Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Healthier Dish for Zoe

A request was made for a dish that was a little more figure friendly. Ask and you shall receive!

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 3/4 box of fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 bag of frozen peas
  • olive oil
  • parmesan cheese (only about 1/4 cup)
  • herbs de provence
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano
  • flour
Instructions: Slice the chicken breast and marinate it in the olive oil, herbs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and then saute it in a frying pan. After the chicken is done, take it out of the pan and then add some more olive oil and about a tablespoon or two of flour. Let the flour cook in the oil for a little bit before adding the chicken broth. Season with salt, pepper, garlic, and herbs, and let it simmer for a few minutes. Add the pasta directly from the pasta water so that it can absorb the sauce. Add the peas so that they can warm through. Mix in the chicken and cheese.

Parmesan Crusted Sirloin

You can use any steak you like; here I used a boneless sirloin steak. Parmesan cheese, Montreal steak seasoning, salt, pepper, and vegetable oil.

Season each side of the meat with the salt, pepper, and Montreal steak seasoning. Cook each side of the meat for 3-5 minutes in a pan with vegetable oil to give it a nice sear. Now depending on how well you want your steak to be done, you have options for what to do next. If you like it more well done, then you can put it in the oven for a few minutes at 350 degrees before the next step. Next, top with the cheese and broil in the oven until the cheese is nice and bubbly.

This is so simple, but so tasty!

Amaretto Apple Crisp

  • 3 large apples (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of amaretto
  • 1 cup of oatmeal
  • 1 lemon
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
Put 5 tablespoons of butter in a saute pan. Add the apples, and season with cinnamon and nutmeg. (I'm not exactly sure the exact amount to use, but I would guesstimate 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg.) Add the juice from the lemon, 1 cup of brown sugar and the amaretto. Let the apples soften in the pan for a couple of minutes. In a bowl, combine 1 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Put the apples in a baking dish and top with the oatmeal mixture. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until the top is nice and golden.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Baked Chicken and Rice #1

I couldn't think of a name for this dish, so instead I gave it a number. It's kind of Asian inspired based on the ingredients...

  • rice (enough for 4 servings when cooked)
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • all the leaves from one stalk of basil (ripped into smaller pieces)
  • 4 garlic cloves (roughly chopped)
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • pepper
  • chili powder
Combine the oil, soy sauce, honey, basil, and garlic in a pan, and mix it together. Add the chicken and season with cinnamon, ground ginger, pepper, and chili powder (more of the first two and less of the latter two). Toss the chicken around in the mixture so that it gets nicely coated. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about an hour. The chicken will be technically "done" in less time, but I want it to get some nice color. While cooking, flip the chicken every 15-20 minutes and baste it a few time to ensure it takes in as much flavor as possible. While the chicken is baking, you can start cooking your rice so that it's just about finished when you take the thighs out of the oven. Then add all the liquid and juices from the pan to the rice and cook it until it is absorbed. Time to eat!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Legs and Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This is so delicious and incredibly easy to make. (You might want to run a mile or two after eating though...)

  • chicken legs
  • bacon
  • a pound and a half of potatoes
  • 5 garlic cloves (whole)
  • 1 cup of shredded monterey cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 can of evaporated milk
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Then wrap a slice (or two) of your favorite bacon around each chicken leg. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and put into a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

Peel and dice the potatoes and put in a pot of boiling water until they are fork tender. (This is when you can easily penetrate the potato with a fork.) Drain the pot and then add the milk and butter. Mash the ingredients together. After you get the desired consistency, fold in the cheese and season with a little salt and pepper to taste.

And yes, it's really that simple. Now here are a few tips. The smaller you dice the potatoes, the faster they will cook. If you don't want have a heart attack right after eating this meal, then try using skim milk instead of evaporated milk, use turkey bacon, replace the butter with margarine and/or take out a couple of tablespoons, use a little less cheese, or trying using chicken breasts instead. (If you use chicken breast, you might want to cover it for part of the cooking time while in the oven to prevent it from drying out.)