Isn’t it fun trying out new things in the kitchen? I’ve been playing in the kitchen with a new innovation from Land O’Lakes: Sauté Express® Sauté Starter, a seasoned butter and olive oil starter that makes cooking tasty meals quicker and easier. During the month of April, along with four other food bloggers, I’ll be participating in the Weeknight Wins Blogger Challenge, and will be sharing my creations right here with you. I know I can get in a mealtime rut during the week, and we certainly get so busy sometimes that even getting a sandwich thrown together seems like a task. This challenge should give us all some great meal options to turn to during those hurried weeknights.
Along with the recipes I’ll be sharing here, you can follow the challenge on Pinterest and pin your favorite recipes from the challenge. It’ll be a pinning party of sorts! Check it out over at the Weeknight Wins Pinterest Board.
PLUS each week there will be an exclusive Weeknight Wins sweepstakes to enter. Be sure to check out the details for that below. (This week’s giveaway has ended.)
Before moving on to our first challenge, I have to say when I accepted the opportunity from Land O’Lakes to develop recipes using Sauté Express® Sauté Starter, I was a little skeptical. I go through lots of butter and olive oil, not to mention a cabinet and garden full of herbs and spices. Why would I use pre-packaged flavor options? Would it taste fake? Would it be oily and weird? I was surprised to find that with each recipe that I’ve worked on, I’ve been more than pleased with the results. Seriously easy, with serious flavor! I can totally see how Sauté Express® Sauté Starter will come in handy for those hurried weeknight meals, without sacrificing quality or flavor. Plus, they’re made with wholesome ingredients and come in pre-measured portions for easy, toss-in-the-pan cooking.
Now, for the first challenge: Please Your Picky Eater
I don’t know about you, but we have a picky eater and have been through the frustration of trying to cook one meal that will please everyone for years. It can discourage even the happiest of cooks.
One of the first things I thought of when I saw the picky eater challenge was how my picky eater has always liked to dip things, especially chicken fingers. Basic food that doesn’t touch is important to our picky eater too. (Sound familiar to those living with picky eaters?) But basic food doesn’t have to be bland food. So I answered the challenge with what I’m calling Garlicky Chicken Tenders with a Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce, using the Garlic & Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter.
Chicken tenders are quickly cooked in the sauté starter, then, the butter, oil, and seasonings left in the pan are the base for a simple sauce. Serve alongside colorful crudités for dipping as well.
I also prepared a pan of our favorite Garlic Lemon Green Beans with the Lemon Pepper Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. They were perfect for dipping too. I ended up eating most of the batch of green beans myself.
The whole recipe was on the table in under 30 minutes and disappeared much quicker than that. We couldn’t get over how tender and flavorful the chicken was. It was a totally picky eater-pleasing plate.
You’ll find the printable recipe below, but first, the sweepstakes! Land O’Lakes will be providing a fantastic prize each week for the different challenges. Every week the prize will be a little different, so be sure to check back to see what it will be.
***This giveaway has ended.***
A winner has been selected. Thank you!
- 2 squares Garlic & Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter from Land O'Lakes
- 1 pound chicken tenders (about 8 tenders)
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Melt Garlic & Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter in a sauté pan over medium until bubbling.
- Add chicken tenders and cook 3 minutes each side, or until done. Remove from pan, set aside, covered.
- Reduce heat to low. Add the dijon mustard and honey to the pan. Whisk together until smooth for about a minute. Serve as dipping sauce.
Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes. All opinions are my own.