Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Tasty Dinner Meal In 30 Minutes.


The winner of the apron is Comment #132:

who said: I like baking with my family! Best times are in the kitchen!
Congrats Maria!! Please e-mail me at to claim your prize!

Happy Thursday everyone! Whew, this week has been busy. I am feeling in much need of a long vacation. I am very excited because at the end of next month I will be going on vacation to California. I will be heading out to see my Grandma and to attend my closest friend's graduation. Ah, I seriously cannot wait. Eating at In-N-Out or Green Burito, seeing Palm trees, swimming, seeing mountains again, embracing the California sun. And much more. California I love you. I also adore you.

Onto a quick dinner meal. I'm sure a lot of you guys are familiar with marinating chicken breasts in Italian Dressing for a couple hours and then grilling it. But I also like to add some Pineapple Juice in with the Italian Dressing Marinade. Mmm, makes some lip smaking good chicken.

The rice and the green beans with eggs is also another favorite meal at our house during the summer with the chicken. The green beans mixed with eggs is my favorite way to eat green beans. We all grew up on Rice Pilaf and eat it all the time. It is a delicious side dish. This whole meal takes about 30 minutes (minus the marinading), it is simple but very appetizing.

Green Beans With Eggs
5 eggs, beaten
1 can of french cut Green Beans, drained
2 tbsp. butter
Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Dump Green Beans in and mix with the butter. Add eggs and stir until eggs are cooked. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Yield: 4 servings


Rice Pilaf
1 cup long grain rice, uncooked
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup vermicelli, lightly browned (Cracked into 3 inch pieces)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. butter
Brown vermicelli at 400 degrees for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. In a pan over high heat, combine rice, chicken broth, vermicelli, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes or until ready. 5 minutes before ready, drop tablespoonfuls of butter on rice and place top back on to finish cooking. Yield: 4 servings.

Pineapple And Italian Marinated Chicken
4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, thawed

1 cup Italian Dressing
1 1/2 cups Pineapple Juice
Combine Italian Dressing and Pineapple Juice. Place chicken in a pan, pour dressing all over chicken. Cover and marinate for 3 hours. Grill on BBQ on low heat until no longer pink in the middle. Continue to baste chicken in dressing while grilling. Yield: 4 servings.


I love watching the youngest two out of our family together. Being the youngest out of all of us kids, they have a special something together. Even in a group of people Joe and Anna can usually be spotted together. As long as I can remember they have loved tackling each other to the ground. I sure hope they won't be doing that at 20 and 22 years old. Yes, that would be weird.

Have a wonderful Easter everyone, the days leading up to it is packed with activities! Looking forward to it, hope I can last until Easter and that day too!



Meghan said...

A 30 minute meal - love it! My family marinates chicken in Italian dressing too. I bet the pineapple juice is a great addition. Never made rice pilaf, but I know I'd like it!

Happy Easter!

Maria said...

YAHOO! I am SO excited I won! Thanks so much. I will email you! Happy Easter!

Pam said...

A tasty and creative meal. I would never have thought to put green beans with eggs.

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Love the chicken and rice dishes, but the eggs and beans kinda scare me, lol.
Have a Hoppy Easter! ;)

Sara said...

I would have never thought to combine green beans with eggs, but it's a great idea!

The Bentley Family said...

That is such a neat comment you made about your younger siblings. Siblings can be such a blessing. You sound like you have a really special family. Happy Easter!

Leslie said...

I love rice pilaf! I make mine with veggie Broth!!! Congrats to Maria! I love that apron!


Anonymous said...

I love rice like that!

The Duo Dishes said...

The marinade for the chicken sounds like something to try for sure!

Miss Joss said...

Wow Priscilla...I didn't realize how super popular you blog was. It's AMAZING (and why wouldn't it be...LOL)!! I love the new look (is it new, or semi-new?). I hope your Easter is GREAT!! I'll get some pics of our Easter Sunday and then post them. Love you!!

~JW (why did i leave my initials?? you know who I am. HAHA!)

Barbara Bakes said...

Have fun on your trip! I love, love, love CA too! I was just there a week ago and the weather was perfect. I like the idea of adding the pineapple juice to the marinade!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Congrats Maria! You came up with some very unique meals. Have a wonderful time on your trip!

Elyse said...

Congrats, Maria! Wow, this dinner looks delicious. I never thought to add pineapple juice to the dressing. How unique! Can't wait to try your trick. Have a great time in CA!

Meg said...

Never thought to pair eggs and green beans. Sounds pretty good.

randi said...

Oh, I just love In and Out Burger! We go there when we visit CA too. Have a great time!

silverdaisy said...

i just wanted to say that my brothers still tackle each other to the ground and they are 30!!!

Erica said...

Isn't it funny how you grow up with certain meals and they just become a necessary part of your diet? That rice looks AWESOME! Great job on the meal!

Tori said...

Looks really delicious!

Have a happy Easter!

Lilly said...

Have a safe and fun trip! One can never truly appreciate In 'N Out until you have had In 'N Out cravings. It is at that time that nothing in the world could possibly taste better. Unfortunately I live RIGHT across the street from one. Oh so unhealthy. Mmmmm. I am so glad I ate before I read your post or I'd be out the door ready to down a hamburger.

Can't wait to try out the 30-minute meal! I've never heard of green beans and eggs together but it sounds delicious!