Cheesy Chicken Fettuccine

Here we go again! Around our house, we’ve been scrambling to get everything in order for our big move in a week, and trust me! It’s been a challenge! Unfortunately, this has cost me valuable time writing for Shutters, and if you enjoy my posts, I deeply apologize! We will definitely be back and running full force soon and in the meantime, we will be adding restaurant reviews to the reviews tab. How exciting is that?

I wanted to do something hearty and simple for my next recipe and I knew I was long overdue for a dinner post. This recipe incorporates some old favorites as well as a few new market items that have quickly found themselves in our hearts around here. The flavor is rich, the texture smooth, and the portion is hearty. You honestly couldn’t ask for a better fall dish! Before I ramble a little too much, let’s get down to the nitty gritty!

Ingredients:

1 Box Barilla Gluten Free Fettuccine Noodles

3 Cups Kirkland’s Soy Milk (Or any alternative milk of your choice!)

1/2 Cup Chardonnay

2 Tbsp. Kirkland’s No Salt Organic Seasoning

1 1/2 Tbsp. Chicken Bouillion

3 Tbsp. Earth Balance Vegan Butter

1/2 Cup So Delicious Dairy Free Cheddar Jack Shreds

1 Handful of Grape Tomatoes

1 Tbsp. Arrowroot Powder (or cornstarch!)

2 Tbsp. Water (to combine with the arrowroot powder!)

Salt to Taste

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot filled with water a full boil on medium heat for your pasta. Add a small dash of oil to the water to help with separation of noodles (optional!)
  2. Add the noodles to the pot, occasionally stirring. Once noodles are cooked all the way through, drain completely.
  3. In another pot, combine the soy milk, Chardonnay, Kirkland’s seasoning, chicken bouillion, tomatoes (cut in half and seeded!) and butter on medium heat.
  4. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Line a cookie baking sheet with tin foil in order to cook your chicken. I chose to not add any seasonings to the chicken, I felt the chicken’s natural salts and juices were enough flavor. If you feel it needs more, feel free to add it!
  6. Once your oven reaches temperature, insert and begin to cook your chicken. Once the chicken is done, cut into chunks. Place to the side.
  7. In your sauce pot, simmer the sauce until the wine has cooked completely down, add the So Delicious cheese and stir until combined.
  8. Combine the arrowroot powder and water until a thin paste is formed. Add the paste slowly while whisking the sauce.
  9. Allow the sauce to simmer a few minutes to fully combine the paste with the sauce.
  10. Combine the chicken, pasta noodles, and sauce. Enjoy!

This pasta is definitely one for the books! Make sure you taste and add salt to the dish as you prefer. We tend to limit salt in our household so most days it’s just easier to add it at the end. I hope you enjoy this dish like we do!

Make sure to leave your favorite lunch idea below in the comments!

 

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Tropical Chicken Kabobs W/ BBQ Mayo Sauce

When the temperature is high in Louisiana, we break out the barbecue pit and jump in the pool. What goes perfectly with those hamburgers and hot dogs we already have on the grill?

Kabobs!

These tangy, sweet kabobs are a perfect pairing for summer days full of watermelon and sunshine! The bell peppers, onions, and chicken give this kabob a savory, salty kick and is paired with bits of fresh pineapple that adds subtle sugary notes. The sauce makes this treat! The sauce adds a rich, tangy taste to each bite that takes the kabobs right over the edge!

The prep time for these is roughly about 15-20 minutes, mostly due to the cutting up of the fresh pineapple. The pieces are large and chunky, so they don’t take much room for storage in the refrigerator. I was easily able to just throw the left over pieces in a Ziploc bag and put them away.

The cooking time was about the same as the prep time, I let the kabobs cook a little while longer since I like my chicken a little more on the dry side. You are more than welcome to remove them earlier if you prefer a chewier chicken.

Chicken Kabob Ingredients:

1 Onion

1 Green Bell Pepper

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Pineapple

1 Chicken Breast

Wooden BBQ Skewers

Weber Salt-Free Chicken Seasoning

McCormick Garlic Powder

BBQ Mayo Sauce Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. Head Country Organic Homestyle BBQ Sauce

3 Tbsp. Blue Plate Mayonnaise 

1 Tsp. French’s Honey Mustard

1 Tbsp. Pecan Liquid Smoke Flavoring

Let’s Get Started:

Step One:

I decided to dice everything at once, that way it was super easy to place everything on the skewers. I started with the pineapple, then bell peppers, then went to the onions, and finally the chicken. As I cut the veggies and fruits, I placed them into awaiting bowls so that whoever was making kabobs could have easy access.

Step Two:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. I unpacked the skewers, and just began loading them up! I personally like to attach my items in a pattern. Having a pattern to your kabobs allows for a diversity in flavor, even weight distribution for the skewer, and honesty, they’re more aesthetically pleasing!

Step Three: 

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the skewers on top. The skewers can touch, touching won’t affect the cooking process at all! When placed on the foil, I then applied a generous layer of Weber seasoning and garlic powder on top of the kabobs. Flip the skewer, and repeat on the other side!

Step Four: 

Place the baking sheet in the oven and allow the kabobs to cook until the chicken is cooked fully through. Halfway through the cooking process, flip the kabobs over for even browning!

Step Five:

While the kabobs are cooking, combine all the ingredients listed above for the bbq mayo sauce. Mix them well together and set aside until the kabobs are finished cooking.

Step Six: 

When the kabobs are finished cooking, remove them from the oven and drizzle the bbq mayo sauce along the skewer. The sauce adds the sweet, tangy flavor we’re looking for and really brings together all the flavors on the skewer. Place on a dish, and enjoy!

When I first started this idea, I had a completely different idea in mind for the sauce and it was a gigantic fail! The original sauce didn’t mix well, was extremely bland, and didn’t have a smooth consistency. I wanted the sauce to be very hearty, compliment the kabobs, and be a sauce everyone could make from their pantry. Hopefully you like the combination and use it often!

Here’s some photos of the finished product:

 

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Shutters and Honey and the Liebster Award!

I’m super stoked to announce my nomination for the Liebster Award by Unbreakable Joy Intuition Tales!

I can’t even begin to express how excited I am! The Liebster Award is awarded to brand new blogs and centers around their impact on the blogging community! I began Shutters and Honey on the notion of having more resources available for people who are allergy afflicted and to preserve my interest in fine arts. I eventually added on the motivational and travel sections of the blog to contain some of my recreational activities. I hoped that having all these things in one place would be relatable and fun for readers!

In order to be able to receive this award, I am obligated (and thrilled!)to nominate five fellow bloggers. My nominations are as follows:

  1. Simply Saidy – This blog is full of beautiful, rich travel photos and experiences, fun fashion lines, and intriguing product suggestions!
  2. Happily Hopeful – This calming blog contains not only fun lifestyle moments in Disney, but also tons of yummy recipes and some fun fashion posts!
  3. Nesting Nut – This is a wonderful blog containing not only fun adventures that are family based, but also DIY’s that are very easy to follow!
  4. Beauty for Ashes – This an beautiful blog centering around interior design, tips for the home, and creative DIY’s!
  5. Cassidy’s Adventures – This blog is a traveler’s dream! Wonderful photos! Wonderful variety of places! I hope to be as adventurous as Cassidy!

**NOMINATED BLOGS: Check below for your requirements and questions!

Additionally, the awarded blogs are required to answer a few get-to-know you questions!

  • What is your most meaningful blogging moment?

I am one of those people who meaningful is more often, than not small moments. My most meaningful blogging moment was when I received an unexpected comment from a friend commenting on how she found the blog to be very relatable. In that moment, I realized that maybe my content was coming across to my audience as useful and genuine, exactly what I wanted.

  • What do you feel when push publish?

Usually when I push publish, I feel rather nervous. I always fret about whether my content is useful, relatable, or boring to my viewers. Some posts are just documenting my life, so I hope they bring joy to others like they do to me.

  • What would you like to write about that you haven’t written yet?

Honestly, I’d like to expand my writings to include more sensitive diets, diseases, and their adaptations. I’d like everyone to find a resource within Shutters and Honey.

  • If you had a thousand dollars to give away, what would you do with it? Why?

I would like to use the money to help children who need protheses. Children deserve the chance to run, explore, and touch. When limbs are missing, it limits their ability to achieve this, I’d love to help them recover that ability.

  • What are three of the best things about yourself?

Hmm… Three things about myself would probably be….

1. I’m overly compassionate. I can’t stand for anyone to feel negative emotions or be in a tough situation.

2. I am very, very honest. In more situations than I can count, my intentions have been interpreted as rude or demanding. I just don’t feel like it’s fair to any individual to be anything but honest with them.

3. I’m a work-a-holic. I spend an enormous amount of time perfecting my work and making sure every corner is covered. I often go overboard.

 

I deep appreciate the recognition of this award. I cannot thank Unbreakable Joy Intuition Tales enough for this opportunity! I hope to reach a grander audience, connect more with my peers, and write some bomb content!

RULES FOR THE NOMINATED

Write a blog post in acceptance of your award. Link the blog post back to Shutters and Honey. Answer the questions below.

  1. Nominate at least 5 other startup bloggers with a following of 1,000 or less!
  2. Include a list of questions you’d like them to answer!
  3. Notify your nominees!
  4. Answer your questions below!

1. What is your biggest dream for your blog?

2. If you could visit any place, what would your day itinerary be? Would you document it for your blog?

3. What is your one item you can’t go without? Why?

4. What is your favorite blog post you’ve posted so far? Why?

5. What is your favorite thing about your current living arrangements?