Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Teriyaki Burger Recipe with Dole #Tropicalfruit #cbias

My mom has been cooking with Dole canned fruit since I can remember, from garnishes to salads to desserts. So I was so excited for to shop at Safeway for Dole canned fruit to make Teriyaki Burgers!

Teriyaki Burger with Pineapple Recipe via The Silly Pearl

The are five Safeways in our area but we went to the one my family has always called the “Big” Safeway, the most centrally located one.

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Dole tropical canned fruit were on sale with your Safeway Club Card…

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…so I stocked up! I hope to try out some of my mom’s recipes as well as try this Teriyaki burger recipe.

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We haven’t had chicken burgers in a while, so I grabbed two pounds of that, plus buns, cheese, ginger, panko breadcrumbs and teriyaki sauce. Please visit my Google+ album to see more of my shopping trip for Dole Tropical Fruit at Safeway.

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We thought we’d grill up these burgers along with some vegetables and have a meal on the lighter side.


First, I made the marinade for the teriyaki burgers. I opened a can of the Dole Pineapple Slices,

Dole Pineapple Slices

and poured the juice in a bowl along with some teriyaki sauce.


I reserved some of the mixture on the side, and added the ground chicken to the remaining mixture. Plus I grated in some ginger…


and added the panko breadcrumbs.


I folded everything together, and shaped them into patties. I had bought some sweet Hawaiian rolls for my girls, so we thought we’d make some little sliders for them along with our regular-sized patties. My husband fired up the grill and placed the patties on.


Here are the rest of the reserved pineapple juice/teriyaki sauce mixture, and the pineapple slices, standing by!


He brushed the patties with the juice/sauce mixture.


Along with some vegetables, we grilled the pineapple slices. My husband mentioned they were a little bit thin for the grill, but you can’t beat the convenience, and they taste really good.


Just throwing on a few more veggies and dinner’s ready.


Yum. A really tasty, out-of-the-ordinary dinner.

Teriyaki Burger with Dole Pineapple

The pineapple was so sweet, and went great with the ginger and teriyaki flavors.


I didn’t take a picture, but last night I took a frozen cheese pizza, cut up a leftover chicken burger patty, some leftover pineapple (by some miracle, I didn’t snack on it all night!) and added those to the cheese pizza as toppings along with a little bit more shredded cheese. So this recipe goes a long way! And as mentioned, I hope to share with you in the future sometime my mom’s other recipes using Dole tropical fruit!


Teriyaki Burger Recipe 

Prep: 25 min :: Makes 8 servings


  • 1 can (20 oz.) DOLE® Pineapple Slices
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 8 whole grain hamburger buns
  • 8 slices Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese


  • Drain pineapple; reserve 1/2 cup juice. Reserve 2 pineapple slices for snack or other use.
  • Stir together teriyaki sauce and reserved pineapple juice in small bowl.
  • Mix together turkey, ginger, bread crumbs and 1/4 cup teriyaki mixture. Shape into 8 patties.
  • Grill patties, brushing with remaining teriyaki mixture, until brown and cooked through. Place pineapple slices on grill and cook until lightly golden brown.
  • Serve burgers on buns with cheese and pineapple.

Tip: To make 4 servings, use 1 can (8 oz.) DOLE Pineapple Slices and cut remaining ingredients in half.


As always, let me know if you try this recipe! And be sure to keep up with all things Dole here:

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Fundraiser for Our Friend Colleen

"Never worry about numbers.Help one person at a time,and always start with the person nearest you."

- Mother Teresa
You may know my friend and fellow blogger Colleen. She's known as Mural Maker to the blog world. Colleen is a caring person and is truly a giver by nature. She and her husband each took care of their aging mothers on a 24/7 basis. They were forced to live separately while they cared for the women who raised them. They did spend as much time together as their lives allowed, especially while caring for their 4 year old grandson.

She and her husband Marlon were struggling to make ends meet after the thoughtless and fraudulent actions of one person turned their lives upside down. Just when they thought they had hit rock bottom, a glimmer of hope arose and it looked like there might be a way to erase (if that's even possible) 20 years of literally paying for an erroneous paper filed with a government agency. While in the process of filling out mountains of paperwork to undo this "wrong", Marlon began to make the first steps out of an extremely fragile financial situation.

Three weeks after he was starting to get his life back, Marlon developed an aortic tear (if you remember John Ritter's sudden death, he was struck by the same medical condition.) Most people die instantly from an aortic tear, but not Marlon. He fought for his life and so did the surgeons. After several surgeries, he was in recovery but the damage was done and he slipped away peacefully.

Colleen was devastated, her husband was her rock and her best friend to lean on. He was her ever positive outlook guy . As she dealt with the blow of his death, she didn't realize that the worst was yet to come. Soon after the funeral, the bills started to flood in. Medical bills from the surgeries and all the emergency room and ICU fees. Bills for the funeral. And their normal bills.

Amidst all the hands outreached for money, Colleen has one that presents a more pressing need. She suffered a debilitating back injury years ago, which still requires medical treatments so she can endure the pain. At this point, I think you understand that her need for funds to pay the bills and just simply survive (until she can get back on her feet) are unimaginable. Colleen would never ask for money for herself, but she has agreed to let me post these details of her life and help her set up a fund raiser. A Friends of Colleen Jorgensen Fundraising Page has been set up with Rally.org (a unique site for helping people fund raise for their causes.) All the money raised will go directly to Colleen. Payments can be made with credit card or eCheck. And all your information and the amount you donated is kept private.

So, who's with me? Can you help give back with a small donation? Or can you help spread the word? Simply paste this code onto your sidebar (or in a post) to help spread the word:

Friends of Colleen Jorgensen Fundraiser

Thank you to Brittany @ Pretty Handy Girl for organizing this fundraiser to help Colleen, and for putting this text together.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Getting Ready for Back to School Shopping with #MomsGuide

My girls have a month and 3 days left until their FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN! How is that possible? It seems like just yesterday that they were first starting preschool.
It seems like just yesterday that they came home from the NICU even!
When they were teeny babies, and even when they were just starting preschool, shopping for the things they needed was pretty easy in that we knew what essentials to buy.
But now I’m facing my first Back-to-School shopping experience! I’m in denial, and I’m overwhelmed. Clothes? Backpacks? School supplies? Lunch supplies? AAHHH!
So I’m really glad to have the #MomsGuide for Back to School! As I looked through it, I started to feel less overwhelmed, and more ready to tackle this task.
MomsGuide Back to School Guide Elmers
MomsGuide Back to School Guide CookiesKids
If you’d like some help shopping for back to school as well, click below to access the eguide for some great ideas to get you started. And when you’re in the eguide, just click on any of the images to take you to that product.

I’ll be posting more about my shopping experience with one of the brands mentioned in the back to school guide, so stay tuned!

Seasoned back to school mama pros, please give me some advice in the meantime: How do you prepare for back to school?

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

My Husband’s Chicken Chow Mein Recipe #SFSmarties

Between my husband and me, he is the one who has always been more comfortable in the kitchen, especially when it comes to making Chinese food. Many thanks to him for cooking a family favorite, Chicken Chow Mein, and showing us how to make it today!
Chicken Chow Mein Recipe by The Silly Pearl SFSmarties

We purchased our chicken chow mein ingredients from Smart and Final.
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Specifically, we wanted to get Foster Farm’s Chicken Breasts, split, bone-in with ribs attached, in a family pack (on sale this week). Family packs of chicken are the BEST…such a great deal and they freeze well, which saves tons of time.
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My husband’s Chicken Chow Mein (by the way, chow mein is also known as Lo Mein on the East Coast) basically consists of a meat and vegetables, stir fried with noodles with either soy sauce or oyster sauce. We use minimal oil so it comes out way healthier and less greasy than your average Chinese restaurant take-out. So in addition to the chicken, we checked out what Smart and Final had to make the chow mein.
We found colorful vegetables, like bell peppers, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, and (a HUGE BAG!) of green onions.
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We love chicken chow mein for its convenience. Often, we have these ingredients at home already. But you could also skip all the chopping and buy one of these already-prepared packs of vegetables. Even a cole-slaw mix would work…I would love the crunch and freshness from the carrots and cabbage in my chow mein.
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As for flavorings, we usually use staples of the Asian kitchen such as soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil. Our Smart and Final has a small Asian section.
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We actually saw some soy sauce we’d never heard of before…gluten free, as well as organic. Remember that soy sauce is made of wheat, so if your family is gluten free, this is a great alternative! My husband opted for the organic kind.
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Unfortunately we couldn’t find sesame oil or oyster sauce. We surprisingly found other South East Asian sauces like fish sauce and peanut sauce, that we thought were less commonly used in the suburbs! But anyways, you can usually find sesame oil and oyster sauce these days at large grocery store chains. For our recipe today, we’ll opt out of the oyster sauce and you can can substitute olive oil for the sesame oil.
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As for the noodles, we were surprised to find these Japanese wheat udon noodles. If we’re shopping at an Asian supermarket, we’ll usually get a pack of fresh noodles. We were expecting to substitute spaghetti (which is totally yummy as well) but we thought we’d give these noodles a try.
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Here’s all the stuff we bought at Smart and Final to make chicken chow mein.

Here’s one chicken breast from the family pack. There were 5 total in the pack, all bone in and skin on. We individually wrapped them and put them in a big freezer bag, but kept one out for today. My husband started out by prepping the chicken. First, he removed the skin.

Then the bone. Basically just carefully cut along the bone with your knife. Practice makes perfect! You can save the bone for making chicken stock.

You’ll be left with the main part of the breast and the tenderloin. Cut the main part into 3 pieces. Remember that the tenderloin has a piece of tendon going through it, so carefully run your knife under it to slice it away. Again, practice practice!

Then he cut up all four pieces on the bias, against the grain, resulting in long, flat strips. This will help the chicken cook faster and more evenly. Note: These bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts are great for roasting too. You can always roast the chicken breast coated with olive oil, salt and pepper and cut it up after it’s roasted to put into the chow mein, to give it a different flavor.

Next, he marinated the chicken in soy sauce, sesame oil (you can use olive oil), corn starch, sugar and pepper. He let that sit while he prepared the noodles and vegetables.

Bring a pot of water to a rapid boil and add the noodles, cooking according the package directions.

These need 4 minutes to cook.

Julienne the vegetables so they are about the same size.

For the snap peas, remove the tail and the “tendon” along the side. Snap them in half if they are too large. My girls were eager to help…brought back memories of doing this for my mom.

The noodles finished cooking, so he drained them in a colander, rinsed with cold water, and allowed to drain again.

Time to stir-fry. First, he heated cooking oil in a pan and added the chicken.

And he stir-fried the chicken.

Here it is at about 3 minutes.

When it’s done (about 1-2 minutes later), he set it aside in a bowl. The chicken will have created some sauce from the soy sauce and corn starch. In the same pan, stir fry the vegetables (all except for the mushrooms) for a few minutes, until they start to become tender. Add salt and pepper to taste at that point and cook for another minute.

Then add mushrooms. Stir fry the vegetables together until they are tender and the mushrooms have turned golden. Taste a vegetable and add more salt and pepper if desired.

Add the chicken back to the pan with the vegetables, then add the cooked noodles.  Now, add sesame oil (or olive oil) and soy sauce to the noodles. Stir to combine. Taste a noodle; if desired, add more soy sauce and maybe some pepper.

Pour onto a serving dish. Garnish with chopped raw green onions.
Chicken Chow Mein SFSmarties The Silly Pearl

All done. A tasty, quick meal great for any night of the week. The chicken was really tender and tasted fresh, and the vegetables were crunchy and tasted fresh as well. I was hoping there would be leftovers…there weren’t any.
SFSmarties Chicken Chow Mein

Our girls’ portions in their piggy bowls:
The Silly Pearl Chicken Chow Mein SFSmarties

Thanks to my husband for cooking (and for putting up with me saying “WAIT! Don’t pour that yet! I need a picture!” while he cooked tonight). Kiss the cook!
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Sorry, didn’t mean to add cheeze to the recipe.

Chicken Chow Mein
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Prep time: 10 minutes || Cook time: 20 minutes || Serves 4
  • 1 Foster Farms Chicken Breast, split, bone-in
  • 1/2 an 8-ounce pack of sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 a small onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 green onions (3 cooked, 1 raw)
  • 1/4 a large green pepper
  • 1/4 a large red pepper
  • 1/4 pack of mushrooms (about 6)
  • (or the equivalent of other vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, snow peas, or zucchini)
  • 1 TBS oil (for cooking, such as canola or olive), plus an additional 1 tsp oil
  • 1-2 TBS soy sauce (to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 TBS oyster sauce
  • About 1/3-1/2 lbs noodles (such as Hakubaku Organic Japanese Wheat Udon Noodles, chow mein/lo mein noodles (not the crunchy kind!), spaghetti or linguine)
-For the Chicken Marinade:
  • 1 tsp oil (sesame or olive)
  • 1 TBS soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2-1 tsp each grated ginger root and garlic
  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain in colander, and set aside.
  • Rinse chicken and pat dry with a paper towel. Remove skin and bone from chicken breast. Remove tendon from tenderloin. Slice chicken on the bias, against the grain, into thin, flat strips. Put chicken into a bowl and add marinade ingredients. Mix and set aside. May be done a day in advance (keep in the fridge).
  • Wash and julienne vegetables (all of the above, except for one green onion). To prepare snap peas, remove tail and tendon along side and cut in half if large.
  • Heat 1 TSP oil in a pan and stir-fry chicken until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan, along with juices, and set aside.
  • In the same pan, stir fry vegetables (all except mushrooms). Add salt and pepper to taste. After the vegetables start to become tender, add mushrooms and stir fry. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add chicken back to pan along with juices. Add noodles. If your pan is too small, you can do this in batches (remove half the vegetables and add half the chicken and noodles). Add remaining 1/2 tsp oil, soy sauce and optional oyster sauce to noodles. Stir to combine with other ingredients. If the noodles still look dry, add a little more soy sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve in a platter and garnish with chopped raw green onions.

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Smart and Final Foster Farms Chicken Chow Mein
So tell me…have you made chow mein (or lo mein) before? What do you put in it?
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