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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Balsalmic Chicken with Bulgur

This was our first attempt with bulgur, and we loved it! I used Trader Joe's 10 Minute Bulgur and a combination of other ingredients from the fridge.  Bulgur is amazingly healthy (11 grams of protein per serving) and delicious!  Of course, you could substitute rice or couscous in place of the bulgur.  I will definitely be making this recipe again.

8 oz spinach
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 C chicken, cooked and shredded
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 small tomato, diced
salt and pepper, as desired

1.) Cook bulgur according to package.
2.) Meanwhile, cook spinach in pan with 1 T olive oil.
3.) Remove as soon as the spinach is wilted. Chop. Set aside.
4.) In same pan, saute onion and garlic with 2 T olive oil.
5.) Add in chicken, cloves, balsamic vinegar, and tomatoes.
6.) Cook off any remaining liquid.
7.) Top chicken dish with the spinach that was set aside.
8.) Serve the chicken dish on a bed of bulur.

Serves 4.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Chicken Mac & Cheese

I've been looking for a while for a simple, but tasty macaroni and cheese recipe.  This one was a hit!  I used cheddar and Gouda cheeses.  I cooked the chicken a day ahead in the crock-pot on low for 4 hours.  Pictured without veggies.

3 C cooked, shredded chicken
8 oz. cooked pasta
2 1/4 C shredded cheese
1 C milk
3 T butter
4 C frozen vegetables, thawed
1/4 C dry bread crumbs
3 T grated Parmesan cheese
1 T butter

1.) Prepare chicken.
2.) Cook pasta.
3.) Combine chicken, pasta, cheese, milk, butter, and veggies.
4.) Mix well and place in a large casserole dish.
5.) In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
6.) Cut in butter.
7.) Sprinkle bread crumb topping on top of dish.
8.) Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes.

Serves 6.

Rye Bread

St. Patrick's Day is around the corner, and I'm sure I'll be making this recipe to go with our corned beef and cabbage.  I've been using this recipe for years, and it always gets great reviews!

4 C flour
2 C warm water
1/3 C brown sugar
2 packages (or 4 1/2 tsp) of instant yeast
1 Tbsp caraway seed
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 T canola oil
2 C rye flour
1 egg white + 1 tsp water (for egg wash)

1.) Stir 1 C flour, brown sugar, and yeast.
2.) Add water.
3.) Mix until frothy and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
4.) Add caraway seed, salt, and oil.
5.) Stir in remaining 3 C flour and 2 C rye flour.
6.) Knead dough.
7.) Allow dough to rest in a warm, draft-free place for 30 minutes.
8.) Form dough into desired shape.
9.) Place dough onto a greased baking sheet (9x13 pan for rolls).
10.) Score the loaves and apply egg wash.
11.) Bake loaves at 400 F for 35 minutes (20 minutes for rolls).

Makes 2 loaves or 24 rolls.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Someone gave me this recipe literally years ago, and I only recently got around to making them.  I can't believe I waited so long.  The recipe is now one of our favorites!  The biscuits are essentially a traditional baking powder biscuit with sweet potato added - deliciously scrumptious!  You can roll out the dough and cut into circular biscuit shapes, but I normally go with the drop biscuit style for ease.  As leftovers, they taste surprisingly good and keep their moistness better than most breads.

2 C flour
2 T baking powder
1 T + 1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 C shortening
1 1/2 C mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 C milk (or less)

1.) Prepare sweet potatoes by baking, steaming, or boiling -mash.
2.) Combine dry ingredients.
3.) Cut shortening into dry ingredients.
4.) Mix in the sweet potato.
5.) Mix in enough milk to form a soft dough.
6.) With a spoon, drop balls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet.
7.) Bake at 400 F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes about 20 biscuits.