Rice Cooker Cajun Shrimp and Grits AND a Hamilton Beach Giveaway!

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I know what you’re thinking.  Shrimp and Grits in a rice cooker?  I thought exactly the same thing.  But, when my friends at Hamilton Beach offered me their spectacular, multi-functioning 4-20 Cup Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker to try, and then suggested this recipe for Rice Cooker Cajun Shrimp and Grits, I thought, why not!  After all, this rice cooker isn’t your average rice cooker.  Sure, it cooks rice. Every size and variety. But it also cooks oatmeal, quinoa, cream of wheat, Farro, and other whole grains and dried beans. It has a simmer function for pastas and soups! And it has a steamer basket that loads in the top, so you can cook veggies, meats and fish right along with your rice and grains. It’s a one stop meal maker!

Chicken with Quinoa and Vegetables

Chicken with Quinoa and Vegetables - Chew Nibble Nosh

THIS WAS SO GOOD.

Ok, I got that out there.  I was trying to think about what I could say about this dish to draw you guys in, and that’s what I came up with.  (It’s one of those days…)

This simple, healthy mash-up of chicken, veggies, and quinoa was the perfect weeknight dinner for us the other night.  We all enjoyed it, and it will definitely be thrown into the regular dinner rotation around here.  I couldn’t ask for more from a dinner, really.  It’s simple, fresh, healthy, filling, and my kids gobbled it up.  Mom – 1, Picky People – 0.

Slow Cooker Cowboy Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Cowboy Pot Roast - Chew Nibble Nosh

Back to school, back to crazy, back to my assignment as a personal Uber for my kids.  Everything has kicked back into gear here and we are officially back in the swing.  During the craziest nights, I rely heavily on my slow cooker.  I have a ton of slow cooker recipes on this blog, with good reason.  I use it a lot.  I remember a time when I rarely used my slow cooker at all, and it sat collecting dust in my pantry.  No more!  I break it out at least once a week.  And you should too!  It makes dinner time a whole lot easier.

Summer Gazpacho

Summer Gazpacho - Chew Nibble Nosh

I love gazpacho in the summertime.  And every year, I don’t make it nearly often enough.  This year, I somehow made it all the way to August before diving in to a big bowl of it, and I’m already kicking myself.

I ran across this recipe online. In fact, it popped up in my Facebook feed, screaming “Make me!”. Never one to argue with a recipe, I figured I better get on it quickly. It’s different from a traditional, chunky gazpacho, but I loved its creaminess and delicious fresh flavor.  It’s creamy without a drop of cream, and so refreshing. I will say that the recipe serves four exactly.  So, if you’re hankering for leftovers, or a second bowl, and you’re serving your family, you might want to double up on things.  That’s not hard, though, because it’s, by far, the simplest gazpacho I’ve ever made.

Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta with Broccoli

Garlic Lemon Chicken Pasta with Broccoli - Chew Nibble Nosh

Some of the best recipes don’t come from cookbooks, or generation after generation of family, time-tested tweaks.  Sometimes, the recipes on the back of a grocery store package are pretty darn good.  (Toll House cookies, anyone?)  This recipe, for our family, quickly became one of those back-of-the-box favorites after I found it on a box of pasta that I’d grabbed at Publix when we lived in Georgia.  I’ve tweaked it a bit from the original, but the ease, simplicity and taste of the one I found on the back of the box are still front and center.  It’s an easy weeknight meal, and perfect for those first few days back at school when everyone is trying to get back in the swing of a routine.

Italian Deli Pinwheels

 

Italian Deli Pinwheels - Chew Nibble Nosh

Remember that outdoor concert I went to?  The one I where I brought those sweet little blueberry cheesecakes?  Well, I brought these fabulous little pinwheels there too.  My friend Lynda was generous enough to share the recipe with me after we enjoyed them immensely at our Indy 500 picnic back in May, and I’ve been looking for a reason to make them ever since.  Thankfully, this concert popped up, and it was the perfect reason to break out Lynda’s recipe.

Mini No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecakes

Mini No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecakes - Chew Nibble Nosh

Outdoor concerts are one of my favorite ways to spend an evening in the summer. We’re very lucky to be surrounded by many different opportunities for musical evenings where we live, and we were excited when some friends of ours asked if we’d like to join them for a night with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the stars last week.

Just a few short days ago, the weather was brutally hot around these parts, as it was in most of the country. So, trying to figure out what to bring for our symphony picnic proved tricky.  I wanted food that would keep us cool, that wouldn’t weigh us down in the heat. I also needed food that wouldn’t melt, and that was easily transportable in a small rolling cooler.

Sweet Corn, Tomato & Pesto Pizza

Sweet Corn, Tomato and Pesto Pizza - Chew Nibble Nosh

You guys.  This pizza…

Wow.

This Sweet Corn, Tomato & Pesto pizza is everything wonderful about summer…on a crust.
It’s crisp, fresh sweet corn and bright summer tomatoes, viibrant fresh basil, and zesty garden fresh pesto.  It’s packed with flavor, ridiculously easy to throw together, and on the dinner table (…lunch table, snack table, coffee table. The pizza’s not picky.) in virtually no time at all. It’s just perfect.

I could eat it every day and probably be pretty happy.

Have I pumped it up enough?

Ready to give it a try?

One Pot Italian Chicken & Orzo Stew

One Pot Chicken & Orzo Stew - Chew Nibble Nosh

I know what you’re thinking.  Stew in July?  Stew is a misleading name for this.  It’s light and summery, and chock full of crisp summer veggies, but consistency wise…yes, it’s right up there with a stew.  It’s a really tasty way to bring dinner to the table any night of the week, and it all comes together in one pan, so clean up is a breeze.  Pair it with a loaf of good, crusty bread and you have an easy, delicious meal in no time.

Ready to give it a try yet?

Mexican Street Corn Salad

Mexican Street Corn Salad - Chew Nibble Nosh

Every time we head to the beach with our family, one of our favorite traditions is stopping in at a local spot on the beach strip called Taco Boy.  Taco Boy is an eclectic, colorful, Mexican taqueria and cantina.  Their tacos and nachos pair wonderfully with their Frozen Screwdrivers and Margaritas, but honestly, the thing that gets us every single time we visit is their Mexican Street Corn.