Easy Summer Barbecue Cheat Sheet

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Summer is a fantastic time of year.  When the sun comes out, it seems to re-energize everyone to get outside and enjoy themselves.  Going to the beach, boating, swimming, hiking not to mention all the Summer barbecues.  When it’s your turn to have the barbecue, don’t panic.  This ‘cheat sheet’ is all you need.  The food on this little helper is not only easy to make, but everything can be prepared ahead of time so you can enjoy the party along with your guests.

The burger and hot dog fixin bar is amazing.  Every time I serve this, my guests love trying to out do everyone by making the ultimate burger.  I’m thinking yours will too.  

Print this ‘cheat sheet’ and take it to do your grocery shopping, then hang it in the kitchen to walk you through making this great food.




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Chicken is so versatile.  It is a favorite of everyone in one form or another.  There are literally hundreds of recipes that you can make with chicken.  Not only are there so many different recipes, but there are so many ways to prepare the chicken.  Bake, broil, saute, fry, roast, simmer and depending on the type of spice you use, the chicken will taste completely different.  

So, lets get started and explore all the great things that Chicken has to offer.

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Chicken Fried Rice

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This is a fantastic dish.  It takes no time at all and can be eaten as a main course or a side dish.  This is a real keeper in the dinner rotation!!








1 Cup Cooked Chicken, Shredded

1 Cup Cooked Rice

1 Cup mixed vegetables, cooked

1 Egg

1 – 2 TBSP Soy Sauce

1 – 2 TBSP Oil




Put the oil in a medium pan

Add the Rice.  I used brown and whole grain rice, but you can use whatever you like.

Add the chicken and the vegetables to the pan and mix all the ingredients together


Once all the ingredients are combined, make a well in the center of the pan and add the egg.  Beat the egg in the center. 

Start pulling a little at a time of the ingredients into the egg.  Once you have pulled enough of the chicken mixture into the egg, start mixing the eggs throughout the entire mixture.  Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the egg is completely cooked.


Add the soy sauce and cook for an additional 30 seconds.  Serve immediately.  This recipe makes 2 full meals, or 4 side dishes.  








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Week of Chicken

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This is going to be great.  I’m calling this a Week of Chicken, but it ends up being 10 or more days.  

I thought about posting this because I have been on Weight Watchers for the past 3 years, and now with the new Freestyle program chicken breast is a ‘Free’ food.  Let me tell you, chicken breast can quickly become more boring than you can imagine.  I limit the fat in most of the recipes and add plenty of vegetables.  

I do prefer to make some of the dishes like Chicken Cacciatore and Chicken Scarpariello.  Chicken with potatoes and peas is an old family recipe from my Aunt Madeline that dates back 50 years. That is one of my favorites!!!

They’re all different and all delicious.  Best of all, they are quick to prepare.  

Stay with me and see where this Chicken journey takes us.  You’ll be glad you did. 

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Pan Seared Chicken Pieces

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These chicken thighs are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.  They are cooked on top of the stovetop instead of in the oven, this way they’re crispy on all sides.  The family is going to love these!!



Chicken Thighs

2 TBSP Olive Oil

2 Garlic Cloves





Trim all the excess fat from the Chicken Thighs and sprinkle with salt and pepper

Add olive oil to pan and saute garlic, just until golden brown

Put the thighs skin side down in heavy pot with cover


Cook the thighs for 8-10 minutes on medium low heat covered.  Turn and brown on other side for an additional 8-10 minutes covered.  Check the temperature on the thighs to make sure the internal temperature is 180º.

Serve immediately. 


Note:  You can use any chicken pieces for this recipe, not just thighs. 

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