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It’s time to get a jumpstart on my New Year’s resolutions a few months early! This fall, with the “farm-to-fork” mentality in mind, I’m challenging myself to prepare healthier meal options for my family using fresh seasonal ingredients from local producers in the area.
I’ve always been passionate about adopting a locavore lifestyle; however convenience more than often reigns supreme. That’s until I became inspired by all the different herbs, spices, sauces and seasonings that I’ve found at the local farmers’ market. You can’t even begin to imagine the aromas and flavors I stumbled upon recently. I swear, you would think I had been traveling the world markets, but the truth is it’s always been right here in my Orange County backyard.
On any given week, I prepare poultry a minimum of three times, but I’m really looking forward to experimenting. There’s something exciting about embarking on culinary adventures that make me giddy with anticipation. Now that I am conscious of using locally sourced products, I intend to remain on this path for several reasons, specifically: healthier food choices, benefits for the environment and to support our local economy.
Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken Breasts make my choice a simple one. In addition to the quality, Foster Farms is a family owned company and all thier fresh chicken products sold in California have been locally grown. Foster Farms Simply Raised (without antibiotics) is delivered straight from local, California ranches in 48 hours and is American Humane Certified, and that appeals to me greatly.
I knew instantly that I wanted to first and foremost create a recipe using this mango infused balsamic dressing and array of amazing seasoned salts, specifically one cutely named Magical Unicorn which lends a wonderful layer of flavor to this chicken dish. I’m also happy to be getting one last summery dish in before it became time to transition to savory meals with root veggies.
Plus, I’m not going to lie, it’s such a wonderfully low-fuss dish. When you are working full-time on a part-time schedule, battling the school pick-up parking lane, swim practice and homework, who has time for long meal prep and clean up? Not me!
And the best part? The leftovers! Perfectly seasoned chicken is always delicious hot, cold, in soup or mixed with colorful garden fresh seasonal vegetables or salad. Grab some greens, cut up last night’s chicken into strips, tossed in some red sliced apples, chopped peanuts, drizzle the mango infused balsamic, a bit of olive oil, mixed in my secret ingredient: fresh mint for an added pop, and top with the most delicious crumbled goat cheese. Lunch is served and delish.
And just like that I suddenly feel like I should have my own show on television. Now we’re talking!
Photo credits: Nicole Standley
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