Piña Colada Chicken and Rice #SundaySupper

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Piña Colada Chicken and Rice serves you all the taste of the tropical drink in a delicious casserole.


Pina Colada Chicken and Rice

Today is National Piña Colada Day and Sunday Supper is showing-off its coconut appreciation. We didn’t forget about the pineapple either!

“National Pina Colada Day is celebrated annually on July 10th. The Pina Colada is a sweet, rum-based cocktail. Along with rum, a Pina Colada includes cream of coconut and pineapple juice and is usually served blended or shaken with ice.

Pina Colada literally means ‘strained pineapple’, a reference to the freshly pressed and strained pineapple juice used in the drink.

There are different claims to the invention of the Pina Colada beginning in 1952 in San Juan, each standing to their story. The truth is that pineapple and rum have been together from the beginning of the distillation of rum. The first written reference to a Pina Colada was in 1922. This recipe, however, did not include coconut.”

Source: NationalCalendarDay.com

I love pineapple and coconut together especially with chicken. Like these Tropical Wings for example.

Tropical Cocktail Wings

So I couldn’t wait to try my hand at a casserole containing all these special flavors! Why a casserole? That’s easy to answer. I love rice. Rice absorbs the flavor of the liquid it is cooked in. The starch in rice helps sauces cling better to all the ingredients.

Piña Colada Chicken and Rice seemed like a natural choice! I hope you agree.

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Piña Colada Chicken and Rice #SundaySupper

Yield: 5 to 6 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/4 cup wild rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth divided
  • 1 lb chicken breasts cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk (I used low-fat)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut
  • 1 tablespoon rum or 2 teaspoons rum extract
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook brown rice and wild rice in 2 1/2 cups broth for 45 minutes. While rice cooks prepare chicken.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper. Saute chicken in oil for 2 minutes or until chicken begins to brown.
  • Add 1/2 cup broth and pineapple simmer until chicken cooked, about 5 minutes to 165 degrees. Add coconut milk and cooked rice. Cover and simmer until thoroughly heated and sauce is reduced.
  • Top with toasted coconut.
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Today’s Food for Thought… What Piña Colada flavor dish would you like to see? I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below!

Enjoy all these delicious Piña Colada inspired dishes from the Sunday Supper Tastemakers!

Great Starts

Dive in with Sides and Appetizers

Coco-Nutty Main Dishes

“Col-lots-a” Desserts

Sweet to Sip Beverages

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Not Your Momma’s Tuna Casserole @SafeCatch

Not Your Mommas Tuna Casserole

“I was supplied with Safe Catch tuna samples to review. I received no further compensation. All opinions are my own.”

Love tuna? Me too. So I have exciting news for you!

Safe Catch Elite-Albacore Image

What makes Safe Catch different from other brands? Here’s the scoop!

“We developed the technology to test every fish for mercury,” said Safe Catch co-founder Sean Wittenberg. “We launched Safe Catch tuna for health conscious consumers.”
Safe Catch Elite tuna has a mercury limit 10 times stricter than the FDA and an average mercury level as low as wild salmon and sardines per Karimi 2012, the largest mercury in seafood database. Safe Catch Elite is also the only canned tuna that meets ‘Low Mercury’ criteria set for pregnant women and young children by the leading national consumer advocacy group.

“We are excited to debut at leading edge retailers that share our ideals to help people eat healthier and live better,” said co-founder Bryan Boches. “Purity gets us noticed, but we chose a different path in almost everything we do.”

For every tuna, Safe Catch verifies sustainability, inspects quality and tests for mercury. Unlike conventional brands, Safe Catch does not precook its tuna because precooking impairs flavor and leaches nutrients, including the majority of Omega 3s, from the fish. Instead, Safe Catch tuna is hand-packed raw to retain all of the Omega 3s, B vitamins, Iron, Niacin, Potassium, Selenium, Thiamin and Vitamin D that occur naturally in wild tuna. Additionally, Safe Catch created its own cooking process that just tastes better.

One can of Safe Catch tuna has 35 grams of protein with all 10 essential amino acids. Safe Catch products contain no pyrophosphates or additives, and all cans are BPA-free.

“Most of us grew up draining canned tuna,” said Boches. “No need with Safe Catch. Just open the can into a bowl, mix and watch the nutrients absorb back into the tuna steak. It isn’t just better for you. It tastes better.”

Safe Catch Albacore - No Salt
Now that you know why Safe Catch is worth a taste, how about some Tuna Casserole? This is Not Your Momma’s Casserole.

Not Your Mommas Tuna Casserole

Chunks of tuna, pasta, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach in a creamy rosé sauce.
Not Your Mother's Tuna
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Not Your Momma’s Tuna Casserole @SafeCatch


  • 1 can Safe Catch Tuna. not drained
  • 2 cups cooked ditalini or similar small pasta
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup 2 percent milk
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar divided
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Whisk together milk, cornstarch. tomato paste, butter, salt and pepper in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil while whisking constantly, reduce heat keep stirring until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheddar until melted.
  • Mix Safe Catch tuna, pasta, olives, spinach, tomatoes in a large bowl. Add sauce and stir.
  • Divide mixture into 2 casserole dishes and top with remaining cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 until thoroughly heated (approximately 30 minutes)
  • Serve.
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About Safe Catch – Find a Store or Buy Online at SafeCatch.com Safe Catch was started by two childhood friends in Sausalito, CA. Safe Catch tuna is Paleo Certified, the Official Tuna of the American Pregnancy Association, and an Expo West 2015 NEXTY Award Winner – which goes to innovative products that embody social and environmental values. Safe Catch is about more than better tuna. The company works to protect purity in our oceans, lakes and rivers. Learn more at www.safecatch.com.

The above educational information courtesy of Safe Catch. Press release 2016.

Shrimp Acini de Pepe #TheRecipeReDux

Shrimp Acini de Pepe

Shrimp Acini de Pepe serves up tender shrimp and pasta in a creamy casserole without the milk.


How many shrimp are too many shrimp? I don’t know about you, but I have HST (high shrimp threshold)! 😉

That doesn’t mean my recipes need to lean heavy on the ingredients list. Shrimp Acini de Pepe can be made with just a few ingredients. A great idea for this month’s Recipe ReDux challenge.

7-Ingredient (Or Less) Recipes

It’s Income Tax Season, so our brains could use some easy arithmetic; as in seven-ingredient-or-less recipes. Show us the healthy, no-brainer dish you fix for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Think beyond smoothies or drinks, please. (And for those of you living in countries where it’s not Tax Season – we’re pretty sure you and your readers would still love doing the math for seven-ingredient-recipes!)

Shrimp Acini de Pepe gets its sauciness from the pasta itself. Pasta releases starch  as it cooks. The result is a creamy casserole any shrimp lover will devour!

Shrimp Acini de Pepe

Serving Size: 4


  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth plus 1 cup
  • 1 cup acini de pepe
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced green or red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • In a large skillet, saute shrimp, onion and peppers in oil until pink and thoroughly cooked. Remove shrimp and set aside. Add pasta, 2 1/2 cups broth and garlic to the skillet. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer uncovered about 10 minutes until pasta is tender. Add additional broth a little at a time if needed. Taste frequently for doneness. Do not overcook.
  • Return shrimp to pan and heat thoroughly.


Finish off this dish as you would risotto by adding the extra broth a bit at a time. Allow each addition to to be fully absorbed before adding more liquid.

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What is Recipe Redux?

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As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians, The Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. Dietitians Regan Jones (ofReganMillerJones, Inc.), Serena Ball and Deanna Segrave-Daly (both of Teaspoon Communications) founded the group on the belief that healthier eating should always taste delicious. As the Latin term “redux” means to revisit or reinvent, we are reinventing the idea of healthy eating with a taste-first approach. We aim to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover.

Enjoy all these easy 7 ingredient or less recipe from The Recipe ReDux.

Turkey Sausage and Pasta #SundaySupper

Turkey Sausage and Pasta plate
Holidays can put a strain on your food budget. Maybe you try to impress guests with tempting goodies. Yummy confections or mouth-watering roasts and turkeys with all the trimmings. Sometimes just feeding the masses aka family 3 squares a day runs up the bill. Reigning in my food bill is a tough nut to crack. (That reminds me, I need nuts, ugh.) Its still okay to enjoy lobster once in a while.
This week Sunday Supper plans on serving budget-friendly meals.
Turkey Sausage and Pasta can be a very budget-friendly meal. Buying sausage in bulk is the way to go. Most stores have some sort of discount when you buy family-sized packages. These packs usually weigh 3 pounds or more.
There are only 2 people living in our household right now. So we get about 5 meals out of 3 pounds. Very economical on our end. When I see pasta my favorite pastas on sale I stock up. Same goes with sauce and sauce ingredients. Tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and tomato paste are must haves around here.

Turkey Sausage and Pasta
Turkey Sausage and Pasta lightly coated in a bbq based sauce is an inexpensive quick to make meal. Add caramelized onions, peppers and mushrooms for a complete meal.
Thanks  Shelby Ruttan and Caroline Williams for hosting this budget-friendly event. You can find their blogs at: http://www.grumpyshoneybunch.com/ and http://www.carolinescooking.com/.
Turkey Sausage and Pasta

Turkey Sausage and Pasta


  • 1 lb turkey sausage, casing removed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cups cooked pasta (I used mini penne)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups bbq sauce (homemade or purchased)


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Break sausage into bite-sized pieces. Saute in oil until no longer pink.
  • In a small skillet, saute onions and mushrooms in butter until soft and caramelized. Add to sausage.
  • Add bbq sauce, peppers and pasta.
  • Heat thoroughly.
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Enjoy all these easy on your food bill recipes from Sunday Supper.

Save-Your-Pennies Soups:
Bean and Bacon Soup by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Mexican Turkey Bean Soup by What Smells So Good?
Pasta e Fagioli by The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
Turkey and Dumpling Soup by Palatable Pastime
Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup by Pancake Warriors

Budget-Savvy Bread and Salads:
Mom’s Buttermilk Biscuits by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Turkey Salad by Food Done Light

Money-Saving Mains:
Black Bean and Bell Pepper Quesadillas by My San Francisco Kitchen
Cajun Blackened Chicken Thighs by Feeding Big
Chicken Enchilada Casserole by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Chicken Enchiladas by The Freshman Cook
Chicken Piccata by Monica’s Table
Chicken Tetrazzini by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
Chimichurri Chicken Thighs by Life Tastes Good
Dutch Baby Pancakes by Brunch with Joy
Easy Cheesy Egg Breakfast Bake with Potatoes and Sausage by From Gate to Plate [or breakfast]
Easy Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
Egyptian Rice and Lentils by Wholistic Woman
French Onion Soup Twice Baked Potato by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Gnocchi with Fennel and Pork by Caroline’s Cooking
Italian Baked Chicken by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Lasagna Stuffed Acorn Squash by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Noodles by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Orzo with Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potatoes by Cooking Chat
Sauteed Vegetables by Party Food and Entertaining
Turkey Sausage and Pasta by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Twice Baked Sweet Potato Bar by Momma’s Meals
Yakisoba (Japanese Stir Fried Noodles) by Curious Cuisinere

Don’t-break-the-bank Desserts:
Apple Pecan Bread Pudding by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Marshmallow Popcorn Balls by Pies and Plots
Slow Cooker Apple Gingerbread Crumble by The Crumby Cupcake

And more saving suggestions from the Sunday Supper Movement:
Budget-Friendly Meal Ideas for #SundaySupper

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Beef and Green Beans over Orange Rice #SundaySupper

This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

Beef and Beans over Orange Rice

Beef and Beans Over Orange Rice plate

Fall is the start of casserole season here. It is so easy to include “Beef as Part of A Healthy Plate”. When it comes to choosing healthy proteins, lean beef is a delicious and healthy choice. It’s also a perfect partner for fruits, vegetables and whole grains, making it even easier to enjoy a balanced diet.

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I like putting beef, whole grains like brown rice, quinoa or barley and vegetables together and pop them in the oven. Magic happens in there, I swear! All those juices and flavors blend together to make an entire new dish from what I put in the oven.

Beef and Green Beans over Orange Rice Casserole

Nutty brown rice and pasta absorb the essence of meat and broth. Vegetables play both sides. Potatoes, carrots and beans give off flavor and take on their surroundings at the same time!

Beef enhances so many types of dishes.

I do love casseroles but soups and stews are on my must make list too! Who doesn’t like crock of hearty beef stew or smoldering bowl of beef barley soup?

For soups and stews I use a shoulder round roast or bottom round roast I can braise for an hour or two to draw out all the beefy goodness and create an outstanding broth. It’s a Low and Slow Experience way of cooking. Making the same roast in a slow-cooker will accomplish the same results.

The Beef Checkoff has a great free flipbook full of information called Big Nutrition in a Small Package .

In it you’ll find:

  • more on beef nutrition (beef offers a spectrum of nutrition)
  • the 10 most popular cuts of beef
  • recipes for every meal time
  • inspiring Q&A

You can also find more great meal ideas on the Healthy Meals with Beef Pinterest Board!

Connect and stay in touch with The Beef Checkoff through their social media sites:

Website: http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Beef
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeefItsWhatsForDinner
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/beeffordinner/

Beef and Green Beans over Orange Rice

Beef and Green Beans over Orange Rice blends beef, vegetables, fruit and grains into one healthy meal. Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner!


Beef and Beans Over Orange Rice

Beef and Green Beans over Orange Rice

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 (8-ounce) sirloin tip steak or tenderloin steak cut into 1/4-inch thickness
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup Mandarin oranges, canned, drained
  • 6 ounces whole green beans fresh or frozen
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds blanched or toasted
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Season steak with salt and pepper. Carefully add oil to hot skillet. Saute steak 2 to 3 minutes per side. Set aside.
  • In a 2-quart saucepan, blanch onions and beans in orange juice until softened. Add thyme leaves.
  • Layer rice, steak pieces, beans and oranges in a greased 8x8-inch casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle with almonds.
  • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes to thoroughly heat and blend flavors. Garnish with thyme springs.


Use cooking spray or lightly butter dish to prevent rice from sticking.

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Now that you know how easy it is to create healthy, well-balanced meals with beef, which combination will you try first? Please let me know in the comments below!

Enjoy all these great Sunday Supper meal ideas showcasing “Beef as Part of A Healthy Plate”!

Healthy Plates with Beef

Plus 5 Quick Side Dishes for Beef #SundaySupper with The Beef Checkoff.


Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.
Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.