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Garden-Fresh Grilling: A Fresh Take On Outdoor Cooking

Spring is in full swing, and for many of us, that means it’s time to dust off the gardening gloves and fire up the grill. Whether you have acres of backyard space or a cozy apartment balcony, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of growing your own fresh produce and then combining it with chicken to grill up delicious meals. 

Read on to learn how you can marry the joys of spring gardening with the art of grilling to create mouthwatering dishes that celebrate spring.

From The Garden To The Grill

Looking to enhance your grilled chicken dishes with garden-fresh produce? Look no further! There are plenty of vegetables that not only pair perfectly with chicken on the grill but are also easy to grow. 

Consider adding tomatoes to your garden; these juicy gems complement the many chicken dishes and burst with flavor on the grill. Imagine the deliciousness of a garlic tomato basil chicken, with just a handful of ingredients straight from your garden. 

Zucchini is another excellent option for your garden, and it’s a top pick for grilling due to its simplicity. Create delightful kabobs with grilled zucchini and chicken for a tasty meal. 

Peppers are another must-have for your garden; they thrive in sunny, well-drained conditions and add a pop of flavor and color to grilled chicken. Check out this list of garden-friendly vegetables and herbs perfect for pairing with grilled chicken:

  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Cilantro

Incorporating these fresh ingredients into your garden and grilling routine will elevate your dishes to new heights of flavor and freshness. And best of all, you can grow them all from pots or planter boxes.

Garden and Grilling Possibilities

Explore the endless possibilities for your summer grilling menu with your freshly harvested produce. Consider tossing freshly harvested tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil together for a refreshing summer salad topped with chicken, or grilling up some vibrant bell peppers and zucchini and chicken for flavorful kabobs. You can even incorporate garden-fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme into marinades or rubs to elevate the flavor of your grilled dishes. 

Grilling and gardening season is almost here! Embrace the joy of cultivation and savor the fruits of your labor as you gather around the grill with friends and family to celebrate the abundance of spring.

Just Bare Celebrates National Nutrition Month!

In honor of National Nutrition Month, we’re focusing on a healthy dietary lifestyle and making nutritious food choices. National Nutrition Month celebrates the importance of eating healthy foods as well as highlighting the power of protein and its nutritional benefits. 

Protein is important to include in every meal and March is a great month to start.

Harvard T.H. Chan – School of Public Health’s The Nutrition Source states that

“Protein is a key part of any diet. The average person needs about 7 grams of protein every day for every 20 pounds of body weight.”

Protein also provides building blocks for enzymes, hormones, and vitamins. Incorporating protein in daily meals not only benefits your physical health, but also your overall wellbeing. 

Just Bare provides many easy and delicious, high-protein meals that can contribute to a protein-rich diet to help families stay healthy and happy through the month of March and the 2024 year. Just Bare offers many different chicken products including fresh and frozen options. In addition to the many fine products, we also have a cache of amazing recipes to help you find flavors that match your family’s palate, including the Indian Inspired Dry Rubbed Kabobs. This recipe includes the key nutrients for a healthy and delicious meal. The Indian Inspired Dry Rubbed Kabobs include chicken from Just Bare® Chicken Thighs with vegetables prepared on wood or metal skewers, with a side of rice and beans. A great meal option to make for National Nutrition Month.

For more healthy meal options that feature protein, check out Just Bare ‘s recipes for any meal of the day. We hope that you will choose healthy options – like protein and fresh veggies in your meal plans for National Nutrition Month and beyond!

Reduce Food Waste

In the culinary world, there’s a term that professionals use – dovetailing. It means making the most of every ingredient, eliminating food waste, and creating multiple meals from one product source. We’re here to introduce you to this ingenious concept with a delicious twist – Roast Chicken Dinner that becomes your new favorite Roast Chicken Noodle Soup!

It all begins with a whole chicken. Imagine a romantic date night with a beautifully roasted chicken as the centerpiece. After indulging in a fantastic meal, there’s often some chicken left, ready for a second act. But instead of merely reheating, we’re taking it up a notch.

The remaining chicken, gently pulled from the bones, becomes the star ingredient for a rich and flavorful chicken soup made from bone stock. This is where the magic happens. Those chicken bones that might have ended up in the trash are now transformed into liquid gold that can be used in countless recipes – soups, risottos, or sauces.

So, you get a memorable date night and a bonus – a homemade, golden-hued chicken stock, all while being a savvy chef who reduces food waste. It’s a win-win for your family’s taste buds and the environment.

Click below for the double-duty recipe that will guide you through this dovetailing process and make your date night truly special. Let’s savor every moment, and every delicious drop.

Roast Spatchcocked Chicken with Herb Spice Rub

Homemade Chicken Soup from Roasted Chicken

Embrace Healthier Eating Habits with Chicken

As we step into the New Year, prioritizing our health is a wise resolution. For January, we’re wholeheartedly embracing “Healthier Eating Habits,” and we’re excited to show you how chicken can be a delicious and nutritious part of this journey.

Chicken, especially lean cuts, is a fantastic choice for those looking to enhance their lifestyle with healthier food choices. Its low-fat content and versatility make it a go-to option for balanced eating. Whether grilled, baked, or pan-seared, chicken can be prepared with minimal oil, making it a heart-healthy favorite.

To sweeten the deal, we’ve picked out three of our favorite chicken recipes that align perfectly with your health goals:

Fragrant Orange Chicken in Parchment: This recipe infuses the essence of oranges into tender chicken, creating a delightful, low-fat dish that’s bursting with flavor.

Chili Pumpkin Seed Roasted Chicken Tenders: A spicy twist on roasted chicken tenders, this recipe adds a kick to your taste buds, and it’s surprisingly low in fat.

Mediterranean Hasselback Chicken: Mediterranean flavors shine in this dish, featuring a blend of herbs and spices that enhance the natural goodness of chicken.

Anytime you embark on dietary changes or exercise routine modifications, it’s a good idea to consult a professional. Here to talk about the benefits of lean protein as part of a healthy diet is Just Bare Chicken’s Nutritionist, Katie Cheek.

“New Year’s resolutions are often accompanied by overly restrictive diets that don’t last more than a few months. Hey, it’s happened to all of us! This year, instead of following a trendy diet, try building small, sustainable habits that will last. For example, cook with a different colored vegetable once a week and pair it with protein like chicken breast to help you stay full and meet your daily nutrient needs. Remember slow and steady wins the race!”

Stay tuned for more tips, recipes, and expert guidance that will empower you to make health-conscious choices while savoring every bite. Let’s make 2024 a year of nourishing, delicious experiences!

Try New Flavors!

A brand-new year calls for exciting adventures in your kitchen, and we’re here to challenge you with our resolution – “Try New Flavors.” Are you ready to embark on a flavor-packed journey with chicken as your trusty sidekick?

We invite you to step out of your culinary comfort zone and experiment with captivating flavor profiles. Don’t worry; you don’t have to start from scratch. Our recipe archives are brimming with ideas to inspire your taste buds. Try different chicken marinades and seasonings that will redefine your cooking experience.

Turmeric Curry Chicken: A rich and aromatic dish that will transport your taste buds to the heart of India.

Chicken Pomegranate Tagine: An exotic blend of sweet and savory that’s a delightful twist on traditional chicken dishes.

Tunisian Chicken Couscous with Green Harissa: Experience the fiery flavors of North Africa with this zesty dish.

So, gather your ingredients, don your apron, and let’s get creative! Share your flavor discoveries with us, and together, we’ll spice up your cooking routine in the most delicious way.

Stay tuned for more recipes and tips to make your flavor experiments a success. Bon appétit!

Cook More at Home

The New Year has arrived, and it’s the perfect time to embrace fresh beginnings. Let’s kick off 2023 with resolutions that we can all stick to – starting with a commitment to “Cook More at Home.” And guess what? It’s not just for the grown-ups! Moms and dads shouldn’t be the only ones responsible for preparing family meals. Let’s get the whole household involved in the kitchen!

We understand that cooking may seem a bit intimidating, especially if you’re new to it. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. To get things rolling, we’re here to share three fantastic recipes from our archives that are perfect for budding teen chefs or anyone looking to cook more at home. These recipes are not only easy to make but also incredibly delicious. They are your secret weapons to transforming your teens into confident young cooks.

Barbecue Chicken Wraps: A flavorful twist on classic chicken wraps that your teens will love to assemble.

Chicken Cordon Bleu with Dijon Cream Sauce: An elegant dish that’s simpler to make than it looks, perfect for your aspiring chefs.

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breasts with Rosemary Potato Chips: A crispy, savory delight that’s sure to be a family favorite.

So, let’s make a pact this New Year – encourage our “roommates” to help us get dinner on the table. Stay tuned for more resolutions and delightful recipes to come!

Embrace Autumn Flavors: 5 Tips and Tricks for Seasonal Cooking with Just Bare® Chicken 

Crisp autumn air, vibrant foliage, and an abundance of bountiful produce signal the arrival of everyone’s favorite time of year for flavor pairings and culinary experimentation. Fall is the perfect season to explore the rich and comforting flavors that elevate our favorite dishes. In this article, we will dive into the world of autumn cooking and provide you with tips and tricks to make the most of this delightful time of year. And what better way to celebrate the flavors of fall than by featuring Just Bare Chicken, a versatile and high-quality protein source that can be the star of any autumn-inspired recipe? Let’s get started!

1. Embrace Seasonal Produce:

Autumn brings a cornucopia of fresh produce that can enhance the flavors of your dishes. Consider incorporating farmer’s market finds like butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and apples into your recipes. These ingredients not only add a delightful sweetness but also pair perfectly with Just Bare Chicken. Roast them alongside chicken thighs or toss them in a hearty salad with grilled chicken breasts for a wholesome autumn meal.

2. Warm and Hearty Soups:

As the weather cools down, nothing beats a comforting bowl of soup. Try Just Bare Chicken Drumsticks to create nourishing broths and stews. Simmer chicken drumsticks with aromatic herbs and spices and add seasonal vegetables for a soul-soothing soup that will warm you from the inside out. Whether it’s a classic chicken noodle soup or a hearty chicken and vegetable chowder, the options are endless.

3. Cozy Roasts:

Autumn cooking calls for cozy and aromatic roasts that fill your home with inviting scents. Just Bare Young Whole Chickens are perfect for creating a centerpiece dish that brings warmth and comfort to the table. Rub the chicken with a blend of seasonal herbs and spices then roast it to perfection. The result is a succulent and tender main course that pairs beautifully with roasted vegetables or a side of creamy mashed potatoes.

4. Flavorful Marinades:

Marinating chicken is a fantastic way to infuse it with bold flavors. Use Just Bare Chicken Thighs or Whole Wings and experiment with autumn-inspired marinades. Consider combinations like maple syrup and Dijon mustard or apple cider vinegar and rosemary. Let the chicken marinate for a few hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld together, and then grill or bake it for a deliciously caramelized exterior and juicy interior.

5. Savory One-Pot Meals:

Autumn is a busy season, and one-pot meals are a lifesaver when it comes to convenience and cleanup. Utilize Just Bare Chicken Drumsticks or Tenders in dishes like chicken and rice casseroles, creamy chicken pasta, or hearty chicken chili. These comforting meals allow you to incorporate seasonal ingredients while minimizing prep and cooking time- when your schedule is at its busiest.

As autumn brings a symphony of flavors and colors, it’s the perfect time to experiment with new recipes and celebrate the fun of seasonal cooking. With Just Bare Chicken as the star ingredient, you can create a myriad of dishes that embrace the essence of fall. From roasted chicken to cozy soups and flavorful marinades, there are endless possibilities to explore. So, head to your kitchen, embrace the crisp autumn air, and let Just Bare Chicken take your autumn cooking to new heights of flavor and satisfaction.

The Spice Trade

Today, we are fortunate to have these spices readily available, allowing us to embark on our own culinary adventures in the comfort of our homes. So, fire up the grill, embrace the flavors, and let the spice trade transport you to distant lands with each tantalizing bite. Spices have a remarkable ability to transport us to different corners of the world with just one bite. They’ve shaped cultures, influenced cuisines, and ignited a global desire for exotic flavors. Join us on a flavorful journey as we explore three tantalizing recipes, each showcasing the vibrant spices and culinary traditions of their respective regions.

These recipes not only showcase the tantalizing flavors of their respective regions but also offer a glimpse into the rich history of the spice trade. Centuries ago, traders embarked on perilous journeys to bring these precious spices from distant lands to our tables. They traveled across treacherous seas, traversed unforgiving deserts, and navigated mountainous terrains, all in pursuit of these prized ingredients. Spices like Chinese five spice powder, tandoori masala, and the spices of Morocco were once rare and valuable commodities, sought after by empires and coveted by cooks.

First stop, China! Char Siu Grilled Chicken Thighs will satisfy your cravings for Chinese barbecue. Succulent Just Bare Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs are marinated in a tantalizing blend of hoisin sauce, soy sauce, honey, and aromatic spices. The star of the show is the Chinese five spice powder, a fragrant combination of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan peppercorns, and fennel seeds. This spice blend is the embodiment of balance, with its warm, sweet, and slightly numbing flavors. As the chicken thighs grill to perfection, they take on a tantalizing char and caramelized exterior, creating a harmonious blend of sweet and savory that will transport you to the bustling streets of Beijing.

Next, we venture to India, where tandoori chicken reigns supreme. Grilled Tandoori Chicken with Fragrant Turmeric Rice and Creamy Raita is a feast for the senses. The Just Bare Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts are bathed in a vibrant marinade of yogurt, tandoori masala spice blend, lemon juice, and a medley of spices. Cumin, coriander, paprika, and turmeric bring depth and complexity to the dish. Turmeric rice, with its sunny yellow hue and earthy flavor, provides the perfect canvas for the aromatic tandoori chicken. And let’s not forget the cooling raita, a creamy concoction of yogurt, grated cucumber, fresh cilantro, mint, and cumin powder. Its refreshing qualities balance the bold flavors of the chicken, creating a harmonious symphony of tastes that will transport you to the bustling streets of Mumbai.

Our final destination takes us to the vibrant markets of Morocco. Grilled Moroccan Chicken Skewers with Turmeric Rice and Tzatziki will transport you to the bustling souks and enchanting riads. These Just Bare Boneless, Skinless Chicken Tenders skewers are marinated in a tantalizing blend of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, and turmeric. The spices of Morocco, with their warm and aromatic profiles, create a mesmerizing flavor profile that will leave you longing for more. Turmeric rice, with its golden hue and gentle earthy notes, perfectly complements the bold flavors of the chicken. And to bring a touch of Mediterranean influence, a dollop of tzatziki sauce, made with Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, mint, and dill, provides a refreshing and cooling element to the dish.

The Flavors of Europe: A Mediterranean Exploration of Flavor

Europe is a continent brimming with culinary treasures. But delve even closer to the Mediterranean region and a rich tapestry of flavors that have captivated food lovers for centuries stands out from the continent. Here, we embark on a delectable journey through the Mediterranean, highlighting three delightful recipes that showcase the diverse and captivating tastes of Europe. Each recipe holds a fascinating origin story, reflecting the creativity, cultural influences, and unique culinary traditions of their respective regions. So, let's jump into the tantalizing world of Southern European cuisine!

Crispy Chicken Niçoise Salad

Get ready for a refreshing and satisfying salad that celebrates the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean. We've replaced the classic tuna with Just BareⓇ Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Filets, perfectly complementing the hard-boiled egg, crunchy green beans, juicy grape tomatoes, briny olives, and a simple Dijon vinaigrette that ties it all together. This variation of the traditional Niçoise Salad originated in Nice, France, a coastal city known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant cuisine. The addition of crispy chicken breast filets adds a delightful twist, providing a crunchy texture and savory flavor.

Osso Bucco

Originating from Italy, Osso Bucco is a classic dish that traditionally features veal shanks braised to perfection. However, a twist on this Italian favorite introduces tender Just BareⓇ Chicken Drumsticks as an alternative. With its origins in Milan, Osso Bucco is said to have been created by a legendary chef named Salvatore Radicchio. The dish showcases a special cooking technique where the meat is slowly braised with vegetables, white wine, and broth until it becomes tender and flavorful. The result is a rich and succulent dish that embodies the essence of Italian comfort food. Milan, known as the fashion capital of the world, also boasts a rich culinary heritage.

Crispy Baked Chicken Strips with Tomato Bruschetta and Balsamic Glaze

This everyday favorite offers a playful twist on the classic Italian bruschetta. Originating from the picturesque country of Italy, bruschetta is a beloved dish that traces its roots back to ancient Rome. In its original form, bruschetta consisted of toasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes, aromatic basil leaves, and a drizzle of local olive oil. It served as a humble peasant's meal, using simple ingredients to celebrate the bountiful flavors of the Mediterranean. 

This modern adaptation replaces the traditional bread with Just BareⓇ Lightly Breaded Chicken Strips, adding a satisfying crunch and a protein-packed twist to the dish. The tomato bruschetta takes center stage, allowing the flavors to meld and intensify, highlighting the innate sweetness of the tomatoes. The chicken strips, baked to crispy perfection, provide a delightful contrast of textures and flavors that elevates this appetizer to new heights of culinary enjoyment.

The flavors of Europe transport us on a culinary adventure, embracing the diverse tastes and cultural influences that define this captivating region. From the refreshing Crispy Chicken Niçoise Salad, inspired by the sunny shores of Nice, to the heartwarming Osso Bucco from the culinary capital of Milan, and the delightful Crispy Baked Chicken Strips with Tomato Bruschetta and Balsamic Glaze, these recipes encapsulate the essence of their respective regions. As we savor these dishes, let us appreciate the creativity and passion that have shaped Europe's vibrant culinary landscape, allowing us to experience a melting pot of flavors in the comfort of our own kitchens.

7 Tips for Creating the Perfect Bento Box Lunch

  1. Start with a Balanced Base: To pack the perfect bento box lunch, always start with a balanced base. Use a combination of grains or carbohydrates like rice or quinoa, to provide energy throughout the day. Add a healthy dose of vegetables, like steamed broccoli or colorful bell peppers to ensure your kids are getting their daily nutrients.
  1. Pump up the Protein: The star of your bento box will be a great source of protein to keep your kids’ full until snack time. With at least 16g of protein per serving, Just Bare Lightly Breaded Chicken Bites, Strips and Fillets are the perfect protein-packed addition that’s both tasty and nutritious. Plus, they’re made with all-natural ingredients, making them a wholesome choice for busy moms.
  1. Keep It Colorful: A visually appealing lunch encourages kids to eat healthily. Use a mix of colorful fruits and veggies like cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, or sliced strawberries. Adding these pops of color will make your bento box more enticing and enjoyable!
  1. Include a Fun Dip or Sauce: Kids love dipping their food and adding their favorite flavors to mealtime. Try to include a small container to pair fruits, veggies, and Just Bare Lightly Breaded Chicken with their favorite sauce or dip. As an added bonus – make your dips homemade to keep things extra fresh!
  1. Don’t Forget the Snacks: A well-rounded bento box should include a small snack to help curb afternoon cravings. Try adding a handful of trail mix, a few pretzels, or a small granola bar for a little extra treat.
  1. Get Creative with Shapes and Sizes: Turn lunchtime into a fun and interactive experience by using cookie cutters or small molds to create fun shapes with your ingredients. This creative touch will make your child’s lunchtime exciting and memorable.
  2. Prepare the Night Before: Start your morning off right by prepping your fresh ingredients, dips and sauces the night before. Just prepare your Just Bare Chicken while you’re sipping your morning coffee with a quick run of the air fryer. Voilà – the kids are off to school!

A well-rounded, colorful, and fun bento box lunch featuring Just Bare Chicken is a surefire way to encourage healthy eating habits and keep your kids satisfied throughout the day. With these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to creating the perfect bento box lunch for your child. Top it all off with a love note to your sweet sidekick and they are sure to thrive through the school day!