Back to School: 3 Dinners Under 30 Minutes September 14 2015

The flurry of fall excitement is upon us. Between the kids heading back to school, fall sports revving back up, and daily work schedules, planning hearty dinners can fall by the wayside. That’s why we wanted to share some easy under 30 minute meals you can make for your family while still staying on a tight schedule!

Homemade Sesame Chicken

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds frozen popcorn chicken
  • 6 Tablespoons La Flor honey
  • 4 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons white distilled vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • La Flor Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Green onions
  • La Flor Sesame seeds

Instructions: First, cook popcorn chicken as the package suggests. Then, over medium heat - whisk together honey, ketchup, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and salt and pepper in a sauce pan. Bring the sauce to a boil, stirring, and reduce to a simmer until sauce slightly thickens. Toss cooked chicken in sauce and serve over rice - finishing with a dash of sesame seeds and green onion.

One Pan Italian Pasta

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 teaspoon La Flor garlic powder
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, diced
  • 12 oz pasta
  • 3 cups of water (or chicken broth)
  • 1 envelope dry Italian dressing mix
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tsp La Flor basil
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese

Instructions: Over medium heat, saute the onions in olive oil until soft. Then add the chicken and garlic powder - cooking until browned. Add pasta, water, dressing mix, and tomatoes and bring to a boil, cooking for 10 minutes or until water has evaporated. Finish by topping with Mozzarella cheese and basil, letting it sit until the cheese is melted before serving.

Honey-Garlic Glazed Meatballs

  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1½ cup dry bread crumbs
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 pounds ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (or 4 teaspoons La Flor chopped garlic)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup La Flor honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions: Combine eggs and milk in a large bowl, then add the bread crumbs, onion and salt. Add meat into the mixture and mix well until combined. Shape the mix into 1 inch balls, placing on a nonstick cookie sheet. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. While meatballs are cooking, combine garlic and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in ketchup, honey, and soy sauce - bringing to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. After meatballs are cooked, spoon sauce over and serve.

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