8/31/2009

Puppy Chow at Table Talk

Calling all puppies...It's chow time!
So, my very favorite part of the General Mills Table Talk event was when they let us grab a red apron and do some cooking in the Betty Crocker Test Kitchens. That is definitely in the top 5 coolest things I have ever done!We got a main dish recipe to try and review, our group had Spicy Skillet Chicken. You can get the super-easy recipe here on the Betty Crocker website.
It looked good, but I knew that my 2 and 4 year old wouldn't touch it. OF COURSE I had to make it fun somehow.
Luckily, I had packed my Gourmet-Mom-on-the-Go Utility Belt!
Little H is very into puppies right now...so I was inspired. She will eat anything if she thinks it's in a doggie dish. So, why not turn dinner into "Puppy Chow"?! It only takes an extra 60 seconds and you have fun food for the kids AND a grown-up dinner for the adults...perfect.
Plus, I don't have to cut up anyone's food at the table. Sold!
Instructions:
Make Betty Crocker's quick and easy Spicy Skillet Chicken (It's 25 minutes prep and super-easy. I don't know if I'm allowed to post it here, so you'll just have to follow the link).

To assemble the "Doggie Dish", place a small bowl upside-down in a larger one (whatever size you want).
Fill with hot rice and push down with the back of a spoon to pack it tightly.
Turn upside down onto a plate and remove bowls. Add a little more rice in the bottom of the doggie dish if desired.

(Note: You could do all kinds of fillings in these "doggie bowls"!)
Dice chicken and place on one side of the bowl. Place the rice/bean/corn mixture on the other side. You can serve it this way and the little pups will gobble it up!Or, if you want to get fancy, add some icing eyeballs, a nose (I used a large sprinkle), and pretzel whiskers (thanks Lisa!) Call the dogs for chow-time!
If you really want to go wild, let them eat under the table in "The Dog House"
(it's a favorite around here)
Thanks, Gourmet Dad, for taking such great care of the girls while I was away at Table Talk. I think he liked the souvenir I bought for him.:)
I'll have some more dinner ideas from Table Talk coming soon!