Cape Cod Mommies received samples of Ocean Spray's new juices in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are the author's own.
I am a fan of go-to, tried-and-true meals. As a mom of three, I don't have a lot of time to prepare and fuss with high maintenance dinners. Throw in a 16 year old who ALWAYS has to modify his version of the meal, a picky 4 year old who will NOT stray from her approved menu of acceptable foods, a 2 1/2 year old that tries to eat everyone's food but her own, and a husband that has been working overtime and rushes in the door ten minutes after food is on the table and you have a recipe for one mom who needs herself a refreshing cocktail. I kid.
I "shop" out of my pantry and freezer much of the time, because who really wants to load up two wiggly kids into the car to run to the market to find the exact ingredients a recipe calls for? Not this mama. Typically I marinate chicken in Italian salad dressing or sprinkle with seasonings before baking and serve with egg noodles or rice and some veggies. Nothing fancy.
I had the opportunity to try out some tasty Ocean Spray juice products and decided to try and make a new
version of one of our regular recipes using citrus flavors instead of the usual savory palette I gravitate towards. Would it work with my sometimes-high-maintenance crew??
I pulled some chicken breast out of the freezer the night before and tossed it into a container to marinate in some Ocean Spray Citrus Mango Pineapple 100% juice. The littles drank a bunch of it (I always mix their juice with a bit of water to cut down on sugar
intake as well as stretch our budget). When it was time to prepare dinner, I tossed the marinated chicken breasts onto a pan and added a few handfuls of some fresh pineapple the girls had been snacking on earlier in the day. Into the oven it went.
We love black beans at our house, well except for the picky 4 year old. As a side dish for the chicken, I sautéed a bit of diced onion and green pepper in a bit of olive oil then added a rinsed can of black beans, diced tomatoes and corn along with a dash of cumin and chili powder and a good splash of the citrus juice. In about 15 minutes the whole pan is sizzling and filling the kitchen with ridiculously mouth watering aromas. This is usually when I burn my tongue stealing spoonful's of steaming hot beans while hiding from the family.
As a last minute thought, I pulled a half full jar of corn and black bean salsa from the fridge and mixed in the rest of the pineapple. The chicken was topped with the salsa and the bean mixture was scooped onto a pile of rice. As a special mama treat, I added some pineapple rum to a glass of Ocean Spray Sparkling Citrus Tangerine juice drink. Um.... delicious!!!
The picky eater ate the chicken diced into cubes (after I scraped the pineapple off). The 16 year old made wraps out of his dinner fixings, and the 2 1/2 year old ate from my plate. Obviously. I was a huge fan of the citrus flavor the chicken soaked up from marinating in the juice, and the rest of the family seemed to approve as well. While my culinary skills might not be Top Chef quality, I enjoyed the new flavor profile and am encouraged by this success that didn't take any longer than my regular dinner prep does.
To celebrate the new flavors Ocean Spray has added, we are hosting a giveaway sponsored by Ocean Spray! One lucky Cape Cod Mommies fan/reader will receive: a sample of each of the products (100% Juice Citrus Mango Pineapple, 100% Juice Citrus Tangerine Orange and Sparkling Citrus Tangerine) plus recipes and a cocktail shaker. To enter, simply fill out the form below! Contest will run until November 11, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced on November 12, 2013. Ocean Spray will be responsible for shipment of the prize package. All entries will be validated, winner will be contacted via the email they provide on the form. Winner has 24 hours to respond otherwise another winner will be chosen.
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