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Easy Meal Planning

By Newleaf Staff on Sep 15, 2015 9:00 AM

On those busy school nights when making a complex dinner isn't an option, New Leaf is there to help with simple recipes, healthy to-go meal options, and quality ingredients you can trust. This week's blog has 3 easy meal planning recipes and pairings for the busy family on the go!

Easy: Southwestern Tortilla Soup

Serve up a zesty combination of Southwestern flavors in our easy to make tortilla soup. Just combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, head out the door and delicious food will be ready for you when you return. 

1 container (32 oz.) Cadia® Organic Low Sodium Free-Range Chicken Broth
4 cups no-salt added tomato juice
1 pound finely diced organic Smart Chicken
1 can (28 oz.) Cadia® Organic Diced Tomatoes, undrained
1 can (15 oz.) Cadia® Organic Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 oz.) Cadia® Organic Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 oz.) Cadia® Organic Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 oz.) Cadia® Organic Sweet Corn, drained
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilies
1/2 tsp. dried, crushed oregano
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp.  ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup Organic Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese
Cadia® Organic White Corn Tortilla Chips

In a slow cooker, combine broth, tomato juice, diced tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, great northern beans, sweet corn and diced green chilies. Stir in oregano, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, pepper and cilantro. Cover and simmer on low for 7 to 8 hours. Ladle into bowls, garnish with fresh cilantro, tortilla chips, and top with cheese, add avocado if desired.

Pairing: Goes well with a rich, red wine such as the Hey Mambo Sultry Red Wine, on sale in September.

Easier: Grilled Chicken Tenders With Pesto

Although this very simple recipe can be jazzed up by making your own pesto, prepared pesto will work just as well. This dish is great as passed hors d’oeuvres or as a main dish. Be sure to soak skewers in water for 20 minutes before use to keep them from burning on the grill.

1 pound Smart Chicken tenders
6 ounces fresh or prepared basil pesto
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper
10-inch bamboo skewers

Preheat grill and oven to 400°F. (Chicken will be grilled, then finished in the oven. Drizzle chicken tenders with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Skewer the chicken tenders lengthwise. There should be 5 inches to 6 inches of bamboo skewer to use as a handle.

Place chicken on the center of grill with the skewers pointed to the outside. Grill over high heat for approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side, until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F. Arrange chicken skewers onto a baking sheet or oven-safe platter. Brush the chicken with pesto sauce and then top with parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven for about 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Pairing: Goes best with a fruity white wine such as a Viognier, try The White Knight Viognier by The Other Guys, on sale in September.

Easiest: Coastal Chicken

Want a quick home-cooked meal without actually having to cook anything? Pick up a delicious rotisserie chicken from New Leaf’s Deli. Spiced and cooked to perfection, it’s the easiest meal that the whole family can enjoy. Pair with our famous New Leaf’s Own Coastal Kale Salad and New Leaf’s Own Tempe Noodle Salad for a full meal.

Pairing: Keeping it local, of course, we suggest a light and fruity Pinot Noir, try our New Leaf’s Own Pinot Noir from Alfaro Family Winery in Corralitos, CA.

Bonus! After you’ve picked off all of the meat, place the carcass in a pot with some water and boil for your own chicken stock. 

Put the leftover bones and skin from a chicken carcass into a large stock pot, cover with cold water and add onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to bring the stock to barely a simmer. Simmer uncovered at least 4 hours, occasionally skimming off the foam that comes to the surface. Remove the bones and strain the stock. Let cool, then refrigerate or freeze for later use. 



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