I tell you, dinner time in my household can be super hectic. Between meetings for mom, overtime for dad, and activities for the kiddos, the last think you want to do is think about cooking a complicated, long, drawn out meal. A lot of nights, I need an easy dinner solution to make the dinnertime go a lot smoother during those hectic evenings.
Can I get an AMEN, parents?
That is why I am SO glad Kraft came to the rescue! They came out this this amazing new product called Kraft Recipe Makers. It is seriously the most genius invention on the planet! Kraft Recipe Makers gives you everything to complete your quick, easy meal. All you have to do is throw the ingredients in a pan and cook! SO SO Simple!
Since I knew the weekend was going to be pretty busy with birthday parties, church and a new women’s Bible study at church, I headed out to Walmart and picked up the Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe Makers Kit.This particular Kraft Recipe Makers Kit comes with 2 sauces (awesome #1) and a recipe on the back (awesome #2!) All I had to do is pick up some chicken, veggies and rice, and there’s our meal! I also wanted to be just a little daring, so I picked up the ingredients to make HOMEMADE cheese wontons. I figured they would be a quick make and would complement our Asian-inspired dish perfectly!
So, the first thing I did was chop up my chicken and veggies and set them aside.Then, I took the bottle of Sesame Ginger Simmer Sauce and poured half of the bottle into a pan, added the chicken and let simmer until the chicken was cooked.After your chicken is cooked, add your veggies to the pan and the rest of the Sesame Ginger Simmer Sauce. Cook the veggies 4-8 minutes, depending on how cooked you like them.
While your simmering your veggies, go ahead and cook your rice. I used those rice that you boil right in the bag. Everything is already measured out, all you do is throw in a pan and boil for about 10 minutes. Easy peasy!After your veggies are cooked to your liking, add some pineapple chunks and the entire pouch of the Sweet & Sour Pineapple Finishing Sauce, simmering everything until the pineapple is warmed all the way through.And here is the finished product. Delish! I love all the veggies I used. Honestly, I just used pretty much all the veggies I had on hand (broccoli, yellow squash, green zucchini, onions) and just happened to have a fresh pineapple waiting to be cut up and devoured. It was the perfect addition to a yummy meal!Then, to add a special treat, I tried my hand at making cheese wontons. They are one of my favorite treats when we eat Chinese takeout, and I just knew I could make them at home to save the cost! Here’s the recipe if you’re so inclined to make it:
- 1 lb Phyllo Dough
- 4 Cups Walnuts, finely chopped
- ½ Cup Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Land O Lakes Butter, Melted
- 1 2-inch Section of Lemon peel
- 1 2-inch section of Orange Peel
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- ¾ Cup water
- ½ Cup Sugar
- ¾ Cup Real Honey
- Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Take your phyllo dough, lay it out on a flat surface and cover with a damp kitchen towel. This is very important so your dough does not dry out.
- Grind your walnuts and put them in a small mixing bowl.
- Add your cinnamon and sugar to the bowl of walnuts and mix all ingredients completely.
- Melt your 1 cup of Land O Lakes Butter.
- Coat the bottom of a 9x13 pan with the melted butter using a pastry brush.
- Lay down two sheets/layers of phyllo dough on the bottom of the pan after it's been buttered.
- Brush more melted butter on top of the phyllo dough, until it is entirely coated (lightly).
- sprinkle walnut/sugar/cinnamon mix over buttered phyllo dough. This does not have to be thickly covered as you will be doing this several times (see above photo collage for visual reference).
- add two more sheets/layers of phyllo dough to the top and repeat above buttering and walnut mix steps.
- Repeat these steps until you have come a few inches from the top of the pan.
- Using a very sharp knife, cut your UNBAKED baklava into triangle shapes, using the above visual collage for reference. Make sure you cut through every layer and that your knife is SHARP.
- Put in pre-heated oven for 1 hour.
- About 30 minutes into your baklava baking, in a small saucepan, add all ingredients for your syrup EXCEPT the honey and boil on medium/high heat for 15 minutes.
- After the 15 minutes of boiling, add the honey and boil for 2 minutes.
- Once the baklava has come out of the oven, pour your Syrup over the entire pan of baklava and let rest to allow the syrup to absorb into each piece.
- Once cool, serve and eat!
I love how the Kraft Recipe Makers is so versatile and flexible! It truly just worked with everything I already had on hand, which made dinner even more of a breeze. The whole family enjoyed this easy meal, and it was packed with healthy veggies, which is an important part of everyone’s diet.
So, if you need an easy-fix meal, Kraft Recipe Makers is the way to go. I strongly encourage you to check it out and make a simple recipe for you and your family. It rocks!