Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Weekday Meal

When I look at recipes on blogs or otherwise, I usually think "wow that sounds delicious, but what should I make with it?" I had an impromptu dinner party last night, and thought I would share a protein, vegetable, and side dish for a complete meal. It's very easy to make and cooks in under 1 hour. The best part about this meal is that everything cooks at the same oven temperature! I suggest putting the potatoes first, put in the chicken 15 minutes later, and put the asparagus in 20 minutes after that. That way, everything will be done at the same time!

Chicken, Asparagus, and Roasted Potatoes
Photo Credit: Caitlin Brewer

Chicken Ingredients:
5 chicken breasts (or 1 per person)
5 cloves of garlic, finely diced
5 Tbl of brown sugar
2 Tbl soy sauce
1 Tbl olive oil

Chicken Directions:
Heat oil over medium low and cook your garlic until it starts to turn golden brown. Remove from heat and add your brown sugar. Whisk well, and add the soy sauce. Place the chicken in a deep, greased casserole dish, and pour the sauce on top. Bake at 400º for 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 227 per chicken
Total Fat: 5.9g
Cholesterol: 73.1mg
Sodium: 308mg
Carbohydrates: 15.1g
Sugars: 13.5g
Protein: 27.3g

Asparagus Ingredients:
1 bunch of asparagus, bottoms snapped off
2 Tbl olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese (or an Italian blend)
1/4 cup pecorino romano cheese

Asparagus Directions:
Place asparagus in a large plastic bag (like Ziploc) and add the oil, salt, and pepper. Shake the bag to mix well and then spread the asparagus on a large, flat, baking sheet and bake at 400º for 10 minutes. Take the asparagus out and sprinkle on the two cheeses. Bake for an additional 2 minutes at the same temperature, or until all the cheese has melted.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 79 per 8 spears
Total Fat: 5.7g
Cholesterol: 8.1mg
Sodium: 591.8mg
Carbohydrates: 3.5g
Fiber: 1.6g
Sugars: 1.1g
Protein: 5.8g

Potato Ingredients (serves 6):
1-1 1/2lbs of red bliss potatoes, quartered
2 Tbl olive oil
2 Tbl rosemary, chopped
2 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper

Potato Directions:
Toss the potatoes on a large baking tray with all of the other ingredients. Bake at 400º for 45 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 120 per 1/2 cup
Total Fat: 4.8g
Sodium: 788.1mg
Carbohydrates: 17.5g
Fiber: 1.7g
Sugars: 1.2g
Protein: 2.1g

Enjoy :)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Easy Enchilada Pasta

Since I pretty much live on Pinterest, I have seen a lot of recipes for baked enchilada pasta dishes. I was in the grocery store the other day and happened to pick up some enchilada sauce and diced green chilies. Ideas started forming in my head so I also picked up a box of pasta. I had a dilemma with what kind of protein to use in the dish. Most of the ones I have seen use ground turkey, ground beef, or shredded chicken. I dare to be different so I picked up some Al Fresco chicken sausage (you could use any of the proteins previously listed though). Boom. Easy dish, takes barely any time, and it's delicious.

Easy Enchilada Pasta
Photo Credit: Me

Ingredients (serves 6):
1 13.25 box of Rotini (I used Dreamfields)
1 10oz can of medium heat enchilada sauce
1 package of Al Fresco chipotle chorizo chicken sausage
1 4.5oz can of green chilies (I accidentally bought them whole but it took 2 seconds to dice)
4oz of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, room temperature
1 Tbl butter
1 Tbl oil
1/4 cup finely diced scallions
1/4 cup shredded jack cheese, just to cover dish
Sour cream to top each bowl with

Directions:
Set your oven to broil. Cook the pasta according the box. Meanwhile, heat your oil in a medium sized skillet on medium heat. Brown the sausage all the way around. Remove the sausage and dice into 1/4 inch circular pieces. Melt the butter in the still hot pan and add the enchilada sauce. Add the room temp cream cheese and whisk until it is blended well. Add the diced sausage and diced green chilies into the sauce mixture. Drain the pasta and add to a deep baking dish (I used an 11-cup one). Add the sauce to the pasta and mix well. Top the dish with your scallions, followed by your shredded cheese. Pop the dish in the broiler until the cheese is melted and golden (anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes). Serve yourself a bowl and top with a dollop of sour cream!

Nutrition Facts (with sour cream):
Calories: 486 per serving
Total Fat: 17.2g
Cholesterol: 72.1mg
Sodium: 830.5mg
Carbohydrates: 63.8g
Fiber: 7.4g
Sugars: 5.9g
Protein: 22.4g

Enjoy :)