Dinner · dinner in 30 minutes · Fast meal · grilling

Grilled Hobo Packets

A favorite summer meal of mine is cooked on the grill, but doesn’t require constant attention, which is great on these hot July days!

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These Hobo Packets are easy to assemble and don’t take long to cook.  This is another great 30-minute supper! Hobo Packets are simple a foil pouch filled with kielbasa, potatoes, onions and peppers.  They are seasoned and then rolled up to cook on the grill.  The grill gives everything a great flavor and you’re not heating up the kitchen!

There are a few key instructions to ensure the cook evenly without burning.

  1. First, use heavy-duty foil.  Then spray the foil with a cooking spray.
  2. Another important reminder is to slice the potatoes thinly, so they will cook in the same amount of time as the kielbasa and vegetables.

You could vary the ingredients in the packets.  I’ve added corn on the cob, cut into small pieces, and that is a delicious addition! Get creative and enjoy a great meal cooked in individual portions outside on the grill!

Here are a couple video clips that may help:

 

 

Hobo Packets

1 package Turkey Kielbasa, chopped into pieces
2-3 potoates, any variety, sliced into eighths
½ Red Onion
Yellow and red peppers, sliced
Salt, pepper
Olive oil

This will make two hearty portions, or you could use less meat in each packet and make four servings, adding more vegetables.

Spray 2-4 sheets of foil with cooking spray.  Layer Kielbasa and vegetables on foil.  Add salt and pepper over top, sprinkle with Olive oil.  Fold foil over and secure sides.  Place on the grill over medium high heat.  Turn a quarter turn every ten minutes.  At the end of 30 minutes, test the potatoes for doneness.

Open packets onto plates and enjoy!

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I served my packets with a cucumber salad, which is also a refreshing summer salad.  Here’s how I make it:

Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers, diced into bite-size pieces
Chopped chives or green onions, chopped
Salt & Pepper
Sour Cream

Add cucumbers, chives and salt and pepper.  Add enough sour cream to cover cucumbers.  The moisture from the cucumber will thin out the sour cream, so start by adding a small amount and add more if needed.

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All this meal needs is a patio and a summer breeze!  Enjoy!

From my country grill,

Denise

Dinner · dinner in 30 minutes · Sunday Dinner

Honey-Lemon Glazed Salmon Salad

Happy Monday, friends!

I have a great recipe to share today!  Salmon has become a favorite dinner for us because:

  1. It’s fast!
  2. It’s delicious!
  3. It’s healthy and good for you!
    1. Promotes over all good health
    2. Fights cancer
    3. Makes bones stronger
    4. Fights neurological problems such as Alzheimer’s
    5. Helps eye health
    6. Better immunity…and more!

Those are all good reasons to learn to love this fish!!  But don’e miss the fact that it’s so good!

Last Sunday I thawed out Salmon filets for our dinner for after church.  I added a Honey-Lemon glaze to flavor the fish, then tossed up a  dressing with simple ingredients.  It Continue reading “Honey-Lemon Glazed Salmon Salad”

Chicken · Dinner · main dish

Sheet-Pan Roasted Chicken and Veggies

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Roasted chicken is one of my all-time favorite dishes.  From the crispy skin to the savory and juicy meats, it’s just a perfect dinner in my eyes.  Even better is when you roast chicken pieces.  It’s super easy, and you can make just enough for your family without having to roast a whole bird. This is one of those great sheet-pan dinners.  I added a salad and bread and it was perfect.

 

I took this recipe from Southern Living. and used one GIANT Chicken breast, and also reduced the amount of veggies.  Friends, this is so good, I almost guarantee you will love it!!  I roasted the Chicken with carrots and potatoes in the pan, too.  You could change that out if your don’t care for one or the other.  Butternut squash and red onions would be good, too!

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Those crispy vegetables and the savory, juicy chicken are absolutely delicious!  

BBQ Rub Roasted Chicken Breast

  • 4 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 5 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons black pepper, divided
  • 2 (4- to 5-lb.) whole chickens  – I used one large bone-in chicken breast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes, halved
  • 1 (8 oz.) package baby carrots
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F. Stir together first 5 ingredients, 4 teaspoons of the salt, and 2 teaspoons of the pepper. Remove necks and giblets from chickens, and reserve for another use. Pat chickens dry.

Step 2

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon brown sugar mixture inside cavity of each chicken. Rub 1 tablespoon olive oil into skin of each chicken. Sprinkle evenly with remaining brown sugar mixture; rub into skin. Tuck wing tips under.
Step 3
Toss together potatoes, carrots, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Spread potato mixture in a single layer in a 17- x 12-inch rimmed baking sheet. Place chickens, breast side up, facing in opposite directions (for even browning), on top of potato mixture
Step 4
Bake in preheated oven until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of thigh registers 165°F, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cover and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Stir parsley into vegetables.

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I love using this thermometer that will alert me when the chicken has reached 165 degrees.  I’ve been over-baking in the past for fear of having under-cooked chicken! Now the chicken stays juicy instead of drying out! I found it at Williams and Sonoma. It’s become a favorite kitchen tool!

Chef’s Notes – I can’t wait to try this with my leftovers!

Toss together 2 heads chopped romaine lettuce; 1 cup thinly sliced cucumber; 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes; and 1 avocado, cut into wedges. Top with sliced leftover BBQ Rub Roasted Chicken. Serve with your favorite buttermilk dressing.

Prepare ahead tips: This would be an easy dish to prepare ahead of time.  Prep the chicken with the oil and rub, then cover and refrigerate.  Cut up the veggies and put in a bowl of water, but don’t add them until just before you put the chicken in the oven. You’ll have dinner in the oven in minutes by simply draining the vegetables and drying with paper towel, then adding the oil.  Place the chicken on the pan and place into the oven! Bake.  Enjoy!

This recipe will be on a regular rotation at our house!  Hope you’ll try it!

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Dinner · Family life · Tablescapes

Family Friday- Set the Table

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I have had some comments both here on my blog and in person about struggles with setting the dinner  table and making mealtime a family highlight of the day. I’d like to offer some suggestions that might make it easier for you to accomplish this! It’s not about making your house look like the Biltmore dining room. It’s simply about putting out what will be needed for the meal – silverware, plate, glass, and napkin so the meal can be eaten and enjoyed.

The how: 

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Dinner · home · Home making · Lightened Up Recipe · Meal planning · refreshment at home · Tablescapes

My Kitchen Table – Settings & Sustenance

We all have to eat.  But what we fix and how we serve it can make a huge  difference in how much enjoyment we give ourselves and those with whom we share the meal. I can remember growing up that my mom always made the table and the food a special part of each day.  I don’t go overboard on a regular day, but I try to make the food and the table inviting.  Today’s post is just a little glimpse into how I set the table and what meals we’ve been enjoying recently.

Al Fresco Dining – Once the weather turns warm, we eat outside as often as possible!  One morning recently I took breakfast outside to the front porch where the sun was shining and ate sitting in a rocking chair.  That’s even better than Cracker Barrel! Continue reading “My Kitchen Table – Settings & Sustenance”

Dinner · Lightened Up Recipe · Sandwich

Reuben Sandwiches Done Light(er)

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I love a good Reuben Sandwich at a restaurant, but I’ve seldom ever made one at home.  First, the Corned Beef is expensive at the grocery store.  Second, the calories are even higher!  But when a generous man at our church shared his homemade sauerkraut with us (again!) I kept thinking about how good a Reuben Sandwich would taste using that freshly made kraut!

So, Continue reading “Reuben Sandwiches Done Light(er)”