WNBA legend Lisa Leslie teamed up with Boston Market to offer us cooking beauties a few shortcuts in the kitchen. As a wife to her husband Michael Lockwood, mother to her beautiful kids Lauren Jolie Lockwood and Michael Joseph Lockwood II and talk show host (CBS Sports’ “We Need To Talk”), author, sports analyst, motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Leslie’s often left with limited time to get it all done. So like any other modern woman, Lisa finds comfort in short cuts.
Boston Market is the best and healthiest option for fast food and Lisa likes to remix their signature favorites with some of her own home cooking. Check out these time-saving recipes, but first–watch Lisa talk about her love of Boston Market!
Baked Chicken Ziti
1 Boston Market Rotisserie chicken, picked
8 ounces uncooked ziti (short tube-shaped pasta)
1/2 cup hot water
1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained
1 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp provolone cheese
Preheat oven to 400°.
Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and oil. Drain well.
Combine hot water, roasted red bell peppers, and cream cheese in a food processor; process until smooth, scraping sides.
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and garlic and season with salt; sauté 2 minutes. Add pepper mixture to pan; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add pasta and parsley to chicken mixture, tossing well to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until cheese melts; remove from oven.
Return dish to oven; broil 2 minutes or until cheese begins to brown. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Chicken and Grilled Vegetable Lasagna
1 Boston Market Rotisserie chicken, picked
1 zucchini cut lengthwise three times
1 yellow squash cut lengthwise three times
1 green bell pepper cut in half remove stem and seeds
1 red onion peeled sliced ¼ inch slices
2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
2 tablespoons fresh garlic chopped
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1 oz. olive oil
3 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce
6 oven ready lasagna noodles
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
Place vegetables in a bowl and add oil, herbs, salt and pepper; toss to cover vegetables.
Grill off vegetables on your grill; grill just long enough to place a light grill mark on both sides of the vegetables. Remove vegetables. Chill and rough chop. Set aside.
Heat large skillet over medium heat, add chicken and stir in pasta sauce.
Lightly grease an 11 x 7 inch baking dish.
In prepared baking dish, spread 1/2 of the chicken sauce followed by 1/2 of the chopped grilled vegetables, 3 noodles and half each of ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. (The ricotta cheese layers will be thin.) Repeat layers finishing with a layer of cheese. Slowly pour 1/4 cup hot water around inside edge of dish. (Adding water will help create moisture in the final dish.) Tightly cover baking dish with 2 layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Bake at 375° for 45 minutes; uncover and bake 10 more minutes. Let stand 20 minutes before serving. Serves 6-8.
Waldorf Chicken Salad
1 Boston Market Rotisserie chicken, picked and diced
½ cup apples diced
½ cup celery diced
¼ cup grapes cut in thirds
¼ cup walnuts chopped
1/3 cup mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, chill and serve on bread, croissant or on a bed of lettuce. Serves 5-6.
This recipe calls for 1 whole Boston Market Rotisserie chicken but if you want all white meat buy 2 whole chickens and use dark meat in another recipe.
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
1 whole Boston Market Rotisserie Chicken, picked and diced in small pieces
2 tablespoons canola oil
8 oz. can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup carrots, diced in small pieces
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup roasted peanuts chopped in half
1 head Greenleaf or Iceberg lettuce, separated into whole leaves
1 – 8 oz. pouch or 1 cup of your favorite Hoisin Sauce
Heat oil over high heat in large frying pan or wok
Add chicken, all vegetables and half of the peanuts, stir fry for 2 minutes
Add 3/4 pouch of Asian sauce, bring to a simmer, add green onions and remaining peanuts
Scoop the mixture into a lettuce leaf cup
Drizzle the remaining sauce on top
Fix Your Feed: Foodies To Follow On Instagram
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1. Will Follow For Food
We're all obsessed with food. Duh, that's why we take pictures of our meals before we eat them. It's those people (you know you're one of them), that you should be following on Instagram. Food porn is the only type of porn you can gawk at all day without being judged, right? Right?! Check out these foodies you should allow into your Instagram feed. Hehe, pun not intended, but it totally works. #Feed
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Don't know what shakshuka is? Let the lovely Christina Coleman tell you. She's created Tina's Kitchen in Brooklyn on Instagram and my mouth is watering! From ridiculously beautiful sweets to savory treats that will kick you right in the taste buds.
Follow her @Tinas_KitchenBK
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Angela Davis, no…not her. But this food lovin' lady, Angela Davis is an aspiring chef who started a blog called, The Kitchenista Diaries to share her love of food with the world. She posts recipes, teaches you how to equip your pantry and more.
Follow her on @thekitchenista
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See behind-the-scenes shots of Tasting Table's tastiest shoots. Everything on this account is simple enough for you to feel able to make it yourself.
Follow them @TastingTable
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You've got to follow food photographer and successful blogger Deb Perelman. She manages to put together things from her pantry that look like 5-star goodness. She likely doesn't NEED your followers as people are already on this foodie, but you'll want this in your feed.
Follow her @SmittenKitchen
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He's not only one of the best cooks on Instagram, but he's hilarious. Darius posts prayer sessions about being fat that will have you on the floor! He's also all about making sure his food appears as sexy as possible. You will be licking your lips following this guy!
Follow him @DariusCooks
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7. Funnel Cake Burger – ground chuck, candied bacon, taleggio cheese, arugula, and strawberry rhubarb ketchup between two funnel cakes. For when doughnut burgers just don't cut it. #foodie #foodgasm #foodporn #foodbeast #instafood
Bet your college buddies can't cook like this! 21-year-old Josh Scherer proves that a love of food an translate into an awesome career. He writes for @TakePart & @LAFoodMag and by the looks of his account, there's so many reasons why. Reason #584 Funnel Cake Burger. He also makes things with ramen that have nothing to do with soup. Ramen fries anyone?
Follow him @culinarybrodown
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I started following this guy for his amazing liquor-laced desserts. He's more than a Ciroc cupcake, Chef Jus Blaze is the kind of chef who pays attention to detail with Soft Batch Cookies Stuffed Bailey's and Hennessy Cheesecake. He's also a master at savory. Do yourself a favor and peep his remixed recipes.
Follow him @chef_jusblaze
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Before you get intimidated by all of these foodies who can cook all their own, just know there's more accounts on Instagram that post pics of food that are from restaurants. For where to eat in NYC without all the confusion, follow Thrillist!
Follow them @Thrillist
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This self-taught beauty has a love affair with food that she's not embarrassed to broadcast. I promise you, every single thing she posts will make your mouth water. Her journey is nothing less than inspiring.
Follow her @LesBInTheKitchen
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While Jasfly doesn't post half as many foodie pics as the others on this list, we can't deny that when she DOES post food, we're so into it. So, so into it. That shrimp mac & cheese though…woo! Oh and if you like being inspired to follow your dreams, please follow her!
Follow her @jasfly
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Marcus Nilsson is a food photographer who gets to travel to some pretty amazing places and snap shots of some of the tastiest (and sometimes disturbing) foods. From Bon Appetit to Martha Stewart Living, Nilsson shares behind-the-scenes footage as well as some of his own kitchen masterpieces.
Follow him @pissinginthepunchbowl
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Not only do they have the best name for their Instagram account, @SpoonForkBacon, but their photos are just sweet, sweet food porn. This is what happens when a food stylist, Teri Lyn Fischer and a photographer, Jenny Park get together.
Follow them @SpoonForkBacon
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This man is a chef adventurer and travel photographer and his photos prove both of these to be supremely true. From the most exotic locations to the most beautiful decorated plate, you'll want to be transported into this Instagram account!
Follow him @thechef82
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For authentic Japanese dishes, check out Utosh's account. He's also a graphic designer, so the way he sets up his photos is beyond beautiful! Also, your breakfasts look nothing like his.
Follow him @utosh
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By day, Parker is an on-air host for CBS Atlanta and by night, she's a culinary goddess who gets her groove on in a 1970’s style kitchen. Parker's been a personal chef and decided she's not the serving type, so now, as a producer and host, she gets to share her love of food with the world.
Follow her @ParkersPlate
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17. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Yes, this is the genius behind the famous posh restaurant, Jean-Georges. If you love food, then you def need to be following one of the most famous chefs in the world. From posting photos of a cheering Martha Stewart to beautifully executed food, Chef Jean-Georges is a must-follow.
Follow him at @chefjgv