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Tomato-Herb Chicken

19 Jan

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It should be no secret that my favorite kitchen tool is the slow-cooker. Is there a Crock-Pot Anonymous, because I may need a 12 step program here.

This is a yummy twist on all the flavors of tomato-based vegetable soup and basic baked chicken. It’s an ideal dish for one of those cold, wintry days were just have no time to slave over the stove. (Again, I really do love the slow cooker.)

Things You’ll Need:

1 32 oz can of tomato sauce
4 large potatoes
5 large carrots
4 medium onions
Garlic salt
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 to 5)

Step One:

Cut all of the vegetables into large chunks, about an inch and a half wide.

Step Two:

Layer the veggies in the bottom of the crock pot. Cover with tomato sauce. Turn the crock pot on and allow the veggies to cook on low for about two hours.

Step Three:

Make a mixture of parsley, oregano and basil in a wide bowl. Add 2 pinches of garlic salt to the bowl.

Step Four:

Put a piece of chicken in the bowl and coat with the herb blend. Repeat with the additional pieces of chicken.

Step Five:

Layer the chicken on top of the veggies (which have been cooking for about 2 hours). Ladel some tomato sauce on to the chicken. Allow the mixture to cook for about 3 hours on low.


Peanut Chicken

22 Aug

Back from my weekend trip, my body was definitely feeling the effects of bad food. Maybe that’s why I loaded up on the fresh fruit and salad fixings this week. I certainly think so. Still, as always there was some lean protein to be found in my fridge. I actually took pictures of this recipe, but my brother’s computer seems to hate my SD card. Go figure. I really can’t wait to have my little netbook back.

Peanut Chicken


Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (this recipe makes five easily)
1/4 tbs. of chili lime paste
2 tbs of low-sodium soy sauce
3 tbs of low-sodium teryaki sauce
4 tbs of natural or reduced fat peanut butter

1. Combine the soy sauce, teryaki sauce, chili lime paste and peanut butter in a mixing bowl.
2. Stir vigorously until all of the ingredients have been combined to the consistency of paste.
3. Rub the paste-like marinade over all sides of the chicken breast (yes, this is a “get your hands messy” recipe)
4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until juices run clear.

Do you ever go a bit Asian in the kitchen?

Citrus Marinated Pork…who knew?

11 Aug

So tonight I once again found myself with a fairly empty fridge and a hungry tummy. I pulled out another pork tenderloin from the freezer. This one was teryaki and while good on it’s own, I was feeling like dressing it up a bit. I started racking my brain for flavors that would compliment the teryaki pork and came up with…

Yep…Oranges. I decide a dry rub would preserve the teryaki flavor while adding another layer of seasoning.

Orange Spice Rub

Combine the zest of two oranges, a few shakes of Chicago Steak Seasoning and about a teaspoon of garlic salt.

Generously rub the spices all over the entire pork loin.

Place in a glass baking dish and bake on 425 for about a half hour.

Easy Risotto

I super love risotto, but I am definitely low on time and patience most of the time. Imagine my surprise when I found boxed risotto options in the health food aisle of the supermarket. I checked the packaging and was even more excited to discover that all the package contained was the Arborio rice, herbs, spices and dehydrated cheese. There was no added sodium, preservatives or yucky stuff.  Tonight I grabbed a box of herb risotto to compliment the pork.

All you need to do is saute the risotto in a bit of olive oil (or substitute canola oil in a pinch). Add in about 2 1/2 cups of water and the seasoning packet.  Bring it to a boil, drop the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Everything should finish up about the same time.  YUM YUM YUM

Balsamic Chicken

8 Aug

Tonight I was in the mood for something using Italian flavors, but I wasn’t in the mood for pasta. Also, I have had a million and one bills to pay this week, so I haven’t really been to the grocery. I actually look forward to nights like this because it gives me no choice but to be Little Miss Creative in the kitchen. My only regret, my brother borrowed/hid my camera batteries, so this post is going to be picture less.

Things Needed:

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Garlic Salt
Italian Seasoning
Bay Leaf
Balsamic Vinegrette Salad Dressing

1. Season the chicken with garlic salt and Italian seasoning.
2. Marinate the seasoned chicken in balsamic salad dressing for about 30 minutes.
3.  Add a bay leaf to the marinade.

Transfer the marinated chicken to a glass baking dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until juices run clear.

This recipe turned out tasting much like a Chicken Marsala and was really very good. Chicken Marsala is one of my favorite dishes, so I felt very happy when I discovered my made up little bit of kitchen creativity had a similar flavor profile. All in all, I will definitely be trying this simple chicken dish again.  I paired it with steamed, fresh green beans tossed in Chicago steak seasoning and a bit of butter. I could have eaten two plates, but I forced myself to act like a normal person and only eat one plate.

What are your favorite Italian flavors?

Pork Tenderloin and Garden Salad

4 Aug

After a very stressful week, tonight I needed to keep the S in simple.  So, I consulted my freezer which held a yummy little peppercorn marinated pork tenderloin.

Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin

Here’s the Step By Step:

1. Slide up 2 to 3 small onions (or 1 large onion) into a large slices. Layer them into the bottom of glass baking dish.

2. Preheat the oven to 425.

3. Open the pork package and lay the tenderloin on top of the onions.

4. Bake for 30 minutes or until juices run clear.

My pantry is a little bare this week so I opted for a simple garden salad on the side. Chop up some romaine lettuce, carrots and cucumbers. You can substitute for anything you have on hand. It’s a great excuse for cleaning out the veggie drawer.

Simple Garden Salad

Goodnight and Bon Appetit!