Have you heard of the Dirty Dozen? I’m not talking about a group of voters or a brass band. No, the Dirty Dozen is a list of fruits and veggies that are sprayed with a lot of chemicals while they are growing. Those chemicals come “free” to you when you purchase grapes, strawberries, apples. spinach, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes and more. While it’s important to wash them, just water won’t get the chemicals off. So consider purchasing these organic if you can.
Not only are the fresh versions of these fruits and veggies filled with chemicals, the dried versions are too. Because of that, we now carry Organic Raisins made from Organic Grapes. These little plump pieces of sweetness taste delicious and can be addicting to kiddos and adults alike. These raisins, (also called rai-szees), go perfect with apples and peanut butter.
Off the Bone – normally $5.99 – now $4.99
Blackberry Balsamic Chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil*
4 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth*
1 teaspoons dried thyme*
1/3 cup seedless blackberry jam*
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch (optional)*
*Ingredients available at The Country Cupboard
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken breasts until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. While the chicken breasts are cooking, whisk together the chicken broth, thyme, blackberry spread, and balsamic vinegar.
- Once the chicken breasts have browned on both sides, pour in the blackberry sauce, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the chicken breasts are no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes. Turn the chicken breasts over halfway through cooking. Serve with the reduced blackberry sauce. For a thicker sauce, mix cornstarch with about 2 teaspoons of water, and stir into simmering sauce; let cook until thickened, about 1 minute.