"That Looks Like Something from a Restaurant": Simple and Sophisticated Skillet Dinners
In Partnership with Food Network Kitchen Inspirations
We talked to Erin from PA and here’s what she had to say:
If Erin Had a Food Network Show
If the powers that be at Food Network gave me a segment for a show, I'd have a great time helping other families learn how to create one or two-skillet meals that are generally healthful but serve a variety of dining styles, from finicky children (who won't be named here!) who prefer simple, uncomplicated entrees, to kids who will eat most anything, to parents who need an easy-to-prepare, sit-down dinner that's cost-effective.
Her Experience Making the Food Network Kit…
Preparing the Southwest-Style Chicken and Rice Food Network Kit was deceptively easy. In fact, except for the exact cooking times, the instructions were intuitive. After browning half a pound of chicken and setting it aside, the dry rice requires cooking in water, with addition of the bean and vegetable blend, the cooked chicken and finally the chipotle sauce at certain points. The included recipe card made preparing this meal foolproof and fast!
Erin’s Thoughts On The Flavor…
I love spicy Southwestern flavors, and the chipotle sauce had just the right amount of kick. The tastes of the natural dried beans, vegetables, and rice stood out individually. This meal kit is a versatile base, as it makes a fine entree on its own as well as a unique filling for burritos, complemented with green onions and sour cream.
Why she’d Make a Food Network Kit on her Show
If I had a show like the aforementioned cooking segment, I'd feature meal kits like this one. The flavor is sophisticated enough for adults but not overly spicy for kids, the ingredients are nearly all natural and simple vegetarian ingredients, and from past experience this dish can be split into two meals, one with chicken and one with tofu, by halving the amount of protein and dividing the rice, vegetables and sauce into two skillets. There's something for everyone!