Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Southwest Chicken

This recipe has been floating around for awhile now. I have seen it on several blogs, and a few friends have given me versions as well. I finally tried it. SO glad I did. I love recipes like this, where I have all the ingredients, all the time. Throw this in the crockpot on a busy day!

Southwest Chicken

1 pound frozen chicken (I used tenders)
1 1/2 cups salsa
2 cups frozen corn (I just dumped some in til it looked right)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

Cook on high 4-6 hours.

Serve with tortilla chips, lettuce, avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, black olives, limes.... Whatever you have on hand. I know some people just serve it over rice as well.

Pesto Chicken Calzones

Another Triana recipe. Again Fabulous! Again no recipe, so this is just the general idea.

Pesto Chicken Calzones

1 can artichoke hearts
jarred pesto
Rhodes rolls or pizza dough
mozzarella cheese

Pizza sauce
Pesto Cream Sauce (pesto mixed with heavy cream and heated)
for dipping

If you are using rolls, let rolls rise, I used two per calzone- (they were not huge, but a good individual serving size, my husband could have eaten two, had he not just been on a diet.) Meanwhile, drain artichoke hearts and quarter them. Brown chicken in a skillet (I use olive oil and garlic), cut chicken into small peices, combine with jarred pesto to taste, (I used a couple spoonfuls I think.) and artichoke hearts.
Flatten rolls using your finger, place chicken mixture along with shredded cheese onto one roll, and top with another flattened roll. Pinch close.
Brush with olive oil and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.
Serve with your choice of dipping sauce.

Triana's Penne with Bacon

Oh my gosh! This might be my new favorite food. My good friend Triana had us over for dinner the other night and made this. I made it again the next night! You know it is good when I have something twice in one week. This is surprisingly easy, and so yummy! Try it, you will not be disappointed. Again, bacon and cream!
(I don't have an actual recipe, I watched her make it, and then called her to ask questions when I was making it again.)

Penne with Bacon (except I used bowties...)

1 can diced tomatoes
1 small onion diced
1/2 pound bacon, chopped bite-sized
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 box/bag pasta (she used bowties, so did I, but she calls it Penne, so whatever you have would work, I think.)
Parmesan cheese to taste

Boil pasta to al dente. Pre-heat non-stick skillet over med-high heat, then cook bacon until crispy (you want it crispy). Drain bacon grease, leaving about a tbs. or so in the skillet. Saute onions until well browned in bacon grease, then add the can off tomatoes, juice and all. Cook the tomatoes until almost all the juice evaporates, and the tomatoes reduce (about 10 minutes?), add cream, you can use up to a cup, then add parm. cheese to taste (I used about a cup.). Add pasta to skillet and combine with sauce. Serve immediately. (AND eat it all that night, cause the leftovers are not nearly as good.)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Peanut-Broccoli Stirfry

My husband requests this more than anything else I make. I am surprised I waited this long to put it up!? I use chicken instead of tofu, as well as chicken broth. So skip the tofu steps, and just place the chopped chicken in the sauce for 10 minutes. Good and good for you :)

1 (16-oz.) package firm tofu
2 cups uncooked brown rice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon lite soy sauce
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 cup carrot sticks
2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
Garnish: lime wedges
1. Place tofu between 2 flat plates. Weight the top with a heavy can. (Sides of tofu should be bulging slightly but not cracking.) Let stand 45 minutes; discard liquid. Cut tofu into 1/2-inch cubes.
2. Prepare rice according to package directions, adding 1/2 tsp. salt.
3. Meanwhile, combine vegetable broth and next 7 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well. Add tofu, and toss to coat. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove tofu from marinade, reserving marinade.
4. Heat oils in a nonstick skillet or wok over high heat 1 minute. Add tofu, and stir-fry 4 to 5 minutes or until browned. Remove tofu. Add broccoli and carrot sticks; stir-fry 2 minutes. Add reserved marinade, and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until thickened; stir in cooked tofu. Serve over hot cooked rice. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Garnish, if desired.

Creole Fried Rice

I just remembered this recipe that I tried about a year ago, and was so excited I was able to find it again. It is really good, and something different than most things I make. It is a tad spicy, so keep that in mind if you are serving it to children.

1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
2 cups chicken broth
1 pound skinned and boned chicken thighs (I used chicken tenders- of course)
1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning, divided
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 pound andouille or smoked sausage, sliced
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 small green bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup frozen sliced okra, thawed
3 plum tomatoes, chopped
2 green onions, sliced (green part only)
1. Cook rice according to package directions, substituting chicken broth for water. Spread cooked rice in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool.
2. Cut chicken thighs into 1-inch pieces, and toss with 1 tsp. Creole seasoning.
3. Cook chicken in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 3 minutes; add sausage, and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic, and cook 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in okra and remaining 1/2 tsp. Creole seasoning. Increase heat to high; add rice, and cook, stirring constantly, 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in tomatoes. Sprinkle with sliced green onions, and serve immediately.

Ginger-Peanut Chicken-Salad Wraps

The hubby has been doing a diet where he ate practically nothing, so I have not been cooking. Now that the hardest part of the diet is over (and he lost 35 pounds) I have returned to cooking, with "light" meals. This is from the cooking light website, and surprisingly good. Plus, they were SO easy! I love that. I was lazy today, but would typically serve with a side of fruit to make a more well rounded meal. And, shockingly I didn't make any alterations to this besides adding some chopped green onions, because if you know me you know I love onions....

Ginger-Peanut Chicken-Salad Wraps

1 teaspoon olive oil (I used sesame oil for a little more flavor)
6 (4-ounce) skinned, boned chicken breast halves
1 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
8 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Remove the chicken from pan; cool. Shred the chicken into bite-size pieces. Place chicken, cucumber, and bell pepper in a large bowl; set aside.
Place sugar and the next 6 ingredients (sugar through garlic) in a blender, and process until smooth. Add peanut butter and water; process until smooth, scraping sides. Add peanut butter mixture to chicken mixture; stir well. Add cilantro, and toss well. Warm tortillas according to package directions. Spoon 1/2 cup chicken mixture onto each tortilla; top each serving with 1/2 cup lettuce, and roll up.