Fast, Easy and Delicious: a Must for Week Night Dinners

by Jeff Berkowitz on April 27, 2010 · 8 comments

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Got home late… what a drag…still have to cook dinner…not in the mood for take out…wrench the door of the fridge open…please let there be something easy to cook. Mood suddenly changes… have chicken breasts…they cook quickly… hmmm, what else… Spring Onions!!! Seasonal and delicious… and …mangoes! He Shoots and Scores!!! Just one thing left how should I cook it all? The simple answer is grill, but it’s pouring rain outside…good thing I got that stove top grill.

Many week nights go something like this. It is essential to plan ahead for them and this time we did. I made up all that stuff about not knowing what was in the refrigerator, or rather that is how it used to be. When we do our shopping on the weekend we plan some very fast meals for the nights that we know are going to be a problem. That is what saves our budget and that is what ensures that we can eat a nutritious meal during our busy week.

One of the things that make a dinner like this a welcome and easy meal is the availability of a sauce or spice rub that turns the meal from just cooked meat to a gourmet treat.

This may seem old school, but we have discovered a  Cajun Style Rub that delivers on the promise of what Cajun should have been all along. Somewhere along the way, Cajun became all about heat and not about flavor. A few weeks ago Chef of the Future’s sent us a sample of their Not Your Average Cajun Seasoning. I thought, how cool, they like the Honeymooners. I do too. Hummin nuh, hummin nuh, hummin nuh!

You must realize I was around for the first round of Cajun as the “Big Thing”, so with little expectation I tried it. I tried it on my finger and then I tried it again…hmmmm, it’s good. The next day I used it on chicken…it’s really good. The next night I planned a meal around it; pork tenderloin with banana and green onion raita. It is better than good, it is what Cajun was always supposed to be. It enhanced the flavor of everything I put it on with a pleasant amount of spice, garlic, herbs; all in perfect balance. This is not just another seasoned salt either, there is much more than just salt. The product impressed me so much that I had to get it for My OpenSky Shop. It’s sold in a 3-pack!

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In order for me to offer something in my shop,  it has to be fairly healthy, delicious is not enough. There is no MSG and the label does not have anything on it that you might not find in my spice cabinet. Notice the sodium is super low too. In ¼ tsp there is only 90 mg of sodium, salt has 590 mg in the same amount. Even the salt eaters in the family did not add more.

This meal is Cajun grilled chicken breast with mango salsa and grilled spring onions. The meal took only a ½ hour to get on the table and 1 pot (the grill) and a bowl to mix the salsa, perfect for a busy week night.

Americans are not famous for keeping lots of different herbs and spices in their pantries (we are getting better) but Not Your Average Cajun Seasoning is one you should have if only to get you out of a tight spot when you need a quick meal. After you try it, you will make it a permanent part of your repertoire as I have.  Remember, you get a 3-pack of this wonderful seasoning.

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As soon as I got home I started heating the grill, put a scant few drops of grape seed oil on the breasts, rubbed that in. Then seasoned the breasts liberally with Not Your Average Cajun Seasoning. The spring onion tops were sliced for the salsa and the bottoms split to be grilled. Putting the onions on the grill, I then turned my attention to the beautifully ripe mango which I diced, mixed with chopped cilantro and the sliced spring onions tops. Seasoned the salsa with salt, pepper, sherry vinegar, and olive oil and put that on the table for everyone to help themselves. The onions were removed from the grill and the well seasoned chicken took their place and cooked for a total of 6 minutes on each side. I did place a sheet pan over them to help the chicken cook evenly and 12 minutes later dinner was on the table.

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1 Gregory Koblentz April 30, 2010 at 10:36 am

My brunch guests flipped their collective lids when they had my homefries seasoned with Not Your Average Cajun. Nobody could get over the full, balanced flavor it added to them. My meatloaf has never been better. I am not even going to talk about my movie night popcorn, oh wait I just did. LOL I butter it up and then season it liberally. The great thing is I can use this seasoning to my hearts content and not have to worry about preservatives, excessive salt, I get to have my cake and eat it too. Cake, hmmmm, I just had another great idea, seasoning my crab cakes with this. I bet they will blow tired old, bland Old Bay out of the water. Off to the kitchen……

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2 eileen blake April 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Have used this seasoning extensively for quite a while and it has enhanced the flavor of everything I’ve used it on and our dining pleasure. Would highly recommend it.

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3 Todd Dubovy April 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I use this stuff on lots of different things. I goes well on fish, chicken and even hamburgers. Besides tasting really good, a big benefit to us is how quick it can spruce up an otherwise blah dinner, which really comes in handy during the week when we have so little time to cook up a gourmet meal. We love it.

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4 Jeff Berkowitz April 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Couldn’t agree more. It was really surprising how much flavor was imparted to the chicken we made in only ten minutes.

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5 William Peason April 28, 2010 at 9:58 am

At first I thought this would be just a run of the mill seasoning but I was in for a suprise. The Cajun seasoning makes everything pop. Meats, fish, ribs and even eggs. I,m hooked for life. Good job. Chef of the Future.

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6 Jeff Berkowitz April 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I had the same thought. I was intrigued when I tasted it, but when my chicken breasts were bursting with flavor, I was very pleased.

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7 sandy rosenstock April 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

I have tried this seasoning and have enjoyed it tremendously! I recommend it highly.
Sandy

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8 Jeff Berkowitz April 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Thank you for taking the time to say so.

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