Monday, January 16, 2012

Bruschetta Chicken 2 Ways

I LOVE LOVE LOVE  cooking Italian food!!!  The first recipe I ever made up in my head happened to be Italian.  To this day the recipes I make up in my head that I love the most are Italian. 
 I have taken a few pasta classes and a couple of herb classes and I am by far the most comfortable with how Italian flavors work together.  

Today I am going to share one of my own recipes...Bruschetta Chicken 2 Ways.

Chicken Bruschetta Sandwich 

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 C olive oil
1/4 C red wine vinegar
Good Seasoning Italian Seasoning
4 roma tomatoes
1TB olive oil
5 basil leaves minced
sprinkling of sea salt
1 C fresh mozzarella grated
1/4 C fresh parmesan grated
2 TB pesto divided
6 rolls

To Make:
Pound the chicken breast to half inch and place in a bowl.  Mix together the olive oil, vinegar, and seasoning packet and then add to bowl of chicken and set aside.  Start your grill.  While that is marinating dice your tomatoes and mince the basil and place those 2 ingredients  to a separate bowl with a sprinkling of sea salt and the TB of olive oil and set that aside.  Shred the cheeses, and lightly toss them together in a bowl. Grill your chicken until done roughly 10 minutes on one side and 5 on the other.  While the chicken is grilling you are going to spread pesto onto your sandwich rolls.  When it is done add the tomatoes and cheese to the tops of your chicken and close the grill for 5 about more minutes or until the cheese is melted at this time you will also place the rolls on the up rack of your grill to grill the rolls.  Bring all ingredients in  from the grill and set aside 2 of the chicken breasts.  Cut the remaining chicken into 6 portions and add to rolls.  Serve with romaine hearts to either top the sandwich or as a salad on the side.   After the chicken you set aside has cooled refrigerate.

Chicken Bruschetta Pasta


Chicken you set aside from above
2 Tb pesto
1/4 C freshly shredded parmesan
1 lb pasta

Cook pasta to package directions.  While the pasta is cooking shred your cheese and cut up the chicken from the above recipe.  When pasta is done drain and return to pot adding chicken and pesto on low heat  until chicken is heated through.  Sprinkle with parmesan and serve with salad

To get an idea of how many this serves it fed my family of 6 which includes a teenage son who is very active for 2 dinners and myself and my daughter 2 lunches each.

I have some picky eaters and this was a hit all around...ENJOY!!!


Friday, January 13, 2012

Snowman Mix

Today we had the first real snow that seems might stay around for more than 48 hours
 and my children were so excited except the one who was anticipating a snow day..bummer ....
we all love snow days around here!!! 

In preparation for the first snow of the year my sweet husband ran to the store to pick up the supplies to make Snowman Mix...pretzel sticks, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and candy corn(I bought a few bags of these on clearance in the fall in anticipation of making different variations of yummy snowmen to eat).   When my children came down and saw the bags of ingredients my son said, "Oh I get it marshmallows for the snowballs, pretzels for the arms, chocolate chips for the eyes, mouth, and buttons, and you are going to go get the candy corn from food storage for the noses right?"  How fun to have a child that gets you!

 Mix these ingredients together in a large bowl and there you have it Snowman Mix!!!