mustard enthusiasts.

by Janetha on July 24, 2014

in meals,product review,recipes

the great thing about utah is that the 24th of july is a holiday–pioneer day. which also means no work for me.. and when it lands on a thursday, like this year, i can typically get away with convincing my bosses to keep the office closed through the rest of the week. high five for a four-day weekend! okay, that’s not the only great thing about utah.. but it’s pretty high up there on the list of cool things unique to this state.

i used my day off to my advantage and actually stepped foot in my kitchen! ever since getting pregnant, my poor kitchen (and this poor blog) have been neglected. but not today.. i made full use of the kitchen! in fact, i whipped up not one, not two, but three new recipes today. marshall asked me, “are you sure you remember what you are doing?” ha–that should tell you how long it’s been since i created a new recipe (let alone three.) what in the world has gotten into me?!

mustard. that’s what. yep.. mustard.

i was recently contacted by french’s mustard to share their #naturallyamazing campaign. french’s mustard has an unwavering commitment to creating a 100%-natural product with no artificial ingredients. just stone ground mustard seeds and spices naturally give french’s the taste we all know and love (and that famous yellow color!) french’s wants to remind the world that their mustard is all-natural and always amazing. i couldn’t agree more.. which is why i got overly excited when i received their initial email.

no, really. it’s kind of ridiculous how excited i was. marshall, too. you see.. we are, what you would call, mustard enthusiasts. marshall especially. in fact, he’s got a mustard bottle tattoo. i call him mustard man.

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and while we love all mustard–honey, spicy, dijon, you name it– it’s safe to say that we especially love french’s yellow mustard. i’m not saying that because they hired me. i’m saying that because once we bought the whole foods brand of mustard and promptly discarded it after realizing the taste doesn’t come close to that of french’s. it was too vinegar-y. we made sure to pick up a bottle of french’s the very next trip to the store so we didn’t have to deal with mustard disappointment one more time. have i convinced you that we are crazy yet? yeah. mustard freaks over here.

anyway, i got their email and was excited. then i got the package and was even more excited.

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all the mustard things!

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they even sent mustard seeds! i mean, i suck at gardening, but i will give it a go…

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i told marshall i needed to create a recipe to showcase french’s and drive home the fact that it is naturally amazing. wanna know what he said?

“make a mustard sandwich. bread. french’s. bam. that’s all you need because mustard is that good. it doesn’t need anything else.” 

while some folks might agree that a sandwich comprised solely of mustard and bread is downright fantastic.. i have a feeling that it doesn’t quite count as a recipe. so i decided to get my creative juices flowing and whipped up this mustard-based meal–perfect for a sunny summer day!

#naturallyamazing with French's and meals & moves

on the menu: mustard marinated grilled chicken tenders with mustard barbecue sauce, tart & tangy mustard & vinegar slaw, and corn. because every summer meal needs corn. it was the only component not containing mustard… but, come to think of it, i really don’t think mustard on corn is a bad idea.

#naturallyamazing

here are the recipes!

French's Mustard Marinade #naturallyamazing

mustard marinade makes enough marinade for ~1-1.5 lbs of meat of choice; great for chicken, pork, or steak

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup french’s yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 TB honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • a dash or twelve of hot sauce (depending on your taste buds)
#naturallyamazing
directions:
  1. whisk together all ingredients.
  2. pour over raw chicken/pork/steak/whatever you are using.
  3. seal in a tupperware container (or you could also use a gallon ziploc bag.
  4. let marinate for at least 30 minutes (but the longer, the better!)
  5. cook meat however you want.. we grilled our chicken!
 
tart & tangy slaw #naturallyamazing
tart & tangy slaw serves 4-6
 

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TB french’s mustard
  • 2 TB honey
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 6 cups undressed, bagged coleslaw 
  • 4 stalks of celery, diced thin
  • 4 green onions, diced thin
  • 1/2 a granny smith apple, grated
tart & tangy slaw #naturallyamazing
directions:
  1. blend oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, and spices together using a blender, shaker bottle, or whisk.
  2. place remaining ingredients in a bowl.
  3. pour dressing over the slaw, toss well.
  4. cover coleslaw and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Mustard BBQ Sauce #naturallyamazing
mustard BBQ sauce makes about 10 ounces
 
ingredients:
  • 2/3 cups french’s mustard
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 3-4 TB brown sugar
  • 2-3 TB honey
  • 2 TB white vinegar
  • 2 TB water
  • 1-2 TB hot sauce
  • salt & pepper, to taste
mustard BBq sauce is #naturallyamazing
directions:
  1. combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. turn heat to medium, whisk until sauce begins to boil.
  3. turn heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. add more sugar/honey/hot sauce/salt/pepper according to your taste preference.
  5. transfer to a bowl to cool.
  6. you can use immediately, but the flavors will get better with time. it is recommended to let sauce sit for 4 hours before using.
as you can see, i tried to use a lot of similar ingredients for all of the recipes. i hate preparing a meal that takes 532 ingredients. plus, using similar ingredients in each component really tied everything together.

#naturallyamazing mustard recipes with meals & moves

i have to say that my first big day back in the kitchen was quite the success! marshall definitely agrees. however, he better not get his hopes up… i am officially 5 weeks away from my due date (eep!) so i have a feeling there won’t be a whole lot of culinary creations coming up.

 

but, hey, there’s always mustard sandwiches.

 

Qs~
 
1. do you like mustard? 
 
2. how did you last eat mustard?
 
xo. janetha g.

 

this post was sponsored by french’s mustard. product and compensation was provided. all enthusiastic opinions regarding the product are, quite clearly, my own. 
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check out more great #naturallyamazing recipes on french’s pinterest! their pinboards are definitely something to salivate over! 

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

April July 25, 2014 at 2:09 am

That BBQ sauce looks awesome!

Oddly enough, I was just thinking about my weird love of mustard today. I make a frittata and always add a little mustard to the eggs to add a little something extra. I also squirt a bit of mustard in my boxed macaroni and cheese (made with greek yogurt as well)!

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Maria MacDonald July 25, 2014 at 2:14 am

you’ve completely captivated my attention here! and i love that both you and your man are such big mustard fans (a mustard man tattoo!!!)..because i am too! ever since i was little, i always preferred having more mustard than anything else on my dogs and burgs…and ham (or other cold cuts) sandwiches didn’t stand a chance on their own without it lol

i am actually quite thrilled to try some of the recipes you came up with. camping is coming soon for me and i think that everything you made here would be the perfect meal to share with everyone.

oh, and i love that you got mustard seeds for the garden! and a cute little french’s usb stick too?! score! :)

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Erica July 25, 2014 at 5:08 am

ohmygoshilovemustard! Kaylin loves it too. I actually like it best with steamed vegetables (or raw carrots) or a big ole soft pretzel. Kaylin will eat it with pretty much anything…and alone :) That slaw! nom

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Kristen July 25, 2014 at 5:18 am

I am the freak who doesn’t like mustard. It’s not as bad as (gasp, shudder just thinking about it) mayo but I’m just not a fan. I wish I was ’cause it’s generally one of the healthier condiments but.. nope. Not even honey mustard dressing.

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Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out July 25, 2014 at 6:56 am

I love mustard! So delicious. last eaten on a chicken salad!

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Carbzilla July 25, 2014 at 7:45 am

I love it so much. It was very hard to find out in NYC, and one time a server brought me a packet from her own purse. I recently made a Seattle restaurant sell me a jar of their housemade mustard. Omg it’s so good and I paid a ridiculous amount. So worth it. Kisses to baby!

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 25, 2014 at 8:47 am

YUM!! love French’s!

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Lauren July 25, 2014 at 10:14 am

Mmm, I love mustard! Especially since becoming pregnant. Soft pretzels dipped in tons of mustard has been a major craving of mine lately.

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stephanie July 25, 2014 at 10:50 am

I, too, am a mustard enthusiast! Mustard and hot sauce are my condiments of choice 100% of the time. I made a veggie hot dog last night for a quick dinner (after whipping up meals all evening to bring on a weekend at the cabin and zapping myself of energy) and topped it (doused it, really) with dijon mustard…YUM.

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natasha July 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Love, love mustard and French’s too (: Heck that marinade drizzled over the corn sounds lovely or the mustard bbq sauce since I”m a vegetarian/mostly vegan.

YUM!

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Trisha July 26, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Did you know that if you two (or three!) ever make it to Wisco for a Packers game, you could ALSO hit up the mustard museum?! That’s right, a museum dedicated to mustard, right here in Madison! :)

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marie July 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Well, the tattoo proves you guys are legit. I liked this post a lot more than other mustard-related posts I have seen recently. Also, the food you make is actually food, which is always a plus. =P

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Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily July 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Love mustard, favorite is a delicious salty, doughy pretzel dipped in a mound of mustard ;)

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Beth July 27, 2014 at 6:25 pm

The mustard museum in Middleton,WI!

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megistentialism July 27, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Oh. My. Gosh. My husband and I are mustard addicts!! We always get weird looks at restaurants when we ask for it with random dishes. Plus, that is his favorite thing to bring home from England, a good spicy mustard! I am going to try this and can’t wait!! Plus, I had no idea about French’s! More power to them! :)

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Olivia July 31, 2014 at 4:33 am

Love Mustard! I eat a despicable amount, and thankyou; I could probably do with growing it myself to test a few of my own recipe ideas. wish me luck :)

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Stephanie August 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I marinated some chicken tenders in your mustard marinade tonight for dinner. It was delicious (and man approved, too)!

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ShannonK August 7, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I like to dunk my grilled cheese sandwich in mustard…French’s of course! Especially good with swiss cheese/sourdough bread. You gotta try it!

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