Sticky Apricot Chicken Bites & Rachael Ray Cookbook Giveaway

by Jennifer on May 17, 2012

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Finally. It is finally springtime and I can hear the brand-spanking new patio and grill calling my name. The flowers and trees have bloomed and I have been sitting outside on the deck lately and dreaming up some delicious recipes.

In fact, there is one recipe that I modified from Rachael Ray’s new Look + Cook cookbook that you will love. Wait, I don’t mean love, I mean lurve. Today’s recipe is a perfect example on how I stretch our budget by using a whole organic chicken to make two meals: The first meal being a straight from the oven roasted chicken and the second being the recipe I am sharing today.

In fact, the Sticky Apricot Chicken recipe is so awesome that I prepared it again two nights ago using organic chicken breasts and brought it to our friend’s house in a Ziploc Brand VersaGlass large square container. We popped it into their fridge while the kids played and then simply reheated it for dinner time.

(Photo Credit: Ziploc.com)

Speaking of meals and stretching a budget, I need to talk to you. Come closer as this is important: I care about you eating well and I want to make sure you are incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into your meals. I hear lots of chit-chat that fresh foods are too expensive and meal preparation is too time-consuming and this makes me wonder: Are you buying the items on sale? Are you planning ahead of just buying willy nilly? Are you stretching your foods as I am demonstrating today? Get creative, remember your health super important so go plant some fruits and vegetables straight away. Even a tiny amount of gardening space can yield big benefits. Also, have you taken advantage of buying in bulk and freezing?

You know Ziploc has many great freezer bags including the NEW Ziploc Perfect Portions Bags.

Ziploc Perfect Portions Bags allow families to quickly and easily store and freeze bulk foods, saving time and money. Simply place hand in bag, pick-up desired serving size and turn bag inside out to easily create portions. Put individual bags in a Ziploc Brand Freezer Bag to freeze and you’re done.

If you need more ideas on how to eat fresh or have some great ideas to share, join in the FreshOver Community on the Ziploc Brand Facebook page (there are more than 384,000 members to date!). There is a great app to help out as well!

Photo Credit: Jennifer Leal

In order to help you with ideas and inspiration, I want to give you a fun prize pack that was given to all the attendees at the FreshOver event with Rachael Ray back in March! This prize pack will include Ziploc VersaGlass containers, a Rachael Ray autographed look + cook cookbook, and organic basket/bag plant pot with herb seeds.

To Enter: Answer this question in a comment on this post: What are the main obstacles that get in the way of you eating fresh foods?

For additional entries (you must answer the question above & leave an additional comment on this post for each entry.):

- Tweet this giveaway, “Win a #Ziploc Prize Pack including an autographed @rachael_ray cookbook from @savorthethyme http://su.pr/6D8iKR #FreshOver #spon” (Be sure to come back and leave the tweet URL.)

- Subscribe to the Savor the Thyme RSS feed and leave a comment that you did so (yes, I verify).

- Follow @savorthethyme on Twitter.

This giveaway will end on 5/24/2012 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be chosen by random.org and will be contacted by email. The winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Click here for the Official Rules.

Disclosure: I have partnered with Ziploc® Brand and am being compensated for my posts. However, my opinions on the product are my own.

{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

Laurel C May 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Eating healthy can be difficult when produce is expensive, but my philosophy is that you can’t make excuses…..just because some foods are cheaper and more convenient doesn’t mean you should eat them!

Laurel C May 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I follow you on twitter!

TC May 22, 2012 at 9:37 am

For me, it’s just time. If all I did after work was to come home and cook, it’d be no problem. But much of the time, I out at the gym,music lessons, and doing other things.

Cori May 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

It often comes down to time. We certainly eat healthier during the week if I’m able to plan weekday meals in advance (but it doesn’t always happen!).

Cori May 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

I follow you on twitter.

Jessica May 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

With 2 small children I don’t get to the grocery store often enough to stay stocked with fresh fruits and veggies like I should.

Jessica May 24, 2012 at 8:49 am
Shana D May 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

My main obstacle is affordability. If money were no issue I would eat all fresh, all organic.

Shana D May 24, 2012 at 8:50 am
Shana D May 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

I follow your RSS feed

Shana D May 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

I follow you on twitter :)

Kelly Morrissey May 24, 2012 at 8:59 am

The cost can be prohibative. I shop once a week and while 95% of the time all the fresh stuff is eaten up and does not spoil it does not get us through the week. Re-training the family to literally “Think Outside The Box” is the biggest challenge. I am gluten intollerant so fresh foods totally work for me. While there could be tons of great fresh food in the frig my teenage son will look at me and say there isn’t anything to eat. What he’s really saying is there isn’t anything “ready” to eat and he doesn’t want to take the time to make it. So he will often opt for cereal, frozen waffles, or some other convenience food. I guess if I didn’t buy those items he would have to opt for something else and learn to cook it. (Then there is the issue of getting him to clean up after himself LOL!)

Courtney Buteau May 24, 2012 at 9:10 am

Honestly, the biggest hurdle is keeping it fresh. I buy most vegetables and fruits organic, and worry about it’s shelf life in the fridge. If I could find a way to make everything last the week, that certainly would make dinner planning easier! I sometimes run to the market mid-week to ensure that food is fresh.

Courtney Buteau May 24, 2012 at 9:11 am
Charissa May 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Not being home…eating on the go!

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