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Bring-Your-Own-Lunch Recipe: Fast & Lazy BBQ Chicken


Every week, we suggest a fascinating, delicious and not-so-unhealthy dish that is easy to reheat in your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: BBQ Lazy Chicken. 


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Author: Fausto Mendez / Photographer: INeedCoffe

    Another week, another fast, easy and delicious recipe. This week, we feature an original recipe, straight out of the mind of my other half. She makes this chicken several times every month, and each time, she makes extra for me to take to work the next day. It heats up well in a microwave, and pairs well with a variety of sides, my favorite being macaroni & cheese to accompany the main course. 

    This BBQ chicken recipe is incredibly fast and easy, and you may find yourself in utter awe at the taste of this utterly delicious chicken. Unfortunately, she usually eyeballs measurements, so I don’t have exact measurements for you. You may require a second attempt at getting it just right, but even if imperfect, it’s hard to ruin this recipe, unless you overcook the chicken. In that case, it’s really easy to ruin it, so that’s the most important part of the recipe. Don’t overcook the chicken!

Step 1: The Ingredients

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Photographer: Phú Thịnh Co

+ Chicken: legs, thighs, whatever you like. I prefer thighs.

+ Lawry’s Chicken & Poultry Rub

+ Coconut Oil

+ Homemade BBQ Sauce: minced onions, garlic butter, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, worcestershire sauce and water.

+ You may substitute the homemade BBQ sauce for your favorite bottled brand, but I really love my wife’s BBQ sauce recipe.

Step 2: The Chicken

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+ Liberally smear the Chicken & Poultry rub over the chicken pieces.

+ Perfectly sauté the chicken pieces in coconut oil. BHG has a great guide on how to perfect sauté any piece of chicken, if you’re not sure how to do it.

Step 3: The BBQ Sauce

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Photographer: K.M. Gong

+ If you opt for bottled sauce, you can skip this step. Just pour it on your chicken when you’re ready to eat.

+ If you’re making the homemade BBQ sauce, grease a new pan with butter, and sauté the onions until translucent. 

+ Add garlic, and “sweat”, chef’s slang for “cook out the juices”. 

+ Add ketchup and a small amount of water. Mix. Add a splash of vinegar and a splash of worcestershire sauce. Mix, and simmer for ten minutes.

+ Taste the sauce. You’ll have to adjust your sauce by adding sugar, worcestershire sauce and ketchup until you’ve discovered the perfect blend for your tastebuds. 

+ Simmer until the sauce thickens.

+ If you’re not eating the chicken immediately (maybe because it’s your lunch at work tomorrow), don’t store the chicken in the BBQ sauce. Add the sauce only when you’re ready to eat. Don’t let it swim in the sauce for days.


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Bring-Your-Own-Lunch Recipe: Emeril’s “Kicked Up” Tuna Melts #BYOL


Every week, we suggest a fascinating, delicious and not-so-unhealthy dish that is easy to reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Emeril’s “Kicked Up” Tuna Melts.


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By Fausto Mendez

    This week, we feature a delicious tuna melt, straight from Emeril’s brain and ripped out of the pages of Martha Stewart's website. If you plan to take these to work, don't add the tuna mix to your sandwich right away.

    Keep the tuna separated from the bread until you’re ready to eat, then add the cheese and tomato, and heat it all up in a mini oven. A microwave may also suffice, but you’ll have to be very careful not to overcook your sandwich (as microwaves often do). Below, we summarize the recipe in an easy step-by-step guide.

The Grocery List

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+ Four cans of solid-white tuna in water (drained)

+ Third cup of mayo

+ One tablespoon of lemon juice

+ Four slices of provolone

+ Four slices of crusty bread

+ One teaspoon of ground pepper &  half teaspoon of salt

+ Fresh herbs & veggies: quarter cup of red onion, eight slices of tomato, four teaspoons of rinsed capers, quarter teaspoon of dried oregano

Making the Tuna Salad

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+ Mix tuna, mayo, onions, salt, pepper, oregano, capers and lemon juice. Stir, stir, stir.

Prep the Sandwich

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+ Don’t prep the sandwich until you’re ready to eat. This is to prevent soaking the bread.

+ Add a small amount of mayo on two slices of bread. Add tuna on each slice of bread.

+ Lay down one or two tomato slices and a cheese slice.

+ Heat until cheese melts, but be careful not to burn the bread.

OK, Let’s Eat. 

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+ But don’t stop here. Next week, we’ll post another delicious dish.


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Bring-Your-Own-Lunch Recipes: Mini Cheeseburger Pies #BYOL #WTF

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By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Mini Cheeseburger Pies. 

    This is perhaps one of the most convenient and unique #BYOL recipes that we’ve ever posted, and if you love hamburgers, you have to try it out for your next in-office meal. It’s basically all the ingredients that you’d put into a burger but in the shape of a pie… or a muffin.

    It’s a pie that small looks more like a muffin, actually, but that’s enough small talk. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and throw on an apron.

Step 1 - The Grocery List

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+ Burger mix: one pound ground beef, one chopped onion, one tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, one teaspoon garlic salt, one cup shredded cheese.

+ Baking mix: half cup milk, half cup Original Bisquick mix, two eggs.

+ Optional garnishes: twelve mini dill pickles, one chopped tomato, ketchup, mustard. 

Step 2 - The Prep

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+ In a skillet, preheat the beef and onion over a medium-high flame for five to seven minutes. Frequently and thoroughly stir. 

+ Let the beef chill for three to five minutes, and add the Worcestershire sauce, cheese and garlic salt. Thoroughly mix. 

+ In a separate bowl, drop in the baking ingredients, and stir, mix and poke until thoroughly blended.  

Step 3 - The Bake

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+ Cover a 12-muffin pan with cooking spray or your favorite cooking grease.

+ Spoon a small tablespoon of your baking mixture and a one-fourth cup of burger mixture into each of the twelve muffin cups. Spoon another tablespoon of baking mixture into each muffin cup in order to “sandwich” the burger mixture in between baking mixture.

+ Bake for about 30 minutes. A sign that it’s done is if you can insert and pull out a clean toothpick and there’s a nice golden-brown shade to the tops of the mini hamburger pies. 

+ Allow the mini hamburger pies to cool for ten minutes outside of the pan. Add garnish, thank My Kitchen Magazine for the recipe, and eat!


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Bring-Your-Own-Lunch Recipes: Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo Sandwich #BYOL

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By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo Sandwich. 

    We don’t often feature sandwiches for the bring-your-own-lunch recipe showcases, but this one really stood out to me, especially since I majored in English. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a count to access the privileged flavors of this sandwich, nor do you need the skills of a count’s chef to make this delicious delight. More importantly, it offers a nice alternative to my daily ham sandwich at the office.

    The Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo, courtesy of Paula Deen, is the perfect sandwich for Thanksgiving leftovers, but if your taste buds are anything like mine, waiting for November to dive into turkey slices and cranberry sauces is not an option. Enough talk. Let’s cook some ingredients… errr.. or layer them, I guess. 

Step 1 - Gather the Ingredients

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+ Keep in mind that this recipes serves four adults, so reduce all ingredients to a fourth for a single sandwich.

+ Soft Bread (potato bread, challah, or other)

+ At Least One Cup of Grated Fontina Cheese

+ Eight Slices of Cooked Turkey Breast

+ Half Cup of Cranberry Sauce

+ One Cup of Baby Arugula Leaves

+ Three Eggs

+ One Third Cup of Milk

+ Pinch of Nutmeg

+ Two Tablespoons of Butter

Step 2 - Layer the Ingredients

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+ For each sandwich, place two tablespoons of the fontina cheese, two slices of turkey, two tablespoons of the cranberry sauce, and a few arugula leaves.

+ Finish it off with more cheese (as much as you want). 

+ Press down on the sandwich to seal in the ingredients.

Step 3 - Cook the Layered Ingredients

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+ Beat the eggs, milk and nutmeg in a bowl.

+ Add butter to a large skillet. Warm up the skillet over medium heat.

+ Dip each sandwich into the eggy mixture. Then, cook the sandwich on the skillet until the outside of the bread turns golden brown. Cook both sides of the sandwich. Add more butter as necessary.

Step 4 - Eat the Cooked and Layered Ingredients

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+ Drain the sandwiches on a thin stack of paper towels.

+ Assimilate sandwich according to desired hunger level. Rinse, and repeat steps one through four as necessary.

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Bring-Your-Own-Lunch Recipe: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole #BYOL

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By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to make or reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole!

    Chicken cordon bleu is great, but the way it’s normally prepared is kind of a pain in the ass. Plus, if you like evenly dispersing the taste of each ingredient throughout each bite, it’s hard to eat chicken-stuffed anything that way. That’s why I love a well-made casserole.

    Casseroles taste just like their original counterparts, but the ingredients are mixed together in a way that allows you to taste most, if not all, of the ingredients in every bite. I love that. Now, let’s cook; start by preheating your oven to 375ºF.

Step 0 - Pull a Chicken Out of the Freezer, and Gather Your Ingredients

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+ 6 oz pack of chicken flavored stuffing mix (or your own recipe)

+ 10 3/4 oz can of cream of chicken soup (condensed)

+ 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

+ 3 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bit-size strips)

+ 3 cups broccoli florets

+ 2 cups cooked and chopped ham

+ 6 slices of Swiss cheese

Step 1 - Prepare Some Stuff in a Bowl

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+ You need to prepare some stuff(ing) before we can start baking, so make the stuffing as the package recommends. Alternatively, you may use your own stuffing recipe, but this tends to be the easier (and still very delicious) way. 

Step 2 - Mix Some Other Stuff in Another Bowl

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+ If you love stuffing, be very careful with this next part: Place the stuffing to the side - out of sight and mind. It’s better to hide it to prevent yourself from snacking it away as you finish the recipe, or you can do what I do to prevent this problem. Make a second batch of stuffing strictly for snacking purposes.  

+ Mix the mustard and soup in a separate bowl. Add the chicken, ham and broccoli to the same bowl.

Step 3 - Bake Stuff

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+ Grease, a two-quart casserole dish, or use your favorite cooking spray.

+ Gather all that stuff that you just prepared - minus the stuffing stuff - and chuck it all into the casserole dish. Top the mixture with Swiss cheese slices.

+ Finally, add whatever stuffing you didn’t eat to the top of the casserole. 

+ Don’t forget to get baked bake it. Stick in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

Step 4 - Eat Stuff

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+ If you didn’t snack on too much stuffing, you might have some room for the casserole once you’re done cooking it, but don’t forget the whole point of the recipe: it’s an easy dish to reheat at your office lunchroom. Save some for tomorrow’s lunch!

+ You can thank Six Sisters for the original recipe.

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Bring Your Own Lunch Recipe: Single-Serving, Instant Brownie #BYOL

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By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to make or reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Single-Serving, Instant Brownie.

    I know what you’re thinking, “Technically, this is not a lunch recipe.” And you’re right. This post is for an instant desert, and for #BYOL posts, we usually do a main course, sometimes coupled with a side or two. But we’re not prudes around here. I’m sure you enjoy a sugar boost at work as much as the next guy/gal, so I present to your our first #BYOL desert recipe. 

    As usual, the idea is to present a recipe that is easy to make or reheat at your office lunchroom. Unlike past #BYOL recipes on this blog, you actually make - instead of reheat - the brownie at work, so the beauty in No. 2 Pencil's brownie recipe is its freshness. As a result, you should prepare the mix at home, and when you’re ready to eat, simply throw it in the microwave.

Step 0 - Gather Your Brownie Ingredients

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+ One decent microwave

+ One ramekin or a small microwaveable cup

+ Two tablespoons butter

+ Two tablespoons sugar

+ One overloaded tablespoon of light-brown sugar

+ 1/4 Teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

+ One pinch of kosher salt

+ One egg yolk

+ Four tablespoons of flour

+ One tablespoon Hershey’s unsweetened coca powder

+ Two overloaded tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chunks

Step 1 -  Melt it Down

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+ Melt the butter in your ramekin or cup, but don’t let it boil.

Step 2 - Stir it Up

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+ Add the sugars, salt and vanilla to the butter. Stir.

+ Add the egg yolk, but do not add the egg white. Stir.

+ Add the flour and cocoa powder. Stir.

Step 3 - Apply Some Heat

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+ Top off your mixture with some chocolate chunks.

+ Microwave the mixture for about 45 to 55 seconds. Do not overcook it! Microwaves can easily overcook food. Plus, a slightly undercooked brownie is preferable, in my opinion. 

Step 4 - Enjoy

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+ I recommend being selfish, and eating it all to yourself. Like a territorial lion, you should lunge at any coworkers that approach you during this feeding session. But don’t be too selfish; share the recipe!

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Bring Your Own Lunch Recipe: Hummus-Crusted Chicken #BYOL

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By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Hummus-Crusted Chicken.

    Have you ever considered using hummus as a sauce in a baking recipe. Neither had Gimme Some Oven's Ali, but that didn't stop her from trying out the fascinating dish. It turns out the dish is rather awesome, and I'm beyond ecstatic to come across the recipe. More importantly for those of us with little free time, it's pretty easy to cook up, and it doesn't take a long time to make. Now, let's bake some chicken.

Step 0 - Gather your Ingredients
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+ Four boneless chicken breasts

+ Salt & pepper

+ Chopped: one zucchini, one yellow squash, medium onion

+ One cup of your favorite hummus

+ One Tbsp. olive oil

+ Two Lemons

+ One tsp. smoked paprika or sumac

Step 1 - Prepare It

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+ Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

+ Season the breasts with salt and pepper. 

+ Place the zucchini, squash and onion in bowl. Drop in some olive oil. Toss until evenly coated. 

Step 2 - Lay It

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+ Arrange the vegetables at the bottom of a baking dish. They should form an even flat(ish) layer. 

+ Coat cover chicken in hummus; then, lay the chicken breasts over the vegetables.

+ Squeeze an entire lemon over both the vegetables and the chicken. Thinly slice the same lemon, and place the slices in between the chicken and veggies.

Step 3 - Bake It

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+ Let it cook for about 25 to 30 minutes, though you should double check that the chicken is completely cooked before taking it out. The veggies should feel rather tender.

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