Chicken Bruschetta

 

I know what bruschetta is, a tomato-y topping for bread. I found Trader Joe’s bruschetta topping, and saw that it had no peppers. Peppers and I are not friends.

I started to see posts about using chicken instead of bread and putting the toppings on top.

I knew we would try this.  I looked up recipes and found one that I knew I could do.

Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken

Italian herbs are ok by me.  I did two shortcuts that made preparation easy.

First of all, I used Trader Joe’s Bruschetta topping. Then I used Trader Joe’s balsamic glaze.

I followed the recipe and sliced the chicken in half horizontally.  I seasoned as instructed, and cooked as the recipe stated.

Once they chicken is cooked, top with a spoonful of bruschetta topping, sprinkle with parmesan and topped with balsamic glaze.  I think I goofed, maybe the glaze goes before the parmesan? 997BFF2B-4DF1-4E3D-B79A-EBBF6E40D088

My plate, with salad, and Brussels sprouts halved with balsamic vinegar.  The chicken is upper left.

This was a keeper!  Enjoyed by both SpecialK and I, we have a new recipe to add to our repertoire.

What have your dinner successes been!

 

 

 

 

 

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Sweet Potato Tot casserole

So I decided to make a tater tots casserole.

SpecialK had been loving his sweet potato fries. So when I saw Sweet Potato Tots, I bought a bag for him.

Of course the idea of using them in a tater tots casserole was bon,

I cooked a package of ground beef, added chopped onion and garlic.  I chopped a pound of sliced mushrooms, chopped up.  I added a can of gluten free cream of mushroom soup and following the directions, added a can of water.  I topped the casserole with the sweet potato tots.

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SpecialK felt it was too soupy (my bad) and too many mushrooms!  Darn, I tried make something more nutritious!

The tater tots didnt get crunchy, so two thumbs down.  Discard pile.

On to our next culinary adventure! What will you try next?

Salad, when you have no lettuce

Does a salad need need to have lettuce?

When there is no lettuce in the house, I gather together what I have and will still make a salad bowl. Even when there has been so much travel, and I have only begun buying more vegetables.

Despite our travels the last weekend in May and the first weekend in June, I had bought cucumbers and tomatoes.

I am loving spiralized European cucumbers.  To make it company worthy, I chopped up a Roma tomato, and added some chopped pecans.  I topped it off with some Wishbone EVOO Caesar dressing.

With some crazy colors ftom my iPhone 8 Plus, here is a pic of what we didn’t eat.

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After not eating the fluorescent version above, these were the leftovers, that I happily ate the next day.

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I have learned to line the bowl of leftover salads with paper towels, which did take away the Caesar flavor of the dressing, but the pecans still had some snap.

Years ago, whilst in a new relationship, I remember the salad contests.  Who could put the most unusual ingredients in the salad bowl?

What is your favorite salad?

Side Dish

 

I never go anywhere empty handed.  That includes Thanksgiving, where I spared the hosts daughter the noise of cutting up butternut squash, and made it my way.

I still had the task of peeling, chopping, and cutting the butternut squash.  Then, into the food processor it went, to be shredded.

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Because this was for Thanksgiving, there was not one squash being prepared, but 3.  Loaded into a pan we could share, it was ready to be treated to the goodness I add.

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I sprinkled with light olive oil, dusted with a good coating of cinnamon, and added parmigiana cheese.  How much is up to you.  Then, mix well.

Baked, it darkens in color, but some of that change is cinnamon.

I baked at 375, approx 45 minutes.

My Mom always made mashed butternut.  I totally can’t eat it that way now.

Enjoy!

What is your favorite way to make butternut squash?

Chili

Do you like chili?  We don’t like a spicy chili, but rather a milder one with good flavor.

I made this recipe before, and it took some time to find it again.  I play with the spiciness, adding less chili powder and less cumin than called for in the recipe.

Regardless, we each cover our bowls of chili in cheddar cheese and I confess to masking the cumin with sour cream.

How do you like your chili?

Leftover, yum

I had cooked a chicken breast, and 1/2 of it was still in the fridge.  Looking to use up leftovers, I made this into a dish for SpecialK.

He only wants sweet onions at home, so I cut our last one (shopping alert) and put in a frying pan with light olive oil.  I added approximately 1/4 of a bag of Trader Joe’s (frozen) Mushroom Medley.  I then added a can of diced tomatoes, with basil, garlic and oregano.  I then realized I should have added more garlic, so I added 3 cloves of roasted garlic.  I cubed the remaining chicken breast, and added it to the pan.  Finally, I added one sliced green onion.  Salt and pepper were the seasonings.

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SpecialK topped this with shredded Parmesan cheese, and ate it over soy noodles.

How do you do leftovers?

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil salad at home

True story time.  I went shopping earlier this week, knowing we had fresh mozzarella in the fridge.  I had promised SpecialK a tomato mozzarella salad, so I bought a couple of pints of grape tomatoes and a package of fresh basil.

We had purchased a bottle of Trader Joe’s Balsamic glaze, and SpecialK asked that I used that.  I did, and made the salad leaving the basil out.

We finished it off, and while SpecialK was traveling, I made it again, remembering to use the fresh basil.  Honestly, I was heavy handed with the balsamic glaze, lesson learned.

I had made this salad earlier this year, before we had the balsamic glaze.  Use 4 part oil on the tomatoes to 3 parts balsamic glaze on the mozzarella.

Want to grab fork and join me?

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To make this salad:

tomatoes

mozarella balls or sliced mozzarella

fresh basil

extra virgin olive oil

baslamic glaze or balsamic vinegar

Salt

Directions:

1) Wash and dry the tomatoes, add them to a large bowl.

2) Place mozzarella in a small bowl, cutting into bite size pieces if necessary.

3) Add extra virgin olive oil to the tomatoes , and toss.  Add salt and pepper, to taste.

4) Add balsamic to the mozzarella, and toss.

5) Rinse and dry off the basil.  Roll the leaves together and cut into thin strips.  Add to the tomato bowl, carefully mixing with the tomatoes.

6) Add the mozrella to the tomatoes bowl, and toss together carefully, so as to keep the mozzarella bite size.

Add serving spoon and enjoy!

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He made some, too!

Imagine my surprise when I got up last weekend, to find SpecialK making pancakes with our new flour blend.  He likes it Mikey!

He didn’t want me to make anything with my latest gluten free flour find when he wasn’t home, as he wanted to try it too.

So one morning, a week or , I made the pancake recipe from the back of the flour bag.  He liked them!  (I did too!)

He made them himself last weekend.

This is our new flour blend, you can purchase here:

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The pancake recipe is on the back, and we have cut the sugar in half, replacing white sugar with maple sugar.

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This flour is 18 g net carb per 1/4 C, the lowest I have found yet.

Your favorite pancake recipe?

What I had for breakfast

When I was a child, I went to summer camp.  Four years at a day camp before I began years at an overnight camp.  At that camp, we were required to write home a minimum of three times a week.

I was 9 years old when I began going to overnight camp, and not the writer I am now,

My mother wanted to know what happened in our days, and she would tell us to tell her what we had for breakfast.

My mother is no longer amongst us, so I thought I would tell you what I had for breakfast this morning.

I made a one egg omelet this morning, mixing the egg with dried chives, and making an omelet with Boursin cheese in the middle.  I had a piece of gluten free bread toasted, lightly “buttered” (Earth Balance).  An orange joined the plate.  I had a glass of sparkling water with my plate of food.

I had to taste my food, before sharing this with you, to make sure it was worthy of being shared; it was tasty.

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What did you have for breakfast?