Basil Pesto Chicken with garlic tomato pasta

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I can NOT wait until we can start planting our garden this year. We have such a short growing season here that you really need to appreciate that couple of months you get to grow your own food. There is something so special about it! My tomatoes last year were UNREAL. I had 5 tomato plants in pots (yes I have all my garden goodies in pots, and they’ve been doing better and better each year) and I got an unreal amount of tomatoes. I had batches on batches of salsa, stewed tomatoes and sauces. This year, I’m going to try doing passata as well!

Anyways, this dish is inspired by my excitement for my tomato season and basil season, and obviously my all time ever lasting love for pasta. Here is a delicious supper full of tomato, basil pesto and perfectly seasoned chicken. If you want this to be vegan, use kabocha squash or chickpeas in place of chicken. this will change your cooking process.

 

Ingredients: (serves 2)

  • 2 TBSP EVOO
  • 2 chicken breasts, pounded so they’re even for cooking
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1.5c grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/2c veggie or chicken stock
  • 1/2c or more of smoked mozzarella, grated
  • 1/4c basil pesto homemade or store bought (I always make this one)
  • linguini, fettuccine or spaghetti work well for this dish.

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions
  2. Add EVOO to a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder and basil. Once the skillet is hot, add the chicken. let it brown on one side for a couple minutes then flip it over and brown it on the other side. this might take anywhere from 4-6 minutes per side depending on the size of your breasts. if your chicken is a nice golden brown then it’s safe to flip it over.
  4. Remove the chicken from the skillet to a plate.
  5. Turn your heat down to medium. Toss your tomatoes, onions and garlic into the skillet. De-glaze with your veggie stock, and stir often until your tomatoes start to burst. if they’re not bursting fast enough for your liking, use a potato masher and do it yourself. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
  6. Add your chicken back to the skillet and cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160F. add your pesto on to the chicken breasts and sprinkle them with cheese. Put a large lid over your pan and let the cheese melt for a minute.
  7. Remove the chicken to dinner plates. Toss your cooked pasta with the tomato mixture and serve! Sprinkling more cheese on top is also never a bad idea.

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Caprese Panzanella with Chicken

Chicken. Bread. Cheese. Tomatoes. Basil. Heaven. That is all.

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Ingredients: (serves 4)

For the chicken-

  • 4 6oz chicken breasts, pounded to the same thickness for even cooking
  • 1/2 tsp each garlic powder, oregano and thyme
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 2 TBSP EVOO (for pan frying)

For the salad-

  • 1 1/2 C (226G) FRESH mozzarella cheese, diced into 1/4″ cubes
  • 2 1/2C fresh torn basil leaves
  • Balsamic vinaigrette or glaze (optional)

For the Tomatoes-

  • 3-4c cherry tomatoes
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • 1/2 white onion, cut into 1/2″ chunks
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper + a little more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp each garlic powder, thyme and oregano
  • 1-2 TBSP EVOO

For the croutons-

  • 6c day old bread or buns (approx 3 Portuguese rolls) diced into 1″ cubes
  • 1/2C EVOO
  • 3 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F. Line 2 baking pans with tin foil.
  2. In a large bowl, add your cubed bread, olive oil, oregano, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss everything together with your hands to make sure everything is mixed up. Pour on to one of your tin foil lined pans. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  3. In the same bowl, add your tomatoes. Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil. Add your garlic cloves, onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme and oregano. Toss everything together with your hands and make sure everything is coated evenly. Pour tomato mixture on to the second tin foil lined pan. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes, or until nicely roasted.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together your chicken seasonings. (salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, and garlic powder.) Once mixed, season both sides of your chicken breasts.
  5. In a pan over medium heat, add your 2 tbsp of olive oil. Let it get nice and toasty. Add your chicken breasts to the pan. Let cook on the one side for about 5-7 minutes. Once browned nicely on that side, turn the chicken over and continue cooking until it is fully cooked through. (This will be about another 7 minutes.) Once your chicken is fully cooked (check with a meat thermometer for a temperature that reads 160F) remove from the pan and to a cutting board to rest.
  6. Slice your chicken in to thin strips, or dice it.
  7. In a large salad bowl, add your roasted tomatoes, croutons, chicken, mozzarella cheese and torn basil. Drizzle with a balsamic vinaigrette or a balsamic glaze. Or eat it without it! It is delicious either way!

Spring Gnocchi with fresh herbs

Dinner tonight is super fresh and super simple! There’s a little bit of chopping, and we cheated by buying our gnocchi instead of making it today. Oops! No time for that today! This was quite the refreshing dish. I love all the green in it! Give it a try!

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Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • 700g fresh potato gnocchi
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 4 tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 large leek, diced and rinsed to remove dirt
  • 1 small bunch of asparagus, tough ends broken off, cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 4 large green onions, whites and greens separated, and sliced
  • 4 large garlic cloves, sliced (not minced. we want nice big but thin pieces.)
  • 1c Peas
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2c parmigiano reggiano + more for serving
  • few leaves of basil, torn
  • 1/2c parsley, rough chopped

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 tbsp EVOO and 2 tbsp butter. Let the butter melt and the oil get nice and hot. Add your gnocchi in and brown on both sides.
  2. Once your gnocchi is browned, add in your leeks, asparagus, whites of the green onions and garlic. Cook until the leeks and asparagus start to get tender. (a few minutes.)
  3. Add in your fresh peas, remaining 2 tbsp butter, greens of the green onions, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add your lemon zest and your lemon juice, 1/2c parmigianno reggiano, parsley and basil. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Sprinkle with more cheese!
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Thai Green Curry with Chicken and spring veggies

This Thai Curry uses a home made green curry paste that you can find here

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Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • 3 medium carrots, sliced on the bias (about 1/2C)
  • 7 stalks of asparagus, hard ends snapped off, cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 4 large green onions both whites and greens sliced on the bias, keep whites separated from the green.
  • 1 398ML can of coconut milk or cream
  • 2 6-8oz chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3 tbsp Green Thai Curry Paste
  • 2 TBSP china lily soy sauce
  • 2 TSP coconut sugar
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, torn into pieces
  • 2.5C cooked basmati rice (for serving.)

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Directions:

  1. Heat 1/2C of the coconut milk in a wok over low heat. Add your green curry paste and mix until well combined.
  2. Add your cubed chicken and turn the heat up to just over medium. Cook until your chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Add in the rest of your coconut milk, soy sauce, coconut sugar, carrots, asparagus, white parts of the onions, and kaffir lime leaves. Let the curry come to a boil. Once the curry is boiling and foaming, turn the heat back down to low to let the curry simmer for about 7 to 10 minutes, or until your vegetables are tender-crisp. (To your liking.)
  4. Once the curry is done cooking and your vegetables are done, stir in your green onions and torn basil leaves. Serve immediately over steaming hot basmati rice
  5. Enjoy!!

Basil Chicken Pasta

Hi everyone!! What a weekend we have had over here! We had a wonderful dinner with friends friday evening where Jacob (our 13 month old son) got to visit and play with his “girlfriend” who is one month older than him! It was so nice to get to see them play together and eat together! How special. Saturday evening we went to Paul’s parents house to visit with his grandmother. Jacob has never met his great grandmother so it was very special for us to spend some time with her before she went back home. THEN after dinner, we had gone to a friends housewarming party! It was a fantastic (and late) night with friends! I am still exhausted today from not getting to bed early enough! Needless to say, when it came to dinner I really didn’t want to work too hard.

Thankfully in the summer I get to can and freeze home grown tomatoes from my mom, and my mother in laws gardens. I get to can stewed tomatoes, salsa, pasta sauces and soups. How lucky am I? I had one can left of stewed tomatoes, and a basil plant that was on its last legs today. SO we are having a pasta for dinner tonight. What an easy meal to make. Get a pot of water going to boil your pasta, and flavour your tomatoes for a sauce and cook some chicken. SIMPLE.

Hopefully you all had a great weekend whether it was busy or relaxing!!! Here we go!

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  • 2 8oz chicken breasts, pounded to the same thickness
  • fresh ground Salt and pepper
  • 1.5 tsp dried basil, divided
  • 1/2tsp thyme
  • 2c stewed tomatoes
  • 1c chicken stock (or just use the starchy cooking water from your boiling pasta.)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1C loosely packed fresh basil leaves, sliced or torn
  • pecorino Romano cheese, freshly grated
  • 6-8oz dried spaghettini

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Season your chicken on both sides with salt, pepper and 1 tsp dried basil. In a med-large skillet over medium heat add 1 tbsp EVOO. once thats nice and hot, add your chicken and brown it on both sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and on to a plate, cover it with foil. Your chicken will not be cooked through at this point.
  3. Add another tbsp of EVOO to your skillet. Add your onions, brown them. Once they’re nicely browned add your garlic and cook until fragrant.
  4. Add your stewed tomatoes and your chicken stock to the garlic and onion mixture. Season with salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp of dried basil and thyme. Add your chicken back to the skillet, cover, and let cook until chicken is cooked through. This shouldn’t take very long, use a meat thermometer to read the chicken in the fattest part. it should read 165.
  5. Once your chicken is cooked through, remove it from the sauce. Place on a cutting board and slice it all up in to strips.
  6. Add your cooked pasta, fresh basil and freshly grated cheese to the sauce and toss it all together. Add your chicken on top, or on the side. Serve!

Home made Raviolli with spinach and ricotta filling

I honestly believe there is nothing in this world as amazing as home made pasta. It is SO fresh and so delicious, I swear I can’t go back to store bought boxes of pasta. You just need to find a really good recipe, and I have tried many. My favourite is from Chef Michael Smith. I made a home made tomato sauce as well, but I will not be posting it for a while, so you will have to make or buy your own!14355589_10157410985795099_816792382677748228_n

Ingredients:

-1 lb favorite pasta dough, rolled into  thin strips

-16 fl oz or 2 cups ricotta cheese

-4 cups spinach, chopped as small as you can get it!

-salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg

-1 egg, beaten

-1/4 cup parmigianno reggiano

For topping-

home made or store bought tomato sauce

basil

grated parmesan

 

Directions:

mix your ricotta, spinach, egg, parmigianno, salt and pepper and nutmeg together in a bowl.

Lay your pasta flat on a floured surface. Using a cup, or ravioli cutter, cut out circles big enough to hold 1 tsp of filling, or big enough to fold the pasta over itself. I cut out enough circles so I could put another piece of pasta over the filled ravioli. And then i just used an egg wash to help the edges stick together.

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, season the water with salt. A LOT of salt. Add your ravioli and cook for 7-9 minutes.

Add to a plate, throw pasta sauce on top and add some grated parmesan cheese and some basil.


Herb Stuffed Chicken with a white wine sauce

Herb stuffed chicken with a white wine sauce

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Ingredients:

-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied and flattened

-4 slices of prosciutto

-2 tbsp each of fresh oregano, thyme, parsley, and chives coarsely chopped

-6 slices fresh mozzarella cheese

-salt and pepper to taste

-1 FAT tbsp olive oil

For the sauce:

-2 garlic cloves, minced

-1 tbsp each of: oregano,thyme,parsley

-1.5c white wine

-1 tsp flour mixed in to 5 fl oz cream

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 425 F. Once you butterfly your chicken, use a pan or a tenderizer to flatten your breasts to the same thickness. You want them decently thin so you can stuff and roll them.

Season both sides of the breasts with salt and pepper. Place your mozza and fresh herbs on your chicken breasts. Roll up nice and tight. Wrap the chicken with 2 slices of prosciutto de parma.

In a skillet over med-high heat, add your EVOO. brown chicken on ALL sides. place in the oven and cook for 17-20 minutes, or until cooked through.

Once the chicken is done cooking, remove from the oven. Place chicken on a plate. Put your pan back on the stove on medium heat. (I always use frying pans that can go in the oven.) Add your garlic cloves to the chicken drippings. Saute for a minute until the garlic is fragrant. Add in your herbs, sauté. Add your white wine, and cook until it is reduced by almost half. Slowly whisk in your cream+flour mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over the chicken.