If there’s one thing I love- it’s an easy meal that doesn’t have to sacrifice flavor for simplicity. Orrington Farms helps make that possible with their variety of meal creations, broth bases, and seasoning packets.
Here are some of my favorites that I keep stocked in my pantry for easy meal preps for the week!
I’m a sucker for a good taco recipe- and what’s better than a grilled taco?!? The right answer is… NOTHING.
Grilled Pork Carnitas Tacos
1 package of Orrington Farms carnitas meal creations
2 lb. pork butt/shoulder
1 cup water
1 package of Tortillas
1 package of Panela Mexican cheese
Taco sauce/hot sauce/ sriracha to drizzle
Mix the Orrington Farms seasoning packet with the water and let dissolve. (I slow cooked my pork, but the packet also includes instructions for baking or pressure cooking.) Put the meat in the slow cooker and pour the sauce over the top. Cook on med/low for 9 hours or until tender. Shred the pork and allow it to sit in the remaining sauce while you fry the panela cheese in a skillet. If you haven’t had panela cheese trust me- it’s a game changer here! Heat your grill to high, lay your tortillas on the grill and fill them with the pork carnitas and panela then fold over. Flip when grill lines appear. Drizzle with the sauce of your choice and enjoy!
Sauce- Even parts Sour cream & avocado with a squirt of lemon juice, garlic powder and salt
Do you ever have a package of chicken, and you can’t decide what to make with it? I know I get tired of cooking the same thing with my chicken and I am always looking for new recipes to make. Try this one for your family dinner next week!
Slow Cooked Southwest Chicken Taquitos
1 Orrington Farms southwest style chicken slow cooker packet
1 can tomato paste
1 cup water
2 pounds chicken breast
Queso (I make mine homemade with butter, flour, milk, and Mexican blend cheese)
1 pack mini street taco tortillas (I like the flour ones better)
In your Instant Pot or clow cooker mix the water, tomato paste, and southwest packet. Add in the chicken and combine so that the sauce covers the chicken. Cook on medium for 8-9 hours.
Preheat oven to 400F. Shred chicken. Spread a TBS of queso on each tortilla and add a couple of TBS of the shredded chicken (be sure not to over fill). Roll the tortillas, I use a little queso on the edge of the shells to hold them together. Spray with olive oil. Bake for 15ish minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Serve with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.
These are also perfect to freeze and reheat in the air fryer later!
I used to hate to meal prep, but I realized it was because I got tired of eating the same thing all week and it’s hard to come up with healthy balanced meals to prep that will last for a few days. Chicken orzo bowls have been added to our meal prep rotation and let me tell you- they do not disappoint!
Grilled Chicken Orzo Bowls
1.5 Pounds chicken breast (I slice them down the middle if they are too thick, so they cook more evenly)
Orrington Farms chicken broth base & seasoning
8 oz of orzo
veggies (I used green beans, onions, carrots, roasted corn, and tomatoes)
fresh herbs (I used parsley, basil, chives and garlic)
salt, pepper, lemon juice
balsamic honey dressing
Marinade chicken in a balsamic honey dressing (I tossed mine in a container and made sure the chicken was covered and let sit overnight in the refrigerator). Follow the instructions on the package to make the chicken broth (water + @orrington farms). Bring the broth to a boil and add the orzo. While the orzo is boiling sauté veggies in a cast iron skillet. Then cook the chicken in the skillet on high. Let the chicken rest while you season the orzo with the fresh herbs, salt, pepper, and a splash of lemon juice. Slice the chicken breast and place on top of orzo with the sauteed veggies.
My favorite product line from Orrington Farms is their broth bases. Who has room for gallons of broth in their pantry and most recipes need some sort of broth (slow cooker recipes, braising, pastas- you name it!) I also like that I don’t have to waste half a can of broth if I don’t need it. Instead, I can make the exact amount of broth that I need for my recipes without sacrificing any of the taste.
Let me know if you make anything using Orrington Farms products and tag me on Instagram with your recipe! @katiescardiokitchen