Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Herb-crusted chicken, parsley orzo, and asparagus with balsamic tomatoes

This meal makes 4 servings

4 (6 oz ea) boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
4 tsp dried fines herbs
4 tsps butter
1 TBSP olive oil

Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, and fines herbs over both sides of chicken, pressing to gently adhere.
Melt butter over medium heat. Add oil. Cook chicken 5 minutes. Turn and cook 7 more minutes or until done. Remove chicken from pan. Let stand (keep pan with juices from chicken to use for the asparagus).

3/4 uncooked orzo
2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp butter
salt and pepper

Cook orzo to package directions, omitting any fat and salt. Drain. Stir in parsley, 2 tsp butter, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper. Keep warm.

1 pound asparagus, trimmed
1-1/2 cups grap tomatoes, halved
1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1/3 tsp salt
3 TBSP crumbled goat cheese
1/2 tsp black pepper

Cook asparagus in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain.
Heat pan that had chicken in it over medium heat. Add tomatoes and garlic. Cook 5 minutes.
Stir in vinegar and cook 3 minutes.
Stir in salt. Add asparagus to pan and cook 1 more minute.
Arrange asparagus on plate and top with tomato mixture.
Sprinkle with cheese and pepper.

Calories: 342 for 1 chicken breast + 1/2 cup orzo; 70 calories for a serving of asparagus

Rating: Oh yeah!! This will be a repeater :) Delicious comfort food!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Grilled Chicken, Black Bean Quinoa Salad

I took 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts and pounded them flat.
Season with salt and Wild Tree Herb Grilling Blend
Grill 3 minutes, turn, grill 2 minutes.

I highly recommend the Wild Tree Herb Grilling Blend:

This was the star of the meal! We loved it sooooo much!

1 whole(s) mango peeled, diced small
1 whole(s) red pepper diced small
1 cup(s) scallions thinly sliced
1 cup(s) cilantro chopped (1 cup before chopping, about 1/4 cup chopped)
1 tablespoon(s) oil (canola, grape seed, olive)
2 tablespoon(s) vinegar (wine, balsamic, flavored)
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1/2 teaspoon(s) pepper
1 teaspoon(s) italian salad dressing seasoning (I used Penzey's)
2 cup(s) cooked quinoa (3/4 cup raw) cooled
1 can(s) black beans (15 oz) drained

Mix all the ingredients together. Yummmy!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Chicken with Balsamic Peppers and Gnocchi


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Season both sides with:
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp crushed fennel
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano

Sear chicken 3 minutes on 1 side, 1 minute on other side. Transfer to a sprayed baking dish and roast at 450 for 10 minutes. Keep the chicken saute pan handy for the balsamic peppers below.


In the same pan you seared the chicken, add a little bit of oil and saute together:
2 cups thinly sliced red bell pepper
1 cup thinkly sliced yellow bell pepper
1 large shallot, chopped
1-1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Saute on med-high heat for 3 minutes.

Add 1 cup of chicken broth, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar, increase heat to high, and simmer for 3 more minutes.

Salt and Pepper to taste.


Purchased frozen gnocchi at the store.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
Add gnocchi (cook only what you will eat...I made 15 per person).
As gnocchi float to the surface, remove them carefully with a slotted spoon.

I laid a bed of fresh baby spinach down on the plate
On top of the spinach, I added the balsamic pepper mixture
I laid the gnocchi on top of that.
I drizzled the remainder of the pan juices onto the gnocchi.
I placed the chicken along one side.

Rating: We *loved* this dish. We've made the balsamic peppers before. Adding the gnocchi was a great idea. It's creamy taste blended well with the tartness of the balsamic peppers! This was also a 400 calorie meal which was a huge bonus!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Chicken Broccoli Casserole (Healthy version)

10 oz broccoli-steam in microwave or stove top until mostly cooked
1 cup of cooked chicken, cubed
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup of milk
shredded cheddar cheese
bread crumbs

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