The Actifry strikes again! I actually scrounged this recipe up with some things I found around the kitchen last month and LOVED it but I was in the midst of the Dining Room Set Makeover and I somehow forgot to do a post about it. Shame on me. Well, here it is! It was worth the wait, trust me.
Now, before we get into it, I have a quick segue…
Last night I was idly rummaging through my fridge and I happened across some stewing beef that I was planning to use in my slow cooker to make this unbelievable teriyaki stir fry. I calmly thought to myself, “Won’t this be lovely for dinner tomorrow after it’s in the slow cooker during the day while I’m at work,” and I was quiet pleased with how organized I was and how everything was at peace in the world…
Then I chanced a glance at the expiry date. “WHAT THE HELL!! HOW COULD THIS HAVE HAPPENED! IT EXPIRED YESTERDAY!!” I’m not one to waste food and I’m a strong believer that expiry dates are more guidelines than anything. Think what you will of me, but I’ve never had a bad experience with “expired” food. Also, this beef looked perfectly fine! And you don’t throw out perfectly fine looking beef.
On that note… I wasn’t about to wait until the next day to cook it. Even I thought that might be pushing it. So, I did something I’ve never done before. I pulled out my slow cooker at night. I had gotten home late from work and it was about 7pm. I figured I’d cook the beef on high for 4 hours, throw it in the fridge before bed, finish up the recipe tomorrow night and no one would be the wiser. I patted myself on the back, whispered, “Nice save, Mel!” to myself, fist pumped the air Judd Nelson style and silently rocked out to some Simple Minds in my head. Then I made myself a quick snack, did some things around the house, turned on a movie that I’m recommending this Friday so I could refresh myself on it, dozed a little bit, woke up… and went to bed. Now, in my defense, it’s Easter this weekend and the in-laws are coming to stay… I have a lot on my mind!!
Anyways, I woke up this morning and smelled something not quiet right. I ignored it in typical half-asleep fashion, snoozed my alarm and went back to my half-sleep. Something clicked in my head and I literally ran out of bed to the kitchen. I didn’t even jump out of bed – I ran. Sure enough, my poor beef that I thought I was saving from the doom of the garbage was a black charred mess and my house now smells like the death of my oh-so promising dinner. It smells like failure in here right now. Ugh. Take a look for yourself.
Moral of the story: It’s almost impossible to burn your house down with your slow cooker.
Well, that wasn’t the quickest of segues but now I have something that turned out fantastic for you to make for dinner tonight, using my other favourite kitchen appliance – my Actifry. I also have to apologize for the pictures. I have gotten a lot better at taking pictures but this is from a while ago and I didn’t want to exclude the recipe entirely.
- Two chicken breasts cut into strips
- 1 cup broccoli cut into bite size pieces
- 1 cup mushrooms sliced
- 1/2 tablespoon plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- Pasta of choice. I used rotini
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning mix (or a mixture of basil, oregano, parsley, thyme and rosemary)
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Throw your chicken in the Actifry with 1/2 tablespoon olive oils and garlic and set the timer for 20 minutes. In the last 5 minutes, add the vegetables.
- While this is cooking, make your pasta according to package directions.
- Add pasta and chicken and veggie mixture to a glass, metal or ceramic bowl (don’t use plastic because it can melt or crack).
- Mix it all up with remaining oil, seasoning and feta cheese.
So easy, so delicious. Perfect for a Kitchen Raid kind of night. Substitute whichever veggies and whatever base you have on hand. Any kind of pasta, rice, couscous or quinoa will work with this recipe. Make yourself look like a hero in the kitchen tonight (something I completely and utterly failed at last night! Haha!)
Have a great day and let me know your variation if you make this recipe! Also, feel free to share your recent kitchen fails.