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Good Bite Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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This chicken, sausage, and shrimp jambalaya is one of my family's favorites. When it's cooked "low and slow" in the slow cooker, the chicken is especially tender and delicious.
You'll want to prep and get this recipe going in the morning—the jambalaya needs four to six hours of cooking time on the slow cooker’s high setting, or six to eight hours if cooked on low. Serves 4 to 6.
Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sausage, season to taste with salt and black pepper, and cook, turning once, until browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken and sausage to a slow cooker, reserving the oil in the pan.
Add the celery, bell pepper, onion, and garlic to the pan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the vegetables are softened and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Transfer the vegetables to the slow cooker. Add the broth, crushed tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and Tabasco sauce. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for 4 to 6 hours.
Once the jambalaya is cooked, turn off the slow cooker and skim away any excess oil on the surface. Add the shrimp and stir until pink, 3 to 5 minutes. (The residual heat from the slow cooker will suffice to cook the shrimp.) If desired, add more salt, black pepper, and Tabasco sauce. Serve the jambalaya over hot cooked rice or with bread.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch-thick pieces
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, plus additional for seasoning
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning
2 celery stalks, diced
1 bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
1 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon Tabasco or hot sauce, or to taste
½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 cups hot cooked rice or 1 large baguette
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Top Customer Reviews
Planning out meals and trying to make them exciting takes work.
So I was thrilled to review the new Good Bite Weeknight Meals Cookbook.
What's Good Bite? Well, I'll tell ya.
Good Bite is one of the fastest growing cooking websites in the country. It features the webs most influential food bloggers, on video, sharing their recipes for great tasting meals.
Good Bite Weeknight Meals combines 140 recipes for quick and delicious family meals from the site's most popular contributors.
The pictures are beautiful. The bios of all the cooks are a lot of fun to read and when it comes to Exciting New Recipes to try.. they've got that too.
The book is divided into chapters that are centered around the main ingredient & few others that focus on additional topics
Chicken and Turkey
Beef and Lamb
Soups & Stews
And of course I had to TRY OUT a recipe before I could give this a BIG THUMBS UP.
I tried Matt Armendariz's Spanish Tortilla. YUMMY!
5 basic ingredients
Potatoes, salt, EVOO, onions, and eggs...
turned into a beautiful tummy packing dish my family loved.
If your looking for a new cookbook to add to your kitchen collection. DEFINETLY check this one out!
Good Bite Weeknight Meals is focused on dinner-time fare and is separated into chapters of meats, vegetarian, pasta, and more. All of the meals are quick to prepare, (like the Southwestern Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Roasted Chiles!), whether it's when everyone returns home from their busy schedules or to throw into the crockpot in the morning. The recipes frequently have tips from the bloggers that they would use when pressed for time, like how to use frozen, chopped spinach when you don't have any that is fresh.
I loved the simple comfort food recipe for Southern Chicken and Dumplings from Christy Jordan of the Southern Plate, which uses soup, broth and biscuits from cans and rotisserie chicken. She also shares a slow-cooker lasagna with only five ingredients! The photographer for Good Bite Weeknight Meals, Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites, offers not only stunning photography, but several recipes, including an excellent rendition of one of my favorites, Broccoli Crunch Salad!
Healthy recipes abound in Good Bite Weeknight Meals, which offer a way to replenish needed nutrients at the end of a busy day. Fast Fish Tacos, Curried Shrimp Fried Rice, Chilled Soba Noodles, and Roasted Chicken Thighs with Mango Chutney are just a few of the wholesome evening meal dishes. I echo the dedication at the start of the book thanking these talented bloggers for "leading us back into our kitchens."
This colorful volume has many color photos of the recipes and small black and white shots of the contributors. As the title suggests, these are quick meals, so they rely on some packages items and dressings. Example, the Mushroom Ravioli with Garlic-Sage Brown Butter & Asparagus on page 185 (contributor Kath Jones of ourbestbites.com) relies on packaged ravioli. The Southern Chicken & Dumplings on page 230 (contributor Christy Jordan of southernplate.com) starts with a can of cream of chicken soup, two cans of chicken broth and a tin of flaky biscuits and a rotisserie chicken. Granted, it's fast, but hardly qualifies as cooking, rather it's an assembled entree.
Good Bite Weeknight Meals is not a cookbook by a single author but a compilation of favorite recipes by sixteen popular food bloggers. Sites such as Weelicious, Steamy Kitchen, Picky palate, Recipe Girl, Kath Eats, Matt Bites and Gluten-Free Girl are just a few of the contributors who made this book possible. It's divided into chapters that include Chicken & Turkey, Beef & Lamb, Pork, Seafood, Pasta, Vegetarian, Soups & Stews and Side Dishes. Some of the recipes seemed too utilitarian for my taste, however, others hit a bright spot. The Chicken Salad with major grey Chutney on page 45 is similar to one I make except without the snow peas and shredded carrot. Matt Armendariz's Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce (page 87) looks delicious. Other than that, the recipes didn't offer the sensory appeal I look for when checking new recipes. (I need to state that I am not a slap it together type of cook; these might be perfect for a busy mom on the go).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love to cook but readily admit I'm not that great at it, so I'm always looking for recipes that look tasty and exciting but aren't overally complicated. Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by Amy Phipps
Let me preface this by saying I am no cook. But I have a few cookbooks, because from time to time I do try. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Eric Bowien
This book is a nice hardcover recipe book with beautiful pictures and nice sized font. It's easy to read and the recipes are simple to follow and good. Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by L78
As a mom, the idea of "delicious made easy" is very appealing to me; especially if delicious also happens to be healthy. Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by Mindy
I'm a fan of any recipe that can be put together quickly, but still has great flavor and complexity, so I was intrigued by the Good Bite Weeknight Meals cookbook. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by skrishna
I thought the recipes in this book were a little 'out there'....using ingredients that the average working mom wouldn't necessarily have on hand. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by RVT12
I admit, I got this cookbook because it suggested "easy". Perhaps are defintions are off. This is a great all-around cookbook with lots of tasty ideas, many of which do require a... Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Emily J. Morris
I'm an avid blog reader, especially foodie blogs that feature whole food cooking. One thing that I love about bloggers is that they always feature beautiful photos, frequent... Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by kirSib
This cookbook has a lot of good quality recipes, but it suffers from what might be a symptom of the Web; it has a feel of throwing a bunch of things together in a hurry. Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by M. Stewart