March 29, 2011

Creamy Chicken Pomodoro

Last night Mom and I cooked this new dish together. It was a lot of fun and very delicious/filling!

Here is the recipe from Kraft Foods.

Our modifications:
  • We quartered the chicken breasts for faster cooking
  • 5 cloves of garlic instead of 4
  • Half of a small onion (the recipe didn't call for any onion)
  • ¾ package of Neufchatel Cheese (1/3 less fat than cream cheese) [WE LOVE CHEESE!]
  • Whole Grain penne pasta
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese (again with the cheese...)
  • We did not have fresh basil (it's growing!) so we substituted 1 Tbsp. dried basil leaves
  • The chicken and sauce looked like enough to serve six, but you might need to cook more pasta to get the full six servings!
I'm no wine connoisseur by any means, but this dish paired nicely with New Kent Winery's 2005 Chardonnay. Very smooth.

Enjoy :)

March 16, 2011

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and beta carotene and rank high in nutritional value, compared to other vegetables. After viewing different sweet potato fry recipes, I picked some of my favorite ingredients to incorporate for my fries! These are a healthy snack option or side to your meal.

DIRECTIONS:
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Slice 2 sweet potatoes lengthwise into "fry size" strips.
  • In a large bowl, combine:
-Freshly ground Sea Salt
-1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
-1 tsp. Dark Chili Powder
-1 Tsp. Paprika
-1 Tbsp. EVOO
  • Add sweet potato strips to bowl and stir, making sure all slices are coated.
  • Lay sweet potato fries on a baking sheet, making sure none are overlapping. Lightly sprinkle a cinnamon and sugar mixture before placing into the oven.
Bake for 18 minutes. After 18 minutes, switch oven to Broil setting for 5 minutes. (This will make the outside crispy and allow the inside to remain soft.)

Enjoy :)

March 12, 2011

Lemon Peppered Tilapia


I have been wanting to incorporate more fish into my diet on a weekly basis. While at the store, I picked up a tilapia fillet and made it for lunch today.

I seasoned each side with Sauer's Lemon Pepper Seasoning. Then I cooked it on the stove top over medium heat for about a minute and a half to two minutes on each side.

This paired perfectly with fresh blueberries (their sweet/tartness helped balance out the peppery flavor) and Zico Coconut Water.
Not only was this a refreshing meal, but maybe it is a sign that I miss the beach!

March 10, 2011

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole




I came across this recipe from Good Housekeeping while in college. One weekend my roommate, Kelley, and I came home to visit my family and we decided to make this dish for them. It was so delicious and very simple!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 pound Baby Red Potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 pound Chicken Breast Tenderloins, cooked and diced
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) Broccoli florets
  • 1 can (10¾ oz.) condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 8 oz. cooked ham, cut into half inch chunks. (I am almost positive we substituted for Hillshire Farm deli ham)
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss Cheese
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a microwave-safe large bowl, place potatoes and 2 T. water. Cover bowl with wax paper and microwave on high 3-4 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Stir.
  3. Add chicken and all remaining ingredients to potatoes and toss to mix well. Transfer mixture to 9x13" baking dish.
  4. Bake uncovered for 50-55 minutes or until edges are bubbling and cheese begins to brown. Enjoy!

March 9, 2011

Asian Sesame Chicken Stir Fry


Enjoying Asian food, I created this stir fry from some of my favorite ingredients. Unfortunately, the colors aren't as vibrant as they were since it cooked down, but it was loaded with great flavor. (Maybe next time I won't let it cook so long on the stove top.) This dish was so simple and paired really well with Pinot Grigio.

Servings: 3(ish)

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 package Chicken Breast Tenderloins, sliced into bite size pieces
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of La Choy Bean Sprouts (only because I couldn't find fresh ones)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Carrots, shredded
  • Sugar peas
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • General Tso Stir Fry Sauce (I think this also accounted for the dull presentation color, but the flavor was just so good!)
  • Sesame Oil
  • Soy Sauce or Teriyaki Sauce (depending on which flavor you prefer)
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Turn stove top to medium heat. Drizzle sesame oil and teriyaki sauce in a wok or large pan. Add chicken and sprinkle sesame seeds then cook thoroughly.
  2. In a separate pot, boil the broccoli for a few minutes until tender. Drain. Blanch to preserve color.
  3. Add remaining ingredients + broccoli to the chicken pan and cook until all ingredients are hot. Coat with General Tso Stir Fry sauce. Top with crushed red pepper flakes and additional sesame seeds. Serve immediately and enjoy :)