Summer Idea # 5: Chef Dan’s Food Truck

I’m here sharing summer ideas (have fun without breaking the bank) and I’m back with Summer Idea # 5: Chef Dan’s Food Truck.

I’m trying out more of the food trucks and thought I’d share some of my faves with you.

Chef Dan’s serves southern food and Cajun food. Below is their fried chicken sandwich on a bun with a tasty remoulade and lettuce and tomato. I opted for the meal, which was $11 with fries, a side of banana pudding and a root beer from the Triple XXX diner in West Lafayette. It was a ton of food (definitely couldn’t finish it all and saved the banana pudding for later).

The chicken sandwich was a pounded chicken filet, lightly breaded…It was an excellent chicken sandwich.

I can’t wait to try Chef Dan’s again and I think they’d be an awesome option for a party or event.

Check out their website (chefdansindy.com) for their menu and schedule.

 

Fried chicken sandwich with fries.

Fried chicken sandwich with fries.

 

What are some of your fave Indy area food trucks? Leave me a note in the comments!

Cookina Yes You Can! Grilling Challenge

Hey friends. We’re well into July and I’m all about grilling out. Who’s with me?

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The lovely folks at COOKINA and Colman’s Mustard sent me a packet of goodies to promote the Cookina Yes You Can! Grilling Challenge (on Facebook). For more information read below! Come on and show off your grilling skills on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

 

Here’s a few highlights of what they sent me:

COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet:

 

Cookina Grilling Sheet

 

“An innovative solution offering a non-stick, easy-clean and healthy grilling & cooking experience. Ideal for using as an alternative to aluminum foil, users can simply place the reusable sheet over the grill and cook up dishes without having to use oil or needing to clean the grill afterwards. Best of all, grillers can still achieve the coveted grill marks on food! Available in Home Depot stores nationwide for $14.99 / for more information, visit www.cookina.co

I tried this sheet and it works great. No cleaning up the grill and it’s perfect for delicate foods like seafood. This is a bargain at $14.99. I would totally buy a few of these for gifts. Love it!

 

Colman’s Original Prepared Mustard:

 

photo of Colman's Prepared Mustard

 

“Made from a unique blend of brown and white mustard seeds, Colman’s Prepared Mustard has worn many delicious hats as a zesty accompaniment that turns everyday sandwiches, dips, sauces, chicken, sushi—you name it—into a blazing taste sensation! The original and only fat-free, cholesterol-free and kosher Colman’s Prepared Mustard is a healthy dollop of zing in everyday meals and traditional dishes, or serve English-style with roasts, sausages or cold meats.”

Available: 3.5oz. jar and in a new 5.3oz. Squeeze Bottle  *I also received some of the powder mustard which is great for making salad dressing, meatloaf, and even baked goods!

 

Now, let’s get to grilling:

I got to thinking about some of my favorite grilled meals. I decided to make grilled pork chops and packets filled with potatoes and red peppers and other veggies.

 

 

Let’s talk about the packets of potatoes and veggies!

 

 

 

Slice up some uncooked potatoes, red peppers and other veggies of your choosing and put them on a piece of parchment paper. I made up a dip/sauce to put on top of them before they cooked.

Here’s what I made up:

2 tablespoons, sour cream

2 teaspoons, mayo

1 teaspoon, Colman’s Prepared Mustard

2 shakes, Mrs. Dash (original)

 

Put a few tablespoons of the dip on the potatoes/veggie packets and wrap up parchment packets and then wrap up in aluminum foil. Packets take around 25-30 minutes on the grill (depending on thickness of potatoes, veggies– if you slice them thin, they’ll cook faster!).

photo of potatoes and mayo

 

 What are some of your favorite foods to grill? Have you tried the grilling sheet? And, what do you think about Colman’s Mustard….? Leave me a note in the comments section below.

 

Note: I received some products from Cookina and Colman’s Mustard. All opinions are my own. Thanks to the products/companies that help support Indianapolis Amy.

Summer Idea #4: Five Reasons Why You Should Visit Brownsburg Farmers Market

I’m sharing ideas for having fun this summer and here’s idea #4:  Five Reasons Why You Should Visit Brownsburg Farmers Market.

 

 

photo of Lazy J Kettle Corn

One of the many vendors at Brownsburg Farmers Market.

 

 

1) It’s a weekday market!

Every Thursday evening from 4:00 p.m. until 7 p.m. which makes it ideal to stop there after work!

 

2) Variety!

 

photo of pork rinds

These pork rinds are delicious!

 

It’s a large market where you’ll find a variety of products from fresh produce, bread (Amelia’s Bread), coffee (Arcane Coffee Company) and so much more! Lemon shake-ups, kettle corn (Lazy J’s Kettle Corn) and pork rinds.

 

3) Budget-friendly!

It’s inexpensive… I’ve purchased inexpensive produce and other items. You can easily purchased a lot of Indiana produce for $10 or $15 dollars!

 

4) Fun events are always happening at the market!

Tonight! Face painting for the kids! What kid doesn’t love that?

 

And….One of my favorite reasons…

5) For the dogs!

photo of Louis

Louis is a fan of the Brownsburg Farmers Market

 

It’s a dog-friendly place. Some farmers markets are not dog-friendly and the Brownsburg Farmers market is! It’s one of Louis’ favorite markets.

 

Brownsburg Farmers Market

Every Thursday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

61 N. Green St. (located on the grounds of the Town Hall)

*Parking is available at the Town Hall parking lot.

For more on the market– keep up with updates on their Facebook page: Facebook.com/BrownsburgFarmersMarket