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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

3 ingredients = yum

Today we are having leftovers, well my hubby and my son Tyler are having left overs. I need veggies, lots of veggies right now. For some reason I am craving them so I looked in my produce drawer and found some makings for a yummy dinner.

Can you tell whats in it?

1 zucchini
1 orange bell pepper
3 Roma tomatoes

The rest of the ingredients are pantry items:
Olive oil, garlic, salt and basil

Here's how to make it:
Heat about 1T olive oil in a skillet, add the zucchini, garlic and pepper to a skillet and cook 5 minutes until the veggies get a bit tender. Add the tomatoes, basil and salt to taste and cook for another 5 minutes till it all softens. I was planning on making an enchilada with this, but we have no tortillas left from this weekend so I am cooking up a bit of pasta (another pantry item) to go with it. Its an easy and yummy dinner. And all you needed was 3 items besides pantry items.

Next time you want a quick dinner don't forget about your produce drawer. I had other things in there but these 3 things go well together.

Sha :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What's for dinner tonight?

Tonight is an odd night. Usually it's just me and my hubby for dinner, but tonight we have a treat. Both my sons are home (with 1 girl friend too)! So I get to cook food for my boys, which is one of my favorite things to do (and I will miss my time spent cooking with my daughter since she is away). There's nothing better than hearing "Mom this is really good" or nothing at all while everyone is eating. When they are too busy eating to talk I know I have a hit!

So here's whats for dinner tonight...

Pesto Chicken and Pasta

You’ll be amazed at how fast this dish comes together.

2 chicken breasts, boneless skinless
Garlic salt – I use Lowry’s Garlic Salt with Parsley
1 pound bowtie pasta
½ cup pesto (see below for recipe or use packaged)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
4T butter
1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1.      Sprinkle the garlic salt over the chicken and grill. 
2.      While Chicken is grilling cook the pasta
3.      Pour the cream and butter in a sauce pot and heat over med heat till the butter melts, stirring frequently. When the butter is melted add the pesto and stir to combine. Lower the heat to low to just keep warm.
4.      When the pasta is ready and the chicken is done remove the pot from the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese.
5.      Mix the pasta and ¾ of the sauce in a bowl.
6.      Serve the remainder of the sauce over the chicken.

1 cup packed basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup olive oil (best quality you have)
¼ cup walnuts
1T -  2T grated parmesan cheese

1.      Combine the basil, garlic, walnuts and parmesan cheese salt and pepper in a mini chop or food processor. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped.
2.      Stream the olive oil in slowly; there is usually a little hole to stream fluids into the bowl of the processor/mini chop. Keep an eye on the mixture. Stop when it forms a paste. 

**Note – this pesto is made specifically for this recipe. If you want to make regular pesto for another use, stream more olive oil into the mixture until it is a loose paste.

I am serving this with a salad and bread. 

You can lighten this recipe up by using half and half instead of the heavy cream.

Sha :)

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