing, until asparagus is tender, 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove pan from heat and stir in a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of lemon zest.

Thinly slice steak against the grain. Divide succotash between plates and top with steak. Drizzle with herb dressing. Garnish with remaining mint leaves and chives, if desired.

source:  Hello Fresh Food Delivery Meal Service 
Lean Green Steak Machine with a Mint Chive Dressing and Veggie Succotash.  This one just screams fresh and seasonal...a fantastic alfresco meal! - Slice of Southern

Lean Green Steak Machine with a Mint Chive Dressing and Veggie Succotash.  This one just screams fresh and seasonal...a fantastic alfresco meal! - Slice of Southern



Friday, July 14, 2017

Tropical Sunset Smoothie


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Take yourself virtually to the tropics with my Tropical Sunset Smoothie.  It's a perfectly refreshing drink made for hot summers. - Slice of Southern

Last year for our anniversary we took a wonderful trip to Hawaii.  I'm a beach lover at heart and love all the wonderful things that Hawaii has to offer such as tropical weather, hiking, flowers, beaches, and food.

More specifically I love all the tropical flavors you can get there but one of my all time favorite fruits is the pineapple.

Take yourself virtually to the tropics with my Tropical Sunset Smoothie.  It's a perfectly refreshing drink made for hot summers. - Slice of Southern

Since it's a hot, hot summer and I'm missing Hawaii I thought I would make a Tropical Sunset Smoothie to bring me back.  We had a smoothie bar in our resort and we loved to stop by there and grab a smoothie made with fresh fruit and sipping on it while watching the waves crash on the lava rocks.  

Take yourself virtually to the tropics with my Tropical Sunset Smoothie.  It's a perfectly refreshing drink made for hot summers. - Slice of Southern

This is my ode to Hawaii, made with juicy sweet pineapple, and plump strawberries which give it that sunset feel.  This Tropical Sunset Smoothie completely reminds me of Hawaii.  I can feel the trade winds blowing and total relaxation is not far away!

Take yourself virtually to the tropics with my Tropical Sunset Smoothie.  It's a perfectly refreshing drink made for hot summers. - Slice of Southern

Smoothies are simple to make.  All you need is a blender, (I use this one) fresh fruit, yogurt, and some ice.  Poof!  Take yourself virtually to the tropics with my Tropical Sunset Smoothie.  It's a perfectly refreshing drink made for hot summers.

Enjoy!






Tropical Sunset Smoothie

serves 2


1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
6 whole strawberries
6 oz light vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup pineapple juice
1 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.  Pour into glasses and serve with a straw.


Take yourself virtually to the tropics with my Tropical Sunset Smoothie.  It's a perfectly refreshing drink made for hot summers. - Slice of Southern

Take yourself virtually to the tropics with my Tropical Sunset Smoothie.  It's a perfectly refreshing drink made for hot summers. - Slice of Southern


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