Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tossed Salad with Pine Nut Dressing

  • 2 C baby spinach
  • 1/4 C seasoned salad croutons
  • 1/4 C shredded red cabbage
  • 3 Tbsp shredded carrot
  • 3 Tbsp shredded zucchini
  • dash pepper

  • 3 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 4 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 C packed fresh parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and halved*
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C olive oil
1. In a small salad bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Place the pine nuts in a blender; cover and process until finely ground. Add the water, vinegar, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, basil and salt; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream.
2. Transfer dressing to a small pitcher or bowl. Serve with salad. Refrigerate remaining dressing for up to 3 days.

Robyn's notes: He really liked this. Raved over it. It was very quick to make.  Gets 3 stars instead of 4 because I can't eat salad.
*garlic: I used the chopped garlic in a jar, because I was in a hurry. Worked fine.

*** 3 Stars: Good. At least one of us liked this enough for me to make it again, but not often

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Cacciatore Chicken Breasts

  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3/4 C canned stewed tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
1. In a large skillet, saute onion and green pepper in oil until crisp-tender. Remove and keep warm. Cook chicken over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Remove and keep warm.
2. Add the tomatoes, broth, garlic salt, rosemary and pepper to the skillet; cook and stir until heated through. Add onion mixture. Serve over chicken.

Robyn's notes: I served this over rice, and it was really quite pretty and filling. He and I both liked it. It went quickly (about 30 minutes) but once started there was no walking away from it.

*** 3 Stars: Good. At least one of us liked this enough for me to make it again, but not often

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Dilled Potato-Leek Soup

  • 1 C sliced leeks (white portion only)
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp butter
  • 2 C chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 C cubed peeled Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp snipped fresh dill or 1/2 tsp dill weed

1. In a large saucepan, saute leeks and celery in butter until tender. Stir in the broth, potatoes, carrot, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Cool slightly.
2. Transfer to a blender; cover and process until smooth. Return to the pan. Whisk a small amount of soup into buttermilk; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Add dill; heat through (do not boil).

Yield: 3 3/4 C

Robyn's notes: This was very easy and quick to make. He really liked it. I had potato soup for myself. Substituted vanilla soymilk for the buttermilk.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 1/4 C diced carrot
  • 2 Tbsp diced celery
  • 2 Tbsp chopped onion
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2-1/2 C chicken broth
  • 2/3 C diced cooked chicken
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • dash pepper
  • 1/2 C uncooked medium egg noodles
  • 1 tsp minced fresh parsley

1. In a large saucepan, saute the carrot, celery and onion in butter until tender. Stir in the broth, chicken and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Add noodles; cook for 10 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with parsley.

Robyn's notes: I used rigatoni because it's what I had in the house, and it absorbed more of the broth than I expected, but it was still good. Research shows that chicken noodle soup actually is good for colds and the flu, and since he's had a really bad flu since Xmas, I was hoping to boost his immune system a bit.