Thursday, October 21, 2010

Do you have a “Picky Palate?”

One of my favorite food bloggers in the online foodie blogosphere is “The Picky Palate”.  Jenny is a stay at home mom with two little boys living in San Diego.  Her food blog, “Dresses Up Original Family Style Recipes For Even Your Pickiest Eaters.” She has wonderful photography, delicious recipes and just great ideas when it comes to dinner.  Her blog is super popular even among those who aren’t moms but simply love cooking quick and delicious dishes.

We had the huge honor of working with Jenny this past summer for the Swanson Mommy Blogger Dinner Challenge and she was just wonderful.  She is a creative cook with a talented eye for food photography; you should definetly check out her blog.  Since Jenny was the winner of our Dinner Challenge, today I wanted to share with you her winning recipe: BBQ Chicken Soup.  Jenny created this recipe with just $10.00 and a 12.5 oz. can of Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken! 

BBQ Chicken Soup 
From: Picky Palate

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh minced garlic
11 oz can corn with peppers, drained
2 12 oz cans Swanson’s Chicken, drained
1 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth
1/2 Cup BBQ Sauce
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt
1/2 Cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

1.     Heat oil into a medium pot over medium heat.  When hot, sauté onions for 5 minutes or until softened.  Stir in garlic, corn and chicken breast; mix to combine.  Pour in chicken broth, BBQ sauce, salt, pepper, garlic salt and cilantro leaves.   Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes or until ready to serve.  Garnish each bowl with a fresh sprig of cilantro.

Best, and until next time, Kaitlin!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Good For You Lunch

I often get off track when trying to eat healthy while balancing an intense work/social life.  If there is one thing I have learned on my journey, it’s that it can be difficult to create delicious, good for you meals on the go. 

Today, I have a delicious and easy recipe for lunch on the go.  You can easily make this the night before and simply put it together at lunchtime.  Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps substitutes crisp lettuce in place of tortillas  -- ultimately creating a good for you wrap featuring Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken and crunchy vegetables tossed in an Asian-sesame dressing.   I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps 
From Campbell’s Kitchen®
Prep: 10 minutes

1 can (12.5 ounces)* Swanson® Premium White Chunk Chicken Breast in Water, drained
2 medium carrots, shredded (about 1 cup)
3/4 cup diced red pepper
4 green onions, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup reduced fat Asian-style sesame salad dressing
6 large Bibb or iceberg lettuce leaves

1.     Stir the chicken, carrots, pepper, onions and dressing in a medium bowl.
2.     Divide the chicken mixture among the lettuce leaves. Fold the lettuce leaves around the filling and serve immediately.

P.S. To make this even easier to eat while on the go – consider chopping up the lettuce and eating this as a chopped salad!  You get the same taste in a less messy and more travel friendly format!

Best, and until next time, Kaitlin!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Have you ever been to a tailgate party?  It usually entails a lot of food, some friendly taunting and trash talking from fans and, of course, the game!  Every year, I will typically throw two or three football tailgate parties for my friends.  I usually serve the typical football food items: chips and salsa, BCD, pizza, quesadillas… 

Since we know throwing a party is a bit overwhelming, here at Swanson® (where I work), we created an easy and delicious tailgate menu that anyone can throw together on Sunday morning.  Our tailgate menu can be downloaded right from Campbell’s Kitchen®. Whether you’re cooking for the whole team or just the offensive line, these dishes are guaranteed to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites!

Here is a quick list of recipes you will find in the Swanson Quick and Easy Tailgate Menu:

·      Frank’s® RedHot® Buffalo Chicken Dip
·      Chicken Nachos
·      Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings
·      Lighter Chicken Quesadillas
·      Easy Meatball Parm Hero
·      Chocolate Goldfish Pretzel Clusters

What are you waiting for?! Download the Swanson Tailgate Menu today!