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Recipe – Slow Cooked Chicken Noodle Soup

Yesterday Vita and I made spätzle and chicken jägerschnitzel. The cooking of the spätzle required 3 quarts of chicken stock and rather than let all that wonderful stock go to waste, I made a VERY slow cooked chicken noodle soup for Souper Sunday.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

  • 4 quarts of chicken stock
  • 1 13 oz. can of shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/4 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 8 oz dried wide egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons of Old Bay
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:
1. Place a soup pot over medium high heat and cook until liquid is reduced by 1/3..

2. Add the noodles and vegetables. Bring pot to a simmer for approximately five minutes. Reduce heat and cook for approximately 20 to 30 minutes to allow noodles to cook through.

3. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and fresh black pepper before serving.

And that’s all there is to it. It’s very, very tasty and really simple.

March 2, 2009 at 9:27 pm Leave a comment

Recipe – Stuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken

I recently downloaded a new iPhone app called Lose It, to track my daily calorie intake. And what I’ve noticed, is that while the meals I make are reasonably nutritionally balanced, I’m killing myself with snacking later because I don’t always feel full when we’re done. So, to combat that, Vita and I are making some really hearty meals, including these awesome stuffed peppers.

Ground Chicken Stuffed Peppers (Red)

They’re easy to make, albeit a tad time consuming. Since you’re getting a whole bell pepper, you’re getting a lot of veggies, and the ground chicken with melted Parmesan is really warming. Here’s how you make it.

Ingredients :

  • 1 lb. Fresh Ground Chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped Spanish onion
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (gluten free)
  • 4 medium sized red, green or yellow peppers
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation:
1. Heat the oil in a pan; add garlic, onion, ginger and ground chicken; cook until chicken is cooked through and white in color.

2. Drain any grease from the pan add tomato paste, water and soy sauce.

3. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat.

4. Cut the tops off of the peppers; remove the seeds and the white inner fleshy parts (veins).

Yellow and Red Bell Pepper

5. Stuff each pepper with the cooked chicken mixture, sprinkle stuffed peppers with Parmesan cheese. We layer our cheese throughout, building it the same way you would a layer cake.

Ground Chicken Stuffed Yellow Pepper - Pre Cooking

6.Place your peppers on a non-stick baking sheet and bake at 325°F, until they are brown or the cheese melts (about 30 minutes).

Ground Chicken Stuffed Peppers (Yellow)

Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional info:
Calories: 431
Total Fat: 19g
Sat. Fat: 8g
Cholest.: 139mg
Sodium: 2,800
Carb.: 20g
Fiber: 2g
Protein: 44g

They’re absolutely fantastic and impossible to screw up.

March 1, 2009 at 9:28 am 2 comments

Recipe – Grilled Chicken With Spinach Pesto

The past few nights I’ve been working a bit later than I’d like to be. This fact usually means we do very quick things for dinner, like pre-made soups, leftovers worked into something new and different or meals that I can pick up on my way in from the office. Even though I knew I was in for a longer day, I’d have none of that tonight. Since I had leftover fresh spinach from Souper Sunday’s Creamy Chicken Florentine, I opted for a twist on a traditional Basil and Pine Nut Pesto.

Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

We did our spinach pesto over a grilled chicken and paired it with balsamic marinated asparagus spears and fresh Roma tomatoes seasoned with salt and pepper. Here’s how you do it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 fresh lemon squeezed
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Pine Nuts, Spinach, Black Pepper and Kosher Salt

Preparation:

1. Heat a grill pan on medium high heat. Lightly oil the grill pan. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper and some garlic salt. Grill the chicken until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Grill asparagus that has marinated in balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper on separate portion of the pan. Turn asparagus at the same time you turn the chicken. Remove after about 6 to 8 minutes. It should cook a little faster than the chicken. Just set it aside to cool.

2. While you’re grilling, combine the spinach, pine nuts, lemon juice, and lemon peel in a food processor. Lightly pulse. Pause occasionally to gradually add the 1/3 cup of the oil, blending until the mixture is creamy.

3. Transfer the spinach mixture to a bowl. Stir in the Parmesan. Season the pesto with salt and pepper, to taste.

4. Spread the pesto over each piece of chicken and serve.

It’s awesome and super fast (like 15 minutes fast). I don’t think I’ve made something recently that Vita has enjoyed so much. She was raving about the spinach pesto and found herself looking for things to put it on after the chicken and tomatoes were gone. Enjoy!

February 4, 2009 at 7:55 pm 1 comment

Recipe – Grilled Greek Chicken Salad

Tuesday night was one of those nights that I honestly didn’t have anything planned for dinner. So when Vita sent me a text asking for a meal that she’d originally had at my mother’s house, I took it as a welcome out of having to come up with something original. I made two different meals. For myself, I made a Grilled Greek Chicken Salad. For Vita, simply grilled Greek chicken, grilled veggies and Tzatziki sauce.

Grilled Greek Chicken Salad

The real secret is good chicken breasts and the right blend of Greek spices. The best in my opinion is the blend my mother uses, which we buy at Rafal Spice Company in Detroit’s Eastern Market area. You can order it online here.

Various Veggies on a cutting board

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Red onion – chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper – Diced
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper – Diced
  • Black Olives – Diced
  • Cherry Tomatoes – Halved
  • 2 medium sized chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons of Greek Seasoning Mix
  • 4 cups pre-packaged salad mix
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat Greek Dressing
  • 4 tablespoons Feta cheese

Preparation:
1. Preheat grill pan over medium high heat. As your pan is heating, coat both sides of chicken breasts with the Greek seasoning mix.

Raw chicken with Greek spices.

2. Dice vegetables and spray grill pan with non-stick spray. Grill chicken four minutes per side and grill veggies until tender. Turn chicken and remove from grill. Allow chicken to rest.

Grilled Greek Chicken

3. Slice chicken and add to salad. Distribute toppings and dress to your liking.

This is so simple and so good. Vita’s dinner is pictured below.

Greek Chicken with grilled vegetables

Not really a complex recipe, but it’s really, really tasty. It’s so much more fun to make your own grilled salads anyway.

January 27, 2009 at 9:49 pm 1 comment

Recipe – Grilled Chicken With Lemon Basil Dressing

After our morning workout, I decided to give a recipe I originally saw on Giada De Laurentis’ Food Network show, Everyday Italian a go, while making a few modifications of my own. So before leaving for work, I made the marinade for grilled chicken with lemon basil dressing. I’m happy to report that it turned out fabulously.

Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Dressing

Looks pretty appetizing huh? Allow me to attest, the dressing is AMAZING. I’ll be using it for everything from salads, to marinades Here’s how to make the whole shebang.

Ingredients:
Fennel Seed

  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons (for marinade) plus 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds (the original recipe calls for a course crush, but Vita isn’t a big fennel fan. I left them intact for a milder flavor)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • teaspoon grated lemon zest

Lemon, Basil and Garlic on Cutting Board

Preparation:

MARINADE:
Raw Chicken with Lemon Fennel Marinade

Whisk in 1/3 cup of oil, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, fennel seeds, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a heavy-duty, zippered, plastic bag. Add the chicken and seal the bag. Massage the marinade into the chicken. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day, turn the chicken occasionally if you have time. Just be sure you get to toss it every now and again before you bring it to the grill.

DRESSING:
Basil, Kosher Salt, Pepper, Lemon Zest and Garlic in Food Processor

Blend the basil, garlic, lemon zest, remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a blender until smooth. Once you’ve got it evened out, blend in the remaining 1/3 cup oil. Season the basil sauce, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired. I don’t think you’ll need it though, as it’s already a flavor backed punch.

GRILLING
Prepare the barbecue for medium-high heat or preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the chicken until just cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to plates. Drizzle the basil sauce over and serve.

Thoughts;
The lemon basil sauce adds a huge kick to the chicken, giving it a lot flavor. The marinade makes the chicken really, really moist and the fennel adds a lot of earthy tones to the meat. This is a recipe I have a feeling I’ll be making over and over again. Vita said the chicken “dances” in your mouth. I’d agree, it’s really strong and very zippy. Try it, I have a feeling you’ll like it.

January 21, 2009 at 8:43 pm 1 comment

Recipe – Wingless Buffalo Bleu Pizza

So, it’s week two of my new Sunday feature, Gourmet from the Tailgate. and while my Lions are back to showing their true colors (0-2), I scored big with my wife with this week’s Sunday offering for watching our lowly Detroiters.

When I was still laying in bed Sunday morning I was dreaming of buffalo wings and then drifted to pizza. And where I ended up was just combining the two together. I had seen some of the delivery joints offering pizzas similar to this, but I was sure they weren’t using Danish Bleu or the scallions that I had in mind. Believe me, you can get this done in 45 minutes, which we both now is about how long you’re going to wait for delivery during peak hours during football Sundays.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large boneless chicken breast
  • 1.5 large scallions diced
  • 1/4 cup Danish bleu cheese
  • 1 large Boboli pizza crust (you can always make your own, but I love these when pre-game is on!)
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese

Preparation:
1. Slice chicken into thin pieces and toss them in salt and pepper. Preheat oven and pizza stone to 450 degrees.

2. In a medium sized skillet, saute chicken for a few minutes. Don’t cook it all the way through as it will finish in the oven.

3. Remove pan from heat, allowing chicken to cool. Slice vegetables and add sauce to crust. Add mozzarella cheese and scallions and put the celery aside (Vita reminded me that warm celery is just gross).

4. Put chicken into a zip lock bag or bowl and toss with 1/4 cup of wing sauce. Add chicken and crumbled Danish Bleu to your pizza. I like to drizzle olive oil on the outside edge of the crust and then add garlic salt to the oil. It adds another dimension to the crust.

5. Bake for 12 minutes.

It’s excellent, extra spicy and really, really good. Vita loved it, and I think you guys probably will to. If you do give it a whirl, let me know.

September 14, 2008 at 9:11 pm 2 comments

Recipe – Teriyaki Chicken Meatball Kabobs

This is really more of Vita’s recipe than mine, but I managed to make a nice summer salad to accompany her tasty Teriyaki Chicken Meatball Kabobs, slightly modifying a recipe I found on Chow.

First off, let me preface that my wife is a wonderful cook in her own right, and I was probably quick to call her a “snob” in the previous post on Chicken Marsala. She is developing an increasingly broad palate now that I have her eating chicken and turkey again (she was pretty much vegetarian when we first started dating two years ago). Nevertheless, it still sometimes surprises me when she grabs things at the grocery store and our local warehouse club that look a lot like red meat, as was the case with these pre-made Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken Meatballs.

We grabbed them because she started a new surgical rotation on Monday and we were unsure how much time we’d have to devote to our nightly cooking this week. And as we meal planned on Sunday, she thought it a good plan to make kabobs. The carnivore in me smiled so wide I think you could see rays of light emitting from my dimples that I hate to admit are there :). Here’s what Vita skewered for me to grill up.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package pre-made Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken Meatball Kabobs (we found some organinc pre-made meatballs at Sam’s Club
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper (sliced into kabob-size pieces)
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper (sliced into kabob-size pieces)
  • 1 small can Mandarin Oranges
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation:
1. Pre-heat grill to 400 degrees
2. Skewer meatball onto wooden or metal skewer (pre-soak wooden skewers) and flank with bell peppers. Add oranges, and repeat process until skewer is filled. Repeat as needed.
3. Salt and pepper kabobs and brush with Teriyaki sauce.
4. Grill for 2 minutes a side, turning as needed.

The kabobs were really great. We really didn’t need to do anything drastic to the meatballs and Vita’s idea of using mandarin oranges gave a really nice sweetness that complimented the Teriyaki flavor of the meat to an absolute T. We paired our kabobs with a really great summer salad.

Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Feta and Kalamata Olives

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound watermelon, seeded – large dice (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato, seeded – medium dice
  • 1 small English cucumber, peeled, seeded – medium dice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup pitted and halved kalamata olives
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves torn and bruised
  • 1 ounce feta cheese (I’d suggest the crumbled, dried version, brined feta will add too much salt – if brined is all you have, omit the kosher salt mentioned above)
  • 1 teaspoon of lime juice

Preparation:
1. Combine watermelon, tomato, and cucumber in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt, and gently toss to combine. Transfer mixture to a colander and let drain. After 5 minutes, return mixture to bowl after wiping it down with a paper towel.

2. Combine vegetable mixture with olives, vinegar, olive oil, mint, and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper. Sprinkle cheese over the top and serve. Can’t be less difficult and it’s VERY refreshing and matches perfectly with the meatballs and a nice glass of wine. As strange as the mint and lime juice might sound here, they’re key elements that gives the whole dish a special something. Kudos to Kate over at Chow for coming up with a real winner.

August 21, 2008 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

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