Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Three Easy Dinner Recipes

This week I was feeling a little inspired, so I decided to try three new recipes using one main ingredient: chicken.  
First, wash two pounds of chicken breasts (I used chicken tenderloins) and pat dry with paper towels.  Dust them with seasoned salt and pepper to taste.  In a large Ziploc bag, combine 1/3 cup of olive oil with four cloves of garlic.  Add the seasoned chicken breasts and shake well.  Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.  Cook thoroughly in a saucepan on the stove.
Here's a little hint that I learned from a friend whose family owns a restaurant.  When chopping garlic, press each clove with the side of the knife before cutting.  The skin will fall away easily.

Day One
California Pizza Kitchen Salad
Find the recipe {HERE} with the following modifications:
Use slightly less lettuce (I used a bagged mix)
Use 1 1/2 cups lowfat mozzarella
Use two Roma tomatoes
Use 1/3 of your cooked chicken rather than the turkey breast
Use slightly less salami

This was SOOO yummy, and pretty healthy too!  I doubled the dressing, so that I can make this salad again soon with less prep time.  I used my absolutely favorite kitchen tool, my dressing mixer from Crate & Barrel.


Day Two
Pasta Primavera
You can find the recipe {HERE}.  I made the following changes:
Use skim milk
Combine the milk and vegetable soup mix.  Microwave for two minutes.
Add one cup of cooked vegetables (I used red peppers, peas, carrots and corn)
Use only 2 tbsp butter

Delicious!

Day Three
Chicken Pesto Pizza
The original recipe is {HERE}.
I used wheat pizza crust.  I also omitted the artichoke hearts and added two roma tomatoes, scallions and caramelized onions (made ahead of time and refrigerated). 
Yummy, yummy in my tummy!  Next time I might try it with shrimp.

Happy cooking!


1 comment:

Tanya Solano said...

Yummy! I would totally hire you to moonlight as my personal chef {my husband and son would LoVe it}! These look fantastic, I might have to give them a try!

Happy cooking!

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