Calphalon Giveaway and Sweet Potato Soup – A winning combo

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Sweet Pot Soup - Ready to Eat

This box recently arrived at my doorstep.  

Calphalon - BoxI have owned a set of Calphalon cookware for over ten years and so when I was offered an opportunity to review a piece of their Contemporary line, I jumped at the chance.  My existing set is used day in and day out and many memories have been created in those pots and pans.   I chose the 8.5 quart dutch oven because of it’s wide base.  I could easily envision soups, spaghetti sauce, chicken, and veggies being prepared.  I won’t lie – I was also pretty excited  that this product line can go into the dishwasher; something my current pots and pans aren’t able to do.   Hmmm- I wonder what I could do with a few more minutes?  

Calphalon - Box

It didn’t take long before the pan was out of it’s box, washed and ready to be put to work.  I created a soup recipe that can be made quickly  (please see below).  I also made sweet potatoes cooked in apple juice and spices which left a sticky mess.  My husband used it during Thanksgiving to sauté green beans and is looking forward to trying them on his artichokes.   Each and every time the pan came out sparkling clean from the dishwasher.

Here are a few other positive things I jotted down while I was using the pan.

1.  Love the deepness of pan – no splatters when sautéing onions or when the additional ingredients are added.  This meantt less to clean up on my stove top.

2.  Lots of cooking surface allowing the ingredients to be spread out which created a quicker cooking time.

3.  Handles do not get warm when using on stove top.

4.  Clean in dishwasher — really – really – like.

5.  Nonstick surface – a very small amount of oil is needed.

It is always a good idea to use our time wisely.  My dad has a saying “Work Smart – Not Hard”.  It’s important to have the correct tools for the job to make that saying possible in our lives.  I believe quality cookware is one of the best investments we can make.

(Note:  This post includes a chance to win your own dutch over.  Enter using the rafflecopter at the bottle of this post.  It’s not going to run long – just a week.)

This soup is nutritious – delicious – and goes together quickly because it starts with a pre made soup which provides a creaminess and spices that are already built in.  I am always looking for recipes that work well during busy times.  It can be made with as many vegetables as you want and of course, meat is always optional.  

Sweet Potato Soup
A hearty soup that is good on days where time is limited.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box of Imagine Organic Sweet Potato Soup
  2. 1 box Pacific Organic Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  3. 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  4. 1/2 large onion - chopped or 1 Tbsp of onion powder
  5. 2 medium carrots, chopped
  6. 3 stalks of celery, sliced
  7. 1 green pepper, chopped
  8. 1 1/2 cup cooked chicken, diced (optional)
  9. 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1/8 tsp cayene pepper or to taste
  11. 1 tsp salt
  12. cilantro for garnish
  13. Can be added for more vegetable goodness
  14. 2 turnips, chopped
  15. 2 medium zuchinni, chopped
  16. 3/4 cup of frozen peas
Instructions
  1. *Optional items are in ( )
  2. In a dutch oven, heat olive oil over low-medium heat. Add onion and sauté until transparent. Add the carrot, green pepper, (turnip) and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add celery, (chicken) and (zucchini). Cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add in sweet potato soup, chicken broth and spices. Heat to light boil.
  5. Add in (frozen peas).
  6. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Tips
  1. Prepare veggies earlier.
  2. Frozen veggies can be used.
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Saute the onions over low-medium heat until they become transparent.

Sweet Pot Soup - onions

Prepped Veggies
Sweet Pot Soup - Hard Vegs

 
Yum – ready to eat!
Sweet Pot Soup - Cooked Soup

Storing the leftovers for future lunches.
Sweet Pot Soup - Future

Let’s get this puppy in the dishwasher.

Sweet Pot Soup - Ready for Dishwasher

Hoping for the best – starting dishwasher.
Sweet Potato Soup - Dishwasher 1

Happiness – All clean and ready for the next time.
Sweet Pot Soup - Dishwasher Clean

So you may be wondering what did I spend the extra time I gained by not washing my dutch oven – I got started on a project that I’ve wanted to try – a no sew stenciled burlap pillow.

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If you’d like to enter a chance to win your own Calphalon Nonstick 8.5 Quart Dutch Oven (approx value $100.00) please enter below. The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, December 9 so last day to enter will be December 8.  I will then contact the winner requesting their mailing address which I will share with Calphalon so they can ship out the product.  

As part of your entry – please answer this question.  What would you do during the time you could save?

Much thanks to Calphalon for allowing me to test out and enjoy this fine product but also for their generosity in providing one of my readers this quality piece of cookware.

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Lemon Broiled Chicken

There is time management wisdom in doing the same task repeatedly at one time – one mess – many uses in the future.  It reminds me of  squirrels gathering nuts for the winter ahead.  

Lemon Broiled Chicken

Today I was a bit of squirrel.  I went to Sprouts and purchased 2 packages of skinned chicken breasts which give me 8 large breasts – $15.00 total.  By the time I was done, I had 15-3oz ziplock bags of sliced chicken for the freezer, 1-2cup bag of shredded chicken for a soup, stew or chili in the future and two breasts for the grill later in the week.  Not bad for less than $20.00.

There are many ways to cook chicken and use this principle but here is my broiler version.

Lemon Broiled Chicken
An easy way to prepare chicken
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Prep Time
35 min
Prep Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 Chicken Breasts
  2. 1 Lemon
  3. 1 Tbsp Salt
  4. 1 Tbsp Pepper
  5. 1 Tbsp Garlic Salt
  6. 1 Tbsp Lemon Pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to Broil (high)
  2. Line bottom of broiler pan with foil
  3. Spray top broiler pan with nonstick spray
  4. Mix seasonings in bowl.
  5. Trim fat, etc from breasts (don't throw away - place in water in a pan, boil, cover and simmer until tender. Then drain through colander and cool until chicken can be removed from these remnant pieces)
  6. Place chicken breasts on prepped pan. Squeeze one half of lemon on top and sprinkle with seasonings.
  7. Broil for 15 - 20 minutes (golden brown) Remove from oven carefully - the juices are starting to collect in the bottom and you don't want to get burned.
  8. Turn over. Squeeze other half of lemon on top and season.
  9. Broil for 15 - 20 minutes (golden brown) Test for doneness by cutting through a piece.
  10. Let cool and slice into portion control bags and place freezer Ziplock.
Notes
  1. Provides 15-3 oz Ziplock bags and 1-2cup shredded chicken.
  2. Note: You can always just throw away the trimmings but my grandma taught me to utilize as much of an ingredient as possible.
Adapted from Pillsbury Cookbook - 1980
Adapted from Pillsbury Cookbook - 1980
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Blueberry Vinegar

Making flavored vinegars isn’t difficult but they do take a little time.  The good part is the time it takes doesn’t demand much from you but a daily hello.  Flavored vinegars are great for salad dressing.

Blueberry Vinegar - Ingredients

First gather you ingredients – 3/4 cups of mashed fresh or thawed frozen blueberries and 1 cup white balsamic vinegar (mine is from Trader Joe’s) or white wine vinegar. 

Blueberry Vinegar - ready for fridge

Combine the vinegar and mashed blueberries in a plastic container. If you are using a mason jar with a metal lid, place plastic wrap on top before sealing top so the metal doesn’t make contact with the vinegar. Place in refrigerator and shake once a day for 3 days.

Blueberry Vinegar - ready to strain

After the 3 days strain the blueberries from the vinegar into fresh container.

Blueberry Vinegar - Strained

Voila! Your blueberry vinegar is ready to use in a dressing. I store mine in the refrigerator although I have seen several sites that store in the pantry.

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