Lady and the Blog partnered with Campbell’s to launch their new line of Skillet Sauces at the NYC Wine & Food Festival. We did 4 live cooking demonstrations that featured the sauces over white rice.
The premise of the sauces is that it’s a quick go-to option for busy people. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare and is super easy. It can be made in 3 easy steps and there’s tons of room for adding your own flair to the recipe.
This sauce is perfect for me.
As a blogger and fashion designer, my days are filled with events, lots of writing, meetings, appointments and running all over Manhattan. At the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is stand in front of a stove for a long time to cook a full meal for my boyfriend and I. Usually I cook a big meal over the weekends and eat leftovers for a few days. Then, I do quick, easy options like macaroni pie (a Trinidadian pasta dish) and beans with some sauteed vegetables. I have to admit that, oftentimes, I’m still on the computer, even after I’ve gotten home. On these days, my boyfriend takes over and whips something up. Our days usually finish around 9pm so we’re always looking for quick food options.
We did 4 cooking demonstrations in the Kitchen Aid area, within the Shop Rite section. If you haven’t been to the NYC Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting, consider yourself robbed of a true delight. This festival is for foodies, people who truly enjoy savoring their foods and wines.
I demo-ed the Creamy Chipotle Skillet Sauce with chicken and the Fire Roasted Tomato Skillet Sauce with steak with Senior Research Chef Todd Lyons and Senior Chef Robert Kristof. There are 6 flavors, though. Guests were able to taste the Thai Green Curry Skillet Sauce with chicken and the Toasted Sesame Skillet Sauce with tofu.
I couldn’t decide, between the Creamy Chipotle and the Thai Green Curry sauces, which was my favorite. They were so delicious! Chef Todd and Robert walked me through the preparation of each sauce as I prepared them with their respective proteins. We used white rice but the sauces can be made with pasta, potatoes or any other starch you fancy. You can also use which protein you like.
The demos were so much fun to do and I couldn’t believe that it actually took me 15 minutes to make each meal with the sauce. I asked Chef Todd what would go into making the sauces from scratch. He said it would take over $70 in ingredients and definitely much longer than 15 minutes. I loved that there were bits of veggies in the sauces. These sauces are great for after you put the kids to bed. When it’s just you and your spouse, you can whip this up in 15 minutes and enjoy some time together. One packet of sauce serves 2.
Okay, so don’t judge me but my absolute favorite thing about these sauces is the clean-up. I’m just going to go ahead and admit that I often leave the dishes to my boyfriend. There’s just something so intimidating about a sinkful of dishes! Sometimes, I dread cooking because I dread the clean-up. For these sauces, I literally used ONE pan! Yup, you read that right. You don’t have to cook the protein in one pot, then do the sauce in another. Everything goes in one pan. Here are the 3 easy steps for preparing the sauces.
Add vegetable or canola oil to saucepan and wait until it sizzles
Add protein of choice (chicken, beef, etc) and let cook thoroughly
Add sauce from packet and leave on for about 5 minutes
End of story.
I had such a great time demo-ing (and testing out) these sauces. You can find them in your local Shop Rite in the Prepared Food section and other grocery stores nationwide (they don’t need to be refrigerated!). Click here to check them out, online.
Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Campbell’s hired us to assist with the demonstrations and post about the experience. All opinions are our own. This is an unscripted feature.