Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Basic & Easy Chicken and Pasta Dish!

Having barely any food in my household, this is by far the easiest thing to make for a filling, healthy, and lovely meal! Target now has produce, which is a big thumbs up, but they also have frozen (already cooked) grilled chicken there for a very cheap price. So many dishes can be made from that quick readily available chicken. But I made bow tie pasta, with seasoned peas, and chicken.

I made the pasta like how you would any, then put the chicken in a little frying pan and poured a bit of olive oil on it, then seasoned with red chili pepper (hate spicy but it's actually good), then heated the peas up in the pan. Then I cut up the chicken into small, bite-size pieces, and topped the entire dish with shredded provolone cheese. It was SO good!

*** Another similar, and equally good recipe is replacing the chicken with shrimp and pouring white white in the pan along with some garlic and lemon. Very good!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Basil Smoothie By Giada!

Try this amazing Basil Smoothie...we know Bree would!

It's made by the beloved Giada de Laurentiis from Food Network!


* 1 1/4 cups plain yogurt
* 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
* 1 1/2 cups Lemon Simple Syrup, recipe follows
* 1 cup ice


In a blender, combine the yogurt, basil, Lemon Simple Syrup, and ice. Blend until smooth and frothy. Pour into frosted glasses and serve immediately.

Yield: 4 (6-ounce) servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Difficulty: Easy
Lemon Simple Syrup:

* 1 cup water
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest

In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and lemon zest over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes. Strain before using.