What is it about cool, crisp fall air that makes us want to bake bread….and make soup….and eat breakfast for dinner? That urge has hit me with a vengeance the last few weeks and my family is happy to report, I’ve just been indulging it — and them. 🙂 Homemade crusty bread, (can’t wait to share some of those recipes with you!), warm, soothing, flavor-and nutrition-packed soups and all-things-breakfast at dinnertime have been flooding our house with the aroma and taste sensations that put the comfort in “comfort food”. It’s the time of year when shared memories, delicious food and laughter are created in family kitchens and I LOVE it! Land O’Lakes Sauté Express® Sauté Starters have made it even simpler for me to infuse my dishes with the savory, homey flavors that spell h.o.m.e.-c.o.o.k.e.d. m.e.a.l. to my family. Sauté Starters have ingredients I know – like butter, olive oil, garlic, vegetables, herbs and spices. These delicious flavored butters let me add deep, robust flavor to my dishes even when I’m in a hurry. You won’t believe all the easy chicken recipes that fell into place for me this week, because I had Land O’Lakes Sauté Express® Sauté Starters in my fridge. (You can pick some up for yourself at Walmart.) And you’ll love the fabulous Hashbrown Skillet Frittata recipe that I’m sharing, today! It’s a buttery, garlic and herb taste sensation!
Simply following the instructions from the package, you’ll be able to create delicious and easy chicken recipes, in a snap, using the Sauté Starter flavor of your choice. I got a great deal on ten pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts, loaded up on fresh produce and headed home for a cooking session that lasted a little over two hours. The great thing about investing that time was that it provided me and my family with an entire week’s worth of tasty, quick-to-fix meals loaded with nutritious and flavorful ingredients.
I sliced all the chicken into thin strips, so they would saute quickly. It took four batches and for two of them I used Garlic and Herb. For the other two, I sauteed the strips in Lemon Pepper Sauté Starter cubes. While each of the batches cooked, I got busy washing, cleaning and chopping greens and veggies to last the whole week.
We have enjoyed this delicious chicken in vegetable stir fry over a bed of quinoa, in tacos and quesadillas, in soup and in gorgeous chef salads, as well as planning a barbecued chicken pizza, creamy chicken enchiladas and chicken melt sliders, plus, Friday night I made a wonderful linguine and chicken Alfredo meal. I was able to prepare all of those delectable dishes in minutes, because I had spent those two hours prepping ahead of time. It was very rewarding to have a nutritious, on-the-table-in-minutes meal to serve my family on busy weeknights, instead of opting for processed quick meals or take-out. It was no big deal to use fresh, whole food ingredients because I had taken the small amount of time to get them ready, beforehand. Interestingly enough, we also spent less on groceries last week than any week in recent memory. So, we ate delicious meals that were whole-foods nutritious and cost less than weeks where I’m making all the preparations right before we eat. I definitely like how Land O’Lakes Sauté Express® Sauté Starter cubes helped me save time and money while serving a balanced and nutritious menu to my family!
And now to satisfy your breakfast-for-dinner craving, try out this easy recipe using Land O’Lakes Garlic and Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter cubes to make Easy Hashbrown Skillet Fritatta.
- 3 cubes Land O’Lakes Garlic and Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter
- 10 large eggs
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 lb. shredded potatoes or thawed frozen hashbrowns
- 1 lb. bulk sausage, browned and drained
- 2 bell peppers, any color, diced fine
- ½ cup onion, diced fine
- 1½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- sour cream, optional garnish
- diced tomatoes, optional garnish
- fresh rosemary sprig, optional garnish
- Melt the Sauté Starter cubes in a 12 inch cast iron skillet. (Any oven-proof skillet would probably work.)
- Press the shredded potatoes into the bottom of the skillet in an even layer and allow to brown over medium heat. Be patient and resist the temptation to turn up the heat. You want them nicely browned and crisp in places, but not burned. Expect to let them go for at least 15 minutes.
- While potatoes cook, dice up the onion and peppers.
- Grate cheese.
- Break eggs into a large bowl.
- Whisk the milk into the eggs until they are thoroughly combined and mixture becomes frothy.
- When the hashbrowns have started to brown on the bottom, turn them to allow the uncooked parts to rest against the bottom of the skillet.
- Spread the crumbled sausage in an even layer over the hashbrowns.
- Mix the peppers and onions and spread them evenly over the sausage.
- Sprinkle grated cheese over peppers and onions in an even layer.
- Pour the egg mixture over the cheese layer.
- I sprinkled a little fresh black pepper over the top at this stage. At this point, I would recommend holding off on salt as both the sausage and the Sauté Starter add so much flavor, you may find that you won't even need it. Salt can always be added to individual portions, if someone wants it.
- Move the skillet to a 350 degree preheated oven and bake 40-45 minutes or until center is completely set and edges are just beginning to brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool five to ten minutes before serving.
- Slice and serve topped with a dollop of sour cream, some fresh diced tomatoes and a little rosemary.
What delicious and nutritious meals could you serve your family, this week, with just a couple hours of prep and the new Land O’Lakes Sauté Express® Sauté Starters? Share some of your favorite ideas in the comments!